Monday, 20 July 2015


Can you see the bit of illegal parking!  The poor woman was reversing and, heavens knows how, she reversed over the wall and in to the creek.  The tide was in, but fortunately a quick witted, off-duty fireman dived in and pulled the lady free.  I guess the car will have to be craned out tomorrow as it is now blocking the shipping lane.  One thing for sure, I wouldn't like to be explaining this one to my husband!

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

A Right Good Tidy Up

As I am now on summer holidays until September, I have a looooong lists of 'jobs' to get done.  Unfortunately the glorious weather and the very urgent need to get out in it, eg walking Alfie, pottering at the allotment, any other excuse, has taken priority and those jobs seem to be being put off whilst the list gets longer.  Yesterday was cooler, so I decided to tackle the pantry.  As I don't have a proper kitchen yet, things tend to get dumped in there and I was losing track of what stores I have amongst the 'stuff'.  Time for action!  So I got stuck in and eventually got in done.  Despite an accident with an open bottle of soy sauce being knocked off the top shelf, it wasn't as bad as I thought.  Everything is still in date (not that I take much notice of best before dates) and I have discovered lots of goodies that I had forgotten about.  Here are the before and after pictures.  I actually have another four shelves of cookbooks elsewhere (can you see a theme around me and my books?) and kitchen equipment is stored in the cupboard under the stairs at the moment.

Monday, 6 July 2015


I have been spending a lot of time with my wonderful grandchildren, but normally seeing them individually.  However, we all got together for Sunday dinner so it was a perfect opportunity to get a photograph of them all together.  Not quite as easy as it seemed, hundreds (!) of photos were taken until we ended up with this lovely picture, my babies with their babies :

Two seconds later, chaos resumed!

Hi There!

I apologise for my prolonged absence from our blogging world.  I could offer all sorts of excuses but the truth is that I lost my blogging mojo for awhile.  However, a lovely message from Connie at Crafty Home Cottage gave me the kick up the proverbial that I needed, and I also realised that I missed you all and the interaction.  I am now going to spend the next few days catching up on my favourite bloggers and seeing what I have missed out on.

So what have I been doing?  I have been gradually emptying my office at the house and transferring it to my office on the barge.  This is no mean feat as I have literally hundreds of books.  I am having to sort them out and donate many to the charity shop as I just don't have room for them all. However, for someone who cannot get rid of any book, this has proved quite traumatic!  But I am getting there and am now half way done.  Most of the books here are reference books, teaching resources and classic and modern novels.  Cookbooks and gardening books etc are elsewhere on the barge.  Can you tell that I love books?  I have to keep finding little areas that Pete can put up more bookshelves, I keep telling him that they are good ballast!  So here is my office now, I love this space :) On the metal sign are the words to You Are My Sunshine.  I just had to buy the sign and put it in my space as my Grandad used to sing this to me when I was little, it makes me smile every time I look at it.  Can the eagle eyed among you see the mouse hole?  The cheeky thing has also hung his washing out!  I will be back soon, I promise! 😘😘😘😘