Thursday, 20 July 2017

A Week Of Storms

This past week has raced by

Hanging washing out when possible to blow in the breeze

Taking a chance, and hoping that the ominous looking clouds will not empty their contents upon it

Winning some and losing some

Listening to thunderstorms rolling in

Hearing the straight down rain and wondering if it will ever stop

Getting frustrated when work meetups don't come to fruition

Enjoying watching the world para athletics

Realising that the nights are beginning to pull in

Grieving for the loss of an Uncle

The last of his generation

And also for a local young farm worker

Killed when thrown from his tractor

It has been a week with so much going on and happening

I haven't had much opportunity to browse the usual blogs

But I'm still here

And will catch up eventually

I'm cutting myself some slack

And accepting that not everything will get done

Not everything will be perfect

The rain will batter the flowers

But that's ok

And I can't do anything about it

Blessings J. x

Thursday, 13 July 2017

When Everything Hurts

It's a real pain this joint Hypermobility Syndrome thingy

A bit of a beast really

At the moment it's being rather too unruly

I need to train it into submission

When it gets too painful I have trouble sleeping

And if I don't sleep properly I have trouble concentrating

And if I have trouble concentrating I have trouble working

And if I have trouble working I get behind

And if I get behind with work I get uptight

And if I get uptight it affects my condition

Hang on a minute

I sense a connection

So today it will be back on with the kinesiology tape

See if that helps

If not I may just abandon all notions of work and take a stroll around Rosemoor gardens

This bevy of beauties is growing in the walled vegetable garden there

Whereas our pathetic little specimens need...well I'm unsure what they need...ants have eaten through so many of them and they appear stunted

Who would think looking at ours (if I was brave enough to show you a photo) that in 1978 I actually won the tallest sunflower competition and received two small books from the wildlife trust or was it the woodland trust I can't remember

On another note

A certain fluffy beast is smelling rather 'fusty'

She sits in the shower and is not very cooperative when it comes to botty washing

So a plan has been hatched





Two people

Legs akimbo

She will protest and wriggle

But as you know ladies 'fusty butt' is not pleasant

I'll let you know how things go!

But for now

Blessings J. x


Sunday, 9 July 2017

Lost In Books

Yesterday afternoon whilst hubby was working I set off to the fete of a neighbouring village...we actually lived on its outskirts when first married

I wasn't alone

Heidi came too as there was a dog show

And she won the fluffiest dog class


There was an enormous stall selling books

Loads and loads of books

I don't need any books

I live in a modest cottage

However at four for a pound I was tempted

And parted with a whole £2!

A couple gardening books I shall pass on to people I know might be glad of them


I feel as though I have made a couple of new 'friends'

One called Farmhouse Cookery, Recipes from the Country Kitchen by Readers Digest 1981 edition

This has some very interesting facts in it...not just recipes

The other is titled Nature Diary by Janet Marsh

She wrote and illustrated this diary in 1979 when the Itchen Valley in Hampshire was earmarked for the M3 motorway extension

In fact they are so interesting I think I may just pop them by my bed for some inspirational reading

So it's up the wooden hill for me now

Blessings J. x

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Longing For

I'm longing for some steady Summer days

With blue skies

A refreshing morning dew

A soft soothing, but warm breeze

The droning sound of insects, busy about their work

Beautiful birdsong

Oh wait

We kind of had that on Sunday






A lovely picnic lunch and long walk at Simonsbath

It was amazing

Though later clouds filled the sky once more

And a chill commanded the evening

Sending us reluctantly indoors

Sometime around Lammas the sky darkens

To a deeper shade of blue

The sting goes from the sun

This becomes my favourite time

A time to fill bowls with blackberries

Of tentatively using the first windfall apples

A time of picking and preserving

Of reaping the rewards of a Summer well spent in the vegetable plot

Oohhh what things we have to look forward to

Blessings J. x


Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Using All The Senses

Yesterday could be described as a 'heavy' day

I absorbed lots of other people's emotions

And quite frankly it wore me out

When I got home what I felt like doing was curling up into the foetal position and waiting for rescue


Having been given the heads up firstly from Hawthorn on here that it could be a very natural trait I have of absorbing the feelings of others and all sorts of other things I took action

Heidi point blank refused to accompany me so she was left abandoned at home

I was off

Up the road and down the lane, round the corners and on for quite a way

It wasn't a particularly restful walk

And I didn't stop to admire the beauty around me

I stepped out and gradually my breathing became less ragged

On reaching home Heidi presented me with a very sad face which I chose to ignore in favour of preparing our evening meal

Then hubby phoned to say that he was being fed where he was working and would be away all evening

Aah well

This gave me the opportunity to try again with Heidi after tea

She was reluctant at first, thinking she'd prefer to be having a trip in the car

But with a little coaxing, over the road and down the lane we went...and into the wood

This time I was absorbed in my surroundings

The evening air held the wonderful scent of honeysuckle

I stopped and took deep breaths

It was past mid evening but still we entered the wood

The only sounds were of nature

A blackbird scuttled from right in front of my feet before taking a low flight path away from us

Other birds were clearly settling themselves down for the night

I talked and touched trees

Spoke gently to the ferns

And whispered to the waters in the stream

Heidi was alert to sounds I could not hear

Whether she saw deer that frequent the bank by the stream I don't know

The recent rains have allowed for lush growth which provides good coverage

We lingered a while, me watching the flies dance just above the waters surface

And Heidi to sniff where she pleased


Back up the path we went

Me feeling much more at ease and Heidi looking very happy

I didn't want to take photos

I just wanted to use my imagination

And I often clutched the pendant that had arrived for me earlier and I had immediately worn

Of blue and green obsidian

I hope that this will absorb some of the negative energies from others that they freely and without knowing pass on to me

In fact I was so confident that it had indeed taken away some of my negative baggage that I showered without removing said pendant in order to cleanse the stones

Many times I stopped and gazed at ivy

Growing strong up the sides of trees

I could feel the invisible pull of roots through my own feet down into the earth

Until once more we were back in the lane

I know I need to repeat this experience often

For not just physical health

We have more senses than we care to understand sometimes

Last evening I felt truly alive

Not just hustling along with the masses

But being me, the real me

And fitting in with the natural world

Being a part of reality

In our modern world I feel we have to be what is expected of us

Not what we really are

Blessings J. x

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

One Last Time?

Well as our internet connection is so slow I've migrated back to Blogsy this morning in the hope it will still work!

Google photos getting to google shared photos seems to take forever and I just don't have forever to mess around

So while I'm here, here is a small selection of what I've been up to during our heatwave

Tea and cake on the patio...naughty but nice!

Not wanting to heat up the house this little beauty was brought out of hiding!
Oh yes I did...and it was lovely

First batch of elderflowers

Of course this madam came too

And finally last night at the beach in an attempt to cool down

All looks rather idyllic from the photos...what doesn't show is the crispy washing coated in bird poo...the sweaty bodies...the aching limbs...or the throbbing heads

But mostly it has been good

Alas today again I must leave the house for much of the day in order to earn money to pay the bills...big sigh...and tomorrow I need to dedicate the whole day to assessing a pile of distance learning workbooks...even bigger sigh...but at least I can be home...with the mutt...who loves to have me with her...not necessarily doing anything...but just there

So let's hope everyone is staying safe in the sun

Blessings J. x


Wednesday, 14 June 2017


This blogger thingy isn't that compatible with my iPad

As in I can't scroll completely up or down the page

I could blog from my mac

However for some reason Google photos kind of doesn't see eye to eye with that piece of equipment 

Insert sigh

Deep sigh

I'm currently investing Wordpress

But am not ditching here until I'm sure

Absolutely sure

And I believe Blogsy still works until I agree to the next update for iPad

Which I keep declining

For now

I have a home day today

Which won't all be at home

I feel another trip to the garden centre 

Hubby keeps commenting on how lovely the garden has begun to look!

Strike while the iron's hot do they not say?!

So more of this

Plus some more compost, secateurs, fresh herbs, and solar lights are on the list

It promises to be some day!!

Blessings J. x

Monday, 12 June 2017

At Last

It's been a busy and productive afternoon

Well...hubby left me alone today as he went upon a tractor run

After going to the farm and eyeing up my massively overgrown plants

I ventured forth to rather a nice garden centre

It was there that a carload few carefully chosen plants found their way into my possession

Anyway I had begun the transformation when who should appear home earlier than expected but hubby himself

Just in time to dig up the two remaining roses and transplant them to the other side of the patio

He's been a big help and fixed wires up for the roses 

These beauties I cut from the roses before they were moved

We had a BBQ tea outside
Determinedly so for it had become rather chilly

And so we along with these hunkered down inside while once more rain fell from the sky

Blessings J. x

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Farewell Blogsy

Apparently the time has come for me to part company with Blogsy
Dear friend...I stuck with you for a long time
Alas now you are unsupported and as such have become unusable 
So as it stands I have to relearn how to upload photos 
I will find out how
But today I am clueless 
Google will I'm sure be my friend 
But not today 
Today I need to create
After an emotionally turbulent week
For many reasons 
Several people I associate with are suffering 
In different ways
Grief, heartache, worry
Colleague, learner, and blog friends
I absorb others suffering 
And sometimes I need to stop and exhale 
Some people would say I worry
I'd like to say I care
So my plan is this weekend to do a small amount of paperwork 
As in get some bills out
And then absorb myself in the glorious creative cloak of happiness
Chocolate sits waiting on the dresser
I have an idea
And a peaceful weekend hopefully lies ahead
Blessings J. x

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

What To Share

June is being typical June I suppose

One day brilliant sunshine

The next almost monsoon-like

The end of this week brings us a full moon

And my Mother always said that the weather changed with a new moon

So a couple or more weeks of wet then


The elder is flowering around us

Though I shall have to wait for drier conditions before picking this years harvest

I wish to bring home my dehydrator

I don't have the storage facility to keep lots of cordial made so think drying some flower heads would be a good idea

That way I can make smaller batches when required



I abruptly stopped knitting when the evenings became a little lighter

This usually happens each year

I'm not sure exactly why

It just does

I'll pick it up again come Summers end



I love reading

Especially blogs at the moment

I'm very interested in topics of a natural theme

Of our changing seasons

Old folklore


Hedgerow finds and makes


Work is very demanding at the moment

I need to chill

Not easy when evil beings are running amok in our land

People are hurting

This makes me sad

But together we are strong


Blessings J. x


Thursday, 1 June 2017

It's Been A While

It must be a certain time of year

I really don't like the term busy

But well

That's just what I have been


The river of poppies

Really quite something

But there were even more

Rather a lot of damp eyes around the displays

I believe the ones in the centre display numbered eleven thousand five hundred

The number of lives lost from Devon in the First World War

And our Son's special someone

Well she's lovely

I've been up with him from last Friday to yesterday and have now hit a pile of work running

It's hard to believe that the Summer Solstice will soon be upon us

There is much to do

I know I'll set myself up to fail with unrealistic targets

For tonight I am satisfied that our bedding has at long last been changed to light Summer weight

Blessings J. x


Friday, 19 May 2017

Two Long Days

This past two days I have spent far too much time in my car

Both days having to travel to the county's capital city

For work

Two early starts

Two evening returns

New learners signed up

Things learnt

Head buzzing

But now for the weekend

And tomorrow yet another visit to very near the same place

The Devon County Show

I wish to see the river of poppies display as I knitted a few myself

And Sonshine is travelling all the way down to take part in a tug of war event at the show

He's not travelling alone either

We are due to meet a special someone!

They are staying here Saturday night and Sunday is his birthday

Happy Mother!

I'll be sad Sunday afternoon when they have to travel back though

But we should be going up to them next weekend

I need to spruce up the spare room some more

What gets done gets done and what doesn't doesn't as energy has deserted me this evening




And the photos from a recent walk are just because

Blessings J. x


Monday, 15 May 2017


My bedroom curtains are open revealing a grey blustery day

I should be up and dressed already

But instead have brought my morning cuppa back to bed

Just how quickly I can get ready for work I shall put to the test

Enthusiasm is low at this point for venturing forth and earning money

Saturday evening found us at yet another wedding party

I'm all in with this constant party life

But at last all the invitations have been exhausted

Time for a rest in the partying department!

It has been fun but we're not as young as we used to be

I shan't be leaving any washing billowing on the line

By the time I return goodness knows who's garden it would be in

And I now can see that it's raining

Ah well

Got to water the weeds somehow

Blessings J. x

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Getting A Straighter Head

Will we won't we

Do we don't we

Can we can't we

And so on

So what is happening

I do not know

My plan of action now

To resign myself that this is Little Winter

We have yet to move to Winters End

Plants will be planted

And cuttings taken to bring on

I do not foresee a kitchen extension

But there will be a mud room on the side of the cottage

If I can move our pantry cupboard and fridge freezer out I will be happy

And the boots and coats

And Hoover

And the bin

And I will loose myself in some happy planning escapism

A beautiful family kitchen

Complete with one of these

Photo from the Everhot website

This would be my ultimate choice

And practical too

As cleaning a regular oven with my shoulder issues is very difficult

The cottage still needs plastering on the outside and the top back wall redoing

Everywhere needs a fresh lick of paint

The garden needs a thorough sort out

Fir trees removing


Grass reseeding

Pillars topped off

Curtains need making

And door curtains

I already have the material cut

And a new front door!

Should keep us our of mischief for a day or two

Hubby will always hanker after having a complete unit of workshop and house one day

I hope they won't be right on top of each other

But when I do move to Winters End

That will be it

Only being carried out!!

Blessings J. x


Wednesday, 10 May 2017


Goodness where to begin

I am in turmoil once again

All I've ever really wanted was to have a home we could call our own and make it comfortable and cosy

A place to feel safe

For reasons out of our control this has never happened

Just when I get plans in place to make Little Winter our own

Something gets thrown into the mix

Something that stirred a little over Christmas but the offer was turned down

Now details of what exactly would tempt someone to sell land have become apparent and once more I feel on edge

If this indeed comes to fruition it may well be perfect for us

But I have had to watch my husband go down after countless disappointments before and am feeling very unsettled about this latest carrot being dangled before him

We also have the problem of who would pay for what and if we are hoping to get a mortgage to buy out youngest and her caveman it will leave us no leeway for grand designs

Already in my head I am planting my plants here but taking cuttings for future use

And a lovely kitchen extension is unlikely to happen if hubby is still hankering after something more


It's a problem that most people would be delighted to have I'm sure

But when you've been knocked back so many times before it's impossible to get excited

And that is sad

I've started to remove the weeds from the smaller shaded side of the patio bed

But the excitement I felt at being able to plant up the area had subsided greatly which is such a shame

Maybe it could be my practice space

Like a Chelsea flower show garden

With the joint issues I'm having though it's a little upsetting realising that things I could once do I now have to rely on others for


Happily the sun is still shining and for once I am home for the whole day

Things will be alright in the end I'm sure

It's just that the road we're taking has been very long with many detours along the way that very often left us further back than when we began the journey

Blessings J. X

Monday, 8 May 2017

Happy Days

Sore feet

Stiff back

Dirty fingernails

Yes I was all day gardening yesterday

Not planting

But removing


Bulbs lifted

Shrubs potted for now

Waiting with eagle eyes for any new emergence of weeds

And hubby to re-do the old pig shed roof

Which will involve trampling all over part of the flower bed

Hence a delay planting

All that remains are two rose bushes which produce no scent and though I hate getting rid of plants will go before I plant up my BLANK CANVAS

This is very exciting but a little daunting as I'm hankering very seriously for a lovely family kitchen extension errr ummmm in the future if plans go accordingly you understand!

Lots of windows and skylights may allow a successful flower bed to continue

There is a serious amount of work to do outside

No way will it all be done in time for Yule!

It's all about prioritising

Pig shed roof AKA the utility first

Next possibly the exterior back wall

Big job as the old bedroom extension where we sleep is only a rotted plywood plastered jobby

More mess


And using family muscle as much as possible

But excitement is bubbling slowly

I didn't want to come inside last evening

Even put off having a shower until this morning so I wouldn't have wet hair going to bed as it was fairly late and we weren't lighting the fire

I consider using a hairdryer unnecessary except in extreme cases!

My first learner of the day has cancelled due to illness so this morning is more relaxed than it would otherwise have been

A family of swallows are again using the nest just above our bedroom window


You know when you have all the ideas and not enough time or energy or means to do them all at once

Well that's me

But I'm going to have a darn good try

The swing seat I bought while living at the bungalow has been pulled out of overgrown grass down at the farm and is now home

Sadly it is rather rusty, but despite hubby's protests that it's a waste of time I am going to paint it

In fact I went to his workshop last evening and helped myself to a tin of red oxide

And a wire brush from his van!

This girl is determined

Though hubby has realised that I will need major help in removing my plants from their enormous pots in order to plant them up

He's a strong fellow so his help is appreciated

Though he'd strimmed the wildlife area while I was preparing roast lunch!

That issue has been raised in a calm manner and hopefully resolved!

The small EE box has not solved our problems

Hopefully on Thursday when I have to go to the big town...well past the big town for work I'll call in to EE and sort out fibre to copper because get this BT...they are offering it!

Until then I can only hope that this complete with a single photo will upload

Thank you for all your kind comments about our broadband woes...they are much appreciated

So until next time

Blessings J. x


Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Painfully Slow

Our internet issues are sadly still ongoing

But you know what

The sky is blue

Birds are singing

We have food in the cupboards

A little money in the bank

A beautiful brood of 'grown up' children

A loving mutt

So despite the numb nuts at BT who brought fibre optic cable to our box making the regular internet slower then refusing to allow anyone to actually have fibre to copper connection we shall rise above this minor major inconvenience

Little darlings

So we went to another beautiful wedding

Though sadly those photos have yet to transport themselves over the dodgy airwaves that we pay good money for each month

Just pretend you can see...please...for my remaining sanity!

I didn't feel the need to wash my face in the dew yesterday morning as I received a thorough soaking on Sunday at a hill climb event

My first and last visit to such an event me thinks!

Anyway I must away to my work

Blessings J. x

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Internet Woes

All well here but internet virtually non usable

Happily busy too!

Blessings J. x

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Busy Busy

Lots going on

Lovely nephews wedding last weekend

A really lovely day and a very special couple

A missed tractor run Monday as I wasn't feeling great

But I managed to make the lunch


Then back to work

Fast forward to today

Hubby's 50th Birthday

He's taken Nellie off to run from Bude to Holsworthy as part of the 100 years of Fordson national run

Lunch at a local pub

The other woman...

Luckily I was between learners at lunchtime

This evening it's the tractor 'do' at Holsworthy

Tomorrow it's pack for another weekend away

For another nephews wedding

See...busy busy!!

Blessings J. x