Wednesday, 10 June 2015

In my head

There are lots of things in my head at the moment. Some of which are easily shared, some not so. It's still hard living with a background of worry. I'm working on papers and research plans in the evenings to make up time for not being in the office work. But...

:: The sun has been shining which has improved my mood (and the girls too) no end. We go outside to play at least twice a day. I attempt to stop the smallest girl picking every flower in the garden and mostly act as umpire (well football season is finished...) over who wants what toy...

:: The garden has taken shape nicely, quite by chance one bed is full of only purple, and blue and white flowers. Anyone would think I'd planned it that way - it's just a fluke. I'm usually of the mindset of shove it in and see if it grows!! I'm loving this allium - wonder what it'll look like when it's fully open?

:: I'm wondering why on earth a Nobel prize winner would be such a fool and say what he did and then pass his gaff off as a 'joke'. There's plenty of people not laughing. Sexism is alive and well and in a lab near you. It's nearly 20 years since I started my PhD - you'd have thought things might have changed but I know that the 'leaky pipeline' is alive and well and no thanks in 2015 to a man who  makes comments like that. I could go on but I may spontaneously combust.

:: I've been baking. Tonight there's a cherry cake in the oven. Earlier this week I made scones. I think I may have found a super scone recipe (better than Mary Berry's) here. I think it's the use of strong flour that makes the difference. Very yummy even though I didn't have any clotted cream.

:: I'm struggling to think that in a month it'll be the school holidays an BigR will have completed her first year at school! How did that happen? We're having to plan her birthday party now as she's 6 the week everyone returns to school and the invitations need to go out! Eek.

:: I went for a lovely day out with a friend, her new baby and LittleR to Harlow Carr. We had a delicious (birthday) cake in the Betty's cafe there and a super walk and put the world to rights. The alliums were beautiful...

I love the meconopsis - fancy this in my garden next year...

:: One of the clematis I've been growing has suddenly turned brown and crispy. I'm very sad. I've plants with the name of both my children in the garden and neither are up to much this year. Maybe I'll just buy a new one!!

:: I joined the bandwagon and got the Orla Kiely jars. Not used them yet but they're there...ready...

::  I'm planning the ABO's birthday. It's a significant one that ends in a zero. He did so well with mine a couple of years ago I've got to get it right. It doesn't help we'll (hopefully -small child depending) actually be on holiday for it so some of the gifts need to be light enough to tarvel with. Maybe I should make a list?!


  1. You'll be glad to hear today that said Nobel Prize winner has resigned from his post! What an idiot. A lot of my past work was based on his research.... We have done no homework all week because the weather is just too good to waste time practicing spelling :-) Hope the weather keeps. Have a lovely day. xx

  2. Sorry about the worry. I am living with some as well, I know how unpleasant and draining it can be. I do hope things settle for the best soon. I have a plant with the same name as my eldest son, and it's been absolutely decimated by snails. Very disappointing. Wouldn't dare serve scones without clotted cream here, there would be a mutiny. I'm struggling to deal with the fact that next month my eldest will leave primary school for Big School. Eek. Harlow Carr looks beautiful, I've heard good things about it. I hope you have a good weekend. CJ xx

  3. I'm a little envious of your perfect scones. I've tried making them a few times before but without much success. I think I'll try this new recipe and will be very careful not to overwork the dough. I think that has been the problem with my baking before.. I also can't quite believe that we're nearly at the end of the school year. I hope you can get Big R' s party invites out on time. And good luck as well for the birthday planning for the ABO. I'm sure everything will go well. The flowers in your garden look lovely. I'm a bit envious of those too! Have a great weekend! X

  4. I've never tried making scones but I really want to. I think Mary Berry's recipes seem great, from what I've seen. I'm sorry you're dealing with so much worry. I know how it feels. You can always send me an email if you ever want to talk about it, or just vent and I will listen. Take care.

  5. sorry about the worrying times, I hope the garden and the baking are making the worry a little easier x

  6. Those scones look fab. I've had to give up wheat (and a whole bunch of other stuff) so am now searching for the perfect wheat free scone. Sadly I suspect that there's no such thing.

    I'm sorry your worries are continuing, life is never easy is it.

  7. I do hope you're coping OK with the constant worry. It's horrible to have something weighing on your mind constantly, gnawing away.
    Your trip to Harlow Carr sounds (and looks) wonderful. I've only ever been once but I loved it. And those scones...
    Have you been watching the Mary Berry series that's been on recently? I've quite enjoyed it. Everything looks nice and simple and she actually comes across better than I thought she would.
    Sending you good wishes.
    Sarah x

  8. Make a list, that's always the first thing I do when I feel overwhelmed. I've been thinking of you lately and hoping you're ok. I know you can't share your worries on here but we're all here for you and hoping that your daughter is ok. Take care of yourself. xx

  9. Those scones look so good...I'm hopeless at making those. Love those pretty jars too...unfortunately I don't drink coffee so I really can justify buying any! I hope the worries get better soon.
    Marianne x