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.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

A Saturday Walk.

An hour's walk last weekend which was a slog because I twisted my ankle at the halfway point!

 It was a lovely warm day but felt Autumnal with falling leaves and different light levels.

And the smoky smell from the log burners on the barges.

Life feels pretty sad right now as we sort my mother in law's estate and visit my father in law who is terminally ill whilst supporting my elderly mom getting shopping etc.

To be able to escape for an hour's walk each week is not always possible but relished when it is possible.


Friday, 23 September 2016

And breathe.......

I write this as I soak in a tub of hot water ~ I know, too much information but  a blog has to start somewhere !😊There is a glass nay a vase of wine on a table next to the bath and I am beginning to feel normal again. I have worked supply teaching for a few days. I survived, the children learnt something and I have no nits (I have checked) ~ there is much to be happy about πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

In the UK supply teachers are paid the same as permanent teachers and are treated well. But it is hard work teaching children you don't know.

 I have been like this swan, outwardly calm whilst paddling like mad as I shepherd and herd and show who is boss.

 This was a "challenging"class missing their poorly teacher but I felt like the bee's knees when I finally had them eating out of my hand!

And now it is over and their teacher will return and I happily came home at 4pm with no marking, planning, data etc to do.
I love supply.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Boat fascination

I remember as a child I used to love watching the activities in a harbour. The boats, fishermen bringing in a catch of fish, the smell of the sea.
My fascination continues.
I found lots of boat pics on my camera.

I like the stark contrast of our cruise ship and the silent solitude that seemed to envelop this small sailing boat.

I find the tinkling of the halyards soothing though I know some find this irritating. There are "how to's" on sailing sites about how not to annoy your neighbours with clanging halyards.

This was La Rochelle with happily clanging halyards!
And a happy harbour view in Guernsey.

The cruise ships can not enter the harbour on Guernsey so you go ashore on a tender. The sea was very rough and the crew had a really difficult job getting us all safely back on the ship.

It was a bit scary. But my fascination for boats continues still!

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Tidy gardening - charming, challenge or chore?

This is one of the gardens at Castle Cornet on Guernsey. I am intrigued with formal plantings like this and often think that I would love such a tidy and structured space.

By nature I am a very tidy , organised person to the point of being a bit over the top but I think I would find it very difficult to be so disciplined in the garden.

I am making a few changes in my own garden in the hope of making it low maintenance. I would imagine this gardens simplicity actually needs quite a lot of effort and maintenance?

Probably the worst part of all this discipline would be garden centre visits. No more impulse buying of "must have " plants. Though I am far more disciplined in my purchases these days as I strive for simpler, less effort growing.

I love a tidy garden but I also love the froth and exuberabce of a well stuffed border ~ lol. So would I find a more structured garden charming, challenge or chore?


Tuesday, 13 September 2016


In June we went on another short cruise ~ Guernsey, Spain, France.

I love cruises because I am obsessed with taking photos of the sky and the sea and there is such a lot of both on a boat ~ lol!

    Van Gogh said that he never tired of a blue sky. The sky fascinates me and lifts me whatever the season or colour☺

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Life goes on

The nights are drawing in and I crave cosy.  It's not cold enough for a fire but candle light is soothing. Summer is slowly slipping into Autumn. I love all the seasons ~ they each have their own pleasures. There is a quiet comfort in this cycle of nature; a reassurance that amidst the ebb and flow, life still goes on, not always happily but steadfastly and soundly. And that is enough for now.

Now don't say I didn't warn you!

My new camera and blogger are finally talking to each other.
As you know, I try to blog stuff to help jog my memory ~ so I warn you now of lots of memory jogging photo spam ~ I've got a whole Summer to record!!!

This was the early Summer May/June garden....

I have loads of ideas to make the borders more low maintenance. I am getting lazy ~ I want to sit and watch rather than work! So this Autumn I shall be working hard for some easy Summers!

Any gardening ideas gratefully received.