Thursday, 14 May 2009


Having read a recent post on my sister’s blog (Helen at Home), I have realised that I am suffering from two distinct separate diseases (oops, tautology alert!). She wrote a wonderful post about their garden and included a mention of their cat - William. I then realised how much I miss having feline company, and have actually been suffering from Cat Deprivation Syndrome (CDS) for the last twelve years. This is because I have always lived in rented accommodation where pets are banned.
This got me thinking about the fact that I have also been suffering from GDS - Garden Deprivation Syndrome for an equal amount of time. The latter is a very serious disease as it leads to all sorts of problems including:

  • Being very restricted on the plants you can grow
  • By far the most serious one; of having to grow all of your favourite plants in containers, and having to move entire truckloads of them when you move house!
  • Not being able to plant a hedge
  • Having hundreds of unused packets of seeds stored systematically in a shoebox and deteriorating year by year
  • Not having a lawn to sit on in summer - even a bumpy one full of daisies
  • Not being able to put up nest boxes for bird and bats and bees
  • Owning mounds and mounds of gardening magazines to help combat the frustration
  • Not being able to host a BBQ or garden party
  • Being jealous of the entire family!

(The photo is of my Mum’s garden in the height of summer)

We may have found a cure for this second disease (maybe even the first - but Mark has to agree to us getting two kittens first), in that the new house happens to come with a garden! Not a very big garden mind, but my first bit of soil. I can actually put plants in the ground - I even quiver at the thought. Watch this space for garden postings when we have actually moved...

Sunday, 10 May 2009


As some will already know, we are in the process of buying a new house. I just wanted to share with everyone the good news that contracts have now been exchanged and we think that we may actually own some bricks and mortar! If all goes to plan, we should get the keys on the 26th June.

Friday, 8 May 2009


As my family all know, I am several years behind the rest of the Western world when it comes to technology. It took me years to learn (well, perhaps not so much to learn as to like) to email, rather than to write long convoluted letters that never got finished. It took me years to stop using my old camera and go digital, and it has taken me years after the rest of the family to create my own blog. Having said that, it is something I have wanted to do for a while now and I have just been waiting for the right moment and the right title to inspire me (I’ll explain the title in a later post).
I have, however, been reading other people’s blogs for a long time – mostly thanks to my Father – Scriptor Senex. Through the regular reading of his many blogs, those of my family, and others in this unique community, I have been introduced to a whole new diverse world of amazing people, thoughts, ideas, photographs and surprises.
I am writing this blog predominantly so that my family know that I really do exist, but can only hope that it may bring enjoyment and ideas to others in the process.

Welcome to my blog!