Posts or Comments 28 November 2014

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 02 Nov 2014

Spirit Child

If you get chance to listen to this, DO. It is utterly enchanting, though very sad. The story poem is completely beautiful.
I heard the whole thing driving home from the office…. A shame it hasn””””t been published.
BBC Radio 4 – The Spirit Child.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 01 Nov 2014

Troutbeck in Autumn

One the way back from visiting Mum in Ambleside, Troutbeck on the way up over Kirkstone Pass was looking amazing.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 01 Nov 2014

…more autumn colour

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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 01 Nov 2014

Apollo in for the Winter

Ive brought Apollo in from the Sitootery and he looks rather fine on the desk.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 01 Nov 2014

Hungry birds

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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 01 Nov 2014

Crow on the church

The world was grey first thing this morning. This crow looked kind of gloomy sitting atop the cross on the roof of the church.I as just playing around with the new lens at full stretch!
And yes – this is photoshopped – two images – the core and the moon.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 01 Nov 2014

Exploring nearby

I explored in the car – just a few miles. I found roads I had never been along and places that seemed a worlds away from the modern world.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 01 Nov 2014

I LOVE Sherlock by Cumberbatch

Lordy, I LOVE Sherlock. Cumberbatch is better than perfect.
I think I””””m smitten. Again.
(A very enjoyable hour and a half watching the first Sherlock, again!)
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 01 Nov 2014

Be-jerseyed Rosie

I love my little be-jerseyed Rosie Posie Poodle. What all the best dressed country Poodles are wearing!
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 01 Nov 2014


The excellent Salon near my office, who did such a great haircut for me last month has done another good job on a colour for me…. I really like it.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 01 Nov 2014

Spectacular autumn

This year Autumn is spectacular. The colours are so beautiful. I had a short walk at Acron Bank. Im really struggling to walk or move around properly – the aches and pains in my muscles and joints are really impacting on life. Only a year ago I was walking a few miles often with Rosie. I hope the Doc can get to the bottom of why. Its all the symptoms of Fibromyalgia but its hard to diagnose. For now he is saying arthritis, but I think that would be more localised.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 01 Nov 2014

Long gone ancestor and a legacy

A long gone Great Great Grandfather and a small legacy that after some careful thought I bought a new lens for my camera. Its one Ive wanted for a long time.
After I bought it I tried it for the first time at Carlisle Cathedral….
I lit some candles to remember the Grandfather as well as Dad and Aunt Leonorah who passed away earlier this year.
The lens will take a while to get used to….
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 01 Nov 2014

Ullswater a autumn approaches

Another evening trip for Sally and I was a walk down at the lake at dusk with the dogs.
Glorious views. Stunning.

A fisherman was so perfectly placed for photos that he could almost have sat their deliberately!
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 01 Nov 2014

Frank – on the garage roof. Showing off!

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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 01 Nov 2014

Mardale – the drowned village

Catching a glimpse of Mardale village before it disappears once again into the depths of Haweswater!
Sally and I took a late afternoon drive out to Haweswater which is very low after a long dry summer and the village of Mardale and lanes and walls are above the water level and you can explore a bit. Its quite eerie but fascinating. To be able to walk along a lane that is always under the water and tread in the historic footprints of the people who lived and worked there was a real pleasure.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 01 Nov 2014

Slow recovery

Every day in September Hector got just a little bit better. Its a long haul though.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 01 Nov 2014

Woodland Trust have used one of my photos for their 2015 Calendar

What a thrill.
One of my photos – the August picture – in the 2015 Woodland Trust calendar!
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 19 Oct 2014

Northumberland Holiday

We spent a week in Northumberland in a cottage just next to the sea at Embleton Bay. BLISS. I was better but sadly Hector was ill from day one. By the Tuesday a nasty rash had appeared and it obvious to me that it was shingles. So we went to Alnwick A&E where he was seen quickly and given heavy duty anti-virals. I think they stopped it in its tracks, but bless him he was very poorly. Not sleeping, lots of pain and discomfort. I felt helpless and he was wonderfully patient.

Beaches – sand – castles – paddling – wildlife

A holiday diary…

DAY 1.
VERY happy to be by the sea at Dunstan Stead… Fab little cottage. But quick unpack and a much anticipated dash to the wide beach for a PADDLE!!!!!! Rosie went bonkers rushing around in the sand and not daring to follow me into the sea. She ended up sitting with Hector while I paddled and dabbled.
This evening a fish and chip supper at the little fishing village of Craster.
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DAY 2.
While H slept I got up and went to the beach early. GORGEOUS. Just me and Rosie.
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We had a drive out to Seahouses and a wander at the harbour. The weather is so good I bought a pair of shorts!

It””s me, your Kathy! I””ve come home….
Let me in at your window-ow-oh-oh-ow!
(On a continuing Kate Bush theme)
A new friend and her other friend in our cottage garden….. Staring in through the bedroom window.
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I was in the sea but Rosie just wasn””t happy about it…
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We had dinner at a little pub in Embleton. MASSIVE pizzas.

DAY 3.
Lovely weather so we headed our to walk to Dunstanburgh Castle. It was a wonderful walk and the castle interesting and pleasant.
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We had dinner at Dunstan Hotel at Embleton. Very old fashioned – reminded me of The George in Penrith.
Hector not improving health wise but at that time we didn””t know it was shingles.

DAY 4.
Monday morning and we went into Alnwick to find a pharmacy to see if they could help Hector. At the time we thought it was maybe a bad tummy, though that didn””t explain the pain.
After that he had a quiet day at the cottage and I had a few hours out looking at Howick Hall – the home of the famous Early Grey (of tea fame). Gorgeous mature gardens. And tea (Earl Grey obviously!) and cake in the tea room which used to be the ballroom. On the way back I stopped by the cliffs at Howick and had a short walk along the path. The geology is fascinating.
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Our cottage was surrounded by wheat fields and while we were there the combines were out bringing it in. Golden glowing fields in strong sun. Beautiful.
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Later in the afternoon I set off along the track behind the cottage. Just 500 yards or so inland it follows parallel to the coast south past the castle. Quiet and peaceful and interesting.
On this holiday I am managing to walk quite a few miles…
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DAY 5.
Hector””s rash has appeared and its obvious he isn””t well at all. Looked like shingles to me, so we went to Alnwick to A&E where it was confirmed and he was given heavy duty anti-viral meds. Poor guy. As it turns out I think the meds stopped it in its tracks though he””s been unwell for a long time.
We headed north after the hospital to Holy Island. I love the place. Just love it. Hector settled on a seat and I explored with Rosie and my camera!
I wandered around the little harbour and then set out on a longer walk up through the islands interior to the north shore and back along the east shore to the Castle and eventually back to where Hector was waiting.
It was a fabulous walk. Fabulous.
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We drove back to the cottage via Bamburgh and fish and chips in Seahouses!
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Rosie LOVED the beaches everywhere we went!!!

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DAY 6.
A bit more overcast. We headed a little south to Alnmouth. A look around a bit of the village and while Hector sat with a view of the sea I walked along the beach. Lovely. Obviously! I walked the whole way to the rocks at the north end and spend quite a while rock-pooling. Rosie wasn”t keen on coming into the water, but did, hopping one rock to anthers, or one clump of bladderwrack to an other…

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DAY 7.
Lovely day again. We went to Beadnell. Spent most of the day sitting on our camp chairs on the beach. I did a lot of paddling and rock-pooling. Perfect day. In the evening we ate at the fabulous pub at Newton just a mile or so from our cottage. I had lobster and it was great. Pricey – but great.

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I am sad that Hector has missed out on a lovely holiday. He was so poorly….
Before we left I went down very early to the beach and said ”goodbye”. Its very rare for me to be so sad at a holiday ending. I loved the place. Just loved it.
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It would be magic to go back sometime.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 19 Oct 2014

August 2104

So, now its October and I am remembering what we did in August….

The month started well when Mum was able to go home from hospital. A big relief.
Sis and brother especially have done fantastically visiting and sorting out her apartment with kit for her safe return.

I had a trip out to Larch Cottage Nursery for lunch with Adele one Friday. I LOVE it there.
LArch cottage

Interesting….. An Australian TV company are buying a license from me to show my starling film. A few extra quid coming my way. It just keeps rolling that film! On YouTube it”s had 600,000 views.

Went to find some quiet in the church one day…. Just me and Rosie and with Frank Cat howling outside the big old wooden door to come in too.
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We”ve had some wonderful weather this summer. Lots of time to spend in the garden.

The only thing to mar it is my increasing achy and stiff joints… and upper arms. The Doc says its arthritis and wear and tear and problems from my old neck injury. Whatever it is its having a big impact on my life. Walking is painful and slow and I can only manage a couple of miles at maximum. Getting down onto my knees or bending is nigh on impossible. Surely I am too young for this….

Our holidays were the end of August and beginning os September. Mine started a week earlier than Hector, but I spent most of that week in bed with a really nasty cough. I thought sunshine would make me feel better… Look who joined me. I love my little Rosie Posie!
Sunning with Rosie
While I was poorly a very sweet friend who I had to let down (coz I was poorly) this week for a girls trip to a nice gallery, has popped round to see how I was, tell me that next time she goes I should go too coz I”d love it, and to bring me a gorgeous felt brooch she bought me from the gallery. Isn”t that lovely?

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 07 Sep 2014

Wetter July

I wish I hadnt left it til early September to write up about July – hey ho.

The new Sitootery is looking good at night with its lights on…
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Tour de France
We took the train to Skipton with Rosie to watch the Tour de France whizz through. Smashing day and good weather. Thoroughly enjoyed it!
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While digging out photos of my gorgeous friend Chrissie who was marrying in late July (for a display at the reception) I also found some old pics of me. Oh my word! They made me feel very old.
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This is Chrissie and I on my 30th birthday! We were SO young!
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In mid July at five this morning I gave up trying and decided to go down to the river. It was so peaceful, quiet, beautiful and sweet that I feel much more calm. I had the camera with me of course. One of the photos got Explored on Flickr and had tens of thousands of views and favourites. A bit of a thrill.
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A friend in the village who has a farm and keeps rare breeds invited me over one lunch time to take some pics. Lovely weather and haymaking.
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PotFest in the Park and in the Pens
I LOVE PotFest… So many fabulous ceramicists and their wares. I went with Liz and Jess
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I was determined at the one in the Park to keep a very tight hold on my purse and allow myself a limited budget. I reckoned without Apollo! I fell in love with him and after mulling it over and talking it through with Liz and Jess I had to buy him. He was my main sculptural piece for the Sitootery. Handsome isn””t he?
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Also bought this very stylish oil burner….
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Late July and at last the wedding I have been looking forward to for SO long…
Chrissie and Chris. We stayed at a gorgeous B&B near to their home which was a real treat. The weather was stunning – if anything too hot – and it was a happy, loving, colourful, beautiful wedding. Not a dry eye in the house at the reception – which was afternoon tea. A very moving day and I was in tears watching Chrissie so lovely as she arrived at the church.
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The week after the wedding and Hector and I were on leave so we could go to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. I have never been to a large sporting event before and enjoyed it a lot – from the train journey there and the atmosphere in the city to the games we saw. I would very happily go again. As selfless go this is a terrible photo of me…
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Unfortunately in July Mum was taken quite ill and after a fall was in hospital for 2 or so weeks. Thankfully she got her strength back and recovered. The damage was temporary and she was so happy to be home again. IT was a hard time, very scary.

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