Archive for the ‘This n That’ Category

February Fill the Ditch

February 15, 2010

Actually it hasn’t rained too much down here the last few weeks, its more cold and nippy. Its a serious business, the weather. Inspired by PennyGolightly I am giving serious thought to what I should plant at Shep Towers this year. As instructed I have seeds from thr Aldi and Poundland so I am starting with windowsill herbs and 3 kinds of bean. I want to give tomatoes another go this year as we have the perfect greenhouse environment in the kitchen but need to find a better indoor variety.

On the baby front we are all well and good. The wee baby is much more co ordinated these days and is all about clutching and slobbering over her little collection of rattles and stuffed friends (the me to you blue bee is v popular this week). She is very jolly and rewarding.

Meanwhile I still haven’t had a driving lesson ( i have a start date though) but am enjoying not really having a schedule and actually not being really stressed for the first time in a good few years!

Meanwhile meanwhile I am now addicted to mumsnet and arguing!

This n that…

April 5, 2009

I recently signed a downing street petition against The Sun newspaper and their constant negative portayal of the social work profession. I have just seen Soldier on the telly in an advert for said newspaper and its help for heroes thing. I am more used to seeing exes on Newsnight.

Uni rejected my application for additiaonl funding since they changed their rules and I have to stay at uni until august. I can’t even explain how pissed off i am about this since 1. i dont have any choice. 2. i’ve never asked before and its my v last opportunity to. 3. knowledge of other circunmstances under which they have shelled out.

I had a nice day yesterday with my mum and maybe cheered up a little bit. She bought me this for the impending arrival.


It is called a Truffle Sheep.

We went to garden superstore to buy me strawberry plants and geraniums and stripey something and a bird feeder to make me happy again. Well try.

The mission for this afternoon is to try and start some uni work.

Why I should steer clear of tabloids (but never learn)!

February 11, 2009

This is why..

I can’t even tell you how mad this story makes me. Not the fact that this young lady will be mother of 4 at 17 but the shockingly judgemental journalism. I think its possibly the most prejudce piece of print I have read in some time.
The reporter describes Sian as having ‘no obvious prospects other than a life on taxpayer funded benefits’. Thats fantastic, it really – you go right ahead Daily Express and write her off at the age of 17!! I’m sure that will really inspire her (along with the negative, intrusive and insensitive publicity) to think beyond the next couple of years and what else she might like to do with her life.

Whatsmore, the hospital have encouraged her to consider aborting some of the babies because they are sharing a placenta and its safer I guess. Sian has declined. I don’t blame her really since the world has told her how wrong she is in the way she lives her life – how can you expect her to abort a child when she has nothing else but her role as a mother.

Yes having a baby at 15 and a few more at 17 is far from ideal. Yes her Mother should have set a better example. But what is perpetuating this cycle? Surely we need to support our young people to aspire to more than early parenthood, not just castigate them and write them off if they make mistakes.

And finally…I’m sick to death of this ‘taxpayers money’ concept. Firstly, it doesn’t make you holier than thou and secondly, theres no such thing as a non taxpayer – what do you think VAT is???!!!

I used to be interesting but…

October 1, 2008

I am at present letting the flu get the better of me. Routine seems to consist of: wake up at 5am, remedicate, sleep until about 9, move into lounge. At about 2pm I can manage getting washed and dressed. And so on.

Anyway thats all very fascinating I’m sure. In the meantime I had a v nice weekend. It was the 1st aniversary of George’s death on sunday so I went home for some Mummy time. We pottered around Totnes on saturday, which if you are a tree hugging hippy like me is a shopping paradise. You can even sign up to be buried in a eco coffin down there. I bought these v posh herb planters for my plant friends. I have 6 herb plants now!

On sunday we had a pub lunch at Liverton (bit chavvy actually) and went to Endsleigh for more garden things. I bought the olive tree finally which I have been coveting. They can live for 2000 years apparently!  I am hoping it will like it in the big window in the kitchen. I will be very smug when I get to eat olives off my own tree one day.

Meanwhile I have been back to uni to start lectures. It was ok. Bit same old, same old really but I have yet another new work group which does not contain anyone I don’t get on with unlike previous years. I feel a bit detached from it really.

Shep is away diving. Return date unknown. Boo

And now for something completely different.

August 19, 2008

I’ve been on an outing today. All the way up to North Hill to see the lovely indian dentist. My actual dentist i reckon is sri lankan because he is miniscule and prstine looking with beautiful eyes. He does have a habit of calling me ‘darlink’ much like my Dad’s girlfriend but he’s very good. Meanwhile he is on holiday until the end of september – seems a fair exchange to me – excellent dental treatment provided on the NHS to the citizens of Plymouth in exchange for enough pennnies and time off for an extended trip home to see the folks. But i’m just speculating.

In the taxi on the way, my hungarian driver told me it had become the law that you could knife your dentist to death and also that his dentist had once kneed him in the chest whilst removing a tooth and he had then threatened the dentist’s life in the street. Taxi driver looked about 20 to me and it was all a bit League of Gentleman.

In the waiting room for aforementioned nice indian dentist lady i did some good people watching. Immediatley an enourmously fat girl exited the treatment room and bellowed to her weedy looking boyfriend that ‘i aint allowed to eat NUFFINK, like for tha res of tha day OR ANYFINK!!!’

Luckily I was hiding behind Case Histories or there may have been a very visble smirk.

It was fine at the time, there was no way of knowing…

August 12, 2008

Actuaqlly that title is a bit depressing but i’m missing my Roxy Music cd so ‘More than this’ is stuck in my head.

My law exam is 2 weeks today. Revision is at least happening. Social Problems due next Friday. I am lagging a bit on this. It is 4000 words of analysis of divorce and separation with secondary themes of partner abuse and lone parenting threaded in. It is a bit all over the place at the moment and well – its maqkes me feel sad.

Meanwhile the vegetation at Chez Shep has increased alot lately. We have now big spikey plants on the terrace and i now have basil, flat leaf parsley and chives in the kitchen busily growing away. These make me happy. I might even have a bash at drying some parsley in the oven later since its growing out of control already. What i really want is a little olive tree like i saw at Eden Project and a tomato plant since the flat is like a greenhouse anyway but Shep is a bit reluctant to aquire more plant clutter.

Playscheme has been continually joyeous as always except i dont approve of parents givng their offspring daft sounding double barrelled first names and insisting they use them at all times. Especially when they are only 5! Don’t make it more difficult than it already is for your 5 year old to introduce themself to other 5 year olds!!! Rant over

Meanwhile i discovered this morning that Shep and I own 6 bottles of baby powder between us. Thats just not normal is it?


August 6, 2008

I haven’t posted for a while so heres a news round up….

  • Shep is back home from Scotland. I flew up to Newcastle to meet him and spend the weekend with friends there. It was heaps fun and I got to see the Angel of the North finally. (dont wanna here anyone saying its crap please i loved it).
  • I’m even more amazed about this now since all the rain but we squeezed in a beach day last monday at Challeborough. Look on facebook for pics of shep and a pink bucket and spade. i’ve swan in the sea and made my sandcastle so summer has happened as far as i’m concerened!
  • I’ve gone back to work with the weenies for the summer. Rain is trapping them indoors but we’ve done lots of crafty type stuff including challenging the little boys to make a dolls house and the girls to build an army camp both out of cardboard boxes etc. Naturally the girls thrashed the boys much to Sheps chagrin.
  • We’ve had birthday number two of the summer in our house. Somebody was pleased with all his presents. Especially the Blackadder boxed set.
  • We went to Bournemouth at the weekend to see my bestest friend and drowned on the beach there.
  • Have three weeks until my law exam and 2.5 til i have to submit my social problems papers. Feel a bit anxious about both really.

In the house made of wood.

July 7, 2008

It has been raining in the south west for days now. Not just manageable rain but bloody great down pours accompanied by gale force winds. I have been quite frightened lately that either the patio set is about to come crashing through the living room windows OR that the glass panels at either end of the big balcony which have been flapping scarily are about to smash to smithereens on to the decking.

Often in the mornings the sun comes out for a customary five minutes and dries up the world. This means all the wood panelling contracts again. It sounds like this…..CRRRRRREEEEEAAAAAAAAKKKKKKKKKKKK. Yes really. Sometimes it sounds like this SNNNNNNNNNNNNAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAPPPPPPPP. I’m a bit worried as to what is snapping although I can’t see anything.

The storm has also ripped all the flowers off my geraniums outside. They look like i’ve been at them with a blunt chainsaw.


Gonna be an Engineer

June 26, 2008

I have jus read this

Through the keyhole….

June 16, 2008

I made some mention of doing an ‘at home’ at some point. So here it is….

This is Shep Tower’s living room. Some of the items are actually mine he he.

I bought this and it’s friend from Ikea last week. Much mirth has been made about whether I can keep them alive or not.

(this one didn’t come out very well and if I open the blinds it looks like i’m trying to take a picture of the inside of the sun)

This is the terrace. As you can see we can only have one guest at a time!

Shep’s baby.

More OCD heaven.

My fish friends!!