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!
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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!
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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?
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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!!

XX

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?.
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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 to...so 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 cafĂ©, 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.

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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..
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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.
 Ya---hooooo
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!
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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!!



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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 space..it will happen!
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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 ?

XX
 
 
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!
grrrrrrrrrrrr.
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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Home

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!!
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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
XX
 
 

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Could you? Could I?


Martin McGuinness..1959-2017

So much talk about the death of this man, some downright damning.. The bombing of the hotel where the then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the conservative party were staying, in 1984, 5 were people killed and  several injured, Margaret Tibbit permanently crippled.   But it got me thinking would I be able to forgive someone who I believe had taken the life of someone I loved, especially a child?

A bomb was left in a metal bin in a Liverpool shopping precinct 23rd March 1993. Three-year-old Johnathan Ball died at the scene. He had been in town with his babysitter, shopping for a Mother's Day card.  The second victim, 12-year-old Tim Parry, was gravely wounded. He died on 25 March 1993 when doctors switched off his life support machine, having asked permission to do so from his family, after tests had found minimal brain activity.. 54 other people were injured, four of them seriously. Suddenly metal bins vanished from railway stations and shopping precincts!
But the one that really stands out in my mind was the bombing in Enniskillen on Remembrance Sunday 1987. Her last words to her father were, ‘Daddy I love you.’ Marie was killed by the Provisional IRA at the Cenotaph that day. Along with a further 10 people, 63 people were injured and a 12th person died in 2000, after spending 13 years in a coma.

Gordon Wilson, Marie’s father went on to write a book, saying he forgave the IRA.. BUT…

Could you? Could I ?

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I stand corrected by Scarlet, it was not Liverpool in 1993, but Warrington, Thank you Scarlet.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Horrible MRI scan.

Yesterday was ..... well I am so glad that is over, the MRI was very, very unpleasant to say the least!! First they put me in a machine,  that was pressing on my broken arm and dislocated shoulder and then decided it was too tight so started to pull me out, pulling my shoulder so I started shouting, it was so painful. So then I had the CT scan while the other bigger MRI machine was being used and then they started again. Although I was lying comfortably and with ear plugs and huge earphones to reduce the sound, it was horrible. I couldn't use my phone with the music Dh had down loaded onto it, as the MRI magnets would have broken the phone!!  It wasn't so much the noise but the being enclosed. It took 40 mins!! How I survived I don't know I played alphabet games in my head, after a few prayers to get me through. Never again I don't think I could do it again! It was horrible, when she said via my headphones only 8 more mins I nearly pressed the help button to say, no more I 've had enough! But I did it!! We left the house at 1:40pm and arrived home 9:50pm. We literally caught the underground and main line trains within minutes of them going on our way to getting home. By the time we had something to eat, we dropped into bed at gone 11:30pm.. although we have had a cuppa at 6:00am this morning, we went back to sleep till 8:30 we were exhausted. I walked 7863 steps, some at speed when we rushed to get trains.
Thank God it's over! I hope the surgeon will be able to do something for me, it will be 2 years next month from when I first broke my arm!! Sometimes in that 2 years it has been hell, thank you to my lovely Dh that I have got through all this time.
XX
 
Ps If anyone else has had an MRI I 'd be interested to hear about your experiences.



Sunday, 12 March 2017

It's spring, spring, spring!!

When we decided not to move and to stay here in October last year, we planted hundreds of bulbs.
Then I bought some Sweet Williams, Polyanthus  and spread compost all over this main flower bed. We weeded well, I pruned the roses and cut back some of the fruit trees. Then we decided beginning of November, (well it was me really) we would move. So here we are ready to move and a pretty spring flowering garden. 
 

 
 
 

These are beautiful little 'Jet Fire' which were made very popular when Alan Titchmarsh was planting them in his garden a few years ago. I love them. There are lots of tulips to come too. And the camassia have spread, so they will be a most gorgeous show. I will be planting tulips and daffs where we're going to move to as well.
Can't wait now!
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Friday, 10 March 2017

Yeh... it's all tickety boo!!


Love this house!
This all happened last evening.....Whew....bit of a roller coaster ride here re:- house moving.. So... re-cap....having had the phone call to say the house we want to buy was under offer from another buyer last evening.. AND... then within minutes of that call we had one from our Estate agents to say... our buyers have  a firm new buyer with the cash to buy and it all looked very positive, so the 'chain' was complete again.. we spoke to the Suffolk agent this morning and the house there is ours again!! yippeeeeeeeee
The offer from the couple wasn't the asking price and also as we have had the searches and surveys done the whole process with us as buyers,  would be shorter and we are cash buyers. And the new buyer in the chain wants to move end of this month or latest before Easter!!!!!
I have celebrated by having a real coffee, not decaf and a Jaffa cake! I like to hit the heights!!
We went to the garden centre and I have bought some new plants to pretty up the front pots and they now look fresh and pretty,  instead of winter weary.
Have a wonderful day everyone... love abounds from cloud 9 here and I am singing.. la la la

XX

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Things will all work out...

......in the mean time I am learning to dance in the rain, although since breaking my arm I have to pay to have my hair styled each week and so avoid rainy days!!
We are on the moving/not moving roller coaster at the moment and we could be living in limbo, but we are living as though everything will be fine.
This evening we had a phone call from the Estate Agent to tell us the house, that we really love and want to buy has had an offer that has been accepted, but they need a mortgage... but then as we put down the phone.. our own Estate Agent phoned to tell us our buyer has a new buyer with the money to buy....YEH!! But will it be too late for us to get the house we want??
We are up and down like a yoyo! Who'd believe house buying and selling can be so stressful?
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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

It's not so 'black!'

Well we are over our initial down of the house (not) moving and resigned to the fact we are back on the market.
We have looked at other houses for sale in and around the little town where we want to live, and altho' there isn't one we think as nice as the one we wanted initially, there are some possibles, so we don't feel so bad. And of course there is always the possibility that we will get another  buyer with a complete 'chain' or that the house we like, won't get sold. Anyway we have decided we'll wait a week or two then go and stay in Suffolk in a holiday cottage for a week and look at other houses.
What has helped is our tidying and cleaning yesterday, we look better here.. today our targets are upstairs windows which I can do, Dh is washing the kitchen floor and cleaning the bathroom and down stairs cloakroom. Dh has put a new lock on the bedroom door, which was broken. It didn't bother us as we sleep with the door open.  So then we have a couple of painting jobs to do just to keep us spic and span.
Enjoy your day, sunny here so that helps to brighten my mood! We will move to Suffolk one day!!
XX

 

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Scream, scream scream!!

We have had a phone call this evening from our 'buyer' Mr B.  His buyer was unable to  get the mortgage he needed, so has withdrawn his offer. In all fairness Mr B did say he was dreading phoning us, as they are so wanting to buy our house! So what shall we do now? Our vendors are desperate to get the whole thing over with, as they are in rented accommodation and their contract is up.
We will speak to our estate agent tomorrow, and then go from there. We really love that house in Suffolk; this evening, I have looked at houses for sale in Suffolk again and there are some possibles, but not as nice as the one we want.. so inside I am screaming! I hope I can sleep tonight
Why is house selling/buying such a stressful thing!
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Not spending money!!

Once I decide something, I am usually very good about carrying it through and lent is only 6 weeks!
But omgosh Alison Krause has just released her latest CD.. She is my all time favourite singer in the whole world.. oh dear what shall I do???
Well the week after next I am booked to have a CT and MRI, and I needed something to play music.
Of course my DH is an electronic engineer and loves to mess around with anything technical. So he has down loaded her latest CD called 'Windy City,' onto my phone. I didn't know this was possible! (I am living in the dark ages as far as down loaded music goes!)
Yep, he has bought it for me!
Does that count as me not spending??
And yesterday he bought me a magazine, 'House Beautiful' So I am cheating in a way, although I didn't ask him to, 'onest!
Signing off feeling full of happiness and I feel well for the first time for a month.
I have stopped worrying about the house move, the sun is shining and after our Sunday dinner of Lamb Shanks, we're off walking in Southend.
Happy days all.
 
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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Silly me!

While surfing some blogs I saw someone who said she couldn't live without her over locker, so I looked them up.. whew over £300 and more. Then I thought of ebay, there were loads for sale. So I looked at several and put in a bid on one. Almost immediately I was out bid, so I bid again and then put in my top bid.. ah ha I thought that will secure it for me. Then I started to think about it, why did I want an over locker? My machine does a lot of fancy stitches and I do edge fabric when necessary with a blanket stitch which works very well. I went back to the ad. my bid was still the top bid and then I noticed it was collect only!! Silly me why hadn't I seen that. Dh said it wouldn't be a problem as it was on the M1 and we could call in when we went to visit his mother. But still I thought what a wally I was, why didn't read all the ad.
But today I was out bid... whew saved. I didn't need an over locker anyway!
So for Lent I am giving up buying things I don't need, and that will mean books too, oh dear, hope I can keep to it.
Have you given up anything for lent?

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