They say that all good things come to an end and to that end I’ve decided that this blog has had its day.
Blogging was instrumental in making me the writer I have become after initially starting this back in 2009 as an exercise in getting things off my chest and has gained me not only work but also online and real life friends and acquaintances. I adopted a cat through this blog who, some nearly seven years later, is regarding me as I write, balefully from the landing, have spoken to people in far flung places and have charted the progress of the urchins.
As with many things technology related, social media has now become my weapon of choice and once again I have made many connections through Instagram and Twitter – like minded people who make me think, laugh, commiserate and care and although many of them are ‘only’ in the ether I am glad of their company and opinion.
So thanks to all of you who’ve read the nonsense on here, have commented and have become friends. It’s been great fun and has finally given me a career that I am proud of. So long…
Well what else would it have been!
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We had the now not so small folk on Saturday for bike rides, a spot of lunch and much chat. They give me so much pleasure. With all of the awful things going on in the world we need to hang on to what’s simple, good and happy. And family is one of those things. Make the most of it.
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…I do love a cardoon – not to do anything with but just to look at!
TG thinks I’m bonkers to grow these (from seed I might add) to do nothing in particular with but I just love them. In fact blue flowers in general….
Fab. Just fab.
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What will I do when they don’t want to spend time with me anymore because it’s TOO BORING……
Thankfully that day at the moment seems a long time off!!
Long may it all last!
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It was summer. No really, it was. The sun shone, there was no rain and we all moaned about how hot it was. So that was that then. In amongst the sunny days there has been the evidence of urchins who have been to visit. And learned to ride bikes.
We had them to stay for a couple of days whilst their parents selfishly went away for a much deserved break!
Slip sliding away
What larks we had…
End of the cone
A fun time was had by all. They then reappeared a week later…
And all was going swimmingly until some one (not the next one) was caught weeing in the pool…..
Washing basket swimming
Well, boys will be boys…
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I have to say that I have never been anywhere quite as snobby as Wimbledon. Admittedly, it’s not the outside bit but rather the member’s enclosure for which we had tickets that’s the snobby bit. TG had to be suited and booted (which he hates) and we only had second class tickets but we rose to the occasion and enjoyed an expensive sandwich and glass of wine at lunchtime…well it would have been rude not to have!
We had tickets for court 1 which was grand
Taylor Fritz v Stan Wawrinka
But actually it was more thrilling to be on the outside courts and see the action close up
Scarily strong ladies
But inevitably, because this is England in the summer, rain stopped play…
Here comes the cover
And that was the end of that
Despite it being a 9 hour round trip for us it was a really good afternoon. A spot of tennis, a little drinkie and not a famous person to be seen…not even Cliff!
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There is nothing better than a glut in the veg and fruit beds. It allows for creativity in working out just what to do with those marrow sized courgettes or 50 lettuces which all need to be picked at the same time. Happily this weekend’s glut was several pounds of strawberries which the small people took great delight in picking and turning into a couple of pots of jam and a rather splendid strawberry cake.
I love to have them in the kitchen even though things can get a bit fraught at times with arguments about who is cracking the eggs…
Ready to cake!
Applying the strawberries
And the proud moment of near completion
And the inevitable conclusion
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