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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.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 06 Aug 2014

Flaming June

Ooh. Chuffed.
The Woodland Trust want to use one of my photos for their 2014 Calendar. Honoured…. Especially as by coincidence we are members of the Trust. I will keep the identity of which it is to myself as I am sure the Woodland Trust would want it that way.

Went to visit a neighbour after work. They have a small farm and breed rare pigs, sheep, cows and the old yard is full of ducks, geese, chickens etc. With abundant wildlife as well it”s a bit of heaven. This is their driveway… With a nesting box on almost every tree.
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Weellll I WAS snoozing with my book.…. But we are just feet from the church tower so it”s loud. Lovely! Obviously. But QUITE LOUD!

We spent mid summer evening with two of our favourite people. Fiona and Chris. Its always a really good time with them. They look very well and happy.
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Oh mi gawd! That made me feel nauseous! Mad. MAD!
Insane Himalayas Bus Ride – not for the faint hearted

It is good for the digestion!
Our food digester has been installed. It will digest all food – even bones and cooked meat. Less rubbish to go out in the bins.
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The ”Sitootery” yard is maturing and proving to be a real pleasure.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 06 Aug 2014

Mid to end May

I have left it too late to do this again! The older we get the busier we get!

Some pics of our short but lovely stay in Staffordshire…. The canal at Tixall/Shugborough and Trentham Gardens. Lovely to dog sit for Monty and cat sit for Cookie (sadly Cookie is no longer with us by July). And especially good to spend time with the delightful Charlotte.

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Lovely Niece, Clare, came to visit one afternoon. She was very popular with Frank Cat and Rosie Posie.
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Our wisteria is utterly sublime this year. The flowers are so heavy that I had to put supports in for the branches.
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Dahlia duals
I invested in some Dahlia tubers from the National Dahlia Collection. Its a running battle with snails and slugs to keep them alive! They are munching their way through them despite all the things I am trying: copper tape, eggshells, wood ash, sharp grit, mint leaves.
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Handsome isn””t he!
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 16 May 2014

The weather has been mild. Sometimes quite sunny.

The big project for this year – a renovation of the enclosed yard.
I fully started work on the renovation of the back yard, or, as my friend Liz refers to the plans A Sitootery So, all those lovely plans for our enclosed yard… BIG ideas. LUSH ideas.
In the cold light of a few weeks on from the plans being hatched the true £ cost is starting to dawn on me so I am trying to find ways of achieving the same results with a CONSIDERABLY reduced budget. (by early May the budget is blown out of the water!!)
Step 1. Gravel on the lower part of the yard and on the step. Used a plank to hold step gravel in place. Looks better already.
Step 2. Gardener chap pickaxing up the smaller patch of old concrete ready for more gravel. Result is all gravel and the remaining large lovely sandstone slabs.
Step 3. Painting the 2 brick walls a very very very pale lavender blue.
Step 4. Using the old plank of wood (which for me started life as one end of a open aspect wardrobe thing) to create a raised planted for lavenders.Ha ha. Hector was making the long rectangular planter I requested. Great use of old wood it thought. All was going well, I even helped a bit. Almost done and the side/leg needed to be fixed on. Minor adjustments made, glue in place, leg/side slotted and screwed and glued in place. It was at that point I noticed it was all the wrong way up! I.e legs at the top! Ho ho.
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Step 5. Buying LOTS of lavender and some feature plants.
Step 6. Buying a Gudrun Sjoden very special outdoor table cloth. Expensive but really looks right.
Step 7. Finding a nice outdoor mirror and outdoor fairy lights.

By early May its all done! And here it is! Its made me very happy.

Oh I SAY! A new Gordons Gin with Elderflower! They must have created it just for me…. who”s going to the shops first then…….

Totally concur!
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Scientists discover ”eighth colour of the rainbow. A wonderfully understated, classy and intelligent April Fool from the iPaper. As you”d expect from them…..

A few of us had some fun sharing photos of our wardrobes. They say as much about us as out handbags. This is mine…
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Its getting busy at the bird feeders
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I watch Coronation Street. Always loved it. Very funny scripts and characters. The best recently is Steve and Peter wake up in bed together…. They are playing it à la Morecambe & Wise, especially Steve. Funny.

I met up with my FB friend Suzanne at Rheged and had a jolly good natter then coffee at home.
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Had a wander at Edenhall. Nice long and quiet road.
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Almost a double rainbow early this morning as I drove to work…. The cloud is obscuring a view over to the Lake District mountains.
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While searching for my drivers license…..I came across these.

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Hector, Rosie and I went to the Dalston Point-to-Point today. Very enjoyable. Windy and chilly but great fun. We tried to pick winner, though only did ok in the first couple of races. Its a very ”county” event..
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15th April. Hurrah! Almost three weeks earlier this year! Saw the first swallow – in Lazonby – as I drove to work.

The blossom… Lovely Spring!
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Sometimes, just sometimes, going to work has it”s pleasing side…. A field I pass on the little roads route. Birdsong and bright early sun was gorgeous this morning at 7 ish as I drove in, top down.
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Relaxing on my lap, but Frank has an eye on the little birds. Not that he can be at all bothered these days….
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I really should grow more tulips…..
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Would the low life crook who has tried to use my debit card to buy a Dell computer kindly go and disappear down a deep dark smelly hole! You have caused endless hassle and stress and have rendered my bank account inaccessible for the entire Easter weekend while I wait for a new card! And yes – I AM very careful using the card – almost paranoid.

Isn”t it lovely. Changed my view too….
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Wow. This map really puts the size of Africa into perspective and makes you realise the true immensity of the continent.
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What a perfect Good Friday…. Outdoors all day. Lazing mostly with a book. Hector came with Rosie and I for a walk around Edenhall. It was lovely….. Warm, summery, bright sun, no clouds.
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Amelanchier – I love the shining little star blossoms. I”ve squeezed two of these trees into our postage stamp garden. Amelanchier, also known as shadbush, shadwood or shadblow, serviceberry or sarvisberry, wild pear, juneberry, saskatoon, sugarplum or wild-plum, and chuckley pear is a genus of about 20 species
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Was off for 10 days over EAster. LOVELY!

Dropped my car off for its MOT and decided to walk back (about 4.5miles) mostly uphill but all countryside. Bearing in mind a dodgy hip H didn”t expect me to manage and was waiting for me to call to be rescued. I was doing fine (apart from blisters on my little toes) and was almost back when he turned up anyway and was very surprised I was so close to home. Bless him.

Easter Monday
What a lovely day to be outdoors. While H read his paper at the Fox and Pheasant in Armathwaite I had a walk with Rosie along the river before I joined him. Gorgeous little walk.
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24th April.
Ullswater and tea with Sally and Rosie (20 photos)
An afternoon with Sally and Rosie on Ullswater topped off with afternoon tea at the Inn on the Lake. Lovely bright weather. Happy.
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Spent a Friday visiting Mum and Jane.
Good to see Mum and Jane. Nice too to have an hour at Thirlmere on the way… I came back via Kirkstone over The Struggle.
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A little old fella has these two. One Westie goes along in the home made trolley and the other walks by his side. They sit quietly and patiently outside the shop while the old man buys his paper. Really gladdens the heart.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 08 May 2014

March 2014

Mid March saw the first day that was nice enough to have breakfast outside in the garden…

End of March
A few pics of birdies and from a short walk with Rosie early this evening. Celebrating the lighter evenings!!! Also SO happy to hear and see the first Lapwings of the season. I love their call.





Mid March
For Mothers Day. Here she is in about 1963 looking very lovely and ””””””””Jacqui Onasis””””””””! And also it would have been Dads birthday this week, so for him too – looking dashing, and a bit cheeky I must say!

Snoozing in the garden! (WELL i have spent 3 hours tidying the garage and making a start on the enclosed uard improvements!) Hurrah spring is here.

New home for butterflies on our house wall. Amazing what you can pick up at TKMaxx! Now I just need the stuff that you attract them with so they can find their safe house.

A Great Tit was checking out the nesting pot that I bought at PotFest last year. They haven””””””””t nested though.

This made me feel dizzy and actually nauseous. I had to stop watching….
You really should watch the video of these two utterly insane free-runner chaps…

Well.. That WAS exciting! I could smell smoke in our lounge.. Checked and not our fire or chimney so went outside and saw that a chimney opposite was spewing out flame and sparks. Hector dashed over to see if anyone was in and I called the fire brigade. Figured it was the house of a friend of H. His van was in the drive so he must be in so we tried n tried to get him to answer the door. He did eventually, and said “F*** it. It will be fine. Tell the fire blokes not to bother.” So, cue blue flashing lights and all that. And firemen… They are still there now but it seems all is ok and the fire boys said Id done the right thing, that theyd rather be called than not called. I had visions of a house full of smoke and people unconscious etc.

Todays menu experiment. Duck with miso noodles and black cabbage. A first for me…. Not too diff to do and quite tasty.

The flower display at Booths. Isnt it gorgeous? I LOVE Booths in Penrih.

Bliss time at the Spa….. Cue spa tinkly water fountain and low lights and scented candles and spa music. (Sigh ! Am still feeling the soothing effects!)

Its art that is…..!
I watched this chap for a little while on the short walk Rosie and I had one March afternoon.

Marking 100 years since the outbreak of WW1
A genuine original photograph from 1914 and a sea of faces of so many men and boys near the front in WW1. Just look at all those faces…. We know what was to come. They didn””””””””t. I find this image very poignant and sad.
(Part of a private collection of a neighbour)

While Hector was away working in London… What a lovely day we have had. Normanby Park for a wander and the gardens, then the Rope Works at Barton for the gallery and cake then a wind-swept walk at the Humber Bridge and along the Humber (on the Lincolnshire side)
Loved every minute….








Farewell to a hero of mine!
Sad…….. That wonderful man, Tony Benn, has died. He was a remarkable man and I was so lucky to have heard him speak a few times, at festivals. Compassionate, emotive and passionate speaker.
The perfect quote from Benn.
Making mistakes is part of life. The only things I would feel ashamed of would be if I had said things I hadnt believed in order to get on. Some politicians do do that.

What a weekend thrill! I came first in last weeks iPhoneography B&W architecture with this shot…

What a LOVELY day out with Sally and Rosie on the Settle to Carlisle line to Ribblehead. A nice wander around. It was FREEZING and windy but bright sunshine. We ate a hearty lunch at the Station Hotel there (yummy) and were home in time for tea. Poor Rosie was very cold so we put her under out jackets or in the rucksack. She was mollycoddled!






Went to a funeral in the village at lunch time. Les was a very popular man who had lived in the same house in the village all his life and was in his 80s when he passed away. He had a packed life and it was a real pleasure to attend the funeral – which saw SO many mourners that they had to rig up speakers outside in the churchyard for around 30 people who couldnt find even standing room in the church.
I will remember his as charming, interesting and very funny. We often spent time with him at the pub on Friday evenings where he had me spellbound with his memories of local life and characters. He was a real Gentleman. Im sad for his lovely English-Rose wife.

Look what arrived … A print of a photo of Hector from our session with a portrait photographer a year or so ago. Dishy huh?

My lovely cousins lovely daughter Annabel has been accepted into a prestigious ballet school. Im very proud of her….. Well done niece Annabel! Looking gorgeous too.

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….

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