Monthly Archives: March 2020

A triumph of life

Well, we come to the end of an extra-ordinary month. And whilst we’ve been trapped in our homes, nature has been busily getting on with what it normally does all around. This has provided some wry amusement. For example, one … Continue reading

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Gemming up on Geography

The car battery was getting a bit low. The car has always shown a weakness with regard to batteries, so I suspect the ultimate fault lies elsewhere but that doesn’t alter the fact that the vehicle needs a long run … Continue reading

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Motivation to move

Over the winter I somewhat lost my gardening mojo, doing only the bare minimum. So some jobs will now have to wait until the autumn. However, with the current lockdown, I have resurrected the custom of talking a stroll round … Continue reading

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An unexpected jelly

Yesterday evening I got the inspiration to use up some rhubarb which had been lurking in the fridge from reading a blogpost by Reclaiming Paradise with a rhubarb cake recipe. Now, this recipe called for the rhubarb to be stewed … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day in Spring

How are you feeling? Hopefully well and able to appreciate the start of spring. It was a beautiful day for Mothering Sunday and, even though it was sad that my parents couldn’t join us for the meal I had booked … Continue reading

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A country lane marred

At lunchtime, I decided to stretch my legs by posting my Mother’s Day card at the other end of the village. I hadn’t been on this particular walk for many months and as I entered the bridle path I was … Continue reading

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A salutary look round the garden

Yesterday, I left my office for what might be several months. At least I still have a job and my employer has loaned me a laptop so I can keep teaching at home. However, I am trying to keep the … Continue reading

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Getting out before we have to stay in

On a weekend when the CEO of Sainsbury sends out an email begging customers not to panic buy, yet the public hysteria appears to continue mounting, I thought it best to go out and support a few local businesses. A … Continue reading

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Taking matters into my own hands

At the beginning of the year, the neighbour who shares my back garden gate raised the subject of getting it replaced. As you can see in the above photo, it is a little worse for wear. What you can’t see … Continue reading

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The leap from one strain to another

I’ve got used to the fact that I am not at death’s door, after a series of scans and such at the start of the year. But now we have the coronavirus, which has put the population on high alert. … Continue reading

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