Thursday, 30 December 2021

Surprise

We had a surprise visit yesterday from friend Eunice, a friend with treats again but this time bearing Christmas gifts for us and Tilly. She last visited us in October when she was on a late camping trip. I'm not going to rain on her parade as she will no doubt write all about her stay at a campsite new to her and about eight miles away from where we live. She knocked on our window as our doorbell isn't working and I must get that sorted, but I'm so glad she did as it was a real surprise to see her. We'd just returned home from taking Tilly for a walk at the harbour and I'd called in the supermarket and bought a few more goodies and put those away. It was so windy at the harbour that I looked a sight with my hair having been blown all over the place, I still haven't had it cut since it's grown back following chemo last year. I was perturbed this morning when I let Tilly outside and knowing how wet and windy it's been overnight so I  do hope Eunice has been comfortable in her van with her two dogs Poppie and Snowy. We have room here so she is welcome to stay with us but we don't think the dogs would get along so we'll have to work something out for the future.

I'm going to get all the washing, ironing and dusting done today as I never like to see in the New Year with jobs that need doing. I haven't started on the jigsaw or book or perfume I had for Christmas yet so that's something else I need to put right.

I don't read much anymore having problems with my sight but this book seems like easy reading and a touch of nostalgia. I've always been a fan of Jilly Cooper and read all her romantic novels which would have been in the 1970's and I've read some of  her non-fiction books too. She is a lover of greyhounds as is my daughter and I admire Jilly Cooper for highlighting the plight of  some ex-racers, too shocking for me to link to the articles. I have a nice memory of seeing her back in the day. Mum and I were in London having a cigarette and we were standing outside Harrods, yes I'm afraid we both smoked back then and Jilly Cooper walked right past and looked straight at us, disapprovingly I expect. My son is not so starstruck at as he works in central London and sees celebs all the time :)


 

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  1. Now that was a nice surprise. I'll look forward to Eunice's post now. X

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    1. It was a lovely surprise and we had a good natter for a couple of hours. She's staying on a nice campsite so I hope she has a nice time and the weather plays nicely for her.

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  2. How lovely to have another visit from Eunice, it sounds like it was a real surprise for you. I don't think I've read any Jilly Cooper books, I know they were always best sellers but I just couldn't get into them for some reason.

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    1. Seeing Eunice at my door was so unexpected but a nice surprise. I enjoyed all Jilly Coopers romantic novels when I was so much younger but I doubt they would have the same appeal now. This book consists of articles she wrote as a newspaper columnist and are from the late 60's early 70's so I think you have to be of a certain age to enjoy them. It suits me as I can read just a couple then put the book down as it's not a story.

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  3. What a lovely surprise. Will you see her again before she goes home?

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    1. Seeing Eunice certainly was a lovely surprise. She has said she will call again on her way home and that will be today as she only booked a two night stay at the campsite.

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  4. Oh, such a lovely surprise and in the middle of winter. Well done to Eunice for braving the English cold season for camping. We'd rather caravan in the cooler months, but not your cold. Heading for 38deg here today, way too hot & won't venture out even though it is New Years Day. Take care & hugs.

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    1. I would never have expected to see Eunice on a camping trip in late December but so nice that she wanted to see me and Tilly again. I did worry that she would be cold in this wet weather. Happy New Year Susan, enjoy your summer months and the sunshine.

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  5. What a lovely surprise for you to have a visit from your friend! It must have been fun to have a nice chat with her and the gift of a book is always welcome, isn't it? Happy reading! I wish you and yours a very happy New Year, Eileen.

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    1. It certainly was a lovely surprise to see Eunice again, I may have to surprise her one day :) I wish you and your daughter a very Happy New Year Bless.

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  6. I like surprising people, nicely of course - I was taking a chance that you would be in when I called, you could have been anywhere. The book looks intriguing, I've never read any of Jilly Cooper's stuff. I can't remember if you said what your jigsaw picture is so it'll be nice to see a photo of it once you've done it.

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    1. You certainly did surprise me and it was a lovely surprise of course. I read something about Jilly Cooper that made me laugh. Her husband was asked what she wears in bed and he answered DOGS :) The jigsaw I had for Christmas is called Dutiful Dogs, there's a Cockapoo in it :-)

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