Friday 29 June 2012

The One Lovely Blog Award

It’s always nice to receive recognition for the work you do, whether it is your job or your hobby. I have been medically retired for almost 18 years and I try hard to fill my days with interesting things that can engage at least my brain, and possibly something a bit physical too on days when I can manage that. Gardening and photography is a perfect combination for me, and throw in some Photoshop and web design on my computer and I am fully occupied!

Wednesday 27 June 2012

Sprucing up for the Olympics!

The news is filled with the preparations for the great spectacle that is going to take place right on my doorstep in 30 days time, the Summer Olympics 2012. Not only is it taking place here in London, but right here in my borough where I live, in Newham, and the main arenas – The Olympic Stadium, the Basketball Arena, the Aquatics Centre and several other arenas are located in the Olympic Park at Stratford, only 3 miles from where I live.

Wednesday 20 June 2012

Peonies or paeonies?

My spell checker always corrects me when I spell peonies with an a, but I am used to spell it ‘paeonies’ so it’s hard to stop doing it, besides – who said the spell checker is always right?! In this case, both spellings seems to be just as correct, so I am going to continue spelling it with an a, and just simply ignore my spell checker :-)

Friday 15 June 2012

June bloomers

The rain is hammering on my windows as I am sitting down to write this post – will it ever stop raining?! We had a brief spell of nice weather earlier today, with overcast and sunny intervals, but it didn’t last for many hours. I am so sick of all the rain now, I need a long period of warm sunny weather to make up for all the cold and rain we have had. It has rained almost every day since first week of April, only interrupted by a short period of sunny days the last week of May.

Tuesday 12 June 2012

The Illuminating Blogger Award

I keep apologising for not posting here very often, but tonight I have to come with a big apology: I was nominated for my second blog award nearly 3 weeks ago, and I have not yet done the required linking and thanks! I am still recovering from my recent pancreatitis so I guess I have a valid excuse, but the days and weeks are going very quickly so I thought I better write a post about the award before the whole thing gets forgotten.

Wednesday 6 June 2012

Will it ever stop raining??

I am still on the mend from my pancreatitis last month, taking it easy, sleeping a lot, not doing much and my garden is pretty much taking care of itself these days. Fortunately I guess, the rain has come back; we have had so much rain that the hosepipe ban we were threatened to have to struggle with until Christmas now is likely to be lifted within the next month or so. Good for the water reservoirs, good for our gardens, not so good for sun thirsty people of Britain.