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Thursday, 1 November 2018

Soggy pumpkins

Glad to know this because ours were rather big and soggy for the compost bin. It doesn’t feel such a waste now. 

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

The best things in life are free.

Very true. However I'm talking about free things of the material kind. I have been given two matching chairs by a family member. I have one in the lounge and one in the sun room.
This one was stopping the two year old sorting out the cupboard and switching on the lamp. They are a good neutral colour and just the right height for my Dad to get out of. He can’t manage a low chair. They are light enough to be portable from room to room. I’m very happy to give them a home.
The next thing was a plastic bin store.
  
I would never have bought a plastic one as there is enough plastic in our world. It is neat and tidy and maintenance free. I hope it will last for many a year and by then recycling will be possible. It hides the unattractive wheelie bins so I’m happy to give it a home.
The next thing is a bag of apples. 
  

They were eating apples. A bit scabby so they have been prepared and cooked to freeze. An apple crumble for dinner will be made.
The last thing was actually homegrown and technically I did buy the seeds. A munchkin pumpkin. 


A cheeky little lantern to entertain the grumpy two year old. He has a cold and has been spreading his joy all over the sitting room. It is like a snail trail. I have been following him around wiping snot of of the furniture. I love him lots though.I suspect his wet snotty kisses will give me his cold. The joys of Grandmotherhood.






Sunday, 28 October 2018

Down the Road

How lucky are we?! Just down the road we have glorious countryside.

The Cotswold in Autumnal splendour. We kept to the back roads and saw very few vehicles. The villages of Chedworth, North Cerney and round the edge of Cirencester. Back home through East Leach, Southrop, Filkins and home. The van is going well and being a Diesel engine needs regular trips out. We filled up at £1.36 a litre. Shocking price as she only makes 30mpg. A bit cold here for a night stopover. There was sleet yesterday and the fire is lit.
  
The hot summer evenings seem ages ago already. Back to work tomorrow and my woolly hat has been laid out with my warm coat.

Thursday, 25 October 2018

There is a time for everything.

A Time to blog and a time to be silent. I am enjoying reading blogs but not inclined to write any. The words have not been there for a while. All is as it should be at Cotswold Corner. The world turns and the days turn into nights and vice versa.
The van has returned and the bill for the welding was 1,950 so not as bad as we first thought. Since it has been back, family stuff has got in the way of trips out. We are saying goodbye to children and grandchildren who are relocating to The North of Scotland. They have been living with us until the house is ready. Excited for them but sad for me. 567 miles is a bit far for a short trip to visit. It might have to mean booking flights and lots of Skype.  They fly off tomorrow, so the house of chaos and noise will become quiet once more. It has been a healthy distraction. Yesterday it was 2 years ago our lives changed forever. Anniversaries of those days change nothing. The brutal truth is still the same. It was a day of brilliant sunshine. Some early pumpkin carving has been done. We had a trip to Cotswold Farm Park on Sunday. In the price there were 2 free pumpkins. They won’t be going with them on the plane so they had to be carved and lit. Busy is good.

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Heaven in Devon

 

 


 

 


 
Blue skies and grey. Green fields and fresh air. Just took the parents away for a week. We rented a cottage in Instow. I’m exhausted as I have looked after people all week. My dad wasn’t very mobile so we did what we could. My mum is a North Devonian so she was happy just to be there. 

 The OH has been a real trooper driving us around and pushing th wheelchair up hills.
The cottage we stayed at had a lovely garden to sit in. Good to be back home. Although it was  a lovely place I am appreciating my home today.

Friday, 31 August 2018

Mellow mornings

Late summer is my favourite time. Not too warm, cool mornings and evenings. I have the energy to get on with tasks. A walk around the garden with a cup of tea. The flowers are hanging on.
  

 

 
All this lovely colour colour came from budget packets of seeds. I thought the sweet peas had given up but the cooler weather has brought them back to life. The asters are the easiest thing to grow from seed. They always put on a good late summer display. The cosmos hasve been flowering the whole summer.
I have had such a glut of these plum tomatoes. I can’t even remember what variety they are.
I picked so many and just froze them in batches for cooking with.

We are still eating runner beans most days. I haven’t frozen
 so many this year.  I feel I want to absorb as much sunshine as I can while it lasts. I took a long walk today but didn’t take a tub for blackberries. They are quite small this year but plenty of them. I freeze them on a tray, then transfer to a pot and use them on my porridge in the winter. We do like a blackberry and apple crumble. My apple tree hasn’t done well. I’m hoping that some apples come my way soon. People are very generous this time of year. We visited Evesham last week. Someone had left bags of Victoria plums on a table outside their garden 
gate. There was an honesty box there for a charity donation. They were the best plums I had tasted for years. I have an elderly neighbour who has a plum tree. They always go to waste. It seems a bit cheeky to ask if I could pick them for him and have some. The wasps are enjoying them at the moment. Looking forward to some more mellow days in the week ahead. Back to work at preschool next week. It will be good to see everyone again and meet new little people.

Monday, 27 August 2018

Bank Holiday Housework

Today I shall be mainly doing housework. Boring but necessary. I have had a week of family staying and it has taken its toll on the house. Toys and baby equipment will be moved and tidied.  Bedding will be washed and dried. A vacuum and dust is due. I love having them but a little piece of me is pleased when they go. Maybe it is an age thing and I’m getting set in my ways.
I like to procrastinate so I have been reading blogs and catching up. My photos from holiday have now uploaded. Or should I say some of them. Technology is such a mystery tome.  It was lovely to relive it. Although just a week has passed, it seems ages ago. My brain is awash with the things I saw and did. A few highlights of County Durham.




 There are so many. I don’t know what I expected really. I had no idea the coastline would be peaceful and remote. I suppose I thought it would be quite industrial in places, which I suppose it is.  The last picture is Easington Colliery. I did not expect a stunning coastal walk. Going through the village there a is decay, but a reminder that this community a few decades ago was a thriving  backbone to our economy. Things change and they have changed with it. Apart from just a solitary mining tower up on the hill,  and a faint smell of coal you would not guess what went on here. I had no idea that the mines went under the sea. A dark job full of danger. Boys left school on the Friday and worked on the Monday. From boy to man in hours. The women were the heart of the place. Their men were consumed by hard work and often health problems. We visited the Beamish museum and saw a row of miners cottages as they would have been lived in. Sparse but homely. Vegetables growing in  the back yard, chickens roaming. They shared what they had between families. Life was hard but they had each other. This holiday made me reflect on many things. 
Some photos of the stunning scenery of Wearedale and Teesdale have not arrived on the iPad  yet. I read a book Daughter of the Dales while I was there. The woman Hannah,  farmed alone hardly seeing anyone. She lived many years without electricity and running water. Her farm was just a few miles from where we stayed. We never managed to find it. The landscape was beautiful but harsh if you had to make a living there. 
No news on our motorhome as yet. The welding person hasn’t been in touch either. I am missing it sitting in the front of the house. Hopefully we can have a little ride around before the weather gets too  wet and cold.
Procrastinating too much now. I need to get my house in order. The sun is trying to come out and I can see little finger marks and stickiness. Souvenirs for grandparents. We will clean up and gather our strength for the next visit.