Sunday, 28 February 2016

A Promise To Myself

As I mentioned previously...things have been far from cushtie around here these past few weeks...
Creativity has been drained from my system by a certain somebody's petty wants and need to be right in all matters...
This appears sadly to be still ongoing...
It is not someone we will be living with...
And breathe...
I avoid conflict whenever possible...
But this is getting really ridiculous...
This aggravating person also doesn't realise that hubby's Mother is having surgery next week to remove a lump from where she previously had breast cancer...
Like we need agro right now...
So this morning after yet another pitiful nights sleep I have made a promise to myself...
For the duration that I am living at the cottage I will be creatively productive...
Not on projects for the cottage...
But for our future...
I have relinquished taking my plants to the cottage...
They are in far too large a pots and hubby assures me he can provide a suitable place near our wood store at the farm...
We will be taking our free standing kitchen and living room furniture still, but I no longer care what colour goes on the walls...
I was going to cut up our present curtains to save money and use them at the cottage...
But I really don't care what goes up in the windows and have no 
inclination for all the hard work that would involve...
But I have plans...
To sew cosy quilts...
Padded table coverings...
Gifts for our children...
Be tranquil down by the woods amongst my gardens temporary home...
Do some lovely home baking...
Prepare for eldest daughters autumn wedding...
And take time for me...
And hope to goodness I never need total control of everything and everyone else's business...
Happy thoughts everyone...
Below is a photo of sunshine in his brand new to him home...
He has lots to keep him busy to get it all ship shape...

Good luck boy...
J. x




Sunday, 21 February 2016

And Landing

The last week has passed by in a blur for me...

Sad news...bad news...

And the pure draining of continuing to have work to do at the cottage...

But these two managed to get out on their very first trip to the beach together...

But sadly I've just realised that I'm missing the photos I took that day...

I smashed my phone to smithereens...

It was deemed beyond repair...

We have good insurance though...

And bless them they sent me a brand spanking new 6s plus!

Waw!

Mine was a 6 plus...

Fantastic 12mp camera on the new one!

Can't wait for happier times and some lovely weather to photograph beautiful things...

Hubby and I have returned today from a trip up north to move farm boy into his newly purchased house...

Nice house...but more to do than the estate agents photos let on!

So what's new...

It felt homely there though...

And right now it's where he needs to be for work...

 

Thumper as usual put in an appearance...

Doesn't everybody have a spot like this...

Kitchen cupboards hang on the other side of this!

Next weekend some of his friends are going to stay with him to make a start...

He'll get there...

And he has a load of our spare furniture now to see him off to a good start...

Once again the wind is picking up...

Yet another wild night...

Take care,

J. x

 

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Pondering

I'm in a mood to ponder...

Life at Little Winter...

What it will be like...

Work continues...

I am thinking about not taking our enormous plant tubs there...

But instead placing them down at the farm...

It would be easier for hubby...

And then the garden would be freed up for whatever daughter and her partner decide...

And they are huge tubs...

I'm probably going to be doing another course...

And I want to do lots of sewing...

I'm unsure of a good year of weather...

I also love reading...

And we have wedding preparations to attend to...

Perhaps I'll allow myself a lazy year gardening wise...

Just keeping the tubs fed and watered...

Maybe a few runner beans...

If we have any good spells of weather I want to make the most of them doing things other than back breaking gardening...

One way and another it hasn't been the best of weeks...

But life goes on...

J. x



Thursday, 11 February 2016

Grrrrr...

For those of a delicate nature please stop reading now...

I am about to let off some steam!

Council tax...

Cottage uninhabitable at the moment...

So phone council...

They want forms filled in...

And photos...

Then sent someone out who didn't bother to go through the front door!

Que yesterday a new bill...

FOR 50% BLOOMIN MORE!

Property has been empty for more than two years...

Err...phone call to council...

Madam it only went on the system today...

You'll get a new bill...

Some blinkin system...council viewed it over a week ago...

Oh and we've had at least 6 bills and letters since January...

Printed with ink...on paper...in envelopes...with postage paid...

Now I don't know what stationery discount the council get...

But I know how much we spend on ours each year...

Me thinks...BIG WASTERS...

And the local potholes will soon need chlorine adding for health and safety reasons...

Oh but what's that...

A tipper truck with 2 men in...

Spray marking the potholes...

In a sodden' tipper truck that could have held some mix to fill the holes...

But perhaps these particular men didn't hold their shovel licences...

Council...

We know where the potholes are...

Because we're wrecking our vehicles and skeletons each time we mis-negotiate

them...

We don't need spray paint around them...

That the rains have washed away already...

We need them filled...

Thank you ever so much...

And speaking of health and safety and a course for everything nowadays...

Maybe...just maybe you should send your people who are going to be speaking to the public on a public relations...how to be polite and not like a total un-caring jerk course...just suggesting!

And for the record...

I could be taking on a job as an assessor...seriously!!

Love to all, J. x

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Sensible Eating

I am hereby committing publicly that I shall stop stuffing my face with crap and start eating a very nutritious balanced diet...I need protein to help with my joint problems...I do not need mainly carbs and fat!

Eldest daughter is getting married in September...I am no where near a size 12...

I have just ordered a size 12 dress!

I will fit into said dress by September...even if not for the wedding!

I shall go forth to the mega store of Lidl in Torrington this morning and cheerfully purchase a colourful basket of fruit and vegetables along with some plain yogurt...I will smile while I am doing this and walk tall!

My treats will consist of dried dates, apricots, and nuts...

I will not succumb to ravenous cravings for pappy crap 'food' that will only add to my waistline...I want to find my waistline!!

I will cheerfully dance around the kitchen at least once a day...not caring how stupid I look...it's all about the movement...not winning strictly come dancing!

If I feel hungry I will reach to the fridge and help myself to some mixed salads that I shall have pre prepared...

I will treat myself once a week to a proper roast meal...with gravy...but only if I can honestly say that I deserve all the trimmings...

I don't want to drink sugar free chemicals so will research a little more as to the most sensible choice for our Friday nights out...ginger beer may be a little high...but I usually only have one...then...cough... laugh... a cup of tea! I know how to party at the pub!!

I have been lubricating my throat liberally with homemade elder and rose hip cordials...humm...especially nice with lemonade...more humm...maybe one glass per day with water...and the rest of the time water...

That dress needs to be mighty pretty when it comes!!

I need to do this...for me...

J. x

Friday, 5 February 2016

Bother

Rather smugly yesterday I shared a photo of the shawl I'm currently knitting...

After spending last evening clinking away happily...

I spotted a mistake in the central panel of cable...

Darn...blast...bother...

In fact the mistake is visible on the photo I posted yesterday...

That was a lot of unravelling...

But that's not all...

To add to my woe after re knitting a dozen rows I realised I'd only knitted half a stitch on the very first row I'd redone...

It was time for bed...

I don't like just half knitted stitches...

So I know what I must do...

With a gladness in my heart...of course!

Big smile

J. x

 

Thursday, 4 February 2016

It Went Where

Referring to January...I'm sure it was here the last time I looked...but no...not any more...

Whether it has been the weather...or activities at the cottage...or three weeks of phlegm fighting...

Anyhow it's gone! Much like Imbolc which I spent wrapped up fetching logs for our fire...

Ah well...such is life as part of the ever turning wheel...

I really wish the weather could cheer up...surely a dry day must be ours to enjoy before too long...

Some of our large plant tubs I have tipped onto their sides to prevent further weight bearing rain entering...after all we have to shift these babies before long!

Perhaps that is where my energy has vanished to...the clouds...

I know I should be frantically packing and cleaning...but I feel in need of the sun on my bones to give me some strength first...

I would love to have built a bonfire to celebrate the coming of Imbolc...I guess the wood burner sufficed to honour Brigid...

As I sit here with my feet planted in the warming oven of the Esse I can see the holly tree being blown in a very cold damp looking North wind. The last of our sunflower stalks are nodding at the top of the garden. The empty washing line is being jiggled up and down. It looks cold, grey, uninviting...especially to someone who is still fighting a nasty little virus...one that seems to be finding my chest a very worthy host. Yesterday warm honey and lemon soothed my cough...but didn't taste half as nice as the rose hip syrup and lemonade drink which followed!

Food has been a very simple affair of late...using up what is on hand coupled with lack of energy...but simple doesn't have to mean neglecting the taste buds!

I've also turned out some wool and needles...I've been feeling the need for a shawl...

At first the whole pattern confused me...until I realised that though you start with 10 stitches you're actual knitting from the top down, and the top will become the straight edge!

A few more nights knitting by the fire should see a good progression on this project...

I've been neglecting blog hopping a little of late...and have treated myself to some snuggle up time watching Tales From The Green Valley on YouTube...

The yearning for simpler times has been stirring in my soul...

Many material possessions I am ready to be free of...

A new home will bring forth a new more in tune way of living with nature...

Until next time,

Take care, J. x