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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 16 Mar 2013

March 2013…

On to the current month so an outside chance of remembering the events!

We had some fairly heavy snowfall here and there and freezing days. Not too bad though.

Work has been a bit full on for me – new stuff to get to grips with. Making me feel pressured but thats good I think – isn’t it?

Now that its getting dark later Ive bee noble to have a few after-work walks with Rosie. Thats more like it!!!

Sally took me again to her daughters Jess’s school dance evening – always entertaining. I’ve been every year with her and enjoyed watching Jess and the many others dance. The highlight this year was the sixth form (with the boys) doing a dance that was about previous decades hit music. Seeing 6th form boys doing a take off of the Full Monty strip and Job Centre dances was HYSTERICAL!

One Saturday evening after Hector and the guys had been practising I joined them at the pub. Some really nice folks there (including some very camp gay guys staying in the village) and H et l played guitar and sang for a couple of hours. Veery nice time and a late night for me.

It was quiz night at the pub – we were on a team with Maurice and Kelvin – enjoyable as ever, but we were sec on to last! Hey ho.

Hector with Maurice at quiz night

Hector with Maurice at quiz night

We have planned some hold for this year!

First a two day trip with a vintage train excursion from Hebden Bridge, over the Settle – Carlisle and back around the Cumbria Coast. We’re staying 2 nights with them at an Inn in Hebden Bridge too. Looking forward to it.
H is having a weekend with Ross and the boys and dropping me off with Chrissie on the way. Can’t wait to see her.
Then we’re having a week in Nether Stowey at Kate’s house (gorgeous tiny cottage) while she is up here.
Then H and I are at a Folk Festival and shortly afterwards Chrissie and I are DETERMINED to go the the Beverley Festival again.

Lucky us…..

I found this stone at Lazonby by the river. Its not brick I don't think and I am intrigued to know where and how long ago it was inscribed with the cursive M.

I found this stone at Lazonby by the river. Its not brick I don’t think and I am intrigued to know where and how long ago it was inscribed with the cursive M.

My entry for one weeks iPhonography Challenge
(double meaning to include the ‘perspective’ of CofE congregations.
The Perspective of the Church – Perspective being the topic.

This is my entry for ‘Self Portrait’ topic. Its me at my favourite bit of river by my favourite tree.

Self portrait

Self portrait

Pews

Letting in the light

Mid March we visited the Watchtree Nature Reserve near Carlisle with Dave and Vicki – mainly to see the exhibition of photos from the iPhoneography Group (incl.3 of mine). Enjoyable. We’ve decided to go back there some time for a day and really see the reserve for itself and all the birds etc.

This week too there was snow…..

Curve in the river in sudden snow

Curve in the river in sudden snow

Lazonby Bridge late afternoon…..
freezing river
Rosie loves the large field beside the river at Lazonby….

A tree with a door at Lazonby

A tree with a door at Lazonby

And then the sun came out and Rosie and I went to Long Meg Stone Circle after work….

Trees at Long Meg Stone Circle

Trees at Long Meg Stone Circle

Looking from Long Meg Stone Circle towards the setting sun and the Lake District Mountains

Looking from Long Meg Stone Circle towards the setting sun and the Lake District Mountains

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 16 Mar 2013

…and on to February….

A highlight was a surprise trip with a friend (Ally) to see Bellowhead (my favourite live band) in Glasgow. Found out mid morning we were going (tickets were from a friend who couldn’t go.
THEY WERE STUNNING! And it was enjoyable to go with Ally.

Bellowhead at Glasgow. This photo won the weeks iPhonography Group challenge..... 'wild"

Bellowhead at Glasgow. This photo won the weeks iPhonography Group challenge….. ‘wild”

Hector and I took Rosie an almost spring-like walk at Acorn Bank in sunshine. Always love it there. The snowdrops were carpeting everywhere – very lovely.

Snowdrops at Acorn Bank besides the river

Snowdrops at Acorn Bank besides the river

I got flu early February… thought I was ok but wasn’t. In bed nearly a week and the doc had to come out. He told me to have a week off before going to the office but I was able in the second week to work at home.

Hector joined the leisure centre gym. Going 3 times a week and will keep it up ti he’s fitter. Well done him!

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 16 Mar 2013

January 2013

I’m not sure now (March) what happened in January. Let’s see….

We got a wonderful new mattress – HEAVENLY comfort!

Hector is really getting into his guitar playing. He practices and enjoys the company of a couple of other guys in the village. They’re damn good!

The weather was quite calm and mild. Perfect for walks with Rosie.

little footbridge

last mist rising

A HUGE joy has been the increasingly regular fleeting visits of a flitting group of Long Tailed Tits. As many as 16 at once. They whoosh in like a small raiding party – eat at the feeders for a minute or two – and are gone again. The bird feeders cost me a fortune to keep full of food but are a constant pleasure to see and know that the varied food helps so many species survive and thrive.

Obligingly still - Long Tailed Tit

A close up of a Long Tailed Tit in front of the window

A close up of a Long Tailed Tit in front of the window

Even the Goldfinches are rather fluffily healthy…

Fluffy goldfinch

Fluffy goldfinch

A few others pics from January time….

One of our new paintings - by Jane Tomlinson.... I LOVE this one.

One of our new paintings – by Jane Tomlinson…. I LOVE this one.


and another we got by Jane Tomlinson

and another we got by Jane Tomlinson

Rosie looking very cute!

Rosie looking very cute!

A photo of a proper photo of me.....

A photo of a proper photo of me…..

Our special cuppa area

We did up the downstairs room to create a proper bedroom for guests

We did up the downstairs room to create a proper bedroom for guests

Hectors new project - building an electron thingumajig....

Hectors new project – building an electron thingumajig….

Rosie posing in the snowy churchyard

Rosie posing in the snowy churchyard

Frank cat lazing

Frank cat lazing

Rosie and Frank are snuggly nowadays

Rosie and Frank are snuggly nowadays

Rosie always knows when its bed time

Rosie always knows when its bed time

The view from my place on the sofa

The view from my place on the sofa

Home made and yummy lasagne

Home made and yummy lasagne

The pots n pans hang up now - more room on the shelves

The pots n pans hang up now – more room on the shelves

On better days I wanted to start tidying the garden

On better days I wanted to start tidying the garden

I spent a morning in Ambleside with Sis and Mum. I got this really nice pic of Sis at Borrans Park in Ambleside.

Sis at Borrans Park

Sis at Borrans Park


Rosie and I had a walk on the way home too

Rosie and I had a walk on the way home too

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 16 Mar 2013

Where to start…..

So, no updates since Christmas. So, I had better start with that!

Quiet time just he and I. we spent an hour or so at the pub before lunch when we had local roast beef. It was lovely. Hector bought us a fabulous Dualit food processor so there is no excuse to avoid making more complicated things to eat. It’ll take a while to learn how to use it. The blades are vicious! It does everything – short of the washing up I reckon.
First things first though! CAKE!!
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Xmas mantle

I was determined not to worry about healthy diet or lack of alcohol for the two weeks off over Christmas. VERY nice to really indulge in good food. Hector had bought some really nice wines so they went down well.

Frank and Kate had us around for a game or four of cards. I ALMOST won the set, but I’m still a novice. I decorated some gingerbread men to take along with us….

Personalised biccies

On New Years Eve Chris and Fiona came over. Always lively chat and laughter. A big meal that I think went down well with everyone… Lasagne.
Fiona M on New Years Eve
Hector and Chris doing phoney techy things

Between Christmas and New Year Kate and I had a girls day out in Keswick. We had lunch and a really good look at all the nice shops. I ‘accidentally’ bought two wonderful soft toy doorstops from a posh furniture shop.
Meet Hector Otter and Maurice Mole
Maurice and Hector

We had a couple of walks locally with Rosie. Not great weather but nice all the same.
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Down at Eden Lacy

Gong back to work was hard – I was almost dangerously relaxed.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 11 Mar 2013

Berating myself for not updating our online journal!

LOTS of catching up to do…..