19 April 2021

Me on a Monday - 19 April 2021

It was back to it last week for all of us.  No more not having to set the alarm or pottering around in the morning.  It was back to up early and at work for 8am.

** We had one little change in the office, but it's a big thing for us.  Miss D is allowed to move back into the main office after being moved around for months on end.  It will be nice to have company every day again.  Mrs W and I still have to swap offices during the week but hopefully it's only until the 17 May when the restrictions change again.

** My flowers this week are Lisianthus and are shades of pink and white.  A definite change from the bright tulips of late. 

** My cucumber seeds are coming along nicely as are my green beans and sweet peas.  I've only got one forget me not at the moment and the poppies are taking their time.  I'm just too impatient and want them all to grow overnight.

** Friday was a good day as I managed to get an appointment to get my nails done.  I have very thin nails that break really easily, but I have to say they had done surprisingly well without the shellac.  They are very short at the moment but hopefully they will grow in the next few weeks and I can get back to my signature dark blue or burgundy.

** Saturday was a long overdue trip to the hairdresser.  My hair was just too long, too heavy and too grey.  I've kept a bit of length and have had layers cut in and I feel so much lighter.  In the afternoon I watched the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh.  It was a lovely service but I did feel for the Queen.  She looked all of her 94 years sitting alone in the church.  I'm glad that HRH got the funeral he planned for himself.  

** Sunday saw us viewing a property, with a look to moving this year.  All very exciting.  Unfortunately the viewing time was at the same time as our zoo visit so that had to be changed.  Every weekend for members of the zoo, is booked up until 6 June!!  As hubby is off for the late May bank holiday I managed to get us booked in for Monday 31 May.  What a long time to wait.   The house turned out to be too small.  We would have struggled to get our bedroom furniture into the biggest bedroom.  Still there's no rush and as my Nana used to say "If it's for you, it won't pass you by".

I hope you all have a good week ahead.


16 April 2021

First Quarter - 2021

Here we are.  Already three months into 2021.  I'm not sure where the time has gone but it sure has flown by.  Taking a leaf out of Attic24's blog I thought I'd do a monthly collage of what we'd been up to.

** January **

1. Finished my Virus blanket. 2. Remembered the people who had died from COVID.  3. Wore the same outfit as Mrs W at work.  4. A very chilly walk along the prom.  5. Had my first COVID vaccination.  6. Selfie time.  7.  A family walk in the snow.  8.  Celebrated the Young Man's birthday.  9.  Made a virus scarf for a friend.

** February **

1. A treat of spring flowers.  2. Elevenses.  3.  Finished another scarf for a friend.  4.  Working alone in the office.  5. Making progress on my High Tea Floral blanket.  6.  Tulips.  7. Roses for mum.  8. Another chilly walk along the prom.  9.  Gorgeous sunrise.

** March **

1. Looking at old photos from Kew Gardens.  2.  Dad's funeral in Whitwell.  3.  Parmesan, cream gnocchi made  by hubby.  4.  A welcome bit of green in Derbyshire.  5.  2nd COVID vaccination.  6.  Rainbows to mark the 1 year anniversary of Lockdown.  7.  Tulips to brighten my day.  8.  Hugs and Kisses blanket.  9.  An evening walk up to the windmill.

There you have it.  I wonder what the next three months will bring?


13 April 2021


We had people, yes, actual people in our garden on Saturday.  The Young Man had 5 of his friends around for a few drinks and a catch up.  It's the first time they've seen each other, in person, in over a year.  Seeing them on a webcam apparently doesn't count. 

We had a one way system in place,  they socially distanced as much as possible, there was sanitiser by the bucket load along with disinfectant spray for handles etc.  Hubby and I stayed indoors and kept a low profile.

They're all really sensible lads and most of them are being tested twice a week at work so are taking all the right precautions necessary.  The silly thing is, we had all these measures in place when next week they could all meet up in a beer garden and all sit together for a few hours and it would be legal. 

Just so the neighbours were aware that we were having people round, and didn't call the police to complain, I put a message on the village Facebook page letting them know and asking that, if anyone wanted to speak to me about it, they could pop round for a chat.  :0)

Along with the alcohol, there was also homemade pizza and spicy chicken wings to round off the afternoon.

I feel that the younger generation have found lockdown a lot more difficult than us oldies.  They all seem to be a lot more sociable nowadays.  Or maybe, now,  I'm just happier when I stay home!!  

It was a pleasure to hear them all laughing and joking.  It's been too long.