Thursday, 27 November 2014


A really Beautiful Thing happened yesterday: I volunteer with home-start and for various reasons have gone back to supporting the family I saw earlier this year. I went with Mum to collect the nearly-5-year-old from school, with great excitement she told her friends "That's Jane, she's my (too old for her or Mum's friend, wrong colour for Granny)... my Jane"  a totally unique category just for me.
Anyone with time to spare should look at Homestart, a brilliant, useful and rewarding charity.
The second B T is that R got distinction for his final OU module, so a First, not really a surprise.
Primroses and winter jasmine out at the same time.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

56: Crawl, Trolls.

A few years ago I decided it was time to learn to do front crawl, in the days I learnt to swim, once you were competent at one stroke that was it. I started with breast-stroke & picked up back crawl, but never mastered front crawl. I used to go to Swimfit, where there was a coach willing to help & still struggled but something's clicked & I managed 10 lengths of crawl without a break, and not gasping for air at the end. But my breast-stroke's still faster!
When L&A were little, the railway-sleeper bridge over the ditch to the common was naturally the troll bridge, we often saw heard him but never got eaten. A new generation of little girls has found this too, they have to be very brave as it's the only way into the Gruffalo's wood.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Fungal Jungle

Just back from a brilliant weekend on Dartmoor, mostly clear and sunny after an inauspicious forecast. The wet weather had encouraged an impressive selection of fungi. My Great Nephew would have loved them!