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Friday, 24 January 2020

Friday, 24th January 2020 - Breaking Buds

I was chatting with Harriet this morning and mentioned that I forgot to set my alarm. She said she has three that don't need setting. I thought that was funny but I don't think she does at 5.30am.

I had a gift of daffodils from my daughter. Only £1 from Tesco but twice as many as a week ago. Thank you my lovely.

I had another gift. Tony dropped off two pheasant, prepared and ready for the pot. I braised them with apple juice from Malcolm. Nearly a free meal. We have enough to feed us for a few days.

I ordered some swimming costumes from M&S ready for swimming with the grandchildren in Efteling. I really should not have bought 'plunge', I have quite enough natural plunge and definitely don't need enhancement. Four are being returned. I am keeping the one with most coverage.

Breaking Buds

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Thursday, 23rd January 2020 - Recuperating

Bella has been unwell and needing a couple of days off school to recover. She found a quiet spot on my sofa with Paddington Bear books. Perfect when you are feeling fragile.

I have done my sums for my tax return. Now I can hand it over to Tim who has returned from lecturing to ship builders in Glasgow.

Pen and Watercolour

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Wednesday, 22nd January 2020 - Trees in a Mist

I have had to clear my spreading habit and put the twin and dining room back into order for guests.

A visit to the GP was productive. An x-ray showed I have perfect hips and pelvis. Next step for the pain in my left leg is a bit physio. He also gave me a flu jab and took my blood pressure. He suggested a 24 hour monitor. What a comprehensive session.

I am heading off to bed with my book The Salt Path. Great book to read but I am so pleased it is not me doing the walking and wild camping.

Trees in a Mist

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Monday, 20 January 2020

Monday, 20th January 2020 - Awaiting Critique

What an amazing sunrise.

I have reinforced and papered over the hole in the dining room ceiling. Now I have to root around in our stack of paint tins to try and find the right off white for the ceiling.

I am thoroughly enjoying learning about tone at my evening class. The discussion at the end was enlightening. Yellow surprised us all with its lack of tone.

Awaiting Critique
Pen and Watercolour

Sunday, 19 January 2020

Sunday, 19th January 2020 - Pett Level

It was bright and frosty as I dragged myself from under my duvet. A mug of tea sort of made it worthwhile.

Tim and I had lunch at his Mum's. Her homemade soup is always tasty. She had made us apple pie too. There was a bit of electronic updating to do following the redecoration of her lounge. Amazing lady.

We planned to go for a walk on the beach but forgot out walking boots. I stopped to take a few photos of the sea which was teeming with people brought out by the sun. The cold wind made me retreat back to car pretty swiftly.

Bella and Tim have nearly go the hang of a piano/concertina duet of Mary had a Little Lamb. There are a few timing issues.

This evening we had bargain Waitrose curry.

Pett Level
Pen and Watercolour

Saturday, 18th January 2020 - Cellarhead Brewery

Before our hedge bursts into bud Tim cut the top and sides. I was clearing the debris. The rose and brambles are vicious. I have put them on the bonfire.

Leelee persuaded me to go to the Weald Beekeepers meeting this afternoon. I think I may join. They were very encouraging even when I admitted to having two hives but no bees.

This evening we headed over to Pillory Corner and met Si and Lesley for a drink and cheese. We swung by Waitrose on our journey home and filled our bags with many reduced items. I find it very satisfying finding a bargain. I have enough of Prince Charles' chicken breasts to last a couple of weeks.

Cellarhead Brewery