Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Quite a lovely day....

We've had our usual lovely Tuesday at SW and a mooch around Halesworth which was lovely.  I chatted to the owner of a little antique shop who said she didn't just work with recycled items but was also recycled herself!! Second marriage!! LOL It was very nice chatting to her.
Then we bought some fruit from the fruit shop, beautiful Kent cherries and French plums which are delish and I got a bottle of Rose Lemonade which was very nice too, but 5 syns!! .. and when we were there I went in the shoe shop that sells Gecko shoes and I picked out some for winter, instead of my usual Clark ones. There was also a very nice shop with swooshy skirts and floaty tops if I want the Earth mother look!! I loved them.
We had a lovely coffee and I resisted the homemade cakes because I lost 2lbs this week; but did anyone see Nadya's programme last evening and now I want to make cheesy scones with chive butter, nom nom!
Later at home on we tackled pruning the rose over the front door...
And this is how it looks now...our house number can be seen at last

This sunflower plus three others were free from the birds.
 One of my favourite flowers, a cleome.
 And this is the view down the garden, you can just see our circle of grass we're leaving to grow, although Nell has made a pathway through the middle! The long grass has gone, but having been left so long before it was cut, it is very yellow.. we just need some rain to green it up.         And an amazing poppy...what a centre!
I love, love living here!
Thank you for the comments about my friend Monica; the blogging world has some very, very nice people.
And welcome new follower Anne.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Couldn't Sleep....

...... because I had had a phone call to tell me, my friend Monica had died. We worked together in a school in the eighties and had kept in touch over the years since. It was a very small school, just 84 children on the role with four classes. Monica worked as a job share for the head, so only worked  three days a week. I had a Christmas card from her and she didn't say she was ill, but her daughter phoned yesterday, bloody pancreatic cancer. So I was thinking of her and how we used to giggle like silly school children, as the head we worked for treated us all like small children and often lost her cool over the smallest thing, PMT in a big way.
One fetish ( we called it that)that she had was in Assembly, we weren't allowed to close our hymn books until the very last word had been sung.. Monica and I used to slam ours shut in the middle of the last chorus. The Head used to play the piano, but could see us and used to give us the 'glare' and we used to smile back at her!! Can you imagine being treated like that?

 I lasted 18 months there before I resigned. The last straw was when she queried my asking for a day off to fetch my 20 year old son from university, as he had Crohns and had had a very bad spell. So I took off two days!! She moved onto another school, the head that is, and was removed by the governors after 18 months when teachers kept leaving and then children were leaving in droves.
Monica and I used to sneak off to a quiet corner in the playground to talk about the head. We used to have coffee together right up to before I broke my arm, then she came to the house a couple of times, once with as huge bunch of snowdrops from her garden. Another lovely friend gone. I felt so sad about her and really feel for her daughter, as her mum was a rare person.
I couldn't get her out of my mind, she was such a lovely person..Although I hadn't seen her with all this moving kerfuffle, I knew she was there for me if I needed her. I miss her.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

A pleasant and lovely surprise.

These lovely flowers are from my cousin, sent 2 weeks before my hospital stay so I can appreciate them now!!
 I love them, such delicate colours and so thoughtful of her. We spent the first 8 years of our lives together, as they lived in my grand mother's house. I am 6 weeks older than her. We used to fight when we were little, but are rather more restrained at 74!
Welcome to three new followers, Chezbobs, Susan and Jules and thank you for the commiserations and advice from those of you who commented on my battle to lose weight!!
I can't say it loud in case my body hears and decides to hold onto the food I have eaten today, which was all on plan. Yesterday we packed a SW picnic and went to Southwold and had a blowy but warm afternoon, leaving there just as the rain started. I do love living here!
Hope if you're trying to lose weight you'll lose at least 2 pounds this next week.

Monday, 10 July 2017

So have I hit the worst thing?????

My wedding outfit, it will be our eleven years anniversary at the end of this month, it was this lovely two piece aqua colour.
But the skirt was two sizes too big, but I didn't have the time to order my own size, so the sales assistant pointed out the back was elasticated, so with a tweak it would be ok and it was.

I still have it, in fact wore it to a wedding 7 years ago.
Saturday evening we were going out and I planned to wear that skirt with a new lacy top. IT WAS TOO SMALL!!
I was devastated and started to cry. It was a try on and throw on the bed for the next half hour I ended up with a mountain of clothes, but I found a skirt that looked ok-ish.  My maxi dress I bought for Singapore made me look pregnant!!

I knew I weighed more but not that much. I am back on plan, I have now been going to SW for 10 1/2 months but have only lost 11 pounds! Why can't I keep going for longer than a week, and then blow it? I look at different face book slimming groups and some women have lost 9 stones in the same time I've lost pounds, scream, scream, scream!
So it is a now or never situation, this is the end of the road.


Friday, 7 July 2017


Oh dear, yes you've guessed it, I have gained weight this week again. Very annoying because we have spent a lot of money on delicious food, smoked salmon, other fresh fish, fillet steak, lean hand cut thick slices of ham, chickens, so we can have it cold for a couple of days mid-week with packets and packets of salad leaves, tomatoes, fruit especially strawberries and a measured amounts of carbs, potato, pasta or rice... no cake, white bread, chocolate or cheese, no butter, and no sausages!!
So a bit of a 'bummer' and upsetting. I am very despondent and think will never lose even 10% of my weight.
But I have taken some painkillers (anti-inflammatory) this past week, mainly because we have been out and looking for kitchen tiles, paint, and flooring, so lots of walking. This means we can look at the plans with the designer and fitter next week with these in place. The pain killers are inclined to make me retain fluid and they 'glue' me up, if you get my meaning!
So what shall I do? Continue with SW or I can go to free weigh ins with a scheme here in Suffolk? I honestly don't know apart from sewing up my mouth!
Any ideas any successful weight loss peeps?

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

A 'Marmite' Book?

Today we have been to our first book group meeting. The book discussed was 'A Life Discarded' which was about 148 diaries found in a skip. In my view the author Alexander Master missed the boat. What could have been a really good interpretation of the life written about in the diaries, was a dreary mis-match of threads of the story. Who on earth would get such a large number of diaries and not put them in chronological order, he didn't. But did try to find who the author was, but in a very long winded way. In the first few chapters he refers to the author as 'I', then 'not Mary' and then he tells us her real name was 'Laura,' but that wasn't her real name anyway!
He actually came up with a ridiculous theory to work out her height, by measuring the angles of the slope of her up strokes of her writing. It worked out that she was possibly 3meters plus tall!!  She wrote about her daily life, which was extremely boring and in a boring way, as much as a thousand words a day which is a record it seems. 
 You might have guessed I did not enjoy this book, and I wasn't the only one, but some members did and one lady thoroughly enjoyed it.  It was definitely a 'marmite' book, you either loved it or hated it! You might wonder why I read it to the end, I only did because it was for the book group.
Ah well, a new book for next month, I hope it's better! Are you able to read books you don't enjoy?

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Only four weeks to go..

I have had my pre-op assessment appointment. It was fine although they panicked me a bit as they got a Dr to listen to my heart as the nurse thought I she could hear a murmur, but all ok. The nurse did my bloods and honestly I didn't even feel the needle going in, there were 5 samples!! I wondered if I had any left.

The main nurse in charge, Veronica was lovely and with all the booklets to read, she had underlined the pre-ops dept number and said phone if I had a question or worry even for the slightest thing. She couldn't believe I had been 26 months with my arm in a sling and started to ask how I  did it, but I said I couldn't talk about it because I have flash backs and I get very weepy.. but she said crying is good for you it relieves a whole lot of stresses.

 One thing I was told to do is to have 5 or 6 deep breaths every hour as my oxygen levels were low. My B/P was 110/65. I have always had low blood pressure.... and ok she added to try to lose some weight.. I was there close on
one and a half hours and I didn't have to wait at all.

The Occupational Therapist called me first and one of the questions she ask was dressing etc and would I have help after the op. I did say I found pulling up knickers difficult when I first did it, so she asked did DH help,  but I said the truth I didn't wear any for 18 months. And all the usual questions, stairs, loo, showers, bed, chairs etc. Could I manage etc. at home.

 It took 4 hours to get to the hospital, door to door and that was with no waiting between trains and  straight onto the under ground,, so it takes quite a while. I was so tired when we got home and went to sleep in my chair. So now I am on my way to have this operation and with it being put back a week, I'll be home for Wimbledon.. great! But I must admit I am bit nervous!


Monday, 26 June 2017

Change of plans

I still feel low and sad about my friend and today I have had a phone call from the hospital. My operation has been put back a week because my surgeon's mother is ill.
We had the hotel booked and the dog into kennels but we've been able to change them both.
I have been finding it exhausting in this heat. But I did sleep last night so did a bit to help DH plant the rest of the plants this afternoon.. We are forecast rain tomorrow and it looks like we're all in for some rain in the next few days too. 
Post op.I have been told I won't be able to lift up my arm,  I can't do it now,  although I have a try now and then and can nearly use a twizzle brush with my right arm to style my hair, but I have to dip my head right down and I jam the hairdryer in an open drawer.

The kennels were fine about changing the dates. I think we're her best customers as she doesn't have a lot of dogs there. Last time there were only 2 big dogs and 4 medium ones and that was with Nell. In Billericay there were at least 20+ dogs. 
Nell is safe there and although she goes in reluctantly,  it's what we always decided that we'd use kennels when necessary.
I do struggle on with my arm, the one good thing is the skin on it is lovely and soft as it is always in a sling, so doesn't get sun on it.  People ask how I can manage, but I say I have a duff arm and so  I just have to get on with it the best I can. I do think it is better these last couple of months I can do stuff now I couldn't before and I don't wear my sling in bed anymore, but I can't go without it during the day my arm aches too much. And I still worry I'll fall so use my third leg (walking stick) and it gives me confidence.


Sunday, 25 June 2017

So Sad

I have been without my laptop for four days, seemed much longer, but Friday I got it back repaired and whizzing along!!

There were 70+ mails but after the second mail, I didn't read any more.  It was a sad mail from my friend's daughter.. Iris and I had lots of holidays together, she had a major stroke 3 years ago and although she had partially recovered, she was never 100%.
She was taken ill 3 weeks ago and died on Tuesday.  I feel so sad about her. I wrote letters, emails and sent her cards over these last few years, but her daughter said they weren't quite sure she understood what they read to her and after that first stroke she couldn't speak.  I thought that was the worst thing, that it had affected her brain. She was such fun and slim and very attractive.

There were lots of times I nearly said to DH let's visit her but I never did.. so a lesson to learn for me is, when you feel you should do something.. just get on and do it. Before that first stroke we talked a lot on the phone.
I needed to phone another friend, because all three of us had holidays together and long weekends, we visited each other through the year. I cried on the phone with her.

The last holiday, Iris had phoned me to ask me to book a holiday for us and off we went to Portugal, and I can hear her saying in her northern accent, 'Aren't you going to wash that  before you eat it!' Because I had bought a peach off a roadside stall and was about to eat it there and then!

I feel so sad about the fact I've only just found out. She was such a lovely person. I prayed for her every day. Just simple prayers, that she'd have a good day, that her carer was gentle with her or that she felt happy.
No more pain or frustrations for her now, but a great big hole for her family and me.


Sunday, 18 June 2017

What happened to me..

Welcome to three new followers, Judy, Julie and Susan and to Jan who left a comment but doesn't seem to have a blog..

Today is father's day here in UK. Yes I had a father obviously (LOL) but I didn't really know him till I was in my teens. After my mother died  in 1945, he remarried and I was adopted by my grandparents. My name wasn't to be changed so a new surname was added to my birth name, this was a request of my mother.
All was fine until my grandfather died when I was 6. I suppose a lot of how my grandmother behaved was because of lack of money, but I was often the brunt of her violent temper. While my grandfather was alive he often stood between me and Mam. He called me 'cariad' welsh for darling. I missed him more than anyone could have guessed.

If people ask me about my childhood, I say it was pretty miserable, except for my one aunty, my mother's sister who also lived with us. She treated me as a daughter and if I have anyone to thank, it is her for my start in life.  She paid for my piano lessons and when I didn't make the grade to go to a Grammar school, she got in touch with my father and between them, they paid for me to go to St Clare's High School for girls, a convent. I wasn't RC but you didn't have to be and being there was the best years of my teenage life. Although most of those years I wore second hand uniform, and do you know what, I didn't even notice!

We had never heard of the convent, but one day at the beginning of the summer holidays, my aunty came cycling home from work in the middle of the day. 'Put on your Sunday dress and clean socks,' she said, wheeling my bike to me.. and off we peddled. It was about 2 miles to get there and we had to be there by 2:00pm.
Her friend had been in the shop to tell her that the convent was opening their doors to non-Catholics, you just had to past a test. To say I was surprised when the door opened to reveal a woman dressed in a nun's habit is an understatement, I was just a bit afraid. 'Do your best,' said my aunty,  'and cycle home when you're done.'

I sat in a room with four other girls; there was a straight arithmetic paper, then a writing paper. A lot like the 11 plus paper I had just failed!! But at the end, we were allowed outside in the garden for 10 minutes, then the nun in charge gave us each a sealed letter and were told we could go. The other girls went out to their parents, all waiting in cars!! This was 1952, the only people I knew who had cars were Drs! I got my bike and peddled home.

But I got in, I passed the test, probably by the skin of my teeth, but it opened doors for me that I would never have dreamt of.. I wonder where Peta, Christine, Penny, and Louise are today, they were the other girls taking the same test that day. We stayed friends all through my stay in that school and in 1954, my aunt paid for me to be a weekly boarder. It was wonderful, so different to my miserable home life. I loved every minute and at the end of it I had 10 'O' levels, called the School Certificate in those days. I grew to love that first nun I met, Sister Mary Bernadine, as though she was my mother. Nothing she asked me to do was too much trouble; I cried buckets when I left, but did go back to see her when I  finished my nursing training. She commented on how well I looked and grown up, well I was 21.. 'not at all like the wee scrap she first met,' she said.

The school was bought by a consortium 12 years ago and 2 years ago it closed. I was very sad to read that.
But before it closed a few years back, when in my home town, DH and I went to see it. We walked up the drive, right up to the large country house that was the main school, no one stopped us to enquire what we were doing. It was very changed. Then we walked to the large house that was part of the boarding school and I peered into a ground floor room that I shared with Terri, Mair, Michelle and Anne. How small it looked but it was often filled with screams and laughter, we had such fun. Sometimes I went to sleep chanting my French verbs with them, or reciting a Keat's poem. Such happy, happy days. I will always be grateful to that Aunty for paying for me and for the love I received in that school.

(Signing off today with my birth name)

Christine Harris

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

US !!

Here we are standing by our rose covered front door.. the scent is delicious, but it will all have to be cut back, so we can get in.... The dropped petals drift into the house when we open the door!


Friday, 9 June 2017

Will we ever get it straight, 125 ft long????

  This is our new garden; the grass hadn't been cut for the last 6 months, but the whole garden hadn't been tended for 2 years!! It is very over grown.. this is the view from the middle of the garden up to the house. The old shed has to go but not for the moment, it is all too much to do right away

 The other views are of the bottom of the garden.
There some very pretty areas, that make me think of the Secret Garden. And beautiful large trees, a Magnolia, a Judas tree, and Laburnum, a beautiful variegated leaf maple, and others, plus a large selection of shrubs.

A beautiful wisteria, but it is right at the bottom of the garden

But these large conifers had to go, they didn't just shade our own garden but our neighbours as well.

After the trees were cut down, it looked horribly bare, but we have bought 5 shrubs, and 4 new trees, a amelanchier, a Victoria plum, a crab apple, a smoke tree and we had brought our peach tree with us, so we have 5, all planted and they will be my next pics.
 The tree surgeons cut up the trunks, which my DS has collected for his log burning fire. One of my neighbours asked wouldn't we want it for a log burner, but I said.. no way, I like my heating controlled with a flick of a switch!!

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

My duff arm news.

I have been to see the orthopaedic surgeon, Ms Higgs,  in London today and have agreed to have an operation.. she said it will be a big one, but I have been like this for 2 years and 6 weeks now and I want my life back. So I had part pre-op tests there and then, my BP was 125/59.. couldn't be better! Answered lots of questions and swabbed for MRSA and now I will be contacted by some one to answer other questions and the op. probably will be in about 2 months time.. so  that will give me time to organise things here. And to lose some more weight, between leaving Essex and arriving here I managed to put on weight, DH lost!!
She did say my CT scan technicians thought there was some healing of my fracture, but she wasn't sure herself, but I did say to her that I am able to do more with my arm these days, but it does still hurt. Did I say I can clean my teeth with my right hand now? Anyway I know it's not going to be easy and painful, but neither is living with my arm! On the train journey, I read a big chunk of my book.. Rosie Thomas, ' Daughter of the House' I am really enjoying it.
On the train from Ipswich to Saxmundham, it was crowded, one man had bags on the seat next to him, so I politely asked him, had he paid for two seats??? He begrudgingly put them on the rack. Dh had to stand part of the way till people got out two stops before us.

We took Nell to the kennels first thing and will pick her up tomorrow morning.  We know she'll be ok and safe, just hope she feels ok in herself and we hope she knows we'll be back for her!! It was new kennels for her, and very basic,  but it was clean and the other dogs there looked ok.
Suffolk prices are very different, we used to pay £18.50 a day in Essex, here its £8.00!! We are still finding things out here about the towns and villages and we are for ever getting lost down endless lanes but enjoying it.
With this operation on the cards it has given us a push to get on and get things done, so we have kitchen fitters booked, so we can have a new kitchen. This was the one we left!

 I still have my dresser, just needs a rub down and polished!

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Is this your life?

  It's definitely mine! 

“Life is amazing.
And then it's awful.
 And then it's amazing again.
And in between the amazing and awful it's ordinary and mundane and routine.
Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary.
That's just living heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life.
And it's breathtakingly beautiful.”
L.R. Knost

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 cafĂ© 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 move..it 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!!