Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Clearing the Camera

Well, it's been quite a while since my last post and, to be honest, not a lot has gone on around these parts. We have a holiday looming, however, so I thought I'd take a quick half hour and clear my camera. It's a bit of a random mix, but contains things that, if I didn't get them down here, I would forget all about by the end of the year, so I hope you'll humour me.
The weather has been a mix of glorious sunshine and 'you call this summer?'! I've transplanted all my veggies into the veggie patch, but on going down to see the chickens the other week, I spotted a fawn behind our stockade to keep the deer out. I may as well just bang a dinner gong and be done with it.
Other wildlife spotted in the garden:
I really need more squirrel proof bird feeders:
  Fergus on the picnic table:
A trip with R to the cinema to see Tom Stoppard's 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead'. It was, apparently, the play that made Stoppard's name. The acting was very good, but personally, I didn't enjoy it that much. It was one of those where the first half seemed to go on forever and we were beginning to worry that there wasn't an interval and we were in it for the long haul. The interval picnic was very nice though :)
I managed a trip to Exeter to see my friend, S. I decided to go by train, rather than drive and thoroughly enjoyed it. As I booked my ticket early, it was probably cheaper than the amount I would have spent on petrol (which isn't always the case!) and I got to knit, read my book and gaze out of the window at the passing scenery.
 We had a wander round the shops, enjoyed the cathedral .........
....... and found a nice veggie cafe for lunch:
We ended the afternoon with a trip to a little artsy cinema to see 'Frantz' - a black and white film about the war with English subtitles. Apparently, it bloomed into colour at 2 important moments - both of which were entirely lost on me. I was convinced I'd just watched a totally black and white film! It was very good though.

A few shots of the garden: 

 A gratuitous shot of my homemade Japanese miso soup:
Lunch with E in Bristol. Her exams have finished, but she was staying on for a few days to vote and to make the most of her lovely accommodation. I drove up for the day and we enjoyed cocktails, a sharing platter and pasta at Zizzi's.

That's all. Sorry for such a boring post but this wee place acts as my diary and I like to remember things that I know won't be that interesting to others. One more thing  - just as I was back into my running, I have put my back out again. There I was yesterday in all my running gear, ready to go and I twisted round to reach a kitchen drawer. I'm not too bad once I'm up and moving but I keep getting stuck in chairs and can't bend down at all - getting dressed this morning was fun! I'm hoping that it improves soon, otherwise the impending sailing holiday may be a bit of a challenge! Enjoy the rest of the week.

Toodle Pip for now. x


  1. Oh no! That sounds so annoying. Have you tried lying flat on the floor for ten minutes? Sometimes it can help release the spasm and settle the bones. I enjoyed seeing what you've been up to so never thinks it's boring. Just nice, everyday stuff. Perfect. Any chance of some Hamish photos? I'm rather in love with him.... xx

  2. Hopefully your back feels better soon. Love the sound of that train journey. My middle son was at Exeter uni so I have visited a few times. Great cathedral. Your random is lovely and your garden a perfect menagerie. Hope the holiday goes well. B x

  3. You have my stomach rumbling here!! Your home made soup looks fab. Your garden is bursting into life, lovely...and those pics of Fergus and that cheeky squirrel are marvelous. How lovely seeing a fawn! Have a marvelous holiday...wonder where you are going?xxx

  4. Nice to catch up on all your news. Great photos!

  5. Always lovely to read about your days out! Some great pics. The miso soup looks yum! A favourite in our home too. Never seen beansprouts here to put in the soup though. I use kale.

  6. Hope your back is feeling a lot better by now. Your veggie lunch looked delicious.

  7. Hope your back is better soon. I have missed reading your blog but for various reasons have been absent from Blogland for six months, however I am back now (hopefully to stay) and am enjoying returning to my favourite blog spaces. xx

  8. I am sorry you've hurt your back, how frustrating. I hope it improves and doesn't spoil your holiday. I have to say I really enjoyed your post - these everyday, newsy ones are always the most interesting to me. :-)