Monday, July 9, 2018

Blowing the dust off the blog......

And in other news..........

I have decided to retire at Christmas.
This will be a reduction in money coming in but hopefully a better quality of life.
I will be frugal and learn to live on tuppence and a sticky toffee.
Life is very challenging at the moment.....but I am not being bombed or living in a war zone so I take each day as it comes.
I took my beautiful granddaughter to a toddler group for the first time today - it was really lovely but I found that I kept calling her by my daughters name! perhaps it was because last time I was at a toddlers group was with my daughter such a long time ago! and guess what my grand daughter is having for Christmas? a brother or a sister..how wonderful is that......
In a couple of weeks it will be the six week school summer holidays here...so I will have some free time regarding Nana/granddaughter duties....I am tempted to plan some visits to bloggers for lunch...be warned......I may contact you .....yes you....are you up for it?
My family from California recently came to visit and the house was full........it was lovely. The two young teenage girls worried me slightly initially as they live in a big house with a pool and an ensuite each...and here in blighty we have a down stairs loo and one bathroom upstairs.....I wondered how they would cope with having to queue to shower! but they were delightful....and found most of England 'so cute and pretty and green'.....we did Stratford upon Avon and Kenilworth and Warwick and sat out on the patio here braving eating al fresco (this was before the current heatwave) in a very British way...holding down the tablecloth and wearing fleeces and stopping the wind from blowing everything off the table....they managed very well.
Anyone watching 'The Handmaids Tale'?.........thoughts?

Friday, July 6, 2018

I should kill it..............

There is a mouse in the garden that the cats have been playing with....for hours......it is not dead.
It is valiant in trying to escape....but although surely damaged now it will not stop trying.
That I can't bring myself to kill it makes me cruel I suppose.


I watched The Way We Were earlier.......which always makes me cry.

So fucking what.






I want it all to stop

Monday, June 11, 2018

Sunday.....

Spending an hour at an allotment open day in the sunshine.
A toasted croissant slathered in butter for breakfast.
Drying washing on a line in the garden.
Having a glass of Guinness when sat in the garden.
Reading the papers and doing the crossword and sudoku.
Using lemon thyme and mint for my salmon, spinach, asparagus and new potatoes lunch, with both herbs picked from my garden.
Weeding the drive......regretting starting the job in the sun but persevering and being happy with a job done.
Watching the last episode of Patrick Melrose.
Conversations with family via the magic of the telephone....which to this day still amazes me as a marvelous invention....along with the camera.
Ordering a new microwave and oven on the internet.....after months of 'shall I shan't I?'.
Eating almost a complete bar of nutty chocolate.
Reading the blogs of blogger friends and being glad of the friendship.


My favourite plant.......not sure what it is........and I loved the wilder plots most but this plot was the tidiest and neatest...bet their house is immaculate!
I'm a lucky girl.

Monday, June 4, 2018

That's not me......

This is a pic from the website....but on Saturday that was me.....flying down a mountain and smiling.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Today.....

Rain like never before.
Flooding in the porch and the verandah.
Thunder so loud it made the cats jump and run for cover.
The sight and sound and smells in Church that took me back to childhood......I love the smell of incense.
Eating a whole big bar of nutty chocolate (after eating a slice of home made banana bread and a chocolate mousse) to comfort myself because the storm was unsettling. Feeling sick.
Taking myself to bed early and listening to Classic FM.
Looking at goodies on ebay that I will never buy......an Hermes scarf, a chanel pearl necklace, and wondering why my favourite scent (Donna Karan Black Cashmere) has been discontinued and if I can source some from somewhere that won't cost an arm and a leg.......

This'n'that and 'phone calls and reading and a cooked breakfast and starting another crochet blanket.
Life.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

S'all good......

Take pleasure where and when you can.
Feel the sun on your face.
Cuddle your grandchild.
Be thankful that bombs don't rain down on your home.
Drink a cup of tea or a gin and tonic.
Water your plants.
Sleep and be thankful to wake.
Breathe.
S'all good......even at times when it isn't.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Sometimes this is just the right thing to hear......

Gavin Bryars...Jesus' blood never failed me yet.........look it up on youtube.

I love Tom Waits and the one time I saw him live in London I felt like a proper grown up.
I had driven from my midlands town, on a Friday night, in traffic, when I hadn't been driving for all that long....I think it was late 70's early 80's, but it was worth it to see him on stage. At that time I didn't know anyone in London and had to drive back that same night. I sometimes think that if the fates had thrown me a different way that night then I would not be where I am today.......but hey..they do what they do ...and it was a really great concert and a fabulous memory.

Monday, April 2, 2018

FFS......

I couldn't sleep last night, and lay for hours trying to get comfortable, as I had a pain in my lower back just on one side....and the return of the tickly cough sore throat combo that was the start of my flu weeks ago. I do hope there isn't a repeat performance of that............................

The sound of the dawn chorus and the softly swishing falling snow was delightful though.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Is there anybody out there? A message from me to you.......

In the Heavens? In the Universe? Reading this blog? .....Well......
Happy Easter to you ....peace and love to you all.... x

ps and the fact that I have been to Mass and am enjoying a glass of wine now does not mean that I am becoming mellow and 'love to all men' etc.,.........or maybe it does............................x

Saturday, March 17, 2018

A little sunshine.....

I have had the flu. Not a cold or a bit of something light...proper not able to get out of bed flu.
I have never felt so drained of energy.
To help with recovering we have just had a week in Fuerteventura.....which was hot and sunny.
So we went from this.....
 To this.....
It was the strangest holiday, because really I was still unwell, so for the first 4 days I lay around in the shade reading and sleeping and feeling a bit 'mind blown' about the change of weather.....but I do appreciate how lucky I am to have been able to take such a break and we really enjoyed it and plan to return. A blue sky lifts the spirits.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Made a start.....

In the spirit of 'doing things' as mentioned in my previous post,  in the last week I have been out for a mexican meal with one friend  and I have also been to the cinema with another .....sort of enjoyed both, although truth be told mexican food is not to my taste....and the waiter putting a large sombrero on my head at one point was just not as fun as all the other sombrero wearing diners found it to be ....they, and my friend,  seemed to be happy with the hat thing going on and I realised that I should just avoid certain social situations....I'm not hard wired that way...maybe being sober (I was driving so had no choice) was the mistake, and perhaps if I'd had more than one drink I would have laughed and smiled and worn the fucking hat with joy, instead of removing it almost instantly..........

The baked potato I had this evening (slathered in lurpak) was much more me......I am happy with my boring taste in food and care not a jot if carbohydrate overload is boring to everyone else..it is my go to meal and I love it. Hatless.

 I did enjoy the film (Three billboards outside Ebbing Missouri) and the gin cocktail I had with my meal. Go me.





Blowing the dust off the blog......

And in other news.......... I have decided to retire at Christmas. This will be a reduction in money coming in but hopefully a better qua...