Thursday, 17 January 2019

Long Johns At The Ready

Apparently it’s coming
The colder air 
I hope we’re ready for it
Here in Devon it isn’t always the temperature 
But the wind chill that seeps into our bones
My Mother used to always make sure
That vests were tucked into pants 
To keep body and soul together!
I guess she was right 
Last evening a small group of us
Carefully stepped up the garden path
And came to a halt by the largest apple tree
We made a very fine din indeed!
Toast soaked in cider was placed in the trees’ branches 
And some poured around it’s base
We sang and made merry for a short while
Before heading back inside
So today...goodness it’s going to be packed
Firstly a hasty visit to the hairdresser 
Then some training 
Then what remains of my working shift
Returning home to a wonderfully cooked tea by hubby
Actually he’s just popped back to our bedroom 
To ask what I am going to prepare for tea
So that he has the arduous task
Of placing it in the Aga!
Last week I managed to tumble out of hubby’s van
When he was using the car for a couple of days
I think my foot caught in the battery cover
And I made a very undignified trip to the ground
Landing on one knee
With my elbows nearly in a flower pot
I hobbled into work
And slowly it feels as though every bone and muscle
Was jarred
When did I get this old?!
It is my Saturday to work this weekend
But I intend for Sunday to be peaceful and restful 
I can live in hope
There is a jigsaw puzzle calling to me
I should really like to begin knitting something
But my fingers still feel sore and jarred
I hope the feeling improves soon
I feel as though Heidi is due some extra special woody walks
Ones I can find beautiful things to photograph 
And share with you
I’m not overly keen to share photos of Henry on here
He’s not mine to share!
And there’s only so many woodburner 

And fireplace photos you wish to see
Actually I could look at fireplace photos
Like forever!
These are old photos 
The first from RHS Rosemoor’s Glow event
The other I believe last Winters’ decor!
Blessings J. x

Monday, 14 January 2019

I Knew It Was A Mistake

Have you ever hesitated to get rid of something 
But then one day just gone and done it
I have
Almost without exception 
I have come to regret my action
The picture below is a copy of one I have had
For nearly 30 years
It was faded
The frame had broken 
I couldn’t think of where to hang it
So the other day it went in the woodburner 

As soon as it left my hand
I knew I had done wrong
But it was too late
So I searched online
And found a copy of the picture 
I intend to get a smaller copy
Which I can find room for
So hopefully all will be well again
I have this morning set up our new broadband
Not sure how much quicker it will be yet
Only time will tell
We had a weekend of jollity 
Friends came round for a meal on Saturday evening
I am still very tired
Henry is teething bless him
And we all know how cranky that can make babies 
Even our beautiful Henry!
As our weather is looking like it will be turning colder
I am attempting to bring in plenty of logs
Before trundling off to work this afternoon 
The wind picked up yesterday afternoon
And made some curious sounds through the cottage 
A welcome to Pam who left a comment on my last post 
The words on the banner are indeed my own!
I am glad that you like them
I hope they describe my home accurately 
People who visit say it is a very cosy place
Well as logs do not have legs
And bills do not pay themselves 
I need to finish up here for today
And continue with my allotted tasks
Blessings J. x

Monday, 7 January 2019


To comment once more
Had another update to do
And wallop
No more commenting from me
Sue...sorry to hear you haven’t been too well
Hope you’re back up standing very soon
The apple trees need your blessings!
Sheila...roast pork...yes yummy
Candlelight is kinder to us getting a little older!
Jules...more beautiful photos
Please keep sharing them with us
And to anyone else who inadvertently I have missed
Elaine, Aril, Janice, KJ, and Mrs. Tiggywinkle.
And that my friends is one issue with technology 
It often fails us.

Blessings J. x

Sunday, 6 January 2019

A Love Hate Relationship

Not with you dear reader
But with technology 

The internet 
Household appliances 

I love to be home
On a Winter’s night
With a storm raging outside
And to have a power cut

Candles cast their romantic glow
Around our old cottage 
We talk to each other
Instead of staring at screens

The fire exudes warmth
And light
We delight in it’s flames and crackles
It’s comfort

A car means we travel further to find work
Are expected to work after dark
Need to work more to pay for it’s running 
And eventual replacement 

Invade our personal space
Drain our time
Are much more expensive 
Than pens and paper 

I love being able to FaceTime Sonshine
And other family
Love reading your blogs
And being able to shop from my fireside 

It’s lovely having the electric Aga
A kettle boils quickly thanks to electricity
Travelling to work is a breeze in a car
And I stay reasonably warm and dry

Maybe we just need to know when to switch off
Blogger has helped me somewhat 
Very often lately my comments won’t publish
Thanks to some update or other

Our internet is very often less than .1 of a mb
Work continues a pace though
And I am finding getting tired commonplace 
I need to learn to say no
Slowly it should improve
My boss now knows that by September 
I shall be cutting back my numbers 

I took out our festive tree yesterday 
And a Father Christmas 
But Winter remains 
A roast is sizzling in the oven
The men and dog are dozing 

And so until next time 
Blessings J. x

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

On The Embers Of 2018

So the very last day of 2018
Came and went
As we surely knew it would 
I am reflecting upon the year past
It held good, bad, and the everyday 

Our Christmas has and continues to be
For let’s not forget there are 12 days to celebrate 
A happy family time
Full of chatting, baking, eating
And some minor bickering 
Just to keep things real!

The cottage has fairly bulged at the corners
With bodies snuggling under blankets 
And sitting telling stories
By the light of the tree

Henry has been mainly full of smiles
And practicing finding his voice
I have made next years puddings
Whilst everyone was home
So that we could all stir them
And make a wish
Henry stirred first
They will now mature in the freezer
Thus linking one year to the next

Much work has been done on youngest’s and Caveman 2’s house 
Many loaves of bread have been cut into sandwiches
Logs have been logged 
Quizzes puzzled over
Mince pies dolloped with cream
Meringues left in too hot an oven
So they tasted like sugar puffs
Choux buns baked and eaten
With cream and generous lashings of chocolate 

Birds have been fed in the garden
And thoughts occasionally have drifted towards 
What the garden will look like come Springtime

I hope your festive season 
Has brought you peace and joy
With copious amounts of love
 Our limited internet is making it nigh on impossible 
To upload photos
So for now I send you blessings J. x

Monday, 17 December 2018

Popping In

Quite literally as it happens came and I hardly even noticed you
Now you are racing along and I am beginning to panic
I’m not ready
The house is not ready
Five days vanished in a haze of feeling and being quite yuck
Enough details I assure you
Now my wobbly legs have returned to work
It’s Coming!
But for me it is not yet here
Not the tree or tinsel
Or the feeling
I will begin to feel a stirring 
On the Solstice Day
Then a couple of days later
On Sunday
We will put up our festive tree
This I usually like to do on the Solstice Day itself 
However Sonshine will be home to help on Sunday
And so I will wait
Some preparation has taken place
Like the lbs of pastry
Made and placed in the freezer
Along with biscuit dough
Two rich fruit cakes
Are wrapped in readiness for their fine outfits
Of marzipan and icing
It will come
It will happen
We will celebrate 
Just as we always do

Blessings J. x

Monday, 26 November 2018

What I Do

Thank you for your messages of support 
They have really helped me
So my new job
Which I must return to later today
I provide activities for mainly dementia patients 
Though not exclusively 
At a lovely residential home
Then later in the shift I provide care and medication
For the residents living in converted barn units
Actually sometimes I stay in the home and help also
It all depends

It is a home I have come to know well
As I have several learners there
And it is where my youngest now works 
It feels right and proper 
To be back doing some ‘hands on’ work
It is also regular work
Unlike the assessing
Where if you don’t see your learner
You don’t get paid
The problem I faced before going away was
Trying to fit a months worth of visits
Into half a month
Added to beginning my new job
Which I do twice a week
Plus every alternate Saturday 
It made for a truly exhausting period
As I move forward
I will avoid doing both jobs on the same day
Except where there is a learner at my workplace 
And so this week I am not visiting any learners
But I am doing my other job plus a couple of training sessions 
And I must do our VAT
How does that come around so quickly?
So I’m well aware that my emotional tank is now empty
I need to factor in some Henry cuddles
Also some chilled out time by the fire
How wrong that reads!
I would love to sand the stable door and get it painted
Before even considering draping the Cottage in its festive finery
Oh and I will also be contacting my son on a daily basis
He is not going to slip down the plug hole any further on my watch
Of course I have many more wants 
Such as making a Christmas cake
But we’re not actually going to suffer if I don’t get to it
Though that lovely smell would lift my spirits I feel
I could sit here in bed and wallow in self pity
But our days are short
And time is a precious gift I don’t want to waste
I must be strong for my family
And having suffered from the dark beast myself
I feel I have come out stronger and certainly more understanding 
Though I do also realise that happiness is a very fragile commodity 
Physical tiredness is much healthier than mental fatigue 
My sincere apologies if I have not left comments on your lovely blogs of late
But I hope you understand that I am conserving energy for other things
I am though just about caught up with reading your words 
And just following along gives my great pleasure 
Thank you
Blessings J. x