Saturday, 4 April 2020


Spring, time for male birds everywhere to preen, show off, and attack any passing rivals.
Sadly, my little blackbird whose territory is the car park has discovered another male in my car's mirror.. He is exhausting himself and covering my car in shit...

I had to wash part of the car (I'm not a fan of washing vehicles, apart from windows) and wrap the mirror in a carrier bag..

Poor sad instinctive-driven beastie
On the other hand, the boy pheasant who lives in the front garden has gathered his little harem, taught them how to jump up onto the rat-proofing below the bird-feeders, and is looking after them right well

And I have goldfinches nesting in the bay tree in the front garden, one of John's favourite things

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Sometimes... just can't get the staff to do anything useful...

Monday, 30 March 2020

Yet more Home Improvements

I can see that the garden will be splendid indeed by the end of the summer, it's already looking better than it has done for a good few years

Abi's back yard - lovely shadow of the old trellis above my "Cat Fish" sculpture

Hanging baskets - I will have to grow my own this summer, maybe I can revive the geraniums sufficiently

These pretty violas are "Mystical Pineapple Crush" - I could not resist

The herb garden pots are coming along - one or two did not survive the winter, but the rest seem to be OK if watered now and then

And I bought a new blade for the bow saw (actually, two sorts for different woods) - luxury!

I have needed this a lot - heating has finally been fixed and the house is warming up - this afternoon it was so delicious I went back to bed for two hours...

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Stove, in

Pictures in no particular order...
Up-a-ladder by myself, because, well, there seems to be a shortage of other people in my house.. The worst bit (after cutting the big hole in the roof, with a power jigsaw, on top of a not-firm ladder, was the endless up-and-down to find the next tool, rescue the bag of screws, etc.all of which would have been so much ameliorated by even the most slow, disabled, or silly helper. Cat, sadly, is below all those levels..  The bucketfull of kindling, nicely symbolic, was the first lighting from the roof out-cut.
And then she decided that the summer-house with heat was not acceptable, until last night, when (as it was absolutely freezing) she deigned to come and join me for a while...

It's a refuge, a bolt-hole, a space not quite full of Stuff, and we loved to spend our time out here all summer, meals, reading, peace and quiet. Now it's just me, the house is still freezing (no oil yet) and I'm so pleased to be able to put the kettle on and sit with my computer.. Might even get some work done, who knows?

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Out and Somewhat About

Look - a stove in boxes!

What luxury.. And fabulous helpful and swift service from The Windy Smithy, in Devon

Meanwhile, in the rain, a spider made of umbrella bones

And my camera has rediscovered the art of accidental imagery - such graphic boldness!

Thursday, 27 February 2020

The Kindness of Friends, and A Madness of Spoons

In the post yesterday, this delightful (and perfect-sized) tea-cosy, to add sparkle, and practical glamour to my Home Improvement tea-pot. Bless you, Jackie, for your grace and thoughfulness, and your lovely work

And my good friend Aitchbee came around and shuffled this big bookcase for me, so that the living-room becomes liveable, and mine  The space behind the TV where the big bookcase was is now a bit more civilised (although the mungle of wires has not been beaten into soggy submission yet) and I have hung up the picture - this was the gift I gave to John the first Christmas we spent together. It was years before we could afford to frame it, and this lovely lino-cut lived in a clip frame till we got this big blue frame. I remember it was rather more than I could afford, and that I never regretted it...

So, here's my comfy chair, and I'm sitting in in in front of the fire
And Spoons? Oh, they get madder and madder...

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Further Adventures in Indoor Gardening

My roses are doing well, and the hyacinths smell delicious

I bought a stick-on-the-window bird feeder. The bluetits approve, although they have had trouble hanging on these last few days, with that big West Wind blowing

There are two feeders side by side. This one is torn with indecision

I bought a spoon

Daffodils and crocuses on the doorstep are coming along nicely

And the succulents are taking over the dining table again

For further information on my state of being, see The Widow Stormes blog in the sidebar...

Thursday, 30 January 2020

My table...

...has become a garden

and the butterflies are out, when the frost melts

and the cat is insisting on joining in

that iron is on...

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Home Improvements...

I'm having a really hard time "owning" my house. So many things are where they are because that's where they've been.  The plate cupboard had all sorts of not-much-used things at the front, and all the little plates at the back. I use little plates a lot. Hmmm. And why did we have three graters? Probably because we were not good at throwing the damned things out when a new one arrived..

The big teapot made me awfully sad.  In the last few weeks of John's life I made pot after pot after pot of tea, then watched him leave the cup till cold, then reject the cold tea. At which point I would make another pot.

I make a pot, drink one cup, throw 5 away...
Or use a teabag. I detest teabags
So, a Home Improvement

Little pot, new tray. It makes a cup-and-a-half and I can take the whole lot where I am going to work

And' almost but not quite Spring. On the dining table, it will be sooner than outside
Another Home Improvement

The last is not photogenic, but it is making me feel lighter. Endless paper burned - I do not see why I should keep house electricity bills from 2009...

Wednesday, 25 December 2019

Long Day...

Ending in Sewing!