Friday, 15 June 2018

Will we have to cancel our holiday?

We are due to go to France next Thursday.We have booked a cottage in the Loire Valley for week with two overnight stops going and one coming backMy OH has rheumatoid arthritis diagnosed three years ago.Since then he has been on medication and has been in remission.The consultant reduced his medication a couple of months ago and it has flared up.His hands and arms are very painful.He can manage to drive at the moment but do we risk it.I would not want to do the driving .Sods law it has happened now.For the last three years we have only been to Northern France but decided this year to go a bit further as he had had no problems.It is a watch and wait situation.
Watch this space!!!

Thursday, 7 June 2018

What variety of clematis is this?

Is it a Nelly Moser?The flowers this year are huge.It is just outside our conservatory and is lovely.I must admit I don't know much about them.I think depending on when they flower you prune them differently.Any advice welcomed.

The weather here in North Wales has been lovely for weeks.It is just great to sit in the sunshine and read.I have just finished Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.I really enjoyed it but my daughter did not.Is it a book youcan relate to more when you are older?

I am now reading The Drowning Girl by Margaret Leroy.I have read quite a few of her books and really enjoyed them but I am not so sure about this one.

For my holiday in two weeks time(we wre going to the Loire Valley in France for a week) I have got the following.
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Parry
The Whole Day Through by Patrick Gale
Whatever You Love by Louise Doughty

Have you read any of them.Please tell me if they are any good.Iwould also like other recommendatios please.

I am feeling a little sad at the moment.Two friends of mine have died this week both in their early seventies.We socialise a lot with a group of nine others.Two of the couples are moving down south to be near their children and another onein the group is starting to get confued.So it is all about to change and I don't like change.

Thursday, 31 May 2018

I have managed a photo.

This is a view down the Laburnum arch at Bodnant Garden in North Wales which we visited today.I have gone back to using my camera and not my phone.I have loads more photos but for tonight I have had enough.I am tired from walking round the garen and then coming back to do our own garden.Back tomorrow,hopefully with more photos of this wonderful NT garden.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

I am so frustrated!

I cannot get any photos onto my blog.I wanted to show you what I won in Josie Kittens giveaway.Helen raised over £8,000 for the British Heart Foundation in memory of her late husband who died of a heart attack.I was one of the lucky winners .I was so excited to get a squishy parcel an
D on opening it discovered 26 mini skeins of yarn.Yes 26!They are 15 g and are variegated sock yarn.There are five matching pairs so I could make a pair of socks.Any ideas with those and the rest.Granny squares? LIttle toys,?
I so wanted to show you my haul.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

SUe.Cottage at the end of the lane

Thinking about you at this very sad time.

Monday, 23 April 2018

A busy week.

 On Tuesday we went to our Art Appreciation Group where one of the members gave a talk on Fernand Leger ,a French painter.He lived from 1881 until 1955.HE was known as a cubist and sometimes a tub it's as he often painted limbs as tubes.Alan gave a very interesting talk with lots of images for us to look at.
Members take it in turn to give talks(not me!).My OH is doing the June presentation when he will give a talk on Goya.
From this I raced to the dentists for a filling.In the morning someone had suggested Steak Night at Wetherspoons .Delicious steak in good company ,seven of us ,and no cooking.
Our daughter was one week on from her hand operation so we went over to take her out to a garden centre for lunch.Her first time out.The hand is healing nicely but she can't drive yet and another two weeks off work.We then did our usual school pick up and tea for the grandchildren and us.We were shattered when we got back home.
Thursday was my Reading Group.We were discussing Rough Music by Patrick Gale.Most of us felt it was not his best book.I bought C a ukulele for his birthday in December and he has really taken to it.He has joined the U3A band and had his first gig on Thursday which he really enjoyed.Playing in your first band at 76!!!!
On Friday morning I always meet a friend for coffee and we put the world to rights  and then in the evening it was Quiz Night.It was really had but we came joint second which was a good result.
Saturday was coffee in the morning with friends and then gardening in he afternoon.
On Sunday we had a long phone hat with our granddaughter who has just come back from seven weeks travelling in Laos,Cambodia,Vietnam and Thailand.


I have had a nice quiet day today pottering in the garden and reading.


Monday, 2 April 2018

Easter weekend.

Hope you have all had a lovely weekend.We tend to stay off the roads as it can be very busy with people heading to the coast.Saturday we had coffee with friends which lasted more than two hours as some left and more came,
Yesterday we were invited to our daughter's for lunch.We had already left Easter eggs for Emily and Ruby but went with other gifts.A jigsaw for them to do over the school holiday,flowers for Sarah and treats for her and Mike.I also took some primula a for them to plant in the garden.Sarah has been feeling down lately and I thought a bit of gardening may cheer her up.A couple of months ago she had flu followed by pneumonia and didn't stay off work long enough to recover properly,in fact less than a week.She is a Type 1 diabetic and has been since she was four so everything is more complicated.She is gong to hospital next week to have two ops on her right hand.She has Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Duputrens Contracture.Hopefully they can be done under local anaesthetic.Yesterday she seemed a lot brighter.I think she has just been exhausted.She is s Primary Scool teacher.We had a lovely day .Mike cooked a super meal and we spent all afternoon playing games and laughing a lot.I do worry about Sarah and her health.

Today we woke up to snow!Three inches of it.I am really fed up with this weather but hopefully it is supposed to get better later this week.
Do you worry about your children ? How do men not worry.I wish I knew the secret.