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Monthly Archive for "June 2016"

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 21 Jun 2016

Amazing party…

Forgot to mention THE best party we had ever been to.

Local friends had a 50th birthday and 25th wedding anniversary. Massive party in a large marquee in their manor house grounds.

Black tie and champers and fabulous food, company and music. And fireworks!! What a happy and lush occasion.

Hector looked very handsome!!!






Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 19 Jun 2016


This year there were blackbirds nesting in the ivy on the front of the house. I fear that the first clutch of fledglings did not survive as I have not seen young. Hopefully Frank Cat is not the culprit.

Many young blue tits and great tits have been gathering at the bird feeders and in the trees in the garden. They seem to have had a successful breeding year.

I love how the large youngsters demand food constantly and the bedraggled adults keep caring for them.

The church has had swallows nesting and raising young and the swifts that always nest in the church tower have been wheeling and screeching around the church and us for a while. The numbers have grown so they must have had a few young. Its one of summers joys to see swifts in the sky on a quiet still evening.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 19 Jun 2016

More medical matters…

3 days after getting home from Norfolk I had the Carpal Tunnel Release surgery. I had numb fingers and hand and pain for a long time so it needed doing.

We were only out of the house one and a half hours. It was a small NHS unit on the outskirts of Carlisle. Very quick. I was a bit of a wuss – flinching when I didn’t need to. Its all done by local anaesthetic.

Two weeks after surgery if is almost healed but still rather sore so use of my hand is a bit restricted but the symptoms have gone and the numbness and tingling healed.

Hector was so helpful and did all the things I couldn’t do. Could not have managed without him.


Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 19 Jun 2016

Succulents doing well….

The trough of succulents in the garden is doing really well. So well that I have had to thin it out of plants a bit. There is a new succulent in a pot in the sitootery too.

First planted…. a few weeks ago
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and now (after thinning it out)…..



Single potted succulent
The above view is like a piece of art I think


Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 19 Jun 2016

Hector at footie and on the telly

Hector went down to London to see some football. It was live on the TV and friends sent a note during it to say they’d spotted him. Very funny.
I was able to rewind the match to find him too and get the screen shot…
Sadly he had his lights-on-nobody-home expression on! Very funny. He says it was bit of a boring match.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 19 Jun 2016

Garden details

A few pics of some of the blooming flowers etc in the garden this June.

The wisteria has been amazingly abundant and highly scented.

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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 19 Jun 2016

Wet n windy but beautiful Norfolk

Whit week and a week in a converted railway carriage in North Norfolk.

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A wonderful railway experience and so much attention to detail. The carriage was wonderful. Theresa even a soundtrack to greet us of steam trains….. Rosie went with us and as always behaved impeccably.
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When we got there it was sunny and warm so we walked the half mile to the long strand of beach.

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The weather was grim though and on the first day I had to visit charity shops to find a fleece to wear.
During the week we enjoyed meals at the next door pub and a couple of trips here and there. There was a magical mystery drive around around the small villages around Sandringham and inland from Hunstanton. Nice countryside. The weather might have been poor but the landscape still beautiful. We visited Dersingham to see their Open Garden Day. I bought myself some good binoculars from a specialist shop. A good shopping experience – the guy was helpful and knew how to sell me what I wanted.
We got blown about on the beach at Wells next the Sea and retreated to the pine woods behind the beach for a walk.

One day we had a really good lunch at the Kings Head in Blakeney. Best pub I have been in for a long time!
A pano shot of Hector quayside at Blakeney
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A delightful (tho v cold and windy) visit to RSPB Titchwell. We saw lots of avocets (a first for me in the wild), reed warblers (what a beautiful chirrup they have), cuckoo, coots and shelducks, loads of gulls and terns and marsh harrier (another first). It’s a fantastic place. The fen area is full of marsh orchids. Then on to Morston Quay for my seal viewing boat trip to Blakeney Point. Rather bouncy in the boat and splashy. Saw greys and common seals all curious and active except for those lolling! like overfed Romans after a feast, on the shore sandbars and beach. Such a nature filled day has left me calm and happy.

Later that day Hector waited patiently in the car with Rosie while I took one of the seal watching boat trips out from Morston Wharf. It was a bit choppy and drizzly but a real pleasure to be out on the water and to be so close to the seals – both Common and Greys. Lots of oyster catchers too, and terns.
One thing that we noticed about Norfolk – no cyclists wear a helmet. Lots of people on bikes, none in helmets.

Two Hectors in another of my pano shots – in the pine woods at Wells
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Windswept and interesting at Wells.
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Rhododendron lined woodland roads at Wolferton Nr Sandringham. A little treasure discovery. All the roads around Sandringham were lined with purple rhododendrons.

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We gave up and came home a day early because the weather just did not improve and came home to glorious weather.

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A few details of a couple of little churches we visited in Norfolk. Recently discovered medieval murals were lovely. The words on some of the old gravestones were so sad. One family had lost all their children either in the week before their 2nd birthday or when they were 7. Two in one week….

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