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Posted: Today at 16:47

Thanks for kind comments re photos folks.  It is indeed beautiful - when you can see it, which was certainly not always the case while I was there!  And yes, as Fairy hinted, the cottage is on a little island in Loch Linnhe.  With no TV, phone signal or internet access in the house... clearly not a suitable holiday destination for the family Hosta described.  Might do them good though! 

I now know why the squirrel who frequents my "squirrel-proof" bird feeders is so fat.  It's managed to deform the inner mesh cylinder which holds the peanuts, and yank it close enough to the outer cylinder so it can chew through the mesh & get to the nuts.   

Just discovered that the lovely Care Home where my Mum now is, has very recently been inspected by the CQC, who reckon it now "requires improvement".  We still think it's a lovely place though... 

Just found the photo of your puppy, Pam.  Butter wouldn't melt! 

Congrats on the blouse, Gertie!  You might inspire me to get my sewing machine out.  Maybe... 


Posted: Today at 11:19

Morning all! 

Back from painting/mending/sleeping/walking/eating/doing jigsaws in the cottage.  Scotland was lovely (as usual!) even if there was only one dry day in the fortnight... when it looked like this:

 and this

 and a friend looked in

 -probably the same friend who knocks down the garden wall from time to time.  Anyway, I had a good time, and got all the essential jobs done.

So much news to catch up with!

RB, so sorry to hear about your son; best wishes for a full recovery. xx

DD and Chicky, hope your OHs are behaving themselves and continuing to improve.

Panda, so pleased you're happy in your new job.  Sad news about your uncle though - hugs to you and your mum.

Wonky, enjoy your holiday!!  You've certainly deserved it.

Hosta & Mr H - hope the knees are having a good rest in the sun...

Dove, I'm with you on Jeremy Kyle.  Can't stand the feller...  My guilty TV pleasure is "escape to the country" type programmes but only when OH is out!

SGL, grandchildren are wonderful, aren't they!  Ours are coming from Ireland for Christmas, hooray! 

I'm catching up with jobs today (OH has a blind spot about hoovering!), then I'm off to the NE tomorrow for the day, to see my Mum (who by all accounts is doing as well as we could hope) and catch up with my sister.

I'm still having to borrow OH's laptop so my postings are likely to be sporadic.  Apologies to those I haven't mentioned, and whose news I've missed...



Posted: 09/11/2015 at 17:45

Hello all! 

Great news Yvie!! 

OH is out for a bit, so I've jumped on his laptop to say Hi to you all, before I make tracks for Scotland (6.27 train tomorrow).  I shall make the most of the smileys too!    Hopefully I'll manage to reach the island tomorrow.  2 ferries have been cancelled today, and the first one tomorrow won't run either - but maybe the wind will drop... otherwise I'll have to patronise the backpackers' hostel and hope for better weather on Wednesday. 

Hope you all have a happy fortnight!

Bye for now! 



Posted: 08/11/2015 at 22:05
Ah. The smiley turned into 3 question marks - not quite what I had in mind...


Posted: 08/11/2015 at 22:03
Hello again all - just attempting to post from my phone so I'm not at all sure anything will come out right!
Many thanks for all your encouragement and hugs, all very much appreciated. And yes, I am indeed looking forward to a stress-free fortnight slapping paint about in the holiday cottage. ???
I've just included an Android smiley. Wonder how it'll appear on the post?
OH is snoring in the armchair so I'd better wake him so he can go to bed!
Night all.


Posted: 08/11/2015 at 17:22

Hi folks!    Long time no see..  OH has been writing music on this machine, so it's been days since I've had the opportunity to look in, but the urgent need to complete my tax return  has enabled me to take a sneeky peek!

It's been a busy week.  We moved Mum on Wednesday - it was organised with military precision, with my sister and me spending most of Tuesday not talking to Mum but shut in her bedroom, packing up books (hiding boxes in the wardrobe so she wouldn't get suspicious) and identifying which items would be travelling to the north-east for her new abode.  On Wednesday morning the Home rang when Mum was down for breakfast, enabling me, my sister and OH to dismantle bookshelves, pack ornaments and clothes, and load the hired van.  OH drove me and the contents up to the new Home in time to unpack everything, screw bookshelves to a new wall, place significant photos in appropriate places, and make it look as much as possible like home, before sister and bro-in-law arrived with Mum.  "Lovely room!" she said, when led into the lounge - and apart from being extremely confused at night, she's doing all right, and has apparently no idea that she's got a new abode.    Thank you Runny for thinking of her (and me!).  And yes, I'm sleeping better now the deed is done... we'd never have moved her if it hadn't been forced on us, but the place she's now in is really lovely, so I have no long-term fears about it.  Just the disappointment that she's no longer on the doorstep.

I'm off to Scotland on Tuesday for a fortnight, changing the blankets, mattress covers etc in the holiday cottage and doing some more (indoor) painting.  (The forecast looks terrible so I doubt much wall-building will be done this time!)  No internet access there (and no computer either...  ) so I'll be out of touch again for a bit.  Got my train tickets to visit Mum the day after I get back though! 

Does Verdun live in a parallel universe where the sun always shines?? 


Posted: 02/11/2015 at 17:44

Well hello, Forkers! 

Nice to see you're still chatting away... my netbook has indeed bitten the dust, so I can only post here when my OH relents and gives me access to this laptop, which is officially his.  So no time to read back much... but a little bird has mentioned that I might be getting a tablet for Christmas. 

My spring bulbs are still in the bag, DD and Punkdoc.  Mum has been the priority recently; she moves on Wednesday, and hopefully all is under control and sorted out so that things go smoothly.  With luck I might get the bulbs in the ground before I go to Scotland a week tomorrow.

Right.  What's for tea? 


Posted: 29/10/2015 at 19:26

Evening fellow Forkers!

No time for catch up, sorry.  The netbook has died, so I've jumped on OH's laptop just to say hi, but not sure when I'll next get on... unless our son can perform some magical resurrection on the netbook, when we see him tomorrow... 

So - bye for now!

It's my birthday

Posted: 29/10/2015 at 10:02

Many happy returns, Lily P! 


Posted: 28/10/2015 at 10:30

Hosta, not the singing of the dancing girls...  

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