Holiday in France

Last year, my bother asked if I would like to go on holiday with his family in France.  Having decided that 2 weeks was too long, I had to work out if I could get there or get back without too much difficulty.  This turned out to be easier (for me) than I thought it…

Scones and chat (and songs)

Actually, this was advertised as “Songs and Scones” but my priority might just have been slightly different. This was a singing workshop organised by Fiona and her husband Rob.  There were two over the summer but I only managed to get to the second as I had a visitor on the day of the first…

NOT the Achilles tendon (thank you, God)

This is going to cause some of you a really big laugh – I can see it coming……. I went to the gym on Saturday, as usual and as I have been doing (with 2 breaks when moving house) for over 19 years.  I was running on the treadmill, as I have been for…..etc. etc….

I’ve got a Shed!

Yeh!  I’ve got a shed!  So – I had a shed before, but this is twice the size and is like a “man shed” – the sort that men go to hide from their wives and children in.  There is room for a chair and if I had electricity or a small spirit or camping…

Twenty-one minutes?!

A young friend visited this week – well, he is 33, but I consider that young.  And I have known him since he was born, on and off, so that makes him young to me.  I seem to have quite a few friends that age – how odd…. Anyway, I bought a treacle tart from…

Made redundant from my “Job”

I went into the Trussell Trust this week and found out that they had appointed paid receptionists, so I was no longer needed.  I hadn’t had warning of this;  it was just thrown at me when I walked in and was introduced to the new receptionist!  They found something for me to do after I…

To Cornwall with “Wessex Warblers”

Early rising is not my thing, so having to get up in time for a taxi to pick me up at 6.40 for departure from the coach park was not good!  The two coaches left soon after 7.00 and met up with the third coach carrying the rest of the “Wessex Warblers” at Exeter services….

Three years into retirement….

I saw an ex-colleague of mine when I was working in the charity shop this week.  She had just finished her last day at school and so had retired!  So how am I finding it, three years in? I think I am happier than I have ever been – much more relaxed and the only…

Housegroup end of term barbecue

I am not usually that keen on barbecues, but with the very hot weather we have been having, I thought it might be quite nice to go to this as it was our end of term social.  And it was good. D had got the barbecue going before we got there, so we avoided all…

A special session with the Coffee Choir

This week we had a special session with the Coffee Choir, led by a young man from Brazil called Pedro Consorte.  He has worked with ‘Stomp’ and is into percussion, including body percussion!  Fiona knew of him because he shared a flat with her son.  Having seen the YouTube clips but been reassured by Fiona…