Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Normal service will be resumed next week

I've got flu, proper full on I can't move flu. I'm wrapped in Winceyette pjs, Mikes dressing gown & a quilt & I'm so blinking cold & then I get too hot!  I'm looking rather delightful!! If I could get to the boiler the heating would be on too.

I will be reading your posts but my comments will be limited to when my fingers can type words without misspelling them. I think I've managed to leave three comments in the last two days & Mikes working away I hope he is home tonight Take care all speak to you sometime next week I just wanted you to know I'm not ignoring you. xx

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Next year

I get my last Rocket Garden delivery tomorrow, I'm highly unlikely to order the constant garden again. Baby plants grown in Cornwall & then posted to a chilly North Wales well they don't all prosper. The sweetcorn & butternut squash for example were planted way later than I normally would & the plants are still just inches high. Not to put anyone off as I did receive some lovely well packaged plants which were huge fun to unpack. 

I'm making tentative plans for what to grow next year, my birthday is on Friday & I have some lovely gardening books amongst my haul of goodies. I order my presents you see as Mike would pay full price for everything where as I prefer to save. I wont spoil the surprise for you until my birthday :D

Said gardening books will be perused at great length over the next couple of months & have been bought accordingly. 

On the definite list for next year are carrots in troughs.  My carrots are always hit my carrot fly & having a small veg plot means not much space spare for carrots when you have to consider covering them to keep them pest free. This year they have been a huge success. From three troughs we have had baby carrots for salads & dips, for eating in the garden & then bigger ones for roasting & boiling. 

I placed my troughs on the old frames from those plastic greenhouses, this ensured the carrots were high enough to miss the carrot fly. They really have been splendid this year so I might have to invest in more troughs.

We have a few more meals out of these two troughs left & I'm sure you make out a few weeds forming! 

So that's one definite plan for next year, are you still making your growing lists?

Take care all xx

Monday, 21 September 2015

Best laid plans

& all that. Harry's swimming day didn't go to plan, neither did my intended trip to see the duck race. There was no swimming day in the end, no firm plans were made you see & there were parents far more stricter than Mike & I. Plans have been made though to extend a little more freedom - bus trips for Harry to places much closer to home, but thank you for your thoughts the other day.

We took my mum shopping so couldn't make the duck race Harry elected to join us as nana is a nice treaty one. I was treated too - new slippers, plants, bulbs & a teapot tile

I'm curled up on the sofa today still recovering from a weekend of excess. I really am far too old for such nights. Late plans were made to meet up in our local where a band was playing. It was an exceedingly good night. Harry was at a sleepover so it was a late night - very late - Mike returned home at 2:30 am & I shock horror at 4 am!! We went onto friends after you see & they only lived round the corner.

Rob raised his eyes in horror when he learned his parents would be at said house party. I showed my age apparently as I went home first & took a rather good bottle of red. Not the done thing apparently - there was a tray of dubious green drinks with the consistency of cough medicine & bottles of beer. Robs eyes nearly disappeared over his head when I asked if I could have a drink of water, I smiled sweetly at my host as it was served in a mug so I had another too. Rob also thought it was time I should go when I asked a young man who looked like he was about to keel over if he would like a coffee & a plastic bucket.

So very much feeling my age these last two days & gladly so.  More to do with tiredness than alcohol I'd like to point out. I'm sat here with my old bat slippers on & looking sadly at my flower bulbs that need to be planted but it's bucketing down here. So heavily that even the dog wont go out.

Take care my dears I hope you are all well xx

Friday, 18 September 2015

Five on Friday

Joining in with Amy's Five on Friday - my fives for this week

1. I live in a house of males - the dog is male too. My epitaph will be Joanne Wilson - wife & mother ( hopefully great, great grandmother too) provider of clean boxer shorts, socks & food.

2. I came to this conclusion last night as they were the most asked questions this past week.

3.  I would also like to think I provide good food too. Look at these lovely carrots & potatoes picked fresh from the garden. Also cast your eyes at my gleaming sink & the tap bit bottom that you see. So new it hasn't collected that manky black deposit yet! 

4. Mike ate our dinner last night standing up in the kitchen, lord knows why there was a table a couple of meters away! The boys were out. Rob was in his usual position of keeping the bar standing upright in the local pub for his customary stop off after work. Harry was playing football with friends. We had pulled pork, salad & garlic bread. I was pondering on how my life had changed over the last 25 years. We were listening to 80's music on the radio - some of the songs I last heard whilst trying out new make-up in my childhood bedroom, this time round I was thinking if the boys had enough clean socks & should I clean the oven. Quite a change from orange lipstick don't you think?

5. I'm 42 next week I think the computer age passed me by. The pop ups on my computer asking me to upgrade to windows 10 are irritating me, there is no chance of me upgrading - Windows 8 nearly finished me off. 

There you go my fives for this week take care all xx

Thursday, 17 September 2015


Firstly thank you for your lovely comments on my kitchen & brick wall & secondly for your comments on yesterdays post regarding Harry. It's a straight forward train journey, no football match on that day thankfully as the ground is next to the station! If he's insisting on going by train & he will need to learn how to cope on public transport I might persuade Mike that we travel on the train but not in the same carriage. (to do some shopping)! God I sound like an overwhelming parent I'm really not & Harry has matured wonderfully over the last six months & now I need to stop going on about it!!
Back to the title of the post. I have a large oven, an impulse purchase by Mike a few years back thankfully we have it covered by product insurance! The only item we do have covered only because it came free with it & when that ended Mike took them up on the offer. It keeps on breaking down I'm going to have it replaced after Christmas as we have had it repaired nine times in oh about five years!

It actually broke down again a couple of months back but I neglected to call them as we were in the middle of Mike doing the kitchen & we have a little oven too + it was sort of summer so BBQ & stove top cooking sufficed. I called them five days ago or rather Mike did & yes it takes them that long to come out!

Sorry you have Mike again!
Anyway the nice engineer chap came out with the part they thought had broken this time. It wasn't, a wire had snapped off the element! 
My question is what do you do when you have a chap round, I did the normal things an offer of a drink & showed them to the kitchen, am I the only person to think they should offer a food option too?  I feel like I'm hovering & I don't like leaving them by themselves it seems a little rude to me.

Quite frankly I would of been happy if a large hole had opened & swallowed me up when he opened the oven door. Cleaning the big oven is Mikes job - oh my god it was grotty inside & there was even grease on the door & a slice of pepperoni on the bottom shelf. I could of cried with shame - it hadn't been used for about two months!
The chap fixed the oven (quickly)  & the  proceeded to take photos - of the oven not my shame!
Apparently they have to now, personally I think there is website of the worlds grubbiest ovens & the chap who fixed mine is now seriously in the running for an all expenses holiday to Barbados for two with 1st class flights thrown in!! 

Onto nicer things the lovely Jo over at Through The Keyhole is organising a rather splendid Christmas swap, do go & take a look it's called the Twelve days of Christmas swap so you send 12 individually wrapped gifts top open on those days, all the proper details are on Jo's blog post. Naturally I've signed up - quite possibly as soon as she had pressed the publish button but there we go! 

Now in the interest of exaggeration my oven itself was quite clean, the shelves looked immaculate  from the distance I was standing, it was the inside of the door that was the issue god it really was rammy!! Seriously so, perhaps it was the way the light was shining on it through the window but deep down I know the truth.
And another thing I ramble a lot, seriously I really do go on. There are some beautifully eloquent blogs out there - this isn't one of them. Fun though I'd like to think!!

Take care all xx

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Mid week chatter

I'm enjoying my week off so far, it's been a fair few years since I've been able to have a week just for me. Even the skirting boards have been dusted & I have a few days to go yet before I return to work.

I have lots of crafty projects to keep me going & the garden of course but I'm not really used to this relaxing lark so it's taking some getting used to!

We had planned to attend the Chester Duck Race on Saturday but Harry has thrown a spanner in the works shall we say.  My 13 year old soon to be 14 years old & my youngest child therefore the baby of the family if you don't include the dog has really got me thinking. He casually brought up this morning over breakfast the possibility of him catching the train with some friends to go swimming. I never had this issue with Rob who I swear was actually born an adult so this new on his way to becoming a young adult youngest child of mine - well he's causing me some issues.

Mike & I like to provide an united front if you will, all questions are considered  evaluated & answered the best we can. We never say no straight away but quite frankly this parenting lark is hard - when do you let go? Not now of course he is too young but I need to make a proper decision over this one & while privately hoping the whole train & swimming plan will be abandoned I need to have it sorted in my head. 

Incidentally its a straight forward train journey , he has a mobile phone, a bank account & a good group of friends. Unfortunately the chosen swimming baths is not close to the station to ease my mind. I immediately offered the use of Mike to take some of them but it poses two problems, only so many kids can fit in the car & I'd hate for any to feel left out. Also the issue of Harry will need to used to public transport anyway at some point. Decisions, decisions! 

Anyway I received this rather lovely parcel in the post on Monday courtesy of a lovely generous give-away from Pam who blogs over at A New Life in Wales 
It was a lovely bundle full of crafty items. The bag is stuffed full of yarn ready for a CAL I'm taking part in next week & the zipped pouch has some hooks & scissors ready in the bag too! The owl pin cushion is sat with Aesop & the other items have been stashed in my craft box ready to be put to good use. Thank you Pam it was a delight to open.
My yarn above for the Spice of Life CAL hosted by Sandra & Blacksheep Wools 
And my simple granny square blanket I'm still working on, I rather happily have another row of squares to attach! 

So there you go pondering & projects

Take care all xx

Monday, 14 September 2015


We had a nice day yesterday - one of those nice relaxing ones. The housework had been completed on Friday & Saturday which helped no end in the cause of relaxation!
The peaches looked big enough to be picked, they are smaller than the ones in the supermarket  but still a nice size. They had a little bit of give so I picked one & sampled it in the kitchen by slicing chunks off. Still a bit too hard but hopefully they will ripen off the tree, if they don't I will make a peach & blueberry cobbler. I have a tin of evaporated milk to use up & it will make a nice pudding after some soup this weekend.
Whilst pondering in the kitchen over the ripeness of said peach I noticed how the leaves are starting to turn colour
Talking of kitchen its kind of nearly complete
All wave to Mike now, the wall units need to go up, the worktops need another coat of oil, the trim needs to be added & we need to argue over tile choices but we are nearly there

Work top on the floor??? but I do have a working sink now :)
& my nice new fridge freezer which will be moved to the other side so the tall cupboard & bookcase can be put up in the alcove.

I'm keeping the brick wall Mike needs to give it a brush down & seal it as it's awfully dusty I think it sneezes during the night.

Mike wants to plaster the wall but I like it as it is Mike doesn't know yet I'm going to make some fabric & knitted animal heads for it That will pleas him no end I'm sure! 

One of the chaps who delivered the fridge/freezer asked Mike if he was going to plaster it - I shall give you the conversation

'Are you going to plaster that pal'?
'No, she wants to keep it as it is, a kind of feature she said'
'Oh right, you want to grow a pair mate & tell her it's being plastered'
'I could do yes but errr shes in the front room & is a bit of a pocket rocket so it will definitely stay as a feature now'

Right I'm off I will have to put the blinking dryer on as it's just started pouring down & I don't know where Mike has hidden the airer. Enjoy your day all x 

Friday, 11 September 2015

Trying to catch up & an intro

Hello my dears, I'm dreadfully behind I feel like a failure at times. Not in a  big way at all, just a gentle ponder about it at times - a fleeting thought if you will! I always seem to be playing catch up & playing it badly. The kitchen is at the heart of it, such a long long task but I now have a sink & taps. I shall take a photo soon once I find the camera, lord knows where that's gone. I think it may have left home.

Anyhoo I have taken today off work as I need to sort out the kitchen as Mike was fitting the sink yesterday & plumbing in the washing machine & the new fridge freezer was delivered so everything is upside down & all over the place & I need to get it sorted. Instead I'm here blogging & catching up with commenting!
The cabbages are coming along beautifully, we have even picked a couple. 

The fridge freezer is a delight, it is one of those American style ones I was forcibly removed from the Smeg display by Mike who also tutted loudly at me after I told the sales assistant who was extolling the virtues of the water dispenser that I would be filling mine with gin! I haven't yet but I am tempted.

It's always a delight to gather new followers & I always pop over if I notice I have some so I would like to introduce you all to the lovely Emma from 2Tort's  Emma & her husband also have a delightfully cute little Jack Russell called Barry & two tortoises but Barry really is super cute.

Also in the news this week Mike caught me an Elephant Hawk moth caterpillar, makes him sound like a hunter in reality he scooped it up in a bucket & called me. I was delighted although slightly disappointed that I have yet to see the actual moth but there is more hope now.

A funny story to leave you with, my managing director spotted me pondering hard at my computer screen this week as he walked passed my office.  I leave the door open as you hear loads of gossip! He was eager to know if I had caught anyone fiddling as I had my serious face on. I couldn't really tell him I was pondering over the best shade of spotted cerise fabric to back my patchwork quilt with could I!

Take care my dears I hope to have caught up with you all soon & have some tales from the garden too xx

Monday, 7 September 2015

Nothing of muchness!

Well I have the day to myself - nearly that is but it's a day off work. I think it will be cauliflower cheese this evening or then again if Mikes home it will be fish & chips after a visit to the fridge freezer shop for a new one. Mike wants one of those American style ones where as I want two Smeg ones a fridge & a freezer you see. A fast diminishing bank balance will mean that Mike will win this battle. If Mike isn't home I shall just order it & get it over with, it can be delivered on Thursday then as Mike is off & I wont have to deal with all the palaver. I could always make a large patchwork cover for it that will be a fun battle :)
Just to make you laugh I shall post the pigeon wreath again. My sister is convinced that my dad has returned as a pigeon as she sees them everywhere now! 'Really' I enquired 'They're everywhere anyway, always have been, perhaps it was the effect of his cremation all those little bits!' Evil old trout that I am. Rocky hound barks at pigeons if they land by the feeders it's a running joke now that he is told off for barking at granddad. Although I was snorting with laughter after my mum had mentioned that a particularly fat pigeon lands on the shed each night when she goes to bed & is still there when she wakes up in the morning. I told her he had come back to haunt her as she is enjoying spending his money too much!

Anyway my dears, I was perusing the garden this morning hosepipe in hand as the sun is shining & the pots needed a good top up. My first port of call was Mikes giant pumpkin - supposed to be giant pumpkin but I cut that off by mistake ohhhhh quite a few weeks ago now. Mike was eager for the leaves to be pruned back a bit you see & I wasn't paying attention as I was rabbiting on at him that I really didn't want to cut back so many leaves & well snip. I held up a large stalk with his prize pumpkin. The reserve one is really quite small but is a beautiful orange colour though not big enough to feed any of us :) Anyway hosepipe in hand & two little mice popped up!

I then went on to water the fruit trees & was thinking of harvesting a lettuce but a spider was eating a fly in the middle of the one I wanted so I left him/her there in peace.

Plenty of wasps about, thankfully outside not in my attic this time, I was delighted to see one trying to eat a daddy long legs in the front garden fascinating sight. The dog was debating if my attention would be off him long enough to be able to escape into the field but Harry bellowed at me on his way to the school bus stop to keep my eye on the hound so Rockys plan was foiled.

My Saturday evening didn't go to plan I felt really cold & miserable so I was wrapped up in my PJ's, dressing gown & a fleecy blanket. When I finally felt like an ice cream I couldn't find it, one of the freezers broke down in the week so Mike shovelled what food could be saved into the other one hence the need for a new one.

My granny square crochet blanket is building up nicely now I've got back into it. The basket of yarn I have to use up doesn't seem to be getting any smaller though which doesn't bode well for a new blanket pack for my birthday. I shall try & hide it somewhere!

Hope you are all well, I have a bathroom to clean, floors to mop & clothes to put away - no rest for the wicked xx

Friday, 4 September 2015

Five on Friday

By the skin of my teeth I'm able to join in with Amy's Five on Friday

Five random photos to brighten up this post , do you like the one of my brother & I? I'm trying to crop him out of it to use as my profile picture!

So I give you five observations -

1. Upon glancing out of the window this morning (a corner of it you understand as I was sat on a sofa) it appeared to be raining, just some rain spots on the window. Slightly peeved as I tend to walk to work & the bedraggled look isn't a good one. I was slightly cheered by the fact my window was slightly dirty inside - slovenly creature that I am! 

2. Dragging oneself out of bed at 6am every morning to walk the dog - well five days a week actually as Mike is there to walk him at the weekends! is getting a little harder especially as it is cold & grey. I was again slightly cheered at the sight of blackberries in the same spot I used to pick them as a child. Only now they aren't given to my mum to make pies or eaten on the spot (not all of them) I take them home to make jam. Or I will do when Mike finally finishes my kitchen. 

3. The kitchen - I actually have the slate floor laid, units fitted ( base ones only as he hasn't fitted the walled ones) & various pieces of worktop strategically placed as they are in the process of being oiled. It's like completing the slalom when ones wants to make dinner! 

4. There is no chance of the worktops being fitted tomorrow as Mike is off to Cardiff to watch the rugby. I will make sure he walks the dog first before I prepare to complete the first slalom of the day. 

5. Joy of joys Mike will be out of the house until at least midnight which means the dog & I will be curled up on a sofa I will have some crafty project in my hands, Strictly come dancing on in the background, a G&T with a bowl of salted caramel & clotted cream ice cream. Depending on how work finishes this week the ice cream will be straight out of the tub & the gin bottle will just have a straw in it!!

Take care all xx

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Unable to think up a coherent title!!

For want of a better photo I give you one of my little crafting corner. I could have my own room, well area to be precise. We have a rather large landing but because I'm a nice mother it's being turned into a gaming room for the boy. Gaming room being a bit adventurous given that it will contain his x box, TV & chairs. Maybe a cupboard or two for my ever expanding craft stash we shall see!

Are you all well? I do hope so. Blogging & commenting will be sporadic for the time being work is an ever consuming presence in my life of late especially since the cleaner managed to turn off the power source to the server room which meant the main server & back up server went kaput at once!!!

It was fun recovering from that - not, still feeling the effects from that disaster after more than month & quite frankly I'm sick of staring at figures & spread sheets.

On a more positive note what is hiding in my craft baskets? (bought by Mike to contain some of my TV projects) well quite possibly some that I've forgotten about I found a couple of balls of cotton yarn for some dishcloths which I've forgotten to knit or crochet yet!Two cardigans, a shawl, a blanket, a quilt & some secret Christmas ones.

Aesop is threatening to leave home unless I sew something soon he has been very much neglected but has managed to sew a quilt top together quite beautifully with a little bit of assistance from me. Quilt top is currently folded on top of Aesop but has wadding & a wonderfully fleecy backing attached with the help of quilting clips.

Harry returned to school today but I'm hiding out at home as he didn't start till 11 am & I didn't want him to forget to go! No rest for the wicked as I'm actually working & surrounded by two phones waiting to be summoned by the MD to provide more figures. Naturally I have taken the opportunity for a sneaky blog post & to catch up on commenting.

Another positive note it is nearly autumn here & I'm thrilled, it will soon be my birthday even more thrilled, Yo Sushi will still be offering 30% off another reason to be thrilled & I have a week off soon - turning cartwheels at that one!

The boy has had a splendid summer holiday no plans no big trips but he has had a few sleepovers. I thought they would of grown out of sleepovers given that their group ranges in age from 12 - 15 but no. When they have been here they've camped out in the sitting room even building dens in there with my home made blankets. You know stuff they should of done if I'd caught this crafty lark when they were babies. I'm sure they also made flags using the backs of the two cardigans I'm in the process of knitting using the needles as the poles the little -------------- (insert your own choice of expletive)!

Right I shall love you & leave you. Take care all xx