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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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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…

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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

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You’d have to be a hard hearted sort not to love a donkey wouldn’t you? With their woofly noses and long soft ears, not to mention their gentle dispositions they are a study in patience. For last Christmas we adopted three from the donkey sanctuary here on the sunny Isle – Daisy, Dylan and Doris and under instruction from Father Christmas they are duty bound to visit. Often.

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The Urchins do like a donkey (thankfully) and like the café even more for endless chocolate cake and drinks so it’s a popular choice for a visit. And they have little Shetland ponies too…

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It’s a grand spot, free to get in to and it’s got miles of muddy paths and space to run and test your wellies out in!

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Great fun and then time to repair to the café for the aforementioned cake..

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By the way and just in case you didn’t know, if you close your eyes then food tastes better. I leave you with Miss Phoenix demonstrating same…

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Ah the logic of the three year old!

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No. Before you ask, it’s not me who has been dispatched thankfully. My life which had previously been bonkers became a little more so but in a good way. We have a new addition to the family. He is a very small boy who had a rather traumatic entry into this world but who has come out the other side and is a bonny little thing despite it all. SONY DSC We now have four urchins living up the road, all very different in their own little ways and a complete joy. I sometimes wonder if I love them too much for my (and their) own good but then that can’t be a bad thing can it? Whether we’re making octopus legs from socks, running round the garden pretending to be birds, cutting and sticking, reading stories or just having one of a billion cuddles, they are one of the best things that have ever happened to me and I am so grateful to have them in my life! SONY DSC Meanwhile and in the midst of what was an emotional and exhausting couple of weeks we had a wedding. Now this was a wedding that was a long time in the coming but which was a lovely family occasion from the little country church in Lincolnshire to the garden reception on what was a beautifully sunny English country afternoon. SONY DSC The urchins really enjoyed the whole thing, from looking pious in church SONY DSC To fun and frolics with their fabulous (as opposed to great) aunt SONY DSC To getting lost in the lovely garden SONY DSC SONY DSC And there was, of course, cake SONY DSC SONY DSC All in all a lovely day SONY DSC Sadly, they say that when someone enters the world, someone leaves and this was true unfortunately with the death of a marvellous old friend of my mothers who departed aged 99. A real Dub and former theatrical agent she was a lovely lady and never afraid to speak her mind even at such a great age. See you Betty! So that’s what’s been going on in this neck of the woods. Well that and closing my first issue of Style of Wight as Deputy Editor. A brilliant if knackering experience and hopefully when the mag hits the shelves on Friday, a job well done! Phew!!

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I am foolish. But then that’s no great surprise. Who in their right mind would think that a new job and a full on production of Macbeth would be a good idea when taken at exactly the same time. To get your head a round one of the two would be bad enough but to be doing both at once was complete lunacy!

The following photos were taken weeks ago at a time when I hadn’t grasped the full idiocy of what I had done. They show the garden in full blossom all long since disappeared but here they are anyway…

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It was all fabulous until the winds came and it looked as though we’d had a massive confetti fuelled wedding in the garden – all gone in a flash!
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All of it’s now completely gone which is a bit sad but then the geraniums and those ‘yellow things'(whatever they are) have taken over and plugged the gaps.

Anyway, there it all was.

The small people came for a couple of visits and some making and doing sessions which was lovely and really why this flexi time part time thing sounded like a good idea (the reality is somewhat different but will hopefully calm down when I now what I’m doing she said optimistically) when it was mooted – to see more of them. They do make me laugh so much – all their little idiosyncracies and funny sayings. They knacker me out too and I get precisely nothing at all done whilst they’re here but hey, life’s too short sometimes for chores and they do give the best cuddles ever!

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They do love a bit of cutting and sticking and it’s amazing how much pleasure can be got from a box of buttons – simple pleasures.

And so what of the new job? I’ve been here there and everywhere meeting some really great people here on the sunny Isle, doing interviews and then fashioning it all into some kind of cohesive prose. I am absolutely loving it and now that the postmodern, all female, punk version of Macbeth is over I can begin to enjoy it even more. To be given something to do that you really love is a great feeling and a bit of a privilege and I am very conscious of that. The treats aren’t bad either and Friday saw myself and the editor at a cocktail bar for a lesson and a spot of high tea which was fab.

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Photoshoots are great fun and we’re going to be doing a behind the scenes piece so I’m there taking photos of the photo taking and learning as I go along

The cocktails weren’t half bad

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And as for the tea. Well…..

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I think I’ve finally found my calling!

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