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Wednesday morning

Good morning all.  I had a lovely long sleep last night and really didn't want to get up this morning.  Now that my bulbs are planted I feel a bit more relaxed my nails have been done and I was treated out to lunch at Elaine's.  She had made some vegetarian pasties from the Hairy Bikers book. The pastry was interesting as it was 50% mashed potato.  When I went home I had to look it up and found out that it is a recipe from the days of rationing in WW2. It was a way to eke out the meagre fat allowance.  It then suddenly crossed my mind that anyone wanting to lose weight should look at what the ration was and try to stick to that for a while.  Nothing fancy or expensive just a hell of a lot less!!!! and absolutely no waste.  Anyway, that said the pasties were actually delicious and benefitted from a good spoonful of Branston pickle.  Dessert was some chocolate beetroot cake so all vegetarian but very tasty.
Denny had worked her magic by the time I got home and I went for a nap …

Tuesday morning

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Good morning all.  What a lovely day I had yesterday the nice gardening ladies came at 10am and planted in excess of 200 bulbs dotted around the garden and in every pot and trough they could find.  Litres and litres of potting compost were put to good use and the patio was stripped of weeds.  Meanwhile, I sprayed weed killer over the far end of the garden in the hope that some of the weeds will die over winter.  Now we need some solid rain to wet the ground which is very dry.  In between several loads of washing were completed and they dried in moments as it was fairly windy.  Now I can sit back and wait for the surprise that spring will bring.
As evening drew in we had the oddest sky it was very yellow and looked as if we were in for a major storm but nothing happened.  The photo doesn't do it justice but you can just see the odd colour.

Today I have an appointment to have my nails done then I am going to Elaine's for coffee afterwards.  I have an appointment to have my eye …

Monday morning

Good morning all.  Well, this weekend was a bit of a muddle but I hope my friend had the time and space to relax a little.  She went home yesterday late afternoon and our German meal ended up as supper last night.  I was very impressed by the dogs who welcomed the new puppy and played with him so nicely.  They did have the option to go upstairs when he was getting a bit much but they happily shared their toys, bones and bed with him.  We only had one accident and that was on the kitchen floor which was easy to clear up.  Dan slightly terrified him by his sheer size until he realised he was as soft a butter and very happy to play silly games. 

I have just had a look at the weather forecast and today looks good for the gardening ladies no rain forecast but a gradually gathering wind speed.  So a good day to get all the washing done too before we are hit by the hurricane which is apparently en route. 

The house is a bit of a tip but the wonderful Denny is due tomorrow so I just need to …

Sunday morning

Good morning all.  Well, my plans for yesterday were turned on their heads when I got a phone call from a friend who was having a bit of a meltdown and needed a bolt hole.  So, of course, I offered her sanctuary for herself and her puppy.  Fortunately, the dogs all get on famously and the front room sofa bed was pressed into action.  I am sure you all understand there are times when you need to get away from the home situation and have a bit of time to cool off and get your head together.  I run a very easy going establishment so I am not put out by an added person and/or an added dog.  I have had my moments when I needed a friend so I am always happy to return the compliment.
Anyway, she is sound asleep and I am keeping an eye on the puppy who is wide awake and looking for some fun.  He has had a couple of goes trying to help me with the typing but just like Dan he really doesn't have the skills.  He 50% springer and 50% labrador but has inherited much more springer so he is qui…

Saturday morning

Good morning all.  I am late this morning not because I have been sleeping but getting the computer sorted out.  It has just been through a cleaning process and has wiped out bits I want.  I can no longer get into my blog via google and have had to use safari which I hate.  Anyway I am in now and will have to have a bit more of a fiddle to re-establish my google connection.  
Yesterday was a quiet day with just the usual run of the mill stuff to do.  I had made a chorizo and potato stew the remains of which got morphed into a paella for supper.  Today we are in Germany for food with bratwurst and sauerkraut for lunch.  I have a plethora of small jobs to do but as the weather is looking fine I would like to get out with a bit of weed killer.  The weeds really seem to flourish while the plants struggle and everywhere is covered in leaves.  The garden is by far my biggest headache at the moment as I am not really fit enough to cope with it and the boys are completely disinterested.
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Friday morning

Good morning all.  I was woken up this morning by some kind of bird practising his singing and failing miserably.  I don't know much about bird song so cannot make a comment on species except it's, not a magpie or a crow which I would recognise.  It sounds big as the volume is not the problem but it sure isn't attractive.
Shiona arrive nice and early and we headed straight off to the new Aldi - needless to say, we were not the only ones with this idea.  They had erected a couple of tents outside and were giving away free breakfast to all and sundry.  It is about double the size of the previous shop so much more room to manoeuvre and there are acres of parking so that problem is solved.  They had wagyu burgers which I haven't seen for a while so I bought a whole load of them for the freezer.  I also bought some chia seeds which I have read are very nutritious but I have never tried.  They remind me of the tapioca pudding we used to get at school which we called frog sp…

Thursday morning

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Good morning all, yesterday’s gnocchi making was a huge success James got the mix perfect and they were delicious just dressed with a knob of butter some grated cheese.  A great simple lunch with a nice mixed salad.  Well done him for persevering and getting it right in the end.  So much better than the vacuum packed bullets you can buy in the supermarket.
Today I am expecting Shiona bright and early before we hit our brand new ALDI.  I am hoping for some serious bargains.

Dan has been to the hairdressers and here are the before and after pictures

 complete scruff
gorgeous young man
He only goes to the groomers every three months or so but he still finds it a stressful and comes home exhausted but smelling like a freshly baked cake.  I don't know what shampoo they use but he certainly smells good enough to eat!!!!  Tubby doesn't understand what all the fuss is about - his coat is totally self-cleaning and needs no attention at all.  At least with Dan's feet trimmed he wil…