us and frank cat Fi | 24 Sep 2011
us and frank cat Fi | 24 Sep 2011
us and frank cat Fi | 18 Sep 2011
We got free tickets (tho for the wrong day and had to persuade the man at the entrance to let us in anyway) to the International Sheepdog Trials which were held at Lowther this year.
We didn’t take Rosie – she’d have been literally out of her depth and there would be many butch dogs there.
There had been torrential rain for a day so we expected some mud but goodness me! SO much mud! There weren’t many people there compared to what they had wanted but we had a wander around, ankle deep in liquid mud, and saw a lot of sheepdogs and their owners and a few visitors.We couldn’t get near the competition area though – too many people. I took some shots (not good enough for the papers I don’t think) but here are a few:
us and frank cat Fi | 15 Sep 2011
Rosie Posie is a delight to have with us. Id forgotten how good it was to have a good excuse for a little walk first thing and a nice longer walk in the countryside when I get home. She’s a sweetie and so well behaved.
This afternoon we went up a couple of mile out of the village onto the heather and bracken fell near the sandstone quarry. Heathland birds and total peace. Bliss.
us and frank cat Fi | 10 Sep 2011
WIN: MetOffice prize goodies have arrived. A mug, umbrella, tea towel etc. Esp like the brolly!
LOSE: The pub were doing a sweep on the England/Argentina rugby match score. I know NOTHING about it but had a go and opted for 15:9 to England. I was ridiculed a bit and persuaded last minute to change it to 25:9. Should’ve stuck with it – I’d've won the flippin sweep! *groan.
us and frank cat Fi | 10 Sep 2011
us and frank cat Fi | 06 Sep 2011
Week One at Home. She is doing very well. She is a sweetie and very gentle. On a walk to walks well to heal on her lead and off a lead stays close and comes back straight away. A few little things to get her settled into thats all now…. She’s going to be a real pleasure to have around.
us and frank cat Fi | 05 Sep 2011
We rented a gorgeous thatched cottage with Chris and Fiona for a week in North Norfolk. It was wonderful. Some rain didn’t dampen our enjoyment. We had two quiet sunny days on the beach (I got to go into the sea), one day exploring, one day we took a steam train trip, another day was a big highlight of a boat trip at Blakeney to see the seals on the sandbanks and all the wonderful wild birds and one quiet day at the cottage just relaxing while it rained.
And this is the SLIDESHOW of my best pics on Flickr.
Our week was about – sun, rain, beach, paddling, steam trains, boat trips, seals, laughter, wine!, cake, fish and chips, quizzes, capital letters and pop-master! Chris kept us all happily engaged with lots of ad hoc quizzes and Hector’s piece de resistance of a stunning quiz was brilliant!!!
Day 1 – Sunday 21st August. Day at the seaside. After a lovely first evening at Holly Cottage with Chris and Fiona we ignored the rain and headed out to Cromer – determined to have a day on the beach and believe the good weather forecast. It came out nice and we took over a nice patch of the sand. Our books were read, we watched the life boat on exercise and had a wander on the pier. After a full day we did the job properly and had fish and chips and mushy peas at prom cafe !
Day 2 – Monday 22nd August. ANOTHER day at the seaside. Weather even better so we decided on another day on a beach and headed out north of Cromer to West Runton. Good clean beach for most of the day sprawled on the sand with books, binoculars and plentiful paddles (I got in up to my chest – can’t imagine why the others thought it too cold!)
Day 3 – Tuesday 23rd August. Went our separate ways, Chris and Fiona to Felbrigg Hall and Hector and I up the coast a way. The weather wasn’t great, but we had a good time all the same. Hector and I started at Weybourne. Wild weather and coast. Crashing waves climbing up the beach reaching to meet the crumbling flinty cliffs over steep sharp shingles. While wandering on the the steep, windswept shingle beach at Weybourne I met the wonderful Peter Murphy – ex Royal Navy and 83 years old. He lives in the village there and goes to the beach every day. We talked for an hour and barely noticed the driving rain and winds. Then, when I was soaked to the skin we drove up a bit further to Cley-next-the-Sea and ‘accidentally’ stopped for yet another cream tea! And foaming hot chocolate.
In the evening Hector settled down to be our quiz-master and WHAT a quiz. He’d done a fantastic job of putting it together – multi-media and everything. Talk about challenging! Don’t even know how we did because it didn’t matter! He loved every minute of it which was a big part of the fun.
Day 4 – Wednesday 24th August. Holt and the Poppy Line steam railway, Not too bad weather wise so we decided on a wander around the gorgeous little town of Holt. Its stuffed full of fascinating little shops, galleries and brilliant array of kitchen and hardware shops. Yet another cream tea (with hot sausage rolls and pasties too) before the highlight of the day and a trip on the old steam train Poppy Line between Holt, Weybourne and Sherringham. MAGIC!! The carriages are the old style I remember (and remind me of Granpda) with bench seats with slidey doors onto a corridor. Wonderful. I spent the whole trip with my head out of the window. (got covered in smotes and my hair was full of grit but I didn’t mind!) On our way back we stopped off at Pretty Corner, a large modern private house that has opened up a tea garden in its well cared for mature garden. More cake. MORE n more yummy cake!
Day 5 – Thursday 25th August. Ignoring rain for a much anticipated boat trip to see the seals, We started at Blakeney and had tea and toast at the nice hotel there while keeping an eye on the weather. Maybe we would and maybe we wouldn’t go out on the boat to the sand banks beyond the creeks and see the seals. But, I was determined not to miss the chance so Chris, Fiona and I went for it. Hector wasn’t too keen (the rain and choppy sea) so stayed on land! It was MAGIC!!! It didn’t rain but the skies were brilliantly purple leaden and the sea shining. Lots of seals and birdlife – many more than we saw the last time we did the trip in May 2010. What a thrill!
Day 6 – Friday 26th August – weather not great so wedidn’t venture far. Hector and I had a short visit to the Shire Horse Sanctuary near Cromer, Some lovely horses and other animals. We didn’t do much else and spent most of the day around the cottage. I wanted to make us a nice dinner for the last evening so got the ingredients I could and made a lasagne. Though I say it myself it was pretty darn good. That and some nice wine and great company the evening went warmly to a close.
On Saturday we reluctantly packed up the cars and headed homewards. We had had a wonderful time and I can’t imagine having so much fun and warmth with any other people. It was a tremendous holiday!!