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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.

 

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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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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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