Last days of summer – first published 3 September 2014

The first Sunday afternoon in September 2014 was spent in the garden making the most of some unexpected sun after days of rain. Before I settled on the lounger I’d been up to the village to get milk and fresh vegetables for dinner and noticed the last of the roses on the Big Hill were fading. There had also been an unexpected and fortuitous encounter with a small blue butterfly who didn’t seem to mind having his picture taken. It’s unusual to see one so late in the year so maybe he was tired after a long summer sipping nectar. Summer was certainly coming to an end. Continue reading Last days of summer – first published 3 September 2014

The good the bad and the shed – first published 19 August 2014

Things don’t always go to plan. At least not in my world. No matter how much I tell myself I will do better next time or how many hours I spend plotting things out, there is always something to throw a spanner in the works. August 2014 was a lesson in going with the flow and working round problems.  Continue reading The good the bad and the shed – first published 19 August 2014

A shed, a shed, my kingdom for a shed – first published 17 June 2014

In June 2014 I was waxing lyrical about a new shed. It was all very exciting. Commando, after a lot of window shopping, ordered a shed online from Wickes. They said it would be delivered in one to two weeks. Three and a half weeks later and we are still shedless. This wouldn’t have been quite so bad if Wickes hadn’t already taken our money. Eventually, Commando, getting a little impatient and having heard nothing at all about the possibility of an imminent delivery, called Wickes customer services. This is where things took a decided turn for the worst. Continue reading A shed, a shed, my kingdom for a shed – first published 17 June 2014

Thinking about sheds – first published 30 May 2014

Summer 2014 was fast approaching and our garden shed was almost dead. The roof never really got over the gales and the wood was beginning to rot despite an annual coat of paint. To be honest it was more Commando’s shed than mine, filled with lawn mowers and other manly things and, as it was hidden away at the end of the garden behind the honeysuckle arch, I didn’t think about it too much. When I did, I resented the veg growing space it took up and wished it could be somewhere else. Continue reading Thinking about sheds – first published 30 May 2014

Interviews and butterflies – first published 12 March 2014

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Interviews and post interview disappointment had been a regular feature of early 2014. So much so, that I’d become quite blasé about them. In early March I got a call asking me to an interview for a customer service job. To be honest, I didn’t even remember applying for it but it was within easy walking distance and I figured I probably wouldn’t get the job anyway so I went along. Continue reading Interviews and butterflies – first published 12 March 2014

Excitement and surprises

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2 May 2016

Today is my birthday and it began with a bit of a headache. This may have had something to do with the champagne we opened last night to celebrate our silver wedding anniversary, or the thundery weather. I’m a bit of a headachy person at the best of times and the last few days have been busy and exciting, with very little time to rest. Continue reading Excitement and surprises

Back to earth with a bump and a shiver – first published 24 October 2013

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We were back in cold, grey, damp old England. No more sun. No more sandy beaches. No more watching the morning sky turn from inky blue to pink or the evening sky do the same thing in reverse. Now it was all post-holiday blues and piles of washing. It never ceases to amaze me how much dirty laundry can come tumbling out of a very small, very sparsely packed case. Continue reading Back to earth with a bump and a shiver – first published 24 October 2013

concrete, skips and an airport visit

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8 April 2016

With phase one of the building work complete I thought I’d have a quick look around the garden before we set off for the airport on Friday morning. Beside the new wall there is currently a large yellow rubble filled skip sitting on the drive. Hopefully it will be gone soon because it detracts a little from the lovely orange quince flowers. Not that I’m complaining of course. A temporary eyesore is a small price to pay for a potting shed after all. Continue reading concrete, skips and an airport visit

Stir crazy

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24 March 2016

After the mad weekend of Care For A Walk, the Eastleigh 10k and an open day at Townhill Park House, this has been a week with no walking and I think I’m going stir crazy. It wasn’t because I was resting up, exhausted. I wasn’t injured or sick. I was simply housebound, more or less, because of a builder. Commando, in his infinite wisdom had arranged for our lovely friend Royzee to do some much needed work in the garden and someone had to be around to make him coffee, show him where to plug in his cement mixer and generally supervise. Ok, so there wasn’t much in the way of supervision needed but I could hardly go out for a walk and leave him unattended, especially as the house needed to be unlocked. Continue reading Stir crazy

locked out – first published 25 August 2013

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August 2013 was coming to a close and, while Commando ran off into the drizzly rain for his second eighteen miles I spent a lazy morning messing about in the garden planting seeds. It had the makings of an idyllic and relaxed day but, as usual, things didn’t go as planned… Continue reading locked out – first published 25 August 2013