Monday, 4 November 2019

WE TRICKED AND WE TREATED ..........



Actually, we just walked around the streets for a couple of hours and there wasn't a lot of tricking going on  !!!  I was given the job of carving three pumpkins which I was very proud of considering I only had about an hour ! 




So many people dressed up and the houses looked brilliant .....



One guy opens his garage and really goes to town ..... fantastically decorated for charity and, even better, at the back he has a bar !!!




I was never he biggest fan of Halloween as I feel Guy Fawkes is our thing but, I'm really warming to it !!!!





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All photographs taken by me !

Jackie

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

LABATYD .......... Life's a Bitch and then you die !!! ..........




I am in no way a miserable, moany person ..... I am the happy, upbeat kind ..... glass brimming over but there has been  another series of unfortunate events, some of which are just annoying .....



..... my Amazon account was hacked into !!! 
I was first aware of it when I had an email to say that my book would be arriving from Amazon.de { said email was in German ! } A day later a massive paperback ' Quantum Physics ' arrived at the cost of £85 !!! Even if I had not been suspicious of the email, quantum physics would be the last book that I would order ..... I even have trouble spelling it ! Next, Amazon.US emailed me to let me know that the camera I had ordered at the price of £400 would be arriving soon ! The bottom line was that I must have spent at least four days on the phone, sorting it out ..... none of it being my fault.
My next moan is about my tumble dryer ..... I bought a new one in February ...... I am pretty good with white goods ..... they last me a long time and I think I must have had the last one about 20 years. That one had been a Zanussi so I thought that I would get the same. I nearly always buy white goods, mattresses etc. from John Lewis but a friend had bought from ao.com so I thought I'd give them a whirl. 
Having our daughter, her boyfriend and baby living with us, the tumble dryer was being used a whole lot more. Our daughter noticed a lot of condensation but I thought it was because it was being used so much more. Our plumber/electrician was round, fixing a couple of plugs and I asked him to have a look ..... " Oh my God " he said .....



..... the plastic around the hose had completely melted ! The plumber put a new hose { made of very thick plastic } probably wiping out my guarantee, but, we needed it. Anyway, the whole point was that I was on the phone for another three or four days. I wanted to let Zanussi know as I didn't want anyone else to have the same thing happen to them or worse { Grenfell was uppermost in my mind }
Well, can you get through to Zanussi ? Every time I rang, I was told that my phone call was very important to them and that someone would be with me shortly. After half an hour a recorded American voice told me that there wasn't anyone to answer the phone in that department ! That went on for a couple of days and, during those two days, I contacted ao who promised they would get onto Zanussi and failed three times ! There was a lot more aggravation but I've already bored you enough but it was another few days of my time wasted through no fault of my own.



..... and then, you know that our daughter bought their cat with them ?  Well, he had been happily using our cat flap for about a month and then, he didn't come back. That was three weeks ago now so I think that we have to accept that he is gone. We like to think that perhaps he has adopted another family but, considering he has diabetes I think the worst must have happened. Our daughter and boyfriend are so upset .... they put posters in the local shops and searched for him but no luck. They had many phone calls from people saying they would look out for him, some saying they thought they had seen him. It always amazes me how many people want to help. 




..... and, finally, I am getting on a bit now and, luckily, apart from parents and relatives that were very old, I haven't lost any friends or family or heard of any illnesses but, in the last couple of months there have been illnesses from heart attacks to cancer ...... inevitable, I know but, I am feeling my 68 years. 











While I was writing this post, I was watching a programme ' The Victorians " with Jeremy Paxman. There were a lot of illustrations by Gustave Doré showing poverty, the workhouse and living conditions in Victorian London ..... puts my moaning into perspective { apart from sick friends and relatives } ..... hanging on the phone isn't really the end of the world is it ?





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image 1: via plumes-feathers, image 2: via google, image 3: via me, image 4 & 5: via pinterest,  nik kershaw video via youtube

Jackie

Monday, 26 August 2019

ANOTHER SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS !!! ..........


OK ..... apologies for being MIA  .....





Our daughter, her boyfriend and their baby are staying with us along with their cat while the move from their London flat to a house. They are here for three months. 



So far, the cat has weed on our sisal carpet ....... we have floorboards throughout our home apart from the dining room and the study where we have sisal ...... sisal cannot be cleaned !!! You can't wet it .... I have rung carpet cleaners .... they won't touch it with a barge pole !!!! I have to have new carpet .... the only saving grace is that we've had them for about 15 years so, its probably time for new. Maybe John has some cleaning ideas ?
Why couldn't the cat have weed on the floorboards ?



..... and, my daughter has burnt my ironing board cover ! She has offered to buy me a new one !




Along with that, when they are at their new house at the weekend, I have to inject the cat twice daily as he is diabetic !!!!

I don't mind really ..... its lovely to have them here but it makes for a good { ish } blog post !!!



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images 1,3,4 & 5: via google, image 2: via me

Jackie

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER .......... OR NOT !!!





The 3rd of J uly is our wedding anniversary.  This year we have been married for 43 years and engaged for a bit longer and the diamond fell out of my engagement ring !!! 


When I say diamond, it's the smallest diamond you ever did see. We bought it from an antique shop and it cost £15.00, that's 16.7 Euros, or $18.7 !!!  .... but I would never change it.


I didn't notice it was missing until the evening so it wasn't worth looking for it, it being so small ... it could have been anywhere and, even if I knew where it had fallen, I would never have seen it !!!  


The diamond has now been replaced at the local jewellers ..... Mr Home picked it up ..... he said he needed security to accompany him home !!!
The above book is an Angela Brazil ..... its called ' The Jolliest Term on Record ' ..... all jolly hockey sticks and fruitcake in the dorm ! I read a lot of them as a child .... a far cry from my schooldays !


The Kiftsgate rose that grows in our garden .... it only flowers once in June but it is so pretty and the perfume is wonderful.



..... and this is Penny Lane. A fragrant, climber that was rose of the year in 1998 ..... repeat flowering, it flowers well into October. 

Rings and roses ..... ring a ring a roses


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all photographs via me

Jackie

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

LILY PARR SCULPTURE ..........



Yesterday, ahead of the women's World Cup, a statue has been unveiled of football star Lily Parr - considered the greatest female footballer of all time ..........






..... and, the sculpture was created by my niece, Hannah Stewart !!!!! 

Lily Parr was born in 1905 and pioneered women's football, scoring 900 times over her 32 year career. Lily was known for her large appetite and almost constant smoking !!!
The six foot, chain smokers wages of ten shillings { 50p } per game, were reputedly supplemented by packets of Woodbine  cigarettes !!!
She played in front of a record crowd of 53,000 fans at Goodeson Park. The statue has been placed at The National Football Museum in Manchester.

Well done Hannah.



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image 1: via itv, image 2: via latestly, image 3: via ilovemanchester


Jackie

Monday, 27 May 2019

ALL ABOUT BABIES ..........



I'm afraid that its all about babies in our world at the moment but .....
 





..... we haven't let the grass grow under her feet ..... at nearly three weeks she has mastered shapes and faces so, maybe she could be added to the list of contenders for the position of Prime Minister !!! 

I promise that there will not be many more baby posts ..... it's just that I haven't done much else lately !





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Jackie

Friday, 10 May 2019

NEWEST GRANDCHILD SAFELY DELIVERED ..........





Our new grandchild arrived safely on Tuesday 7th May .....



Welcome to the world, Harriet  






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image 1: via etsy, image 2: via me, image 3: via Zara

Jackie