Who Do I Think I Am?

I enjoy visiting old relatives. Really old relatives. Really, really old relatives. Over the last couple of days I’ve been visiting Peter Righton Atkinson, 1829 – 1888. He’s actually only a relative by marriage – he married my 2nd cousin 4 times removed in 1857 – but still fascinating. I started delving into my family…

Another one!!

I had a lovely birthday yesterday with my son, topped off with a rather pleasant Thai meal. Very many thanks to everyone who sent birthday wishes!! And today – well, I’d like to think I don’t look a day over 59… I don’t feel 59. Or rather I don’t think I feel how I think…

It’s not the Hip it’s the Hamstring

I went to the physio the other day, because of what I thought was a pain in my hip. He prodded and poked at it – until he got the desired result, which was basically me going ‘Yowwwcchhh!!’ when he hit the spot. Physiotherapists seem to get most of their job satisfaction from this moment……

It’s not the Hip that’s giving me Jip

My hip hurts. All part of getting old? Definitely not. Overdid it at the gym? Probably. It’s been hurting for about six days now – and if I’ve learnt nothing else during my life, I’ve learnt that you don’t have to put up with it. So off I took myself to the physio. I’ve had…

Autumn Cleaning

I’m Spring Cleaning. Whaddya mean it’s October?? Back in the Spring I was a bit busy with other things, seeing as my husband had not long since walked away from the marriage. And besides, I had a cleaner back then. I had a lovely lady who came in for two hours a week, and hoovered…

My Hysterectomy Anniversary

It’s six years today since I had my hysterectomy. I really really didn’t want one. Well, I didn’t want one until all the other options had been explored. And to begin with I thought I had a good chance of getting away with not having to have one. I was diagnosed with fibroids – benign…

HOW old??

A little late with this today. It’s Mum’s birthday, so a-visiting I did go, and I’ve only just got back home. My parents are getting old. At the risk of stating the obvious, with every year that passes they’re another year older. They still travel, they still have a car, they still have opinions. They…

What’s your Last Name?

Back in May I changed my name by Deed Poll. I’ve had a fair few last names. My maiden name, of course, then my first married name. That name happened to be double-barrelled, so when we split up I dropped the first half and just used the second half. Then when I married again, I…

The Mistress of the House

Mrs Beeton. A fascinating woman – the Victorian cook who wrote a book about Household Management. I found a copy of Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management in an antique shop and decided to buy it, and then started to find out more about her. I found more books – online, at car boot sales,…

I Don’t Do Camping

I don’t do camping. I have camped – Girl Guides (once, in Wales, in the rain, for a week), in France with the kids (at least it was dry), on Jersey (have you ever tried to get ready for a wedding in a tent??) – but I’ve never enjoyed it. I genuinely just don’t get…

Post Fifty

50 posts!! I started this blog four months after my husband left me. I post pretty much every other day – and this is my 50th post. There have been high points (the birth of grandbaby #4, hitting Gold at the gym, having fun in my new job) and low points (the disastrous DLG interview,…