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Did the Earth move for you?!

August 1st, 2016 (05:29 pm)

I don't drive so I bus everywhere. Coming home I was sitting next to the woman who I sat next to on the way to town.

"Did you get your shopping done?" I asked conversationally.

"Oh yes," she said "and I even managed twenty minutes on my wobbler."

Just for fun I'm not going to explain it!

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Baking . . . Yuck!

July 25th, 2016 (10:40 am)

current mood: contemplative

Well after making four cakes I've managed to get through the birthday business. Mr W chomped his way through a rather large Baileys cake and has almost polished off the strawberries and cream one as well. I gave two of the cakes away as I don't bake much these days so my friends were keen to get their hands on them. As regards presents my family went mad with money (bless them) and everybody else went mad with candles and a rather spectacular lacy knickers! Technically it's miniscule but, bearing in mind it has to fit me, there still seems to be a lot of it! My beam end has broadened over the years so there won't be any pictures!!!

The Tour de France has ended and I am now going through withdrawal symptoms but I've camping friends turning up soon so that will take my mind off things. Technically they'll reside at the camp site which is situated next to us but as they seem to think our property is an extension of their tent they turn up, regularly, for tea, biscuits, cake and the odd pasty! I'll be sitting there with my 'stamped on smile' while I hear all their family problems from the past year. They have a large family so they'll have plenty to talk about! I've got in a load of DVD's as the female loves films and, although her husband isn't so keen, she manages to silence him enough so that the evenings are easier to manage than the daytime visits! They stay for a month but it seems much longer!

My hollyhock plants are now higher than the top of the kitchen windows and look wonderful. The friend who gave them to me because she had too many plants is a tad disconcerted as her plants are half the size of mine and are not flowering. I think I'd be a bit miffed too if that happened to me.

Starting my Christmas knitting and crochet sessions soon . . . any requests?

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Age shall not wither her . . . . or . . . Mr W is still alive . . . . JUST!

July 14th, 2016 (11:10 pm)

current mood: crushed

Mr W and his engineering pals went to visit the new local fire station tonight so I had the evening to lick my wounds!

Lunchtime chez nous and watching the news on the box.

Mr W: "Teresa May looks quite old, doesn't she?"

Me: "Well, she's not sixty yet."

Mr W: "She looks older than that though."

Me: "Well I'm sixty-five in a week's time. Do I look older?" I know, I know girls. I should have kept my mouth shut!

Mr W (without so much as a pause): "Yup!" Did I mention Mr W is a man of few words. This statement was swiftly followed by: "Is there any more cake?"

And the political establishment is worried about Boris making a gaffe?

He got his cake but where I wanted to shove it will not be disclosed for the sake of decency!!!

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I know that face!

July 13th, 2016 (10:08 am)

current mood: embarrassed

My youngest sister is on holiday in Cornwall this week and staying in my local town. We've both got an interest in locally made pottery so it would not be unusual to find either one of us staring at a tea service from a local pottery on display in one of the town's charity shops. I recognised the pottery maker immediately and . . . after a while I also recognised the person standing next to me as my sister! Well . . . I don't get to see her that often! That's my excuse anyway. :D

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The Magpie and Mr Newton.

July 11th, 2016 (04:45 pm)

current mood: amused

Dear Isaac was quite correct as one of our resident, swaggering magpies found out earlier today. Marching up and down the garden looking as if he owned the place he hopped under the old apple tree and scanned the horizon for bird food. The apple, detaching itself from the tree due to the effect known as the June-shed but which now appears to be happening in early July, laid him out flat with unerring accuracy! I corpsed but, even over my raucous laughter, I heard the magpie's squawk of indignation. He survived the encounter but his feathers were a little ruffled by the unlooked for experience!

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Game, set and match!

July 11th, 2016 (03:23 pm)

current mood: blah

No I didn't watch any of it . . . . because I detest tennis too!

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July 11th, 2016 (03:19 pm)

current mood: impressed

Ok, I'll come clean - I detest football but if only more fans could do what the very young Portuguese lad did with the crying French fan I'd look at the game in a far kinder light. What a kind and honest gesture that child made.

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Pedal Power!

July 11th, 2016 (03:10 pm)

current mood: grumpy

Tour de France rest day today! No thrill of the chase, no sweaty young men pedalling up hill and down dale, and, worst of all, no lycra encased bums!! Like the moody Scot I think I could benefit from an iced bath but, in my case, it is for a completely different reason!

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Will this month be better?

June 1st, 2016 (10:45 am)

Thank goodness May has gone. I lost a cousin unexpectedly due to a fatal brain condition and Mr W's cousin did not win her battle with cancer.

My cousin's funeral was so big we arrived three quarters of an hour early and the church was packed then. We did manage to get a seat but a lot of people had to stand outside where the service was relayed by loudspeaker. Not sure about the arrangements for Mr W's cousin's funeral as she only died at the weekend but, like me, Mr W comes from a big family so we are expecting a large turnout for that one as well. Both cousins were younger than either Mr W or myself and at the beginning of the year you would have thought there was nothing wrong with either of them so to have gone and to be going to their funerals is quite a shock.

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Bygone Days!

May 17th, 2016 (01:26 pm)

I was looking on ebay yesterday at vintage kitchen utensils. Fascinating and humbling at the same time. Fascinating to see the prices that were being asked for these items and humbling because yours truly is still using most of them! Anybody in the market for a pre World War II juice extractor? I've even got the box it came in if that helps.

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