4. Read all Jean Plaidy books in historic order (4 read to date)
5. Tea at the Ritz 11/11/12 6. Soap making course 7. Knife skills course 8. Permaculture course 9. Lose 50 lbs 10. Pay off Virgin CC 11. Mushroom hunting course 12. Self sufficient in veg Yes : garlic/kale/rhubarb/strawberries/runner beans 13. Retire 14. Keep bees 15. Visit Paris properly this time 16. Visit Rotterdam again 17. Visit Prague 18. Visit Herford in Germany 19. Go for a Korean meal 20. Cook a Nepalese meal
21. Visit Rome
22. Visit Venice
23. Cycle round North Holland 24. Visit V & A museum 25. Visit fjords 26. Go to Edinburgh 27. See Northern Lights 28. Cruise Nile 29. Cruise the Rhine 30. Go to Hay Book Festival 31. Go back to Isle of Man 32. Go to Chartwell 33. Get contact lens -24/04/12 34. Get small tattoo 35. Subscription for Vegetarian Living 36. Plant a quince tree 37. Build bottle greenhouse 38. Make my own cheese 39. Make marrow and ginger jam
There are no words that can describe the sadness that I feel about the events in Woolwich this afternoon. My heart goes out to the young soldier who was killed and to his family and friends. I know from personal experience how deeply this will be felt in Woolwich Barracks tonight and my thoughts are with them all.
It's amazing how the little things that you have done without for so long can delight you. All the ceiling spotlights are now in and Pete rigged up the power so that they can be turned on by the light switch. Click and you have light, click and they go off! No more plugging leads in to extension plugs. Technology is wonderful! Another development is the installation of the cooker hood. It looks great, now all we have to do is install the cooker and that is another story....
What on earth has happened to my mint. This has popped up in the mint bed. It looks like mint, tastes like mint and smells like mint, but it's white! The rest of the bed is green as green can be. Any ideas?
I thought I would give you a quick tour of the allotment, warts and all! There's veggies and fruit growing, covered beds ready for mulching, areas waiting to be cultivated, greenhouse, coldframe and seed frame full of seeds all popping their heads up and the herb garden now in its third year and coming in to its full glory. Oh and a bed of comfrey feeding the bees.
I have a pal, Graham, who is in his 80s and who decided a few weeks ago that it was time he joined the digital revolution. He wanted an iPad initially, but only having two fingers on his hand (!)I felt that he might find the touch screen too difficult. He mainly wanted to be able to type letters, so I talked him in to buying a laptop and printer. At first he found it extremely frustrating to learn how to use it and I spent a lot of time either with him or on the phone as a helpline. Anyway the upshot is that now he is chuffed to bits with the whole thing. He is amazed at the information that you can find, that you can send emails all over the world and that he can chat to people on line. It is lovely to see his enjoyment.
Now Graham is a carpenter and when he realised that I needed a stand for my butler sink he promptly offered to make me one. He delivered it tonight and hasn't he done a wonderful job. I am so pleased with it.
Another twist to this tale, is that Graham got the wood for this when he was helping the 'old' lady across the road (his words, not mine!) chop up wood for her log burner. I love the fact that my sink stand has been created out of three labours of love :)
I don't normally get political, especially on what is essentially a fun blog. But this is something that I feel strongly about. I cannot understand why Maggie Thatcher is being given a 'ceremonial' funeral. Winston Churchill deserved one. He united the country in wartime and was a great leader. Thatcher divided the country like no other leader and does not deserve all the sentimental hype that she is getting in the UK and world press. If the Tories want to give her a good send off, then they should pay for it. Not the rest of us that had to endure those years and suffer the consequences ever since. Here are my views on Maggie's legacy to the UK:
My son cannot buy his own house as he does not earn enough money. When we sell our house, he will be condemned to a life of short term letting not knowing whether he will have to move every six months as there is no longer enough social housing. This is Maggie’s legacy.
Workers’ rights have been so eroded that employers can now treat their workers as badly as they like. This is Maggie’s legacy.
Our manufacturing sector is on its knees, whereas Germany’s is thriving. Germany have one of the strongest economies in Europe. This is Maggie’s legacy.
The Public Sector is considered the root of all evil in society, to be vilified and despised at all times, despite the fact that society actually needs nurses, teachers, policemen, dustmen etc. This is Maggie’s legacy.
Whole communities were devastated due to a personal vendetta against the unions and are still struggling today. This is Maggie’s legacy.
Generations since the 80s have grown up in a society driven by rampant consumerism. A ‘must have it now’ generation who is seriously in debt. Look after oneself and greed at the expense of others, has undermined the community aspect of society, culminating in the bank crisis recently. This is Maggie’s legacy.
Amazing how one woman can make so much difference and how the rest of us have to pick up the pieces and live with the consequences. The trouble is, I think that we are destined for more of the same with this latest government and their ‘Thatcherite’ ideas. This is Maggie’s Legacy.
RIP Maggie – there are a lot of people whose lives were seriously damaged by your politics and amoral leadership and who are now trying in their own small ways, to put things right for themselves and society in general.