My novel is written, indeed it was finished over a year ago, but needs shortening (at least such is the perception of those who have read it). I had resolved to start this on 1st September. It's now the 12th and I haven't even sat down with it yet. There always seems to be something else in the way. I think I need to set aside a certain hour of the day for the task and make an appointment to do it.
The Weekly Grocery Shop
Last Friday Partner-who-loves-tea and I went off to do the weekly grocery shop. That may not seem the most exciting piece of news for my blog posting but it was quite different to normal. I have put my shopping list on my phone. I wait to see if new technology beats old. Last Friday it worked OK. (To be honest I had a back-up handwritten list in my back pocket but didn’t use it!) Just wish me luck that if I do introduce this new way of going round the shops I don’t have battery fade (or brain fade) half way round.
Nasty People! Sadly, there are some around…
I try quite hard to keep your visits here a positive experience – maybe fun, maybe educational, hopefully with the occasional attractive photo… But there are odd occasions when I am made so angry that I just have to let off steam. Imagine a situation in which you have applied for a job (this was not me but a friend of mine). Your application is received and person X in the Personnel / Human Resources division says ‘We need more detail; do some more work on your application’. You do some more work and they receive it, wishing you, more than happily, the very best of luck. What you don’t know is that you are, for whatever reason, ineligible to apply for the post in the first place. Person X knew that all along and was just playing with you – their idea of a laugh, I suppose. There are some really nasty pieces of work in this world and it makes me want to weep!
I think I might be becoming allergic to mushrooms. Or, at least, mushrooms that aren’t exceptionally fresh. GB made some lovely mushroom soup while I was up there – I licked the bowl clean. It was made with mushrooms that were on sale because they were on their last sell by date. My tummy was bad afterwards. And a few days ago I had some mushrooms that were past their best (but not really off in any way) on toast. Tummy problems again. But in between I’ve had fresh mushrooms and no problems. Is this a known issue or am I putting two coincidences together and making five I wonder?
“I heard police or ambulancemen, standing in our house, say, “She must have provoked him,” or, “Mrs Stewart, it takes two to make a fight.” They had no idea. The truth is my mother did nothing to deserve the violence she endured. She did not provoke my father, and even if she had, violence is an unacceptable way of dealing with conflict. Violence is a choice a man makes and he alone is responsible for it.”-Patrick Stewart
I have been collecting photos of inn signs for many years but have never put my digital ones in a separate folder or sorted them in any way. It’s one of the many jobs that I may or may not get around to one day.
The story is told that Drake was playing a game of bowls at Plymouth Hoe on July 18, 1588, when the Armada was sighted, but insisted on completing the game before setting sail. This rather faded inn sign in Exeter would appear to be a tribute to that day.
I wonder what the story is behind the naming of The Sorry Head, also in Exeter?
A monkey suit is slang for a man's formal evening dress so this Exeter inn sign is a clever play on the expression.
And another photo from my visit to Exeter in May – going shopping the pretty way…
Have a good day.