It’s been a busy few weeks and I’ve not had time to write much (not on my blog anyway). Poor excuse I know but The Man rode his bicycle for a week in the Alsace (Vosges) and then instead of coming home on the 25th June he took the opportunity to cycle four epic climbs in The Alps and the Pyrenees. I am so proud of him!
Check out the Slide Show!
I made the most of his absence by tidying up the garden and painting the garden furniture. It all looks fabulous. Paint used was Ronseal Garden paint and I can highly recommend it. We had some great weather in June…no complaints from me.
Newly Painted Garden Furniture
Splendid Work on the Herbaceous Border
Other things I did while The Man was away.
- I attended my third Black Venn Poetry workshop in Lyme Regis. I find these highly stimulating and never fail to produce a piece of work of which to be proud. I’ve even entered one for a competition, I’ll let you know how it goes.
- I entered a 2700 word short story for a competition run by the Literary Trust…It had to be a modern version of a fairy story. I chose Little Red Riding Hood, (I’m sure a few others will have done the same). I will let you know what happens, if anything, later in the year. I was pleased with it but don’t hold out too much hope as there will be plenty of brilliant entries I’m sure.
- I went to Bristol and to Weston Super Mare for my grand daughter’s first playgroup outing. It was…err…memorable. The day before it had been 30 degrees but the day of the outing, the rain clouds came in and the temperature dropped over 10 degrees the wind got up…
So the sand ended up in everything, not just our sandwiches but in our hair and underwear. (think there’s a poem there somewhere). The baby ate the sand and the four-year-old got it in her eyes. But she still managed a donkey ride and an ice-cream before we beat a hasty retreat back to Bristol for a cup of tea and a piece of cake!
- I deep cleaned the kitchen and the bathroom in our cottage.
- I watched Poldark on Sunday evening.
- I have started doing Driving for the Disabled with the Forde Abbey Driving Group. Driving is a branch of Riding for the Disabled but we have ponies pulling carriages which are able to take wheelchairs if necessary.
I joined the group at the end of last year and so far, for many reasons, I have missed several sessions but I’m back on track now. It’s something I did for years when I lived in Devon and had my own pony, Ginger. Lovely he was. I don’t feel the need to get another pony but I am enjoying other people’s. I have to be re-assessed as a Coach Driver – more form filling and courses to attend. More learning and stuff to remember, for my poor brain to cope with. Hoping it won’t take long.
- I went to the ballet in Bridport and saw Ballet Central. It was an excellent performance of several short pieces. The company is made up from students in their final year. By the look of things some of them will go far. Thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. How they managed to adapt to the small stage,without loss of performance, was quite remarkable. Well done all!
- I read a few books, some better than others, but I enjoyed them all. The last one was My Animals and other Family by Clare Balding. I loved it, a beautifully written memoir of her childhood up to her twentieth year when she went to Cambridge University. I don’t know much about horse racing but I do love horses and dogs and that is the basis of her book. It’s written honestly and openly.
I think that’s most of the important stuff covered. Oh I did fall over and graze arm and knee pretty badly and when there’s no-one at home and even the neighbours are away you just have to get on with it don’t you?
It got worse before it got better but thankfully nothing broken…Oh wait a minute, I broke my tooth the following day. That’s three things then…no more to come, hopefully.
4 thoughts on “Note Number 33…When The Man’s Away…”
Pretty impressive bruisage ma cherie – just as well I was out of the picture so to speak, otherwise the neighbours could well be muttering! My own bruising, whilst not visible, was also impressively painful – what would a boy do without Sudocreme? My thanks for your support and indulgence on what was a purely selfish “bucket list” jaunt. I promise more washing up and vacuuming!!!
I’m most proud of you…but yes…more vaccuming and washing up would be good and how about a few dinners too? If you can’t cook them you could always take me out 🙂
Great photos from both of you. Garden looks lovely. Geoff- well done you. I’ve skied in Alp d’Huez and the coach ride up that mountain was hairy enough ……couldn’t begin to imagine cycling it!!!
I worked hard on the garden…have the dirty nails and scratched hands to prove it! On the other hand…you would not get me on a bicycle for any money, I don’t even like it much on the flat, never mind the hills. The Man is threatening an electric bike or even a scooter? Hmm, imagine you and I off to shops in Bridport on a Vespa. 🙂