Friday, 11 October 2013

Welcome

Greetings!

And welcome to my blog, thanks for dropping by.

I've spent a lot of time reading blogs, discovering how many brilliant writers, talented craftspeople there are out there in the world of blogland. Blogs about travel, thrifting, gardening, careers ... all manner of subjects. The ones I found most interesting were those that mixed a bit of everything, craft, homemaking, holiday chats, family life and so on. They contain a bit of everything don't they, blogs like Attic 24 and Thriftwood come immediately to mind, though of course there are lots of others, but these are the two I just looked at, so they are fresh in my mind. Or in other words, they haven't yet slipped through one of the holes that is the colander of my mind.

My blog will be a bit like these two, only minus the craft inspirations that come from Lucy in the Attic, or the thriftiness of Claire at Thriftwood. There will be a bit of this and that - maybe I'll pass on the title of a really good book I've just read, or show a picture of something I've made. There might be chats about something in the news that caught my eye, or day trip we make. 

Imagine you're popping round to your best friend's house for morning tea. You sit at her kitchen table, a pot of tea - or coffee it's that your preferred drink - maybe a slice of home made cake. No make that 'definitely' a slice of home made cake! You chat about all sorts of things, have a giggle over something, a bit of a gossip maybe. Nothing too serious, though that's not to say it's totally frivolous. I've found, when chatting with friends, we tend to range from the serious to the ridiculous. We'll sit and craft sometimes, eat cake and chat, laugh and cry sometimes too. Hopefully no tears on here though. This is a place to escape to, a place to earwig in on someone else's conversation, and even join in if the mood takes you.

Of course, what many people in the county have been talking about this past couple of days is the weather, which has definitely turned colder, windier and wetter. High winds, high tides - a lethal combination as people along the north Norfolk coast here are only too well aware. The high winds whip up the higher than usual tides and send water over the coastal roads in many places. This picture was taken at Walcott yesterday, when people living across from the beach were evacuated to the village pub. They were later allowed home. And whilst it was the coastal areas that were worst affected by the high winds, over 50mph in places at times, inland trees came down, roof tiles came off houses, the usual incidents associated with stormy weather like this. Today, although dull and wet and chilly in my little bit of the county, at least the winds have dropped considerably.

                                                  Photograph taken from BBC website

I did say that there might be times when something I had heard on the news sparked a debate, and one such story yesterday was of the Suffolk man, who gets £52,000 a year in benefits, has twelve children, ten of whom are still living at home, a depressed wife who is pregnant again, and who lives in a three bedroomed council house, soon to be a six-bedroomed worth a reported £300,000, if the council plans go ahead. The adjoining house has become vacant so the council plans to knock through into it. People are naturally up in arms about this, for all sorts of reasons, and whilst there may be those on the council who disapprove, it is the council's duty to house this  man, and house him and his family in a relatively comfortable manner, and obviously ten-soon-to-be-eleven children and two adults in a three bedroomed house isn't particularly comfortable. Some would say 'Tough!'. Some would argue that it's his right, and his wife's, to have as many children as they want. The voice of reason says that if you can't afford them, you shouldn't have them, there is such a thing as being responsible. (He doesn't work by the way) And there are people who say that the man should have been counselled in some way, by his GP possibly, about his lifestyle, his wife producing a baby a year. But should we interfere in that way? According to the Daily Express online, the 'benefits dad' as he has been called, has apparently said that if he wants 50 children, he'll have them 'and you can pay'. Is he right?

If you've got any thoughts about this, or anything else, please feel free to add them. And meanwhile, I hope you'll drop by another day.

7 comments:

  1. Hi
    Thanks for dropping by my blog this morning. It looks from your profile like we have a lot in common. I've lived in lots of places including Yorkshire and the North Norfolk coast. I've done a lot of jobs from journalist to pub landlady. And I've tried my hand at watercolours and art journaling. Welcome to Blogland, Pop over to my place any time you like!

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  2. PS. You'll get more followers if you take the dreadful verification thingy off. It's in the dashboard somewhere.

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  4. I'll deactivate it for now, but may reinstate it. Many years ago I had trouble with some Japanese/Chinese using my blog as a place to have conversations. It was very annoying. If anything like this happens again, then it will be reinstated.

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    1. If you have the time you'll find that comment moderation usually solves the problem. It means going through and approving everyone, of course. So it's not a simple solution.

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  5. Hi Edwina, nice to meet a blogger from Norfolk, Morning AJ's favourite county!

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    1. The county's alright - it's the natives I have trouble with! :)

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