Saturday, 4 February 2023

Pinch and a punch......

.....hello February.....


.......hallelujah!! 


January is done!! 
Things can only get better from now on in! 
I worked my Sunday, Monday and had a rare Tuesday off......


......so Lynn and I decided to walk as it was dry, just in case it turned wet by Thursday. We went over to East Harptree Woods, as she hadn't been there before. It was grey and damp and murky to begin with. In fact we went for a coffee first, hoping the weather would improve.


There is just something quite special about the woods, it's definitely my happy place.


I spotted my first Scarlet Elf Cups of the year.....


.....and a few other fungi spots during our walk.


We even spotted 3 deer running across the track ahead. 
You can just about make one out (center right) 


At home, I've been tackling Sophie's Christmas Puzzle gift. It's been a lovely puzzle to do. Not so hard that it's frustrating but challenging enough to make it fun and such a good subject matter!!


On Wednesday I went out over to Ham Wall.


The skies looked a little threatening and the wind whipped up and was cold.....


....but I had the best time, photographing robins!!


So many friendly, hungry robins along the path.







I was spoilt for choice, even got them eating out of my hand......


....and Great Tits too! Now that was a surprise x


A bit of multi tasking though! Trying to capture feeding.......


.......and in flight.


On Thursday I met friends for a coffee, 3 hours later....
.....the day just vanished, as did Friday. 
Friday was a boring day of house jobs. Doing a few thing I've been putting off! Hoovering, making up the kids beds, tidying, doing a food shop!!! And today, Saturday, has been much the same. It's grey, cold but dry and I should have made myself go out for a walk but......

.......I didn't! 
Back to work tomorrow!

Saturday, 28 January 2023

Nearly there.....


.......come Wednesday, it'll be February!
Will have survived another January, my least favourite month.


Sophie and I have booked a few days away in September, Amsterdam!
I last went 30yrs+ ago, so time for a revisit!


I've been trying not to spend in January, not be tempted by stuff in the sales 
but I did cave in and buy this table - £23 from £80!!! 


I've also bought theatre tickets.......


......for 2024!!!!
(so that doesn't count!!)


So I worked Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, had a lazy Wednesday, 
it was grey and foggy, then went to Wells on Thursday.


I went with Lynn, had a mooch.....


....saw my first snowdrops.....


.....had a a coffee and cake.....


...and then was supposed to see 'A Man Called Otto' at the cinema, transferred over from last week when I had to cancel but 'they' had to cancel this time. There had been a power surge and it was unsafe to use any of the equipment, so it was cancelled again!! We will try for next week, possibly an evening slot, if Lynn can make it! So it sort of felt like a waste of a walking day, as it had been nice in the morning.......still, these things happen.


So yesterday, I headed off out for a walk. The weather was grey!!! 
Nothing to write home about but it was dry and I was in need of some fresh air.


Spotted some snowdrops, always a pleasure x


Lots of bulbs poking through....


....and catkins....


....and green shoots!
Spring really is just around the corner and there are lots of signs if you look for them. The first of February is on Monday, two more weeks and it'll be half term. That week always flies by and then it's just one more week and it's March!! Not that I'm wishing time away but I always feel so much better once I get January and February out of the way!

Monday, 23 January 2023

A week of two halves!

It's been a funny old week, I've been feeling sorry for myself!


Beautiful sunrise before work on Sunday x

I feel I've lost a week!
It started off okay. Worked my Sunday, Monday, and then.....


....walked with Lynn on Tuesday as the forecast was dry. 
It was blumin freezing but dry, icy and just a good day to get outside.


We parked up at Middlewick and walked up, down and around the Tor.


Meat a few friendly robin's on our way around.





We stopped back at the cafe for a coffee, a good day.


Then Wednesday I felt awful. 
Kept hitting the snooze button but then ended up spending the whole day in bed. 
Ached everywhere, sinus pain, exhausted, so slept all day. Missed yoga!


Cancelled plans to go to the cinema on Thursday and had a sofa day. Got up Friday, a friend came around for coffee but had a lazy afternoon and ended up cancelling plans to meet a friend on Saturday, as still not 100% and knew I had work on Sunday!


So!! A week of two halves. Frustratingly I've missed some beautiful frosty, cold, blue sky days to go out walking with my camera. I've had to cancel plans and I hate letting people down. I did get enough energy in the tank, to go to work and we did go out for a meal last night, but I will be having a slow week this week. Try to get back some energy xx

Saturday, 14 January 2023

Half way!

Half way through January!!


I hate January! 
Always have done, always will......


.....until we retire and can escape to some warmth and sunshine.


I have to fill the house with spring flowers and bulbs to see me through.


And I found my first bunch of daffs in the supermarket.....


....the best one pound spent!!!


All it has done this week, is rain. Grey, wet, miserable weather. It was too wet to walk on Thursday, so I invited Lynn along to the cinema with me, to see the Whitney Houston film. Well worth a watch, on a wet January afternoon! Such a waste, such a talent!!


The roads are flooding. There is just so much water about. 


I made the most of a dry day to pop over to Ham Wall on Friday.


When the sun shone, the reeds blowing in the wind were beautiful.









Plenty of bird action too. I even got a robin to feed from my hand!!

It has been mild, although on Friday it was windy and cold. I think it's due to turn colder next week. I can cope with that, just need it to stop raining!! I should really get on with some painting but still have a few things from Christmas hanging over, to get done first!

Am working my Sunday and Monday next week. Have to change over a display or two in the canteen, if I get given any time!! Have some training to complete too. I'm really trying to compartmentalise work and home! My contracted two days a week, takes up far more of my time than it should. I did try to stand down from my GPTW Role but that was met with a NO! So I offered a choice GPTW or Plinth tickets, which are moving for once every 3 weeks to every week!! My line manager wants me to do plinth tickets, my store manager wants me to do GPTW! I have to stay strong and only do one, as this is normally where I'd cave in, not wanting to let anyone down and end up doing both!! Would happily not work at all but that's not going to happen, any time soon xx