Summer’s End

*   What happened to the summer ? It seemed as though the weeks were endless and September was a world away. Autumn seems to have come early this year and we’ve been making the most of the ripe profusion of blackberries growing in dense pockets in the lanes around our house. *  Making the…

Snowdrops and Sunshine

We are finally beginning to emerge from the darkness of our winter and the days are longer. Moods are visibly brightened as the sunshine finally makes an appearance and thoughts turn to enjoying the outdoor again. The snowdrops at Lytham Hall were a much-needed display of green, signalling the return of longer days and the…

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…

Autumn Pleasures

*   Autumn is my absolute favourite time of year here, the chance to have cosy nights by the fire, the abundance of hedgerow fruit for picking and despite going back to work, the chance to have lovely long walks enjoying the scent of the leaves and the smell of wood smoke. We began our month…

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…

High Days And Holidays

*   It’s been a wonderful month, beginning with our local gala day. We hosted our little afternoon tea party and watched the colourful floats go by our door. *   Snowy has been keeping CC out of mischief…..she makes an excellent alarm clock for CC, jumping on him in the mornings to wake him up. *    …

Jubilee Jaunts

A brief summary of June…. Our tiny meadow is slowly turning our little yard a lush green… *   Shockingly Awful Jubilee weather, but in true British form we had a picnic on Reeth green during our holiday and enjoyed listening to the band. Blowing a gale and a temperature of 10 C did not deter the picnickers !…

Moments in March

*   Sadly we lost Mr. Rupert last week, our black lop eared rabbit. It seems such a short time since we were collecting the two brothers from the rescue centre and welcoming them to their new home. He will be very much missed by CC and I but especially Mr. Gerry his lovely brother. We…

Winter Treats

*   The recent cold winter weather has brought some unexpected treats in recent days, beautiful winter walks and plenty of opportunities to sample some thoroughly stodgy fare. My friend Liza came to visit us from Sweden and we have delighted in having an excuse to increase our winter walks and sample some local culinary delights. *   This…

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…