Monday, 25 September 2017

I've Been


Actually feeling rather poorly for most of this past week

Probably due to lots of things all happening at once

Changing seasons

Another funeral

Business meetings



I also have fingers toes and everything else crossed

Lots of big stuff going on

I'll let you know if it's a happy outcome

If not you'll probably find me living in some cave off the North Devon coast!

Micky has taken a liking to sleeping in our bedroom

In front of the window

As long as he's a good boy this is ok with us

Quite shamefully this is the only photo I've taken recently

Answers on a postcard please!

Must dash...a longish journey awaits for work meetings today

Blessings J. x


Thursday, 14 September 2017


This fairy has been feeling a tad battered and even crumpled since braving going out in the heavy rain and strong winds over the weekend

Unfortunately this fairy also has lots to do and yesterday lit the woodburner and sat literally up against the hearth to warm her wings as she worked

She was working late into the night as she had issues with the caveman's paperwork!

She realised in the dead of night that she hadn't changed the duvet from Summer to Autumn and woke many times feeling cold

Her garden is looking sad and neglected after the storms which have been raging all week and don't appear to have blown out quite yet

Poor fairy has another spell of mad panic this morning, but hopefully this afternoon she will find the time to have her locks cut and made to shine again and this will help her feel able to tackle all that she has to

The fairies accountant wants paperwork

The fairies financial advisor wants paperwork

The fairies bank account needs some money

The fairy has been feeling hungry all the time

Oh fairy I do hope you can find what it takes to make some magic happen

Perhaps this chap could help

Well at least he's not lashing out as people pass him anymore

He even accepts a cuddle sometimes

Unfortunately he doesn't like dogs and Heidi would love to press her nose against him to see if he squeaks

And continues to do this when claws are attached to her face

So for now he resides in his upstairs flat!

Anyway, much as this little fairy would love to hide under the duvet and let everyone else deal with the chaos that's happening at the moment, she deep down knows that without her nothing will get done and everyone will be in the same situation that they are now

And the fairy is going to do her best to make some good things happen

Blessings J. x


Sunday, 10 September 2017

Mightily Uninspired

I find myself alone on this miserable excuse of a Sunday afternoon

Sonshine left after an early lunch

So he is still on his journey

The weather is pretty vile

I have lit the woodburner

But even that keeps blowing out

A sorry state off affairs if ever there was one

Youngest is working

Hubby is at an all weekend Ploughing event

I went yesterday and wore plenty of mud home

The photo shows Sonshine pulling the fish and chip van with hubby issuing his orders!

It is not the afternoon for berry picking

Or meandering through leafy lanes

I am not a Sunday shopper by choice

A jigsaw has been finished

A 99p beauty from a local charity shop last week

Not the easiest which was rather nice

Now I know I have work I could be doing

But I can't face it

I should maybe even be planning what to make people for Yule gifts

But no, no enthusiasm here today

I need sunshine

Beans have been picked with great reluctance on my part

I still have to process them

However I have managed a batch of Cornish Fairings

Oops...too much syrup!

Still officially yummy though

And news that Sonshine has made it back to his girlfriends house for a roast tea

I always get a bit low when he leaves after a visit

Though I know he's happy

And that counts for a lot

Still... a Mother is allowed to miss her Son surely

It is rather windy here

But with the goings on in America and Islands it's but a whimper in comparison

Caveman no.2 has returned to the fold

Things are looking up!

Blessings J. x


Thursday, 31 August 2017

Can I

Much head scratching and pencil chewing has been happening here at Little Winter these past few days

The budget has been revisited

Several times

Yule/Christmas and birthdays had been unintentionally missed off completely


After pondering


Much sighing

Eldest and myself realised that actually I had miscalculated my fuel spend

Making the monthly figure a weekly one

Saving grace!

Oh and the Yule/Christmas budget this year £150

Including fresh tree


This is the year with no tiddlies in our immediate family to worry about that consumerism gets a huge bashing

So what am I cutting out

Crap basically

Plastic tat

Chemical laden food

Stuff bought on a whim

Love will be unlimited

Warm fires to sit by unlimited

Good wholesome food unlimited

Fun games and laughter will also be plentiful

I am well aware that I shall need to wear blinkers and ear mufflers from November onwards

Take no notice of the spending fairies pleas for me to part with my hard earned money

And gifts, yes there will be gifts

We have decided with the children that we will each provide for everyone else gift's' to the value of £5

These will be placed in their 'stocking'

I shall probably be in charge of hubby's £5's as well

Hopefully we will have fun guessing who gave what!

I do not intend to disappoint my offspring and have cunning plans forming

I have a decent supply of materials

And a sewing machine

We have charity shops that sell some good quality old curtains and bed covers sometimes

So girlies could reasonably expect a lovingly crafted shopping bag

Maybe an apron

Men...hum...a little more difficult

Aah...gloves...knitted gloves

Homemade crackers

With snap if I can find any in my stash

A chocolate for the gift

If Autumns' chill winds can hold off maybe I could keep picking the runnerbeans for longer and have enough to make chutney for gifting

They didn't produce beans until late in the season this year so I'm keen to use each one

Blackberries appear plentiful this year

So cordial might reasonably feature as a gift

Fun doesn't have to equate to a big spend thankfully

Our money will still be getting spent though

But hopefully on things like a mortgage and emergency fund

Oh and we have a new addition to our family

A three legged cat

He's 'retired' from the home I work at

He's choosing to live upstairs at the moment due to him not being used to dogs

He comes with issues

He's a feisty old man

But has had a past not many of his ilk have had to endure so we're forgiving him

So welcome to your new home Micky

And please no more biting when I stroke you

Or grabbing of ankles

You owe me a new pair of tights!

I really need to be downstairs and attending to the dreaded VAT which will probably swallow my entire day today

Blessings J. x


Saturday, 26 August 2017

Back on Home Soil

The last week has found us gadding about all over the place

First we travelled to Sonshines' place for a few days

Where we did lots of this

Yes it's gone

It was sooo good

The venue 'Cobwebs' in Abbots Bromley

Just imagine

Lime and pistachio

Heaven on a plate

See...happy people!

Then on Monday we trained ourselves up to Edinburgh

On Tuesday it was my birthday

A big one!

We dressed up in the Georgian house in Charlotte Square

I'd decided not to take a scrap of makeup with me for the whole holiday as I couldn't be bothered

I regretted this decision!

Of course there was more of this to be done

Then as dusk fell we headed up the Royal Mile to the Castle and watched the Royal Military Tattoo



What a way to spend a birthday

Anyway on Thursday we returned to Sonshines'

And yesterday we headed home though via Newbury for buying a machine purposes

The whole journey took 12 1/2 hours

This morning my back has officially said enough and I'm a hobbling so how much of the work I'd hope to get done will actually get done I don't know

Anyway I hope this finds you all well and happy people

Blessings J. x


Friday, 11 August 2017

The Rainy Season

Previously known to us as Summer

Frankly I'm getting rather fed up with it now

Some dry days would be most welcome


Today I actually have a day off

Though sadly have another funeral to attend


Yesterday I did manage to weed most of the area around the patio


We have been bringing in our meagre Harvest...


Runner beans

The first tomato

And as it's the school holidays eldest has been a frequent visitor

Of course you're never too old to lick out the bowl!

Sonshine came home on Tuesday

And his girlfriend arrived yesterday

A houseful!


So I must away to my duties

Blessings J. x


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

I Can Remember...

...a long time ago

each Christmas Morning

Dad's boss

'The Lady'

The farm owner

Would return from church bearing gifts for my parents

For Dad an envelope


For Mum

Maybe some new sheets

Or a table cloth


And always a huge most beautiful box of chocolates

So unlike what we see today

Sometimes the box had raised decorations

Usually a lovely ribbon bow


And inside the box

A wondrous array of shiny treats

We only ever had one at a time

And you learnt to savour the taste

After all were gone the box would be used

To store old photos

Or greetings cards


Never discarded


So now when I see mile high stacks of plastic tubs

Containing less and less sickly sweet blobs

Well I long for the return of the beautiful chocolate box

And the shiny goodness within

Nothing I've seen in recent years compares with those beautiful examples in my memory

Blessings J. x


Friday, 4 August 2017

Nature Friendly

This blog has been sat patiently waiting for me to add pictures which I have yet to take

Work has been hi jacking the majority of my waking hours

In fact some of my sleeping hours too

I really hope soon things will calm down drastically

Anyway this is what I had written


I honestly don't know how long we will live at Little Winter but am determined whilst we are here the garden will be a haven for wildlife

Ummm....apart from the flying ants the other afternoon

Sorry ants

We have left a huge tree stump in situ

Upon the stump sits an old birdtable top

Now grown over with ivy

And surrounding this is an area left wild

An old clay pipe rests nearby

Stone walls stand at the base of some of our perimeter hedging

Bird feeders are visited regularly

There are two large fir trees, and a small one that after nesting is over we want to remove

But hopefully in their place will be a small orchard area

I have a large round tub without holes

Heidi was supposed to use it as a paddling pool

But doesn't

So maybe we could utilise this and dig it in as a pond liner

With stones placed in it so that wildlife can get in and out at their will

Some oxygenating plants

Then I'm sure Heidi will love to wallow in it!

Plans and hard work and a body full of aching muscles

I should also like a few raised beds for vegetables and soft fruit

Hubby is not a tidy gardener

And our harvest this year is modest to say the least

I feel that raised beds would help

A gooseberry bush that we found in an overgrown bed last year has not fruited at all this season

This needs to be moved

But I am not able to do everything at once

And hubby and his muscle power are kept busy at work this time of year

We have had several days of constant rain

At times I could almost have done with some lighting on

I hope that soon the weather Goddess will see fit to shine some golden goodness upon us

Much as I love Autumn

I would like a little more Summer before she appears

Blessings J. x


Thursday, 20 July 2017

A Week Of Storms

This past week has raced by

Hanging washing out when possible to blow in the breeze

Taking a chance, and hoping that the ominous looking clouds will not empty their contents upon it

Winning some and losing some

Listening to thunderstorms rolling in

Hearing the straight down rain and wondering if it will ever stop

Getting frustrated when work meetups don't come to fruition

Enjoying watching the world para athletics

Realising that the nights are beginning to pull in

Grieving for the loss of an Uncle

The last of his generation

And also for a local young farm worker

Killed when thrown from his tractor

It has been a week with so much going on and happening

I haven't had much opportunity to browse the usual blogs

But I'm still here

And will catch up eventually

I'm cutting myself some slack

And accepting that not everything will get done

Not everything will be perfect

The rain will batter the flowers

But that's ok

And I can't do anything about it

Blessings J. x

Thursday, 13 July 2017

When Everything Hurts

It's a real pain this joint Hypermobility Syndrome thingy

A bit of a beast really

At the moment it's being rather too unruly

I need to train it into submission

When it gets too painful I have trouble sleeping

And if I don't sleep properly I have trouble concentrating

And if I have trouble concentrating I have trouble working

And if I have trouble working I get behind

And if I get behind with work I get uptight

And if I get uptight it affects my condition

Hang on a minute

I sense a connection

So today it will be back on with the kinesiology tape

See if that helps

If not I may just abandon all notions of work and take a stroll around Rosemoor gardens

This bevy of beauties is growing in the walled vegetable garden there

Whereas our pathetic little specimens need...well I'm unsure what they need...ants have eaten through so many of them and they appear stunted

Who would think looking at ours (if I was brave enough to show you a photo) that in 1978 I actually won the tallest sunflower competition and received two small books from the wildlife trust or was it the woodland trust I can't remember

On another note

A certain fluffy beast is smelling rather 'fusty'

She sits in the shower and is not very cooperative when it comes to botty washing

So a plan has been hatched





Two people

Legs akimbo

She will protest and wriggle

But as you know ladies 'fusty butt' is not pleasant

I'll let you know how things go!

But for now

Blessings J. x


Sunday, 9 July 2017

Lost In Books

Yesterday afternoon whilst hubby was working I set off to the fete of a neighbouring village...we actually lived on its outskirts when first married

I wasn't alone

Heidi came too as there was a dog show

And she won the fluffiest dog class


There was an enormous stall selling books

Loads and loads of books

I don't need any books

I live in a modest cottage

However at four for a pound I was tempted

And parted with a whole £2!

A couple gardening books I shall pass on to people I know might be glad of them


I feel as though I have made a couple of new 'friends'

One called Farmhouse Cookery, Recipes from the Country Kitchen by Readers Digest 1981 edition

This has some very interesting facts in it...not just recipes

The other is titled Nature Diary by Janet Marsh

She wrote and illustrated this diary in 1979 when the Itchen Valley in Hampshire was earmarked for the M3 motorway extension

In fact they are so interesting I think I may just pop them by my bed for some inspirational reading

So it's up the wooden hill for me now

Blessings J. x

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Longing For

I'm longing for some steady Summer days

With blue skies

A refreshing morning dew

A soft soothing, but warm breeze

The droning sound of insects, busy about their work

Beautiful birdsong

Oh wait

We kind of had that on Sunday






A lovely picnic lunch and long walk at Simonsbath

It was amazing

Though later clouds filled the sky once more

And a chill commanded the evening

Sending us reluctantly indoors

Sometime around Lammas the sky darkens

To a deeper shade of blue

The sting goes from the sun

This becomes my favourite time

A time to fill bowls with blackberries

Of tentatively using the first windfall apples

A time of picking and preserving

Of reaping the rewards of a Summer well spent in the vegetable plot

Oohhh what things we have to look forward to

Blessings J. x


Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Using All The Senses

Yesterday could be described as a 'heavy' day

I absorbed lots of other people's emotions

And quite frankly it wore me out

When I got home what I felt like doing was curling up into the foetal position and waiting for rescue


Having been given the heads up firstly from Hawthorn on here that it could be a very natural trait I have of absorbing the feelings of others and all sorts of other things I took action

Heidi point blank refused to accompany me so she was left abandoned at home

I was off

Up the road and down the lane, round the corners and on for quite a way

It wasn't a particularly restful walk

And I didn't stop to admire the beauty around me

I stepped out and gradually my breathing became less ragged

On reaching home Heidi presented me with a very sad face which I chose to ignore in favour of preparing our evening meal

Then hubby phoned to say that he was being fed where he was working and would be away all evening

Aah well

This gave me the opportunity to try again with Heidi after tea

She was reluctant at first, thinking she'd prefer to be having a trip in the car

But with a little coaxing, over the road and down the lane we went...and into the wood

This time I was absorbed in my surroundings

The evening air held the wonderful scent of honeysuckle

I stopped and took deep breaths

It was past mid evening but still we entered the wood

The only sounds were of nature

A blackbird scuttled from right in front of my feet before taking a low flight path away from us

Other birds were clearly settling themselves down for the night

I talked and touched trees

Spoke gently to the ferns

And whispered to the waters in the stream

Heidi was alert to sounds I could not hear

Whether she saw deer that frequent the bank by the stream I don't know

The recent rains have allowed for lush growth which provides good coverage

We lingered a while, me watching the flies dance just above the waters surface

And Heidi to sniff where she pleased


Back up the path we went

Me feeling much more at ease and Heidi looking very happy

I didn't want to take photos

I just wanted to use my imagination

And I often clutched the pendant that had arrived for me earlier and I had immediately worn

Of blue and green obsidian

I hope that this will absorb some of the negative energies from others that they freely and without knowing pass on to me

In fact I was so confident that it had indeed taken away some of my negative baggage that I showered without removing said pendant in order to cleanse the stones

Many times I stopped and gazed at ivy

Growing strong up the sides of trees

I could feel the invisible pull of roots through my own feet down into the earth

Until once more we were back in the lane

I know I need to repeat this experience often

For not just physical health

We have more senses than we care to understand sometimes

Last evening I felt truly alive

Not just hustling along with the masses

But being me, the real me

And fitting in with the natural world

Being a part of reality

In our modern world I feel we have to be what is expected of us

Not what we really are

Blessings J. x

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

One Last Time?

Well as our internet connection is so slow I've migrated back to Blogsy this morning in the hope it will still work!

Google photos getting to google shared photos seems to take forever and I just don't have forever to mess around

So while I'm here, here is a small selection of what I've been up to during our heatwave

Tea and cake on the patio...naughty but nice!

Not wanting to heat up the house this little beauty was brought out of hiding!
Oh yes I did...and it was lovely

First batch of elderflowers

Of course this madam came too

And finally last night at the beach in an attempt to cool down

All looks rather idyllic from the photos...what doesn't show is the crispy washing coated in bird poo...the sweaty bodies...the aching limbs...or the throbbing heads

But mostly it has been good

Alas today again I must leave the house for much of the day in order to earn money to pay the bills...big sigh...and tomorrow I need to dedicate the whole day to assessing a pile of distance learning workbooks...even bigger sigh...but at least I can be home...with the mutt...who loves to have me with her...not necessarily doing anything...but just there

So let's hope everyone is staying safe in the sun

Blessings J. x


Wednesday, 14 June 2017


This blogger thingy isn't that compatible with my iPad

As in I can't scroll completely up or down the page

I could blog from my mac

However for some reason Google photos kind of doesn't see eye to eye with that piece of equipment 

Insert sigh

Deep sigh

I'm currently investing Wordpress

But am not ditching here until I'm sure

Absolutely sure

And I believe Blogsy still works until I agree to the next update for iPad

Which I keep declining

For now

I have a home day today

Which won't all be at home

I feel another trip to the garden centre 

Hubby keeps commenting on how lovely the garden has begun to look!

Strike while the iron's hot do they not say?!

So more of this

Plus some more compost, secateurs, fresh herbs, and solar lights are on the list

It promises to be some day!!

Blessings J. x

Monday, 12 June 2017

At Last

It's been a busy and productive afternoon

Well...hubby left me alone today as he went upon a tractor run

After going to the farm and eyeing up my massively overgrown plants

I ventured forth to rather a nice garden centre

It was there that a carload few carefully chosen plants found their way into my possession

Anyway I had begun the transformation when who should appear home earlier than expected but hubby himself

Just in time to dig up the two remaining roses and transplant them to the other side of the patio

He's been a big help and fixed wires up for the roses 

These beauties I cut from the roses before they were moved

We had a BBQ tea outside
Determinedly so for it had become rather chilly

And so we along with these hunkered down inside while once more rain fell from the sky

Blessings J. x