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 :)

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  1. How lovely that you now have the newspaper article you wish you'd kept all those years ago, Eunice is a good friend to find that for you. I always got sidetracked when looking at the microfiche of newspapers when I was researching my family tree, it's fascinating reading articles from years ago. I hope the doggies enjoyed their Easter treats. Archie got his own doggy Easter egg which he's now pestering me for at every given opportunity.

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    1. It was such a surprise to see what Eunice had done for me, she certainly is a special friend. Looking at microfiche is something I've never done as I only started on my family tree a few years ago and all the information is stored on the Ancestry website. Tilly likes the few doggy choc drops she's had, I've yet to ask if Poppie and Snowy liked theirs. I should have gone sooner to buy Easter eggs and I'm sure they are tasty as Archie can testify to :)

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  2. How thoughtful of Eunice to do that for you. She really is a good friend to you and I'm glad you were able to see her again over Easter. Did Tilly and the other dogs enjoy their treats? And more importantly, did you and hubby enjoy your eggs?

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    1. I never expected Eunice to do that for me and it was so very kind of her. I'm sure Poppie and Snowy will enjoy their treats, Tilly gives them her seal of approval. I ate the mint egg over two days and the chocolate egg was different being minty flavoured :)

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  3. Yes, Eunice must be very special & thoughtful and Jayne too. doing her part to help you with the computer side. Pity there aren't more like them around these days. glad you enjoyed your Easter weekend, with a friend & your yummy meal, though I don't drink, it sounded good. Take care & hugs.

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    1. I have some wonderful blogging friends and count myself very lucky. Jayne certainly pointed me in the right direction doing the online searching and Eunice went that extra mile literally. The article is printed out now and is something for me to keep forever. The weather has been beautiful and it has been a quiet weekend for us but very enjoyable.

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  4. Oh, blushing . . . have emailed you, xxx

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    1. Thank you for your help Jayne and I have updated the link in my blog and read your profile, very nicely written. I understand how you feel xx

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  5. It was very kind and thoughtful of Eunice to go to all that trouble to find the article for you.
    I'm glad you enjoyed your Easter weekend following your recent worries. X

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    1. Eunice is a special friend and she is very kind and thoughtful. It has been a nice weekend and the beautiful weather has been a real bonus. I expect Eunice has had a good time on her camping trip, she will be calling to see us later today before she sets off for home.

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  6. From Ann via email:

    Love your blogpost and how kind of Eunice to go to all that trouble to look and find the news article for you. It must be lovely to catch up with her during her holiday in your area.

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    1. Such a surprise what Eunice did for me and I am so very grateful. She does love north Wales and it's always a pleasure when she calls to see us during her stays here.

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  7. You have some lovely friends, Eileen! Friends who help are the best kind of friends, aren't they? I'm glad you were able to enjoy some hot cross buns, after all, and your Easter meal sounds wonderful. Dancer is envious that Tilly got some Easter treats and wants to know why I didn't get him some Easter treats, too! :D

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    1. Aww you'll have to say sorry to Dancer for him missing out on some Easter treats :) Yes Bless, I am very fortunate to have some lovely friends and I agree those who are willing to help out are the best.

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  8. Any more of that praise and my head won't fit through the door :) Seriously though, it was a pleasure to do it for you and I'm pleased you liked the surprise even if it did render you temporarily incoherent :) As for Easter, it was a great weekend, especially as the weather was so good, and it was lovely to see you, hubby and Tilly again :)

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    1. It was lovely to see you again Eunice and I'm glad you enjoyed the weekend. Opening up your email and reading the article i had longed to see again certainly was a surprise and I will be forever grateful that you would do that for me. It's not like me to be rendered speechless but I was :-) I'm looking forward to your blog posts and photos about your Easter weekend trip.

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  9. Hope the dogs all loved their choc drops and if you're like us your dog might have had the lamb bone, ours loved hers. we had hot x buns but no chocolate, I'm not fussy about it but our lamb dinner was delicious. And your friend Eunice certainly is a treasure.

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    1. We decided against giving the lamb bone to Tilly although we did used to give them to dogs we've had before her, we're still not sure if she has a sensitive tum. Eunice certainly is a treasure.

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