Monday, 24 April 2017

On holiday

Lousy internet connection, we have decided to leave Thursday a day early.

Confirmation, this is no longer the right type of holiday for us.

Thursday, 20 April 2017


Any one for Rhubarb???

DJ 6 weeks old today.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

A Break

from blogging for a while, I need to regroup after the last few days.

I may well be back at some point so keep checking.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Montana Rubens Queen Elizabeth on the front fence.

Two plants put in when we moved almost 2 years ago. There are dozens of buds still to come out.

I would like to get 2 montana alba for the other end of the fence, see if I can get them to join up.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Geranium cuttings

I have taken the geranium cuttings, this is how I do it.

Cut off fairly long bits of the plant and strip back all of the large leaves, just leave small ones at the top. The plants grow the large leaves which, at this stage you do not want, you want the energy to go into producing roots.

Stems stripped of all but their top leaves.

Look at the cutting and reduce the stems by cutting just below where you have stripped a leaf from, the roots will come from the leaf axils.

I used a deep trough as I had a large number of cuttings. push the cuttings into the compost until they are just above the compost, water. If you use plant pots at this point, plant 2 to a pot and use a plastic bottle cut in half to cover the cuttings, 

Cuttings covered with the bottles, keep the cuttings away from the sides of the bottles, so moisture which forms inside does not wet the leaves and cause the cutting to rot, the bottles are a miniature greenhouse and prevent the cuttings from drying out. put them in a warm sheltered spot, do not let the compost dry out and keep looking for signs of rotting. watch for signs of the plants putting on new growth. I take the bottles off after about two weeks and gently pull the cutting, if it moves it has not rooted; put the bottle back on and try again in a couple of weeks, the plants need to be kept in their little greenhouses until they are big enough to pot on. Do not be tempted to plant them out, they need a short time longer in the warm, once the danger of frost is past they can be planted out.

There were signs of the plants putting up new growth from the bottom, so I potted up the roots in plant pots, they should grow on.

The cuttings are now on the front window cill where they will get some sun, although if it gets too hot I will move them into the shade, they have 2 chances, either they root or they don' this space.

The trays will go on the kitchen table whilst we are away, well watered before we go they should be ok for the week.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

This is the comment that made me decide that I have had enough, they have not even got the guts to post their name. Shame on you. Why carry on reading if you are so disgusted? 

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Wednesday": 

Thank goodness for your sane reply and heres hoping it is read and this blogger changes her attitude. Good grief, the man had an accident and, as you say, thank heavens he didn't hurt himself. The poor man is treated like dirt and she needs to re read her own blog. I've been reading with my mouth hanging open since the poor man was last in hospital. Cannot comprehend her attitude. Haven't bothered to comment but thank goodness you have and as you are friends maybe she will see Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Wednesday": 

I also had a very sarcastic comment about the post I did about my wrinkles, I refuse to rise to personal comments. If you do not like what you see do not read my blog, clear off and bother someone else.

Posted by Anonymous to  My Life in the country. at 12 April 2017 at 09:

Blog being closed

I am sick and tired of being vilified on what is my blog, so it will be taken down tomorrow and I will no longer be blogging.


Very grey morning and windy. I want to do the geranium cuttings . We have to go and collect the shears we left the other day to be sharpened.I want to do the geraniums cuttings this morning so they have a chance to start to rooting, they do not like hormone rooting powder so will just be slipped into compost with plastic bottles cut in half over the top. Either they grow or they don't.

Can I make one things very clear......... we have a joint bank account which pays the bills etc, each month we have pocket money, OH paid for the mower from this money.......I did not see why, as it was his fault, it should come out of the joint account. My pocket money is spent on my quilting.

He announced yesterday he was not going to argue any more, just express an opinion, so nothing has changed. He also realised that he could not cope on his own if he leaves or I leave, so the status quo exists. I am still feeling very down, but not saying anything, if he doesn't pick up on it then I will just have to carry on  regardless. One thing is for sure I am going to go my own way for a change and do my own thing. 

Mac and cheese tonight with salad. 

Tuesday, 11 April 2017


Very large black dog sitting on my shoulder.

Mower is repaired, I told the mower man to make sure he charged OH for the repair, he quoted £25.00, he gave me £10 back when OH was not looking. All the grass has now been cut.

Blood test this morning then on into Melton to do some shopping, fresh fruit etc for our holiday, if we go. I also got a sonic thing that is supposed to scare cats away. I am sick of cats using our garden as their toilet, they can just go and crap in their own yard for a change.

OH is very subdued and quiet........he jolly well need to be. Enough said.

I am doing nothing else today, he can do what he likes, I am sitting and reading. Supper is ready to be cooked, beef and beans stew.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Melt down moment

I knew it was coming, and all over the lawn mower, DB insisted it would go in the car, I knew it would not, he blew a gasket.......said he wanted out of the marriage so I told him to go!! Funny he is still here. He knows damn fine no one else will have him, his precious son has not been to see him for months. I am sick and tired, very tired.

The mower is in the car after I unfastened the handle even then he wanted to put it in the wrong way.....aarrgghhhh......I am really fearful for my mental health.

I cannot be bothered to do any cleaning the place can go to the dogs for me.

Sunday, 9 April 2017


After yesterdays fiasco I now have to sort out a repair place and get the cable replaced. There is somewhere fairly close to us, but I need to go and suss it out, its off the busy Nottingham Road and I do not want to have to do an emergency stop with the mower in the back, that's if I can get it in the car. May have to detach the handle. So much for putting back the removal money, it has slipped another month back, if he carries on at this rate it will never get put back!! I will be mowing the grass until I can afford to get someone to do it for me.

Its another lovely sunny day, washer is on, I stripped the bed, it will dry. Its not to be so nice tomorrow but will wash the towels anyway, they will hopefully dry.

DB has removed himself from my sight by hiding in the garden somewhere. I told him yesterday if he ends up back in hospital I will not be looking after him.......I have had enough. He just does not consider anyone but himself, and despite numerous warnings to take it easy and not do too much, he just goes his own sweet way, well, he can continue and I will go mine.


We went out this morning to find the lawnmower place. When we got there it appeared to be empty, there was a chap in the yard who told us the business went bust 12 months ago, but he gave us a card for a mower man in a local village. I will phone him in the morning and see what he has to say. I am not sure if he is mobile or if we will have to take the mower to him.

Its been another really nice day, the wind began to get up a bit this afternoon so the sheets etc were brought in and folded ready for ironing.

DB did not go for his siesta........he ended up sitting outside. Things have been rather frosty between us can stay that way.

As we went out this morning we ran into the 10k marathon round the vale.....I had forgotten it was on, it finished at our village hall so the car park and village was rather full, we came back a different way, avoiding the runners, although the bike riders were also out in force.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Stupendous Saturday

The sun is shining fit to bust, I put a mixed load in the washer on a cool wash and its almost dry. The weather is supposed to be ok tomorrow so will strip the bed it will also be out on the line early.

DB decided to clean out his shed, stuff flying all over the place. I have re-potted the plants I bought the other week and put a couple more in the garden. DB is going to mow the grass after his siesta. I am going to dig out the Camellia and pot it up before it starts flowering. I also went onto the front and wove in the stands from the clematis that were making their way towards our neighbours fence. The pot with the green hosta in is on the front, I need to put some liquid feed on it.

Not a lot going on here just now, life has calmed down a bit. I am thankful that my health seems to be improving at last. I do get tired, but my energy levels seem to be better. I am being strict about working an hour and then sitting for a while.

Bacon fritatta, jacket spuds, tomato and celery salad for supper tonight. I have the chicken defrosting for tomorrow.


Well DB really excelled himself today, he mowed over the cable to the lawn mower, good job it was connected to a circuit breaker.....No way is he going to be allowed anywhere near the mower again, guess who will be mowing the grass from now on!! I am spitting.........can hardly bring myself to talk to him. He is a b****y idiot.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Friday and I am freezing

R & J came this morning. R helped DB put the wood round two of the beds, so they are ready to use, I just need to get compost to put in.

J & I sat in the kitchen, I had a pot of beef stew on, made tea for the workers and chatted generally. J had not seen the wet room since it was completed, nor the re-jigged sewing room.

After they left bearing rhubarb, apples, gooseberries and blackberries from the freezer I moved the photinia and planted the Rhododendron whilst DB cleared up.

2 raised beds completed. I will get the wood for the other two beds when I can afford it. The one on the left has shallots in, although the left one looks wider it is actually the same width as the right hand one.

The Rhododendron is now in the ground, it should flower, it was very pot bound, fingers crossed we do not get a frost.

The line marking where the patio is going, actually looking at the picture its not straight.....hmmmmm.

It has been quite sunny, but after lunch when DB went for his siesta I was freezing, so turned the heat back up. I must have fallen asleep at some point, woke up when DB came in after his rest.

Fish wedges and garden peas for supper tonight, just need to cook it.

I guess that Hester and S are at their boat now, preparing to sail off into the sunset taking their new home to its permanent mooring, it will take them a while, safe journey, it will be a bit of a steep learning curve for them. I am so pleased we managed to see them before they took the boat home. Bon voyage and safe journey......

This time in 2 weeks we will be on our way on holiday. I need to get my brain into gear and start sorting stuff out.

Thursday, 6 April 2017


Another bright day, I went off to get my haircut. Once back tea made, we drank it sitting in the garden.

I have tied in the clematis at the top of the garden and also planted a rose I was given up there. several of the clematis have buds forming, so hopefully we will have a bit of a show this year Thats me for today, it took me ages to dig out the clay for the rose to go in.

Nothing of any interest going on, the chap did not come last night to finish off the gate, he is coming tonight, I will ask him about the patio in the garden, hope it is not too expensive.

DB was 'messing about' in the garden, he plans to cut the back lawn after he has had his siesta.

Pork and bean casserole for supper, mashed potatoes, cauliflower and broccoli for supper.

I am sad, I had an azalea that a friend gave me many years ago, we always called it Edna's azalea, it was fantastic and bloomed every year. I looked at it yesterday and it appears to have died. I will leave it for a while, just in case.

This was it in bloom last year.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

OMG look at the wrinkles!!

What a shock when I saw this photo, still I suppose its not that bad for a 74 year old. Wonder if I should have a face lift before the wedding??? Joking of course, could not afford it for a start, people have to put up with what I look like, my face is lived in!!

A fine morning, we went round to the little chapel for coffee......Nothing done in the garden this morning. I have decided to get another bag of wood mulch and spread on the herbaceous border, will top it up with compost from B & Q. hopefully the worms will drag it down and help to break up the soil. I doubt I will live long enough to see friable soil, but you never know. It will be a case of no dig unless I am putting plants in or moving them.

Quiche and salad tonight for supper, it should have been belly pork, but I forgot to take it out of the freezer yesterday, so Saturdays dinner tonight. Pork on Saturday, or may be tomorrow.

I need to make the lemon drizzle cake for the chaps at the woodyard. We have a bag to take back and I am going to order another bag of wood chippings. before I spread them I need to put in and move some plants in the border.

Decided to do a bit more weeding this afternoon, the weeds seem to be getting bigger by the minute. I also need to tie in the clematis into the trellis and put in the rose tree which we are going to piggyback on two trellis's.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017


Today is my eldest daughters 36th wedding anniversary.

There are two people missing from the photo who will not be celebrating with us, Jeffs Dad passed away in 1995 and Nick, standing in front of Karen in 2015.

The photographer called for the brides family to join a photo,Jeff, David my ex, Mark and Nick were missing. They were sitting in our car listening to the football on Radio Leicester!! 

This Photograph is framed and hangs on the wall in the hall. Karen has lost her veil, her Dad stood on it and ripped it off. I was not a happy lady, I spent hours sewing baby lace all round the edge of the thing!! I eventually unpicked it and used the lace on some of Becci's baby clothes.

Its a bright morning, we are off to see the new baby this afternoon, with side visits to Aldi and Wilko's. DB is muttering about  putting the wood for the beds together. as usual he wants to do it 'his way' I would like it done the right way..........handbags at 10 paces!!! I have told him I want nothing to do with it and he is not to come maoning to me when it does not work. He is a severe PITB.

I have no plans for the morning, I peeled enough spuds yesterday for tonights supper, they are in the fridge. Beans left from last night just need heating up and I will cook the sausage when we get back whilst the spuds are cooking  when we get back.

Chap coming tonight to do the gate. DB and I had a conflab yesterday and have decided to extend the paving over to the laurel hedge, I will have to move 4 plants, but thats the wettest part of the garden, it might as well run under the slabs, we are just having 10 put down, there is plenty of bare earth to drain the rain away. Parts of the garden are cracking already and its not summer yet. I really need to get a couple of tonnes of small  pea gravel  and silver sand to put over the soil and let it get worked in. I just cannot face barrowing the stuff round from the front. This is the worst soil we have ever gardened on.

DJ with his mum,

Great Grandma, Nanny, Mummy and DJ.

Not a really successful visit, despite arranging to go this afternoon, when we got there they were out. We sat in the car for 20 minutes, I was about to set off to drive home when they turned up. No apology, in fact grand daughter did not speak until I said 'good afternoon' to her.

We stayed just an hour and came home. I am keeping my thoughts to myself.

It rained quite heavily as we travelled into Leicester. Not a successful trip to Wilko, although we did get tent pegs from Aldi. Wilkos have stopped making the shower gel we used to use, so I need to look for a replacement. I bought a bottle to try it.

Quickly cooked supper when we got home, sausage mash and the remains of the beans from yesterday.

The chap has been and put the hinge back on the gate so we can close it, he is coming back tomorrow to fit a third one in the centre and alter the lock tomorrow.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Busy Day

Two loads of laundry out on the line, one lot is almost dry. Have also steam cleaned the kitchen and wet room floors as well as the Monday clean. I am crackered.

Its the day for the mobile library, so books sorted out to go back, will be looking for one or two extra as we are away at the end of the month.

DB spent the morning in the garden. The chap came about the gate, he is going to put another hinge on and also use stronger screws. I have asked him about putting a few slabs in the corner of the garden where we would like to sit. Will see how much its going to cost. It will make a shady seating area if we get a sunny summer.....

No gardening for me today. If P is at the mobile library I will ask her round for a coffee, she does not see many people and appreciates a chat now and then. Will also remind her its the coffee morning at the chapel on Wednesday.

Checked the bank this morning, all that lovely money dribbled out, its the beginning of another month....hey ho.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Sunday, Sunday

It was bright when we finally made it our of bed this morning. An hour in the garden for me. Not that I managed to do much, the soil near the bungalow is so heavy. I did manage to weed some of it, cut back a couple of plants and repot the acer, the roots were coming through the bottom of the pot. I have also top dressed the Camellia and azalea with ericaceous compost.

The soil is so heavy you could make dinner plates with it.

The Crown Imperial, early flowering this year.

The top of the garden, see the rhubarb, think I will be having a market stall!!

Any idea what this is? I think its a weed!!

The Rhodi still in its pot, the soil needs to dry out a bit and I also have the move the photinia which will get swamped.

Re potted Acer, just breaking into leaf, top dressed the Camellia and azalea.

DB spent his time on the new veg beds. An hour was quite long enough for me. If its fine tomorrow I may do another hour after the library van has been.

Roast pork for supper tonight, I bought a butternut squash yesterday, will roast it with the potatoes.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Shopping Day

It was fine when I got up so put a load in the washer, it rained!! It was still spitting when I put it out, but it has dried, I need to fetch it in before it rains again. When I was putting the washing out I managed to slip on the grass and take the skin off the side of my foot on the edge of the path, thankfully it did not bleed much, but is now turning an interesting shade of purple!!

Off to Aldi. They had rhododendrons in for £5.99, quite big too, so one found its way into the basket, I have put the pot where I want to plant it, in front of our neighbours fence, hopefully it will grow fairly quickly and she will not be able to see through into the bottom of the garden where I am planning a little seating arbour.

I spent £55 on groceries, that includes food to cook and take with us on holiday. I need to get my bum into gear and start pulling stuff together.

My quilting friend is due back tomorrow from Cyprus, I am expecting moans, the weather has not been too good.

The top hinges on the back gate have come undone, we have had to wedge the gate shut, phone call the the fencing chappie, it needs fixed asap. I do not think the screws were big enough. It cost enough to put it in, the hinges should last more than 12 months.

Spending the afternoon reading with my feet up..................

Friday, 31 March 2017


Despite spending yesterday morning shovelling wood mulch and shifting lengths of wood, I do not have any aches and pains.

We had a lie in after our early start yesterday, made it for breakfast around 9am. I had not had a decent sleep, but whats new?

DB has been out in the garden this morning. I am annoyed I did not put laundry in last night, it would have dried on the line. Will put it in tonight if the forecast is ok.

Spent the morning sorting next months budget and doing a bit of financial forecasting, everything is going ok, fingers crossed the car gets through its MOT ok in June. I may ask the garage to look at the brakes, they have said every year for the last 3 that the brakes will need doing at some point, would rather get them done than have the car fail.

Freezer audit done, do not need much meat this month, DB wants to go to Bingham tomorrow for more pegs for the weed suppressant, so we might as well go to Aldi at the same time.  I also plan to have a look at the gallery where the artisan fair is being held.

Fish and salad tonight. I have taken some fruit out of the freezer, we need to use up quite a bit to make room for this years harvest. I still have blackberries from 2 years ago........there is a chicken carcass in the freezer, I plan to make stock for leek and lentil soup to take with us on holiday, need to get into gear, just 3 weeks till we go.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

8 10 am this morning

A very large lorry arrived.

Up it goes......a large bag of wood mulch.

Next the wood, all bundled up nicely

Stead as she goes.......


and over

I was shovelling the mulch into the barrow using the snow shovel, knew it would come in useful for something other than snow!!

We spread some of the mulch in the front garden first, if there is any left after we have covered the paths it will go on the front. I will get another bag in a couple of months and do the herbaceous border as well.

We had a well earned break half way through. I put the wood for the bed edges on the trolley bit by bit and wheeled
 it round to the back, its stored against the walls at the back for now.

Everything moved, we had a bit of a tussle with the weed suppressant on one of the paths, the wind had got up and it decided to blow all over the places. I have put wood on it to hold it down until DB gets some more pegs.

Cooked the mince and prepped the carrots for supper, mince and dough balls, carrots and I have some frozen brussels to use up.

Made scones whilst I was waiting for the soup to heat through, so we had something to eat with our afternoon tea.

The wind has dropped, sun out, could be a pleasant afternoon, I am too crackered to do anything but laze in my chair, with my feet up, and read.!!

Wednesday, 29 March 2017


Woke to rain this morning, so no gardening for DB, he is sorting out his seeds and planting plan instead.

Electrician has been and sorted the PV panels, the chap is here putting in a new gate post, DB had to dig up a hebe and stick it in a pot, it will go in once the post etc is finished.

Pot of scotch broth made and also have done the gratin for tonight, just need to put the bread crumbs on the top, once the sauce has cooled down. Will do jacket spuds and baked tomatoes with it.

Not a good nights sleep last night, I was reading and DB complained about the light.........why? he usually sticks his head under the bedclothes, not last night. I was feeling bloody minded, so carried on reading.....naughty girl. We had to be up early for the workmen to come, so I am not popular this morning, he is grumpy....tough.

I may start sewing his gilet after lunch, I also want to do a freezer audit, have enough fresh veg etc for this week, but will need to go shopping next week. I need to sort out what food we are taking with us on holiday at the end of April. I will cook the turkey crown for supper on Easter sunday then I can take some of the meat with us. I like to take as many frozen main courses as I can and we plan to eat out a couple of times as well.


Looks like we may have some more rain, the sky is very dark. Gate post is in the chap is coming back next week to tighten up the wire fence once the gate post is solid in the cement.

DB had his siesta, I admit to a short Nana nap in my chair, very comfortable thank you. 

I promised our neighbours son I would go over and check on them, so will nip over in half an hour or so. I know B like to have a sleep in the afternoon. Have not seen her since she had her op on her leg. Son and his wife flew back to South Africa last night.

Soup at lunchtime was excellent and there is enough for another couple of lunches. Gratin is in the oven on auto pilot, I just have to switch on the remoska  with the jacket spuds and baked tomatoes in about 4.30. We are eating at 5.15 today rather than 6pm.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017


Another misty morning. DB finished laying down the weed suppressant for the paths in the veg garden. I managed to sort out the ironing and also started pinning DB's gilet together. Once I get going it will not take me long to make it. Not too happy about it having a collar, but will see how I get on.

I have been looking at tutorials about making fabric boxes, looking for ideas for the fair. I found a couple of really good ones on You Tube.

Took the remainder of the meat off the lamb shoulder, we will have jacket spuds and tomato and celery salad with it for supper tonight. I also put some soup mix in soak, will make a pot of scotch broth tomorrow.

DB went for his siesta, I put the foot rest up on mynew chair and read for a while.

Our neighbours son and DIL have started their journey back to South Africa, I have promised to go over tomorrow and check how they are. B had an operation on her leg last week, so she will not be very mobile just yet.

I was pleased to see the two photos last night of DJ with his quilt. He looked very comfortable. We are hoping to go over and see him one day next week. I need to go to Aldi shopping and there is a shop near where they live. Just need to do a freezer audit and see what I need to get.

It started off misty this morning, the sun peeped through just after lunch, but the mist seems to be forming again now, it was a bit warmer today, the wind has dropped.

We have the workmen from the council here tomorrow, the gate post needs replacing and the electrician is coming to look at the solar panels, so an early start for us.

Monday, 27 March 2017

DJ wrapped in his quilt

Mummy and DJ asleep under the playmat.

Just recieved DJ wrapped in his quilt.

Murky Monday

Its a grey day so far, the forecast  is for it to get better so the towels are out on the line. fingers crossed they dry.

DB ready to go out and start to lay the weed suppressant down on the paths ready for the wood chip when it arrives later this week, we hope.

I am about to tackle the Monday clean. I need to get some carpet cleaner and spot clean the carpet.


Even managed to fettle the work surfaces in the kitchen, so everything done and dusted.

DB has laid the weed suppressant down for the paths, one pice had gone fly away already.

Brighter this afternoon, the laundry on the line is drying, will finish it off on the airers and might put the towels in the dryer for 15 minutes.

 Two of the tubs flowering away, grape hyacinths tulips and daffs.

The herbaceous border

The weed suppressant laid down under the where the woodchip paths are going.

Its brighter but cold, will be turning the central heating up a bit, its chilly.

So far no reaction to the increase dose of medications, so fingers crossed its going to be ok, just one more blood test and another 2.5mg increase and I will be on the prescribed dose. I must admit I am feeling so much better, trying to be careful though.

If things go to plan I will be starting the cleaner when we get back from our holiday at the end of April. I will see how DB goes before starting to sort out a gardener.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Sunny Sunday

Another sunny day, the sheets are in the washer, they will dry on the line......

We are invited to DD2's for tea today which is nice. I forgot and got the lamb out yesterday, it will have another day in the red wine in the fridge, will have it tomorrow night for supper. A snack will do us at lunchtime.

OH is out finishing off the front garden, we are due a delivery of wood and wood mulch, some of the wood mulch is going on the front, so need to make sure its weed free as far as possible, the wood is for the raised beds in the back.

No plans for the day other than going to DD's for tea, I have heard from DD1, nothing from DS1 not that I expected anything.......its years since I heard from him, very self centred  even when he is sober. His partner does not approve of me, sanctimonious madam, has no room to talk.

I have a sleeveless zipped body warmer pinned out, OH has been asking me to make it for at least 5 years, suppose I had better get on with it before the bowls season starts. Then I have a couple of new ways of making existing things I want to try out, plus a table runner.At some point E and I will go over and see the gallery owner where the Artisan Fair is being held, it will be good to have some new things to show her.

The tulips in the pots have come out, so I plan to move them round the back, will pop the pots in bits where there are bare spaces. DB says the front grass needs cutting so if its fine he may do it tomorrow.

Right time to go through and remake the bed.

The front garden this afternoon.................

Saturday, 25 March 2017

A sunny day for a jolly

First call was at my quilting friends, we took her a stick to take on holiday with her. A cup of tea and a lemon and poppy seed cake went down well.

We then set out faces turned south to Weedon, the home of The Bramble Patch, its 10 years since I last went and it has altered quite a bit, they now have a conservatory where they serve tea etc, very nice. I came out with 3 small kits that I can use the patterns for again. A table runner, a different zipper bag and a different tissue holder.

We sat in the car park and ate our lunch, then set off to the marina at Crick to see hard up hester, her L & M and the little granddaughter they had with them.

It took us a while to find the boat, although they have changed the name it has not been changed on the boat itself and for some obscure reason I thought it was painted green....wrong, its blue.

They are still working on it, I must admit its a very nice boat, and we had a great chat over a cup of tea. 

Its a huge Marina lots of boats, some of them are on permanent moorings, people living on them.

Looking across to where hester boat is moored.

We left to travel home just before 4pm. It has been a lovely sunny day and we have really enjoyed ourselves. It was so good to meet the faces behind the names at last. We hope they have many happy years aboard their boat.

As we came doen the hill into the vale, the sun was shining, I managed to take a couple of pictures, but they seem a little hazy.

Looking over towards Nottingham

Long Clawson at the bottom of the hill, Hose is over to the right.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Sunny Friday

Pity I have not laundry to go out!!

It started bright, then went dullish for an hour or two, but the sun is shining again now.

The chair arrived just before 10am, it is higher than DB chair and my feet touch the floor when I am sitting in it without the footrest up, its very comfortable.

Looking from the door to the  sitting room, My chair is further back then DB's to allow access to the kitchen, plus he needs to sit closer to the TV to see it properly.

Sitting in my chair looking towards the door into the hall.

DB spent an hour in the front garden weeding the beds, the daffs etc make it  look very pretty just now. I need to make sure I get all the large daff bulbs out and dry them off, I will plant them in the back in the autumn.

The bag was finished and I have delivered it, also had news re the Artisan Fair in November, E and I are going over after Easter to take some of my stuff and suss the place out.

I have a Drs appointment this afternoon, expecting him to put up the Ramapril again to see what happens. I also have a sample for testing I am sure the UTI has not cleared despite the last lot of medication.

Grilled fish tonight with jacket spud and salad.

We are off on a jolly tomorrow, so I need to make up some rolls tonight for a picnic.........

More information coming out about Wednesdays attack, another person died last night, so sad. A large sum of money has been raised for the policeman's family. They are going to need every penny.

Thursday, 23 March 2017


This time yesterday TV was showing live pictures of the carnage on Westminster Bridge, today the investigations continue, innocent people dead, one a mother of 2 children, another a policeman also with two children. I am so sad and very angry that once again we have been targeted by extremists, worse still the authorities knew about him.

We set off to the wood yard after breakfast and ordered the wood for the raised beds, it will be delivered next week, then on to Loughborough to look at the relaxa chair, it will be delivered tomorrow, so this afternoon I had to move the sitting room round a bit to make room for it. Photo when its in place.

The bag is finished and ready to be delivered tomorrow once the chair has arrived.

It was very misty over the vale when we went out but the mist cleared and by the time we came home, the sun was shining. Its still quite cold though.

I raked out a container of beef stew from the freezer, veggies done ready for supper. We had pate on toast last night for supper after our fish and chip lunch, finished off a piece of christmas cake we were given and I forgot about.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017


Well there has been an attack  on Parliament, it would appear that a woman has died......things are very jumbled just now but it has been declared a terrorist attack. There is wall to wall on TV, all programmes have been cancelled to cover what is going on.

Our day is very tame in contrast.....we were away early, DB went for haircut, I went to the bank to pay money in and also pick up shoe boxes that Argos owed me from January.

Morrison for a couple of things, then took the carrera marble lamp to the electrician to get a new lamp holder fitted. A top up shop at Lidl for 10 days.

DB used to do surveys and get gift cards, they used to be for Tesco, but recently they changed to Sainsbury, I do not shop at Sainsbury so was at a bit of a loss as to how we were going to use the cards. Our neighbour told us that Sainsbury do a really good fish and chip lunch, so we decided to partake.

The meal was cooked to order, the fish was delicious and the chips and peas freshly cooked, so we really enjoyed our lunch and a pot of tea. I just had to put a pound to the cards, fish and chip for two and tea for two came to just over £13.00.

It rained heavily whilst we were out, but since we got home the sun has come out. I have had to dry the laundry in the dryer or on the radiators, no way would it have dried outside,

Tomorrow we are going to have a look at the rise and recliner chair in Loughborough, and also to the wood yard to order the wood for the raised beds.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017


A lovely bright day, although quite windy. At least its dried the washing. I put out a second load of towels once I got back from the Drs.

Chiropodist here this morning, so our feet are fine for a while longer. She knows of a cleaner who is looking for some more jobs and also going to see if she can find a joiner for us to sort the door in the bathroom.

Spag bol sauce prepped for supper, also chopped up the left over chicken with onion, mixed in mayo and made sarnies for lunch, finished off yesterdays salad with it.

Melton tomorrow, DB needs a haircut, I need to go to the bank and do a bit of shopping to see us through to the beginning of next month. I have a voucher for Sainsbury, our friends tell us they do good fish and chips, so we are going to treat ourselves to lunch out. I have also done the menu for April including our holiday menu. We have pencilled in a couple of days out, those days we will eat  out at lunchtime and just have a snack for supper.

I have done some financial planning, we should have put back the cost of our move here by the end of August, so things will be a little easier for us. I will not be loosening the purse strings however. I will be spending some of it on a cleaner 2 hours a week. We may also need to get the brakes done on the car. I do put money to one side for the car, but it does not include large expenses, just insurance, breakdown etc. I may also employ someone to help DB with the garden. Cruising in the Med will have to wait!!

Will be doing a bit more on the bag this afternoon. I have put the outside pocket in, need to cut the lining and sew the inside pocket on, then it can be put together, I also ordered some more zips from E Bay for zipper bags.

DB just off for his siesta.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Rain, sleet, snow, sun

All in the one day.

It was fine first thing,then it started to rain, by lunchtime it was sleeting and then finished up slinging it down........the sun has just come out......

I have been swithering for a while about getting a rise and recliner chair for myself.......our sitting room is not large, and I do not want to loose the settee, how ever I think I have found a way. We are going to look at a chair there on Thursday.

Monday clean done plus the kitchen. DB wielded the dyson for me, also cleaned the windows  inside at the front they were looking a bit grubby.

Chicken  left from last night cut up for supper tonight and enough to make sandwich filling for lunch tomorrow.

I have cut out the straps for the bag, need to overlock the edges which I will be doing shortly, I also need to cut the lining, then I can sew the handles and start putting the bag together.

I ordered a sim card for the MiFi, it came this morning, I am going to make a zipper bag to take the Mifi and the charger, so everything is together. I can also put the cable to my phone charger in it, I can never find it when I want it.

Did not sleep too well last night, it was 5am again before I drifted off, its beginning to annoy me now.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Slow Sunday

Our usual laid back Sunday Breakfast in bed. Once up I prepped the veggies for supper then spent the rest of the morning reading.

I have cut out the bits for the bag thats been ordered, overlocked all round the edges of the bag to stop the fabric fraying. Have also cut out the pockets for the outside and the lining. Just have the handles to sort and I can start putting it together.

I decided to put an advert in the local village newsletter for one to one quilting tuition, will see what happens, if I get a couple of ladies, its better than nothing, will keep me out of mischief.

Rather a dull windy day, the sun keeps trying to break through but then gives up in disgust........the wind is quite cold too.

Roast chicken for supper with all the trimmings.

DB is about to go for his siesta, so I will be using his relaxa chair for half an hour. I could do with one for myself, but no room to put one. I bought DB's about 10 years ago from a stall in the market at Beaumont Leys which sold various bits of furniture, its been a really good buy. 

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Wot a dull day

Very dull and overcast today, it started to rain just before lunch.

DB went out to the shed, he was looking for something he could not find, so decided to tidy it up. He also weeded the path up past the shed to the garden.

I went across to see our neighbour this morning, he is looking a lot better, off his oxygen for more than an hour at a time just now. His son is here from South Africa and he has been taking him out in his wheelchair.

An order yesterday for a bag, slightly smaller than the demo bag, I have the measurements, plan to cut it out tomorrow, would like to get it done next week.

Nothing planned for this afternoon,will sit and read for a while, then might do a bit of sewing, see how I feel.

Corned beef stovies for supper tonight.

Stovies recipe is on the recipe page at the top of my Blog.

Friday, 17 March 2017


Not such a nice day, very cloudy and quite a strong wind. No rain as yet.

DB cut the back grass and the edges in the front. I went round to the Friday group and left some things with E. I doubt they will buy anything, not up their alley I guess.

Back home I cut out another zipper bag and made it up. The delivery driver from Wiltshire Foods came, turns out she is just learning to quilt. Quite an interesting conversation. 5 eals are in the freezer for us to try out.

After lunch, leek and potato soup, DB retired for his siesta. I read for a while. Since finishing the zipper bag I have cut out another scissor holder to use up some left over fabric. I am not going to make too many, been left with a load before.

Fish, mixed veg and mustard mash for supper tonight. I bought some bananas the other day so we will have half a one each after supper.

Still no word from GD re the parcel I sent her. I am not happy......what happened to saying thank you for something when its sent. one thing is very sure there will be nothing else goes that way.

No plans for the weekend..... depends on the weather.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Another bad night

I was awake just after 1am, it was after 5 the last time I looked at the clock. Did not get up early.

Pot of leek and potato soup made for lunch. Cheese fritatta for supper with tomato and celery salad. Loaf in the bread maker, it is just cooking smells delicious.

Its been quite a misty day. DB was in the garden this morning, he has just walked down to the post office to get the TV Choice so we can see whats on TV next week.

I have sorted some stuff out to take round to E's group tomorrow I have a picture on my I Pad of the second bag I made for the class, so will take that as well, some of the ladies may be vertically challenged like me and prefer a wider rather than longer bag.

I found a couple of hard backed note books, I must have bought them years ago. I plan to make covers for them. Got my thinking cap on just now to see what else I could make for the sale.

Not done much today, decided it was a day of rest, have been busy earlier in the week, so time to put my feet up.

The bed in the back garden is looking quite good, lots of growth coming, I seem to have all the daffs at the bottom end of the garden somehow. Will rectify that in the autumn

Wednesday, 15 March 2017


Bright morning, laundry out on the line to dry, forecast not so good for tomorrow, looks like we will get strong winds again.

Off to friends this afternoon for tea and cake, via the charity shop, we have a load of nearly new books and also some jigsaws for the shop.

DB is out sorting out his spuds, he wants to get them in, personally I would have waited a bit longer, but according to DB despite growing veg for a number of years, I know nothing!! What's new?

Better nights sleep last night, I fell asleep reading.........

Need to cook the salmon for tonights supper, will also do the salad, so I do not have to do it when we get back, I can just put the meal on the table. We are not eating dessert just now, I occasionally make one on Sunday but thats its.

I need a bit of a rant, new baby has a dummy.....I hate the children all sucked their thumbs. ok I know thats not pc either but neither is picking up a dummy a child has thrown on the floor, sucking it yourself and then shoving it back in the babies mouth....yukkkk.......... A friend of mine had a son who was still sucking a dummy at 6!! horrid things.

Back from a good afternoon with our friends, they are off on their mission to Somerset and Dorset at the weekend.

I managed to get 2 loads of washing dried today, all folded and ready to go away. I also managed to get 2 scissor holders sewn this morning. I had a job with the machine skipping stitches, changing the needle sorted that.

The supper is all ready to put on the table. I made some potato salad as well as a green salad, just need to put the oil on the green salad.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017


Not a good night, DB swallowed funny and started coughing, lasted for over half an hour, he fell asleep but was coughing in his sleep, so I did not get much sleep at all.

After breakfast we set off to Bingham to return the library books and go to Aldi. I needed fresh fruit and veg and also the Aldi cheese which I like, I bought 2 large pieces which are in the freezer.

Going along the lanes there are signs of spring everywhere, lots of daffodils on the verges, hedges starting to burst into leaf and the birds are building high in the trees. My grandmother said that was a sign of a good summer....well we can live in hope. Not many lambs in the fields, its a bit early yet, but soon there will be lots of them about.

After lunch DB went for his siesta, we were waiting for the workmen to come and sort the front door handle and also the guttering at the back. Chap arrived just after 3pm, both obs done and he was away.

DB cut the back grass, and was doing one or two jobs in the garden, I was messing about in the sewing room with a scissor holder. I am not happy with the machine, it keeps missing stitches. I have had this problem before with it, will have to change the needle in the mean time have a load of stitching to undo.

Sausage casserole for supper with spuds carrots and brussels.

It was dullish this morning but a breeze, I got the towels dry outside, late this afternoon the sun came out and it looks like being a pleasant end to the day. Just another couple of weeks and we will be putting the clocks forward, lighter nights, here we come and hopefully warmer days.