Saturday 25 March 2017


Time to plant the mange tout seeds today as the weather is fine and it's quite warm. The seeds were saved from last year and I've still got plenty over. Beetroot and lettuce will be planted tomorrow with potatoes going in on Good Friday.

I had to pull some more crochet back today as I'd skipped a stitch and ended up with a narrower strip for my checked cot blanket. Grr!

I've resumed swimming, dancing and walking so almost back to normal now. I'm back at the CS on one afternoon a week and it's good to be back 'playing shop'.

DD is taking DH and me out to lunch on Monday. Lucky us.

Whenever I put fresh sheets on the bed the cat comes and helps. She also helps when I mop the floor by putting paw prints on the drying tiles.

The dog that poos outside our front gate seems to have stopped for a while, thank goodness.

We're trying to eat up the freezer as it's in dire need of defrosting. We'll be eating fish, steak and chicken pieces for the foreseeable future with ice cream for afters. I need to pluck up courage and use some of the items I've been avoiding each time I open the door.

Spring and summer clothes are coming out now the weather is warming up. I've pulled some clothes out from under the bed and put some winter stuff away. Flip flop time is here - yeah!

I've not been posting for a while - still gathering momentum. Must try harder.

Buds are appearing on all the climbing plants and leaves are starting to grow on the apple, plum and pear trees. The grape vines are springing to life too.

Food for thought - if I've been typing snippets then have I been snipping or snippeting. I could have been sniping maybe?

Enough snippets snippeted now. Or could it be - enough snippets snoped?


Thursday 16 March 2017

Tiddly bits

The back of the cot blanket.

The shadow of me.

The cat.

The addictive online tycoon game.

The park.

The sea.

The silly picture. (Never play with mobile picture apps.)

The beer.

Tiddly bits.


Sunday 12 March 2017

A bit extra

The rainbow blanket just needs a backing now and another cot blanket is underway using more rainbow colours. There is a shell stitch edging all the way round.

I did a little extra today and made an iPhone cover for a friend using the rainbow colours. As she likes a little bit of bling I crocheted the back to the front with some sparkly yarn.


Saturday 11 March 2017

From my feet

I didn't sit down on the beach because it was too damp so these shots were taken 'from my feet'.

In front of me was the Tower and North Pier.

To my right was the promenade.

To my left the sea.

Behind to the left was Central Pier …

… and behind me was Central Pier again. In the distance the Big One on the Pleasure Beach can be seen ...

… and also South Pier.

It was a 3 mile walk that day (What do you think, Ilona!) in glorious sunshine. Roll on Spring.


Thursday 9 March 2017

Great day for gardening

At last the weather feels fine enough for us to venture out into the garden and start a general tidy up ready for the new season's planting. Dead plants in the front garden were cleared and in the back the over-wintering leeks were dug up. Some were for soup for today and tomorrow and some I'm keeping as veg for the meals this week.

I peeled a couple of spuds to go into the soup. It was so warm outside so I used the patio table as my work bench.

All the waste went straight into the compost.

The old runner bean frame was pulled down and I'll take off the dead stems tomorrow. 

The soup was made and eaten and, as there is no pic of the soup, I'll finish with a pic of puss cat enjoying the sunshine in the greenhouse.

Hope the weather stays fine from now onwards.


Wednesday 1 March 2017

From my seat

Getting back to fitness after a major operation takes time - baby steps each day. 

From my seat at the Tower ballroom I see many people keeping fit by dancing. I'm now able to hold my own in all of the dances.

To my left is the stage where the organist plays for the sequence and ballroom dances.

Above me are the extravagant light fittings in the ballroom.

Behind me is a picture in tiles comparing the height of different towers in the world.

And in front of me is my fan - it's hot work tripping the light fantastic - and my water to keep me going.

Not only did I dance all afternoon but I also walked home too. That's my exercise for the day - done in the beautiful surroundings of the Ballroom. One of my favourite hobbies is helping with my recovery journey. Can't be bad. I shall be walking tomorrow.