Thursday, 19 January 2017

Nearly 9 years ago...

Have just had to buy a new desktop and have been transferring stuff from stick and came across these pictures of the little monkeys when they were tiny watching a fly.

Still can't believe that they were that small.
Princess is the brave one on top of the curtains, doesn't seem like its nearly 9 years ago.

Thursday, 5 January 2017


One cardboard box, one halogen electric fire amounts to pure bliss for Polly.

Polly's favourite spot if I'm sewing in my room with the little fire on.

Monday, 2 January 2017


Here we are again, it doesn't seem a year ago that I posted about our 52nd Wedding Anniversary but here we are now on our 53rd.

Just look at the tiny waist, what happened to that ??

My dress was home made by me and was heavy white brocade sprigged with lilly of the valley flowers, I put tiny bows (just about visible ) all down the back.
It was made on my Mum's old Singer treadle sewing machine.  That machine was a wonder, it sewed everything from silk to leather with no messing about, wish I still had it sometimes when I'm messing about with the thread, needle and tension of my modern one. 

Sadly the dress didn't last long as I put it into a cupboard and didn't realise that it was damp, it went mildew and I had to throw it away.  Never mind, it didn't affect anything as we are still together and happy all this time later and after the Granson's premonition looks likely we may make it to 63 years with a bit of luck. lol

Sunday, 1 January 2017


We were both just about to get ready for bed last night around midnight when the phone rang.
I wondered who on earth would ring at such a time but found it to be Tom our Grandson, a little the worse for wear as he had been to a wedding and it was of course  New Years Eve.

Taken in Victoria Park London in the summer.

He wanted to wish us a happy new year and told us that he had had a premonition that we were going to live for at least another 10 years
That would be fine I told him as long as we are still in fairly decent shape.  It takes Tom (big one) to 87 and me to 81, easily possible but we don't want to be ga ga and immobile.

My heart went out to him and it actually upset me a little to think that he had had this on his mind.
I told you in a past blog that we were close and I think it bothers him to think that we might not be here forever.

I feel for him and remember when I was younger fearing death for myself or anyone else but as we age we come to terms with the fact that we will depart this wonderful world one day.  Anyway, we had a good conversation and a few laughs and I hope that he felt a bit better by the time we said goodbye.

On a lighter note, I was given this tear off Zen calender by my youngest son for Christmas.  He knows that I like quotes and meaningful poems, there's a new quote each day and I know that it will give us a good start to each day.
Here's the first one to start the year.

Also today, I'd like to wish all of my fellow Bloggers
and thank you all for taking the time to read my ramblings.


Friday, 30 December 2016


Just before Christmas we bought a lovely Amaryllis plant from Lidl complete in glass vase.
It is just coming into flower and Tom remarked that there was a stamen missing.   This remark set something off in my head and I realised that they are probably a kind of lilly.
On looking this up  it appears that they are toxic to cats and so my lovely  plant has now gone to a new home.
Just thought I'd post this as it never occured to me that it was a lilly when I bought it.

I seem to have attracted another stray cat to the fold, this black and white cat is coming regularly each night for a top up, he started by eating athe dog food put out for the fox and so I am now buying cat food for him and he seems to prefer that. The reason I think that he is a stray is that he eats so much in one sitting and comes in all weathers, also you cannot get near to him.  He looks to be in fairly good shape and his coat is good so I shall keep an eye on him

As soon as he has gone the fox comes in.  Notice that the fox does not come in until the cat has finished, this challenges the theory some people have that foxes take cats.
I have noticed this before that foxes are very wary of getting too close to cats.

And then there's the watchers in the kitchen window watching the coming and going of the night time regulars.
Every now and then we hear a low growl from one or the other of

Wednesday, 28 December 2016


For those who do not know, my Grandson lived with us from the age of 14 until he went to Uni.  When he was small we took him and collected him from school as his Mum worked and so we have built up a good relationship.
He always seems to come up with great cards and gifts and I attribute this to the fact that he knows me so well.
He certainly pulled out all the stops this year and here is what he gave me.

He had obviously been earwigging when Tom and I were talking about these Himalayan Salt lamps and I was so surprised when I opened it, it sheds such a beautiful light and is said to be good for the atmosphere.

The other unexpected giftwas a Bonai Tree.  I am a bit nervous about this one as it takes a bit of looking after, apparently we are to go back to the shop where he bought it in April for instructions on how to trim it.  I shall leave this to Tom, he's the one with more patience for this kind of thing, I reserve mine for needlework. lol.

I hope everyone in blogland had a good Christmas, I can't say that I'm sorry it's over as it isn't my favourite time of year but I look forward to 2017 and hope that it is a relaxed and peaceful one for Tom and myself and all of my readers.

Monday, 26 December 2016


This Christmas lark wears me out.....