Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
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Monday, 5 October 2009
As the big day approaches (we've all signed our contracts and now we are waiting for the Solicitors to get their act together and exchange them!!) we are still working down our list of 'let's appreciate what's on our own doorstep before we move' tour.
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
I've spent the past half hour trying to think of all the places we've visited on our 'lets appreciate what's on our own doorstep' trip, since we last spoke. That's the trouble with intermittent blogging you can soon lose whole days and never find them again. So rather than trying to list everything chronologically and in the process bore you into total rigidity, I thought that I would just ramble on and try and remember stuff as I go along.
Posted by Joyce at 15:05
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
One of the things that I have always wanted to see is the Southport Flower Show. So continuing our 'let's appreciate what's on our own doorstep' tours, last Thursday we set off for the first day of the show.
Posted by Joyce at 13:47
Monday, 24 August 2009
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Tuesday, 18 August 2009
Posted by Joyce at 12:17
Tuesday, 11 August 2009
After our lovely weekend away we decided to make the most of the fine weather and fire up the van later in the week and head off to Coniston Water in the South Lakes. The dogs couldn't believe their luck, not only did they get to sleep in the campervan of a night but there was a huge lake for them to play in during the day. Luckily Dave and I were so tired after all the fresh air and exercise that we weren't bothered too much by the smell of damp dog wafting up from between the beds (well not too much!)
Thursday, 30 July 2009
Posted by Joyce at 17:06
If there is one thing guaranteed to drive me mad, it is stupid comments from parents that in their day school children were studious, hard working, god fearing, well dressed, respectful swots who would put the kids of today to shame.
Posted by Joyce at 16:20
Friday, 24 July 2009
Friday, 17 July 2009
Posted by Joyce at 07:22
Sunday, 12 July 2009
As part of our continuing 'tour'of the North West of England we went to Manchester this week. I enjoy our occasional visits to Manchester for the Christmas Fayres and the excellent shopping, but this time we thought that we would do the 'touristy' thing and visit The Lowry Salford Quays
Posted by Joyce at 13:41
Monday, 29 June 2009
Posted by Joyce at 16:06
OK fancy a little quiz?
We had a few days away in the van last week and woke each morning to the sound of little monkeys screeching as they played among the branches of a near-by tree - from the farmer's field we were saying on we could see goats on the hillside and a cheetah sleeping the day away - at the beach side pub were we were having dinner, we could watch dolphins playing in the bay - most of the locals spoke to us in English even though for some of them it wasn't their first language - the evenings were so warm we could sit by the sea watching the sun set without having to wear a coat.
So have you guessed yet?
Need another clue?
There is a railway line but it's only a single track with just one train every two hours.....
OK do you give in?
Borth in West Wales (just along the coast from Aberystwyth) and the animals? well our farmer's field was next to the famous Borth Animalarium (that's a mini zoo to you and me)
(lot's of photos to follow as soon as the heat goes out of the conservatory and I can get to the printer without passing out!)
Posted by Joyce at 12:01
Sunday, 21 June 2009
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
A week last Tuesday we had a phone call from the Estate Agents down in Kent. Apparently the people we were buying the house from in Littlestone had had second thoughts about selling. They were peeved that a house a few doors down had just been sold for £50,000 more than they were selling their house to us for. The Estate Agent tried to explain that their neighbours had sold a far bigger house with far better fixtures and fittings but they were not mollified and insisted that they were taking their house off the market with a view to re marketing it for £50,000 (ish) more.
Posted by Joyce at 15:02
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
We were away in the camper van last week - long story - suffice it to say if you ever see me wandering close to an Estate Agents window ever again, please shoot me!!!
Posted by Joyce at 07:06
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
The Bank Holiday weather had been glorious and we had made the most of the sunshine by being very lazy in the garden. We dug the sunbeds out from under a year's worth of 'stuff' in the garage, poured ourselves large glasses of something cold and alcoholic and then spent the afternoon reading the Sunday papers before firing up the BBQ for dinner. Just what we needed to recharge the batteries and forget (if only for a few hours) about all the problems we are having with the people we are hoping to buy the new house from.
But yesterday it was back down to earth with a bump. The weather reverted to type and most of my day was spent dodging the showers, no sunbathing today, just taking Murphy to hydrotherapy, shopping, housework and then the afternoon in front of the computer writing the latest installment of the new story. - mind you the garden looks like it appreciated the downpours.
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
This might sound really mad but at the moment we are feeling that our life is somehow on hold.
Posted by Joyce at 13:46
Thursday, 7 May 2009
At long last our house is now For Sale with the local Estate Agent. The bloody HIP (Home Information Pack) nonsense meant that there was a two week delay before we could advertise but now it's all systems go.
Tuesday, 5 May 2009
It's been a really good day today.
Friday, 1 May 2009
With another two cupboards cleaned and sorted I felt justified in take a few hours off from the pending upheavel and settled down in front of the comupter to get on with some writing.
Friday, 24 April 2009
When a young dog needs to pee it's best not to ignore the warnings, so when Murphy started 'telling' me at 6.30am that he wanted to go in the garden I gave up all hope of a lie in and went down to the kitchen to let him out.
Monday, 20 April 2009
I'm sorry that it's been so long since I last blogged but we have been very busy bees since Dave finished his last contract.
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
Monday, 23 March 2009
To celebrate Dave finishing his contract in London, we took ourselves away for a few days down to Dorset.
Wednesday, 4 March 2009
True to their word, our local Fire Brigade (are they still called a Brigade, or should we be calling them a Service?) sent two Fire Fighters to check out our fire safety awareness and fire alarms this morning.
Sunday, 1 March 2009
I have just finished reading Dr Chris Lintott's very good article about Galaxy Zoo in the September Issue of Physics World and was struck by some of the testimonials from the contributors to the original survey. They are intelligent, erudite and informed, just what you would expect from people who are so enthused by astrophysics that they were prepared to spend hours in front of the computers classifying distant galaxies, or is it?
Friday, 27 February 2009
I have an admission to make, last night I watched the BBC2 programme Margaret, there I've said it and would you believe it the world hasn't imploded.