Addiction to the news and social media

I am addicted to the news and to social media.  This is true most of the time but particularly now.  Politics is only meant to be really exciting in hot, mad countries where people use their currency as wallpaper.  Not here!

I have ranted and raved to / with a whole bunch of my friends and family so I won’t do so here.  I’ve heard / read people say that, as it has happened, we need to get over it and move on.  Perhaps we will – but not yet.

Lobsters in a tank
Lobsters in a tank

Posh pyjamas

The White Company have also had a sale.  I bought the girl’s pyjamas in age 3 to 4 and the boy’s pyjamas in age 7 to 8.  Although reduced, they are still not terribly cheap so it would be good if the children could get wear out of them for as long as they can.  Provided the bloody mice don’t eat them.

Girls' pyjamas
Girls’ pyjamas
Boys' pyjamas
Boys’ pyjamas

My children have told me that they are very keen on these pyjamas and I am allowed to buy more of them.

John Lewis had a sale

As this happened before the referendum, it was not related to Brexit – merely a summer sale before they bring in all their Autumn stock.  It’s a funny thing about shops in the UK (or perhaps everywhere).  When it is roasting, all you can buy in the shops is sweaters and ski jackets.  When it is a chilly March day, you can buy bikinis and kaftans.

Anyway, I had some vouchers so I bought some things in the sale for the children.

Summer dress for my daughter - I bought this in age 3-4 so she can get some wear out of it next year
Summer dress for my daughter – I bought this in age 3-4 so she can get some wear out of it next year
Autumn T shirt for my son
Autumn T shirt for my son
Rugby shirt
Rugby shirt

The children’s clothes in John Lewis tend to be fairly gender specific but still nice. The boys’ stuff all looked quite small – I bought these in age 7 for my son (who is 5 this Autumn).

Go and do some shopping – boost the UK economy.

Walking

Last weekend, I went to the IoW with my friend S to do some walking.  S likes a long walk – I sometimes think (know?) she finds me a bit slow but then she is a very fast walker.

Tennyson Down
Tennyson Down

A major advantage of doing a long walk is that it rather gives you a licence to eat as much chocolate and drink as much wine as you like in the evening.  A disadvantage is that I have quite a major blister on my little toe and am now hobbling about.  I hope it’s healed by the weekend.

Nematodes

Okay, you will all have heard a LOT about Brexit.  I am very tight lipped about it all and have had a delicious bitch with my Mum over FaceTime.  I recommend that you read this and this.  I am not going to add much of my own commentary as (1) you will have heard it, watched it, read it already and (2) the political situation is so fast moving, whatever I write will be incredibly out of date almost as soon as you read it.  So I won’t.

Instead, I have started waging war against the slugs.

Remember these things?
Remember these things?

I read a thing in The Garden about nematodes.  And then I read a thread on the Gardening section of Mumsnet about them.  So I ordered a pack from Amazon and got to work.

This makes 40 litres of solution to use on the garden
This makes 40 litres of solution to use on the garden

I am not a fan of slug pellets or chemicals but these are meant to be completely safe for humans and animals; the equivalent of bringing in a load of ladybirds to kill off aphids.  You need to make a concentrated stock to begin with and then make a diluted solution – this made 4 lots of solution in my 10 litre watering can.  You need a coarse watering rose – I wasn’t sure whether mine was so I left it off.  I hope it works – my lupins have more or less disappeared.

A couple of warnings – nematodes are alive so you need to use your packet as soon as you get it.  If you can’t then put it somewhere cool.  Also – the solution smells awful.  It seems that nematodes are a smelly organism.

I’ll let you know whether this works.