I used to be indecisive…

…but now I'm not so sure


summer holidays nearly over


Schools go back next week, here in the south of England.  The holidays have gone by very quickly this year – I feel as though they have only just started.  However, there is some good news – the sun is shining today!

It’s Saturday, so here’s Snoopy.


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


Friday letters – the final August edition

Dear Cornwall,   I had a lovely break, visiting you last week, but I would like to make a suggestion for future visits, which is that the weather needs to be better.  You look stunning in the sunshine, but low cloud and rain does not suit you at all.  Apart from our first day, it rained the whole time and sometimes the cloud was so low that we could only just see the tops of the trees.  Luckily I had packed full waterproofs, so I was able to go out without getting drenched to the skin.  I hope you do better next time.

Dear weather,  This is AUGUST!!  Please sort yourself out.   We have had more than enough rain – the gardens don’t need it any more and I am sure the farmers have had enough too.  There is no danger of us having a drought now, as all the reservoirs are full, so please can you turn the water off and let us have a little warm sunshine.

Dear sign writers,  I think I may have seen (but wasn’t able to photograph, sadly) the very worst case of apostrophe misuse that I have ever seen.   Outside a bakery, in Cornwall last week, there was a sign advertising the sorts of things they sold – breads, sandwiches, pasties, scones, pastries and… gateaux’s.  I think there should be some sort of course you need to go on to learn when apostrophes should, and should not, be used – words which are already plural do NOT need an s on the end, never mind an apostrophe s.

Dear children’s shoe manufacturers,  Why do you make shoes  that light up round the edges when children walk?  It seems a strange concept – the child can’t see it, so who is it for?

Dear birthday,  Another one has come and gone – I can’t keep up!  Perhaps you could arrange to arrive just once every two years?

Dear traffic cones,  I’m wondering if my theory is correct and you take holidays in different parts of the country rather than wait, unused, in some storage facility until you are required for valuable roadwork situations.  So often you are seen during the summer, and on holiday weekends, blocking off long sections of the motorways when there is no evidence of any work being done.  Do you get any say in where you spend your summers?  Currently I believe there are huge numbers of you enjoying some time off in the northern areas of the M6.


Cones enjoying their summer break.

Happy Friday!


Bench Series: August – colourful #2

For the month of August, Jude at Travel Words has asked us to share colourful benches.

I have been to many National Trust properties, where there are usually plenty of benches in the gardens, but this is the only actual National Trust bench that I have seen.  It is in the garden of the Winchester City Mill.

National Trust bench

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


gold post box

I took this photo nearly three years ago and forgot all about it until Jude at Travel Words posted a great selection of photos of post boxes recently, including one of a gold one which was painted in honour of a British athlete who had won a gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics.  All over Great Britain, gold post boxes appeared in the home towns of the gold medal winning athletes.

I caught this gold one in the process of being painted.  It is in Watford, and is in honour of the boxer Anthony Joshua who won gold in the Super Heavyweight category.

gold post box

Have you seen any unusual post boxes?


Friday letters – the mid August edition

Dear pile of ironing,  Stop looking at me like that – I will get round to you soon.

Dear Luton Airport,  £7 for parking for 40 minutes?  It’s shocking.  There is no cheaper option apart from £2.50 in the drop off zone, or free parking for 30 minutes in the Mid Term Car Park which is a bus ride away.  When taking my mum to the airport to catch her flight home, the cheaper options are no good to me – I can’t just pull in at the drop off zone, open the car door and say ‘bye!’, nor can I expect her to catch a bus to the terminal.  Have you considered that not everyone using the airport is fit and healthy and able to walk long distances pulling a suitcase?  I suppose you have made a small concession to people who have the Blue disabled badges for their car and let them park for half price nearer to the terminal building, but we don’t have one of them.  However, in your favour, the disabled parking attendants were very helpful when I asked to park there, even though I didn’t have a badge.  Your special assistance team were great too, and took my mum off after we had dropped her bag to catch her flight, making sure that her journey through security and to the gate was smooth.

Dear Cornwall,  Look out, here I come!  Just a few more days and we will be on our way.  I hope you can provide some of your fantastic blue skies for us.

Dear weather gods, Please could you arrange for us to have a dry weekend, preferably with some sun? The forecast of a month’s worth of rain over the next two days is not impressive and we have a birthday barbeque planned for Sunday.

Dear new shed,  I am looking forward to your arrival later today – your new concrete base is ready and waiting.

shed base

Happy Friday!



Bench Series: August – colourful

For the month of August, Jude at Travel Words has asked us to share colourful benches.  I saw this interesting collection in a shopping mall recently.

book bench 1

A row of books

iced cake bench

An iced sponge finger

At first I thought it was a shame that this next one had hangers lying on it, but I think they give a sense of the size of the bench.

pink wafer bench

A pink wafer biscuit

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


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