Displacement Activity

Pizza night on Thursday proved to be the last day of entirely unbroken weather. Friday was largely sunny but very sultry and heavy, with the odd rainy outbreak. It was difficulty to settle to anything. I had optimistically donned an old bikini but lost my nerve in the face of Stuart’s pruning and, for decency’sContinue reading “Displacement Activity”

In Clover

Since Lachlan came home, and I am no longer on duty for the morning and evening dog walk, I have thrown myself into a welter of other activities. The ironing pile is much reduced, the chillis and sweet peppers are all repotted and *drumroll* I have even finished the dog walking waistcoat with useful pockets.Continue reading “In Clover”

Thinking season

It has been too hot for gardening. The clay soil has baked brick hard and the paths are dry and dusty. I pootle around weeding at the edges in a desultory fashion, but really this is the time to sit back and see what is working and what is not. Thus far I have earmarkedContinue reading “Thinking season”

Come rain, come wind, come sunshine

The dog walk must get through…. Yesterday started rainy, so I donned the wellies and we marched forth. As I was mulling over various plots and plans for indoor things I would be getting on with when I got back, the sun sneaked out. By the time we got to Butterlaw corner it was steamyContinue reading “Come rain, come wind, come sunshine”

Liberation day

Whilst I retired, officially, on 30 April, as I don’t usually work on Thursday or Friday today was the first day when I am “at large” when I would otherwise be working. I won’t lie – it has been tremendous. The day started a bit rainy, but Lyra and I had a lovely long walk.Continue reading “Liberation day”

From Coconuts to Mars via Sartre

A good stretch of the legs with Lyra this morning, with plenty of time for musing. (A good thing as it is raining now so its a short hop this evening!). My internet research over breakfast following on from yesterday’s riff on how the humble coconut could have turned out to be a whinfruit (moreContinue reading “From Coconuts to Mars via Sartre”

Damp bahookie

There’s something quite liberating about knowing that no one is going to drop by. However, what I am discovering about my “liberated” self, is that she has not developed much from the 8 year old with a prized a baggie net, save for becoming more scruffy. (It is a known fact that, despite spending mostContinue reading “Damp bahookie”

Looking and not seeing

Sometimes something can be right in front of you, metaphorically making jazz hands, and you just don’t see it. I had a morning coffee by the top pond today and spent a happy hour admiring the water hawthorn and the hostas coming through. It was only later in the day that I was suddenly shockedContinue reading “Looking and not seeing”

It’s glorious, it must be a Monday

Don’t get me wrong, I’m lucky I can work from home and am not facing unemployment or a massive drop off in my normal income. Let’s take this as read. I do, however, really struggle with sticking at it on a very sunny day. It’s fine if there’s a crisis brewing and I can pullContinue reading “It’s glorious, it must be a Monday”