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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 05 Dec 2015

A weekend in Lincolnshire

I braved bad weather and drove over to Lincolnshire to stay with my dearest friend. We had a lovely gentle time and spent quite a long time in the hot tub!
We even had a wintry walk on the beach at Cleethorpeks.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 05 Dec 2015

Durham Lumiere

For my birthday we went to Durham for Lumiere. We stayed at a gorgeous B&B nearby the city…. Burnhopeside Hall. Fabulous hall down a long drive in acres of grounds. Such a nice woman runs it – we were made so welcome. I definitely want to go back for a longer stay!
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The rain did not put us off the Lumiere and the city. We started at the Cathedral. The light show and music there was spine-tinglingly wonderful.Then we joined a large throng of people heading down the narrow road to see more of Lumiere. We enjoyed some mulled wine while we queued to see the light show of a whale breaching in the river. It was beautiful – and so realistic with whalesong. After a while in pouring rain you jut can’t get any wetter so it didn’t matter! There was much we didn’t get to see but it doesn’t matter – we can go another year.

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Each of us is in these photos of the Gingerbread lighting on a large plain building… but we are lit up too!
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We came home via Corbridge… I like a stop at Corbridge to see visit the really interesting shops there. There is also the best artisan bakery! Just wonderful stuff in there. The Tyne was up gig by the town. Very high levels of flow.

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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 05 Dec 2015

Grace Dent. Lordy I love that woman.

Grace Dent. Lordy I love that woman. Writes what I think even though it’s in my subconscious, and with immense humour and clarity!
For the specific attention of Suzanne Forster who as I write is in the queue to see U2 in Glasgow!
(I am not jealous in any way. Really I’m not!)

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/i-paid-183-to-watch-u2-ticketmaster-should-be-fitted-with-a-breathalyser-a6721036.html

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 05 Dec 2015

Rosie’s autumn coiffure

Looks weird doesn’t it!
Sally and Rosie in the car and my reflection taking their pic.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 05 Dec 2015

Gorgeous Autumn

Lovely drive to work in autumn
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 05 Dec 2015

Autumn lovely

The church looking particularly autumnally pleasing through a veil of golden leaves
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 05 Dec 2015

Bad hair day!

I have a new friend by the roadside on my way to work. They were having a bad hair day.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 05 Dec 2015

Snuggle

Tucked down my jacket for a snuggle
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 05 Dec 2015

Allotment envy!

My lovely friend has got her first allotment.
It is a thing of beauty in a lovely rural area.
She has worked very hard to clear it and plans a fruit cage and lots of lovely fruit and veg.
I look forward to meeting here there and having a flask of tea in a quiet spring evening.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 05 Dec 2015

Dunched my lovely car!

Mid October.
Gales meant the trees were dropping twigs and some hefty branches and driving to work in the dar, albeit slowly, I had no chance to avoid a large branch in the road and ploughed right into it.
The bumper was hanging off but luckily no damage to the headlights or bodywork.I wedged the bumper back on and went to work. When i got light I went to take a closer look and decided it was best to take it to our garage and get it checked on my way home. Luckily it was only the bumper and not damage in the engine. Still cost thought to have a new one fitted.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 05 Dec 2015

Paternal family gathering – followed by more ancestry research

For the first time ever my paternal family had a gathering. Im sure Dad would have loved it – but having lost him in the early 1980s and his brother, my uncle, some years before, a lot of people there were not family I knew. My Great aunt Carole did a wonderful job of arranging it in Beverley – where most of the family still live.
I met family I had never heard of, some I knew of but had never met and some I had not seen for many years. The family is quite small – we are not many with the surname.
Hector and I stayed at the Beverley Arms and also hot chance to catch up with some maternal family members who live there too.
I was all fired up when we got home and re joined an ancestry search group and spent many hours populating the family tree.

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.

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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.
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