Wednesday, 29 February 2012
Then as we had lunch with 2 friends I thought about their lives and how different our retirement lives have been. Whilst we have taken up hobbies and slowed down and taken ordinary holidays abroad, further afield but ordinary, they have had some extraordinary adventures all over the world.
They started by travelling on their boat with a flotilla of 30 boats for 2 years following the trade winds. They then sailed together across the Atlantic and kept their boat on the East coast travelling as far as S America and north to Nova Scotia. They have finally brought the boat back to the UK last year but I am sure their sailing days are not over yet . Last week they returned from an exciting month long expedition on a ship to the Falklands, S Georgia and finally to the Antartic following part of Shacklton's route.
Then tonight the sunset from our patio was one of those not to be missed skies... not an ordinary sunset
Tuesday, 28 February 2012
Well today was our DGD day with us and she had to share us with a decorator, a plumber and 2 men who brought us industrial dehumidifiers and boy were there a lot of things to find and pick up and what a lot of NO's from us too! We are very exhausted too!!
and Suzie today we have had MIST and CLOUDS and quite a grey day too LOL!!
Monday, 27 February 2012
I chose our willow tree which we bought to stay in a pot and then moved it into the ground as it was getting too big for the pot. We put this tree in the wrong place and in summer it hangs over our patio and path and can be very annoying! Each year DH who is no gardner but loves hacking down trees and shrubs!!!! always gives this poor willow 'short back and sides' but this year he seems to have missed doing one side LOL!
I did take a photo of part of the view of the town from our patio door and then later saw that the slight mist had cleared so did the comparison as a collage!
Sunday, 26 February 2012
I am a Christian and so should be a light in this world for God but sadly, I haven't felt like His light, more a poor reflection, a shadow for a few weeks, looking inwardly at my lot and not thinking about others.
Then my next thoughts were, "is there a light at the end of this tunnel I am in? Yesterday I was being very positive but woke today very down again. Why? Well DH was grumpy so apart from church which was very uplifting it hasn't been a wonderful day. We are OK now and looking forward to a nice evening together round our dining room table!! or maybe watching TV in bed LOL!!
I still hadn't done my light photo when I walked in our toilet as the sun was low and saw this lovely reflection of light on the tiled walls, that is what I should be ....not a poor relection!
and why was I fed up today? Well upstairs was getting as bad as downstairs with boxes everywhere. We had decided since we could do nothing downstairs to tackle the spare room and move the units which also needed repairing, here is the room before all the DGC toys and books were put away, we still have all the boxes from the hall, and some from living room and diner here too but the units are now repaired and you can see the spare room bed :)
Saturday, 25 February 2012
I am glad we had an alterative to rain today as we live in SE England which is going to soon be a drought zone since we have had so very little rain this winter
Friday, 24 February 2012
I didn't want to continue with 'clouds' in my life and since today the sky is just grey, I looked amongst my photos as I am always taking sky phtos!! Here is one showing a brilliant blue sky between the clouds and the sunshine lightening the clouds too.
It reminds me of the saying "every cloud has a silver lining" and that is how I am now tackling our home problem from now on. I will have a newly decorated living area, new carpet and furniture and curtains to match. Someone asked me the colours, well a kind of mushroom colour and cream
Thursday, 23 February 2012
Wanted to share a photo of how the lounge diner looked before and now (bottom Left) before the furniture goes.
We hope to have a decorator in on Monday to start on removing the remaining paper and paint on the skirting boards. We will feel that we are now making progress how ever slow !
Off now to the next saga with our living area...watch this space :)
Wednesday, 22 February 2012
This was a class kit that I didn't go to so I completed it at home and it fitted Feb weekly challenge week 1. I have been wanting to scrap my lovely friends I made on UKS in 2008 when we all did with many others an Anna Bowkis 365 challenge of photos and journalling for the year. That year we meet twice and have now had 4 retreats as well as several group meetups and have become good friends IRL. Quite an achievement for a group of strangers in Jan 2008!!
The February House challenge was a colour combo of Spring colours so this simple LO is of my friend Carol and I at a Cardinal Colours retreat in Eastbourne in 2010
I went as usual to SW this morning after changing our bed and getting the bedlinen washed. I was very pleased to have lost another 4lbs so 1st 1 1/2lbs off in 7 weeks and I am back in my size 16 clothes again!!
Then later than usual I went on the computer for my usual fix of UKS chat before lunch. I tried to upload here earlier this afternoon but phonecalls, getting the washing in before it started raining and a visitor stopped me and now it is time to think about the evening meal. An ORDINARY day!
Just had to show you all a college of a few photos I took yesterday of our youngest DGD and DH together at the end of our day with her. She just adores him and he her, she is the youngest of 6 DGC, the oldest two now being 16.
Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Hope everyone has a better day and less fragile? Amazing what a good night's sleep does for you, today is another day!
We have our DGD Xanthe every Tuesday so better get going or she will be here!!
Monday, 20 February 2012
I have a huge problem with Picasa which seem to have a virus of it's own cropping any photos I download or scan and cannot solve the problem. It has also cropped and rotated 1,000's of photos in the programme too from 2006! (not all of them but selected what it fancied!)
Then there is Blogger whatever has happened to Google and blogger LOL!!
But my worst problem leaving my very fragile has been since our water leak 2 weeks ago and has continued to get worse with insurance claims, car insurance claims and finally the plumbing problem, 'the icing on the cake'!
Last Thursday, when a plumber arrived to do a HALF day's work but left his 2 'helpers' in their early 20's and disappeared and never came back to check their work! To add insult to injury his invoice was emailed to me on Thursday night as I was in full ranting at how our house had been left when they finally went after a FULL day here. The plumber finally returned this evening and is coming back on his own on Wednesday to sort out all the problems
Here are the photos of some of the things wrong
Left with big holes where they put new pipes above the ground. This is our lounge diner our only room, note we have no carpet!! The walls and skirting are still drying out
This is the modern way of leaving this ugly feature in the middle of the hall radiator for draining off water (it is being removed on Wednesday!) This has also been done on the lounge radiator too!
There were several other issues including radiator not moved to allow for boxing in the pipes and things left behind in the loft and header tank not covered again
Sunday, 19 February 2012
Now it will be my DGD Amie who I suppose follows fashions at 15yrs. I cannot say I like the boobs showing and such tight short skirts but not quite 'Fat Gypsy Wedding' gear!!
Here she is on Christmas Day Two years ago with me
Saturday, 18 February 2012
We had a great day at Beachy Head Hotel meeting 3 other couples from our cruise holiday last year. We were table 15 for 14 days and this was our first meeting since last August. We arrived at 11am and finally left at 4pm. We all got on so well once again, with plenty of chat and banter. We have arranged to meet again in the summer. Hope the weather is better then. Today was so windy and wet!!
Friday, 17 February 2012
We also looked at Wassily Kadinsky paintings and they really enjoyed them too. He was a musician inspired by marks connected to music and colours by feelings in the soul on listening to music
Thursday, 16 February 2012
Wednesday, 15 February 2012
So like Suzie I have gone "off piste" I remembered in my craft room this lovely dish which I seldom use but should...as I am always looking for my 'blooming glasses' LOL!
Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Monday, 13 February 2012
But I chose my IRL friend Carol who saw me through my divorce 33 yrs ago and then I saw her through her DH's tragic death at Easter 2 yrs ago. She is always there for me and I am for her :)
Here we are in Eastbourne at Cardinal Colours retreat 2011
Sunday, 12 February 2012
Saturday, 11 February 2012
It is our second marriage, and Peter's wife died when they were in their forties. We will have been married second time round for both of us 27yrs this coming Oct LOL!!
Who would have thought at 40yrsold and 50yrs old we could have clocked up all those years! we have had such a wonderful marriage and life together and hope for further happy years!
I couldn't take a photo of him tyoday as we are pretty sad about our leak(s) and our lovely neighbour dying so suddenly on Wednesday but this is a lovely photo of him that I have tweaked on holiday last August
Thank you for such lovely supportive comments from total strangers xxxxx
Friday, 10 February 2012
These chocs have been sitting in the kitchen (part of the meal deal ) and I am feeling very down today so have eaten 6 chocolates leaving the chocolate hearts showing LOL!!
Thursday, 9 February 2012
I thought about the Russian doll that I use to have and gave to my DS where one doll fits into another doll, then I remembered the photos I took when we visited St Petersburgh last year! A very compact stall of Russian 'dolls'!
Here is a more modern set, they even had Christmas tree sets!
Wednesday, 8 February 2012
Tuesday, 7 February 2012
Monday, 6 February 2012
Here is a view of part of our room tonight, we now have no heating to downstairs radiators as the pipe has been capped to prevent further leaking under the concrete floor!! We now await the insurance assessor for buildings!
Sunday, 5 February 2012
Our plumber has been and yes the pipes to the radiator are leaking, could be one leak or several as the screed would have in time corroded the copper piping, the carpet has to be totally taken up in a 33' lounge /diner and eventually the hall carpet as the pipes lead to the radiator there and the small bedroom carpet upstairs to try and feed a new pipe system from small bedroom radiator to hall radiator
Church service was cancelled this morning due to the roads impossible to drive!!