We have… a rose

If we were having coffee, I’d invite you to step back in time to 31st October, 2014. The date of my first blog post, and a proud but nervous moment it was. Putting my words and thoughts out there before the world. Quiet little me. What could possibly go wrong?

Well, in truth, nothing has gone particularly wrong, but nothing amazingly right either. I’ve found it difficult to post regularly; sometimes whole months can go by without a word entering cyberspace. The focus of my blog has wavered. I take far too long to prepare my photos for posting because I insist on watermarking them, but I’m now wondering why! I want to post about anything and everything, but also feel I have to spend an age combing through each paragraph for errors. I need to make some decisions about how I blog and when.

I’d like to ask you a few questions to help me with this process.

  • Should I narrow the focus of my blog?
  • Is it necessary to spend time watermarking photos?
  • How often should I post?
  • Do you have any useful tips that would help me to post quickly, regularly and efficiently?

Oh, and the rose. Mme Alfred Carriere. It was the subject of my first post, way back in 2014. After all this time, it has flowered. So here are the pictures: before and after. I’m hoping my blog can blossom too.

 

 

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Weekend Smoothie Report

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’ve been experimenting with making smoothies recently, having been given a Nutri Ninja as a present. I’ve used various combinations of fruits, almond milk and chocolate soya milk. Some of them were photographed on my phone. The idea was to keep a record of which ones worked and which ones didn’t, but I’m just not organised enough to do that! Now it’s just a question of using whatever I have to hand, and hoping the results are palatable. I have to say, they’ve all tasted delicious so far; it’s the question of how thick or thin they should be that tends to make or mar them.

Anyway, the photographs. I know there are galleries beyond number of exquisitely presented smoothies out there, and that mine will look unappealing in comparison. I’m not really into that, because I just don’t have the time, although I have photographed some of them outside because it represents the colour more accurately. The chocolate, banana and strawberry one is a close-up because it was snapped in a plastic container just before I left for work. And that’s the main reason I’m making them: I have to leave so early for work that I can’t face breakfast. A smoothie whizzed up in the Nutri Ninja is a quick and healthy answer.

Read or Save?

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’ve finished ‘Love Story, with Murders’, the DC Fiona Griffiths crime novel I mentioned in my last coffee share post. You might tell me that it took a long time, and I’d reply that there were reasons for that, but they were nothing to do with the book itself. I like the unusual character that Harry Bingham has created in Fiona, as I now feel I can call her, this being the second in the series. And precisely because it is the second in the series, I can’t reveal too much about her, for fear of spoilers if you haven’t read the first. Suffice it to say, then, that she has an intriguing, if not bizarre, personality and background, as well as a somewhat unusual set of friends. Oh, and her investigative methods are unorthodox, to say the least.

As the title of the first novel, ‘Talking to the Dead’, suggests, the deceased feature significantly, but perhaps not in quite the way you’d expect. ‘Love Story, with Murders’ kicks off with a gruesome discovery in a freezer; the icy theme continues as South Wales is gripped by freezing weather. That’s significant too. If you yearn every Christmas for deep, white, fluffy snow, one incident will probably change your mind about it for ever. Tense moments mingle with some mildly unsettling ones; there’s menace, but humour too. And the question of where Fiona came from is always, troublingly, there in the background.

So far, I’m really enjoying this series and will definitely be reading the next one; ‘The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths’. But wait… there is only one more to go after that (and one more coming soon, I believe). So the question is: read or save? What would you advise me to do?

 

 

First Weekend Coffee Share

If we were having coffee, I’d probably tell you that I’ve decided to recharge my Fitbit and give it another try.

I threw it across the room in the middle of the night a few weeks ago, when I had flu and was probably hallucinating or something. Now seems like the time to try again. Spring seems to have arrived today. The air is full of birdsong. Cowslips and forget-me-nots are blooming in the garden – and a new start seems appropriate. Change is in the air; I don’t want to ignore it.

So… I have to change too. I need to work on exercise, a healthy diet and mental relaxation. And how I spend my time in the lighter spring evenings when I come home from work.

Plugging that charger in now!