Ah yes…the green old days.

Rena George Other Stuff 6 Comments

The following words of wisdom were sent to me by the lovely Emily. Neither of us know who wrote them, but they are certainly  thought provoking. I thought I would share them with you. The ‘green thing’ back in our day “Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman that she should bring her own shopping bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this green …

How to Brighten a Dreich January Day

Rena George Days Out, Other Stuff 8 Comments

January is my least favourite month. I read somewhere that at this time of year we only get about a minute of light each day. So when I’m offered the chance to down tools in favour of a day out in the country…well, I’m not likely to refuse, am I?  It didn’t matter that the purpose of the trip was for my husband to try out his new Christmas Sat Nav toy.  I didn’t mind the black sky, or the …

Tidal Surge, Floodings, and a Christmas Market

Rena George Other Stuff 4 Comments

“Fancy nipping across to Amsterdam for the Christmas markets?” my husband suggested. Images of spiced mulled wine, delicious chocolates, and cosy clusters of wooden chalets filled with magical festive cheer, floated into my mind. Well, I wasn’t going to say no, was I? …And so we found ourselves on one of those massive ferries that plough their way overnight between Hull and Europort in Rotterdam. The crossing was calm and our cabin comfortable – and we had found a really …

The Monks’ Story

Rena George Other Stuff, Poldark 10 Comments

I thought I would introduce you to my lovely monks this week. I found them in a country auction in North Yorkshire and they reminded me so much of the wicked friars in Daphne du Maurier’s The House on the Strand that I knew I had to have them. The monks were under a table, in a box lot of ceramics. Sadly all did not go according to plan at the auction, and the bids went higher that I expected, …

Internet…What Internet?

Rena George Other Stuff 4 Comments

 A shocking thing happened last week – our Broadband connection went walkabout for SEVEN WHOLE DAYS! An inconvenience, certainly, but the shocking part was the realisation of just how much we depend on it. No emails…no internet searching, which meant no online checking of bank accounts, holiday venue research or hotel bookings…and no catching up with lovely blogging pals. Heavens above! It was a nightmare! (Exclamation marks are my thing at the moment) The Internet has become such an everyday …