Monday, 22 May 2017

Monday, MAil and Me - Yarn and trousis have arrived!

We do like our days out. I get to snap pictures and Mr M gets to indulge in his hobby of driving. This time he turned left and headed deeper into Wales. Sometimes we take the coast road, which takes us through Cardiff and on to Penarth then out into the wilds of Glamorgan.


 We have driven past Ewenny Pottery many times but this time I recognised the road and said "OOH, Ewenny Pottery" "Do you want to stop?" he asked "Yes, please". So we did. I already have a little vase from there that was given to me about 50 years ago but I might have bought a present for someone there this time
 We headed onwards to Franco's in Aberavon. They do small portions! yes, look at the size of that fish. That's a small portion. I managed to eat the fish, the peas and one onion ring. The chips I had to leave. Mr M had Cow pie, mushy peas and chips He ate all of his and one onion ring so they gave us a container to bring the others home. They are just so delicious!
 We arrived in Swansea and needed fuel so that meant Morrisons. We asked Ms Satnav
 "The route has been calculated, please follow the highlighted route to your destination" She is very polite
 Then we headed to the Gower. Paused at a traffic light and saw that the Sketty sign was still there - one mile and half a furlong - isn't that just so cute?
 We sat on the bench looking down across the beach in Port Eynon. We had icecream... correction I had icecream while Mr M had a lolly a fruit pastille lolly. probably laden with sugar but we weren't going to eat for quite a while and that's our excuse
Mr M said this is a cartoon road, I kind of expected to see RoadRunner heading towards us. By the time we had negotiated our way back off the Gower we were ready to go home so we said thank you to Ms Satnav and turned her off, then headed up the M4 getting home just before the eastbound Tunnel was closed. By the time we had made a cuppa and sat down the traffic was stacking up outside the house so our timing was excellent

Mail? oh yes. I forgot to take pictures of my new trousis (I only had to shorten them by an inch ) and my yarn is already being made into ... things for gifts for people for birthdays perhaps or maybe for Christmas, my lips are sealed

My thanks to Sian for inventing this meme and keeping me writing

Monday, 15 May 2017

Monday, Mail and Me - dispatched but not received

Not much mail this week and all of it seemed to be for YS

 It rained! The garden was so grateful and when I opened the window to take a picture of the raindrop on the honeysuckle I swear I could hear the ground sucking in the moisture. I am quite proud of my picture because I was standing still when I took it - so unusual.
 We went out to a garden centre on Saturday. Now keep in mind that we live in south-east Wales and we were, I thought, just popping out to the Wyevale down the road. We went to Cadbury Garden Centre in Congresbury. That's over 'The Bridge' in England. Mr M had a plan you see, because he had a voucher (or a vulture as YS said when he was six) for 30% off at any Hungry Horse pub.
 So we went to Cadbury, bought a trowel and some new gloves as the old ones had gone mouldy during the winter, and some pretty flowers and two cucumber plants for me to kill try and nurture. Then we went to The Super Mare for an early lunch. I had the scampi and he had the giant gammon. I didn't eat the fries. I seem to have trained my stomach to accept smaller portions these days so I leave the fries until last and as soon as I feel full I stop.
 We then came home via Gloucester ... actually we didn't stop in Gloucester we carried on past and then stopped in another garden centre where they do a fantastic cup of coffee and, so Mr M says, a lovely cup of tea. We like the way they bring the milk to the table in little stoppered bottles. Excellent when it is summertime and the flies get into everything.
As we were on the homeward stretch we saw this car and it didn't seem to have a driver. I wasn't able to get a clear view but there was no sign of a head on the driver's side.
When we managed to pass him a little further on it was a tiny little man who was peering through the gap in the steering wheel with his eyes just above the dashboard. I am so glad we don't want a wedding car.

Dispatched but not received? That's my yarn order and the trousis order. I bought some sock yarn for a scarf pattern that I like it was dispatched on Tuesday but hasn't arrived. Curses on the Royal Mail!
I also ordered some lightweight trousers for the summer and they haven't arrived either. Fingers crossed for this week

My thanks to Sian for keeping me writing

Monday, 8 May 2017

Monday, Mail and Me - The things we see

Let me say right away that the mail bit is a distinct fail bit as there were no letters or anything exciting in my mail last week. 
However, we did manage a little ride around on Sunday. We all have hobbies don't we? Mine is choosing which pictures to use and then cutting and sticking pits of paper onto other bits of paper and telling the story of our life together in a scrapbook. Mr M likes driving. Sometimes we go out and he will drive 200 miles while we talk and point things out to each other, and talk and talk and talk. There is never enough time to say all we want to.
I practise my 40mph photography while Mr M drives - perfect.

 He is pointing at the fruit trees in blossom and telling me to "Look at that mistletoe, even on such young trees"
 We somehow found ourselves in Leominster so we paused for lunch at the OK Diner and I saw this gentleman through the window. I think the hairstyle suits him. He had the look of someone who had adopted that style some time in the early 1960s and never needed to change
This was a quick snap of a suicidal motorcyclist. Actually there were four of them who all crossed the double white lines to over take us and the cars in front. Motor cyclists wonder why they get a bad press. This, this is why. They put their lives at risk and the lives of everyone else in this line of cars and for what? To arrive at the cafe 30 seconds before we do. We took the next left because we couldn't face the thought of being stuck in a traffic jam while they scraped them up off the road. This meant we travelled a different route and saw some very pretty places - camera totally forgotten as we admired the scenery.

My thanks to Sian for inventing this meme and keeping me writing

Monday, 1 May 2017

Monday, Mail and Me - Friends make everything brighter

We went out for a little ride and took some special People with us. Yeah, yeah I hear you say. So what, you've done that before. The thing is the lovely lady in these pictures in only now getting back to reasonable health after a ten year battle to wean her body from its addiction to topical steroid creams. You know the sort that doctors prescribe for just about any skin condition? well they darn near killed her and the withdrawal caused adrenal failure and goodness knows what else. We thought we would lose her but she is a fighter and after several years being bedridden and blind she is now rebuilding her life and getting back to her art. She is always a joy to be with and now her health is improving slowly we can go out and do stuff!


 This is Newent. There used to be a lovely little museum in "the Shambles" but now it is no longer a museum and the shops are real shops that sell stuff. We wanted to show them the museum but we settled for looking at the shops. I might have bought some yarn.
 On to Clive's Fruit Farm where we had tea, coffee and cake before I popped into the shop and collected the Ham Hocks from the butcher and also a few other bits and pieces - flour and pork scratchings and a scotch egg, a minted lamb pie and a big pasty.
We then detoured to Leominster and introduced H and P to the OK Diner ( no you don't want to go there, it's not your thing... no really)
Then it was a simple thing to go home the Welsh way and to pause to take in a castle - Bronnllys Castle near Talgarth. H is doing her Rapunzel impression but she said we might have to wait a while for her hair to grow a bit more. She photographed a jackdaw's nest up there on a window ledge in the tower so we told Cadw incase they want to stop people disturbing the birds


Mr M had aching knees by this time so we stayed at the bottom of the stairs while the more intrepid adventurers went on up.
It was a delightful day out and we laughed a lot.

Mail? nope nothing to see there.

My thanks to Sian for inventing this Meme and keeping me writing

Monday, 24 April 2017

Monday, Mail and Me - teaching the Satnav

We took the satnav out for a training exercise. Mr M is convinced that if he keeps saying no and ignoring her she will learn that we don't like narrow lanes with grass growing in the middle. I have my doubts. 
We are taking a special couple out with us next Saturday and we needed to see which way Ms Satnav would take us given the chance. It was mostly narrow lanes with grass. At one point she took us off the direct route onto lanes only to bring us back onto the same road! I think he is going to have to reduce her options a little more
 We started the day by going to The Parson's Nose in Dingestow (note to self: the church is dedicated to St Dingat NOT St Dingbat). On the way into the village Mr M said "OOh, you must get a picture of that on the way out". and on the way out he actually stopped! Yes, I was surprised too. We bought sausage and bacon rolls and some other delicious comestibles and because the rolls were warm they soon filled the car with the aroma of sausagey goodness.
 This is the sort of lane that Ms Satnav loves - actually this one isn't too bad, it's the ones with high banks and hedges so you feel hemmed in
we arrived here behind a driver called Richard Cranium, at least that's what Mr M called him and just as he was about to start a bit of a rant I mentioned that you don't often see a Gypsy wagon being pushed by the horse. Mr M suggested that it could be Irish, but my Irish ancestry refused to laugh
OH OH can you see the dirty splatt on the windscreen? A Seagull in North Wales did that, bloomin' birds.
Mail this week. A letter from the Doctor's surgery telling me to make an appointment for my diabetic review and the DVDs of the first two series of Hinterland because I simply have to understand and seeing all the episodes again will help ... yes it will, I know it will, it has to help.

My thanks to Sian for inventing this meme and keeping me writing

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Monday, Mail and me - Up North for a Christening

We went to Rhos on Sea for a Christening. On the way up the A49 we decided to stop at the Secret Hills Discovery Centre for a cuppa. After a quick use of the ... facilities we saw how long the queue for the refreshments was and we moved on. We stopped (for the first time in the 30 years we have been travelling this road) at the Lazy Trout. We had a very enjoyable cuppa, read all the funny signs and continued on our way.
 Wrexham was closed ... or perhaps just full. There was a huge traffic jam between Oswestry and Wrexham turn-offs so we took the next exit which led to Llangollen - it's very pretty but the mountains are so steep they were oppressive so we didn't hang around. We were eager to get to Rhos-on-Sea so we could see these lovely people
 Eldest Son with our youngest grandchild. Isn't she a cutie? She is giving that look to her mum and grandpa who were supposed to be holding up her new quilt for Grandma to photograph it
 She had a long and interesting conversation with her Big Brother who had also travelled up from South Wales to be at her special day.

 The Minister put cold water on her! she gave him that same look too. She was not impressed and went back to Mum and told her all about it - VERY loudly.
Cousins! Please note that Miss Boo has one on either side of her. Red Shirt adores her and follows like a shadow. White Shirt just makes sure he claims as much of her time as his brother. The little Gray Jumper is cousin to the boys and little Miss Blond is at the head of the table, as is right on her special day.
We spent several hours enjoying their company before admitting defeat and going back to the hotel for a rest. I woke up after three hours and we tootled off to Llandudno for a delicious dinner.
Monday Morning we popped around to say goodbye and to get our cwtch levels topped up then we headed for Caernarfon for fuel before turning south to Beddgelert for Icecream. I was going to show you pictures of the icecream then I remembered what had happened to every other place we like. We can't get in them anymore because so many other people have read my praises. Just be assured that you don't want to go there even if they do have 52 varieties of home made icecream - nope, no you don't want to go to Beddgelert for icecream -EVER!
We then headed on an interesting Sat-nav led tour of the Welsh and Shropshire hills before arriving at the OK Diner in Leominster - you don't want to go there either, even if they will do your burger without the bun.
Then home via Hereford and Abergavenny to find that the parcel that Amazon said would be delivered Tomorrow had arrived on Sunday. Thank goodness Youngest Son was at home.
What was in the parcel? seasons one and two of Hinterland. I am hooked, even though it is very dark and it rains a lot and I cannot remember where I am with the plots - hence the purchase of seasons one and two - I still have to watch.
I am sure we drove along some of those deserted Welsh roads on our way home.

My thanks to Sian of FromHighInTheSky for inventing this meme and keeping me writing

Monday, 10 April 2017

Monday, Mail and Me - Real Mail!!

 I'll get to the Real Mail in a minute first I have a question - kind of rhetorical but ...
Why do people talk about the Wye Valley as picturesque? I ask this as a lifelong resident of the area. In winter I can understand it a little bit because the trees are bare and you can actually see the river but from now until October anyone who visits will find a narrow, poorly maintained road that wiggles and squiggles between thick trees and undergrowth from Chepstow to Monmouth with only one real chance at a view in Tintern, and you can't park anywhere to admire it. Pause for joke that still makes us laugh after thirty years
"Tintern Abbey"
"Tis, it's a big church"
We took a little tourist laden trip Up to Monmouth then back down to Raglan.
 A Loo stop and a pause for refreshment at Ragaln Garden Centre where I used to work - many moons ago when I was young and fit. The coffee and Rocky Road cake are mine. The tea and cherry sponge are for Mr M.as for mail this week
Well there was one thing. Mr M was watching one of those shopping channels. Why? because he doesn't like watching adverts in the advert break so he changes channel and this time it was to a demonstration of the GTech AirRam2. I like GTech. Lord and Lady Bluefunnel bought their electric bikes and the deal they had and the customer service was such that they bought the AirRam too.
It arrived on Friday and as soon as Mr M came home from work he opened it and I was able to play. Now you have to remember that I don't do housework. We have a Henry and when Mr M saw how many bags came with it he said "That lot should last you a lifetime." There were six bags.
This tells you how often I do any vacuum cleaning.
We have had the AirRam2 three full days and I have used it twice. I love how easy it is to use. No wires, so easy to empty and you don't get a faceful of dust when you do it. The battery lasted through the whole of downstairs and would probably do upstairs too but I am not that keen. Easy to charge and doesn't take up huge amounts of space - oh and the additional bits come in their own neat bag. It has a two year guarantee.

Yes I think I might keep this one.

My Thanks to Sian at FromHighInTheSky for inventing this meme and keeping me writing