Well I think I’ve seen it all now! ‘Adopt a sea-weed eating sheep’! This popped up when I was online the other day and I wasn’t certain whether it was a command or a request, but I didn’t fancy it. Made me chuckle though so I hope it does you too. How have you been these last few weeks? I can’t believe we’re already halfway through February, as January seemed to be interminably long. I’ve taken a week’s leave as I have to try and use it up before the beginning of April, and although there’s nowhere to go and nothing to do particularly, it is nice just having a little more time to potter and write. Thanks for taking the time to write to me too! I so enjoy hearing your news, although I appreciate that it’s not always the best of news, but I hope by sharing things it does help.
I do actually have quite a long list of things I want to try and achieve before I head back to work on the 20th of February and one of the first of those is to prune my roses, although I think I was right not to attempt it during the freezing cold snap. It always seems wrong to cut the stems back when they’re already producing shoots, but Richard Jackson is never wrong about these things! I’ve had to watch a few YouTube videos though to make sure I’m going to do it correctly, as although my mum showed me years ago my memory isn’t what it used to be. We’ve had some beautiful snowdrops in the garden this year, and on my regular walk the path is flanked with fabulous daffodils that are grown by a lady who keeps bees at the end of the lane, and she grows them for the pollen. Sadly, they’ve all bloomed way too early this year, and the cold, snow and rain have battened them down. Hopefully they might have a second coming!
I can’t wait to see a bit more colour in the garden, and I’m hoping that my tulips will be appearing soon. I bought them the year before last from QVC and they’ve been fabulous. I’m looking forward to another Today’s Special Value (TSV) from Richard Jackson that I’ll be presenting on the Saturday I return. It’s crammed full of colour and includes 24 Garden Ready Bizzy Lizzie and Cosmos plants AND 475g of Richard’s Flower Power with the Bio Active Formula. It’s a special technology that helps your plants absorb the nutrients faster and more effectively, so they’ll grow faster and last longer.
Whether you’re going to plant out your baskets or borders just look at these stunning colours! And to think it’s less than £20 plus postage and packaging for the whole lot! Join me at 9pm on Saturday the 20th to order yours and see what else you might fancy in our Gardening Event all day Sunday.
My new passport turned up last week – very smart but they’ve changed the cover colour from red to black. I seem to remember that was what they used to be years ago, but I could be wrong and perhaps it was blue? Can you remember? We also had our brand new Sealy mattress delivered and it is SO comfortable! We’d had our old mattress for over 15 years so it was definitely time for a change. I’d also treated us to the popcorn style Cozee Home bed set in January, and quite frankly I could have stayed in bed all day I was so snuggly.
I’ve been hugely grateful for my Cuddle Duds Fleecewear Leggings and tops too! I ordered them way back when, but I’ve been living in them since the weather changed. They’re great for walking in too as my usual lycra ones don’t keep me warm at all. I’d highly recommend them – item number 179865.
Some footwear that would work extremely well with the leisurewear is coming up from Skechers as a TSV! The Microburst 2.0 Be Iconic Stretch Fit Pump is a flexible, Air Cooled Memory Foam comfort shoe. A bit like a Mary Jane but without the T-bar. It has Bio-Dry lining for all day comfort and will be available in Black, Blue, Charcoal, Navy, Off White and Taupe, sizes three to eight in full and half sizes. Best bit of news is you can actually buy it now ahead of the launch, ahead of the launch on Monday, for just £43.98 + p&p! Give your slippers a rest, and look forward to when you can wear these outdoors too!
I’ve moved onto another audiobook having finished The Midnight Library and am almost through the bestseller from Adele Parks ‘Just My Luck’, which I think Jackie Kabler featured in her book club last week. I have to admit it’s pretty disturbing and upsetting and focuses on the total destruction of a family, their relationships with each other and their friends. It’s clever and very well-written but it’s not something I’d listen to at night! I watched the last part of Bridgerton on Friday and it was excellent and far easier to get through than The Drowning that Colin and I gave up on. We’re trying not to spend too much time watching TV though and have taken up backgammon. It’s pretty easy to play, doesn’t take too long, and is a great way to just switch off from everything else. I used to enjoy draughts years ago, and this reminds me a little of that game too.
We’ve had a couple of lovely evenings on FaceTime with our friends Roz and Chris in Dorset. It’s been over a year since we physically ‘saw’ them and are missing them very much. It’s almost like having them in the room with you and so much nicer than just hearing their voices. We also shared Colin’s friend Steve’s birthday on Zoom last Saturday and took part in a quiz the night before. Quite the socialites! I do hope you’re coping and have someone to watch out for you or spend time with you? I visited Lucy and Honey again last week and it was lovely to have a chance to catch up and cuddle. Honey is now reading and writing beautifully and sent me a text that brought a tear to my eye: “I love you Nanny” it said… I’ve not seen the boys though or any of Colin’s children either and we’ve not been able to visit Joe in Norfolk at all. It’s so hard isn’t it? Still, there are rumblings that things will begin to change soon, and I hope that if you’ve not had the vaccine yet, you’ll get it soon.
I’m sorry I was rather late in getting this blog post to you, but I will definitely have another one for you before the end of this short month, and I’ll look forward to hearing from you if you have a moment 🙂
Take care, stay safe and well.
With my love,