Friday, 19 May 2017

Two Long Days

This past two days I have spent far too much time in my car

Both days having to travel to the county's capital city

For work

Two early starts

Two evening returns

New learners signed up

Things learnt

Head buzzing

But now for the weekend

And tomorrow yet another visit to very near the same place

The Devon County Show

I wish to see the river of poppies display as I knitted a few myself

And Sonshine is travelling all the way down to take part in a tug of war event at the show

He's not travelling alone either

We are due to meet a special someone!

They are staying here Saturday night and Sunday is his birthday

Happy Mother!

I'll be sad Sunday afternoon when they have to travel back though

But we should be going up to them next weekend

I need to spruce up the spare room some more

What gets done gets done and what doesn't doesn't as energy has deserted me this evening




And the photos from a recent walk are just because

Blessings J. x


Monday, 15 May 2017


My bedroom curtains are open revealing a grey blustery day

I should be up and dressed already

But instead have brought my morning cuppa back to bed

Just how quickly I can get ready for work I shall put to the test

Enthusiasm is low at this point for venturing forth and earning money

Saturday evening found us at yet another wedding party

I'm all in with this constant party life

But at last all the invitations have been exhausted

Time for a rest in the partying department!

It has been fun but we're not as young as we used to be

I shan't be leaving any washing billowing on the line

By the time I return goodness knows who's garden it would be in

And I now can see that it's raining

Ah well

Got to water the weeds somehow

Blessings J. x

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Getting A Straighter Head

Will we won't we

Do we don't we

Can we can't we

And so on

So what is happening

I do not know

My plan of action now

To resign myself that this is Little Winter

We have yet to move to Winters End

Plants will be planted

And cuttings taken to bring on

I do not foresee a kitchen extension

But there will be a mud room on the side of the cottage

If I can move our pantry cupboard and fridge freezer out I will be happy

And the boots and coats

And Hoover

And the bin

And I will loose myself in some happy planning escapism

A beautiful family kitchen

Complete with one of these

Photo from the Everhot website

This would be my ultimate choice

And practical too

As cleaning a regular oven with my shoulder issues is very difficult

The cottage still needs plastering on the outside and the top back wall redoing

Everywhere needs a fresh lick of paint

The garden needs a thorough sort out

Fir trees removing


Grass reseeding

Pillars topped off

Curtains need making

And door curtains

I already have the material cut

And a new front door!

Should keep us our of mischief for a day or two

Hubby will always hanker after having a complete unit of workshop and house one day

I hope they won't be right on top of each other

But when I do move to Winters End

That will be it

Only being carried out!!

Blessings J. x


Wednesday, 10 May 2017


Goodness where to begin

I am in turmoil once again

All I've ever really wanted was to have a home we could call our own and make it comfortable and cosy

A place to feel safe

For reasons out of our control this has never happened

Just when I get plans in place to make Little Winter our own

Something gets thrown into the mix

Something that stirred a little over Christmas but the offer was turned down

Now details of what exactly would tempt someone to sell land have become apparent and once more I feel on edge

If this indeed comes to fruition it may well be perfect for us

But I have had to watch my husband go down after countless disappointments before and am feeling very unsettled about this latest carrot being dangled before him

We also have the problem of who would pay for what and if we are hoping to get a mortgage to buy out youngest and her caveman it will leave us no leeway for grand designs

Already in my head I am planting my plants here but taking cuttings for future use

And a lovely kitchen extension is unlikely to happen if hubby is still hankering after something more


It's a problem that most people would be delighted to have I'm sure

But when you've been knocked back so many times before it's impossible to get excited

And that is sad

I've started to remove the weeds from the smaller shaded side of the patio bed

But the excitement I felt at being able to plant up the area had subsided greatly which is such a shame

Maybe it could be my practice space

Like a Chelsea flower show garden

With the joint issues I'm having though it's a little upsetting realising that things I could once do I now have to rely on others for


Happily the sun is still shining and for once I am home for the whole day

Things will be alright in the end I'm sure

It's just that the road we're taking has been very long with many detours along the way that very often left us further back than when we began the journey

Blessings J. X

Monday, 8 May 2017

Happy Days

Sore feet

Stiff back

Dirty fingernails

Yes I was all day gardening yesterday

Not planting

But removing


Bulbs lifted

Shrubs potted for now

Waiting with eagle eyes for any new emergence of weeds

And hubby to re-do the old pig shed roof

Which will involve trampling all over part of the flower bed

Hence a delay planting

All that remains are two rose bushes which produce no scent and though I hate getting rid of plants will go before I plant up my BLANK CANVAS

This is very exciting but a little daunting as I'm hankering very seriously for a lovely family kitchen extension errr ummmm in the future if plans go accordingly you understand!

Lots of windows and skylights may allow a successful flower bed to continue

There is a serious amount of work to do outside

No way will it all be done in time for Yule!

It's all about prioritising

Pig shed roof AKA the utility first

Next possibly the exterior back wall

Big job as the old bedroom extension where we sleep is only a rotted plywood plastered jobby

More mess


And using family muscle as much as possible

But excitement is bubbling slowly

I didn't want to come inside last evening

Even put off having a shower until this morning so I wouldn't have wet hair going to bed as it was fairly late and we weren't lighting the fire

I consider using a hairdryer unnecessary except in extreme cases!

My first learner of the day has cancelled due to illness so this morning is more relaxed than it would otherwise have been

A family of swallows are again using the nest just above our bedroom window


You know when you have all the ideas and not enough time or energy or means to do them all at once

Well that's me

But I'm going to have a darn good try

The swing seat I bought while living at the bungalow has been pulled out of overgrown grass down at the farm and is now home

Sadly it is rather rusty, but despite hubby's protests that it's a waste of time I am going to paint it

In fact I went to his workshop last evening and helped myself to a tin of red oxide

And a wire brush from his van!

This girl is determined

Though hubby has realised that I will need major help in removing my plants from their enormous pots in order to plant them up

He's a strong fellow so his help is appreciated

Though he'd strimmed the wildlife area while I was preparing roast lunch!

That issue has been raised in a calm manner and hopefully resolved!

The small EE box has not solved our problems

Hopefully on Thursday when I have to go to the big town...well past the big town for work I'll call in to EE and sort out fibre to copper because get this BT...they are offering it!

Until then I can only hope that this complete with a single photo will upload

Thank you for all your kind comments about our broadband woes...they are much appreciated

So until next time

Blessings J. x


Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Painfully Slow

Our internet issues are sadly still ongoing

But you know what

The sky is blue

Birds are singing

We have food in the cupboards

A little money in the bank

A beautiful brood of 'grown up' children

A loving mutt

So despite the numb nuts at BT who brought fibre optic cable to our box making the regular internet slower then refusing to allow anyone to actually have fibre to copper connection we shall rise above this minor major inconvenience

Little darlings

So we went to another beautiful wedding

Though sadly those photos have yet to transport themselves over the dodgy airwaves that we pay good money for each month

Just pretend you can see...please...for my remaining sanity!

I didn't feel the need to wash my face in the dew yesterday morning as I received a thorough soaking on Sunday at a hill climb event

My first and last visit to such an event me thinks!

Anyway I must away to my work

Blessings J. x

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Internet Woes

All well here but internet virtually non usable

Happily busy too!

Blessings J. x

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