A few of my favourite things

It’s been all about making the most of the little things this year. My pace of life has slowed down considerably but I’m choosing to look at the benefits. My holidays were cancelled, so I really appreciate days out. I haven’t been out for a meal for months, I have had some gorgeous food at…

When Rain Stopped Play

After weeks of living in the garden, the skies darkened and along with torrential rain we have had a couple of evenings of thunderstorms. This morning it has rained continuously, stopping just before lunch. The garden is looking very grateful and abundant, the leaves have perked up and I feel sure the fruit has grown…

More from the lockdown house

We’re in the seventh week of lockdown. The days seem to fly by, on some of them I’m a bisy backson (from Pooh, meaning busy back soon, in a note to rabbit left by Christopher Robin), running around and getting lots done, then on others I’m just so laid back I’m horizontal (literally, lying down…

Every Drop of Juice

This post is for everyone who feels stressed at the moment. Whether you are feeling unwell, have someone you care for in hospital that you can’t visit. Or if you are working in one of the vital areas of healthcare or food supply, or maybe you are just trying to cope at home, doing the…

Back to the 80’s and Smelling the roses

I woke up the other day and thought ‘I really want an 80’s shirt’. That sounds like something no one would ever say, a joke, even, but I did, bizarre! In a moment of nostalgia I decided to hunt for a genuine article, something that would evoke a ‘girls just wanna have fun’ moment. It…

Love the life you live

Sometimes I get an ear worm, a song that, once heard, keeps going around in my head. This also happens with quotes I’ve heard,  half of one that’s been with me for a long time is in the title above. The whole quote goes; ‘Its not about living the life you love but loving the…

Lazy Layered Sunday

A late Saturday night meant I needed a laid back Sunday. I wanted to feel cosy and do relaxing things that felt effortless. Layers are the thing when I feel like that, loose, cool, comfortable. Perfect for a bit of snipping and pruning. I bought the dress, which had long sleeves, from eBay. After cutting…

One fine day

In celebration of the sunshine, I took some photos of the garden flowers. It felt so good to be outside!   The fruit and veggies are doing well too, they’ve been well watered! It’s amazing what can be grown in the smallest vegetable garden; just a raised bed and a few boxes! The fruit is…

A mixed bag

  My computer is playing up and until now I haven’t been able to write. It’s not behaving now and this is taking me ages and I’m losing the will to write but I’m determined to do so, between gritted teeth! It’s the middle of A level exam time and my students had mixed feelings about the…

Small Pleasures

I’ve been relishing small pleasures this week. Sometimes it really helps me to slow down and appreciate the simple things. Get my mojo back so to speak. I haven’t been running barefoot through wet grass (even the thought of that is pleasurable), because it’s been too dry here lately, it’s been cold too, although to be fair…

A bloomin’ lovely day in the garden

The weather’s been so good today that we’ve spent much of it in the garden;  after food shopping, followed by coffee and lying about with the Guardian, then lunch that is, so, on reflection, the afternoon has been spent outside. Everything was looking out of shape and overgrown and needed pruning. Suddenly lots of blossom…

Blog Anniversary, what now?

  I started writing a blog a year ago this month, not knowing anything about how to do it but wanting the challenge of setting it up and committing to writing each month. As the year has progressed I’ve mostly written weekly and now a year has passed I have been thinking about what I’ve got from it….