Friday, 30 September 2016

THAT'S TO BLOGGER !!!! ..........





Thanks Blogger ..... I've lost all of my blog links on my sidebar .... apparently they are experiencing a problem !!! ..... I don't want you to think that I've removed you all.
So, if I miss any of your posts, it's not my fault ! 
I've had a look at some of your blogs and you all seem to have yours ..... it must be me. 




Here's hoping I'll get them back !






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Jackie

Friday, 23 September 2016

WHEN I WAS 17 .... it was a very good year ..........


When I was 17 { 1968 } , I went to Mallorca with my Mum and Dad .....





Very short skirts, showing my knickers {and more probably}, smoking and drinking purple Parfait d'Amour cocktails ...... what a hussy !!! { mind you, it was the 1960's and everyone wore mini skirts }

I just came across this photograph of me and my Dad at the hotel bar ..... what did you wear in your mid-teen's that makes you cringe ?!!!  


Update :   Ooooops ..... just lost a follower ......maybe they think that I'm a wanton woman !!



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Jackie

Thursday, 8 September 2016

LET'S HAVE A CHAT !!! ..........


What have you all been up to today ? 



I've been to the dentist !! Half an hour of ' fun ' with the hygienist and a check up with the dentist, who would like me to fund his next three holidays in the South of France !!! My dentist is about 5 miles away from our house and is situated just behind the river in Ware { no Ware jokes please .... I've heard them all before !!! }  
The gazebos along the river date from the 18th century and are a unique feature of Ware. Whilst there may be individual gazebos elsewhere in Britain, nowhere else do they survive as a group as they do on the River Lee in Ware. These riverside " summerhouses " stand in the former gardens of the High Street coaching inns that used to run down to the river. 



Scott's Grotto in Scott's Road is an enchanting place for a visit if you find yourself in Ware ..... with it's captivating underground passages and chambers, Scott's Grotto is a Grade 1 listed building and is the largest grotto in the United Kingdom. The grotto, which is said to have taken about 30 years to complete, was formerly in the garden of Amwell House and was completed by John Scott, an 18th century Quaker poet, who inherited Amwell House from his father in 1768.  The grotto is set into the northeast face of a hill with air shafts, light wells and connecting passages, decorated with shells, stones, flint, fossils and coloured glass. There is a " Council Chamber ", two " Committee Rooms ", a ' Refreshments Room ", a " Consulting Room " and a " Robing Room ".  Scott also had other romantic features built in his garden, including an octagonal gazebo on the hillside above. Scott kept a book which lists 3,000 visitors from 1779 to 1787. Samuel Johnson visited several times and pronounced the Grotto a ' Fairy Hall ', adding that ' none but a poet could have made such a garden'.



Are you bored yet ? ...... keep with me as I have one more historical fact about Ware and it's a good one !!! 
It's all about ' The Great Bed of Ware .....




The Great Bed of Ware is an extremely large oak four poster bed, carved with marquetry, that was originally housed in the White Hart Inn in Ware. Built by Hertfordshire carpenter Jonas Fosbrooke in 1580, the bed measures ten by eleven feet and can ' reputedly ' accommodate at least twelve people. Allegedly, Jonas Fosbrooke did not approve of riff - raff in his luxury bed so, his ghost pinches and scratches all who dare sleep in it !!! Many of those who have used the bed have carved their names into it's posts and the graffiti is as interesting as the bed itself. Travellers broke their journey at Ware just to spend a night in the bed. Reported guests include a party of butchers and their wives and a Bavarian Prince. 
.The fantastical creatures and the male and female figures at the back suggest the potential for sexual pleasure . This bed is so famous  that Shakespeare has Sir Toby Belch describe a sheet as " big enough for the bed of Ware "in Twelfth Night. The bed moved from the White Hart to the Saracen's Head, another Ware Inn. In 1870, William Henry Teale, acquired the bed and put it to use in a pleasure garden. It's now in the Victoria and Albert Museum.





 ..... and, following on nicely from the Great Bed of Ware .....

I polished my knobs and knockers this afternoon !!!

Here endeth the history lesson of Ware, Hertfordshire.


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Jackie















Wednesday, 7 September 2016

AGE DOESN'T HAVE TO MEAN BEIGE !!! ..........



I don't think that we all have to look like top model's but, if you like a bit of fashion, as I do, we can still look good as we age...... if you're not into it then that's good too !!



Doesn't he look brilliant ?




His other half looks pretty good too .... and, their beige is good beige !



Linda V Wright ..... looking good !




Carmen Dell'Orefice .... 85 !!!!!




I not sure at what age we give up on ourselves but I do hope that it's never !!!!!



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Jackie