December 24th, 2014
Children everywhere will be getting excited waiting for Father Christmas to visit them and leave lots of presents.
My Christmas tree is looking pretty covered in multi-coloured baubles and lights and the house smells gorgeous because I’m steaming a home made Christmas pudding.
I’ve just got some presents to wrap up and then I’m ready for Christmas Day to arrive!
November 11th, 2014
Today is Remembrance Day – the day when we remember those who lost their lives in past and current wars.
It’s now one hundred years ago that a generation of young men was wiped out in WW1.
When I was young it was very common for people to have several maiden aunts, the young women whose fiancés didn’t come back and who never got married. There just weren’t enough young men to go around. They were lying under gravestones in France and other places.
January 26th, 2013
It’s just over a week now since we had a heavy fall of snow.
The local Council does a good of job keeping the main roads clear with it’s gritting lorries, but I live in a cul-de-sac which ends up like a skating rink with compacted snow on it and not enough traffic to clear it.
My car was hiding under a coat of about six inches of snow, so I’ve stayed in for most of the week. I haven’t needed to go out anyway because most of the things I usually do were cancelled due to the weather.
It’s been quite nice having a break, and the snow makes the countryside look so pretty, but it’s very cold. I think I’ve had enough of it now and will be glad when the snow finally melts and the temperature improves and things get back to normal.
December 14th, 2012
There are so many inventions that make our lives easier and more comfortable.
After asking me how I had cut my finger, a friend told me about a tin opener that curled over the edges so that they weren’t sharp. I went straight out and bought one, and it amazes me! I don’t know how it does it. It looks like an ordinary tin opener, but you can run your fingers over the edges without any chance of cutting yourself.
A remote control allows channel hopping on the television. I can sit comfortably on the settee, and quickly scroll through all the channels my Freeview box gives me to see if there’s anything I fancy watching. I wouldn’t want to do that if I had to use a button on the TV. I’d get backache bending down and a headache from watching it to closely.
But the gadget I’m always thankful for when it’s pouring with rain is the power lock on my car. I can jump out of the car, run under the porch and click the button when I’m standing in the dry. I haven’t got to fiddle with a key and a keyhole with cold fingers while rain is pouring down on me.
What’s your favourite gadget or invention?
October 30th, 2012
Wasn’t it wonderful having the London 2012 Olympic Games here in the UK!
I cleared my diary and treated myself to a seat in front of the TV for all of the Olympics and Paralympics. After all, it won’t happen again here in my life time, will it?
I watched British swimmers, cyclists, althetes, horseriders and other sports men and women who I had never heard of but who are now household names.
It was wonderful to see the support given to them as they were cheered on by the crowd. That must have helped them to win their medals.
The Post Office has celebrated each UK Gold Medal winner by painting a Post Box gold in their honour.
Here’s the one in Cheltenham that was painted gold for Alex Gregory and his Olympic gold medal winning performance in the Men’s Four Rowing. The box is in the Upper High Street.
September 29th, 2012
I’m not very good at gardening. I don’t seem to have enough strength or energy, but I do what I can.
I’d been managing to keep up with it until I went on holiday. When I came home, it looked like a jungle!
I was at the front of the house pruning and tidying up the flower bed by the lounge window when I saw a little shrubby tree with pointed spear like leaves. I was wondering what it was when I noticed with surprise some big red things on it.
My first thought was that a child’s red rubber ball had got caught in the branches, but as I looked more closely, I found nectarines growing! I was amazed!
How did a nectarine tree manage to grow here in the Midlands of the UK when we’ve had such a cold, wet summer? And how did it manage to produce beautiful full sized nectarines?
They were gorgeous – sweet and juicy and much nicer than any I’ve ever bought from a supermarket. I’m looking forward to next year’s crop already!
July 24th, 2012
On the second really sunny day this summer I was sitting out in the garden reading and relaxing when I noticed that the lawn needed cutting. Although it’s not my favourite job and I do find it hard work, the garden looks so much better when it’s done so I decided to have a go.
I’m always very careful. I make sure I never put my fingers or feet near the blade and I always use a circuit breaker so that I’d be safe if I did accidentally cut the electric cord.
My garden chair had my book and the bag containing my camera on it and I was just thinking I must move that in a minute when there was a terrible noise in the mower similar to when a stone gets caught up in the blades.
I stopped the mower and lifted it away. There in the still long grass was something electronic looking. Whatever was it? What have I done?
Looking more closely I could see it was a lithium battery. Oh no!! My camera? My phone?
Trying not to panic and feeling a bit sick, I picked it up. It was my mobile phone battery. Where was the phone? I found it lying in the grass a bit further away. It was covered in bits of grass and the back cover was missing.
I got the rake and pulled it through the grass until I found the cover. It was bent and cut into 2 pieces and the little glass cover over the camera lens had gone.
But incredibly the rest of the phone looked ok!
I blew the grass out of it. I know you’re not supposed to turn a phone on without the cover on, but I had to find out if it was working. I pressed the button. The screen lit up and it beeped and came on! How amazing! It had been hit by the whizzing blades of a hover mower and only the back cover was mangled up. I think that’s a miracle!
I went straight inside, turned on the computer, Googled, found and ordered a back cover from Amazon. I hope it gets here quickly so I can check out all the phone’s functions and see if it’s ok. I need it’s calendar reminders so that I remember what I need to do!
March 31st, 2012
We’ve just had the most amazing hot summer weather – at the end of March!
People got out their T shirts, shorts and sunglasses. But it’s also meant that we’ve had clear night skies. I think this month is the first time I have even seen the Moon in it’s new phase on the first day that it’s visible as well as for the next few nights. I love seeing it when it’s a tiny thin sliver that’s not even a crescent and then watching it gradually grow.