Saturday, 24 June 2017

Well hello there

Long time, no blog. Places to go, people to see, visitors to entertain. Garden neglected, house a tip - washing, ironing and putting away all take time.

Gosh, what an excuse!

It's been sunny and we've been out and about.

It's been sunny and we've been sitting in the garden.

It's been sunny and all the weeds seem to have taken over, the grapevine has run rampant and the eating of the mange tout sadly neglected.

Now we are nearly back to normal and I've been pruning, picking, arranging and relaxing.

Lovely to see visitors and equally lovely to be back to our daily routines.


Sunday, 21 May 2017

The Box

I saw it at the CB and thought it would be a great box for small bits and pieces. It had a few old pens and crayons in it and it was a bargain at £1.50.

Yes it was a bargain once the contents were sorted.

Just look at the pens, pencils etc. inside.

Mind you what does anyone want 20 rubbers for?

I feel a sort out of my stationery, crayons and pens is in order now and that means attacking the shelves!!!

Good job I also purchased another I-key-ah basket! Bargain - just £1.00.


Friday, 19 May 2017


I'm having a right, good time sorting wool.

All the double knit is together in different colours - reds and pinks, whites, blacks, blues etc..

All the baby wools, chunkies and cottons have been segregated ...

and I've found more unfinished bits to pull back.

Small things amuse simple minds!

Or could it be punding?

Oh dear!


Thursday, 18 May 2017

Short walk

My walk was in the garden today. Just outside the back door are the lily of the valley - a beautiful scent whenever we walk out the door.

The poppies come up everywhere and the blooms only last a few days. Each flower 'goes to sleep' at night and wakes again in the morning.

Walking down the side of the house I'm greeted by the B&M car park clematis which is still going strong, giving off another heady scent.

The strawberries are starting to flower and each day there are more and more buds opening.

These aquilegia pop up in different areas of the garden. Some I leave in and some I pull out.

Here's my walk to the back garden with the greenhouse at the end.

I won't turn round and take a picture because down the side of the house are the bins - not a pretty sight. However in the front garden there are more joys to behold. This is some sort of mock orange.

And here are euphorbia. They make a pretty bouquet but cannot be put in a glass vase because the leak a milky fluid. Is that another aquilegia that I spot there?

The iris are in full bloom but they only last a few weeks so I'll enjoy them while I can.

And here in the front is my rhubarb patch giving the impression of ornamental leaves. The blue flowers are the bluebells dying down.

Our giant calla lily keeps producing new blooms and the plant is nearly as tall as me - or should I say 'as small as me'!

Hope you enjoyed my short walk from the back to the front. I did walk down the road and back plus did a bit of weeding so I have had a little more exercise.


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Me in the style of

Menu Wednesday

Every week I would like to post in the stye of one of my Simply Delightful favourite blogs. A sort of homage to the writing and presentation techniques of the bloggers. This post is a combination of me and one of these bloggers.

We’re still clearing out the fridge here at the old homestead 

The menu has changed drastically this week and there may be some repeats so that everything is used up ready for the big defrost. There may be some meals that aren’t eaten which will just have to be used up next week.


Pork chops with chips


Pork chops in onion gravy with mashed potatoes


Leftover pork chops in onion gravy with either roasted sweet potato or chips and mushrooms or this may be frozen to eat later in the week. If this is the case we will have grilled pork chops, veg from the freezer and boiled new potatoes with gravy


Leftover pork chops in onion gravy made into a casserole with frozen veg from the freezer


Roasted pork chops with roast potatoes and veg from the freezer 


One of the leftover pork meals from the freezer


Stir fry pork with mushrooms, onions, veg from the freezer

I am looking forward to next week’s menu which should be slightly different as we’ve eaten all the pork. Maybe I’ll substitute chicken for the meals we’ve had this week as we’ve still got plenty of chicken pieces in the freezer.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

PS Never freeze 12 pork chops if there are only 2 of you in the house!


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

'Here's looking at you' or 'One thing led to another'

I couldn't decide which title to have so I've put both. The small basket of small balls of wool needed tidying so I spent some time rewinding wool to get it looking tidy again. 

I left this messy lot until last.

I also wound back all the projects I'd started but not completed, which was very satisfying and I ended up with more small balls of wool. One crocheted square I left and added to it to make a cover for my new 'phone. The added bit folds over the top so the 'phone can't fall out. I needed additional  padding inside. (Who's good at dropping 'phones?)

So I made use of an old mobile cover. Poor chicky had lost one eye. When I'd finished with him he was minus the other eye, his beak and his 2 legs.

He was then tucked inside the pink and red cover and crocheted in. An added feature was the lanyard clip. (Who's good at dropping 'phones then?) I need mine attached to me at all times.

The addition of 2 eyes made the cover a little bit more appealing. So - one thing led to another!

Here's looking at you!


Saturday, 13 May 2017

In the style of

Not in my backyard.

Every week I would like to post in the style of one of my Simply Delightful favourite blogs. A sort of homage to the writing and presentation techniques of the bloggers. 

A very warm day today so off I went on my 1.5 mile walk along the streets to our local Aldi. Just a small shop this week as I've still got plenty to go at in the fridge and freezer.  My shopping chariot accompanied me as always.

The large gateposts of former large buildings still remain. Very imposing.

Along quite a few walls I espied miniature gardens basking in the sun.

Horse chestnuts are in full bloom.

Shame about this person's supper. Mustn't have liked the taste. The street is very handy for dropped litter. This is just one of many items littering the streets. Not much dog poo this morning though! I wish people would take their litter and pet c-rap home with them and then I can focus more on where I'm going rather than looking downwards all the time. Rant over.

Another wall garden of various ferns.

In a seaside town one has to have seaside tables.

The street was a heady delight of perfumed blossoms especially the lilacs. Shame we can't have smelly blogging. Spring is definitely here.

My chariot comes in handy when shopping. No heavy weight carrying for me.

Once filled I had the same journey back but on the other side of the road. Walk done and more exercise now gardening at home.

At least there'll be no litter in our garden!

Please look at my Simply Delightful Blogs to find out whose style I've tried to re-create here. :)