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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”

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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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 24 Apr 2016

More garden projects and first swallows

The front garden is SO much better with gravel. My only regret is not doing it before now. I have been growing cosmos from seed and sweet peas. Someone came and dug over the borders and covered them with a good bark mulch.

Its all ready now for a good display in late spring into summer.

We also have one or two birds nesting. A pair of Great Tits, and blackbirds who are nesting the ivy on the front of the house.

The first swallows were over the house on 18th April. A bit early than last year.

My sister gave me an old stone trough which I have planted up with succulents. I have not grown them before so hope they thrive and I dont kill them!

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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 24 Apr 2016

Dentistry for Rosie Posie Poodle

Rosie had been off colour and her food for a little while. Nothing really showed up at her checkup in late February but in early April I took her to the vet and poor thing had an access under a tooth and was in pain. I wish Id known.

She had to have an operation and the result was she had 9 teeth out. Bless her. I spent the day of her operation with Sally doing things to take my mind off it as I was so nervous about her having a general anaesthetic. She bounced back quickly and got her appetite back.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 24 Apr 2016

Edinburgh and Royal Yacht Britannia

We took the train to Edinburgh in lovely crisp sun. We got a cab from the station to Leith to go and have a tour around the Royal Yacht Britannia. Its really interesting and a lovely ship. I was a little surprised at the lack of opulence in the Royal bedrooms, especially the Queens. Just an ordinary single bed, dresser, chair and table. What I enjoyed most was seeing the crews quarters, the bridge and learning that the piano in the grand salon had been played by Noel Coward. Also had a lovely lunch!

We had a little wander around the city afterwards before getting the train home. I managed to find the hidden 17C garden off the Royal Mile that I had read about. Dunbars Close.

Thank you Hector – a lovely day.

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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 24 Apr 2016

Siskins in the garden

It is always lovely to have the dainty plucky little siskins at the bird feeders.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 24 Apr 2016

Fun party at the pub

Great fun doing The Supremes “You Can’t Hurry Love” to a ‘turn’ at the pub this evening! Maurice (cool moves for a game keeper), Rose and Hector.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 24 Apr 2016

Same little girl being a bridesmaid 22 years apart. My lovely niece…
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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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