Category Archives: Jan Edwards

Stokie and Italian food – Barry Lillie

via It’s all about food


Right Signs #authorselectric

20180512_150542 (1)My Authors Electric blog for May is ready to read.

“Last week Peter and I decided to walk to the Bloggers and Authors meetup, as it was a sunny day, and noted an oddity that had not struck either of us before when driving that route. Two roads that we passed had been renamed…”  to read the rest go here

Bloggers and Authors

Kerry Parsons – Book blogger at Chat About Books  and Steph Lawrence of Stefloz Book Blog organised a meet-up at the North Stafford Hotel in Stoke on Saturday 12th. Several dozen authors and bloggers met up for a chat and exchange of info.  Many thanks to both for their hard work in organising the event!

The next meeting will be in September!

New Kitchen

All but finished now!  Just a few bits and bobs to get sorted and the floor to decide upon.



Garden Revamp – add a table #garden #courtyardgarden

20180418_135759More gardening today – and I think I now have most of the plants out that I don’t want and moved and/or ‘pruned’ the rest.

The mosaic table and chairs that we bought in the sales last autumn and which have been stored in the garage since look rather nice in the sunshine. (There are 4 chairs but only brought 2 out today)




The camlia will be here and after some wavering I decided that

20180418_135906the large pieris has a reprieve for the time being. Put in the huge cyclamen (rhs)  two ferns and a heuchera. Had thought of gravelling that section as the window cleaner has a habit of treading on it  but just going to put in a pebbe; section down the side of the conservatory. The large pot contains a Rodgersia pinnata.  Not the best pot but its a plant that like to be kept quite damp.

The side border looks a little spartan but it now has space for new things. The acer in the centre may yet end up in a large pot. It seems to be one of the weeping varieties, which is wasted in a mixed border. They are far  better displayed in a good pot.



20180418_135759From now on it will be the judicious buying of plants for seasonal colour. With such a small  courtyard garden I can’t afford to bung stuff in as I used to. But on a day like this it is a perfect place for tea and a book!



Authors Electric post for March

My March post for Authors Electric is up for reading here

Begins: “You know how it is – somebody mentions a particular subject on Facebook or Twitter, which sparks that domino effect of comments, which often stray off topic, interweaving with the original post but following trains of thought from a dozen, two dozen and more people…”

A day like any other

I have no strong feelings either way about Mothers’ Day, or Mothering Sunday as it once was, but do feel its maybe getting a little OTT in recent years. I especially feel for those who have lost their mothers, and even more for those who have lost their children when the wall of advertising and social media hits them like  a train every year. Continue reading