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Sunday, 17 November 2019

Sunday, 17th November 2019 - Boston Fern

My female hormones have gone haywire disturbing my night many times.

To celebrate the excellence of Hetty and Bella's school learning we took round a pack of Hatchimals each. They were thrilled with the little plastic beasts. Well done girls.

I should look in my diary more often. I was looking forward to some time off from cooking bacon. Ah but no. I have guests for a couple of nights before I can wander to the compost heap in my pyjamas.

We are watching a good series called Gold Digger. There must be some horrid twist brewing.

Boston Fern
Pen and Watercolour

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Monday, 11th November 2019 - Remembering

I am not sure I like my garden at this time of year. It is cold and soggy. In retribution of it not providing me with anything delightful I hacked at some plants.

My guest said he didn't eat breakfast. Today he didn't but I was lulled into a false sense of laziness. I returned home at 9.30pm, cooked a stir-fry and poodled about thinking I didn't have to get up too early. On retiring to bed I found a breakfast request on the pew. Serves me right for footling about in the evening.


Sunday, 10 November 2019

Sunday, 10th November 2019 - Pay The Toll

It was the perfect day to finish Tom's garden. The soil must be very fertile as the plants grow even through the artificial grass. Inside work was progressing on window frames

Dave and Josie joined us for lunch in The Foundrymans Arms. It was a fully ladened roast. I had lamb and was very full. Diego wanted us to try his lemon meringue pie. We said we would share a piece and were presented with five. I was even fuller. How they can make any profit when they only charge £7.50? I haven't had a popover (my siblings will understand the terminology) for ages.

Time to leave Tom. Thank you for a great weekend.

Back at home and I have a bed and breakfast guest. Harriet let him in and was going to give him chocolate brownie. An earwig had taken residence. It was in the fridge!!!  Hardy little beasts. The chickens will be feasting on that tomorrow.

Pay The Toll

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Thursday, 7th November 2019 - Foraged Hydrangea

I spent the afternoon amongst a colony of artists, ref Wikipedia. We understand each others ways. After a few hours of stimulation I took to the raining streets of Tenterden. Yesterday Hetty introduced me to the world of Hatchimals. They had them half price in M&Co. I dropped them into the girls. A couple of eggs with tiny beasts inside caused a huge amount of delight.

Foraged Hydrangea

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Wednesday, 6th November 2019 - Hetty and Grandad

We collected Hetty from her fine new school in Benenen this afternoon. We wandered the periphery to take photos. Hetty requested a hot sausage roll from the village shop. They had run out!!! I know it was only a small need but I felt quite annoyed they could not meet my granddaughters minor request. 

Wow - David Attenborough I love you.

Hetty and Grandad
Pen and Watercolour

Tuesday, 5th November 2019 - Pink Barn

I have had many bed and breakfast bookings today. I suppose that is good but I am getting used to not having to cook full English breakfasts.

I have a slight concern. On a walk this afternoon we passed a recently trimmed hydrangea hedge. I collected a huge bunch of beautiful flower heads from the road side. Now I am wondering if the owners had just gone in for a break and a cup of tea. When they return all the flowers will have gone. I hope they weren't intending to keep them. They look gorgeous in my kitchen. Buggers to paint probably.

Bloody government. What a mess.

Pink Barn
Pen and Watercolour

Monday, 4th November 2019 - Fading Sheep

Tim has returned from Atlanta. I don't seem to be able to find my gift.

I have possibly got over extended ambitions. This sounds exciting but I am referring to 'that' art project. I found a glorious piece of watercolour paper in my plan chest. Being A1 I have a lot of space to fill. Just loving and appreciating the time to be able to spend in my studio.

Fading Sheep

Monday, 4 November 2019

Sunday, 3rd November 2019 - Exercise in Texture

There is a lot of prevaricating going on. I have the project to do for my art class and should be much further along than I am. Whist in my studio looking for watercolour paper I found a few books to study which lead to more experiments. What a great way to spend a Sunday morning listening to The Archers and playing with gesso. The kitchen is covered in my enthusiasm.

Yesterdays windy weather has toppled the bean poles. The bean patch is now cleared, I left the self seeded aquilegia. They are being tested as to their robustness over winter. They will be those with the little purple flowers having reverted from something more glamorous.

Tim is still in Atlanta and I have indulged myself by cooking a chicken. Not one of ours but if they don't start laying I will be tempted.

Exercise in Texture
Gesso, Wool and Watercolour
(in my blue folder)

Saturday, 2 November 2019

Saturday, 2nd November 2019 - Scrumming

I watched the Spingboks beat England to win the World Cup along with millions of others this morning. It may have been a disappointment for some but I found all those thighs thoroughly entertaining.

The weather has been disgusting today.

Pen and Watercolour

Friday, 1st November 2019 - Happy Second Birthday Herbs

Happy second birthday to Herbie. I am so proud of that little man.

Tim and I celebrated with Herbie, Harriet, Brett, Hetty and Bella at 8am before the girls went to school.

Tim has gone to Atlanta for the weekend!!! Such a long way for such a short time. I usually get FOMO when he goes away but this time I am pleased to be staying at home. I have a lot of homework to do for my art class so am looking forward to spreading myself liberally around the house.

I am going to bed to have the protein that has gathered in my brain during the day washed out by my spinal fluid. I heard this on the radio today.

Happy Second Birthday Herbs
Pen and Watercolour

Thursday, 31st October 2019 - Sophie at Eggs to Apples

Sarah and I are venturing further afield than Cranbrook for our coffee meetings. Today we met at the farm shop in Hurst Green that many people seem to frequent. Sophie has started selling her beautiful flowers. Nice coffee and bacon sandwich. A wonderful selection of high priced delights. Harriet requested a gift. It was Sarah who found it. A bergamot. I thought it was a herby leafy plant. It looks like an oversized lime. We tried it on Herbie first. It made his face contort. Sorry Herbs I couldn't help but laugh. It gave my tongue a numbing tingling effect.

Sophie at Eggs to Apples
Pen and Watercolour

Wednesday, 30th October 2019 - Herbie and Cat

LeeLee came to do some mount cutting for her paintings. We are both partaking in and exhibition at The Powdermills in Battle next month. We are both a bit concerned as the other contributing artists are very accomplished.

Herbie and Cat
Pen and Watercolour

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Tuesday, 29th October 2019 - The Last Leaves

I was not so keen to venture out into the grey of today for a walk. I did and it was beautiful outside.

The Last Leaves

Monday, 28th October 2019 - Ink Studies

We took lunch down to Tim's Mum. Uncle Bill is feeling a bit under the weather, he is 86. Tim's Mum is looking after him, she is 90. Wow, I thought that is amazing.

On our way home we dropped by Rye Harbour and looked for seals who weren't there. A cup of tea would have been comforting but the cafe was shut. We came home and had tea.

I did my homework for my art class this evening. Our tutor has given us 'Autumn Tangle' as a three week project. I spent the evening messing around with different textures on paper and ink.

What do you see? I need feedback please.

Ink Studies
Ink and Watercolour

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Sunday, 27th October 2019 - Country Lane

It is good to have an extra hour in one's day. Unless you have children that don't understand the concept of it being 5.30am and not 6.30am. I now three like that.

I haven't had much enthusiasm for gardening of late. The sun prodded me into doing a bit of weeding and pruning.

Seven Continents One Planet is excellent, emotional and funny. I have gone off seals. Not keen on jellyfish even when they get eaten by sea urchins. I adore penguin chicks.

Country Lane
Pen and Watercolour

Saturday, 26 October 2019

Saturday, 26th October 2019 - Woodworking with Grandad

I would have liked to have visited Mum today. She would have been interested in how our dinner party went last night. She was a great listener and loved to hear stories about the people and food. Maybe I will tell her anyway.

Tony helped restore our kitchen by heaving the furniture back into place. Thank you.

Herbie popped round, saw the mess and got the hoover out. We were all feeling a bit tired and had restoring books and tea on the sofa.

Woodworking with Granded

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Wednesday, 23rd October 2019 - Hold My Hand

The drizzly weather doesn't prevent my rooms being filled with bed and breakfast guests. They are most charming.

We caught a moment in the afternoon for a walk. Tim suggested we take the fields. I don't care how small the bullocks look and really wish Tim wouldn't talk to them. When they start to follow me I can move a little faster and have to hold Tim's hand.

Back home and with an evening by myself. I am watching The Apprentice. They are making electric bikes - good luck. Love it. Tim hates it.

Hold My Hand
Pen and Watercolour

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Tuesday, 22nd October 2019 - Dog Walker

Tim and I had a gap in our day when we were both free to go for a walk. There was some sun to top up my vitamin D. I had to 'nearly' run home to catch my on-line painting tutorial with Ròisin. Still learning, always learning.

It got to 5.30pm and I hadn't seen my grandchildren. I popped round for a quick fix to find them in fine form after a day at The Rare Breeds Centre with Brett's dad. What a lucky bunch.

I am nervously watching The GBBO. I am beginning to like Rosie. They are making sugar glass cases - how exciting.

Dog Walker

Monday, 21st October 2019 - After The Sun

Apparently the water was not the right temperature for fishing fish so my fishermen have moved to more fishy waters.

The Sarah Raven Christmas catalogue has come through the letter box. It is full of beautiful things I  need so I am going to have to avoid temptation and put it in the recycling. Damn I really needed a Gold Leaved battery operated with timer garland.

I took myself for a walk just gone 5pm. It got dark much sooner than I anticipated but I managed to find my way home.

After The Sun

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Sunday, 20th October 2019 - Moth

What a stunning beast on my salvia. I had to look it up on Google. It is a hummingbird moth. I am so pleased it was out and about today and I could admire its weird beauty.

My guests are here for the fishing. It is a first for me to have fishermen to stay. I will quizz them over their bacon and egg tomorrow as to where they go.

I thought I had the menu for Tim's birthday dinner sorted until he told me he would like a tart for pudding!!! I think I can arrange that one way or another.

Pen and Watercolour

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Saturday, 19th October 2019 - Hemsted Forest

Is it disgusting to wake up and find it is 8.30am? I felt really guilty for sleeping so late. But it felt so good. The weather rewarded me with no rain and even a bit of sun. I tidied a flower bed and pulled brambles in the woods.

I am still working on my diary from Rome and spent a glorious hour or so working on it in the refuge of my studio.

At 2.30pm I took painkillers to dull the pain in my leg in anticipation of a walk with Tony and Wendy. A GP told me I have arthritis in my hip and continue taking painkillers, next step is a steroid injection and when it gets bad enough a hip replacement. I have had no investigation and am feeling rather depressed that there is no better way to manage this. It was a lovely walk and we finished with beer and cider in The Bull.

Hemsted Forest

Friday, 18 October 2019

Friday, 18th October 2019 - Where is Postman Pat? - THERE!!!

Hetty and Herbie came to play for a couple of hours today. They were adorable. They both have strong personalities that makes me proud. Herbie needed a rest from playing so we watched Postman Pat.

Where is Postman Pat? - THERE!!!
Pen and Watercolour

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Saturday, 12th October 2019 - Autumn Pears

I can go and see Harriet in my dressing gown. I wont be able to do this when they move to Wickhambreaux. I will miss my morning visits.

We had lovely coffee and with delightful sweet pastries from the Italian deli chez Carters. They have been doing great inspirational work on their house. It is so much better than Grand Designs.

Autumn Pears
Pen and Watercolour

Friday, 11th October 2019 - Favourite Mug

Tim's brother, David and his wife (David's wife not Tim's), came for tea and no biscuits even after Herbie presenting them with the biscuit tin. At 4.30pm we had had enough tea so went to The Woodcock to sit on their high chairs and have beer and lager and lime.

Favourite Mug
Pen and Watercolour

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Thursday, 10th October 2019 - Bedtime Stories

Two mugs of tea were consumed before walking into the village to watch Hetty's Roman themed school assembly. Well done Hetty you make a fine gladiator.

I have collected flyers advertising an art exhibition I am showing some work at The Powdermills in Battle mid November. I got confused between Water Lane and Stream Lane but managed to get a mug of tea in between my travels and stories from my sister.

Tim called on his way home. The streets of London are strangely quiet due to The Extinction Rebellion protests.

Bedtime Stories
Pen and Watercolour

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Wednesday, 9th October 2019 - Here Is Autumn

I am feeling very relaxed after my holiday in Rome.

While away the house has had a deluge of daddy long legs - all the dead ones have gone up the hoover pipe.

It is good to be back home and have coffee and stories with Harriet and biscuits with Herbie.

Here Is Autumn

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Sunday, 29th September 2019 - Gorgeous Trio

The Three French Hens were holding a Brocante in Tenterden this weekend. A very successful event. The poor weather didn't deter the buyers. I visited this afternoon and came home with three cream coloured pots which will be perfect for still life paintings. Well done.

I do miss my Mum. She had endless time for my stories and had some good advice - most of the time. Her love being unconditional was something I never really appreciated. You were a great comfort Mum.

Happy second anniversary to my husband. We opened a bottle of champagne that had been in the fridge was rather too long as it was corked. There was a bottle of Oxney rosé which was very delicious. My reaction to alcohol this evening was to make me very tired. We were in bed before ten. Well it was our anniversary.

Gorgeous Trio
Pen and Watercolour

Saturday, 28 September 2019

Saturday, 28th September 2019 - Early Anniversary

Tony dropped in this morning while I was still lummoxing around in my dressing gown drinking tea. He delivered the most gorgeous flowers grown and gathered by Wendy. Thank you they are beautiful.

We have Jamie Olivers new cookery book. We have been experimenting with the recipes. The onion soup was ok but too sweet. The aubergine lasagne was pretty awful. Tonight I tried the mushroom lasagne which was delicious but it did take three hours to make and cook.

We were delighted to see Harriet and Herbie return home. He missed his sisters as much as they missed him. Take care little chap.

I am nearly at the bottom of my Bloom gin bottle. Luckily I have planned ahead and have a couple more litres in the cupboard.

Early Anniversary

Friday, 27th September 2019 - Ashford Hospital from Padua Ward

The GP decided Herbie should go to hospital. He needed a drip after having a stomach bug that has taken its toll. I am so proud of Harriet for being so strong. Herbie was so very brave. After being tested, prodded, blood taken and needles inserted he said 'Thank you" to the nurses and doctor and "Well done" for himself. It broke my heart. Harriet was able to stay with him overnight. He is having fantastic care.

Ashford Hospital from Padua Ward
Pen and Watercolour

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Thursday, 26th September 2019 - Passion in the Garden

I am not sure that Tim listens to me sometimes.

Me "Is there any post?"
Tim "It is nice and crunchy"

We had toast for breakfast!!!

Passion in the Garden

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Wednesday, 25th September 2019 - Near Home

After months of hunting I have found a toilet seat to replace a rather old one in a bed and breakfast bathroom. Not only is it soft close it also has quick release for deep cleaning. I am really very pleased with my new purchase which is a bit sad possibly.

I have trimmed some of my box hedge. It looks very smart.

Herbie was feeling a bit better and helped me take apart my Roomba for cleaning out the fluff.

Tim and I are both suffering with back problems but managed to limp around the fields for a bit of exercise.

Near Home

Tuesday, 24th September 2019 - After Velouté, Quail and Tart

My evening primrose capsules seem to have mended by heat control system. It maybe placebo but it works and I am happy with that. I have other things keeping me awake that will hopefully improve shortly.

This evening we went to The Poet for dinner and birthday celebrations. I have never been but always been intrigued. The food was amazing. So many flavours and little bits of deliciousness.

After Velouté, Quail and Tart
Pen and Watercolour

Monday, 23 September 2019

Monday, 23rd September 2019 - Frog in Stocks

I headed into the garden before the rain fell and planted out my stocks. A frog had taken refuge amongst the damp leaves.

Back to art class this evening. I had a marvelous time with charcoal.

Frog in Stocks

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