You may be wondering who’s behind this website, so here’s a short introduction.

I’m Ann (you probably guessed that from the name of the website) – anyway, yes, I’m Ann. I’m what I think you could accurately call a middle-aged housewife, that is to say I am middle-aged and a housewife.

I live in the middle of England with my Other Half (OH) and with our two daughters (N1D and N2D) and with our ancient and slightly decrepit old dog (DD).

Now look, I know what you’re thinking, in fact I’m surprised you’re still here reading this, because I’ll happily accept that this doesn’t sound like gripping material for a blog.

Anyway, those are the bare facts.


Bubbling beneath the otherwise calm, slightly wrinkled and occasionally flushed exterior, is a woman with passions – oh yes! – but contain your excitement, because we’re not talking anything of that nature. No, my passions are, in no particular order,

  • visiting Britain’s Old Places – stone circles, hillforts, ruined castles & abbeys, churches, old houses.
  • walking about in the countryside, taking photos.
  • slowly hand-stitching pieces of textile art
  • splashing paint around on paper/plastic/canvas
  • listening to Prog Rock from the 1970s
  • watching old episodes of Miss Marple (Joan Hickson, of course), Inspector Morse and Detectorists.

To be fair, there are probably quite a few other things I could add to the list, but you should have an idea by now of what this is going to be about – in short, a random collection of thoughts, photos and observations, with no particular agenda or expectations.

This is not my first foray into blogland. Some of you may know me from previous incarnations – Dreaming In Stitches, A Stitchery Spellbook, Mists of Time.

I decided to breath new life into this blog in the autumn of 2021. Many things seemed to have changed in recent months, not least my own expectations for what I want out of life. Aspects of life that felt important a couple of years ago, no longer exert the same pull, whilst others have begun to feel much more urgent.

So I came back here and decided to have a fresh start.

That’s all I can say right now. If you’d like to come along for the ride, that would be wonderful.


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