Monday, 25 September 2017

I've Been


Actually feeling rather poorly for most of this past week

Probably due to lots of things all happening at once

Changing seasons

Another funeral

Business meetings



I also have fingers toes and everything else crossed

Lots of big stuff going on

I'll let you know if it's a happy outcome

If not you'll probably find me living in some cave off the North Devon coast!

Micky has taken a liking to sleeping in our bedroom

In front of the window

As long as he's a good boy this is ok with us

Quite shamefully this is the only photo I've taken recently

Answers on a postcard please!

Must dash...a longish journey awaits for work meetings today

Blessings J. x


Thursday, 14 September 2017


This fairy has been feeling a tad battered and even crumpled since braving going out in the heavy rain and strong winds over the weekend

Unfortunately this fairy also has lots to do and yesterday lit the woodburner and sat literally up against the hearth to warm her wings as she worked

She was working late into the night as she had issues with the caveman's paperwork!

She realised in the dead of night that she hadn't changed the duvet from Summer to Autumn and woke many times feeling cold

Her garden is looking sad and neglected after the storms which have been raging all week and don't appear to have blown out quite yet

Poor fairy has another spell of mad panic this morning, but hopefully this afternoon she will find the time to have her locks cut and made to shine again and this will help her feel able to tackle all that she has to

The fairies accountant wants paperwork

The fairies financial advisor wants paperwork

The fairies bank account needs some money

The fairy has been feeling hungry all the time

Oh fairy I do hope you can find what it takes to make some magic happen

Perhaps this chap could help

Well at least he's not lashing out as people pass him anymore

He even accepts a cuddle sometimes

Unfortunately he doesn't like dogs and Heidi would love to press her nose against him to see if he squeaks

And continues to do this when claws are attached to her face

So for now he resides in his upstairs flat!

Anyway, much as this little fairy would love to hide under the duvet and let everyone else deal with the chaos that's happening at the moment, she deep down knows that without her nothing will get done and everyone will be in the same situation that they are now

And the fairy is going to do her best to make some good things happen

Blessings J. x


Sunday, 10 September 2017

Mightily Uninspired

I find myself alone on this miserable excuse of a Sunday afternoon

Sonshine left after an early lunch

So he is still on his journey

The weather is pretty vile

I have lit the woodburner

But even that keeps blowing out

A sorry state off affairs if ever there was one

Youngest is working

Hubby is at an all weekend Ploughing event

I went yesterday and wore plenty of mud home

The photo shows Sonshine pulling the fish and chip van with hubby issuing his orders!

It is not the afternoon for berry picking

Or meandering through leafy lanes

I am not a Sunday shopper by choice

A jigsaw has been finished

A 99p beauty from a local charity shop last week

Not the easiest which was rather nice

Now I know I have work I could be doing

But I can't face it

I should maybe even be planning what to make people for Yule gifts

But no, no enthusiasm here today

I need sunshine

Beans have been picked with great reluctance on my part

I still have to process them

However I have managed a batch of Cornish Fairings

Oops...too much syrup!

Still officially yummy though

And news that Sonshine has made it back to his girlfriends house for a roast tea

I always get a bit low when he leaves after a visit

Though I know he's happy

And that counts for a lot

Still... a Mother is allowed to miss her Son surely

It is rather windy here

But with the goings on in America and Islands it's but a whimper in comparison

Caveman no.2 has returned to the fold

Things are looking up!

Blessings J. x


Thursday, 31 August 2017

Can I

Much head scratching and pencil chewing has been happening here at Little Winter these past few days

The budget has been revisited

Several times

Yule/Christmas and birthdays had been unintentionally missed off completely


After pondering


Much sighing

Eldest and myself realised that actually I had miscalculated my fuel spend

Making the monthly figure a weekly one

Saving grace!

Oh and the Yule/Christmas budget this year £150

Including fresh tree


This is the year with no tiddlies in our immediate family to worry about that consumerism gets a huge bashing

So what am I cutting out

Crap basically

Plastic tat

Chemical laden food

Stuff bought on a whim

Love will be unlimited

Warm fires to sit by unlimited

Good wholesome food unlimited

Fun games and laughter will also be plentiful

I am well aware that I shall need to wear blinkers and ear mufflers from November onwards

Take no notice of the spending fairies pleas for me to part with my hard earned money

And gifts, yes there will be gifts

We have decided with the children that we will each provide for everyone else gift's' to the value of £5

These will be placed in their 'stocking'

I shall probably be in charge of hubby's £5's as well

Hopefully we will have fun guessing who gave what!

I do not intend to disappoint my offspring and have cunning plans forming

I have a decent supply of materials

And a sewing machine

We have charity shops that sell some good quality old curtains and bed covers sometimes

So girlies could reasonably expect a lovingly crafted shopping bag

Maybe an apron

Men...hum...a little more difficult

Aah...gloves...knitted gloves

Homemade crackers

With snap if I can find any in my stash

A chocolate for the gift

If Autumns' chill winds can hold off maybe I could keep picking the runnerbeans for longer and have enough to make chutney for gifting

They didn't produce beans until late in the season this year so I'm keen to use each one

Blackberries appear plentiful this year

So cordial might reasonably feature as a gift

Fun doesn't have to equate to a big spend thankfully

Our money will still be getting spent though

But hopefully on things like a mortgage and emergency fund

Oh and we have a new addition to our family

A three legged cat

He's 'retired' from the home I work at

He's choosing to live upstairs at the moment due to him not being used to dogs

He comes with issues

He's a feisty old man

But has had a past not many of his ilk have had to endure so we're forgiving him

So welcome to your new home Micky

And please no more biting when I stroke you

Or grabbing of ankles

You owe me a new pair of tights!

I really need to be downstairs and attending to the dreaded VAT which will probably swallow my entire day today

Blessings J. x


Saturday, 26 August 2017

Back on Home Soil

The last week has found us gadding about all over the place

First we travelled to Sonshines' place for a few days

Where we did lots of this

Yes it's gone

It was sooo good

The venue 'Cobwebs' in Abbots Bromley

Just imagine

Lime and pistachio

Heaven on a plate

See...happy people!

Then on Monday we trained ourselves up to Edinburgh

On Tuesday it was my birthday

A big one!

We dressed up in the Georgian house in Charlotte Square

I'd decided not to take a scrap of makeup with me for the whole holiday as I couldn't be bothered

I regretted this decision!

Of course there was more of this to be done

Then as dusk fell we headed up the Royal Mile to the Castle and watched the Royal Military Tattoo



What a way to spend a birthday

Anyway on Thursday we returned to Sonshines'

And yesterday we headed home though via Newbury for buying a machine purposes

The whole journey took 12 1/2 hours

This morning my back has officially said enough and I'm a hobbling so how much of the work I'd hope to get done will actually get done I don't know

Anyway I hope this finds you all well and happy people

Blessings J. x


Friday, 11 August 2017

The Rainy Season

Previously known to us as Summer

Frankly I'm getting rather fed up with it now

Some dry days would be most welcome


Today I actually have a day off

Though sadly have another funeral to attend


Yesterday I did manage to weed most of the area around the patio


We have been bringing in our meagre Harvest...


Runner beans

The first tomato

And as it's the school holidays eldest has been a frequent visitor

Of course you're never too old to lick out the bowl!

Sonshine came home on Tuesday

And his girlfriend arrived yesterday

A houseful!


So I must away to my duties

Blessings J. x


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

I Can Remember...

...a long time ago

each Christmas Morning

Dad's boss

'The Lady'

The farm owner

Would return from church bearing gifts for my parents

For Dad an envelope


For Mum

Maybe some new sheets

Or a table cloth


And always a huge most beautiful box of chocolates

So unlike what we see today

Sometimes the box had raised decorations

Usually a lovely ribbon bow


And inside the box

A wondrous array of shiny treats

We only ever had one at a time

And you learnt to savour the taste

After all were gone the box would be used

To store old photos

Or greetings cards


Never discarded


So now when I see mile high stacks of plastic tubs

Containing less and less sickly sweet blobs

Well I long for the return of the beautiful chocolate box

And the shiny goodness within

Nothing I've seen in recent years compares with those beautiful examples in my memory

Blessings J. x