Getting ahead of myself!

Most surprisingly, I seem to have got well ahead with Christmas preparations this year – I blame a couple of my friends. Before the end of November one said she was writing her Christmas cards and another said she had bought and wrapped all her presents! That made me think I was behind. I therefore…

Sometimes life is mostly routine….

And that is how mine was during October and November. That means shopping, cooking, eating, washing up and repeat….with visits to the gym; Wednesday mornings working in the church coffee shop; visits to the library for books to read and reading them; picking up leaves from the garden: church on Sundays and even some cleaning….

Too many kittens?

First there was Rufus. He has grown into a (quite handsome) cat. Then there was Taffy, who has also grown into a (quite furry) cat. She got a friend – Toffee – and he is all black. Are they really friends or do they just live in the same house? Now there is Dobby –…

Go to an “Art” Exhibition

A friend said there was an art exhibition in the Cathedral, which she had been told was good. Knowing nothing about it, we arranged to go together. We walked to the Cathedral and started with coffee in the Cathedral refectory. The exhibition was called “Threads Through Creation” and turned out to be 12 very large…

A Weekend in the Cotswolds – part 2

The next day I had decided to do the walk to Lower and Upper Slaughter. The first part of the walk was through Bourton and past the church and then past the primary school. When building an extension to the latter they found the remains of an Iron Age settlement and so to get the…

A Weekend in the Cotswolds – part 1

My second weekend away was to Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds. As my niece and family live very close to the route, I arranged to stop there for lunch on the Friday – it was a pity I was very late because of queuing for an hour to get through Marlborough, as there were roadworks. I…

A Weekend in Sussex

Having had my holiday on “Waterways of Wales” cancelled, I found it very hard to find anything else to book as it was then getting quite late. The best I could manage was 2 weekends away – the first being in Sussex. This was an hf “self-guided walking”. As they say they want to do…

More Plants….

I have managed to get the orchid I had for Christmas to flower again. I am very pleased about that! Also picked my first beans and mangetout – and there are more coming… In addition I “harvested” my potatoes. These have been growing in a bag and the tops got very big and floppy so…

Wildlife!

In my garden some of the “wildlife” is very unwelcome. The slugs or snails have been eating my petunias and salvia. Then the squirrels have been eating the flower buds of a rose and the clematis. I have yet to have any flowers that have managed to come out on either. On the other hand,…

Garden notes 2

Everything is very slow in the garden this year as it has been so cold. A friend and I went to “Baskets and Blooms” at the end of April and bought plants. I got a saxifrage, a forsythia and some bedding plants. The saxifrage was put in almost immediately. The forsythia went in quite quickly…