Kia Kaha

I’ve had one glass of wine and I’m really pissed. I don’t want everyone to think I’m an alcoholic or anything because alcohol is best avoided. I don’t drink very often but I bought a half case of sulphur-free wine recently and I’ve really enjoyed it drinking it, especially the red wine.

The broccoli in my garden is starting to flower. I have some broccoli at the allotment but it was planted later and isn’t quite as advanced yet.


The blue poppies are also blooming again this year.


I have deliberately avoided writing about the terror attacks because I don’t think we should give the criminals the media attention they desire. It only adds fuel to the fire and encourages copy-cats. However I do want to send hugs to all those affected. Kia kaha is what the New Zealand Māori say and it means, stay strong.

Dinner is ready! We’re having spaghetti bolognese but made with red lentils instead of mince. Red lentils are a great replacement for mince. Meat-eaters like to laugh at me but my lentil meal is cheaper and healthier than the meat version and when I’m 80 and the arteries feeding my heart are clearer than the front windscreen of a freshly washed electric car, I’ll have the last laugh.


6 thoughts on “Kia Kaha”

  1. A fashion icon, and a cheap drunk too 😂

    I have a friend that just travelled to London to make a keynote address at one of the London universities. Apparently a Canadian was killed in the terror attack, and I am deeply worried.

    1. I hope your friend is ok and that you get some news soon.

      It’s good to be a cheap drunk. That tipsy feeling with alcohol can be relaxing but the more you drink the more you have to drink to get it. I get it with one beer 🙂

      1. Me too. I can’t handle more than one beer and only then once a week at most. I have a history of alcoholism in the family and know full well the consequences.

  2. Strange combination of topics!! Christine and I generally don’t drink, but it still takes more than one glass of wine to get us going! We’ve just come back from a cruise where we’d been given an ‘Ultimate Package’ drinks package. So we had a glass of white zinfandel with dinner every night and a cocktail at the on board theatre, most nights. Two days before the end we found our package included premium coffees too (Cappuccino etc)! We could have been having those every night too!

    Keep up the good work!

    1. Thank you! I do tend to jump around from one top to another. My husband calls me fickle 🙂

      The cruise sounds like fun. Did you enjoy it? I’d like to do one of the National Trust cruises down the west coast of Scotland one day.

      1. Yes we loved it. 7 days is a bit shorter than we normally do but it was cheap. We always go with Royal Caribbean and they do a round Britain cruise. Could be interesting! Booked our next one for next year – Baltic, including a trip to Moscow. I’m posting pics from the 7 day one. Using NextGen gallery and first day is up. I’ll probably have Paris up tonight.

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