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Monthly Archive for "March 2016"

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 27 Mar 2016

Brothers Water

Hector and I had an afternoon walking by Brothers Water. Lovely calm weather. Perfect short walk.

The pano shot includes two of Hector…. Love doing these daft shots.

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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 27 Mar 2016

Hoodie portrait – me and Rosie

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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 27 Mar 2016

Mild winter

Not much snow this winter. Just one day in Mid January really…..
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 27 Mar 2016

Another holiday planned

Hector – the genius – has booked out late Spring holiday. A railway carriage cottage on the Norfolk coast. YAY!!!
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 27 Mar 2016

Boaty McBoatface!

I’ve loved this whole story!
The man who suggested naming a new £200m ship Boaty McBoatface has apologised.
The suggestion has attracted more than 27,000 votes in an online poll of names for the Royal Research ship, causing the website to crash.
Former BBC presenter James Hand said he found the list of possible names “really funny” so decided to “throw one into the ring”.

This is my version….
Flippy McFlopface
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 27 Mar 2016

Spring is just around the corner

It has been good to be back at work. We have a new full time colleague which has been exciting.

I have been making garden plans and getting lots done ready for what WILL be a long lovely spring and summer.

An old friend, Adam, spent a day here and lifted the little lawn, put down membrane and then gravel – the same as we put into the yard (Sitootery) two years ago. We are pleased with the result. It is a bit of a blank canvas while I plan pots and plants. I have ordered seeds for cosmos and sweetness and will probably add in hosts (they should be protected from slugs and snails in pots on gravel). This year I am thinking of opening the garden with the Village Open Garden Day in the summer so the pressure is on.

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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 27 Mar 2016

Flying Scotsman

In early February the Flying Scotsman steamed past us heading north on the main line and down on the Settle-Carlisle line.

Sally and I saw it briefly at Plumtpon but both our cameras and phones had dead batteries (WHAT!!!!) Later I rushed down to Lazenby and managed to see it go by there.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 27 Mar 2016

Northern Lights

In late January – before the eye op – I dashed out one night with my camera just a mile out of the village to set up and see if I could capture the Northern Lights (aurora)

I had learned the camera settings and got some ok it results.

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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 27 Mar 2016

Eye emergency

In January I had a bit of a shock and after noticing an eclipse in my left eye vision realised something needed looking at quickly – I feared detached retina. So, on the Friday evening at Liz and Toms for drinks we all decided I needed to do something quickly. On Saturday we went up to Carlisle A&E and after being moved nurse to doctor to doctor to department to ophthalmology and after tests and the opthatmology consultant being called in it was decided it was indeed a detached and torn retina and I needed an operation in the next few hours to save my sight. I was told to go home and await a call from the RVI in Newcastle. I had lay on my side with my head titled to the side. By the Monday morning we were at the RVI and by lunch time I had had an operation. Niece Clare was wonderful (she’s at Med School there) and met me at the car park to take me into reception. The most interesting and unpleasant experience of my life. You have to be awake during the op so you can react to instruction from the surgeon. Weird in isles when its your eye. The needles etc IN my eye were painless but the pressure pain from the instrument inserted behind my eye caused the most excruciating pain I have ever felt. The nurse was very kind and held my hand tight. To be in that much pain and have to remain perfectly still was a big effort.

After the op and back on the ward I couldn’t see anything through the affected eye except a speckled fog. Disconcerting. Hector was amazing and hadn’t left my side the whole weekend and waited on the ward. I felt very wobbly and sick but late afternoon I was allowed to leave. I was instructed to ‘posture’ – in my case having to remain with my head fully upright for two weeks or so, 24/7. It is to keep the gas bubble – used to hold the retinal repair – firm against the damaged area. Yikes. As we had to be back by 8 the next morning for a check up Hector booked us into a nearby Premier Inn where I used extra pillows to prop myself up. Hector sorted out a meal to be brought up to our room and it was very welcome. I hadn’t eaten since the afternoon before.

My eye was quite sore and swollen and extremely red. It could have been worse though. The gas bubble covered more than half my vision but overnight my vision improved and cleared a lot.

After a check up on the Tuesday morning I was allowed to go home and had the drive back with my eyes covered as light was painful. Hector drove very carefully – I was advised to avoid jolts. So, it was home for a week upright. Sleep was virtually impossible. The following Monday I was back at the RVI for the first of several checkups.

In all I was off work two weeks but when I got the ok at a checkup to not be upright as the gas bubble had dispersed I was able to work from home – still not allowed to drive. After three weeks I was able to drive to the office andante back to normal. There was still a lot of tenderness around my eye socket, especially by mid afternoons.

By late March (now) I have had the ok that the op worked and one more check up (if nothing goes wrong in the meantime) in June. It can take a year or more for the eye to settle and the final result to be known.

The RVI was excellent and I felt safe and cared for.

All in all – I could not have coped with any of it without Hector. He was wonderful. Did everything for me and ferried me to and fro to Newcastle.


You can see how my pupil is blown wide after treatment….
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 27 Mar 2016

Summer hols booked!

I love it when we’ve booked out summer break….
Northumberland again and a beach-side quirky cottage in a little hamlet of houses.

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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 27 Mar 2016

Christmas and New Year

We didn’t do much over Christmas and New Year. Christmas at home and lots of treats and New Year as has become a tradition was spent with lovely friends Chris and Fiona.
Christmas Eve was at Sally and Campbells as usual. Always the PERFECT start to any festivities.

Our treat to ourselves – a splendid Dolce Gusto coffee maker. Makes heavenly coffee and chocolate etc.
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Sally gave us a strange piece of wood which we eventually worked out was for this!
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A few photos of the Christmas period….
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We dashed to see Mum at Jane and Phils on Christmas Day.

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An odd extra memory…
THE best name I have ever seen (a team member on University Challenge) …. drum roll please………..
Bartolomeo Cuthbert Joly de Lotbiniere

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 27 Mar 2016

A very special Wedding

The week before Christmas we spent a weekend at a wonderfully happy wedding. My good friends daughter Katharine married Lee in Warwickshire.
It started with a gathering the evening before at the hotel where we were all guests and a dinner hosted buy the brides parents, Helene and Martin. I loved every minute. I even made a very short speech. With others peaches there wasnt a dry eye in the house. A few of us took our elves along for the celebrations and they played their part!

Katharine and Lee made a perfect bride and groom.

A coach was laid on for us all to get to the wedding venue, Dodmore House. A great venue and everything so well done. I have never seen such a happy and relaxed bride and groom. Its what a wedding should be. The wedding celebrations were joyful. It was a privilege to share the fun and wedding! Wonderful touches like a real carol singing choir, the brides father recording himself playing beautifully on piano for the arrival of the bride, a superb jazz band, hot chocolate on tap, free bar, superb food at the sit down meal, more food later during the evening and to get us all back to the hotel the coach again….

The photos tell the story….

The groom is a policeman!

A very happy and beautiful bride

Sister and Mother of the Bride

Grandfather and Sister of the Bride

Excellent carol singers

Outside for the photos











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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 27 Mar 2016

Floods in Cumbria

December was dominated by two events. The first was the terrible devastation from torrential rain and floods in Cumbria. It did not directly touch us but it was a mile or so along the river valley where vast swathes of land were inundated and bridges severely damaged. The road from Keswick to Grasmere along Thirlmere is going to be closed for months and months. The lovely old bridge at Pooley Bridge was destroyed. Eamont Bridge has had its closed also probably for some months. Thousands of livestock have been lost. Glen ridding by Ullswater suffered terrible damage. Homes are flooded especially in Carlisle – again – and more than in the floods in previous years. All records for rainfall were broken. In a single day almost 400 millimetres!

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