Every day is a beautiful day if you walk on the sunny side of the street

Every day is a beautiful day if you walk on the sunny side of the street
Summer days will surely return.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Spring colours

There have been some grey weather days but there were some beautiful colour contrasts too.


Wednesday, 8 February 2017

First of Feb so it must be Spring!

Feb 1st was / is my Dad's birthday.

 I always spent much of January searching out a gift for him. He was a very difficult person to buy for as he had very few needs/wants. He was very content with his newspaper, garden, a few basic art materials and the tv.

So by the time his birthday arrived I used to feel relief that the present search was over, dark January days were done and amidst the birthday celebrations there always seemed to be a feeling of Spring!

He may be gone but I still think Feb 1st marks the beginnings of Spring. 😉 Madness, I know.

So we have primulas in the house....

And I bought a new cushion 😀

Snow is forecast for the end of the week so my Spring bubble may burst!

Sunday, 29 January 2017


* Candlelight
* Firelight
* Knitting
* Steve making me laugh
* Miss Marple on tv
* Snuggled beneath a blanket
* Lamb shanks in the slow cooker
* Grey rain outside

Thursday, 26 January 2017

The lulls surrounding the storms

I need moments to be still and quiet every day. I am stressed if this does not happen.

I think maybe most people are the same.

However, I do know two people who crave company all day long. Social diaries are kept full to bursting.
I know they think I am boring.

This need for "empty time" is even greater when you have experienced a neurological episode. Your brain can no longer cope with an overload of noise and busyness. Even bright lights can be too much. I often sit in dark rooms, with just candle light or fairy lights. This calm makes me happy.

This was my breakfast spot yesterday.

Steve had already left for work. Outside it was icy, cold and very misty.

Some people I know would have had the radio on or breakfast tv, which is fine of course. I just relished the calm and how I did not have to think or concentrate on anything.

Then it was off to work.
Wow ~ what a contrast.

I spent six and a half hours in the company of fast, funny, friendly, feisty and sometimes furious 4 year olds.
There were tantrums, tears, friendship break ups and make ups, giggles and laughter.
I was bombarded by six conversations all going on at once.

I sank into a hot bath tub when I got home and then read in front of a log fire with just a few fairy lights shining in the dark.

A day of contrasts and utter exhaustion.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Happy Monday

Another teaching day today ~ just the morning but I am so tired! I picked up some groceries on the way home and am now pottering at home.

A cosy corner in the kitchen....

The view at the kitchen window.....

Some blue tits have been flying around like mad in the garden visiting last year's nest ~ isn't this a bit early?

Anyway better go and do a bit of housekeeping in my own nest.

Happy Monday.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Sunday Supper

When our sons were young Saturdays and Sundays were football days ~ watching and playing. A Sunday roast was cooked in the evening after muddy boys and kit had been washed.
We all ate the same thing ~ thankfully no fussy eaters.
Now that it is just us two I tend not to do a roast ~ we like roasts but prefer spicy food.

So tonight I did Singapore rice with hoisin duck for Steve. I don't like hoisin so I had sweet chilli duck and jolly nice it was too.
Then one of our sons rang and we exchanged spicy recipes. It's funny how life changes and moves on.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Today and tomorrow I am teaching. The last time I felt this nervous about going to school I was 4 years old. Can't wait for tomorrow afternoon to come when it will all be done and dusted!
Have a good Thursday and Friday.☺