Monday, 30 June 2008
Jamie has started a blog - just to annoy me from all those miles away in Australia. You can guess which one he is! I don't know how I shall cope with him when he comes over to stay with us to celebrate my father's 90th birthday in November. Any ideas?
Many many thanks to Lane'sWrite for giving me advice as to how to set up the links.
As I have called my blog 'Rural Villager' and I appreciate countryside living - I must take what comes! Actually it is the very windy weather that is getting Husband and I down at the moment - our garden (now almost two years old) is suffering and young plants are curling their leaves up at the icy blasts!
I have been asked to do this meme by Lane's Write - so here goes:
What were you doing 10 years ago?
I was a secretary working from home to a chartered surveyor who also worked at his home in a garden shed - I typed many long survey reports. Hobbling around on the wonky knees before they were made even wonkier with replacement knees. Dodger, our black labrador, was keepng Husband fit. We also kept about 20 hens, most of which were rare breeds.
Five things on your to-do list for today:
1) Watch Wimbledon.
2) ) Ignore doorbell so that I can watch Wimbledon
3) About every hour search field for bull as he is ill to make sure he is still standing. Inform farmer if he looks dodgy.
4) Ride Supatrike to village shop to get some cash
5) Tell Husband when he comes home from a golf competition what a busy day I had!
What are three of your bad habits?
1) Speaking too fast.
2) Eating chocolate in the form of Magnums
What snacks do you enjoy?
1) Sliced Bananas with milk
2) Jacobs Chocolate Biscuits with orange cream centres
3) Fruit and nut mix
4) Bread and jam
5) Avocardo Pear
What were the last five books you read?
1) The Poisonwood Bible
2) In My Country by Ian Walthew
3) Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir
4) The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir.
5) All in the series of Ladies Detective Agency
What are five jobs you have had?
3. Fruit and Veg Shop Assistant
4. Secretary to Timex Head Office in Bermuda
5. Receptionist at local doctor's surgery
Five places you’ve lived
1) Born into a washing up bowl in a pub in Usk, Wales. Mum was a milk tester and had to rush to the nearest place of assistance as I came a month early.
2) Leatherhead in Surrey until 18
3) Bermuda for four years in my early 20's
4) South Glos
5) North Wilts
Phew - have had enough of that - I pass this on to anyone else who cares to have a go. It is back to Wimbledon goggle watching for me!
Sunday, 29 June 2008
Friday, 27 June 2008
Thursday, 26 June 2008
Wednesday, 25 June 2008
These pundits are discussing the match between Fabrice Santoro and Andy Murray. From my view it was the best match of the day - the wily old frenchman creating some magical soft shots that barely crawled over the net whilst Andy, the part-time genius, was often erratic. (Not sure I like the bloke though). It was good viewing and although Andy won in three straight sets - the last was a tie breaker and one wondered whether he was going to do a "Henman" !
Tuesday, 24 June 2008
Monday, 23 June 2008
Saturday, 21 June 2008
moved away from the area several years ago to be near her family and grandchildren - we had such fun as near neighbours. Casual cups of coffee, walking the dogs and clothes shopping! Shopping together was like chalk and cheese - Close Friend is small - I am large, she likes pastel colours - I like bright, she has small feet - I have large! Close Friend is also adept at sewing, cooking and the dreaded housework - I have none of these skills! When we pick up the phone we can talk for hours!
Friday, 20 June 2008
Thursday, 19 June 2008
Rescue Dog did not stop there however - we noticed he disappeared regularly and could be found in the strawberry bed guzzling anything he could get hold of - oh no - he did not mind hoovering up the unripe ones as well!
I came home yesterday after a wrinkly girly day out and was greeted by Husband who said "The dog has been sick". My heart sank as Husband backs away from any "clearing up" duties. After a long pause Husband added "he was sick in the strawberry bed". Rescue Dog has now been banished from the garden unless he is being accompanied by an adult.
Wednesday, 18 June 2008
Tuesday, 17 June 2008
Monday, 16 June 2008
Behind the smoke in the height of the mock battle you can see "AV8" next to control tower. This cafe is a good place to go on a sunny day as one can sit on the veranda and watch the light aircraft come and go.The Royal Navy Helicopter display - we were sitting just underneath these birds.
Saturday, 14 June 2008
Rescue Dog, being a wet blanket kind of dog, sat on my lap last night emitting soft growls as he watched the shadows looming up in the darkness as the cows meandered by every now and then. Rescue Dog usually sits down and waits to let cats run through our garden - he even backed off a spider on the carpet the other day.
Friday, 13 June 2008
The balloons were attached to three bamboo sticks tied together and bingo no more billing and cooing. However I fear the two love birds might think this is a sign for a pigeon party tonight!
Wednesday, 11 June 2008
Tuesday, 10 June 2008
Monday, 9 June 2008
Our garden is in it's second year having moved into a new build house on the site of an old corrugated iron barn. It is lovely to be able to see the fruits of our labours. Last year our rose planned to climb over our porch has exceeded expectations and Husband has wobbled up ladders extending the training wires. The honeysuckle against the front wall has now grown out of our reach and is flowering. However we have one disappointment our ornamental crab apple is suffering some dire disease. Searched the web and understood it could be powdery mildew. Took a sample leaf to a local garden centre and they suggested it was apple scab. Either way we have to spray it with noxious substances. The treatments have made it worse! Never mind - the back garden has sweeping views down to the farm and we have spent the last couple of evenings watching the barn owl swooping low over the field searching for food and often deer wander across and gracefully jump the hedge into the next field and beyond.
Sunday, 8 June 2008
Saturday, 7 June 2008
The film is held in a very old building that used to be a small school and then a library. We take our own chairs and cushions and are offered tea or coffee - all for £3.50. I think these kind of facilities are invaluable to a rural community.
The film we saw was The Kite Runner. I think all of us really enjoyed the beautiful filming and the amazing acting of the two small boys. A couple of months ago we saw Atonement - everybody was spellbound (usually there is a bit of shuffling and snuffling)!
Thursday, 5 June 2008
Wednesday, 4 June 2008
Rescue Dog has an impressive collection of cuddly toys. We tidy them away and as fast as we do, Rescue Dog arranges them to his satisfaction around the house. This can be embarrassing when they are deposited in our front garden - we feel passers by must think "surely that wrinkly couple cannot have children at their age". This is what happens occasionally to the cuddly toys that Rescue Dog carries around with him. This particular Beautiful Bunny is actually the same size as Rescue Dog!
Tuesday, 3 June 2008
Monday, 2 June 2008
Next day I proudly vroom vroomed my way to the village shop - I was surprised to see people waving me along - it appears that our village has a lot of Radio 2 listeners!
We recently moved (downsized) into a very friendly village which amongst other things has a wonderful shop and guess what - a post office (still).
My SupaTrike is really a disguised mobility scooter - decked out in black and chrome with a Harley Davidson type handlebars - suits my image - as you might have guessed a "tomboy". I sometimes strap our dog onto my lap and off we go down to the local farm. The dog then jumps off and has a good run. More about our rescue dog another time.