Sunday, 3 January 2021

Your crackers, M'Lord

 As I've said, it's quite hard to write about not much.

We got peckish at about 5am, and ended up eating cheese and crackers in bed, much to Grumbles delight, washed down with a coffee.

Of course, we slept for a few hours then had hot drinks and choccy croissants.

Arthur popped to Aldi for some milk. I played brain games on my phone. Got up and switched on the Chrimble lights on at the window. Don't know how that ever became a 'thing', but jolly good that they did, it's such a boost in these dark and murky days/nights.

During our cheese and biccy fest, I told Arthur about our 'midnight feasts' when I was away at school. Organised by the head of your dorm, they'd get day girls to secrete in food and soft drinks and, I don't know where, hid it all from the matrons. When I was in Downhayne, (all the dorms were named after local farms), we had everything dished out into our Sunday best green felt hats. Another dorm, the deputy dorm head, Helen, got her mum to bake a chocolate and mint cake, with buttercream and icing. It was absolutely delicious. The girls in the dorm next door ate baked beans cold from the tin.Yuck! I don't like baked beans at the best of times.

I have no suitable photo handy, so enjoy this platter of Italian pretties from years ago

Although it was generally known when we would be having our feast, if you got caught, all the food was confiscated and then you had to go down to the dining room in the early morning and eat it all up before breakfast.

Happy days! 

(Well happy ones when I was in Devon. Not so good in Littlehampton though).


Saturday, 2 January 2021

Ch ch ch changes

 Oh boy! 

You don't go on your blog for a while, and, lo and behold, when you're not looking, they change everything! 

It's taken me hours to sort out stuff. Blogger used to be so easy to use.

 New header ✔, using a mix of Firefox, (my go to provider), and  Microsoft Edge, (came with the laptop), and having to use Picasa to tweak my photo and add my moniker. I had actually written my first blogpost on the 1st January and then it got lost! Found it today by going back through 'History' and copy & pasting. Then I had to change the publishing date!

 The picture in question, is of our local park, taken a couple of years or so ago, by Mr B. We haven't been hit by snow yet, but that's no bad thing. 

I'm going to sign off now to watch 'Notting Hill'. We will squeal loudly at Henry Goodman and Clarke Peters, (Chicago mates). To quote that wonderful line from Martin, "I've always been a bit of an ass"...well that's a bit how I feel.


Friday, 1 January 2021

2021...Still Hanging On

 Happy 2021!

I haven't been on here for months

It is very difficult to write a blog when you 'do nothing'.

how else to celebrate 60, but wear a tiara

 We've had getting on for a year of COVID-19. Northampton has been upped to Tier 4; even less available to do than before! I have stayed indoors, laying low. Being horrendously overweight, 60 and asthmatic being careful is of the essence. I have been out once to the doctors' surgery, for my 'flu jab and a collection of blood tests. One of the tests came back that I am pre-diabetic. I guess not really surprising.

By the time I came to the top of the list for a second course of  Neuromodulation, we had just become aware of Coronavirus, and felt that to do daily journeys in a taxi for maybe a month was tasking a risk too far. So, I've pretty much been left on the shelf, mental-health wise. I think eveything is now catching up with me.

BUT, 2020 was full of good things for us. We adopted a stray cat, Grumble, that made his home with us. Arthur was put on furlough, so that with some amazing weather meant we had a a fantastic time in the garden.

I grew dahlias for the first time. Wowsers, not a brilliant strike rate, but some fabulous blooms. Tracked down a new solar fountain ...sounds so good when it's hot and sunny. Grew asters from seed, oh so pretty.

Oh, and Mr Blossom grew a beard!!




Thursday, 10 October 2019

World Mental Health Day

That's today.

I am really uncomfortable by all the 'bandwagon' things that are going on under that banner. And I am surprised that that is how I feel.

Once upon a time, I would've championed anything that may help people with this terrible illness.

The junior royals backing that really rather awful TV ad. Great if you are sitting there watching with family/friends. Not so good if you are alone. Then it will probably reinforce the void.

And it is all very well, telling us to talk, to bring it out in the open. Whatever the powers that be say about the job market being open to recruiting people with mental health, unless it is specified as a 'special' vacancy, you can still find yourself being ostracised. So, it's illegal; no one would say you didn't get the vacancy because of mental health issues to your face. Any other 'reason' will do.

I finally got the recognition and support that I need, but, at the end of the month, I have a meeting with a psychiatrist, and have been asked to come with my Support Worker.

Their boss has allowed them to keep supporting me long after my 6 month stint had come and gone, whilst waiting for this appointment to come through. But once that appointment is dealt with...left to my own devices again. They may well offer me something/one at the meeting, but the time it'll take to get to the top of the list is as long as a piece of string.

And that could be too long.

Cos, yeah, Prince Harry and Ed Sheeran making a little video is really going to help me. PH apparently 'can't get out of bed' because he has 'issues' and ES is once again upsetting his long-suffering neighbours with some other great plan to build something else on his estate. 
Not really the sort of people that give out a positive message on anything, let alone mental health.

Maybe I've just turned into a grumpy old lady. To me, the biggest issue is the step from after talking. Thousands of people need professional help, and that just isn't there when it is needed. All resources are stretched too far, which is no good for the actual health workers themselves. Yes, talk, but be aware there may be a need for support once Pandoras' Box is opened.
I  just feel Mental Health is too important to be hijacked by public figures who are treated as celebrities.


Tuesday, 28 May 2019


Oh my goodness!
10 years since I wrote my first post, and the things I wrote then are pretty apt still, for now.

Woohoo! 1st post
 Having read so many wonderful, inspiring pieces I have decided to celebrate my birthday by starting my own. This will take a while as I have to make decisions! Heading, background, which pictures to upload first, so please bear with me; I will try to make it worth your while. Have a great day and thanks for your inspiration!

So, I'm thinking first things first. For all our British weather can be bizarre at the best of times, I think I can safely change my header. something brighter and sunnier.
Sadly can't take the credit for these amazing sunflowers
Loose a lot of the pictures down my sidebar. Many of the links are no more. Past vintage fairs are just that. Vintage and in the past.
I trying to be forward thinking. Goals and stuff. Positivity.
 You get my drift? 
I wish you could've smelled these lilacs...WOW
Talking about being positive. The doorbell went while I was doing this post and it was a neighbour bearing gifts! Lamb biriany and pakoras. 
Yummy, yummy in my tummy!
Rene cat thankful she doesn't have to wear a bra. But sleeping on one is another matter!
I think it's gonna take a while to go through 'The Blogs I Follow' list, but a little bit of blogging housekeeping is well needed. I know that several people on my list don't blog anymore, but I don't want to remove links just in case they start again!  I wouldn't want to miss out as they have given me so much joy and support during the past 10 years. Some are 'www-dot-thru-the-airwaves' only kept in touch with over a keyboard. But there are also an amazing bunch of people that I have met, 'in the flesh', so to speak!
I will sign off for now.
I hope some of you will be back in touch and here's to the next ten years,

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

New Year, New Me

Whoa there!
Happy 2019 to any of you lovely lot still out there in Pennyblossoms World.

Cannot believe it was nice enough to sit out on the swing seat with a hot drink and a pain au chocolat. Yes, we had double layers on but it was really rather lovely in the sun!

a rather naked 'summer tree'
2018 was a bit of a year. Not so much the year itself, but more the fallout from 2017.

After a minor intervention from my GP, I ended up actually getting some much needed support. A proper Mental Health Nurse and a Support Worker.

Tomorrow I start a brand new adventure. I have been accepted for two course of rTMS, (repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation).


Friday, 1 December 2017

(What Is) Black & White (& Red All Over)*

I was recently tagged on Facebook to post 7 black & white photos. I think it was supposed to be 7 consecutive days, rather than the month it took me!
There were stacks of acrylic chairs backstage at The Derngate, ready to be put out for some presentation evening.

A trip to Abington Park after my annual trip to see the dentist, and this year it really has been one visit, as opposed to going so often over the previous 2 years I felt the dentists' chair should have my name plaque on it!

A rose from the garden.

Rene curled up on the bed.

A piece of Lulus' birthday cake!!

One last sweet pea that is, even several days later, still going strong through all this cold and miserable weather.

The neighbours' cat, Alan.

He is so cute but Rene is not keen on him at all, which is a shame. He likes to go out and about to get away from the other 3 cats they have. Still, he knows he's welcome here and he can just curl up on the lounger and not be disturb.

I just thought that some of these photographs should be shown in all their technicolour beauty. I've only been in the house once. It had worn wooden floors that took me right back to being in school in Devon.

Our little Rene babes. Poor love, she is having to have a thyroid medication on her food twice a day for the rest of her life as she has developed a goitre. She also has to have blood tests every 3 months which means just as her fur grows back she has to have it shaved again!

Mr B is working at our local theatre, The Derngate. He took the chair picture for me. Lulu was there performing on her birthday, (68 I think she was...amazing!), and Mr B brought me home his piece of cake. I thought the cork having the 'A' on it was quite funny. The cake was very tasty.

My garden has been a source of joy this year, as always. Fragrant flowers are gorgeous so roses and sweet peas have to a number one priority.

* A Newspaper

I am going to have another go at BEDD, Blog Every Day in December. You never know, I might be more successful than last year when I managed about 7 posts!!

Thursday, 3 August 2017

The August Break 3 - Roses

Bit short on real, grown in the garden, roses at the mo. There's been a flurry of flowers and now there are a lot of buds, but they are all very tight and very green!

But these wonderful, over-the-top sunnies fit the theme to a 'T'.
Add to that a Cath Kidston duvet cover to up the rose count.
Bloomin' luvverly!

The August Break 2 - Gold

 Or, (geddit?), Fool's gold aka Pyrite.

This orb is around 2 inches in diameter and is meant to be helpful for mental stability.
When you hold it in your hand it takes in your body temperature, until it becomes quite hot.

To add to the gold prompt, I photographed it against our gold velvet curtains. So good at keeping out the draughts in the winter, and keeping the room cool during hot weather. (Yeah, I know, that doesn't happen very often here in the UK!!).
Mr B found these on one of his solo trips to Plymouth at a vintage fair in the Guildhall.
Great find!

Carrying on the golden theme, I have a new necklace that is 'gold' but on reading the box, is actually sterling silver! It is by Argento Vivo and I found it online at TKMaxx. I love the crystal point stone and that it changes colour. Not sure what it is, but it makes me feel better just looking at it!

I also probably feel pretty good after drinking the Goldkenn Swiss chocolate liqueur too!!
The first time we came across this was when I did the only foreign tour with Mr B to Lausanne. We got them as tiny chocolates on our pillows when the maids came round and turned down the covers. (Swishy, eh?)
Of all places in the UK, we found the gold bar chocolates in BHS.
(Sad day when that store closed).


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

The August Break 1 - Morning

So, once again it's that time of year to join in with Susannah Conway's "The August Break".

to find out all about it and add your name to the blog roll, click here

If you're new to this, all you need to do is to take a photo everyday and either blog,  Instagram or share it on the Facebook Group Page.
Or all three, if you fancy!

To make it easier, there is a list of daily ideas, but you are free to photograph whatever you want.

So, onto my photo.
The hint was 'morning'. Don't really do mornings!! But we do try to do breakfast of some sort.

I would like to add that I thought that the phrase was actually 'C'est ce bon', but this spelling is from the song of the same name, by the inimitable Eartha Kitt.
(The very same that Mr B got to sign his boot.)
French for "it is so good".
"C'est si bon,
So I say it to you,
Like the French people do,
Because it's oh so good."

...and my breakfast was...

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Grubby Nails

As I said in the previous post, one of the few things I have been doing is gardening.

We added the new pigeon...not sure what our visiting real ones think! The blue spiky flower(?) and the marigolds were sown last year, so were quite a surprise. Some things are meant to be easi-grow, like marigolds, but I don't have much luck with them. Same with lettuces. Why can't I grow a bog standard green lettuce? Or spring onions.

But this year I am chuffed to bits with the strike rate of my cornflowers. I love them. The tomatoes have germinated well. They are for Mr B as I don't eat them, but I do love the smell of the leaves if you brush past them.

The lilac was fab as always and the Philadelphus (mock orange) followed on and really has outdone itself this year. That's a big swathe of pruning to do, once the rest of the creamy flowers have dropped off. It looks like confetti all over the path - so pretty.

My rose growing is a bit hit and miss, but the flowers do smell divine. Another showing from last year is the pale pink snapdragon.
Did you ever makes these 'talk' as a child?
Still can't resist doing it, even now!!
Potted up the wisteria; think it'll need several decades before we get the 'wow' factor! The courgettes are pushing out a whole heap of flowers, but unfortunately they are all male, so not fruiting yet. I've read they do this to entice the bees, of which we have loads, then they produce the female flowers.
I may have to have a go at pollination myself!
The swing seat has been used a lot this year and is now adorned with my birthday bunting that Char, of  't*rexes and tiaras', made for me.
I love it!
Thank you so much.

Having mentioned the birthday, this was the cake that Mr B got for me.
Pigs in mud.
Quite apt, seeing that with all that gardening, I was a very happy Zoe in mud!!
Hence the title.
My teeny-tiny short nails get caked in soil. I do wear gloves when I am doing the pampas or lots of pruning, but that's the only times.
 I am such a mucky pup!

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Well, Hello There

It has been nigh on impossible to write a blog post when I really haven't done anything!
Y'know...I got up, played Solitaire on the laptop, did some gardening, went to sleep.
Not exactly gripping, is it?

But things are looking up. Yay! I have been out of the house three days running.
(Not actually running, tho'!)

It started with a doctors appointment on Wednesday, with my actual GP. I was shocked to work out that the last time I had left the house was my last GP visit, that was 25 May.
That's basically a whole month! Wowsers.

So, having got out, we did a 'big' shop at Sainsbury's and had tea there. I get their egg, ham and chips, but ask for the ham to go. I'd never eat all that and the ham makes a couple of delicious sarnies the following day! Result!

broad beans have such pretty flowers
Thursday a friend of ours, drove over from Leicester. She was meeting someone for lunch near to us, so we had coffee and cake at the M&S café. She must be late 80s and is quite amazing. If I was only half as active as she is I would be chuffed with myself!!

Yesterday we went into town to sort out my phone. I'd dropped it on the garden path and smashed the glass, trying to get a photo of 2 planes flying together, which looked a bit odd ie I'd never seen anything like that fly over us before.

Turned out, (I'm guessing), to be an Atlas and a Hercules practising their formation for The Queens' birthday flypast!

So on that note I shall sign off, but I'll be back soon!