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Background to an Open Letter to IDS … meet The Work Programme!

Over the past year I have blogged about some of the things that I have encountered in “the system” as an unemployed person; but all that I have already revealed pales into insignificance beside the experience I have had recently on “The Work Programme”; I will write about that today and then go on to explain why Iain Duncan Smith (IDS) has put flawed measures in place and why his latest plans are even further flawed. Read More…


Colour Makes Such a Difference

So look at this huge range of fence stains … my sheds are in colours form the left hand palette (Wild Thyme) and (Lavender); in a previous garden I did use the Iris with Lavender – because blue tones make something appear further away (think about aerial perspective and the hills and how blue and distant they can look).

For the past 7 years the end of my garden has been painted orange … this photo doesn’t really do the glow justice …

But late this morning Pup woofed his deep woof and when I went out my neighbour had been in and repainted it in a gorgeous rich dark brown … Read More…

The Outdoor Life

Today has been hot and sunny – all day.  Breakfast on the patio, afternoon teas on the patio, glass or two of red on the patio, dinner on the patio and in a minute a coffee on the patio … isn’t that the perfect reason(s) to have a patio?

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Upcycling …

So today promised to be tedious – signing on – advisor interview … rain if it was like yesterday!  So what really happened?

My appointment was 11 so I went out for the 09:46 bus which gave me time to go to the library and print off the evidence of my job searching activity.  We saw the bus go into Kirrie about 5 minutes late so when it got to 10:00 and it had not returned we started to think something had gone wrong.  We got giddy and hatched plans to hijack a spraying tractor and it’s bowser unit.  We set the world to rights – well our little corner of it at least.  We swapped details of our activities once we got to the other end of the bus journey.

A bus went into Kirrie “out of service” so we reasoned that soon we would have a bus …

The next bus went into Kirrie on time and I got a lovely cheery wave from the driver.

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The Crow

Although this blog post involves a dead thing – there are no close ups on gory so I have decided to include it here rather than Pup’s training blog because it was actually a lovely interaction:

We had walked about half way along the larch spinney when Pup discovered a prostate corvid.  Now there is something you need to know if  you are not familiar with crows – they apparently taste vile because of the oil on their feathers … many dogs will not touch them at all.  Dog however has no problem picking them up!  Looking at where it was I would guess it had hit the tree and broken it’s neck.

So Pup looked at the this poor dead creature and then looked at me as if to say what do I do? am I allowed?


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Shadow Puppet

Loved these very stately flowers and baby cones in this pine … although in close up they do look slightly rude – but I didn’t notice until after I had taken the pictures!!

Anyway that was yesterday what about today? not much to relate simply because it was signing on day which means a routine of creating and printing evidence to take with me to show that I am still actively seeking work.  My bus journeys were fairly uneventful and there were no hold ups or hiccoughs at the Job Centre.

We did just have  a funny from young Pup though – he was playing with Kevlar Ducky throwing it up and catching it when he suddenly froze on the sofa starting at the wall.  I turned slightly further to see … a shadow Pup complete with it’s own Kevlar Ducky dangling from it’s mouth.  Pup tossed his head up and down a time or to then lunged forward and dodged back.  Not sure which of them won but he really is taken in by his own shadow which I don’t remember Dog ever struggling with.  I will have to try getting  a photograph sometime because it is rather cute.

Tomorrow will be give the boys a longer walk and try and do some more of Evelyn’s garden as well as write the submission for our online team course.  Then Friday is my Walk Leader training … and then it will be the weekend again!



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