..and so to recall July…..

Feeling summery

My new summer footwear – the heat wave can begin
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Rosie had the right idea….
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Bless them both…. love their expressions…
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Waiting for me to come home (and feed them!)
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I LOVED this local story!
Octopus found in Scafell Pike litter pick
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-23144255
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Ha ha!
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/gallery/2013/jun/27/dogs-dressed-as-owners-in-pictures

H went to spend the weekend with his son and family watching rugby, playing cricket and having dinner. They””””””””””””””””ll have a great time. I””””””””””””””””ve had a rare treat… A visit to the exquisite cheese counter in Booths trying new cheeses and buying two to have with crusty French bread and salad later. Meanwhile, its breakfast in the garden. It””””””””””””””””s like being on holiday in France! Long may this weather last I say!
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Glorious hot day. I waited til 5pm before a walk. 25degrees. I did a favourite 2-miler to Eden Lacy but it was VERY hot. Rosie was puffing and my face was the colour of a beetroot when I got home. Not a good look. But it was very lovely out there.

The new garden bench is looking just right in the garden. I love it.998189_10151777592867774_1572883773_n

A wonderful song about a cat. These girls Red Ruff are brilliant. Saw them at a festival in May and loved them. http://youtu.be/tyBWtGUzhNs

Lovely evening walk at the River and through the fields with H and Rosie. Very sultry but highly scented wildflowers and crops heated by the hot sun.
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Can it be true? There are only 500 ice cream vans left in Britain. In the 70s – 250,000
We have one visit our village every Friday at 5. Like clockwork!
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/10174678/Government-rings-changes-on-ice-cream-chimes.html

Village sports day, fancy dress and floats starting at the pub. Always a hoot!
Then spending the afternoon with 2 of my fave people (and H!) at the lake. A good day ahead!
Hector got a ride in a VERY old and interesting car….
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An afternoon at Glenridding with the wonderful Chrissie and Crusty (who had just completed the walk along Hadrians Wall that took one week) We swam in the Lake – when I say we – Chris swam and Chrissie and I ””””””””immersed”””””””” to our necks and wallowed!
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Oh dear oh dear oh dear. It””””””””s that silly old hippy in a hat in the Lake. Thank you for the pic Chrissie…. You were right. I DID look mildly eccentric!
(The lovely Crusty with me…!)
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Summer desk. Home grown sweet peas.
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Had a LOVELY walk with the lovely Heather at Edenhall. Good company and a nice place lifts a jaded heart!

Mega midge evenings….
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Rosie looking rather posh in my vintage Laura Ashley sun hat!
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21st July. Practically perfect weekend. Slept much of yesterday afternoon to try to catch up on many nights of lost sleep. So, was feeling good to go to see the ””””””””Scottish Play”””””””” last night with Sally at a screening in our lovely local independent cinema. It was stunning. Then we did something new for us, we sauntered next door to the new Indian Restaurant and had a very late dinner. Yum. We got home very late, almost 1 am. Great fun. Then a cooler night so actually slept around four hours. A record for me of late, so today felt good. As I lazed in the garden with the new Dan Brown book ””””””””Inferno”””””””” H got up late, as per, and came out to say he was making a full breakfast. Sausage butties and proper coffee for me and then he suggested a nice walk, so back to Eden Hall to do my current favourite 2-miler. Lordy it was HOT! At two pm VERY hot. Poor Rosie was panting like mad as we walked thru the big fields of crops in full sun so I carried her, but at the river we had a nice paddle. It was lovely too in the woodland above the river. Dappled light and birdsong and nobody else around. After that lazed on a lounger under the wisteria until it was time for some nice saluted pistachios and olives. It was all just like being on holiday.
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Confession time.
For the first time ever I placed an online bet – on the Royal baby names (so convinced was I of the name for a girl!).

Hector went to London for the Olympic Anniversary Games. He had a great time. It was expected to rain at lot!, but I packed him a yellow plastic cape!

I did a Big Butterfly Count for 15 minutes while I was out. Result 8 large white, 1 meadow brown and 1 tortoiseshell. I got this photo of one during a walk near Culgaith with Heather.
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We had some friends over for coffee with their lovely French friend who was visiting. What a nice time sitting in the garden with them. This is all that”s left….
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