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Monthly Archive for "August 2012"

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 30 Aug 2012

Determined seaside excursion

Only one day during our time off together was forecast to be good (ish) weather. I was determined to have a day at the seaside. Its also the first anniversary of Rosie coming to live with us.

We drove over to Whitby. Sunny and warm. The town was PACKED but we headed to the beach where I had imagined we would spend the day and paddle, and lay on the sand and read, and play with Rosie. However, two problems. One – the tide was WAY in, right up against the promenade wall and, two – no dogs allowed on the beach anyway. So, we promenaded on the prom and sat a while on its edge dangling our feet over the surf.
We decided to head a few miles south to Robin Hoods Bay where neither of us had visited before. It was busy there too, but such a pretty little town. We’d read that there was excellent fish and chips to be had there, so we sat on a bench overlooking the bay and had some of the best fish and chips ever.
We walked back to the high car park along the sea defence wall and found a little beach where there was some space and sand and managed to get half an hour of paddling. Rosie was very funny – not taken her to a beach before. She ran into the water after me, but ran away from all the little waves.
Driving home was into a setting sun with dramatic skies.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 30 Aug 2012

Time off!!!!

Hector has a few days off and I have a full two weeks. BLISS.
We’re not going away… but a few treats in store.

Sis came up for the first weekend and we braved torrential rain to head down the M6 to Lancaster to go to the butterfly house at the Ashton Memorial. I love it there. Its a real joy to be amongst beautiful flying butterflies. While Jane and I enjoyed the tropical house Hector waited with Rosie in the cafe.

We ambled slowly back to the car, in drizzly rain and over mud.
In the evening Hector was a lucky chap (!) and took both of us to the pub for dinner. We ate FAR too much.
On Sunday morning Jane and I had a quick trip to ‘Sainsbugs’ before she had to get her bus home.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 30 Aug 2012

“…and so do his Sisters and his Cousins and his Aunts…..”

Sally, Adele and I (and Rosie) enjoyed an evening at Hutton in the Forest for an outdoor performance of Gilbert & Sulivan’s “HMS Pinafore”. What a hoot!
It didn’t rain, but behind the stage and over the distant fields and woodland there was a perfectly placed rainbow. What a backdrop!!
Rosie behaved impeccably, as usual. We’re so lucky to be able to take her anywhere.
Sally wore Rosie on her lap as a blanket – I don’t know who was keeping who warm.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 18 Aug 2012

Wardrobe re-arrange and ivy chop

While Hector is away for the weekend with Ross and seeing football again I sorted out my scarves and shawls. Enjoyed rediscovering them

John came over in the afternoon to go up high on a ladder to chop back our ivy. A good job and big improvement to the front of the house.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 18 Aug 2012

Mid week walk

Mid week after work I tried out more of the route we want to do thats longer. VERY pleasant.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 18 Aug 2012

Beauty in the morning

Near home – early morning. Misty sunrise.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 18 Aug 2012


Hector has been spending a lot of time with his new Bass guitar. He recently spent an evening with Dave and others in Lazonby having a good ol’ jamming session. I think he’s getting damn good! And Rosie is his only groupie!

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 18 Aug 2012

30 years Happy Couple

On 11th August we headed to near Stafford for Helene and Martins 30th Wedding Anniversary. We went via Ambleside where Rosie was to stay the night with Jane. Instead of heading straight to the B&B – High Meadows at Great Haywood (a wonderful Arts & Crafts style house) – we spent a couple of hours at Shugborough Hall. It was bright and warm and after a lovely mid afternoon small meal (v nice) we wandered down near the river where I got some photos of damselflies.

Helene and Martin’s ‘girls’ – daughters Katherine and Charlotte – had arranged taxis to pick up guests in time for the party.

I have to say it was the BEST party I have been to. Such warmth and happiness and SO SOOO good to see H & M. Copious excellent champers, real ale too. A half-hog roast kept everyone well fed. I kept an eye on the skies for glimpses of the Perseid meteor shower – I saw three. We got a taxi back to the B&B at 2.00 – feeling pretty damn cheerful.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 18 Aug 2012

Hector at the Olympics and I’ve been visiting a local specialist farm

Hector headed to London for the Olympics. He saw Badminton, Hockey, Water Polo and Swimming – and LOVED it! Then he two day trips – one to Manchester for Olympic football (womens) and the next day to Glasgow for another match. Even I have been enthralled by a lot of the Olympics and spending time watching it. Not avidly – but I really did get the sense of excitement and achievement.

I had to get a picture of something for the village magazine I produce so visited the farm home of another member of our editorial committee.
Richard and his wife Anne farm in a small way near the village in an exquisite farm. They keep rare breed sheep (Jacobs), Cattle (Highland), Pigs (several different) and chickens, ducks and geese.
Richard showed me around the farmstead in warm sunshine. They have a pond which used to be where the cart horses were bathed. While I was there someone was ‘launching’ a new floating duck house onto it.
I got within inches of a massive Highland bull. A huge chap. I was scared, just apprehensive. Unlike a lot of domesticated cattle, Highland (or Kyloes as they are properly known) aren’t to be meddled with. A new 5-day old calf was close by. So sweet.
They have a wonderful mature garden and a well kept walled vegetable/fruit garden.
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit!