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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!

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

A weekend with my best buddy

A long looked-forward to weekend visiting my closest friend in North Lincolnshire.
Rosie was determined not to be left behind while I was packing my case in the car!
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We began with a very happy and relaxed with my dear friend, having shared some chat, laughter and memories, a glass of Prosecco and her hot tub.
On the Saturday while she was busy in the morning I drove out to explore a coupe of local villages and have a walk with Rosie. I found a pretty little church….
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In the afternoon we went to Lincoln to go to the castle to see the Field of Poppies memorial about WW!. It was beautiful. We also had a wander around the old part of the town on the steep road where we had a wonderful and long lunch. THE best salad I have ever tasted. White stilton cheese flavoured with champagne and strawberries (bliss) was with strawberries and a brilliant salad.


We rounded off the day in the hot tub AGAIN!

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

A family picnic and sport day with Hectors folks

Always a highlight of the year. A family gathering – all generations. Supposedly to play cricket but its always more funny seeing the mock arguments about the made up rules. No cricket this year as the field in Chesterfield was too wet. But we had a good laugh and caught up with everyone.

I did a few double person pano shots – Kev and Ross really enjoyed the larking about.

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

My friend’s allotment

My good friend’s allotment is a thing of abundant beauty and a haven of calm.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 20 Aug 2016

Brexit – I’d rather not talk about it

So, Brexit…
‘Buff said!
Too disappointing to contemplate

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

Siri is TOO clever

Am I impressed or a bit freaked….
Updated iPad has new version of Siri.
I was in bed and thought I would test it and spoke to ask it for a bedtime story.
It obliged and told me a sweet if slightly bonkers and short story.
Then I asked aloud if it could now tell me a story with princesses…. It said….. “Next you’ll be asking me for a glass of milk…” (See photo…..)
Then I got up and went downstairs to tell Hector about it and my iPhone, which was in sleep mode downstairs and by the sofa on charge, piped up
“Actually, I’m better at lullabies really. Sleep tight Fi”

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 21 Jun 2016

Amazing party…

Forgot to mention THE best party we had ever been to.

Local friends had a 50th birthday and 25th wedding anniversary. Massive party in a large marquee in their manor house grounds.

Black tie and champers and fabulous food, company and music. And fireworks!! What a happy and lush occasion.

Hector looked very handsome!!!






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


This year there were blackbirds nesting in the ivy on the front of the house. I fear that the first clutch of fledglings did not survive as I have not seen young. Hopefully Frank Cat is not the culprit.

Many young blue tits and great tits have been gathering at the bird feeders and in the trees in the garden. They seem to have had a successful breeding year.

I love how the large youngsters demand food constantly and the bedraggled adults keep caring for them.

The church has had swallows nesting and raising young and the swifts that always nest in the church tower have been wheeling and screeching around the church and us for a while. The numbers have grown so they must have had a few young. Its one of summers joys to see swifts in the sky on a quiet still evening.

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

More medical matters…

3 days after getting home from Norfolk I had the Carpal Tunnel Release surgery. I had numb fingers and hand and pain for a long time so it needed doing.

We were only out of the house one and a half hours. It was a small NHS unit on the outskirts of Carlisle. Very quick. I was a bit of a wuss – flinching when I didn’t need to. Its all done by local anaesthetic.

Two weeks after surgery if is almost healed but still rather sore so use of my hand is a bit restricted but the symptoms have gone and the numbness and tingling healed.

Hector was so helpful and did all the things I couldn’t do. Could not have managed without him.


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

Succulents doing well….

The trough of succulents in the garden is doing really well. So well that I have had to thin it out of plants a bit. There is a new succulent in a pot in the sitootery too.

First planted…. a few weeks ago
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Single potted succulent
The above view is like a piece of art I think


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

Hector at footie and on the telly

Hector went down to London to see some football. It was live on the TV and friends sent a note during it to say they’d spotted him. Very funny.
I was able to rewind the match to find him too and get the screen shot…
Sadly he had his lights-on-nobody-home expression on! Very funny. He says it was bit of a boring match.
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