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Resurrected Twenty Seven

Posted: 09/10/2017 at 13:22

Afternoon - at the office this morning and I now have quite a few jobs to sort out at home this afternoon - so a busy day. I will get around to planting some bulbs and clearing some leaves - but not today. Forecast is dry all week and getting warmer at the end so might leave it a day or two.

One of the jobs is to get the windscreen fixed on the 'big' car. Noticed a small crack at the bottom of the screen (which began 'creeping' each day) middle of last week. When I looked more closely on Saturday it's actually a crack starting from the edge (probably from a stone impact) and which is now about 8" long. Ooops! - guess we were lucky it didn't just fail completely on the way home on Saturday.

Rang insurers yesterday, windscreen company to phone me today. Asked for it to be after 1pm as I wouldn't be able to talk this morning - they rang at 10am Now I'm going to have to chase them & hope I've got the correct phone number - makes me spit!!

Sounds like Kitty had a nice trip away - it's lovely to go off gadding! and Hazel had a nice visit from 23 & family.

Don't envy Pauline her hospital visits this week - hope they go ok and are not too uncomfortable.

Has MU not been on today? I think I lost track of whether she sustained any more land loss to the river - I know the height of the river was a concern before I went away.

Time for lunch now, then time to hit the phones - wish me luck!

Resurrected Twenty Seven

Posted: 08/10/2017 at 13:18

Hello all - we're back! 

Had a great time in Welsh Wales. The weather wasn't nearly as bad as we thought it might be and we had a couple of really lovely sunny days. The scenery was incredible and we particularly liked Anglesey where there are lots of white sand beaches and turquoise water.

Garden is now looking rather autumnal and I think I'll be on leaf clearing duties soon. The moles also appear to have been busy doing whatever moles do in autumn - lots of mole hills to remove before I cut the grass.

Haven't really had a chance to read back although I see that Hazel's daughter has had a bit of a 'do'. You must be constantly worrying about her Hazel - I do hope the medics can come back with a diagnosis and suggestions for treatment soon. Best wishes to both you and her.

Hope things are going ok for Pauline too - we're with you spirit over the next few weeks

Time to put another load in the washing machine and sort out lunch.

See you all later 

Resurrected Twenty-Six

Posted: 01/10/2017 at 17:42

Oops- meant to send good wishes to Joyce & her daughter. Cellulitis is a horrid infection.

Hope she is on the mend now and they can do some good cosmetic work on her leg. Are you able to get down to see her at all? Very worrying for you. x

Resurrected Twenty-Six

Posted: 01/10/2017 at 17:34

Rain seems to have cleared up now although it's still very blustery.

Just been for a little walk through the woods and into town then back along the lake - not the most picturesque of towns but the surrounding scenery more than compensates. OH has continued walking up to a waterfall to take photos - I've come back for an early G&T.

I'm another bedding collector. January sales - some women might be hunting shoe & bag bargains - I'm rummaging in the sheets and duvet covers. Reduced price, Egyptian cotton 400+ thread count sheets? -  they make me go a little weak at the knees.

For the moment we don't have a cat The only (and it is the only) upside to this is that I've been able to use all my white duvet covers on our bed knowing they won't be covered in muddy paw marks within 30 minutes. White covers have usually been reserved for the guest bed because that is firmly out of bounds to felines.

Brought a hot pot from home so that just needs to be popped in the oven. Our lazy day continues - will be out exploring tomorrow

Resurrected Twenty-Six

Posted: 01/10/2017 at 10:23

Morning everyone from a rather soggy NW Wales - white rabbits and all that 

Just watching the Grand Prix before I do a bacon, egg & mushrooms brunch. Don't think we'll be doing much today - the weather's not great & we had a long drive yesterday so a lazy day is on the cards I think.

Rest of the week not looking too bad so we'll get out & about then.

Nice coastal pics yesterday MU - we loved being in your part of the world in January - very pretty. Will be back before too long I hope.

Some of you (ie Runny...) sound as though you are getting a wee bit too excited about the idea of this desert island with AT. Bibs & cold showers all round. 

Resurrected Twenty-Six

Posted: 29/09/2017 at 18:20

Lawn's been cut, caravan is packed, paperwork filed, dinner ready to go - must be time for a G&T

Just checked the weather for NW Wales - yellow warning for rain this weekend   - have just stuck the wellies in the car so at least I won't get wet feet!

Sorry to hear you've not had a good day Pauline. As you said, things suddenly hit home don't they? Lots of moral support and virtual hugs from all of us for you. I've forgotten if you said exactly when you were starting the next phase of your treatment but I hope it goes well for you.

Hope you get a better night tonight Runny

Resurrected Twenty-Six

Posted: 29/09/2017 at 12:46

Loving the idea of a desert island with you crazy lot.

Oh yes please - I can definitely make gin 

Next door has a mini-micro-brewery which he hopes to make semi commercial next year when he retires. I'm trying to persuade him to put a small still in there so I can make my own gin... Should be lots of botanicals to experiment with on a desert island... I think kaffir lime leaf would be a good one for starters.

Waiting for the grass to dry just enough for me to trim - has been drizzling all morning. Setting off at crack o'sparrers tomorrow so need to get it done this afternoon.

Best wishes to all those feeling under the weather - a good book in the quiet corner is a good idea - especially if we can borrow Sunny's kittens for entertainment from time to time.

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Resurrected Twenty-Six

Posted: 28/09/2017 at 12:33

Chey - have you tried talking to the library and explaining what happened? The libraries around here will waive or reduce fines if there was a good excuse for them building up.

If you didn't actually receive any communications (written or electronic) to let you know the fines were building up (if they were sent to the home and not passed on perhaps) they might show some leniency.

On the other hand - if you just ignored the communications... (waggy finger emoji needed)

Great photo MU 

Resurrected Twenty-Six

Posted: 28/09/2017 at 10:45

... with some bubbly to drink....

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Posted: 28/09/2017 at 09:54


Hope all goes well with the scan Pauline - did you decide on your 'treat' at the end of all this? 

Hope things go well for you too F'edge. I'm not really squeamish except when it comes to eyes - so I don't envy you that one.

Supermarket and packing the caravan today. If it dries up I'll also do a bit of dead heading and edge the grass so I just have to give the lawn a short back and sides tomorrow. 

Picked up some perennial seeds at Gt Dixter in August but didn't get around to sowing them. If they're ones needing stratification I might sow those today & put them out for the mice or birds to eat....

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