Friday, June 27, 2008

Postcard from the Algarve

Hello everyone just thought I would send you all a greeting from the Algarve. I won't make you envious by telling you how hot it is, but if I tell you I am sizzling, it will give you an idea! We are having a really lovely family holiday, eating out, BBQ's, lots of local food, including the best oranges I have ever tasted (would you believe 50 cent a kilo!). We have (well Sam did) even made pizza and cooked it in the special pizza oven (more about that when I get home!) We saw this shop in Portimao and the family decided that I had to have my photo taken! No prizes for guessing why! See you all in just over a week's time.

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Fun Monday # 72 My wardrobe re-visited!

I know I am on holiday but decided that I would get this done in advance so that I could join in~I must be mad!
Hulagirlatheart is our hostess in charge this week's assignment. She says:

'I can’t wait because I used to be a journalist you know, and I love prying information out of people...and I’m really nosey….ridiculously nosey. After much thought and consideration I’ve come up with the following topic….clothing…specifically clothing you can’t get rid of. We all have at least one or two items of clothing that we can’t part with, even if we can’t or don’t wear them. I want to know about yours. Show us if you have pictures or describe it in detail. Model it for us if you dare. Nothing naughty please-we don’t want to see your backside (or your front side) in that thong you foolishly bought in Cancun on vacation. Is it your old FFA jacket from high school (which my husband has)? A Grateful Dead concert t-shirt from 1978? A shirt from an old lover or that size *&! pair of jeans you hope you get into again one day? Or maybe the really large pair of jeans you wore before you lost 100 pounds or your grandma’s vintage wedding dress. Dig around in your closets and find something you want to share with us'.

Now when I read this, it reminded me of the very first time I hosted Fun Monday #11 back in April 2007. I, too, am a nosey so-and-so, and back then I also wanted to see what vintage clothes could be found in everyone's wardrobe! So if you didn't see my post first time around have a look now.

I'm sorry I won't be around to visit you all, just think of me enjoying all the sun, fresh sardines and some good wine!
If someone can let me know who is hosting on July 7th that will be great~ thank you

2007: Meme-objects a meter away!

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Portugal here we come!

Today we are off to Portugal for two weeks, where we meet up with Beccy and the gang. In a few days Sam will be joining us for a week. The last time we were all together on holiday was back in 2003 in Florida so I am really exited to have everyone together under one roof.
This is the villa that Beccy and Joules have booked.......
Later today I will be relaxing in the pool, can't wait.

So I will see you all in a couple of weeks. Then I'll bore you with loads of photos!!

2007: Meme-Eight Random Facts

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Witty Wednesday # 54 Irish dog and Marriage awareness~no connection!

John thank you for these....

Irish dog.

Muldoon lived alone in the Irish countryside with only his pet dog for company. One day the dog died, and Muldoon went to the parish priest and asked,'Father, my dog is dead, could ya' be saying a mass for the poor creature?'

Father Patrick replied, 'I'm afraid not, we cannot have services for an animal in the church. But there are some Baptists down the lane, and there's no tellin' what they believe. Maybe they'll do something for the creature.

Muldoon said, 'I'll go right away Father. Do ya' think £5,000 is enough to donate to them for the service?'

Father Patrick exclaimed, ' Sweet Mary, Mother of Jesus!! Why didn't ya' tell me the dog was Catholic?!'
Marriage Awareness
Many aspects of human sexuality are very puzzling. Take celibacy.
This can be a choice, or a condition imposed by environmental factors.

While attending a 'marriage awareness weekend', Robert and Mary listened to the instructor declare; ' It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other.'

He addressed the men. 'Can you each name your wife's favourite flower?'

Robert leaned over, touched Mary's arm gently and whispered,
'It's self raising, isn't it?'

Thus began Robert's life of celibacy.................................

Hope I've managed to put a smile on your face :)

2007: Fun Monday # 21 What hangs on my wall

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Trying to stop the thieves!

Embee has just made this to try and stop the birds from stealing the tortoise's fruit. The minute I go out there with food the birds arrive, sitting on the roof twittering with excitement. Is it not enough that they eat most of the loganberries and then they poop all over my car and yard! Now, don't get me wrong I like birds but I have to make sure the tortoises get enough food to build them up for the big winter sleep. Lets hope it works!

2007: Father's Day

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Fun Monday # 71 My Walls!

Jan of the prytz family is setting our assignment this week she says:

"The subject is walls. We all have walls of some sort. What I want to hear about and see, if you're going to show off your amazing photo skills, is what is on your walls, what color are your walls, what is special about them, what is your favorite or least favorite, is it inside or outside".

In some ways this week had been made very easy for me because a year ago (June 18th) we had a very similar topic Fun Mon # 21 What hangs on my walls. So I'm being really lazy and am resurrecting that post via the link. That means if you've seen what hangs on my walls before you can pass straight on by. Back then I was experimenting putting together a series of photos into a little video and it was well received at the time!
Now, when I started writing this post I had intended to stop right here, but then I though what else can I show you so I ran around the house and garden taking little snaps of the walls.
Having decided you have seen the internal walls I'm showing some of the outside...... You may remember our house was built in 1851 way before breeze block so we have stone walls that are slightly decorative at the front.
It's remarkable how seeds find their way into any little crevice and I found this growing in front garden (yard) wall.The back garden (yard) wall is brick, dull and uninteresting! Veranda (deck) just outside the kitchen door has a very boring looking wall as you can see!

I have shown glimpses of my bathroom before but I decided to show a picture of the double swag above the bath. All these tiles were made as they would have made back in Victorian times. It proved to be a time consuming and very costly process. I can't afford to change them even if I wanted to which I don't! I don't think the guy is making them anymore!

That's my lot for this week. I will visit as many of you as possible but I have a very busy few days before we head off on holiday on Thursday.

Past posts that include pictures and paintings:
Tamsie last picture on this post is on my breakfast room wall from a (Jan 08 post)
Artists and Achievements
Christmas present from Dillon (grandson) (Jan 08 post)
Beautiful Painting post showing painting done by Beccy's mother-in-law(July 07)
Birthday paintings (Jan 08)

2007: What kind of wine are you

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

A new discovery!

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Embee has made a new discovery and if it works I am going to feel a lot healthier (according to the feature list). The only trouble is the room where I have my computer has the wrong light fittings for this type of bulb. I spend a lot of time at my computer especially during the winter so maybe I won't get as much benefit as I imagine...only time will tell!

I just wonder if anyone else out there has ever tried this type of light!

2007: Well I never

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

What your fridge says about you!

I saw this over at Misslionheart and as always had to give it a go......

What Your Fridge Says About You

You like to be surrounded by things you love. You aren't exactly greedy, but you can be materialistic at times.

You tend to be a fairly thrifty person. You splurge occasionally, but you're mostly a saver.

You don't tend to be a very adventurous person, but you do surprise everyone now and then. You have a bit of a wild side.

You are responsible, together, and mature. You act like an adult, even when you don't feel like it.

You are likely married, possibly with kids.


2007: A tortoise tale

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Friday, June 13, 2008

What are we growing?

We don't have the sort of garden that allows us to grow very much in the way of vegetables. However we do try with a few herbs and other things, some in borders, troughs and pots and we thought we would try these in tubs....... About ten days ago I noticed some shoots breaking through the soil.....
three days later they looked like they look like this.....but what are growing~ no prizes for getting it right!??

OK the answer is John was the first to come up with the right answer. I will let you know if we are successful but it won't be for a while yet .

2007: Witty Wed 9 frog, drunk

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

What has Beccy been doing lately and Drift Racer Game

Now I know that there are a lot of you out there who have been missing Beccy, I know I do and I'm only her mother!! Some of you might even be saying who is Beccy! So when she sent me this photo that was taken at the end of the Flora Mini Marathon in Dublin, and then she told me she didn't have time to post about it I decided to remind everyone that she is alive and well! She did do some training for this run walk and I have to confess I can't remember how long it took them to get round. There were apparently thousands taking part and it took them about half an hour to even reach the starting line!
Beccy ran walked with her friend Kathy oops meant Sally, she doesn't like this photo, now me if I could look like that after any run walk (however short) I would be pretty pleased :)

Just to give you a few updates, Beccy is still very involved with the junior tennis and development of her club. Preparation for Mollie's birthday party the Saturday before last had meant a lot of baking, if I say whole class was invited you will get the picture. Then last Saturday was her church annual fund raiser, she did masses of baking for the cake stall and spent at least one whole day in the kitchen producing a wide variety of goodies. Her cakes and biscuites are very popular and sell quickly. She usually does the face painting but declined this year and helped on the toy stall instead. Other things that she has been involved in, managing one of the school football teams, MC for the school drama show, cocktail Queen (I expect she drank as much as she served!)... and this is only a small number of the things in which she is currently involved.

My grandson, Dillon, is in the middle of taking his Junior Cert. His last exam will be next Tuesday and I'm sure he will be very relieved when the pressure is off. My granddaughter, Mollie, has been revising for her end of year tests which are due soon, she works very hard and gets her mum to test her. Now what can I tell you about Ben, well he's in the top swimming group which is, in my opinion, very good for his age (proud grandma).

SIL Joules has recently been having flying lesson so far he has had four and is apparently loving it.
These are just some of the things that are keeping Beccy too busy to blog~ maybe I will have to do a monthly round up!

Now to my second item for today.... those of you who like games maybe interested in this....

Daughter Sam has been working on a project for a games site, where you can play, and make your own games. The Sims Carnival site has now been launched. We have been able to use this site for a while as part of the pilot and it is fun. Dillon made his own game called 'Drift Racer' and I hope you will give it a try and let me know what you think, or better still leave a comment on the game and give it your rating. Remember he was only 14 when he created the game. He is interested in working in this field when he finishes his education. So far I have managed to get the second highest score on this game, I just thought I would throw that in, I am aiming to get top of the leader board!

If you are interested you can try out a quiz on Sam's blog.

2007: Fruit Bread

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Witty Wednesday # 53 New Wine

My friend Carol knew I would find this one amusing :)

New Wine for Seniors
California vintners in the Napa Valley area, who produce Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio wines, have developed a new hybrid grape that acts as an anti-diuretic.
It is expected to reduce the number of trips older people have to make to the bathroom during the night.

The new wine will be marketed as..........


I'm gonna get me some of this wine!!
Short and sweet this week I bet that surprised and probably pleased you as not so much to wade through!

2007: Fun Monday 20 My Kitchen

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Letter to an inconsiderate motorist....

Dear Motorist,
On Saturday afternoon, as you are aware, you chose to park across the entrance to my property. You very effectively blocked vehicle access to and from my house. My car was behind the double gates that you perhaps failed to see~ I hope you don't need your eyes testing!

Before you point out that you pay road tax and it is not actually illegal to park where you did, I would remind you that although you may be technically correct, what is illegal is to prevent me access to and from my property. The dropped curb should have been an indicator!

I left a very polite note on your wind screen and even though my husband was in the front garden when you returned to your car you did not have the courtesy to acknowledge your mistake and apologise. I cannot be sure that you have not done this before, the last time it happened I did not take details~ but I do remember the car was blue, as is your!

Recently the problem is beginning to occur more frequently. So, this time I have decided to take photos and your registration details. I would never park across a driveway, gates or garage, even if it means parking further away from the house I am visiting.

In future, please show some respect for the law and park sensible leaving me free access to my property. Should you ignore my request and block my access again, I will not hesitate to call the police, who do have the power to make you move your car!

Angry and frustration

2007: Leisurely Sunday

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Monday, June 09, 2008

Fun Monday # 70 Childhood Memory

This week Molly is stirring the old grey matter and asking us to think back to our childhood. Our assignment is to....

'tell everyone about a happy memory from your childhood. If you have pictures, please show us your pictures'.

I have a lot of happy memories from my childhood and I wasn't sure which to choose so having left it to the last minute I looked through some old photos and chose a few to highlight memories:

On my 5th birthday I was bought a dog and it's a whole story in itself but this dog was not destined to stay with me and ended up with my granny! Although I accepted the situation several years later I was still craving a dog ~ both my brother and I were bought cats and they were OK but we wanted a dog!
So you can imagine how excited we were when our parents caved in and we went to a dogs home in Cheltenham and chose a Welsh terrior who we called Taffy. We loved him from the word go and he settled into our lives so easily. He let us do anything with him and needed very little encouragement to sit on our father's motorbike. It was often my job to clean that bike. No this is not a happy memory but it was quite funny really. My mother used to get me to clean the bike because she knew my father wouldn't trust me and would then come and help. He was very lazy so she cleverly used tatics that worked!
Do you see that wall in the background...Taffy could scale that wall no trouble and he would do this quite often (he might have been encouraged at first!) and he would then trot around to the entrance to our shop to be let in. I think it drove my mother mad but he thought it was a great game!
Taffy would happily sit in a box....... He also loved sitting on my mother's knee when she settled down for a nap. My mother would sit under this old eiderdown, that my father brought back from India after the war, even when temperatures were really high. We could never understand it, but she has always felt cold! A lot of my childhood memories surround my grandmother and I could write at length about her, but I won't. I will say she was a lovely lady who always had knitting with her, even on a day out.... My grandmother was the person who made sure we had picnics in the summer, even hiring a car to take and collect us. Once booked we had to go and even if it rained we stuck it out. My father had to have onions and sausages cooked on a fire, and we had to play cricket or football. I was less keen on this as I always seemed to be the one doing all the fielding!

I think I'll leave it there for today...the link below includes some other pictures of fun times.

Early Fun Monday Post 'Pictorial view of growing up after the war'

Hop over to Molly to see who else is sharing happy childhood memories.

2007: Whose your inner European and others just for fun

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Sunday, June 08, 2008

Meme~ all about me !

Tiggerlambgirl tagged me for this meme.......

The Rules:

1. The rules of the game get posted at the beginning of the post.
2. Each player answers the questions about themselves in their post.
3. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5-6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog.
4. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.


1. What was I doing ten years ago?

Oh my gosh, don't you know I'm getting old and hardly remember what happened 10 minutes ago let alone 10 years!! Damn why did I shred all my old diaries last month~ I might have found a clue!! Let me think in 1998, of course I was still working and had no idea that three years from then my working life would change! I'm sure I would have spent time in Ireland and Sam had not moved to the States so we would have also gone to London. I know that we were looking forward to a holiday in Cornwall with Beccy, Joules and grandchildren (only had two back then). My niece also got married in the October of that year. I've probably missed something significant!

2. What are five things on my list to do today?

a) laundry I always have laundry on a Saturday, (I wrote this in advance), I like get embee's work clothes and my swimming things from Friday afternoon, all washed....stupid really as I could leave it until next week, but not me... compulsive behaviour!!!

b) ironing is definitely on my list and I have a huge basketful to get through (done)

c) well it wasn't actually on my list but I did a bit of weeding.

d) start sorting clothes that I intend to take on holiday~ yes I have started trying on a few things to see if they still fit... no I'm not telling the world I've put on weight over the winter and I look gross!

e) renew my holiday insurance (no didn't get this done!)

3. Snacks I enjoy?

dried or fresh fruit....

however any kind of home made cake or biscuit would tempt me

embee sometimes brings me a bar of choc and crisps (choc yesterday!).... LOL you did notice I put the healthy option first!

4. Things I Would Do If I Were A Billionnaire?

Taking care of family and friends has always been a dream of mine. I would do a lot of charity work, possibly set up a foundation something involving children. I'd support cancer research, local hospitals and charities. Organise a bloggers party and fly everyone to somewhere warm and sunny (I know flying is not good for the environment but just once would be Ok)! and I certainly wouldn't forget the animals!
Most of all it would be worth giving away all one's wealth if you could achieve world peace and harmony between nations.

5. Three of my bad habits?

My worst habbit is that I no longer exercise enough and this is bad...bad...bad...

I spend too much time on the computer also very bad.....

It's a good job I can't afford it or I would drink too much champagne! for my third I will say I have a tendency to be skeptical and always look for the hidden agenda!! I think this might have something to do with my working background it didn't always pay to take things at face value in social work!

6. Five places I have lived?

I have lived in more than five different houses but only in three different places...I'm boring!

Nettlebed which I'm sure is not as I remember it as a young child.
Berkeley Looking through these photos brought back memories!
Bristol where I have actually spent most of my life, having moved here at the beginning of January 1962. I have actually lived in 6 different places in Bristol all within about a three mile radius.

7. Five jobs I've had?

I'm sure I've done a post on this before but I couldn't find it...

as a child..
worked in my parents shop and delivered newspapers
milk round and worked in greengrocers shop.

as an adult...
home care manager
social worker
ofsted inspector

8. How did you name your blog?

I'm just linking to this Fun Monday post where explaining how we named our blog was part of our task!

I don't think you have found out anything, from this post, that I haven't shared before... this is why I'm posting it on a Sunday when not many people come visiting.

I'm not passing this tag on to anyone so don't get worried, however if you are looking for a post consider yourself tagged!

2007: The wanderer Returns + Creme de Framboise-Update

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Saturday, June 07, 2008

Personality Test

I found this Personality Test over at Tiggerlambgirl a while back and as anyone who is a regular visitor knows I cannot resist taking a test. After all tests were my favourite thing at school, I don't think!
The Big Five is currently the most accepted personality model in the scientific community. The Big Five emerged from the work of multiple independent scientists/researchers starting in the 1950s who using different techniques obtained similar results. Those results were that there are five distinct personality traits/dimensions. Here are my results on each dimension:
Big Five Test Results
Extroversion (28%) low which suggests you are very reclusive, quiet, unassertive, and private.
Accommodation (70%) high which suggests you are overly kind natured, trusting, and helpful at the expense too often of your own individual development (martyr complex).
Orderliness (60%) moderately high which suggests you are, at times, overly organized, neat, structured and restrained at the expense too often of flexibility, variety, spontaneity, and fun.
Emotional Stability (40%) moderately low which suggests you are worrying, insecure, emotional, and anxious.
Inquisitiveness (36%) moderately low which suggests you are, at times, overly small minded, traditional, and conventional at the expense of intellectual curiousity, possibility, and progress.
Take Free Big Five Personality Test
personality tests by

I went on a management course at work not long before I retired where we had to do some of these type exercises to find out our management style (and,of course, the purpose of the exercise was for us to make improvements!!) I have to say the results were quite interesting and reasonably accurate. I think there could be a lot of truth in the above test results as well. However I might just challenge the last one~ traditional and conventional I might be, but small-minded, as the dictionary describes....

"mean-spirited, uncharitable; close-minded, shortsighted, myopic, blinkered, inward-looking, unimaginative, parochial, provincial, insular, small-town; intolerant, illiberal, conservative, hidebound, dyed-in-the-wool, set in one's ways, inflexible; prejudiced, bigoted".......

is surely not me...or do others see me differently!!! Feel free to comment truthfully!! Oh and if you haven't done this one give it a go!

2007: Goji Berries-Fruit Viagra

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Friday, June 06, 2008

Happy Birthday Sam...and Friday's 40 #6 Entwined

I remember this day so well. It was a lovely sunny day and I invited a couple of friend's with children to tea. This was the first time the paddling pool had been used. I had just got Sam out of the pool and dressed her in a little blue dress that was a present from her Auntie June. I turned my back for a second to help one of the other children and I turned around to this.......
.......straight back in the pool with all her clothes on, including her first pair of shoes that I still have! I also, still, have the bricks and walker that was her present from me and her dad.
We hope you have a lovely day
Love from Mum, Dad and Granny xxx
When I saw Robin's challenge this week I jotted down a few instant thoughts but was not seriously thinking of joining in as I already had my post for today. Then when I got a little reminder from Robin I suddenly realised that my thoughts, for the picture, actually tied in to my post for my daughter's birthday celebration!

The old and the new
Twisted and entwined
Nestled and nurtured
Forever joined
By strong family ties
That maybe cut
But are never lost.

If anyone is looking for inspiration for a post why don't join in!

2007: Happy Birthday Sam + Witty Weds #8 Budweiser Truck

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Who's a lucky girl..........

memememe.... I rarely get nice surprises in the post, its usually junk mail or bills so when this arrived yesterday I knew just what it was.... A while back Karisma offered a little prize for writing a poem. I entered tongue in cheek because poetry is not one of my strong points. So imagine my surprise when I was chosen by her family as the runner up! I now know how to speak Aussie!!!!
Thank you Karisma, this is a lot of fun and will be added to my collection :)

Now the other thing I got this week is this.....
from my buddy Alison..... who is very good at sharing the love with me as I have been lucky enough to get five awards from her. This makes me feel very special and I do hope we get to meet up one day so that I can thank her in person! This has already gone into my gallery.

Now I'm passing it on to:

Karisma who made my day yesterday :)

Asha who has been a constant friend from the time I started blogging.

Tiggerlambgirl whom I met recently and whose company I hope to enjoy again :)

Marmite Toasty to make you smile :)

Daffy because I see a (younger) kindred spirit!

Misslionheart who has just completed the Flora Marathon.

John who groans at my jokes and says he is going to find me some good ones!!!

Beccy who also completed the Flora Marathon on Monday.

Sam this is really for Friday xx

2007: Low Fat Moist Carrot Cake

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Witty Wednesday # 52

Willowtree supplied me with this first joke.....(elderly lady what or who is he hinting about!!!)

An elderly lady complains to the M.D. that she passes gas many times a day. "It's really more of a nuisance than a problem," she explains, "They're silent and they don't smell." The M.D. gives her a prescription and tells her to come back in a week.

She returns and says, "I don't know what it was you gave me, doc, but I still pass gas all the time, it is still silent, but it smells terribly!"

The M.D. replies, "Now that we've cleared up your sinuses, we'll see what we can do for your hearing."
Do you like corny~ if you do try these!!!

An elephant and turtle

An elephant was drinking out of a river one day, when he spotted a turtle asleep on a log. So, he ambled on over and kicked it clear across the river.

"What did you do that for?" Asked a passing giraffe.

"Because I recognized it as the same turtle that took a nip out of my trunk 53 years ago."

"Wow, what a memory" commented the giraffe.

"Yes," said the elephant, "turtle recall".
The very hungry lion

A hungry lion was roaming through the jungle looking for something to eat. He came across two men. One was sitting under a tree reading a book; the other was typing away on his typewriter. The lion quickly pounced on the man reading the book and devoured him. Even the king of the jungle knows that readers digest and writers cramp.
Farmer milks a cow

A farmer was milking his cow. He was just starting to get a good rhythm going when a bug flew into the barn and started circling his head. Suddenly, the bug flew into the cow's ear. The farmer didn't think much about it, until the bug squirted out into his bucket. It went in one ear and out the udder.
Pigeon flying in sky

But baby pigeon said, "I can't make it; I'll get too tired." His mother said, "Don't worry; I'll tie a piece of string to one of your legs and the other end to mine."

The baby started to cry.

"What's wrong?" said the mother.

"I don't want to be pigeon towed!"
Mary Poppins visiting

Mary Poppins was traveling home, but due to worsening weather, she decided to stop at a hotel for the night. She approached the receptionist and asked for a room for the night.

"Certainly madam", he replied courteously.

"Is the restaurant open still?" inquired Mary.

"Sorry, no," came the reply, "but room service is available all night. Would you care to select something from this menu?"

Mary smiled and took the menu and perused it. "Hmm, I would like cauliflower cheese please," said Mary.

"Certainly madam," he replied.

"And can I have breakfast in bed?" asked Mary politely. The receptionist nodded and smiled. "In that case, I would love a couple of poached eggs please," Mary mused. After confirming the order, Mary signed in and went up to her room for the night.

The night passed uneventfully and next morning Mary came down early to check out. The same guy was still on the desk.

"Morning madam...sleep well?"

"Yes, thank you," Mary replied.

"Food to your liking?"

"Well, I have to say the cauliflower cheese was exceptional, I don't think I have had better. Shame about the eggs tho....they really weren't that nice at all," replied Mary truthfully.

"Oh...well, perhaps you could contribute these thoughts to our Guest Comments Book.

We are always looking to improve our service and would value your opinion," said the receptionist.

"OK, I will...thanks!" replied Mary....who checked out, then scribbled a comment into the book. Waving, she left to continue her journey.

Curious, the receptionist picked up the book to see the comment Mary had written.


Finally to show I have a good sense of humour and women can take a joke!
Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Part V

Happy Wednesday it's countdown to the weekend :)
2007: Fun Monday # 19=Crafty Monday

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Seven Deadly Sins

I found this quiz by chance when Embee and I could only remember 5 of the deadly sins. He was trying to do the Sunday Telegraph Crossword and we had to use google to check. After we found the info we needed, I espied the quiz; I can never resist giving these a go and this is one I haven't seen before. Here are my results......
Envy:Very Low
Lust:Very Low
Pride:Very Low

Take the Seven Deadly Sins Quiz

Ha~I do have a bit of a temper but I thought I had mellowed in my old age~ clearly not!!

DON'T BE AFRAID TO GIVE IT A GO!!!!!! and then tell me how sinful you are!!!

2007: Embee has gone to France

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Monday, June 02, 2008

Fun Monday # 69 I own up to making it !!!

Karisma is our host this week and as she says here are....

"Da Rules.....

Well there are not any really! But you know, we all know that you made your kids so lets NOT choose them this time. (After all you did not make them with your hands or feet did you?)

And for those of you who are freaking out because you make "everything" with your hands, how about you just choose a few of your favourites!)

Those of you who are freaking out because "You never make things with your hands". Get off your lazy butt and make something! You have four get to it! (You could always bake a cake!) The possibilities are endless!"

Possibilities might be endless for those with nimble hands or feet, so I entered not having a clue what I was going to show you.... but wait a minute didn't we do something like this before..... Fun Monday # 19 was about craft and I showed you a few dance costumes and things I have kept over the years. So if you weren't a devotee of FM back then the link will show you a few things I made in the past and have kept.

I thought I had better add something only thing I've made recently (actually on Friday) is some Rhubarb and Strawberry Jam and it was a bit of a disaster because I don't think it set as well as it should have done.
The rhubarb came from our garden and the Strawberries were bought at a local market and came from Cheddar.
It was also rather sweet for me but my mother tried it and she said it was delicious, so I guess it won't be wasted!
I'm not posting the recipe as I wouldn't want to pass on something that I'm not too happy about!

I know this is not what Karisma had in mind, but she did say the possibilities were endless....

so I also MADE A COCK-UP of the printer programme on the computer. We have two computers sharing the same printer. On Friday for some reason the printer wasn't working from my computer. So the jobs were stacking up and I thought I was cancelling them but this action didn't seem to work, instead it stopped the printer. Next I tried re-setting it, however I couldn't work out how to do this properly and somehow I completely knocked out the printer on both machines. I feel very frustrated that I cannot sort it out myself. I am going to have to get someone who knows about Macs to help me out~I bet a call out fee will be costly and I can't wait until my son-in-law visits in August. So at the moment there's no light at the end of my tunnel.....
That's me done folks, sorry it's not a very inspiring post but that means you can quickly skip past me to the real talent, I'm on my way see you soon!

2007: Is advertising sexist + Altered Images

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Sunday, June 01, 2008

Is this a Hummer!!!!!!!

What do you do when you don't have anything to write about.... think back over the past week.......

We live on the corner of a quiet little cul-de-sac. Nothing much ever happens and quite a few elderly people live there. So you can imagine my surprise when one day last week my mother told me that at 6am she had seen police cars and vans at one of the houses and that she had watched them bring out, what looked like a box of papers. Why didn't she wake me up to take photos (I sleep at the front of the house and didn't hear a thing), any other time she calls me for flimsiest of reasons!!!

What is even more frustrating is that we haven't been able to find out yet what it was all about! My neighbour apparently went down to ask the police but he couldn't get anything out of them. He said the door had been damaged breaking in and the police had asked him who lived there. It is actually the home of an elderly gent and his disabled wife~ I do hate mysteries because I'm nosey interested in what happens on my doorstep!

Then on Friday evening this arrived and parked just opposite our house Embee happened to be out in the back yard and he asked one of the fire fighters what was happening and they were apparently fixing an alarm. I am totally amazed that fire services are used this way! Does this sort of thing happen where you live?

Then yesterday around teatime we noticed this drive into the road and Embee thinks it's a stretch Hummer. Is he right??
You are probably thinking 'how sad' she has nothing better to do but if you happen to be sitting in my dinning room overlooking the road it's difficult not to see what goes on remember this I spy picture on one of the Fun Monday posts!!!

Oh and an update from yesterday, we spied our neighbour out painting the wall and embee hasn't even finished the repair work yet, so now he has to wait for it to dry before he can carry on!

2007: Flapjack Surprise!

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