Well it’s been a while……

But I’m still here…

Still working hard too! I passed my Marina Operatives Course and even got my Helmsman Certificate! Yes I can now officially drive a narrow boat. It’s a bit scary but with more practice I’m sure I’ll be fine.

I have also just completed my Canine Psychology Course and passed with a distinction!! Another proud moment!

And… I have a new grand-daughter – she is four weeks old and absolutely beautiful.

So – hopefully I can be forgiven for neglecting my blog?

Hopefully I’ll find more time for it from now on!!


I’m Back (well nearly…)

It’s been a while I know, but there have been many issues that have kept me away…

Not least the constant rain and flooding affecting my home and garden – none of which is covered by my insurance. The estimates for repair are huge and as you can imagine – happy blogging was not on my agenda. And there will be no pictures of the damage – I hate my home looking like a building site. One day it will be sorted out – if the rain keeps off!

Add that to my trusty laptop giving up the ghost which meant that I had to get a Windows 8 machine – that’s been a bit of a learning curve and I’m still having problems uploading photos from my Android mobile – they are always the wrong way up!

Alfie had an accident a month ago – my daughter came home in the middle of the day to check on the dogs and found him with a large cut on his hind leg exposing  the muscle. The vet kept him overnight and stitched him up but he has had to lead a very quiet life while it heals…



He has been proper poorly! He says…..


Also managed to decorate my bedroom – that was long overdue – and its amazing how a lick of paint and some nice wallpaper can lift your spirits!



That’s the wallpaper – it has glittery bits in some of the flowers!

It looks so different from the purple walls of before, where I had just covered up the previous owners paper when I moved in while I sorted some of the other rooms.

So – this is really a test post – just to see if the photos stay the right way up!

The End of an Era!

My maternal Grandparents had seven children, six boys and a girl all born between 1910 and 1923. My Grandfather served in both the first and second World Wars and five of his sons also served their country in World War 2.

The eldest boy, Walter was disabled and died at an early age but the other children : Victor, Charles, George, Fred, Vera Daisy (my lovely Mum) and Ralph had a happy childhood growing up in a small Leicestershire village.

I make no excuses for the quality of the photos in this post and trust you will understand:

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This is an early snap of some of them – Uncle George at the top my Mum in the middle, Uncle Charlie on the left, Uncle Vic on the right and Uncle Fred is the baby. As you can see my Mum did not want to be on the photo….

Here is is though looking gorgeous age five..

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And again with Uncle Fred wearing some more of the lovely clothes my Grandma made for her only girl,,,,

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She always hated her curly hair!!!!

Sadly all the family have passed away and I am left with many photos and lovely memories of them all.

The last one – my Uncle George passed away last week and the funeral will be held on Monday. He was 95 years old and a lovely man.

This post is just a requiem for the whole family and a special hug for Uncle George.

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He was the last of his line and a superstar!!!