Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Notes from May - and a bit of June

Hello there

Well, it has been a long time since I was last here hasn't it.  I am not so much one for sharing my home life these days, although I do still love my home, but I thought I would update you on life a little bit.

We have been doing lots around the house and in the garden.  The plants are growing really well and the garden is filling out well.  There have been lots of flowers, both of my peonies flowered beautifully, although I missed them - reason why in a moment - and I had two oriental poppies in flower in May as well and they were both splendid too.

I have been walking miles and miles, on the two organised walks I do each week I do 8 to 10 miles, and I have also been exercising with a high intensity interval training (HIIT) DVD at home.  In addition I now also attend a yoga class once a week and gosh I really do love it.  I have never done any yoga before, and I suspect that the class that I go to isn't the most high energy if you can call yoga that, but it is a very good stretching working out and also allows for a certain amount of visualisation and thought without going down a spiritual route so I am enjoying that aspect as well.  In fact I have my visualisation place firmly routed in my mind now and can turn to it whenever I need and that alone has been a great thing for me in times of stress.

We have been doing a little travelling and have recently returned from a wonderful trip to Norway.  I don't know if I will share much here about that other than what I am about to say, but these days I am more present on Instagram - you can find me as lovemademyhome of course and I would love to see you there! - so I will be sharing some photos on IG and there are some there already if you want to have a peek.  I promise not to spam you though!

Anyway, yes, we went off to Norway.  It is WONDERFUL!!!  I recommend that you visit immediately.  The people are wonderful, the landscape is incredible and the waterfalls, fjords, lakes rivers and streams are incredible - albeit helped by a very snowy winter and a thaw and unexpected heatwave while we were there!  I studied glaciers and glacial action at school many decades ago, and I have to say it is the only thing I can really count on remembering.  I have wanted to visit Norway since then and I am SO glad that I have finally done so.

The sides of the U shaped valleys - caused by that glacial action! - are covered with rocks or trees or grass with a sprinkling of farmhouses and other buildings and then as you reach more built up areas - still with a very small group of buildings! - you see boats and more houses, but they are all still so beautiful.

Of course I did buy some yarn and am also showing that on IG too if you want to have a look.  If you are a knitter or crafter with yarn you will know of Arne and Carlos and although I didn't of course meet them, I did see their yarn for sale in lots of places!  I didn't buy any though as I wanted to get yarn that I cannot get at home, and in any case I am still not a sock knitter so no point buying it really.

I crafting news I have made a couple of shawls recently but I haven't really done much else in the crafting line although I have been altering some clothes to fit better but I am no dressmaker that is for sure!  Perhaps I will have a foray in that direction sometime.

Reading has ground to a standstill as I seem to have been occupied with travels and exercise, but that is OK, it will come and lets face it the books aren't going to go anywhere are they.

I think that is all really!

I hope that all is well with you, do let me know.  I will pop back in a while with another catch up.

Take care of yourselves and enjoy the summer!

Monday, 26 March 2018


Hello bloggers!

Can you believe that it is only a few days till Easter.  I haven't decorated a thing and I'm not going to and I am fine with that.  In fact, I am happy about it and so glad that I am not feeling any pressure.  It is fun seeing what you are up to though (said without any pressure).

I noticed that some irritating idiot little herbert was leaving "comments" of an inappropriate nature on my blog, so I thought I better pop by and say hello, so, Hello!, and reclaim this space for myself.

I am not going to bore with you my life right now, but I am OK, not good, but not bad either which is better than I thought it was going to be.  There are still mountains to climb, greater than I have already climbed, but as long as I keep putting one foot in front of the other....

There are things coming up which I am looking forward to - or trying to at any rate - and I am focussing on that.  I have also realised that the girl who failed at maths at school, and was so bad at it and hated it so much I cannot even begin to tell you, has realised that she loves a statistic and keeping records and writing stuff down and being able to track this number compared to that number, and it is really helping me focus on what I need to right now and to track my progress.  So I might have to give maths another chance.  In all of the things that I have realised lately and found out about myself, that has been the scariest in some ways.  How did I live so long and not know that I actually love maths.....  Weird huh!  I thought I was a words person.  Oh yeah, well I am that too - as she warbles on again......  Although I have to add that I don't love tracking steps and I am not doing that am not going to be doing that!

I better draw a close to this post now folks!  I have data to analyse...

Take care of yourselves my dears, and have a good Easter/autumn/spring/cooler weather/warmer weather - please say it will warm up eventually! - or whatever it is that floats your boat at this time of year.


Monday, 26 February 2018


Hello folks

I just wanted to let you know that I will not be finishing out my grateful February because I am struggling with something right now and cannot focus on good things.

In some ways it isn't so serious and certainly isn't anything like as serious as what our dear blogging friend Janet has shared with us that she is dealing with, but it is tricky for me to handle.  If/as and when I can get my head around things to share with you I will, but for now I am retreating which isn't good for me, but I don't know what to write right now and even writing this is making me cringe.  It really probably isn't as dramatic as my trying not to tell you makes it sound, but it is big for me and not in a good way.

I am not fine, but chances are I will be, but I just cant share more right now.

Thank you for all of the lovely things you have been glad for and particularly to Janet and Lorraine who have visited these posts and commented on them a lot.

Hope to see you again in a couple of weeks, in the meantime thank you all and take care of yourselves and live for the day and tell your family you love them.


p.s. I thought I should add it is health related but isn't cancer or a stroke or one of those sort of things, just so your mind is at rest if you were worried about that.