Tiredness, Birthdays, Washing , Thank yous and Good Luck to all.

Goodbye Mexico

Hello England

Well it’s back down to reality with a bang! Home yesterday after eight and a half hour flight. Having had only a short nap on the plane,we were tired. The sun was shining (a rarity here of late) so I got all the holiday washing on the go. Then we found out the Mother in Law, who was 98yrs old yesterday had nothing planned neither hubby’s brother or sister was doing anything to celebrate with her! So we abandoned all hope if sleep and took her out for an Indian meal early evening. She was pleased and enjoyed herself and was spoilt. So after being on the go for 23hrs we finally got to bed ūüėĪ!

Today I should of gone to Pilates at 9am but we did not wake up until 10.30am ( I wonder why) so Pilates was out. Well it was hubby’s birthday, yes the day after his Mum’s! So I gave him his pressie and made breakfast. Our middle son who had a day off took us out for lunch as a treat for his Dad! Then we went and got Ruby back from our sister in law and her hubby ( no longer a sister-in-law but dearly loved friend) they always look after Ruby when we are away.

We took Ruby for a walk then had tea then a busy evening sorting things. Hubby rang or texted everyone thanking them for their cards and wishes.

So I only had a chance to check my mail an hour ago. Guess what there was a lovely nomination badge waiting for me… As you can see after wracking my brain I did remember how to put it up on my blog woohoo!

So that has finished of a great day perfectly. All that leaves me to say is thank you to whoever nominated me and another thank you to whoever may have voted for me I am truly honoured and grateful. We have not got much longer to wait to find out who the winners are. I want to wish everyone who was nominated lots of Good Luck and I look forward to meeting those of you who are attending the ABB on the nineteenth….. Not long now.

Well it’s nearly 00.46 and I need to sleep so I must go to bed. I know I am behind reading all your Posts and I am behind with writing too but please bare with me and I shall do my best to catch up with you all.ūüíúūüíúūüíú

Above, tired me! Night Night all ūüíúūüíúūüíúūüíú

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: GARDENS, BIRTHDAYS AND CANALS

Come on I am ready for coffee!

 

Hello  everyone  welcome  to  the garden  we have a marquee  and  heaters, all the garden  furniture  has  been washed  and  I have put out cushions for your  comfort.

Well what  do  you  think  shall  we  chance  it . Now  as  always  we have  tea  and coffee  from all over  the world not to mention all our cakes  and muffins  and  as Paul  calls  them sweets! Every single  one  is  calorie  free! Plus of course  we now have spirits  and liquors  to warm the coldest of  you.

If we were having  Coffee: I would ask  you what  has been going on in your world this week, has  anything  deeply affected  you, have  you need a sympathetic ear, a shoulder to cry  on or  just  needed someone  to make  you laugh! If  yes  feel free to talk it out  here  with us. We will all help if  we can.

If we were having Coffee: I would  remind  you  that  there  are lots of  other  coffee mornings  all shared  and organized  By  Diana  and  Gene’O  over at,Part time monster  

If ¬†we were having Coffee: ¬†Well it has been ¬†a busy ¬†week ¬†and I have ¬†quite ¬†a lot ¬†to report ¬†but ¬†firstly ¬†let me ¬†get ¬†you ¬†all settled ¬†down ¬†with ¬†a drink ¬†and something ¬†to eat . So far ¬†this ¬†week ¬†I have ¬†been to the ¬†gym ¬†four ¬†times ( ¬†not ¬†as ¬†much ¬†as usual) I have today ¬†off ¬†because my trainer ¬†is on holiday ¬†in Crete ¬†and ¬†so I ¬†don’t have ¬†to go ¬†to Core ¬†Class …Excuse ¬†me ¬†while I ¬†let ¬†a whoop ¬†of ¬†joy! As ¬†much as ¬†I ¬†take ¬†my training ¬†seriously ¬†and I realize that ¬†if ¬†I ¬†don’t ¬†go my ¬†back ¬†will suffer ¬†I am always ¬†happy ¬†to have a day off!

Monday ¬†I had ¬†to ¬†go ¬†to the ¬†dentist ¬†which ¬†is ¬†not much ¬†fun ¬†and hard ¬†on the purse! We ¬†do have NHS ¬†dentists which ¬†patients ¬†do pay ¬†for ¬†but ¬†at a much reduced ¬†rate. It ¬†is hard ¬†to get on to ¬†their ¬†books ¬†so ¬†many people including us ¬† have ¬†to use ¬†private ¬†dentists ¬†who ¬†are much ¬†more ¬†expensive ! But ¬†that is ¬†life isn’t it.

If  we were having Coffee: On Wednesday  the husband  and I decided  to  go  for  a walk along  a  canal near  where  we live. The  weather  was lovely  and  we  saw  some cows  ducks, swans  and  lots of  narrow  boats. We  were  lucky  enough  to be  at  a lock  just  as  a narrow boat  approached  so  we sat  on  the bench  and watched  their  progress  through the lock.  We  had a chat  with  the people  on the  boat  who  said  they  had  been  living on the  boat  for  six  month  periods  but  were  seriously  thinking of  making it permanent. They had  both  given up  work  and if  they  were  not  too extravagant they  managed  very  well. They  had a little  dog   and  also  a 6 week old duck  which  they  had  adopted  the  day it had  hatched ( no  parents) and  were considering  renaming  the  boat  The  Dog  and Duck ! We had  to smile  as that  is a common  name  for a pub.

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The Duck

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Deep in the lock

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A gull in flight

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The Cows that tried to block our path

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Two beautiful Swans

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The lock filling up.

It ¬†was ¬†a lovely ¬†day, ¬†the ¬†weather ¬†was fantastic ¬† and ¬†we ¬†enjoyed ¬†the people ¬†and ¬†animals ¬†we ¬†met, ¬†though ¬†the ¬†Cows were ¬†rather large! But ¬†I ¬†just ¬†firmly ¬†asked ¬†they ¬†to ¬†move ¬†and ¬†they ¬†did …I ¬†think they ¬†were ¬†just ¬†showing off! After ¬†we had ¬†had our ¬†walk ¬†we had ¬†a lovely ¬†pub ¬†lunch! It ¬†was a wonderful ¬†day out ¬†with the husband, ¬†who ¬†all credit ¬†to him ¬†had ¬†planned it ¬†from ¬†start ¬†to ¬†finish!

If  we  were having  Coffee : Its  time  to bore  you  with  the  weekly  garden  pictorial  update.

 

 

 

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The Rockery

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More of the rockery

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Bushes

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Flowering Bush

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The old white Rose tree

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Our Raised Bed

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Potatoes and Beans

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Close up

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Tomato soldiers

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Beans in the pot

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The roses out the front.

As ¬†you ¬†can see ¬†everything is ¬†growing ¬†well …. please ¬†note ¬†I ¬†know ¬†the names of ¬†all my ¬†plants NOT!!

If  we  were having coffee : 

I  tell  you  that o  Thursday  my  friend  L  and  I  went over  to  visit  my  sort of  sister  ( best  friends for  49yrs) to  celebrate her up coming  birthday  later  this month. Last  Thursday  was  the only  day  we could  all get together  so  we  went  to  Windsor   and  had  afternoon  tea! Just Like  proper ladies!

After  tea  we had  a look round  the shops !! Again it was a lovely  day  so  had fun chatting  as  we walked!

Now If ¬†we were having ¬†coffee :¬†I ¬†don’t ¬†want ¬†you getting ¬†the idea ¬† that I am an airhead with nothing ¬†better ¬†to do ¬†than swan around ¬†having ¬†lunch ¬†and tea ¬†( ¬†as ¬†much as I would ¬†like ¬†to) ¬†I am ¬†a normal busy ¬†woman with lots of ups ¬†and downs in my ¬†life. Family ¬†, friends, life in general ¬†throws ¬†all the usual grief ¬†and trials ¬†my ¬†way ¬†I just ¬†choose ¬†to ¬†try and ¬†keep ¬†them off of ¬†my ¬†coffee ¬†days ¬†with ¬†you my ¬†friends. I ¬†am aware of ¬†all the awful ¬†things ¬†happening ¬†around ¬†the ¬†world ¬†and near ¬†to home ¬†here in England. I do ¬†mention these ¬†things on occasion ¬† but ¬†mostly ¬†I ¬†hope I ¬†can entertain you ¬†with ¬†the happier ¬†side of ¬†life ¬†like ¬†these!

Little monsters

Right  Lets  go  and visit  Paul  and his  friends  they are  all having  fun here  too lets  see  what  , interesting,  thought provoking   and happy  stories  Paul  has  for us  today. Do  all stay  and  be comfortable   we love  to see  you  all.

And of course  the

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE:  WEEKEND COFFEE SHARE

over at Part Time  Monster  and Gene’O’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

If we were having Coffee: Birthdays, Babies, Boys, and A to Z

 Welcome one, Welcome all.

If  we  were having  Coffee  :  time  again to ask how  are  you all are   and  what  have  you been up  to this  week!  Come in it is lovely  to see you all here again. The fires are lit and  the cushions are plumped up and  we have  the coffee and tea on  the go  and the cakes and sweets are all set out.  We  have  tea  and coffee  from all over  the world not to mention all our cakes  and muffins  and  as Paul  calls  them sweets! Every single  one  is  calorie  free! Plus of course  we now have spirits  and liquors  to warm the coldest of  you.

If we were having  Coffee: I would ask  you what  has been going on in your world this week, has  anything  deeply affected  you, have  you need a sympathetic ear, a shoulder to cry  on or  just  needed someone  to make  you laugh! If  yes  feel free to talk it out  here  with us. We will all help if  we can.

If we were having Coffee: I would  remind  you  that  there  are lots of  other  coffee mornings  all shared  and organized  By  Diana  and  Gene’O  over at,Part time monster  

If ¬†we ¬†were having ¬†Coffee ¬†: Yesterday was¬† a ¬†long ¬†but ¬†happy ¬†day, it ¬†was ¬†my ¬†hubby’s birthday and ¬†our eldest ¬†son ¬†organised a special ¬†family ¬†lunch, out in ¬†the ¬†country ¬†down ¬†in ¬†his part ¬†of ¬†the ¬†world. It ¬†was extra ¬†special ¬†because ¬† all three ¬†boys ¬†were ¬†able ¬†to attend ¬† as ¬†was ¬†the husband’s ¬†mother. The ¬†Newbie ¬†and ¬†his ¬†Mum ¬†did ¬†not ¬†come ¬†but it ¬†would ¬†of ¬†been ¬†a lot of ¬†travelling ¬† and a ¬†long ¬†day ¬†for ¬†the ¬†Newbie. ¬†We all met ¬†up on ¬†a pub ¬†on ¬†the South Downs ¬†an ¬†had ¬†a lovely ¬†meal. It ¬†was ¬†a delight ¬†to have ¬†all my ¬† four men in ¬†one ¬†place at ¬†the ¬†same ¬†time!

If ¬†we ¬†were having ¬†Coffee ¬†:¬†Now ¬†there ¬†was ¬†something ¬†else ¬†that ¬†happened ¬†yesterday on ¬†Hubby’s ¬†birthday ¬†…what ¬†was it ??? OH! ¬†yes ¬†! William ¬†and Kate ¬†have ¬†taken delivery ¬†of ¬†their ¬†second ¬†baby! Right ¬†Kate ¬†job ¬†done ¬†an Heir ¬†and ¬†a Spare! Parliament made ¬†sure ¬†when ¬†George ¬†was on ¬†his ¬†way ¬†that ¬†he ¬†been a ¬†girl ¬†he ¬†would ¬†still ¬†be ¬†able ¬†to ¬†become ¬†Monarch in ¬†line. So ¬†as ¬†with ¬†most ¬†things ¬†it is ¬†one in ¬†one out ¬† and ¬†Princess Eugenie ¬†¬†¬†will ¬†be toppled ¬†of ¬†her perch ¬†at 7th ¬†in line ¬†to ¬†the ¬†throne… I ¬†wonder ¬†if ¬†the ¬†fact ¬†that ¬†she ¬†no ¬†longer ¬†has ¬†to ¬†ask ¬†the ¬†Queen ¬†permission ¬†to ¬†marry ¬†will affect ¬†her.

Well ¬†the ¬†Cambridge’s went ¬†home ¬†from ¬†the ¬†Lindo ¬†Wing ¬†of ¬†St Mary’s ¬†Hospital ¬†Paddington ¬†hours ¬†after ¬†the ¬†birth. I ¬†had ¬†to ¬†smile ¬†when ¬†a ¬†TV ¬†newsman ¬†wondered ¬†how ¬†they ¬†would ¬†cope ¬†their ¬†first ¬†night ¬†home ¬†having ¬†to ¬†look ¬†after ¬†two ¬†babies ¬†under ¬†three? Well I ¬†can assure ¬†you ¬†that ¬†they ¬†would of ¬†had ¬†plenty ¬†of ¬†help ¬†with ¬†royal ¬†aides,Nannies, Nurses ¬†and a ¬†Dr ¬†on ¬†hand. Not ¬†like ¬†when ¬†us ¬†mere ¬†mortals ¬†go ¬†home ¬†from hospital, ¬†with ¬†no help, ¬†apart ¬†from a ¬†as scared ¬†as you ¬†husband , ¬†and ¬†in our ¬†case ¬†two ¬†children ¬†under ¬†two years. In fact ¬†we left ¬†it eight years until ¬†we had ¬†any ¬†more ¬†children .

 

Careful in those high heels Kate precious cargo!

Wooho, ¬†high ¬†heels , new ¬†dress ¬†full ¬†make up ¬†and ¬†hair ¬†freshly ¬†done…. we ¬†all looked ¬†like ¬†that after ¬†we had ¬†just ¬†had ¬†babies..well no ¬†we ¬†did not ¬†but ¬†we don’t ¬† have a battery ¬†of ¬†stylists ¬†and hairdressers. ¬†Seriously ¬† Kate ¬†way ¬†to ¬†go.

If  we  were having coffee: I  say  good luck  for the  Paul  we hope  t all goes  well and  that  you  will soon  be warm , comfy  and cosy  in you new  DRY  flat. We all hope your new  apartment  will  suit  you  well Paul.

If  we  were having coffee: On  a  personal  not  I  delighted  to  say  that  I  did  complete  the  A to Z April Challenge   by  writing  a Nonet  a  day for  the  entire  month  excepting  Sundays  when  we were  allow a day off! I  was not  brave  enough  to  sign  up   but  I  was allowed  to use  the  logo,  which I  wore  with  pride. Even though I  called  my  posts  Not  The  A  to  Z Challenge, I did  them every  day  and  I met  many  brilliant  bloggers  and  read  some  amazing  posts! I  shall  be braver  next  year  and  sign  up   and  do it legitimately!

So  many  fabulous  blogs  too  many  to  mention!

If  we  were  having  coffee  : I  would  ask if you  could  do  with a  refill and  a cake. I  must  close  now  so  lets  go  and join  Paul  and  all his  guests they  are all enjoying  themselves  by  the fire!

And of course  the

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE:  WEEKEND COFFEE SHARE

over at Part Time  Monster  and Gene’O’s

More coffee anyone?

 

 

 

Black and Pink , whatya think?

My hair is pink and black ,

What do you make of that!

You may think I am a prat

I even bought  a Trilby hat!

 

I just suddenly felt really edgy

It was when I hit sixty

I didn’t want to be a veggie

I needed to be nifty !!

 

So what was I to do

I needed to make  my mark

No I did not want a tattoo

Still I wanted something to make me spark!

 

Today while out shopping

I was asked why have you gone black and pink

Is it because I can, I’m not out just to be shocking

No, I thought, for once in my life I want to be show stopping.

 

Is it because I am older  that suddenly I have become bolder

I really do not know I just wanted my hair to glow

I am sick of never being seen,  I am here watch me smolder.

I just want to live, we make our fates I know.

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That’s not me in the picture ¬†but the hairstyle is almost the same and I have gone pink and black. So for now there is no turning back.

Oh! and will you think me naughty  if  tell you my oldest son, tomorrow will be forty!

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