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Monday, 20 September 2021

KITCHENS & CASTLES ..........




The other weekend, we went to stay with our daughter and family who live in the beautiful 17th century town of Stamford.
 I'm not showing you any of Stamford in this post as we went to other places this time but will show you another time !

First of all we visited .....




..... DeVol kitchens showroom !!!!!  Now, you might think this quite boring but, firstly, DeVol kitchens are my favourite kitchens, secondly, they are housed in Cotes Mill in beautiful countryside with a lake, peacocks and wildlife and last but not least, they sell my kind of shabby antiques, so well worth a trip considering it is close to where our daughter lives !








AS you can see, its not just a kitchen showroom !



They have beautiful kitchens which start at around £40,000 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But, its a good place to get ideas.We are thinking of knocking our kitchen into the conservatory BUT, where on earth do you find a good builder? We have been let down by so many trades so, if any of you out there who live in Hertfordshire and know of a good builder, PLEASE let me know !!!! 



Amongst a couple of other things 😁 I bought this portrait there ...... I rather like him.



The next day, we visited Belvoir Castle. Its history dates back to the 11th century and is the ancestral home of the Duke of Rutland where the family have lived in an unbroken line for almost a thousand years.



Crowning a hill, the castles turrets and towers rise over the Vale of Belvoir like an illustration in a romantic fairytale. Four castles have stood on this spot since 1067 ..... Belvoir means ' beautiful view ' in French and is today pronounced ' beaver '. 







This is Le Salon ...... I'm afraid I forgot to read about it as we were running after our granddaughter looking for teddy bears as they had a bear hunt !....and I can't find any info about it but, it was so opulent and worthy of Versailles .....




This is me with broken elbow in the castles smaller version of The Hall of Mirrors .....



Beautiful views and .....






..... beautiful gardens.  


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What I ate on my weekend away .....
 


On Saturday, I had sea bass risotto in a lovely pub, which was delicious .....



..... &, on Sunday, we ate in The Engine Yard at Belvoir Castle. Now, my choices in restaurants usually gravitate to grilled or oven cooked fish or any seafood really as it is my favourite but, on this particular day, I had a real fancy for good old fish and chips and it was amazing !!! When you haven't had something for a long while it tastes all the better. Crispy batter is bloody lovely !!! 

Apologies for such a long post  ..... I could have split it in two I guess. Do you think people like long posts ? I always think that people prefer shorter ones. What do you reckon !.





XXXX


Jackie

Monday, 16 August 2021

MAINTENANCE ..........





One of the downfalls of an old house is that they need lots of money spending on them, maintaining all of the boring things ..... we are having the pointing redone under the bay windows and the concrete plinths were crumbling so they are being done as well. We had the house painted about 7 years ago when we had a new roof but the windowsills need doing again.....



Some of the original air bricks were broken so I researched where I could get some new ones. I wanted to keep the original pattern and found some reproduction ones from the Cast Iron Air Brick Company .....



Here they are ..... same pattern as the originals ..... they had many patterns to choose from but I wanted the original and, guess what ? All of the other patterns were £25.00 each but, my pattern are £50.oo each !!! I bought them though ..... I want to put back what Walter Waller { who I told you about who built our house } had put in. 




Right next to one of the bay windows was a St Swithuns rose. We put it in about thirty years ago and it has been lovely but, over the past few years hasn't been so good ..... it gets black spot, other diseases, the blooms seize up when it rains and its high maintenance  so we decided to take it out. As it has been in the ground for such a long time, I thought that the roots were probably on their way to Australia and needed a young, strong man /woman to dig it out for me. BUT, always wanting things done yesterday, I toddled out at 8.00 a.m on Sunday morning, just to have a little dig and see what was what !!! I managed to dig a fair way down to assess the root situation { even with a broken right elbow } . Mr Home , brandishing heavy duty loppers, cut through the massive roots and, we managed to get it out !!!! Some roots are left in the ground but I think that was inevitable. I have potted it up to see if it will survive and, if it does, I shall plant it somewhere else. See the information label ? ..... that was buried underground and has been there for over thirty years !




BUT ..... I managed to inflict a big, weeping blister on the palm of my left hand and cut my left little finger ! The bandage was just to protect it as I painted some of the original air bricks this morning .....

It's amazing what you can do with a broken right elbow, numb fingers, a thumb and index finger joint that won't work, a blister and a cut little finger ..... I don't think it's my year on the domestic accidents front !

XXXX








Jackie

Monday, 9 August 2021

A WET WEEKEND ............



It was a very wet weekend here in Hertfordshire .....



I've also had a face like a wet weekend ..... this broken elbow lark is getting pretty frustrating. Half of the things that I want to do I can't and the other half take a zillion times longer ! The most excitement that I get is going to either the fracture clinic or to see the physiotherapist !  I am quite a patient person and also a glass half full , flowing over kind of a gal but the healing of a broken elbow is a long process !!! I still have numbness in my hand but , it is all improving so I can't complain and as I always say, there are always so many others far worse off than me. It could have been far worse. 




Not being able to drive is a bit annoying as well !!! The doctor said the elbow doesn't usually straighten completely but, I can live with that. I told him how grateful I was to him for his skill in putting me back together considering I did a silly thing .... he told me he was pleased he could help me and that it was just his job. He was quite impressed with my knowledge of anatomy !!!  .... do you know that the nerve heals 1mm per day so that's why it takes so long for the numbness to go, and, considering I injured the median nerve at the elbow, it's got a long way to go !  I'm just so annoyed with myself for ruining a perfectly good arm but, that's why we have the word accident isn't it ? !!! 

OK ..... thats enough self pity for one day ..... has anyone out there broken their elbow ? I'm sorry to only talk about broken bones but that's about all thats going on in my life at the moment ! ..... oh, and the conservatory is leaking but, that's another story. 

UPDATE : Just read a story about a man, age 57,  who was celebrating his  wedding anniversary, who went to the toilet, fell down the stairs and is now paralysed from the waist down .... puts a broken elbow into perspective ..... I've given myself a good talking to and a slap round the face !!! 

XXXX




 

Jackie

Monday, 28 June 2021

BORING, UNINSPIRING ARM UPDATE ..........






Sorry to be so boring but there is nothing going on in my life apart from waiting for my elbow to repair !!!
Went to the fracture clinic on Wednesday ..... sat in the grey chair area with about ten other fractures, all of whom were in front of me ..... masks on which mist my glasses up ! Nurse came out and apologised for delay ..... emergency in plaster room ! There were finally three of us left in the grey chair area when a nurse called us all and moved us to the green chair area ! Lulling me into a false sense of security, I was ushered to a consulting room to see the consultant. After about twenty minutes, I saw the doctor. I'm not moaning, I know they are really busy and I am so grateful for the skill that went into repairing the mess that was my elbow after my stupidity of standing on a chair to rescue two bumble bees !!!
Next, avoiding another coloured chair area, I had the stitches out ..... completely painless and another stage completed. 
Told to wait in the blue chair area for X-Rays !!! Lovely radiologist asked my date of birth and address ..... she said she lived a couple of roads away from me. Arm had to be pulled and pushed to get a good picture so was a bit painful ..... ouch !
Back to green chair area to see the Doc again. He told me to remove the sling and start to move and use arm and hand..... bit scary as your head is telling you you can't and is remembering when you broke it but, have now straightened my arm ..... not fully as can be seen in the photograph, there is still quite a bit of bruising. The nerve damage in my fingers is the most painful part but that should improve over the coming weeks.
Have a physiotherapy appointment on Friday so that should be fun ..... I wonder what colour chairs they have in the Physiotherapy Department ? Can't wait to find out 🤣😂🤣
If you read this to the end, give yourself a gold star !

XXXX
 







Jackie

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Out.of action …. X

Broke my right arm on Saturday so will be out of action for some time !!!!  Sorry.
                  XXXX

Jackie

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

FIDDLEHEADS ..........






For the uninitiated { of which, there are probably none } , Fiddleheads are the furled fronds of a new fern. Left on the plant, each fiddlehead will unroll into a new frond but, many people harvest them before they unfurl and eat them as a vegetable. I have yet to do this and wondered if any of you out there have eaten them ? Fiddleheads are antioxidant and are a source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and are high in iron and fibre. They are called fiddleheads as they resemble the end of a stringed instrument. The taste of fiddleheads is unique and has been described as grassy and spring-like with a hint of nuttiness, or as a cross between asparagus and young spinach ..... some say it has a flavour similar to an artichoke, maybe with a whiff of mushroom ! Sounds really delicious but, I have yet to find out ! Can anyone tell me if they have eaten them and can you eat any fern fiddleheads ? 



In other news from my boring, Covid-limited life, I did stop drinking for a while. I often do that ..... don't know why but I do. I have started again and am going through a bottle of Sauvignon Gris that my brother-in-law bought us when they visited last. It is very nice .... delicious, in fact. I am in no way a wine connoisseur but, apparently, not much Sauvignon Gris grape is planted ..... out of all the white grapes used for the production of Bordeaux wine, only 2%are devoted to Sauvignon Gris. I would think it would go rather well with a plateful of Fiddleheads ! 



Our son and his family have just got a new kitten. They were going to get a dog but they seem to be thin on the ground at the moment so they will get one later. The kitten is a British Shorthair who has been named Cloudy by our grandchildren ! He will eventually grow to be like a big cuddly bear .....






That's all for now ..... I shall be back soon { ish } with more excitement { !!! } from my fun-filled life ! 

XXXX











photographs 1-4: via me, photographs 5 & 6: via Google. 


Jackie

Monday, 10 May 2021

ADVICE ? ..........





We have the above bench and, as much as I love the distressed look, it is so rusty now, which comes off on our clothes so, it needs painting. I have been told to paint it black, which makes it recede but I'm not so sure about that ..... I'm usually pretty confident with my choices but, this time, I'm not sure ..........





Our other painted bench is cream ....... should we go with cream again ....... or grey, or green or black or sky blue pink !!!

THOUGHTS PLEASE .

XXXX




photos via me

Jackie