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Three things I’m loving this week

I feel like I’m really getting into the swing of these wintery weeks, short bright sunny days and long dark evenings. It has been a celebratory week, my Grandson had his first birthday and I shared a relaxing day with a friend celebrating her ‘big’ birthday. What have I been loving this week? Apart from late flowering roses and autumn leaves, here’s what’s made me happy this week… Found… Loose leaf Green Tea I was in need of a cuppa of loose leaf green tea. A perfect match for me has always been Yunnan, smooth and grassy and perfect with a spoon of honey. I am so happy to have rediscovered Brew Tea Co, a small company based in the North West who also offer a range of delicious, top-quality loose leaf teas and teabags so you can enjoy the perfect cuppa wherever you may be. I’m also trying their lemon and ginger for when I have the sniffles! Being kind to myself and friends… I jumped at the invitation to share an afternoon at …

Farewell October…..

October has been a very different month – full of beauty and colour and the feeling that autumn is lingering on with sunny days. But also I’ve had sadness at the loss of a friend. I also feel I have lost a week suffering from the flu. But here we are on the last day of the month. Later on in the week, I’ll be sharing some of my favourite photos from this month’s #JustOnePerfectThing, but meanwhile, here’s a little round up of what it’s meant to me… Berries, apples and tarts.  Brightening up the dull days, catching my eye when I’m out and about. Some taste nice, others need cooking in crumbles and pies… and some are just pretty. Woolly jumpers, tights and colourful shoes. I don’t like feeling cold, but I do like that it means I can wear jumpers and tights again. New ones, old cosy ones, soft, pretty ones – they’re all welcome here. My winter mission is colourful legs and these shoes! Watching the leaves slowly change colour and flutter down. Every …

September is rushing by

Who else feels like September has just rushed by in the blink of an eye? The sun hasn’t always shone this month, but that didn’t stop us all having fun. I made my own sunshine and enjoyed the last days of summer. Here are my favourites so far…… St Malo, oysters, French markets, spending time with friends, French doors and windows #JustOnePerfectThing My local cultural outing this month was with our book club/food club to Queens Mill in Castleford, the home of Allinsons flour mill. It is being lovingly restored keeping that Yorkshire heritage alive. Who remembers the slogan ‘Bread Wi n’owt taken out’? We enjoyed a fab Yorkshire supper in the Queens Mill Tea Room. I’ll be posting a review quite soon. Now it’s time for me to settle down for autumn, read, sew the quilt for my grandsons first birthday, put my garden to bed for the winter, walk on sunny days, go visit some of Yorkshire’s National Trust properties and plan my next trip or two! And you? SaveSave SaveSaveSaveSave SaveSave SaveSave

In a nutshell: August

August, well it just sort of went! It went in having my little house painted internally at the beginning of August and the finale was having new flooring laid in my hall and lounge at the end of the month. And as we know, that doesn’t just happen by itself. All that prepping and cleaning up!! So many choices, so many decisions. Making decisions for yourself is the hardest, right?! I struggle to take photos of my little house in its entirety. Because of that, I’m not always the best interiors blogger. However, I do love my home and I like to share what I’ve been up to and what’s on my interiors radar. It’s my little bit of imperfect perfection. The fun bits have been gradually filling my newly painted hall with new pictures, and reframing my old favourites. I’m lucky to have an artistic daughter, and my home is filled with her work. The middle of August brought us a family staycation, back to the area where I grew up, Cartmel. It is …

In a nutshell: May

I can’t believe we are nearly into June. There have been cool days and oh so hot days, but May is my fav month full of freshness and green, and optimism. May was a jammed packed month of diary entries, but I managed some quality time being Granny Goose and quite a lot of foodie outings. Wellbeing: My bad back continues, but thanks to Matt the physio, its improving…slowly!! It’s an age thing! Three top tips from a cardiologist: Eat real food, Keep moving, Reduce stress and learn to relax – as does being in a close nurturing relationship, benefits the ageing process!! Hmm, a few things to work on there next month. My Garden: Blooming and gets greener by the day. I’m having battles with slugs and greenfly. I believe the greenfly are loving showers of diluted washing up liquid. It’s a pleasure in life to watch May produce a show of alliums and the first roses. Eating Out in Yorkshire: Tried and tested The Olive Branch in Selby – good quality Med food. Sunday …

It’s Spring

Oh the weather has SO changed has it not? Can’t wait to share some gorgeous pics of the best of our countryside with you, photography course coming up!! I’m trying to mix up my posts a little (I know – living on the edge!) with ‘what I’m loving this week’ and Sundays’ will be more of a feature post. Time restraints, life, reinventing myself, and delights of being a Granny are all responsible so we’re just going with the flow! So, where do I start? Today I’m indulging in a post about loving this Spring sunshine with a flavour of March in my garden. Handsome Helleborus Really loving this new Yorkshire Flowerpot planted up with garlic from The Garlic Farm. Just wait for an update on my garlic pot! Greygoose is smiling and enjoying the first of this years sunshine in her garden! ∼♥∼

Hello Harlow Carr

February can feel gloomy, but it’s surprising how a visit to RHS Harlow Carr in Harrogate can lift the spirits, by taking a few photos of the oh so early spring bulbs and an ideal place to enjoy being a Granny still in training for pram pushing. So this February Sunday afternoon was perfect to practice my new skill along previously undiscovered paths, some quite hilly and then freewheel down to Bettys outdoor café to refuel with a hot chocolate. Then a stroll up the gentle slope past rhubarb to the surprisingly large book and gift shop. This is the kind of place to take your time, to wander…to take in your surroundings. Harlow Carr is a must-see if you are ever in the Harrogate vicinity.  There is an entrance fee but I’m glad I took the annual RHS membership. I can take a family member, and Grandson as often as I want. That’s the way to go! I look forward to returning in the next few weeks and photograph the seasonal changing of the …

That Forever Friday Feeling

Retirement When I left my full-time job at the end of July, I looked forward to having more time and focus to devote to blogging. I decided to give myself a few months at the start to enjoy some ‘away from the clock’ time, not only to recover from cardiac ablation number 3, but to adjust to a freer schedule and figure out my own rhythms. There are times of the day I’m better at writing and creating, and others when I’m better able to knuckle down for more routine or repetitive tasks. Can I just say I’m LOVING not having to go to my office along the landing every day at a certain time. I’ve kept myself quite busy without even really trying and now am ready to get a bit more of a handle on my schedule and where I’m going. Time to make a plan!! But first a belated retirement BBQ was such fun Guests wrote up some retirement bucket list suggestions for me. Here are a few, what would you suggest? Be a super Grandma Travel …

3 Things to Go Do in the South Lakes

You can take the girl out of Cumbria, but you can’t take Cumbria out of the girl. I’ve frequently been back visiting the Lake District since I left many years ago. Apart from the STUNNING scenery, it has some great places to visit tucked away in the South Lakes area, even in these chilly, early months of the year; here they are: 1. Visit Walney Island I love islands. There’s something about their isolation and separateness from the modern world that intrigues me. Sometimes they’re wild and forgotten places but they can also be a mere stone’s throw from civilisation which makes them seem otherworldly. Walney Island is one of the latter, lying off the coast of Barrow in Furness which is best known for its industrial heritage and nuclear submarines. But a trip over the Jubilee Bridge from Barrow to Walney is one of winter’s great treats, especially when you leave behind Vickerstown and escape to the island’s wild beaches. Walney, lying along the tip of the Furness peninsula with spectacular walks along the Irish Sea …

February 2016: I’m Loving

It’s the first ‘I’m Loving’ of 2016 and whilst we love our luxury, none of these will cost any more than £9…read on! Firstly, I think spring is on its way! Soon! Very soon. The sun was out today and I needed to get out and walk. Sunshine and fresh air clears my head and I end up wondering why I spend so much time at my desk. I’ve used this GPS walking app, Runkeeper, for several years in an effort to encourage me to walk my way back to health. I know it was originally developed to keep runners on track, but it’s great for encouraging me to monitor my walking sessions, and tell me how many calories I’ve used, AND, I can connect to Spotify so have music at the same time. The basic app is free, whoopee! Second up, a ‘chance find’ I’ve been loving – Boots BB Lips. As someone who always wears a gloss, I’ve tried a few over the years.  Most are amazing but having got to the end of a fav (ok rant time, do you …