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I'm 57 years old, working full time, wife, mother and grand mother, wishing that I wasn't working full time! I love and enjoy our children and grandchildren, our dogs and cat, our garden and allotment. I love crafts - knitting, sewing, crocheting, patchwork and restoring old furniture. I love to go to country auctions and love thinking that I've got my self a bargain!

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Happy Days

It was my hubby's 63rd birthday yesterday so we went out for the afternoon to Church Stretton or Little Switzerland as it is otherwise known due to it's close proximity to The Long Mynd and Carding Mill Valley.

We had a wonder around the town and around the antiques centre which was formally a mill and is over 3 floors - it's a brilliant way to spend an hour as they have lots of items to suit all pockets.

From there we cut through the countryside, through Bridgenorth. The fields have just a tinge of vibrant green starting to appear and in some of the fields the little black and white lambs were hopping about. and then onto my daughters to see our Granddaughters.

It's great when you have a birthday because you know the girls know what's in the presents but they are so eager to open them for you because they're so excited for you to see what they've brought you. Our 6 year Granddaughter had wrote his card herself and wrote 'I love you so much Grandpa' - We both had a lump in our throats when we read it. Bless her.

Today we've spent outside working on the garden - I've been potting up seeds, so far in the propagators there are pots of Thyme, Mint, Garlic Chives, Chives, Coriander, Basil, Rosemary, Hot Chili Peppers, Mild Chili Peppers and some Sweet Peppers. I've also started off some white tuberous Begonias and white Sweet Peas. In the greenhouse I've started the Parsnips, Winter Lettuce, Sprouts, Cauliflowers and Broccoli.

Next week, I'll start the Broad Beans and Tomatoes so it's all systems go for the greenhouse and garden.

It's surprising isn't it how a sunny day in the garden  can lift your spirits?

Hope you've all had a good weekend

Take care


Friday, 9 March 2012

There But for the Grace of God...........

There but for the grace of God go I.............. I was lucky, I have 2 sons who never really did show any interest in war games or the army, and both have run of the mill jobs now.

But this week, 6 poor Mothers will never hear their son's walk through door and say to them 'All right Mum'

They'll never be able to say Happy Birthday to them and have their lad say 'Thanks Mum' back to them

Or even -  Merry Christmas and hear their lad reply 'Merry Christmas to you Mum'

There will be no future Grandchildren to coo over

Worst of all, they will never be able to say 'Love You Son' and have their lads say back to them 'Love You too Mum'

I believe that we've sacrificed too many of our brave lads to this god forsaken country and it's ungrateful people - we should bring our lads home, put them to patrolling our coasts and our airports, keeping  our country safe  from these evil people. Batten down the hatches and stop any immigration from the middle east, afghanistan and pakistan.

I would be happy for all the muslims who think that this country is such a bad place to live (but who so conveniently claim all the benefits that they can off us, whilst they produce more and more children to scrounge off us, hard working tax payers) and who hate the British (like Abu Hanzar) so much (but again accept our handouts - strange how their pride goes out the window when they cash the benefit cheque isn't it?)  to be put in a leaking boat, pushed out to sea and cut a drift, as we also tell the Europeans where to shove their Human Rights Act at the same time ........ 

(I would gladly cut them adrift!)

There but for the Grace of God go I............... I just feel for those 6 poor Mothers, who now will have to bury their young sons. So not worth their loss and pain...........

Take care xxx

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Still here then?.............

Hello there,

Yes I am still here but don't have that much time at the moment, work is still manic and stressful, the motorways are still busy with idiots and life at home is busy with working in the garden and at the allotment.

So far, I've only got the onions, garlic, shallots and potatoes under way, the propagators have all been found out again and given a good wash out ready for all the seeds to go in but that's about it - mind you how cold the weathers gone today it probably makes sense to wait a little while longer and let it warm up a little more.

I went through all the seeds I'd already got on Friday and did a list of what I (and my daughter and daughter in law) needed, I haven't brought any pots, seed trays or inserts for about 4 or 5 years, having washed and reused what I'd already got, but felt that this year I really did have to get some new ones.

So after getting the seeds, the dahlia's, begonia's, sweet peas and geraniums (all white - the garden theme this year is going to be just green and white), the new seed trays, inserts and pots, a new bucket and a new cloche to keep the carrot fly away - I was £60.00 worse off!

But I am pretty well sure that, I have got everything I need for this year for the growing season. It's our first year with a full sized plot and hopefully it will help to feed our whole family with home grown healthy food, so really it is a small price to pay and the seed trays and pots will be reused for the next few years

It is our hobby too and there can't be many hobbies that work out so cheaply and feed you into the bargain!!

Are you like me fed up with the price of everything going up and up - I've had to go and buy a new iron today - I won't say how much it cost -  all I will say is that it's now got to last for the next 20 years at least! (I've had a good one and one that feels comfortable to my arthritic fingers - but really the price was shocking)   There doesn't seem to be anything that remains at a static price - it doesn't matter what you go to buy, whether it's food, utilities or pleasantries - everything  has gone up.

I think that all politicians should only be able to  earn the national average wage which is supposed to be £26,000 perhaps then they would do everything they could to bring prices down. We would soon see those that do that job for the good of the country and the ones who do it to line their own pockets and see it as an easy ride.  (Would that be communism? don't know not sure!!) Mind you - I wouldn't mind earning the average wage, the only people that I know that are on that much are the managers now at our place and I don't know of anyone else who earns above that in family and friends, so not too sure where the statisticians get their figures from)

Only a quick posting today - hope you are all well - will hopefully be back soon - Take care all

Byeee xxx