Saturday, 27 May 2017

BEAUTIFUL.....For the Manchester 22

As a retired teacher and one who organised and taught the school choirs in several schools, this is no mean feat for the teacher who did this.. to her/ him...
thank you.


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Is it really two weeks??

We are settling down at last.. until last Monday we were still living in box city, just a different house! We still don't have the internet, we are piggy-backing on a neighbour through BT wifi with fon.. very annoying but BT have decided we need a new router!
We have had a tree firm in to cut down the huge conifers and prune some very over grown shrubs and we can now see how very big the garden is. DS's girl friend has offered to come and help on her day off and my DS has come regularly to help with boxes, so that was good; we felt overwhelmed last Thursday, it all seemed so much to do and me with one arm, it seemed too hard.. DH has worked so hard with moving boxes but still he has had to do a wash and peg it out, he does think we have to have washing out routinely!!
But we have got the lounge and dining room more or less sorted, and DS has put up my over mantle mirror and my favourite picture. 
We have been out to some garden centres and chosen some shrubs to plant where the big trees were. Our neighbours are delighted with the trees gone, as they were shading their gardens. Both sides our neighbours are lovely, makes it even nicer for us.
We could keep busy every day just always trying to get things sorted and then collapsing into bed each night, but we decide what time to stop and we do and then go out!
Today we have met friends for lunch in a super little café out in the countryside. It is so beautiful here; and we are loving it.

Friday, 19 May 2017

We've been here 8 days!!

We joined the local SW group last evening so to follow the plan we needed a biggish shop. We were used to a very large Tesco so today was a surprise. We battled with narrow isles, big trolleys loading shelves, crowds and where was stuff we wanted kept??? LOL  We had to pop to Waitrose for some items that 'Mr T' didn't have... wide isles, no crowds and found what we needed right away. Back home we had mackerel pate on a wholemeal roll, which was very nice,  but would have been nicer with butter as well and then a Danone raspberry yoghurt which was lovely. I could have eaten two!! At the SW meeting last evening, DH had lost and I put on! Must have been the fish n chips, Indian meal from Tesco's, cake from Waitrose,  chocolate the other night and those delish ryvita with dried fruit slathered in butter, I have enjoyed all this last week, I reckoned DH lost because he wasn't wearing his jumper! Still we have some nice food for the week. Tonight we have cod and  chips and peas.. yum yum!
Hope you find some bargains.. we got our cod from Waitrose which is 20% off on Fridays.
Sorting out the kitchen this afternoon as it is a mess, dish washer is due to arrive Monday.. hurrah!! Isn't it strange but when you have to hand wash dishes, at first it's a novelty but you soon get fed up!!
I have to find the wool I bought for the CAL I signed up for, as it started yesterday. Yet more boxes to check, will we ever be straight??
Moving is hard, have any of you found it easy??

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

It's all happening.

We woke to the heavenly sound of rain! Everywhere was so dry, we really needed it, not just our gardens but rivers and reservoirs. The garden was drippy wet, especially the shrubs that line the path as I walked through them with two men from a tree firm. I lead the way pointing out the trees we need cut down and the shrubs we want pruned.. I am waiting for their quote. By 11 the rain had stopped and we had hot sunshine. The plumber I phoned yesterday turned up as he said at 10:00am, isn't that good.. and fixed the shower and the cold tap in the bathroom, £55 which we thought very reasonable. Essex and Suffolk water turned up too and within 5 mins we had a water meter.. the builder I contacted about the new kitchen we want,  phoned, so that's a start and very importantly this afternoon I bought a dishwasher from John Lewis, who price match, guarantee for 24 months and can deliver on Monday.. yeah!!
Some more boxes were emptied and we had our initial appointment at the Dr's surgery, after which we went for a coffee.. we don't mind things that have to be done, but we do have to make time for coffee!!  What about you?


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

It was a sunshiny morning here today. We feel we're on holiday.. we are sleeping better, I didn't wake till 8:15 this morning. We have no one coming, so we can relax. It was very nice to see people yesterday, but we really need some days by ourselves, to take our time unpack some boxes, do a bit in the garden, sit around, drink some coffee and just time to take stock of everything!!
We should have had our own internet connection today, but no.. last evening we were happily watching an episode of ' The Crown' on Netflix using BT hub and it suddenly disconnected, who's ever connection we were using switched it off! LOL
Today we have unpacked three boxes, I've  hung up clothes from two suit cases and we have done a little to the garden. I have phoned a builder about the kitchen, a plumber for a new shower, because the cold tap is seized up and the water gets scolding hot and a tree surgeon to take out all the  conifers which are much too big and to prune all the shrubs.. the garden is very over grown, but it is still lovely. 

DH has cut the grass shorter so hopefully it will green up.. we need rain. All in all we have enjoyed our day. We ended up eating our evening meal in the garden listening to the birds.. bliss! Hope you had a good day too.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

What shall we do first???

It has rained here, but blue skies now. We had a lovely time here yesterday with DS, his GF and her little boy. I took charge of LB,, he's 6 going on 60!! He never stops talking. I had seen a dinosaurs' little kit which was a plaster shaped egg which you scrape at to find a little dinosaur inside. I put it by some plants that he could find, it kept him happy for quite a while, then he and I walked down the back lane to look for more 'eggs'!!! He kept up a running commentary on everything we saw and hundreds of questions. I used my walking stick,  as with my useless arm in its sling, my balance isn't good. He was great fun and interested in everything. We didn't find any more dinosaur eggs but as he said, there is always another day!! Such an old persons' comment!
GF tackled the grass nearest to the house and so it is a lot better, but still not looking like a lawn. DS moved furniture and boxes with DH.
We managed to produce a very nice BBQ with a limited number of dishes to serve things in, but the meat was delish. DH had let the coals get really hot so everything cooked superbly.
We even sat outside to eat but with our jackets on!
DS is coming again this week to put up some pictures and my over mantle mirror as we do have one fireplace. There is still lots to do but we have found the meat tin, plus some cooking tins; today we're having rib of beef and Yorkshire puds.. yum yum
So what shall we do first??? Lots to do here,  it is definitely a project...but I have looked up kitchen fitters, decorators, gardeners, tree surgeons and plumbers as the down stair's loo is a bit 'niffy.' I have tried bicarb, which does neutralise smells but it is still there. The tank has been boxed in with a pine wood structure and DH thinks it's that that is smelling. At the moment we leave the door open in there and that helps. Anyone any ideas?
But we are happy here..this afternoon we are off to the seaside, not Southend but Southwold. We can't wait, so we will be leaving the boxes still waiting to be unpacked and off to enjoy that sea air.
Life couldn't be better!

Friday, 12 May 2017

Good morning from Suffolk,
We have washing ready to peg out but after two glorious days its raining! But the scent in the garden is wonderful. Disappointingly the garden is like a jungle, looks like they hadn't cut the grass for the last few weeks and the back grass is knee high, but we do have a strimmer and a very long lead so we can cut it initially and then use our big power motor. Just going to be a lot of work.
The garden is a lot bigger than we thought and saw the first time we looked round so we will be getting a tree surgeon and getting some of the fir trees down as soon as we get more organised.. we have boxes every where and the ones the removal firm packed are all labelled kitchen but not what is in them! So that is a must today to find our every day china.
We have joined the library, priority!! Signed on with a Dr and made arrangement to open an account with Barclays, as it is the only bank in town, we thought it would be handy for paying in money and then transferring it on line to our main accounts and we've  shopped in the Coop, the only supermarket in the little town.
Nell loves the garden and so did DS's girlfriends little boy, as they all came round on Wednesday.. it's a child's heaven as it goes on for ever with different areas. I think we'll be using a gardener till we get it sorted.
But all in all it's wonderful here.. altho the day we moved we were in bed at quarter to nine, we were cream crackered!! We were awake at 4, had a cup of tea downnstairs and then we went back to bed and slept till 8:30 with Nell! She slept down stairs last night for the first time and was quiet!
Ds and his girlfriend are coming round Saturday afternoon to help us, so that will be a massive help.
So a busy day today searching for the every day china.
Welcome to my new follower Chris West.

Good bye after 48 years...

 At last we are off, so it's good bye to number 7 where I have lived for 16 years and goodbye to Billericay where I lived for 48 years....

Hello number 38..we are going Wednesday.. packing has been hard we have a lot of stuff. This doesn't look great but these are just some of the plants to come with us
The top picture is our garden here, flowers all ready to bloom. The tall ones front left, are camassia alba, which are glorious when in full flower. I shall have to buy the bulbs in the autumn for our new garden.
And this rose's scent is so fragrant, and it was these that I hurriedly picked three years ago now, to use as confetti at my step daughter's wedding. They kept their perfume and were a great hit with other guests who thought it was a great idea... but I had picked them to use because I had forgotten to buy the real stuff.
Some beautiful memories have been made in this garden, I got quite emotional thinking about leaving it.
But we are looking forward to our new home and new places to explore.

Friday, 5 May 2017

The end is in sight

At last things are working out for our has been 6 months since we had an offer on our house and we put an offer on the one we want in Suffolk. This last buyer is a cash buyer, good?? yes and no.. something we didn't know, but if you produce a large amount of cash, not from your house sale, it has to be verified as coming from a legal source. It seems this is all about scams of 'money laundering!' This last buyer's conveyancer had failed to do this, so for nearly 2 weeks we have had to wait till this was ok-ed!
I haven't been able to sleep, just  worrying about it all, but today things can go ahead.. so Suffolk here we come at last.
I have spent this afternoon packing the under-sink stuff and you know that messy drawer you have in your kitchen into which you pop things? Well we have 3, so that's what I did later on, I sorted through all of them into three bags, keep, chuck and charity shop!
Do you have one?
We are getting really excited now!!

Friday, 28 April 2017

Arggg this dieting thing!!

This morning we popped back to T***o,  because we are not moving next week as arranged and so we needed some extra bits... a woman in the next checkout to us had 6 or 7 filled baguettes, they looked like a variety of meats and salads bursting with mayo and packets of sandwiches, plus cakes, some lush Danish pastries, ( don't you just love that one with custard?) and full sized chocolate cakes, plus a variety of drinks. I wanted to go home with her because we had a cauliflower, cabbage, mushrooms, tinned tomatoes, strawberries, lean bacon and a chicken, no comparision really???? This dieting thing just gets to me now and then and we came home to fish n chips??? Did we heck.. no smoked salmon sandwiches with low fat cream cheese spread in crustless wholemeal bread, followed by fat free Luscious Lemon yoghurt, which actually is very nice. But those Danish pastries kept popping into my mind. We wondered what was the occasion, that she had bought all that lush non diet food for??
Do you look at other peoples 'buys' in the supermarket?

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Thursday, 20 April 2017

It is so true.

We are just hanging in there and on looking back at this wait to move.
Of course I couldn't have moved when we wanted to a month ago, I wasn't well enough!
Now it looks like we will move in a couple of weeks time, and all this extra time has allowed us to sort through stuff instead of packing it as it is... and our garden is looking good! If we were looking to move here, we'd be very pleased with the garden!

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

We needed this....

 We have had a really lovely long weekend in my home town, Porthcawl, S Wales.
Beautiful sun shiny days and nothing to do! We enjoyed the walks looking at the sea.
Far away from the 'moving business' was just what we needed.
The old Lighthouse.
 And we didn't diet either, in fact we ate out Friday with two of my cousins on my father's side of the family. I had a large chocolate fudge cake with ice-cream for my desert.
The Porthcawl Pavillion, where my school friend and I went to dances when we were 16, such happy days, many, many years ago.
 And Saturday we ate at a Harvester and my bbq ribs were so tasty I could have eaten it twice and then I had ice-cream!
We didn't stay at our usual B&B that takes dogs, it had closed down, but found a Travel Lodge that allowed dogs, outside Porthcawl. The bed was very comfortable with plenty of pillows!! I do like a good pillow. We had breakfasts at Costa's, dreamy coffee and cheesy toasties, yum.
It was just what we needed. And now home we feel rested and ready to sort out the rest of this house and garden to move!

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Thank goodness for Andrea Levy

I go to the library every Saturday, I have been doing this for years. I sometimes reserve  books that I have had recommended to me and then chose another two or three. Last week I did just that, but what a mistake that was. The book I had reserved I'd already read, I don't remember book titles, but never mind I had three others. One was by an author some one said was a good read, it was definitely not my sort of book, all frothy romance, definitely not me. But that left the mystery one I had chosen; I started it twice before I gave up on it. I hope the author knew what it was about because I certainly didn't nor did a whole lot of other people when I read some comments about it.  And the one book left was this one by Andrea Levy. I have read her 'A Small Island,' and 'Every Light in the House Burnin.' Both excellent reads, I was so relieved, I have a book I can read and enjoy for the rest of the week before Saturday! Some blogs I read rely on the Travelling Library, hope they can reserve books,  because they are not that big so the choice would be limited. I couldn't survive without a book I liked.
What about you?

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Over yesterdays 'hump'

Yesterday I felt wild, nothing was right, everything seemed wrong. I hated everything  around me, but today I feel calm!
And this is what greeted me this morning out of my kitchen door.

You probably have to tap this to re-size it to make it bigger, but it is glorious.
Just one side of our garden, my side. All weed free too, the drier weather has made it easy to hoe the small weeds, altho' a lot were love-in-the-mist and marigold seedlings.
And all this tendered and nurtured with one arm!
Life isn't so bad after all!!


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

What can I say???

In a couple of weeks time it will be 2 years since I tripped and  fractured my right humerus. I have had 3 months of ultra sound treatment, 2 very painful ops. that failed and so you might understand that I am not in a good place at the moment. Just because I don’t mention my arm doesn’t mean it is ok, because it’s not. I dress with pain, I knit and sew with pain, I even eat with pain. I can’t drive, play the piano, garden or even push the vacuum, without clunking all of the legs of our wood furniture.. This house move is so stressful, we don't think we can go through any more. and this morning everything was wrong. I have yelled at my daughter over the phone which I never do, I am always patient with her, but not today. I think I am having a hormonal day, so I have eaten white bread toasted with toasted cheese and a jam doughnut. I need a train at the bottom of my garden like I had in Jackson's Lane so I can stand on the compost tump and scream and SCREAM, when it goes past... anyone else ever feel like this?.

Friday, 31 March 2017

When it's just another day...of waiting...

... we escape to Southend! Although at this present time our move seems to be positive news, we can't help thinking...'what if'.. the buyer changes his mind, he doesn't have the money, the 'searches' bring up something that he will object Dh packed up our lunch and in a cloudy dull late morning, we set off.
Criky for the first time ever we were caught up in a long queue of traffic, just 5 miles onto the Arterial road to Southend, the 127.  Today the 25min journey took just under the hour. But in that time the sun arrived.
There weren't as many people there as we thought might be, and so we got a parking space facing the sea right opposite our favourite café, Rossi. The sea was right up to the wall and in some places it was crashing over; beautiful to watch
We ate our SW packed up lunch and then had an ice-cream, I had a very small tub, so not too many calories, Nell's was bigger than mine. I didn't walk, I had to read my book, I wanted to find out what happened.. if you want a good read, 'The Shadow Year' by Hannah Richell. Getting away, we came home feeling wonderful, getting out was just what we needed.. we'll do the rest of the garden tomorrow, yes we'll do it tomorrow.


Thursday, 30 March 2017

Bring on the bees!

So we're moving from this house and garden and just look at our damson tree.
It is loaded with blossom, more than we have ever had before, and 3 years ago we had just over 59lbs of fruit. It could have been more than the 59lbs because I loved to pick and eat one or two or three or??when I was in the garden. 
I bought from 'Woollies' in 2003 and that first year I had 7 damsons!
My DH has made damson wine, and damson gin. I made damson cheese and one year when I couldn't be bothered to stone them, I just made jam. We have bags of them in the freezer, which I suppose will come with us. We are going to miss the fruit of this tree, so I think it may be one of our first buys for our new garden. 
 If you look closely you might see some pink blossom in front of it and that's our peach tree, placed there so the damson blossom might share its bees!
And I couldn't resist photographing these tulips, aren't they beautiful?
I hope we'll have many happy hours in our garden in Suffolk sitting outside as we do here, drinking tea and admiring our handy work, the temperature today is 20°C..

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Good moving news?

Today we have learnt that the last buyers in the chain of our house sale has instigated 'Searches.' This is not something you do if you're not serious about buying a property. It costs £480 so not a piffling amount and of course he has had a survey done which costs around £500, it definitely looks like he is committed to buying
So we are beginning to feel this is it, the end of this waiting and waiting to move.
So here are some pictures of Suffolk.
This is Dunwich which we will be very near.
And Walberswick beach
 And a different view are these primroses and cowslips which grow on the road sides.

We are feeling very elated and now can't wait to move.. we are more or less packed, the shed is empty, the green house has just a few tender plants and most of the stuff in the garage is boxed, in the house we have full boxes everywhere; we are ready to move!! Yeh!

Monday, 27 March 2017

A wonderful day out

We had such a lovely day yesterday. My eldest son and girl friend invited us for a BBQ... BUT it was much more than that, as they moved to Suffolk just 4 weeks ago. So it was lovely to see their beautiful new house, but also Suffolk.
We took a wrong turning, (so what's new??) but we were being led by 'sweet cheeks' our satnav and we travelled along narrow lanes, which were flanked by banks covered with primroses; they were so pretty. And then we were travelling through avenues of daffodils, such glorious flashes of yellow.. we were delighted.
My son took us to such a pretty little coffee shop, all set outside in beautiful surroundings, we ate cake with our coffee!
I sat and was a teacher again and read with his GF's little 6 yr boy, he was very good and I filled in his reading diary. He is a super little boy and loved the kite we took him. We chatted to them and his girl friend's  parents, I call them his in-loves rather than in-laws.. they moved there too to be near them....and talking our house buying/selling over with them was good, they understand our stresses.  The BBQ food was delish, we wavered a bit off the diet but it was worth it.
I left with a huge bouquet of pink tulips and cards. Then on our way home we went to see the house we want to buy. It's empty so we did peep through the windows, it looked lovely! And the little front garden was very pretty with blue bells, pink primroses, aubrietia and a lot more. We so love that house, so are more than ever willing everything to go right for us. We can't wait to move there now.
And getting out and visiting Suffolk has re-invigorated us to get those silly little things done and today we shall be cleaning and then some gardening..
Wo---hoooo Suffolk here we come!!


Sunday, 26 March 2017

I need patience!

It's true things don't seem so bad after a good nights sleep, altho' to be honest I didn't sleep well..but I, no not I, but we have decided to stop stressing and just let things happen in their own time. We will move to Suffolk, maybe not the house we really love and not before Easter, which was muted a week or so ago, but in time and to a house we will make our home.
Watch this will happen!

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Oh how I wish!!... a day that ended badly

I was over joyed this morning at SW when the scales showed 17st.. can you imagine that being delighted to be 17st that's 238lbs? A few years ago I was horrified to be 14.7st!!
 But it was my first personal target; this week I lost 2.5 lbs, the most I have lost in a week for a while.
My next personal target is 16.4, only 10lbs to lose..
Can I do that by 31st May, which is my next appointment with the surgeon in London, only 10 weeks.  A pound a week to lose, it doesn't seem a lot each week, but I don't take anything for granted!
If I averaged 1.5 a week I could lose 15 lbs, and that's what I want to do!!
At the moment I buy most of my clothes from M&S but I'd love to buy some from some where else.
 So I will set my next target for 16st!!!
I have a  denim skirt like this but I don't look like this!!

I'd like to wear a jacket this!

A lacy top would be nice too!
 Ah well I am trying!! Are you trying to lose weight ?

House selling and buying
We are in a quandary.. our buyers Mr and Mrs B are very keen to buy our house, but are not able to sell theirs. They have had prospective buyers but twice each time their buyers have changed their minds.
There is now a third buyer and in a survey, the results have been a damp issue. It's the second time this has been found. What we don't understand is why Mr and Mrs B haven't had it sorted.
We have been patiently waiting for 2 months, but now our vendors are insisting that we all be ready to exchange contracts by Easter, 4 weeks time.
We understand if we can't confirm this,  than they will re-market.
It is tearing us apart, today we have had a silent row, you know the sort where you both close down and say.. 'what ever!' Really meaning a lot more!
We have a few niggly little jobs that need doing, if I didn't have this b----y duff arm I would do them. DH takes ages to do somethings and today I suggested we employ a handy man for a day or two to get them done. DH took offence but I didn't care because we need these silly little things done, because our Estate Agent has said, re-market.
These little jobs have been on our 'to do' list since last November, when we first put our house up for sale.
Our worry is we will lose the house we love, but if we do, C'est  la vie.
But I would be so disappointed, if we did.
Mean while I suppose I 'll have to apologise to Dh for my silent act today, but oh can't men be so difficult some times.
I expect I can be too.
Do you have silent rows?
What we really need is someone to talk this over with who is not involved!

Thursday, 23 March 2017


We were able to collect Nell at 5:00pm yesterday. She was over joyed  to see us, you'd have thought we'd been to Australia.
She wolfed down some scrambled egg and a biscuit, not too much as she had had an anaesthetic.
We had a very good report from the vet nurse, who said Nell had been very good.
She is a good dog, we said! Not a peep out of her last night, but we had decided if she cried who'd let her up on our bed. She hasn't scratched at her face, so the stitches are all secure.
Well done Nell, it only cost £532.60 !! But we do have insurance for her, although if we hadn't we'd have paid, she is our baby!!

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Another endless day of waiting!

No, not for moving house news today, but for our lovely little dog, Nell. We took her this morning to the vets, for a small op to remove a little lump on her lower lip. She couldn't have breakfast so neither did we; we couldn't eat in front of her, that would have been cruel.
She didn't want to go with the vet and started to jump up at me, then  was dragging her bottom as he tried to take her through the door way, so we quickly left. I could have cried but held back the tears. We phoned at 12md and she has had the op and was just waking up. We can collect her at 5:00pm It seems such a long day... can't wait to have her home.
She is such a cutie