Saturday, 11 July 2020


Good morning, everyone.  It's too early to tell but BBC weather tells me that today will be nice and sunny although not necessarily all that warm.   OK by me!

Yesterday was a day of two halves.
In the morning the lovely Sharon arrived, mask on, to sort out my and Beth's hair.  Oh, it was lovely!  Because it had grown longer than I'm used to, I was able to slightly change the style and I'm very, very happy with it.  We're back to six weekly appointments now, assuming all remains well.
Poor Sharon has been working her socks off and she said it's lovely to keep being greeted with delighted faces and welcoming words.  She's everyone's favourite person right now and I can understand why.

As Beth left afterwards, in came my students.  It was another assessment session, this week focusing on verbal reasoning and writing and now I know exactly what we need to start on.  They've very useful, these assessments.

It was a dear friend's birthday today.  Because she is shielding (and will be doing so for the foreseeable future, for health reasons), I wasn't able to see her, but I dropped a clean, wiped-over-with-anti-bac-stuff gift and card from me and Beth before stopping off at the allotment nearby to check it and pick some broad beans.

All's well there.  The yellow courgettes aren't big enough to cut yet but give them four or five days and some warmth and they will be.  Cheesy courgette fritters - mmmmmmm.  The beetroots are coming on, the corn isn't quite as high as an elephant's eye but it's doing its best to get there and there are flowers on the runners. 
We're leaving the rhubarb now.
As for the apples and pears - wow!

It's all going well at home too.
I've cleared the strawberries now, apart from the ones I bought this spring, and will get new plants come the autumn.  The ones I put in the pot are doing extra well - they are long fruiting and also trailers, which I didn't realise when I got them.  There's definitely some fruit still to come here - even the runners are flowering!

In the meanwhile, I finally got round to planting the chilli plants out a short time ago (way too late but better than not at all, I guess), inspired by a rather lanky and feeble looking one that Dad's gardener, Colin, left in his greenhouse.  If it comes to nothing, no problem, but I think a bit of TLC will work wonders and there are three others, much smaller but looking healthy and starting to flower. 

The runners are starting to flower and as for the mini cucumber, I cut one and the next day there's another to take its place.  The skin can be quite tough but the actual insides are lovely, fresh and crisp.

I think I need to give everything a liquid feed today.  They can't run on empty, after all.

First thing, though, I'm off to Sainsburys because earlier in the week my jeans nearly fell down so I need to see if the next size down is a possibility and I like the jeans Sainsbury's sells.  A few other items may jump in the trolley as well, you never know!

I might stop off at B&Q and see if it's not too crowded.  One row of allotment potatoes has now been dug up and I was wondering if there's any available 'bedding' veg that could go in there.  There's room for a couple of rows of something.  It's worth a look, anyway, don't you think?

This afternoon, I need to tackle the front strip as it is very weedy again.

So it looks as if today will be very pleasant and, hopefully, I will sleep a bit better tonight.  Fingers crossed.

Be safe and stay well, everyone.  xx

Friday, 10 July 2020


Good morning, everyone.  A very happy Friday to us all!
We've had more rain overnight and right now it's dismal but Beeb tells me that it will brighten up and we should get sunshine this afternoon.  Fingers crossed.

Yesterday didn't start all that well.  I drove over to Jackie's (about half an hour's journey but some of that is going through town, which always takes time) to be greeted by a carless drive and no answer to my knock. 
Then I got a text from Jackie saying she was at my house, where was I?
So I drove back, Jackie waited in her car and all was well.  It gave us a right old giggle!

Once J had left, I walked round to Morrisons for just a few items and, amazingly, came home with just a few items.  It was a bit annoying that the main thing I went for - Worcestershire sauce - wasn't available, all sold out.  Drat and drabbit; I use my Lea and Perrins (or equivalent) quite a lot so it's top of the new list.

I spent the rest of the day doing the usual daily stuff.

Today is exciting because it is HAIR DAY!!! 
Then my new eleven plussers come for their distanced tuition.
Finally it's the turn of the cleaners.

Lindsey has heard that she can resume personal training in her little gym in the attic under certain restrictions which she already follows anyway so that will be great.  I have no fears about this whatsoever, unlike going back to the gym for a swim where I will need to hear from the gym what safety things they will have set in place before making up my mind.  Having said that, I have missed my swims very much indeed.  Fingers crossed.

Stay safe, everyone, and wishing us all some sunshine today.  xx

Thursday, 9 July 2020


Good morning!
It's still raining here!  We've had quite a lot, not always heavy and not continuous but enough to soak everywhere and it doesn't appear to be going anywhere today.  The garden looks very happy and I bet the allotment does too;  I'm so glad I got the grass cut!

Yesterday went well.  Resumed tuition was fine, hedged around with hand gel and wipes.  PT was delivered online and my shoulder is much better, so much so that we are going to up the time a bit from now on.  We'd cut it to half an hour but I think it's ready to increase again.  I'll be careful!

I also had a good old chat with Chris later on in the afternoon.  Beth was supposed to come round earlier but she wasn't able to come.  Maybe today instead or, definitely, tomorrow morning as, bliss of blisses, Sharon is coming round to do our hair.  Fantastic!

That's tomorrow.  Today I'm off round to Jackie's for a chat this morning and it is the SW online Zoom meeting at five.
Between those times I want to tidy up the house because I won't have time tomorrow morning before the cleaners come and I still have that perishing ironing which is now assuming elephant in the room significance!  Given that there's a pile that needs washing soon, I really need to clear the basket.

So that's today.  It should be very pleasant, despite the unpromising weather forecast.  Sat safe and well, everyone.  xx

Wednesday, 8 July 2020


Good morning, everyone!   What dull, damp start to the day we have here.  It started raining yesterday evening and it looks as if it hasn't let up all night.  I can't be sorry - it has given everywhere a jolly good very much needed soaking, enough to really penetrate down.  Excellent.

Taken about an hour ago.

I actually took the photo to show the wetness but you can see how well the tomatoes are coming on and that the runner beans are climbing up the archways really well now.  They will thicken out soon and then, for a month or so, I will have pretty archways to walk under.  It looks really nice through August as well as feeding me!

Yesterday was busy.

First of all it was the dental appointment.  It's all quite different there at the moment.  As I arrived, a message pinged through to my phone with a link to where I had to check in and then wait outside until called in.  As I went in my temperature was checked and I had to ' sanitise' my hands with gel.
Anyway - I had a bone scan and it isn't quite as simple as we had hoped.  It's a bit complicated but I will try to explain if you will bear with me.

The teeth that are affected are my two front top teeth and the incisor and canine to the right of them (my right).  The second front tooth and the other two were the ones affected by the loss of the bridge and the other front tooth was the one I decided to include in the treatment as it was pretty crooked.  I reckoned if I was going through all this, I might as well have a nice smile at the end of it all.

To cut a long story short, there isn't quite enough bone thickness for one of the planned implants, the front tooth one.  However, it can be got round by including the next tooth along (the remaining top incisor) in a mix of implants and bridge work.  It's not a problem, just a change of plan.

Oddly enough, the tooth that will now be capped as part of the bridge is the one that, initially, I ummed and ahed about including as well.  It's a bit crooked but not terribly so I couldn't really justify it to myself.  Now it should all be straight and I'm really quite happy about it.  Yes, it will be an extra cost but bridge cost, not implant cost!

I will be sent another appointment for about three weeks hence to start the implant procedure.  I AM nervous about that but there you go.  No gain without pain or something like that.

If you've stayed with me through all this ramble, well done!

Then I went to Aldi seeing as it was on the way home and stocked up with fruit and veg.  The allotment is now much neater after I gave the grass a good old mow and weeded down one side and when I got home I did my own little patch before putting the mower away.
Earlier, much earlier, I had spent half an hour or so in my own garden before I went to the dentist, making the most of the lovely sunshine.
Just in time, wasn't I?

Today, briefly, I have a tuition session (distanced), then personal training (online today), then Beth is coming round for a while and, finally, I have a scheduled online chat with Chris.
All that should keep me well out of trouble, don't you think?

Have a great day, whatever the weather, and keep safe and well, everyone.  xx

Tuesday, 7 July 2020


Good morning!  There's a very pretty sky as I look out of the window on this early Tuesday morning.  Perhaps not terribly positive as far as weather is concerned but still - attractive.
Yesterday was a mix of cloud and sun and really not very warm; I didn't want to sit out.  A shame but not to worry - the warmer days will return, I am sure.

I left Dad in the midst of some IT work with Open Reach, trying to sort out why he has such a weak internet signal.  Nothing was resolved and it's all very frustrating for him.  It was a good journey home with just the usual holdups around Little Hadham (they're building a by-pass around the village) and I stopped off at the allotment to take a look and pick some of my lunch and dinner.

This is what I came home with to go with Dad's green courgette.

I reckon we will be eating our own courgettes in a week's time.  They've really taken off!

The runners and the baby corn are thriving too.

(as are those perishing weeds)

The tomatoes at home are looking great, lots of mini fruits but no hint of ripening yet.  Once one starts, they will all get the idea, so I will be patient.

After the usual unpacking and sorting out, I sat down with a coffee and promptly went to sleep!  I'm not sure if I was tired or just relaxing but it was very pleasant, all the same.

Today, the biggie is first thing with a visit to the dentist for Mr Clough to 'review' the gaps and decide when the implants should go ahead.  Seeing as this should have been in April, I can't see there will be any issues and I will hopefully have some actual treatment dates soon.  I'd like to get it done and dusted!

There's nothing else in the diary for today but I need to do some tuition planning and to finish off a pile of ironing, not to mention some mowing and weeding You-Know-Where.  So it will probably be quite a busy day, on and off.
Stay safe, everyone.  xx

Monday, 6 July 2020


Morning!  The sun is out, there's no wind, it looks absolutely beautiful out there.  Perfect!

The wind was strong yesterday but never strong enough to  cause any worry - it just blew some of Dad's container plants over so we just left them on their sides until later on!

In the afternoon, I cleared out some more shelves for Dad which was most satisfying!
Then I had a good text chat with Beth who said there seem to be plenty of broadies to pick down the allotment and the courgettes are doing pretty well too.  I think I might make a slight detour on the way back.

That's about it really.  I don't think I have anything in the diary for today so I might return to the allotment later on and get some weeding done - it's bound to be needed.
Have a lovely day.

Sunday, 5 July 2020


Good morning!  It's windy out there at the moment.  Nothing particularly 'dangerous' and it probably won't be, not around here, but parts of the country might get quite a hammering so I'll say not - I hope everyone is safe.

Yesterday was, as expected, a gentle and quiet day.  We chatted, Dad and I, I read my Kindle while Dad snoozed, I did a few things around the house, made the meals and generally tried to be useful.

Today will be exactly the same, I expect.  There's a busier week ahead as some things start getting back to how they were so it's an opportunity to chill and rest beforehand.  Nice.
I hope your day is good too.  xx