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Being Granny, A Poem and Wise Words

Our LiveWires have gone home and it is very quiet today. They had a good time as did we and I was very touched when T, LiveWire no 3 said, “I really want to be a Granny when I’m old enough. It’s fun being a Granny!” Yes, it is!

Climbing on Carn Brea

Swinging at Heartlands

This poem came my way today and touched a chord. I have a favourite walk that I take my mind on when I can’t sleep, around St Anthony Head. Happily, I need this less than when I was working and now , of course, we are close enough to do the walk for real. Then I was in South Yorkshire.

Association by Franz Wright

Dawns when I can’t sleep I walk,
in thought, all the way
around Walden.

My father loved Thoreau, I wish
he could have walked there
with me once,

my hungover Virgil. Lying in bed
with a big ax
lodged in my head, I still hear him

as if from the next room
bumping into things and cursing.
Give us this day, he mutters,

our daily stone. Nice.
Can’t blame him, though. This morning
can’t sleep for missing him.


It’s two years since our lovely neighbour, Bill Mitchell, died and he is missed and remembered with great love by so many. This description of grief from a child whose Grandfather had died, I found very touching.

Wisdom of a child

For newer readers, here is the post I wrote about Bill two years ago.


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Pansies, Cafe and Crossing the Tamar

I love how lots of little plants survive in the most unexpected places. I spotted these pansies just after we had dropped the LiveWires at school this morning. We love these walks to school when a little hand slips into yours and wonderful conversations take place – this morning about how Harrods used to sell tigers! A long discussion ensued about whether it would be better to free them – but the city is not their habitat, what would they eat, where would they live?

Pansies grow in the most unexpected places

We always visit our favourite cafe, Joie de Vie, when we are in North Finchley and we take the LiveWires there after school for a special treat. This morning it was just coffee and delicious freshly-baked-on-the-premises Pain au Raisin for us two.

Our favourite cafe in North Finchley

Thence to Paddington to catch the train home……

Coming back over the Tamar


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March for a People’s Vote

LiveWire No 2’s placard. So good to have him with us – three generations together.

Brownies handed around by lovely young woman on march

The March.Thanks to the unknown photographer

An amazing and exhausting day with over a million expressing their point of view and  so good to see.  It was brilliant to be a part of such a tremendous sharing of feeling and all so good tempered and friendly. The best sides of everyone came to the fore.  Let us now hope someone listens………

PS Just heard it was nearer TWO MILLION!  IT certainly felt like it.




Raindrops, Beuret and A Poem

I am always entranced by raindrops on leaves and flowers. This leaf is particularly beautiful. Do zoom in to see the best version.


My bEUret arrived today ready for Saturday’s March.


Today is the International Day of Happiness and the Spring Equinox. Let’s all be happy that Spring is on her way. BBC Radio 4 have been playing readings of Spring poems all day and I particularly liked The Trees by Philip Larkin, read by Alex Jennings.

The Trees by Philip Larkin

The trees are coming into leaf
Like something almost being said;
The recent buds relax and spread,
Their greenness is a kind of grief.

Is it that they are born again
And we grow old? No, they die too,
Their yearly trick of looking new
Is written down in rings of grain.

Yet still the unresting castles thresh
In fullgrown thickness every May.
Last year is dead, they seem to say,
Begin afresh, afresh, afresh.


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Front Garden, Special Blossoms and A Pan

Our front garden is full of Primroses and some Periwinkles have called in from next door – they look lovely together.

Primroses and Periwinkles

The Fritillaria are beginning to bloom. Here are the first two. The chequered ones are quite remarkable.


I made Leek and Potato Soup today for lunch and was delighted by the rainbow in the pan as I started. I don’t know what has caused our panbow!



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International Women’s day

Here’s to all the wonderful women who have been or are still in my life – my Mum who gave me the confidence to be me and to enjoy being a Mum myself, my Granny who taught me to knit, crochet and play cards, my Great Granny the Suffragette, our beautiful Daughters, our feisty Granddaughters and my wonderful friends including my dear Readers.

Here’s to strong women everywhere

And remember, all you strong and resilient women, what you are! Think positive!

Thank you to whoever wrote these words

Some flowers for you all.

In our garden


Posted by on March 8, 2019 in Uncategorized


Victorian Tiles, Primroses and Split Peas

I visited a friend this morning and just love the colours in her hallway floor.

Victorian tiled floor

I think Primroses are my favourite flowers.


I made Dahl this afternoon and just loved the goldenness of the just washed yellow split peas.

Golden split peas


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