Garden Plans


Another good nights sleep last night, albeit a late night (midnight) but also a late morning.  I slept through despite reducing my cocodamol dose to 38mg and I will keep reducing it gradually until the restless leg stops me sleeping.  The weather was horrible again, but I decided to embrace it and walk along the prom into town and it was gloriously wild!  When I arrived in the square I noticed that the Christmas lights were still on and there are some new snowflake lights which look quite nice on the lamp posts, unfortunately after only a single day in operation at least one of them has broken in the wind.  I found the broken components on the floor, but they can’t be fixed.

After a couple of hours in Caffe Nero it had stopped raining, but was still exceptionally windy, so I was tempted to just come straight home.  But I toughened up and walked the back streets, crossing and re-crossing the railway line as I followed it north to provide some ‘hills’ to climb.  It’s not a great walk so to make it worthwhile for something more than exercise I picked up a whole bag full of litter, dozens of bottles, milk cartons, polystyrene takeaway holders and broken umbrellas,  St David’s Road North was looking pretty spick and span by the time I was finished.

I sent the kids a message, asking them to choose a charity for me to donate to on their behalf, a total of 400 pounds, I’m suggesting charities from but they can choose one themselves if they want to.

This afternoon I finalised what I’m planning to plant in the garden next year and wrote a blog post all about it.  I then jumped on my exercise bike and watched Agent X, then made the pizza mix and prepared the veg, had a bath and then made dinner.  I made three Pizza’s today, bacon and cheese; peas, sweet corn and cheese and peas, sweet corn, pepper, mushrooms and cheese.  Debbie, Jennie, Lewis and Anna ate it hot, Tess has it cold for after work and there’s enough left for Debbie’s lunch tomorrow.

I’m trying to talk myself into going swimming tonight, then hopefully Debbie and I will be watching some TV

I am grateful for:

  1. The freedom and flexibility that I enjoy in retirement
  2. Debbie being able to pursue her passion
  3. The opportunity to talk to Steph on Skype

Steve Richards

I'm retired from work as a business and IT strategist. now I'm travelling, hiking, cycling, swimming, reading, gardening, learning, writing this blog and generally enjoying good times with friends and family

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