Our Robins are back and are putting us to shame with their energy and vocal ability.
For the past couple of weeks the pair (one slimmer and longer and one ..well...shorter and fatter..duh) have been a constant source of delight and entertainment for us from our sitting room window.
The hedge in front of the lawn is where the nest is (the same spot as last time) and this mated pair have flown from hedge to bush to lawn to car aerial to bush to lawn to hedge etc., over and over again without stopping. They have also never been quiet...they sit jabbering away and wittering on and I would love to know what on earth they are saying. As curious as we are about the contents of the nest, which is man high and looks to be quite deeply set into the hedge, we know that we musn't go near it.....but oh how I would love to see inside.
My sister is now settled, in a sort of way, into her retirement flat, because although it is now furnished and ready to be lived in, she only goes there every afternoon to have a cup of coffee and watch tv and then returns to ma and pa to have dinner and sleep. She has yet to spend the night in her new place, and I suspect she is not yet ready to sever the apron strings....time will tell.
She reached a milestone birthday and so my younger sister and I took her to Oxford for a long weekend..the sun shone, we drank wine, we laughed and had a smashing time....and I wore my new poncho which fits the bill perfectly if you just need a little layer of something lovely to keep out the chill.
Pa is now 88yrs young and we all enjoyed a pub lunch together to celebrate...he seemed really happy and told me it was one of his best ever birthdays....doesn't take big expensive presents to cause a smile sometimes does it? Although he has had a new set of teeth just lately and they are giving him some gyp and a rather odd smile!
My beyoooouuuuutiful niece was 25 and my beeeeyoooooooottttiiiful daughter was 24 this month and we all managed to spend some happy times together which is always a pleasure.
My daughter was promoted at work and my son and dil now have a house! a beautiful place around the corner from us...an unexpected joy. I had to smile when they were so overjoyed that the place had a 'minton tiled hall floor and a proper pantry'! ...again it's the little things that count .... not bedroom size (good) or neighbours (as yet not met) but the old fashioned doodads they are so thrilled about.
I took my daughter to see the Andy Warhol/William Morris exhibition at the local Gallery and was suprised at how many similarities there were between the two...who knew?
This month I have been able to hang washing out in the garden which I love and I have had a new boss at work which is yet another person passing through the office.....we must have had 12/13 bosses in the last few years.....so I am sort of thinking that I may consider retiring in the next year or so...we shall see.
On Friday I went to Edgbaston again to watch the cricket with the mister and had a great time...we were like a couple of old codgers with our packed lunch and umbrella..and we couldn't have cared less.
The last month or so has been a really busy but wonderful one. I have seen friends, both real life and blog buddy ones. Spent time with family. Been to the seaside. Planned holidays. As wonderful as it has been it hasn't all been ha-ha hee-hee ....but I am choosing to just focus on the good in Life and so far it is working for me.
One of the things that really made me smile a few weeks ago.....I was sat in the car in a local supermarket carpark waiting for my sister ..... and in the car next to me was this fine creature....he (although I suppose it could have been a she..) turned once and looked at me and then resumed staring straight ahead for quite some time.....sorry the photo isn't great but you get the idea don't you?...well I suppose you had to be there.
Monday, May 25, 2015
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
After taking quite some time to decide if I really could treat myself to a couple of presents that I had long wanted, I decided to stop mithering and just go for it.....so I bit the bullet and ordered a sublime cashmere poncho (quite a few pounds...) and some chanel and bare minerals makeup (mother nature needs all the help she can get now that I'm the other side of 60) and they have both made me very very very happy.......but the £1.47 plastic fur lined gardening shoes from Aldi were just the icing on the cake....wore them all day Sunday in the garden pottering and was practically going to need an operation to have them removed that evening as I didn't want to take them off as they were so comfortable!
Monday, April 6, 2015
Thanks to looking at Google this morning over a cup of tea I have discovered the amazing art of Leonora Carrington. Yes I know I'm late to the party but better late than never eh? and
remember when this did the rounds a few years ago?
this introduced me to artists I'd no idea about too.
I'm trying to remember the name of another guy whose images I liked...will have to seek him out on t'internet.......there goes a couple of hours today that should be spent doing something more housewifey...oh well.....
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Friday, March 20, 2015
I have to pay in cash to park my car when I go to work and unless I have organised myself the night before and have the exact amount ready, then usually each morning I am to be seen looking for change in my purse, my bag, the car door, on the floor, under the seat, under CD covers, behind old bits of paper, and among all the other assorted stuff that litters my car. I'm not precious about keeping my car immaculate....unlike my mister who loves keeping his car clean and says that he needs an inoculation before getting into mine.. and sometimes I'm able to put together the requisite coins ...and sometimes find a toffee or a chewing gum stick or a lost lipstick..result!. The machine is very temperamental though. It doesn't accept 5p coins, and is a bit hit and miss with 20p coins too. So only having one of each of these is a gamble each time I try the machine. Adds a frisson of excitement to my morning I can tell you.....anyhoo....this regular morning furtling about often reminds me of my cousin....why? I hear you ask...well shall I elucidate?.... She is a few years older than me and could drive before I could. She had her own business and my lovely generous cousin has always done very well financially. This one particular time that I recall was when I was a teenager with a Saturday job and she ran me somewhere in her car and when we needed to park she opened the drawer in the well in the middle of the car....and I was almost open mouthed with shock and admiration....it reminded me of the till at the cake shop I worked in...it was stuffed with coins.....there must have been more in there than I earned working hard all day for many Saturdays......pounds and pounds and bits of assorted change.....she laughed when she saw me and said 'oh I just keep all my spare change in there for parking' and I vowed then and there that one day, if I ever had a car, and if I ever had 'spare change' (remember I was a teenager with very little money relying heavily on my weekend job earnings so that I could save for weeks on end to buy the latest blouse or jeans or book or album) that I too would have a drawer full of money. And every now and then I do.....I get organised and put lots of coins in the little drawer and it gives me a little lift and a big smile...such a small ambition..but realised!..... of course over time the coins get used and so if I forget to top up the drawer then I have the furtling about months......until I once again remember to fill the drawer. Now to this end I have jars in the house that I put loose change into, and this morning they were full...so I have just spent a happy hour counting out my pennies and 5p's and 2p's and I knew there must be quite a bit in the jars 'cos I could hardly lift them...and guess what...once counted I had seventy one pounds....71! Of course now I'm thinking 'bugger the parking' and planning on spending this....but 40 odd bags of coins is very heavy to lug around..and I don't think banks accept coins anymore..do they? mmmmm..might have to rethink this.........