Thursday 27 June 2019

Rage Against Early Mornings

I woke early early early so early that Stonehenge hasn’t been built yet and I thought about being cross.Cross with the fact that I was up early and no mortal was up but then I thought again that this would indeed be a waste of time and just enjoy the slumbering peace.I hung the washing out and I still maintain that hanging out socks it’s fruitless and soul destroying & and will bring about the end of the universe.

Whilst putting out the washing , pegging ? placing out the washing ( gosh do much description in a household task ) I chanced up the Starlings on the bird feeder and you know they sound just like a teaspoon tinkling in a teacup.

And with beautiful life observations ( I don’t mean hanging out the washing, pegging arrrgh ) I mean just the peace and tranquillity being in the beauty of the moment.So often we brush over the simplicity of life and yearn we yearn for it.

And before everyone stirs you feel that everything and anything is yours , you survey your kingdom and of course you have your cup of tea.

Mornings are what you make them and of course mine has to be with a cup of tea. It’s a wonder I actually dealt with the washing at all , I think clothes should take themselves to the washing machine at the very least.

Bedrooms That Grow With Your Children


My husband is one of seven siblings consisting of 6 boys and 1 girl all now fully grown.My husband is the baby of the family and growing up he of course had to share with his brothers and his sister got her own room.They had a large 4 bedroom house but one of these was a tiny box room and my husbands sister was in one room and his parents in another.That left 6 boys in 2 rooms one of which was the box room so it was a tight squeeze.I myself never knew the struggle of fighting to see who got the top bunk as I am an only child and the only time I ever got to sleep in a bunk bed was when I went on school holidays.

My husband says about the bed situation growing up “In Barlow St. Mum &Dad room a double bed plus me in a drawer , Philip in a cot, the others in the other room Chris/Alan, Mark/Ian bunk beds, Anne in a single “

And of the larger 4 bedrooms house they moved in when my husband was a toddler he says “Osmaston Rd Mum & Dad in their room. Me Phil in bunk bed with Alan and Chris in singles in other, Mark/Ian in a bunk in the small room and Anne in a double in the last room “

So when his brothers and sister started to leave home getting your own bed was sheer luxury! So if you’re struggling where to put your little ones no matter how many you’ve got then why not check out this blog from Happy beds.It is important to have a bedroom that grows with your child as there is nothing more annoying that continually changing the furniture , I think the only think you really should have to be changing is the mattress and the decor eventually.

I can’t believe that my husband actually slept in a drawer ! I think my husbands parents would have loved one of these Happy Beds triple sleeper beds to maximise on floor space when it was not covered in toys that they hadn't put away.

Here is my husband with all his siblings and yes they are the ones in the background !

Wednesday 26 June 2019

Cheats Waldorf Salad

You know I have never had Waldorf salad and I got to thinking which I tell you can be a very dangerous thing especially over a cup of tea , I thought about salad and how boring it can be and now we are entering into salad season I really do think salads could do with a pep up and taking to that next level.salad has never ever been so exciting and I think salads need to be more Bear Gylls less Danny Dyer!


Enough walnuts for 2 crushed and a little bit extra to sprinkle on the salad

2 ts of Dijion mustard

2 chicken breasts thinly sliced( already cooked) but of course you could cook your own chicken breasts through

4tbp of Olive oil


Use a salad of your choice

red and green apple wedges

a splatter of mixed fruit

More walnuts enough for 2 again

celery cut into chunks

lemon zest and juice if no lemons perhaps use ready made lemon juice


Heat some olive oil in a pan

Method brush the chicken with the Dijon mustard and coated with some crushed walnuts and cook the chicken through until thoroughly cooked if you are cooking them from scratch.You can of course use ready cooked chicken .

Cut up the celery into chunks and mix with the salad ingredients in a bowl. Mix everything together with with homemade mayonnaise or a very very good shop brought one.

Thursday 20 June 2019

The Outdoor Prescription

It’s been raining men .. it’s been raining forever and ever and I’m really beginning to think it’s down to budget cuts ~ weather austerity if you will.At what point does it stop being good for the garden I think the rain started when I got a new garden table then I’m afraid it was all downhill from there.
We are over half way #30dayswild celebrating all things wild and nature.The garden has been a labour of love over the past few years and it’s taken shape nicely.I’ve a wildlife pond and have tadpoles they don’t contribute to the household income though.Also we have tree bumblebee s in the bird box and they’re super busy collecting nectar.

I wanted a bird bath but didn’t want a whimsical fairy or a constipated looking frog set in stone .Neither was I prepared to pay over £100 for a stone one that had been hand craved by a monk called Dave.So as my husband and I walked round the garden centre with a lost purpose until I spied though he says he spied first some glazed plant pots and saucers that would be ideal as a bird bath and it was a combined priced of 21 pounds.You could do this cheaper by recycling stuff and upcycling suitable shallow containers etc. My husband up turned the glazed dish upon the glazed pot just fixing it with outdoor sealant ( but do pick up the whole thing by the pot )

Gardening gives myself and my husband a great sense of well being as when you're standing there gazing aimlessly out the window doing the washing it , it so takes away from the drudgery of the task in hand. To see the bird hopping across to the bird feeder and to see Dragonfly's dip into the wildlife pond without a care in the world and it satisfying to see that carefree life it gives a warm glow to your day.It starts with something simple life plating some seeds in the garden , a few forgotten plants in the forgotten corner of the garden centre , swapping plants from friends.Gardening makes feel feel hope for tommorow because sometimes just sometimes hope can slip away but Gardeing promotes hope for tommorow and gives a tremendous sense of well-being and achievement.

Wednesday 12 June 2019

The True Lack Of Social Care

I am by no means an expert on social care I can only comment on what I know from my own family situation and it is a postcode lottery at times and meeting of panels to decide who gets what and where and quite simply it is not good enough.The constant battling of the system is not helping if social care was looked at properly and scrutinised that I am sure it would improve and even save itself money.

So here I am from 2018/2019 saying what needs to be done in regards to my own mother .And the things I’m saying will not cost much but with the situation left to fester from various agencies you ultimately reach a crisis.The system is failing the most at need there’s a safety net but it has gaping great hole in the middle.

I don’t know what the answer is but what I do know that basic social care is the pinnacle of human right.Social care should people to live their very best lives and they shouldn’t be scrambling for scraps.

Thursday 6 June 2019

Living On The Cusp Of The Countryside

I live on the cusp of the countryside it is there on my doorstep and I have my own tadpoles in the pond , tree bumblebees living in the bird box and house Martin s ( the birds and not the band ) I mean can you imagine the pop band House Martins outside your window.Since giving up work I’ve been busy in the garden with the help of my husband and working hard to make it both a wildlife haven and a garden we can enjoy.I've benefits of a garden from my own mental health well being to see a sparrow hawk dispatch Bob the wood pigeon but don’t worry we have Bob the 2nd.

I can amble where I like or bimble just as I did in my last blog post I can basically circle my house on a countryside route there is the march of progress of houses which I am not convinced is entirely a good thing.Developers do try and balance the green space with their building but I am sad when there is a loss of the green space on what should be green belt land.I expect in years to come way way in the future that a small patch of grass will be in a museum for us to all look at.Though I think that is somewhat a Dystopian future and hopefully not likely to happen !

The beauty of woods

I start my morning with a pond inspection of my wildlife pond and saying morning to the Tadpoles not invidaully but collectively as I would be here all day if I did, I rather hope they're not put out by this ? who knows do Tadpoles even bare a grudge ? Then I move on the bumble bees the the left of my house which are nesting on a nook of my neighbours house then onto my own bumble bees which are in the bird box on my house.

Tuesday 4 June 2019

The Enemy And Ally Of Time When You Are Autistic

I am autistic and usually it doesn’t phase I work and roll with the punches and I saw I’m autistic as I see fit .I will not hide away from it but now and again there comes s situation where you feel the overload boiling up from your feet.You feel like the girl again who has forgotten their maths homework and your maths teacher is a crack commando and you end up in detention.

Sensitivity and autism do indeed come hand in hand but you know we just want kindness like everyone else.We are all human at the end of the day and some accommodations are just the basics of being human.I have found time is both my enemy and my ally in situations as sometimes I truly want the world to swallow me up. The passage of time allows me both to relax from the situation and offer a therapy by writing loosely about happens to me in such situations.

I really like being displaced it throws me and I have to throw an anchor out and hope it grounds me this could be anything from talking to someone to listening to classic musical I just have to work through my box of tricks to get back to where I need and want to be. I find social media can be a help I as I reach out tho those who know me and also other folk who are autistic.Reading the world helps as it allow s me to compute and quantify the situation of course there are occasions where it can go wrong but the path of life is a not always smooth.

Monday 3 June 2019

I Bimble and SO should you probably

I have been walking for ages well ever since I could walk in fact and I didn't document my progress through the medium of social media .. it didn't exist back then in the mists of time and when everything was in black and white and everyone had rickets or some such Dickensian.Bimble is such a lovely word it drops on the tongue with a fizzy cola sweet and if you have one to many coal fizzy sweets then indeed you might bible just a little bit quicker.Yesterday was lovely day to wander and it was so glorious today however it is a very Sepia sort of day so much so I am beginning to think i am in the 1920s .

Walking is my source of fitness and I can not afford a gym and that is probably the cats fault they take an enormous amount of feeding I only have one cat but it is very demanding as cats are.

Bimbling allow you to go about your day in a leisurely way but I start of walking I always feel .. arrrgh until I get into my stride I expect it is a sensory thing for me but once I am going it’s all systems go.

Owning A Classic Bicycle What To Wear

Even the word bicycle has an elegance about it and I truly love my bicycle called "Myfawny" . It was an instance attraction for me and I think MyFawny feels the same now there's a little give in her saddle . We've both relaxed with each other and that is really important when you own a classic bicycle. Myfawny the bicycle is not a light lady but is one of substance and in that substance is a gliding elegance with the ding ding if the sweetie shop bell.

I feel as if I should be wearing a Tweed jacket and a soft scarf with pictures of bicycles with baskets on it. I'm not one for flowing dresses or skirts maybe one day a beautiful tea dress with a tea cup print  for the hot summer days.

I love this Winter scarf  from Whitestuff.

Another essential for classic bicycle cycling is the opportunity to stop for tea , and uniformed cucumber sandwiches cut into triangles ~ crusts off . Travelling with a tea pot is a tad impractical unless one  has been invented .

Also perhaps cake or a nice fruit salad as well for impromptu picnics .

What else could I take about on my travels , a picnic blanket and a good book ( for no one ever took a bad book with them did  they  ? Perhaps they did and it was a bad book that they hoped would get better ) I would also take my camera with me , I would like a in between camera in a nice shiny silver colour to shine in style , I would dream of being a National Geographic photographer photographing the lanes that I love so much.

And owning a nice sparkly dress is no barrier when you have a Pashley or a bicycle with an enclosed chain , everyone has to wear a sparkly dress when there is no need to as it will transform your day . Why save stuff for special occasions OK so you're not going to wear your wedding dress on the daily commute but I bet there are some people that will  life is fun and we need to maintain that .

And now the glow and brilliance of Spring is starting to show itself I can sparkle in the sunlight .

Disclosure ~ the bicycle is mine all
Mine and has a really nice ding ding bell . the House of Fraser kindly sent me the sparkly dress .