I used to be indecisive…

…but now I'm not so sure


Bench Series: July – unusual details #4

For the month of July, Jude at Travel Words has asked us to share benches with unusual details, and I’ve got one more to share before the start of August.

I spotted this one, made from the trunk of a teak tree,  in a small gift/dress shop (with a tea room of course, which was the purpose of our visit!).  The pile of read newspapers on the right hand side would suggest that many patient partners have sat there while clothes were being tried on.  It’s not the best photo because I was using my phone camera and wanted to get a quick shot before a customer got in the way!

teak bench

This post is linking up with Heyjude’s Bench Series.


Bench Series: July – unusual details #3

For the month of July, Jude at Travel Words has asked us to share benches with unusual details.  This bench, created from wooden blocks, is in the grounds of The Grove, a hotel in Hertfordshire.

bench at The Grove

This post is linking up with Heyjude’s Bench Series.


Friday letters – the latest edition

Dear Scotland,  Here I am again – and the sun is shining!

Dear motorway traffic,  Once again the roads were nice and clear for my journey yesterday.  There were a few roadwork areas with reduced speed limits, but no hold ups.

Dear Great British Public,  I’d like to say thank you for staying out of the motorway service stations that I was using yesterday.  If you could also stay away from them at the end of next week when I return home, that would be much appreciated.

Dear theatre audiences,  There really should be some kind of test that you have to pass before you are allowed into a theatre to watch a dramatic, and emotional, show such as Les Miserables.  My visit to see it in London on Wednesday evening was disturbed by the use of mobile phones, the loud voices of a couple behind me commenting on the action and the loud rustling of bags of sweets and chocolates.  If you cannot keep your phone switched off, or at least in your pocket, for just over an hour, then perhaps live theatre is not for you.  Checking it for messages during the performance is surely not necessary – wait until the interval.  When other people are enjoying a glass of wine, or eating their ice cream, you could be looking at your phone.  If you are expecting an urgent communication then I suggest you should have stayed at home.  Despite a warning, just as the lights went down at the start, about not taking photographs, or recordings, there was at least one of you using his phone to record the show.  How gently, or otherwise, the steward went and reminded you that it was forbidden I don’t know, but the phone went away and did not reappear – do you not think that the warnings apply to you? Now, to those of you who like to eat sweets during the performance… the best time to dig into the intrusively rustling bag is during a section of loud music or singing NOT at the quiet, emotional, dramatic moments.  And do you have to eat quite so many sweets?  Some of you sitting a few rows behind me must have had about ten bags each judging by the noise.

Dear sweet packet manufacturers,  I have asked this before, but am asking again – is there no way that you can make a bag for your sweets which can be opened silently, and dipped into silently?

jelly babies

Have a good Friday everyone.



weekly photo challenge: half and half

“This week, share an image that has two clear halves, literally or figuratively.”

‘Roots’,  by Icelandic artist Steinunn Thorarinsdottir, is in the town of Reykjavik, Iceland.


Half and half

Weekly Photo Challenge


Bench Series: July – unusual details #2

For the month of July, Jude at Travel Words has asked us to share benches with unusual details.  This bench, with its lovely floral ironwork on the back, is in the churchyard of the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Fawsley, Northamptonshire.

churchyard bench

This post is linking up with Heyjude’s Bench Series.


and so the summer break begins



Now that my summer break has started, and I have a free weekend, I need to get on with the many household tasks required to prepare the house for summer visitors.  The first visitor will be my mum, who is coming back home with me for her annual summer visit after my trip up to Scotland to spend some time with her, and to visit my sister too.  Luckily the sun is shining today, so I have additional energy to get things done.

Here’s Snoopy to give you a Saturday smile.

snoopy dancing feet

To read more sets of six words head over to Cate at Show My Face.


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