Unfortunately I wasn't up to blogging much last year. I wanted this blog to be about positivity, and for a while I felt that if I was going to be writing anything it would sound like I was documenting the opposite. I tried to stay chipper through things, hence the two or three spaced out blogs from the year before, but it wasn't really working. That sounds like a repeat of what I might have written before. Well, yes...
I think we jumped in a bit early with trying to start a new business for OH. He did try, and his friends and I tried to help him, but overall... big loss. I've pretty much felt like I was spinning plates trying to keep things going, and as well, there was all the stress of my dad's TBI.
Now, we are kind of scraping along and are playing catch up with bills and things, but work is going well, OH has a new job and that's also going well.
Time to start finding me again.
So, this is where we are: soon to be a duo-earning household, with a few more debts to chase down, no working vehicles at the moment, no washing machine (!!!) - my friend is being an angel and taking our big loads while I'm doing a few hand washes between times.
...And my I take a moment here to praise the virtues of Savon de Marseilles - proper French laundry soap, smells lushly clean and is excellent for working on the bits of your clothes that need the most work, you know... pits, collars, crotches 😂. Try to find it online, I bet you'll only find the rustic-looking green and off-white cube-shaped bars, oh so vintage and swanky and expensive. I picked mine up in a French supermarket for about €1. Soap!
Right, Stepford Wife moment over.
I was planning to make my first blog de retour about the journey I was going to be making this weekend. I was off to a friend's 50th party in Gloucestershire, and found that the best way of getting here from Northampton with no vehicle turned out to be your normal bus. Bus! It was going to be quite an adventure... however, I've had a touch of food poisoning this week which has put paid to me travelling anywhere. I put being ill down to: a) the heatwave this week b) my inability to turn down free food. I think it was down to some slightly warm sandwiches I had at my writers group meeting this week.
The irony, this week I said I would go back to being veggie apart from where I had been catered for as a non-veggie. I thought it was ham. Turns out, may have been very wrong prawn...
Instead, I can share with you some progress pics from the allotment. Enjoy!
|What a mess!|
|Herbs in May, looking weedy|
|The darling spuds of May.|
A little bit neater as I plant the peas and aubergines