Spas, swans, coots and lily pads

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16 June 2016

Part of my birthday present from Commando was a spa day at the Devere Hotel, probably the swankiest hotel in the city. Tuesday was the day and the only walking I squeezed in was getting there. It was a march rather than a stroll but I couldn’t resist a stop in the enchanted park, where the hydrangeas are just beginning to flower. Even though the weather was dismal, they brightened up the place no end. The rhododendron that’s hung with artwork for the Roam Art Trail has started to drop petals and the ground below was pink with them. If it hadn’t been such a miserable day with a hint of drizzle in the air I might have wished I could linger there. Continue reading Spas, swans, coots and lily pads

Ho, Ho, Ho

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25 December 2015

Our Christmas Day began with a Park Run, at least Commando’s did. Originally I’d planned to get up early with him and go along but, in the end, I chickened out and stayed in bed. There was a great deal of work to be done in the kitchen after all. He came back wearing his Santa hat, just in time for breakfast. He was freezing cold and I was glad I hadn’t gone although I’d have liked some photos of all the runners in Santa hats. In the end I had to settle for one runner in a Santa hat.  Continue reading Ho, Ho, Ho

problems, fudge and an intuitive eating experiment – first published 5 December 2012

Brave rhododendron
Brave rhododendron

Sometimes a day seems to be nothing but problems. This one, in December 2015 had more than its fair share and most of them came in the form of a certain entertainer. Add worrying about what to put on my Christmas list, the threat of snow and a hamper full of goodies I was desperately trying not to eat and you have a busy day. Continue reading problems, fudge and an intuitive eating experiment – first published 5 December 2012

some very scary news – first published 4 December 2012

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Mostly I don’t read the news. In my opinion half of it is scaremongering and the other half over exaggerated. All of it is depressing and there’s enough depression in the world without inviting it into your home. Generally I don’t watch the news on TV either, although I do eat my breakfast to GMTV or whatever they’re calling it these days. This is mostly because I like to know what the weather is likely to be doing before I have to go out in it and they have a handy little clock on the screen. Besides, the show is usually light and fluffy and I’m not really paying attention anyway. On 4 December 2012 though, there was a horrifying news item that almost made me choke on my granola. Continue reading some very scary news – first published 4 December 2012