Monday, 12 September 2016

Wrapping up for now ~

Hi everyone ~

I just wanted to say that, as you know, it is a difficult time at the moment and I have decided to have a blogging break ~
It's not really helpful for me to be on the computer for long periods right now, with the extra family commitments. My heart tells me would be better to spend the time quietly in the presence of Jesus.

 I have decided to have a blogging break ~ it may not be long! I really will miss your blogs, will try to pop in when I can.
I will close my blog in a day or so...but not forever : )

To those who have offered prayers and good wishes ...Thank you so much I have said, it means so much.
 Please, if you would consider staying in touch with me by email it would be so nice.... or

I hope not to be too long! (did I say that?!) ~ Looking forward to Autumn doings and cosiness to share with you, my sweet bloggy friends.
I made the little poster below as, for me,these words unlock the whole, amazing scale and majesty of our Lord, and I am clinging onto Him more tightly than ever.
See you before long!

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Trying to 'Keep Calm and...'

A peaceful view

Things have gone a bit 'pear-shaped' here, a difficult time at home with one of our offspring and needing much support, preventing me from visiting everyone (my dear blog friends) and really having to grab time just to do the basics ~ sorry! I will be back as soon as I can, hopefully.
 Hanging onto Jesus, here!

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Finding berries and fungi ~ A walk in the Surrey Hills, part 1!

Zoomed -in view from the top of Holmbury hill in Surreyhalf an hour from London.

A few days' break can really do you a LOT of good. 
This little trip was really for the purpose of meeting our son in Brighton (and his new girlfriend) and then a visit to our daughter in Guildford. Those missions happily carried out, we then had a bit of time on our hands to go exploring.
Surrey is an extremely pretty county but ~ as with all of the South East UK ~ is highly populated and there's too much traffic. 

We looked for somewhere quiet and refreshing as it was a very hot day. Not Guildford or Reigate or Dorking. Not any of the usual tourist spots...where to?
I remembered something:
My Dad, an ex-pilot and navigator, likes to explain to us (often!) how, in Surrey, there is a range of Hills (the North Downs) to the North of Gatwick Airport, and another range to the South of it, and how the clay-ey valley in between gathers water which can't easily drain, so it's not the best site for a primary airport.  (Well, I suppose this must have made more impact in the old days, as it was only a grassy strip when he used to land there!!!)
This gave me an idea! ~ The Surrey Hills! We would  walk up one of the 'offending ' northerly heights and get away from the heat and crowds. We found one called called Holmbury Hill.

 Here is the foot of the path up ~ it was HOT!

 I have never seen so many Rowan berries as there were on this tree. My mother would have said it means a hard (frosty/snowy) winter to come. The birds will have a feast!

Half way up was a board explaining that the wood on the top is called Hurtwood, and that 'hurts' is a country name for bilberries. Didn't know that.

 More bird goodies!

By now, we were very keen to see the view at the top, so we carried on climbing through the delightful dappled sun and shade of the woods.

 My goodness, this notice really puts you off picking mushrooms to eat! We laughed about the names, they are gruesome! And I don't think I would touch an Amethyst Deceiver, even if they are supposed to be harmless.
I saw some of the so-named 'Penny Buns', but left them well alone.

We found a lovely little curved seat to
admire the view from, on our way.

     The view from the seat!
                                 Sweet chestnut leaf

Then the trees thinned out and there began to be scrubby patches of heather...

Then ~ there it was! ~ the top of the iron age Hill-fort: superb views and a great command of the land for our Iron-Age ancestors : )
 If you scroll back to the FIRST picture in this post you will see a tiny part of Gatwick airport, in the pic. (It's a white blurry area to the top, on the extreme left). It was taken from this point.
Extremes of ancient and modern.

Descending the hill was so much easier! We found some of the bilberries / 'hurts' described earlier...not enough to make even a fairy's pot of jam, though.

A really magical spot ~ next time, we said, we will bring a picnic.

Later that afternoon we stopped at another hilly spot ~ Newland's Corner, for a drink and a stroll round. The evening light was beautiful : )

Next post, we visit Holmbury Hill on another occasion, this time with our daughter, a picnic and some Uninvited Company of a four-legged kind.
'Til next time.~!
My best to you!

PS THANKYOU to every one who kindly visited my previous post while I was away,
it was lovely to read your comments on return. xx

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Light summer eating, and getting lost!

Hello friends! Are you enjoying your late summer days?

Thought I'd share a few of the 'lazy' but delicious meals we've had lately...
Summer is the time to throw together fresh and easy, uncomplicated dinners and I love that!
On one day last week we enjoyed a tasty salmon salad, (I am not eating meat but I do eat fish).
When I put a good-sized blob of lemon mayo on my plate hubby said 'Well , there's your calories..'
but I didnt' care. Now every time I open the mayonnaise, we say ' There's your calories, of course '...
what a funny old, middle-aged married couple thing.

      Above,  a sort of Tuna Nicoise, without the hard boiled eggs and black olives, more's the pity.
But still yummy.
Canned tuna is SO useful.

I make french-bread pizzas sometimes. I spread some non-dairy marg. on the bare halves of bread and bake for ten minutes first to make them a bit more 'waterproof', then add on tomato passata (a little), veggies (lightly pre - sautee'd) plus cheese and re-bake. More calories...dastardly little critters!
I never used to think about the bloomin' things!

 I have been to Dad's again, for my usual visit; he has a nasty cough which is midway between asthma and bronchitis. He gets wheezy every year from midsummer onwards from pollens and harvest dust, and takes a Symbicort inhaler as a preventative.
 I suggested the doctor look him over, but Dad dug his toes in, naughty man! However when I phoned the next day he had made an appointment. That's the way it goes, you have to wait for suggestions to 'trickle down' ...v.e.r.y 
slowly...I've learnt.

Towards the end of my journey back, I truly got lost. Decided to cut off a corner between two trunk roads at right angles to one another, and found myself seeing rather a lot of rural Suffolk.
The thing is, I didn't really mind, as it was so lovely.
Then I started getting low on petrol (gas)..yes, I had a map but it was a maze of tiny lanes, not one of them marked at all. Eventually I found the road home, to my great relief, and filled up the tank in my home town. I'd added an hour to my travelling time!

During the 'lost' bit, I couldn't resist snapping the gorgeous golden fields...

...and dappled, shady lanes.
It really was beautiful.

At one point I passed a small hutch with farm eggs for sale and an honesty box.
The sign said 'Hen's eggs, brown or blue.'  Well, I had to see those!
 And buy some. I dropped my 70 pence in the slot, took them back to the car and gazed at them.
They were greeny-blue and olive-y shades, all different. So lovely.


  Time is passing too quickly and Lady August is gently reclining on her chaise-longue and taking her afternoon rest.
Before September comes a-knocking, hubby and I are off to visit Guildford and Brighton and see our offspring again, then we have a weekend in the middle of England (Leicestershire ) with old college friends.
I'll be back before long! As we are leaving at crack of dawn tomorrow and won't, thereafter, be able to 'internet' much, I won't be able to publish any of your comments for about a week, but if you don't mind waiting, I will always love to read them when I return.

Looking forward to having fun and eating with friends and family, ignoring those sneaky, pesky calorie~critters...
I hereby give you permission to do the same ; )


Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Postcard from the weekend

 " Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life.."               

Albert Einstein                                                                                                                                                                      

Friday, 5 August 2016

Very yummy recipe!

The cloth is from a company called Herdy...makes me smile!

I recently made these No Bake Granola bars ~  a great recipe from Kitty at Kitty's Kosy Kitchen.
They're full of peanutty, crunchy, salty~sweet yumminess!
Thank you so much for sharing Kitty! You are a Domestic Goddess!

Technically they were for my husband's packed lunches, but somehow I ended up munching them rather a lot (just for 'quality control' test purposes, you understand).
I didn't have any choc chips to add, so substituted whole roasted hazelnuts instead which worked really well as they added to the nutty flavour and delivered a mega~crunch to each bite.

My Dad loved these too. We've all been eating them almost straight out of the freezer...just need a few minutes or two to soften a bit. We have to keep our strength up, y'know.

Tomorrow is Saturday, and we will be meeting our two offspring at their grandma's (my husband's mum) for one day and night. Oh, it will be too short! ~ But I know we'll have fun, we always do.

I might wear this new~to~me, knee length skirt I bought in a thrift shop the other day.
 It's good quality, heavy cotton, and very summery...I need a rose in my hair to match. On second thoughts, no; my hair is looking a bit out of condition and over long...don't want to make it a feature
Must book haircut.

I'm making this a quick post ~ lots to do, but do have a rosy week end and plenty of little treats!

'Til next time ~


Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Torrential rain...

...Leaves both the sky and the garden looking rather beautiful last thing in the evening.
Think Sistine Chapel or a Botticelli painting.

There's barely enough light for the camera to focus but the jewel colours of simple bedding plants take on a vibrant glow which will be gone in a few minutes as the night comes in

Most evenings I like to wander about a bit outside in my garden, just looking up and pondering the day.
I try to capture what summer feels like, really pack away the experience into a compressed little memory 'treat' that I can re~live when its icy and barren outside. Much as I try, with limited visual and audio 'note~taking', that never fully works...come the winter and it will fade.
In the depths of cold it's hard to conjure up just how on a summer evening the heat from the ground smacks you under the chin, how the late night sky has that not-light glimmer. Even the smells are different.
As Laurie Lee said (Cider with Rosie) ~ winter is not summer''s opposite, but just "another place".

This last few days we have had the Spanish plume heatwave again. Hot~hot~hot!
I've been staying indoors in the middle of the day. Our house has very thick walls and hard floors, the kitchen stays cool like an old fashioned dairy before fridges were invented.

                                                                      from Pinterest...
... Not my kitchen, but the dim interior of the  dairy at
Lanhydrock House, a 50 room lavish Victorian house and estate in Cornwall. We visited many a time when the children were little.
You can see how cool water runs in a channel around the marble slab counter. Around the edge of the room there are large basins recessed into the marble for making huge bowls of clotted cream.
Their banquets were quite something, I imagine! Ice was purchased, then stored in an ice~house in the grounds, and kept very well all summer. Ingenious!

Still I'm thankful I DO have a fridge and freezer!

Friends, I've not been blogging much lately, sorry for that. And now, just as I'm beginning to get into it again, I find myself with out my tablet or phone. Would you believe, within a couple of days I manage to accidentally drop my phone down the toilet and  then stand on the corner of my tablet screen, cracking it : (

 I'm writing this on my very old (Victorian, steam~powered) laptop which has none of my recent photos on it.
So I may have to have a little blog break while this gets sorted, but don't worry I'm quite alright!

I'll be off for just a short while now and hope that you'll call back soon! Have beautiful summer days! God bless!
                                         Isn't this gorgeous and sweet?
                                      Art by Sulamith Wulfing