Sunday, 17 June 2018

Fallow Sunday

I still like my Sundays to be 'fallow' days - one day a week where I  do no work, no heavy tasks, nothing too onerous.  I might read, I might knit, I might sit in the garden with pizza and wine, I might pot up the madder plants, I might crochet, or sketch- you get the drift.

Or I may do something completely different, its good to be flexible.

My laptop has just done its latest 'updates', seems to have hopefully ironed out a few problems that had arisen recently.  Not huge on the scale of problems, just annoying.

Very sad to read about the fire at Glasgow School of Art again; I've just read that it's not looking at all hopeful.

On a happier note, the garden is going great guns - the long spell of heat and a bit of rain has been wonderful.  The first courgette is ready to pick, tomatoes and cucumbers on their way, melons and aubergines are looking hopeful; tea and rice doing well, and the sweet peas are blooming, lots of salad ready too.
I've finished one pair of socks and have done one of the next pair; the woodland ripple crochet blanket is underway, my Baktus scarf is half done, the scrappy blanket for the Bothy is well on its way and I'm enjoying interspersing it all with a bit of needlepoint, and regular mind stretching sudokus and crosswords.

In the wider world, I am now chairman of the village hall committee and a community councillor. I like to do my bit if I can.

Friday, 15 June 2018

My five on Friday

Five favourite smells....................



3.Cinnabar perfume

4.Dry tarmac after rain

5.Violin rosin on a bow

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Tuesday, 12 June 2018


- took a break, am back now though, you lucky lot lol

Lots been going on, more later.......

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Sunday, 20 May 2018

Been a while.................

Been having a bit of a love/hate relationship with blogging lately, so no posts in ages...........

I'm still here, been outside mostly as the weather has been glorious - there has been a lot of sitting in the sun - more than actual gardening, but things are ticking over. More challenges on the go - have sown rice, and am determined to grow a usable aubergine.  Germination has been very good for almost everything, and prayer flags have been strung up for a bit of a helping hand ;)  The tea plants are looking good, and there are far too many tomatoes - again - melon plants are doing very well. Am off out there again in a minute.

In other news, my camera is fubar, so I've got a new-to-me one to try, hope its compatible without the CD  installing bit. We shall see.
I am now chair of the village hall committee and am working on the village resilience plan for the community council.
Next weekend is the annual arts festival Spring Fling event; we have three studios open here in the village - printmaker, potter and blacksmith - plus various fringe goings on.   shall be in the village hall for three days, washing up and making tea :)

Fresh off the needles is a cotton summer top, just needs sewing up; socks on the go, ofcourse, and a scrappy blanket for the Bothy - someone in the craft group abandoned a bag of unwanted wool there, so  thought that would be a good use for it. It's kept in the polytunnel for working on when I'm having a break or it's raining.

Picked up some great bits in a village table top sale, more of that anon.............

So - lots going on, including all the politics.  The old saying 'we live in interesting times' is definitely true.................

in between sitting in the sun :)

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Beltane blessing

Beltane fire to make you warm,
Protect you well and keep from harm;
A pinch of seed for you to sow
That you will with the flowers grow;
Adorned with blooms and ribbons bright,...
I bless you on this Beltane night.


This is for the women who don’t give a fuck

This is for the women who don’t give a fuck.
The women who are first to get naked, howl at the moon and jump into the sea.
The women who drink too much whisky, ...stay up too late and have sex like they mean it.
The women who know they aren’t sluts because they enjoy sex, but human beings with a healthy sexual appetite.
The women who will ask you for what they need in bed.
This is for the women who seek relentless joy; the ones who know how to laugh with their whole souls.
The women who speak to strangers because they have no fear in their hearts.
The ones who wear “night make up” in the morning or don’t own mascara.
The women who know their worth, who plant their feet and roar in their brilliance.
The women who aren’t afraid to tell a man to get the fuck out of her heart if he doesn’t honour her heart.
This is for the women who rock combat boots with frilly skirts.
The women who swear like truck drivers.
The women who hold the people who harass or wrong them with fierce accountability.
The women who flip gender norms and false limitations the bird and live to run successful companies giving “the man” a run for his name.
The ones who don’t find their success a compliment just because they have a vagina.
Women like Gloria Steinem who, when she was told, “We want a writer, not a woman. Go home,” kept writing anyway.
This is for the women who drink coffee at midnight and wine in the morning, and dare you to question it.
For the women who open doors for men and are confident enough to have doors opened for them.
Who use “no” to be in service for themselves.
Who don’t give a damn about pleasing the world, and do sweetly as they wish.
For the superheroes—the single moms who work three jobs to make it. I salute your resilient, cape-flapping, ambitious selves.
This is for the women who throw down what they love, and don’t waste time following society’s pressures to exist behind a white picket fence.
The women who create wildly, unbalanced, ferociously and in a blur at times.
The women who know how to be busy and know how to plant their feet in the earth and get grounded.
These are the women I want around me.

Words by: Janne Robinson

Friday, 20 April 2018

My five on Friday

Today, five of my favourite films..............

1. Reds

2. The Bridges of Madison County

3. The Milagro Beanfield War

4. Local Hero

5. Effie

Fallow Sunday

I still like my Sundays to be 'fallow' days - one day a week where I  do no work, no heavy tasks, nothing too onerous.  I might read...