Tuesday, September 27, 2016


15th Feb

Image result for pictures of carrots free

Today I want to talk about carrots. 

In our house it's  a veg that has many things going for it:

The humble carrot.
Cheap, so we can have them often. 
Healthy - adding colour to any dish,
one of our magical five a day.

I have a huge amount in my casserole for dinner today

Carrots  can be disguised in lots of meals. 
For instance, grate them into  shepherds pie, bolognese,
 stew, soups, salads and anything really.
Buying carrots won't break the bank but I do want
 to get value for money, the same as I do with any purchase I make.
So, here is the thing.

1 kg "wonkey" carrots cost 35p
1 kg of supermarket own carrots 89p
330 gr ready peeled and sliced carrots 86p or £2.58

Now, there's nothing at all wrong with the wonkey carrots and they are probably and ironically the very same ones they cut and slice ready for us to use without getting our knives out.

For me it's not rocket science and I'm sure the same comment could be made on other products , it just seems to me that sometimes we waste money without thinking about it .
The ready to go carrots cost seven times more than the attractive wonkey variety. For me that is a significant saving. 
Do you have any similar stories? or are you a champion of the ready to go lobby?

Do have your say... 

27th September

A little story for writing group today: 

Broken Glass

I slump before the altar, tears wetting the stone floor at my knees. Well, I made it!  Slowly I ease my backpack from my sore shoulders and sit there for a few minutes, while others  wander round the Cathedral.  This moment marks the end of my ten day thanksgiving pilgrimage. At least that’s what I thought it would do. But as I reflect, I realise that this is just the beginning.

This journey has been, not ten days but more than five years. Back then, in another life, I was lost. An alcoholic, who drank away everything she had -  husband, children, house - I found myself in the company of other desperates sleeping in doorways in the city. Every morning I would place a paper cup on my scarf in front of me hoping to get enough change to help me through the day. People would pass by quickly, sometimes crossing the street, avoiding me, as if I were contagious.  Occasionally, some, while carefully averting their eyes, would drop in a coin.

However, one morning a man’s glance held mine and lingered for a second.  No words were spoken, but that look bedded deep in my soul, asking me why I was there, willing me to get up, to get better.  He put no money in my cup and was off down the road without so much as a turn of his head. I will never forget that look. And he will never know what he did for me.

That afternoon I went home to my husband, who, overjoyed to be able to help me get better, arranged doctor’s appointments and eventually left me in a rehab centre for six months.  Healing took time both for myself and my family, with lots of making amends. It wasn’t easy and I doubted they’d ever be able to forgive me or trust me again.  Together we came through and I am now five years sober. My family are always my first priority.  I also help others who are in the same place that I was. My life has a purpose again and I am so grateful.

I decided to do the Pilgrim’s Way in thanksgiving for getting my life back. I got a fresh start, something I didn’t even dare hope for. With my one man tent I walked from Winchester to Canterbury, taking in many things as if for the first time – a leaf fluttering in the sun, the morning dew with its fleeting presence,  taking in the  view from a hill as I stand breathless and much more.

Patches of colour dance on the floor around me.  I follow the shafts of light to the source, a stained glass window depicting some biblical scenes, made from many broken pieces of glass, now an inspiring picture. Much like my own story, my heart shattered, fragments of my past brought together finally,  made into something beautiful.

Below is a post that I wrote in September two years ago, called "I Love Living By The Sea" I thought I would write in response to it.

The large white house stood looking out to the sea.
 It was a bit of an oddity, nestled as it was between 
a block of flats seven storeys high and a care home home,
 both built at the turn of the century whereas with its slats 
and flat windows it was a more modern 
build dating from the sixties.
I would look out from the hall window, which was at least fourteen feet high 
and eight feet wide, and both to
 left and right as far as I could see the ocean spread before me.
 It would beckon us to come meet it . I miss that house,
 but only for the nearness to the sea.
 On many a morning, like the one I recount below
 we would walk the few feet down to the beach, 
sometimes with garden chair and cup of tea and maybe a book or two, 
to spend an hour in the quiet - well except for the varying sounds 
of the sea lapping the shore.
On some mornings we would get up extra early and
 walk the three and a half miles to Reculver and back.
It would take the whole morning and sometimes the best part
 of the day if we stopped at all on the way or at Reculver for a break.
On other , warmer days ,we would swim in the
 glass smooth water and pretend we were on holiday.
Image result for pictures of calm seas


Sept 2014 :
A post that should of gone out in July:

A nice memory, especially as the summer is ending.

There are so many good things about living where we do.
So we were up early this morning and out for a walk at 7.00am.
there is the possibility of going for miles along the coast
with the view constantly changing , giving new delights.
The warm sea breeze brings many moments to mind
With each breath a memory captured , lived again.
But time has aged this old body and the legs aren't working so well.
So we curtail the long walk and turn for home.
Decide to sit on the beach with cup of tea
and enjoy the rest of the hour we've allotted ourselves .
The waves bring in the tide and plenty of seaweed.
the vast expanse calms our spirits,
 energises, refreshes.
Then he goes for a swim, while I look on
And think I should have worn my costume
and joined him.
Back for breakfast.


  1. I'm not a fan of carrots...something about the taste just doesn't match my tastebuds.

  2. I was a little confused as there seem to be multiple posts in one. For OctPoWriMo you may want to have your poetry within its own post or some may not leave a comment. When I got to the end of the poem and another entry started I thought you just didn't have comments activated. Glad I figured it out. Enjoyed your poem.


Please feel free to comment with advice and critique.