Monday, 26 February 2018

This Convolvulus has already travelled along a windowsill, across a yard, up a wall and is now on its way along a railing. It does this every single year.

Friday, 23 February 2018

One way of dealing with painting and decorating

Friday 23 February 2018
The result of painting and decorating is good - rather like recovering from flu - but the process is extremely stressful and goes on too long. Living surrounded by sanding dust and paint pots, I decided to make a feature of it. No trying to live with painting gear crammed indiscriminately under the stairs. This is my bedroom.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

A visit to the V&A's magnificent new entrance in Exhibition Road (described on my other blog). Inside, the Collections seem lit anew. Jacob Epstein made this Portrait of Albert Einstein in 1933 when Einstein was briefly staying in the UK. The sculptor said that Einstein's face delighted him: "his glance contained a mixture of the humane, the humorous and the profound . . . He resembled the ageing Rembrandt."

You'll find it in the Victoria and Albert Sculpture Galleries on the ground floor where it's on loan from the Tate.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

I have just purchased what might be the ultimate save money and save the planet device. A Thermos bottle. Have you found your own way of saving while limiting your use of disposable containers like coffee mugs?

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Lots of hand-wringing and guilt-inducing words in the newspapers (I don't have a TV) about what we eat and how we're becoming obese as a nation. Gentle reader, not even the scientists doing the research have time to sit down to 2 balanced meals a day. The lucky ones live near enough to their labs to be able to ride a bike. At least they know that this will keep them in trim and mitigate the effect of the chocolate bars.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

On Friday, I discovered another brilliant use for a cargobike. I can use it to get me up in the morning. No, not by cycling round the bedroom; it would hardly fit for a start. I throw on some clothes, grab my keys and I'm off.This is what those dog walkers have known all along. Walking - and cycling - activates the feet. The flexing of each foot acts as a pump to drive sleepy blood up the legs (against gravity) which all adds up to persuading your