|Posted by just-a-moment on November 4, 2016 at 4:50 PM||comments (0)|
When Daisy (Soo Stevenot) told me we were going to Northampton today, she said my face was a picture. I suppose because, being a Sarries fan I associate the town with the Saints (a certain rugby club). A bit like Watford and Luton. But I had said she could choose where we went and so we braved the M1 and the rain and arrived as the sun was making an appearance. A friendly resident gave us directions to the car park and then we walked back up to the museum. But lunch was first and we went to a...Read Full Post »
|Posted by just-a-moment on October 30, 2016 at 7:55 AM||comments (0)|
RETIREMENT - PART TWO
It was an odd day, the day I retired. Obviously I had been building up to it for some time. Since the previous year – well actually, for longer than that. If you’re not happy in your job and you’re of a certain age, you don’t necessarily start thinking about looking for a position elsewhere, but rather ask yourself ‘can I retire yet? Can I get my pension yet? Can I afford to stop working?’
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|Posted by just-a-moment on May 11, 2016 at 7:55 AM||comments (0)|
25 Years A Radiology Secretary
Last week I retired from the x-ray department at Watford General Hospital.
I had thought to go last year - things had changed, my job was not the same, people had left, the workload was high, mundane and neverending and I had had enough. However, I was talked into staying, to manage one more year and reach my quarter of a century. It seemed something to aim...Read Full Post »
|Posted by just-a-moment on February 1, 2016 at 1:10 PM||comments (0)|
Cassiobury Park in Watford, Hertfordshire, was created in 1909 with land purchased by Watford Borough Council from the estate of the Earls of Essex. It is 190 acres of parkland, woodland and nature reserves with the River Gade and Grand Union Canal running through it; an escape from the ever-expanding and bustling town and a magnet for people from miles around.
The history of Cassiobury is well documented and I have been walking in and photographing the green oasis of the pa...Read Full Post »
|Posted by just-a-moment on September 29, 2015 at 4:55 PM||comments (0)|
The early hours of 28th September 2015 saw a full lunar eclipse of a full moon. A super moon. It was going to turn red as a result.
Just before our recent holiday to Herefordshire, I purchased a new camera (a Nikon D3200). I had one before, but couldn't get to grips with the technicalities, so opted for a bridge camera instead. It was great. To a point. Took some pretty good photos. But I reached a point where I wanted to do more, so went for another Nikon. I learned a lot while o...Read Full Post »
|Posted by just-a-moment on August 31, 2015 at 1:00 PM||comments (1)|
What else do you do on a wet Bank Holiday Monday but go for a bit of a drive and have lunch with your best friend in a garden centre? Squires at Common Road, Stanmore, is just the place for such a rendezvous and after a very nice bite to eat (mixed fish pie with samphire, chips and peas for me and roast beef dinner for Daisy) we took an amble around the place, picking up a few things, both for home and garden - including a very pretty white orchid as a birthday pressie for me - and then went ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by just-a-moment on May 14, 2014 at 4:00 PM||comments (1)|
So when you get an evening like the one today, where would you rather be ?
I left work and headed for dad's and sat for a while on the patio with dad and Martin. Tea and cake in the late afternoon sunshine, watching the young starlings squabbling and squawking and the pigeons nicking the bird food and the squirrel making the most of the nuts Martin had put out. Dad decided he wasn't that hungry and didn't want a lot for tea - until I suggested an omelette. That did the trick and he tuck...Read Full Post »
|Posted by just-a-moment on February 17, 2014 at 1:55 PM||comments (0)|
A Walk With Trees
I belong to a Women’s Walking Group. In fact, I lead the group on our lovely walks. We meet once a fortnight, on a Sunday morning and aim to ramble about for two or three hours around the West Watford area, weather permitting. Occasionally we go a little further afield, depending on the goodwill of those with cars to offer and arrange lifts.
However, this Sunday 16th February, we met up outside the West Watford Community Centre in Har...Read Full Post »
|Posted by just-a-moment on December 21, 2013 at 1:40 PM||comments (0)|
So what is Christmas all about ?
There are eight major festivals in the Pagan / Wiccan year. They are normally regarded as beginning at Sunset and lasting until Sunset the following day.
Of these: four are Celtic in origin and four are solar festivals.
Solar festivals are the Winter Solstice (Yule) which is the shortest day, Summer Solstice (Midsummer) which is the longest day. The Spring Equinox and Autumn Equinox mark the time when ho...Read Full Post »
|Posted by just-a-moment on September 29, 2013 at 5:40 PM||comments (1)|
Beyond the gate the path led up through dewy grass and over roots washed by rains and polished by countless boots. Toadstools dotted the track like tiny way-markers. In the gulley the stream ran down between uneven banks of emerald moss, where on one side the hawthorns displayed reindeer moss enough to feed an entire herd, the silver-laced branches a contrast against the red of rowan berries. Closer to hand tall birches formed irregular ranks across the slope. The light between the trunks was...Read Full Post »