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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 17 Dec 2017

August – mostly about gardens

I went to Larch Cottage Nurseries with Sally for lunch and to see their beautiful new chapel and extended gardens. It was lovely and the chapel so perfect.

Later in August I visited my dearest friend and we spent many hours in their hot tub, watched by Rosie Posie Poodle from the hammock.

There was some ok weather so a lot of time was spent outside in our garden. Frank Cat gets the most benefit from it – lounging around and getting plump with laziness.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 13 Dec 2017

Here and there in June and July

We took our now usual short weekend break to the East coast so we could go to the RSPB place at Bempton Cliffs and see all the amazing birdlife. We stayed at a very old fashioned guest house in Bridlington and had fish and chips on the prom. I find a trip there also moving as so many of my family ancestors lived there or nearby.
On the way home we visited Burton Agnes Hall – where there are family connections at the little church on the hall estate – and there was a flower festival on. Lovely grounds. I got stung in the eye by a big fat bumble bee so after getting some wonderful care from the staff there we went to A&E at Driffield and I got the ok after the sting was removed. It was agony for some hours but thankfully no lasting damage.

Weekend away. During July we had a long weekend at an old hotel close to a quiet canal in Warwickshire and a short walk from a canalised pub. Lovely weather and such a nice spot. Walks on the towpath, nice meals and we hired bikes for a day to explore a local area of lakes. Rosie got the comfy seat in the basket on my bike.

As ever in July I spent a few hours at the PotFest in the Park at Hutton in the Forest. I bought 3 ceramic bells, made in Spain. Really pleased with them. The garden has been looking wonderful.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 06 Dec 2017

June – my favourite month in our garden

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 06 Dec 2017

May 2017

I cannot believe its December and I haven’t updated this diary bloggy thingy since early May….

So, nutshell….

May 2017.

Mum recovering and perky but obviously quite frail. She had her 86th birthday this month.

The garden is in its most vibrant verdant month.

In late May we had a wonderful stay with our dear friends Helene and Martin at their new home on Cornwall. It was a really special week. On the way down we had short visit to Taunton where a friend from the village recently moved. Lovely to see him.

Hector and I visited places in Devon on the way down that have ancestor connections for my Fathers side of the family. Very interesting.

Helene was a superb guide to the area where they live and we enjoyed every minute. Boat trips out to an island, meals and beaches, great company, plenty of fizz and Rosie was a very happy soul getting lots of cuddles. The weather was really good too.


Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 09 May 2017

March and April 2017

Mum unwell.
A short post about Mum. She had a series of falls and as a result was in hospital for quite a while and not in a very good state. She is home now but needs quite a lot of new care and help. IT was a very difficult few weeks as she was so confused and distressed.
We had lots of trips to Lancaster Hospital to visit her and I went to relatives (her sister) near the Humber Bridge to let them know how she was and keep them up to date.

Spring is sneaking in and it feels good.
The garden and Eden Valley are coming to lovely vibrant life.

On April 1st my gorgeous honorary God Daughter Lolly gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Martha. She and her partner are thrilled. It was a thrill to meet the baby and have a little snuggle.

At home, the garden was looking lovely. All the ivory coloured tulips I planted last autumn came up and lasted well. Fills my heart with warmth.

Rosie entered her first dog show – just a fun thing for Eden Animal Rescue at Brougham Hall. She came third in her class – golden oldies!

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 09 May 2017

Welcome to Freddie and Zach

Hectors niece Nicola with her wife Jo had twin boys in February. What gorgeous little chaps. Freddie and Zach. A pleasure to meet them. They are going to having an amazing life with their two amazing Mums. Traveling and sports and exciting things. Nic and Jo train Olympic Teams (Bobsleigh) so travel all over the world.

We went down to Derbyshire for a weekend to meet them when they were just a few days old.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 09 May 2017

Watchtree Nature Reserve – January 2017

Sally and I went out to Watchtree Nature Reserve so we could see the starling murmurations. Cold but sunny and with time to kill we decided to hire bikes and explore a little. With Rosie I needed a trike so I could load her in. What a hoot! We looked completely ridiculous and Sally and I laughed our socks off!
Oh. and we saw the starlings.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 09 May 2017

First ever gold crest in the garden and feeding the birds

Utterly delighted to see my first ever gold crest and it was at our bird feeders. What a gorgeous and tiny bird.

A bit of patience over the last couple of weeks or so and today my friend ‘Bobby Rob’ Robin (as I call him) quickly came to me and ate from my hand. Am thrilled at the privilege.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 09 May 2017

Christmas extravaganza

For the first time we got involved in the big Village Christmas light extravaganza. Hector made a fanatic job of installing all the many many bonkers lights I chose. We even went a bit mad decs wise in the house. H even decorated his office!
The village has a big switch on when everyone meeting in the village hall for mulled wine and mince pies then we are led through the village to each house and do a countdown for the lights to be switched on. Its great fun and a wonderful social event.

We loved making our house look so festive – here are some pics.

Christmas itself was a nice quiet day just the two of us.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 09 May 2017

6 months of catching up to do… post #1!

I haven’t updated this for 5 months (can it be that long) so this will be somewhat brief!

October 2016.
Sally and I went on a Wax Cap Fungi course at Mugrisedale. Excellent and interesting.

Autumn 2016
A colourful and vivid autumn. Trees and hedgerows looked amazing.

PreChristmasfamily gathering
Mid December and closest of my family got together for a lunch near Penrith. Had a lovely time.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 19 Oct 2016

A very special family wedding blessing

My handsome and interesting cousin Andrew and his new wife Kate held a Wedding Blessing in our family home town of Beverley. What a wonderful occasion.

I helped organise it and we all made a long weekend of it.

Kate is Russian and they both live in Holland so the guest list was an equal mix of British, Russian and Dutch, and lots of other nationalities too.

Sy Marys Church in Beverley is gorgeous and the vicar a lovely, kind, gentle and enthusiastic young woman gave it such a lovely celebratory and spiritual atmosphere.

Most of us stayed at the Lairgate Hotel in town which made it a really communal and close feel.

The reception at the hotel was a High Tea and everyone seemed to love it. We met some lovely people and made new friends.

Hector and I enjoyed our two days and I also got chance to catch up with my Aunt and Uncle and lovely cousin Sarah and hr daughter Annabel.

I will never forget how happy Andy and Kate looked.

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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 01 Oct 2016

Autumn came in softly and golden

The weather has been good all of September. Early mornings have been especially lovely.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 01 Oct 2016

Hector’s Mum’s 90th Birthday

A big family gathering in Wardlow, Derbyshire to celebrate Hector’s Mum’s 90th Birthday. We stayed with Chrissie and Chris in Lincolnshire the night before and as always time spent with them was my favourite thing to do!

We all met at a photographers studio for a series of family portrait photos – done by the dampest most OTT photographer! What a guy! It all went well and was a laugh… I took some phone shots of it all of course…
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Afterwards Hector’s niece Nic and her partner Jo held one of their epic BBQs at their house. I love those BBQ parties! The big cake was a thing of beauty – lace and flowers and baubles. Gorgeous.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 01 Oct 2016

Northumberland Holiday

While the lovely Katherine and Lee stayed at our house for a week we headed for a week in a beach side cottage at Boulmer in Northumberland.

Hector was poorly for our trip – like he was in 2014 – but we still ha a good week.

The cottage was excellent and the views from the kitchen and lounge and upper verandah were straight out over the beach and rocky shore. The varied and wonderful sea and shore birds there are a real treat to see.

The sun shone for the whole week.

Highlights were a trip to Blyth to watch the Tall Ships 2016 as they set sail out to Sweden. What a sight!

We discovered quiet and secluded beaches, a gem of a pub, and I finally got a boat trip out to the Farne Islands – something I’d wanted to do on every other visit but couldn’t due to bad weather.

Rosie had a lovely time rushing around and playing on the beaches and some nice long walks.

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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 20 Aug 2016

Proud Auntie – me

I am very proud of my niece Clare. Not only is she doing medicine at Newcastle University, but she is intrepid too and a good and accomplished climber and traveller. And gorgeous!
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 20 Aug 2016

Corrie is the BEST soap and subtle comedy on TV

Wonderful bit of dialogue from Corrie….
“How come there’s no happy medium…. You’re either OVERwhelmed or UNDERwhelmed. Why can’t you just be WHELMED?”
I looked it up and it IS a word, a verb. General meaning is ‘submerged’ or a stream “whelmed’ up from its source.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 20 Aug 2016

Solway coast peace

Sally and I decided we were desperate for some coast time and peace and calm.

So, we drove over to the coast just south of Silloth in lovely sunny weather, parked in the dunes and were the only people for MILES along the wide beach. The Solway was blue, the sky was blue and we found beach treasure. Shells, driftwood and pebbles. Sally made a face of cuttlefish, wood and shells and pebbles.

Rosie ran around like a puppy.

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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 20 Aug 2016

Garden and summer













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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 20 Aug 2016


My search into family ancestry is really taking interesting and exciting turns.
This is my Great Grandfather Ernest, born 1875.

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Nanny (Grandmother) centre of photo, looking pretty in her hockey team in about 1920.
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Astonishing discoveries (checked and double and triple checked) are that on Dad’s side, one GGG Grandmother via an ancestral pile in Devon built by ancestors name of Rolle (Stevenstone) (and somewhat diluted after hundreds of years!) from the Lords and Barons Dacre of Naworth Castle, Nr Brampton and further back, way back, to the Lords Maxwell (Macuswell) of Caerlaverock Castle no less, also to the gentry at Raby Castle Co Durham, Warwick Castle (Nevilles) and even further back to a chap called Underweyn “the Norseman” born 1055. There are also titled families from France, Germany and Netherlands. I’ve checked and double checked the line. Two ancestors who were Scottish gentry died at the famous Flodden Field. Plus the Nevilles (Earl of Warwick), Rolle’s. Polles and more. Henry VIII is a 2nd cousin 16 x removed, his wife Catherine Parr a 1st cousin 17 x removed. There are kings and queens, bishops and earls and lords and ladies and amazingly a saint. A saint! The dilution over the centuries is high but it is still a thrill. My search goes on but as these families were so important in history it is easy to follow their lineage.
A friend online pointed out that it was a more posh lineage than Mrs Queen!
Still, reality is that the lineage is often the youngest child or girl and so any titles etc were lost in the way down.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 20 Aug 2016

Flamborough, Filey and RSPB Bempton Cliffs

I have always wanted to see puffins so we went over to Flamborough for a weekend.
We started at Flamborough Head with a visit to the Lighthouse there, where, I had recently discovered, a relative of mine had been a lighthouse keeper. It was really good to take the tour and I tried to rid myself of my fear of heights by going right to the top. The view, even in dull weather, was amazing.

At North Landing Flamborough it was a delight to find the exact spot where my grandmother Lily, her sisters, Mother Lizzie, and her father-in-law; my Great Great Grandfather, Joseph, had stood on the rocks under the cliffs in about 1916. We had a go at recreating the photo with me in their place.

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We stayed at a lovely B&B in Filey. Its a tired little town but we did find a nice Italian to have a really good dinner.

In just a few hours we’ve had 8 adventures
– saw puffins for the first time
– lay flat on a high cliff edge to photograph puffins and pufflets
– saw my first 6 spot burnet moth
– watched a seal watching us from the sea
– found a black sea slug
– went to the very top of a lighthouse
– tiptoed over very slippy rocks on the sea shore under cliffs to take a special photo (more on that later)
– clambered into a sea cave where the rocks shone white and we then popped out the other end
(And it’s the 10th anniversary of the day we met)

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Yes – another double Hector pano!

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