Wordless Wednesday: younger days.

THIS IS PART OF Hugh’s Wordless Wednesday.

Brittany Day 2

We awoke to utter silence…. Honest silence!

And stunning pastoral views. We made our way down stairs to be met by a happy Ruby.

Well we were very lucky with our Gite which though basic was very comfy and well equipped.

What to do on our first day. After breakfast I took Ruby for a walk while hubby drove to the village to pick up some supplies.

The walk was lovely and the weather was glorious. I set my sights on walking to a huge water tower before turning round. Ruby and I nearly got there but not far from our goal we passed a farm. Just as I was admiring the beautiful garden the back door of the farm house opened and two huge black dogs rushed. I immediately put Ruby on the lead, turned and started to walk back, I heard the farmer calling the dogs back. They approached us, Ruby ever a lady greeted the older dog, he then left, the second dog a large Bullmastiff puppy was more persistent. The farmer called him, Ruby ignored him, me I was scared because he barking and jumping up at us, finally the puppy returned to his master and I said a rude word!

The rest of the walk was uneventful.

We spent the rest of the day, sunbathing, walking Ruby…no more farm dog run ins. We also planned where we would go during the week.

We were amazed at how quiet the area was, so quiet and at night so dark! We could see stars and planets! ūüĆü

Ruby’s Snow Day.

It snowed, it snowed all day

It didn’t stop or blow away.

Ruby was so very excited

Come walk with me she invited.

Wearing her coat and carrying her ball.

She was snug and didn’t mid the snow at all.

Here we are at the end of the day

Ruby all snug dreaming of her day at play.


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.


The Duck


Deep in the lock


A gull in flight


The Cows that tried to block our path


Two beautiful Swans


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.





The Rockery


More of the rockery




Flowering Bush


The old white Rose tree


Our Raised Bed


Potatoes and Beans


Close up


Tomato soldiers


Beans in the pot


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


over at Part Time  Monster  and Gene’O’s







Just Jot it January: Foggy Haikus

My big sister told  me  to lighten up  so  here I am trying!

January Haiku


Damp, dull and  foggy Twilight

Short steps,long steps join,

Head home cozy for the night .


Cold fingers, cold toes, red nose

Mist  as  you breath out

Keep moving keep warm, eyes close.


This post is part of Just Jot It January hosted by Linda G Hill.

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If we were having Coffee: Walks, War, Friends and Flowers

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE:¬†I would tell that I have no idea ¬†where ¬†the week ¬†has gone! The ¬†days ¬†have just flown by and all I have ¬†to show for ¬†it ¬†is ¬†an exhausted ¬†look on ¬†my ¬†face. I ¬†just seem to have been chasing ¬†my ¬†tail ¬†all week, (well I would ¬†of if I owned one). Monday ¬†was lovely ¬†because I got ¬†my first ¬†invite ¬†for coffee ¬†with my ¬†daughter in law, her ¬†Mum and of course ¬†the Newbie. We had a ¬†good time ¬†and ¬†the conversation ¬†flowed. The ¬†Newbie ¬†looked ¬†so ¬†smart ¬†in his ¬†striped top ¬†and little ¬†trousers… Babies ¬†are dressed ¬†like little ¬†grown ups ¬†theses ¬†days ¬†gone ¬†is ¬†the matinee Jacket and ¬†the baby grow!

I remember  how we used  to dress our  babies,  we  kept them in  baby grows  until  they  were at  least  eighteen months. Of  course  nothing stands  still and  and  fashion most definitely  waits  for no one, not even a Newbie . Yes  time  marches  on  and  all I can say  is  he looks  very  smart  on  it!

Tuesday ¬†was ¬†housework ¬†after ¬†the gym, got all the floors ¬†down stairs ¬†washed ¬†and buffed ¬† no ¬†mean feat ¬†for ¬†me ! The ¬†weather ¬†is still unusually ¬†hot ¬†for this ¬†time of year ¬†it is unusual ¬†for ¬†this part ¬†of the world ¬†full ¬†stop! Here in England ¬†we are more used ¬†to rain ¬†and low temperatures then more rain. .. Hark ¬†at ¬†me ¬†you ¬†can’t ¬†get ¬†more English ¬†than ¬†moaning ¬†about ¬†the weather. ¬†ūüôā

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE:¬† I would ¬†have to say ¬†just how saddened I am ¬†by ¬†the¬†Israeli‚ÄďPalestinian conflict.¬†Now I do ¬†know ¬†this is ¬†a very ¬†heavy ¬†subject ¬†for our ¬†coffee get together’s ¬†and I have no wish ¬†to ruffle any feathers but I am so distressed ¬†by ¬†the nightly ¬†reports ¬†from the BBC ¬†and ITV ¬†.

I realize ¬†that ¬†Israel needs ¬†to protect ¬†it’s ¬†citizens ¬†from Hamas ¬†bombs ¬†and terrorists yet ¬†it all seems ¬†so David ¬†and Goliath¬†. I am ¬†not qualified ¬†to comment ¬†really ¬† but as always it is the women and ¬†the children ¬†who ¬†are suffering . I realize ¬†the ¬†men are suffering ¬†to ¬† but the the children ¬†have not ¬†asked Hamas ¬†to Bomb ¬†Israel, the children have ¬†not asked Hamas ¬†to build a network ¬†of tunnels ¬†under ¬†their ¬†homes ¬†nor ¬†under ¬†their ¬†schools.

The  children  have not asked Israel to drop leaflets  telling  them where  to go  to  be safe   then  to drop  the bombs  on that place.  The  old have seen it all before, the men and woman  have no choice  but to cope. Trapped  within  Gaza all frontiers  closed  to them. Hamas seem to be using  the innocents   as protection, again  I  say  this is only  what  appears  to the untrained eye  of mine.

Israel  have  huge shields and superior weaponry a  lot  funded  by  rich  countries  who I cannot name  because  again I have no got full command  of the facts .

Why can ¬†we ¬†not live together ¬†in this world, why ¬†can ¬†we not share ¬†and share alike. Why can’t neighbour ¬† not live ¬†with neighbour. I said ¬†all this ¬†to ¬†my ¬†friend ¬†while ¬†we were at ¬†the gym ¬†yesterday ¬†and ¬†she told ¬†me I was an idealist, she smiled ¬†and almost ¬†laughed as if I was a child ¬†who did not understand ¬†what I am saying.

I know  the Israelis have every  right  to live  where  they do , and I realize  if  we were being constantly  fired at  by  the Isle of Wight  we would  fight back. I understand  that the Israelis have backing  from rich  countries , I know they have contacts  with clout. I see  that  their  government is protecting  them well, I understand. I see their  grief  too I grieve  for them.

I also see that the Palestinians are ¬†being hit harder in every way, I see that ¬†Hamas ¬†does ¬†not seem to care ¬†about ¬†them, they appear ¬†to be expendable …. why ¬†, why ¬†does Hamas ¬† not ¬†protect ¬†them…. soon there ¬†may ¬†be no one left ¬†alive ¬†to even claim Gaza.

Again I say I do not fully  understand  the in and outs  , I do not want  to argue  or  hurt  anyone  either   but why, is it always  the innocents  who suffer, all over  the world in every  war zone  it is the same.

I am so far away ¬†and yet I live in fear, I am afraid ¬†of the future I do not want Sharia ¬†law in this country, I do not want ¬†war, I do not want ¬†Russia ¬†or China ¬†to invade ¬†…..¬†PLEASE PLEASE ¬†COULD ¬†WE NOT ¬†LIVE ¬†TOGETHER IN PEACE.¬†

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE : I would say, sorry  for getting  so heavy,  and offer  you a biscuit  and  say  we had  better  change  the subject.

We  had friends  round  for dinner  on Thursday evening.  We had steak, yup  good old fashioned  steak! What  did we have with the steak? saute  potatoes,  mushrooms, onions, carrots and peas. Followed  by a special  apple  pie and custard!

It was a special evening   because  we had not seen this couple  for about 10 yrs. Their  eldest lad and our youngest  had  been friends at school and beyond. But  when our lad  moved away  and  as we were all working  we just lost touch as our paths  never crossed.  Well it  may of  stayed that way  had  not the husband  bumped into one of  the couple  while out exercising  the guide dog  he walks twice a week. Well the two men got to chatting as men walking their dogs  do  and after a while it dawned on them both  that  the knew each other.

Long  story short they came round  for dinner  and I think  the meal was a success, well it was all eaten up! We spent the whole time discussing children ( no longer children) weddings, births, jobs retirement  and generally  putting the world to rights!  Oh! if only  world peace were that easy.

Special Old English  Apple  pie!

Special Old English Apple pie!





Bovine Family

Bovine Family


Flowers on  the street

Flowers on the street

The Hanging Basket.

The Hanging Basket.

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE:¬†I would ¬†offer ¬†you some special old English apple ¬†pie, there is just enough left ¬†for you to have a taster ! Like it? well I shall post ¬†the recipe ¬†Monday. ¬†While ¬†we are chatting I ¬†must ¬†tell ¬†you that on Wednesday I had coffee ¬†with a friend ¬†after ¬†we had finished ¬†chatting ¬†and done a little shopping ¬†we headed ¬†back ¬†to her house ¬†and ¬†took Teddy out for a long country walk. Who ¬†is Teddy, well he is ¬†the handsome ¬†chap ¬†up ¬†above ¬†the photo on the right ¬†next to the apple pie. He ¬†belongs ¬†to ¬†my friend’s daughter who was away ¬†with her family ¬†for a little holiday and ¬†my friend was looking after him.

Well we set off down the road across the railway crossing  and off on to a road I had  never noticed  before. The sun was very  hot  but luckily  for us  the trees spread right across the road affording us a canopy  and thus shading our  way. Well what a treasure  trove  this road turned out to be with views  of rolling countryside, a lake with ducks  and ducklings, and a field with a bovine  family resting in the shade. there were two cows with a calf  each and most unusually  a huge bull. You can see him in the photo above  he is the sleepy  brown and white guy  to the front of  the picture  laying  down. He  was huge  and I was very pleased  that there was a sturdy  fence between us  and him!

We had a delightful  walk  and the most  amazing thing  about it  was that  although it was so quiet  and peaceful there nothing but countryside as far as the eye could  see we were in truth never any more  than five minutes  away from the hustle  and bustle  of  our  town!

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: I would tell you how lovely  our town looks right  now, all the gardens  in bloom  and the roads in town itself  are all decorated  with hanging baskets  and  pots on doorsteps  and even in one of  the streets Allisum  and Roses growing up and out of  the pavement (sidewalk  if  you are American) There is a little picture  of this above  too!

If we were having coffee I’d ask  you : would you like another  cuppa, or  a biscuit . I’d  tell you I have really  come to enjoy  these chats  and I’d  love  to hear  what you would  tell me , If we were having Coffee  Original idea  from  http://parttimemonster.wordpress.com/





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