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!
Zxx

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!
Zxx

Thursday, 2 March 2017

A Very Sad Day


Today Mr B handed in his keys and swipe card.

Tomorrow is his last day with a company that, between us, has been part of our lives for about 30 years.

He was not made redundant, but had his contract terminated "due to capability". Because of his osteoarthritis he was not able to carry out his contractual duties and was deemed to be a 'risk' whilst working on and around the stage.

It is terribly sad, but we will soldier on and look forward to whatever the future throws at us!

I hope you will join us on our journey!
Zxx

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

St David's Day

Happy St David's Day!


I used to be in St David's House at school, and as well as wearing yellow pullovers as part of the uniform, on the first of March we were all given a daffodil to wear.

 

Now I live with a partner who has Welsh roots, so it is still a celebration day in my life.


Mr B found these brave little bulbs tucked away in a cold, dark corner of our garden the other day.
No soil, no light but still bursting forth with so much vigour.
A feast for the eyes and the nose.
(And a note to self to pot them up and put a marker in the pot too!)
Zxx

Monday, 2 January 2017

The End Of The Funtimes (for now!)

Oh no!
Today is the last day of Mr Bs' festive break!



At least he doesn't do panto (oh yes he does) - although if you go into it with the right frame of mind, it can be really good fun. But two shows on Christmas Eve and then 2 on Boxing Day, phew, it's hard work. Plus, if you don't drive then you're scuppered for getting to and from home/digs to work.

It's been brilliant having him home and we have really enjoyed the break, not really planning anything, but just going with the flow.



We've enjoyed doing the food shopping, sticking to our 'little traditions', using the catering butchers for all our Christmas meaty things. We got a great deal on some fillet steak, (more of a present!), so we had that for our Christmas Dinner which was a bit different. Waitrose and Asda tend not be our usual shops, as they mean 2 bus changes each way, or taxis, which you don't feel guilty about, "because it's Christmas", and as we were in Kingsthorpe it seemed rude not to go into Gallones Ice Cream Parlour!



We've used the village near our Doctors' surgery. So again, just a bit different from the norm. A different place to have coffee, new people to talk to and in the charity shop, one lady that remembered Mr B from the Derngate Theatre, when we first moved up here.
We bought a real, growing Christmas tree. Not quite a first, but it was ages ago when we last had one. I'm hoping it'll tick over in the garden, and be a new perching area for all our birds.

Some great telly. Did anyone else see "Peter Pan Goes Wrong"? Brilliant!! Do try and see it on BBC iPlayer if you can. I'm thinking if I watch that everyday with the Lumie light on, that will make me mentally strong enough to take on the World!!

Mr B on the far left, holding the 'magic bauble'. Photo from the BRB Facebook page.
 There was also a wonderful programme to honour Sir Peter Wrights' 90th birthday, "The Ballet Master". The picture above is the Birmingham Royal Ballet Company on stage to celebrate his actual 90th birthday.
I remember when I was first shown around the Royal Opera House and was introduced to him as he was Artistic Director of the Company I had just joined. He was a real gentleman and charming to boot. He offered Janet, my boss, and I, tickets for his production of The Nutcracker, that was being filmed that day for the Beeb. So kind. Mr B had coffee with him a few years back, when the Company was in London and he had been caught up in all the mayhem after that Icelandic volcano erupted. He must've been in his 80s and he just took it all in stride. He had to get back to London from Prague or somewhere like that, and had to use all sorts of transport to get back. I bet most of us would have just given up and done another few days in the hotel! I knew a lot about him and his work, but was totally amazed at what I didn't know!
Such a brilliant man.
A 'reet' good bloke!

Photo from the Radio Times
Sir Peter Wright, I salute you!
Zxx

Sunday, 1 January 2017

2017 Happy New Year

Hope your New Year came in with a bang!

We set off a few fireworks in the back garden after listening to 'the bongs' at midnight, on the radio.

video

Our neighbours came out and we wished each other "Happy New Year".
It was jolly and festive and a great start to 2017.

We came back indoors and watched the end of Pulp Fiction and the beginning of Reservoir Dogs and went to bed.
Then I was sick as a dog!!  I'd had half a glass of Freixenet, so I guess I was just excited!

So, here's to a brand new year.
Let's hope it's a good one!

Love to you all.
Zxx

Sunday, 4 December 2016

BEDD - December 4th

 My second Christmas cake for 2016.


A new recipe for me, from Eric Lanlard on Food Network.

A chocolate and orange cake with whole roasted hazelnuts, whole cherries, (my fave), and orange liqueur.

I have made 'my' version....more cherries, less walnuts and Southern Comfort instead of the liqueur. I checked out some 'booze' options and didn't fancy spending 12 quid plus on something that would hang around, even if we make cocktails all over Christmas, so I've risked it.

picture from Food Network
It's been in the oven for an hour and a half and is smelling gorgeous!
The picture above is from the website and shows how the finished cake should look.

Not sure if I'll decorate it like this, but it'll be a nice alternative to our regular cake, which I may actually cover in ready made marzipan and icing.
I am not a marzipan fan, so we shall see!
Zxx



Saturday, 3 December 2016

BEDD - December 3rd

My Christmas Cactus.
 
This one of those impulse buys. You see it sitting there on shelf and think " Ooh, pretty" and plonk it in your trolley, knowing it'll probably die before you get it home!


I've had this little plant for several years now.
Each year it flowers its' little heart out.

Probably one of the best £1.99s I've ever spent!
Zxx

Friday, 2 December 2016

BEDD - December 2nd

A very special loo roll holder.


When I went back to college for my final year, after a long illness, the group I was in had been students together for several years and were great friends.

Come Christmas they all pushed the boat out to make wonderful, fun, out-of-the-ordinary 'cards'.

Antony made us all these loo roll holders! (There was about 8 or so in the group).
He is now in charge of the Props Department at The Royal Opera House.
I think we all had an inkling he would go far.


I wonder if it is the only one left in existence?
Just another little tradition.
Zxx

Thursday, 1 December 2016

BEDD - December 1st

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me

a partridge in a pear tree.

This large picture is 50 years old! My dad made it for me to go above the fireplace in my bedroom when I was 6 years old.

It was more a chimney breast with an electric heater as opposed to an open fire, just in case any one is thinking H&S!  We did have open fires in the sitting room and dining room, so I became quite adept at building fires and raking out the ashes and bringing in the coal at a young age.
My mother hated all the work they involved, but I guess it was her left to do all the hard graft...my dad went off to work in London daily and I went to school.
It could be a hard life being a housewife in the 60s.

My picture comes out every year and sadly is showing signs of fading and the gold tape around the edges is long gone!

But is still a very important part of my Christmas traditions.
Zxx

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

100 Out; But Not Forgotten

Today my father would have celebrated his 100th birthday.

Daddy, mummy and me
I tried to find some photos from when he was a commercial artist, but to no avail.
But I've several from when he was a Desert Rat in Egypt.

June 1942
Mummy, my aunt, Daddy, his brother, (my uncle) and me
Climbing The Pyramids

Daddy, his mother, (grandma), me and mummy



Happy Birthday Daddy.
Gone but never forgotten, but always missed.
Oh to be able to have one more hug.
Zxx

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

I'm Going To BEDD

I'm going to blog every day in December.
(Or I hope to!)


I have been unravelling faster than I can darn myself up, which doesn't make for interesting blogging in my eyes.

But with BEDD, even if I don't get out of the house, I stand a good chance of having 'all things Christmas' to write about, even if I have to re-use old photos.

So, a month of foodie stuff, fancy outfits even slob-at-home days, deccies, cat photos, anything'll be game for a post.

It would be great if you fancy joining in!
Zxx