Making Hay While the Sun Shines

Or, more specifically, getting the grass cut before it rains. I haven’t cut the grass since the last week in April. Last year I took part in No Mow May – the idea was to avoid cutting the grass in May, to give wildflowers, and in particular dandelions, time to flower. They provide food for…

No Tin Opener Required

I’ve bought a car. The Mini that I bought just after my husband left is 12 years old now. It’s been a grand little car, did exactly what I needed it to do, but the time has come. I’d planned to change it this summer, but the final straw came a month or so ago…

Clematis

The hedge round our front garden was higher than I could reach when we first moved into this house. Leylandii. Need I say more… 30 metres long, probably more than 8 feet tall. Nothing grew near it, not even weeds, and some parts of the garden were permanently in shade because of it. It used…

No More Sugar – two months on

Back in January I decided to cut back on the amount of sugar I use. I have osteoarthritis in my finger joints, and although it’s not too painful or unsightly at the moment there is no cure and it will get worse over time. A bit of googling suggested that cutting back on the sugar…

Clinging on to the Wagon

I decided to stop having sugar in my tea and coffee. I also decided to stop eating the sweeties at work and cut out the bikkies. This is because I have osteoarthritis is my knuckles and I googled things to do to improve matters. There’s no cure, and things will get worse over time, but…

No More Sugar – two weeks on

Two weeks ago I decided to give up sugar. I have osteoarthritis in my finger joints, and when I googled ‘things to do’, avoiding sugar was on the list, alongside losing weight and avoiding refined carbs. I don’t need to lose weight, and I already avoid refined carbs, so it was obvious what I had…

Old Dog. New Tricks.

Isn’t technology wonderful! A pain in the arse sometimes, but basically wonderful. The trouble is, it changes so rapidly. No sooner have we got our heads around one way of doing something than bang – another bit of tech comes along and we’re all having to re-learn. My first computer (an Amstrad 1640) was state…

Happy Christmas To Us All

Here’s to you, dear readers – a cheeky glass of Prosecco before I start cooking… This is for the people who find themselves on their own this Christmas. This is for the people who find themselves wondering if they’ll be on their own by this time next year. You can do this. You really can.

Pressure Washing my Steps

Until he left, my ex was in charge of pressure washing. I would stay inside and think he was wonderful for getting out there and doing it, and I’d be ready with a cup of tea when he’d finished. When he left, he took the pressure washer with him, which I was fine with. But…

Blogging On

Wow – I’ve had a flurry of new followers over the last couple of weeks. Welcome all!! It’s probably time for a bit of a recap. Apologies if you know all this stuff already! It’s about 18 months since I started this blog. My husband had walked out on our marriage four months previously, and…

A Lie-In and a Workout

Yesterday, for what felt like the first time in a long time, I was off on a Sunday. I work shifts – and very unpredictable shifts at that. I can start as early as 7 in the morning or finish as late as 9 at night. I can work Saturdays or Sundays, or both. I…