spring-flowersIt has been raining for most of the day, but two animals decided that they wanted to go outside. Florence sat on the balcony for a while before coming in; Dougal did his usual routine of going out of the back door and then again he tried the front door; it was raining at both doors so finally he gave up and slept on his blanket on the sofa in the dining room.

We have started to interview builders again in the hope that we can finally get the building work in the kitchen and main bathroom completed. Other than that there has not been a lot going on. I have some knitting ready (new-born hats) to be sent to a hospital in the United Kingdom and some ponchos and hats to send to Wales, ready for them to be sent on to an orphanage abroad. I shall not be walking to the village to post these in the rain!



We had torrential rain, with thunder and lightening during the night and it has rained most of the day. This afternoon we visited our daughter to see the video of them sliding down zip wires and jumping off cliffs into deep water. We also saw all their other pictures as well.

I took some pictures of deer through the window, but decided to blip this yellow and white Honeysuckle flower which grows near the front door.


Wet Poppies.jpg

I took today’s picture of these wet Poppies on my walk, with my husband, to the village pharmacy to collect our prescriptions. My prescription was ready, but we had to wait twenty-five minutes while they made up my husband’s items. Both prescriptions were ordered from the surgery at the same time and no explanation was forthcoming as to why his was not ready. Our previous pharmacist was excellent but has moved on to a better post. Our village pharmacy is going downhill rapidly, with many people travelling into Saffron Walden to get their prescriptions made up.

It rained quite a lot during the day, but was dry for our walk. However, today’s picture of these very wet Poppies, growing in the very on my ‘One Street’ show that the rain had been very heavy.

Red Cowslips


Today is my 1800th consecutive blip, no longer a red balloon day, (do these still exist?) but it is a nice round number, so today I am using these red Cowslips to celebrate.

As I approach my five-year blip, on 24 May, I wondered whether to cut back or even stop blipping. That was a fleeting thought and fortunately, gone very quickly; I enjoy taking a picture every day and recording my often boring life for others to read. I am also nosey and would greatly miss your journals, your ups and downs as well as greeting new babies, watching children grow up, admiring pets and sadly saying goodbye to blippers as well as their pets. However, I do think that it is time I updated my profile again, which I will do in May.

We have had a variety of different kinds of weather today. Intermittent rain, snow, hail and a few brief (very brief) interludes of sunshine. I have been indoors all day, except when I went outside to take my picture, the weather must be atrocious, even Florence, our all-weather cat is indoors.

There appears to be some progress with the saga of the hooligans, for want of a better word. One of our local councillors has become involved and has emailed the ‘Head’ of the school. I am also getting replies to the emails I sent to the Joyce Franklin Academy. The boys were identified when their picture appeared, by request, but very briefly, on the village FaceBook page and the school has also identified them. An harassment charge has been lodged, for us, by the school. Unfortunately, I think if they leave us alone, they are likely to antagonise other folk in the village, but at the moment we do appear to be their prime target.