Thursday, 8 July 2021

Space Required

Please don't misunderstand me...I really do think the world of may family...but we all need some space...not just to move around in either...daughter and her family currently have no kitchen or bathroom so regular trips to Grandmas' are in order...and usually welcomed...but this morning I have found it all just a little too much...I had some payments I needed to make and some phone calls that needed to happen before I go off to work later...cue daughter arriving with the children to make a nearly new Kenwood bowl crashing to the floor...the sofa cushions being removed...and generally everything needing to be moved up out of reach...I gritted my teeth at the screaming as youngest caught his hand in a drawer...scooped him up and passed him to Mummy...and exited to the garden for a spot of therapy planting! I have returned some time later to a much quieter and emptier house...apart from the noise of the builders...tears I feel are not far away...this building lark is stressful indeed!!

Hopefully back soon in a better frame of mind...and having caught up with some blog reading...

Blessings, J. x

Thursday, 24 June 2021

The Battle

Now don't fret you good being the Summer Solstice I'm referring obviously to the battle betwix the Holly and Oak Kings...

Unfortunately I have not been able to do quite what I had envisioned on this special day due to having the boys for an extra day this week. Same again tomorrow Grandma!

Three days later...

And thus life continues apace here at Little Winter...precious little time for writing a blog post let alone an interesting however there are no builders on site making noises or requesting supplies or drinks, or plasters or pain relief...concrete blocks can do some damage if they come in contact with a balding head!

So breathe...well until I have to head for work this afternoon anyway. I had hoped to pick up an easier shift in the day centre yesterday, however it ended up not opening so my bosses requested that I swop shift to later today...a not so restful experience but with the building costs rising I had little choice but to opt in.

I know I am not alone in having a blogging malaise about me...I really love to write, but for that you  have to be in the mood, it takes an awful lof of energy to put your soul onto paper or screen and it's energy that has been sadly lacking here of late.

Our cottage can now only be described as filthy and uncared for...well not uncared for but I am worrying that they are doing all this building work and I won't have the energy or drive at the end to make it a cosy home. All I see at the moment is mess and an endless stream of bills. Having the children an extra day this week really tired me out and it will be the same next week as youngest daughter tested positive for we're not sure, she had had two weeks at home and returned to work for only 3 days. In her holiday she was picking elderflowers and making cordial. Whether it has come via her partner who knows, but they are both repeatedly testing negative on their LFT tests...very frustrating.

Today has dawned overcast and for once I am almost thankful...when it is so lovely outside I don't want to be in at all. I have a few things I can do from the comfort of the sofa with feet raised before work. Those feet will be put to good use later I can guarantee!

The hedgerows and waysides are blooming and beautiful, though keeping a small child from wanting to pick the lovely hemlock has been quite a worry. It grows in swathes along the waters edge and does look very attractive. Henry has learnt to steer clear of stinging nettles the hard way. Nature is full of such cruel beauty at times.

And now I am just going to let the pictures do the talking...

Blessings, J. x

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Flaming June

Well well I sit in my garden on a beautiful June! Quite how June has arrived so soon after Christmas I'm not sure...but the lady is here...the skies are blue and life is feeling pretty good. The birds are singing around me and if I am lucky this evening as I water the plants that require such, an evening performance to rival any orchestra will be free to listen to.

We have a lone bilder toiling away for us today...the other two have gone to finish a job that was held up due to the previous bad weather. Progress is progress though and for this I am more than grateful.

There is a stiff breeze still blowing, however today I am happy for it to be so. The hedges are beginning to take on their frothy appearence. Washing dangles from our line and well...even the ever growing bindweed isn't getting to me today...I shall conquer it in the end...until then it is such a good vs the bindweed. 

Hopefully when the hubby gets home from work we will have a grill in the garden. He is a bit of a caveman so a good old grill suits him well. I prefer to do the cooking though. Charcoal has it's uses but not as a food thank you!

I am pleased to report that despite the awful clanking eminating from our washing machine earlier a pocket knife has emerged cleaned but otherwise unharmed and I slill have my drum door glass intact. No I don't check hubbys' pockets...used to...didn't like it so now don't!

Youngest has the next couple of weeks off...we went for a walk on the commons earlier...and passed by the Hockings ice cream van...yes we did would have been rude not has been perfect ice cream weather here. Despite what it could do to my hips long may it continue.

One corner of the plot...only taken a few days ago, but already changing...a rose is budding up more and I have added a dahlia to the left side. Everything is just growing at the moment. 

Well I'd better not waste too much time typing so until next time...

Blessings. J. x

Wednesday, 26 May 2021


Spring...I should like to know if we have offended you in any appeared in your glory earlier in the year, chasing Winter away almost before it's time...but then when your turn on the wheel became truly available you had left us near naked to icy winds and ferocious rain storms...where are are missed dreadfully. Your beautiful colours and gentle warmth soothes our souls. Each day this week we have been promised your return, only for a change of heart at the last moment. We are hopeful that today will be the day you do truly return, but so far the light still looks very watery. Please return to us Spring...before Summer knocks you sideways for another year.

Tulips now by the front door...still splendid after all the wind and rain...

Hiding under the front window...

Before the tulips took over from the daffodils...and before our front space became a builders yard!

Back soon...
Blessings J. x

Wednesday, 12 May 2021

A Quiet Walk


So this morning was set to hold the best of the weather for today. After a trip into town to fetch some much needed building supplies I slipped into my wellies and headed down to the woods...


Dedicated in memory of all the babies who fall asleep before they are born.

Blessings, J. x

Monday, 10 May 2021

Just A Little Bit

Jaded...there I said it...that is precicely how I feel today. Tired and washed out. Heavy showers are preventing me from getting the laundry dry outside, an extra workshift on Saturday has left me worn out and I got myself an injury from one of the clients as a special bonus. Gee thanks. I normally love my job, but right now I really don't. Having serious considerations into a career move or at least a career side-step. Whether it's the tiredness making me feel this way I don't know but I hope it leaves pretty darn soon.

Knowing there is bread to bake, cakes to make and shopping to fetch plus the end of year accounts to do some more of is not making for an appealing day so far. I have managed to order some supplies for the build but energy is clearly lacking even after a lovely cup of coffee earlier.

Maybe some good music would help...if I can even be bothered to put some on. Horizontal could be the position for the afternoon quite easily. 

Now I know you really don't want to read any more of my woes...I'll leave you with memories of a better day...

Well if the video works enjoy...
Blessings J. x

Monday, 26 April 2021

Living in a Cloud...

Of dust...oh yay...the dust bunnies are here and have come to stay a while! Foundations are dug for us and next took a week and is all passed by the building inspector. We foolishly thought it would take two days...silly us. However the builders assured us if they had been doing it it would have taken three weeks...hubby is a bit of a goer obviously! Anyway the digger has just been collected...along with it's various buckets and an additional pecker which was needed to break up certain areas. We have treated our immediate neighbours to their favourite tipples and chocolates to apologise for all the mess and noise...they said we didn't have to...we said we wanted to!

Henry cried when he realised the digger had to go...he is digger mad...he'll get over it! I needed my normally 10am coffee at 8:30 this morning...I fed what seemed like a small army last labourer, a family friend who was draying trailers and sometimes on the digger, us and daughter's family. Morning break, lunch, and tea. My joints are playing up, just this weekend...I don't know what I've done differently if anything as although I've been getting food offerings to the hoard I haven't been digging in the garden. Maybe the weather turning colder is to blame, who knows.

Today I am finally on my own...the children have been shipped off to youngest daughter for the day whilst their Mummy goes to work...I need to knuckle down to some paperwork...just waiting for the coffee to trickle into all the necessary places! My we have such a cold wind...proper Mayfair weather, except that for the second year running there will be no Mayfair...always on the first Thrusday in May. On Saturday I am returning for a late shift to work...well if my boss has done the rota correctly. Then I am having a week off. The week after I will do two late shifts then have another week off. Hopefully this will set me up right to get back in the swing of things. I have 4.8 weeks holiday to take before the end of July so can do this for a few weeks if necessary. 

Later this afternoon I'm off for the weekly an outdoor light...a casuality of the digger but it could have been much tired husband and a roll bar incident! I've decided to time my trip for when eldest daughter returns with the children and is getting their my kitchen as theirs plus their bathroom is no longer standing. I will have the children tomorrow and need just a little space! Two boys close together = real handful!

Obviously it was all too much for Wilbur...who fell asleep on some spent flowers I had dumped in the sink!

Some prettiness at the front

Chaos at the rear

Until next time...
Blessings, J. x