July 20th – “I’ll help Mum”

So we picked most of the cherries on the tree this year because the dogs have been hoovering them up, despite our attempts to keep them out of the orchard area with fencing.

We aren’t being mean! A few weeks back, Callie (our flatcoated retriever) was quite poorly, and kept being sick. We looked at the contents deposited on the new lounge carpet, and managed to work out that she had eaten a load of cherries off of the tree. This is the first year she has shown any interest in them. Further research informed us that the cherry pit, leaves and stalks contain cyanide, and eaten in large quantities can be fatal.

Thankfully Callie recovered, but this is the reason for the picking, and subsequent jam making of the cherries. Please be warned about the dangers to dogs of cherries, and let friends / family know if they have cherry trees and dogs.

Today’s picture is of Alfie (our Large Munsterlander), taking a very keen interest in the whole jam making process…..

July 19th – Not another animal!!

The wife went out this morning and came back this afternoon with an elephant!….

OK – she went on a felting course, something she has wanted to do for a while, and her first creation was very impressive. I wonder if she could use that technique on my head so I can get some hair back 🙂

It is great to have hobbies, and even different hobbies so that we can be individuals as well as partners.

July 17th – Cake….

Mrs L has been doing the baking thing again. I wonder, does a slice of this carrot cake count as one of your 5 a day?

It baffles me how food has developed over the years. Who first thought of putting yeast in bread, or vegetables in cake?

I also wonder what we’ll be eating in 100 years? I don’t think this cake will last 100 minutes, let alone years – Nom Nom

July 16th – Neighbours

Today’s picture is of our friendly neighbour, ‘Power-tool Phil’. We were talking about old children’s TV programs whilst having our socially distanced coffee, and it would appear he is putting on his own version of sooty and sweep, either that or he hasn’t read the instructions on his new fishing rod …..

Joking aside, Phil is a great neighbour, always willing to help out, and very handy with DIY jobs. There is absolutely, no way I’d be clambering on a roof.

July 15th – Workshop progress

Today’s picture is of the new workshop under construction. Half of the roof is on, but I need to wait for some poly carbonate sheets for the other side.

As I was building it, I couldn’t help thinking about all of the poor souls that don’t have one of the basic needs for any creature – Shelter.

It’s so easy to take our lives for granted, and always want a little more, a little better, but by looking around at others less fortunate helps keeps us grounded.

I was impressed with the initiative during the covid-19 crisis by getting the homeless off the street by using spare capacity in hotels. Let’s hope it has given the people some time to get their lives back on track.

July 14th – workshop cupboard

Today’s picture/post is a bit different, and is connected to mental health.

As you’ll see, there are numbers on each drawer in my workshop, and I have a white board detailing what they contain, for example, 4 contains plumbing stuff, 10 contains electrical stuff.

When it comes to mental health, we sometimes need different tools to cope with different issues (anxiety, loneliness, depression etc)

There are various tools, or approaches, different people find useful to help in different situations, but in times of crisis it can be difficult to find those tools. It would be helpful to have these tools in mental compartments.

It can also be useful to keep mental drawers free for fun stuff to lock away some stuff from our past.

July 9th – The commuter

Today’s picture is of a lady that we often see whilst walking the 4 legged children. She is either on her way to work or on her way home.

I recall the commute I endured when working from the office. Stuck in traffic most days, trying to get to North Bristol, with a journey time between 50 – 90 minutes each way.

Thankfully I changed roles which enabled me to work from home for the last 15 years that I worked, but this lady’s commute must be one of the most pleasant going.