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Monthly Archive for "April 2011"



Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 30 Apr 2011

Royal Wedding

When I was in my early twenties I was very rapt by Charles and Diana’s wedding. Was it the resulting distress and pain of a folly marriage or my getting older and cynical that took the shine of William and Catherine’s wedding?
However, I did watch the wedding and did enjoy the atmosphere. My favourite bit really was the gorgeous tree avenue at the abbey. It must have been as close as they could get to the private country church wedding that they really wanted. Makes me wish I had a way to set up a business hiring out trees for weddings now that it will be so popular. Hector and I watched it together.
The wedding dress was lovely. Demure, Audrey Hepburn-esque, and suited her beautifully. Their new titles of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is nice too. The alliterative title of Catherine Duchess of Cambridge is super. I like the pair of them, they seem as normal as they can be in their position. But the cynic in me is a bit wounded by the excessive money spent on it, though believe it will pull in more for the UK in tourism etc. At a time when most of us in the country are struggling to pay for necessities it is a bit of a sharp reminder of how different it is for those who have huge wealth. (Don’t get me started on how I think that footballers and some other ‘celebs’ are paid FAR too much)
You can’t help get taken up into the happy mood of it though and they are clearly going to be happy.

This is my favourite picture of the day…
catherine

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 28 Apr 2011

One lucky lucky lucky girl!

As my 11 days pass, all too quickly, the weather is staying perfect. Warm and cloudless and bright. I’be gardened and cycled and lazed and read and taken photos. Poor Hector has had to be away for three days at work ut we’ve now got another 4 days off. Yeah – its the Royal Nuptials but unlike Charles and Diana in 1981 I am not too bothered. I see some rich folks who although I am sure are thoroughly nice, are spending immense amounts of money while the rest of the country for the most part is struggling to pay for the necessities of life. However, I will probably watch it. Of course I want to see them being happy and the dress and the flowers and all the razzamatazz.
Today’s cycle ride was a delight. A bit further but it took way longer than last time. I stopped first to take a little path to the river and watch is sparkle in the sun, then I stopped to watch some bullocks playing in a field, then I stopped again at the river to watch a heron, some geese and some little fish jumping. Even on the way back and close to the village I had to halt a while to watch a large flock of sheep being rounded up by three people and herded into a truck. I hope they were being taken for shearing and not slaughter. It was a lovely scene.
tales of the riverbank cleared for landing
not a cloud gathering of their sheep
flock

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 26 Apr 2011

First bike ride of the year (shame on me!)

Hector spruced up my bike and today I had my first ride out. I only did 6 miles but it took almost two hours- mainly because I stopped for a while to enjoy this view… and also to watch a couple of deer grazing near the river.
Eden by name, Eden by nature

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 25 Apr 2011

Friends, River Walk and Pub Lunch = Easter Monday

Chris and Fiona came to visit and we spent a LOVELY time together. A delightful walk by the river at Armathwaite, making pebble sculptures and playtime stone skimming. Such a lot of fun. A late lunch at the Fox & Pheasant pub in sunshine with good food and drink was a real treat. Later Frank joined us for a while with strawberries and wine.
Lovely…..
stone stack THIS is how you do it....Lego for growed ups
Stone skimming rivalry. Mine was best a 7er, No! MINE was an 8erStrip in a field
FionaWe built thisStone selection for skimming is crucial
Enjoying himself

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 25 Apr 2011

My picture of the day Easter Sunday

The cherry blossom is fading and little petals are falling like confetti. Its a little sad, but I got a few last shots of it in its pink glory. This is my favourite of the day….
softly fading cherry blossom

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 25 Apr 2011

Oh no. MORE time in the garden HURRAH!

Easter Sunday and the weather was glorious! I cut back some of the ivy on the yard wall and planted up some baskets with lilac trailing lobelia and white petunias – I DO know I have to cover them at night if there might be a ground frost.
We had a little wander to the pub for half an hour and sat out in the sun with a drinky.
Hector is still delivering Broadband packs to houses in the village, but Frank Cat kept me company, on his own cushion, in the sunshine and drifting cherry blossom petals. I read, watched the birds and am more relaxed than I’ve been for months and months.
cloch.frankLady humble
To top it off Hector made dinner – wonderful Cranston spicy lamb pasties and mash. Yummy.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 23 Apr 2011

Fresher cooler and more gardening

Frank kept me company in the garden while Hector was delivering more broadband info to houses in the village.
And I have some very Heath Robinson cloches for sweetpeas and other seedlings. I made a choccy cake for Easter and did a bunny shape in icing on the top of the chocolate topping, but its so bad that I can’t put a piccie up.
cloche.2cloche.1

As the sun went down the bit of rain had cleared the air and it was crystal clear and fresh and the light reddy gold. So I dashed out just up the road to get this shot of the warm light and looking over to the Pennines.
warm at sunset

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 23 Apr 2011

A lovely STAYcation

Some time off and over a week of no plans and good weather and quiet. Its bliss.
On Good Friday Hector did some work with a couple of others outside in the garden re the broadband for the village campaign, stuffing envelopes for every household, paper flitting everywhere in a light breeze and I spent most of the day in the garden. The weather is amazing for April. 25c for goodness sake – in April! Late afternoon we took a walk out of the village and back through the fields and a wee drinky at the pub on our way home. Delightful.
What a pleasure it was to drag the hose from the garage and spend 20 minutes watering the garden in the low sun before spraying the seedlings in their home-made cloches (cling-film wrapped metal wire intrays!) It reminds me of evenings with Joke in her garden in France and the daily ritual of evening garden watering before a Gin & Tonic and salted nuts on the patio. Memories to treasure.
Our garden hedge is looking blousey, especially with the cherry blossom above it!
I love our blousey hedge
Diving peewitfield
old chicken house

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 19 Apr 2011

On the way to work – one peewit in surreal landscape

Although I sometimes hate the long drive to work there are days when the scenery and having an open top car make it a pure joy – especially early mornings at this time of year when I have plenty of time to stop for a few minutes. This is not far from home and above the River Eden looking over to the Pennines near Armathwaite.

one peewit in surreal landscape

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 16 Apr 2011

Sparrow Squadron

There was something so cute about this ordinary sparrow framed by the cherry blossom in the garden…. There has been a squadron of sparring sparrows today….
sparrow in blossom

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 14 Apr 2011

HURRAH!

HURRAH! The SWALLOWS are HOME!!!! Just one day earlier than last year…

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 12 Apr 2011

Cat and Dolphins playing…. really sweet

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 10 Apr 2011

30 hours mini holiday

We used a Groupon voucher (for a night in a hotel – more on that later) as an excuse to head over to the Northumberland coast in glorious summery weather for early April.
A first stop was Amble and at the harbour there was car boot sale and lots of people. The sun was shining and the sea calm. We walked out onto the sea jetty and watched the Eider ducks and Cormorants.
I had it in my head that it wasn’t too far to drive up to Holy Island, but it is quite a hike and we didn’t want to spend too much more time in the car so I decided on Alnmouth – never been there before. What a pretty and friendly little town. We parked up and had a long walk along the beach in lovely sunny bright weather. I even had a good paddle – though the water was numbingly chilly.
We sat a while against the couch grass where the golf course touches the beach and plaited strips of the sturdy grass stems; a beachy doddle I suppose. A slow wander back to the car via ice cream on a bench overlooking the beach before a cuppa in a nice pub.
We headed back inland using the tiny roads and seeing places that were new to us and found our hotel in Otterburn. The Groupon deal was £35 for a night and the published tariff is £120 so it should have been a good deal. It WAS worth £35 but nowhere near £120. It is shabby and needs more than a lick of paint. BUT – the dinner was very good and the house wine much better than most though. Breakfast too was nice. We chose to drive home the scenic route via Haydon Bridge and Alston and basked in even more sun. It was well over 20c.
We discovered a law of driving in the country….. even if you haven’t seen another car for MILES, you can count on one coming the other way just at the point you need to overtake a cyclist.
Rather than doing chores when we got home I sprawled in the garden with a book and watched Hector clean the windows and give my bicycle a bit of an overhaul (I have GOT to get back into the saddle and TRY to get fitter – I am a disgrace!)
It really does feel like we’ve had a holiday…. mellow and sun-warmed.
Alnmoth
AmbleHe.Alnmouth
fisher.alnmouth

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 05 Apr 2011

Wonderful, but must be CGI FX

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 05 Apr 2011

An ASBO from 1347! John le Yonge’s stinky cellar, 1347

“John le Yonge complains that Henry le Yonge and John Conyng have a solar [toilet room] above his cellar in the parish of St Mary de Abbechirche, and the pipe of their latrine is in the same cellar and overflows into it.

I love this look at how little we humans have changed in 700 years!

“The mayor and aldermen, having viewed the premises, find the nuisance to be as alleged. It is adjudged that within 40 days they remove the nuisance.”

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 03 Apr 2011

More bird watching

I got lucky and a Greenfinch was close to me and I got some shots before he saw me.
obliging posing greenfinch

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 03 Apr 2011

Queen Sis royal visitation

Friday evening we enjoyed the Gilbert & Sullivan Singers at the church. Good fun. Then the pub. Nice way to start the weekend.
On Saturday Sis came and in the afternoon we took a walk down to the river at Eden Hall. Breezy but sprong sunshine and by the river in the trees the wood anenomes and celandines were shining white and gold. We walked through the wood, past the Eden Benchmark stone seating and around the open field on the river bank, up past the stand of fir trees and into the village to go back to the car. A lovely walk!
Hector sweetly went into town and got us all fish and chips for dinner. Yumm yum yum.
vivid field wood anenome
big tree curved stone seating - Eden Benchmarks sky gaze

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 01 Apr 2011

Frank (friend not Frank cat) special birthday

Our lovely friend Frank was 75 yesterday. You’d never guess – he is so youthful.
Hector and I and Ray and Jeanie joined he and Kate for an evening to celebrate. Its always great fun and we had champers and great nibbles.

Ray, Hector, Kate and Frank

ray, hect, j and f