us and frank cat Fi | 31 Mar 2011
Sally and I spent a day in Northumberland – a long luxury morning at Slaley Hall Spa and a deeply pleasant facial, then a drive to Crobridge and a look around RE and some antique shops. I bought rusted metal letters ‘H’, ‘E’, ‘F’ and ‘I’ to put up near the fireplace and a pink fabric rosary (Yes – rosary). We found a cookware shop that sold everything in a warren of little rooms with staff who were perfect and friendly.
Our newly facial-ed faces still feel smooth as smooth.
The next day Hector helped other village guys dig holes and cement in some heavy duty goal posts into the playing field. Cement everywhere and he also dug up the biggest, ugliest, meanest looking, red legged, insect larvae. Yuk.
It got breezy big style today and the lovely home made cloche (made from an old see thru brolly I cut the handle off) which was over sweet pea seeds in an old dustbin blew away and is nowhere to be found.
us and frank cat Fi | 28 Mar 2011
AFter a trip to the docs I am feeling more relaxed. Blood pressure fine – first time ever I think, I DO have some arthritis and my neck is a big problem (hence headaches) but I don’t need more tests.
When I got home I enjoyed sunshine and warmth. Heavenly now that the clocks have gone forward and its lighter later.
These are our almost white hellebores….
us and frank cat Fi | 26 Mar 2011
Weekend. Calm. Took Alan Titchmarsh’s advice and bought some summer flowering bulbs to put into the gaps in the garden. We got the gate treated with teak oil after H spent a couple of weekends doing a fantastic sanding job. Later H helped the folks in the playing field sort out their goal posts, I washed my car – twice (didn’t clean properly first time) – and planted the sweet peas in the dustbin (worked well last year). I cut the handle off a clear plastic brolly to make a cloche. Hope they’re as good as last year.
Frank popped over to talk about the broadband stuff and village mag.
I watched the Oxford/Cambridge boatrace for a while. It was an exciting one. Hector went to the pub to watch footie and was out for hours! Strangely (not) he is asleep in the armchair now. Bless! Hope he wakes up soon – I’m hungry for dinner!
Patridges been visiting the garden again and we’ve put covers on H’s car to stop the blackbird attacking it. Seems to be working so far…..
Forecast goodly for the morrow. Hope so. I intend to sit outside with a book for a while.
Took this shot on my way home from work… thousands and thousands of gulls in the fields that had been spread with muck.
us and frank cat Fi | 23 Mar 2011
Monday 21st March and the first day of spring. Whoo hoo! We had Frank and Kate around for some drinks and chat. Topics as always with them were varied and lively! Enjoyable. Very.
I’ve had a bad head since Monday morning though and today (Wednesday) I woke in the night to a crushing, blinding headache/migraine that has left me shattered and weak. Nothing I took made even the slightest difference to the pain. Excruciating. I had no choice but to stay in bed and ride it out. It eased by the afternoon but I still feel weak. But, it has been really healing to sit out in the sun, with a blanket over me; like an old lady. The weather is mild, the sky blue, the birds are singing, the bumble bees are flitting.
us and frank cat Fi | 20 Mar 2011
Its all been a bit bankers, work, village projects, home. My head was all full up and brimming over with ‘stuff’. Not physically tired, just mentally jaded. So, I told Hector and let the village project folks know that I was not doing anything on any projects all weekend. And, it all got off to a brilliant start when Pete and Sarah came over to spend Friday evening with us. It was so good to see them. Sarah, after a long hike through treatment for breast cancer and major surgery is looking spectacular. What a woman. We had dinner, champers and chat and before bed Pete took us outside to light and launch a big Chinese lantern which we watched float up and North over the church and then it veered East towards the hills. A really good evening!
Perigee Moon and Celtic Cross
Launching our lantern
Sarah introducing our sculpture of
Aeolus, god of wind, to the pleasures of drinking champers through a straw.
The weather was good and we got to see some of the perigee moon. I also got to do some bits of gardening and Hector finished off sanding the gate.
We spotted a blackbird throwing itself at the front of Hectors car, battering itself against it, over and over. I thought it might be seeing tis reflection and as its spring, trying to see off a perceived rival.
Sunday – long lie in and quiet day. Batteries recharged!
us and frank cat Fi | 13 Mar 2011
us and frank cat Fi | 04 Mar 2011
Its been so busy at the office and doing village community things lately that there has hardly been time to think straight. And another thing! I am fast turning into a grumpy old woman. I’ve been ranting about all sorts on the BBC website – news items etc. I got very angry about the insurance changes re gender, the prospect of changing the May Bank holiday (it isn’t broken so don’t fix it), bad drivers, a selfish Government, blah blah blah.
Hector is a star and often makes dinner so that I do fewer chores. And now that its light when I get home I can get out into the garden for a little while, cutting back and cleaning up etc. We’ve had several meetings around the village in the last week or so and things are progressing well on those projects.
I got permission a few days ago to take some pics of a local ruined farm and buildings. It was spooky and muddy and looking in at the windows was a bit grim but it was fascinating.
A big joy is watching the birds in the garden. This week there were even a pair of partridges wandering around the lawn. I shooed them away as they are quite slow and don’t fly much so I worried that Frank Cat would get them.