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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 16 Dec 2014

20 years in this lovely special house

I moved into this house in 1994. Hard to believe 20 years has gone by. I have always loved the house and felt more at home here than anywhere in my whole life. The circumstances of moving here werent so positive but the house, well, its always made me happy and engendered a feeling of calm and safety. The village too is a wonderful place to live. A good community and an attractive area. We enjoy the social aspect- albeit a quiet kind of social life, and the surroundings. For nearly half that time Hector has been here too which made it even more special.

This year it has been a joy to improve the two not-so-nice areas of the house. Firstly was the renovation of the back yard – now known as the Sitootery (a term suggested by my lovely, artistic and interesting friend Liz). I have covered its creation on this blog earlier. It is and will be a wonderful space and was been worth all the work.

Then, for the last two weeks a builder/handyman has been here totally revamping the very grotty utility room. In truth the term utility room makes it sound ok. It wasnt and never had been. It was really awful.

Its been totally gutted, re-plastered, new flooring and I splashed out (forgive the pun) on a sink and toilet so that we can have a downstair cloakroom. The washing machine and tumbler are still in there but quite unobtrusive behind the door and some stained boarding to match the new skirting boards. I had the tumbler plumbed in so that it empties steam and water into the drain. It was finished yesterday and since then Ive added a few little touches to give it some character.

So….. before the work (though after it was cleared out)…….
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I wonder how long it will take us to get used to not going upstairs to the bathroom!

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 14 Dec 2014

Salkeld Dukes – for one night only

Hector and his band – the Salkeld Dukes! (Hector, bass; Adam, guitar and singing, Joe, lead vocals and guitar) did one night only gig for Adams 30th party at the pub. Adam is a goalie for Rotherham United and from the village. It was a much anticipated and big party. 150+ people there.
They had practiced a bit and on the night were brill! I was so proud of them, especially Hector of course. The theme for the party was Rock Gods and Rock Chicks. Ive never seen so many nylon wigs in one place. What a laugh.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 14 Dec 2014

Train trip to Ribblehead – a favourite thing to do

We LOVE a train trip on the Settle-Carlisle line to Ribblehead for a day. A blustery but fine day…. Rosie had a good run around and we walked along the paths to Blea Moor. Then a hearty lunch at the Station Inn before getting the train home. I discovered that a train drop down tray on was a perfect bed for Rosie when covered with her fleecy jacket.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 14 Dec 2014

Another lovely day visiting Mum

A Friday visit to Mum in Ambleside as always and I drove back over Kirkstone Pass in wonderful late Autumn colours.

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I also made the mistake of going into the Hayes of Ambleside Christmas Hall…. tacky tacky tacky. An assault on the senses! The big gnomes were set to sing and speak as gruff Cumbrians in a shuddersome sketch. Horrid!

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outdoors &Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 30 Nov 2014

PORTUGAL holiday ~ Islands, wildlife, fishermen, champagne cocktails!

I am a very lucky girl!!!

For my birthday weekend and also to have a holiday now that Hector is recovered and after the holiday in Northumberland was ruined for him when he was poorly, we had a few days on the Algarve in Portugal in the town of Olhao.
Am v impressed with service industries. Premier Inn pre flying night very clean and efficient. They arranged our car to be collected after we arrived, provided a taxi for the morning and one for when we arrive back so we can collect the car. When we arrived at Faro a lovely chap (Joseph) was waiting for us in arrivals, our name on a card, and drove us straight to the hotel and then arranged our check in for us. We havent had to think about a thing.

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When we arrived we very quickly headed out to explore a little around the marina and along the shore. The town is not very touristy and still a very busy and active fishing town. We stopped for lunch in pavement restaurant and later as it was raining we went next door to the hotel for dinner.

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Our rooftop pool. Yes, I did take a dip. Yes its mid November. No, it isnt heated. Yes, I didnt stay submerged long!

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Our apartment was lovely…. plenty of space. A large balcony with views over the Ria Formosa, two bathrooms and everything we could want.
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I took birthday cards with me and put them up in the apartment.

The area of the coast at Olhao is part of the Ria Formosa and a place of lagoons and islands just off shore (that used to be the sand dunes of the coast). I really wanted to explore the islands and see the notorious wildlife (especially birds) so pushed my birthday boat out and booked a private hire boat and skipper for the day to go where we wanted and see what took our fancy. Our skipper was Jaime who was a lot of fun. He played Eric Clapton loud and knew a lot about the wildlife and area. First we scooted out to Ilha Deserta – the deserted and furthermost island. Its a bit like heaven. He beached the boat and we went to have a wander around.

Ria Formosa is an estuarine national park, with Olhão at its mouth and the wild Atlantic beyond. Around 80% of Portugal””””s clams are fished here, around its four low islands. Farol and Armona are where Lisbon folk maintain their holiday homes; Deserta is a sandy empty place for the Robinson Crusoe in you; Culatra is where the fishermen live, and they are delighted for you to be as active as you wish, as long as that includes watching the waves, counting your toes, playing dominoes, drinking cold drinks, and eating delicious fish.

Ria Formosa is an estuarine national park, with Olhão at its mouth and the wild Atlantic beyond. Around 80% of Portugal””””s clams are fished here, around its four low islands. Farol and Armona are where Lisbon folk maintain their holiday homes; Deserta is a sandy empty place for the Robinson Crusoe in you; Culatra is where the fishermen live, and they are delighted for you to be as active as you wish, as long as that includes watching the waves, counting your toes, playing dominoes, drinking cold drinks, and eating delicious fish.

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Then Jaime took us to Culatra island and the Farol lighthouse. The islands are fascinating. All the plants seem to be cactus and succulents. The buildings mostly single storey and very north African looking. There are no cars or motorbikes etc on the islands. Jaime then rang ahead to order us lunch at a restaurant on the next island.He joined us for a drink before we ate. I had a huge piece of sea bass. Lovely. The fishing harbour there was busy and interesting. Jaime pulled all sorts of interesting sea life straight from the water. Sea cucumber, Black Sea Hare, Urchins. After lunch we were taken along past the oyster farms.

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After lunch and oyster farms it was back to the marina…… It was looking stormy and was a little choppy. Salt spray flying. Jaime offered each of us the chance to take the controls. Hector declined, but I leapt at the chance!!

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In the evening we went to the hotel again for dinner.

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The time had gone by so fast and it had been so enjoyable and interesting. A WONDERFUL way to spend my birthday. Something to remember forever.

Saturday dawned with bright and sunny skies. We didnt rush about and decided to explore the town. It was market day. The fish and vegetable markets in Olhao are famous. The Saturday market stalls stretch out along the marina front and you can buy anything! It was fascinating!!! Groups of old men were sting in the tree covered areas, perched on the benches and gossiping the morning away. It struck me what a social and relaxed life it is.

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In the afternoon (after Id braved the rooftop pool again!) we walked along the lagoons away from the marina. Strange landscape. The mud flats are doted with people bent like question marks over the dark cooey mud digging for clams. It looks a bit daring to me and the mud seems to be a vast expanse where I would expect to be swallowed and never seen again. We watched all sorts of wonderful wading birds, especially some I later identified as Black Winged Stilts. Beautiful birds.

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A champagne cocktail rounded off the afternoon walk and later pizza in the cocktail bar at the hotel.

Sunday – our last day already!
There were a lot of things we could have done but I opted for a walk into the town to the ferry and a trip out to the largest island and the one we hadn””t visited with Jaime. Armona Island. The ferry is a lovely trip. While waiting for the ferry Jaime, our skipper from Fridays trip, mortared by in the boat and ward like mad when he saw us. Nice man….
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Half an hour out on a boat that is a little like the steamers on Windermere but kitted out like a trailer roadside caff. No safety announcements or anything and actually all the better for it. Armona is a wonderful place. Going in November we were some of the only people there but it was still plenty warm enough for a sundress and paddling. The cafes were all closed except one we found after walking through the concrete slabbed streets (no cars here!) where the choice was, by out of season, somewhat limited. So, a beer and a bottle of water and packet of crisps. We sat on the harbour area beach and the only company we had was an egret and a cormorant. Blue sky and gentle waves and silence. The little town is so quiet and all the buildings so small and again like Culatra – rather north African.

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For a last dinner of our holiday we walked into Olhao and had carvery steak and roast chicken. few days

We had arrived back at Manchester airport by 2 in the afternoon on the Monday. We hadnt rushed around during our holiday – it had been relaxing and quiet but we packed a lot in. Thank you Hector for a great few days – you found us a perfect place for a holiday.

It was a wonderful four days.

This is what a write up in an article I found says of Olhao… it is far more eloquent than I could be.
Ria Formosa is an estuarine national park, with Olhão at its mouth and the wild Atlantic beyond. Around 80% of Portugal””s clams are fished here, around its four low islands. Farol and Armona are where Lisbon folk maintain their holiday homes; Deserta is a sandy empty place for the Robinson Crusoe in you; Culatra is where the fishermen live, and they are delighted for you to be as active as you wish, as long as that includes watching the waves, counting your toes, playing dominoes, drinking cold drinks, and eating delicious fish.

There are four sailings a day to Culatra, and a return trip on the Rio Bello costs the price of a beer in an Algarve resort. Battalions of tartan shopping trollies bursting with green vegetables and juicy fruits from Olhão””s markets are lashed to Rio Bello””s blue-washed funnel, and we””re off. The ferries are operated by men of a certain age who leap hither and thither, offering twinkly chivalrous winks to the ladies aboard. Though Culatra””s only a mile or so offshore, we sail the long way over to avoid sandbanks and shrimp nets. The air smells clean and salty, families natter about everything and nothing, lapdogs snap, an earnest student sketches another earnest student, young lovers gently snog and strangers strike up friendships.

Ria Formosa is an estuarine national park, with Olhão at its mouth and the wild Atlantic beyond. Around 80% of Portugal””s clams are fished here, around its four low islands. Farol and Armona are where Lisbon folk maintain their holiday homes; Deserta is a sandy empty place for the Robinson Crusoe in you; Culatra is where the fishermen live, and they are delighted for you to be as active as you wish, as long as that includes watching the waves, counting your toes, playing dominoes, drinking cold drinks, and eating delicious fish.

There are four sailings a day to Culatra, and a return trip on the Rio Bello costs the price of a beer in an Algarve resort. Battalions of tartan shopping trollies bursting with green vegetables and juicy fruits from Olhão””s markets are lashed to Rio Bello””s blue-washed funnel, and we””re off. The ferries are operated by men of a certain age who leap hither and thither, offering twinkly chivalrous winks to the ladies aboard. Though Culatra””s only a mile or so offshore, we sail the long way over to avoid sandbanks and shrimp nets. The air smells clean and salty, families natter about everything and nothing, lapdogs snap, an earnest student sketches another earnest student, young lovers gently snog and strangers strike up friendships.

Save a few tractors for dragging boats up the beach, there are no motor vehicles on Culatra. There are no roads either, so I walk the sandy path into the settlement””s cluster of low-built houses and cottages. About 700 people live here year round. Their homes are huddled close to each other and at first sight, appear unremarkable. Up close, I see that the Culatrans coax exquisite gardens out of the sand with wildflowers, succulents, shell patterns and mad blushes of bougainvillea. Old fishing nets and briny ropes enclose the gardens, and lines of washing flap in the Atlantic breeze.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 30 Nov 2014

Short walk at Inglewood

7th November.
A quiet spell of autumn weather latish afternoon early November and Rosie and I had a walk along near Inglewood. Lovely light. It was a good chance to test the camera on the new iPhone 6 that I got yesterday.
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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

Coiffured!

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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