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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 26 Mar 2014

February 2014

Sink news!
Our new hand built sink unit and new mixer taps are finally finished…. It”s been a two year wait. I”m especially pleased with the ceramic knobs I found online. It looks like it”s always been here, which is good coz nothing is new in the house and modern would have looked awful.
What an improvement. The old one was literally from the 1960s and falling to bits.
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Whiskey from the Lakes
Not a big whiskey fan, but am sorely tempted by a bottle of the new whiskey distiller in The Lake District. Very tempted.

Looks wonderful – a fairytale home
Man Builds Fairy Tale Home for His Family – For Only £3,000.
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Been watching the Belgian (in Dutch) drama Salamander on iPlayer. Brilliant. And a very attractive and sexy hero!

Sad that my Great Aunt Leonora, a real English rose, has died….at the ripe old age of 92. She was the wife of my fathers late Uncle Sydney.

Oh goody. I just earned £70 from Google AdSense for advert clicks from my films on YouTube. Nice surprise. Thats a day out that is! With luncheon!

I am back at Slimming World. Now that some other things in life are getting sorted out I feel that its now or never to drop some weight! I””””ve GOT to succeed this time.

We went to see 12 Years a Slave.Stunningly filmed and wonderful lack of noise, no heavy duty soundtrack. You can hear every breath and rustle of grass.
A harrowing film, all the more so as it is based on truth and what happened to Soloman Northropp. Don””””t try and eat popcorn if you go to see 12 Years a Slave. There is a lot of silence in the film! It makes it atmospheric but I suggest sucky sweets

As a late birthday pressie for Hector and coincidentally for Valentines Day we went out for an Indian meal in town. Very good it was too…..

We have booked a summer holiday cottage in Northumberland. Just behind the dunes at Dunstonburgh. BLISS! Hows this for a view!!!!…
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I would like to congratulate my Great Niece – the beautiful Annabel Tilly Work, on achieving a place at Ballet West on the shores of the gorgeous Loch Etive. I am very proud of you…. and will never forget when you were little and we joined in with Morris Dancing at Beverley Festival (my achilles tendon was never the same!)
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Exciting… Joint third in last weeks iPhoneography BOOKS challenge.
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Brilliant. My blood test from a check up, and my cholesterol is the lowest it has been since I first had it checked…. And blood pressure is also lower than ever, still not ideal, but much better. No meds required and keep doing what I””””m doing.

Well, fancy that!
Great Salkeld voted as a top romantic date site!

19th Feb… bird count today so far…!
Redpolls, dunnock, robin, blue tit, great tit, coal tit, sparrows, blackbirds, goldfinches, chaffinches, wren.
It must be almost spring… I am considering new flop flops!

Free delish hot choc at Booths using my loyalty card? Don”t mind if I do!

I buy Frank Cat a perfectly whizzy proper scratching post complete with ball and bell and what does he prefer? To wrap himself around a kitchen chair leg and spin like a Catherine Wheel?
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Hector and I went to Tullie House in Carlisle to see the automata exhibits – funfair and circus style. Some amazing pieces! HELP …. Classic Beatles fun with automata at Tullie House.
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FINALLY decided how to imporve the enclosed back yard. GRAVEL!!! Quickly done and relatively cheaply too. Now to plan the rest.My lovely friend who has a holiday home in the village – Liz – is a garden genius, and came over for coffee and we chatted through ideas and colours and have hatched a plan. Simple style – mostly lavender and pink cosmos in terracotta tubs and wooden seat and lavender wall and some thoughts how to create curves….

Top down on the way home and a clear sky. Couldn”t resist a couple of iPad photos… And the photo of the viaduct arches won the weekly iPhoneography Challenge (B&W architecture).
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I love a honey sunset
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 26 Mar 2014

Rosie has a ”spa” day…

I found a new dog groomer for Rosie. Its a bit of a distance away so while I waited for her to be done, I found a wonderful cafe in Morland. THe best cheese scones I have ever had and a lovely place to spend an hour or so. I will definitely be back!
Rosie looked really good after her session too. MUCH better than I can do with the clippers. Obviously.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 26 Mar 2014

January 2014

Writing this in late March means its all a bit vague (I blame my age) but here goes….

Hurrah. From this month I am stepping back from a five day working week to a 4 day working week. Lordy it”ll feel gooooood. It”ll be good too to be able to get down to see Mum more often.

First non working Friday and a soggy walk at Glenridding (Lordy the Lake was VERY high over the meadow) and tea n chocs with Mum in Ambleside.

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Look who has taken up residence on our finial!
We”ve had him a year or so but only now just got around to getting some kind person to put him up there – its WAY too high up for us. We don”t do ladders!
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Did you know that an old name for a Snowdrop is DINGLE DANGLE? Isn”t that just lovely.

I came joint second in the iPhoneography challenge last week with this (16:9 was the theme)…. It was taken after emerging from cloud as I drove down the Struggle from Kirkstone Pass into Ambleside.
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I”ve spruced up the Juliet balcony this evening with a new voile panel. I love the Swedish style!
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I just don””t get this. Its astonishing. These people live a punishing life style. Imagine getting up at 4.30 am and commuting hours and hours and not getting home til gone 9 pm. What”s the point of going home just to sleep?

A good idea of Hectors to get the train to Horton-in-Ribblesdale on the Settle-Carlisle line on such a lovely day. A nice bracing walk, a muddy poodle and scenery to knock your socks off. We took the Settle – Carlisle railway line for a day out to Horton in Ribblesdale – taking Rosie of course. We were lucky to get some bright and sunny weather, a nice short walk along part of the Dales Way.
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Sally and I had a day out at Bowes Museum at New Year. Ostensibly it was to see the Laura Ashley clothing exhibition (I wore those dresses all the time back in the day!) Real nostalgia and a trip into the past, especially the 1970s. We got there and had coffee and cake, then took a break for lunch there and before we set off home we had tea and cake. The exhibition was great and well worth the trip. The rest of the museum is fascinating too. A lovely man took our photo in the frame that was set up for children to dress up in Laura Ashley clothes. I wish I had worn something I have by Laura Ashley in my wardrobe!…. What a lovely day Sally and I had.
As always SO much to see at Bowes and the restaurant is great…. 3 visits to that! A stunning sunset lit our journey home… Plus, I found Hubert the tea-cosy cat and brought him home….
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Our village Burns Night event at the end of January.
Jack addressing the haggis – no overacting here!! Oh yes there was!
And some rolling the pound games after the quiz – at which we didn”t exactly shine, but it WAS all about Scotland of course, so we didn”t expect to.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 26 Mar 2014

Christmas break

It was SO good to have almost two weeks break over Christmas. Hector had to be on call for some of it, but for the most part it was relaxing and a quiet time. For me, knowing that when I went back to work in the new year it was to start a new four day week which I have looked forward to for a long time.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 23 Dec 2013

Christmas pub quiz

Back on form or WHAT!
The Christmas pub quiz evening was a capacity crowd – LOADS of teams. I stayed til the last round, but wanted a good nights sleep before the last day at the office before Christmas. I knew we were doing OK before that, but it seems we were joint first! Only getting pipped at the post by a tie-breaker.
Our team mates were Maurice, Kelvin and barman John.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 23 Dec 2013

Family Christmas

The weekend before Christmas was my own familys little Christmas do. It was so good to have Sis, Bruv, Niece and I all there for Mum.
Though I say it myself – Clare (Niece) was looking so sweet in this picture with Rosie.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 23 Dec 2013

Stepping back…

At the end of December I worked my last Friday. From January I am moving to a four day week. Its been long-planned. Partly scary (can”t afford it!) but it”ll be so good to not have to do that 5th day. It”ll give more time for a lot of things I would like to do. See family more, get more done at home… etc.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 23 Dec 2013

The Earls do their first (and last) gig

They made it. By the skin of their teeth, it all came good and the Earls (Hector, Joe and Dave) played a short giggy thing at the pub.
My big Christmas surprise for Hector was that his son, step-daughter and her partner were coming and he didn”t know. It was hard keeping it secret, but am so glad we did. His face was a picture when we got to the pub and they were all there! I”ll never forget it.
The band did a really good session and everyone in the pub really enjoyed it. I stayed way later than I usually do at the pub (2am) and apparently Hector was still there at 4. There were some deserved thick heads the next day.
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We all had a great time – its what happy memories are made of.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 23 Dec 2013

DIY doesn”t always pay off

Shouldn”t have started clipping Rosie. I”m too tired and it hasn”t gone well…. She looks embarrassed and disappointed and I”m wondering how to disguise a couple of her rather bald patches. Perhaps I should put her in a Poodle ”onesie” until it”s grown back!

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 23 Dec 2013

More hassle

Trundling along the dark country lanes on my way home…. First my way suddenly blocked by two, dawdling like old ladies, pigs (not seen any on these roads before), then an owl appeared from nowhere above the car bonnet (lovely sight) and then on the narrowest stretch in woods beside a drop to the river a flippin” coach which in no way would back up. I had to reverse for ages which is difficult in my car with a soft top plastic rear window, and with more cars coming along behind also having to reverse. Very eventful journey”

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 23 Dec 2013

Cheese and Wine

The village hall was the venue for the annual local Cricket Club fund raising Cheese and Wine bash. VERY pleasant. Lots of wine, and of course cheese. Enjoyable few hours.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 23 Dec 2013

Lovely memories of kittens

Just noticed that this picture of mine on Flickr, of one of Frank Cats brothers as kitten, has had around 35,000 views! HOW MANY?

Cute kitten face in the sunshine

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 23 Dec 2013


It makes me happy when so many and varied species of birds come to our garden feeders. I”ve moved the hanging feeders nearer the lounge window….

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 23 Dec 2013

The big time

Hector has been practicing a lot with Dave and Joe for their gig at the pub. Maybe the big time is just around the corner.
In the final week before the little gig there were some hitches, but these were taken at a practice that I went along to and enjoyed a lot.
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They call themselves The Earls…….

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 23 Dec 2013

The best of friends

Rosie and Frank are sweet when they snuggle up
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 23 Dec 2013

Beautiful early morning

Late November and a very early morning walk at sunrise to the river. It was beautiful. It was the calm before a, personally, stormy few days and no sleep and stress. Not a pleasant week or so.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 16 Dec 2013

November 2013

Richard II played by David Tennant. A Shaespearean coup! What a guy. Thank you Sally for a wonderful evening. It was a live screening of the play from Stratford on Avon. What a treat. Champers and everything!
Richard II dramatizes the downfall of, you guessed it, King Richard II (1367-1400), a lousy English king who gets bumped off the throne by Henry Bolingbroke (a.k.a. King Henry IV) and then tossed in the slammer, where he experiences an identity crisis bigger than King Lears (and maybe even Hamlets) before he is finally put out of his misery (ie. murdered). Basically, it is the story of a major power shift in 14th century England, which means the play is one giant political soap opera. Thereis even a weird sex scandal (Act 3, Scene 1) that might give ex-US Congressman Anthony Weiner, former US Prez Bill Clinton, or the ex-”Governator” of California Arnold Schwarzenegger a run for their money.

Cozy n warm

On a fine and autumnal sunday afternoon Hector and I had a really special walk at Lowther. The woodland area was glorious!

Lollykin (much loved daughter of my best friend) stayed with us a couple of nights (she was in the area for a family event) and it was great to see her. Just great.

My birthday mid November – did not do much but spent a day in the Lakes visiting Mum and Sis. Sis and I had a lovely walk down to Milleground at Windermere, waling on the path past he house we grew up in. A lovely couple of hours.
This is a ””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””selfie””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””…..
on the path to Millerground

Hector and the boys are practicing for this little gig they””””””””re doing

A new visitor to our bird feeder. It makes me very happy to have a Nuthatch visiting.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 16 Dec 2013

October in a nutshell

I have been remiss again keeping this all up to date…. busy is not my only excuse!

So, October….

Well -starting with late September and a real treat for Sally and I. We took the Gardeners Question Time train on the glorious Settle to Carlisle line for a recording of GQT aboard the train. It was a really good day. A wonderful atmosphere on the train and my question was one chosen to put to the panel. I knew I hadd messed up the recording as soon as I began because I forgot to say where I was from. But, meeting the panel and the really lovely Pippa Greenwood who was a lovely and friendly woman was the thrill. Sally and I ALWAYS have a blast on our little outings!
Our GQT Panel
Looking back up the line from RibbleheadSally waiting fro the GQT train
Me asking the question seated with Pippa Greenwood

Sally and I also had a really lovely autumnal walk at Edenhall. A PERFECT way to start the weekend. A last minute sunshine evening walk with Sally Logue , Roxy dog and Rosie to the river at Edenhall. Lovely evening. And some great fun spying some MASSIVE Conkers and Sally managing to get them from the tree.
Enormous conkers!

Hector and I had a super evening with Adele and Ray. Chatter, home made curry and bhagis (v good by the way) guitar playing and great music!
Hector and Adele making music

Hector has got us tickets for some of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next summer. It will be my first major sporting event. Very exciting.

Rosie waiting for me at a farm shop….

Too tempting to drive past….. Got some eggs and conserves.

It might be the Daily Mail web site But I LOVE LOVE LOOOOVE this little £3,000 house! Fabulous! What a truly wonderful space to call home.

There is nothing Rosie likes more than snuggling up in a pile of washing queuing at the washing machine! This was at Sallys house and Jess here was very amused.
Rosie in the washing and Jess

Hector took Ross to London and they saw a big footie match. A great lads weekend.

I have got to get me some tickets for a local performance – been meaning to for years. So so so funny.

A bit random…. How about this for a regularly used and laundered tea towel! 1983 calendar. So almost 31 years old! Just realised as I was putting it away after washing….

My very lovely and artistic friend displays teapots and cups in her kitchen BEAUTIFULLY.

We went to Glasgow to see Peter Gabriel at the new Hydro venue. Our hotel was great – just a Premier Inn but I was very impressed with our 14th floor room and the view!
Hydro in Glasgow
View from the 14th floor
The gig was wonderful (tho I was suffering from vertigo in the hugely steep seating) and a big highlight was meeting a media buddy in the flesh for the first time. So happy to have met Suzanne!

Heavens. Apparently two national papers used my photos (starlings of course) and one included a pic of me. What I said and the info is all reworked but you would expect that.

Thats exciting…. a new book has just arrived. Very plush and a wonderful creation by author John Nowell.
It also supports Air Ambulance Service. AND it has – at first count – at least 20 of my photographs in it, including one of me.
“A Day Above the Lake District” – a perfect Christmas present methinks!! Published this week.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 27 Sep 2013

Maasai Warrior tribal dancing and singing

Hector and I went to Rheged to see a display by the Osiligi Warriors – a group of Maasai from Kenya. It was amazing! Enthralling and a little mesmerising. They were also selling hand made tribal items…. H bought a decorated ”Oringa” – a carved stick decorated with beads for his desk (apparently) and a bracelet for me.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 27 Sep 2013

Mid September

H went to visit family in Yorkshire for the weekend (chiefly because his Mum is in hospital and it was her birthday too)and before he left brought me a cup of tea in bed – not something he does as a rule. What a treat. I spent the Saturday doing all sorts of extra chores – clearing out and tidying and trips to recycling. It felt good!
Had a nice walk on the Sunday too…. Eden Lacy….

Later in the month I wandered down to the river again…. I got this shot of a fisherman catching a fish.
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Hector and I set off for Ullswater and a walk at Pooley Bridge, but when we got there it was packed with tourists so we turned back. I spotted a turn off the road that I had never explored and often wondered what it led to. It took us to a dead end at a lovely little church. The church has a central tower and a very unique design inside – the tower in the centre puts the font and altar centrally under it. We then had a short walk beyond it to a farm – which is an old fortified building going back to the Reivers.
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