Sunday, August 31, 2008

Awards come in twos!

Isn't this the sweetest little button...
.....that has just been given to me by Karisma after it was bestowed on her by Robin. Karisma is an amazing person and I always look forward to reading her posts. Not only does she home school, she writes brilliant poetry and takes interesting photos. Karisma knows me well and she has reminded me I can only give love to 7 friends and you know how difficult that is for me.

So I'm going to pass this on to:

Kitten over at Kitten's Homeschool as she needs a little love at the moment.

Pamela whose dust is always waiting The Dust will wait and I find this very comforting as I much prefer blogging to dusting!

Karmyn over at Dreaming What ifs who has not long added a beautiful little Caboose to her lovely family. We all had so much fun following her pregnancy and his late arrival. He's now a beautiful smiling 3 month old.

Jettie over at We start and End with Family I enjoy hearing about her lovely family (they will soon have an addition) and seeing her photos. She is running a competition to give a title to one of her photo so you might want to check it out).

Angela at the The Lurchers because she loves her animals and often fosters abandoned Lurchers until they can be re-homed. She also lives in a beautiful spot and I enjoy seeing all her photos. Angela has a new camera so I'm eagerly awaiting her next photos.

Daffy over at Approaching 40 as we often seem to be on the same wave length and share the same sense of humour.

Terri over at My Four Kids who had now been in Alaska a year. It must be the grandmother in me because I love to see how her children are getting on in their new life. She also lives in beautiful place so I get to enjoy some spectacular photos.

So how did I do Karisma.... see I can obey the rules sometimes!!!!

Now for the second award.......

Alix at Marmite and tea has just been having a wonderful touring holiday and she ended up visiting San Francisco which is a place I love because it's where my eldest daughter, Sam, lives. She has still found time to bestow this lovely award on some of her blogging pals and I'm lucky enough to be one of them.

Now I don't think I have any restrictions on how many people I pass this one on to so in addition to my two daughters, Beccy and Sam, who are most definitely my dearest friends; I give this to all my blog buddies who I trust because they are very caring and have provided me with kindness, through their encouraging but honest comments.

I will be putting these awards into my gallery and I thank Karisma and Alix for nominating me ~ I feel like I'm at the Oscars isn't it great!

2007: Today is blog day


Saturday, August 30, 2008


Judy over at Judysteapot tagged me so that she could find out just how bad my memory is! She wants to know:

What I was doing when......

Princess Diana's death - 31 August 1997 weekend

I can't remember exactly what I was doing but I think it was a weekend because I do remember spending a lot of time in front of the TV on that day. I found it hard to believe at first, and it was so very sad for Princes William and Harry. I must also confess that one of my first thoughts were, *was this just a tragic accident*!

Margaret Thatcher's resignation - 22 November 1990

This is the day after Beccy's birthday but I have no idea what I was doing. I expect I was at work~probably doing an inspection of some day care establishment.

Attack on the twin towers - 11 September 2001

This was less than two weeks after I had started working for Ofsted. I was getting used to being based at home and I clearly remember my mother coming to tell me a plane had flown into the Twin Towers. My initial thought was that my mother hadn't got it right, then when I turned my TV on I though it *what an awful accident* but I soon realised my mistake. I think I spend the day running between my computer doing my work and the TV to catch any updates.

England's World Cup semi final v Germany - 4 July 1990

This was just after I had completed a 2 year secondment to Bristol University for CQSW (Social work). I have no interest in football so I doubt I even watched the match, but I probably saw the highlights.

President Kennedy's Assassination - 22 November 1963

Again I don't recall any detail because at the time I was quite young (19) and I was in the middle of training to become a SRN (state registered nurse). I don't recall whether I was on night or day duty. I can tell you it was pretty hard work back then. I had no real interest in politics but do recall feeling quite shocked that a public person could be assassinated that easily.

I'm not tagging anyone in particular but if you fancy doing this because you have a better memory than me then consider yourself tagged.

2007: Pigeon Post

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Friday, August 29, 2008

Hunt the Book

Many of you will know that, my eldest daughter, Sam has been in San Francisco for the past seven years. I think it is safe to say that she is very happy living there and hopes to remain there permanently. I've shipped a lot of her belongings over and some things have gone over in a suitcases as we have travelled to and fro. Despite this there are still a lot of things that has been left in storage with me. I have got one small room that is stacked practically from floor to ceiling. A few boxes of teapots belong to Beccy but the vast majority belong to Sam. Now she is very keen to have one particular cookery book that is in one of the many boxes. In hindsight I don't know why I didn't take it to Portugal when we met up there back in June!
Anyway yesterday I decided to go and look through the boxes and try to find the book. At the time I also thought I would record the search. I think this was a mistake, because it's turned out to be a fairly boring video so I'm not really expecting you to watch it.
So if you didn't watch the video~this is a photo of the storage room and the book I found
Now do you think the reason she treasures this book is because of the rather sweet inscription, written in her own fair hand!

I have an earlier version of this same cookery book that is so old and battered because it has been so well used over the years. It has been stuck with cellotape and is covered with food marks but I wouldn't ever part with it and I still use it more than all my other cookery books. I wonder if you have a favourite cook book!

2007: Witty Wednesday #17

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Never mind Twenty Wishes....My wish was granted!

A couple of days ago I read this post over at my friend Daffy's. Now never being one to be backwards in coming forward (have I got that right!), I politely suggested that the book came my way. I had an email from Daffy yesterday, asking for my adress, and would you believe what arrived in today's post. I could hardly get the package open before my mother pounced on it so, being a dutiful daughter, I said she could read it first (I'm already in the middle of a book so it worked out well)! I will then pass it on to Beccy and tell her to do the same.

I'm sure we are all going to enjoy this book so BIG THANK YOU to Daffy.

2007: What kind of frog or work of art are you

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Witty Wednesday # 62

Ponder on these imponderables for a minute:-

1. If you take an Oriental person and spin him around several times, does he become disoriented?

2. If people from Poland are called Poles, why aren't people from Holland called Holes?

3. Do infants enjoy infancy as much as adults enjoy adultery?

4. If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?

5. If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?

6. Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?

7. When cheese gets its picture taken, what does it say?

8. Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist but a person who drives a racing car not called a racist?

9. Why are a wise man and a wise guy opposites?

10. Why do overlook and oversee mean opposite things?

11. Why isn't the number 11 pronounced onety one?

12. 'I am' is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that 'I do' is the longest sentence?

13. If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn't it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked, and dry cleaners depressed?

14. What hair colour do they put on the driver's licences of bald men?

15. I thought about how mothers feed their babies with tiny little spoons and forks so I wondered what do Chinese mothers use? Toothpicks?

16. Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post Office? What are we supposed to do, write to them? Why don't they just put their pictures on the postage stamps so the postmen can look for them while they deliver the mail?

17. You never really learn to swear until you learn to drive.

18. No one ever says, 'It's only a game' when their team is winning.

19. Ever wonder about those people who spend $2.00 apiece on those little bottles of Evian water? Try spelling Evian backwards: NAIVE

20. Isn't making a smoking section in a restaurant like making a peeing section in a swimming pool?

22. OK ... so if the Jacksonville Jaguars are known as the 'Jags' and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are known as the 'Bucs,' what does that make the Tennessee Titans?

23. If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhoea, does that mean that one enjoys it?

24. Why if you send something by road it is called a shipment, but when you send it by sea it is called cargo?

25. If a convenience store is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, why are there locks on the door?

Have a fun filled day

2007: Fun Monday #31


Tuesday, August 26, 2008

2nd crop of home grown spuds!

Do you recall this post about the red potatoes we grew in a tub. Well yesterday the second crop was ready to harvest. These were a smaller, white variety, and a different shape. I am planning on cooking some for dinner tonight so I hope they taste as good as they look.

This is two down and one tub left to go for this year! We may expand a bit next year all being well.

2007: Everything happens in threes

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Fun Monday # 80 Trivia

The lovely ladies over at mama drama have set us today's assignment they are wanting to find out.....

'What funny trivial fact do you remember that you probably should have forgotten a long time ago?'

Well here in the UK you can substitute James Garfield for any number of Kings and Queens, knights, Prime Ministers all with funny little stories such as...

King Alfred who burnt the cakes (probably bread if it happened at all)

St George (patron saint of England) who slew the dragon

Sir Francis Drake -was playing bowls on Plymouth Hoe when told that the Spanish Armada had arrived. He apparently declared that there was time to finish the match and then to defeat the Spanish; he lost the game, but won the battle.(myth probably)

Sir Walter Raleigh is supposed to have laid his clock at the feet of Queen Elizabeth to stop her walking in a muddy puddle. He is also said to be responsible for introducing tobacco and the potato to England (again myths).

So my head if full of this sort of useless trivia picked up from school.....
.....however one thing that does stick in my head is that when I was in junior school we had to learn poems and this is one that really appealed to me not that I could get my head around a lot of the words when I was about 10 years old. Now, I only ever remember bits of the last verse:


QUINQUIREME of Nineveh from distant Ophir,
Rowing home to haven in sunny Palestine,
With a cargo of ivory,
And apes and peacocks,
Sandalwood, cedarwood, and sweet white wine.

Stately Spanish galleon coming from the Isthmus,
Dipping through the Tropics by the palm-green shores,
With a cargo of diamonds,
Emeralds, amythysts,
Topazes, and cinnamon, and gold moidores.

Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack,
Butting through the Channel in the mad March days,
With a cargo of Tyne coal,
Road-rails, pig-lead,
Firewood, iron-ware, and cheap tin trays.

by John Masefield

I'm looking forward to extending my education this week so will see you all later!

2007: Pay it Forward

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Thought for Today

My mother wanted me to share this and it does seem quite apt as it is Sunday:

(Author Unknown)

LORD, for tomorrow and its needs
I do not pray,
Keep me,my God, from stain of sin
Just for today.
Let me both diligently work and duly pray;
Let me be kind in word and deed
Just for today.
Let me be slow to do my will
Swift to obey;
Keep me in Thy loving care
Just for today.
Let me do no wrong or idle word
Unthinkingly say;
Set Thou a seal upon my lips
Just for today.
Let me in season, Lord, be grave,
In season gay:
Let me faithful to Thy grace,
And if today, my tide of life
Shall ebb away
Grant me dear Lord,
Thy sacrament Divine.
So, for tomorrow and its needs
I do not pray
O, keep me, guide me, love me Lord
...Just for today.

You may not believe in God but there are still some wise sentiment expressed in these words.

2007: What does your eye see

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

What's your names hidden meaning

Another little thing I found over at Small Reflections. A hidden meaning to my name well it was like red rag to a bull I had to charge in there to see what what my name means......

What Christine Means

You are very open. You communicate well, and you connect with other people easily.

You are a naturally creative person. Ideas just flow from your mind.

A true chameleon, you are many things at different points in your life. You are very adaptable.

You are truly an original person. You have amazing ideas, and the power to carry them out.

Success comes rather easily for you... especially in business and academia.

Some people find you to be selfish and a bit overbearing. You're a strong person.

You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.

You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.

You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.

You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It's easy to get you excited... which can be a good or bad thing.

You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don't stick with any one thing for very long.

You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.

You are the total package - suave, sexy, smart, and strong.

You have the whole world under your spell, and you can influence almost everyone you know.

You don't always resist your urges to crush the weak. Just remember, they don't have as much going for them as you do.

You are a seeker. You often find yourself restless - and you have a lot of questions about life.

You tend to travel often, to fairly random locations. You're most comfortable when you're far away from home.

You are quite passionate and easily tempted. Your impulses sometimes get you into trouble.

You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.

You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.

You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.

You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.

At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

I'm sure you will be just as curious as was...but will you admit it!!

2007: CN Tower & Toronto Island

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Friday, August 22, 2008

King Bladud's Pigs

I first need to introduce you to King Bladud so that you understand........

King Bladud’s Pigs in Bath is a summer 2008 public art event to celebrate Bath, its origins and its artists and provide residents and visitors with some artistic enjoyment. One hundred life-size pig sculptures turned into works of art are on display throughout the summer all around Bath and beyond - to be gathered in at the end of September, then auctioned off in October for the benefit of the Two Tunnels Project.

When Beccy and Ben were here a few weeks ago you may remember me telling about our visit to Fishworks Cafe. As we left the cafe we saw the pig below and it took a lot of persuasion to get Ben to pose with the pig. However once we turned it into a game he got very excited and we rushed around looking for as many pigs as possible in the limited time available. We didn't have a pig map (although I do now) but we managed to find a few and I thought I would share them with you.

Pig of Paradise (high in a tree)
Hammy Houdini the Espigologist
Ayla the Historical Sow
Hedge Hog
Rocky (on top of a silo at Coombe Down and sponsored by the company,{Hydrock}, who employ Embee).

I think you will agree they are magnificent pieces of fun art. I don't expect I will get the opportunity to see all the pigs, although I would like to, and I'm sure they will make a lot of money when they are auctioned in October.

2007: Witty Wednesday-16

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

What Olympic Sport are you?

I saw this over at small reflections and I can never resist having a try at these things. I was rather pleased to come out as tennis because that was definitely my sport for many years. Both my daughters play and now two of my grandchildren are playing.

You Are Tennis

You are highly competitive and driven.

You're in it to win, and you will keep going until you do.

You crave fame, success, and the envy of others.

I don't think all the comments fit me but I'm a bit of a fighter and I do like winning.

If you give it a go let me know which Olympic Sport you are!

2007: Georgian Bath


Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Witty Wednesday # 61 Blonde, Vodka, Irish

Embee emailed me this one this morning so with apologies to blondes:













This Vodka one is also from embee:

The perils of VODKA

A new priest at his first mass was so nervous he could hardly speak.

After mass he asked the monsignor how he had done.

The monsignor replied, 'When I am worried about getting nervous on the pulpit, I put a glass of vodka next to the water glass. If I start to get nervous, I take a sip.'

So next Sunday he took the monsignor's advice.

At the beginning of the sermon, he got nervous and took a drink.

He proceeded to talk up a storm.

Upon his return to his office after the mass, he found the following note on the door:

1) Sip the vodka, don't gulp.

2) There are 10 commandments, not 12.

3) There are 12 disciples, not 10.

4) Jesus was consecrated, not constipated.

5) Jacob wagered his donkey, he did not bet his ass.

6) We do not refer to Jesus Christ as the late J.C.

7) The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are not referred to as Daddy, Junior and the spook.

8) David slew Goliath; he did not kick the sh-it out of him.

9) When David was hit by a rock and was knocked off his donkey, don't say he was stoned off his ass.

10) We do not refer to the cross as the 'Big T.'

11) WhenJesus broke the bread at the last supper he said, 'Take this and eat, for this is my body.' He did not say, 'Eat me.'

12) The Virgin Mary is not called 'Mary with the Cherry'..

13) The recommended grace before a meal is not: Rub-A-Dub-Dub thanks for the grub, Yeah God.

14) Next Sunday there will be a taffy pulling contest at St. Peter's not a peter pulling contest at St. Taffy's.

This Irish joke arrived in my inbox, from John yesterday.

Paddy was working at the fish plant in Cork when he accidentally cut off all 10 of his fingers.

He went to the emergency room in Cork 's hospital.

The doctor looked at Paddy and said, 'Lets be avin' da fingers and I'll see what oi can do'.

Paddy said, 'Oi haven't got da fingers.'

'Whadda ya mean you haven't got da fingers? Lord Tunderin' Jesus, it's 2008!

We's got microsurgery and all kinds of incredible techniques. I could have put dem back on and made you like new! Why didn't ya bring da fingers?!?'

And Paddy said, ' How da fock was I 'spose to pick them up !!!

Hope these put smile on your face and remember it's all down hill to the weekend!

2007: Fun Monday-30

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

This and That!

I haven't written a proper post today as I didn't have enough time to prepare my photos. This is because I spent quite a lot of today catching up reading the rest of the Fun Monday posts I couldn't get to yesterday. I'm still not sure I actually made it to everyone, but I did my best.

Rather than reply individually to all the entertaining answers you gave to the question I posed, I would just like to say thank you for your brilliant efforts. If you had been here you would have heard me laughing; I just knew there would be a lot of inspired responses to my little bit of nonsense!

Anyone who reads my blog regularly might remember my mother is being investigated for a problem with her lung. So far they haven't found the cause and early this evening we had to take her for a scan. It was an odd time 5:25pm but it did mean Embee was home to drive us and drop us off as close as possible to the Radiology department. It was not easy for my mother lying in the position necessary for the scan but she managed it and survived the ordeal, by concentrating on saying her prayers throughout.
Thanks to the helpful cleaner (I'm sure they have some fancy name these days), I found out where the wheelchairs are kept and borrowed one to save my mother the long walk through the building to the exit door. She could hardly breath and the injections had made her feel a bit dizzy (I wonder why they didn't warn us!). She is now safely tucked up in bed, because we go back tomorrow afternoon to see the consultant and hopefully he will have the scan results and will give us a diagnosis.
If you could keep her in your thoughts tomorrow afternoon I would appreciate it.

2007: John's Challenge

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Fun Monday # 79 What will it be....a question or a bird!

We have another great hostess this week; Lisa as you will know is a brilliant photographer, so I'm not at all surprised she gave us a photographic option this week.
So the choices are:

What is one thing you would like to ask your readers? Come up with a question to pose to your visitors and throw it out there on Monday. As we’re all visiting each other’s Fun Monday posts we should answer the various questions we come across.
Show&Tell me about a bird, I’m easily made happy.

Now this is Fun Monday isn't it so I put this question to you.....

If it takes a hen and a half, a day and a half to lay an egg and a half, how long would it take a blue eyed Mongolian to sandpaper an elephant down to a whippet?
I wonder who will have an inspired answer!

I can never get the birds to stay still long enough for me to take a picture well there was this one....

but I will leave you with a picture of a magnificent bird who will never fly again...
....I'm sure you can all name this bird!

Pop over to Lisa's to find out who is posing a question or posting a photo, or both if like me they bent the rules!

2007: Signs speak louder than words

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Healthiest Option!!!

Embee promised to treat me to lunch out and as I'm not one to turn down any offer which means I don't have to cook I immediately agreed! So as I had some clothes to return we decided on the Deli bar of our local Marks & Spencer store.

We have been here several times and Embee is gradually eating his way through the menu. This time he decided to try the burger mainly because he liked the look of the chips when he saw someone eating them last time we ate there. He did let me try one chip! I opted for the Chicken Caesar Salad which came with sour dough bread ...and a glass of cranberry juice......
All the food is prepared as you wait and much is actually done in front of you so you can see what is going on. It's not fancy and it is next to the food section of the store so I guess they see it as a good advert for their food. It is certainly worth a visit, and Beccy before I get a comment to say I haven't taken you there~next time you come but I'm not sure it would appeal to the children!

Related post Ladies who lunched! September 2007

2007: Summer in the Early 50's

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Garfield on Diets

This is Embee's story and he's sticking to it. This has been on the wall of his study since the 80's.'s beginning to fade unfortunately our waist lines aren't!

2007: The Council knows best!

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Salad Leaves

I seem to be in garden mode at the moment. These salad leaves were a big hit with me this year. Once they started growing there was no stopping them!
From this ....

to this in ten days.....

I even managed to spare some for the tortoises!

2007: Witty Wednesday 15

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

When in doubt blame the British weather!

Isn't that what the farmers do!!

I fully realise that talking about the weather is a very boring British pastime. It's either too cold, too hot, too humid and we have far too much rain.
Well actually, as far as I am concerned, we are having far too much rain at the moment and not enough sun. Why, because, apart from the fact that too many of my pot plants becoming water logged and rotting, I have plenty of these growing in my garden........

but only...........two are anywhere near ripening.

We do have a few blackberries beginning to turn colour but it will only be a small crop as it is a new plant.
........however, on a brighter note, Embee and I did enjoy some French Beans earlier in the week........after a friend gave me five very small plants which actually benefited from the rain!

When Beccy was staying she posed the question "as you get so little return, is growing in pots and borders actually cost effective". The short answer is no but even the very small amount that we manage to grow is fresh, free from pesticides and tastes wonderful so I guess that the answer is ........well what do you think!!

PS Also a worrying fact is that the tortoises do not eat when it is cold and wet so they are not building up for the long hibernation.

2007: Wookey Hole Caves

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Witty Wednesday # 60 Definitions

Now I wonder why Embee sent me this:-

A man went in and tried to rob a Bank, he was given money and as he was leaving asked one of the Customers standing there, "Did you see me rob this Bank?"

The man whispered back, "Yes I did",

The Robber shot him in the head.

He turned to another couple in the Bank, "Did you see me do this robbery?"

"No Sir I did not," the man replied instantly, "But I know my wife did"


These arrived in my inbox, from John last week.


A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing in the middle.

A place where women curl up and dye.

Someone who is fed up with people.

The only things you eat before they are born and after they are dead.

A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours.

Mud with the juice squeezed out.

Someone who is usually me-deep in conversation.

Cold Storage.

Cutting money in half without damaging the paper.

An insect that makes you like flies better.

Grape with a sunburn.

Something you tell to one person at a time.

A bunch of bones with the person scraped off.

The pain that drives you to extraction.

One of the greatest labor saving devices of today.

An honest opinion openly expressed.

Something other people have, similar to my character lines.

Last one is my personal favourite probably because I have a lot of these!!

2007: Fun Monday 29


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Award & meme

I feel very privileged to have been given this award not only for a second but also a third time within a few days of each other by my very kind friends Kitten and Alison. I'm only sorry that it's taken me a while to get this post published. Along with the award comes a meme which I might just have done before, I didn't trawl my archives to check so here goes:

(A.) attached or single? Attached for the second time for past 30 years.

(B.) best friend? I would have to say my children

(C.) cake or pie? depends if it's home baking...I hate having to choose so I won't!

(D.) day of choice? if I was still at work it would be Friday now I'm retired it's holiDAY

(E.) essential item? gotta be the computer where would I be without you guys!

(F.) favorite color? I love autumn colours but also the whole purple/deep pink/blue range

(G.) gummy bears or worms? difficult but gummy bears

(H.) hometown? Bristol UK

(I.) favorite indulgence? Champagne

(J.) January or July? It ought to be January when it's my birthday but much prefer July when we should get some sun!

(K.) kids? two girl who have long since flown the nest

(L.) life isn't complete without? my family what else would you expect me to say

(M.) marriage date? March 78 that's as close as I'll give you and it's not because I can't remember!

(N.) number of brothers & sisters? I only have 1 brother and that's enough to cope with

(O.) oranges or apples? apples~oranges are not good for my arthritic joints

(P.) phobias? small enclosed spaces really panic me

(Q.) quotes? Love means not ever having to say you're sorry. Erich Segal

(R.) reasons to smile? being alive :)

(S.) season of choice? oooh difficult spring/autumn but summer is also great (I'm sitting on the fence on this one!)

(T.) tag seven peeps! not sure I know 7 people who haven't done this or who would thank me for tagging them~sorry but if anyone is keen let me know and I would be delighted to tag you!

(U.) unknown fact about me? if I tell it won't be unknown!

(V.) vegetable? any that are home grown and freshly picked.

(W.) worst habits? liking chocolate and crisps thats why I'm overweight!

(X.) x-ray or ultrasound? I've had both I'm sure you won't thank me for details!

(Y.) your favorite food? the food I would have as a treat is beef

(Z.) zodiac sign? Aquarius

Not sure you will have learned anything new about me!
I'm actually giving the award and tagging Lisa @ Bombastic Bandicoot who has been stalking following me for some months (I didn't know). I feel quite flattered. Lisa has some really cute doggy pictures you should visit her and say hello as she is fairly new to blogging.

2007: Embee's Birthday Bash

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Fun Monday # 78 Show and Tell

The hostess with the mostest this week is Aoj and at first glance she gave us an easy assignment...

"Show me your favourite photograph and tell me why it's your favourite.

It can be one you've taken yourself or one someone else has taken, a snapshot or a more professional image. Is there a story behind it? Do you love it for the memories it gives or just because it's pleasing to the eye?

Show me and tell me!"......

howeverI have so many favourite photos that I couldn't choose so I've decided to show you some recent art work by some of my favourite people....
my oldest grandson drew the first two
Mollie painted the one below for her Auntie Sam's birthday.

....and here is a picture of the artists with their brother

I think we are going to enjoy a lot of lovely photos today thanks to Aoj so hop over to her place and see who's exhibiting.

2007: What's in a name

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Bowood House cont.

Although Bowood House if only about 30 miles from Bristol I have never visited this pretty Estate. My family have been several times and the main attraction for the children is the adventure playground which I showed photos of yesterday. It is very pretty and you can take a walk to the lake (I didn't this time but I do intend to return to explore some more). I walked over to look at the house and the formal terraced gardens and here are some of the photos I took:

For the history of Bowwood Estate look here. I was not able to get a shot of the whole of the house but if you are interested you will see it in the link.

2007: Quick Hello

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Saturday, August 09, 2008

Adventure Playground at Bowood House

This playground is really for children under 12 yrs and adults accompanying younger children. However, looking at the children who were there I would say quite a few were older teenagers, including my grandson and his friend all of whom were really enjoying the fun. As you can see from the photos below. I always loved swing boats but decided to keep my feet on the ground and enjoy my newspaper and a book while Beccy had a snooze

2007: Tortoise Update

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