A farmers toast!

Let the wealthy and great, Roll in splendour and state, I envy them not i declare it, I eat my own lamb, My chickens and ham, I shear my own fleece and i wear it, I have lawns,I have bowers, I have fruits,I have flowers, The lark is my morning alarmer, So joyful boy's now, Here's god speed the plough, Long life and success to the farmer!!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry christmas xx


Merry christmas.

Two tree's this year.
My sensible one and Nell's mad explosion !!!! of pinkness, in which a bluetit! as decided to spend christmas!!and why not.
We've tried to photograph her [must be a her] she's just to quick for these digital cameras ! but a living ornament who could ask for more.
Have a lovely time my wonderful friends, you've given me a lot of fun and hospitality this year, Jane it's nearly a year since you came here about 4 monthes P C [ before purple coo] Time as flown...........
I've met some lovely people in the flesh so to speak, real charactors and strong personalities all with a ready smile and an amazing capacity just to live life to the full.
Your all pretty special you know ! ! ! and guess what i'm going to meet more of you this year!
"I Can't wait".......xxxxx

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

A fond farewell.........





A tribute to Tye's Ball's..

I sit here feeling very sad and Tye is at my feet feeling far far sadder!! He's had a day at the vet's and as returned home minus his jew claws! and his Bollocks !!!!!!!!! And unless you've met him you won't realise how odd it seems for him not to have them...... They where always on display red and shiny and much commented on!!! usually from men "Gorrrr look at the size them" and "do you polish um missus" ... He suddenly looks girly even with his beard and were his gnarly claws were is far too smooth and delicate looking..Legs like a super model rather than a warrior.

I shouldn't have had it done and i feel bad! it was peer pressure from the first moment i saw him in the Dog pound.... The first thing that was said to me was "He'll need castrating and his jew claws removing" our vet said the same more than once and i berludy well listened!!!!! and parted with my cash.....And today feeling like i was commiting the ultimate betrayal to my faithful mate [i was] as he was dragged into the surgery Panting! eyes protruding! claws scrabbling at the floor!!! "Go they said he'll calm down when your out of sight" . hhmmm ...Well they succeded in operating but i got a phone call as soon as he awoke "can you come for him ASAP" "he won't stop howling" "and is so upset he may hurt himself" sure enough i could hear him in the background HOW HOW HOW HOWLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL i couldnt help a giggle, but never have i seen a more relieved dog or nurse than when i arrived.........but now at home he won't look at me and when he does his eyes say "what have you done? WHY??
And i have no answer.....

Monday, December 3, 2007

Christmas fair..

Taken today!
Well amidst the hussel and stress of the last month, i managed just in time to be prepared for the christmas fair in the village.. it's a lovely day and one of the only days in the year when i see my neighbours and friends and isnt it always a shock how much older everyone looks for the first few minutes of meeting , and i realise it must be the same to them as well.............I'd lots of stock left from my old shop and i'd been busy doing clove oranges, and pot porri [ spelling] from the seed heads and herbs from the garden.... Nell was a waitress ! in between doing a sideline selling set's of ten pieces of folded paper and an elastic band for 10p!! the skallywag ! she did very well and i didn't hear to many complaints from people being thwaked by anonymouse wads of paper...............My brother usually has a stall but he's in Turkey this year he was missed.

I also managed to get a copy of "World without end" by Ken follet it's the sequel to " The pillars of the earth" and i've been waiting nearly 20yrs for it, but i'll wait a bit longer when i'm not stretched between two houses then i can really get to grips with it...

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The medieval fayre.

The photo has nothing whatsoever to do with the blog it's me and pili on the village sports day the photo was taken by colon we hadn't noticed the sign....


It is now a Tradition with a capital T a family and friend one; The Ludlow medieval fayre! i wish i could be as eloquent as some of you at describing events but here goes.


We always wait until dark! its got to be dark ! the atmosphere in the castle ruins with its walls looming above you , the cobbles and mud either tripping you or making you slip, the woodsmoke smoke from the open fires and chestnut stalls making the air hazy and making the stallholders and organisers all in authentic costume made me feel like i'd slipped back in time and landed in the middle of an elizabeth chadwick novel ..The amazingingly blummin brilliant musicians whose old instrumants, [serpentine is the only name i remember] and gravvely voices, throb in my soul and before you know it i,m jigging about with the artists having a great time [ this is before the mulled wine] how is it possible to lose a group of 10 of us i don't know but i did...maybe they hid?


Theres a man there every year selling authentic copies of stone ware pots at very reasonable prices, so i treated myself to two mead pots and a hand washer [ a very clever device]And learned the history of all his other bits and pieces prompted by curious Nell.


Then into the tents for mulled wine Hmmmm lots of !! , cider and fruit possets .. the smell of the clove oranges was delicious immedietly the christmas feeling is upon me and and i shop until the the knight , whose hauberk i threatened undo escorted us out...and the evening continued in that theme i'm afraid !!! I think it was when the franciscan monk told me to go and dance!! he'd look after my bag!!! "Just cos your wearing a Habit" "doesnt mean i have to trust you" i said "i've watched Robin hood you know"........


Wednesday, November 21, 2007

What i did yesterday.

In between hospital visits, i got on with some work doing mobiles this is the first 12 of the 44 ordered, so back i go to my Drill and vice........

Sunday, November 4, 2007

The Dog's!

MOORNS STYLE

I never write much about all the dogs, you all hear of tye's adventures and Ben the unrepentant drunk..............But the greyhounds [ Gayhounds as j calls them] very rarely get a mention or a photo shoot mainly because they are so good and far to fast to catch on digital unless they are asleep.... Well i finally got a picture of moo playing shes such a shy girl and stays close to my heel all the time then suddenly she'll have a burst of happiness and play for about 30 seconds, really lovely to see and this was a very lucky shot.....We've had her for about 14monthes shes 7 years old and an ex hurdler she'd done nearly 200 races in her time and won her owners a lot of money...Luckily for her, her owners cared enough to rehomed her..... She'd never had a litter... she's very plain and doesnt have many teeth, i would have overlooked her if there'd been a choice, but there wasn't and i'm so lucky!!! She's a love!

The other dog in the photo the brown one is SACHA, i got her at the same time as tye from a sanctuary just outside manchester............It's heartbreaking and i should know better than to visit...
It's professionaly run, and you pay 50p to go in, and all these poor dogs are on display with notes printed above of their history and their price, usually£75 upwards... there is no home visit you fill in a form pay and if it doesnt work out you can return the dog and get a credit note, it sounds bizarre but it works...............
I just shouldnt go i never learn! Sacha was in one of these cages With the note ! 6yrs old elderly owner passed away!! she was enormous 8st and only the size of a small lab, She'd become flat footed with being so fat, and her claws were really long because they didn't touch the floor, she'd caught a bug and was making enough snot [won't go into that] but it was truly gross..But boy did she have a wonderful expressive face and smiling eyes even in that state.......You must remember i'd gone looking for a greyhound type,,,,, i went further along and spotted an elegant brindle and white thing sat leaning with his back to the gate, head down he wouldnt look around just slumped body language said it all, his history read " Tyeson, 18mth old lurcher, owners have a new baby! !.....
"Oh no!! Nell what do we do" she shrugged get them both!! I need no pushing! "if they get on" i told the kennel girl ! "i'll have them both!! sh.t what'll colon say!! And guess what they " got on" ......£150 later and some help lifting Fatso into the car they where ours.....
And arriving home an hour and a half later in a Snot smeared car HEAVE!!!!!!!!!!
Col was in the yard when we pulled in and unfazed as usual! helped get them out make a fuss of them and introduce them to the others!!! And we havent regretted it for a minute they are both extremely faithful and the clowns of the bunch...........
You must understand i'm not "dog mad" They have there place, the house is out of bounds except for the 2 gayhounds and old man Ben .. Gosh! thats still 3 dogs sleeping inside! it doesnt seem many when you have 8...But they are out all day unless it's raining or windy or sunny Yikes maybe i am getting dog mad! or just plain soft !!

Grandpa, and drunken dog.



I'm writing this blog with a sigh of relief, Grandad [pictured above during one of our courses]As been in for major surgery today, one of the awful operations in which survival is unlikely at the age of 40 never mind 81. He had an embalizm?? in the main artery in his groin. there was program on about it about a month ago urggh grusome, well the old bugger's survived the op and is comfortable ..And what a relief, He's brilliant and is very much loved by us all, think grandpa off the Waltons thats him..

And BEN the Jack russell is -issed When unloading the shopping col dropped a bottle of bailys in the yard! cleared the glass , and of course the dogs licked it up between 8 thats not much but unnoticed to us most had trickled under the car where only BEN can fit.!. Well i thought he was dying, he'd disgraced himself ! emptied the bin ! and couldn't care less!! Talk about a bad drunk!! he attempted to fight with tye and missed!! They are all just watching him fascinated and we are ! his tail is going up and down? and his heads on a spring its Very funny but at his age he should know better 91 in our years!! Tomorrow he'll pay.

Well no visiting until tomorrow for Fil as he's still sedated . Fingers crossed everyone That he pulls through xx



A very boring photo! but the only one with my head on !! Taken in the Treehouse in Alnwick garden, lovely food!!!....... and rope bridges!!! not keen make me feel sick! ! and when you eventually get to the loo you need a sit down..............................The perfect setting for a coo party..xxx .....................Though the open fire in a treehouse did feel a bit dodgy....................

I did Blog earlier and lost it! about my meetings .......

Colin found withy brook first i'd been waiting in the wrong place!................... And "whatever she's on i want some" Knock 25yrs of her age the energy of a 20yr old! a delightful twinkle in her eyes! and a wicked sense of humour... Unfortunatly we didn't get much time together but next time .................xxx

@themill Looked so familiar,i still can't place who she reminds me of someone i like obviously, because i felt instantly at ease and chatted like we'd known each other for ages.. Colon who thinks we are barmy Really enjoyed the tour of the outbuildings and i did they are huge, she has great plans which i'm sure she'll succeed in..And a lovely huge home a strange idea of decorating though square patches of paint every where Lol...xxxx

Muddyboots again very familiar, was busy working when we arrived they have a lovely cafe and the ice cream is sooooo smooooth we had a guided tour met the dogs ..shes busy decorating to and her new kitchen is gorgeous i loved the handles! and fondled them and her bargain curtains and tassles!...Shes just awaiting Une peus tiles to complete ...We met hubby and he was really nice ...... Again just as we get comfy it's time to go!!.................................................................................... Girls we need a weekend break and that still wouldnt be enough xxx

Friday, October 26, 2007

Ciderrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr


Pili Pala, Colon, Moi, K...useing Colons' heath robinson apple masher!!


It's that time of year again and i love it a cider making session with my friends . And extra lucky this year as pili pala and her other half are over from france.

Picture the scene! A dark night, a lovely warm workshop the woodburner was doing well that night,, a big pan of goulash, and a very large sausage! supplied by k,, pork pies and baked apples by me, Cream and Posh chocolate by pili . Throw in some crusty bread and a big pan of mulled cider last years harvest simmering on the fire. A record player and a pile of LP's ! perfect
I'd also discovered in the depths of one of the stables 12 bottles of coffee and raisen wine that we made 20yrs ago BC [before children] boy is it good!! it brought back a memory of when we where making it and after about 6 monthes fermenting we threw the raisons on the compost heap, and dear old kim our elderly GSD ate them all, She was soooo drunk we had to carry her back to the house and she just lay there completely floppy wearing a stupid grin all day, and was very ill the next Bless her she never learnt her lesson, a bit like me .
Our apple trees have done really well this year, we collected 6 sacks or so, and hopefully i'll get to collect some pears this week and try to do some perry.....
Next week weather permitting i'm off on my scooter with Nel to New Quay in wales. so if anyones in the area let me know we could meet up....





Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Autumn days..

Well i've heard of tree frogs !!!

A lazy day today after yesterdays jaunt.
But the sun is shining again and everywhere look's pink and all the web's are glistening like gossamer.................but i do hate it when you walk through them .............

So today i thought ! [another grand plan] I'll go to the beach with the dogs, and stop in the vets on the way to get them weighed and buy a treatment for their fleas. as much as i like catching them and squashing them !!!!! i just can't keep up.........

Well what a palava ??
5 furry beasts in the back of the car being amazingly good. And "lord Ben" the jrt on the front seat to stop him causing trouble....
I stopped at the garage on the way, and looked in the back! ! it's to quiet ?....... and they where all looking back at me with BIG eyes! ears back! and tails down! and swallowing!, then it struck me the only times they have been in cars is to be taken away from what they know and left by their owners.................
Lordy they thought they where going away again....
I flew into the vets with them in one huge tangle of miserable dogs, parted with £67 for the stuff, i nearly fell through the floor blurdy ell ! ! and booked honey in to be spayed........ Tumbled back into the car and came home What absolute joy as soon as they recognised the drive the smiles came on their faces and their tails began to wag....................Now they're all sleeping after there adventure............Ben was the only one looking slightly peeved because i didnt leave them..........

The beach was a bad idea i should have leapt on to the scooter and gone????? HHhhhhmmmm where next...................................... toot toot...

The Drive to shropshire was stunning, i've never gone that far before about 160miles or more in a day. but its a nippy bike iwas a bit disapointed it only does 60mph !but i know thats quick enough.........
On one of the little lane's i saw a sign post for Rowley [surname] so i had to take a look imagine there could be "The old Rowley mansion" just awaiting our arrival ,Yeah right ! there was a crossroads and a chapel humph very dissapointed.......
Sbs was as welcoming as ever yelling" OY! ! missis where you goin !!" ...As i drove passed her house............ to hear that through a helmet takes some doing...lol
A fab lunch and a glorious walk, and time gone to Quick ................i really wanted to get a certain horrible bit of road behind me before it got dark, not knowing how bright my headlights are.
So there i am wrapping up in countless layers, and i moved the chair And the blumin back came off in my hand! ! mortified i could feel myself going red! and they were both in hysterics!!! evil !!! it was a trap i'm sure..........but thank gawd it does it all the time.....
Needless to say i didnt get to were i wanted before dark but i got home.........xxxxxxxxx

Putting the garden to bed..




Theres home, looking quite tidy for a change..It's time now and i'm sure we've all started to put the garden away for the winter, i started last week by putting the parasols away and the plastic garden furniture that tends to blow away.Non hardy stuff is in the polytunnel and and the rose as been cut back so we can get through the gate again,anymore cutting back will get done this week..I've repainted the iron furniture and want to paint the woodwork on the house before i set to on the stone sheds at the front of the picture..
We went down to Knighton yesterday to see what it was like, i'd forgotten i'd been there before with S's, we started our walk along the offa's dyke there 10yrs ago and still haven't finished it!! It's also very close to the spooky campsite we stayed at no we didnt stay!! we paid but then got bad feelings and ran off !! so i wasnt impressed, first impressions and all that..
We where going to stay away over night but S's had split with her first love and was in pieces she needed her mum!! we've all been there!! and watching her and listening theres nothing you can say, nothing will help, just time but try explaining that............xxxx
The picture at the top is of the window in the porch which colon made ages ago ,.............................

Monday, September 24, 2007

A trip to Ledbury..

Well autumn is here, The Apples are collected and my batch of cider should be on the go by the end of next week, along with the crab apple jelly, along with the 40 or so mobiles! yipee can't wait to do them! not...

I went down to Ledbury yesterday with nell for a drive, i love that part of the country at this time of the year you get a real "Harvest feel". And the cider orchards are laden to the ground with lovely red apples, we saw trailers of hop's I love the smell and trailers of corn on the cobs, I'm afraid all we get around here are trailers of silage so it was a real treat.
I met up with woozle at the hop pocket and we had coffee and chatted like old friends {we've met 3 times now}.
We met up again in town where Phil Rickman was doing a book signing. He'd finished but bless him he came back in and signed for us what a lovely man, if you havent read any of his books give them a go i'm sure you'll enjoy them especially you Shropshire lot!!!
Ahhh the Shropshire Four {or near enough} It was a real treat to meet up on thursday at Elizabeth's, isnt her house gorgeous!! I'm hoping we can meet up again at the Ludlow medieval fair on the 23rd-24th nov on the saturday evening so put the date in your diaries and anyone else who thinks they can make it .............
One thing we all agreed on was how strong this site as become, and what good friends we've made also the similarities and coincidences that connect us , aparently Elizabeth and mountainear lived around the corner from each other years ago and knew the same people but had never met. Small world isnt it..

Home..

For the last few monthes i've been getting a bit down about our unfinished house, you'lll notice there arnt any photos of the hous thats because at the side there is a bloody great hole if i stepped out of my back door i'd fall 15ft , the"extension" as been on going for 12yrs, the heap of rubble in the background as been on the lawn for 7yrs, if an unwary blind walker stumbles they could drop down from the lane 30ft onto the foundations............I never stand back and look at the house because of the mess at the side...Also cols dad and aunt and unkle are getting feeble now and need more care, they could live with or at least have the option . So thoroughly hissed of last month i decided i wanted to sell ! Get a house thats finished on level land, downsize to maybe 4 acres, and no gorse or ragwort..........sounds like heaven.and i started looking, i even went to view a hall in Clun it sounded perfect on paper and the house was big, but we drove up and realised most of the outbuildings had been converted and sold off and i couldnt inflict my family on anyone, I've trawled the internet and nothing compares to here unless you go into the millions....so i stood back and took stock and fell in love all over again, now i'm lavishing attention on my home all the woodwork to be painted, new glass in all the steamed up d/glazing, a serious pruning and weeding that pile of boulders is getting moved slowly and cols decided to restart the building work....yipeeee i think i scared him..........I may even go against the grain and poison the blasted ragwort next year i've tried organicaly for to long and my back can't take it. anymore.

A day with Big brother..

Is he serious?? said Monty.

Today my younger big brother [confusing] i have 2 of them Elvis { A strong resemlence to the costello one in the eighties} who's 49, and boozer who i dont see very often who is 53 .
It's strange isn't it how The big brother who teased me relentlessly and frightened me with scary stories ,until i was a wreck, wetting the bed and pulling my hair out, {To be fair my dad and other brother did their fair share}....Can end up your best friend..
One of my earliest school memories is of elvis getting bullied and called names ! and me brand new to school attacking them and screaming for them to leave my brother alone.!! I also remember eating all the Leatherette of his coat collar, while i waited for his class to finish he wasn't amused.......I hated him through all my early teenage years, But now I love him to bits he's my partner in crime always up for one of my daft adventures, and always there to help if he's needed He's been a Great unkle ! {I just heard an owl " Wolf Whistle" outside weird} And the children adore him.....I remember after we lost mum he had his head shaved. He'd had a long plait for years and it suited him, Sorrel was in tears when she cut it off in public And i was but he raised £500 for cancer research And we were so proud..

Well today he arrived and we played.. he collected his "favourite" mushrooms yuk!
Then we started on the apples, They are huge this year, And then i had him blackberry picking..
But best of all he's not scared of spiders so i made him venture ito the stables to find a collection of old enamel "wee willy winky"candle holders which i last saw 12yrs ago when we renovated! needless to say he didnt find them or the top to my dresser....
We ate veggie bacon butties and chocolate and put the world to rights.

He met me part way when sorrel and i did part of the offas dyke walk, he got of the train like he was going on a 3 month trip to the Antarctic ! ! He struggled along the first day until we arrived at our camping site.. Then i examined his pack>>>>> i don't know where to begin it was hysterical. The obvious was the 5ft by 3 ft Roll of Axminster Carpet strapped across the top of his rucksack!!! His rucksack was ex army and was made of canvas and steel!! His long waxed barbour, A metal water bottle that weighed more empty than mine did full ! A pan a real hard bottomed family sized pan!! the mind boggles!! it gets better A four man canvas ex army tent weighing a ton, and a proper kettle [ you must remember i had cooking equipment with me ] A household box of matches a big cream box [ he couldnt find his lighter so he brought them instead] And wait for it....................... "SEVENTEEN SPOONS" it sounds like an episode of last of the summer wine i know................................Apparently he'd forgotten his tent pegs!! so he called into a junk shop and bought the spoons thinking they'd do, and i could use them for mobiles after, What a laugh he is mad..................... i made bin his pan and carpet and kettle......When we eventually got home we put his pack on the scales it weighed 6 stone... he'll never live it down...

Just a quick one!

MOO And HONEY.

I feel i should have so much to tell,....
On saturday i'd seen advertised a cottage that was open to the public for the weekend, and i recognised it as one of my Derri's That i hadnt visited for years.. it has been bought by the landmark trust, And has been renovated to perfection...
I hadnt heard of this company before and bought their book while i was there..I can go and stay in my derri !!!! and i just may have to, it's only 6 miles away though, but i never thought for one minute looking at the ruin it was that it'd be possible....
Have any of you stayed in any of their properties, i am seriously tempted with some of them, and you can take dogs thats a bonus...
I'm still not in full control of my new camera, i can take the photos load them onto the computer but then they hide, i'll have to wait for a teenager to visit and find them for me.......

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Willow weaving...

Not the photo i wanted to put up i'm still doing battle with my new camera, and lost the willow photos somewhere in the ether...........But even better you get the first photo of honey our new greyhound addition and she's a love, i've even relaxed my no sitting on furniture rule for her and let her sleep on this chair.....

Yesterday was the basket making course, What a panic the day before, it just suddenly seemed to be upon us , so mad cleaning in the workshop, Those swallows have alot to answer for!!
Anyway the day arrived chilly and wet typical! so i lit the woodburner and cooked a big veggie lasagne, so much for salad and quiche in the garden. I'd prepared a summer pudding the night before, they are so simple why havent i done them before?? and it went down a treat.........
I met some really nice people, one couple arrived in a big green transit van with a trailor, he lived in it and WOW!!!!!! he showed me inside, it was all boarded out with a curved ceiling and beautifully painted in forest green, and a wood burning stove to resemble a gypsy caravan, it was Extremely well done and immaculate........ He's was a bodger some one who makes bits from wood, he'd given up is Plastering business and home to travel and live like a tinker, she worked for the council, and stayed with relations during working days, They'll be coming back to learn barge painting, and maybe do some wwoofing...
The other's where all ladies from a floral art group, and what a laugh they were, jokes and quips where flying around all day...Everybody really enjoyed themselves and will hopefully be back, lot's of hugs and kisses and wa lah the day was over>>>>>>>>>> now to seriously start recruiting for the Dying and felting 2 day event in october.............And now i'll try and find those photos,i'll post this first though in case i lose it............

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

A multitude of things..

Bodran from the opposite hill...we're in the middle,
not literaly SBS..

Well since last week i seem to have done loads of stuff, but let me tell you about "He who grunts" first..
He's working in Chester at the moment, and he's passed his test to drive a dumper while he's been there.. They are doing the ground work for a new hotel near the race course......... An old building as been demolished first and as they where digging out the old foundations, and going deeper for the new ones, he noticed bones being uncovered!! They had unearthed a load of bodies or so it seemed, nothing recent thank heavens but what is probably a Roman burial ground.. Work as stopped on that area while the archaeologists are there !! fascinating stuff..

I went belly dancing last week organised by the W .i it was a laugh!! and i was hopeless!! my left side just won't wiggle..The teacher was very good though and may start lessons in the village hall, That'll cause some interest for the male population...

We went to Ludlow on monday to view a house that needs some TLC, Very very tiny no garden no parking not alot going for it at all really, but we need a project and i want it so fingers crossed..

We've had an offer on the llanrwst house which we've excepted so fingers crossed for that too,
if it goes through it'll make the ludlow scheme much easier....
The basket making course is on saturday, so i've got to think about feeding people, and i need to clear the workshop... but today i've decided it's new camera time so i'm off out to buy one now...
I'm not even going to mention the barn dance[ rave more like ] except to say I WAS THE FIRST TO DANCE And i look such a fool it stops anyone else feeling self concious and so they can get on and party..........Wasnt drunk Honest xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Home work...

Monty's moustache
DAWN


Thing's that would reach to my inner self....This is quite hard homework miss.......


There are song,s and pieces of music which i don't know the names to, which make my hands prickle, and the hairs rise on the back of my neck ,and i could cry, they come to me like a memory, but with no form just overwhelming feelings.....I feel sure they would reach me.

One song is" The spinning wheel by maureen o'hara" i think.. deep memories of mutton broth, and bakelite plates at my nanas while it played..

Kate Bushes "womens work" and "moments of pleasure" they are 2 of the songs i put on to a tape,to play while i was in labour....

Theres another tune,, which when me and the children are returning Home after our adventures away put on a mile away and it reaches it's crescendo as we reach our drive, it's now a tradition....it's harp music i'll have to discover its name.


My children can reach me , I hear them call me not with my ears but with my soul [don't tell them that they'd never believe me]..


"Smell" the wonderful herby smell of my garden this time of the year........

Lily of the valley, fresh grass, campfires with potatoes, Clean washing, cinnamon, ..The smell of my children, and colin each have their own scent only noticed by me, but i'd recognise them anywhere.........My mothers shawl, retains her scent and even 8yrs later it comforts me like a big hug.......


Touch, from the grip of a babys hand , to the feel of colins work roughened huge hand, I would be truly isolated and bereft, without touch.....The bark of a tree , grass tickling my feet, The wind touches me all the time i love to stand arms outstretched head back while the wind buffets me its exhilarating and fills me up to the brim like a skittish pony..?

Mud squelching between my toes..

Drinking the Dew of leaves...

Dogs ears and eyes..

My hair being plaited then released..!


The smell of meadowsweet!

Monty's moustach!

The Great Orme..not august the 18th!

It's become a tradition, the last day before school starts we go to llandudno..
First a walk to the tram station at the base of the orme, taking in all the glorious victorian architecture and choosing which house we'd live in, i go for the turreted mansion with stone mullioned gothic windows!! and gargoyles!! and guess what even in our imaginings they all still want to share the same house as me.... it is pretty splendid though..... Then the tram station is in sight, colon hasn't been with us before so theres lots of jokes about the string snapping etc he took it as it was meant and laughed, we where early so shared a bag of chips, arn't they delicious when eaten outdoors, with not quite enough to go around....................
Then into the lovely victorian tram which is going to tow us up this step hill, and looking back at the tremendous view which takes in llandudno town and bay, and the mist covered mountains as a backdrop stunning.......
Up to the top very slowly, We didnt stop at the bronze age copper mines this year which is halfway but its well worth a visit if you havent been...........At the top theres an exhibition of the local flowers and architecture, a bar, a cafe the inevitable arcade and crazy golf, what we head for is the photo booth where you get to dress up in victorian clothes etc and have a sepia photo taken..This year we where cowboys, we look ridiculous but it was fun!!
Then ice cream and take in the view right across to anglesey and the menai straits, we'd picked the perfect day the light was perfect and everything stood out in relief... no blurdy camera though....
Then we headed down to the ski slope and taboggan run, so we strolled in the general direction, its out of sight and a couple ? of miles away , we unfortunatly encountered a herd of the wild goats, and having owned billies i know there dirty habits so we tried to avoid them but to no avail, one put on a very graffic display, and we just missed getting pee'd on from a great height !!!
Even so they are splendid beasts with great curling horns and long white hair....
Then close to a road nel spotted a dead kitten still in its birth sac, only recently born, there was no sign of mum or any other kittens what a shame.......
The walls on the top are all drystone and you can see the fossils in them, don't worry i didnt bring any home..
Then to the Toboggan run where the girls got tickets to go on, we wanted to but, the price put a stop to it......
What fun though just watching, it as a swiss feel with a chalet and restaurant, and it was packed, there was an hours wait for there goes but it was worth it, and to be fair my girls where the fastest no breaks, until the last minute!!! proud mum but heart in mouth as they hurtle past..!!
then down through the gardens with there alice in wonderland theme, with the carved teaparty and a carved giant cheshire cat, yet again in a beautiful setting, we even strolled to the end of the pier, and had a mulled wine, and finished of the day with tea in the fountains......all in all a lovely day.......! until of course i realised nel didnt go into school until today!!!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

I want a turqoise retro fridge..............Why???

I'm really starting to like the photos my broken cameras taking, and strangly they're purple......

I saw a retro fridge in turqoise, at a property we viewed and now i want one , this doesnt happen to me often, but when it does it's usually love for something completely frivolous, turqoise vespa for instance.......... but fate as chipped in and my fridge as died.........so i'm on the look out for a second hand one as they are far to dear new, so keep your eyes open and your ears peeled !!

Iwent to Rhyl today with every other mum in the area shoe shopping, it wasnt to painful, but i find when i go into town i get terrible back ache, all i can put it down to is the slow walking people and stopping and starting urgghh it drives me mad..

I came home to fox poo city!! you lot think its bad with 1 dog! try eight!! its a good job we've got a catering size tomato ketchup...

Are we an on line experiment??


Are we an on line experiment??

Sitting back this week and watching, the common room i realise how we've all moved on and learnt not to let "conflict" take root and make it move on as quickly as possible "wink",........... I've heard about and seen this type of thing on other sites, where a post is ........posted And left to see what transpires, the writer or writers no doubt sitting back and getting pleasure from the confusion and agro...I hope this wasn't the case.....I do feel sometimes that there are people out there who want to be puppeteers, and try to control situations experiment with us basicaly for fun......................Gawd isnt it boring ........... Well they'll get no joy from us will they....... {{_I_}} ........ [apparently thats a big fat wobbly Arse]..

Back to the real world and not the paranoid cyber space lot's inhabit....
After my insomnia for the last week I'd gone beyond wanting to sleep, so monday morning bright and early A beautiful sunny day i decided a drive was in order and i'd drive, so roof down beret on and off we trogged, my aim was a beautiful road from Bala to welshpool, which goes close by the village where the film " I went up a hill and came down a mountain was made"..
The last time i'd been this way i saw the most brilliant bit of graffiti written on the road, it said in 10ft high letters CONGRATULATIONS.......Then another 100yds.......IT's ALL........100yds to the brow of the hill .............DOWN HILL FROM HERE.............And it does really steeply.....

We stopped for lunch in a lovely georgian town called llanfyllin.......It's strange the welsh dialect there is so different from here , we could hardly understand them.................

We ended up in marton, and saw mountainear and sbs As i'm sure you gathered.....I saw sbs's neighbour peering through his window, and i met her free range ducks and mad dogs and hubby [ do i call him Malebeachsheperd ??] .......A lovely time and we arrived home at 11pm........the most important bit is I SLEPT LIKE A LOG...xxxxx

A PEA-ceful night...

HMMMmmmm back inside now after a peaceful night in "le petite pois"..No snoring man . just an owl ,and something rubbing against the side in the early hours ,i didnt look! i just hid under the quilt, sasha who i'd took for company didn't twitch a whisker. It got windy early on and it took me some time, to realise what the tapping and knocking was??? and strange scrapings!!! and then i realised it was the rowan berries falling and rolling off the roof duuuuu so much for a peaceful night..I'd dug out one of my Elizabeth Gouge novels The White Witch....Shes a lovely writer.............................The moon i think contributed to my restlessness , it's light keeping me awake... And then once looking out i was captivated by the beauty of the strange landscape and how everything was changed just by being seen under a different light,,Our pond dull and green during the day, was a disc of silver!! and i itched to have a camera to capture it, The apples on the tree where turned into magical fruit and the trees into graceful beings ..Whats the song with the line" you fill up my senses like a night in a forest" Well i feel a bit like that.....I'll be there again tonight.xx

Rose petal wine..


Lavender champagne..

LAVENDER CHAMPAGNE...
Thats what i'm bottleing today doesn't it sound lovely, I thought i'd post the recipe for you all to try.....
You'll need.....
A bucket.......
1 and a half bags of granulated sugar........
About 40 heads of lavender.........
The zest of a lemon.......
tablespoon of white wine vinegar........

Add all the ingrediants to the bucket and stir until the sugar's dissolved.... then cover it and leave for about 3 days..... Then syphon it into fizzy pop bottles and leave for 3 weeks to develop a fizzzzz and use within 3 monthes.......
I'm also going to do the same with the wild honey suckle, don't allow any of the green bits to get into this one or it will taste bitter .........................

There a nice simple succesful recipe....Even if it does make you fart !!! be warned

The Rose petal wine was a success , remember that the lovely pink stuff , very refreshing and sparkley, and i'll be making another batch with the last flush of rose petals.........

Heather mead is on the agenda next.....

The wwoofers are still here, nice lad's....................I always feel i shouldnt be on the computer though....................
The photo if it comes up is of the rose petal wine, it is much paler now that it has fermented..

New woofers etc..

This may sound really strange but i'm finding it really hard to blog without my camera!!! The main reason is i think!! is i forget what i did !! I've an absolutly cr.. memory for day to day activities and a picture helps me focus.....So out with the hairdryer and see if i can blast some life into the beast not my memory the camera........
We had two unexpected wwoofers arrive on wednesday, they are touring wales with a tent and are so far back they almost sound like LLoyd grossman, , it is nice having some extra help around the place but any plans we have, have to be put on hold, even lunch out is not done when wwoofers are here, when all's said and done they are strangers and i don't like to leave the house unnattended for to long...
I've decided i'm getting to fat, so tomorrow i will start following the slimmers world diet, please remind me, i'd take a photo if the camera worked...............
Yesterday i transplanted loads of wild flowers in to the tree field and took wood down there to build an instrument for what i don't know ?? but i will complete it today i promise.....
I also bought lots of this expanding willow trellis and i'm going to make a pavillion?? somewhere level but not where him on mower goes...Or monty is likely to visit come winter Maybe i won't bother.................!!

Chester..

Today i went shopping [ how twee that sounds] And if it's not for me "I HATE IT", today we where getting school clothes Groooooannn, now all the black trousers look the same to me but no , the pockets where wrong, the material was wrong ,the legs were to wide ,they were to narrow...!! gawd elp me it was a nightmare, and we still didnt manage to get shoes, so that means another trip out.....................
The day started as fun , my friend K came with me and as i pulled up in the convertable outside her house she rushed out with headscarves for us to wear and a camera for nel to take photos while we did "Thelma and Louise" poses, more like "French and saunders" i said.....
The EARTH COLLECTION as a brilliant sale on so i bought bits for me to go with their other stuff i've bought.......then off to the cathedral for lunch..
I'm going to stop now because i couldnt post my last blog, i'll see what happens with this one..xxoo

where to start ???


Well where do i start, there seems to have been so much going on, and it's the horticultural show today, i've not entered anything but i'll go and look, then we are invited to eat all the produce that a very industrious friend of mine makes afterwards hmmmm................
The 2 wwoofers left yesterday, they where a real pleasure to have stay, and very helpful ,so helpful that when the weather was bad they painted the kitchen and made new curtains for the cupboards and cooked , they can come again anytime... they loved "le petite pois" and have left it spotless.. The first night in the village they had a lock in and couldn,t get over how friendly everyone was! The fact that they where two attractive single females helped in this mainly male village , I'm sure a lot more interest will now be shown in my visitors now that they realise they are not all going to be male !!
PIli pala has at last managed to join our ranks, she came here for a purple coo lesson, and it was the seperate logging on for blogging that had confused her, so hopefully she'll be a regular visitor now .....................
I still don't have a working camera so i can't post any new photos....
Honey the new greyhound as settled in really well she's lost a bit of weight, she hasnt quite learned that you can't only eat half of your dinner and save the rest till later, it will get eaten, needless to say TYE is looking very fat.....
Nell having seen group of people who'd trained there rescued dogs to do tricks and follow an assault course, as decided to do the same tyres and poles are littered every where, i wish the camera was working, Tye is looking seriously disgruntled and ethans developed a migraine and wants his room,, bens loving it and so's bud,. the lady greys are standing by watching, very aloof ,and sasha keeps running off with bits of the course! and refusing to bring them back!The photos an old one of nell and tye ........

Monday, August 6, 2007

Part 2..

Thats actually a picture of the forest in Doone valley! as taken by my poorly camera, very artistic don't you think?
One thing i'd noticed on my way to the campsite was the ignorance of the people i reversed for on pulled in to allow past! I don't mind doing it one bit and it's less painful than watching someone struggle not to go off road in thier 4X4's , but not one person acknowledged us and i was starting to boil, quite alot of them i realised where from the site , i needed a week there to get them trained in basic manners but instead we left really early, before they started to emerge and we had the road to ourselves..
Needless to say it was very foggy, and we got a wee bit lost on the moors it was good though we saw wild ponies, in the mist and one jumped into the road in front of us!! why do animals do this?? We missed it though because i was only doing about 10mph, and it carried on it's merry way..
By now we where really hungry and needed a cafe, so as i pulled over to let a farmer past i flagged him and shouted " wheres the nearest cafe"he looked a bit shocked a grockle who smiles? and talks to you..."Follow the road down through such and such and take care on the bends" What a Lovely man my faith was being restored..
We saw an area of stunted hawthorne or something and in the fog with the sun shining to it was magical, we couldnt stop though...
It was now 8am as we dropped down under a tunnel of trees and saw a "Pheasant warning sign" how weird and carried on into the town looking for early open signs on the cafes we spotted one parked up on the pay and displayIt was then i realised we where in "Dulverton" Poo timing or what!! me there Jane in Alnwick !! never mind we ate in the courtyard cafe, they did me a lovely veggie breakfast and nell bacon and scrambled eggs hmmm ! and a doggie bag for ben who was waiting in the car..
We read the local papers and the church news, trying to kill time before the shops opened, because we'd decided we needed to tye a "purple ribbon" to janes gate which i knew i'd recognise [because i have Gothic arch envy].
Well could we buy purple ribbon anywhere could we heck!!
It's a really pretty village with some lovely shops and buildings and a good few charity shops reasonably priced as well and they had cutlery, as well as lots of totaly unsuitable purple things!! Which i would never be forgiven for leaving on anyones gate. We had a laugh though looking and we where watched like hawks {I think people thought we where romanian refugees]...We bought a jelly mould thet looks like a brain truly gross !! and the shop assistant tried very hard to sell us a purple pair of pyjama bottoms equally Gross! imagine them on your gate! Yuk, better than the purple bikini bottoms though,,,,,,,With what i'd been reading about the local councillor i didnt want to give anyone the wrong idea about the new people in town !!!!! The tye with the pink panthers on nearly won but was not purple enough we eventually settled on an awful scarf with embroidery on it sort of purpleish!!
We spotted the gate really easy just up the road from the cafe. And on the way up we spotted another charity shop !! the owner was mightly offended when he told me it was not "IT'S A GALLERY" and i said "well sorry but you should tidy your entrance and make it look like one".. lol that was so funny..
Arriving at the gate we heard noises from inside well i had to look in case you where home early!
Dissapointment it was the builder! though very nice i must say! Asbo nearly had my nose of as i peered over at him "mad jumping dog on a spring"!! and his friend who didnt get a look in..
I asked him the builder not jack to tye the scarf somewhere very prominent ! ! and after all the hard work i hope he remembered..........

WE then headed to charnmouth and spent 2 lovely day's fossil hunting on the beach, you can hire a hammer and goggles and hack away at the rock's well nell was in her element!! she found some small ammonites ! A tooth ! something else which is alledgedly dinosaur puke!! And a Flippin great lump of rock with a few little things in which we struggled to get back to the car with ! You are allowed to remove these things from the beach..I was busy collecting stones with holes in ! Why ? i don't know...
It was a bit of a bind having ben with us as so many places are out of bounds to dogs, but they where allowed on the beach between 6pm and 9am, here. we'd parked up on a car park to sleep with public loos, luxury! but they closed them at 9pm till 10am bladder control was necessary no esssencial ..
People really use the beaches down there, from 6am people where swimming ,jogging ,fishing it was lovely to see and campfires and partys at night a real social place, it doesnt happen up here..
It all went to quick and we headed to dartmouth which was fairly close to the kennels.
Dartmouth is lovely and was choc a block! like Wales in the 70's so we shopped a bit and Nell crabbed that was fun....
We headed off to slapton to find a sleeping place and go to a pub/restaurant a local had recomended.. i hadnt really wanted to go to slapton it just sounds awful! but what a pleasant surprise it's lovely a 3 mile beach with no dog restrictions lot's of loo's!! only about A dozen houses and a few shops and the most delicious Fish and chips i've ever had at the pub Which was heaving with satisfied customers....

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Time out!

Not a seaside photo i'm afraid! the cameras broke! and so am i! but who needs photos and dosh when, just fuel in the car and food will do..
We set off like grand explorers the van stuffed to the rafters with essentcials and ben the JRT with pride of place on Nells knee at the front, i'd checked and checked again that i had my AA card and a bottle opener just in case..first stop was lunch in church stretton with sbs at 1.30pm and at 1pm there we are stuck in traffic me finger tapping the engine threatening to overheat and panicing because i hate to be late! we laughed at one point as a bloomin big helicopter flew just over the top of us from behind scaring the livin daylights out of us!! and nells said "There she is looking for you" ..I'd been half noticing the lady in the car behind us laughing and the passenger with her not joining in, then i recognised her and the barmy woman jumped out of her car and came for a chat!! Now what are the chances of that?? We had lovely lunch and chatted for ages, her son who is lovely didnt seem mind one bit being stuck with 3 females and ben....
We then headed down to chepstow and stopped at the services!!! And they looked really surprised when i told them to put the food back!! when i saw what they expected me to pay £12 for..What a rip off.
We got lost a bit around Bristol, but ended up in kilve?? where we found a decent carpark to sleep in..
In the morning we headed to Porlock? and had breakfast in a hotel at 8.30 what a lovely chap he even let ben in and gave us a doggy bag..........
From there we headed towards ilfracoombe but got sidetracked by a sign saying DOONE Valley so off we went and ended up on a campsite at cloud farm, well worth a stay it is proper old fashioned none of this health and safety cr.. ! to spoil things , a little shop and cafe open all day from 7am-8pm , dogs where allowed, and campfires, and swimming. and there was a pony trekking farm there so off she went while i sat and read, i just wish it was "lorna doone" which i havent read since i was a child, then i would have recognised all the sights from the book. there where some truly beautiful woodlands and me with no camera!!
This site was so busy and i think i was the only british person there ......................And the sun was shining!!!! i'll continue tomorrow on how we arrived in Dulverton..

Monday, July 30, 2007

Open day


Well i'm back, almost feeling normalish, Why oh why???? was the open day moved to the day after sports day! it's just to much excitement ! And all falling amidst the ragwort weeks oh and the 4o chimes order..
WEll it's all done now phew !!! just a tour of devonish & dorsetty areas with nelly this week sleeping in the van and pretending to be surfers, i love my travelling adventures with the children very spontaneous! never enough money! but always memorable..

Back to the garden i lost count at 65 strangers wandering around ! there was lots of positive feedback and lots of cuttings taken, someone even ate my peas.!!! how dare they.

when we first volunteered 7yrs ago only 2 other villagers took part and the Redcross where desperate for gardens and ours was work in progress and still is but the same people have come back year after year to see whats happened , it's nice not at all posh like the NGS can be which is a good thing really, though you do get some folk trying a tad to hard.....Next year I won't try at all it seemed people got out of their cars said Wow!!! that view!! AND WHAT A GORGEOUS DOG!!! Ethan was loving it and definatly stole the show preening and posing like a super model.. We kept tye inthe house just in case he brought anything truly gross back to show people or even worse a still kicking rabbit !! i really don't think the town folk could have coped with that.
Even more embaressing nell and her 2 friends had set up anobstickle [just got to leave that mistake] in the yard for ben the JR to do and they'd placed a bowl with coppers in hoping for donations young entrepaneurs or what!!!! needless to say i made them share it with me...
But not reallyxx
Pili pala is over from France and when we get a sober moment we will get her blogging....
As for sports day as per usual the weather is always good, Well for once i entered no races, missed the tug of war !! watched the tractor pull !! I did MOSH?? with the vicars wife, very narrowly missed getting squashed by to ladys falling over oucchhh!! and met up with friends i only see this one day a year , we got in much earlier than usual {1.30am} with more children than i left with!!! explain that one!. There was a Bucking bronco thing in the square to No i didnt go it but colon did when i wasnt looking and stuck on for 27 seconds i was impressed his friend ie 2 seconds! said it was because he was bigger than the cow!!! LOL ..The party continued until breakfast apparently and jacob came home then....A good time was had by all ......What pleased my darlings the most was the fact that i'd lost my voice!! i've no idea how??? have you...xx

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Sunshine but for how long??

OK i know i look stupid but who cares! Moo is obviously worried and the other dogs have legged it..
Seeing as the weather as been so bad i've delegated today to painting the kitchen and no sooner have i emptied the bookshelves! and started to paint and the flippin sun comes out! sod's law, never mind i quickly donned my new wellies and pranced about, but thought i'd best stop or sbs will drown me if it starts to rain again..
J was 19 yrs old yesterday the same age i was when i met colon, it seems only the blink of an eye where as the time gone ? And i hope the next 19 don't go as fast..
The harness racing was cancelled in the village yesterday because of the weather and the llaneffydd show, I think we are all truly fed up now arnt we and the summer is flying by.
Well i'm going outside to make the most of it and do a bit more tidying for next sundays open day...then back inside to finish what i've started..xx

Friday, July 20, 2007

Just a quick one!

Good evening everyone, thought i'd blog before i chill...
The young wwoofer left today she was a lovely girl and a big help .. so today after dropping her off at the coach, we had a girly day out along with colon bless him, you could see his eyes glazing over as we entered yet another clothes shop asked his opinion ! then ignored it! well he should know better than to go shopping with 3 girls..I had a stroke of luck i went to town last week with sorrel [she passed her theory test] and i saw a blue quilt in a charity shop, it was really nice but £7 seemed a bit steep so i left it, later in the day i said to s let's collect it on the way home i really want it... but we forgot! so today i went back and it was still there i went all hot! it'd been reduced to £4 see destiny i was meant to have it, i took it to the till and she said you can have that for£2 bllooooomin ek! it felt like christmas,it's in the washer now and it's the most perfect blue....
I've had a day of from ragwort but my hands and arms are so sore and i'll have to continue tomorrow, but i will win..
Pili palas in the village for a month so i'll give her a hand setting up her page and blogging ...then she can join in the fun,,,xxx
If any of you are interested in my mobiles i still do make some to sell privatly but mainly i supply shops...They are £15 and £2 p/p which is half the retail price to my purple coo mates..xx

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

To much to do and not enough time.....yet again

I just needed to put this picture up to remind myself that i do manage to have quality time here, and i'm not always upto my eyes in gardens ,fences,Bracken ,thistles, docks, and the bain of my life Ragwort.. why on earth do we give ourselves this extra work..Somedays i really want a town house with just enough garden to keep me occupied and enough rooms so we arn't cramped, and far enough away that i can't hear jakes exhaust roaring......

Bookings are coming thick and fast for a change for the" basket making "in september and the "colour s of the tree's"natural dyeing and felting course in october so thats a relief......
I also have an order for 40 mobiles to be done by next week I'm quite enjoying doing these cos i've got new ball's [i'll await sbs's comment about them]..
Meanwhile this glass of chilled wine feels lovely against the blisters on my Hand's , but i need to go back out to do a slug hunt and some deadheading, what i need is all you gardeners here helping me to get ready for the open day in 12 days yikes and double bloomin yikes...xxxo

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Mystery rose etc!

Well here's the rose that didnt want to appear in the common room again i think she got shy..

We've got a german wwoofer with us for 2 weeks i am so glad , a ragwort pulling assistant, poor girl she seems very nice and she's staying in" Le petite pois"and thinks it's wonderful pheww..Shes been helping me polish mobiles today which is a big help as i've an order for 30.

And yikes we just had a phone call the "Open garden's" of which we are one has been brought forward to the 29th july! instead of the 30th of august! the place is a jungle, which i suppose will make a change it's usually parched and yellow.
But not only that i know for a fact i'll be drunk on the 28th, it's the village sports day which starts at 1pm and finishes on the 29th sometime ho heck ! But its a tradition which cannot be changed.
And i hope pili pala flutters over to play..
AS for camping out in this weather i think we'll put it off a while !
Nearly forgot the elderflower champagne turned out a treat so cheers.xxoo

Saturday, July 7, 2007


Work work work!

"I've been so busy doing nothing working the whole day through". doing orrible jobs, no fun this week every where to wet and grey and my plants are rotting, doesnt somebody know a sundance we can do?????
I've made wine which you've all seen , i'm going to try Heather mead next and see how that works....
Today all day we've fitted a monty proof gate and repaired some fencing and it feels good to see a job completed. Tomorrow we dismantle J's old caravan which is not fit to reuse.
Now i'm going out to try and bring some semblence of order to the front garden while the suns out...i've got one bit off good news theres a wwoofer coming next week ,perfect timing for ragwort removal "there is a god after all"....
and while it's been raining i've been chcking out other sites i've not visited for ages,Not the Boring one!! t
The Greyhound one, and guess what i've got another arriving in two weeks!!! mad !mad! mad! i know but i'm soft.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Miseries Moi!!

This would have been far easier if was for what makes you miserable, i've got a huge list of those and most of them have happened this week......Needless to say i've dragged my self up by the scruff and here goes !!!!

Most definately MUSIC the louder!!! and more air guitarish!! the better.
Go out anywhere! ! do anything!! distraction is good!!
I find when i'm down my body language is! shoulders slumped dragging feet head down ! it certainly was this morning as i rounded up the neighbours sheep again!, and i thought if i wasnt doing this for someone else! and knew i had a load of damage to repair waiting for me! i'd be striding out and enjoying it!! So i walked faster shoulders back even ran for a while, i felt 100% better when i got home.
Another is driving with the music really loud and singing at the top of my voice the music as to be loud because i sing or shout terribly!! But i forget i've only got a cloth roof !! you should see peoples faces when they hear me ! ! it has me in fits...
Number 5 adopt another greyhound! ! she's arriving in 2 weeks..
Here's a number 6 for good measure! Start a tea-towel fight as above and then leg it...................xxxx
Have you seen all the orb's on there actually i think mine are dust...

Friday, June 29, 2007

Mayhem.

Smile

Mayhem.

This is so naughty, sneaking onto the computer when i've only come into make a quick brew but wa lahhh..
Yesterday was utterly brilliant, it is so strange this meeting up the trepidition?? of what people will be like because i'm sure will all build images of each other in our minds well i do, within minutes my images are all wrong but who cares the reality is better Even though i don't have long dark hair snailbeach [maybe next time]..We giggled and and gossiped like we'd known each other for years, and it was only snail beach that dobbies couldn't cope with, she was giving of far to much Heat!!! but we where all very raucous, then we invaded the little chef and made 1 drink each last 2hrs. again we were far to noisy, but the others! kept swearing! and spitting !so i got embaressed and left, when i got outside they'd followed me and proceeded to take the mick out of my Girly car...I wasnt fazed i just put it down to to much caffeine.
It's a damn shame we had to go home next time it's an all nighter, OK...

while i've been doing this QUIM, remember him my catalonian wooffer, as been sending me messages, he's just passed his veterinary exams, i'm so pleased for him..
Best take col is cuppa out now...xxx

Thursday, June 21, 2007

jungle


It seem's weeks since i blogged it feels like i've been to busy to write anything interesting or not interesting for that matter... and there's been a kerfufle while i was absent all finished now though which shows how strong we are some of us more sensitive but all sharing a link to pull us together and it's cool..

It's raining here again and i aint going to complain!!! i just wish i hadnt danced so vigorously!!!

The garden as gone beyond the romantic secret garden abundance to the bramble filled forest surrounding sleeping beautys castle!! we turn our backs for two weeks and its a jungle.

The dogs are flea ridden again..Monty is still exilled to "Dai's field" a steep gorse filled bank with a public footpath across it, thinking about it we've not had many walkers coming that way! monty has been known to hold people trapped until they relinquish their picnics,, he loves "tuna sandwiches" very weird and disconcerting for the captured party a meat eating horse.


A month from today There's to be Televised harness racing in the valley below [no i'm not entering M]on s4c unfortunatly and we have aeriel views of the field. Now I'm always opening myself up for hard work and dissapointment so i'll run this past you.. Allow people to bring there picnics and gazebo's to watch from up here for a small donation towards the school or sports commitee 50p each or something...i'll tell the local papers and who are sure to put it in because its televised and maybe get a bit of advertising in there for me as well.. We have loads of parking ..????

It's also j's 19th and a 50th anniversary that day to and the night i usually camp..fun fun fun.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Mother Cleans while childs excluded from school!!!

Well where do i start?? i know llanrwst we finaly managed to get some tenants out of the house there they owe £3ooo rent and the newly refurbished carpeted house they moved into 4yrs ago is disgusting...You all know how much i loathe cleaning my own house but i do, but cleaning up after lazy %%$%^&* like them is soul destroying.. any way thats where i've been all week! today i stayed home and did my own stuff, i was ill all night some germ off the carpets no doubt....
Now for the fun bit!! A message on the answer phone..Your daughter elorah has been excluded from school for fighting??! i thought it was a wind up until i saw her face as she got of the bus and her hand clutching a letter..We Are Mean and pretended not to know until she'd told us!
And it was true she had been fighting or rather she'd been hit while sticking up for some one else who was getting bullied! ! The bully had turned on her and slapped her across the face! and i'm glad to say nell responded promptly with one of her own !!! it then turned into a hair pulling brawl [i can just imagine it cringge] Then bully ran away!!! And nell as punishment?????? doesnt have to go to school tomorrow??? [If thats punishment she'll fight everyday i certainly would have.]
She said mum looking very worried and tearful am i going to get shouted at by you??? No i said and hugged her, she replied "i'm glad and i'm sorry but it was the right thing to do"!! talk about a "little house on the priarie" moment!!

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Swing the cat!

Yesterday, having done all the boring day to day chores!! We went to an open garden in abergele expecting to be a bit bored!! the predictability of modern estate gardens with the inevitable garden makeover themes, decking ,water feature, bedding plant's..Well we where very pleasantly surprised it was stunning a true country garden adjoining another contemporary garden, in all about half an acre with fully matured oaks, tree houses,and ponds and everything looking lovely and lush .....
Then when we'd finished there we headed up to Cefn for a celeagh [?? spelling] and curry. It's a lovely setting truly ancient, Cefn caves now sadly closed down are the site of a prehistoric dwelling.. The village today is spread out and there is no centre the only pub closed last year and the post office about 10yrs ago..
The rock formations and and the large slabs of i think limestone are so weird that they look manmade , they decorate the stone walls and gardens and i want some..

The band playing where "swing the cat"and they are brilliant i love fiddle music..I walked in and saw these 3 big blokes an 2 women and thought how the" berludy hell "did they all fit in my crog llofft, on colins 50th birthday 7yrs ago today and it brought back memories..........I wasnt well at the time depression? stress? whatever its called it's not fun and everyday was a battle just to get out of bed and remember one simple thing was nigh on impossible!!! 3 young children, and my dad clinging to me with his own sadness, we'd lost my mum very suddenly to cancer it was very traumatic and the burden of everyones grief was heaped on my already loaded shoulders and of course hiding my own feelings and grief i allowed them to. But i was crumbling inside......
Well ever the glutton for punishment i decided to throw a surprise party!!! for cols 50th a real humdinger!!.... And my dad announced out of the blue the week before that he was bringing his girlfriend... ?? what a weird feeling happy for him but feeling a betrayel as well i can't explain all sorts of warring emotions!! and dad why now??..... I finally broke down on the way to piano lessons he'd called me to tell me on his mobile and i pulled into a layby and set of shaking and crying with my bewildered children crying around me not understanding what was happening.............150 people came the band was up on the gallery the bouncy castle a big fair ground size one we where repairing for someone was out on the lawn 2 big barrel barbecues where on the go as well as all the food i'd done myself plenty for everyone and of course all my friends donations!!!! Inside i was like a coiled spring i couldn't breath! ! i could see my heart beating through my clothes, i told no one....Outside the heavens opened and all these people squooze into my tiny house, everyone was having a brilliant time col was on form!!and my smile was plastered on and my laugh a bit to brittle even to my own ears, Dancing was out of the question unless you felt inclined to pogo damn British weather!! then they arrived its like i was stood in state at the aga and my dad walked in with a big grin on his face leading a small dark lady i did a double take!!! IT was D my friend from Ireland and it was all planned as a surprise to me!!! what came out of my mouth i don't regret one bit" YOU F...ING BA.....S" Then a photo was taken of me by some one, and i clearly remember thinking i'll remember this moment forever when 2 people who supposedly love you have finally pushed you over the edge,and the smile crumbled from then on......
I'd been there for D through her depression, and my dad but they where to self centered to recognise mine,,,and they still don't know and they never will unless they read this..
Wow did i digress sorry!!!
Anyway last night i danced and danced until i was dizzy! drank real ale and spent it all in pleasant company.....And slept like a log..xxoo

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

This is just a little blog i'm still trying to catch up with you all but time just seems to melt away, all the dogs are sat outside peering in at me begging with their eyes for a walk and i'll have to oblige..I finaly put the monkey puzzle branches to good use and built a thing in the tree field, and i've treated myself to a sunlounger that i've left down there just for me to sleep on under the stars on these hot nights......
jake my eldest not mentioned much cos 80% of the time he's an arse and 20% perfect well he's in the first mode at the moment and he's draining me and taking my thoughts he's not really bad[drugs crime etc] just selfish...
The photo is of a painted caravan in llangollen i walked past it twice before i spotted it..xx

Monday, June 4, 2007

Steam Trains.

Yesterday, i woke up in a panic! it was colins dads 80th on the 24th, and he is mad about trains, his living room as a traintrack running all around it with junction boxes stations etc...So i booked him a driver experience day at llangollen, the panic was because he's notoriously fickle and could quite easily have refused point blank to partake!!! and also what if it was to much for him and he hurt himself or became ill???? worry worry worry!!!!!
Anyway it went really well he was a bit taken aback at first as we had to hoist him and shove him into the thing, but he soon joined in the swing of things and donned a boiler suit and hat,,,, we where all sent into the following carriage to be driven by him..
It was a good day and one which will long live in our memories and give him something to tell his cronies about...We had a lovely meal in a new place over looking the river The old mill or somesuch, i'd recommend it..then on to betws to the train museum then home for tea and to discover all my ciders gone flat??

Friday, June 1, 2007

Woodfest wales..

I seem to have spent this last week doing things for everyone else so today i thought Let's play the trouble is everyone else was working!!!! so nell and i went to the woodfest wales it's the first time i've been typically its only 5 miles away but i'm usually working ..........You all know how much i love wood and trees well this place was inspiring the bodgers and wood turners have me glued, i bought myself a lathe 6yrs ago and have never quite plucked up the courage to try it but maybe now i will. There where mad men climbing these ginormous poles it made me feel quite dizzy watching them......Then these other men and one woman dressed in purple !!was she one of us???...Using chainsaws to carve out bears ,dragons, wizards, allsorts! out of huge logs of wood they where magnificent and are all being auctioned on sunday, i'm sorely tempted but i doubt i could afford one...
There was a fair ground and i very stupidly went on one ride!!! and thourghly enjoyed it until i got off!! what is it with getting older that makes fair ground rides make you sick and stay dizzy all day????? We did felting and wood engraving.....
A good day out and well worth a visit.
Yesterday we went to llangollen to book a special trip for colins 80yr old train mad dad, he's actually going to get to drive a steam train!! but thats a different story that i'll tell you on sunday......

Monday, May 28, 2007

Time!!

Time where does it go????? I've had a lovely day today memorable in it's simplicity, just me nell and tye !! She chatters continualy mum do you remember this??? mum do you remember that??? I shake my head,, I know it was years ago when i was young [shes only 12 now]...It's wonderful the family stories and memories change from year to year , but i do love to listen to her more colourful version of the most mundane things ...Today we cloud watched sprawled out on a rocky outcrop! and it brought tears to my eyes because it only felt like i did it yesterday with my mum on sunbeds!! in the back garden in rhyl,... we hid from ramblers and spied on them , odd i know but fun and a lesson. we identified footprints, Otter,fox badger, sheep, deer,and tye..we taught him to climb trees "watchout squirrels"...And nell found a sheeps skull that she s brought home yuk... all in all a blumin lovely day....xxx

Sunday, May 27, 2007

A time for quiet!



Well here's a bit of purple from bodnant, it seems both our cameras where jinxed that day, but who needs camera's when elizabeth as discribed the day so well , I came away with neck ache the trees are so tall,,,, imagine the people who planted these specimens would have seen them as twigs they planted them for us and i say Thank you ..it is splendid........

I,ve had 2 days alone it as been very strange no TV or radios or bickering just silence and i feel refreshed ...Nell is camping with friends and the other two are busy working and colin. i'm at home with the rain beating down outside it's Bliss............i was going to force myself to go to the bodelwyddan garden show, ,i go every year and enjoy it, i don't think it would be rained off ! well it's flowers and garden furniture so you'd think not and i may get a bargain....

Thanks again for a lovely day elizabeth and you never know you may be at Bodelwyddan.....I can't seem to get on to CCW today i'll try later..xx

Thursday, May 24, 2007

a word from........


This week saw the instalment of s's caravan , not a cute little quilted retro one[which the guy no longer wants to sell BIG SULK!] but a big hunking brute!! My kids are so lucky imagine your own pad at 17 with a gardener , cook, laundress, and alarm clock, some how i think i got it wrong it should be me in the caravan....

I'm meeting elizabethm tomorrow, and we're of to bodnant we'll post a photo .

Had my first taste of tree sap wine today it's a bit watery as yet ,but its sparkling and it looooks lovely, it's got the cloudness of something truly organic [or not fermented]..

Suffolk mum i'm glad you noticed my advert and that you liked it a certain lady jane from exmoor did the writing, Diolch yn fawr...xxx

the picture shows the caravan stuck again and the men sawing down my gate posts, where's monty when you need a fence removing?????????

S'S 17th tomorrow her boyfriends working so we'll have a b b in the field or summat with lots of my friends.as well as hers ...xxxx

Monday, May 21, 2007

trees



Just thought i'd add this wonderful Root and Rock formation..Nel says it's a hedgehog.x

It's in.

We've just got in at 9pm having finaly got s's new caravan on site, it's lovely and she's so pleased and can't wait to deck it out in her finery,But she's a wee bit tired and has gone straight to bed..
I heard my first cuckoo today!!!! i did see it last week under attack from two teeny birds whose nest it obviously had its eye on......
A hypnotist came on the straw bale course and she's coming camping at the end of july when i have a gathering of friends, and said she will do the flying carpet??? please enlighten me someone....xx

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Boy am i aching today, and not really looking forward to another to another day with a jcb chomping around . ahhhhhhh just had a message he's not coming , but darn we really wanted to get all the mucky work done at the same time and the fences back up..monty and merry really wanted to party last night and twice they escaped, i've had to park the car sideways at the entrance to keep them in, i bet the neighbours think i'm completely bananas ...and the dog's have to be kept in or they'll be off , the greyhounds running blithly up the road not realizing they are running away! because they're used to circular track's and in there mind's if they keep going they'll get back to you eventually..ddddddduuuuuuuuuuu .
Theres VW show at bodelwyddan castle i may clean mine and drive down to see whats going on,well it's a beautiful day and early so theres lot's of options..

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Egg & chicks

Today we continued to dismantle sorrels caravan, what a chore, and what huge spiders which have both of us scutteling for safety until they move on !! the webs under the thing are like net curtains! ! needless to say we've left that part to colin , i just hope they don't move into the house.....it's not rained today i''d like just one more day of it so i can get this caravan burned without risk of burning the mountain as well....
While we were all busy hammering a noise got through to me a bird in distress ! i,ve had it before when the cuckoo or magpies are up to mischief , so i quickly went to investigate and my Fat slapper of a dog had found a nest in a wall which she'd proceeded to dismantle to get at the nest and had killed the new chicks and broken the eggs while the parents watched! "boy did she get it". And the poor bluetit is still out there in a flap..i've just come in to cook tea, and colin said don't bother feeding sash she's had "egg and chick's"..My family have a sick sense of humour.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Full butt's

"There's nothing quite so satisfying as knowing your butt's are full to over flowing".
2 busy days running up and down hils with hoses and now i can chill and enjoy what the rain as wrought,the garden is splendid lush and green in every shade far more than forty me thinks , from the acid green of the euphorbia to the delicate shade on solomons seal !but i won't count.....and the ponds are full and brimming with watercress........
The teacher for the dowsing course phoned me today to cancel he's got to go into hospital next month i wish him well and we'll do it later in the year, still i've got send money back and dissapoint people and i hate that , but kay serah ??
Nells foot is much better as the photo shows....
We've got 2 static caravans arriving this week, they are to replace the existing ones the children live in [that sounds bad] so lots of work and dismantelling this week, but they are so posh compared to the sheds they've been in the one that is being dismantled was tatty 20yrs ago and all 5 of us lived in it for a year during renovations ,,,,,,,,and having a very good friend with a caravansite they are only costing delivery.........even better..xx emmerdale now.xx

Saturday, May 12, 2007

monty revenge!

We woke up to another glorious day,and the sounds of the girls getting monty ready to take to the river, they've been looking at my old shots of Appleby horse fair and fancy swimming a horse down the river [ it's only 2ft deep so not much chance of that], i popped out before they left and poor monty they've given him a hair cut, it rivals cowgirls drunken snipping, they'd taken 2ft of his tail and his fringe is ridiculouse he looks like a pantomime horse! I was very cross and ranted and raved..........sorry mum! sorry jo! sorry mrs rowley![the last one as only just met me and is still in awe] they'll all said looking very contrite........and off they scuttled....
I continued up bodran to the spring to see if anything was happening and faffed about with the pipes,,,,,,,,When "I Felt a call" a jolt in my belly! ! i stood up and listened not a sound?? i started to walk down slowly holding my hair back so i could hear! was that a sheep? yes i carried on down anyway and the house was in view.....There it was again!!! i couldn't make out words just recognised noises, and i started to run ....."it felt like i was running through treacle" "in slow motion like a nightmare" Thought's are flashing through my head ! they've been hit by a car! !!who's hurt the horse or the children !!! or both!! one's fell off! !!ones been kicked! I could hear the screaming clearly now MUM ! !! MUM!!!MMMMMMummmmm into the house for car keys what will i need mind racing!!! mobile!!! towels!!! apples!!!?? at least 3 mins must have passed now it feels like 15 leapt in the car shot down the drive to be met by a volvo at the end!! [my heart is in my mouth] a guy gets out, opens the door and lets a tearful nelly out ! ""The horse stood on her foot""he said.......

Well i got her home it is bruised and she'll lose a nail nothing a cuppa and a bowl of water couldn't fix, Well monty got his own back for the hairdo the old bugga!!! I wonder if he knew????
What is amazing is theres no way i could of heard her from where i was! ! !there was about two miles and hills between us and blumin sheep bleating!! a strange twilight moment......................And having relived this i need a stiff drink.....thank god it was only a foot..x

Thursday, May 10, 2007

chintz,

Justa quickie it's windy today and my blogs have a habit of being blown away like last nights, i know i should put them on word but still don't know how.....
We've had rain nowhere near enough though i've spent hours up'thill trying to coax water down in hoses using gravity, but if there's not enough there it won't come..
I went to wrexham yesterday and bought pink and cream chintzy blinds for the conservatory, so i've come over all pink today covering the sofa in the pink patchwork quilt,taking out the huge table and brought in the dropleaf and put a big rosy bucket on it full of bluebells and stitchwort and lilac which had blown off the tree, it looks so different and smell's divine....do all women do this?? i loathe housework ! ! !... so i'll go out and buy something homey and it makes me want to titivate and tidy the particular room its for..Well it works for me!!
I also did the finishing touch to the bathroom and hung the beads at the window, they look brill they are all irridescent like the tiles and i've cut them so they follow the archway! they certainly don't look like a cheap door curtain now..
My pile of clothes is still on the bedroom floor awaiting sorting! ! but hey it's sunny i need to play...xxxx