Where does the time go?-12th December 2022

Morning! Hot water for tea and porridge in the pan. I know, I disappeared there for a bit, but November seemed to have been wiped off the calendar for me by one of the “mega-colds” that are circulating about everywhere now. I tested and tested for Covid for about 10 days and…nada. Just a horrible… Continue reading Where does the time go?-12th December 2022

Adapt and repair what you already have-10th October 2022

This is a photo of one of my old compost bins. I bought these in about 2003 (?) at a local “buy everything home and garden” store. They have lived in just so many places around the garden over the years and are still hanging together in spite of it all. But, in my experience,… Continue reading Adapt and repair what you already have-10th October 2022

The Cobalt Blue Pot-28th May 2022

My youngest niece got married on the 7th of May this year. I wanted to post this piece on that day but was away on holiday with no access to my files. Hopefully, this will be a case of better late than never. When she got engaged, I asked my sister if there was some… Continue reading The Cobalt Blue Pot-28th May 2022

Make or break lighting-21st Mar 2022

It seems appropriate at this Equinox point of the year, when the light is balanced between day and night, to talk a bit about lighting. I mentioned the inglenook fireplace yesterday as a decorating challenge. There really isn’t a lot you can do to change something like this. It is going to dominate the room.… Continue reading Make or break lighting-21st Mar 2022

A rush of blood to the head-20th Mar 2022

Meet “Ting”. This phone came to live with us after we redecorated the dining room last year. Wait. I will back up and tell you the story. Settle in. It’s quite a tale. We have lived in this old house for 22 years now. The dining room is one of two large reception rooms at… Continue reading A rush of blood to the head-20th Mar 2022

A crocheted bedspread-19th Mar 2022

Okay. Now you’re just showing off. I have had these very words spoken to me so many times in my life and, sometimes, it has been true. But, why are the words flung out with such bitterness by the accuser, as if being good at something is a bad thing? And why is taking pride… Continue reading A crocheted bedspread-19th Mar 2022

Planning ahead-14th Mar 2022

When I was growing up, my Mom had a little sign on her desk at home that looked something like this: I think it must have taken it to heart as being prepared ahead of time has always featured heavily in my thinking throughout my life. I just hate the feeling of panic that arises… Continue reading Planning ahead-14th Mar 2022