Posts or Comments 26 September 2016

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?”
Brilliant.
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

Ancestry

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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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.

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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.
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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”
Whaaaaaaaaaaat??

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!!!

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

Birdies

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.

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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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and now (after thinning it out)…..
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Single potted succulent
The above view is like a piece of art I think
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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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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 19 Jun 2016

Garden details

A few pics of some of the blooming flowers etc in the garden this June.

The wisteria has been amazingly abundant and highly scented.

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

Wet n windy but beautiful Norfolk

Whit week and a week in a converted railway carriage in North Norfolk.

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A wonderful railway experience and so much attention to detail. The carriage was wonderful. Theresa even a soundtrack to greet us of steam trains….. Rosie went with us and as always behaved impeccably.
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When we got there it was sunny and warm so we walked the half mile to the long strand of beach.

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The weather was grim though and on the first day I had to visit charity shops to find a fleece to wear.
During the week we enjoyed meals at the next door pub and a couple of trips here and there. There was a magical mystery drive around around the small villages around Sandringham and inland from Hunstanton. Nice countryside. The weather might have been poor but the landscape still beautiful. We visited Dersingham to see their Open Garden Day. I bought myself some good binoculars from a specialist shop. A good shopping experience – the guy was helpful and knew how to sell me what I wanted.
We got blown about on the beach at Wells next the Sea and retreated to the pine woods behind the beach for a walk.

One day we had a really good lunch at the Kings Head in Blakeney. Best pub I have been in for a long time!
A pano shot of Hector quayside at Blakeney
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A delightful (tho v cold and windy) visit to RSPB Titchwell. We saw lots of avocets (a first for me in the wild), reed warblers (what a beautiful chirrup they have), cuckoo, coots and shelducks, loads of gulls and terns and marsh harrier (another first). It’s a fantastic place. The fen area is full of marsh orchids. Then on to Morston Quay for my seal viewing boat trip to Blakeney Point. Rather bouncy in the boat and splashy. Saw greys and common seals all curious and active except for those lolling! like overfed Romans after a feast, on the shore sandbars and beach. Such a nature filled day has left me calm and happy.

Later that day Hector waited patiently in the car with Rosie while I took one of the seal watching boat trips out from Morston Wharf. It was a bit choppy and drizzly but a real pleasure to be out on the water and to be so close to the seals – both Common and Greys. Lots of oyster catchers too, and terns.
One thing that we noticed about Norfolk – no cyclists wear a helmet. Lots of people on bikes, none in helmets.

Two Hectors in another of my pano shots – in the pine woods at Wells
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Windswept and interesting at Wells.
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Rhododendron lined woodland roads at Wolferton Nr Sandringham. A little treasure discovery. All the roads around Sandringham were lined with purple rhododendrons.

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We gave up and came home a day early because the weather just did not improve and came home to glorious weather.

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A few details of a couple of little churches we visited in Norfolk. Recently discovered medieval murals were lovely. The words on some of the old gravestones were so sad. One family had lost all their children either in the week before their 2nd birthday or when they were 7. Two in one week….

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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 24 Apr 2016

More garden projects and first swallows

The front garden is SO much better with gravel. My only regret is not doing it before now. I have been growing cosmos from seed and sweet peas. Someone came and dug over the borders and covered them with a good bark mulch.

Its all ready now for a good display in late spring into summer.

We also have one or two birds nesting. A pair of Great Tits, and blackbirds who are nesting the ivy on the front of the house.

The first swallows were over the house on 18th April. A bit early than last year.

My sister gave me an old stone trough which I have planted up with succulents. I have not grown them before so hope they thrive and I dont kill them!

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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 24 Apr 2016

Dentistry for Rosie Posie Poodle

Rosie had been off colour and her food for a little while. Nothing really showed up at her checkup in late February but in early April I took her to the vet and poor thing had an access under a tooth and was in pain. I wish Id known.

She had to have an operation and the result was she had 9 teeth out. Bless her. I spent the day of her operation with Sally doing things to take my mind off it as I was so nervous about her having a general anaesthetic. She bounced back quickly and got her appetite back.

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