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FIRST OUTING

WELL, THE FIRST WALK WENT OFF WELL.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS - THAT TIME AGAIN!!

FEET UP AND GETTING READY FOR OCTOBER!

Well, I had the little babies for 3 days per week for 2 weeks.  You can see below that I was ready for them.

Now when they come to say with me, all tablets, gameboy or nintendo are banned and TV is rationed to Scooby Doo and Mr Bean.  With the former, we all try to guess who the "bad guy" is who is pretending to be a monster.  Therefore, they tend to amuse themselves by turning the place into a den and improvising games with all manner of objects.

 

My little baby boy helped me in the garden and built me some lovely decking for my table and chairs under the tree.

Little baby girl thought she would play with the puppy, but wasn't best pleased when her brother photobombed her photo!

Little baby boy found my folding steps and discovered he could swing on the branch of the tree.  Unfortunately his sister wanted to do the same.  Now the general rule is that if one of them is playing happily and peace is reigning, the other one has to go and start a fight!

We made our usual cakes, pastry and bread and they like to mix up their own concoctions and then wonder why they don't taste very nice.

We also went swimming.  That is quite a cheap way of getting child care.  I just sat in the pool waiting by the flumes as they came down and immediately went back up the stairs again.  I did go up with little baby girl on the slower flume and she shot off when she was making a space for me.  I then got washed away and I have to say I can't see the fun in rolling and twisting around a long slide and then ending up in the water.  When she discovered she didn't need me, there was no stopping her.

We all had to get out of the water at one stage because the fire alarm was sounding.  Luckily it was a false alarm but I didn't think our area would be susceptible to fire.

Anyway, they at home now, getting ready for school and I am recovering to be ready for the next two pronged attack in October.

I wouldn't have it any other way!

 

 

 

 

 

THIS COULD BE MY MUM PLAYING, SHE PLAYED BY EAR, IF YOU HUMMED IT, SHE COULD PLAY IT, CLASSICAL OR MODERN. WELL DONE TOKIO MYERS BRITAINS' GOT TALENT WINNER 2017.

A SHORT BREAK IN NORFOLK/DEMISE OF A STURT DESERT PEA/WORM'S EYE VIEW/THAT TIME AGAIN

We had a lovely weekend break in Norfolk and it was suggested that we hire an electric cruise boat for a couple of hours.  I agreed, but have no idea about driving one, so I was the passenger.  Off we went, chugging up the river at 4 miles an hour, it was limited to 5 miles per hour.  

We had been told about a pub we should moor up and visit, which was dog friendly.  Upon spotting it, we turned in to a small area with boats moored side by side.  It was then we discovered the boat had no brakes!!!   I managed to push  us around to leave the little area and then we looked at which mooring was vacant.  I threw the rope on to the bank and asked a man to hold on to it.  He did, hanging on for dear life, but unfortunately, it wasn't to be so I said thank you and told him to let go of the rope.    Off we went until we reached another spot.  This time I managed to loop the rope around a cleat and tried to get on to the bank, but tripped and fell flat on my face, complete with dog.  As I was getting myself upright, there was the family who had tried to help me with first time killing themselves laughing.  There was also a couple sitting on a seat watching it all happen.

 

Eventually the woman in the next boat, a big cabin cruiser moved on and we managed to moor up.  Then we discovered that the mobile phone battery was flat and we couldn't be contacted it need be.  We got back in the boat and set off back to the boatyard.  We were passed by all the other boats as we were sticking to the speed limit of 4 miles an hour.

Luckily the boatman got us back in to the jetty and we went home with half an hour left on the hiring.   

I don't think that experience will be copied again!

DEMISE OF A STURT DESERT PEA

You may remember that I got 2 Sturt Peas to start to grow and I took them from their home in the conservatory and put them in the sun for a treat.   Well one has completely perished and the other one, is looking decidly like it might be shuffling off its mortal coil.

 

REMAINING STURT DESERT PEA

 

WORM'S EYE VIEW

Well I washed and brushed my little pup and then decided to remove a bit of hair which was irritating her eye.  As I bushed to hair away with my hand, from her eye, I noticed a red line on the white of her eye.  I thought I had touched it with the scissors.  Looking further, I saw it was raised and slightly moveable.   I immediately thought she had a red worm in her eye.  I googled worms in dogs eyes and came up with all manner of scary things.  I tried to moved it with eye eyewash. Rather worried, I took her to the vet and she had only been there on the Monday for her last injection and check up.

He looked in her eye and told me it was a blood vessell and hers was protruding which was particularly healthy.  I told him about what I had found on the internet and he said that they are usually on found in certain foreign countries.

Well that told me!

 

 

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EASTENDERS

Not much to comment upon so far, except that the hospital staff seemed to turn a blind eye when Phil roughly manhandled Lisa out of the ward.

AND, Lauren I feel your pain!

 

THE NEW ADDITION

Well, the new little puppy seems to have settled in well, albeit thrown in the deep end at the beginning of the school holidays.

She has her own little kennel, as well as the box that my little baby boy has made for her, plus her play area, comprising most articles in the living room to make her a little den.

ALTON TOWERS

We took the little babies to Alton Towers for the weekend and had a lovely time.  The Octonauts roller coaster was just right for me!

 

 

GLASSES REPAIR/FIRST BARBECUE

Now I never praise anyone in my Blog unless I am extremely happy with their service.  However, I can't thank Premiere Optical Services, for the repairs they have made to two pairs of my glasses.

Unfortunately, as most things I have get broken at some time, my glasses are no exception and I end up buying new ones as I am always told they can't be repaired.

I googled this company and sent them the photo of the two pairs, one brown, one purple.

They were repaired quickly and efficiently and to say I am pleased with the result is an understatement.

They are also going to make new sides for the pair below. 

 

 

FIRST BARBECUE

My little grandchildren were occupying themselves, when we had our first barbecue on Sunday.  My grandson just comes up with the most imaginative ideas.  He made a slide by putting a plank of wood over my gardening trolley and weighing it equally with bricks.

 

For some reason, the doll's pushchair had a broom and a plant pot holder in it.  The doll was banished to the ground. The fact that my little granddaughter had told her little brother that she was pretending it was his little sister, may have had something to do with it.

  

He also dug a hole to make his way to Australia.  However, he only managed to upset his little sister when he buried her small minion toy in it.

Eventually, when it was time to go, he showed us how the seesaw worked.  Unfortunately, my little granddaughter caught her finger in it and off she went home crying her eyes out.

A lovely time was had by all!

 

 

THE SOUTH/MY GARDEN

THE SOUTH

I went to Rochester Castle Gardens to see Wet Wet Wet.  The South were on with them (former members of The Beautiful South).  Paul Heaton, you are sorely missed.

They played all their former hits and the the elderly couple next to me were singing along.  She must have been an ardent fan, as she seemed to know the other version of "Don't Marry Her"! and sung it vociferously!

 

MY GARDEN

The "flowers" around my pond are some kind of weed, but they attract the bees, so I let them grow there every year.

 

MY GARDEN

 

I got the idea for brightening up a walled area of the garden and making it in to a vegetable patch from the Deniwats.

It is amazing how some artificial grass and wall pockets can transform a plain area.

 

I bought a lot of half price vegetable seeds last year, started them off in the conservatory and some are growing quite well, ie, cabbage, sprouts sweetcorn, tomatoes and courgettes.  Unfortunately, I never have much luck with courgettes, which are my favourite vegetable! 

    

      

 

 

I got this chamaelon for peanuts at The Range.  It is solar powered and his eyes light up at night.  All the little ornaments have come from charity shops and pound shops.

TOWELS FOR DISPLAY PURPOSES ONLY/EASTENDERS

NEW TOWELS FOR DISPLAY PURPOSES ONLY

TOWELS FOR DISPLAY PURPOSES ONLY 

 

Now I understand that some, not necessarily all men, do not grasp the importance placed on “for display purposes only” towels in the bathroom. These are brand new towels arranged tastefully so that when visitors use your loo or bathroom, there are always fresh new towels on display. The old worn out ones are hidden underneath and these are the only ones that the members of the household should use. Using “display” towels is non negotiable and you will feel the wrath of Khan come down upon you should you attempt to.

 

The same also applies to the brand new pack of tea towels resting on top of the old raggy ones. Should a house guest volunteer to dry up, they will be most impressed with your beautiful selection of tea towels.

 

 

 

Also in respect of the above, one should always have new washing up sponges, cloths etc on display, should they volunteer to wash up. Keep the worn out ones well hidden until they go home after their visit.

EASTENDERS 

Well, I have had to have a massive catch up again for the last few weeks’ episodes. 

Thank goodness Saintly Sonia is back, how on earth have they managed to survive in the Square without her? Now let me see, she moved away to Kettering to take up a job in a private hospital, not too worried about Dot then was she. Now she has returned and has turned in to a one woman crusade about how they have neglected her, even turning on Sharon about Louise’s drunken evening. Of course the next thing is going to be how she realises how stretched the NHS is compared to the private nursing job she left for. I think Walford General is going to have the benefit of her expertise shortly. She’ll soon sort it all out!  Oh, and we still have to find out what the reason for her mysterious departure from Kettering was!

I am a bit confused about the role of the Market Inspector. When Alex and Tamwar were Inspector and Deputy,they seemed to work out of a little room come office.

When Carmel was appointed, she seem to be privy to a lot of comings and goings on the council.

Now Robbie has taken the position, he seems to be able to hire rooms, pay expenses to the market traders for their training time and follow the Ricky Jervaise school of office management thinking. 

Well,  Michelle, for someone who was always very shrewd and wise, she seems to be heading for a fall with Tom. Are we talking another Free Deirdre scenario, or perhaps a stalker? Or perhaps he is genuine?  Nah, me neither!

 

Well, it is a good job that Steven is not trying to spy on me through my phone charger. Considering I never know where my mobile phone is and when I try to ring it to find the battery is inevitable flat. As for putting it on charge, it is hooked up to my PC when I think about it and I certainly wouldn't think of conveniently placing it on my desk thus not enabling a clear view to what I was up to.

He would be wasting your money!

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZSA ZSA/HAVING A SMASHING TIME/HEATWAVE/STURT DESERT PEA/FIXING THE HOSE

ZSA ZSA

This is photo of the little Yorkie puppy I am picking up in two weeks time, when she will be 10 weeks old. She was named by my little baby girl.

 

HAVING A SMASHING TIME!

I saw this little ceramic house lamp in Wilkinsons today and couldn't see the price so I did the usual trick of tipping it upside down and looking underneath.

A word of warning - the roof is not attached to it, so it fell off, smashing in to pieces on the floor.  Everyone gasped and looked at me.  An assistant went to get a dustpan and brush to clear it up and I slunk away with my tail between my legs!

 

STURT DESERT PEA

I discovered this beautiful little Australian plant when I went with my cousin and her husband to Ayres Rock, on the Highway through the outback. It is the national flower of South Australia and extremely beautiful.  I bought a packet of the seeds to bring back with me.  My cousin had no luck when she tried to grow them and she lives in Australia!

Out of the whole packet, 2 seem to be growing (Bruce and Sheila).  They are kept in my conservatory where I keep my tumble drier and the heat and condensation on a cool day seems to bring them on.  During the heatwave they have gone outside and I left them out in the light rainfall for a while, before bringing them back in, as they aren't used to rain in Australia.  Apparently they have very long roots, to reach moisture, so I have accounted for that, plus made them their own little sandy and rocky domain.  They are thoroughly spoilt and handled with kid gloves.  When I give them water, it is purely rain water.

They have reached the stage shown so far, I am keeping my fingers crossed, as you can see how beautiful they will be if I can get them to flower.

 

  • STURT DESERT PEA IN BLOOM
    MY ATTEMPT AT GROWING THEM
     

 

 

 HEATWAVE

 

Well I wasn't wrong when I said that if we had the lovely sunny  weather that they have in Australia, I would be up with the larks.  With this heatwave we have had for ther last couple of weeks, I have been up at 6 each morning getting so much done.

FIXING THE HOSE                              

I was using my hosepipe when I noticed that there was water leaking from a tiny little hole in it.

I got a plaster and put it around it, just to get finished.  I then noticed that the water was still spurting out, albeit, a much smaller stream.

The moral of the story is "don't try to fix a leaking hose with a breathable plaster"!                                                             

 

 

HOT TUB/NAME THAT TUNE/EXMOUTH/MARCH OF THE FITBITS

 

HOT TUB

A couple of my neighbours have a hot tub.  I was speaking to one who said she loved it.

Personally, I can take or leave them.  When friends and family come to visit, we don't put on our bikinis and speedos, form a circle of the armchairs and settee and chat with our glasses of beer and wine!

 

 

NAME THAT TUNE

Years ago, I was singing "A Garland For Me", when I was informed that it was actually "Gordon" about the Gordon Highland Regiment!

 

I recently discovered that I had been singing the wrong lyrics to King of the Road.  I thought it was Two hours of pushing broom barrows of 8 - 12 morbid moon marrows.

And Third boxcar midnight train, destination Danner Lane.

When it is actually:

  

Trailer for sale or rent, rooms to let, fifty cents.
No phone, no pool, no pets, I ain't got no cigarettes
Ah, but, two hours of pushin' broom
Buys an eight by twelve four-bit room
I'm a man of means by no means, king of the road.

 

Third boxcar, midnight train, destination, Bangor, Maine.

 

TRIP TO EXMOUTH

I took my little baby boy and girl to see their Aunty and Uncle in Exmouth 

to their new cousin.

We went by train, coach and bus and they loved every minute of it as it was a novelty.  Nowadays we get in a car which takes us from door to door.

Whilst we were being driven by their Aunty and Uncle, we stopped at some traffic lights.  Someone had pushed the button and we were the only car.

My little baby boy suddenly piped up with "What the heck is he playing at, couldn't he see we were the only car, flipping idiot!"

We were trying not to laugh, but he idolises his dad and we realised that could have been him shouting at the traffic lights.  My daughter confirmed this when we got back!!

 

MARCH OF THE FITBITS 

Have you noticed that carrying "coffee to go", mobile phone and vape is so last year.  Now the must have accessory seems to be a fit bit.  The wearer, in jogging clothes, fiddles about with, it runs and up and down on the spot for a few second and then runs off!

Heaven help you if you do as I did the other day. I asked him where a road was and he answered running up and down on the spot!

 

 

  

EASTENDERS 

Well, I do not like St Steven of Walford (kidnapped Ian and rendered Jane infertile due to his severe assault on her), not because of that, neither his spying on Lauren on his tracking device on his phone, sabotaging the condoms and becoming obessive of her, that too is bad enough. No he has committed the cardinal sin of calling her babe.  My pet hate.  If men call women babe, they don't have to remember their name or mistakenly use someone else's.  I think we may also find that Peter is the innocent in all this, ? debts. 

Speaking of pyschopathic sons, Bobby has soon been forgotten by Ian and Jane.  Out of sight, out of mind, out of acting, until he returns in the future to get up to more "mischief", methinks!

I think it is quite ironic that Dot seems to be the only person in the Square with a washing machine, which is quite surprising as she looks, the washing out her smalls in the sink kind of person!

How is everyone managing with the launderette closed down?

 

 Have you noticed that Ian seems to have an extremely thin head posing out from his baggy tee shirt?  Are we in for a big reveal?

Well, poor Tracey.  Sacked from the Rovers as they wanted to attract younger clientele.  Vincent gives her a job in The Albert Wine where it is supposed to be hot and happening for the younger trendy people! 

At least at the Vic, she was allowed to say thank you to the customers and be seen quite a lot.

It appears that she is rarely seen and definitely not heard.  Perhaps she is in for another big story line!

 

MY GARDEN

 

 

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WEEKLY BLOG

BOOMERANG SAGA

As I mentioned before, the boomerang was confiscated due to the squabble over who was going to hold it.  However, little baby girl thought it looked good on Rio's head as it resembled a pirate's hat!

 

 

IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE THAT HE WAS AT SCHOOL WHEN ONE OF HIS FELLOW PUPILS STABBED THEIR HEADMASTER MR PHILLIP LAWRENCE

COUNT ARTHUR STRONG - He is like Marmite, you either love him or hate him. I love him, his series is back on Friday.