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No I’m not dead. I haven’t been hiding and I have no excuses for my 3 month long absence here apart from working, learning lines and seeing quite a bit of the small people.

It’s funny when you write for a living (which I now do), because writing for yourself becomes a bit of a bus man’s holiday. Every  time I’ve sat down to write on here I find that I can’t quite be bothered. Which is silly and not good.

So here I am. Back again at the kitchen table pounding away on the laptop with the broken screen so that any instructions at the top are completely obscured by a huge black smudge. This makes for interesting guessing as to where those instructions might be and for some super swearing when it all goes horribly wrong! But anyway…

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It’s still winter, not that it seems to have been terribly wintry – more rain than you can shake a  rain stick at, howling gales and general wetness all round. The garden is trashed and there’s no hope of anything happening out there till things brighten up a bit but I’ve been ordering seeds and thinking about where things might go from the comfort of indoors. I’ve got some cut flower seed from Higgledy Garden – Cornflowers, Chrysanths and the exotically named Eschschlzia which I hope to fill many vases with over the summer…..And of course, I have my seed source Dave from the golf club who has given me, as always, French Marigolds, Lupins and chillies. So a few to be going on with.

In other news, the small people have been much in evidence, especially the smallest one who now comes to keep me company on a Friday if I’ve not got anything on – at 7 months he’s a dab hand at admin and invoices :0)

All of the urchins and an extra one – Finn (our other grandson) were with us for Christmas Day (yes I know it’s nearly February but hey, I’m a bit tardy at the mo’) which, as you can imagine was not a quiet affair!! Guess which child likes having her photo taken the most..!

So that’s pretty much where we’re at. The new year began with a bang and then a month of sobriety, staying in and watching too much tv. What does the year hold? Who knows, but if it’s even half as good as 2015 was then I’ll be happy at that. It’s started well so long may that continue.

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Funnily enough, windmills were the one thing that we didn’t see on our little sojourn to Amsterdam. In fact there were three predominant themes – bicycles, flowers and canals – and plenty of all of those to be going on with. Oh yes and there was also cheese.

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It is the most chilled of cities and easy to get around. TG tried to persuade me to cycle but I was too much of a wuss what with it being on the wrong side of the road and fearing for my life under a tram. But bicycles there were a plenty.

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There was an amazing array of bulbs and flowers and we brought lots of tulip bulbs home in every imaginable weird colour which have all been potted up ready for the spring.

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How can they only €8 for 50????

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We did some of the tourist stuff – a canal cruise, the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk but we mostly wandered, had some lovely food (try an Indonesian rice table if you go there – 18 dishes on a small table for two is no mean feat!) and drank quite a bit of the old vino collapse.

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So there we were in the garden, the small people and I, planting bulbs.

The Eldest Baby Girl can be just the teeniest(!) bit argumentative and I am not entirely sure where some of the bulbs have been planted and if they are in the ground the right way up…. But we persevered and eventually we were done.

The following conversation took place between the EBG and TG.

TG: “So what have you been planting then?”

EBG: “Bulbs Pops.”

TG: “Oh, they’ll look nice when they come up in the Spring won’t they?”

EBG: “Nanny says they’ll look really pretty.”

TG: “So what sort of bulbs are they?”

EBG: *Summoning her most withering look*  “Lightbulbs of course Pops. You ARE silly”.

Hmmmmm. We shall watch with interest in the Spring

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  My it’s cold. As cold as the ace of spades here it is!! On Saturday morning I went to let the ACL’s girls out in my jamas, nearly froze to death and got back into bed with tears running down my face. TG thought there had been a chicken calamity when he saw me but it was just the extreme cold that got me! Despite the Arctic chill it was very bright and shiny here on the sunny Isle this weekend and in between slaving working at the pub I managed to do a bit in the garden. It seems that Spring is most definitely sprung.

I did some of this…

And bought some of these

Unfortunately with all this lovely Spring sunshine, you can see all the dust and cobwebs and the house could really do with a good clean

I’ll get round to it eventually…

Oh yes. We ended the weekend here. We went with Mr & Mrs Folly and all the kids and had a grand time. A nice end to a nice weekend.

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