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Just Because…

…I do love a cardoon – not to do anything with but just to look at!

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Blue

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….

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Fab!

Fab. Just fab.

Summer Larks

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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Cowes

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.

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Lessons

We had them to stay for a couple of days whilst their parents selfishly went away for a much deserved break!

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Urchins

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Slip sliding away

What larks we had…

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Larks

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End of the cone

A fun time was had by all. They then reappeared a week later…

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Boys

And all was going swimmingly until some one (not the next one) was caught weeing in the pool…..

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Washing basket swimming

Well, boys will be boys…

A Spot of Wimbles

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The Day

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

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Great seats

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Taylor Fritz v Stan Wawrinka

But actually it was more thrilling to be on the outside courts and see the action close up

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Scarily strong ladies

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In action!

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Winner

But inevitably, because this is England in the summer, rain stopped play…

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Here comes the cover

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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!

Gluttonous Gluts

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Homegrown

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.

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Jammin’

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…

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Ready to cake!

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Applying the strawberries

And the proud moment of near completion

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Cheese!

And the inevitable conclusion

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The remains

La Belle France

I do love France. I love the cafes, croissants, la langue, fabulous food, doorways, windows, shutters, markets, brocante, roses, faded hues, towns on rivers, straight trees, Tarte Breton, chateaux, Monetesque countryside, Muscadet, pre-dinner drinks in little bars, Brie, bread, big ripe red tomatoes, Leiseur salad dressing, French radishes, chatting in badly grammatical French, buying great memories in markets, cafe grande and much more besides. Lots of people have thought that I’m mad to love these disparate things over the years – but pah to them I say – it’s the small stuff that matters!

This is a small photo montage of this trip. Somewhere in between Rennes and Chateaubriant – La Bas Quibut – sort of Loireish. Lovely…

France – we shall return.

Selfies

 

Yes I am alive. But just stupidly busy. My lovely part time life has turned into a full time writing roller coaster but I’m not complaining. Not at all. To be able to do something that you love and get paid for it is fab. But doesn’t leave much room for anything else!

The urchins are of course always in evidence and the smallest girl child does love a selfie.. “Show me, show me,” she says and just loves to see herself captured on the phone. They make me smile. Because apart from all the madness in the world, it’s all really about family isn’t it.

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Plenty of silliness. That’s the ticket!

 

 

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