Saturday, 20 June 2015

Frantic spring

So I haven't posted anything interesting for a while, because life has just been exhausting and full of breakdowns (but luckily I wasn't one of them!).

It started with my old faithful car breaking down. It was over 20 years old, with over 200,000 miles on the clock, but we had had it for 12 years and it was the most brilliant car. It didn't look much, but a car that can fit 5 people, dog, camping gear and 3 full size bikes inside it with room to spare is really worth its weight in gold........except when it is broken and will cost it's weight in gold to repair. So we bid it a sad farewell :-(

It was swiftly followed by my printer, computer, collapsing shelves in the garage and now the perpetually leaking fridge. In the midst of that the dog had fleas, my son completed his bronze Duke of Edinburgh training expedition and final expedition, my youngest daughter had guide camp and was away for a school trip, and my niece and nephew cashed in their Christmas vouchers for me to take them on a camping trip (an awfully tight squeeze without my old faithful car) and a day at Alton Towers (a week before the terrible crash).

I wasted spent 2 weeks second hand car shopping with darling husband, which really is no fun when you have a very constrained budget, and no car will live up to the one you have just lost, so I was no help at all. Then I had 3 days with no computer, followed by 2 weeks with an irritating temporary fix which meant that I couldn't bear to use it. No work, no blogging, no news. I did a lot of digging at the allotment to release my frustration instead. Now the computer is up and running again but there are a few I couldn't seem to add any pictures to my posts! Sigh!

Yet, thankfully, here I am on the other side of a frantic spring. Summer is here, the first strawberries are ripe and I have cleared all my windowsills of seedlings (I am not saying that they are all planted yet though). And despite being at the allotment until 10pm for 2 nights this week, and having 2 parents evenings to attend things seem just that little bit calmer..........for now :-)


  1. Oh my goodness, what a time you have been having! Well done for squeezing so much in. And what a positive alternative to working on the computer - working at the allotment. Just another way to be working for your food:) Plus, all those great endorphins from digging. I don't know about you, but I find I get on a digging high, then don't know how to stop.. which can also be a problem! All the best for solving your tech and transport dilemmas.

    PS I love that Christmas present for your niece and nephew. That is a great example of a 'stuff free' present that costs a lot in time and love instead, not to mention inconvenience. But the memories will be priceless:)

    1. Thanks Jo. You would be very welcome to help me digging because there are still no end of weeds in sight. But you are right that it is really quite enjoyable and once you start it is easy to do too much.

      The Chistmas present was brilliant, because we all got to enjoy it together, so I will definitely be doing it again. Time together, away from screens and not shut in separate bedrooms, is pretty precious. I think they will remember the experience more than if I had given them 'stuff'.

  2. Oh my goodness, what a run of bad luck yoi have can only get better now though. By the way, well done for your son for his bronze duke of Edinburgh training expedition