"Dear Diary ..."

What a March & April it's been!

Lyric snippet from "Dear Diary" by The Moody Blues.

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March and April 2021

March was a celebration of St. David on the 1st.....a celebration of being Mum to my Gowjus Girl on the 14th.....a mixture of sunshine and showers - both in the weather and in my moods.

March saw the arrival of books in the post (and in my shopping basket), lovely correspondence from an old friend (which I still have yet to reply to!), a lovely bakestone, and a spinning wheel!

March was a busy month, and as a result my blog spilled over into......

......April, when I fell quite behind with the blogging and caught up by combining quite a few days into one blog post!

April was a beautiful month......beautiful bouts of weather......beautiful days out with my Lovely Man......beautiful things happening in my garden......and beautiful bargains from Marketplace, ebay and a local boot sale!

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Friday 30th April 2021

Picture of the day...... ♫ "... Accidents will happen ... " ♫

There were a couple of plant accidents today.....well, the first was an accident but I think the second was more absent-mindedness!

I spotted this lovely Japonica in a local homes/garden place. I like that some of the stalks are quite long, and bought it to go on top of the dresser in the cwtch, where the longer stalks can drape down.

When I took it to the checkout, and put the basket on the counter (as asked by the assistant), the assistant pushed the handle of the basket down quite firmly, catching one of the longer stalks and chopping off the leaf! Aaaahhh.

It clearly was an accident, but there was no apology about it or anything.

Oh well....I counted to ten and now I've popped the chopped off leaf into some water, to see if I can propagate another lovely Japonica! I'm not sure if it will work, but it if does it will be fab, as I have a friend who would like a Japonica!

On to a local supermarket for some food shopping, and I picked up this lovely geranium which I think will be fab for the garden.

At the checkout, I put it on the conveyor belt with all my other shopping. When the assistant got to it, she picked it up, and then spent a fair bit of time picking up the bits of earth which had fallen out of the bottom of the pot. After handing me the plant, she then proceeded to empty her hand of the earthy bits - into the bag of shopping I was packing, all over my food!

What a strange shopping experience today was! 😺

♫ "... Accidents will happen ... " ♫ my chosen song word snippet for today, is the title of this fab song by Elvis Costello & The Attractions.

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Thursday 29th April 2021

Picture of the day...... ♫ "... Call any vegetable ... " ♫

Today I have a new Vegan cookbook to play with!

That is all.

♫ "... Call any vegetable ... " ♫ my chosen song word snippet for today, is the title of this quirky little number by Frank Zappa.

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Wednesday 28th April 2021

Picture of the day...... ♫ "... And when the cupboard's bare ... " ♫

This is another little cupboard I picked up recently on Facebook Marketplace.

Again it needs to be upcycled, although I probably won't paint this one, as I like the wood. It does need some tlc on the door though, because some of the leaded glass has broken. I'm not sure what I'll do about that at the moment. Again it's destined for the back bedroom.

♫ "... And when the cupboard's bare ... " ♫ my chosen song word snippet for today, is taken from this beautiful Paul McCartney song.

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Tuesday 27th April 2021

Picture of the day...... ♫ "... I went to that cupboard ... " ♫

This is a quirky little cupboard I picked up recently on Facebook Marketplace.

It obviously needs to be upcycled with some sanding and new paint (I'm going to keep it white), and it is destined for the back bedroom.

That is all! 😊

♫ "... I went to that cupboard ... " ♫ my chosen song word snippet for today, is taken from this Dean Martin song.

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Monday 26th April 2021

Picture of the day...... ♫ "... And the tide ... " ♫

After work today we popped to the beach for a walk in the evening sunshine.

The tide was in, which doesn't coincide very often with the time of our visit.

There were people enjoying the sea - surfing, swimming, and with little boats......

......and other people walking on the beach.

Ollie had great fun haring up and down the beach, chasing a ball into the sea......

......catching it amongst the waves......

......and bringing it back again for more!

I did take a fab video of him doing this, using Bob's 'phone, but I'd held it up the wrong way, and now it's upside down and neither of us can figure out how to turn it up the right way! It was going to be my first attempt at popping a video into my blog, which isn't a YouTube video! Ah well never mind - another time. ☺

The beach is one of my happy places - I love the sounds, smells and the general feeling of wellbeing which the ocean brings me, so it was lovely to see the tide in today.

Today is the anniversary of my Mam's birthday - she would have been 103. She passed over twenty years ago now, but I still miss her so much. Over the last few weeks I haven't been in a very good place.....I was in a situation where I needed to acknowledge a very deeply held negative emotional trauma, which has come to the surface a few times over the years, but which I've suppressed, and is now very much back on the surface. It stems from my childhood - particularly within my early school years - and has been added upon over the years through various relationships and situations,causing dreadful problems within myself and my concept of myself. I now feel that I am at a point in life where I must deal with it, for various reasons, but particularly if I am to heal and feel more positive about myself and my relationships.

Mam always seemed to know the right things to say to comfort me when I was distressed, and to sit with her now and have a cuppa would be so lovely.

Instead, this evening I am raising my cup of Glengettie (her favourite tea, and mine!) to her. ♥ ♥ ♥

♫ "... And the tide ... " ♫ my chosen song word snippet for today, is taken from this lovely Moody Blues song.

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Sunday 25th April 2021

Picture of the day...... ♫ "... makes me happy ... " ♫

Today was a lovely, happy day.

It started with bargains at a boot sale! I'm so happy that the boot sales have started up again.

For the grand sum of £5.50, I picked up this lovely lot.....

  • ...Two brand new (in their packets) voile curtain panels, which I know will be perfect for the cwtch...
  • ...a duvet cover in pink on one side and white on the other, which I will take apart and use the fabric for something else...
  • ...a pretty little bowl...
  • ...and the star attraction - a foot stool! For £2.00, and it is in such good condition. It just needs to be recovered and trimmed. Perfect for the lounge when watching T.V.

The boot sale was near Abercrave, on the way up to Craig-y-Nos Country Park, where I was heading to spend the day with my Lovely Man and Ollie.

I think Ollie approved of my purchases!

Bob had the kettle on ready, and I enjoyed a cuppa, sitting on the grass outside Bob's studio and chatting with him and his lovely friend Jackie.

Then Jackie and I took Ollie and Amber (Jackie's dog) for a walk around the park, where of course I had my camera and took delight in the simplicity of these lovely dandelions and daisies on the grass......

......and the complexity of the gowjus Craig-y-Nos Castle, which I snapped nestling in between some lovely trees and with a beautiful blue sky as its backdrop.

I love being up at the park in all weathers, but especially on sunny days like this.

Bob and I then enjoyed a picnic lunch......

......with this lovely view from the bench where we were eating.

The buds on the Acer tree which I photographed last week, are now turning into full-blown leaves.

They are so pretty......

......and the Acer tree next to it knows no bounds!

Later in the afternoon I managed some crafting at the same picnic bench, and my furry companion was clearly worn out with the excitement of the day! It's a dog's life! ☺ ☼

♫ "... makes me happy ... " ♫ my chosen song word snippet for today, is taken from this lovely John Denver song.

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Saturday 24th April 2021

Picture of the day......"... all your dreams ..."

This is a very large basket!

This very large basket was a very good bargain. Somebody local was selling it on Facebook Marketplace for a really good price, and since I love baskets and I love bargains, I snapped it up!

Now what will I fill it with? Hmmm.....I'll have a think about that one.

"... all your dreams ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is taken from this Ray Charles song.

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Friday 23rd April 2021

Picture of the day......"... You can call me Queen Bee ..."

I popped to the garden centre today, in search of a rose bush to plant on top of where we buried our beautiful little lady Nala.

I spotted this rose called "Queen Bee", thought it was absolutely perfect, because she was such a diva, and so texted Bob to see what he thought. When his reply came back "Absolutely! That's my girl" I knew it was the right choice.

So now this beautiful rose plant is sitting near the herb garden, waiting to be planted into her new home.

"... You can call me Queen Bee ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is taken from this fab song by Lorde.

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Saturday 24th April 2021

Picture of the day......"... all your dreams ..."

This is a very large basket!

This very large basket was a very good bargain. Somebody local was selling it on Facebook Marketplace for a really good price, and since I love baskets and I love bargains, I snapped it up!

Now what will I fill it with? Hmmm.....I'll have a think about that one.

"... all your dreams ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is taken from this Ray Charles song.

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Friday 23rd April 2021

Picture of the day......"... You can call me Queen Bee ..."

I popped to the garden centre today, in search of a rose bush to plant on top of where we buried our beautiful little lady Nala.

I spotted this rose called "Queen Bee", thought it was absolutely perfect, because she was such a diva, and so texted Bob to see what he thought. When his reply came back "Absolutely! That's my girl" I knew it was the right choice.

So now this beautiful rose plant is sitting near the herb garden, waiting to be planted into her new home.

"... You can call me Queen Bee ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is taken from this fab song by Lorde.

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Thursday 22nd April 2021

Picture of the day......"... No milk today ..."

......just the churn it came in!

I love milk churns. There's something very pleasing about their shape.

I've wanted one for a little while for my garden, and this lovely one came up on e-bay today, at a really good price.

The seller lives locally, so it was easy to buy it and go and collect it. It's really lovely - made of copper, with beautiful white china handles, which have a blue design on them. I really like it.

Upon reflection though, I've decided that it's far too nice to put out into the garden, so I'm going to polish it up and keep it in the house as a feature - probably with plants or flowers in it.

"... No milk today ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is the title of this Herman's Hermits song.

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Wednesday 21st April 2021

Picture of the day......"... in the open air ..."

Today it was Day Off and we were on the spinning wheel trail!

Bob wanted to go and buy a(nother) spinning wheel which he'd seen online for sale, and it happened to be down in Haverfordwest, so that's where we went!

After picking up the wheel, we headed in the direction of Solva, via Newgale, which has the most beautiful view as you drive down towards it. My picture doesn't do it justice, because it was rather misty out at sea. Although the view is really beautiful, the beach itself is a bit plain, which is why we went on to Solva, which is much more picturesque.

The tide was out and Solva beach is really pretty, with boats moored over to the side underneath some yellow heather-covered cliffs.

Ollie enjoyed running around on the beach, and later in the day he made a doggy friend and they had great fun splashing around in the little inlet of water which runs along there.

There is a lovely grassed area overlooking the beach, with picnic benches, so it was the perfect place for us to eat our picnic lunch......

......and enjoy each other's company whilst we did!

I love this picture of Bob.

Solva beach has a row of curious little structures along the left hand side of the beach.

They have openings, as if they were used for some kind of shelter or storage in days gone by.

I loved the ivy growing on this one. I love ivy growing anywhere to be honest. Ivies are amongst my favourite plants.

After eating our lunch, we popped over to the little street where there is a row of shops - crafts, antiques, that sort of thing. I bought a lovely little wooden hanging heart and some pretty storage boxes. It was such a lovely day out. I'd be quite happy if Bob bought spinning wheels all over Wales!

Where are we going next Bob?

"... in the open air ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is taken from this Village People song.

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Tuesday 20th April 2021

Picture of the day......"... I've read it in books ..."

I read lots....and quite a bit of my reading time is spent in my breaks at work.

Today I finished this book in my morning break. I so enjoyed this book - full of twists and turns. I think I'd like to read more of her books, so I'll be on the lookout for them, especially now that the charity shops have re-opened after lockdown.

In the same break this morning I also started reading this one. Already I am enjoying it. It was sent to me by a friend, after she had recommended it on Facebook, saying how fab it is. She's not wrong!

This afternoon I was able to indulge in a little more of this book, whilst waiting for an appointment with the Rheumatologist at the hospital.

The appointment was a bit of a mixed bag, but did go well. I talked to her about my problem with pain killers, and that I am afraid to take them (especially the anti-inflammatories) because I'm getting so much heart burn and am worried that they are causing damage. She prescribed some new ones for me, which she says are more gentle on the stomach. With these ones I have to take them regularly every day, to try and keep the pain in my joints under control.

I also talked to the Rheumatologist about pain in my shoulders, upper arms and neck, which has been particularly bad over the last couple of days. After examining me, she said that she thinks it is the start of osteoarthritis in my collar bone. Not the best news to have, but there ya go - at least I can look into ways to try and work with it.

I had the usual set of blood tests taken, and now have to wait for those results, as well as wait for appointments for two referrals the Rheumatologist has made.

I really appreciate the care that the hospital give to me, but it is nice after being prodded and poked to get home and have a lovely cuppa!

"... I've read it in books ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is taken from this Echo And The Bunnymen song.

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Monday 19th April 2021

Picture of the day......"... Walking on the ..."

I think there might be a law that says a person must walk on the beach after work on a Monday with some Lovelies.

If there isn't such a law, then there should be!

I didn't want to risk breaking the law, so me and two Lovelies (Bob and Ollie of course!) walked on the beach this evening after work, and it was just the badger!

We're home now and have eaten and washed up, and now it's time to sit down with a bit of "Brave New World" on the T.V. I'm enjoying this, but Bob isn't so much. It's a bit like the book, but not a lot.....it has a great soundtrack though!

"... Walking on the ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is taken from this Stranglers song.

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Sunday 18th April 2021

Picture of the day......"... Don't let it get away ..."

Today I spent a lovely day up at Craig-y-Nos Country Park, with my Lovely Man.

Evidence of spring being in full flow is all around up there, with new shoots and buds everywhere.

This is the Acer which is near to Bob's studio and is so beautiful when it is laden with leaves. You can see the beautiful red, orange and yellow colours already in these pictures.

It was warm and sunny today. Ollie and I went for a walk around the park with Bob's lovely friend Jackie and her dog Amber, and it was so nice to catch up and chat, as well as seeing the two pooches enjoying themselves. They love each other's company.

Later on I indulged in tea & chapters and some crochet in the sunshine. Absolutely lovely!

"... Don't let it get away ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is taken from this U2 song.

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Saturday 17th April 2021

Picture of the day......"... What could it be? ..."

These are two rubble buckets which I bought today.

These are the same two rubble buckets! I'm sorry they're not very exciting. Well, they're not yet anyway, but they're for a garden project, which should eventually make them much more exciting indeed.

Watch this space! That is all.

"... What could it be? ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is the title of this Osmonds song.

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Friday 16th April 2021

Picture of the day......"... You're headed that-a-way ..."

It was moving day at work today!

Julie has moved to Nia's old desk, and I've moved to where Julie was.

So I said "farewell and thank you" to this desk which I've worked at for the last two-and-a-half years......

......and "hello" to this desk! I now have a window to look through, which is fab since every so often (in the distance) a train passes by. I love trains! I also don't have my back to everybody any more, a slightly bigger desk to work on, and I'm nearer to Julie so we can share more working day giggles....we will still get plenty of work done though!

"... You're headed that-a-way ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is taken from this song by Carole Bayer Sager.

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Thursday 15th April 2021

Picture of the day......"... So long, farewell ..."

Today at work we said "So long, farewell" to a lovely colleague and friend Nia.

Julie captured this picture of her when she was opening her leaving gifts and cards from us all.

Nia has worked for the company for almost nine years, and is ready for a change and so is moving on to another job. I've worked with her for the three years since I've been there, and it's been a joy! Nia is such a lovely, gentle, caring lady, who always has a smile on her face. We are going to miss her terribly, but obviously we're all happy for her that she's starting another chapter in her life.

Nia gave me this lovely card (and a yummy gift!) to say how much she'd enjoyed working with me, and she'd written such lovely words inside. It made me blub!

Nia, if you're reading this, I wish you absolutely all the best in your new job and for the future, and I hope you'll come back and see us and maybe meet up for tea and crochet some time!

"... So long, farewell ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is of course taken from the song of the same name from one of my favourite films! Here it is if you would like to listen to it.

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Wednesday 14th April 2021

Picture of the day......"... Not a llama ..."

Today has been a very lovely day!

Anybody who knows me, knows that I love llamas and their cousins alpacas.

Today we got to meet these two beautiful alpacas.

It came about because Bob recently bought a spinning wheel (yes another one!) from a lady who owns two alpacas.

He knows I love them, and asked her if she would kindly let us go and see them, and she did!

The weather today was mostly sunny and dry, so after a bit of a lazy morning we drove up to where they live.

They are surrounded by beautiful countryside, and it was such a lovely place to be on a Wednesday afternoon!

Alpacas are shy, wary creatures, and these two were no exception. There was no way they were going to let us get too close!

However, the light coloured one came up to me and sniffed my shoulder when he thought I wasn't looking, and when I offered the back of my hand he gave that a sniff too!

It was such a lovely experience - I could look at their beautiful little faces all day! I think that Bob was as entranced as me too!

After our lovely alpaca experience, we drove over to Ammanford to pick up a cute little shelf for my bathroom, from a lady who was selling it via Marketplace.

We were intending to go to Gnoll Park for the rest of the afternoon, to have a picnic, but the rain set in, so we popped to Bob's house instead and ate our picnic there.

The rain cleared up so we hopped back into the car and headed over to Crynant Forest for a short walk, so that Ollie could have a bit of a run.

I've never been there before and the views were gorgeous.

Then we headed back to my house, and we've had pizza for dinner. I wanted to do something fairly quick, as I have a cake to bake for work tomorrow and I want to watch the first episode of the new series of The Great British Sewing Bee this evening.

I'm hoping to be inspired by this, which is one of my favourite programmes, to get lots of sewing done over the next few weeks, and I've decided to sew every day to put on my '365 Days of Creativity' posts.

Right, I'm off to bake cake! Toodlepip!

"... Not a llama ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is taken from The Llama Song! Yes, I know alpacas are not llamas (which is why I chose 'not a llama' haha), but I really like this little ditty and I don't like the alpaca equivalent to it!

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Tuesday 13th April 2021

Picture of the day......"... And I say it's all right ..."

Tomorrow is Day Off! Yaaay!

I get to spend it with my Lovely Man, Ollie and the kitties. More Yaaay!

There are lovely things planned, so I hope I'll have lovely pictures to post here tomorrow. That is all!

"... And I say it's all right ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is taken from one of my favourite Beatles songs, with the lovely George Harrison on lead vocals. Beautiful!

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Monday 12th April 2021

Picture of the day......"... to get yourself a bargain ..."

After work today I popped to Dunelm.

I needed some cushion pads, and had a bit of a browse at their sale items.

They didn't have the cushion pad sizes I need, so I bought a bag of stuffing and will make my own - I have plenty of fabrics to do so.

Talking of fabrics, I can never resist a fabric bargain!

This is a single curtain panel, which is ex-display. The colours and pattern are so pretty and very much on the lines of the kind of thing I use in my home. It was very cheap - £2.50, for quite a large panel, so I bought it with a view to making cushions or something with it.

It's also lined, so the lining fabric can be used for something else. A proper bargain!

This is also a reduced ex-display curtain panel, and again is quite large, and lined.

I've been wanting to make new drapes for the ends of the sofa - just to go over the arms of the sofa, to stop them getting marked (well, any more marked than they already are!). The current drapes have been in use for a few years now, and they're getting a bit tired, and lots of the threads have been pulled by pussycats who like to 'play piano' on the end of the sofa and get their claws caught in the fabric!

Anyway, this panel is absolutely purrfect (see what I did there?) for this purrpose (ok, I'll stop now!), so I snapped it up.

The new series of Great British Sewing Bee starts on Wednesday of this week and I want to spend the next six weeks (the duration of the series) getting lots of sewing done, so I'm getting stuff ready.

"... to get yourself a bargain ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is taken from this Sam & Dave song.

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Sunday 11th April 2021

Picture of the day......"... In this garden, this lovely garden ..."

I haven't been out into the garden for quite a few weeks.

Today I was up at Craig-y-Nos Country Park with my Lovely Man. Weather-wise, it was a mixed bag - sunshine and warmth one minute, arctic temperatures and snow the next! It was still lovely up there, but I didn't get the chance to do much outdoors.

When we got home though, the weather was lovely and the sun was streaming down, so I popped out into the garden to have a look what's been going on in my absence. I had some pleasant surprises!

Last summer I planted up a wheelbarrow with lots of strawberry plants I had been given, and they were lovely. However, during the winter they all died back and I thought I had lost them all......but look at them now! They've been busy replenishing themselves. I know that the runners, and the plants in general need to be tidied up, so that's going on my list for garden jobs to do soon.

The ivy I planted at the base of the wheelbarrow, near the wheel is looking lovely, and is quite a bit bigger than it was originally, with lots of new shoots.

I'm hoping that it will spread across more of the ground. I love ivies and want lots of them in my garden - there are already lots growing up and around the trees, and hopefully I can also train this one to climb up the wheel.

The small strawberry plants along the front of the herb garden are also looking quite promising.

Although the herb garden itself needs quite a lot of work - so I haven't taken any pics of that!

Last Autumn I managed to sow some grass seeds on about a quarter of the area where I want there to be lots of grass.

At the same time I also planted some spring bulbs, and scattered some "Bee Bombs".

The bulbs were very disappointing - just three flowering daffodils came up, and out of those the wind took two of the flowers, and the third one had a very dog-eared trumpet!

Another daffodil came up blind, as did a few other bulbs, which I was unable to identify, as they were basically just leaves.

However, as you can see from the pictures, the grass itself is absolutely thriving!

I'm hoping to sow the rest of the grass seed I have over the next few weeks, and I will plant the remaining bulbs at the same time, and hopefully they'll all make an appearance next spring! The way time seems to fly, that will soon come around! Haha.

Towards the end of last summer, somebody gifted me two gooseberry bushes. Due to lack of time and energy, I did nothing more with them than put them in tubs of water, and tried not to worry about them during the winter.

They have survived the winter in their watery home, and are sprouting all over! I will plant them somewhere in the main garden soon, although I'm not sure where yet.

There are lots of other plants sprouting and looking lovely all through the garden.

I have no idea what most of them are! So I'll definitely be on a learning curve over the next few months, and will enjoy learning about the different plants.

I know that this is a Heuchera. I bought it towards the end of the summer last year when Lydia and Lewis were visiting, and just popped it, in its pot, near to the herb garden. It has lots of new growth and I love the colour. I'll have to decide where to either plant it, or keep it in its pot and position it somewhere it can be happy. More research!

My biggest joy of all this evening is Hydrangea! She died right back last year and I thought she was gone for good.

However, here she is with lots of new leaves and some flower heads too.

My first job of all in the garden this week will be to cut back any remaining dead stuff on and around her from last year, so that she can really take off.

"... In this garden, this lovely garden ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is taken from this Lenny Kravitz song.

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Saturday 10th April 2021

Picture of the day......"... And I have to choose ..."

These are very norty books!

I went to Tesco to get some shopping and they hopped into my basket......one after the other!

Now I'll have to read them.

I'll also have to choose which one to read first. This could be difficult.

"... And I have to choose ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is taken from this King Crimson song.

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Thursday 25th March to Friday 9th April 2021

Lupus makes my skin terribly dry. In fact, it makes everything dry - hair, skin, nose, throat, mouth, etc.

A while ago I picked up a bottle of this lovely moisturiser from Tesco. It's only a pound a bottle and it's by far the best moisturiser I've found. I use lots of it and it does help to keep the dryness at bay.

Quite often, because my hands are so dry, and because I am working with my hands all the time, I get little splits at the tips of my fingers.

They're worse during the winter months, but I do get them all year around, so sometimes I go to bed wearing cotton gloves, after literally smothering my hands in moisturiser.

On a recent trip to Home Bargains, I found these lovely bamboo gloves, which are that little bit nicer than cotton.

Another thing I've been concerned about lately is my hair. Again, because it's so dry, but also it's doing a strange thing.

I take Florisene to combat hair loss (another thing caused by Lupus - isn't Lupus a joy?), and I've noticed that lately my hair seems to be growing back with more of a kink/curl to it than it ever had. This is fab, because I've always wanted curly/wavy hair (it was previously quite straight).

However, it seems to be all over the place, and very often I look in the mirror and see what resembles a haystack! Haha.

So I wanted a hair product to inject a bit of moisture into my hair, and at the same time calm it down a bit. Also, I have a sensitive, itchy and sore scalp most days. After talking to a colleague at work, she suggested the "Ultimate Blends" range from Garnier, so I went to investigate. These hair products are a vegan formula and are cruelty free, which is fab.

There were a few different ones to try, depending on hair type, etc., and in the end I chose a 'soothing shampoo' - rice cream and oat milk - designed for a sensitive scalp and fragile hair, and am combining this with the papaya repairing hair mask for damaged hair. We'll see how it goes.

As usual over the last few weeks, I've had my nose in a book as much as I can (with a cup of tea nearby, obviously!).

I finished this one on 29th March, and after first of all struggling with it a little, I ended up really enjoying it, and would like to read the other two in the trilogy.

I'll have to look out for them - either in the charity shops when they reopen, or maybe I can buy them online.

I then went on to read this one, which I did in a few days.

Again, I really enjoyed it, and now Bob and I are watching the T.V. series, which we are enjoying. Even though it is the gist of the book, as with all T.V./film productions, it's also quite different from the book....but that's the way things are, and you just have to view them as separate art forms to enjoy each of them.

When we've finished the series, we'll probably watch the 1980s film too.

I'm now currently reading this one, and am gripped! The first chapter got me straight away really.

I've been told that Lisa Jewell is a good author, and this is proving to be dead right so far!

Picture of the day......"... And if I could make days last forever ..."

Of course over the last couple of weeks there have been lots of visits to the beach. This is one of my favourite things to do, with my favourite man and favourite dog. Two of my Lovelies.

On 31st March we paid a visit to Kenfig Pool. This was only my second visit, although Bob's been quite a few times.

The last time we went together was about 18 months ago, so it was due for a visit.

Ollie had lots of fun chasing sticks in and out of the water and at one point he had a bit of an audience! He's the kind of dog who does attract lots of attention - he is so gowjus!

The scenery is so lovely.

I absolutely love all the views of the trees in this part......

......and of course I had to take the obligatory looking-up-at-the-sky-through-the-trees pictures!

There were lots of signs of spring in the new buds on the plants and bushes.

We walked right across from the entrance over to the sea, and sat on the top of a hill, watching (and listening to) the ocean whilst we ate our picnic.

Over Easter weekend, some travel restrictions were lifted, which means that we can now travel anywhere in Wales, although we can't leave Wales.

This meant that I was able to go up to Craig-y-Nos Country Park for the first time in months, and spend time up there with my Lovely Man, and see some familiar faces.

The weather on Easter Sunday was so beautiful, and I was able to have tea & chapters in the sun, and take Ollie for a walk around the park, accompanied by Bob's lovely friend Jackie, and her equally lovely dog Amber.

It was so nice.

Bob and I ate our picnic lunch in the sunshine......

......and I indulged in a yummy vegan Easter egg, which of course I shared with Bob.

I haven't eaten this brand of vegan chocolate before, and it was delicious!

There were lots of signs of spring at the park too - the daffodils looked amazing.

I haven't been to Craig-y-Nos early in the spring before, because last year we were in lock down, and the year before, I had only just started seeing Bob, so it was a couple of weeks before he introduced me to the delights of Craig-y-Nos!

This year definitely made up for that though, with so many happy daffodils. I almost burst into poetry! Haha.

Easter Monday was sort of 'rinse and repeat', although the weather wasn't nearly as nice, so our walk with Jackie and Amber required coats and at times gloves too! There were even a few flakes of snow at one point!

On our walk I spotted this lovely ivy circlet, dangling from the branch of a small tree. I am sure it was left behind by a fairy!

Even though it was cold, with the aid of a blanket and a hot water bottle, I was able to sit outside again and enjoy some reading, crochet, and cross stitch in the fresh air. Lovely!

On 7th April, Bob and I celebrated our anniversary - two years together!

I say with all honesty that they have been two of the loveliest years of my life.

Bob bought me some beautiful flowers, which are sitting vibrantly on the chest of drawers on the landing, which is my regular view when I am at the computer, so I am looking at them now as I type this. They fill me with warm fuzzies!

It was my day off, and we were able to go out walking.

Ollie had a grooming appointment (which he desperately needed!) in Neath, so we popped down to the canal at Resolven for a walk in the sunshine - it was another lovely day.....sunny, and a little bit cold.....but lovely.

We spotted lots of little fairy doors nailed to the trees......

......they had childrens' names on them.

I get the feeling it was some kind of school project, as there were so many of them.

Lovely!

It's such a pretty walk along the canal there.

I love tree-lined walkways, wherever they are, and when water is in the equation, it's even lovelier!

I also love this time of the year, when the trees and plants are actually coming into new life.

Of course, Spring is beautiful when she is out in all her magnificence, with the wonderful colours.

However, there is something magical about knowing that the life was there all the time, when everything looked so dead and bleak.....yet here it is bursting out. Nature is truly wonderful.

I really love old bridges too....I'm sure they could tell such stories of all the feet which have stomped over them through the years!

Beautiful spring flowers!

And here we are at Weekend again!

I'm hoping to achieve all those things on my list. Today (Saturday) I've been mainly putting this blog catch up together. Now I'm off for a cuppa, and to try and catch up on a few other things.

Tomorrow (God willing) I'll be up at Craig-y-Nos Country Park again, with my Lovely Man. I don't know what the weather forecast is, but I'm hoping for some sunshine to craft, read and drink tea in, and hopefully I'll catch Jackie and Amber for another lovely walk.

Oh, and in other news, at the end of March I had lost another pound after weeks of my weight standing still. That makes a total of 31 pounds now. I haven't lost any more since, but I haven't put any back on either.

I hope that whatever you're doing you have a happy, healthy and safe weekend!

"... And if I could make days last forever ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is taken from this lovely Jim Croce song.

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Wednesday 24th March 2021

Picture of the day......"... in the mail ..."

I had something lovely in the post today!

Lots of years ago, I had quite a few pen pals, from all over the world. One of them lived in Cardiff and as well as being pen pals we were friends - meeting up for outings, coffees, birthdays, etc. We lost touch for a while, but have been in touch again - mainly via Facebook, for a number of years now.

Anyway, when I got home from work today, there was a lovely letter waiting for me from her! Just like old days, and it really made me happy. The main letter was written inside a Tim Vine card, which made me chuckle, and she also included a really pretty little card, saying how much she enjoys seeing my arts and crafts posts. Both cards currently have pride of place in my lounge, and soon I will pick up my pen and reply!

"... in the mail ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is taken from this James Taylor song.

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Tuesday 23rd March 2021

Picture of the day......"... How can ..."

My back has been painful for over a week now. Sometimes the pain is horrendous, and I even have trouble staightening up.

I really want to avoid pain killers. First of all, they don't even kill the pain - they just take the edge off if I'm lucky. They also add to the fatigue which I already have....and I'm concerned about the possible effects of using pain killers long term.

So I've been looking at alternatives, and one of them is heat. After work today I bought a few things for this - a regular hot water bottle, another hot water bottle specially shaped to use around the neck/over the shoulders, and a couple of wheat packs to heat in the microwave.

I rescued a couple of hot water bottle covers from the charity shop bag, and now Pooh Bear is happily housing a hot water bottle!

I tried out the wheat packs on the sofa whilst watching T.V. this evening, and they really helped to ease the pain. I'll try out the hot water bottles in work tomorrow.

I'm still trying to keep as mobile as I can, and we managed to fit in a lovely walk on the beach early evening. This large piece of wood really reminded me of a pair of reindeer antlers!

The beach was lovely - the sea air is so fab...the tide was out, and Ollie had lots of fun splashing in the pools and chasing his ball.

"... How can ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is taken from this Maxi Priest song.

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Monday 22nd March 2021

Picture of the day......"... These boots ..."

I love boots! Well actually, I love footwear, but especially boots.

A colleague came into work today with two pairs of Marks and Spencer boots. Her daughter (I think) had picked them up for her in the sale, but she either didn't like them, or they didn't fit, so she was asking around if anybody fancied taking them off her hands, for the price her daughter paid.

Julie and I are both the same size (size six) and she definitely fancied one of the pairs.

I really liked the other pair - both the colour and style. They're a size six-and-a-half, but that's ok, because I use inserts these days for the problems with my heels, so I had a look at them. They really felt and looked like leather though, which I definitely won't wear, so initially I said 'thanks, but no thanks'.

Then I turned them over and looked at the labels on the soles, to find that they're actually vegan! Wow, how fab!

I tried them on and they look and feel great! Originally they were priced at £45.00, and the sale price was £4.49. It made my day to get such a good quality, stylish footwear bargain and for them to be vegan too! Yaaay!

Thank you Angela for offering them to us!

"... These boots ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is taken from this Nancy Sinatra song.

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Sunday 21st March 2021

Picture of the day......"... I can make you ..."

Today has been all about feeling good.

I suffer with depression and anxiety and over the last few weeks I haven't been feeling that good. I know this must be worked at because to give in to negativity is just not an option.

So today (and most of the weekend actually) I've been trying to focus on things which I know make me feel good. They're not in any particular order on this evening's blog - I've just taken pictures as they've occurred and tried to capture the good feeling they've given me.

First up is a lovely cuppa, in a favourite mug, with a yummy biscuit (or two). This mug always makes me feel happy - The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of my favourite children's books ever! Also - tea! I am a proper tea pot, and a decent cuppa is always a feel-good thing. Then of course - the Jammie Dodger - one of my favourite biscuits. I didn't eat them for a long time after I gave up dairy, because they contained milk, but not any more - the recipe has changed to make them vegan. Yaaay!

Next - that feeling you get when you're almost at the end of a really good book, and you know there's another one right behind it!

I love books and read as many as I can - which isn't half as many as I'd like to!

I've been reading Margaret Atwood's "Oryx and Crake" and although it took me a few chapters to get into it, I have really enjoyed it. I'm not sure I'll read the other two in the "MaddAddam" trilogy, but I may if they turn up somewhere.

I'll probably finish reading this one in the next couple of days and then I'll be reading Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World". Always with a cuppa, of course!

These daffodils are the bee's knees when it comes to cheer!

Sadly they are not from my garden...I picked them up from Morrisons when I went to do the food shop! They brightened up my shopping, and now they're doing an excellent job of brightening up the bedside cabinets, and making me smile every time I look at them.

They also have a beautiful perfume!

Clean, dry washing - one of my favourite things!

The fact that I now have to fold it all and put it away is neither here nor there.......ummm pardon? Ironing you say? Bahahaha!

Talking of clean, dry washing....another favourite thing is a freshly changed, cwtchy bed.

The only problem is, that when the bed is freshly changed, it's hard to resist the temptation to go back to bed right then! I found myself actually saying out loud "Step away from the bed!" Haha.

Joe Cat loves it when I make the beds....he comes along to 'help' me, by looking very cute and showing off his yummy toe beans!

He always brings a smile to my face......

......as does Basil Bumface, who has spent quite a lot of today going around the house and finding the sunny spots to snooze in.

This particular spot was on the sofa, and I'm not sure he was best pleased to be woken up when I took his photograph!

I love to dance.....dancing really does release the good feelings for me. It's been so long since I've been out to dance - like so many others - and I do miss it. In these uncertain times, who knows when we'll all get the chance to go out and dance again?

So in the meantime, dancing around the house is a pretty good substitute, so this afternoon it was volume up on my "Great Dance Tracks" Spotify play list!

I wanted to change my Facebook cover photograph today, and when looking through my pictures decided to put this one up from August 2019. It was taken on a trip down to Kent to see Lydia and Lewis. Bob and I had been together for just over four months, and it was the first time we'd had a weekend away together, and the first time for him meeting L2 (my little nickname for them!)

It was such a lovely weekend and I absolutely love this beautiful family photograph of us. Looking at it today has definitely brought a huge smile to my face.

Well I have to say that I'm feeling more positive than when I got up this morning. I'm hoping for a good night's sleep too. I don't sleep wonderfully well sometimes, and getting enough sleep can make such a difference to how I'm feeling - physically, mentally and emotionally. When I'm not sleeping and lying awake, I am of course over-thinking things and worrying about stuff.

In the meantime, I'm for some dinner, and then to cwtch up on the sofa with Bob and the furries for some T.V. We've been watching "The Fall" - what an absolutely gripping series....such good drama with superb acting. We're loving it.

Whoever's reading this, I hope you've had a lovely weekend, and I wish you a very happy, healthy and safe week ahead. Night night.

"... I can make you ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is taken from this fab song by Shalamar.

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Saturday 20th March 2021

Picture of the day......"... You look like you're lots of fun ..."

This is a spinning wheel! Bob's latest addition to his weaving/spinning hobby......although he says it's for both of us to use, after I mentioned a little while ago that I've always wanted one!

Bob has spent the last week taking it apart, cleaning & sanding it down, waxing it and then putting it back together with great care, whilst at the same time sorting out any little niggly problems it had (there weren't many apparently).

It's looking really good, and it seems to be all working. So, again I say......watch this space!

"... You look like you're lots of fun ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is from this classic (and catchy) '80s song by Dead Or Alive.

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Friday 19th March 2021

Picture of the day......"... I get tired (just a little bit) ..."

Sometimes I am a little bit tired.....and sometimes I'm a big bit tired. Right now, I'm very tired, and need to give myself some serious self-care.

So that is what I'll be doing this weekend.

I'll be taking time to do all the things on this list, which I know will be good for me.

The first one's done.....a lovely walk on the beach with my Lovely Man and Ollie after work today. Fab!

I wish whoever is reading this a very happy, healthy and safe weekend......and please take time to practise some self care - especially if you need it....or even if you don't! A little self-care always goes a long way to feeling good.

"... I get tired (just a little bit) ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is from this song from the wonderful Aretha Franklin.

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Thursday 18th March 2021

Picture of the day......"... Thank You ..."

I didn't really take any decent photographs today, and in any case, I feel it's time for a "Thankful Thursday", so I pinched this lovely image from t'interweb!

I am feeling thankful today. Thankful for the good things in my life.....and the not-so-good things, to provide balance.

I'm thankful for love (in all its forms), for the people I love and who love me, for hope, for family & friendship, for furbabies, for the beautiful world we live in, for my talents, for health (even when it's not so good - I still have air in my lungs!), for food & drink, for my home, for my job, for my memories, for freedom, for my education, for stability, for safety, and so much more......

......especially my faith, which has held strong for me all my life in both good times and bad. Today has been a day when I've called on that faith and prayed so very hard for something. My prayers have been answered in a very positive way, and I am so thankful for that. I know that there is still a long way to go and many more prayers will be said, but for now - for this evening - I am truly thankful!

"... Thank You ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is the title of this very lovely Dido song.

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Wednesday 17th March 2021

Picture of the day......"... Show, show, show, show ..."

Finally a daffodil which decided to show its face! Two weeks late for St. David's Day, but bang on time for St. Patrick's Day! Haha.

By the way, a very Happy St. Patrick's Day to anybody reading who celebrates it.

The other two daffodils were destroyed in the wind last week unfortunately, so I hope this one is going to stand proud for at least a few days! In any event this beautiful flower is most definitely worth embracing on my 'embracing' Day Off!

As mentioned on my list yesterday, we also embraced the lovely weather today, as you can see from this basket of line-dried washing.

Also, Bob spent a fair bit of time outside rubbing down his wheel!

It's ok, it's not a euphemism.....Bob's getting well into the weaving and spinning and has bought himself a spinning wheel! It's gowjus, and he's taken it all apart and is sanding it all down, checking for anything which may need a tweak or a mend (apparently, there's very little) and generally making it look bloody lovely!

There will be pictures, so watch this space!

We went to the beach very late afternoon. The sun was close to setting and she looked so beautiful.

Such lovely, intense, rich colours in the sky.

The tide was out and as usual, it had left behind lots of little pools of water.

I love the way the water patches reflect the wonderful colours of the sun as she sets. No matter how many times we go there at that time of day, each time is different.....different water placement...different colours and patterns, but always so beautiful.

Ollie loves to run into the water pools and roll around and he had great fun chasing the ball in there and fetching it back for more.

In this image you can just about make out the shape of an excited, ball-fetching, water-rolling, Springer Spaniel, right near the centre of the picture. He's such a joy to watch!

My back has been much better today. There's still some pain, but nothing that I couldn't manage. My energy levels were fairly good today too, which meant that I was able to keep mobile and get a few things done. I still didn't get everything done that I wanted to though! One day!

In the meantime, it's time for some T.V. cwtched on the sofa with my Lovely Man, and hopefully a good night's sleep.

"... Show, show, show, show ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is taken from this song by Mel & Kim.

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Tuesday 16th March 2021

Picture of the day......"... Living In The Moment ..."

Tomorrow is Day Off....and Day Off needs a list!

It's an embracing list - to embrace whatever the day brings really (the weather is forecast to be good).

My Lovely Man and Ollie will be here with us, so that's definitely the first thing to embrace!

Today my back, although still really painful, has been less so than yesterday, so hopefully after another Epsom Salts bath tonight and some decent sleep, we can see that pain off!

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We finished watching "The Killing" (American version) last night - thoroughly enjoyable! Tonight we're going to make a start on "The Fall" with Gillian Anderson.

Right - off to embrace that bath!

"... Living In The Moment ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is the title of this song by Jason Mraz.

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Monday 15th March 2021

Picture of the day......"... Had a ..."

When getting dressed for work this morning, I jarred something in my lower back whilst putting on my tights, which sent pain like a lightning bolt right through me!

This is something I get now and then. It seems to be the most silly movement (like putting on my tights!) which can trigger it, and it is so painful and incapacitating! Fortunately it doesn't happen very often though.

I didn't want to call in sick for two reasons. Firstly, because apparently the current thinking on back pain is to try and stay mobile, and secondly because it would have looked very bad, calling in sick on my first day after six weeks off on Furlough!

So, I somehow managed to get through the day, with the help of lots of painkillers, slow movements, and some norty words! When I got home, I felt pretty rough - not just from the pain, but rather spaced out from medications - so I went off to bed for an hour to try and get some sleep. Then I found it almost impossible to get out of bed and couldn't straighten up for a while.

.

I did manage to cook dinner (again, I wanted to stay mobile) and then disovered the delights of Epsom Salts. I had a hot bath, the heat of which gave instant relief to my poor, sore back, and added some of these little gems to the water. Wow, they're good! I'm experiencing considerably less pain.

Off for some T.V. now and then hopefully a good night's sleep, and I'm praying to feel less pain tomorrow!

"... Had a ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is taken from this song by Daniel Powter.

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Sunday 14th March 2021

Picture of the day......"... I'll be there with a love that's strong ..."

A beautiful Mother's Day card from my Gowjus Girl.

I haven't seen Lydia since last August, and I miss her so much, so it was extra lovely to receive such a beautiful card, with beautiful wording on the inside and out, and in the message she had written in it for me.

I'm so looking forward to when restrictions are lifted and I can go and visit her down in Kent.

Bob and I started the day with a yummy cooked vegetarian breakfast. Meatless Farm sausages, hash browns, duck eggs, grilled tomato, mushrooms, avocado, samphire, and toast made from Bob's home-made bread.

It was so tasty, and it would be tempting to do it way more often than we do....but then I suppose we'd get fed up of it!

It's been quite a laid-back day. I've mainly spent the time catching up with this blog and doing other bits and pieces towards catching up with my 365 Days of Creativity posts. I do feel more positive this evening than I have for a while, although I am really tearful at the moment. I think it's hormonal and I hope it will pass soon.

In the meantime, earlier when I was blogging, I did feel as if I was being watched! I wonder why?

I'm off now for a cuppa and to cwtch on the sofa with my Lovely Man - to watch the penultimate episode of the final series of "The Killing". We've so enjoyed it.

Back to work in the morning, after six weeks on Furlough, just working one day a week. Getting up early on a Monday will be a shock to the system! Haha.

I wish whoever is reading this a happy, healthy, positive and safe week ahead.

"... I'll be there with a love that's strong ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is taken from this song by The Jackson Five.

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Saturday 13th March 2021

Picture of the day......"... True care ...""

Small things count, and add up to big things.

I'm trying to reduce my single-use plastic use, one small thing at a time!

I've been using bamboo toothbrushes for about eighteen months now, and find them fab.

I use a brush for washing up, and want to stop using plastic ones, so I've been looking at alternatives.

I know these things aren't strictly single use, but they are throw-away items, and I feel I can do better.

On a trip to Kind Earth in LLanelli today, I found this washing up brush, which is made from coconut.

It'll be a few weeks before I get around to using it, as there is still a fair bit of life left in my current plastic one, but hopefully this new one will be fab, and it will be the last time I'll need to put a worn out plastic washing up brush in the plastic recycling!

The main reason I went to Kind Earth today though, was to get some more of this lovely coconut milk powder.

Bob has been using it in his home-made bread, instead of dried cow's milk, and it works a treat!

"... True care ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is taken from this song by blink 182.

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Friday 12th March 2021

Picture of the day......"... Something ...""

On Monday I'll be coming off Furlough and going back to work four days a week.

So Weekend is going to be all about enjoying stuff - time with my Lovely Man and the furries....chill time.....craft time....T.V. time.... catching up on a few things....and anything which helps me to lift my mood, which of late, has been a bit crappy.

I wish whoever is reading this a very happy, healthy, and safe weekend.

"... Something ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is taken from this song by The Divine Comedy.

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Thursday 11th March 2021

Picture of the day......"... Today's the day ...""

...when the daffodils in my garden are going to burst forth!

Not quite in time for St. David's Day......

......but beautiful nevertheless. It makes me feel like bursting into poetry!

Also.....shaped photographs! Oooh! You'll be able to read all about it in my creative post for this day.....when it's published, that is!

"... Today's the day ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is taken from this song by Oasis.

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Wednesday 10th March 2021

Picture of the day......"... I need some ...""

I fancied trying another new recipe this evening, and so I made tofu tikka masala from Fern Cotton's book "Happy Vegan"

The last time I tried cooking with tofu, I wasn't impressed at all. The tofu was rubbery and tasteless.

This time however it was a different story. the tofu absorbed all the tikka masala flavours, and the texture was lovely. All in all, it was very yummy. We ate it with some pilau rice and some Clay Oven Bakery garlic & coriander naan bread, which was also yummy.

"... I need some ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is taken from this song by Donna Summer.

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Tuesday 9th March 2021

Picture of the day......"... If I can't ...""

Ooh, yummy book post today!

A lovely friend put this book on her Facebook wall, as a suggestion for a good book to read. I said I would add it to my list, and she offered to post her copy out to me....which she did, and I got it today. She only posted it yesterday! Thank you Sue.

I've put it with my pile of "books to be read soon" on the bedside cabinet. I have these in alphabetical order of author (because I'm a bit OCD that way, haha), and it'll be read after the Lisa Jewel book.....unless I really fancy reading it before then, in which case I will! I'm looking forward to reading it anyway.

Right now though, I'm off to curl up with the book I'm currently reading - "Oryx and Crake" by Margaret Atwood, which is most definitely at least a little bit quirky!

With a book with that title, there could only be one song I would choose for this evening's blog. "... If I can't ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is taken from this song by Yvonne Elliman, and is one of the tracks on one of my favourite film soundtrack albums - Saturday Night Fever.

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Monday 8th March 2021

Picture of the day......"... We want our ...

...piece of the pie."

This evening we fancied a pie.

When I make vegan pie, I usually use a packet of plant-based 'meat balls' for the filling. However, I had none in the freezer, and I'm trying to use processed stuff up from the freezer, so I used a couple of packets of "Meatless Farm" burgers and just chopped them up, before frying them lightly, then putting them into the pie with the stock and veggies.

It was really yummy! The burgers gave a whole new flavour of their own, which went really well with all the other flavours in the pie. I used a Tesco (vegan) puff pastry for the topping and that was really yummy too. I usually use a Morrisons one, but the Tesco one seemed to cook much more nicely and was so flaky. Yummy!

The pie was proper comfort food. I'm not feeling wonderful at the moment. I've been feeling pretty low for a week or two and I can't seem to shake it. I think it's hormone-related, but that doesn't really help! I'm hoping it will pass soon. I hate feeling like this - depression is a bitch.

Anyway, off now for a hot, bubbly bath and then to cwtch on the sofa with my Lovely Man and watch some more of "The Killing" - The American version, which we're really enjoying. We're nearing the end of the second series now. The actors are all so good in it!

"... We want our ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is taken from this song by Jimmy Cliff.

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Sunday 7th March 2021

Picture of the day......"... I've been washing dishes ..."

Yep! It's a bottle of washing up liquid.

I don't have a dishwasher - by choice, I might add - and so therefore wash all our dishes by hand. I like to do a thorough job - everything gets a pre-wash, and then a proper wash. I like a good washing up liquid.

I also like to buy products which haven't been tested on animals, and if they are plant-based, then all the better. I was quite overjoyed when, around about two years ago, Tesco launched their "Eco Active" range of household cleaners, including a washing up liquid. At around £1.50 it was fairly expensive, but the bottle was quite large, and when I tried it, I really liked it. Cruelty free, plant-based, lovely fragrance, recyclable packaging, and it did a cracking good job of the washing up. Then they stopped making it, and sold off all their left over stock on the reduced shelf. As I happened to be in the store at just the right time, I managed to bag about six bottles, all reduced.

Inevitably though, my supplies ran out and I was back to the drawing board to find a decent washing up liquid. I did go back to the ordinary Tesco range, but I wasn't impressed. So, a few days ago I bought this bottle of Ecover, and I have to say I like it very much. Again, it was quite expensive, and it's a smaller bottle than the plant-based Tesco one, but I don't really mind that if it does a good job, which it is doing. Yaaay for Ecover!

One good thing about writing my blog about a bottle of washing up liquid is that I get to use a Jack Johnson song! "... I've been washing dishes ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is taken from this one.

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Saturday 6th March 2021

Picture of the day......"... And down to the seaside ..."

This is Knab the seagull!

I bought Knab in a little gift shop in Mumbles - well Knab Rock to be precise, hence his name - about three years ago when I met up with three lovely friends from Cardiff, who I was in school with.

One of the things I love about living near the sea is the sound of the seagulls, and when I saw Knab I couldn't resist him - I love the colouring on his wings, which goes perfectly with the colour scheme of the lounge, and I love his little seagull face. I knew that he would always remind me of lovely times by the sea with friends, and he does!

He's been in a temporary place until now, when I've been spring-cleaning the lounge, and reorganising things so that they look a little bit more cosy. Part of this involved putting up another corner shelf under an existing one, to put a new lamp on, and jiggling the sofa and some baskets around.

The baskets are used for storage - all our board games in one, and extra throws for chilly evenings in the other. the little basket on top holds things like glasses and mobile 'phones - the kinds of things which never seem to have a proper home and can look really cluttered if they're just popped on surfaces.

The tops of the baskets give surfaces to put a pretty throw and some cushions which I've made, and which were previously kind of hidden in another corner. I love this cosy corner of the lounge now......

......and I hope Knab will love his new home, amongst the ivy!

I love the whole Hygge concept of being cosy, and I especially love cosy corners, and it seems I'm not the only one! Basil loves to find a cosy corner where he can cwtch up amongst the cushions and dream his feline dreams......

......and when they're not arguing about who should have the cosiest spot, Joe likes to join him!

One of the nicest things about finding a cosy corner to curl up in, is to do so with a cup of tea and a good book!

This was a really good book, which I finished yesterday afternoon in my tea break in work. I found it hard to put down. I really like J.P. Delaney as an author, and am looking forward to reading more of her books.

In the meantime I'm getting stuck into this one by Margaret Atwood - another author which I really like.

This particular book seems really quirky.

"... And down to the seaside ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is taken from this Joni Mitchell song.

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Friday 5th March 2021

Picture of the day......"... Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing ..."

My Lovely Man does indeed do the sweetest things!

I mentioned on St. David's Day that I don't make Welsh Cakes at home, because I don't have a bake stone to make them on....and that for one reason and another I've never got around to getting one.

I came home from work today to the loveliest surprise - a bake stone in the post, courtesy of My Lovely Man.

Now to find some yummy Welsh Cake recipes. Watch this space!

"... Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is taken from this U2 song.

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Thursday 4th March 2021

Picture of the day......"... Read It In Books ..."

Today is World Book Day!

If you've been following my blog, you'll know by now that I love books. Reading is one of my favourite things to do.

This is the pile of books currently on the bedside cabinet - a few less than there were at the beginning of the year, and I hope to get through the rest over the next few months.

I do belong to a local reading group, but obviously because of Covid, we haven't met up for a year now. We have a Facebook group though, and enjoy connecting on there and sharing posts about the books we've read, etc.

I finished reading this book a couple of days ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to reading more of Jennifer Joyce's books, although at the moment I'm struggling to find them in actual book form. I don't have a Kindle or e-reader, and really don't want them, since I love actual books - holding them, to smell them (new and old), to turn their pages, and to disappear into another world of imagination.

I love book shelves and piles of books on bedside tables and coffee tables. I find books such an absolute joy. I love to give them, and to be given them.

After I finished "The Little Bed & Breakfast by the Sea" I started this one, and I can hardly put it down, and am already about half way through. I've read one of J.P. Delaney's books before ("The Girl Before") and really enjoyed, so I didn't think this one would disappoint.

Anyway, I'm off now for some.....yep, you've guessed it - tea and chapters!

"... Read It In Books ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is the title of this song by the Echo & The Bunnymen.

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Wednesday 3rd March 2021

Picture of the day......"... hey (hey), you (you) ...

...get off of my cloud!"

Or in the case of Basil and Joe, get out of my basket!

I've been spring cleaning the lounge, and I fancied a change, so I've been moving things around a bit.

This involved moving the sofa along a few feet towards the craft room door, and putting some storage baskets between that and the window wall. Prior to this, they were at the other end of the sofa and practically hidden, which is a shame, since they are lovely baskets and have throws and cushions on top of them which I've made, and should really be on view properly.

This basket has found a new place on the floor next to the T.V. I use it to store some accessories and bits and pieces that I'll be using in the lounge at some point, and I have a lovely woollen throw over it and a couple of cushions on top. Both cats have made a bee-line for it, and at the moment there's a bit of a battle of wills going on to see who can get to the basket to cwtch up in it first. It's quite funny. Currently Joe seems to be winning the contest.

"... hey (hey), you (you) ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is the title of this fab song by the Rolling Stones, and incidentally, was number one on the day I was born!

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Tuesday 2nd March 2021

Picture of the day......"... Soup of the Day ...'"

Today is my 200th day of blogging! Wow, that's flown!

We had some lovely Welsh food today, in honour of St. David's Day yesterday.

Welsh cawl (soup) is traditionally made with lamb. However, I made a (hopefully) vegan version. I used leeks, potatoes and carrots and made a stock from a Colman's lamb hotpot mix. Lots of the Colmans mixes are vegan and it's stated on the packaging. This one doesn't have it stated, but checking through the ingredients, I'm sure there's nothing untoward in it, so I took my chances!

It gave the cawl a lovely lamb flavour and it was really delicious. We ate it with chunks of Asda 'Free From' cheese - the one flavoured with garlic and chives, and some warmed Tiger bread, spread with Flora Plant Butter. The whole meal was so nice.

We did have Welsh Cakes for dessert, although they weren't home made. I don't have a traditional 'bake stone' to cook Welsh Cakes on, and neither do I have a really heavy frying pan which can be used, so I don't make them. A bake stone has been on my wish list for years, but for one reason or another I've never got around to getting one. One day I will, and then I will make Welsh Cakes galore!!

In other news today, we went to the beach for our daily walk, and I couldn't resist photographing this perfect little Ollie paw print in the sand! You're welcome.

"... Soup of the Day ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is the title of this song by Chris Rea.

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Monday 1st March 2021

Picture of the day......"... And bright, bright, bright, ...'"

I don't think there is anything in this world which is quite as cheerful as a bunch of daffodils!

Today is St. David's Day, which we celebrate here in Wales. As part of our celebrations, we buy daffodils, and eat cawl (soup) and Welsh Cakes. Today though, the cawl and Welsh Cakes are being postponed until tomorrow, because my Lovely Man is working - PAT testing - until quite late, and I do want to share the lovely Welsh food with him.

The daffodils however, were not postponed and they look very lovely on the lounge windowsill. They overlook the garden, where three daffodils have popped up near one of the tree bases, where I planted them last autumn. As yet though, they haven't bloomed and are still in bud. I'm hoping that my windowsill daffodils will encourage them to show their beautiful yellow faces!

"... And bright, bright, bright, ... ", my chosen song word snippet for today, is taken from this lovely song by The Innocence Mission.

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