Monday, 13 May 2019

Walk with me ...

... around a little known walkway near the zo. The area where the zoo is used to be an aerodrome which housed aircraft during the war. By the side is a little woodland where wild flowers abound. The cowslips shine out from a carpet of green.

Through the woodland runs a small rivulet over which the path meanders.

A relic pill box from the war years hides within the greenery with a soldier still keeping watch.

The scent of wild garlic abounds.

Such a peaceful spot with a main road, hospital and zoo a stone's throw away.

A peaceful haven amidst the urban sprawl.

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Sunday, 12 May 2019


Planted the kale, de-shooted the tomatoes, ironed, tidied, de-cluttered and polished the brass. Work in the morning, play in the afternoon so, seeing as it was still sunny, we walked to see the sea. I've never seen the sea blue in Blackpool, it's normally grey. Today, however it was as blue as the sky.

It was quite quiet today (Was there a football match on?) and the sands were fairly empty of folk.

A stroll along the pier and then on to Wetherspoon's for a pint before returning home.



PS Something made this deep hole in the sand but there were no human footprints around it and only one set of bird/animal prints to it. Duby, duby, duby, duby. :{


Saturday, 11 May 2019

It's a sunny day -

- good job I'm well prepared for it.

in the hall

in the porch

more in the porch

in the kitchen

in the sun room

another in the sun room

No sun in my eyes when I venture out. This glorious day I've planted out the leeks, hoe hoed the back and the front :) and picked leaves for a 'healthy' salad for tea.

The cat is not too fond of the sun so is resting as usual indoors.

She's well away.


Friday, 10 May 2019

Happiness in the garden

Now is flowering time and these little beauties are welcoming the sun in and around the pergola. The aquilegia and poppies at the end of the walkway,

the poppies and little white flowers (woodruff - thank you Jill),

aquilegias and bluebells

and strawberries.

But the one that's come out in all its glory is the clematis which was originally pinched as a small cutting from another garden.

Here it cones ...

The scent is wonderful and the sight is amazing. The pergola is completely swamped in an avalanche of snowy white flowers.

Welcome, Spring.


Thursday, 9 May 2019

If at first you don't succeed ...

Started with good intentions.
Convinced I'd got it right.
Total fail in counting rows,
What an awful sight!

Pulled out miles and miles of yarn,
Not enjoying that.
Crocheted up a second time
And now it's straight and flat!

Off to son's friend's baby,
Will match the first one there
Bright colours for a new born child,
Blanket nice and square.



Started with good intentions
This living blog I host.
So much to do and not much time
To regularly post.

Mojo ran away again
Trying to get it back.
Bear with me while I search for it.
Oh alas, alack!

Must ...

try, try again.


Monday, 11 March 2019

Home gym - 3

Pull in the Abdominals (TumBum)

I can incorporate these exercises while I'm walking. Again 'reps' with no counting as lampposts act as  indicators for a change of activity. Start with the tum, pull in and hold until the lamppost is reached then think about those pelvic floor muscles and pull those up. Swap holds at each lamppost. It doesn't matter if I forget as the next lamppost reminds me to 'hold it in' or 'hold it up'. Tum, bum, here I come. 


Sunday, 10 March 2019

Home gym 2

Triceps lifts (Trolley Triceps lift)

This time it's weights and for this I use the pull along shopping trolley. Combined with a trip to the supermarket this is a relatively simple exercise. All I do is lift the handle of the trolley behind me while walking back home. A full trolley ranges from 10 kg to 15 kg in weight. Granted I'm not lifting all that weight as some of it is on the ground but I am walking, pulling and lifting at the same time. Win, win, win.

Ten lifts with one arm then ten lifts with the other or, if it's too much trouble counting, then one arm lifts to the next lamp-post, change arms, and one arm lifts to the next.

Here's a video of a triceps dip. Using the trolley, instead of dipping down, I pull up with the same shape of arms which should work out the triceps and biceps muscles.


Saturday, 9 March 2019

Home gym - 1

I go to the gym to dance and swim (no, I'm not starting a ditty) and find that working out with the machines is really boring so I've found a way to incorporate workouts into my daily routine. Here's my first workout which can be done at any time of the day in the comfort of home. I find that this workout works best while tidying up. First watch this video.

Great to do in front of your computer screen but to incorporate it into the day I just do the 'silly walks' for 15 to 20 minutes while I'm going around the house tidying up. They could also be done while prepping a meal in the kitchen, sorting out the washing or making the bed. I don't recommend doing the 'walks' while ironing or wielding knives while chopping veg!

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Snowdrop jolly

Just a few pictures from a Snowdrop walk today.


Monday, 4 February 2019

The bathroom

Just some views from different angles.

tiles behind the shower

shower soap dish

sink vanity drawer handle


towel radiator

the underside of the light fitting which is an uplighter

the textured wall 

loo push flush


towel rail

in on the action on a 'nice, warm towerl'