Monday, 24 September 2018

Me on Monday

Could it possibly be ...

the last Monday in September?

And where better to spend the day but in sunny Cambridge?

Although it was sunny, the day started with a chill in the air so it was the perfect opportunity to try out my new jacket!

Naturally, no trip to Cambridge is complete without lunch out at Aromi's. I had the circular sourdough bread with a hole in the middle filled with mozzarella, pesto and tomato with a capucinno - bellisimo!

So now we are home this Monday finds me thinking about decorating again, this time in our own house.  We want to freshen up the upstairs landing and asked my niece (who trained as an interior designer) for ideas.  Let's just say she has given us quite a few ideas and our walls are a patchwork of colours from tester pots at the moment!

I'm not sure how we're going to schedule in this messy work as it looks as if we will be having our little whirlwind of a grandson a bit more often for the next couple of months.  Our daughter started suffering with the most intense itching on the soles of her feet and the palms of her hands.  Absolutely unbearable and so much worse at night time.  The doctor's midwife was quite dismissive and said it was due to the hot weather/dry skin but R wasn't convinced.  She called the hospital who took it a lot more seriously and she's been having weekly blood tests to check her bile acids.  On Friday her levels had risen and they have diagnosed cholestasis of pregnancy which is quite a concern.  It means baby will be delivered early at 37 weeks at the latest and she has to go to hospital 3 times a week, twice to be monitored and then a weekly blood test to see if medication helps to get her readings down.  Fortunately our hospital is only 9 miles away but obviously it means that a certain young man is going to be with us more frequently as I can't see him sitting still while his mummy is hooked up to a monitor for half an hour!

It's going to be a busy few weeks ahead - be prepared for 'Me and Leo on Monday' posts from now on!

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Community spirit

On Saturday we went for a tapas lunch at a pub that was recommended to us by our son.

We went to The Green Man at Thriplow which is just a couple of miles away from the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, Cambridgeshire.  The unusual thing about the pub is that it is a Community Pub.  It's owned by the locals rather than a brewery or independent publican.  Apparently there were fears that it would close about 5 years ago and the people in the village clubbed together to buy the pub and appoint someone themselves to manage it.  The result is that it is a pub with an amazingly friendly atmosphere and the locals certainly keep it busy!

We chose a few things from the tapas menu, lamb kofta with tzatziki and pita bread, feta, black olive and cherry tomato salad, potato skins with sour cream and chive topping with crispy bacon and jalapeΓ±o peppers and then a sharing board of continental meats.

It was delicious!  Especially accompanied by a glass of Montepulciano red wine - one of my favourites.  I love the idea that the locals own the pub and any profit is ploughed back into the business.  We will certainly return - rumour has it that the Sunday roast lunches are amazing.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Me on Monday

Happy Monday!

If you were to walk by my house this morning, you'd see that the work to the front garden is finished - yay!  I can't believe what a difference replacing the lawn has made, now we just have to keep it green and healthy.  My husband's a great one for water conservation and only using the rainwater that we collect for the garden for watering so the instruction 'it will need an hour of sprinkler watering every day for a couple of weeks' does not sit comfortably with him.  He looks very guilty as he turns on that outside tap every evening ...

I have a feeling he may be doing it under the cover of darkness from now on!

So I learnt a valuable lesson this week.

Never assume.  As they say 'it just makes an ass out of u and me.'

I finished knitting the blanket for the new grand-baby and realised that I was really going to miss having some knitting to do in the evenings.  So, I browsed the internet, found some newborn sized hats that were pretty.  I even found some pink and white DK wool hidden away in a drawer so it felt like the stars had aligned to say 'get knitting'.

About half way through the patterned band something didn't feel right but a pattern of sorts was emerging and I kept going, enjoying the intricacy of working on 4 needles again.  Then as I reached the shaping rows, I noticed that I should still have 80 stitches - and I had about 250.  Oops.  I did my own thing to get it into a kind of a hat shape and then headed back to the website where I found the pattern.  Turns out it was an American pattern and there are some knitting instructions that are carried out differently in the US to how we do it in the UK.  So I went back to my needles, started a new hat and took the knitting upstairs to do the first pattern row while reading the step by step instructions on the computer.  I think it's quite obvious which is the correctly knitted hat ...

Still the good news is that the first one fits a Cabbage Patch Doll perfectly so all is not lost 🀣

What about Me on Monday?  

Well this Monday finds me heading off to our daughter's to help with the decorating of the new nursery now that very big grown up boy has moved into his new room.  Time is marching on and they only have weekends in which to do any work around the home.  Our son in law has to work this weekend so that's another week gone and I know that not having the room ready is playing on R's mind, so I figure if I can even just get a couple of walls done, it's a bit less for them to do themselves.  So in the interests of not coating my phone in paint I'll miss the selfie today.  How's your Monday looking?

Monday, 10 September 2018

Me on Monday

Don't you just love it when you realise that your new jacket complements a painting in your bedroom?

Of course that wasn't the only reason I bought it πŸ˜‰

When we went away to Bologna earlier this year, my friend had a fab lightweight padded jacket that folded away into a bag which was such a useful item to take when the weather was a bit variable.  Everywhere we went I seemed to see people wearing these jackets, and we all know how seriously Italians take their fashion don't we?  So I waited until summer was over and started my research.  I found this jacket on the Uniqlo website and it called to me to buy it.  I love the colour (what's not to love about 'wine'?) and it seems to be one of the tones that is apparently going to be 'in' this year.  It's so lightweight yet you can tell it is going to be warm - I anticipate many outings wearing it!

So, after a few days away we are home to tackle some jobs around the house and garden.  The front garden has really deteriorated over the dry, hot summer and it's now time to enter phase two of the work out there.  We had the paving replaced earlier on, now it's time to replace the scorched lawn and ruthlessly cut back some of the planting which has been allowed to get a tiny bit ridiculously overgrown.  On Saturday I was handed the secateurs and we pruned out a lot of branches so that we can step back and decide exactly what goes and what stays.  Gardener arrives on Wednesday to dig up the lawn and re turf it so we are on a short timescale!  I like a deadline.

Tried out some new recipes since our trip away.  The lady who owned the studio has a blog and has some great recipes on there.  She had left a delicious sticky gingerbread cake for us on our arrival so I knew that I can trust her cooking.  Other people had commented on a different cake she had left for them and I had a go at that.  Oh. My. Goodness.  I have a new favourite cake.
Lemon and poppyseed loaf.  Wow.  Oh Wow.  No there isn't much left now.

Another job on my to do list today is to go through my wardrobe.  Temperatures have dropped now, sunset is about 7.30pm, Strictly is back on the TV - Autumn has arrived.  Time to move all the sleeveless summer clothes out of my hanging wardrobe and fold them into the cupboard above my bed.  A strange phenomenon though.  I pulled out a pair of navy crop trousers to wear today that I haven't worn since Spring, and they have shrunk.  Just by hanging in the wardrobe, how could that happen?  I mean that must be the case as the only other alternative is that I have overindulged over the last few months ...

Thursday, 6 September 2018

A sentence a day in August

August?  How on earth have we reached the end of August?  I must be getting old because the time is just flying by.  What a good job Leslie organised us into writing a sentence a day to remind us of what the month held.  

Day 1 Our son returned from France - sounds like they had a fabulous time and a week wasn't long enough.

Day 2 Took Coco to a new dog groomers as the lady who usually cuts her fur is unwell at the moment, it was just as nerve wracking as trying out a new hairdressers for myself.

Day 3 My dad died back in 1989, but today marks the 100th anniversary of the day he was born - that sounds so strange.

Day 4 My cousin is completely renovating her house (and I mean completely!) and we went to visit to see what's been happening.

Day 5 Went to see a guitar duo at a local venue - they are so talented.

Day 6 Quiet day, visited our son and daughter in law.

Day 7 Back to Zumba after a month's break - ouch!

Day 8 Husband back at dentist for the final part of his treatment - hope this is the end of the problem.

Day 9 It rained - normally in England this would not be newsworthy but this summer has been anything other than normal!

Day 10 Spent most of the day decorating over at our daughter's house, Leo needs to have a nice new bedroom to move into so that the nursery is ready for the new baby in December.

Day 11 Our son is decorating, we've been helping with decorating over at our daughter's and so it only seems right to start freshening up our own house.  

Day 12 Temperature has dropped, normal Sunday lunch of Roast Beef and Yorkshire pudding will resume.

Day 13 Went on a 'play date' with Leo to visit my friend who also had her grandson visiting for the day - this seems very strange!

Day 14 A routine check up at the opticians ended up not with a new prescription but with a diagnosis of dry eyes

Day 15 Limped round to a neighbour who is a sports therapist for an appointment to see if she can help with the tendonitis in my achilles - after an hour of deep massage I now feel as if I've run a marathon.  (Please do not accidentally read that as 'I now feel as if I could run a marathon!)

Day 16 Our 'Leo' day and it was pouring with rain so we were confined to home, but we sent 'Grandad' up into the loft and he found our son's old multi storey carpark and bucket of cars - that kept us busy for the rest of the day. 

Day 17 We have a poorly pup and so tomorrow she will be off to her least favourite place - the vet.

Day 18 Let's not mention the indignity of Coco having her temperature taken at the vets 😱, let's concentrate on a nice get together with friends in the evening sharing an Indian takeaway!

Day 19 A year ago today our son and daughter in law had their official wedding ceremony at Clissold House in London

Day 20 We have bought our grandson a play kitchen for his birthday, I decided to build it early just in case there was a piece missing when we unpacked it - all those Ikea units I've built over the years were good practice.

Day 21 A very overdue visit to the hairdressers for a cut and colour

Day 22 Popped over to visit my mother in law

Day 23 We did an early birthday dinner for our daughter and let Leo choose the balloon for the table 

Day 24 My daughter's 32nd birthday - of course I had to carry on the tradition of making her a cake!

Day 25 Temperatures have dropped, by 11am I had changed from a skirt and t shirt to chinos with a long sleeved top and I even had to rethink what I would wear in the evening when we went out for dinner with friends

Day 26 A year ago today we were celebrating our son and daughter in law's wedding on a gloriously hot summer day in a marquee in a field serenaded by a mariachi band - this year they celebrated their anniversary and housewarming with a family party in their new home.

Day 27 It's another two days away but as it was a bank holiday here, Leo's had an early birthday party - how can he possibly be almost two already?

Day 28 'Bills' restaurant in town is offering a bottle of wine up to the value of £20 free if you order two main meals so naturally we had to take advantage.

Day 29 Leo's birthday

Day 30 Festivities over, we are now preparing ourselves for looking after a young man in the 'Terrible Twos' stage one day a week (should probably start taking some multi-vitamins to get my strength up!)

Day 31 I returned to work (for one day) to help out by doing some data inputting, it was lovely to go back and catch up on everyone's news but I honestly can't say I miss the work.

So that's it - farewell to August.  Temperatures are dropping, it's getting darker earlier in the evenings and there's dew on the grass in the mornings - Autumn is definitely just around the corner. 

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Me on Monday

We're home!

When I bought this holdall in the Cath Kidson sale I wasn't sure I 'needed' it but it has really been worth it's weight in gold this year.  The perfect size for long weekends or on board airline luggage.

Anyway, it has been put to good use again this weekend for a few days away on the Suffolk coast (and it even matches my top perfectly).  We stayed at an Airbnb property for the first time and I have to say, we really were lucky with our accommodation.  It was absolutely perfect, spotlessly cleaned, well equipped and so many thoughtful touches - homemade sticky ginger cake and homemade marmalade for the humans and peanut butter flavoured treats for the dog!  If you are ever looking for somewhere to stay for a few days, I would really recommend The Studio in Orford.  It was perfect.  

Apart from our Centre Parcs trip in January, this was the first time we have taken Coco away with us.  She had a wonderful time; everywhere was so dog friendly, and she was really well behaved in the various pubs we visited for lunches, after dinner drinks or suppers.  She even made some new friends
(Why won't your human let you get out and play with me?)

We walked to the end of the pier at Southwold

Took selfies (not so easy when a dog is involved)

Walked along the promenade admiring the beach huts

Saw traditional fish sheds

Paul made up for all the gelato he missed on the last days of our trip to Italy when he had toothache

Oops, sorry, wrong photo 😜

We had fish and chips by the beach in Aldeburgh

And saw the quirky 'House in the Clouds' in Thorpeness

What a way to disguise a water tower eh?  It is available to rent as holiday accommodation, I bet the views from up there are brilliant.

Now back to reality, but what a fabulous short break we had.  There really is no need to go abroad when we have such lovely places on our doorsteps at home.  If only we could guarantee the weather!

Friday, 31 August 2018

Scavenger Hunt link up number 3

The post in which I show my last photo - every single one ticked off the list!   I had shown all the others already here and here.

So without further ado I would like to present to you the one which caused me the most trouble to find and yet appeared under my nose when I went to the hairdressers

No 17 - Repurposed

An old cable drum being used as a table in the waiting area of the salon.  I was sitting on the sofa waiting to be called and had one of those 'light bulb' moments when I realised that the table in front of me perfectly fitted the last category that I had been searching for.

It's been such fun to join in with this project again.  Thanks a million to Mary-Lou for hosting it and prompting me to keep my eyes open for the unexpected during the summer.  I cannot wait to see what everyone else has found!

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Caption competition

On Bank Holiday Monday we went round to our daughter's house for some early birthday celebrations for a certain young rascal who is two today.

He is currently obsessed with Thomas the Tank Engine so it wasn't hard for his mum to find inspiration for the cake she decorated for him!

Of all the photos that my daughter could have included in her Instagram post, why on earth did she include this one

Which I have entitled 'Does my bum look big in this?'


A couple of people have asked about the egg free cake recipe I mentioned in my last post, so I have included it in the recipe tab - even if you aren't looking for an egg free cake, it really is the most delicious and easy cake to make.

Monday, 27 August 2018

Me on Bank holiday Monday

Hello there! 

It's Bank Holiday Monday here today - although since I gave up work it just seems like any other Monday!

Last week was pretty busy, my daughter's birthday was on Friday and they came for dinner the day before.  My trusty egg free cake recipe came in handy again!

They haven't tested Leo for his egg allergy again yet so we're sticking with safe food.  I think they do a skin prick test once a year to see if the reaction is reducing or staying the same.

I realised it was 10 weeks since I went to the hairdressers so a good cut and a few highlights were definitely needed. It also gave me the opportunity to find the last photo I needed for the Scavenger Hunt but you'll need to see the official link up post for that later this week!

The weekend was also time to celebrate our son and daughter in law's first anniversary and housewarming.  Let's just say it was much warmer, drier and sunnier a year ago!  And last Bank Holiday Monday was spent dismantling a huge marquee and waiting in a field for tables chairs and porta-loos to be collected before taking the hired suits back to Moss Bros. 

So what does today bring?  Well, my daughter thought it would be a good idea to have Leo's birthday celebrations this afternoon, even though it is not until Wednesday, as no one had to work today so we'll be popping over there later to watch him blow out the candles on his birthday cake.  Two years old - that time has flown by.  He's such a little character, he gets away with murder with his cheeky grin and sparkly blue eyes!

I've started knitting a blanket for when his little sister arrives, it's coming along nicely and I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed having a knitting project on the go.  It's so easy to pick up and do a couple of rows every evening and I think I'm about a third of the way through it now.

I decided that I would try and find a new box set to watch while knitting.  Does anyone have any suggestions?  I loved The Crown and can't wait for the new season and I am watching Stranger Things with my husband in the evenings so I've looked through the lists today and found Alias Grace.  Just watched the first episode and I think it could be good.  Anyone else out there watched it?  Or have any recommendations for me?  As you can see from the three I've mentioned, I don't really have a particular genre that I like to watch - variety is the spice of life eh?!

Monday, 20 August 2018

Reviving Me on Monday

I'm trying to get my act together to get back into blogging and remembering how I used to join in with a group of bloggers to write 'Me on Monday' posts.  Just a way of checking in and catching up on the past week.  So I'm rewinding time and hope to re-introduce that.  It will also be an incentive to actually add a few self portraits into the mix as if I remember correctly, a Me on Monday post used to always include a photo.

So here we go ... Me on Monday!  

And looking at this I am mighty glad I have a hairdressers appointment coming up tomorrow πŸ’‡ haven't had it cut for 10 weeks - good grief, even the dog has her hair fur cut more often than me!

But ignore me photobombing the real star of the photo - the newly painted balustrade.  When our house was built all the wood work was stained dark brown.  We have gradually replaced doors and window frames but the staircase has always been deemed 'too much hard work'.  However, spurred on my our offspring's efforts on the decorating front we finally bought the paint and this weekend my husband sanded down every single spindle and we jointly painted them. I am so pleased we have finally done it - it makes the landing look so much brighter - especially with all the newly painted doors.  Next we have to choose a colour for the walls - watch this space!

You'll note I'm wearing the same old glasses.  I did come home from the opticians last week with some new eye wear but it wasn't a pair of frames.  Seems that the sore eyes I have been noticing are not due to a change in prescription but a patch of dryness in one eye. When I blink, there is a patch which doesn't get lubricated with tears.  So I have an eye mask which I have to heat up in the microwave then lay down with it over my eyes twice a day and then I have to massage my eyelids.  So I saved myself some money {actually quite a lot of money}  but am stuck with these old frames for another year 😎

This weekend was our son's first anniversary - where did that year go?  

I am so pleased that they have moved out of London and returned to this area - I love knowing that they are only half an hour down the road.  I also love the fact that their enthusiasm to decorate their new home has spurred us on to do some jobs that we have been putting off for far too long.  

On the crafting front I have started knitting again! When Leo was born I knitted him two chunky blankets - absolutely plain garter stitch with blocks of random stripes.  So many people asked Rachel where she got them from and she used them so much but of course the new baby won't want a red, white and navy blanket or a bright blue, cream and grey one.  So I've taken delivery of some graphite grey, pale grey and pink wool and have started work.  It's nice to have a project to work on in the evenings while I'm watching TV.  

I realised today that I have something in common with Madonna.  We both had our 60th birthdays this year.  One of us appears to be ageing more than the other.  One of us definitely has more lines and grey hairs.  I wonder why that may be? πŸ˜‰

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Who knew decorating could be contagious?

I've mentioned in previous blog posts that my son and his wife have recently moved house and after years of living in rented accommodation where they couldn't do anything to the decorations, now they have a whole house they can work on.  They haven't wasted a minute.  Within 2 days of moving in they had painted the dark wood spindles on the staircase white - what a difference that made!  Then they painted the lounge, had a week's holiday and have now painted the hallway and their bedroom.  Not to mention looking at revamping the kitchen.  They've changed all the door handles from white china with painted floral design to modern brushed chrome - they are certainly modernising it!

Then my daughter started to redecorate the upstairs in her house.  Leo is moving into a big boy's bedroom with a proper bed (he's managed to escape from his cot even while wearing a Grobag sleeping suit so it's obviously time to move into a bed) and his current bedroom/nursery will be prepared for the new baby.  Without giving away too many clues (who am I kidding?) it needs to be painted a different colour ... πŸ˜‰

So naturally (and with deep sighs from my husband) it's got me to thinking about our house and how it's been a while since we decorated.  When we first moved here 27 years ago one of the first jobs we did was to change all the old fashioned dark wood doors to white painted four panelled doors.  Little did we know how much extra work we were giving ourselves!  Because one white six panel door painted back and front takes a fair bit of time to rub down, prime and paint, so when you consider that upstairs we have 7 doors leading onto the landing, that's a lot of painting.  We've been talking about painting the walls up there for a while so in a rash moment of decorating envy I said that I would start the make over by freshening up the doors.  I even bought new door knobs and am replacing the tatty gold coloured ones with brushed chrome.  Enthusiasm was high for the bathroom door then it got too hot to paint and I had a day off before doing our bedroom door, boredom is now setting in until my husband said, 'if you do the study door, you'll be almost half way done'.  So I did.  And in doing so, used up all the rest of my enthusiasm.  I have set myself a target of doing a door a day so tomorrow's door of the day will be the one to the airing cupboard.  The one that, when I look closely, appears never to have been painted on the inside - well if it's lasted 27 years, could it last another one?  NO - that is not the attitude!

In other news, I'm off to the opticians on Tuesday.  It's my annual check up and I'm wondering if not working at a computer screen 3 days a week will have any effect on my eyesight.  I'd really like some new frames as I've never been totally happy with the ones I chose last time but they are so expensive; I'm not changing them until I need a new prescription.  So, top left is me at the moment, if I did need a new shape I thought I'd look on Snapchat and see what they could suggest   What do you think?

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Me on a Tuesday

I saw something on Facebook this morning that really resonated with me; it was a quote that was along the lines of remembering that every situation in life is temporary so when you are going through good times, make sure you enjoy them fully and when life is not so good remember it won't last forever and good days will return.  

We've had some sad news this weekend but it isn't my story to tell so I can't really say any more.  I hate to be so vague but am a firm believer that social media shouldn't just be about advertising when things are going well, we should be open and let people know that everyone has times when they aren't so happy as you may think.  I can't just happily blog about things we've done and places we've been when behind the scenes things aren't as rosy as normal.  Rosiness will return, this is temporary and life will move onwards and upwards.  I saw first hand when I worked at the school that teenagers judge their own lives by comparing things with what they see others are doing and they forget that people often only post photos of fun things or when they are looking at their best.  (If you have younger/teenage children there's a very interesting article here about 'Life in Likes'.)  Us grown ups need to remember too that life is a real mix of ups and downs and we can't fully appreciate the ups if we haven't felt the downs too. 


I originally wanted to write this post to recommend a book I've just finished.  I saw it reviewed on another blog and thought it sounded intriguing.  And it was!  The book is Our House by Louise Candlish - you can find it here - you won't regret spending 99p on downloading it!  Oh my goodness.  The story is written in the form of the wife taking part in a podcast and the husband writing a word document so you see both sides of the story.  The plot line is that the wife comes home one day to find strangers moving into her house.  All her furniture is gone and her husband has disappeared.  It is a story with a true 'domino effect', how one incident becomes a tipping point for so many other things going wrong.  The last chapter, where you can see that something well meaning is going to have disastrous consequences had me muttering at my kindle, not wanting the ending to be how it looked it would be and as I read the last page I couldn't help saying 'NO!!!!' out loud!  If you decide to give it a go, please let me know if you enjoyed it.  

So that's it for today, I'm just off to my Zumba class - that'll be a shock to the system as I haven't been for a month - I was away on holiday and then the teacher was away, but I'm sure a bit of a dance to some 'cheesy' disco classics is just what I need to lift my spirits.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

A sentence a day for July

Another month bites the dust!  Joining in again with Leslie's idea to sum up every day of the month in one sentence.  Sounds simple eh?  Not always the case! 


Day 1: Another hot sunny day, these continuous blue sky days are taking us Brits by surprise - we do not cope well in heatwaves!

Day 2: Moving day for our son - which naturally involved all the family helping out, went to bed tired and needing a holiday.

Day 3: Emergency dentist appointment for my husband, they have done some work on the tooth but if it doesn't improve it will probably mean root canal work (spoiler alert - it only improved for a few days)

Day 4: Alarm set for 4.30 am ready for our flight to Verona

Day 5: Well hello Desenzano del Garda, you are looking particularly beautiful today, climbed to the top of the castle, certainly meeting any step targets today

Day 6: Got the boat to Sirmione in the afternoon, but after we had been there about an hour the skies darkened and rain threatened so we got an earlier ferry back where we found Desenzano was still enjoying the sunshine

Day 7: A day spent reading, eating, drinking, swimming and doing very little else

Day 8: Boat trip to Sirmione in glorious sunshine, another climb to the top of a different castle but worth the aching legs for the views

Day 9: Husband woke up with toothache, he must be feeling poorly as he's refused my offer of going to get a cone of ice cream

Day 10: A day very similar to day 7!

Day 11: Arrivederci Italy in the morning, friends over to watch the football in the evening so it was also arrivederci to the World Cup πŸ˜“

Day 12: Back in the old routine - looking after Leo all day - unpacking the suitcases may have to wait until tomorrow

Day 13: Husband off to dentist for root canal work - he may have had one gelato too many while we were away

Day 14: Our daughter's first wedding anniversary - boy has that year flown by.

Day 15: St Swithin's day today, legend has it that whatever weather we have today will last for the next 40 days - looks like this heatwave is due to continue!

Day 16: It's very exciting to be packing up your holiday clothes into a suitcase, but not quite so exciting to be washing and ironing them after you're back home.

Day 17: Spent the day catching up on chores - thank goodness that's out of the way!

Day 18: My little mini went in for its first service - the garage send you a video of your car up on the ramp to show you all the things they checked, that's definitely something new I've never seen before.

Day 19: Returned to school to celebrate the retirement of one of my work colleagues, seemed strange to be back, but very nice to have people tell me that they miss me!

Day 20: As a thank you for helping on their moving day we were invited over to our son and daughter in law's new house for dinner - they both love cooking so we were well and truly spoiled.

Day 21: Marks and Spencer have a special meal deal on at the moment so it's a lazy night tonight and a tasty Indian meal for dinner.

Day 22: Lazy sunny Sunday - this heatwave is starting to take its toll on my energy levels.

Day 23:Helped my daughter take her son to the hospital for a check up - she wasn't sure why he'd been sent the appointment and neither did the consultant who commented that 'he's full of beans and is bright as a button - why are you here?' 

Day 24: Our son and daughter had stayed here overnight as they had an early flight to catch this morning from the airport near to us - good old Dad's taxi service is free and reliable when you need to leave home at 4am 

Day 25: Coffee with the lady I used to work with in the Exams Office at school - haven't seen her for ages so the time flew by with catching up on all the gossip

Day 26: Dentist day for my husband to have the final bit of work done on his tooth

Day 27: Out for a pub lunch with friends, fantastic food but I think that there was more garlic in my lamb kofta than I realised - at least I'll be safe from vampires tonight πŸ¦‡

Day 28: Is this fair?  My son and his wife are in the South of France for a week, and we are in the garden of their new home cutting down overgrown shrubs - although to be honest, we did offer to do it!

Day 29: Rain - oh my goodness, I've never been happier to see rain and temperatures in the low 20s - we have needed this, us Brits are melting in this heatwave.

Day 30: Returned to tidy up our son's garden - ten bags of garden cuttings waiting for his return!

Day 31: There was an activity day over the park and Leo particularly enjoyed trying out the police quad bike for size - thankfully they hadn't left the keys in the ignition! 

So with the heatwave returning, it's time to start the monthly notes for August - are you joining in this month?  Please do!

Friday, 27 July 2018

Scavenger Hunt 2nd link up

Joining in with Mary Lou for the next link up in Scavenger Hunt 2018!  Are you joining in?  It's not to late to pick up your camera/phone and get started!

I was so pleased to find quite a few more pictures to tick off my Scavenger Hunt list when we went to Lake Garda earlier this month.

 4 Wings
I took a few pictures at the airport of the wings of the plane we flew out on but I wasn't very happy with them and then when we arrived in Italy there was a market in the town and I noticed this stand with model aircraft and was much happier with that as my subject.

 5 Pedal Power
Seen outside a shop selling lavender

 6 Glorious Green
Limes growing around by the pool at our hotel.  The perfect accompaniment for a gin and tonic ;-)

7 An unexpected reflection
OK, you have to look hard for this one but if you look just to the right of the armchair beside the larger horse's head you will see me, reflected in a mirror on the wall taking a photo of the window of this art gallery

 9 Looks smaller than you
I'm not going to lie, I'm not happy with this one.  Do I look bigger than the castle in the background?  I may be revisiting this prompt!

11 Pretty in pink
I took this earlier in the month when our grass was still green (it's like brown straw nowadays since weeks of heatwave and no rain!) This little flower grew in my mum's garden and I brought some to my home when she died.  It's popping up all over the garden now, but is one of those flowers that only opens in the day time and then closes in the evening.

12 Bell
On the ferry that goes from Desenzano to Sirmione

 13 Equal portions
After being up since 5am and not really eating until 2pm this bruschetta was a sight for sore eyes, but I managed to restrain myself from eating any until I'd taken the photo.  The cafe provided no cutlery so it was very lucky that they had cut it nicely into squares for us to dive in and eat with our fingers!

14 A trilogy of three
Saw this water feature at the end of a shopping mall in the town and loved the glass circles behind the fountains

 15 Out of the blue
Back to Hertfordshire for this one!  These flowers also close at night and reopen in the daylight and are in a long swathe by the lake near to our house,  we thought they had died while we were away as we walked past on an evening dog walk, but the next day they were back.  A whole wall of blue, and completely humming with bees.

19 Picture postcard perfect
I can't think of one thing I'd change about this area of Desenzano, the architecture, the atmosphere, the boats, the flowers.  Fantastic!