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,…

Gold status – tick

I go to the gym. I posted about it here a while ago. Yesterday I achieved GOLD status. GOLD!!!! It works like this – after a month you get Iron status (well, you don’t just get it, you have to work for it, obviously). After two months at Iron status you get Bronze. After 4…

The New Girl

I started a new job on Tuesday. It’s my 25th job – always the new girl. I’ve moved around a lot, and sometimes I’ve held down more than one job at a time. But still – 25. Over the 44 years that I’ve been working for money, that averages out at 1 year 9 months…

Put the kettle on

Yes, baby has arrived!! Fabulous news, and I want to share every detail with you. But – I won’t. Sorry. When I started this blog I made a decision that other people’s stories weren’t mine to tell – so I won’t be giving you a blow-by-blow account of Toots’s arrival in the world. Suffice to…

It Tastes Just Like Butter

I mentioned in a previous post (‘Bunnies, ducklings, and sensible shoes’) that I volunteer with the National Trust (other heritage charities are available). For those of you not based in the UK (and there’s an increasing number of you – I’ve had visitors to my little corner of the internet from Australia, Canada, the US,…

For the love of bugs

This is my 7th garden. Some north, some south, some big, some small, and one that was basically tundra with a wall around it. My current one is tiny. There are advantages to this – mowing the lawn takes no time at all, and I can sit down in the garden on a glorious sunny…