Monday, 17 May 2021
Sunday, 16 May 2021
Saturday, 15 May 2021
Reading all the comments that have appeared on John's blog after he announced that he was taking a few days off, has made me realise how happy I am that some of my readers have fallen by the wayside. I suspect that is because they don't like what I say, which is fine by me.
A few years ago when people were clamouring for money saving tips, and how to live frugally, it was a massive job for me to give people exactly what they were looking for. I put myself out there, passing on what I had learnt, trying to help others with their budgets, on television, radio, newspapers and magazines. The pressure was on to know all the answers, and share them.
Years previously I was in a similar situation, being the only female lorry driver around. All of a sudden I was the star of the show, everyone wanted to know me. I started the Lady Truckers Club because I wanted to help other women get into the business. I built a support network. I put myself out there, and for a few years all I was doing was driving full time and running the club. I didn't have any time for anything else.
John has built up an army of followers with his imaginative and sensitive writings. His compassion for the human race is admirable. He shares every aspect of his life, and people want more, the pressure is on him to keep going.
I do not want to be in that position. When I see how dependent people are on their daily dose of life in a Welsh village, with outpourings of sadness when it comes to a halt, I find that quite worrying.
I can only take so much responsibility for other people. When it reaches the point of saturation I have to stop. I have to pull up the drawbridge and say no more. I will only give so much. Ok, it is nice to know when someone cares for me, when someone values what I do, but I don't need constant reminders.
The pressure to perform can be overwhelming, the only way to cope with that is to step back, have a breathing space. If I got a hundred comments from people saying they miss me and can't wait for the next blog post/video, I would be running for the hills. I don't want that.
Thank you for popping in. Comments are optional, if you feel like it, if you don't that's ok. Have a nice weekend. Toodle pip. ilona
Friday, 14 May 2021
Good Morning. As a Creator for Yooootoooob, I get monthly newsletters with how my channel is performing, with hints and tips for growing my audience. Last month I got 33 new subscribers, total views of 22.2k, and 139.5k of minutes watched. Not that this means very much to me, I do it as a hobby. In fact the smaller the audience the fewer comments I get, the less time I have to spend moderating and replying. Some yooootooobers reply to hardly any comments because they get thousands of them on each video they release. Impossible to keep track of it all.
I don't mind that my videos are not polished, I don't have the time to spend hours editing them. There are some mighty impressive videos out there, which are just as good quality, sometimes better, than the documentary programmes put out on main stream television.
Anyway, I'm rambling again and have gone off the main subject of this post. In the Newsletter this morning, one of the topics is, 'Celebrating Earth Day all Year Long'. I think we all know what Earth Day is, it happens once a year, it pushes Green issues, sustainability and suchlike.
Yoootooob say that in honor of Earth Day, check out our curated playlists featuring Creators who have been working overtime to make our planet a little more green. I click on the link to check out this playlist.
Here are some of the titles.
SUSTAINABLE BEAUTY BRANDS that you should know. Eco conscious brands to support.
SUSTAINABLE LIFE HACKS, Tips to start low waste living.
ZERO WASTE AND HOBBIES. Tips for sustainable painting, gaming, and exercising.
BRANDS YOU SHOULD SUPPORT. Sustainable and ethical clothing brands.
16 PLASTIC FREE TIPS FOR BEGINNERS. How to be more sustainable in your daily life.
ARE ELECTRIC CARS, really better for the environment?
THIS IS THE MILK that you should be drinking.
Each one of these is an advertisement for tackling climate change. All good because we need to go in that direction. Can you see where this is going? We are being nudged, or should I say pushed towards saving the planet in small steps, in preparation to the big plan of forcing us to comply with new legislation. Boris has a ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, and he needs to get us all on board to make it work. The last paragraph of his report.
This marks the beginning of the UK’s path to net zero, with further plans to reduce emissions whilst creating jobs to follow over the next year in the run up to the international COP26 climate summit in Glasgow next year.
Getting people on board has worked well up to now, we have had plenty of practice over the last year and a half. All he has to do is keep up the momentum. The new normal may not be normal.
This is not all Boris's plan of course, there are many more world leaders in on it. The driving force are those with the money, the richest people on earth. I shall be interested to see what comes next.
A bit dull outside, a new idea for an art project, a dog walk later. Enjoy your day. Thanks for popping in. Toodle pip. ilona
Thursday, 13 May 2021
Wednesday, 12 May 2021
Tuesday, 11 May 2021
Monday, 10 May 2021
I wasn't going to post again tonight, but. . . . . . . . this is the dinner I have just scoffed.
Sunday, 9 May 2021
Friday, 7 May 2021
Thursday, 6 May 2021
Good morning. Bright and sunny here, there is a crispness in the air. Two days of no walking so I have some catching up to do. I see several people walking around the village on a regular basis. One lady walks with her friend, sometimes alone. I said to her once why doesn't your hubby join you on a walk, he would enjoy it. She said, no he won't do that, he likes his tele and his beer. She is slim, him overweight. A year has passed and he is dead, she is still walking. True story.
I don't spend a lot of time looking back, things that have happened in the past can't be changed. I concentrate on today, and what I can do to get the most out of life. Just lately I have been thinking about the direction the world is going and I don't like what I see. They call it progress, but things are changing at a rapid pace.
People talk about the good old days, but there were hard at times as well. People were supported by their local community, people mucked in together. There has always been conflict and disease in some parts of the world, caused by clashes in religion, race, and the unequal distribution of wealth. There will always be the have's and the have not's. And now the plan is for everyone to be the same.
The problem is that the custodians of the New World will not be the ordinary people, it will be those who are the wealthiest. Up to now those with the largest amounts of money have called the shots. It is they who have led us right down the garden path, it is they who will lead us into oblivion.
As I see it we need to get back down to our grass roots. Small local communities helping each other. Globalisation is not the answer. We have seen the influence of those in power as they inflict their one size fits all regime on the world. They ignore the individuals needs and rights. They bulldoze their way through society, dividing and driving a wedge between the rich and poor, so that people blame everyone else for their predicament.
The world is not one group, it is many groups, with many levels of poverty and wealth. If the elite want to sort out inequality and make the world a better place for all they must use their wealth to level things out. But they will not. Amazon will grow bigger, robots and artificial intelligence will become normal, and food production will be dominated by the big players.
It is the elite with the money who are destroying society as we know it, and people are going along with it. I hate to say this but we need to start back pedaling. People need to adjust their expectations of what they want from life. Do they want to be permanently hooked up to a screen as they are already, or do they want human face to face interactions? Do they want every single thing they buy delivered to their door, so they never have to step outside? Every Amazon purchase is another nail in the coffin for small businesses.
If you want to retain your individuality get rid of your smart phones, and start using cash locally for your purchases. That would be a good start.
My stomach is telling me to eat. I have mushrooms and eggs on toast for breakfast. Might chuck something else in the pan. I'll cut you loose. Have a nice day. ilona
Wednesday, 5 May 2021
As predicted the sky darkened soon after I got back. Heavy rainfall fell but was gone again after a few minutes.
I am looking out of the window now and can see the sun going down behind the houses. There are clouds of white, and all shades of grey. It will be an interesting sunset tonight, but not a spectacular one.
I am having a glass of wine after my dinner. It was three cheese and onion croquets, a potato in the microwave, iceberg lettuce, three small mushrooms, four slices of cucumber, with an onion and garlic dip. Simple and very nice.
Thank you for popping in. We'll catch up tomorrow. Toodle pip. ilona
Tuesday, 4 May 2021
Monday, 3 May 2021
Sunday, 2 May 2021
Billy was waiting with his harness on when I got back. He really looks forward to his walks. I bought him a teddy to add to his collection, only 10p.
Thanks to those who have checked in with their walking miles, it's good to see that people are still keen on this challenge. Anyone who hasn't done so can check in at any time, just go to the page and send a comment with your progress report.
Thanks for popping in. Catch ya 2morrow. Toodle pip. ilona
Saturday, 1 May 2021
Good morning. The sun is back, that's a relief. I had a little potter in the garden yesterday in between showers, that was all. No walking. I did some washing which had to be brought in and draped over a drying rack. I shall hang them outside again today. There is a heavy knitted hoodie/long jacket which my friend gave me. I want to add some colour to it with some patchwork trimmings, or maybe some embroidery, haven't decided which.
I found some more rope, it's white and clean, so I am making another bowl. I fancied making a lined tote bag so I cut out the fabric last night, maybe I'll sew it together today. I found a pattern on yoootooob which looked pretty simple to follow. I don't normally follow patterns, but in this instance I can't be arsed to make one up myself. Brain fog.
If the weather stays dry I will be off out for a walk this afternoon. I finished April on 348 miles, so I am ahead of target. How have you done? How is your walking going? This is where members of the International Walking Group check in so we can cheer each other on.
Pics from the archives. I know, it's not autumn but I like these. Local park.
Thursday, 29 April 2021
Wednesday, 28 April 2021
Hello. A few pics from my walk today, I did eight miles. Beacons like this are dotted all over the country. This one hasn't been lit for a long time.