Slow Lane Symphony

I do like when the clocks go back these days. Not for the extra hour in bed, but for the extra hour gained when the body clock gets you up at the usual time in “real money”. Just such a morning today, so Lyra and I are up and out with the larks (or ratherContinue reading “Slow Lane Symphony”

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”

A day of contrasts

It is scorching again. Much too hot to work in the garden. The shade under the pergola was pretty much the only place to be by ten. And what a place, the roses and honeysuckle were in full bloom, the bees buzzing and the swallows swooping overhead. The enforced languor gave everything rather a “holidayContinue reading “A day of contrasts”

Après moi le déluge

No sooner had I ironed all my shorts than the rain came, and stayed for a week. However, the garden badly needed a soak and I rather enjoyed having an excuse to stay in for a while. Thanks to Apple having an audio book sale, the long suffering cardi was finally completed to the backdropContinue reading “Après moi le déluge”

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”

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”

Planning ahead

Friends and neighbours will know that this month is my last at work, and I am retiring at the end of the month to devote myself to a life of gardening, bizarre sewing and knitting projects, dodgy artwork and intermittent sloth. In these last few work days I have been mainly winding things down, handingContinue reading “Planning ahead”

What’s in a name?

Over last night’s curry (and shout out here to Abdul and the team at the Coldstream Radjhani Spice – another corker!) we descended to the time tested family game of combining place names into characters for the novel/play none of us is ever going to write. Thus far we have: Guay Tullimache of Ruthven –Continue reading “What’s in a name?”