Friday, 1 January 2021

A NEW YEAR BEGINS ..........






Happy New Year everyone. Thank you all so much for all of your support throughout 2020 ..... here's to a wonderful 2021 for us all.

XXXX




Jackie

Friday, 25 December 2020

MERRY CHRISTMAS .....





Wishing all of my blogging friends the Merriest Christmas that you can have under the circumstances and here's to lots more blogging friendship in 2021.
Thank you for all of your kind, funny and supportive comments ..... even though I haven't met most of you, I think of you as friends and hope we can share another year of the same in 2021.

Sending love to you all for a very merry Christmas and a  happy and healthy New Year.


XXXX












Jackie

Tuesday, 22 December 2020

DECK THE HALLS ..........





Christmas in tier 4 !!!
Not Christmas as we know it but, I have no reason to complain as I am far better off than many ...... if I feel a bit down then all I have to do is think of all of the workers in the NHS { our daughter and boyfriend included }, all of the frontline workers and those in hospitality, those who are worried where the next penny is coming from and how to pay their mortgage, pay bills and buy food etc and those worried about their jobs ! 
Maybe we are on our own this Christmas but, we are so lucky to be living in an age of technology so that we can see our family, if only on a computer. 

Wishing all of my blogging buddies as merry a Christmas that you can have and here's to a brilliant 2021.

XXXX



all photos via me







Jackie

Saturday, 5 December 2020

BACK to the FUTURE .....



This will look a bit strange what with snow falling on my blog and Christmas just around the corner but .....

 








I've entered these photographs into the David Austin competition on my Instagram account  ... distressing_the_laurels ... into the categories Best Rose Bloom and Best Rose Climbing up an Arch/Pillar/Pergola ! There are zillions of entries so I don't stand a chance but it was fun to do. The photographs that win will go into the 2021 David Austin Roses UK Handbook.
 
It was something to do as, I cannot believe how organised I am for Christmas ! I have written our cards, bought all of our Christmas presents and even wrapped half of them ! All that's left to do is wrap the other half of the presents, dress the Christmas tree, do the other decorations and cook Christmas dinner !!  
 
Hope my photographs bring back memories of the Summer months of blue skies and warm sunshine. 
 
 
I think my ' Jackie ' has gone missing again and, Blogger won't let me Preview ! Arghhhhhhh !
 
XXXX
 
 
 all photographs via me
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, 22 November 2020

.......... AND SO IT BEGINS



You will be pleased to know { or not ! } that I have started my Christmas preparations, even though we are not sure what sort of Christmas we are going to have. We usually go and choose our Christmas tree every year but, this year I have ordered one from Croft and Cole ..... fresh cut and delivered to my door in mid December.

I have also started buying presents. I have quite a lot to buy ..... our children, their partners, grandchildren, sister, brothers -in-law, neices, nephews, the neices and nephews children, cousins, cousins children etc. etc
Christmas has always been a wonderful time for our family. As a child, our parents made it so magical even though we weren't rolling in money. We always had a real tree and, I can remember my mum dragging it back from the shops ! We would all be part of decorating it ..... often with a few arguments ! That moment when the lights were turned on for the first time was fairylike and so magical. Then there would be a trip up to London to see Father Christmas and Uncle Holly at Selfridges ..... do you remember Uncle Holly ? ..... and, eating hot chestnuts bought from the man on Oxford Street and having a knickerbokerglory at Lyons Corner House and, if we were lucky, seeing a show at The London Palladium.
Apart from his day job, my Dad played in a band at weekends. He used to take an empty gin and whiskey bottle with him and, when people offered to buy him a drink, would gradually fill the bottles up, ready for Christmas !!!!! ..... and then there was Christmas itself. Going to bed on Christmas Eve and leaving a flat pillow case at the end of the bed to wake up on Christmas morning to see that pillow case overflowing with things and bulging at the sides ..... nothing was very expensive but they were all amazing to us. Board games, books, paints and paintbrushes for me, gold chocolate coins, a chocolate tool kit that tasted soapy but who cared .... eating chocolate at 6.00 a.m was brilliant. And then, after breakfast, our aunts and uncles and cousins would come round and there would be more presents .....  a leather netball, Jacko roller skates, more games, something from an old aunt that was a bit boring ..... we would open that one first !! 
The above photograph, taken in the mid 1950's,  is my Dad being Father Christmas at his works Christmas party !!! That's me on the end on the right with the red face, wearing my delightful bolero, knitted by my Mum ! My sister is on the left, also wearing her delightful bolero ! The Father Christmas outfit leaves a lot to be desired ! Looked as if it had been well-used and pretty moth-eaten but, we didn't care. I think we knew it was our Dad and were told not to say anything ! Our Dad loved to take photographs. We have hundreds of those tiny black and white ones when we were on holiday but, there aren't any of Christmas. There are some movies but I can't find any stills ! Maybe he was too busy, playing in the band and getting his bottles filled up or drinking too much of the gin on Christmas Day ?!! { actually, he looks as if he's had a couple of gins in the photo .... he looks a bit dishevelled !! }
I hope that we made the same memories for our children and that our grandchildren find it all just as magical. 
Well, there are just a few memories of my Christmasses .... what are your special Christmas memories ?
 
XXXX












image 1: via vogue portugal, image 2: via pinterest, image 3: via me

Jackie

Monday, 16 November 2020

SHOPPING SPREE ..........


I've just spent loadsamoney !!!!



I've had my MacBook pro for around 9 years now and it has just about had it so I've ordered a new one ..... I feel like it has served me well and its time to invest in a new one .....

As often happens, everything goes at once and my iPhone is over the hill so I have ordered the iphone 12 Pro Max !!!! 
Hopefully, all of my technical problems will now be a thing of the past.  I have to wait a few weeks for them so bear with me .....


 
I've spent SO much ..... I need a drink ..... or five !


XXXX












image 1: via zazzle, image 2: via dreamtime, image 3: via apple, image 4: via me

Jackie

Monday, 2 November 2020

TECHIE TROUBLES ..........




I'm having problems in the technical department !!! I can't send emails and I cant comment.

I have been on the phone for days and days and days and days ..... hours and hours ..... and days!  I have been to Scotland, Newcastle, India, Greece, Portugal, Spain and all countries in between. BT say its EE's fault, EE say its Bloggers fault but we have all come to the conclusion that its Apples fault and IOS 14 ! BT tried really hard to fix it, EE said, although its not their fault they did like a challenge and hated to be beaten but they were. You can't talk to Blogger so I did the online chat thing ...... rubbish .... they just said it wasn't their fault ! 
Apparently, I just have to wait for the next Apple update. I am so sorry that I haven't been able to comment and just hope that it will be fixed soon.
 

Other news ...... nothing much ! 
See the bench in the photograph ? Well, I didn't like it so wanted to get rid ..... Our plumber, who was going to put a new hose in the garden but that was six weeks ago and no sign of him, is usually very obliging and takes anything we don't want and gets rid of it for us. Seeing that  that  avenue was a dead end, we decided to leave the bench on the front drive ..... I put a sign on it ..... FREE BENCH ..... PLEASE FEEL FREE TO TAKE IT .....
I was a little worried that it would become a nice place for the school kids to sit and chat but thought I would give it a go.
Within 15 minutes there was a knock at the door .....


Standing in our porch was a little old lady, similar to the one above but, instead of sticks she had a trolley and assumed a bent posture. 
" About the bench ", she said ..... " Could you deliver it ?" I politely told her that it wouldn't fit in my car. She told me that she often took free things and put them on her trolley. 
" Might be a bit difficult to get an iron bench on your trolley " I said and we had a bit of a laugh. She said it was a shame and went on her way. 
Within 20 minutes she was back. She had ordered a car to bring her back and a van to take it to her house ..... result for all !!!
 
UPDATE : Meant to say but forgot the first time, Mr Home rekons she put it on ebay for 60 quid when she got home 😂
 
 HAPPY LOCKDOWN 

XXXX
 












Jackie