September

Is it really the end of September already ? Time has really flown this month; the start of the new term for us means a very busy time, but we’ve found time for some wonderful trips out. Beginning at the start of the month with the family meal and a visit from my brother. We…

Spring Cleaning

*   ‘The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home. First with brooms, then with dusters; then on ladders and steps and chairs, with a brush and a pail of whitewash; till he had dust in his throat and eyes, and splashes of whitewash all over his black fur,…

Thoughts On Packaging(and marking)

*     As a teacher I get through some 10-15 biro pens every year, all of which end up in landfill, are unpleasant to write with and produce unsatisfactory splodges of glutinous semi-dried ink. A recent government emphasis on ‘showing’ that I give feedback has meant that now all books are to be marked with two sentences; one for…

Messing About In Boats

*   ” There is nothing, simply nothing, half so much worth doing as messing about in boats….simply messing about in boats. ” (Ratty – The Wind In The Willows) *  CC and I went to visit my parents and brother on their holiday canal boat, what enormous fun, especially operating the locks. *   Under our inexperinced hands…

Viable Dreams

*   Walking along the river bank at this time of year is often a rather messy affair, boots sink into the squelchy path and clothing is dotted liberally with muddy spots. Despite the type B conditions( ( seriously squelchy on a scale from A ( over the boot and lower leg) through to G ( dry and…

Crossing Over

*                  Despite the short length of our winter days, our walks in the countryside have been wonderful this month, guided by my Mother ( the mountain goat) we hiked accross Bowland, passing some rather unusual crossing points for the river. We were a little suprised at this Ford though (where the road goes through the…

The Definition of Hospitality

Resolving to see more of our suroundings in 2012, we made an early start to our good intentions with a fell walk around Grange-Over-Sands. Despite a what would be euphemistically known around these parts as a ‘bracing’ wind ( gusts of up to 100MPH on peaks) we hiked to the hospice overlooking Grange. The hospice…

Freezing MangeTout

We’ve had a lovely crop of MangeTout (Sugarsnap Peas) and have had a go at freezing them. This has worked really well and should ensure that we have some lovely homegrown vegetables in winter. How To Freeze Your Vegetable Harvest 1. Pick your vegetables and give them a good rinse, prepare them as though you are…

Sweet Peas and Washing Lines

I have been cutting my first bunches of sweet peas from the garden, their beautiful scent always reminds me of warm summer days. We’ve grown them in our containers this year, since the garden is largely devoted to producing edibles. They’re rather a strange sight as they tower above hanging baskets and trail alongside planters….. My latest embroidery…

A Sick Bunny

Poor Gerry has been very ill with GI Stasis, a really nasty condition rabbits can get where basically their digestion stops. The poor little chap has been in pain and we’ve had to feed him by syringe, we noticed that he wasn’t himself on Monday night and made a speedy visit to the vets on…