What is an Expert?

Until four years ago I  never had to look after the garden! So when we downsized dramatically, Hubby and I agreed that perhaps the easiest thing to do was turn this tiny patch over to nothing but roses! Confident that I am NO Expert our mission was to seek advice! We had rose beds full…

Shed not a clout ’til May is out!

Ten days ago I was up at Chatsworth where it was bitterly cold but sunny. All winter coats and hot soups were needed. I was with an old school friend who could not understand my obsession with trying to find the Pink May Tree (Hawthorn).  “Shed not a Clout ’til May is out”I informed her. “Surely…

Kilner Jars & ‘Sell by Date’

The other day I was reminded of how long one can keep food! One of my Granddaughters, who is an enthusiastic cook, delighted in showing me her latest addition to her Kitchen. She had just bought a selection of Kilner Jars and explained that she would be able to keep fruits and many other products…

Short tubes waste those creams!

“Be warned young man! You are about to marry the most extravagant  girl I know!” This was the advice my father gave my husband in 1965!  Until his dying day hubby tried very hard to teach me to be careful with my toothpaste. He neatly squeezed his tube (yes within a week we agreed a separate…

Naughty Step or a Good Smack?

I am no psychiatrist, teacher or expert in this field. But, like many, I have observed much over the last seventy years!  So I ask. Should we punish children with a ‘Smack or ‘The Naughty Step’? After over twenty five years of ‘The Naughty Step’. Have we better behaviour in schools and beyond? Only  last…

Learning to Survive!

  Over twelve years ago one of my granddaughters went to play hockey and netball in Kenya. On her departure she did not feel privileged!  Her ability to complain about her useless school was second to none! She had not appreciated that she was learning to learn and survive! In Kenya she went to three completely different schools over…

How Divisive is PC?

So the PC army have decided that we should not use ‘Mankind’ when referring to the human race. Excuse me! ‘Humanity’ the new word. Perhaps we should go for  ‘Alienkind’? Then we are told that Women have demanded the ‘sexist’ DVLA  delete ‘Mrs’ from our driving licenses. Forms are to have ‘Christian Name’ changed to ‘Forename’.…

Draughts-Cleaning- and those Germs!!!

Newspapers this week informed us that Draughts are to be obliterated! Housework has a school timetable and watch out for those germs! OK let us go back to when my second granddaughter was born twenty six years ago into a spotless and germ-free household. It was almost hermetically sealed. She did not know what a…

Scientists and Experts can be wrong!

So Diesel is no longer the flavour of the year for our Experts on Eco Watch. Many in my family changed their cars over the last twelve years thinking that they were being socially responsible and paving the way for future generations to have a cleaner world. How could Scientists be so adamant that they were…

Guilt. Oh the pressure of Guilt!

Guilt – How often do you feel guilty for just being you?   Guilt is something that has plagued me all my life. First of all I was born a girl when a boy was definitely required by my father who already had a beautiful little girl! Then I was made to feel guilty by…