Thursday, 16 June 2016

A SHORT HIATUS ..........

Sorry for the brief hiatus .....

Our son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren are here, as they are having lots of building work done at their house ..... and we have been having fun with these little rascals !!!



Tuesday, 31 May 2016


England is famous for having lots of rain. In fact, many countries have far more rain than we do but people still have an image of the UK as a very wet place. We haven't had much rain for a while  .....

BUT .....

today we are living up to our reputation !! 

It is coming down in stair rods ..... it's freezing cold, the wind is blowing a gale and it's like Winter !!!

I cleaned my knobs and knockers and I got soaked ..... the wind driving the rain into the porch and it looks like an Autumn day .... leaves have been blown everywhere and my David Austin St Swithun rose and Clematis 'Marie Boisselot'   have been blown to bits !!

Our conservatory was leaking { it doesn't look quite as bad as the one above though !! } and I think, because of the wind direction, rain was coming in the extractor fan over the hob in the kitchen ...... it's never done that before !!

Still, you've got to laugh ..... none of it's the end of the world is it ?

The weather is meant to improve next week ..... I hope so. There is much to do in the garden.

Here's hoping that your weather is a whole lot better than ours.


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Monday, 9 May 2016

A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS ..... and a joke !! .....

Blogging inspiration has eluded me of late ......

..... and, I have suffered a series of unfortunate events .....

First, two GINORMOUS cold sores appeared on my top lip ..... very attractive .....

..... then, my parotid salivary gland was blocked and swelled to GINORMOUS proportions !! ..... even more attractive .....

and then, after, smashing my foot against the skirting board, giving me three bruised toes, I got a touch of sciatica .....

..... and then, as a final insult, I sprained my ankle, turning it over and falling down the garden steps. I now can't walk on it, I can't drive and my foot is the colour of a rainbow !!!!
SO .....
glass half full positively brimming over and, ever the optimist .....

here's the joke :

Late in the night, he finally regained consciousness.
He was in the hospital, in terrible pain.
He found himself in the ICU with tubes in his mouth, needles and IV drips in both arms,
a breathing mask, wires monitoring every function, and a nurse hovering over him.
He realised that he was obviously in a life- threatening situation.
The nurse gave him a serious, deep look, straight into his eyes, then spoke to him slowly
and clearly, enunciating each word and syllable, "You may not feel anything from the waist down."

Somehow he managed to mumble in reply,
"Can I feel your boobs, then?"


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Tuesday, 12 April 2016


Pastasciutta is the Italian word for the countless, delicious pasta and sauce dishes that Neapolitans love so much.....

..... and I absolutely love it too !!!!

I could eat it everyday but restrict it to once a week .

I'm afraid that I never make my own pasta but that's not laziness .... I actually prefer dried pasta to fresh but .....

but, if Natalio here would like to come round and persuade me otherwise and give me a few lessons ..... !!!!!!!!

I read somewhere that Italians only make pasta for special occasions but perhaps my Italian blogging friend Maria who comments here can tell us if that's true or not.

I really don't mind what sauce is on it ..... it can be a simple fresh tomato sauce, primavera, vongole, bolognaise, lemon artichoke, cheese, alfredo, puttanesca, carbonara ..... whatever it is, I'll eat it !!!! My trouble is, I always cook enough pasta to feed the entire street !! ...... and, it's usually quicker to make a pasta sauce than to order a take-away.

caramelised onion and roasted garlic .........

garlic butter with spinach and Parmesan .....

You can even have brussel sprouts on it !!!!!!

I also love fish but that's another story !!!!

What's your favourite pasta sauce or favourite food ?


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Monday, 21 March 2016


Remembering the 1950's !!!!

Click on the video { Harry Nilsson ...... I took him home once after a general anaesthetic and had to look after him in his Mayfair flat where Mama Cass Elliot and Keith Moon both died  !! } and  have a look at a few of my memories .....

My ' Jaco ' skates ..... my most treasured possession ..... I would go out in the morning, ' Jaco ' skates thrown over my shoulder, and return at teatime !! ..... and, on a Saturday, .....

my friend's and I would go to Alexandra Palace roller skating rink and skate all day.

School milk was part of school life. In Post War Britain, school milk, 1/3 of a pint per child, was introduced in schools to supplement the child's diet. Most children detested it but I loved it !! 
In the winter, it was common to see outside schools, crates of milk with their shiny bottle tops standing proud above the bottles on a column of frozen milk !!! The milk was then placed by the radiator to defrost, the result of which was a 1/3 pint of warm, watery milk !!

If I wasn't at Alexandra Palace roller skating rink on a Saturday, then I was at Saturday Morning Pictures. It was very popular and relatively cheap. Our local cinema was The Savoy which was part of the ABC group. We children were known as the ABC Minors. First we would join the enormous queue, then rush into the theatre which had red plush seats and impressive decorated facades ..... hundreds of excited, expectant schoolchildren, all waiting for the performance to begin which started with us singing .....

..... The ABC Minors Song !!!
The final line was shouted at full blast ..... especially the A-B-C !!

The Corona Man.
The Corona Lorry would come down the street once a week selling Corona fizzy drinks ...... Orangeade, Limeade, Raspberryade ..... every 'ade' you can think of and the famous Dandelion and Burdock ! You also got money back on the empty bottles ! It was quite a special treat to have fizzy pop in the fifties !! 

Another visitor to the street was the Knife grinder ..... I can remember my Dad giving him knives and tools to sharpen.

The Betterware Man used to knock now and again, trying to get my mum to buy something. I always wanted her to buy a large tin of wax polish as you got the tiny miniature tin of lavender polish free !! I loved those little tins.

Finally, do you remember Punch and Judy toothpaste ? We didn't have it very often as it was too expensive but, now and again, we would have a tube. I can still taste it now !!

Do you have any similar childhood memories ?

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Tuesday, 1 March 2016


I am obsessed with black to the point where it's unhealthy !!!!!

Me at the top of The Shard ..... in black !!!!

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