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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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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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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!

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I always feel a bit beginning of termish about the first of September. It’s as though we’ve had our summer fun and it’s now time to knuckle down to the autumn tasks of tidying up and getting ready for the winter months ahead. There is kindling and wood to be chopped and stacked, chutney and jams to be made and the garden to put to bed for another year.

The summer has whizzed by and was stupidly busy at times. It was also a trying time for TG and I with new challenges, deadlines, house changeovers every weekend and for a time a cuckoo in the nest and we just about made it out the other side. Just.

But new term it is and there is our holiday to look forward to in a couple of week’s time, theatricals and some much needed downtime to reassess and relax. I have new music to listen to, new books to read and a few creative projects in mind. Busy yes, but in a different way.

So wherever you may be Dear Reader – happy beginning of term. And just think, it’s only 114 days until Christmas…

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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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It’s been rather splendid here on the extremely sunny Isle and we have been making the most of where we are with walks, trips to the pub on balmy evenings and a visit from two out of three of the small people.

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Raspberry picking was the first order of the day and The Eldest Girl having announced that this was to be her future career set to with gusto. The only problem was that the lure of the eating of the raspberry proved far greater than the picking of…

She thought it was hilarious

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The Small Boy was too absorbed in other things to take much notice of these shenanigans

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And so we decided, having exhausted the raspberry supply, to go and have a look at the horses up the lane

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There was a caterpillar found, named Gerry and duly traipsed all the way home

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There was also the following conversation with the EG

EG: Nanny what are those?

Me: Molehills. The moles push up the earth when they’re tunnelling under the ground.

EG (looking thoughtful) : Do they have mole kings and queens do you think?

Me: I’m sure they probably do.

EG: So where do they get their crowns from then?

Me: I can’t believe you don’t know that.

EG (in a “you’re being a smartarse” voice): So where do they get them then.

Me: From the mole crown shop OF COURSE.

EBG (witheringly and with rolled eyes): Oh you ARE silly Nanny.

Indeed.

And so on that note we went home to play in the garden and look at bugs and ask a billion questions. The EG is fascinated by all things creepy crawly and there are any number of poor creatures picked up, examined and rehomed miles from where they began. I’ve been teaching her the names of plants and flowers which she pretty much remembers and she’s got a bug book to identify things which she assures me she has seen all of…

The small boy is more interested in being Batman and generally making merry

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It’s been a great summer so far and the garden has come into its own for running about in (them) and flaking out in (me).

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Today will be a day of hedge cutting and tidying up (knackered back and shoulder permitting) and hopefully the weather will last for a bit longer so that we can all feel that we’ve absorbed some rays and vitamin D and feel better for it.

Madam Rainbow is ambivalent about the heat. On one hand she’s not keen on the very hot days, on the other it is a great excuse for constant snoozing

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She is a lazy baggage!

And so another week looms. Rehearsals, work, gardening and maybe a wee trip to a place that sells wine might be in order (and I don’t mean the supermarket). We also need to sort a break out in the autumn when the holiday let is quiet and we can draw breath. Phew!

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Enjoy Dear Reader. Enjoy!

 

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There comes a time Dear Reader when you need to rest your brain for a bit. Yesterday was my day to give the grey matter a little holiday and so TG and I took ourselves off for a nice long walk in the beautiful warm sunshine.

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We walked from Sandown, through Shanklin to Luccombe along the prom to begin with.

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I do love to see the Island when it is at its best and the sunny weather had loads of folks out and about on the beach and on the water.

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We took the coastal path through to Luccombe and passed not a single other soul which was just what we’d had in mind .

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With the turquoise sea and the hot sunshine you could have been in the Med somewhere. After a three hour round trip we found ourselves up on the cliff path with its spectacular views.

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And repaired  to The Beach Shack for crab cakes and squid. My phone app said that we had done six and a half miles but I think it may have been a bit more than that!!

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Sometimes a little time out from people and chores and work and life in general is just what is needed to recharge the batteries.

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We are so very lucky to have all of this a fifteen minute drive away and I can assure you that we never take it for granted. A fun day of quiet walking, chatting about this and that, plans for the future and just being. And to be highly recommended. So if you get the chance to spend an hour or two just being, then go for it. It does a body good!

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*TG asked why I was taking a picture of the above. I said that I loved the colours and the faded shabby look of it. He said that all he could see was some wood that needed rubbing down and painting……*sigh*

 

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