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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 21 Oct 2015

Algarve, Portugal. Five lovely days

Saturday to Thursday staying in Quarter in Portugal.
Lovely apartment (well done Hector!) and mostly great weather for our stay. close to the wide beach and nice promenade with a good choice of cafes and restaurants.
Spent a lot of time on hired loungers under parasols and paddling. The breakers were quite large so I did not swim – too chicken. Took a bus out to Vilamoura and the large marina there. Some great restaurants and seriously big yachts!
We hired bikes for a day and cycled out to Vilamoura and beyond to some dunes and along tracks to another half day spent on a beach. It was a wonderful short break and so relaxing. The bike ride was the highlight for me… we did only 10 or 11 miles, but it has fired me up to think about renovating my bike to use again.
For the first time on holiday for a while I used just my iPhone camera

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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 21 Oct 2015

Holiday in the Algarve Portugal, via Coronation Street

An early flight meant a stay in an airport hotel in Manchester, so we made the most of it with a tour of the Coronation Street set.
Ha Ha.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 21 Oct 2015

Stopped off on the way to Sallys

Early morning by the river at Lazonby
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 21 Oct 2015

Sunny autumn day so a walk at Wet Sleddale

You’ve got to make the most of a nice day. Lovely walk at a Wet Sleddale.

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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 24 Sep 2015

Proud Auntie!

I’m a very proud Auntie…..

Clare got in to Newcastle Uni as a mature student (only 25 though) to study medicine and become a Doctor. She is already a Paramedic and has a degree or two as well. Her new life in Newcastle has begun and her studies start next week.

So, so proud of her.

She is also a pretty good climber.


Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 23 Sep 2015

Proud of my cousin too!

For anyone who thinks they work hard…. My lovely Cuz posted this. Makes my head spin. What a guy!
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 23 Sep 2015

August and AT LAST holidays!

Just WOW.
Sunset West
Rainbow over our house East 270 degree Panorama shot.
I didn’t know which way to face… West for the utterly amazing, changing every second sunset, or, the perfect full rainbow that was arched perfectly over our house, and was almost a double.
What a sight!
The sky really was that colour…
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and the rainbow….
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I reckon by the time you get to my age your brain needs defragging! All my memory and knowledge is bumping into each other and getting confused.

I had two whole weeks off! Bliss!

It began with a couple of days with my dearest friend in Lincolnshire. Weather was good too. We spent much of the weekend languishing in their huge new hot tub which is in a large open front chalet overlooking their garden and the countryside beyond. All mod cons with drinks fridge, speakers and food cupboard etc. Oh my oh my… how wonderfully luxurious. We spent almost four hours in it on the first evening and watched it go dark and counted the stars and drank a little too much bubbly. On the second day I was taken out for afternoon tea. Maybe I’ll share the tale of my friend and I this weekend trying to get into her large Mexican hammock which is strung up in the shade between two apple trees and seemed a good place to relax together! But then, maybe I won’t. Thank heavens no one saw us.
(Last time she and I shared the hammock a few years ago it was easy!)
At one point we seriously considered my trying to retrieve my phone from my pocket and calling for help! We made it all better with another evening in the hot tub.
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My toes. Her toes.
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I spent a day with Mum and sis in Ambleside, pottered at home and generally chilled until we were to head off for a week in Northumberland.
The night before we went our good friends Helene and Martin arrived to stay at the house while we were away for a little holiday themselves and we got the week off to a good start when we went out to dinner with them.
Hector and Martin studying the menu…
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 23 Sep 2015

Northumberland holiday – hurrah

We spent the first week of September in a little harbourside cottage in Craster… just a few feet from the feet and harbour wall.
First stop – lunch in Corbridge. Had to have a browse in RE and a couple Of antique shops while we were there.

When we arrived in Craster the weather was calm and still and there was a fantastic full moon which from our cottage looked stunning.
Our cottage…
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The view from the bedroom
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Leaving the bedroom window wide open and with the hushing washing sound of the sea was HEAVEN!
The little ripples in the harbour shine in a spreading crescent in the moonshine.
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Early morning walk with Rosie along the coastal path, right outside our door.
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While the sun was favouring us we spent several hours on Beadnell beach. Rosie loves beaches and sand. She goes bonkers!!

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While out for the early morning wander with Rosie I couldn’t resist being a bit Andy Goldsworthy-esque and making a dinky obelisk

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The next day we had a nice walk in Alnwick and around under the castle through the fields by the river.
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I am enjoying doing panoramic shots that include two of Hector!
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Alnwick is a lovely town and feels like a real holiday when you sit out at a pavement cafe for lunch.

We ate out at the Jolly Fisherman most evenings – get food.

On the third day after a wild night of very high spring tide and waves crashing and roaring it was calmer and fine so we went to Warkworth Castle – a fine castle to visit – and then a couple of hours on the beach at Alnmouth. I finally got to paddle!

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It got more windy during the evening and when it got dark there was a rescue exercise by the coastguard with a sea king helicopter and a coastguard boat out at sea. It looked terrifying.
In the early hours I was up at the bedroom window watching it get light as waves hurled themselves foamily over the harbour wall, swamping the fishing boats. It was very dramatic. One of the fishermen later told me he’d very rarely seen such conditions even in winter. These photos were taken from the bedroom window.
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On the Wednesday is was wonderful that niece Clare came to join us for the day. As it was FAR TOO rough on the sea to take the boat trip to the Farne Islands we headed to Holy Island. We had a lovely wander around the harbour and a nice walk too. Clare and I built a cairn (not the biggest admittedly) to join all the others on the foreshore. We watched the seals out in the surf beyond the rocky shore. I gathered some little fossil pebbles to bring home for the garden(is that really naughty?) The garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll was one of the most beautiful I have every seen. A genius display and so interestingly out of context a bit in its own walled area in the midst of open fields and close to the sea shore. We parked up on the causeway for a short while and I thought the car look really incongruous there.

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More wild weather overnight but quite thrilling!

Thursday was almost damp so we got the bus – for a change – into Alnwick. I spent an hour or so in Barter Books and a pavement cafe. A good way to see the view, especially on the top of a double decker.

On our last day we drove to Warkworth again to look around the village. A nice walk by the river and that. Very pleasant.
On the way back we went to Amble and parked up near the yacht club to sit a while overlooking the old braids and mudflats. Lots of wonderful wild birds… But Rosie had clearly had enough of walking around and tried to refuse to get out of the car!

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In the evening we met our friends who live in Alnwick, but have a holiday home here, at the Jolly Fisherman for dinner before going back to the cottage to pack.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 08 Jul 2015

Sitootery and Wisteria

The sitootery is feeling and looking pretty good now.
Even Frank Cat thinks so…
Their are cherries and pears maturing on the trees.



Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 08 Jul 2015

Village Open Gardens

Each year gardens in our village are opened for an afternoon (for charity). A few friends opened theirs and on the evening before we joined Liz and Tom in their stunning garden (the inspiration for my creating our ‘sitter’) for Pimms. A very pleasant and warm and sociable evening.






Open Garden Day
After a week of hot weather and some thunderstorms the open garden day was mostly sunny and I had the company of Frank to go and visit them. Some of the gardens here are absolutely stunning! Gems.
It was so nice to see them and to catch up with friends who were enjoying having company in their gardens.
When we got back at 5pm when the event ended we sat outside and bang on cue the heavens opened and a bit of a storm.










Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 08 Jul 2015

Durham and Magna Carta

We had a day trip to Durham (I love the city!) especially to see the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta Exhibition. It was fascinating. The documents really draw you in. Knowing how important it was and that someone created them 800 years ago.
Then we had lunch in the Cathedral grounds and while Hector had a few minutes to read the paper I spent an hour in my favourite shop – East.


Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 03 Jul 2015

Proud Auntie Fi

Clare is off to Newcastle medical school in autumn to start her studies to become a Doctor. She already has a degree and is a paramedic and this is a wonderful step to an even more fulfilling and great career. Before she heads to Newcastle to live Sis and I met with Clare at Larch Cottage for a farewell cake and coffee morning.
I am SO proud of her.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 03 Jul 2015

Hot hot hot

This week has been hot and muggy. I completely missed the thunderstorm sadly. Slept through it.

It has been wonderful to finally see some summer.

Today it felt like being in Italy in the garden. The wisteria is amazing at the moment. Lush and highly scented.

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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 03 Jul 2015

Family sports day

We had a trip to Chesterfield to meet over 20 of Hectors family for cricket and a picnic. Its a great park area and we had sunshine for most of the day. It was SO good to see everyone.
What a lovely bunch of fun loving folks.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 03 Jul 2015

More Sitootery primping!

Last summer was the first for our new Sitootery yard. It was great then, but this year we have made a few primping changes, additions and moving around. I absolutely love it out there. A bit of heaven….
Been moving around some of the ‘sitootery’ plants in pots and chairs etc. Its only 11ft x 10ft but there are now two seating areas, one at the table with two metal chairs and also a wood bench down the step by the lusher planting and the bubbling water feature. I’ve moved the espaliered pear to another wall too.
Just the one injury… A swollen wrist after dropping one heavy drop leaf of the table onto my hand. I might have said a ‘word’.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 03 Jul 2015

Larch Cottage Nursery

For three weekends in a row I visited Larch Cottage Nurseries and had lunch too!
Once alone, once with Sally (when we were there three whole hours plant searching too!) and once with Jane and Clare.
If you sit on the veranda their is a tame blackbird that takes crumbs straight out of your hand. I love it.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 03 Jul 2015

Don’t mind if I do – with Hector away having a Father’s Day weekend with his son I reckon I deserved it after spending two hours cutting back ivy, and later doing loads of washing.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 03 Jul 2015

Hurrah! First sweet peas of the year!

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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 03 Jul 2015

Remembering dad

We lost Dad in June 1982 way back when I was in my early 20s. He’d be an old man now but I think he’d still have a cheeky smile and quirky intelligence. He was a bit of a charmer who liked company.
This is him way back in around 1928.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 03 Jul 2015

A pioneer of photography

Visit her eponymous website – the images are fascinating

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