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Monthly Archive for "December 2017"



Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 17 Dec 2017

“All hail the Queen!”

A friends special 60h too! WHAT a wonderful time!

Her husband planned a fantastic surprise weekend for 16 of us at a castle he hired. Plus a Murder Mystery dinner!

It was all fabulous and happy and funny and warm and full of laughter. The castle was spectacular. The Murder Mystery was done by actors and hysterically funny. I was the murderer!! Dinner was by a chef who created a delicious meal. The birthday girl was giddy with happiness and excitement.

There was a lot of “ALL HAIL THE QUEEN”ing going on too.

Some of spent quite a lot of time in the hot tub too!

Queen Mary was a bit tiddly!

Ray did a good acted death

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 17 Dec 2017

Birthday party!

We celebrated my 60th with a dinner party at the pub in the restaurant. Close family and friends – 24 of us. I was bowled over by it all – family came from Holland and various areas of the UK and friends from all over the place. We’d planned a nice menu and a few weeks before decided that the pre dinner canap├ęs could be extended to include lots of local friends from the village who weren’t at the dinner. We all had a wonderful time! Sally and I decorated the tables and I came up with a little activity for during the meal – origami animals. The winner (judged by our neighbour Alison) was presented with a box of chocs. The winner was our friend Liz!

I was spoilt rotten! For example -my lovely artist friend did me a portrait of Rosie, another friend crocheted a shawl for me. My gift from Hector is a stunning garden water feature that I first fell in love with in Norfolk in 2016! The ceramic artist has made it and it is due to arrive soon!

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 17 Dec 2017

November and a special time

We had a bit of a celebration for my 60th birthday. How did I get here so fast?

We spent a couple of days at a rather plush woodland lodge near Chester and my birthday itself at Chester Zoo.

We were hardly out of the private hot tub at the lodge! Loved it. The restaurant on site coincidentally is called ’59’ so it had a real irony on the eve of my 60th to have dinner there and all the plates and glasses have my age on them.

Chester Zoo was wehre we often had birthday when we were young children and lived on the Wirral. Seemed a perfect way of greeting my 60th year.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 17 Dec 2017

October

A few pics of October….

A wonderful Christening and an evening at the Penrith Winter Droving among highlights.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 17 Dec 2017

Summer holidays

Two weeks off and one week in Northumberland. Fourth year on the trot and this time a week right opposite the paths through the dunes to the beach at Alnmouth. The beach there is vast. Soft sand, Gently shelving to the sea and you can walk for miles. Early morning walks on the beach with Rosie were a highlight of the week. She loves a stretch of sand and even for an old dog she rushes around like a puppy.

This is a 5 second clip of Rosie on the beach at Alnmouth.
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Early Autumn in our garden and around the village were beautiful this year. Gentle an soft. After many years of thinking about it we finally had some help to peel away the huge and old ivy from the front of the house. Done by an expert it only took a couple of hours.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 17 Dec 2017

August – mostly about gardens

I went to Larch Cottage Nurseries with Sally for lunch and to see their beautiful new chapel and extended gardens. It was lovely and the chapel so perfect.

Later in August I visited my dearest friend and we spent many hours in their hot tub, watched by Rosie Posie Poodle from the hammock.

There was some ok weather so a lot of time was spent outside in our garden. Frank Cat gets the most benefit from it – lounging around and getting plump with laziness.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 13 Dec 2017

Here and there in June and July

We took our now usual short weekend break to the East coast so we could go to the RSPB place at Bempton Cliffs and see all the amazing birdlife. We stayed at a very old fashioned guest house in Bridlington and had fish and chips on the prom. I find a trip there also moving as so many of my family ancestors lived there or nearby.
On the way home we visited Burton Agnes Hall – where there are family connections at the little church on the hall estate – and there was a flower festival on. Lovely grounds. I got stung in the eye by a big fat bumble bee so after getting some wonderful care from the staff there we went to A&E at Driffield and I got the ok after the sting was removed. It was agony for some hours but thankfully no lasting damage.

Weekend away. During July we had a long weekend at an old hotel close to a quiet canal in Warwickshire and a short walk from a canalised pub. Lovely weather and such a nice spot. Walks on the towpath, nice meals and we hired bikes for a day to explore a local area of lakes. Rosie got the comfy seat in the basket on my bike.

As ever in July I spent a few hours at the PotFest in the Park at Hutton in the Forest. I bought 3 ceramic bells, made in Spain. Really pleased with them. The garden has been looking wonderful.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 06 Dec 2017

June – my favourite month in our garden

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 06 Dec 2017

May 2017

I cannot believe its December and I haven’t updated this diary bloggy thingy since early May….

So, nutshell….

May 2017.

Mum recovering and perky but obviously quite frail. She had her 86th birthday this month.

The garden is in its most vibrant verdant month.

In late May we had a wonderful stay with our dear friends Helene and Martin at their new home on Cornwall. It was a really special week. On the way down we had short visit to Taunton where a friend from the village recently moved. Lovely to see him.

Hector and I visited places in Devon on the way down that have ancestor connections for my Fathers side of the family. Very interesting.

Helene was a superb guide to the area where they live and we enjoyed every minute. Boat trips out to an island, meals and beaches, great company, plenty of fizz and Rosie was a very happy soul getting lots of cuddles. The weather was really good too.

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