Monday, 10 July 2017

Monday, Mail and Me - Nothing to see!!

I had a cold. I think it might have been slightly more than a cold. I think it might have been a "non-specific Viral Infection" as the doctor once so eloquently described it.
Whatever it was I was knocked for six and apart from sleeping, coughing, sneezing and sipping hot honey and lemon I have taken very little notice of the rest of the world until Saturday.
That was when I realised that I no longer had a temperature it was the summer that had a temperature.

I turned up the fan to full strength blow and relaxed into my chair - my legs elevated of course.

I will have more to tell you next week, I hope.

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

Monday, 3 July 2017

Monday, Mail and Me - Pasta pot and Plastic Ice-cubes and cousins

It's been a quiet week in Lake Wobegone Newport. I brought home a cold from North Wales and selfishly decided to keep it all to myself. This meant I stayed in my pyjamas, curled in my chair (legs elevated, of course) and coughed and sneezed my way through two boxes of tissues. 
When the pressure on my rear end got to bad I would stagger to the bathroom and then flop back in the chair to rest. It took the whole darned week! Mr M fed me small amounts of things and YS did the washing and watered the tomato plants. Today I feel so much better.

Some of the newly connected California Cousins - names later
During this week I have received a parcel from Lakeland with "stuff". You know about Lakeland Ltd right? They always have things I desperately need. They do the most marvellous kitchen essentials. Mr M decided that we need a pasta pot, and who am I to argue? I also needed more cling film and a set of their microwave plate warmers. My new kitchen means that I no longer have an eye-level grill above the hob so there is nowhere to put the plates to warm before dishing up dinner. I really hate putting hot food onto cold plates so now I have plate warmers that are excellent!

The Pacific North-West cousins - names soon
I also received more pictures from the newly connected cousins. They are all recovering from the shock of discovering us and we are all clamouring for more information and pictures from them. Also included in the emails was a copy of my Great Aunt's autobiography written when she was 87.
I have begun to transcribe it and it is interesting to find that she too had the ability to take an ordinary daily happening and turn it into a drama of the first order.
I begin to understand from where I get my story-telling gene. I do keep to the truth in my stories, simply embellishing a little while Great Aunt seems to have inherited her mother's ability to lie turn things around to her advantage.

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

Monday, 26 June 2017

Monday, Mail and Me - short break

We went away for our anniversary week. On what was the hottest day of the year we had breakfast in Blod's Coffee Corner in Colwyn Bay. You can see Mr M melting as he reads the menu.
 We played on the beach. Little Miss was so desperate to get into the sea like her brothers. I can see that her Mum and Dad will have their hearts in their mouths with this one. She is totally fearless
 Reading with Daddy is good. Eldest son seems to have endless patience with his children, but then he always did
 The water play table came out and Daddy found the water wheel bits and being him he simply had to fiddle with it until it was working perfectly. She loved it and soon had her sunhat in the water
 Having cousins come to visit while you are on holiday is better than good. They got to meet Eldest Son and Lovely Daughter-in-Law and we spent the whole time with them just laughing and talking about ancestors. A cup of coffee in Morrisons in Rhyl before they had to go home completed their visit and then it rained. Even the sky was sad to see them leave
 You cannot go to North Wales without going to Beddgelert, no, really! When I was small I thought it was a law but it is just a rule. Oh, and you cannot go to Beddgelert without going to the icecream shop and choosing from their 56 flavours. I had Wild Cherry as one of my scoops and Coffee as the other. Mr M had Turkish Delight for one and I can't remember what the other one was. He is wearing his father's day present too.
When we got home from our vacation I had a few emails stacked up and this stack included one from a lady in California. There were also two notifications from the genealogy forum I belong to telling me that there were posts on two of my threads from the same person. Can you imagine my delight when I read that this person is descended from my great aunt who married an American Sailor just after WW1 and went to live in USA. I already have contact with descendants of three of her four children but had never been able to make contact with descendants of the fourth child. Now that branch has been reconnected and with a little luck and a lot of emails the family tree will grow by at least ten more people.

Let me tell you I did a really happy dance down the hall as I rushed to tell Mr M. Now I am waiting for names to add to the photographs already sent. SOOOOOOooooooo excited

Monday, 12 June 2017

Monday, Mail and Me - Ancestors and Rellies

This arrived by email this week. From a cousin in Murica. She has two scrapbooks that belonged to her grandfather. She is in the process of moving house so more treasures will arrive just as soon as this moving stuff is completed.


She also gave me the name of a new cousin - new to us I mean, she has been around long enough to be earning her own living. I have added her to the mailing list for the family newsletter and I am so excited about her finding us.
There was also another new cousin. Really new Can you see how teeny tiny he is?
His name is Harrison - oh he has a couple of other forenames but the intarwebby doesn't need to know any more than this. His Momma looks really well too doesn't she? He will be entered into the family tree today, just as soon as I finish writing this and then writing a letter to the Welsh Assembly. More of that another day, suffice to say I have found something to fight for, and I intend discovering why the Welsh NHS is not funding places for Veterans with PTSD at the only hospital run by the Combat Stress charity. This is a charity and a cause close to my hear.
No other mail and no stories of travels this week as I hurt a muscle in my side and spent the weekend feeling a bit sorry for myself. I cwtched in my chair and let the world go hang.

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

Monday, 5 June 2017

Monday, Mail and Me - new clothes!

This week was half term and there was a bank-holiday and we were required to make an emergency dash to deliver the spare contact lenses so that My daughter could see to drive home from work. This gave us the perfect excuse reason to pop into Raglan Garden Centre on the way home and have an earlydinner/late lunch. We had fish and chips but noticed that they do afternoon & cream teas. I stored that knowledge for another day.


 I took a look around their shop. I was really looking for something different for birthday presents as this family moves into Birthday mode in June. Starts off Quietly with Wicked Uncle Cliff and then in August for Son, Daughter-in-Law and Grandson, September holds me, Daughter, other Son, Great granddaughter, Cousin Andy and several special friends October has Son-in-Law and two Granddaughters. November a Grandson and a great grandson and December a granddaughter. I won't even think about next year yet. The shop was full of pretty, expensive, pretentious shi stuff. I didn't buy.
Some mail arrived, mostly election stuff but there was a parcel of shorts for me. I have found that the ones from Bon Marche are really comfortable. I bought two pairs last year and was continually washing them and wearing them. I treated myself to some new ones and now I have sufficient long trousis and shorts to see me through the summer. I so rarely buy clothes it was quite stunning to work out that the jeans I am wearing are some that I bought when Miss Boo was two years old - she is twelve now. I stopped worrying about the expense of new ones when I realised that I had really got value for money.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Monday, Mail and Me - Just a bill, nothing to see here

We didn't think much of the weather as we tootled off for our ride on Saturday. It was cloudy and dull and very slightly oppressive. The weatherman said it would brighten up by 10am but once again he got it wrong.Somehow we found ourselves going across the mountain from Ebbw Vale to Llangunyder so that we could go over the very narrow bridge and on up the hill to the Venison Centre for a good cuppa. 
The view from the mountain was shut. Somewhere I have a picture of this bit of road without the curtain of cloud and you can see for miles. We had this same thing happen when we went up Snowdon - the view was shut there too. 
 We asked Ms Satnav to take us from Builth Wells (we arrived there because a nasty driver in front of us turned left where we were nearly going and as he had really made Mr M a bit cross we turned right) to Leominster. She took us across a small road we had never been on and in a huge circle back to Builth Wells so we went to Talgarth instead. The idea was to get a bite of lunch and a cuppa at the Talgarth Mill. It was full. The menu on the board wasn't that appetising for someone like me who doesn't care much for vegetation that makes her break out in what are, I believe, called Hives. We watched for a moment as the lady carefully wiped three items off the menu and then we went back out, crossed the road to the Co-op supermarket and bought sandwiches, a container each of pineapple and a bottle of water each. We sat in the car and ate them with great satisfaction and I managed to get a quick snap of a pied wagtail as he had a drink from the stream.
Then we came home and got the meat out of the freezer for our Sunday dinner with Miss Boo, Mummy and Daddy. That was lovely. I put the meat (Hoggett lamb) in on a low heat in the morning and left it to cook gently for most of the day. Mummy cooked the vegetables and provided the pudding and we ate at around 7pm. It was good to sit and relax and talk. Miss Boo sat next to her Grandpa and we were all able to laugh and chat. Then I was able to go sit in my chair and elevate my legs while they cleared the table.
The only mail I had this week was a bill so nothing to share.

My thanks to Sian for inventing this meme and keeping me writing - and taking pictures.

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

Monday, 3 April 2017

Monday, Mail and Me - recovering

I was ill. A virus got me and I had "The Cold". Apparently it has been attacking people everywhere, well, I don't like it. For one thing it made me feel ill for days and days before it finally matured into something and then it put me in my chair, with a big box of tissues, painkillers and lots of water. On Sunday I woke up and it was gone! Leaving me feeling weak and feeble but able to breathe without coughing and able to walk from the car to the diner and back (with a pause for a cuppa)


 The first picture shows what Mr M calls a "Simpsons Sky". I have to take his word for it because I have only seen the starting credits of the programme before I leave the room and go to my computer or to knit.
 I am still keeping an eye on the Mistletoe situation. This example is near Kinnersley (google maps should find it in Herefordshire or possibly Powys) We are on this road because the car in front of us at a previous junction was being driven by one Richard Cranium. I was surprised that Mr M knew his name. He might not have used those exact words, using the familiar Dick as the forename but you get the picture. Anyhoooo we saw dear Richard indicate that he was turning right so we went left.
We paused at the Old Railwayline Garden Centre where they do a really expensive bottle of diet Coke and a reasonable coffee and then we went to Leominster for lunch. We have told so many people about how good the OK Diner is that everyone and his wife was there. So don't go! stay away! their club sandwich is not delicious their Birgers and not juicy and full of flavour and their onion rings are definitely not moreish - honestly ... oh, well perhaps they are quite good but don't go you'll have to wait 20 minutes for a table and then another 20 minutes to get drinks ordered and then another 20 minutes for food - pesky customers.

We then went to Morrisons to do our shopping and when we got back to the car Mr "Eagle Eyes" M saw this little one in the middle of a partly cut shrub in the car park. We suspect that the landscapers were trimming the shrubbery back and discovered a nest with this still fluffy little babe warming in the sun and watching closely as bumble bees flew over his head.

We came home to find part of the M4 closed, sending traffic to "our" roundabout so Mr M put his local knowledge to good use and avoided the queues and joy of joys there was a parking space in the street close enough to the house that we didn't need to call a taxi to get home.

Mail?Oh I haven't opened any yet, not even looked at emails because for some reason Virgin Media won't let me see my mail.

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

Monday, 13 March 2017

Monday, Mail and me - family history

Mail? oh yes, I had really 'citing mail but first Mr M shows us the missing letters. We are asked " lease kee of the obbles" It just tickled us and I thought I would share. Now to the mail

Lakeland have Bagel Moulds (they always have something I desperately need) and I confess now that I am a gadget freak. I love trying new things. Sometimes I pass them on to darling granddaughters for their own kitchens. Sometimes I try something and instantly decide that I will never use THAT again and if said granddaughters don't want it either then it goes to the charity shop.
I used the bagel moulds that arrived on Sunday first thing this morning.
 They are silicone so you make the dough, prove it, then cut and shape into bagels and prove again. Then you dip each one into boiling water for about ten seconds before shoving them into the oven for twenty minutes.
These have to be the best bagels I have ever made and I have been trying for years. So easy These will not be leaving my kitchen. I have already found the oats and poppy seeds ready for post-dipping application and tomorrow morning the breadmaker will be working hard making the dough
We also had happy mail from a friend who said she "saw this and thought of you". I will photograph it later and show you soon. I have such lovely friends.
now I am just waiting for a message from Wicked Uncle Cliff (Miss Boo calls him that) telling me when he is coming to stay with us. He did serious damage to his leg last year when his thigh muscle parted company with his knee. This meant surgery followed by six months in a rigid cast and then really mind tearingly painful physio-therapy. The train strikes around Christmas made him decide that the convoluted route from the south coast to us was beyond his stamina so he was dearly missed over New Year. Now he is coming to stay and we are all buzzing with anticipation.

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