Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Blog Award

Thank you to www.renageorge.com for nominating me for this lovely award - much appreciated. Rena always has thought provoking posts on writing, Cornwall, Poldark - so read on! Her blog is always well worth a read.

Here are the rules for accepting this particular award:
Thank the person who nominated you, and link to their blog.
Display the award logo. Unfortunately the logo wouldn't copy on to my blog so you'll have to go over to Rena's blog if you wish to take part!
Nominate other blogs and provide a link where they may be found (I’m not giving a number here as it will differ between people).
Go to their blog, leave a comment to let them know they have been nominated, and where to find the information they need to accept.
Then – Mention three things that inspired you the most during the past few weeks.

I would like to nominate:- Chris Stovell over at http://homethoughtsweekly.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/ready-steady-go.html, Addy over at http://alcoholicdaze.blogspot.co.uk and Sally, at https://mybeautfulthings.wordpress.com.

Now I have to mention three things that inspired me during the past few weeks:-

First of all, as I mentioned,our week in Dorset was such a good break. We both really relaxed and explored, and can't wait to go back in September. We did a wonderful walk to collect the van one day, along the Dorset ridge, up to an old fort and by the time we got there, we stood on top of one of the highest hills in Dorset and looked at the stars burning through a dark velvet sky. Fabulous.

Like Rena, I find the spring flowers just wonderful. I have yellow and pale purple crocuses peeping through the ground in my tubs outside, along with the shy daffodil buds - even the honeysuckle has buds on it as it rambles up the wall. It really delights me to see signs of spring, albeit a bit early.

My darling Moll. She continues to be a source of great joy and inspiration and I don’t know what I would do without her.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015


Thanks to Rena George for her =nomination of a blog award - I had it all written out and somehow lost it and it's now late and I'm tired and I can't face going through all that again, so will save it for next week!

Suffice it to say that we had a lovely time. Admittedly, driving towards Tamarisk Farm in Dorset on the Friday in Arctic gale force winds, Mr B was muttering about the inadvisability of holidaying in February. But boy was he proved wrong! We actually sunbathed on two days, had some wonderful explorations of hill forts, the beach at Lyme and Symondsbury Estate, among others, plus a lovely pub, The Crown, at Puncknowle.

If anyone's in need of a Dorset holiday, I can't recommend Tamarisk Farm too highly. It's quiet but near the coast and easy to get to Bridport, Dorchester and other towns, but if you have dogs you can explore on foot without using the car from the house. We just loved it and I can't wait to go back.

We had such a relaxing time that it's taken us both ages to try and get our heads back from Dorset and into work mode again. But we're getting there slowly. I hope.

So here's to holidays - in February, or whenever. Roll on the next one.....

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Dorset here we come

On Friday we’re off to Dorset for a week. The Canaries, or Jamaica or somewhere hot would be nice but a) that's out of budget and b) Moll couldn't come, so those are out.
The last time we went there, we had a wonderful time, though it was in a September heatwave, so I just hope we won’t be too cold - I remember a (gas) multifuel stove so that should keep us toasty.

Mr B is hoping for snow. I wouldn’t mind, either, as long as we’ve got enough food and drink to keep us going. Moll can’t quite get her head round snow. The first time she saw it, she jumped into it then squeaked as she realised it was a) cold and b) wet, so we will see what happens.

But there’s a high coming over us from Ireland, and while it’s going to be cold, it will at least be dry I hope. Today the sky is a deep blue and last night there were incredible towering cliff clouds over St Michael’s Mount which was a sight I won’t forget in a hurry.

I also met the most incredibly talented man at Newlyn Copper Works (google him) who started off life as a dancer in Western Australia. One of those people who just inspires you with their passion and creativity. Great fellow to know.

On that note I must wrap up and take Moll out. I’ve just had my hair cut and am missing the extra warmth already…