My Weekly Blog is continued in Weekly Blog 2018 Part 2 💋

RIP Avicci (FOR MY BABY BROTHERS)

I HADN'T GOT A CLUE AS TO WHO HE WAS, BUT LOOKING HIM UP, I RECOGNISED HIS SONGS. "HEY BROTHER", "WAKE ME UP WHEN IT'S ALL OVER", etc.

THIS IS A PRIVATE JOKE!

RIO, WHAT DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND ABOUT A CRATE??

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AUTOBIOGRAPHY PHOTOS

As I mentioned previously the Deniwats brought me up some  photos they found and I didn't know existed.   I have been rather busy lately and haven't had any time to add a new chapter to my autobiography, so I have reproduced them below and will add them to the relevant chapters of it.

 

 

  • SCHULTZ

    He was a lovely dog, so intelligent and gentle. We left him with my mother in law and mother when we were in Germany.

  • MY LOVELY MOTHER IN LAW

    My mother in law came and looked after my daughter whilst I was in hospital for a month after her birth.

  • NEW YEAR FANCY DRESS

    I don't think I have mentioned this in my AB. We had a party one New Year's Eve and had to make a spur of the moment fancy dress that evening. My husband put on a plastic mac and held an umbrella for Singing in the Rain.

    My mother-in-law and her friend were dancing together and tripped and fell in to the fireplace in a heap. I actually have that photo but I haven't a clue where it is.

    In the rather risqué photo of me I am wearing a basque and doing the Can Can. Unfortunately, I had to stop waving my skirt and kicking my legs, because everything fell out of the top of it and had to use my arms to hold it in!

  • CAL MCCORD IN YARMOUTH

    I couldn't find the newspaper photo of my little brother when he sat on the horse with Cal McCord the cowboy. The V & A Museum has his photos and sent me a selection.

  • BABY GIRL TRYING TO SAY HALLO TO MY LADIES AT WORK

    This was my baby girl in her push chair and my two little gorgeous nephews, pushed her to face the wall and stood guard, so no one could see her.

  • NORFOLK BROADS MOTHER WANTING TO DRIVE THE BOAT

    This was the holiday we had on the Norfolk Broads with my mum, SF and Schultz the Alsatian. I am afraid that the quality of my photos is bad and they do not scan well. The reason why there is only half of me in this photo is because there is a rather unfortunate optical illusion in the scanned photo that does not look at all odd in the original!

HAIR/TOKIO MYERS/EASTER EGG HUNT

HAIR

I went grey disgracefully and now my hair is growing.  This is actually the longest it has ever been in my life.   My lovely hairdresser still works wonders as we worked on the colours etc  together.  She did the expert cutting and dying, I just suggested the colours!!

TOKYO MYERS

I went up to Newcastle to see him at the Sage Theatre.  It is an absolutely stunning venue and the accoustics were excellent.

 

I decided to catch the coach up and realised why it was cheap - it was the equivalent of the slow train, stopping to pick up passengers at every stop!   We got caught in a traffic jam and I arrived at 10 pm in Newcastle.  I asked a couple outside the coach station where the Quayside was as the hotel was there. They kindly gave me a lift to it as it was on their way.  When I booked it, I made two separate bookings for two consecutive nights because I decided I needed to stay the night before.

 

The receptionist said that she had no booking for me and I managed to get an email from them up on my phone.  It was then that we found that not only did I have two separate bookings, they were in two separate hotels!   The other one was along the other end of the Quayside and that is where I should have gone to.   However she told me she would book me in at that hotel and leave a note for her manager in the morning.  Obviously something went wrong.

The next morning I was informed that I had been a NO SHOW at the other hotel and as I had stayed at this hotel instead, I would have to pay for the night right away.  Worried that I was going to have nowhere to stay, I paid it.

They told me I would have to phone Customer Service respect of this and they said they didn't have a pay phone and my phone battery was very low and I didn't have my charger.

It was raining, cold and windy and I was soaked through as I went to find the venue that I was going to that evening.  On my way back I came across the other hotel and went inside to see if they had a battery charger.   She asked me why and I told her.   What a difference.   She did her best to find my booking which we discovered that had an incomplete reference number, handed me the hotel phone and let me ring Customer Services. 

When I got home the next day, I sent them an email explaining that I couldn't understand why one hotel wasn't able to liaise with another hotel in their group, just along the road.  The receptionist was just trying to save me from walking along to the other one late at night.

The Customer Service replied and refunded me for the night, that I had already paid for at the other hotel, so I thanked them for that.

Tokio was amazing and made up for everything.  Well nearly everything!

 EASTER EGG HUNT

As it was my birthday at Easter, I decided to have an Easter Egg Hunt and fireworks.

To make it interesting, I wrote cryptic clues and each time an egg was found, the clue would lead them to the next one.   Well that was the idea.

Trying to be efficient and have everything ready for them to find, I decided to put the little eggs and clues in their positions a couple of days before.

I had to move a couple of them because I needed to move things about to accommodate the food and DJ Ironz, unfortunately, I forgot where I put the two I moved.   This messed up the sequence of clues.   Unfortunately, one was in the tumble dryer and turned into a tiny silver ball, another was in the dog's crate and she found it and chewed at it before I stopped her.

I then revamped the game reading clues from the sheet I had printed, but I was now quite short of eggs (two destroyed and substituted) and two I had mislaid.

Little Baby Girl picked her dad to help her and Little Baby Boy picked his mum.  They took it in turns with the clues and couldn't hide their excitement when  they found the egg and the next clue was read out.

I nearly came a cropper though because I spotted an egg on the mantlepiece and thought it was one I had mislaid.   I made up a clue and little baby girl was excited when she spotted it.   Unfortunately, it was the one that Little Baby Boy had won and he had put up there for safekeeping!!

 

 

WE WUZ ROBBED!

You may remember in my autobiography that I entered a fancy dress contest when my mum and I went to Pontins on the Isle of Wight.    The Deniwats visited at the weekend and brought with them this photo that they had found.

You can see the very intricate head dress that I had made from crepe paper and wool.  The other contestants had worked hard as well.   Lo and behold - there in the middle is the man that won who I told you about!

 

FAREWELL TO KINGSNORTH (Isle of Grain)

ROAST DINNER/A SHORT BREAK IN GIBRALTAR

ROAST DINNER

My SF and I go to a local cafe once a week where the food is home made.  He always has roast lamb.   My food came out first.  It was followed by roast lamb. Behind us was a foreign gentleman speaking on his mobile phone, who had just come in.  I tentatively put my hand up to direct the waitress to my SF, but she by passed us and gave it to the customer behind me who had put his hand up.

I assumed that there must have been 2 roasts and after a little while asked the waitress who said it would be on its way.

The gentleman behind us cleared and his plate and went.  Another waitress came out and was looking a bit puzzled.   She was looking around for the gentleman who had been sitting behind us.   I asked her why and she said that his pork chops and chips was ready.

The penny dropped when I told her he'd eaten the roast and she realised that he had been given my SF's lunch by mistake.

 

          

 A SHORT BREAK IN GIBRALTAR

I have just returned from a short break stay in Gibraltar and spent a lovely time on the boat B and B.  The owners of the boat were excellent and it was very informal and relaxed and didn't feel you were in a hotel, just home from home.

 

 

 

END OF AN ERA

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE

END OF AN ERA

The chimney of the power station in Hoo stood for 50 years.  It took 2 years to build and 2 seconds to demolish.  It will be missed as a landmark.

I took these photos at the bottom of the road on the foreshore opposite the dockyard.

 

 

 

I KNOW THE FEELING!Credit The Horse Channel

ROLLING STONES

Well it is not all bad - I have got my Stones Tickets, I have been going to their farewell concerts since 1991!

 

DON'T YOU JUST LOVE IT WHEN YOU ARE RIGHT!/SHAKESPEARE AND HATHAWAY/BEAST FROM THE EAST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DON'T YOU JUST LOVE IT WHEN YOU ARE RIGHT!

I had arranged to take my neighbour to pick up her relative from a care home and we were then taking her for an appointment at the hospital.  The care home is out in the sticks, so on Wednesday my neighbour cancelled the appointment for the next day due to the fact that although we could have got her to the hospital on the town roads, we couldn't risk going out to pick her up in such treacherous conditions where she was.

The hospital said we should play it by ear on the day, but that would have been impossible.

I just turned on the news and the care home has been cut off for the last 3 days.

 THE BEAST FROM THE EAST

Her first encounter with snow.  She didn't stay out long!

SHAKESPEARE AND HATHAWAY

Due to being snowed in, I have the watched the above programme in the afternoon on BBC1 back to back.  It is excellent, rather like Father Brown.  I am surprised it is not shown in the evenings.

 

 

 

 

FASHION WEEK/HAIRDRESSER VISIT/TV AUDIENCE

FASHION WEEK  (For my georgous nephew)

Her Majesty, waited patiently whilst the models' dressers carried a multitude of clothing, wearing the crash helmets to save their arms, across the catwalk. How she missed Norman, but she was happy in the knowledge that she was the most stylish person there!

  

HAIRDRESSER VISIT

My stylist works at the back of a barber's shop near where the toilet is located.  I had just popped in there as I didn't think I could sit through the sound of running water while having my hair washed when I needed the loo.

All of a sudden there was a loud knock on the door.  I was rather surprised at it was obvious that the toilet was in use.

"Yes", I said.  "I want to get in there" was the reply.  Thinking it was a plumber due to the phraseology of the answer, I told him I would be a couple of seconds

 

When I came out he was standing right in  front of the door, obviously waiting.  When I came out in the the salon,  my stylist and her client were crying with laughter.  She had told him there was someone in there and obviously heard the exchange of conversation.  He was a customer from the barber shop, not a maintenance worker of any description.

 

While I was having my hair done, a man came in and asked my stylist when a certain client was coming in.  He said it was his ex wife and he wanted to pay for her hair and she should have "the works".  "Don't tell her who is paying for it", he said.

Well what a predicament.  If I was told that I didn't have to pay for my hair but they couldn't say who actually was, I think I would feel like I had some kind of stalker.  

When I went back next time, I asked my stylist how it had gone because she was obviously worried as well.

Apparently she told the woman who was paying for it and she was quite happy about it, so it all ended happily.

 

TV AUDENCE

The last show I have seen involved Jon Richardson who had Rob Beckett as his guest.  If you don't know who he is, he is blond, quite stocky and very large teeth.  He was hilarious and it was a very funny recording to watch.         

 

 

 

NOT SO FAMOUS FIVE - ALTERNATE QUIZ ANSWER

FURTHER SAGA OF THE HEARING AID

As I mentioned previously, I needed to take my SF for a check on his hearing aid as I seemed to be shouting out to him again.

He had found a switch on it to cut out the background noise (music in the pub interferred with it).    The audiologist looked at it, put a new tube in and adjusted it again.  He told her about the problem with the back ground noise.   She told him  that there was nothing that could be done about it and the more he heard it, the more he would get used to it.

Suddenly the penny dropped, the switch wasn't to cut out background music, it was to turn the hearing aid down.   So he had been using a hearing aid that was almost turned off!

I will have to remember that for next time, along with the previous problem of him putting dead batteries back in the hearing aid!

 

 

 

/LITTLE BABIES' WEEKEND STAY/SMOKE ALARM YET AGAIN!

LITTLE BABIES' WEEKEND STAY

 

I had my little baby boy and girl to stay at the weekend. We were in the living room on Saturday evening when we saw blue flashing lights outside the window. As they seemed to be static, I looked through the blinds and saw a fire engine parked outside. I couldn’t see any fires so I just closed the blinds.

 

Suddenly my phone rang a nd it was my next door neighbour on the right hand side of me. She told me the fire brigade were outside my house and I said I had seen them. She also said that my kitchen was on fire.

 

Now at this point I had better explain. I had a few stylish empty jars in my kitchen and decided that I would put tea lights in them to light up the kitchen, mainly due the fact that one of the bulbs in the ceiling light had gone.

 

The second reason was because I thought it would look quite stylish on my new open top shelving. However, I should have realised that any attempt by me to be on trend never really works. When it was stylish to have an upturned collar on a blouse, someone would always tell me that my collar needed tucking in and would do it for me.  Heaven forbid if I was to wear ripped jeans, someone would be bound to offer me a sewing repair kit!

 

I went in to the kitchen and saw that one of the candle lights was flickering quite a bit but there was nothing untoward. I assumed that she  had called the fire brigade  but she said she hadn’t.

In my thinking I began to think that my little baby girl had dailled 999, as she had been fiddling about with my phone but they wouldn’t have know my address. ( Lateral thinking doesn’t kick in until afterwards).

 

I went outside and there was one fireman in the fire engine,  in just  his normal work clothing clothing and they had not put the fire clothing on. I asked him if he had been called to my house and he said he hadn’t and that they were the first responders on the scene when the ambulances are busy and they were with my neighbour on the other side side   (they of the central heating false alarm the week before).

Anyway I checked with my neighbour the next day because an ambulance had arrived shortly after and they had taken him to hospital.

 

His wife said that she hadn’t seen the fire engine. The paramedics came and checked him over and then there was a knock at their door.

 

“That’ll be the ambulance”, they said.

 

“Well who who on earth are you then”, she asked!!

EAT YOUR HEART OUT BLUE PETER!!

WATCH UNTIL THE END1

SMOKE ALARM

I was still up at 2 am this morning and I let the dogs out before I went to bed. As I went to get them in, I noticed that my neightbours'  spot light had come on illuminating their   garden. I then noticed what looked like smoke billowing out from their patio doors.

I couldn’t smell smoke, but it was varying from heavy to light and back again. I managed to prop myself up from a chair to the flower bed, (as pictured in daylight) but in the dark,  hang on to the wall and check on the smoke. All the while their outside light was on.

 

To get down, I lowered myself on to the chair and then sat on the garden table. Unfortunately, this was soaking wet and soaked through the onesie that I was wearing.

 

I still wasn’t sure about the smoke so I decided to try and look through their double doors on the car porch. Unfortunately, they had had covered up the little slot so no one could see in through the doors. So there I was trying to see what was going on in a onesie with a big wet patch on my rear, at 2 am in the morning.

 

Eventually I noticed that the garden light had gone off and I couldn’t see the smoke very well, so I again climbed up and shone a tiny little light that I have got attached to a set of keys and couldn’t see anything although the time worrying that neighbours might wake up and want to know why I was shining a torch at their house. 

 

I decided I didn’t want to wake them with a false alarm, so I had a final look out of my bedroom window with my little torch and as I couldn’t see anything, I went to bed.

 

The next day I knocked at their door and my neighbour called to me through the slot in the double doors which she had now uncovered. I conducted a conversation with her through the gap, only seeing her mouth moving.

 

I asked her if they been awake at

at 2 am this morning as their floodlight was on in the garden.  

"No we weren't" she said, "the steam  I from the central heating boiler triggers it!"  🤭🤭

 

 

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CHRISTMAS

Well, that’s Christmas and New Year out of the way.

I met the Deniwats for coffee before Christmas as they had come up to deliver presents.

On Christmas Day I took my little babies a giant cracker.  I assumed they would pull it and all the little presents would fly out and they could get them.

Silly me.  They were contained in a little plastic bag and of course the holder of the end which held it decided that they had won it!  Eventually they shared, but next time I think I might  need two.

We had a lovely Boxing Day at the Kimmiwats. We played Pie Face and   my brother's   grandchildren squealed with delight when he got splatted.  In fact we all did as he usually comes up smelling of roses. 

    

 

 

 

I have got to make an appointment for my SF’s hearing aid, somehow I don’t think it is fully working.

 

He told me there were three policeman outside his house and they were looking in the hedge and surrounding areas. When I picked him up to go shopping later on, he told me they were looking for a very expensive cat that had gone missing. I did think it might be a very expensive cat indeed to warrant a patrol car and three policeman.

 

As I was dropping him off later on, his next door neighbour was outside and asked him if he had seen the police that morning. The neighbour told my SF that they were looking for a cat burglar who had been breaking in to houses and stealing possessions!

 

 

I had my two little babies for 3 days last week as their school had an extra week off. As usual we had a lovely time and a card board boxes never fails to amuse them for ages, and it usually ends in tears, but I had 2 boxes this time.

 

We went to the cinema to see Paddington 2. It was a brilliant film and they were glued to it all the way through and so was I. When it ended my little baby boy said to me “thank you so much Gran for taking us to see this film, it was amazing”.  Cue another welling up session.