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Westonbirt Arboretum

It was extraordinarly busy when we visited with our son Mr T and his family last week, but the Autumn colours were fantastic.

Collecting leaves, one of childhood’s pleasures

They have a treetop walk which is awe inspiring

and jolly nice pork rolls with stuffing and apple sauce. We had eaten them all up by the time I took a picture. Nice enough to sit outside too.

Super day out.

Hoping the rain stops today, so I can enjoy another day of autumn colours. Have you any outdoors plans for this weekend?

This week!

I was told it takes two years to recover after paid work and now I know what was meant. Let’s see if I can convey what life in so-called retirement now looks like  two years in.

There’s time to appreciate nature.


The changing seasons and beautiful sunsets.


Time to stop for lunch when you have gone sofa shopping again. ( We started this back in the January sales of you remember. We couldn’t agree.  Finally a sort of compromise was reached with Mr E. He would choose one and I would choose another. The one I choose was delivered back in June. He has finally made his choice.) I digress. Lunch.


The Humble Pie in Erlby.


Just loved the interior, and my food.


Chicken Caesar salad. I love the chicken salt pot. The fish milk jug was cute but messy. OK so it was me that was messy.

There’s  time for baking


Rosemary biscuits. And for processing the last of the greenhouse crop.


I was gifted these apples by a lady at the family history group.


Multi purpose apples as they can be eaten raw or cooked and then  eaten. I made Eve’s pudding(apple sponge) and have enough left over for some apple flapjacks.


And gardening. Bags of crocus, daffodils and tulip bulbs from the local nursery to plant.

And then the unexpected. Four years ago when I started this blog I joined a CAL organised by Rachel

We worked our way through the book 200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton. I created this.

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A gorgeous garden inspired blanket. It came back to me this year for some repairs. Anyway long story short, Rachel completed her blocks but other projects came along and she didn’t join her blocks together. This week she gifted them to me.


All of them. Oh boy do her crochet skills knock mine into a tin hat. She is so good. They are so neat. These won’t come undone. They are lovely. Rachel is left-handed. Do have a look at her blog if you aren’t familiar with it already.Lots of information for the left handed hooker. I had a happy afternoon sorting the blocks into three piles to make three lap blankets.




Two, sorry about the blur


And three. I plan to then gift the finished blankets to a care home where I know they will really be appreciated. Thanks again Rachel.

So that’s just a week in retirement, and of course the washing , ironing, cooking ,cleaning and yarning along!

Wonder what next week will bring? What will your week bring?

Have a great weekend.


Autumn Walk

We had a lovely outing today full of glorious Autumn colours at the Yorkshire Arboretum


Thought you might like to come along too.




and these


and this


and this grand old gent who guards the beehives.


It was nice to get out and enjoy the sunshine. We have been so busy with this and that and more this and that, I have been a bit negligent with my blog. Hoping to make amends in the weeks to come. Meantime I have Bake Off to catch up with….


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