Day 198

Well I was ready for the partial eclipse last night. Tripod and camera all set up and ready to go, shouldn’t have been a problem as it was happening between 9pm and midnight. 9 ‘0 clock- clouds 10- clouds, 10.30 (optimal eclipse time) – clouds. 11pm Clouds. Looked on instagram, thousands of damned photo’s of it from all over the place. 11.30- have a guess, begins with C. So off I went to bed, read my book til midnight, had a peek through the curtains and bosh! Full moon and no bloody clouds, the eclipse just ending. Sigh.

Day 198 ~ Zen Mousey

Day 108

Last flower on my blossom tree.

Day 108 ~ Last man standing.

Regular readers may remember last year a family of mice took up residence under my shed. They stayed there all through winter, but disappeared a few weeks ago and we thought that was that, they’re off to pastures new, spring is sprung and they all want to get jiggy. I was glad of that, to be honest. They were not any trouble, but the warm weather is here and I want to keep doors open to the garden without risking an invasion.

But it seems they didn’t move out, they just went on holiday. I spilled a bit of bird food on the garden path and later my eye caught a movement by it. Hmm I thought, so I put a bit more down by the shed to see if I was right, and sure enough

Madam bloody Mouse.

So far I’ve seen Madam bloody Mouse, and two smaller ones. Sigh. Well at least Phil will be chuffed, he missed them when we thought they’d gone. 🙄

Friday 17th August ~ Tales from the Homestead

It’s ruddy cold here today, windy, cloudy and showery. The heatwave is a long distant memory because August has been mostly naff.  I woke up this morning to discover a big bruise on the right side of my nose, just above the nostril. I’m not sure if this is one of those getting old things or Phil has punched me in the night and I slept through it. I tried to take a photo of it, but it’s too hard to do a nose selfie and I’ve given up.

Last weekend I had the kids for an afternoon and a sleepover.  Phil was at work until 9pm so I picked them up and took them down to the beach in spite of it being none too warm. They didn’t seem to care and had a great time digging a hole (not sure why) and running in and out of the sea.

The Hole Digger Duo

going in..

coming out

We saw one of the big ferries leaving the mouth of the Tyne

bye bye

and went passed the weebles on our way back to the car


Before we went home I took them to MacDonalds for their tea (I know, I know, bad Nanny) and when we got home from there found I’d driven home having forgotten where I’d put my purse,


I could not believe I’d a) done that and b) not seen them for the whole journey home!! What a numpty and I ‘m so lucky not to lose the purse.

We’ve had a couple of nice sunsets this month though I only caught one

in the pink

and in the odd sunny spell, I’ve caught a couple of butterflies, though most have been Cabbage Whites, only seen one Peacock and no Red Admirals, which the Buddleia used to get a lot of in past years.

cabbage white


Regular readers will remember back in spring we had a couple of little mice visiting the Happy Eater tree and munching on the bird food, they disappeared after a while, I am hoping to pastures new and that they were not dinner for the local pussycats.  Lately, we have seen one scampering about the back garden.  Because of his incredible agility, we have named him Tom Cruise, and whenever we see him we hum the Mission Impossible theme tune 🙂

Here he is, having leaped up onto a garden chair, then onto the armrest and run along to the end, then leaped again to get onto the garden table where I’d put out some bird food for Woody the pigeon.

Tom Cruise ~ Living the dream 🙂 

he’s faster than a speeding bullet, and can jump like you wouldn’t believe! I’m going to have to try and video his antics.

Sophie has been away for a couple of weekends, and I’m away next weekend, so no Toglateering Outings have been accomplished, it’ll be nearly Autumn by the time we get together again, but I’ve plenty of fodder for the Universe blog to keep me going.

Phil’s on night shift for the weekend starting tonight, so I’ll be in charge of the remote control, 🙂 and while he’s sleeping I’ll be in my shed continuing with the epic mosaic I’m making.  I started it back in January but haven’t really rushed getting it done, now the end is in sight I’m picking up the pace, as I’ve got ideas now for other projects.

About 4 weeks ago I gave up alcohol on weeknights and find I’ve lost 8lb which is a bonus. Just goes to show how many calories those bottles of wine contain! Of course, weekends are exempt from my abstinence and I’ve got a nice bottle of Cava waiting for me in the fridge which I’ll enjoy a couple of glasses of while I do the ironing and watch a movie. I’m living the dream too!

Happy Weekend peeps, stay tooned over on the Universe blog as there’ll be part 2 of Seaham coming up at some point.