Saturday, April 07, 2007

Family Visit!

My sister came to visit today! Yee Ha!!! Haven't seen her since before Christmas.

We have had a lovely time, my middle neice and her boyfriend came too, his name is Mark.....

and here is my smallest neice Emily on the Playstation with Tori...

we had lots of fun and lots of food, my sister bought cakes, heres hubby with a fruit cake he and Jay (Caro's hubby) cut in half and shared between them!!!

Now is this an undiscovered species of bee? we took pics of it today down the garden and I have never seen one before, It has a long proboscis (sp) and hovers

Love to Ruth & Family

My thoughts are with Ruth and her family this Easter

God looked around his Garden and found an empty place.
He then looked down upon his earth and saw your loving face.

He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest.
His Garden must be beautiful, he always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering, he knew you were in pain.
And knew that you would never get well on earth again.
He saw your path was difficult, he closed you tired eyes,
He whispered to you "Peace be Thine" and gave you wings to fly.
When we saw you sleeping so calm and free of pain,
We would not wish you back to earth to suffer once again.
You've left us precious memories, your love will be our guide,
You live on through your children, you're always by our side.
It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone.
For part of us went with you on the day God called you home

Friday, April 06, 2007

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Sorry I haven't got round to visiting all your blogs, I will play catch up next week! I was up early as I had to go on a shopping trip and as I had done too much yesterday in the garden, my back was 'iffy!' assistance was required! Both hubby & K came with me! Got that done relatively quickly!

I checked my e-mails when I got back to see if we had heard from the drama teacher. We had with a very nice e-mail, she apologised for upsetting T, but said she was trying to help each child get the best grade possible, anyway what we e-mailed her was fine and of a very high standard, so at least T only has Art and DT to do over the holidays!

Hubby & K went out into the garden to lay the path for me, I pootled around inside getting very frustrated that I was unable to help. Once I had finished all the bits I wanted to do, I went outside and realised I could paint the garden furniture without straining my back, provided I sat down.

So here are some pics of whats been going on

here is the garden furniture, uncovered, painted and placed back by the pond!

going down the veg garden past the chickens you can see hubby has laid the path by the run. I still have to move the compost bin!

and here we are at the bottom, as you can see we have had a major clear up and re-routed the path. We also moved the washing line, why is it those spikes never go in straight! Obviously there is alot of planting to do, we have to decide what we are going to do with the lawn, major resurrection I think, or what about a wildflower meadowy thing? Quite like that idea wouldn't have to mow then!!!!

K has cooked tea so I'm off for a bath, if I can get hubby out of it!!

I'm really excited, I'm going to see my sister tomorrow!!!!! Haven't seen her since Christmas!! I'll try and get pics! See ya!!!

No Rest for the Wicked!!

I have taken the advantage of having Kathryn home from Uni especially as she currently has no car to 'escape' in!!!!

So the sun was out, I was togged up for the garden and out she comes, wearing not alot but suncream!!!!! No I didn't get a photo!!! Anyway we set too and she is helping me prepare for my sisters visit on Saturday!! So out came all the wooden garden furniture from the shed, which she painted with linseed oil. Then the patio was tidied and brushed. Meantime I was sat back in a chair drinking gin & tonic!!! I lie!!!! I finished off the fence at the bottom, and planted the 2 clematis, tidied up the clutter that had accumulated around the so called lawn. Now the furniture was out of the shed I could actually get in it so gave it a quick tidy up.

Then yesterday evening we had our first bar-b-que of the year, which I must say was very scrummy!!

When you type it out it doesn't seem much but it took us all afternoon to do!!!!

Today I have to go shopping for food, then back out in the garden, but this time I will have 2 helpers, ha, ha! So hopefully should get the path finished!! I promise to take pics too!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

'Honey I'm Home'!!!

Phew! What a lot has gone on, we actually left Saturday evening, picking Kathryn up on the way. When we arrived Kathryn, hid and then gave my mum such a surprise as she had no idea she was coming! Sunday we spent with mum and my middle niece, Amy who came round with her boyfriend Mark! It was a beautiful day and it was spent out in the garden!

Monday I met for the first time my Great Niece,Madison,

here she is with her mum.

with the girls

and me! She is totally adorable, chatters away and her head is permanently on a swivel! We spent a lovely day at the seaside,

this is looking out over the marine lake at West Kirby, out towards 'Hilbre Island'. I used to walk from my house down here practically every day with our dog! It was like coming home, the thing that got me where the amount of houses up 'For Sale' along the prom! Tempting!!!!

I used to sail on this lake, when it was alot smaller, they have since expanded it and it is now huge, I would imagine it would be really fun to sail there now! Having had a long walk and a picnic, which was lovely. We then drove past where I was brought up

It now has new UPVC windows, but ironically the original wooden garage doors are just about hanging on, the tarmac path is all crumbled but yep! original to my family! Those rosebushes where put in by my mum, the big one under the window is a Queen Elizabeth Rose and used to have the most beautiful perfume, that wafted in my bedroom window at night (window top left). Also all the bushes and tree where also planted by us! Sad really, it was such a lovely place, I lived there from when I was born till I left home when I was 17!

We had a really glorious day, but boy where we wacked!

On Tuesday we spent the day out with mum! Again we had another lovely day, but it ended on a sour note as the school had phoned and left a message at home saying Tori had not done some of her Drama course work!! Poor girl got really, really stressed out because she believed she had handed it all in, so that wrecked the break I was trying to give her!!

So we left really early and made it to Worcester Uni to pick up some more of K's stuff and wait out the rush hour. K then drove from Worcester but as we where climbing a steep hill, smoke started pooring out from behind the steering wheel she managed to pull in and yes as unfortunately often happens to the girls and I, we came back home on the back of the 'Breakdown Wagon'!

So we are home, worn out, stressed out and soon to be 'out of pocket'! But hey ho, it was lovely to see everyone again!