Some bits and some pieces

I’m just not in the mood for book-writing this afternoon. I’m working on the epilogue which I hadn’t planned to write but there are a few loose ends and I need to think about some possible scenarios. I find that ideas are more likely to come whilst I’m doing other things (or when I’m dropping off to sleep) than if I try to consciously work it out so having worked for quite a while on it yesterday, I’m taking today off.

Today’s post is again about my long weekend. I met my daughter-in-law and the two youngest grandsons at a garden and aquatics centre on Thursday afternoon. As usual, I didn’t think to take photographs. I must get into the habit of doing so. The fish and turtles held the boys’ attention for ages and then we went to the coffee shop. Garden centres do seem to have nice coffee shops nowadays. I’ve always liked to look at tropical fish (some are so incredibly pretty) but wouldn’t have the patience to look after them myself. The pot of hyacinth bulbs gifted to me by d.i.l is more to my liking! They smell divine.

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On Friday morning following the usual visit to the gym, I met up with a friend for lunch at the Victoria Plum cafe which opened close to my grandchildren’s schools a few months ago.  I’d always thought what a good idea it would be to open a cafe exactly where it’s opened! There are more than 1300 children on site at the two schools – that’s a lot of parents collecting them so something of a captive audience at certain times of the day. Victoria who runs the cafe has made it really inviting with comfy sofas and coffee table (complete with books about the town and surrounding villages) as well as traditional tables and chairs. She offers children’s tea parties and afternoon teas as well as breakfasts and light lunches. My friend and I chose the feta salad and it was very good indeed.

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Yesterday I received the sad news that a friend’s husband had died suddenly and unexpectedly the day before so I called to see her this morning bearing flowers and a card. It’s always hard to know whether to visit or keep ones distance and not ‘intrude’. I think that there is no right answer as people deal with such situations individually and want different things. It seemed that this time a short visit was the right thing to have done.

Elder son, d.i.l and all three grandsons then arrived (with beautiful tulips) for brunch – bacon & mushroom rolls with a few cocktail sausages for the small boys. I don’t cook a roast lunch every Sunday. The eldest grandson (11) has just returned from a school skiing trip. The middle one (2.5) informed me that his big brother had ‘gone skating’ and the baby (16m) has just started saying nanny. I’ll be seeing the granddaughters tomorrow when I go to take the eldest one’s birthday present. She’s 13 going on 18.

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I’m looking forward to watching Call the midwife this evening.  Earlier in the week we watched the three part Trauma with John Simm. I can guarantee that I’ll enjoy whatever he’s in. I first saw him in the series The Lake which was set in the beautiful Lake District, then later in Life on Mars.  In the drama Exile he co-starred with the wonderful Jim Broadbent (another favourite actor) and Olivia Coleman. Last night we watched him in the first part of Collateral , also very enjoyable. The second part will be on tomorrow so looking forward to that too.

Tomorrow morning will see me at the gym again and then off to work for a few hours. In case you’re wondering where my poor neglected husband fits into all this, don’t worry – he got a bacon roll too!  Actually he hasn’t been too well for a few days. Not exactly ill but ‘out of sorts’. I wonder if that is an expression that readers in other countries are familiar with.  He has no energy,  an on/off sore throat and swollen glands in his neck. I have diagnosed a virus! He’s probably glad that I’ve been out of the way.

More daffodils to keep me remembering that spring is on the way. I’m keeping this jug permanently filled with them.

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  1. So sorry to hear of your friend’s husband, Eloise. Always difficult to know what to do, but a brief visit with flowers can never be wrong, I’m sure.
    The hyacinths are lovely as are the daffodils. I shall be so sad when the daffs are over for another year.
    That salad looked lovely! Almost good enough to eat, ha ha!
    Margaret P


    • Yes, I think you’re right, Margaret. The key is to make it brief, unless you know that the person will have very few visitors and needs you there. In my friends case, I knew there would be a lot of family support. Salad always seem nicer when someone else has made it, I find!


  2. I too keep a vase of daffodils going for the whole of Spring and feel quite sad when their season is over. Totally my favourite flower. It’s great to hear how you spend your time. I have one grandson and probably won’t have any more (well, never say never!), but I do have a great relationship with him as since he was 5, on one day a week, I collected him from school until big school, but still go to his house to cook him his tea. Good luck with the writing. I do admire your grit – and ability. I know I won’t write a novel, but I would like to do more essays on issues. That’s the goal I have. And best wishes to your other half – this has not been a good winter and there have been a lot of viruses around. Bring on the Spring!


    • I’ve read some of your ‘other blog’ posts, and think you’re easily good enough to write feature articles. You should pitch to some relevant magazines. They rarely pay at first but it’s about getting your name out there.

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  3. Sounds like you’ve had a couple of busy days! Sometimes, one has to take a break from what one is doing. Hope the writing flows better after the break. Your flowers are beautiful.

    I use “out of sorts” to describe a frame of mind, or mood – being a bit cranky, peevish, etc.


  4. I’m sorry to hear about your friend’s husband. I know and use ‘out of sorts’. I’m English originally but I’m pretty sure the ‘true blue’ aussies would be familiar with it too, although I don’t hear it widely used…


      • Yes, ‘crook’ can mean ill/sick, or can mean a criminal. It would be more likely to be used in the latter sense. To use it to mean unwell would not be particularly common but would be understood.


  5. “out of sorts” is used in New Zealand, too, Eloise. Your life sounds so busy. I get the feel that you are a dynamic person who gets things done. Which is so admirable.


    • I am always busy, Ratnamuri, and consequently always crave chill out time. Going to the sea for a few days is very therapeutic but I don’t get there often enough!


  6. I don’t think one can underestimate the power of a bunch of flowers and the pleasure they can bring. Like you I am currently treating myself to a bunch or two of daffodils every week!


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