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 cake...my 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 folks....today 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 one...today 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 Covid...how 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 well...here I sit in my garden on a beautiful day...in 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 exercise...me 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 indulge...it would have been rude not to...it 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?

Spring...I should like to know if we have offended you in any way...you 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 you...you 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 door...it 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 week...one 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 shop...plus an outdoor light...a casuality of the digger but it could have been much worse...read 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 tea...in 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


Thursday, 15 April 2021

Difficulties Commenting...Again!

Is it just me or is anyone else having trouble leaving comments on blogger again...I have had to hop onto my mac this morning after no luck on the ipad...though that is now having yet another update...a few years ago there seemed to be hardly any updates required for an ipad but now it seems to be a near weekly occurance.

But never mind as they say...the sun is shining...though I have a sore back I know it is from carrying both cats in their carrier up to the fruit cage two days ago and it will recover. Yesterday I just held onto each of them in turn in my arms to get them up there and back again. I feel that my actual energy levels are returning...they need to...today I must remove much of what is in our passage as tomorrow the digger returns!

I have an inkling I may be in  a spot of bother with hubby tonight...he makes his own packed lunch however if something doesn't fall out of the fridge onto him we don't have it! It appears he has taken sandwiches without putting butter on the bread...alas all three packs of butter were in the fridge...I mean they were hiding in a dark cupboard...and he seems to have missed the largest cake tin...full of homemade cupcakes and has turned out the remains of a pack of lemon vienese whirls that I bought cheap on an after easter discount. He doesn't really like lemon. Oh dear...the homemade bread was on it's third day too...I am a bad wife.

Blessings, J. x

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

This and That

So it is nearly 8pm and I have literally just collapsed onto our sofa. The fire is lit and Wilbur is purring along contentedly on the back of the sofa right by me. Hubby is our with son-in-law and youngests' caveman logging. Hopefully it won't be too long before they return home.

Later I know the Yorkshire Shepherdess and her family are returning to the television screen. I won't be putting on the TV until then. It has been a beautiful day here, though it began with a frost and there is the ever present nip on the edge of any wind that blows.

I seem to have been doing things all day, however looking about the place I cannot for the life of me think what I have done so much of really. I walked the lanes to a friends house this morning and sat chatting in the sunshine. I had young Henry for a while first thing whilst daughter did the shopping with just the one child. The kittens had some time out this afternoon venturing around inside our fruit cage area. They are indoor cats because of the road by us however I would like them to feel the sun on their backs, the wind in their whiskers and know how it feels to chase flies and such. I think they were able to do all those things this afternoon.

Last week I had a real down day...my back really hurt...well everything hurt. I was in Tesco getting freeze spray, Ibuprofen and a few groceries when I happened to notice the vitamin section. I bought myself some Seven Seas joint care max. Basically you have to down two what can only be described as horse sized tablets each day. One full of fish oil with collagen and omega, and one with glucosamine sulphate. Now I don't want to tempt fate or anything, but I feel really somewhat different since beginning to take them. I have what I can only describe as hope...I still take the Gabapentin and pain relief. My back hurts most of the time...my toes snack at the end of the day and sometimes my hands hurt...but I have been doing so much more. Things like peeling veg. At my worst I couldn't peel potatoes, in fact the night I gave up and decided we'd have toasted sandwiches for tea I had to ask hubby to cut the bread as it just hurt too much.

Our build is due to start next Monday. I have ordered the first load of blocks, sand, cement, and membrane. I have paid the building control fees and can't wait to be able to start thinking about the pretty things! I could be waiting a while yet though. 

Anyway though the nights are drawing out this night is beginning to pull in and I am grateful for the light on my computer. I shall leave you with a few snaps of happiness.





Blessings, J. x



Monday, 22 March 2021

A Gentle Day Ahead

So it's about time I heed the advice given to me and spend more of my time relaxing...hard to do when so much chaos lies scattered around for my eyes to gaze upon. Dust bunnies...I'm looking right at you...and Henry keeps letting me know I have weps...(cobwebs)...now apparently there are weps...BIG!! I scooped one from the fireplace at the weekend for him to study...it came out complete with the body form of a  daddy longlegs...we couldn't decide whether it was a dead one or a cast off skin...

I need to make a list...a short one obviously...and prioritise what really needs doing...planning regular rest breaks...and pace myself whilst doing the tasks...this all sounds so easy...in reality it just isn't...sometimes things need doing all at once..but hey ho...after over exerting again at the weekend even I realise I need to take better care of me. Luckly there is plenty of cold beef for our evening meal and with a little mashed potato veg and gravy we'll have full and happy tummies. 

Our living room carpet really needs to be shampooed...but you know what...with all the building works coming up we have resigned ourselves to the fact that it and the stair carpet is going to get trashed...it would be just too much of an effort to try and save it. The stairs go up from the living room and yes there will be builders and a hubby stomping on up with their boots on. I have decided it just isn't worth any of my energy or stress...we'll do whatever needs to be done when the time is right. Meanwhile I have a body to recover.


Good morning Wilbur...normally more camera shy than Kitty...enjoying a spot of the bright stuff on hubbys' chair...notice the honest repair?! We have two screws fixing the arm...he did it when I was away from home once and the children thought I'd go nuts...I've been with him over 30 years...what is the point!

Blessings, J. x

Saturday, 20 March 2021

Sharing Good News


Some news arrived in my inbox late yesterday afternoon that I wasn't expecting until early April...our plans for an extension have been approved...Imagine a big big smile, and a lightness in my heart that hasn't been there for a long long while. I know full well that there will be frustrations...much upheaval...financial burdens and plenty more...but I am feeling very happy. We will be able to truly make this cottage into a home...a home fit for an expanding extended family...

To be able to have a dining room to seat people instead of cramped in the kitchen will be truly wonderful. To have our bedroom at the rear of the property and be able to open the window at night if it becomes too hot will be a blessing...Happy happy dancing here today, and this evening we intend to celebrate with a chinese takeaway...

I have this morning begun the task of packing up best china and getting it ready to put in the loft...the loft at the front of the house...because yikes...the rear roof will be coming off! Lets all pray for a pleasant Summer please.


 

Yes Kitty...the there will be much change in the coming months...and I'm not sure that you are supposed to be up on the dresser young lady!

Blessings, J. x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Thursday, 18 March 2021

Jabbed

The deed is done...I offered my right arm this time as I sleep on my left...second Covid injection took place earlier this morning. Hubby is booked to have his first next Wednesday. Things are moving along in the right direction.

I continue to take medication to mask some of the symptoms of Long Covid...lesson learnt from overdoing it on Monday...never let internal battery get lower than 50%. (Quoted from the Dispatches programme)...I'm still paying for Monday's exertion today with shakey legs, & body. Overdone. Feet are now raised after returning from my place of work where the jabs took place. It is the farthest I have driven since last being at work. Mug of tea to my right...packet of crisps (salted) devoured...and relax.

Spring has been teasing us and a frost came in the night...I hadn't covered our tender seedlings and shoots with bubblewrap so was anxious to visit them this morning. I think they are ok...the frost didn't penetrate the greenhouse this time.

 









Yes Spring is springing...whether or not Old Man Winter is ready to depart.

Blessings J. x

Saturday, 13 March 2021

Did That Really Just Happen

There will be no photos in this installment...and you'll soon figure why...

This morning I have been busy making flans...savoury ones. Hubby had remarked that the parsley had grown again in the garden and wouldn't a flan be nice. Being the useless wonderful wife that I am I set to work making some pastry and frying up an onion and some bacon. There has also been cheese to grate. Luckily my wrists and hands cooperated on everything except pepper grinding which luckily for me hubby had popped home for a cuppa and managed to do. It was as I went to stir the eggs up that I felt it...something hard and prawn shaped appeared on the prongs of my fork...yuck...you can guess what it was. The eggs son-in-law had fetched only yesterday from a farm...a whole tray of them. Now I am a farm girl by birth...but I have to say my tummy did do a little flip and contunues to dance even now. However I'm disgusted proud to say that hubby and I decided not to waste the 6 eggs mixed up and merrily cautiously slopped the mixture into the flan case. It is baking as I type and I haven't heard any chirping coming from the Aga. Whether I shall want to sample the said flan remains to be seen.  I have taken the said embryo next door to son-in-law. He is a trained though not practising science teacher and quite probably will be fascinated at the poor unfortunate article.

There are rolls which will easily defrost in the freezer and crackers in the cupboard...but I eat chicken...I eat eggs...so as there were no horrid smells eminating from the eggs I'm assuming that all should be ok to consume...though my tummy is yet undecided what to have for lunch!

Blessings, J. x

Monday, 8 March 2021

Now

So this blinkin Long Covid thing has been diagnosed and appears to be staying awhile so I guess I'd better get used to it and do what I can and leave the rest.

Being off work is helping...there is no way I could do a shift at the moment...but I can do little bits in the garden which has the added benefit if we're lucky of coming with additional vitamin D. So little by little I have weeded some of the neglected spaces. The fence is now nearly finished between the two cottages and a pear tree and thornless blackberry have been planted...the first of many plants I hope. We do however have a seam of clay in the garden...if I had more strength in my hands at the moment I could form some crockery...however I don't so shan't. Instead I potter (notice the pun!) in the greenhouse and hum to seeds yet to germinate. Placing bubblewrap over a trio of newly planted peonies to protect them from the viscous frosts we are having at the moment makes me feel like a very good parent. I even used the greenhouse to bask in whilst doing the you know...dreaded VAT. More vitamin D and all that has to be a good thing.

The blood tests the nurse took all came back OK, and for that I am grateful...though all is not hunky dory it could be so much worse. Having agreed to trial a Gabapentin type medication to calm my nerve endings  I am now on one three times a day.  I can go slowly up to three three times a day. It would be lovely not to have to. The thinking is that Covid leaves some people with lots of tiny blood clots. Brain fog is something to either laugh about or cry over. I nearly did the latter this morning when I really couldn't remember where the Tesco store was for a time. My attitude to housework has become more relaxed than usual...but if you can't you can't and that is that.

A storm is brewing in the Atlantic, and despite having the children tomorrow I need to make sure things are put in appropriate places. Hopefully my body will allow me to bring in enough logs to last the two days but only time will tell. 

Maybe we did have Covid back last March...and getting it again made it more likely I would suffer afterwards. Whatever the cause I intend to fight and fight hard. Tiredness is never far away, but sleep is often elusive. 

Today I have been grateful for finding the will to try and try again digging a hole big enough to plant the pear tree. Hubby would have done it but I really needed to prove to myself that I could persevere and succeed. I'm also pleased I managed to bake a coffee cake and get a meal on the table of leftover beef and roasties with homemade coleslaw, and an apple, nut and sultana salad.  


 

 

 

Miss Kitty and Wilbur have been given supper and have gone to bed which reminds me...

A bed is waiting for me up the little wooden hill, so for now blessings, J. x



Friday, 19 February 2021

Time to...

I'm feeling a bit of here we go again right now. Today I have had a full set of bloods taken and next week I am to become a guinea pig at my local surgery. It appears I may be suffering from long covid. Fatigue, joint pain and swelling, elevated blood pressure, headaches and anxiety have all come to reside in my body, and what I put down to purely stress after returning to work after having covid may have been the start of it. So rest...being kind to myself...good walks...and healthy food are the order of the day for now...which is actually what life should be full of anyway.

Last weekend we hired a small digger and it was duly driven by hubby through our side passage on a homemade wooden ramp. Was the weather kind...not at all...it snowed, the east wind blew and hubby wore gloves and socks on his hands in order to stop them from freezing. I did my best to keep everyone fed. The stumps that needed removing were removed and pits were dug. Our garden now resembles a bomb site but I'm assured it will all be worth it in the end when the fence is finished and the fruit trees and bushes have been planted.

We have celebrated youngest grandsons first birthday...it doesn't seem possible that the little dear is now one. Trouble ahead I forsee!!

I have been looking up details of apple varieties that we could plant up against the new fence...a good keeper and a Christmas apple are amongst my desires. Any suggestions?

Right my aching wrists have about had enough for now.

Blessings,

J. x

Saturday, 6 February 2021

Rinse and Repeat

Life goes on here apace at Little Winter...however I am a little encumbered by my back playing up again.

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It started sometime before Christmas...I know exactly when I overstretched, and have been trying to keep on plodding along with all things required. I have a week off booked in a couple of weeks and was trying desperately to survive until then. However a week ago on Thursday a client gave me a shove on my right hip area...ouch, the pain was immense. I just about survived my shift, but ended up 'sleeping' on our living room floor with my legs raised up on our sofa. I did that for the next four nights. I was due to work last Saturday...hubby looked at me hobbling along and said 'you're not going to work like that'...I knew in my heart I shouldn't and really couldn't, but it took his command to get me to phone in.

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Currently I am signed off for two weeks, and then have my weeks holiday. I really hope that will be the end of this episode. I make sure to walk down the lane and back up each day no matter what the weather. I'm avoiding taking any really strong medication as it just turns me into a  zombie, and I know I really need to keep moving.

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I am pottering and doing what I can. Sitting is the worst and so I minimise that as much as possible. The jigsaw puzzle that I started weeks ago is coming along but very slowly. I look at it late each afternoon with a cup of tea and hope to put in a few pieces, but that is all. Then the large piece of kitten proof card gets placed back over the top until the next afternoon.

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We have submitted our plans for our extension, and await the results. Hubby says we can't begin to plan what we want until we know for sure what we'll be building...however in the next breath wants to know the depth of my choice of kitchen floor tiles and colour of sockets! Men!!

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Wilbur had his little operation a few weeks ago, and appears to have come through with his mischevious streak intact. I purchased a huge roll of sisal rope and have covered the post that supports our stairs where the understairs cupboard used to be, and also the bottom stair post. My they have lots of fun shimmying up those. Being indoor cats I cannot complain about the odd scratch...however I now place them on the sisal if I catch them reaching up to scratch anything else...small square lamp table I know of your suffering!!

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Hubby and son in law laid down a concrete pad in our vegetable plot last weekend and have just gone to the farm to fetch our not been used for ten years greenhouse...I hope it all goes as well as possible. I remember the people I purchased it from kind of taking two days to erect it many years ago. Me thinks I'll be keeping well out of the way...maybe I'll make something nice in the kitchen to pacify any potential male tantrums!

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So for now...from Kitty, Wilbur and I blessings,

J. x



Friday, 15 January 2021

Raspberry Jamminess

 

Todays work was convert 7 1/2lbs of frozen raspberries into jam...

 
Lots of lovely jam...needs lots of sugar

 
And frozen raspberries need to warm through...

 
Then boil...

 
Before ladling into jars...


And water bath canning...

Tomorrow it will be off with the clips, check seals and label...

Sometime in the future enjoy...perhaps on fresh bread with butter, or cream...

Or maybe sandwiched between sponges and buttercream...

Or even nestlesd in pastry cases...

Summer in a jar...

Blessings, J. x

Thursday, 14 January 2021

Hubble Bubble...

Soon we are taking ownership of a lamb and beef carcass...

This has necessitated much activity to take place in the Little Winter kitchen...

Many pots and pans have been called into use...

Much boiling, putting into jars and water bath processing has taken place over the past few months...

There is still some way to go...and we have been eating through what has been done at a goodly rate...

So here is a little peak at what I have managed so far...and what I have so far held on to!


 

We have pears in syrup, stewed apple, apple sauce, unsweetend apple, apple juice...two pressings, the second with the new juicer which is much clearer than the first...apricots, runner bean chutney, harvest chutney and Christmas chutney. 

Ah for more free time in which to do these things...I have as yet to can anything which needs pressure canning, though I now own the necessary beast...

Tomorrow I am hoping to make some more chutney, and will possibly get around to juicing some blackberries. The trouble is with such activities is the time it takes, but the satisfaction of a cupboard full of ready to go foods with a long shelf life is certainly a most wonderful feeling.

The best pears are lovely with cream or ice cream, and the ones that have turned browner are amazing hidden under a crumble topping or steamed sponge...maybe with a hint of ginger.

I have taken a liking to the WECK canning jars, however yesterday discovered that I had been sent some Kilner jar lids in error as part of my last order. I had left them saftely packaged up in their fives and only realised when I couldn't attatch the clip required before water bathing.

So, if I go a little quiet for a time on here, you'll know what I am most likely up to!

Blessings, J. x



Friday, 8 January 2021

It's Gone

So I know I was hankering after leaving our tree up which appeared to be doing well until Old Twelfth Night, but yesterday I sadly realised that the top had indeed become very dry...as the weather has grown colder, our woodburner has been lit earlier and I suppose this didn't help it, though it did keep us nice and toasty despite not having a working boiler throughout the Christmas period. 

On Wednesday afternoon we did have a visit from the boiler man, who needed to phone technical support who suggested that it most likely would be the magic eye that hubby had already tried...however when the man saw the one that had arrived and not worked he could see that it was not the correct one. The correct one was duly ordered and he was going to return yesterday morning to fit it. Sadly he developed a bout of vertigo and couldn't come. Happily though they let hubby pick it up and fit it himself...and even happier news it worked...we have hot water and heating once more. We can shower in our own home instead of traipsing with wet hair back across the gardens from next door. Best of all for me is the ability to wash the larger dishes and pans in enough hot water to get them clean...boiling the small kettle it not really sufficient in one go, and carrying the kettle in from the woodburner is heavy and time consuming to reheat.

I think our temperature is currently minus 1.9. It is very grey and not very inspiring. I have much to do on the computer and am intending to put something nice and sedate on the telly to watch whilst beavering away. My back has become weaker over Christmas...I think the culmination of difficulties at work, both physically and mentally and lots of standing around cooking along with not so many walks on inclement days lead to my back woes. 

Though I didn't venture out for a walk yesterday I did on Wednesday and well...




So now I really must get on with my day...with or without a list things need to get done...

Blessings, J. x