Added a few more dates to my diary - things to look forward to during the long summer holiday from school.
Saturday, 31 May 2014
Friday, 30 May 2014
Live music with She'Koyokh - always happy if there is music! Will be leaving home in a few minutes to collect Julie - this was her choice, part of our 'expanding our horizons and getting out and doing it' initiative.
I haven't completed a photo scavenger hunt for ages ... a quick check and the last time was December 2013 so that probably explains why I found this one so challenging. Enjoyable but challenging!
Many thanks to Greenthumb for organising it and if you want to see any of the other entries just click here.
|L is for Lighthouse. This is the lighthouse at Trevose Head in Cornwall.|
It took me ages to find and I eventually arrived at the same time as a sea
mist so only managed some hasty photos before the mist blocked the
|7pm ... well 7 o'clock anyway. Taken at a festival in Lostwithiel, the stall|
holder very kindly changed the time for me to take this photo!
|left ... seen on a signpost in Fowey, Cornwall.|
|gadget ... GPS used for the first time on my recent holiday to Cornwall, it got me there and |
back in one piece and, well let's just say there were some interesting routes around my holiday destinations!
|puzzle ... one of the puzzles in the Mind Games app on my iPad|
|letter ... the letter 'Q' - one of the mooring rings|
on the quay at Mevagissey
|reflection ... taken at Mevagissey|
|fresh ... a fresh mushroom - I stopped in the middle of cooking my breakfast to take this one!|
|tiny ... tiny gypsophila flowers, part of the bouquet I|
was given by one of my schools.
|hidden ... a hidden geocache, tucked away behind |
|demolition ... I failed on this one. This is actually the aftermath of the demolition at my sister's house, which happened when I was on holiday. You can see the new extension on the left of the photo.|
|antique ... an antique camera, part of Ced's collection.|
I'm not sure that it is old enough to qualify as an antique but
it's the best I could do!
Thursday, 29 May 2014
Wednesday, 28 May 2014
I've lost 1lb this week so only one more to go and then I'm back to my pre-holiday weight. However, it is half term so I'm not rushing about as much as I usually do but am still eating the same so I'll be very surprised if I manage to lose any more weight this week. We'll see!
Linking with Weigh In Wednesday.
When I went out yesterday morning, this is what I saw. Somebody has cut back the shrubs in my front garden and not done a particularly good job of it - it looks awful. I know it was overhanging the pavement and that it will grow again but I'm upset that the person who did this didn't bother to ask if I wanted it done. I think it was my neighbours as their hedging has also been trimmed and if it was them, then I'm sure they were only trying to be helpful but it has upset me. It's difficult to know how to approach it without causing an argument, which I obviously don't want, but I do want people to respect my boundaries and leave my property alone.
I was talking about it with my sister and BIL last night. I'd planned in the long term to remove this shrub anyway - it is overgrown and blocks the light to the kitchen window, it has been neglected and the area is full of weeds. The plan now is to clear the entire area as soon as possible and replant in such a way that the boundary is clearly identified. We're thinking of marking the line with a lavender hedge which can continue along the front of the house under the windows and then infill with a combination of white and blue/purple flowering plants and bulbs. Thinking of having one larger specimen plant but need to make sure I get one of the non-invasive varieties. I'm looking for a white flowering shrub, no more that 2.5m x 2.5m maximum size, that keeps a good shape and doesn't send out runners or reseed itself, requires minimum pruning. This area gets the morning sun. Any ideas, please?
Tuesday, 27 May 2014
I'm doing the Telegraph crossword again. We used to do it every day but stopped as Ced's illness progressed - lack of time and energy. I hadn't realised just how much I missed the daily challenge. This is one I pulled from the recycling pile because I spilled coffee on today's newspaper and it didn't make for a good photo!
Monday, 26 May 2014
Sunday, 25 May 2014
Yet another photo of my neighbour's plants! I can see these through the French doors in my living room; I was looking at them today and it occurred to me that all of the plants I have chosen so far have small flowers - I need to look for a few plants that have larger, more 'showy' blooms.
Saturday, 24 May 2014
Friday, 23 May 2014
Thursday, 22 May 2014
The new rugby club was built on the site of my favourite poppy field. I drove out that way today and was happy to see that the poppies are still there, growing on the newly created banks and verges. It's looking good!
Wednesday, 21 May 2014
I was reluctant to step on the scales after a week long holiday enjoying myself and eating all the wrong, fattening things. I got a rather pleasant surprise when I did weigh myself - I've put on some weight (which I was expecting) but only a 2 lbs. gain (which I wasn't expecting)! Now that I'm home and back in my routine it won't take long to lose that small gain.
Linking with Weigh In Wednesday.
Tuesday, 20 May 2014
It was the annual music concert in one of my schools. After all the stress and frustrations of organising it, tonight has been amazing; so happy to watch them perform and celebrate their achievements in front of their family and friends.
Monday, 19 May 2014
Sunday, 18 May 2014
The euonymus is looking very battered. When I got back home from Cornwall it was out of its pot with the roots exposed. I don't know what happened but I re-potted and watered it in and crossed my fingers. I've been out all day today and when I got home it was out of the pot again. There hasn't been any wind today so I don't know what has happened but the plant is definitely not happy and some of the leaves have died/are dying. Hoping I don't lose it!
Saturday, 17 May 2014
Friday, 16 May 2014
Thursday, 15 May 2014
It has been an emotional, but happy, day and I felt very close to my mum. Her mum died when she was eleven years old and the five children, my mum being the eldest, were split up and sent to different orphanages. Mum was sent to an orphanage in Truro which was run by nuns. Every week they were taken to worship in Truro Cathedral and mum always spoke about looking up to the windows set high up in the walls, touching the roof.