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Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Wednesday, 18th September 2019 - Caught By The Reading Bug

Today it would have been my Mum's birthday. She was always there. Now there is a gap in my life. I miss her very much.......Happy Birthday Mum xxx

When I drop by nextdoor Hetty is often engrossed in a book. A lovely addiction.

Caught By The Reading Bug
Pen and Watercolour

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Tuesday, 17th September 2019 - The Onset of Autumn

I managed to drag my unwilling body from under the duvet. The need to see my grandchildren was greater than the need for sleep. I caught them in time to join them on their walk to school.

I love this weather. Warm sunny days and cool nights - I like wearing my brush cotton pyjamas and can just about wait until bedtime to put them on.

I have potted up 120 mini plugs. Harriet took great care of them in my absence. They don't seem to have a label. The anticipation of what they will grow into is tremendous.

We are watching The Capture. Very thrilling so far. I highly recommend it.

The Onset of Autumn

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Wednesday, 11th September 2019 -

It has been a stressful day for me and a friend. We had separate stresses and it was good to have her to share with. Thank you for your ears.

I spent a restorative hour or so in my studio.

I am watching GBBO - the vet's voice is getting irritating.

Hetty and Bella are back at school. It is the brand new horseshoe shaped school in Benenden. What an amazing building to learn in.

Back To School
Pen and Watercolour

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Tuesday, 10th September 2019 - On The Catwalk

What is the point of hot flushes!!!!!!! None apart from disturbing my sleep and making me tetchy.

I have been potting red tulips and blue muscari bulbs in the lasagne fashion.

Tim has various wedding outfit options.

On The Catwalk
Pen and Watercolour

Monday, 9 September 2019

Monday, 9th September 2019 - New Tyre

Tim is home from Hong Kong. He had no incidents with umbrellas or face masks. He has gifts for the grandchildren. The girls have stripey tops and Herbie has two cars and a digger that come apart. We had great fun playing on the kitchen floor digging up pasta shapes.

My misconceptions about the Goudhurst Inn were reduced slightly. We met Nick and Alli for beer and tonic water. It was probably the company that made for an enjoyable evening.

Inspired by our trip to India, now long, long ago we had masala omelettes.

New Tyre
Pen and Watercolour

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Sunday, 8th September 2019 - After The Fall

Look Sarah.... I have the correct month!!!

My guests have gone and I now have a few days where I can wander my home in my pj's anytime of day or night.

I had a surprise and very much appreciated invitation out for coffee. We went to The Lime Wharf Cafe in Northiam.

The weather at this time of year is just perfection. Sunny days that don't make me sweat followed by cool nights where I can put on my brushed cotton pyjamas - then take them off again when my thermostat goes wrong. Just love this time of year.

After The Fall


Saturday, 7 September 2019

Saturday, 7th September 2019 - Contrary Chickens

I have had enough time with my own company. I am finding myself a bit tedious. It is time for Tim to come home.

The tree removal earlier in the year has been excellent in providing more light into the garden. The plants are flourishing ..... but ...... so are the bloody weeds.

We have three hens that we feed and water. The buggers keep eating their eggs. Si suggested filling one with mustard. I am going to give that a go.

Contrary Chickens

Friday, 6 September 2019

Friday, 6th September 2019 - Double Date

Sarah and I met for coffee in The Hive. Good coffee. Interesting venue but not selling themselves very well. Putting a teaspoon of bee pollen in your drink would cost you an extra one pound. Maybe we are missing out on many benefits. Maybe next time.

We needed to try coffee in the Vape & Juice shop. We had coffee with CBD. It was like drinking stained hot water. I don't think we will be needing rehab yet.

Double Date
Pen and Watercolour

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Thursday, 5th September 2019 - Tim's Ragged Robin

I had a brief interlude in the garden. Herbie joined me digging. He likes to be very close and keen to try out all the tools in the trug. I promised a worm. Fortunately we found a nice brown one.

There was a joint of topside beef lurking in the freezer. I took the opportunity of being a home alone meat eater to cook it. I had to look up the instructions. Paired with runner beans from the garden and watching The Great Interior Challenge made for a relaxing evening.

Mum has paid for us to go to Efteling with the children and grandchildren. I think it is going to be Grimm.

Tim bought some plug plants. They are now flourishing in the garden.

Tim's Ragged Robin

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Wednesday, 4th September 2019 - Rudbekia

The rudbeckia is flourishing in the garden much to the delight of the bees and butterflies.

Wow - I have caught up with Poldark. I am not that keen on him as he is a bit diminutive for my liking but this evening he got me with his brooding looks. Good series. I think I was a bit distracted whilst painting my picture this evening.

It is bed time. I have left my Kindle in the kitchen. I cannot go and retrieve it as I am now attired in my tatty PJs and I know, just know, that however quietly I creep past the dining room where my guests are have evening wine, they will hear and worse still see me. Damn it.

Khadi paper

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Tuesday, 3rd September 2019 - Short Still Life

I dropped Tim at the station. He is off to Hong Kong for a few days. He is a braver man than I. Still a bit active on the riot front. He arrived after an eleven hour flight to an incredibly packed built up city. I have been but cannot remember it being so full of high raised buildings.

I think I need a new hip. Or back.

Harriet collected some flowers for me to fill the vases in the guests rooms. I had some left over short ones which were perfect for my short blue vase.

Short Still Life

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Sunday, 1st September 2019 - Weather Front Over An Apple Tree

How can I be hungry after eating such vast quantities of food last night? I think my full up stop has stopped.

I have made enough almond cakes to feed 40 people. It is good to be prepared. My guests may be very hungry.

I am very much enjoying the escapades of a fellow bed and breakfaster. She has some very interesting guests turning up on her doorstep. Better than any soap opera. I can't tell you more as I think she should write a book and I don't want to spoil the story.

I nearly spat my tea out laughing listening to The Archers this evening whilst chopping my courgette from Wendy.

I have 36 portions of almond cake left.

35 I have just eaten a slice.

Weather Front Over An Apple Tree

Saturday, 31 August 2019

Thursday, 29th August 2019 - Fig Harvest

Tim did my woodmans breakfast for me. I had the most glorious time in bed sleeping.

I had to listen to Jeremy Vine to find out what 'proroguing' was and how to pronounce it. It didn't help much.

We have a ripe fig from the garden. Tim offered to share it with me but I know his passion and let him have the whole thing.

I am going to bed to read my book in the cool of the evening.

Fig Harvest
Pen and Watercolour
Khadi Paper

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Wednesday, 28th August 2019 - Lobster and Chips

We have been flattening out the piles of woodchippings from our tree felling earlier in the year. Herbie has a tiny green wheelbarrow and fork and spent ages helping us.

This evening we went out for lobster and chips at The Star and Eagle. Thank you Nick and Suzy for organising a splendid evening accompanied by Nick, Alli, Si and Lesley. Si and I both have a crush on Faith. We stayed on as a few of the Morris were having a beer and nuts holding up the bar. I was rewarded with a very pretty glass of Aperol for my patience.

Lobster and Chips
Pen and Watercolour
Khadi Paper

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Tuesday, 27th August 2019 - Hot Hot Hot

It has been too too too hot today. The advantage of getting up at 5.15 am is that I got my room changed over before it reached 30 degrees.

I am delighted that the Great British Bake Off is back. I love them all.

Hot Hot Hot

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Wednesday, 21st August 2019 - Outside Office

The garden has been getting a lot of attention.

Remember the hydrangea cuttings I took last year? One was big enough to plant in the garden. Good luck little chap.

Outside Office
Pen and Watercolour

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Tuesday, 20th August 2019 - Tall Bulbs

I am having to get up before sunrise (look it up) for the next 12 mornings to look after my workmen. I maybe a little zombie like on the days that I am unable to take a daytime nap. Be gentle with me. Is 7.45pm too early to go to bed?

We have got bags of daffodil bulbs from B&Q to plant around our fruit trees. Tim has started to rather arduous planting task. Herbie and I were there to give encouragement and tea.

Some don't turn the television on until after 6pm. I don't open the wine until the 6pm.

Tall Bulbs
Pen and Watercolour

Monday, 19 August 2019

Monday, 19th August 2019 - Not Predicted

Well that was not what Chris Fawkes told me the weather was going to do AND he wasn't wearing a checked shirt when presenting the forecast on Countryfile last night. It has been raining in irritating short heavy spells making the probability of getting a soaking unfortunately high.

Not Predicted

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Sunday, 18th August 2019 - Fairlight Cove

As I served my guests breakfast I informed them that their choice of spending the day visiting gardens was a good one due to the weather forecast being glorious. Ten minutes after they left the house we had torrential rain. Whoops.

We took Tim's Mum and Uncle Bill to The Coastguards cafe for lunch. An interesting experience with an octogenarian and a nonagenarian.

Back home I felt stuffed and irritable so we went or a walk and viewed the many planning applications in Benenden.

Fairlight Cove

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Saturday, 17th August 2019 - Dollhouse

Hetty and Bella spent hours tidying up the dollhouse. Herbie played with the cars and buttons on the dishwasher. Harriet and I drank tea.

Returning guests ate chocolate cake that needed cream to counteract its slight dry quality. On the plus side it was warm enough to sit in the garden.

Pen and Watercolour

Friday, 16 August 2019

Thursday, 15th August 2019 - No Quite Full

I have finished reading The Keeper of Lost Things. Lovely book for an easy read with a few tears thrown in.

Driving home from the pub I admired the moon. What a glorious astronomical body that is a natural satellite - so the internet tells me. I thought it was a star or planet.

No Quite Full

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Wednesday, 14th August 2019 - Millinophilia

I cannot get rid of my ruddy cough.

It was the last Weald of Kent Morris stand at The Elephants Head. They provided beer, I had rose x3, and burgers. We had already eaten burgers at home. They were quorn ones which I wouldn't recommend but I ate it. The salt and pepper chips at the pub were very tasty.


Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Tuesday, 13th August 2019 - Oxalis corniculata

We have been watching Keeping in Faith. I have a bit of a crush on Faith. I have a bit of a crush on the music too. I went onto Amazon to buy a CD but it is only on MP3. I want a CD to put in my player.....!!!! BUT I have found that Alexa will play it for me. Now I can weep on demand. I had never heard of Amy Wadge the artist. She is glorious.

This weed has been making its way to the bonfire. Tenacious little bugger.

Oxalis corniculata
Pen and Watercolour

Friday, 9 August 2019

Friday, 9th August 2019 - Tom's House

Tom made a loaf of bread. He was working so was absent to inform of us its ingredients. We had it toasted for breakfast and found the chilli and turmeric additions surprisingly good.

I have a height restriction that prevents me from getting the pans down from Tom's cupboards.

It is warm and windy but fortunately no power outages. The two power stations that went down simultaneously? Cyber attack or freak weather?!?

I have worked on Tom's garden weeding out the weeds. The boys have been sorting out the windows.

Another day another trip to Aldi and Iceland to get seafood that Tom and I turned into lasagna.

Tom's House
Pen and Watercolour

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Thursday, 8th August 2019 - 78 Derngate

We packed our bags and set off for Northampton to spend a few days with Tom.

On our way we popped into the home of Mr Bassett-Lowke whom I had never heard of. He had Mackintosh design some features of his home. I love a bit of Mackintosh.

We waited outside Tom's house until he arrived home from work. How lovely for him after a hard day at work to find your parents. Tim and I left Tom to his devices and took to Aldi to purchase dinner and drinks.

78 Derngate
Pen and Watercolour

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Wednesday, 7th August 2019 - Ploughed Field

I went to the chemist to get Golden Eye drops for my new eye infection. Whilst there I asked for something for my irritating cough and sore throat. I settled upon Tyrozets and was transported back forty odd years. They are just the same in a small plastic tube, have the same disgusting taste and tongue numbing properties. Just what I need.

I am watching The Widower as I type. Malcolm is revolting in an intriguing way.

Ploughed Field

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Tuesday, 6th August 2019 - Gone to Seed

There is a grass/reed plant that is rampant in the garden. I dislike it intensely. A great thicket has grown by the French doors. Its removal revealed a nest of chicken eggs which are probably a few months old. The hen who laid them has since departed. I have left them for the creatures of the night to feast on.

Gone to Seed
Pen and Watercolour

Monday, 5 August 2019

Monday, 5th August 2019 - Reclaimed Phlox

A cough and sore throat has made me cancel friends coming over for pizza tonight. I really wanted to see them.

I have been resting on the sofa and reading. "Without motive you will wabble about" - I just love this quote from Robert Henri. He is referring to painting but I think it refers to everything.

Tim gave me some flowers he found outside the Catholic Church.

Reclaimed Phlox
Pen and Watercolour

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Sunday, 4th August 2019 - Noisy Cake Making

The demise of my ovaries means that some of my shirts have tight arms.

I was making butterscotch skanky (as in old) banana cake. It was Wild Horses that got my emotions today. Herbie came and gave me a hand with the mixing and measuring.

I don't think I will ever not worry about my children.

Noisy Cake Making
Pen and Watercolour

Saturday, 3 August 2019

Saturday, 3rd August 2019 - Conserve or Jam?

It has been a bit of a weird day.

I have been making blackcurrant jam listening to Alexa playing the greatest love songs. Romeo and Juliet by Dire Straits was playing - always gets me that one. I am sure a little salt in the jam with be delicious and unnoticeable.

While having a bacon sandwich with plum chutney I was reading the Tesco magazine. I was interested to read 'Satan' peaches are in season. Never tried those. Ah, I didn't have my glasses on. 'Saturn' peaches - you know those little flat ones. How disappointing.

Conserve or Jam?
Pen and Watercolour

Friday, 2 August 2019

Friday, 2nd August 2019 - Everlasting Pink Peas

I have a full functioning Indesit dishwasher. We had to go out to buy it salt and got some tiny chocolate eclairs to eat at Mike and Pippa's. They were there to make us tea.

I should have made blackcurrant jam today but I couldn't be arsed. Tomorrow. I'll do it tomorrow.

I have been listening to Magic Lessons Podcasts. Elizabeth Gilbert gives advice about how to become more creative. She suggests no lists. What!!!! That goes against my Frog lessons. How confusing.

I missed Mum today.

Everlasting Pink Peas
Pen and Watercolur

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Thursday, 1st August 2019 - A Bit of Wild

No bnb guests = not having to get up to an alarm. Then feeling guilty that it is 8am.

I have a lovely tray of Hallwood blackcurrants. Now I need to get some sugar. Thank you Sarah. Bruff Sarah's puppy was doing a great job of pruning while we were drinking coffee. I may borrow him for our garden. We have that awful invasive grass that is getting everywhere. I hate it. Bruff would be a great removal tool.

I have caught up with Beeham House and Poldark but still had piles of ironing so started watching The Widower. I am finding it disturbing but can't stop watching it.

A Bit of Wild

Monday, 29th July 2019 - From Richard and Mike's Seed

A Short Story
A few weeks ago I rang to cancel the ever increasing insurance policy on the dishwasher. I had quite a lengthy conversation about new for old, repairs, how much a new one would cost, but I stuck to my guns and cancelled it. We have had ever increasing power trips and located the source to be the dishwasher being faulty. The insurance policy finished five days ago. Bugger.

I picked our first crop of beans from the garden. Many many many more to come. I like beans. Good thing as we will be having them every day for the next few weeks.

We had a beer tasting session with our dutch guests. Ine and I drank wine.

From Richard and Mike's Seed

Sunday, 28th July 2019 - End of July

Tom fitted some replacement seats into his little black Peugeot. After soup with his nieces and nephew he headed back up north. It was good to have him around.

Tim and I took a stroll into the village and viewed the newly built, nearly finished primary school. It is a great bit of architecture with a friendly green roof.

End of July

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Tuesday, 30th July 2019 - Engrossed

Hetty and Bella popped over today. Herbie is undertheweather. He seems to vomit a lot when he is unwell. Not even a Rich Tea biscuit could tempt him today.

At 6.15pm Tracy and Deborah took us to The Woodcock. It always seems decadent going out during the week. We were enticed to try whitebait and a baked camembert. Deborah knew the chef and looked a little surprised he was in the kitchen. Bit of a mystery as to why. I didn't ask as I was eating the food he had prepared.

Pen and Watercolour

Sunday, 28 July 2019

Saturday, 27th July 2019 - Tom's Flowers

Ouch - my head is a bit sore. I need tea and paracetamol.

Tom has come home for the night. To bring gifts for the birthday celebratees. He also brought wine, cherries and flowers.

We had a quiet evening watching a film and eating leftovers.

Tom's Flowers
Khadi Paper

Friday, 26th July 2019 - Farm Shop

We have discovered a wonderful farm shop in Iden Green. It is basic, very basic and you won't get avocados or bananas. It is all grown there. We bought potatoes for our dinner party guests.

It was a gamble to eat outside this evening. I was confident it wasn't going to rain. We were so lucky it didn't. Ten of us ate al fresco. Tim made mozzarella whilst looking after Hetty and Bella. I made bread, salmon en croute and shortcake biscuits. I love my friends. They know my drunken ways.

Farm Shop
Pen and Watercolour

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Thursday, 25th July 2019 - Butterflies on my Buddleia

I have forced myself to clean bathrooms and make beds at a very slow pace. I am very thankful my commute to work is only a few stairs and not a heat induced disrupted train.

I sat on a garden chair with my feet in the paddling pool. Herbie has his paddling pool inside in the kitchen.

Boris is making a splash!!!

I am going to bed in anticipation of a thunderstorm.

Butterflies on my Buddleia

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Wednesday, 24th July 2019 - 29°C

It has been far too hot to be wearing a bee suit. I had to have a bath for refreshment.

Happy 40th birthday to my lovely son-in-law Brett. You have more to come I feel - birthdays and celebrations.

I have found how to split my screen so i can watch Beecham House at the same time os typing. Marvellous.


Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Tuesday, 23rd July 2019 - View From Under A Tree

A Weald of Kent Art Society provided a very jolly time in Headcorn starting with coffee and cheese scones in the Church. We all found the shade of a wall or tree to paint.

I came home to find Sarah Raven had delivered some plants. A strange one with a pink pineapple shaped flower and some lovely short verbena. I waited until the days temperature fell before planting them. I have high expectations.

View From Under A Tree

Monday, 22 July 2019

Monday, 22nd July 2019 - Purple loosestrife

Tim spent the day in Fairlight so I had the house to myself.

I have a test for the slugs. Rumour has it that porridge will prevent them from eating my dahlias. I have sprinkled a circle and wait in anticipation.

Purple loosestrife

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Sunday, 21st July 2019 - Orange Rose

Weeding the garden has exposed some pretty roses.

Orange Rose
Primed Mountboard

Saturday, 20 July 2019

Saturday, 20th July 2019 - Wild Mallow

It was a short night of sleep interrupted by sciatic pain that a couple of paracetamol dealt with.

I unearthed my bike from under the gardening tools and took a cautious ride into the village to get sausages and eggs. The fitted perfectly in the basket on the handlebars. It was a bit of a wobbly ride.

I am reading an odd book by Jenny Eclair called Moving. I had a bit of a rest this afternoon with it.

My rooms are full of guests who are eating my almond cake and chocolate brownie saving me from an excess of calories.

Wild Mallow
Pen and Watercolour

Friday, 19 July 2019

Friday, 19th July 2019 - Seeds

I had a day alone so made cake for incoming guests and set about removing spiders from my nooks and crannies whilst they were baking.

We had an evening out having been invited to Ray and Linda's for dinner. I love their house. I love Linda's cooking. I love Ray and Linda. It has been ages since we last saw them. They were both yawning by the time we left so either we were very boring or they were tired. The latter I hope.

Pen and Watercolour

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Thursday, 18th July 2019 - The Walled Nursery

The coffee at The Walled Nursery is delicious even in the rain.

This afternoon I had Herbie for a couple of hours. We danced - he rests his head on your shoulder while grooving, read books - there are some very noisy animals in our board books, played cars - so many crashes, did puzzels, did a bit of drawing, ate peanut butter on toast, fed the chickens and played on the swingseat. The best bit was a painting. "Wow", he exclaimed as the paint ran into the water puddles. Yep ...... all in a couple of hours. Busy little chap. Just adorable.

The Walled Nursery
Pen and Watercolour

Wednesday, 17th July 2019 - Providence Trees

I spent the afternoon sat on LeeLee's verandah accompanied by tea and butterscotch cake. What a wonderful way to hold an Art Society meeting. We now have the winter/spring programme sorted and have some great demonstrations and workshops booked.

This evening I surrounded by Morris bells and ribbons at the Halfway House. I needed a couple of glasses of rose.

Providence Trees

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Tuesday, 16th July 2019 - Penguins in HIgh Viz

Harriet walks the girls to school. Hetty and Bella make it more interesting by walking backwards.

Penguins in High Viz
Pen and Watercolour

Friday, 12 July 2019

Friday, 12th July 2019 - Bramble Flowers For The Soul

We celebrated Kell's life today. What a wonderful day it was.

Bramble Flowers For The Soul
Pen and Watercolour
Khadi paper