Blossom on my tree….there may be more apples in my garden this year!!
My friend Graham came up to visit from Nottingham today and we had a fantastic time. It’s amazing how, no matter how old we get, when we’re together we always manage to revert back to the goofy, giggling, weirdos we were at college. The lego shop in Leeds was a particularly fun experience - who wants to be grown up when there’s lego around?!!
Well…..tonight was time to say goodbye to Monqui Moo. She leaves for her new life in Cornwall next week and, throughout the evening, lots of people arrived to say bon voyage and good luck. I promised her I wouldn’t cry (and I nearly kept that promise!) until it was my turn to say goodbye and head back to Leeds. Both of us bawling in a car park was not a pretty sight!! We know it’s...
Preeeeety! Snapped through a kaleidoscope.
All the posters and flyers have arrived at work to advertise next week being National Vegetarian Week…will the meat eaters at Hub take any notice? Me thinks not!
Pumpkins are coming along nicely!
Darren’s car (and of course Darren!) always brightens up the Grove when he pops round!
Due to our new found interest in walking in the dales, Steven and I took a trip to Nevisport in Leeds and found a totally unexpected bargain! A waterproof jacket and trousers (that are actually fitted and look good!) for £37..should have been £74! What’s more….the best bit…they fold up into little bags! (I dig stuff like that - I’m such a muppet!)
Today Steven and I drove up to Malham and spent 3½ hours walking/hiking in Malham Cove, Gordale Scar and Janets Foss - it was fantastic! It’s such a beautiful place and we really enjoyed the trek…..we’re planning on making walks, like these, a much more regular occurrence.
In my house…..Friday nights…..are ‘Nashville’ nights!
I had a lunchtime visit with my lovely work colleague and friend, Sally, today. The twins Arthur and Harry have both had their operations now and are growing up beautifully! It’s hard to believe they were so tiny and only weighed a few pounds each when they were born (2 months early) in December 2011. It was great to see them today :)
Tonight I was clearing a bit of the garden when I found this. I can honestly say, I don’t think i’ve ever seen such a tall dandelion!
New toy. Gotta love juicers!
My newly sprouted pumpkins were treated to a bit of sunshine today!
Happy 6th Birthday to my beautiful babies Juno and Cobain!! With some certainty I can say that there are few cats in the world who have as good a life as these two and none (in my humble opinion) who are as loved and adored! ….the following quote sums up everything about our home; “There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats” - Albert Schweitzer
Today Steven and I came back to Ormskirk for the night and spent a lovely evening with Mo & Dave having a meal and a few drinks at The Hayfield. Then, afterwards, we had a rather respectable evening indoors drinking and chatting. Proof that all can be calm when I don’t have my alcoholic sisters to lead me astray lol!! You know who you are Marie and Vicky Howells!!
It’s 2 special feline birthdays this weekend. Some puddy cats in Leeds are in for some treats!
Sorry! Cobain again! How could I resist taking a picture of my gorgeous boy sunning himself in my neighbour’s plant pot!
Lots of rugby freebies were brought into work this afternoon. It was literally a ‘scrum’ to get what you could but I managed to secure a few Leeds Rhinos items for Joby & Liam and more than a few Wigan Warriors items for Baz!! Enjoy kids!
It’s all cats lately! This friendly little girl came to say hello as I was leaving the work’s car park this evening :)
Our friend Nick is on a Buddhist retreat for 3 months so we said we’d stop by his house each week to water the plants and check everything’s ok etc. I’d forgotten how much time, Colin, the cat next door, spends with him. As soon as we went inside Colin was crying at the door to come in. I think he misses his quality ‘batchelor time’ with Nick. Poor kid :(
….Even Cobain agrees that there’s nothing better on a Sunday morning than chillaxin’ on the sofa listening to a bit of Bob Dylan. Loving the weekend! :)
Steven and I visited the Eccup Donkey Sanctuary again today and I totally fell in love with a 9 year old donkey called André. He was so cool, just chilling on the grass in the sunshine. Then all of a sudden he rolled over and started posing for the camera! Donkeys are awesome!!
Whoop! Monqui got the job! I’m going to miss her so much but she’s spent so many years putting her own needs behind those of others that i’m ecstatic she’s finally realising her dream! Onwards and upwards Monqui Moo - Here’s to your new future (and holidays in Cornwall for me and Loopy!!!) xx
These are the only sleeping tablets I’ve ever known to make me drowsy. They’re supposed to work after 20 mins but I have to wait 4 hours for them to kick in to my system. What can I say? Hardcore!
Vic and I went for a walk around Woodhall Lake today and, unfortunately, we found this sorry sight. The poor frog was being munched on by a big black crow….nature’s cycle of life isn’t always pretty :(
It’s got to the stage where Kelly can’t even tie her own laces now - I suggest ‘slip ons’ for the next 6 weeks love!!
After jumping on my windscreen as soon as I got home from work, this was the first time Cobain had seen a toy koala…..he wasn’t impressed.
We went for a walk around Golden Acre Park this afternoon and saw this little fella burying his food under a tree….then Steven said it was typical of me to find a squirrel with a deformity (part of his tail was missing!)….I seem to be a magnet lately for animals and birds that need a little bit more love!
Steven and I had a lovely evening round at Su’s tonight. Burt was, as usual, the main attraction…because dogs know how to have a laugh too!
Kelly’s baby seems to be cooking nicely! …and still 2 months to go!
The Hyacinths noticed the sun was out for about 3 seconds and took full advantage! Welcome to my garden you pretty little things!
Work bought me a heater for under my desk. I think my doctor saying “your pleurisy could turn to pneumonia if you catch a chill” has brought home the seriousness of it.
“Powderpuff Eyes Triptych” A lovely illustration I found in the January edition of ‘Digital Art’ that we get at work. It’s by a Graphic Designer called Jules Julian who created it for the Cartoon Network Gallery in San Diego. I like. A lot!
I was gutted that I couldn’t attend the 24th Hillsborough memorial service at Anfield today - unfortunately, pleurisy rules at the moment. R.I.P to the 96, we never forget xxx
The 21st century family! Like mother like daughter! xxx
Yaaaaay! The date finally came round and myself and the lovely Howells’s had another trip to York, this time to visit the Castle Museum (and an old haunt of mine from my student days) ‘The Lowther’ pub!! The sun came out, ice creams were eaten, we watched a street artist get tied up in chains then dislocate his body to get out of them (not a pretty site!) and we even stopped...
It should be illegal how much love I have for this gorgeous little boy!
My second book has arrived from Blurb!! I’m loving this one so much…..the quality of the paper……my own design….i’m such a book geek!
I still can’t quite believe theres no antibiotics that can help relieve the intense pain of pleurisy….just ibuprofen and paracetamol….Wilko’s finest!
I can smile through the pain when I see this little guy.
A trip to A&E last night and again this morning with stabbing pains in my lung and what I thought was a bad chest infection turned out to be pleurisy. Then I was told to be careful not to catch a cold or a chill and to keep warm or it could develop into pneumonia….and the hits just keep on coming :(
Finally went to see Oz: The Great and Powerful. Really liked it, puts a new spin on what happened before Dorothy got there!
Steven’s mates came over to watch a House of Love gig in Leeds tonight…..a great bunch of lads…all as mad as each other!
Another belated birthday prezzie!…this time I got Steven singing me Happy Birthday while handing me a mini trifle with Winnie the Pooh candles! LOVE :)
What a fantastic belated birthday present!! I love it! Thank you Monqui :) xxx
The kid’s are far more settled now that Steven’s home…as am I!
Steven’s back!…..and he brought American treats!!
New bird spotted (with the help of birthday binoculars - thank you Dave & Maureen Howells! - this one’s a ‘Dunnock’ apparently!
This beautiful Robin visited my garden this morning and stayed for ages. I think he loves the fruity pellets I bought especially to entice him in!