“Nice? It’s the only thing,” said the Water Rat solemnly as he leant forward for his stroke. “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing—absolute nothing—half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing,” he went on dreamily: “messing—about—in—boats; messing about in boats — or with boats. In or out of ’em, it doesn’t matter…”


Yesterday the weather was so nice that in the afternoon I simply “messed about”.


Achieving little things but in no particular order. Tinkering.  Drifting from job to job in a gentle haze.  Of course at feeding-out time I popped my brain back into ‘wild cat’ mode. But for those few hours it was nice to puddle about, just doing stuff.


I blame the sun.


Wonderful stuff – sunlight.


I hope you have a good day.

Today, I drive over to the farm of the man who sells my pork for me.  He has just finished all his winter meetings with the chefs so I look forward to more info and ideas. I have no idea where I am going – hoping Aunty Google will help me.

Actually – Have a great day.

Love celi

WEATHER: Windy and sunny and warm.

Friday 01/26 0% / 0 in
Windy and becoming cloudy during the afternoon. High 52F. Winds S at 20 to 30 mph.

Friday Night 01/26 20% / 0 in
Overcast skies and windy. Slight chance of a rain shower. Low 39F. Winds SSW at 20 to 30 mph.

7:08 am 5:02 pm

Waxing Gibbous, 68% visible 12:32 pm 1:52 am


22 Comments on “SIMPLY MESSING

  1. Yes, simply messing, or puttering about, achieving things, starting or finishing small projects, in a more relaxed way! How wonderful! And the sunshine certainly promotes that happy go lucky ‘simply messing’ too!!! 🙂

  2. That looks lovely and there’s a similar prelude to spring here too …for a day before the rain comes back.

  3. A favorite quotation, and a favorite occupation, that messing about. I learned how to do it on a boat, but it certainly works as nicely on land. It’s always better in sunshine, too.

  4. I wish I could bottle some of our sunshine and send it to you 🙂 Laura

  5. Love tinkering times. It’s interesting how they just appear without being scheduled which is, I guess, the whole point. I’m glad to have ambled along with you.

  6. To me, the happy thing about puttering around is that while I may feel like I’m not accomplishing anything at the time, later I find out I’ve gotten a lot done. And enjoyed myself in the process. Those are my favorite kinds of days, working but with no particular agenda. Thanks for the reminder that staying busy doesn’t have to be strategic or stressful.

  7. Hub loves to work in his garage/shop puttering about. I mess about in the garden (when we have one!) and in the house – repotting, polishing, rearranging – nice to have a nametag on i “messing about”t! As a kid, messing about would have been going through the button box.- loved that slow gear thinking time – or cleaning the bathroom just because………….

    Don’t let Aunty Google give you a hard time getting to your meeting! Have fun and good luck!

  8. Water Rat remains one of my favorite fictional characters. “Beyond the Wild Wood is the wide world. I’m never going there and neither with you if you have any sense!” And of course, there’s the adventure into Badger’s territory. All of us could use a little Water Rat in our lives.

  9. That’s Sundazey! Dazed by a lazy sun, drifting along with the current of time and events, warmed by the sun, content in your own self. Messing about for a day sounds like the perfect antidote to too much busy.

  10. You should see my smile . . . Water Rat was one of the first characters I ‘met’ when messing about trying to learn the ruddy English language as a migrant child . . . hope the meeting was productive . . . .

  11. Cecilia, your post and pictures reminded me of “Whittington,” an Alan Armstrong novel based on the legend of Dick Whittington and his cat. I have such good memories from reading the book growing up. Your picture of the orange cat immediately reminded me of that. Your pictures are so lovely!

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