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Well Dear Reader it’s all been a bit much. They say that charity begins at home and indeed it did this weekend where for the princely donation of £40 to the IOW Youth Trust we found ourselves once more at the Bestival. This year’s theme was desert island disco and there was the world’s largest glitter ball which was duly inserted into the Guinness Book of Records.

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With obligatory silly folk…

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And The Child who came as a flamingo. Obviously.

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There were outfits

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The Cuban Brothers of course

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Yes he is pretty much naked in the middle – that’s the way they roll…

There were flags and sunsets a plenty

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And then there was Nile and Chic. if you want disco, then these are your disco folks. With more funky guitar that you could shake a funky guitar at they shimmied and shook and the party came to a grand glittering close.

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And that was that for another year. The glitter ball was hoisted aloft and we were done

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Some great music. Some sights. Some drinkies. Much dancing AND I managed to walk 20 miles across three evenings. Most excellent!

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Beginning of term

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I always feel a bit beginning of termish about the first of September. It’s as though we’ve had our summer fun and it’s now time to knuckle down to the autumn tasks of tidying up and getting ready for the winter months ahead. There is kindling and wood to be chopped and stacked, chutney and jams to be made and the garden to put to bed for another year.

The summer has whizzed by and was stupidly busy at times. It was also a trying time for TG and I with new challenges, deadlines, house changeovers every weekend and for a time a cuckoo in the nest and we just about made it out the other side. Just.

But new term it is and there is our holiday to look forward to in a couple of week’s time, theatricals and some much needed downtime to reassess and relax. I have new music to listen to, new books to read and a few creative projects in mind. Busy yes, but in a different way.

So wherever you may be Dear Reader – happy beginning of term. And just think, it’s only 114 days until Christmas…

Cake!

Take one small child. Add cake. Job done!

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Daisy Daisy

I have of course Dear Reader a very lovely Daisy in my life of whom there are many photos.

These are of another sort of daisy. Just because!

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I experimented with the hose – which isn’t easy whilst trying to take the picture with the other hand!!  Marvellous.

Well now Dear Reader, it has been the week  to end all weeks. During daylight hours there were small people and there was work and during the hours of darkness there was variously Cowes Week, a play, the hosting of book club and some rather wet fireworks…

By the time Saturday hove into view, the week, which had been stuffed like a badly packed suitcase, threatened to make a bid for freedom. The other brother and his family came for a visit and we had a great afternoon of cremated food (TG not me) and some garden fun and games.

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It’s amazing how much pleasure (and arguments) a £15 swing can create!

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The tiddly toddler managed to just about catch the older ones up just in time for them all to run off in the opposite direction and so she wandered off to do her own thing

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The boy child was the proud demonstrator of just how much bigger the sunflowers he had planted yonks ago were in comparison to him

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He is such a handsome boy isn’t he?

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It was such a lovely afternoon.

Fast forward a few short hours and there came the arrival of Bertha. Biblical rain, unbelievable gusts of wind and it seemed perhaps the end of the world. By lunchtime the rain had stopped so TG and I took ourselves off for a drive and a little walk and found ourselves on the cliff path above Compton Bay. The photos do not do justice to the boiling sea and the howling winds but suffice to say that the cobwebs were most definitely blown away!

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And so that was the weekend that was. I will leave you with one other image which is of the latest theatricals – Inspector Drake and the Time Machine (at Shanklin Theatre every Tuesday in August). To say that it is silly would be a gross understatement. See?

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Don’t say you weren’t warned!!

This week thankfully is much calmer so there will be time to catch up, to write some copy and an article for a new venture and just generally have a spot of breathing space which is much needed. The sun is shining (at the moment) and all is well on the sunny Isle. Enjoy your week Dear Reader.

 

On Family

On a hot summer’s day, there are a few ingredients necessary for a fantastic afternoon of fun and frolics. You will need one paddling pool filled with water, three small children, enough barbecue food to feed an army, wine, beer and most importantly a brother who still thinks that he’s 8.

Here they are

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There is not much more to add except that there were a huge amount of soakings, an awful lot of shrieking and races to hurl oneself into said paddling pool (them not me). But most of all there were lots of smiles and lots and lots of laughs.

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See what I mean about the brother….

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In other news, me and the tiddly toddler had a little gardening session yesterday. There were peaches

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And she was very proud of her ‘matoes.

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We looked at the butterflies flitting round the veg patch, sniffed all the herbs and she did some diggin’ Nanny. Simple stuff but on a lovely July day, what else would you want to be doing? I have such fond memories of being in my Nan’s garden and learning the names of the plants and the butterflies that I feel the need to pass it all on. They’ll probably reach critical mass shortly and want to know no more but I like to think that they’ll think of me fondly in years to come.

And so there you have it Dear Reader. The weekend that was. We had such a lovely time on Saturday with nothing more than a drop of water and some clearly inherited family madness.

And do you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way :0)

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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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