Staying sane with general knowledge

As much as I hate social media sites….and I REALLY HATE social media sites…I was convinced to download the House Party app to enable my kid to organise a family quiz meet. (Just to really force home the point, the app was deleted immediately after the fun was done). I am very happy to report…

Two out of Four

If you had asked me a couple of months ago what I would do with some unexpected free time then book reading would have been top of the list. That is not how it has worked out. What I have been doing instead is hate-watching bad films and telly whilst knitting what I am lovingly…

Hopes

The skies are a little more overcast here today so I’m not feeling as guilty about enjoying being indoors, particularly as I can see my small and much loved garden from the window. The camellia and magnolia I was worried about (both were in bud far too soon, in the middle of winter because we…

Just me?

In a ridiculous turn of events I woke up this morning feeling guilty for not feeling worse. How screwed up is that? The sun is shining and my little treasured garden is looking nice. People are listening to the pleas to protect our NHS workers and stay home (as far as I can tell from…

Tweaked perspective

Bath salts and body lotion have gained something of a bad reputation as things you buy people, usually women, when you can’t think of anything to give. But. When your hands are dry and sore because of constant washing after venturing even a little outside your house then hand creams become thoughtful, kind and much…

Not everyone

This isn’t the sort of business I frequent and I doubt if anyone who sees this will either, but I just wanted to point this out as an obvious statement that NOT EVERYONE IS BEING AN ARSEHOLE right now. Now I need a tee shirt saying ‘I’m blogging this’ just to warn people…

A slice of life (guest post)

(A guest post from Mr Doug Butts, commenter extraordinaire). I just went to my local Boots to get Lemsip. They were only allowing two people in the shop at a time so there was quite a queue outside. The spirit of the blitz has taken over. I had several conversations with young people and old…

Right or wrong?

This space didn’t start out as a place for me to bang on about my (admittedly wondrous) opinions on books or music or art but that’s what it seems to be turning into and I’m not best pleased about that. As much as I love all those things and as much as I love banging…

Before and after

I have found that life is better if, sometimes, you just wander into a charity furniture store, pick something cheap but solid, buy it, strip it, paint it then love it forever after. Just me? And finally…my favourite so far: You need to pick solid wood furniture otherwise the finish will be poor, but the…

More about music…sort of

For some deep, dark reason I appear to be a little shy in actually naming any of the artists or songs that I enjoy…and this is not changing today (I will work on it though). Today I just wanted to shout out a film and TV series that might appeal to music fans. Yesterday –…