Saturday, 12 August 2017

Another mixed bag.......


And on the subject of bags here's the latest one I've made
Totally free as the beige fabric front and back is the two back pockets of old jeans, the brown is some leftovers after making lounge cushion covers which was from my stash anyway after making trousers with it about 40 years ago lol, the zip was cut down to size from an old mac and the handle was once a belt, even the lizard and starfish I've sewn on to show me which is front were given to me as a gift.

Also had a crochet play and made myself a fedora style hat that can screw up in my bag but pull back into shape. I was really pleased with myself as I still find crochet patterns completely foreign so just made this up as I went along and only had to undo half and try again when the increases didn't look right. I'm hoping it won't be warm and I can wear it as a sun hat too.

As you can see I'm still into all my crafting and always look forward to our monthly gathering at Acorn Village at Mistley. Although most of us do more chatting than crafting lol.

This Monday was also our monthly coffee morning at home, yes they are still going, think there were 12 of us round the table. Lovely to have one of our old neighbours pop back to catch up with us too. Unfortunately Hubby hadn't been feeling well since Saturday afternoon so he stayed upstairs in case he had anything contagious.

That afternoon Hubby was still feeling rough enough to go and see a doctor who diagnosed suspected food poisoning and gave him antibiotics. I'm not convinced that's what it was but happy to report by the end of this week he is feeling about 80% better.

I've got a bit of a medical issue going on as my recent CT Scan showed a little something on my left kidney and because my right kidney was removed four years ago they want to further investigate. Not urgent so could be ages before I mention it again here.

More fun and games to report, as we had a rough evening and night Tuesday night as M's son D got rushed into hospital and had surgery to remove his appendix at about 10pm. Of course everyone was in different places and poor Daughter drove miles and miles all on the same roads getting different people where they needed to be and take food too. Op went well, and Wednesday morning Daughter was back at the hospital, I had O and he's a live wire as he is the only one who went to bed before 1:30am. Hubby did of course as he wasn't well so he was up before 6am which woke me so I was quite tired yawwwwwn. Op went well and D was discharged Wednesday, amazing!

While O was here he was showing me what he'd learnt about freeze frame animation then went off to make his own. I'm amazed at the understanding and knowledge of use by an 8year old. This one was my favourite.
https://youtu.be/3DxQmeMbI-M

And now my birthday which hasn't turned out to be the quiet day I thought it would as gradually it included a little childcare, catering for extras,  courier service, taxi service and barber! So many cards and social media good wishes, some lovely gifts and lots of them floral. All rounded off with a meal out with Hubby, our children, their partners and our grandchildren (all bar one). I'm very lucky!
Did you notice the candles?
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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Southwold.......


We are so lucky to live not too far from the beautiful East Anglian coast. Actually it isn't luck it was totally by choice over 30 years ago.

Always tricky to find a mutual date between us and friendsL&K but we did on our second attempt as we'd booked each other a month ago but on that morning it had poured with rain, so we postponed till yesterday and have to say the weather was perfect.

They arrived at ours just after 10am and as I opened the door us girls laughed as we'd both chosen to wear black and white patterned trousers with plain black tops!
 Cuppa at home in the garden first, then off to Southwold in K's open top car!
A lovely walk to the end of the pier popping into each little shop for a browse but didn't get tempted enough to buy anything. Stood fascinated watching the mechanical water clock and laughing lots looking at ourselves in each of the silly mirrors. Then walking beachside into town to hunt for lunch.

We saw so many women with very similar monochrome fashion to us that we felt like we'd all been sent the memo to wear the uniform of the day hahaha.

Lunch was downstairs in a cafe called The Cellar (I think) and we all enjoyed our sandwich choices which we walked off with a bit of a mystery tour through a park and at the back of places I'd not seen before, coming across a little building displaying the sign Electric Picture Palace and by the programme displayed outside very much still in use.

We had such a lovely relaxing day that I'd actually not taken any other photos but we continued this walk back round till we found the beach again then back up to the town centre as we'd previously seen a very special looking chocolate/cakes/ice creams shop and of course ice cream at the seaside is essential, mine was banoffee yum yum!

Eventually back to the car and still weather very much warm enough for a top down drive home. Total relax and chat with tea till we were just about hungry enough to head out again. We took our car to the pub with them in theirs and after a very nice dinner and big hugs in the car park we said our goodbyes and agreed we must get together again very soon.
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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Cornwall holiday 8-15 July........


Our Cornish holiday was at Flushing near Falmouth with our lovely friendsN&T

Saturday 8 July
We took our car this time, so left home 8:30am(ish) to pick up N&T (half hour away) then all loaded and on our way for about six hours in the car and a good break for lunch. After two false attempts at horrid services which turned out to be closed little chefs and first with a very long toilet queue outside and the inside toilets out of order, the second was a quick loo and drink in a Costa, we turned off and found the really lovely Black Dog Inn, Chilmark, Wiltshire. We relaxed in the garden under the hot sunshine and enjoyed luxury sandwiches.
   
Usual traffic jams in the usual places but overall made good time and got here about 5:30pm I think. And this is our home for the week.

Unload the car, check out the accommodation, cups of tea and coffee, beers and wine, walk down the road to the first pub Royal Standard. Tables were very close together and it was busy (always a good sign). Us girls had mussels, T had an enormous bowl of seafood stew and Hubby had fish and chips, all very yummy.
Then we walked all that off with a little local stroll to take in the views of the village but mostly the beautiful river Fal.

Another pint sitting outside another pub, noticing on the rooftop opposite a gull who seemed to be watching us, friendN called him Steven as in Steven Seagull. We then walked back up the steep hill to sit in our upstairs lounge with a cuppa and read through all the leaflets. Seems there are far more places we all want to see than we have days for 😀

Sunday 9 July
Really comfy bed and I slept well but still first up and early at 6:30am. When everyone was up, breakfasted and ready for the day to begin the drizzle turned to rain so we relaxed inside for a little longer with Hubby on weather watch. About 11am and dry and warm outside we went for a lovely coast walk.
 Admiring all the local sights.
 We brought a late lunch back with us then time for an total relax.
 Tonight's yummy meal was another local, Waterside.
 And we rounded the day off at another pub.
As we left Steven was waiting on his rooftop to say goodnight. Then the steep climb up the hill home.

Monday 10 July
Seems the weather forecasts we all read last week got it wrong and we're going to have some wet every day, but we don't care. We are never up and out early and that's when it seems to be wettest. Left here about 10:45am(ish) and drove for just over an hour and found the Lost Gardens of Heligan, which are now not lost at all but a great whole day out.
 The children's assault course proved a challenge which I didn't even attempt. But the rope bridge later I did do and there's photographs to prove it on other cameras!

 Does Hubby look like he's Irish dancing to you?
 We'd had a hefty burger lunch and been out all day so decided on a pizza and games evening in.

Tuesday 11 July
Wet all day, so a very lazy start and went out nearly lunch time driving into Falmouth which is very close and an inside activity at the Maritime Museum


 Didn't seem to take many photos, guess I was too busy reading all the info and playing with all the hands-on bits.

This rather splendid serpent is almost opposite the place we are staying, so while the men were parking the car (a tight squeeze inside our tiny gated courtyard) and it wasn't raining too hard I popped down and asked it to pose for a pic!
Pleased to say it stayed dry enough for a walk down the road to The Seven Stars pub for dinner and pool. And again Steven was waiting to say goodnight.

Wednesday 12 July
Wonderful weather Wednesday and we didn't waste a bit of it. About an hours drive to Marazion for a walk along a vast and stunning beach. Then across the man-made causeway to the little island of St Michael's Mount.
 First stop there for refreshments, which probably should have been a nutritional lunch but we went for cream tea instead.....well we are in Cornwall.
 Back in the car and along some very tight roads through Penzance to Mousehole, planning to find a pub for an early dinner as we had tickets for the theatre. Unfortunately the pub we found was rather pretentious and only served an afternoon snack menu of things that didn't even go together if you wanted to make up a substantial plate. Meals were not being cooked till 6pm and that menu was expensive and too late for us. So a drink then back on the road.
 Very pretty harbour and we had fun watching a large group of children playing in the water.
 Hubby did a fantastic job of getting through yet more very tight roads with minimal passing places. Making every one of our car sensors beep wildly in turn and sometimes two or three going at once!

Next stop Porthcurno for an evening at the Minack Theatre. On the website it said about Katie's Hotspot food stall but today's choices were all curry or spicy. So the men headed off on foot to the cafe we'd seen 1/4 mile back, meanwhile we got in the queue. When they eventually returned, looking hot and tired as apparently the walk down via the beech and back along the road "was quite demanding". The cafe wasn't even open when they got there so they were forced to go into the pub and thankfully they did takeaway and they could even have a pint while it was being cooked.

So sitting in the upper terraces, on our hired seat pad with back rest, eating breast of chicken in a bun with chips, with the stunning views of the sea, watching a singing and dancing story telling of Nell Gwynn.
Long drive back (have to say the back of this car is really quite comfy) and a quick cuppa and bed just before 1am.

Thursday 13 July
Bit of a coats-on-coats-off-coats-on again sort of day but weather didn't stop us, so out to the National Trust Trelissick Gardens and House.

Beautiful blooms. Can't understand how they get so many colours growing together when I always thought it was soil type that dictated the colour. I can't even get hydrangeas to grow at all in our garden at home.
 Fantastic views too.
 N did the children's trail and won a sticker for completing it all.
 The home owners are also owners of spode pottery and the volunteer guides in each room were really knowledgeable and eager to share their knowledge.
 Home for wine time out on the terrace.
 Dinner was at The Waterside (brilliant we have three good places in walking distance). Stopped again at Seven Stars pub (only has 4.5 stars on trip advisor hahaha) for our holiday darts tournament. We swapped marital partners and T and I won 2:1 not that I'm bragging of course!

Friday 14 July
Our last day and we didn't want Hubby to do any driving as he'd have the long drive home tomorrow. So a walk around the village with the first stop at the church right next door as the door was open.


When we passed the Royal Standard pub this time we noticed that the floral arrangements were actually planted in handbags, amazed I hadn't noticed that before hahaha.
Down again to the point for the best view ever and while children played on the sand and people let their dogs run and play in the water, friendsN&T climbed over rocks and pocked in the rock pools.
We bought just enough to add to the bits we had leftover to make up lunch, then said our goodbyes to Steven waiting for us up on his roof and walked up the steep hill home for the last time. 
An afternoon walk along some little lanes we hadn't investigated before.

A luxury last night dinner almost delivered to our door as the Cornish Codfather mobile fish and chip van stops right outside our gate on a Friday night. It was delicious and polystyrene boxes don't need washing up! 

Saturday 15 July
Early morning and the usual throw it all back into the suitcases and bags they came in, then fit it all back into the boot, write nice things in the visitors book, check everywhere and pile us into the car and away.

Left at 9am and we arrived home about 6:30pm which wasn't too bad as that included a comfort break, a lunch stop (back at the Black Dog pub we found a week before), a very slow bit on the M25, dropping off at home friendsN&T and unloading their stuff and accepting a quick cuppa gratefully, then the last stop just to buy milk before finally unloading our stuff through our front door.

A great week with great friends.
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Friday, 16 June 2017

Love a discount......


Hubby and I drove over (he's just over an hour away) to take bilA to lunch as he has had a recent birthday.

Whenever I eat out I first check if where we are eating is included in our AA membership discount voucher which gives us 20% off and as bilA's local favourite is the Harvester it was included yaaay!

The day before in my emails I received another Harvester voucher that was a £10 off if you spend £30......even better!

It's not that we can't afford full price thankfully, or that we specifically eat in only the places that offer us incentives, it's just if they want to offer I'm more than happy to accept lol.

When we arrived at the restaurant we parked and all commented on the new and improved exterior, then through the doors to discover the interior had been given the full refurb treatment. We were greated by a very happy welcoming waitress who instantly told us today was 50% off as it was the first day to open after its makeover!

The food tasted even nicer knowing we had a super duper discount 😃😆😉
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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Theatre: Our Man in Havana......



Presented by Creative Cow 
By Graham Greene
Adapted by Clive Francis

“You should dream more, Mr. Wormold. Reality in our century is not something to be faced.” 
Graham Greene, Our Man in Havana

Cuba 1958. Meet Jim Wormold – a hapless vacuum cleaner salesman who gets sucked in to a dirty world of espionage and double agents when the chance of helping out MI6 with a job or two proves too good an offer to resist. And, quite frankly, he could do with the cash to pay for his teenage daughter’s ever increasing lifestyle. 

Thrillingly adapted for the stage by Clive Francis, this uproarious farce is filleted to perfection from Graham Greene’s hilarious, subversive and ever popular novel.

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Hmmmm well the positives were four actors who absolutely worked their socks off and portrayed so many different characters amongst them. 

The premise of the story could have been hilarious but the execution was actually boring. The scenes were far too short and because they didn't achieve anything in the rushed and confused dialogue the actors had to supplement with words to the audience to tell us what's going on. And  for scene changes the constant movement of a table/desk and chairs was distracting. 

Billed as a farce but no laugh out loud moments and all played at the same manic pace so no highs or lows. A missed opportunity as it could have been really good. 
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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Knitting......


Finished knitting this tunic last night, then today was so lovely and sunny and warm that I couldn't keep it on beyond lunch time 😂😎😅


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Diss Organ Festival.......


Sunday morning was a damp grey day and Hubby was out for the day meeting friends. He had been out all day Saturday doing his charity work too so when the weather brightened up and Daughter mentioned on Facebook that she was going out I invited myself along.

Daughter, O and I went to Diss in Norfolk for this...

There were an amazing collection of organs of all shapes and sizes, playing all varieties of music. They were mostly surrounding a large park land field but carried on through the high street too.

I can't take any credit for these photos as Daughter took them all and I've stolen them.

It was as much fun seeing the workings round the backs as it was admiring the pretty painted fronts. This mechanical one had to be continuously turned by hand.

As we walked passed the beautiful lake we bumped into Daughter's friends and stopped for a brief chat till a bored O dragged us away.


We called into St Marys church to have a look around and admired their organ pipes too. 

Lunch was in a Costa, O's choice as he knows what he likes in there. 

Then we walked on to the museum. A lovely small space that was crammed full of interesting things. Hands-on curios to investigate and the elderly volunteer on the desk came over especially to make sure O knew it was ok to touch and eagerly encouraged him. 

After walking back towards the lake and stopping in the queue for icecreams we bumped into other friends I knew and O enjoyed saying hello to their dogs. 

The Loades family, who are very well known locally, have done an amazing clean up job on their heritage model fairground which is now fully working and was here on show for the first time since the 80's. The smaller chap in the photo is about forth generation "fairground Loades" (I think) and so eager to follow us in to explain all the exhibits to us. 

And although there were very few fairground type games O still managed to ring the bell twice on this one to win himself a prize. 

A lovely day out :-)
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