Thursday, 20 April 2017

Busy Busy

Lots going on

Lovely nephews wedding last weekend

A really lovely day and a very special couple

A missed tractor run Monday as I wasn't feeling great

But I managed to make the lunch


Then back to work

Fast forward to today

Hubby's 50th Birthday

He's taken Nellie off to run from Bude to Holsworthy as part of the 100 years of Fordson national run

Lunch at a local pub

The other woman...

Luckily I was between learners at lunchtime

This evening it's the tractor 'do' at Holsworthy

Tomorrow it's pack for another weekend away

For another nephews wedding

See...busy busy!!

Blessings J. x


Friday, 14 April 2017

Can't Be Bothered

That would be me at the moment then

I made the mistake of looking back at my past garden photos last night

My plants are still at the farm

I've been down there this morning and found tree branches dumped on some

Others are starving in their pots

They're all grown in with grass and something inside me has just snapped

I've managed to get four small ones into the car

That will be it for today as I have to get ready for a family wedding away tomorrow

Hubby said he would sort out a proper place for my pots when we moved here

Level and with our old patio slabs laid down

He hasn't

He didn't want them to come here as it would be like saying his Father is never going to honour his promises

I no longer care anything about what his Father may or may not do

I just need a home

And my plants are a link to my past

Seeing plants from my parents garden shoved aside and neglected is a step too far

I also have the Collabear rose, tended by my maternal grandmother

It will be coming home no matter what

From hence forth one day a week will be spent on plan get the garden home

Our weather is as dull as my mood

Whilst hoovering out the car I felt a few spits of rain

The fire is already lit

I can hear birds singing beautiful songs as they do just before a shower

I care not a jot what we eat this evening as long as I don't have to cook it

The car needs washing and I think I'll run it through the car wash this evening possibly calling in for some grab and go food on the way home

Yesterday eldest took me out for a Mothers Day treat to Tea On The Green where we indulged in sandwiches and cake

We shared both and were still stuffed beyond our breeches

It was mighty cold in the morning though

The afternoon warmed slightly and we went to Rosemoor

My favourite place was the greenhouse where freesias are fragrantly blooming

It was out of the wind too

There were loads of lovely tulips flowering in the cottage garden

Nearer to home bluebells flourish in the woodland

Wild garlic grows prolifically

There's always the long trudge back up the hill

I hope everything fits and goes together for the wedding tomorrow

It will be good to catch up with my family who I don't see often enough

Anyway Happy Easter everyone

Blessings J. x


Saturday, 8 April 2017

The Swallows Return

Today I saw my first swallows of the year

Two to be precise

Dancing in the sky against a wonderful blue background

Most of my day has been spent weeding the raised garden around the patio

Only now am I realising what will do where

Some parts are dry

Some damp

Some really shady and some sunnier

The large arch has to move

It's tilting precariously and I need to dig out brambles from behind it

I hope I won't encounter too much trouble from the master when asking to get it shifted up onto the garden

It's not even slotted together properly

Just kind of dumped and left

It needs a good clean and solar lights twisting round it

Then if in a sunnier position plants can grow up both sides

And look pretty

I like pretty

As soon as the bulbs are over I'll be temporarily hoiking them out in order to dig in some shrubs

And fillers

Then the bulbs can scatter into the spaces

I am rather feeling the effects of the days toil but it's a good feeling

Tomorrow I'm helping eldest and her hubby concrete a path

Think caveman is otherwise occupied

I'd better sleep well tonight!

Blessings J. x

Thursday, 6 April 2017


This beautiful early evening finds me exhausted

It's been a very hectic day workwise

And another forecast for tomorrow

Things are changing in the way diplomas are funded and assessed starting next month so I seem to be acquiring more than my fair share of students at the moment

I have agreed to this

It's just that I keep getting accosted by potential learners whilst visiting others and I'm not au fait with all the funding gubbins so my head is in a whirl

Youngest is on a mega organise Mother effort bless her!

At the moment the rest of the tribe are at the farm logging

I am home preparing a roast chicken tea

And sorting laundry

Oh and noticing the absolute state of this cottage thanks to some gorgeous sunshine

The windows all need another clean

Heidi has obviously come in wet and muddy and rubbed up against just about everything

I've shaken out the rugs that appeared to be full of sand

The beach has been visited three times in the past week and Heidi's coat has the capability of hoovering up an awful lot of beach!

Dust...don't get me started on the dust

It really is awful

But my feet and head are both throbbing

I am only human

Everywhere needs cleaning, rubbing down and painting

In a grunge colour

But the outside walls need plastering so grunge paint will have to wait

My goodness I am soooo tired

Blessings J. x

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

A Simple Soul

I am indeed a simple soul at heart

Nothing makes my heart swell quite the same way as a full log store or well stocked pantry

So imagine my delight last Saturday at seeing



The sun is shining gloriously so I must away to my tasks before seeing a learner

I had quite a few people booked in for visits this week

And all of them have changed their appointment times days or both

My poor diary looks rather messy now!

Blessings J. x


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

The Weekend

Well well well

What a loaded weekend

Saturday spent here

After our drink and biscuits Ben took us on a tour of the woodland that he manages

Different areas treated in different ways


He is introducing some different broadleaf tree varieties in case the sweet chestnuts succumb to disease

This charcoal burner gets moved into situ rather than bringing the logs to it

Ben says that as the years go by the quality of wood is improving through being managed so he doesn't make as much charcoal as he used to as it's only the scrap wood that gets burned

Lunch was eaten and more tea drunk


Next it was a look at the workshop and tools of the trade

All very interesting

Then the vegetable garden

We were allowed up on his raised decking area

Never knew outdoor pool tables existed before

Oh and believe it or not there's a wild swimming pool

Of course with another outside oven and bar area

Next THE house

To be honest after 15 years it's starting to get to the point where it needs a little attention

Some of the plaster has come away from the straw bales

Some of the shakes on one corner of the roof are beginning to look worn

But these repairs are no different to what any house requires

Ben says his saviour has been led lighting

As using solar power and storing it now he can enjoy a decent amount of light without draining the batteries too quickly

It did seem a little smaller inside than on the telly

But it has a families worth of furniture in now

And there were probably 16 of us

So no not small!

The Esse cooker that was originally in the kitchen has been replaced by a Rayburn

I believe the remains of the original are in the outdoor kitchen where Ben lived for the first few years

I didn't take photos inside the house

It seemed too intrusive for me to want to do so

A lovely day with lots of memories

Blessings J. x


Thursday, 30 March 2017

Thumping Rain

I woke early this morning

Rain thumping down can be a beautiful sound

Sleep though would have been even more delicious

I've been careful with my shoulder all week

Last evening I braved removing the sticky strapping

More will have to be applied today but I wanted to air the skin

I really want to lie on my right side

But with a black ear

Yes black

It's not happening

Today all sorts of preparations need to be undertaken for our weekend away

To the home of Ben Law

Excitement is slowly building

A list needs to be written

I need to bake goodies to take

And iron clothes

And clean boots

And remove whatever detritus is in the car

And prepare for visiting a learner tomorrow

And make a start on my online time sheet

And get things ready for an early start to work on Monday

Oh and hoop number 2 has been successfully jumped through

Still a long way to go yet though

It doesn't look like the day for a pleasant woodland walk

This might have to sustain me for today

And quite possibly this beast will be lit once more

Blessings J. x


Monday, 27 March 2017

A Clout 'Round The Ear

Let's set the scene


Busy having a clean up

Me to caveman 2

Could you move the wheelie bin to the front please as it's too heavy for me

This morning heading off to work

Open car door to throw in large bag of paperwork

Wing mirror hits wheelie bin and door rebounds onto my ear

I cried

It hurts

Bin has been moved

Caveman 2 will be making his own cup of tea tonight!

Laundry is once more flapping on the line but inside I'm hugging my hot bot

Think I'll give in and light the fire

Actually it's probably warmer out than in

I didn't sleep very well last night and it's catching up fast

Beginning to think someone or something has it in for me lately

Big smile and grit teeth!

Blessings J. x


Saturday, 25 March 2017

Oh The Smell Of The Earth

Well this morning as planned I did a little weeding

Just a little

Due to a certain annoying issue!


I smelt the Earth

You know the smell

The one that wakes you up from deep inside

Somewhere you've been slumbering all through the Winter months

So now I really don't want to be inside

Laundry is gently billowing in the breeze

Heidi and I had a most beautiful woodland walk

We took lunch with us

I brought home some twigs to hang eggs from

Once they are decorated

Something to do with The Daughters!

My mind is racing with plans

But what to do first?

The area around the patio basically has had a few bulbs chucked in it and a couple of really old rose bushes

Oh and lots of weeds

I'm contemplating removing everything once the bulbs are over and really cleaning out the soil

Hard work this year

But hopefully it would pay off in the future

Now there's a hint!

The huge arch that hubby made me a couple of years ago was just plonked down

It needs levelling

And loving

Maybe the solar lights reinstated up it

And now that I've smelt the Earth I'm up for the challenge

Hope you're all enjoying some beautiful weather

Blessings J. x


Friday, 24 March 2017


Also known as



A partial dislocation of the shoulder

As I said


Actually I've been muttering a few other unprintable expletives

Lots of things waiting to be done

I need to heal

And I don't think it's going to be in five minutes flat

And how I thought that continuing to play skittles was a good idea I'll never know

It wasn't

Nay mind

I'm rather looking forward to the clocks going forward

Lighter evenings

Extra walks

More steps

A little more weight off


So what tomorrow will bring I'm not quite sure

If it's warm enough a spot of left handed weeding




Time alone will tell

Blessings J. x

Thursday, 23 March 2017



No words to explain

No powers to understand

No patience for those who wish to harm others

Just why?

Blessings J. x

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

It's Spring...So I'm Told

The Spring Equinox is past

We're rolling now to the longest day

I'm not sure why our clocks don't go forward at Ostara

And why is Easter not the same time as Ostara

Religious politics maybe

I know I now wake to the sound of the dawn chorus

And am ready for bed fairly early

Maybe next week I'll feel more in tune with the clock

Today I feel really shattered

A slightly sore throat has been rumbling along for about three weeks

It's cold but I am reluctant to light the woodburner this early

The cupboards are fairly full but with ingredients not prepared morsels

I think some good music will be in order to encourage me to mould myself around the kitchen area today and produce some eats for the cavemen

For now though I await the arising of youngest

I need her to strap up my shoulder

It kind of popped out yesterday afternoon

It hasn't been strapped for about a week

Obviously showering Heidi took its toll


Actually I think I will light the fire

No fun in being cold

The first of about a zillion hoops has been successfully hopped through

Not without difficulty though

Several more to go yet though

Hopefully by the end of the year I will have good news to share

Blessings J. x

Sunday, 19 March 2017

All By Myself

Another Sunday finds me all by myself once again

I gave permission for hubby to go on yet another tractor run

Youngest and her caveman are visiting Sonshine


Have I moped


Fire is lit

Super shop from Booker has been fetched and portioned

Large pack of chicken breasts and bargain box of noodles all vacuum sealed

Budget transactions updated

Logs in

Dog tired out

Not a speck of housework done yet

But I'm not feeling guilty in the slightest

Nothing fancy being prepared for tea

Pate on toast sounds good

Blessings J. x

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Just How Much

Mending and making do

But how much is decent

Hubby has a problem in a delicate area


The crotch in his work trousers is constantly in need of repair

I don't quite know the intricacies of what causes this wear and tear

But I'm wondering if the botched repair I've executed today is a stitch too far

After all

I wouldn't want any chafing in that department

I'd never hear the last of it!

Another two pairs of my woolly tights have also seen yet more stitchwork

Every extra days wear has to count for something surely

Talk of the devil

He's just returned to the fold for an afternoon of rugby watching

I'm sitting tight in my chair basking in lamplight

And the fire is trying to burn

Albeit not very well in this wild wet weather

Blessings J. x