30 August 2021

Lodge Life

Back in about April time, when the Government announced that restrictions would be lifted in July this year, I went online and booked a few days away at a lodge in Shropshire.  

I had hoped to book a week away but everywhere was fully booked to July next year.  After searching for what seemed like forever, I found somewhere that had a Friday to Monday available and booked it on the spot.  It turned out to be a good decision.

Hubby has been working from home since last March and apart from the usual shopping trip, daily walk. zoo visit or appointment he's hardly been out of the house.  Three days away in the countryside was just what was needed.

The lodge was perfect.  It's literally in the middle of nowhere, in the Shropshire countryside, about 2 hrs from where we live.  There are only 10 lodges in the park and most of them are privately owned so were empty.

We had the one right at the top of the park with amazing views of the countryside and the river.

It was so quiet and peaceful. All you could hear was the occasional neigh from the local horses or the sheep off in the distance.  We saw the kingfishers a few times and the local geese came to say hi but other than that we didn't see a soul.

It's definitely somewhere we'd go back to.

27 August 2021

A Break in Transmission

For no apparent reason I have found myself absent from blogging.  

It's good sometimes, to take a break from things.  

I'll be back soon.

9 August 2021

SPSH - 2nd Link Up

It's time for the second link up for this years photographic scavenger hunt.  Thank you Mary Lou for hosting.

 2021 SPSH  List


  1. A Breakfast of Champions
  2. Favourite Time of Day
  3. Something To Represent Home But Not The Building
  4. Head In The Clouds; shapes or interesting patterns
  5. The Art Of The Fold
  6. Something That Makes You Laugh or Happy
  7. What's In Bloom
  8. Window Views
  9. Something Older Than You
  10. The Delivery Van/Truck Making The Deliveries
  11. The Shape of Round/Circular
  12. Something That Is Cause For Celebration
  13. Your Marie Kondo Moment – Or Not
  14. Inside Your Fridge Or Cupboard
  15. Your Best Doodle Art (not public graffiti)
  16. A Guilty Pleasure; Something That Recharges You
  17. An Exit
  18. Upside Down, Right Side Up
  19. Steps, But Who's Counting
  20. Decades Of Sharing; find something in your home that is from the 70's or80's or 90's or 00's


A: show off your  COVID safety; masks, cleaning, or other related supplies

B: a local landmark

C: the most beautiful landscape photo of the season

7.  What's in Bloom.  These gorgeous roses are from my friends garden and she brought them into work to brighten my office while the Euros were on.  

10.  Delivery Van/Truck Making Deliveries.  This is the mobile COVID testing van that was delivering boxes of tests to shoppers at the local supermarket (and doing on the spot tests).

11.  The Shape of Round/Circular.  The beginning of my next crochet project.  The Amanzi Throw.

17.  An Exit.  This is the exit from the walled garden at Croft Castle in Shropshire.  It seemed a shame to leave.

18.  Upside Down/Right Side Up.  These two playful rabbits are made from driftwood, and were on sale at the Game Fair,  Ragley Hall.  If I had room in the garden, and a spare £3,000, I'd have taken them home!!