Scaffolding, silverfish and sponges

I spent yesterday and the day before taking guided tours around East Riddlseden Hall, and talking to visitors about the conservation work that we do over the winter. More happens in the house when it’s closed than when it’s open!! As you know, my husband left back in February. It’s meant that many things have…

Roller coaster poster

It’s unbelievably six months since I started this blog. I started it four months after my husband left our marriage, as a way to start finding the answer to the question ‘What the hell happens next?’ Also – it’s cheaper than therapy!! We hear a lot of bad press about the influence social media has…

It’s Strictly Season

A season of glitz and bloody-hard-work-fulness. Strictly Come Dancing. It’s started. I love it. I know nothing about dance. Nothing at all. But total ignorance isn’t going to stop me having an opinion on it. Here goes (in no particular order) – Anneka Rice – yes, I remember Challenge Anneka. But oh dear, not an…

Scones and Celebrities

It’s late, I’m knackered, I doubt if I’ll ever dry out, my feet ache, and I will never be a camper. BUT – I’ve had a hell of a good time at CountryFile Live at Castle Howard yesterday and today. This post is shorter than normal, and later than normal – I’ve been a bit…

Slugs and bugs

After trying to tempt birds into the garden for six years, I gave up. They simply wouldn’t come in – no idea why. I noticed a willow warbler on a bush in next door’s garden – but did it pop over the fence and visit mine? No it bloody didn’t. And before you ask, they…

Cars – the Absolute Basics

If you’re a newly single middle-aged woman like me, who used to have a man who did all the car-related jobs, this is for you. This is not for you if you’re perfectly happy to ‘get out and get under’, know which end of a dip-stick is which, and can tune an engine using just…

25 ways to keep cool

Yesterday was hot. Today is going to be hotter. So, gleaned from a bit of time spent in the tropics, and in Australia, I hope these ideas will help you get through the next few days and nights. It’s hot. It’s very hot. Just accept it. Kicking against it or getting cross about it will…