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Monthly Archive for "July 2011"



Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 31 Jul 2011

Holiday plans and cheesecake

What a nice Saturday. Summer arrived with hot sun. Did lots of homey chores and then an afternoon in the garden with a book while Hector got more stuff done around the village on the Broadband thing…..

Chris and Fiona came over, ostensibly so we could plan our holiday with them in Norfolk later this year, who takes what etc…. But it was just an excuse to get together really. It was great fun as usual. They brought some yummy Cava Rosé wine and I had had prepared what turned out to be the best dinner I ever cooked – odd that! Garlic chicken breasts sliced into a creamy green bean risotto followed by cheesecake with summer berries and chocolate cups filled with cream. No one was more surprised than me that it was so delish! We ate in the garden and it felt like our holiday had already begun.

Fiona is looking great – so trim and summery. She went with me up the road to water Franks garden while he’s away. We compared diet progress!

Chris was on good form and as always the chat was lively, lovingly argumentative and fun. Can’t wait to holiday with them at our little flint=built thatched cottage in Norfolk.

All in all a thoroughly lovely day.

chessecake

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 31 Jul 2011

Waltons and Star Trek on Columbo

Woken up in parallel universe…. watching an old Columbo. Leonard Nimoy (Spock) and Will Geer (Grandpa from the Waltons) (both my fave TV progs from the way-back-whens) playing doctors who work closely together. Talk about messing with my head!!

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 29 Jul 2011

Its what you CAN do that counts!

I came across this great film from the Calvert Trust when I was at work.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 29 Jul 2011

A few of the views I’ve got shots of this week…..

These were mostly taken as I drove to Sally’s for supper with her in her garden. Its only 4 miles, but the last mile was closed so I took the official detour. DETOUR! It added 8 miles – each way! Lovely views along the way though!

Tantalising glimpse of Eden Patchwork of fields Neat Armathwaite I love this green Hansel and Gretel live nearby - probably I wonder who lived here

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 29 Jul 2011

All’s quiet…

Already almost August. Tempus fugit.
Not much to report.
Hector busy up and down the church tower helping to install the radio mast for the village broadband thing.
The second edition of the village magazine that I produce for them has been distributed. Looking good I think.
I went with my Sister to see the hysterically funny New Rope String Band at John Ruskin School in Coniston as part of the Crook Morris 30th Anniversary Morris Dancers Convention. We had a great time. What a thoroughly nice bunch of folks at the convention. NRSB as always so funny we were crying laughing.
They did both these at the gig…

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 29 Jul 2011

Goldfinch ‘teens’

The Goldfinches that visit our bird feeders have been back with their newly fledged youngsters. A joy to see. This parent is being pestered by its youngster to keep feeding it.
Goldfinch and baby Goldfinch

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 29 Jul 2011

Spuds!

We grew early spuds this year for the first time, in the old battered wooden kist in the yard. We didn’t get many but they were perfect!
Our first spud crop

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

Up on the roof of the Church Pele Tower

More excitement for this week of things to remember….

Gave myself a fright…was allowed with Hector to go up the Church Tower (not been up before) Very very steeply round stone stairs and no rails or good light and a long, long way up. I get vertigo quite badly but I made it to the top and got some pics. The stumble, stagger, knee-wobbling, wall clutching, almost-whimpering way down took me ages and I am embarrassed. Glad I went tho. Great view. Great to see our house and the village from above!
While we were up there the bells peeled the 3/4 hour and hour for 3 o’clock. Crikey its LOUD close up!
The steps were so steep and uneven and dark and no railings or ropes to hold. Scary. I’d like to go back up though at least part way to the bellringers room to see an old fireplace there which has amazing carvings in the surround and I’d like to clear the boxes from in front of it, take pics, and see if I can decipher the lettering. Looks very mysterious to me.
Hector went up there to help with some work to do with the village getting fibre optic broadband set up.
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The Pele Tower was added in 1380, with an iron door for defence of the inhabitants against the Scots.

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

More treats

Its been a week of special treats.
- Jan Garbarek and Hilliard Ensemble at Durham Cathedral
- Special, privileged walk at Eden Lacy by the river in warm sun with Maurice as our guide
- Getting the start date for my one-day-per-week working from home and some new kit arriving at work ready for that.
- Frank and Kate coming over for drinks, nibbles and lively chat – as always with them. A fun evening.

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

Heaven in Eden

Maurice took Hector and I a walk around the Eden Lacy estate, down at the river, along to the dog daisy-filled meadows and past carpets of wild orchids. It was a little bit of heaven!


Thank you Maurice! It was a privilege and a treat.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 13 Jul 2011

Heaven at Durham with Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble

We saw this concert last night at the exquisite Durham Cathedral (this was filmed in Hamburg).
It was pure heaven.
There’s a brilliant review here
I have loved Jan Garbarek’s music for decades and with the Hilliard ensemble it is pure joy.
WHAT a venue and WHAT music!
The music breathes and provides space to breathe. Simple and complex at the same time. hymnal and sparse, playful and serious, immersed and open, intense rather than sentimental. A once in a lifetime experience!

I left this comment on a web review….

We were there for the concert. I’ve loved the music of Jan Garbarek, especially the “Officium” album with Hillard Ensemble, for many years. As soon as I saw this announced by the Sage I rushed to get tickets.
Unlike some events where you look forward to them for ages only to be a little disappointed at some aspect THIS was superlative. I don’t think I have ever been so moved by music and voices. I was almost choked with emotion.
The use of the cathedral acoustics and setting and the perfection of the music and voices was astonishing.
Especially magical was the subtle and gentle way the building was explored to extend the quality of the sound and the experience for the audience. It was powerful, ethereal, gently intense, subtle and soaring.
As we left I heard other people remark that it had been a once in a lifetime experience. It certainly was for me.

PS I used a piece from their 1994 album “Officium” as the backing music for my now much-seen on Youtube Starling Film.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 09 Jul 2011

1960s themed fancy dress sports day

Hector is away so I am having an ultra-quiet couple of days. The day began with lots of nice easy chores and a bit of shopping. It was the village sports day today and I had promised to take some pics for the village magazine (which I produce for them). It begins with fancy dress floats meeting at the pub and old tractors pull them to the field for the sports. The fancy dress and float theme was the 1960s and there some brilliant interpretations!
The sun shone for a while but just as the trators were pulling into the field the heavens went black and it rained hard for a little while. The sports lasted 4 hours and the sound of cheering and “1,2,3 GO!” filled the village. Very nice. It was nice enough quite late on to get the lounger chair out.
It took a few extra pics while hanging around for the floats….
This cat was in the front path of a farm opposite us.
A pretty kitty leads me up the garden path

Some pics from the fancy dress

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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 06 Jul 2011

Miss Marple

As I cycled on my old bike, basket full of paperwork in front of me, past the village church to the village ‘mansion’ house for a village affairs meetings I couldn’t help but think I looked like the proverbial middle-aged character from a Miss Marple whodunnit. Only detail lacking was the tweed suit!

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

Sunny time with friends

Summer Sunday – perfect for a walk at the River Eden with Frank and Kate. We parked on the bridge at Armathwaite and walked under the road and south upstream. The river levels are very low.
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A short break for me to skim stones…. I got an 11-er! – not that anyone saw it! We went up a slope to an area where I haven’t walked before and found ourselves on a higher level walk overlooking the river gorge and the wonderfully vivid yellow fields opposite full of oil seed rape. Lovely. The path up there is wide and flat and one of these days we’ll have to follow it along right up to Coombs Wood. Where we rested there is a large sandstone sculpture – the artist sculpting his rucksack, boots, cap and outdoor clothing. We walked back a different way right to the front door of the Fox and Pheasant pub which is a lovely place to visit.
Frank and Kate invited us to have lunch with them in the garden and for Kate and Hector to watch the Wimbledon Men’s finale. Lovely to sit out on Franks recently constructed raised decking in the garden.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 02 Jul 2011

Midsummer came and went

2 weeks have passed since Beverley and its been really hectic at work, for both of us. I had the great news update that soon I will start a new regime of working at home one day a week. Can’t wait. Its good of the organisation to ok it. It’ll make a huge positive difference to me.

We got one evening walk down at Ullswater which was lovely. Breezy but lovely.

shore view nice view Mister
Ullswater shimmer under bright sky

The garden has been looking great….
Euphorbia after midsummer downpour Lavender after midsummer downpourWisteria after midsummer downpour