Last week we didn’t get to share our word of the week. It’s not because we didn’t want to, or because the week was particularly rubbish and trying in many ways. It is simply because it was a rather busy week and we also spent a lot of the time away from home trying to get Leisa’s Macbook Pro fixed.
Anyway, fast forward to this week and we are happy to report that the week was almost the opposite of last week and it was overall a success. Let’s tell you how.
By the way, if you are new here, we join in with Anne on her blog each week to use a word or phrase, to sum up how our week has been. Most times we try to pick the positives out of our week and report on that. It’s really interesting to see how others sum up their week too. It reminds us that we are all humans and we all experience some of the same things. If you do blog, please feel free to check out the linky and participate.
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The weather has been glorious lately with the right balance of sunshine and showers. As a result, we enjoy walking in the garden and just pottering about. The petunias in hanging baskets at the front and back of the house look amazing and it’s hard to believe these were the tiny little things that we had indoors when it was still too cold to plant them out!
I’ve watched some YouTube videos on how to ‘dead head’ them and I take pride in doing this job and watching them flourish. Leisa has also started reaping courgettes that we now add to our menu for the week. We haven’t had to do much watering as it hasn’t been very hot and there has been even the slightest bit of rain almost every day.
Manor farm and fruit picking
Speaking about garden success… on Wednesday as part of our weekly Wednesday Day-Date series, we took a trip to Manor Farm in Tamworth. It was a beautiful day out and we picked strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries. We also had lunch in their strawberry cafe and that was fab too. The place is clean and decent and the staff are young, fresh-faced, and friendly.
It was our first time doing such an activity and we would definitely go again. Last summer during the lockdown, our neighbours went and it was the sweetest thing ever when she sent her little toddler son across to our house to give us some. So guess what? This year it was our turn to return the favour, even though we had to do the delivery ourselves.
It’s been such a lovely week over on our Youtube channel too! We have set aside an hour each day to do a live catch up with our subscribers and we discuss all sorts.
Here is our latest Snippet of our Week.
We were pleasantly surprised one day this week when on one of the lives, one of the participants pointed out that we had just hit the 1K subscriber mark! I squealed with excitement and Leisa did a little song and dance, 😂 .
We have the best subscribers and we always find something pleasant to chat about every day. Topics like our old school and school friends, what our communities were like growing up, our children and what we love about them, living the frugal and stress-free life, and also how it’s such a nice thing to help and support other people.
The Youtube process is something that we are enjoying every day so we think we will keep going. What do you think?
Memories in the form of old photos and videos
As you may or may not know, Leisa lost all the info that was stored on her Macbook pro. It was indeed sad but we quickly accepted that there was nothing that we could do so we had better just get on with things.
So earlier this week, she searched through one of the old handbags that she used to take to school when she was teaching and we found so many photos, videos and documents on an old backup drive that she had stopped using, and that brought back pleasant memories. Memories of trips abroad, the kids when they were little, us goofing around, and our early days in England, were some of what we found. It is fair to say that we spent (not wasted), a lot of time looking through them and laughing.
We also found a photo of my son who is no longer with us. Even finding the photo made me happy. It was bitter sweet really, truth be told.
Empty nesters soon!
Well, Julie-Ann found success this week as she got her A-Level results and concretized her place at university. We are very happy for her and can’t wait to see the ways she will blossom and mature into who she is meant to be.
She bought some fancy fairy cakes and a chocolate brownie ice cream to celebrate. It sounds like most of her friends found success too and only one is challenging one of the grades that she got.
So come September, Leisa and I will be home alone! Whohoo! We will miss them but we also have big plans, just watch this space. Think trips and travel and room makeovers and keeping the house clean and cooking or not cooking when we want to etc. It feels strange that for a few months until December the house will be quiet as our 3 favourite young people will be away at Universities in Loughborough, Leicester, and Wolverhampton.
Anyone for a house party?
Do let us know how you would sum up your week. Speak soon and much love,
Jo & Leisa.