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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.

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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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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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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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Well oh my and heavens above Dear Reader! You don’t need me to tell you that the weather has been beyond atrocious unless of course you have been living in some sort of parallel universe. It has been quite unbelievable here on the formerly sunny Isle and the battering that we’ve had over the last few weeks has destroyed some very pretty parts and put houses and businesses in peril.

I was over in Freshwater in the middle of last week to meet a man about an article and we couldn’t get over the size of the waves crashing onto the rocks and shore and the incredible gusts of wind which nearly took my feet from under me.SONY DSC

I took just a couple of pictures before the wind drove me back into the car and I made my escape.

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You don’t get any real sense from these of how blustery it really was – but you can’t take my word for it, it was! The nice man who I met is a graphic designer but who is also known as the Constant Doodler and we have a project or two that we are considering and which could be very exciting if they come off……I am really interested in developing my writing and I’m putting a feeler or two out there to see if I can get something started, so fingers crossed!

Thankfully by the weekend and the arrival of my brother and his family the weather had calmed down and we headed off to the beach for a spot of football

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and some general larking about

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And chit chatting

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The rain did come in and we were driven into the beach shelters but it was good to get out of the house.

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It was a grey old day but we and the brave dog walkers of Ryde were not to be thwarted and it brightened up just as we threw in to towel and could hear the wine calling from the fridge….

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Sunday hove into view gloriously and we headed to Cowes for a bit of boat and ship spotting. Despite the town having been flooded, the clean up had been done and the shops and cafes were up and running once more.

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It was a day for sunglasses, a lack of hats and gloves and there were plenty of folks out and about enjoying the half term sunshine

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I’m pretty sure that we haven’t seen the end of the bad weather but fingers crossed for continued improvement and a proper Spring – not that we’ve really had a proper Winter! There are people who have been under water now for many weeks and it must be just awful for them. We are luckier than most – and don’t think that is not much appreciated.

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I know that you have all been hugely worried as to my whereabouts over the last three weeks or so. You haven’t? Oh well… What is it about the Christmas season that, unless it’s shopping, eating or drinking, makes everything else seem largely irrelevant?

Despite the biblical ark constructing quantities of rain, Christmas and New Year passed in a whirlwind of family, partying and the consumption of miles too much of everything.

There was also a birthday to be taken into account and I was thrilled to have all my favourite folks under the same roof at the same time!

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I was of course 21 again……..listen – I can keep this one up for many more years to come!!

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TG was the maker of the rather lush Victoria sponge (my favourite) and he and the Eldest Girl had great fun decorating their Christmas cakes – there was much mess and sticky fingers but what fun!

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Fast forward a day or two to Christmas Day and the saga of Paul the turkey…..

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This was a beast of gargantuan proportions – 25lb to be precise and which resisted all efforts to be wedged into any oven domestic. We left him at an early hour on Christmas morning in the safe hands of the chefs at the Folly and he was more delicious than we could have wanted although he could easily have fed a small country…

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We enjoyed him so much that we had a repeat performance on Boxing Day….

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There were  a couple of days grace from food, drink and rain and we took Dilly and Daisy for walkies. They are the cutest doggies ever and we dragged them the best part of 8 miles through flood and mud before we all collapsed in a heap at the end!

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There was also, in the ‘twixt time – panto. Despite the rather z list ‘celebs’ and a rather different take on Jack and the Beanstalk, the two eldest loved it and there was more than a stewards enquiry on the way home in the car. And so we limped on to New Year’s Eve.

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We spent it, as we have done for the last goodness knows how many years with our mates at the Folly. It’s a really good evening’s entertainment and TG and I had a few turns around the dance floor just to keep up with tradition. We fell in the door at around 2 ish….

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And so that was it. New Year’s Day saw us walking with friends on the seafront in Cowes followed by a spot of dinner which was lovely and a great finish to the festive season – which I must say seems to have gone on forever this year. TG and I agree that 2013 was a fun year and the first EVER in our relationship (of 18 years this year) that there was not a child living in the house. We had a great holiday or two, the holiday let was successful if hard work and we saw lots of the small people who give us great pleasure.

And so what of 2014. Well I am now officially a part timer and so my mornings will be given over to the house, the garden and the small people. In the interests of my liver and the need to shed a good stone I have given up the demon drink for January as I did last year. I managed 10lbs weight loss on the last round but I’m hoping to do a bit better this time. I am also doing it for charity – so if you would like to donate a little something then you can do so here. It’s for Cancer Research and I’m sure there aren’t many people out there who haven’t been touched by cancer in some way, shape or form. I realise that it’s January and most people (including myself) are skint, but every little helps.

And so, here we go, hurtling into another new year. Thanks to all my friends, followers on here and hangers on for an interesting blogging year. Now that I am freer, I may blog more……*collective sigh from the blogosphere*.

Have a happy, healthy and prosperous 2014 Dear Reader.

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It is a day today Dear Reader that is just a touch windy. Not quite up to hurricane speed as we had last week, but windy enough for me to struggle to get up the seafront on my daily stomp. I stupidly wore a skirt to work today and before you ask yes I did have a Marilyn moment witnessed thankfully by only a couple of rather disinterested seagulls….

I normally have a daily stomping partner but she is away this week so I’ve been braving the elements alone and averaging around 5 miles a day which I’m really pleased with. When you sit at a desk for the best part of 9 hours a day, 5 miles is good going! There is  something that I love about the desertedness of the seafront now that the tourists have gone home with the waves crashing and the seagulls wheeling and screeching above me. There was a cormorant too having a little fish and apart from those, I only passed two more people foolish brave enough to be out there. I returned to the office looking like I’d been dragged through several hedges backwards but exhilarated none the less.

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As a footnote, please keep the people of the Philippines in your thoughts following Typhoon Haiyan. If you can, give to a charity that is supporting this disaster but be careful to whom you donate. There are rogue, made up charities who will jump on the bandwagon of any disaster and your money, if donated to these may never see the people that it has been donated for. So stick with the reputable ones – The Red Cross, Oxfam, Save the Children, Mediciens sans Frontiers who are playing a more than active role in helping to get aid to these stricken poeple. I work for a shipping company and we have many seafarers from the Philippines. We have made a substantial donation through our agents based in the Philippines with a caveat stating that we wish to know that the monies have  directly benefitted those affected. Cynical, perhaps. Reassuring, of course. Better that than it lining unscrupulous pockets, definitely. And remember how lucky you are.

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Well now Dear Reader, the time is upon us. My abject apologies for absence and lack of bloggage, but life has been just a tad manic of late. Between work, weekly holiday house changeover and seemingly endless rehearsals, I don’t seem to have had five minutes of freedom strung together! But we will, at Trinity Theatre, Cowes, on Saturday, be one of the first amateur dramatic groups ever to perform Calendar Girls.

It has been a long rehearsal road with more than a few bumps along the way, but I think that we have got a really good show with some great performances ready to showcase to the world (well to the good folks of Cowes anyway). The first ‘gala’ night is pretty much sold out and our real life calendars have been printed. Should any of you out there feel that you have a person deserving of such a calendar, then please let me know. They will cost £6 and I will be happy to post for a small extra consideration. All proceeds will go to Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. If you are one of my more local readers, then come and see us for a laugh and a jolly good show!

We kick off on Saturday. Sadly my weight loss efforts have come to nothing much and so I may be displaying more than I had originally anticipated but what the heck! I think my days as an international super model were numbered anyway….

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In amongst the euphoria of Team GB, we have been out and about.

The weather has been fine so we repaired to the Garlic Farm for a spot of lunch on Friday which was lovely. Yesterday was small people and then a trip to see the divine Ms M for a catch up overlooking the sea. She has three very beloved cats and one of them, Sausage (no I have no idea!!) decided that the roof of the car was just the place for a cat to be

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TG and I have been trying to get out together more and do stuff as it’s miles too easy to slip into the rut of either doing things separately or not doing anything at all but working at home. The Summer is short enough as it is and time can disappear all too easily. We went to a lovely evening with some friends last night – really good barbeque food, lovely salads and miles too much wine. We managed to watch Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah race to victory and a good night was had by all.

Today’s adventure was the food fair in Cowes where we watched cookery demonstrations and sampled some of the best of what the Island has to offer foodwise.

Lunch was taken at a new place in Cowes – Moo Cow – where we shared this

Delicious! It’s a fun and funky place run by two very nice chaps from Manchester.

So that’s been the weekend with a lovely extra Friday off tacked on for good measure. Roast lamb still to look forward to and perhaps just a small glass of something cold…well, it’d be rude not to!

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