Scarlett had a lovely 4th birthday yesterday. Eldest daughter and her partner had taken her to Drusillas Park in East Sussex the day before which is a small zoo and park for young children which she loved. Yesterday we went to my Dads for a small get together in the garden but the weather was so miserable we had to sit in the conservatory with the doors open. Not that it bothered Scarlett though she was so excited and it was the first time she could remember going in the conservatory because of all the lockdown restrictions. Youngest daughter had to go with her to search out my Dad's cat Millie who she always talks about and she had to use Great Grandad's binoculars that he keeps by the window to watch the foxes to check everything out.
Sunday, 9 May 2021
Saturday, 8 May 2021
We decided yesterday morning we would go back to the garden centre and try and find a little round table to put with our two chairs by the aviary, and use the last of the money on my Christmas garden centre voucher. I had planned to buy a little folding garden table we could put our cups of tea on while we have a sandwich at lunchtimes like my Dad has in his garden. Although my Dad always has a wine cooler and a bottle of wine on his! I was shocked when we saw the prices though, you could only buy them in sets and they were over £200! We did buy a cute little solar bee. It looks enormous in the photo, like something from War Of The Worlds descending on our garden but it's actually only a couple of inches long. I'll take another photo when it's in place. I think I'm going a bit bee crazy!
We decided we would drive to the charity salesroom and see if we could find a small round table I could paint. Sadly nothing was suitable but I still found an old 1950s steamer. I have been looking for one for a long time but these old ones have always been too expensive. I was so pleased as this was only £3.
Friday, 7 May 2021
Scarlett was so excited to go and vote yesterday. She even forgot about going to the bakers she talked about it so much. Mid morning Tom, youngest daughter who was off work because the school she works at was closed and being used as a polling station, Scarlett and I set off for the walk to vote. We took our pencils with us as we had been told to do, to stop the risk of virus spreading. It was only when we were half way there and Scarlett asked "Where is the boat?" we realised quite why she was so excited! Disappointment over, and a boat trip promised this summer, she brightened up as for some reason, us just all going somewhere and taking pencils with us seemed exciting enough. After we had all hand sanitised, that's exciting for Scarlett too, we queued to vote. I'm pretty up on politics and follow it all closely, but even I get a bit bewildered by these London Mayoral elections we were voting for and for some reason everything seems harder when your wearing a mask! The man seated passes your three ballot forms and explained from behind a mask and a screen, so it's hard to hear, about first and second choices, London assembly and something else I missed but because I was hanging on to Scarlett, didn't bother to ask again. There was a whole page of candidates listed from the most obscure parties you could imagine. You have to be so careful when you are distracted not to accidentally vote for Count Binface (yes really) , that actor I used to like in Lewis on the TV but don't at all now he has shown his true colours as a politician or even the YouTube star. There are all these new parties The Let London Live party, the London Real Party, it's all starting to remind me of a Monty Python sketch. I put my crosses in the boxes I wanted posted the ballot paper in the box and hoped for the best. When we got outside, after carefully following the one way system. I asked youngest daughter who she voted for as her second choice "The Animal Welfare Party" she answered. I didn't even notice them!
Eldest daughter and her partner were going to look at some houses for sale after they had finished work in the evening so we had Scarlett with us for her dinner too. After we had eaten we were all sitting talking about how we had voted with youngest son. He is the most political out of all of us, yet had refused to vote. He said he was sick and tired of voting for people who are just lying to get the vote. They are all the same and are only ever thinking about their own benefits. They never deliver on what they say and get away with it year in year out. Oh dear! I think he is probably right. Maybe I should have voted for Count Binface after all! He may have turned out to be more trustworthy.
Thursday, 6 May 2021
I was all set to go out into the garden to do some work when there was a knock on the door from a young man telling me he was taking down the fence between my neighbours and I to replace it so they would be working in our garden during the day. I didn't really feel like being out gardening with two men standing in the flower bed all day so I had a rethink and decided to do some housework then work on the curtains for the caravan. I popped down to the sewing and knitting shop to buy some cotton I needed that I hadn't been able to find in Wilkinson's the other day. I hemmed one of the curtains but only tacked it as I'm worried to finish them off without trying them out first.
After Tom got in, we were saying how nice it was was he has four days off now so I said I would go down to the Co-op to get some wine and we would have a nice meal to begin his days off. I was half way down when the heavens opened and I found myself in a hailstorm! I wanted to check the bank balance as I had drawn some cash out to pay for the cotton as the sewing shop doesn't accept card payments for small amounts. I had my mask on and hood up as I checked my balance in the pouring rain, I was rushing to say the least. When I went to the counter in the Co-op to pay for the bottle of wine I realised I didn't have my card, I rushed out to the machine but too late it must have been sucked in. I doubt it was stolen as there was not another soul around in the downpour.
I walked home in the rain, as miserable as could be. When I got in Tom said "Don't worry I'll go back down and buy it." I was standing in the kitchen telling the sad sorry tale to youngest son, when Tom got back with the wine. "Oh well all's well that ends well" he said as Tom put the wine on the work surface. We all watched in horror as Cleo jumped up and neatly head butted it straight off to the floor accompanied by a large smashing sound. "Don't be upset Mum" said my wonderful youngest son. I'll clear it up and go down and buy another one. As I looked around to the carnage in the kitchen, I saw Tess our Border Collie happily lapping up all the wine! So there we were last night with a border collie sound asleep and snoring after drinking excessive amounts of wine and me cancelling my bank card, I thought to myself this day hasn't gone according to plan at all. I did laugh though when youngest son returned from the Co-op with two bottles of wine "To make up for all the disappointment!" He is so kind, I do love him but I wonder what the staff in the Co-op make of it all. Here is a mugshot of the guilty party! We have forgiven her, just.
. Scarlett is coming round today and as Tom is off we are going to catch up with a few things we need to do and take her with us. It's also voting day so she can come with us for that too. I hope everyone has a lovely day what ever you are doing.
Wednesday, 5 May 2021
It remained blustery and quite cold yesterday. When the sun came out it was warm but out of the sun it was freezing. I kept my greenhouse closed all day as I didn't want a big gust of wind suddenly blowing all my plants over. When I was travelling over to my Dads there was blossom blowing off the trees everywhere, it is very sad. He has a beautiful ornamental cherry tree in his back garden and the poor thing has been so battered by the wind, his lawn was covered in blossom. I'm really glad I took this photo of it the other day when it as looking so beautiful.
Tuesday, 4 May 2021
It was not a very nice day weather wise yesterday but the promised storm didn't arrive until the early evening. I sorted through some of my collection of old photos, I have thousands! I'm trying to work out how best to store them so they are safe for the future. I have rescued all these photos from car boot sales, auctions, ebay and charity shops so I feel it is important to keep them safe but also make them available, as well as any information I have with them, for other people to view. What I don't want is someone contacting me and saying "How marvellous that is my Great Granny!" and then I have to say I can't find the photo! At the moment this would be a distinct possibility! It's how to organise them in the best way. Probably albums but that isn't cheap and then it is storing them. I have photos dating back to the 1860s and one of my favourite group of photos to collect are wedding photos. It is so sad they have become separated from the family. These are a few of my favourites.
Monday, 3 May 2021
We had such a wonderful day yesterday. By the time my sister, youngest daughter and I arrived before lunch Dad had already had a succession of visitors including Scarlett who had been so excited and people dropping off cards, flowers and cakes. All his neighbours and even dog walkers who just know him from walking by the house and put cards through. After we had lunch together we went down to local garden centre and he chose lots of plants for the garden from us all. When we got back we had tea and birthday cake and youngest daughter played old music like Nat King Cole and Glenn Miller and Dad told her tales of how he used to play the trumpet as he loved the Glen Miller Orchestra so much. He even had lessons and was quite good. I had completely forgotten that and we all decided they don't make good music like that anymore!