Tuesday, 10 May 2022

A week away on Anglesey

This is the cottage we have rented for a week here on the Island of Anglesey in North West Wales.It is over 150 years old.Quite small but ok for a week.
I have brought some things to do if the weather is bad but so far so good.
This is the book I am currently reading. The blurb says it is funny.It isn’t so far.

 A Bargello kit half completed already before we came.

Today we have been onto the mainland on the Lleyn Peninsula 
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Nefyn and Portdinllaen are the beaches.I had some lovely family holidays here as a child.Just look at those beautiful beaches.Hardlyanyone there today.

Barbarax 

Sunday, 24 April 2022

It has been a busy week but not much cooking!

 This last we have been quite busy.

Art Appreciation Tuesday.Great to meet a lot of our old friends.

Our closest friends who moved 200 miles away were up for a few days.We gathered as many of our old “gang” together for a meal out.Seven out of the eleven made it.Another couple have moved away also,another had dementia and is in home.The last one did not want to risk catching COVID.

Thursday it was Social History here and we were doing a bit about Great Budworth church(previous post).


Friday Chris (one half of the couple who were visiting arranged a college get together lunch.Six of us were great friends in college many,many years ago but have still managed to meet up twice a year for lunch.It used to be in the evening but now we prefer lunch!!! Partners are also included.Naturally we haven’t met for two years because of the pandemic.It was great getting together again.The good thing about old friends is that you take up where you left off.Sadly,one of the husbands has died and another wasn’t well enough to come.

Saturday our daughter and OH wanted to go and buy plants and wanted our advice and also suggested lunch out.So we ate out three days out of four last week but no cooking.

I got up this morning and said I am not going anywhere today!

Ignore this photo .It is my tomato seedlings I have shown you before.

I have been busy making mandalas again.This time to hang on the fence.They just add another feature to look at and they only take one evening to make.

Barbarax 

Monday, 18 April 2022

I can’t “sign in with google”.Help!

 I have just been readings posts and a couple (Through the keyhole and A bracelet of days) won’t let me comment.It just says sign in with google but when I try to nothing happens.

Any else had this problem?

Barbarax 

Saturday, 16 April 2022

Tomato seedlings for free!

 

This is how many seedlings I have got from two slices of tomato on some damp compost.I did this last year and it was very successful.Tomato plants for free.

Friday, 15 April 2022

Great Budworth,Cheshire.

 We did a quick visit to Great Budworth today.This is a pretty English village which has been used many times on film sets.It is only about ten minutes from where we live now in Cheshire(I still missNorth Wales).We are part of a social history group here and for our next meeting we are looking at churches in the area.C and I have got this one.

It was mentioned in the Domesday Book and there are records that show there has been a school here since 1578.C is doing the history and I am going to talk about the items in the church.The font is over 500 years old.

There are two old chests.The older one was made in the Middle Ages.They were a kind of safe, housing silver,vestments,parish records etc.

There is a stone carving of Sir John Warburton who died in 1575(Elizabeth was queen of England and Sir Francis Drake was planning to sail around the world..

Lots of other interesting things so lots to talk about.





Tuesday, 1 March 2022

Cambridge again.

Our daughter in law ( and son but he has a day job too)has two coffee shops in Cambridge,one in CB24 and one in the village of Histon just outside Cambridge.They also have the above,a coffee van.How great is that.
Matt has had an annexe built in his back garden.This is where we stayed.It is really for their 22 year old daughter who is at University in Manchester.There is a bedroom and a lounge with a sofa bed and shower room.

While we were there we visited Kettles Yard Art Gallery.There is an exhibition by Ai Weiwei.He was born in 1957 in Beijing in China.Some of the antiquities are genuine some not.He normally does huge installations.



These were made out of marble.His point being that everyday objects can be works of art.
This chair represents a conference he was not allowed to go to.
Finally, pictures of the artist made out of Lego.

 It was interesting but not spectacular.





Sunday, 27 February 2022

A visit to Cambridge to see our son.

 Last Thursday we went down to Cambridge to see our son and family who live there.Our grandson ,Finlay(18) ,was flying to Thailand on Friday morning to go travelling for 8 weeks with friends.It was lovely to see him and enjoy a family meal with him ,his younger brother Angus(15) and his Mum and Dad.This is a shot of Kings College taken from the Backs.

Friday morning Matt and Jude were working and Angus was in school.We had arranged to meet our oldest friends for lunch so we decided we would go to the Orchard Tea Rooms in Grantchester for a coffee/tea.
These are some pretty cottages in Grantchester.
The church in Grantchester.

The tea rooms are famous because they were visited by so many famous people .They are just a punt away from Cambridge.Famoue people who came here were Rupert Brooke(above),VirginiaWoolf,Maynard  Keynes,EMForster,Bertrand Russell and others.You sit in the orchard and drink tea sitting on deckchairs like they did so many years ago. 

I will continue the story tomorrow but it has been a great weekend.After two years of lockdown it was a pleasure to escape it.Masks worn all the time.!,,