us and frank cat Fi | 30 Nov 2010
us and frank cat Fi | 13 Nov 2010
A full birthday weekend. And today a real treat. Went down to Ambleside to see Sis and have a little shopping spree: bird seed, bird feeder, 2 pairs comfy trainers (from a Garden Centre?) a bubble blower that has bubbles that don’t burst! There were some owls visiting Hayes and we got to have them sit on our gauntleted hands. WHAT a thrill. Then to Mums for birthday cakes and more pressies.
My big pressie from Hector is a brilliant dark pink chrono watch. Its FAB! Love it. More treats in store tomorrow.
On my actual birthday Hector and I took a Dales Rail train trip to Skipton – bright and sunny vivd scenery all the way there. We had a huge carvery lunch at Herriots hotel (yum) before getting the train home again. What a lovely way to spend a birthday. Thank you babe.
us and frank cat Fi | 13 Nov 2010
Sunday: Lovely clear and still Autumn day so I dragged Hector out for some air and supposedly for a walk up to Aira Force (waterfall beside Ullswater) but the lake itself was so beautiful and so calm and heavenly that I got immersed (not literally) in it. My heart was full of simple joy just to be there.
Saturday: Nice weather. Good mood. Hector was at a meeting with others with our local MP to start a process to get good enough broadband in Cumbria. Don’t know how they can hope to achieve it for the entire county with a £10M budget, some communities will have to be left out?
As soon as he got home we had to dash out to go and see the miraculous-voiced Elkie Brooks concert. WHAT a woman! She has been in the business for 50 years and deserves every accolade. She is now 65, looks 45 (or less) and has a voice that could rip leather. Utterly stunning. Blues, jazz, rock. A band so tight they could snap a ships’ anchor chain. I was grinning like a fool when she did a cover of Familys’ “Burlesque” from the early 1970′s. Her voice and musical abilities knock sideways the whole X-Factor fame-seeking hype (when WILL people wake up to this garbage?)
Elkie did all the songs we’d expect of her “Pearls a Singer”, “Lilac Wine” et al. All with the power and voice precision that I wasn’t really expecting if I am honest. Her band did backing vocals too and were great.
This film is from 30 years ago…
us and frank cat Fi | 05 Nov 2010
My delightful, talented, quirky and bonkers good friend Sally is always a refreshing and funny and wonderful person to spend time with.
Last night I called in on my way home, was presented with home made ginger wine and lemon meringue pie with squirty cream and we sat down in front of the roaring wood stove, almost horizontal on her recliner sofa.
Now we are of a certain age (!) our conversation is no longer about men, music or make-up. Its health, menopause and how to keep warm.
She popped through to the kitchen and when she came back she dropped a veritable armful of plastic bottles and jars of vitamins and supplements down on the sofa between us and we spent a pleasant half hour comparing notes on the various types we each take, what they are for and if they are working for us. (They sure did see us both coming at Holland & Barrett! – “menopausal woman alert”) When she looked up to the left in that faraway way you do when you are trying to remember something, she struggled, stuttered and ermmm-ed and ahh-ed over trying to recall the name of the vitamin you took to increase your erm, erm, erm, y’know – thing! (aka MEMORY) I laughed til I got hiccups!
us and frank cat Fi | 01 Nov 2010
We got chatting to a local at the pub on Friday evening and discovered that there is a family in the village who have just moved out of their farm property that literally fell down around their ears (never having had electric, water or other supplies) and they now live in their other village house that ALSO has no electric etc. They are not in any way poor – they are landowners – a lot of land. Who’d have thought in these days of technology and satellite and mobile phones and broadband that, living just yards from us, there are people who still live by candle light and keep warm by only open fires. A fascinating real-life tale.