Life Last Week: Bests & Worsts


  •  Baby goldfinches – I love watching the birds out of the kitchen window, and there are lots of babies around at the moments. The goldfinches are my favourites.IMG_5590IMG_5592
  • Camping trip: 24 hours in the fresh air on Dartmoor with no phone signal, not a screen in sight and cooking over an open fire. Bliss.IMG_5637
  •  Book Club: it was the first ‘proper’ meeting of our book club last week, and I’m so pleased that I took the bull by the horns and started the group. Such a nice bunch of ladies, all very different, but friendly and open and interesting. And the opportunity to spend time talking about books. New friends and books – what could be better?
  •  Home cinema. Finally (almost) finished, and we’ve watched two films in it over the weekend. Better than I ever anticipated and literally like being in a real cinema, but with comfy sofas. I LOVE it.


  • Auditors at work. Time-wasting, box-ticking nonsense. Very trying.
  • Water leak: when I went to read the meter for the water bill, I discovered that we have another water leak. This time it appears to be outside the house. Which is going to necessitate digging up the road, the drive and the lawn, apparently. At the cost of approximately £100 per hour. Let’s hope they find it and fix it quickly. Currently awaiting formal quote.

What do you think of this new way of doing Life Last Week posts?  And what were your highlights and lowlights?  I’d love to know.

Life In List Form: Things On My To Do List This Week


1.   Have a meeting with an auditor for my school job – I’m not looking forward to it; I don’t have much truck with public sector box tickers at the best of times.

2.   Deflea the cats – never let it be said there’s no glamour in my life. *Snort*.

3.   Go to my book club meeting – we’ve read Night Road by Kristen Hannah this month, which I loved.  Interested to see what everybody else thought of it.

4.   Get the garage door fixed.  A bloke came round to look at it this morning and tried to suggest we bought a new one from him (somewhere in the region of £2.5k).  We declined his kind offer(!) and decided to replace the broken electronic box instead, which is *only* (insert tone of great sarcasm there) £200!  But first Ashley’s going to try and rewire the current one to see if that might work.

5.   Find suitable curtains for the cinema – why are the vast majority of curtains eyelet tops these days?  I want good, old-fashioned pencil pleats, and I’m struggling to find any that I like.

6.   Start planning for our USA-themed summer party for Ashley’s staff (which was originally intended to be a ‘Fourth of July’ party, but is now on the 13th June.  Go figure.

7.   Sort through my wardrobe and get rid of some stuff – long, looonnngggg overdue.

8.   Look forward to the Bank Holiday weekend – and half term next week, too.  Fingers crossed for some decent weather as we’ve made tentative plans to go camping this weekend.

The Wednesday Hodge Podge

HodgepodgebuttonJoining in today with the weekly questions meme hosted at From This Side of the Pond.

  1. When is your next big deadline? What’s it for?

To lose three stone before I go on holiday in early July. Reckon that’s a fail, then. Mwahahaha!

  1. May is National Barbecue Month. Do you prefer cooking indoors or out? What’s the best thing about a barbecue? What’s the last thing you cooked on an outdoor grill?

Oh, I love a barbecue. Mostly because hubby cooks and I can just watch and drink wine. We had a big barbecue on Easter Sunday for family and friends, and cooked burgers, chicken and veggie kebabs and hot dogs.

  1. What is one thing on your “never again” list?

Parasailing. I wrote a post about my experience back in 2010 which is here if you’d like to read more details!

  1. What’s something that annoys you about people your own age? Something you love about your generation?

I don’t think there’s anything I particularly like or dislike about people my age or my generation. Without wanting to sound too sanctimonious (apologies in advance if I do!), I try to base my opinions on people as individuals rather than groups.

  1. Lilac, iris, hyacinth, pansy…your favorite purple flower?


Foxgloves. So pretty.

  1. What’s a song that always calms you down?

Bridge Over Troubled Water. But only the Simon & Garfunkel version – not one of the many, many covers.

  1. What’s the last thing you donated?

Money to the Nepal Earthquake Disaster, last week.  I love being able to donate online, it makes it so easy.

  1. Insert your own random thought here.

Why is it that whilst I’m 99.9999999% certain that my there’s nothing serious wrong with me, I am still worried that the GP is sending me for a chest x-ray?