24 January 2022

Another Milestone

 

Next week I reach another of life’s milestones when I become eligible to claim my old age pension.  I’m not sure whether to be depressed by this thought or slightly smug that I have survived long enough to qualify!  I am grateful that I currently enjoy relatively good health and try to maintain this by cycling frantically in the roof gym at least three times a week, daily dog walks and sensible eating.  I’ve actually managed to lose 8 kgs this year and my hips and knees have thanked me for it. 

 


We had a wonderful family Christmas, finally reuniting with Sarah after three long years. Kat was also on leave from the RAF so it was just like old times being together and having fun and laughter.  We had a magnificent Christmas tree in the garden room and the girls did a great job of decorating it (I only had to rearrange two baubles this year!).  I insisted it should stay in situ until after the girls had gone home.  Unfortunately by the time we took it down the tree resin had leaked all over the floor and I spent hours trying to remove the sticky mess from the carpet.

 


January is now very quiet.  Too early to do much in the garden.  I need a new project. 

 

15 November 2021

Technical Problems

Anyone else having problems making comments?  At the moment I am unable to make comments on other people's blogs or reply to those made on mine.

Not sure if the problem is with blogger or my computer.  In the meantime I apologise for ignoring everyone!  Hopefully normal service will resume soon. 





14 November 2021

Quiet Sunday

 

I took Rick out for a stroll around the village this afternoon; Paul usually does the later walk but we swapped today as he has got a virtual cycle race this afternoon.

 


The sky looked a bit threatening in the distance but we had blue sky and sunshine to accompany our walk.  The village was very quiet and Rick and I had the lanes to ourselves.  He totally ignored the sheep in the field, I don’t think he realises that he is a sheep dog.

 




There was no activity at the farm today, they have been very busy all week cutting and harvesting the maize fields.

When I got home I fetched the washing in from the garden that I had hung out to dry just after breakfast.  I don’t know why I bother at this time of year, it felt just as damp as when I put it out.  It is now elegantly draped over the horse in the garden room.

 

 

30 October 2021

What on earth have you bought now?

 

“What on earth have you bought now?”

I had just returned home after my Friday morning dance session and there was a rather large parcel waiting for me.

“I’ve bought a bear,” I replied.

I unwrapped the parcel to reveal a beautiful faux bear skin throw. 

“Don’t you think you’ve got enough of those things around the house?”

The truth is I can never have enough fur throws and sheepskin rugs in my home, I am addicted to them.  I almost bought a reindeer skin rug for the new wood floor but decided it would just moult too much.

I played my trump card.  “Sarah will need it when she comes home, she will feel the cold.”

Yes, my daughters are coming home for Christmas!!!  Sarah has booked a flight from Sydney to Manchester and, all being well, will be arriving home in December for a three week stay.  Kat has also managed to book leave and will be driving up from Brize Norton to spend the holidays with us.  Three years since we were all together; I’m hoping it will be a very merry Christmas.

Meanwhile the bear is looking very good in my bedroom…


 

 

 

22 October 2021

Garden Stuff and a Dodgy Looking Fox

 

Infection rates in Lincolnshire are high at the moment but my everyday life is unaffected.  I still go dancing every Friday, dabble with my paintbrushes at art club on Mondays.

On Thursday Paul and I drove to our local nursery and bought some plants for the new bed – some ferns, grasses and I couldn’t resist grabbing a couple of cordylines.  Next week we are having a load of light coloured gravel delivered that will complete the transformation.

 

grasses and cordyline in the new bed

light coloured Cotswold chippings will finish the look


detail of the fox I painted on Monday (his ears were wonky so I cropped the image!)

17 October 2021

October

 

October suddenly feels very cold after a warm September.  Porridge is back on the menu for breakfast.  We rode out for a cycle ride earlier in the week; I wore my leggings and long sleeved top but it still felt very cold and not a lot of fun.  So it looks like riding on the bike in the attic gym will be on the agenda now.  It’s a good substitute but I shall miss the crazy stuff you see outside sometimes in the real world. 

We were cycling through the village of Normanby; we had to pull out to go round a parked van ahead of us and could see the workman was carefully pouring a big tin of white paint into a tray in the back of the vehicle.  Walking towards the van on the pavement was a man and his large dog, the guy was holding a Costa coffee in one hand and didn’t seem to be in complete control of the animal.   As we cycled past we saw the dog suddenly leap up into the back of the van to say a friendly hello to the workman and from the yells and shouts I can only guess that he might have landed in the middle of the paint tray!

Paul has already moved on to his next project.  Ever since we moved here we have been umming and ahhing about the large evergreen hedge that bordered one end of the terrace.  Once upon a time it would have been just three tidy shrubs - two types of dwarf conifer and a Cotoneaster, but over the years they had been left to grow into a monster hedge.  Unfortunately you cannot hard prune the conifers, they just go black and die off.  Yesterday he decided to cut it all down and have a big bonfire. 

 

Rick was keeping a wary eye on proceedings

the fire was lit at dusk

interesting reflection through the glass

looking very bare this damp and dismal morning

Just the tough job of removing the roots now, although we will keep the Cotoneaster and see if it grows back.  It looks very bare now but I have a few ideas to transform it into an attractive area of the garden.  Maybe some ferns and grasses to start off with and then see what evolves.

 (Paul says the dog was small, not large.  I think it would be safe to say it was a medium sized dog.)