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Monthly Archive for "August 2016"



Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 20 Aug 2016

Proud Auntie – me

I am very proud of my niece Clare. Not only is she doing medicine at Newcastle University, but she is intrepid too and a good and accomplished climber and traveller. And gorgeous!
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 20 Aug 2016

Corrie is the BEST soap and subtle comedy on TV

Wonderful bit of dialogue from Corrie….
“How come there’s no happy medium…. You’re either OVERwhelmed or UNDERwhelmed. Why can’t you just be WHELMED?”
Brilliant.
I looked it up and it IS a word, a verb. General meaning is ‘submerged’ or a stream “whelmed’ up from its source.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 20 Aug 2016

Solway coast peace

Sally and I decided we were desperate for some coast time and peace and calm.

So, we drove over to the coast just south of Silloth in lovely sunny weather, parked in the dunes and were the only people for MILES along the wide beach. The Solway was blue, the sky was blue and we found beach treasure. Shells, driftwood and pebbles. Sally made a face of cuttlefish, wood and shells and pebbles.

Rosie ran around like a puppy.

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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 20 Aug 2016

Garden and summer

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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 20 Aug 2016

Ancestry

My search into family ancestry is really taking interesting and exciting turns.
This is my Great Grandfather Ernest, born 1875.

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Nanny (Grandmother) centre of photo, looking pretty in her hockey team in about 1920.
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Astonishing discoveries (checked and double and triple checked) are that on Dad’s side, one GGG Grandmother via an ancestral pile in Devon built by ancestors name of Rolle (Stevenstone) (and somewhat diluted after hundreds of years!) from the Lords and Barons Dacre of Naworth Castle, Nr Brampton and further back, way back, to the Lords Maxwell (Macuswell) of Caerlaverock Castle no less, also to the gentry at Raby Castle Co Durham, Warwick Castle (Nevilles) and even further back to a chap called Underweyn “the Norseman” born 1055. There are also titled families from France, Germany and Netherlands. I’ve checked and double checked the line. Two ancestors who were Scottish gentry died at the famous Flodden Field. Plus the Nevilles (Earl of Warwick), Rolle’s. Polles and more. Henry VIII is a 2nd cousin 16 x removed, his wife Catherine Parr a 1st cousin 17 x removed. There are kings and queens, bishops and earls and lords and ladies and amazingly a saint. A saint! The dilution over the centuries is high but it is still a thrill. My search goes on but as these families were so important in history it is easy to follow their lineage.
A friend online pointed out that it was a more posh lineage than Mrs Queen!
Still, reality is that the lineage is often the youngest child or girl and so any titles etc were lost in the way down.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 20 Aug 2016

Flamborough, Filey and RSPB Bempton Cliffs

I have always wanted to see puffins so we went over to Flamborough for a weekend.
We started at Flamborough Head with a visit to the Lighthouse there, where, I had recently discovered, a relative of mine had been a lighthouse keeper. It was really good to take the tour and I tried to rid myself of my fear of heights by going right to the top. The view, even in dull weather, was amazing.

At North Landing Flamborough it was a delight to find the exact spot where my grandmother Lily, her sisters, Mother Lizzie, and her father-in-law; my Great Great Grandfather, Joseph, had stood on the rocks under the cliffs in about 1916. We had a go at recreating the photo with me in their place.

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We stayed at a lovely B&B in Filey. Its a tired little town but we did find a nice Italian to have a really good dinner.

In just a few hours we’ve had 8 adventures
– saw puffins for the first time
– lay flat on a high cliff edge to photograph puffins and pufflets
– saw my first 6 spot burnet moth
– watched a seal watching us from the sea
– found a black sea slug
– went to the very top of a lighthouse
– tiptoed over very slippy rocks on the sea shore under cliffs to take a special photo (more on that later)
– clambered into a sea cave where the rocks shone white and we then popped out the other end
(And it’s the 10th anniversary of the day we met)

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Yes – another double Hector pano!
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 20 Aug 2016

A weekend with my best buddy

A long looked-forward to weekend visiting my closest friend in North Lincolnshire.
Rosie was determined not to be left behind while I was packing my case in the car!
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We began with a very happy and relaxed with my dear friend, having shared some chat, laughter and memories, a glass of Prosecco and her hot tub.
On the Saturday while she was busy in the morning I drove out to explore a coupe of local villages and have a walk with Rosie. I found a pretty little church….
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In the afternoon we went to Lincoln to go to the castle to see the Field of Poppies memorial about WW!. It was beautiful. We also had a wander around the old part of the town on the steep road where we had a wonderful and long lunch. THE best salad I have ever tasted. White stilton cheese flavoured with champagne and strawberries (bliss) was with strawberries and a brilliant salad.

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We rounded off the day in the hot tub AGAIN!

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 20 Aug 2016

A family picnic and sport day with Hectors folks

Always a highlight of the year. A family gathering – all generations. Supposedly to play cricket but its always more funny seeing the mock arguments about the made up rules. No cricket this year as the field in Chesterfield was too wet. But we had a good laugh and caught up with everyone.

I did a few double person pano shots – Kev and Ross really enjoyed the larking about.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 20 Aug 2016

My friend’s allotment

My good friend’s allotment is a thing of abundant beauty and a haven of calm.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 20 Aug 2016

Brexit – I’d rather not talk about it

So, Brexit…
‘Buff said!
Too disappointing to contemplate

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 20 Aug 2016

Siri is TOO clever

Am I impressed or a bit freaked….
Updated iPad has new version of Siri.
I was in bed and thought I would test it and spoke to ask it for a bedtime story.
It obliged and told me a sweet if slightly bonkers and short story.
Then I asked aloud if it could now tell me a story with princesses…. It said….. “Next you’ll be asking me for a glass of milk…” (See photo…..)
Then I got up and went downstairs to tell Hector about it and my iPhone, which was in sleep mode downstairs and by the sofa on charge, piped up
“Actually, I’m better at lullabies really. Sleep tight Fi”
Whaaaaaaaaaaat??