It’s the small things

I was doing my early morning potter through the blogosphere and have found some amazing pictures of the big wide world.

I’m always photographing where ever I go but sometimes I forget to look closer to home. These little chaps are my own primeval forest.

These days I can’t always get to far flung places and climb the highest mountain. But I can find beauty wherever I go. Today’s picture is of a lichen (I think scarlet cup lichen but feel free to correct me if I’m wrong) about the size of a lentil hidden on a sunny facing dry stone wall.


scarlet cup lichen

scarlet cup lichen

I loved these mosses and lichens as I just felt like they were a tiny forest.

my little forest


Who says big is always best!?


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Time flies

nothing stands still and I just seem to have no time to stop at the moment. So instead of a great long rambling blog, I thought that a picture could speak a thousand words for me instead.

Happy Friday everyone 🙂


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The Liebster Award

Thank you shoe on the moon for nominating me for the Liebster Award!


I’ve never really looked into this before but from what I gather,the rules are
♦ Put the Liebster Award logo on your blog.
♦ Thank and tag the blog who nominated you.
♦ Answer their questions and come up with 10 new ones for your nominees.
♦ Nominate 10 blogs, let them know you’ve nominated them and link them in your post.

  • What is your current dream car?

I’m not really into cars to be honest. I used to have a landrover defender 90 td5 and would have that back in a heartbeat. We are looking at the moment for new toy though. Myself and my other half love second world war militria and would love a Morris C8, but sadly being over 70 years old they are about as rare as rocking horse eggs!

  • What movie genre is your favourite?

Probably no surprise after my last answer, but military and action would be my answer. I never really watch a lot of films but did watch the Matt Damon film The Adjustment Bureau and really enjoyed it. If you’re anything like me, you’ll not have any one kind of film you watch but that was prefect for a quiet sunday night! You can never go wrong with a bit of Monty Python either!

  • Tell us the best memory of your childhood.

I have so many! Mostly me and my brother running rings around our parents and getting into mischief. I remember really well my brother and I at about the age of 5 or 6 sneaking outside and dancing in front of the living room window much to the horror of my grandmother who had been left to babysit us. Red wellies and dressings gowns, you can’t beat them!

  • What do you think is the best thing about you?

patience! well sometimes. I try really hard to be patient but its not always easy. I love a peaceful life so patience and empathy help a lot.

  • Do you think aliens exist? Do you want them to?

I can’t believe that we are the only life form out there, the scientist in me says they must.Do I want them to? In a Paul  kind of way I do but not in an Aliens way.

  • What blog post of your own is your favorite so far?

Probably waste not want not as I was having a really bad day but that blog made me feel so much better!

  • What is the last thing you googled?

bizarrely, what the rank of honorary colonel for the british army involves. Don’t ask, it had to be random didn’t it!

  • Name 5 things you couldn’t live without.




a lovely fire

and….my kenwood chef!

  • Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Oh, introvert definitely. I don’t like being noticed, I much prefer to fade into the background and let the others have the attention

  • When was the last time you went on vacation? Where did you go?

It feels like forever. A real proper holiday? Montana about 3 years ago for a 7000 mile road trip of a life time. 2 weeks camping in Yellowstone and a lot of tranquility. It seems so long ago! I’ve had time off work, but nothing to compare to a real proper holiday.

So my nominations are:


And my questions to you all are:

What is your ultimate blogging goal?

Where is your most favourite place in the world?

Who is your hero?

Where do you hope to be in 5 years time?

What is your oldest memory?

If you had to choose, would you choose TV or internet?

What makes you happy above all else?

Town or country?

Has blogging made you more inspired and confident in yourself or your writing?

What is the one fact that you know which no one else does that always sounds really cool?


Enjoy 🙂



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on the sunny side

Its raining outside, its my day off and its made for a dull start to the day.

So, for all of you who are having the same grey day, here are some pictures from a sunnier day. Hope it brings you a little ray of sunshine!




a nice clean pond!

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waste not want not

A simple blog today just combining random things that make me happy or satisfied. 

I hate waste, love cooking and want to lose weight. I figure these three things sum up my daily thoughts. 

I got quite excited (sad I know) when I realised I could combine them all!

While his lordship enjoys his porridge I’m enjoying my creation of left over porridge pancakes! 

I suppose strictly speaking it doesn’t count as left overs if you deliberately make too much but I knew that experiments don’t work with my boys. 

And here they are

I’ve added a little dried fruit and just made them the normal pancake way. 

Quite frankly, yum!

And in the meantime, I have had a great morning! I am feeling a little under the weather, it’s the end of my week on rebif and even after 2 years my last day of the week of injections I always feel rubbish. Today I feel like a weeble that is going to wobble over at any given moment.

My solution?

Have a clear out!

I’ve just emptied a load of stuff from the barn into the van, found loads of tree tubes that we don’t need and got 200 trees ready for a planting day next week.

I should feel rubbish more often!

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A taste of the unexpected

Today is not quite what I expected! One of the first things I saw was the first daffodil outside my new home unfurling in the spring. Great I thought! Here comes spring, in fact it won’t be long before Springwatch is back on the Beeb! Lovely! But the reality of my day has been somewhat different. Work and houses, a nightmare combination!

spring time!

To fill you in a little more than the vagaries of life I am moving to a new house to be nearer to my work. It’s a rental but its good terms and we have been given a new kitchen and bathroom for the house and to keep our costs down we have got some money off the rent if we fit them. Sounds great right? Well yes so far so good.

That is until you realise that the house was lived in by a hoarder from hell  who had no idea how to live in an old house.

I think this internet pic shows the hoarding after it had been cleared!

 who had no idea how to live in an old house.

The plaster has been falling off the walls because it was so damp inside and at first we called it the Ebola house because of the mould on the walls. It was so bad we have to wear face masks to start off with.

It may sound a little paranoid but when I had my first ‘doubt of MS’ (for want of a better description) after many, many blood tests I apparently showed signs of a reaction to an old Victorian bacteria found in mouldy houses. It may be pure coincidence but quite frankly, I don’t want to be hospitalised by it again so a face mask is a small price to pay.

So back to today’s saga: The kitchen has been going really well, the cabinets have been going together really well, all the base units are done and now all there was to do was to fit the sink. Easy, right? You’d think so, but oh no! Not for us. The ‘anything that can go wrong will go wrong’ house strikes again and because we were trying to do the make do and mend thing and reuse a perfectly good and robust old sink we have realised that it won’t fit the modern units and would be offset and basically awkward and the biggest pain. I hate washing up anyway, so it doesn’t need to be awkward too! So off we go to get a new sink, £35 for a new one, not quite as nice as the old one, but hey, who’s complaining right?

I wasn’t until we got it back only to realise that the sink is a left drainer, not a right drainer. More hassle! So the boys have now gone to try and swap it over on another mission. They asked me to go with them but to be honest, my head feels like it’s about to pop! I’ve got my own work to do which here is fine mostly except today I’ve needed to do some work on our intranet, this in itself is a challenge as we are remote and far from a telephone exchange so printing a pdf so far has taken an hour and a half. I’m looking out of the window and dreaming of getting out there and getting away from it all and normally the house is an escape but we now have three weeks to fit a kitchen, bathroom, get the electrician back, fit carpets and move in.

that sinking feeling

All before April 1st.

Whose the fool now!?!

What a ranty blog! Call it stress relief if you like, its helping me so it must be. Right now, what’s keeping my head on my shoulders is the thought that in less than a month I will have moved out of the most draughty house I’ve ever lived in and move into a lovely rural farm cottage with all lovely new things. And best of all, I’m going to have my new cooker, that works (it better after all this) and I am going to bake to my hearts content. I thought no cake for the 40 days of lent was easy and it is to a degree, except it’s dawned on me that I enjoy baking to calm down.

So in approximately 31 days I plan to start as I mean to go on and bake a huge chocolately chocolate cake, possibly this one from Nigella. On Easter Sunday I will eat cake and for now, I am going to leave the office, walk down the drive and breathe in some air. Thank you for listening 🙂

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Heritage Tastes, Heritage Vegetables

I read this today and can feel some experimenting going on! Can’t wait to get my preserving pan back!

Slow Money Food

Moskvich tomato Moskvich tomato

Sometimes “old fashioned” recipes and dishes are just the thing to highlight heirloom vegetables or heritage meals. After all, it’s truly the way food used to taste.

The modern food system has brought an abundance of food at our fingertips. While we should appreciate and be thankful for this, there’s something special about older varieties and older dishes. For many, food choices include embracing these heirlooms and the farmers who grow them.

The newer release of Beekman’s 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook celebrates these options again. Here is an  example – check the book out for more tempting ideas!

Black Onion Jam Chutney

Serve alongside a frittata or fried eggs/meats/poultry

1 red bell pepper cut into 1/2″ squares

3/4 cup chopped canned tomatoes

1/3 cup Black Onion Jam (see note)

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

1 tablespoon honey

2 tablespoons dried currants

1/4 teaspoon coarse (kosher) salt

Black Onion Jam…

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Hello world!

You know, I really never thought I’d write a blog. I’m a very private person so the idea of writing on the internet pretty much goes against everything I’ve ever done before.

My reasons for blogging? Well its quite simple really, I’m easily influenced! A very good friend has started blogging and it doesn’t take much to persuade me to join in on things. Last time something like this happened I joined weightwatchers as a girl I worked with wanted the moral support. I had no intention of paying to loose weight, but joined as I thought it might help. I’ve always managed to loose a little weight but never in the long term. And because it was her idea I am now the lightest I’ve ever been! (although there is still room for improvement) So I figured blogging might be another good direction for me to go in.

I’m not one for always writing about the same thing, there is plenty going on in life but the way I see my blog working is for it to be a way for me to keep focused on what is important to me at the time. If its out there in the public realm then I really must stick to my guns!

I’ve never intended this to about my health, but MS is a big part of my life which means that I will no doubt talk about it, quite a bit! But in part that is because I don’t always like to talk about it to those around me as it can get hard from day to day but also not enough is known about it in the big wide world so the more we all learn the better I say and that’s me included.

There is me and my other half, also known to me as His Lordship. He also comes along with his own set of boys both young and youth alike. We’ve also got our sort of adopted squaddie (just joined up yesterday!) who has become as much a part of the family as the others. They are all amazing individuals and I feel lucky to have them in my life.

Hopefully I can give you an insight into the life and times of me, please join me and feel free to ask questions or even give me a directions!

Welcome to my blog 🙂

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easy like sunday morning

There is nothing quite like a Sunday morning. Its quiet, its relaxing and its the best day of the week.

And yet I am up at 7am getting ready to go out.  The boys are sleeping soundly and I’m rushing around to get everything together that I should have done last night.

Fear not though, Monday is my Saturday, so when all else are going to work for the first time of that week with that Monday morning feeling, I will be as lazy as lazy can be!

Today is a little different though, I would usually be going to work on a Sunday but our sort of adopted/foster son is joining the military today. Whatever you think of the military, its right for him and I’m really proud of him for getting to where he is. I’ll not go into detail, suffice to say that this has been a long trodden road with a lot of growing up done very quickly. I’m sure he will make us proud indeed.

And I get to spend the day watching men in uniform, that’s got to be good therapy hasn’t it? 🙂Keep-calm-and-carry-on-poster-print-union-jack-british-military-wwii-propaganda-art-234-x-165_16304_300

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Hope springs eternal

my rhubarb has made it through the winter!

You have no idea how good that makes me feel

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