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It’s been rather splendid here on the extremely sunny Isle and we have been making the most of where we are with walks, trips to the pub on balmy evenings and a visit from two out of three of the small people.

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Raspberry picking was the first order of the day and The Eldest Girl having announced that this was to be her future career set to with gusto. The only problem was that the lure of the eating of the raspberry proved far greater than the picking of…

She thought it was hilarious

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The Small Boy was too absorbed in other things to take much notice of these shenanigans

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And so we decided, having exhausted the raspberry supply, to go and have a look at the horses up the lane

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There was a caterpillar found, named Gerry and duly traipsed all the way home

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There was also the following conversation with the EG

EG: Nanny what are those?

Me: Molehills. The moles push up the earth when they’re tunnelling under the ground.

EG (looking thoughtful) : Do they have mole kings and queens do you think?

Me: I’m sure they probably do.

EG: So where do they get their crowns from then?

Me: I can’t believe you don’t know that.

EG (in a “you’re being a smartarse” voice): So where do they get them then.

Me: From the mole crown shop OF COURSE.

EBG (witheringly and with rolled eyes): Oh you ARE silly Nanny.

Indeed.

And so on that note we went home to play in the garden and look at bugs and ask a billion questions. The EG is fascinated by all things creepy crawly and there are any number of poor creatures picked up, examined and rehomed miles from where they began. I’ve been teaching her the names of plants and flowers which she pretty much remembers and she’s got a bug book to identify things which she assures me she has seen all of…

The small boy is more interested in being Batman and generally making merry

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It’s been a great summer so far and the garden has come into its own for running about in (them) and flaking out in (me).

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Today will be a day of hedge cutting and tidying up (knackered back and shoulder permitting) and hopefully the weather will last for a bit longer so that we can all feel that we’ve absorbed some rays and vitamin D and feel better for it.

Madam Rainbow is ambivalent about the heat. On one hand she’s not keen on the very hot days, on the other it is a great excuse for constant snoozing

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She is a lazy baggage!

And so another week looms. Rehearsals, work, gardening and maybe a wee trip to a place that sells wine might be in order (and I don’t mean the supermarket). We also need to sort a break out in the autumn when the holiday let is quiet and we can draw breath. Phew!

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Enjoy Dear Reader. Enjoy!

 

 

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There is nothing more evocative during the summer for me than the smell of hay making and in the field at the back of the house the farmer was hard at work last week.

It reminds me of life in Ireland as a child when the summer holidays seemed endless and in all the fields around our house that weren’t full of sheep, hay was being made.

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We worked for the farmers as kids for a pound a day which in those days was riches and could buy you any number of sweets and treats

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We also, at other times of year, planted spuds (fun) and picked stones (back breaking). It was a great grounding for hard graft and I have fond memories of it all. And the smell most of all, that mixture of hot musty grass, sunshine and tractor fumes. Magic!

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Here I am again in the latest edition of Glean Magazine. Enjoy!

Quiet time

 

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Sometimes Dear Reader when the lines I’ve learned jostle with the things I need to do and the things I haven’t done it gives me brain overload and I take myself off for a little quiet alone time.

Luckily there are any number of places here on the sunny Isle where one can achieve a little alone time and Cowes at 8am on a Sunday morning is pretty good for this.

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It was the day after Round the Island so there were a few bleary eyed sailors in search of breakfast but it was very peaceful

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It’s just the right sort of leg stretch to Gurnard and a bacon sarnie which may have slightly defeated the object of the exercise but who cares!

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And then a stroll back along the front to be home again by 10.30.

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Perfect.

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Here I go again….

http://culturedvultures.com/reminiscing/

Festival folk

Sometimes Dear Reader, a picture says a thousand words. It was the Isle of Wight Festival and TG and I went along on Saturday for the day (and night) that was in it. We began at the Folly at 11.30am, meandered to Island Harbour for about 12.30, to a barbecue at some friends at 2ish and to the Festival at around 4. We got home at 1am. The below is the natural progression of things. Enjoy. Personally I am amazed that my liver didn’t pack its bags and leave…..

 

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A good day was had by all  :0)

 

 

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There comes a time Dear Reader when you need to rest your brain for a bit. Yesterday was my day to give the grey matter a little holiday and so TG and I took ourselves off for a nice long walk in the beautiful warm sunshine.

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We walked from Sandown, through Shanklin to Luccombe along the prom to begin with.

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I do love to see the Island when it is at its best and the sunny weather had loads of folks out and about on the beach and on the water.

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We took the coastal path through to Luccombe and passed not a single other soul which was just what we’d had in mind .

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With the turquoise sea and the hot sunshine you could have been in the Med somewhere. After a three hour round trip we found ourselves up on the cliff path with its spectacular views.

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And repaired  to The Beach Shack for crab cakes and squid. My phone app said that we had done six and a half miles but I think it may have been a bit more than that!!

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Sometimes a little time out from people and chores and work and life in general is just what is needed to recharge the batteries.

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We are so very lucky to have all of this a fifteen minute drive away and I can assure you that we never take it for granted. A fun day of quiet walking, chatting about this and that, plans for the future and just being. And to be highly recommended. So if you get the chance to spend an hour or two just being, then go for it. It does a body good!

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*TG asked why I was taking a picture of the above. I said that I loved the colours and the faded shabby look of it. He said that all he could see was some wood that needed rubbing down and painting……*sigh*

 

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