Sunday Sevens 2020 #17

Welcome to my Sunday Sevens; a post where I share seven or so photos from my week.

This week our lock down in England was eased with a completely illogical set of new rules. But one new rule made Lovely Husband very happy: golf courses are open…


People have now been told they can travel as far as they like to exercise. This has led to large numbers of people driving out to the countryside. So I’ve abandoned my walk from home walks and got in the car to go to the places tourists rarely track down.

Only my car in the car park here

Further someone has constructed a mini Stonehenge near a village close to us…


At home a thrush has built a nest in the roof of our barn – unfortunately it’s right above where we have to walk every day. I hope we don’t scare her away…


In the garden Lovely Husband has rejuvenated the path around the edge of the garden…


… and I’m very excited to see fruit appearing on the strawberry plants…


And finally absolutely no idea what’s going on here with Hubby and Harry…


Hope you’ve had a great week.

Stay safe.

Until next time,

Bekki x


Scrap Happy May 2020

I’m afraid I’ve a very scrappy offering of scrappiness this month.  First off you may remember last month Lovely Husband made me a lovely greenhouse from old polythene and pieces of scrap wood.


It turns out some of those pieces of scrap wood just happened to be my clothes props that he originally made from scrap wood.  But never fear, he made me two more from different pieces of scrap wood.

Why couldn’t he use these for the greenhouse in the first place? I’ve no idea.

As for me…

Because I wear orthotics, I often remove the inner liner from trainers so my feet fit in them. ( I have huge feet, so buying a bigger size is often not an option.)  For years now I’ve been saving the liners thinking that they’re made of a fabulous squashy stuff that will be great for a crafting project some day. Although, of course, I have no idea what that might be. I have quite a collection…


I few weeks ago I realised I’ve been wearing my current pair of dog walking trainers for far too long and they were providing zero support for my feet. But ordering a new pair in lock down meant a long wait.


So meantime I refurbished the old ones with one of the old linings – the trainers were so stretched and battered there was now plenty of room for them.




And that, I’m afraid is the sum total of this month’s scrappiness. But I’d love to know if anyone has any suggestions for what to do with the rest of my collection of trainer inner liners.

If you like the idea of using your scraps, click on Kate or Gun (first two names in the list  below) and join us on the 15th of every month – or just those months you feel like joining in.  Here’s a list of both frequent and occasional Scraphappiers (?) if you want to see what everybody else is doing.

Kate,  Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn , Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJeanJohanna,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline and Sue L.

Stay Safe. Stay well.

Until next time,

Bekki x


Belated Sunday Sevens 2020 #15

Each week Sunday Sevens becomes a bit more of a challenge to find new pics I’ve never shown you before when I’m constantly living in the same 3 mile (or so) radius.   Here’s what I found this week…

Pretty eggs from a local farm…


The ancient spring…


A bluebell path…



The castle – did I ever tell you we had a castle? We don’t actually, it was a jail, but it’s always referred to as called a castle – presumably to please the tourists.



My wooden spoons are taking a bit of  with all the Thursday night pan banging…



These cuties appeared over our hedge – or rather on the other side of our Devon bank. They are gorgeous, but in truth they just made me feel sad. They were slightly curious but also looked scared – so young to be taken from their mums and how long before they end up on someone’s dinner plate? 😦


And finally, because that’s only six photos, a random picture of Harry with his lion…


Stay well. Stay safe.

Until next time,

Bekki xx


Monday Sevens

Welcome to a belated Sunday Sevens – at least I think it’s belated and I think it’s Lock Down Week 5. But who knows?

This week I decided it was going to stay warm enough at night for the pots to come out  onto the patio…


With all the warm weather lots of flowers are coming into bloom. I’m particularly loving this phlox that I rescued from the rockery a few years ago, almost dead from rabbit attacks…


This week Lovely Husband has been busy digging the stones out of some old hard standing…


With the weather being so hot, garden I’ve added a diversion to our morning walk so that Harry can a have drink from a small stream – I just love this tiny clapper bridge that passes over it…


The sheep are clearly feeling the heat – who’d want to wear woolly coat when the weather’s so hot?


Whilst the sheep have been sheltering, the sun has brought out the dragon flies…

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Out and about I was also pleased to find a pile of wood for the taking – LH had used his last scraps on the Scrap Happy Greenhouse, so we helped ourselves to some of of it…


And for my last photo, anyone up for a game of Where’s Harry?


Stay safe, stay well.

Until next time,

Bekki x

Sunday Sevens 2020 #13

Lock down is certainly making me appreciate nature’s magic. Outside my gate a beautiful patch of wild garlic is smelling divine…

Flowers have started blooming on the plants in my strawberry jar


…and my potatoes are peaking through the earth…


Indoors LH is still working some days. I’m not saying he looses focus, but he has taken to  spotting stray ticks on Harry and naming them…



This week we also celebrated Lovely Husband’s Birthday. Birthdays in our house are often celebrated with garden Olympics, but due to a lack of contestants and inclement weather, the programme was shortened to a single game of boules…

I was the runner up: 19-21

and the introduction of a new indoor event…

I was the runner up – didn’t bother to count points

In the evening the girls surprised their Dad with a Zoom visit. Several games were planned, but we were so giddy we only made it through the pub quiz…


And finally, a super easy Where’s Harry…


Hope your week has gone well.

Stay well, stay safe.

Until next time,

Bekki x

Sunday Sevens 2020 #12

Not sure if I should apologise for being a day late with this week’s Sunday Sevens or just skip over it, because every day’s the same, you probably won’t notice. Anyway here’s my Week 3 in Lock Down…

I consider myself extra lucky at the moment to have a garden, where I’m spending most of my time. Our rockery has always been a nightmare, because the rabbits eat almost any flower you plant there. This year I’ve decided to turn it into a terrace vegetable garden – planting foods the rabbits should hate: potatoes, onions and garlic.


Th garlic shoots came through this week…


Just look at all those stones – it looked stone free a couple of weeks ago, but with it being so dry all the watering has brought them to the top.


We’ve been intending to build a vegetable patch for years, but need to put in a rabbit proof fence for all the other veg – hoping to get there this year – meantime I have planted another rabbit proof food plant in a bank at the back of what will be the veg garden; a crown of rhubarb, kindly given to me by a friend…

Okay clever peeps, is rhubarb a vegetable or a fruit?

Talking about gifts from friends, I made the gifted eggs I showed you last week into lemon curd…


Since lemon curd uses more yolks than whites, I also made meringues with the left over egg whites…


Had a bit of a disaster though. I put the metal ladle in the aga to sterilise it before I filled the jars and it turned out to be glued together with something that couldn’t stand the heat.


We’ve also enjoyed sitting in the sun. First time we’ve had the loungers out since Harry arrived. He claimed his – or rather mine – in a flash. Think in a past life he might have been one of those people who puts their towel over the best lounger by pool at the crack of dawn.


At least he was up for sharing…


Thursday was very exciting as it was the first time in two week’s I’d left the village. I had dizzy excitement of going shopping…20200409_11440400

They seem to have installed some temporary air venting/adding/who knows what system. Not sure if this is down to covid 19 or dealing with something that has broken…


Thursday is also the day we clap at 8pm for the NHS staff and all the essential workers. We owe every one of them a huge debt of gratitude and I just wish there was more we could do to help them than clap and hide at home.

LH practising his saucepan banging.

And finally anyone for an (extra hard) game of Where’s Harry?


Stay well, stay safe.

Until next time,

Bekki x