Sunday, 22 May 2022

Last week

Once again nothing much to report just my daily walks with Tilly. The other day I took her to the harbour and walking alongside the river  where it meets the sea I admired an old looking dog and the owner without any prompting told me she was on her final walk. I asked how old she was and he replied she was fourteen and he was taking her later to be put to sleep as she had been having fits. He said she had always loved being taken to the beach. I could feel my eyes well up with tears and I said to her "sleep tight little girl" and the man thanked me. I walked ahead of them back to the car park but waited for him to pull away in his van and I waved goodbye to them still silently crying.

I took a few photos on the dunes walk we sometimes go on and noticed this lone red hot poker in the grass and wonder how that got there. I had some in my garden a couple of years ago but they didn't do very well although they should have done as apparently they do like coastal gardens and are long-lived.

Tilly likes to be on her extending lead to go mooching but not here as a few years ago I was fined for having my dog Annie off lead although she only ever walked by my side on the path. Our Council have restrictions on the length of dog lead allowed with it being a nature reserve and the lead cannot be more than two metres in length.

It's a very pretty area and even outside the nearby supermarket there are some wild flowers ,well at least I think they are growing wild.


Talking of supermarkets I called at Morrisons the other day to fill up with petrol as it's slightly cheaper or should I say less expensive than the supermarket by the dunes. I called instore for a few groceries and was thrilled to be given a pack of cornflower seeds when I payed at the till. They are being given away as part of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations as a symbol of hope and positivity, I hope mine do well when I scatter them in the raised bed in my garden as long as Tilly doesn't trample on them.



Saturday, 14 May 2022

This week

Just a few happenings this week. I'd ordered a dress online but silly me chose a long length and it was far too long not realising the model was probably much taller than I am. I don't have a single dress in my wardrobe as I mostly live in trousers although I do have a few skirts but rarely wear those. I was looking for a change and something summery so will keep looking We decided to return it to the store on the retail park and while we were out decided to have a meal in a dog-friendly pub and very nice it was too. Tilly was very well behaved and I was pleased about that, she stayed on the floor and only barked once when a guy put a huge rucksack on his back as he was about to leave, she must have been protecting us in her way.

I have a painful arm at the moment and I think they call it golfer's elbow even though I don't play golf. I think Tilly must have pulled me too much while on her extending lead. She's OK once it's at its maximum length while she's busy mooching in the sand dunes but reaching there through the car park she pulls me until she reaches her destination.

Oh and there was a birthday. Hubby told me not to bother go looking for birthday cards so I had a brainwave and recycled last year's cards and with black and green marker pens I managed to update the card from Tilly :) We love the drawings on Yuko's card, she always adds them as her signature and you can see that mother and son are very similar :) Of course there had to be a cake as well and I'd ordered an extremely white chocolatey cake this year.



Also a very strange thing happened this week. I'm  a member of a private group on Face book or whatever they call themselves now. I like to check in to read any new posts and watch the videos from the dog training classes. I was looking at the video from the fun day of this latest term of which I chose not to attend and I suddenly got blocked for no good reason. They suspended my account and wanted my phone number so I entered that giving my PAYG mobile number and then they wanted a photo of me. I no longer post my photo online so they had to make do with an old one and then 24 hours later they unblocked my account. No idea what that was all about but they can stick their Faceache now :)


Sunday, 8 May 2022

A win and a loss

I don't seem to have much worth blogging about just lately. I take Tilly out every day and I did take her to vote on Thursday, well I voted but Tilly couldn't but she did go in with me. It's only ever been a problem once a few years ago when I was told I couldn't take our dog Annie into the voting place so on that occasion I tore up my card and didn't vote. I see Boris takes his dog in with him so if it's good enough for him then it's good enough for me. We were allowed to vote for up to three Councillors and my choices were duly elected. It was a bad day for the Tories as they lost their only seat in Wales and the  local elections were disastrous for the party but no surprise really. Anyway, enough of politics for now.

It was a beautiful day yesterday so after taking Tilly to the big park I was really hot and thirsty. I do carry water for Tilly but hubby had quaffed the soft drinks we keep in the car while he waited for me so off we went to the promenade to buy more drinks. Seeing the bingo place open I played six games of prize bingo at just twenty pence a go and with Tilly sitting across my lap surprisingly I won two games so combined with my win from a previous visit I was able to choose a  prize of a camper van ;) I usually say I'm not a collector of things almost forgetting I do have a  little collection in our conservatory. Hubby now tells me I need to win another one to even them up on the bottom shelf and of course he's right.

We don't use the conservatory very often as it's too cold in winter and too hot in summer so the two plants in there tend to get neglected. They have been in their pots a good few years now and how they survive is a mystery to me. I do cut back the rose and the other plant which I can't remember what it's called seems to revive with the occasional good glug of water.

 

I have some roses blooming in the garden but I'll save photographing them for another day.The blackbird I wrote about mid-April has now deserted her nest. I'd been quietly checking on her every morning for a couple of weeks but she's not been seen in the nest for about a week now. I don't think there were any eggs or chicks but I won't disturb the nest and highly unlikely she will return to it so it's safe enough for me to photograph the empty nest. Bye bye blackbird I hope you are OK wherever you may be.
 


Saturday, 30 April 2022

Landmark and news

What a difference in the weather, I wrote on Thursday how cold it was then a day later it was sunny and warm and I had to take Tilly's jumper off before taking her for a walk. Today it has turned chilly again. Guess what, I noticed our friendly neighbourhood giraffe is now wearing his sun hat and sunglasses!



 

Earlier in the week I'd emailed my friend Eunice to let her know the giraffe had made it into a newspaper article, it must have been a slow news day :)  She always looks for him every time she visits me and has often wondered if he's full size or just a head and neck on a pole. She loves to see what he's wearing but was disappointed last week when she saw that he was totally naked. She left a comment on the article and I pinched some of her words :)

Well, I've got some news for Eunice. While I was out walking Tilly today I had a good long chat to our local Councillor who is a candidate in the local elections next Thursday. We talked about the state of our Government, our dogs and he showed me photos of his three year old cockapoo and asked about Tilly and we talked about the giraffe. He told me he knows for sure that it's not a full size giraffe but head and neck only so I imagine it is on a pole.

I've been through my old blogs and first noticed the giraffe back in May 2016 and we had some fun then. Eunice left a comment "How strange. I think I'd have gone back to see if it moved! Maybe the Welsh Mountain Zoo have got one missing :)"  This photo was taken on my first sighting in May 2016 as I walked past with my dog Annie and I felt I was being watched :)

 Not such good news... I've only just noticed the difference in Yazz's legs today, poor old girl.


Thursday, 28 April 2022

Brrr it's cold

 

Tilly keeping her eyes firmly fixed on me while I write my blog post 

We took Tilly to the grooming parlour yesterday. Her eight-weekly appointments seem to come round very quickly but her fur does grow quickly and grows very curly too but that's her poodle genes. I'm beginning to think the black cockapoo that Tilly played with last time is the salon owner's dog as it was there again. When I went to collect Tilly I could see Tilly's black fur covering the floor and the owner told me it doesn't usually look like that so I imagine Tilly had been busy fooling around with the other cockapoo or trying to grab the sweeping brush and mop as she does at home. I'm very happy they don't use crates and the owner had asked me how I wanted her trimmed and how much to take off. I asked that they don't give her the fan tail this time as without going into too much detail Tilly isn't keen on having her bottom wiped. Her tail still looks lovely though :)

Hubby and I took the opportunity to kill time in the nearby pub while waiting for Tilly to be groomed. It's a nice posh place with a good atmosphere and we just had a glass of diet coke each. Nobody bothered us for the hour and a half we spent in there, hubby read his newspaper and I'd bought a Sudoku puzzle book and managed to complete the first two puzzles but the prize puzzle was much more difficult but I've completed that at home and entered the competition.

It's turned cold again and we need the central heating back on and coats to go out and Tilly wore hers on her walk today seeing as she's had her fur shaved off. I've just put away the grocery delivery and you may remember I made a compost crumble  last winter. I recently watched a cookery programme where they made a peach and chocolate crumble  and served it with ice cream and we said that sounded delicious. I don't do much baking anymore so ordered a tin of peach slices and a bar of good dark chocolate and will make a crumble topping but I'll serve it with custard as a warming dessert this evening. I looked at my blog post for the crumble I made last year when I wrote about watching mindless television programmes and doing sudoku puzzles, not much has changed then :-)

Saturday, 23 April 2022

Chilly Spring day

 

It's quite a bit cooler today and breezy now, the wind is blowing the blossom from the trees. Even the horse is back to wearing her coat.

Would you believe it she's not called Jezebel or Jasmine after all but her name is actually Yasmine although she does answer to Jaz when I call her. 


 

I used to regularly feed her apples and carrots but Tilly has been getting more and more jealous so I've had to stop that but it looks like Yaz gets plenty of treats anyway.

There was another sign  on the fence offering free bags of manure but it looks like even Yaz is turning her nose up at those:)

It was nice to see the flock of sheep back in the nearby field along with their Spring lambs.

Monday, 18 April 2022

Easter weekend

We were blessed with some lovely warm weather this weekend and I'm pleased for my friend Eunice who is camping again in north Wales. She booked her pitch last month at a campsite she has stayed at previously and let me know she'd be coming to see me again.  So we spent a pleasant evening together on Good Friday and we'll see each other again tomorrow before she sets off for home. 

What did surprise me was what happened during last week. I opened an email from Eunice that promised a little something for me. I had been trying to access a newspaper article from almost fifty years ago and my friend Jayne had helped me enormously but to no avail. The only place the article could be accessed was on microfilm in Manchester library. I mentioned it to Eunice but never in a million years did I expect her to do what she did for me. 

So while Eunice had been on her street art travels she had passed the library and been in and asked about looking through the archives and she joined the library there and then. She returned a few days later armed with the rough dates I'd told her about and she started the search. I opened her email to see the article I had been longing to read again and shivers ran through me as shock and memories overwhelmed me. I was still in a state of shock when I emailed Jayne but left her a garbled message that made no sense. Like a round robin Jayne then asked Eunice to explain which she did. I won't go into great detail but basically it was a family matter that made a rather large headline. I was living away from home at the time and my mother had posted the entire newspaper to me and over the years I'd wished I'd kept it. Now I have the article printed out and it will be stored in a safe place. Jayne and I are in agreement that Eunice is a very, very special lady going all the way to Manchester and scrolling through all that microfiche from nearly fifty years ago and to do that for me.

Hubby and I hadn't made any plans for Easter but I decided I would go and buy doggy Easter eggs for Tilly and for Eunice's dogs  Poppie and Snowy but sadly the pet store had sold out. I did manage to find doggy chocolate drops which are safe for them in moderation and they're not actually chocolate which is extremely poisonous for dogs. So Saturday I got myself into gear and bought grown up Easter eggs for myself and hubby, bought hot cross buns and yesterday for our Sunday evening meal I roasted a leg of lamb and we shared a bottle of wine left over from Christmas so the Easter weekend turned out eggstremely well after all :)

Last week

Once again nothing much to report just my daily walks with Tilly. The other day I took her to the harbour and walking alongside the river  w...