Sunday, 29 July 2018

5 hours at Eurotunnel!!!

We rearranged the holiday we had to cancel a few weeks ago and were booked to go on Eurotunnel yesterday morning.After problems on Friday we had an email on Saturday morning saying to turn up as normal.We started queuing on the M20 at 10.25am and finally boarded a train at 3.40 pm.What a farce.There were lots of families with young children.No Eurotunnel employees to help.The whole place was totally gridlocked with no one going anywhere.I had a glass of rose and got out my knitting!!!
We finally arrived at our cottage at 7pm.Now to relax for a week and then face it all again next Saturday(hopefully not,fingers crossed because we then have a six hour drive in Britain to home).

I have brought lots of things to do.Shawl knitting.an elephant to crochet(from Edward's Menagerie),a cross stitch picture to for my granddaughter who is going to Uni inSeptember,four books to read ,magazines and a puzzle book.Maybe ,I will not manage it all!!!!

Monday, 9 July 2018

Where are all the butterflies?

Here in North Wales we have seen very few butterflies this summer.Only Cabbage Whites.We have a buddleia in full flower which normally would be full of butterflies .Not a single butterfly all day.
What is the butterfly situation where you live?

Monday, 2 July 2018

My latest finished project.


Do you remember I won a load,well 26,mini skeins in Josie Kittens giveaway in aid of BHF.What to do ??So I decided to do granny squares and I must say I am pretty pleased with the result.They were very bright colours so I edged them in navy.I have not decided what to with it yet.I really enjoyed doing it because every square was different.
Life goes on here.C is now better following his steroid injection.We didn't go away but had a lazy week in the garden enjoying this glorious weather.We have a holiday booked to Montenegro in September which has to be paid for by the end of the week.Our confidence has been knocked.Do we risk it r do we cancel.Decisions,decisions.It is pretty clear our insurance will not cover us if it happens again. 

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

We didn't make it to France.

C decided he was in too much pain to risk the driving.At the hospital there are two specialist nurses .You leave a message on the answering machine and they get back to you.He did this but the nurse who phoned him back just said wait and see so the decision was made.He was no better last Thursday so phoned again and spoke to his usual nurse.She told him to go the hospital yesterday,upped his tablets and gave him a steroid injection.Magic.Today he is back to normal.So annoying that the first nurse did not do this.We are hoping to claim on our insurance but are not hopeful.The only saving grace is that the weather here is brilliant and hotter than where we should have been in France.
C'est la vie.Onwards and upwards.It could be a lot worse.

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.