Good evening ladies , Rosie sorry to hear about DHs restless night and yours too of course 🙄, what luck tracking down your old friend though , great idea to try the funeral director , it will be lovely to meet up after all these years !
Cassie, definitely a holiday needed for you I think , you have had a very busy few months and it definitely catches up with you - I realised this when I had my week in Menorca , although I am still catching up with the workload even now 😕. Hope the family party goes well .
Joan I hope your appointments have gone well although stressful .its not nice having lots of medical appointments .
Hope you have enjoyed some nice weather , yesterday and today have been warm and sunny and Saturday is predicted to be 31 degrees !
its YSs 28th Birthday on Sunday , he has friends visiting so won’t be coming back but ES and DIL are visiting London for the weekend to see a baseball game at Wembley which was a birthday present from DIL to ES as he really enjoys baseball - we have their dog again and hopefully they can catch up with YS!
Wildpurl I hope you enjoyed your afternoon tea - how lovely .
I have booked my train tickets for the 20th - I arrive at 10.39 and leave at 4.00 p.m !
Have a lovely weekend everyone.
Sorry to hear DH is in pain and not sleeping well and that means that you are not either Rosie, I have no such excuse my YD has been away in Rome this week with work and is due back tomorrow for EB's 70th birthday party all be it a bit late.
I get home from work make some dinner and relax, feel exhausted then go to bed and sleep for about 5-6 hours, toss and turn and get really fed up with myself, so then get up and potter about, its so boring though and I am sure I still need to sleep.
It was a stroke of luck that the funeral director passed on your details to your long lost friend how lovely, it was meant to be. My dog walking friend has returned to work with reduced hours this week she has been working in the most accessible room on the ground floor which is GP's consulting room between clinics which has been good for all concerned. A bit of juggling around on the first day with an updated piece of software which is used and seat heights, stationary and screen resolutions but we got there in the end. She is finding it a bit lonely though not sharing lunch and a bit isolated but not able to climb four flights of winding stairs yet on two crutches, I noticed she is not using any in her flat, so she is getting there. No heat yet Rosie but I think it is due to heat up tomorrow.
Joan I hope you are feeling a bit better and your appointments went OK. Love the photo's Lovewine I am envious I need a holiday I think I have only had 2 days off so far this year! Wildpurl the afternoon tea at Windsor Castle sounds very posh, do you have to dress accordingly? What are you working on in your crafting at the moment, I have not managed to knit for about a year but have been reading quite a bit when I have time, nothing exceptional though in fact one book recently "First Person" by Richard Flannagan was one of those books that you struggle to finish and then think why did I bother! YD signed up for a book a month as a mothers day present for me they have been more successful, I am slightly behind still one to read and another one due soon. Have a good weekend ladies x
Good Morning ladies I expect that you are all now benefiting from the heatwave in Europe? 😓🥵
Joan I regret to say that DH is still suffering with his swollen knee and had to go back on the anti inflammatories which upset his stomach! He came to bed about 12.40am and left the bed at 3.15! I tossed until nearly 5 and went to see what was going on! I ended up making a cup of tea. He tried to engage me in conversation but I went back to bed at 5.20 and managed to sleep for a further hour!
Although of course by this time daylight was breaking!😕
I hope all your medical visits go well!🤔
Lovewine hopefully you have now caught up with your backlog and feel on top of the situation?
Wildpurl it seems you will have some dry days to attend to your garden!
Cassie hope all your family are well and that your friend is now well on the way to recovery with her knee! Mine is coming up to 4 months now. For the first time in several years I can walk without pain! It still feels uncomfortable and sore sometimes and I don’t think I will every have the flexibility in either of the knees that I used to have before. It’s been a long painful process but has made a difference!
I have been searching for a childhood friend of mine for a few years on and off and never had any luck. We lost touch nearly 40 years ago. Just this week I thought I would give it another go and her mother’s obituary came up on the search! I took a chance and emailed the funeral director and asking if she could forward my email to her eldest daughter! Just 48 hours later my friend contacted me and was overjoyed I had found her! I am going to ring her when we are back in the UK and arrange to meet up! 😃
Lovewine, what a shame that the relaxing effect of what was clearly a lovely holiday has worn off so soon. I had to laugh at the clients who bought extra shirts for their husbands though. Beautiful photos as usual and you are looking very well and elegant. The bay looks gorgeous too, amazing colour.
Wildpurl, how sensible of you to take leave so you can shorten your working week over the summer, I hope we get some decent weather so can enjoy your garden and your OH can make progress on the pond. What crafting projects do you have planned? I hope you enjoyed your tea in Windsor. Its a nice town to visit anyway but the treat makes it extra special. What a good idea for a present.
Rosie, poor you having to listen to OHs complaints after what you’ve gone through. But you must realise men have a much lower pain threshold! Hope the turmeric is helping. How are you coping with the heat. I hope you dont have to do much trekking about/ attending school events. From what we hear on the news here the next little while is going to be horrendous. Meanwhile, we have yet more rain. Our GD will have bern very pleased because it meant Sports Day, which she hates, was cancelled. Unfortunately there have a reserve day in a couple of weeks and it be too much to hope that rain stops play then too. After last years she said she was going to pull a sickie but she hasnt followed through on that.
Cassie, I hope work hasnt been too horrendous and that all is well with the family. We were up in Highgate on Sunday at a old college friends 40th wedding anniversary. There seemed to be lots going on in a park we passed this weekend too, though not a fair I think. Very restrained of you not to buy anything though. I certainly would have been tempted by the macaroons.
I have had another really busy week followed by a busy weekend. Probably overdid it I think, so have felt quite low and irritable today and yesterday. Back to normal now I hope. A bit of a medical’ week too. Appt with GP this morning because a new asthma nurse-obviously determined to sort out the cough I have had for over 30 years- wanted to refer me to an ENT specialist. Fortunately the GP didnt think it necessary but did send me for an X-ray and also suggested a shingles jab. Thursday I’m going to the Macmillan Centre at Southmead Hospital to see about a possible course on dealing with anxieties about recurrence and Friday I have a blood test. But some nice things in between. At least I never get bored.
Lovely photos Lovewine as always you look very glamorous and well! OH looks very relaxed also!
Its very hot here ladies yesterday was 35 and today we have been warned it will hit 40!🥵 DH went to Nicosia yesterday where it was 40! It’s always hotter there as it is inland! 🙄
I don’t think I will be doing much today!😳 It’s 29 already at 7.50am!😬
l have just arranged to meet a friend from teacher training college in Crewe where we were 42 years ago! The last time I saw her was about 38 years ago!😳 We have been friends on Facebook for several years now.
It looks like the weather will be good for you ladies this week so hope you have some time to enjoy it?
Good Morning ladies!
Wildpurl we look forward to an update on the pond project!
its good you can be flexible at work and cut down your working week over the summer to peruse your own activities!
Enjoy your tea this afternoon! 😋
Lovewine I am so sorry that your wonderful holiday has been cancelled out! If you clients are buying extra shirts for their husbands to wear they will be able to afford an increase in your rates! 😏
Hopefully a bargain from White Stuff will lift your spirits! 🤔
I should ignore some of your jobs and enjoy your swinging chair! 😉
DH has now got some Turmeric tablets so let’s hope they help deal with the issue!🙄
We have a young grey cat visiting our property every few days she sits on the kitchen window waiting for scraps form the evening meal!
DH fried up bits from the pork he was going to throw away last night for the cat! 😏 Talk of the devil she has just appeared on the patio! 🤣
Good morning ladies , what a busy week I have had 🤔- sadly cancelling out all the good my holiday did as I am more worn out than before !! My clients didn’t seem to have done a thing while I was away and some bought extra shirts for their OHs to cover until my return 😡.. my dog walking friends suggested I raise my prices as they obviously can’t do without me 🙄.
Wildpurl , a good weekend for digging out the pond , but mainly a bit too warm ! But a good weekend for spending in the garden after all that rain . Slugs have eaten a lot of our veg while we were away .
Rosie I sympathise with you over a huffing and puffing DH - I feel exactly the same with my OH too when he has a health issue , it always used to be me that rang the doctors and made him go or visit the chemist to buy pills etc , must admit I don’t bother now and leave him to get on with it !
Joan have you had a busy week too ? I notice White Stuff have a 50% off sale on at the moment as I had a card through the post ! Maybe some bargains to be found .
Cassie hope all is well with ED and GS , your friend also , she is hopefully continuing to do well.
Not much planned as yet today other than OH going over to ES and DILs house to continue to wire in and fit a new light fitting he started yesterday and is proving difficult to do , I will stay here and catch up on jobs and ignore some of them and sit and read on my swinging chair instead !!!
Thunderstorms on the way later .
Have a good day ladies .
Morning ladies, the weather is slowly improving here and it is looking as if it might get quite warm next week. Thank goodness we have had plenty of rain first.
I have only worked three days this week and will do the same next week and for three weeks in July. I did this last year using annual leave days and it means I can get more out of the summer period. Basically I am splitting my time between gardening and crafting.
OH has taken today off and I do believe he is going to start digging the pond!!!!! I will keep you updated
rosie, how difficult for you with DH's knee problems. I am not very sympathetic either with OH, he never wants to go to the Dr but moans to me if he has a problem as if I could fix it!
Lovewine I hope the week has not been too busy for you. Joan and cassie I hope all is well.
on Sunday OH and I have an afternoon tea at a hotel in Windsor, it was a Christmas gift from his brother and SIL. We are both looking forward to that!
Good Morning ladies hope you are all well a very quiet board this week!
Lovewine I expect that you have been flat out trying to catch up after your holiday!😬
Cassie hopefully by now Purdy will be home and very happy so will your friend! She should be more mobile now.
DH is driving me mad as his knee has swollen again! He is huffing and puffing about and grumbling that the anti inflammatories are upsetting his stomach. He has been given a prevention tablet for this.The doctor here now wants him to have an mri scan to see what is going on!😳 He expects loads of sympathy! After having gone through the last 5 years with heath issues I do not have much! We know that you have to get on with it!
Tonight we have to attend the Year 11 prom which we are not looking forward to! These days there seem to be graduations and proms for every stage of education! Graduation was from university in our day! All 3 of our children had a Year11 prom only. YS’s YD ,who left primary school last summer, had a prom!😳
Ladies I expect that you are all glad it is the weekend and it looks like the weather has improved at last!🙂
I have booked my train ticket this morning I arrive at 10.31. I will arrange to meet DH with motorhome about 4.30pm.
Good Morning Ladies,
Its a damp and dull start to the day here I managed to dodge most of the rain yesterday at the Fair on the square up in Highgate which was nice with YD, ED & GS I did not buy anything though except some street food YD picked up some colourful macaroons but it was nice and cheerful all the same. I shall visit my dog walking friend later this morning Purdey is coming home on Wednesday.
The train arrives in Oxford at 11.20 and departs 4.31 I though that seemed about right I can always have a mooch around the shops if not.
Lovewine thanks a million that’s really helpful!😘
Ladies I do hope that the rain will stop soon for you! 😏
Joan I do sympathise with the limitations of a shower proof jacket which is all you would expect to be using this time of year! Hope you managed to keep dry for your theatre visit to Bath and also that you manage to get your plants in!
We still seem to have the odd ant wandering about!😡
DH sold his car before we left for the UK so we are down to one car in preparation for reducing time here from April. He is not very happy about driving my little lime green Proton Savvy!🤣
One of our directors is going away for the week today and lending him his car so at least I will have a week where I can use the car when I want!😅
Hopefully that helps Rosie , obviously you won’t need to pay for parking but you can jump on the bus back to peartree and catch up with DH !!
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Rosie just a thought on the oxford pick up 😏.. we have been to oxford many times by car and always park at the park and ride at pear tree island which is off the main interchange I think it’s the A40, it’s a big open car park suitable for getting into with the motor home and also you could jump on the bus which goes about every 10 mins and takes about 10 mins .. we get on outside Debenhams in the town centre but I am sure it stops closer to where we are having lunch , but it’s actually no further to that bus stop than it is walking back to the train station 🤔 and yes it’s still raining here too Joan !!!
When will this rain end. Went out to a plant nursery this morning; discovered the limitations of my showerproof jacket, even with an umbrella. Will have to wear something better this afternoon when we’re off to the theatre in Bath. Forecast grim for next week too. Very envious of the weather you woke up to this morning Rosie, though not to blast of heat and the ants you returned to. We stayed near Kington when we went to the Hay festival. It is pretty dire, although we were lucky with the food the one time we had lunch there. Yours sounds awful. Being British though, I dont suppose you complained.
Lovewine, glad you had a lovely relaxing holiday. Hope you enjoy your theatre visit tonight and that the workload you are anticipating is not too onerous.
Wildpurl, good to hear you are now recovering from your shoulder injury and getting your energy and stamina back. The grape and grain festival sounds interesting. What was there?
Cassie, your PM sounds most unsympathetic. How does she expect your friend to manage. What a shame you werent able to go on holiday with YD. Hope ED is continuing on a more even keel.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend ladies. I am hoping the rain will hold off long enough to get the plants I have just bought in.
Good Morning ladies from a sunny warm Cyprus!
Our flight was delayed and we spent 1 and a half hours sat on the plane before we took off! Luckily we had a flight time of 4hrs 5 mins which is the least time it can be done in! Arrived back here around midnight to be greeted by an army of ants 🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜!😡
It was knock out when we opened the front door and DH rushed straight for the AC! 🥵
We have the dreaded shopping trip to face this morning as we have nothing in!😏
Lovewine glad to hear that you had a relaxing time and I do hope that your workload won’t be too unbearable over the next week!😏
Enjoy your theatre visit tonight!
Cassie you must get woken up frequently with a dorma window!🙀
What time does your train arrive at Oxford? Did you book onto a certain train on the way back or have you got an open daily return?
I will be arriving by train but DH will be picking me up in the motorhome as we will be en route to Newhaven!😃 Not sure where he can pick me up. I looked at the car park at Oxford station as we passed it on the way to London on the train but it has a height barrier on the entry and exit!😞 I don’t know whether I may be better off going back to Charlbury where there is an open car park? Any views ladies?
I do hope that the rain clears soon. Wildpurl and Cassie it seems to have improved in the south east
but still looks glum in the midlands!😕
Joan not sure what it’s doing in your neck of the woods?
Good morning ladies , arrived at Luton airport yesterday lunchtime to wind and rain ! Bit of a shock 😬. We had a lovely week though and really enjoyed the rest and the sunshine of course .
there is always a price to pay though - lots to do on our return and certainly not looking forward to 2 weeks worth of work waiting for me !
Cassie your friend seems to be doing well with her recovery - bet she misses Purdey though !
Rosie , what a shame about the wet weather when you were here this week , hope you enjoy the concert .
Wildpurl you have put up with the shoulder injury for ages , glad it’s improved now .
Joan I hope you are not too exhausted from your busy week and can relax a little this weekend ,
We are off to the local theatre tonight to see Rock of Ages - not sure what to expect as I am not usually a fan of musical theatre at all - stars Kevin Clifton from strictly come dancing 🤔.
Have a good weekend ladies !
Good Morning Ladies,
I know exactly what you mean Rosie with the rain pounding on your motor home very much like it pounding on my dorma window in the bedroom, I seem to wake at 5 every morning now which is very annoying and feel exhausted later in the day. I am meeting with ED later this morning she has some shopping to do, I will keep her company and take a few bits from YD which she brought back from her trip. The weather does not look to promising so I shall wear my raincoat.
I have just purchased my tickets for 20th ladies I thought I would check the price and while they were cheap thought I may as well place the order now. Have a good weekend if I don't come back on the thread
Good Afternoon ladies what a dreadful wet and cold week! Lovewine you certainly score 10/10 for taking your holiday the right week!
We went away for 2 nights in the motorhome and usually sleep very well in it but the rain pounding on the roof was not conducive to sleep! 😬
We took a bus into Kington on the Tuesday as we were in walking distance of a bus stop and what a sleepy place it was! We had a ploughman’s for lunch and were served stale bread and wrinkly skinned tomatoes! The waitress never came to ask how it was as I was ready to tell her the bread was fit for ducks only and the tomatoes would have been in my bin!🙀
We won’t be rushing back there!
We are now in London waiting to go to the 02 for the concert!
Cassie I think your friend is very sensible to leave her dog in kennels for a further week! At least she should be able to manage on one crutch by then! It’s not an easy procedure to recover quickly from!
The usual recovery period before returning to work is at least 6 weeks! I think your PM is being very harsh on her!
Glad to hear that ED is stable at the moment! YD must have been glad to escape the awful weather!
Wildpurl your shoulder injury has certainly taken its time to heal. Your grape and grain festival sounds interesting!
Joan hope your busy week has been productive!
Hi everyone, yes, I am fine, have been very busy at work and at the same time was quite tired and demotivated because of my shoulder injury. This has improved a great deal and I am now doing strengthening exercises as I have full mobility back, so I am feeling almost back to normal and have been getting through my backlog at work.
We had a lovely weekend, DS and GF came to stay and we went to our village grape and grain festival, it was very enjoyable.
i had to smile at the groaning wardrobe poles, I have been there, now I try to send something to the charity shop every time I buy something new, it has helped a lot. Well done on your clearout cassie, it is so satisfying isn’t it?
glad you enjoyed take that rosie and I hope the West life concert is enjoyable too.
i am glad you are having a lovely holiday lovewine
Good Morning Ladies,
It's a very wet one here. Rosie my dog walking friend is getting there slowly, she has decided to leave Purdy in the kennels for another week, it is now 4 weeks on Weds since the op. Our PM has started to put pressure on to return to work for a couple of days a week or she will reduce her pay to SMP its a bit harsh after this length of time but no more than expected, not sure where the PM thinks my friend will work the ground floor room has about 9 steps to climb to reach it and a GP in it except for about 2 1/2 hours at lunch time! ED seems OK at the moment I saw her Sat and she has just checked in with me now, which is a good sign. YD is on holiday for a few days in Majorca she went Sat and will be back Tues afternoon she went on her own in the end because I said I could not go with us being short staffed at work.
Rosie you may have white coat syndrome have you not got your own BP machine and keep a chart it may show more reliable readings, take them every 3rd day or so.
Good Morning ladies!
Lovewine glad you are enjoying the sunny weather in Menorca!
As Joan said it is very mixed here we are going to spend 2 nights in the motorhome but will almost certainly not be erecting the awning that DH purchased from a lady near London last time we were here! We return to Worcester on Wednesday and then off to Paddington on Thursday to stay over in London for the Westlife Concert at the 02 before returning to Gatwick on Friday!
The streaming of Take That from Cardiff was very good and we had a far better view than we would perched from the top of a stadium! Not quite the same atmosphere! But a whole lot cheaper and a 5 min walk home after!😄
Regarding blood pressure, the doctor said my weekly average was rather high and I had had some very high readings at the surgery but a cholesterol reading from a blood test I had had in 2016 was within normal limits and therefore I was only at 8% risk of a heart attack or stroke so he didn’t think I needed medication at this moment in time but I would be reviewed annually! I was rather surprised that he didn’t take a reading at the appointment! 😳
Joan I expect you were glad of a free weekend! It sounds as if you have a busy but pleasurable week ahead!
Cassie has your dog walking friend got her dog back now and how is she coping?
Hope that ED is coping better and that GS is ok also that work has settled down a bit for you and you are feeling stronger emotionally? It’s very waring when things aren’t right within our family!😞
Wildpurl hope all is well with you?
Glad you’re having good weather Lovewine, its very mixed here. Hope you had an enjoyable birthday and are now feeling relaxed after your hectic week. Some of your clients do seem to be rather unthinking!
Cassie, well done on the wardrobe clearance although it’s a shame about the precipitating pole collapse. Before I did my mega black sack sort out a few weeks ago I must admit the one in my wardrobe was sagging a bit. I also recognise the rarely or never worn clothes and shoes scenario. And the 2 sizes too small bit too! Good news that ED seems a bit better. Hope this coming week is less demanding for you at work.
Rosie, a belated happy wedding anniversary. What a nice surprise finding those clothes, even though its not the weather to wear them here. Hopefully summer will have returned by your next trip. How did your blood pressure appointment go on Friday? I have one this week, having been asked to do daily monitoring by my asthma nurse. Had to buy a monitor to do it, because although our health centre loans them out theres a 6 week waiting list. Hooe you enjoyed the cinema streaming, I know you’re a Take That fan.
We have had a rare weekend with no theatre visits or trips out. So able to get to grips with the garden. One of the (few) disadvantages of going to Hay is that I dont feel I can buy summer bedding plants before we go away so when we get back its a question of whats still left at the Garden Centre - or centres, we had to go to two yesterday. I had a busy week last week and the coming one is worse, partly because of work-related demands, but also because of other nicer commitments, like going out to lunch with ex colleagues, doing Pier stuff, plus two classes.
Wildpurl, hope all is well with you.
Good morning ladies , a lovely sunny Menorca 😎 it certainly seems I have escaped dreary weather back home , I hope it improves .
cassie I had the same thing happen with the pole in my wardrobe in the winter too - I have gradually been sorting out clothes and taking them to charity shops , I have been trying so hard just to buy what I need and not what I want - sadly I am failing!😲
Rosie how did your appt go on Friday ? Hope you enjoyed the Take that show too , excellent way of seeing shows when they stream them !
We are not sure what we are doing today , may visit the north of the island and a monastery on top of the mountain .
Joan and Wildpurl hope you are ok .
Well done Cassie, your sort out, as you rightly say, will benefit others!
I opened my wardrobe in Worcester last night and gasped because I had purchased some clothes I had forgotten about!😳 I left them here as they were unsuitable for the summer in Cyprus but ideal for here! We seemed to have picked a very wet week to have returned and I will not be able to wear them on this visit!😬
I am meeting my sister for coffee today and having my hair done this afternoon which I can’t wait for it really does suffer in the Cyprus heat and from the salt from the sea and chlorine form the pool!
Tonight we are going to the cinema to see the live streaming of the Take That Concert! 😂
By now Lovewine you will safely be installed in the sun, enjoy, you certainly picked a good week to go!
Joan are you having a theatre visit this weekend?
Wildpurl I guess you will be mainly crafting as you can’t do much gardening?
You are quite right Rosie, three black bags later, I have just dropped 2 off at the charity shop and I have recently had a sort out, some clothes were 2 sizes too small, oh dear and I took them into work for a colleague they were lovely evening wear and I hate to say it, brand new. Two pairs of boots I took today have never been worn one to tight in the foot and one too tight on the calf, I am really bad at returning things I will try stretchers and wearing them in the house then think maybe I will try them on a short walk and never do. Oh well I guess someone will have the benefit.
Good morning briefly!
Have a wonderful time Lovewine relax and enjoy your birthday!💐🍹😎
Cassie the overloaded wardrobe rail will at least bring on a clear out! 😂
We are off to the airport much later today! 😴 I don’t like late flights but it was considerably cheaper with the overnight stay at North Terminal!
Have a lovely break, it sounds like it's really well deserved lovewine. Just a very quick hello to all ladies, hopefully things might calm down soon and staff start returning it's been so busy I have been in training for 2 days and still trying to cover for 2 people as well as my own work. ED seems slightly better. One of the poles in my wardrobe broke at some point yesterday, that will teach me to buy clothes. What a mess, it never rains but pours.
Good morning ladies , Rosie have a good trip back to the U.K later today ! Congratulations on your wedding anniversary too💐
I have had such a hectic week work wise , I even had a request from a client last night if I could collect today and return Saturday morning before she flies to Portugal 😡.. I had told her too I was going on holiday today !
i have one delivery to do and my aunts grocery order to take to get her and that’s it I can concentrate on my own packing , ES is finishing work early and taking us to Market Harborough train station at 4 o’clock and we get the train to Luton airport where we stay tonight in hotel .
Had a lovely walk with the dog walking group last night , I was given gifts and cards too as it’s my birthday on Saturday , also saw mum and dad yesterday and my sister who bought me a beautiful stone buddha wall ornament for the garden .
We have WiFi at the apartment so I should be able to keep up with the posts !
Have a good weekend everyone ,
Good Morning ladies!
It was very quiet yesterday when I got back from the meeting! I was very hot so I went in the pool and then sat under the pergola for the remainder of the afternoon with my Word Searches.
DH didn’t get back until after 6pm and he was hot and cross! 😳
It’s our 42 wedding anniversary today and I was sure he wouldn’t remember but there was a card waiting this morning by the kettle!🤣 The first port of call in the morning!😂
He said he would have got some flowers but realised it was silly as we are flying back to the UK on Thursday for a week! Lovewine we are doing the opposite to you we arrive in Gatwick very late 1.20am so are having to stay over and continue on the train on Friday! I have an appointment late Friday at the surgery to discuss the findings of my blood pressure results when I had to monitor it for a week last time I was back.😳
Lovewine you will probably sleep much better when you are away from home and work! Don’t forget your sun lotion! Do you and OH drink Sangria? We used to enjoy it on Spanish holidays!🍹💃🏼
Joan you have certainly had a very busy week, it sounds like the pier celebrations were a great success and worth the hard work. You were fortunate with the weather in Hay and it sounds like you will have some very interesting reading material over the next few weeks or months even! 🤔
Cassie hope the week isn’t going too badly for you with being a number of staff down and the upgrade of the software!😬
We have a graduation ceremony of the Yr 13 tonight! 😏
Joan , I have just checked and itsTim Weaver not Cleaver ! Sorry my mistake , the series of books are the David Raker series . The first one is called Chasing the Dead , I have downloaded the series to read on holiday , I came in to the series at the more recent book called You were gone which I found very good !
Good evening ladies. I’m rather relieved the board has been so quiet because I havent even managed to look at the posts until this evening. We were very busy at Hay and before and after there was the Pier 150 celebrations and then taking our exhibition down and sorting it all out. Grandchildren today, just finished clearing up! Anyway all went very well with the exhibition-we had about a thousand people in over the week- and three thousand on the pier just on Bank Holiday Monday! Fortunately its still standing. Hay was good too with only one day of non stop rain. Very blowy though. Heard some interesting stuff and gave our brains a rest with some comedy in the evenings. Bought quite a few books! All but one non fiction though, because I prefer reading fiction on my kindle. Feel a bit of a heretic at Hay though.
Thinking of books, Lovewine, I couldn’t find the crime writer you mentioned. Is it just Tim Cleaver? If so, could you give me the title of one of his books and I’ll try searching on that. I could do with a new author, especially if there is a series. What an awful and frightening experience your friend and his wife had. Being in such pain is more than enough to cope with let alone being told there was no ambulance for 4 hours. I hope you manage to get some sleep before you go on holiday, you’ve had a stressful time recently, especially with the worry over YS. It sounds like the weekend at home has helped him, even though it has been draining for you.
Cassie, sorry to hear ED has had a bad time and you have had to step in. Hope she is feeling somewhat better now and that her worries about boyfriend after his brothers birthday proved unfounded. What a lovely idea to put together a collection of photos for your EBs birthday. And especially poignant in light of all the anxiety about his cancer and the treatment issues. A celebration to look forward to and perhaps help a bit to take your mind off the frustrations of work.
Rosie, it is certainly very unusual for you not to post for a week. But looking at the account of your activities I’m not surprised. I should think you need a holiday now! Pity you had to start the next day with an early appointment.
Good morning ladies and a big welcome back Rosie 😊! What a lovely week you have had - expect you are feeling a bit flat now 😕.
Cassie, I hope EDs BFs evening out passed without incident and she’s feeling a bit calmer , like Rosie says it’s a lot for you to deal with as well as everything else , the 70th party for your brother though will be a nice event and a good celebration with your family !
We are going back to the same apartment as last year which was so beautiful and very quiet , it’s owned by one of my clients , last year she let me rent it for a very reasonable price, sadly this year it was more but still at a discounted price 😊, our flights with easy jet were very reasonable too, we fly from Luton very early on Friday so staying at airport hotel the night before .
Cassie, Binibeca is very close to our area we stay - we are at Calas fonts .
I am busy at work at the moment, but trying to fit most of it in today and tomorrow and deliver back Wednesday , I feel like my head is in a whirl at the moment and I keep waking up in the middle of the night trying to remember everything to do 🙀!! My dog walking friend who also has insomnia suggested I think of men’s/ladies names starting at A and work through 😬- I think by now I know every obscure name !!
Joan I hope you came home with some good books ! expect you have a busy week to come 😏.
Wildpurl hope all is well and you managed to have some good weather , yesterday it rained for a lot of the day so that stopped some of our outdoor jobs .
Have a good start to the week everyone .
I am back ladies! I have never spent a week away from the board!
It was a wonderful week but very busy having 3 extra house guests! We also had very high temperatures for 2 of the days reaching 40!🙀😓 The children lived in the pool! We took them to the beach, the zoo where they stoked a baby tiger, the Waterpark where I couldn’t partake in anything, a boat trip to blue lagoon with a swim and snorkel which I did manage and the high ropes park which again I couldn’t do nor had any desire to! The children were very good and ate everything we gave them! They enjoyed their week and did everything they could never do when their dad was with the as he grumbled and hated the heat!
Its very quiet without them they left late last night and didn’t get home until the early hours!😕😴
DH enjoyed himself doing all the exciting activities!😀
Lovewine I am pleased to hear that your YS is doing ok and keeping busy. I think Cassie is quite right the older the kids get the more complex their problems become!😬
Sorry to hear about your friend being so ill last weekend, what a scare for the family. I am glad for the moment he appears to be stable. I can’t believe that the ambulance was going to be 4 hours!🙀
You must be really looking forward to your holiday you will enjoy some very good weather! 😎☀️🍷 Are you staying at the same place as last year?
Cassie another worrying time for you with ED not being in a good place and you having the responsibility of GS on top of work issues. I hope that the birthday of ED’s BF’s brother passed without any issues! 😏
Glad to hear that your dog walking friend is doing well as long as she keeps her pain meds up she should be able to walk a little further and do more each day. I have stopped my pain meds mostly now but can still get bad mornings until I get going!
Wildpurl did the pond liner get put in? If not I am sure you will finish it this summer!
Joan hope that you enjoyed Hay despite the mixed weather?
My day kicks off with a 9.00am meeting!😳
Good evening Ladies,
I have had GS again ED struggling with life in general she seems to have had a bout of sickness so of course her medication has not been working for the last three days, I only had GS for 2 days but I am still worried because it is ED's boyfriends, brothers birthday today and she is worried about what he will get up to and what state he may be in on his return. I offered her to stay overnight but she declined. We have been starting to prepare for my EB birthday next month he will be 70 his ED asked if we have any photos that she could get enlarged of him, so I took a trip down memory lane with YB, he still lives in may parents flat so has all family photos, I managed to find a selection from about 9 months upwards until mid 40's some of the early 20's ones will more than likely make him cringe doing some line dancing in a holiday camp on the Isle of Wight about 8st dripping wet by the looks of him. It feels quite odd going through the pictures Weddings my brother who passed away had three! All four siblings together I don't honestly remember my oldest brother much as he was already working when I started school.
Its been a scorcher here in London today and is due to be again tomorrow.
Lovewine I can sympathise with your worries about YS it does not get easier when the children are adults it just seems the problems become more complex. I hope you enjoy your trip to Menorca it where I went on honeymoon 1979 wow, again that set me off thinking we went to Cala Galdana and visited quite a bit of the island including Binibeca which was very sweet, is it your first visit?
Work has not improved three members of staff off this week and two next plus some of the software we use is going to be upgraded so we will all need training including the GP's starting Tues the PM will be on annual leave for a couple of days which is probably just as well because she does not help or use the workflow system at all.
My dog walking friend seems to be doing well she has been out again today with her brother for a short walk and he apparently told her she was walking much better and she did not feel as though she had done too much on her return home this time. Purdey is still in kennels but I am sure the thought of bringing her back home is pushing my friend to recover more quickly.
I hope all ladies are having a nice relaxing weekend
Good morning ladies , I think we have all had a busy week !
Rosie I hope you have had a lovely time with the family 😊, expect you are feeling very tired now though - it’s exhausting having visitors even your own family ! I was drained when YS returned to London but I think that was more emotionally , he is doing ok he says 😏, but he is in Brighton for the weekend having a suit fitting for his role as an usher for his long term uni friends wedding in July .
Joan I hope you enjoyed Hay , the weather has been very mixed this past week ,we had to cancel our Wednesday dog walk due to heavy rain , it’s going to be about 26 here though today😎! Might get acclimatised for my holiday to Menorca which is next Friday for a week 🤗!
Cassie , how is your work situation ? Hope it’s settled down a bit , also your friend , how is she coping now after her knee surgery ?
Wildpurl , looks like the weather will be nice for your area too , so time in the garden I expect ! OH has a thriving veg patch at the moment all doing well except the garden peas which haven’t come up at all 🤔., either slugs have eaten them or I wondered if pigeons have pecked them up !
Our friend with the cancer had a terrible time last weekend , he woke in terrible pain in his leg and rang 111, a blood clot behind his knee was suspected and of course life threatening and he was told an ambulance was being despatched( this was 5.00 a.m) but it would be 4 hours ! His wife said forget it and we got him in the car , he couldn’t bend his leg at all and she drove him to the hospital herself - he was rushed in immediately for an ultra sound scan and was told another hour and the clot would have moved up to his lungs and that would have been fatal - he’s on blood thinning injections but it’s taking a long time to disperse and the pain is awful - this is a side effect of his chemo tablets , doesn’t bear thinking about if he has to come off them as they do seem to be keeping the tumours at bay at the moment - such worrying , stressful times for them , but him and his wife are cheerful and just get on with things as usual , the children keep them busy too !
Have a good weekend everyone !
Good Morning ladies!
Lovewine it must be such a worry for you knowing YS is feeling depressed due to lack of partner!
Our ES was the one who went through a variety of unsuitable GF’s and found his now lovely wife after his sister and brother were both settled! He went through 3 French girls and bought them all back to England to meet us! One of them ended up getting sectioned and threatened to kill herself if he left her!🙀Another one left her boots and books on the stairs as a daily routine!😬 I can’t really remember the third. But after each of these romances he was depressed. When he left uni he was very fond of a Jewish girl and she sent him a Dear John email and I had to pick up the pieces! DH had no patience with his heartache! 😢 He had the ability to bury himself in work whilst I was fretting! So I really do understand how sad you feel for him. Hopefully like my niece persistence with dating sites will pay off!
DD and the GC arrive tonight at 9.30! We have a fridge and freezer full and DH told me I had purchased some very unhealthy products! For example biscuits, crisps, ice creams, and chocolate cake!😳 To balance it we did get a variety of fruit!😂 Not to mention the gin and wine!😉
Hope Yogi is behaving?🐶
DH and I walked to a small restaurant not far from where we live last night and a ginger kitten, who is very friendly, that lives with the bin colony, tired to follow us. DH shooed it away as we didn’t want it getting to the main road where drivers can speed! It wouldn’t stand a chance!
Eventually it went back and we proceeded! We had a very nice Singapore Chicken with egg fried rice! I had a white wine and DH had a beer. Guess who was waiting for us and ran out from behind the bin area? Yes the ginger kitten! It followed us back and was desperate to come in the front door!
DH gave it some left over pork and shut the door! He had already fed a young grey cat that came to the kitchen window! I am worried that GD especially may encourage these two little tinkers as she loves cats!😬
Ladies whatever you are doing over the bank holiday I hope you all manage some relaxation!
Good morning ladies , I agree it’s very frustrating losing a long post , I had the same thing recently and then ran out of time so couldn’t write another !
Joan , certainly you are not a neglectful grandparent ! You have had a stressful few months , enjoy Hay , I am reading a very good series of crime books by Tim Cleaver and I would definitely recommend .
Rosie it certainly sounds like you are well prepared for your visitors ! When are they arriving ? Be lovely to have them with you for a week , especially in the lovely weather , ours isn’t looking that great for next week🙄
Wildpurl, sorting out insurance is a tedious job isn’t it 😬, hope you got it done , glad you are making progress with your pond !
Cassie, hope you manage a few days of relaxation over bank holiday !
ES and DIL are dropping Yogi 🐶 off shortly before driving up to Edinburgh , they return Monday evening.
YS continue to be very depressed about his lack of partner and I am quite worried about him 😕, he was thinking of coming back home again over bank holiday but as yet he’s not decided !
enjoy the weekend ladies !
Good Morning ladies!
Joan I had an issue posting my last post and ending up clicking the quote button which then incorporated Cassie’s last post which I then had to delete from mine!😳 Sometimes strange things go on!
Joan you are far from neglectful grandparents and after the year you have had with your health you need to take time for yourself! Have a wonderful time at Hay! Don’t forget to pack your waterproofs though!😏
Wildpurl I do hope that you manage to get your 3 days in the garden and you will finally get the pond liner installed!
Regarding car insurance if you search compare the market it will not only find you the cheapest rate but will entitle you to 2 for1 cinema tickets on either Tues or Weds and also some meal deals! Simples!🤣🙊
Glad to hear that your shoulder is almost back to normal do you know how you caused the injury!🤔
Well I ventured into the pool the day before yesterday for the first time it’s about 26 which is a tad cool!🥶 it’s ok once you are in!
Off to do a big shop today ready for DD and GC tomorrow! 😁 DH will come with me!
Lovewine hopefully you will have a restful weekend even with your extra lodger!🐶🐶🐶
Cassie hope all is quiet on the western front with you!
Enjoy your extra day ladies on Monday, no bank holiday here thank goodness- there is another in June though! 😏
Morning ladies, it is a rather nice day here and the weekend is looking good. I’ve been researching car insurance as I need to renew shortly, I have stopped as I need to check some info on OH as a named driver so I will go into the garden and put out the washing and start some weeding. OH is finishing pointing the brick edging around the greenhouse, which is looking very nice and we now have paved slabs for two water butts, one on each side.
When he has done done that he plans to install the electrics for the pond and then...wait for it...wait for it....to finish digging out the pond and putting the pond liner in!!!!!!
Anyway, as you can tell, we are mainly gardening for the next three days and hope to go for a walk on Monday.
My shoulder is greatly improved, I am more or less back to normal as far as everyday living is concerned and am now back to Pilates although not swimming yet. The shoulder blade area is not completely healed yet though, I think I must have really torn something as it is quite stiff in the morning and a bit achey for certain movements. I’m still doing physio 3 times a day and using heat patches sometimes, but my range of mobility is nearly normal and it is still improving, I think it’s just a question of time. These things can take many months, even a year.
im glad your OH's knee was OK and that he will be able to see a Dr in the UK, rosie. All those pool toys sound lots of fun!
lovewine, sorry to hear of all the extra driving and dog/bonsai sitting you and your OH will have, when you are so busy. I hope you have a nice rest over the long weekend. I do feel for you with your YS and his GF problems, my DS was just the same, fortunately he seems very settled now with his lovely GF, I am sure your son will find the right girl eventually.
cassie, I always found getting my cv up to date helped me to decide what to do and feel more in control. Have you come across a book called What Color is My Parachute? It is a handbook for career change and job seeking, with lots of interesting thought exercises and resources to help you identify all your skills, not just the ones you use now, and what you enjoy in work and to match them to possible jobs and careers.
joan I think you deserve a relaxing weekend. Maybe you could try some vegan cookbooks, lots of vegan recipes are delicious, and then you would be experimenting with new ideas rather than cutting out things IYSWIM. Pity about the wine though. Mead? Cider? Gin!
Aargh, I did a longish post yesterday but it seems to have disappeared. And I cant now remember what I said.
Lovewine, sorry to hear YL has been disappointed again. On line dating is a bit of a lottery. My YD tried it for a bit and went out with one guy for a while. It seemed serious, he even came to stay over Xmas, when they broke up! Not the best of Xmases for anyone. But we were jolly glad, didnt much like him. But youre right, I think we worry more about our grown up children, often theres not much we can do to help but listen. Glad your mum liked her presents, an inspired idea. No, we’re not doing anything with the GC over the Bank Holiday, I’m going to be busy getting the Archive exhibition ready for the 150th anniversary of our pier. Cant help out over the half term next week either because we’re off to the Hay Festival on Tuesday- very neglectful grandparents!
Rosie, glad that knee surgery is not imminent- it doesnt sound like your OH would be a very good patient. A successful and economic trip to Jumbo- some compensation for having to pay out for the clinic. At least you didnt have to pay again for the follow up.
Cassie, glad your friend is doing well and that work hasnt been so horrendous this week.
Wildpurl, hope all is well with you.
Hope this post doesnt disappear as well.
Good Morning ladies!
Cassie I am pleased to hear that your dog walking friend had a visit from the nurse, yes it will be because she is alone! Another week and she may be able to manage Purdy!🙂
Glad to hear that you had a better day at work and that the weather is sunny!
Lovewine indeed men are shocking patients let’s hope it doesn’t come to that! He is adamant he is not having a knee replacement and to be honest I think it would be a few years down the line as it’s only just started giving him trouble. Anyway the follow up appointment was a waste of time he was in and out within a minute! Told to come back in 6 months! Which he won’t! He will go to the GP in the UK if there are any further issue!
We did brave it in to the shopping Mall and visited Jumbo’s, as it’s name implies it is enormous!
It has 3 floors and like IKEA once in you can’t get out until you have been round it all!😬
We went to get inflatables for the pool for the GC! We got an inflatable turtle, an inflatable crocodile, 3 water shooters, 2 blow up balls, 2 noodles , 5 plastic glasses, some parcel tape for boxes, gardening gloves for me (to pull the weeds) and some sponges for the kitchen- all for €36! 😀
I am so sorry to hear that YS is again having GF issues, I can understand exactly how you feel for him! 😢 and the worry as he returns to London! My niece has used online dating for a number of years and had some disappointments and unsuitable matches!🙀 She has been with her latest several months now and it seems quite serious! He is an anaesthetist!🙀 He has to go to Australia for 6 months and she plans to take a holiday to visit him! My sister hopes it works out for her this time!😏
Glad your mum was pleased with her ornamental birds!
Oh dear poor OH having to go to water the bonsai trees! Is it far to ES’ s house from yours?
Joan and Wildpurl hope you are both well?
I am hoping to venture into the pool today it has been warmer this week and is going to hit 30 today!
DH was in Nicosia yesterday and his car temperature gauge showed 41!😓 It always stifling there in the summer as it’s inland - no sea breezes! 😕
Good morning ladies , Rosie I Hope DH gets on ok at the follow up appointment today , you certainly don’t want a knee operation 🙀 , men are such terrible patients sometimes 😬!!! Annoying though you were treated rudely at the walk in clinic .
Cassie I think a CV already in place is a good idea too , just in case you really can’t put up with the present situation at work / it does seem you do far more than you should be doing !
Good to hear your friend is doing well after her surgery and she is also getting some care , I bet she really misses Purdey though .
Joan , have you anything planned with the GC over the bank holiday ? .
I have had a very busy few days , YS is still here until this afternoon , it’s been lovely to have him home but very draining as once again he’s having GF trouble 😕- online dating is a relentless round of disappointments , he finally met a girl and had 3 dates which seemed to go well and then he’s heard nothing from her which I think is so unkind - its knocked his confidence again and he’s very down . He returns to London this afternoon , I have somehow got to find the time to drive to Rugby train station in between a very long working day 🙄.
mum had a nice birthday - YS helped me choose at the garden centre a pair of metal ornamental birds for her garden which she loved. 😊
Wildpurl , I hope your shoulder continues to improve , are you planning any trips or busy in your garden this weekend ?
i think I will be grateful of just a rest !
although ES and DIL are going up to Edinburgh for the weekend for a big Chinese family wedding so we have their dog and OH has to drive over to their house daily to water his Bonsai trees ! Sometimes I think our offspring were so much easier when they were children /babies as I think I worry more now about them .
Looks like another sunny day here again so our dog walking group will be on for this evening - I will be looking forward to the chilled glass of wine at the end of it !!!
Have a good day ladies .
Good Evening Ladies,
No more knees Rosie, please lets hope they are wrong about the x-ray. My dog walking friend is doing well though so far so good, only on paracetamol and ibuprofen, she had a visit from a nurse today and a call from them this afternoon, wow not sure what's going on I can hardly believe it, maybe because they knew she would be on her own. She managed to get down the stairs to answer the door to them! She has an appointment on 28th to check the wound and presumably clean and take out anything stitches or clips you really can't see much through the clear dressing, looks good though not much bruising but a bit swollen.
Today has been easier but busy without the PM.
Have a good evening ladies its lovely and sunny here
Good morning ladies from rather a warm Cyprus!😅😎
Cassie I think it’s a very good idea to update your CV and then if you see a post you fancy you will be ready to apply!
I was offered sedation and the spinal block but there is no way I was going to lie there for 2 hours and listen to bones being chipped away!🙀 so I had a general but they insisted on the spinal block also as they said it would help with the pain after the surgery!
Joan my DH and offspring are far more adventurous than I am! 🤣
The plastic bag idea for the stockings came from a You Tube video.
Poor you with your extended asthma consultation and suggesting cutting out more pleasures of the dietary kind!😳
Could you try lactose free cheese? I guess you could try reducing one of her suggestions at a time and see if it makes a difference?
I had an early start today I went to the International Day parade and assembly at school which started at 8.05am! I decided to walk as it’s about 1.5 Kms and I wasn’t keen on getting caught up in parking issues! It was fine on the way but by 10.00 when I was on my way back it was 26 degrees!
We now have 29 nationalities! The English pupils and Russians make up most of the population! 🙀
DH’ s knee was quite swollen on Saturday so I said he had better go to the walk in on Coral Bay! Reluctantly he agreed. On arrival we were rod the doctor wouldn’t be there until 11 even though it was advertised from 9.00 on a Saturday!😬
The receptionist was quite rude which he didn’t appreciate. So we got in the car and drove off to one of the private hospitals in Paphos. €120 later he had been given an X-ray to check the swelling that was believed to be caused by trauma from his running days! The specialist than said he would probably need a knee replacement in the future! 🙀😬😳😫 Oh Noooooooo please he would never cope! He might be able to do a sky dive etc but he doesn’t do pain!!!!! We are going to take the X-ray back to the UK because it looks like a normal knee to us certainly not like my xrays!😕
He is still convinced the swelling was caused by a bite. He has been taking anti inflammatories. He has to go back this afternoon, included in the original price thank goodness!😳
Lovewine hoped that you enjoyed the time with your son and that you managed to source a suitable for gift for your mum today! Happy Birthday to your Mum! 💐
Wildpurl hopefully your shoulder has fully recovered now.