Blooming marvellous….

It’s so peaceful here today, that even the ships and tug boats are sailing past silently.

There is much loving calmness in the walls of this house and the old cobbled pedestrian streets around us mirror that. Several conversations have flowed lately and we all agree that there is something special about being here. The local stories from when this old house was a care home, all speak of kind memories and thoughts.

My Mum has gifted me some great planters and they are filled with blue and pink hydrangeas and hardy plants that can survive the salt wind out there on the flat roof. I have tried various experiments with bird feeding and the latest one is an upturned iron Poppy holder that sits in one of the tubs. I found an old curved plate that serves as a bird bath and I can see all of this from the window where I sit and work. Thank you, my Mate ❤ Years ago I was learning German at school and came home to tell my Mum that she was Mater in German. This got shortened to Mate and has stuck over all these years.

It's like an Aladin's cave here and my landlady was having a sort out a few days ago. She warned me about possible noise, because her crew of Bob the Builder and Helpful Brother were shifting stuff upstairs to the floor above. We had a natter and I put in a bid for a lovely, long sofa in place of the two seater that was here. After some tender loving care it now looks at home and as I laid out on it at full stretch yesterday evening, I said 'Thank you' out loud.

This morning I woke up early with every intention of going out for a walk, but the sight of pelting rain put me off and I switched ideas. My little kitchen is quirky and I have an old Belling worktop oven with two solid plates on top. This has a mind of it's own and if I put the oven on then the left hand plate does not work, both plates on and the oven doesn't work. Over time he and I have made friends and I stood in the peace this morning to make a cake to flow 'sofa gratitude' downstairs.

My place is now filled with homely scents, with the rooftop plants soaking up the rain, as the working day starts. Feel the love ❤

43 Responses to “Blooming marvellous….”

  1. 1 earthwalking13 October 8, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Beautifully written. I can feel the calm

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  2. 3 Sue Dreamwalker May 23, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Sounds to me like all things are coming together perfectly for a perfect home..

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  3. 6 Clare Pooley May 21, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    I think you have more patience than me! I definitely wouldn’t be speaking to that oven if it were mine! That is the unfortunate thing about having a furnished flat/room; you don’t have much choice where furnishings are concerned. I am pleased you managed to snaffle that long sofa in exchange for the two-seater!
    Looking forward to seeing you soon! xx

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  4. 9 dgkaye May 18, 2018 at 12:37 am

    Oh sounds so quaint and heavenly Jane. Good score on the couch! And had a bit of a chuckle at ‘Mate’, sounds Australian LOL ❤ Enjoy the weekend my lovely xoxoxo

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    • 10 Jane Sturgeon May 18, 2018 at 10:21 am

      Thank you my lovely. Enjoy your weekend my unicorn buddy. Hugs and much ❤ ❤ xXx

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      • 11 dgkaye May 18, 2018 at 4:44 pm

        Thanks you sweet friend, Happy weekend again, ❤ xxxxxx

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        • 12 Jane Sturgeon May 19, 2018 at 7:55 am

          I meant to share this with you. Thank to your recommendation I bought Bill Browder’s ‘Red Notice’. What a book Debby. He writes eloquently and makes the money markets understandable, which is a feat in itself. It’s a remarkable story and I wept in places. His bravery in telling it stands out. Thanks for the ‘heads-up’. Hugs and much love ❤ xXx ❤

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          • 13 dgkaye May 20, 2018 at 3:49 pm

            Oh wow, so glad to hear your feedback. I felt all those same emotions. Definitely a riveting- and often chilling read. But yes, he does have a great writing style. easy to understand in layman’s terms for sure. That man is a hero and I see him sometimes on CNN News, still living in the UK and still fears his life every time he has to travel outside the Uk, but of course, never back to Russia! ❤ xoxo

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  5. 14 tornadoday May 17, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    Looks like my kinda corner of your world, Jane! ❤

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  6. 16 Tandy | Lavender and Lime May 17, 2018 at 6:15 am

    I too would have foregone the walk in the rain! Sounds blissfull Jane 🙂

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  7. 18 valeriedavies May 17, 2018 at 3:34 am

    I love the sense of well being in your story… birds baths, sofa, cake… all the small things that make for contentedness and that feeling that all’s
    right with the world…

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  8. 20 nataliescarberry May 17, 2018 at 2:47 am

    So beautiful and calming. 🙂 ><3 xo

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  9. 23 ianscyberspace May 17, 2018 at 1:42 am

    We have several lakes I walk around and of an early morning I like to stand and just take in the reflections of sky, trees and houses in those tranquil waters. Your picture looks so inviting.

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  10. 25 Christy B May 16, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    I like hydrangeas 🙂 ❤

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  11. 27 Jane Stansfeld May 16, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    Just the read soothes – thank-you!

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  12. 29 Al May 16, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    You describe quite a placid, relaxing scene. You’re like a painter who uses words instead of brushes.

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  13. 31 smzang May 16, 2018 at 2:27 pm


    I love your amazing ability to feel the sunshine, and to make us feel it, too, in every situation. It is a great gift you have, my friend. God has blessed you well.

    Thanks for sharing your sunshine.


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    • 32 Jane Sturgeon May 17, 2018 at 9:05 am

      Thank you Sarah. I pottered out there this morning, dead heading and putting fresh water in the dish for the birds. A chap was busy in the beach digging for something! A few joggers were going along the prom and it was so peaceful. I had to drag myself away to start work. Hugs for you. xXx


  14. 33 deborahbrasket May 16, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    What a lovely, peaceful place you inhabit. It was a pleasure visiting with you here this morning.I’d love to see your plate birdbath. What a unique and fun idea.

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  15. 35 grandfathersky May 16, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Each day a flow of unknown waves and currents flowing down the river into our lives. Nothing like a stretch on o good couch 🛋, to quiet the mind and soothe the body … springtime love flowing to you ❤️!

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  16. 37 davidprosser May 16, 2018 at 10:21 am

    Cakes and calmness are your particular gifts to where you are Jane.No wonder there’s a feeling of contentment all around. We’ve had some glorious sunshine and now the plants are getting their drink.. I hope the sunshine will be coming back now to put smiles on everyone’s face.
    xxx Humongous Hugs to you xxx

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    • 38 Jane Sturgeon May 16, 2018 at 10:24 am

      Hello my lovely, wasn’t it glorious yesterday afternoon? Yes, the plants need a good drink after all the sunshine and I am sure it will return soon. People were talking to each other yesterday; warmth has a wonderful effect. Huge hugs flowing across The Dee to you. Here’s to a lovely rest of the week. xXx ❤ xXx

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  17. 39 ShimonZ May 16, 2018 at 9:51 am

    Hard to imagine the pelting rain looking at this peaceful view of the white clouds reflected in the blue waters. Wishing you peace and happiness as you reach out to the life forms of the area, and wrestle with the old stove, trying to restore its hidden potential. xxx

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  18. 41 Jane Sturgeon May 16, 2018 at 8:59 am

    Thank you and hugs for you. Xx


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