This morning, I noticed this ship going past the house and looked it up on my handy app.
You can’t see it all that well in this picture but it is the Sand Heron, a UK based dredger.
I’ve noticed that the blossom is coming out on one of the trees in my garden – rather early but, you know, warm winter.
This is good because the rest of my garden is looking quite shambolic – soaking wet lawn, dead thyme, all rather miserable.
So yesterday, we met some friends at London Zoo then drove down to the IoW.
Sorry I’ve been so appalling at posting lately. I’ve had some stuff to do (nothing Top Secret – just stuff that I haven’t wanted to blog about) and I’ve been rather under the weather (not, you know, dreadful – just enough to make me feel rather rotten). My husband has woken up with the same thing this morning and is a bit taken aback at how awful he feels. Ugh. Soon (tomorrow!) January will be over and we will all be healthy again. And I’ll do a better job on the blog.
On Tuesday evening, I went into the City to meet my friend D. D used to work with me, back in the day, and was my housemate in Shadwell for a few years.
One of the things I noticed when I was there was how pretty the City is. Of course, when I worked there, I never noticed – it was just where I worked. Plus, realistically, when you are at work, the thing that you see most of all is your own computer screen.
D and I met at Bodean’s, which is now a chain but is very nice none the less. It reminds me a bit of that American bar in Love Actually.
They have very nice beer and we shared a rack of baby back ribs. D isn’t eating carbohydrates so I got all the chips and she got most of the coleslaw plus a salad.
Every now and then I buy a book that, really, is just wishful thinking. For instance this guide to mushroom spotting. In theory, the kids and I are going to wander round our garden and the woods nearby with it, ticking off the mushrooms we see and having a jolly, wholesome time.
In practice, they will look mildly interested in the first mushroom then get cross that I won’t let them poke it. Then they will lose all interest.
The other day, my 2016 National Trust guide arrived. I think this is the ultimate in wishful thinking – I like to imagine that we will go on day trips out to National Trust places, wearing our wellies and enjoying lots of fresh air. In practice, the National Trust sticker is really useful for parking for free in some of the carparks in the IoW.