Wednesday, 30 November 2016

I had questions, Harry had answers

Harry and I had a busy but productive three days over the weekend. First up was a trip to the Midlands, to inspect the work being done on our younger daughter's house. Then, straight from there to Cornwall at the other end of the country, to carry on helping with the renovation of the ancient cottage our elder daughter and her partner are doing up. It's coming on well, though there's still a lot to do. The phone signal is poor there and they still have no Wifi. No wonder BT has been rated below the banks for customer service.

Cornwall wasn't looking quite so lovely as on our previous visit -

Ah, here's a much better view -

Gratuitous photo for Meredith and me

Anyway, Harry agreed to answer the questions in Lilli's meme, so here's our shot at it...

 1. What is something I always say?
     Have you locked the back door?
     Yes, I say that a lot, I have a thing about it.

 2. What makes me happy?
     Going across my knee.

 3. What makes me sad?
     Getting up in the morning.
     I wouldn't say it makes me sad, I'm just not a morning person.

 4. How tall am I?

 5. What is my favourite thing to do?
     Reading your iPad - can't keep you off it.
     Guilty as charged.

 6. What do I do when you're not around?
     Read your iPad.
     There is some truth in that but I do keep house sometimes.

 7. If I became famous what would it be for?
     In Harry's dreams, I could pen the next £1million best seller.

 8. What makes you proud of me?
     Your intelligence and good looks.
 9. What is my favourite food?
     Panna cotta.
     And crème brûlée.

10. What is my favourite restaurant?
      Hartwell House.
      A special place.

11. Where is my favourite place to visit?
      France - no, wait! New York.
      I love New York.
12. If I could go anywhere, where would it be?
      New York.
      See above.

13. How do I annoy you?
      Let me count the ways...
      No, let's skip that one.

14. What is my favourite film?
      A Good Year.
      France and Russell Crowe, what's not to love?

15. You get a phone call that I am in trouble, who will I be with? 
      Your Mum. She'd be the one in trouble, you'd be looking after her. (Pause) 
      Sixteen seconds. (Puzzled look) Sixteen seconds is the time it would take me to
      collect up the necessities and hit the road if you needed me.
      But would he remember to lock the back door?

Thanks to Lilli for sharing this meme.


Thursday, 17 November 2016

Hide and Seek

Come out, come out, wherever you are! Don't be shy!

It's the eleventh annual Love Our Lurkers event, two special days when bloggers invite our silent readers to come out of hiding and say ''Hello". I was a long-time lurker, so I know the thought of making a comment can be daunting. The first time I made a comment I deleted it twice before summoning the nerve to hit the blue 'publish' button. But you don't need to do that, I'd love to hear from you and I'm really not at all scary, I'm more like this...

You don't have to give a name, you can be completely anonymous if you want to.

You can even ask me questions if you like...

So come on, be brave and make my day on Friday or Saturday, whichever one you choose.


Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Counting My Blessings

I didn't mean to be away so long, I don't know where the time went. No - this isn't going to be another account of how busy I am, far from it. A reader of my last post commented that, though I am very busy, I have a lot to be thankful for. She is absolutely right, I do. Yesterday, I came across a piece of advice in a similar vein: "Stop focusing on how stressed you are and remember how blessed you are."

These are some of the things I have been thankful for since my last post...

🌟My loving, spanky, husband's bone-melting stress relief.

🌟Fun with my younger daughter on her visit home from a million miles away.
There should have been a silly Snapchat photo of me disguised as a demented rabbit here but the minx put it up on Facebook, so you'll just have to imagine that one.

🌟A bonfire party with friends to celebrate Guy Fawkes not blowing up the Houses of Parliament on November 5th 1605.

🌟My mother had an extra scan that showed no change in her condition, a great relief. 

🌟I am up to date with our company's accounts and the VAT return balanced first time.

🌟A bit of a splurge on new clothes.

🌟Sunday afternoon dates.

🌟Last weekend in Poldark country with our elder daughter and her partner.

No sign of this chap, sadly.

 🌟And did I mention my loving, spanky man?

Yes, another reset but I count it among my blessings; there's nothing like it for restoring my equilibrium and setting my world to rights.

🌟I couldn't end this post without being thankful for my Blogland friends. Thanks for the emails and sorry for the lack of comments lately. Normal service will be resumed shortly.