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Phew What A Scorcher.

Chris Evans | 11:10 UK time, Friday, 1 July 2011

Can you believe it ? One of the Magnificent 7 has hitched a lift in my car with Mad Max from Italy (the best driver I've ever been in a car with) and so I've had to jib in the team people carrier. No probs being with the team, but it's a bit much when someone nicks yer car - even if it is for charity. Come back!!!!

The time is 10.23 am on Friday, and we're winding our way through the leafy lanes of Hampshire en route to Thruxton. Been on and off the road for 24 hours, yet so much has happened it seems more like 24 days.

Somewhere in amongst the mayhem today I have to get to Goodwood to sort out Sunday, and make it to The One Show in time to join Welsh Alex for a chat with Sir Cliff on the sofa.

After that, it's back to The Cottage Inn near our house for our final drivers' dinner before the Dine and Disco half of this year's event kicks in.

Throw me a rope - I'm going in. Hopefully talk to you back on the radio Tuesday.

Geronimo !





  • Comment number 1.

    Well done on finding the time for another blog Chris, calm down!


  • Comment number 2.

    Chris: you are really spoiling us with these updates! Wonderful to hear how things are going - you sound so happy and excited, it's just so lovely to read. Enjoy the rest of your weekend - even though it's going to be absolutely crazy!

    C xx

  • Comment number 3.

    A Good Morning to all fellow Bloggers, hope its nice where you are.


  • Comment number 4.

    Mr Chris, you are spoiling us with all these blogs. Thanks for the update it all sounds a little crazy but I am sure it's a lot of fun for those who have donated.

    I don't blame you for having Monday off, you will need time to recover. Let's just hope it's not RM standing in....eek!

    With regards to what Katyk said on tuther blog, to a certain extent I agree and this comes from a fan of Chris's, Radio 2, CiN, charity work and life in general :)

    I've just got rid of a photocopier to some scrap men, who I am afraid, were very stereotypical of what one might imagine a scrap man to look like...lol.

    The office clear up and out is still going strong, two weeks until I get some office buddies.


  • Comment number 5.

    I've heard snippets of this on the CE shows in the morning (I usually get 6.30-7am), but can anyone tell me what models are involved in this? The car geek in me needs to know.

  • Comment number 6.

    Hi everyone,

    Another beautiful day here in Ayrshire, better make the most of it while it lasts.

    I also agree with KatyK to a certain extent but I have to say, if I could afford it I would definately be one of the magnificent 7, or at the very least at the Dine and Disco over the weekend, if you can afford it then why the heck not!!

    Have a good weekend everyone.



  • Comment number 7.

    hi, it was nice here at 7 this morning, havent seen daylight since, loads to do, not complaining, its all work!

    wopuld love to be part of the D&D weekend but funds not permitting at the moment, but again, thats life

    Big hello to you all


  • Comment number 8.

    What a nuisance when work gets in the way of being on the blog!

    MTF: sorry I missed you - thank you, quite a nice day here at the moment. xx

    Katyk: I know what you mean - a couple of years ago, I would have agreed with you. I couldn't even bear to listen when Terry used to conduct the "things money can't buy" auction for CiN. But, last year, I changed my mind. The main aim for CiN is get as much money as possible for the children. Where it comes from, and in whatever denomination, it matters not. But I completely understand your frustration - the people who can bid for these fantastic prizes are, in financial terms, in another league. I think I am right in saying that there was a ballot for this particular prize - the general public could apply, and one "ordinary" person was chosen.

    Gail: I'm with you - if I could afford it, I would have made a huge bid in order to be part of this weekend's extravaganza!

    AliB: will it feel strange for you having to work with other people? I say this because I absolutely love it when I get the office to myself!

    DJ500: if you go to Chris's page for today's and yesterday's shows, there are photographs of all the cars. Can't help you with the models, but they may be mentioned there!

    Almost lunchtime, thank goodness!

    C xx

  • Comment number 9.

    Chrissie, Whoops I've already eaten my lunch, I just couldn't wait.

    I know what you mean about the office, but I've been on my own for 6 months and sometimes it drives me crazy. There are two people moving in, one who works 8 hours a week and one who is out and about, so there will still be those times of peace and quiet.

    Gail and Chrissie, Quite agree if I was rich! One day my Prince will come :) I'll have to rely on that as I don't do the lottery.

    My boss rang me about 9:15 and said he would be in later - how later????


  • Comment number 10.

    Ali - I had my lunch early too, cant be helped - I want today to be over, have a very exciting day tomorrow planned with my little sister as its her hen party!


  • Comment number 11.

    Watched the Ferraris thundering through Thruxton Down just now keeping to the speed limit "ish".

  • Comment number 12.

    Hi Baggy: hope you have a great day tomorrow ... are you girls getting dressed up?!

    AliB: I am quite, quite sure that your Prince will come. xx Re: your boss being late - last week my boss called the office and said that he would be in, around 10.30, with two clients. He said, make the sure place looks the business, flowers, fresh coffee, all the stuff. This I duly did, and they tipped up at 2.30 - they had been playing golf, and had no intention of ever being here at 10.30! Bosses!


  • Comment number 13.

    Chrisse - its all top secret at the moment ..... but I'm sure their will be piccies on fb come Sunday :-)

  • Comment number 14.

    Bosses indeed! ;)

    Baggy, Have a lovely time and I look forward to seeing the piccies on the other side xx


  • Comment number 15.

    Baggy: look forward to seeing the photographs!

    Thruxton: must be quite a feat to keep to the speed limit in a Ferrari - must have been quite a sight, lucky you!

    C xx

  • Comment number 16.

    G'Day me beauts! Just popped me head round the door as I am back at work on Fridays now after 3 months of Fridays off.

    Chrissie I made the right decision, new job would have been horrendous and I like my family and free time and this job gives me that and now back on top with the spends as well now so Happy Bunny again.

    I agree that the Drive and Dine and Magnificent 7 does seem to flaunt the fact that some people are in a better situation than others but it is for charity and you never know it might be one of us after tonights euromillions.

    Pub tonite with our bestis buds, party tomorrow night and day in the sunshine at a Caravan/Motorhome show (weather permitting).

    Yes, I confess I have a caravan although it hasnt been out this year toooooooooooooo bussssssy. Please dont think any less of me I promise I only use it for the odd weekend away. Enjoy my foreign breaks too much to make it my main holiday each year.

    Have a good weekend fellow bloggers.

    CB xxx

  • Comment number 17.

    Hiya bloggers,

    Did you miss me? ;o)

    Chris - thanks for sharing the experience with us and making me feel as though I am part of it. Like millions of others I so wish I could be there, I would give anything to drive one of those cars.

    KatyK - I know I will be in the minority but I have to disagree as I've said above it makes me feel part of it which is the closest I will ever get to actually being there.

    I can't believe I've been back at work a week! I had a wonderful time with my sister. We ate, drank and shopped until we dropped! Not forgetting the highlight of course which was Take That wow what a show those boys put on. We had torrential rain and they were absolutely drenched but they gave us the performance of their lives and as for Robbie, well, he's number 1 in my books. Didn't see any of the egotiscal controlling Robbie that he is portrayed as, what we saw was a guy so overwhelmed by the love and support from his fans who did his utmost to give us a night to remember which he most certainly did. As luck would have it our seats were under cover - result!

    Annie I thought about you when my sister and I were eating our fish and chips from the best chippie in the world! And also going over that rickety bridge - how that brought back memories of my childhood, loved going to the East Coast but hated going over that bridge.

    Annie re the electronic cigs - my sister used to smoke 40+ cigarettes a day! Her boys and I gave up trying to get her to stop a long time ago. Last year she had a new kitchen fitted - white units - so decided she would no longer smoke in the house. She saw a flyer for the electronic ciggies in work and thought she would give it a go! It was never her intention to give up completely but she has done brilliantly and now only smokes two or three real ciggies a day. So good luck - I hope it works for you too xx

    Chrissie - I wish you a lovely holiday - enjoy your break xx I am sure you will get lots of rest to help your leg fully recover.

    I'm feeling really nervous about the Tennis today - crazy I know. I'm shouting for Tsonga - and not just for his tennis ability ;o) and of course channeling every ounce of positive vibe I have towards Mr Murray - c'mon Andy!

    Looking forward to the Glasgow meets that are coming up.

    Hope everyone is fine and dandy.

    Take care and have a good weekend folks!

    Mary xx

  • Comment number 18.

    Afternoon all,
    KatyK from previous blog ...... I couldn't have put it better myself! Find the whole thingy with CIN auction nauseous, if you have that kind of money just donate it! But no, lets ram it down everyones throats just HOW much money we have got, and then rub it in even further by insisting we listen to a blow by blow account on the radio each day.
    Bitter? Me? Probably...!


  • Comment number 19.

    Jo - if it bothered me that much I wouldn't listen! I don't get why people watch or listen to something they don't enjoy.

  • Comment number 20.

    I don't!!


  • Comment number 21.

    Afternoon all.

    Lovely sunny day here.

    Chris, sounds like you're having a great time. Enjoy!

    Sezza, thank you. Think it is going to take a while for my foot to heal. I'm half way through the book at the moment, it is very good.

    Ali, thank you. nice to hear you are happier today. xx

    Chrissie, have a lovely holiday. xx

    Mary, I am looking forward to watching Andy too.

    CB, glad you got the job sorted out.

    If I don't like something on the radio, I turn it off.

    Hope you're all having a good day.

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 22.

    Jo my final comment on the matter because you have already answered yourself - to quote you "....insisting we listen" the only person who insists I listen to anything is me.

  • Comment number 23.

    Afternoon all

    Lovely sunny day here.

    Sezza, thank you. I think my foot is going to take a while to heal. I am half way through the book, it is very good.

    Ali. thank you. glad to hear you're feeling happier today. xx

    Chrissie, have a lovely holiday. xx

    CB, glad you got the job sorted out.

    Mary, I am looking forward to watching Andy too.

    If I don't like something on the radio or tv, I turn it off.

    Hope everyone is having a good day.

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 24.

    me again:

    First of all, Mary: yes, I have missed you! Lovely to hear you had such a terrific holiday with your sister. As I have discovered this year, sisters are precious beyond words (as are brothers) so I love to hear happy family stories. xx

    Jo: you are, of course, entitled to your opinion. I would just say that if you don't listen to Chris Evans then I wonder how you know the money thing is being rammed down your throat? Hey Ho, this is one of those situations where we all have our own opinion, and there is nothing wrong with that.

    Now on the countdown to leaving the office. I can't remember looking to a fortnight's break so much!

    C xx

  • Comment number 25.

    I am having trouble trying to post. LOL!

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 26.

    Let's agree to differ on this one hey??
    Am in a bit of a strop as it is as I have to take my other half over to his nephew's stag do later, so will miss watching Andy play in the semis! Something I VERY MUCH want to watch!!
    Grrrrrrrrrr !


  • Comment number 27.

    Hope you have a lovely holiday.


  • Comment number 28.

    Chrissie, have a great holiday, hopefully see you very soon!!!



  • Comment number 29.

    CSN: no worries, I am always repeating myself!

    Jo: thank you.


  • Comment number 30.

    Gail: thank you. Oh, I know, very exciting!

    C xx

  • Comment number 31.

    Chrissie. LOL!

    Have a great holiday and rest your leg and foot.

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 32.

    Jo - Agreed. I hope you get to see some of the tennis.

    I'm slipping off early should get in just in time for Andy starting. So glad I put a gallon of wine in the fridge this morning ;o)

    Chrissie you and Mr S have a wonderful time xxxxxx

    CSN - hope your foot is better soon too xx

    Have a good weekend.

    Mary xx

  • Comment number 33.

    Mary, thank you.

    Enjoy the tennis.

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 34.

    Last one from me for a fortnight.

    Hurrah, I hear you say!

    Hope everyone has a lovely weekend, and take care. I know this is completely crazy, but I will be thinking of you!

    CSN: I promise I will not be doing anything daft - Mrs Sensible, that's me from now on!

    Mary: enjoy that gallon of wine, thank goodness I have a flagon of white waiting for me at home.

    Well ... we get thirsty up here, you know!

    Love, Chrissie xx

  • Comment number 35.

    Right - I declare FNWC open!

    Need a drink watching murray right now - so strong, so weak, so near the wire!!!!!!

    Chrissie have a wonderful break

    Gotta go.....


  • Comment number 36.

    Cheers Debs.

    Come on Andy!

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 37.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 38.

    Hey KW - I'm also going to win euro watsits tonight - I'll be your co-driver if you'll be mine if we have to split it! LOL

    Good luck with yet another fun run - I do admire all you wonderful bloggers that do stuff like that for chariddee

    seems like nadal is taking over now - will take a will of steel from murray....


  • Comment number 39.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 40.

    what on earth modders????
    come on?

  • Comment number 41.

    debs, I got an email saying

    "We reserve the right to fail comments which...

    Advertise products or services for profit or gain."

    They couldn't be more wrong if they tried. Oh well.

    Hope you're all well out there


  • Comment number 42.

    You Flippin rock Ev'sie!

  • Comment number 43.

    One more try, with no advetising for anything at all.....

    I've organised a fun run in Norfolk in memory of my late first wife, I was just letting you all know about it. Didn't want any money or even entrants really. You know how grateful I was for the support I received on here at the time of her passing. Yes, I still carry one of the postings with me in my wallet.
    Just like to share these things with you all.

    bonnet de douche


  • Comment number 44.

    Leaving aside the morality of the whole "Magnificent 7" thing, who actually thinks that listenening to somebody starting a car constitutes quality radio?

    The only reason that I got to hear it was that I was in a cafe for an all too rare fry-up and they had the radio on, so I did not have option of the off switch.

  • Comment number 45.

    Evening each

    Debs, so glad you've opened FNWC - been looking after 1yr old and 6yr old today and am totally done in. At least the trek to school at lunchtime with the buggy to pick up the 6yr old is over for a few weeks.

    Chrissie, just in case you pop in here over the weekend - have a lovely holiday.

    Mary, how far down that flagon of wine are you? Or are you drowning your sorrows for Andy?

    Gingembre, good luck with the run.

    I had a look at Chris's photos and those cars are gorgeous. I'm not a car fanatic (as mtd knows, having been in my 'tractor') but I'd just love to try even one of them.

    Back in a bit. xxxxx

  • Comment number 46.

    So sorry I've not been here much!

    The new workplace is difficult! And I'm struggling with the travelling!!

    He seems to have left tonight, for good...

    But he'll be back to pick up stuff...

    Just not in a good place right now :(

    JG x

  • Comment number 47.

    JG - big hug for you.

    I well remember the feeling. Even though this is what you want (I hope) it's still the end of what was your dreams and hopes for the future.

    It will get better my love. Chin up, chest out.


  • Comment number 48.

    Hi all - did I hear my name?

    Annie, 'tractors' are a means of getting from a to b without breaking the bank (at least until you put fuel in them....), that's pretty much my opinion on cars as well. I would be scared witless to drive any of those classics but being a passenger would be another thing all together.

    JG, hugs a plenty coming from this direction as well.

    Cheers everybody.

    mtd ffb xxx

  • Comment number 49.

    Right mtd, if I win the lottery, I'm driving, you're in the passenger seat. Ok?


  • Comment number 50.

    It's a deal, same if I win as well (the OH won't want to come).

    mtd ffb xxx

  • Comment number 51.

    MTD: Is that because he's been in my car???? Experienced my driving??? I knew we should have blindfolded him.


  • Comment number 52.

    Room for a little one in FNWC?

    Just finished my last taxi run of the day and Mr Sezza xx has rewarded my with a nice cold chards so cheers!

    KW, every best wish for your fun run (even though I can't work out how those two words go together!) I hope the sun shines on you enough to make the day pleasant

    JG, Hugs from me too. A big step into your new life and one that sounds very scary but from here you can move onwards and upwards. Take this time to work out your next move and be strong x x

    CSN, Glad you're enjoying the book. We read it for a book club and everyone loved it

    Show this morning sounded to me like there was a lot of name checking of the people who had donated parts of the event. Probably very important but definately not my favourite show

    Roll on Monday

    But not too quickly!!

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 53.

    Evening Sezza, of course there's room for you.

    Has anyone noticed that Debs opens the FNWC and then slips off the stool and disappears?

    Am off soon - spending tomorrow with Kirstie, she has a rare day off from her tour guide thingy, so hope the weather is good. xxxx

  • Comment number 54.

    Annie, there's a beautiful red sky out there tonight so you should be all right!

    There is a big BMX event just down the road from me, on my usual taxi route. If I get through the weekend witout a brand new BMX Bonnet Ornament it'll be a miracle!

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 55.

    Night all

    Sweet Dreams

    x x x

  • Comment number 56.

    Night Sezza - night all.

    see you in the morning.


  • Comment number 57.

    Morning all!

    Annie #53 LOL - ackshually I was watching Murray and got somewhat distracted! And also strangely fascinated with Rafa's magic knickers - they kept disapearing....

    Blue skys here but its set to cloud over I hear. Right time for a quick shower and coffee and off I go to support my team in Its a Knockout!

    Have a great weekend everyone

  • Comment number 58.

    Good morning all,

    The sun is up and the skies are blue ,what more could you ask for .

    Debs, safe journey and enjoy your day ,hope your team win.you have a good day for it and the drive will be lovely ,nice part of the country like you have said.

    Keith ,It's your big night tonight so good luck my friend and I hope you get buckets load more of cash for such a good cause .
    One of my son in laws stood outside our big supermarket with his collection box for the same yesterday.

    Gingembre ,also wishing you luck for your run this w/end ,I hope it all goes well for you ,and by the way hows the knee you never said.Also a very worthy cause.

    Well I am sitting here with not an ounce of get up and go when I have a list of chores to do ,a shopping list ,and an odds and sods list to do today .
    I'd be grateful of any help today if anyone would like to offer ,free lunch thrown in of course.
    No!!!! oh well better get on ,onward into the breach as they say .

    Have a good day all and enjoy.


  • Comment number 59.

    Hello and Happy Saturdays All Round

    Apologies for my distance this week - have had to deal with some sad family news from France - but I've been catching as much of the show as I can.
    In fact I spent ages looking for the Live Film Feed on Thursday morning because I assumed the setting off from Chris's home would be filmed like it was last year. Not this time, eh? Perhaps it was a technical nightmare last time out.

    Having just read back a couple of blogs, I noted the entry from Katyk and am now wondering if anyone thinks this was me! No-o-o-o-oooo - although ..
    .. in these heady times of grandiose and media-led charitable gestures and events [it was all SO private back in my youth] I suppose it can be galling for those who resent having someone else's wealth so freely flaunted.

    Having never been remotely materialistic it doesn't bother me. However they've acquired their cash - they are prepared to part with a large slice of it in return for a jolly weekend. And if the Beeb and Chris have facilitated this - then it is deserving of some airtime.

    Surely the issue here is - who benefits?
    Given the choice, and with spare cash in my hand - I would choose a children's charity all the way.
    Every time. No hesitation.

    Others may prefer animal charities, or birds, or wildlife, or all the health and research agencies, the armed forces [god forbid! and I shall spare you my perhaps, controversial views on that] and the many other grateful recipients of our hard-earned.

    A child does not choose. Cannot choose.
    To be born, to have inadequate parents, to be ill, to be abused, to be sold or stolen, to be deprived of water, food, shelter .. to be a carer to siblings or elders .. a child has no real legal rights, no power to make their own decisions ... I could go on, but I won't .

    So as far as I'm concerned, Chris. his cronies and his new best friends can f*nny around all they like with a set of smelly cars, they can scoff all the foie gras there is the south of England, they can show off to their heart's content at Thruxton and Goodwood, hobnob with Jody and disco dance with Paolo.

    Just so long as the children get the money.


  • Comment number 60.

    Hello Everyone.


    I agree with you entirely, I was going to give my point of vierw on the Drive & Dine but you have said exactly how I feel.

    And also don't all charity events involve having fun?

    MM xxx

    Vrooom vrooom!

  • Comment number 61.


    A further thought on the Drive & Dine extravaganza!

    If I was going to donate a few thousand to charity and could either do it quietly or drive a supercar and eat, drink and be merry I know which one I would choose!

    Vrooom vrooom hic belch!

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 62.

    Manners Marj!

    We are laydees after all.

    Nice post Katymaty.


  • Comment number 63.

    Oh MM I so agree with you. Hopefully one of the bloggers will win the mega millions and then the bloggers can all descend on the drive & disco next year. I think we would have to draw lots for who gets to drive those magnificent beasts. We can but dream then.

    Warm in these parts today.

    Love Susan xx

  • Comment number 64.

    It's on September 11th, but thank you anyway. My knees have to be nurtured into action most mornings but as long as I look after them then all is ok.

    Nicely put, esp the last 9 words x


  • Comment number 65.

    Afternoon each from a lovely sunny Fife.

    Had a lovely day with Kirstie - she provided lunch then foraged through my bag of stuff for the charity shop. She's now got a load of 'new' clothes and the charity shop got zilch. She's promised to make a donation, though.

    Katy, well said. That's why I always donate to Save the Children.

    Think I've said this before, but in the Eighties I worked for someone who was on the Board of the Scotland CiN and I can promise you all that the money really did go to help children and make a difference to their lives.


  • Comment number 66.

    Afternoon everyone,

    It was lovely here for most of the day but now it's clouded over, I don't mind now that I am home.

    KatyMac well said.

    Maddy I with you xx

    KW all the best for the fun run xx

    Keith I hope your evening went well.

    I have a really bad scratch on my car - it's been keyed, deliberately! I know who's doing it (it's not the first time) but can't prove it - can anyone recommend a good product that would repair it?

    Mary xx

  • Comment number 67.

    Mary, how awful - is it that daft neighbour of yours?

    Haven't a scooby how you can repair it - hopefully someone will have advice.


  • Comment number 68.

    Yes, Annie.

    I get my new car in a week or so, I'm trading this one in, I still have to get it repaired but would rather not go down the expensive route of going a garage.


  • Comment number 69.

    Mary, replied via fb..

    Not in a good place now, need to get concentrated now!!

    So, hope everything is ok with everything!

    JG x

  • Comment number 70.

    Enjoy your Monday off Chris as I am sure you will well need it after these four days. So grateful that Alice Richardson is sitting in for you rather than the usual stand-in xx

    Night all

    Sus xx

  • Comment number 71.

    Schorchio indeed

  • Comment number 72.

    Morning all, wall to wall blue here again, hope you have the same.

    For me, I shall be staying indoors and avoiding the sun. Yesterday's forcast for cloud in Telford did not stay true, wall to wall sun all afternoon there. On arriving home I saw that I was the colour of a ripe tomato, sunburnt nose, shoulders and hair parting - its still hurting now and just have to wait for the inevitable peeling....

    A classic case of not realising the sun can do harm even if its not that hot....

    Anyway, well done to my team, they didnt win, but they all had fun and raised a shed load of money for a childrens hospice. Good Show!

    Right best get on doing nothing much
    Happy Roast Day everyone

  • Comment number 73.

    Good morning all,

    Morning Debs, I'm not stalking you honest mate I'm not. Loos likes you and I are up anyway.
    Yes same here Debs wall to wall blue and quite hot,mr B's out there planting and I got that sun burn last week so I'm already peeling lol.
    Glad you had a good time yesterday ,nice to watch people having fun eh!!!

    Well it's going to be a busy one for me today ,house chores to do followed by some sewing and then the ironing ,so If I pace myself thats my day done ,oh!!! forgot the evening meal . Might be a late on today.

    Have a good day all and enjoy the lovely sunshine ,Chris's having good weather at Goodwood today .


  • Comment number 74.

    I'm up! Have been for ages but Mr Sezza wanted a new phone so off we went

    Had a lovely day yesterday. Boys were all out for the afternoon so i had lunch with Mum and Dad then took Mum off to a craft superstore

    Got back and watched one of my favourite films - Sister Act

    So, lovely day all round

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 75.

    Afternoon each

    Red hot in Fife today. I had to do a couple of hours work at lunchtime and am just waiting for it to cool off before I go and cut the grass.

    Have just made a list of authors I need to research - from the observer's summer reads.

    Hope everyone is ok and enjoying this lovely weather.


  • Comment number 76.


    loved listening to the magnificent 7 and all the fantastic money raised. I know that I could never raise that to ever take part but the best thing for me is manning the phones at bbc towers with my fellow bloggers and can't wait for November.

    How's everybody? Hope all is well. Warm warm here in Norfolk as I guess it is everywhere


  • Comment number 77.


    kks, nice to see you, how are you noe? all better I hope?

    Annie, anyone interesting on the authors list? That sounds like a lot of books you need to buy. Where will you put them all? ;-)

    I've just treated myself to Dawn French's book but I'm saving it til i have a while to sit and read

    Just had a friend pop round with her son who's just started driving. He's been regaling us with stories about wild nights out!

    Why can't our little ones stay little!

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 78.

    Evening all,

    Well that's another day done ,and nearly behind us ,just enough time to get a couple of well earned glasses of the red drank.

    The things I set out to do today have all been achieved bar one ,and thats the ironing and I wasn't going to do that at this time of night .I like to do the ironing in day light ,I think you can see what you're doing a lot better then .I did however put some bedding plants into the garden instead .

    Annie ,you certainly have a job and a half there haven't you ,I'm not much of reader so I wouldn't know where to start ,good luck with it .

    Sezza ,I watched Sister Act also ,always like a whoopi Goldberg film.
    and on the subject of little one staying little our 13 year old grandson is now taller than me ,hes not 14 untill September . I honestly don't know what my daughters feeding him ,same goes for no 1 grandson hes taller .

    KK ,hope you doing OK now .Hope the boys are doing OK also. And about CIN ,its not the amount you give ,its how you give and in which ever form you wish to give it that counts .


  • Comment number 79.

    Evening all, without wanting to bring the blog down I just hope the donors of large sums of money to "drive and dine" managed to watch the news this evening and the plight of the starving children in Africa and dug deep into those pockets to help, without a prize at the end of it. Sorry , that's just how I feel, so so sad to see the news tonight. Jo

  • Comment number 80.


    no you're not bringing the blog down ,just stating a fact ,I haven't seen the news tonight but did catch something on the radio about the drought in Ethiopia.
    The worst one in sixty years I think it said .
    and yes it's very sad indeed ,and there doesn't seem to be an answer to all this tragedy does there..


  • Comment number 81.

    Bids, I know there just seems to be more and more each year! Feelmore guilty I suppose, I have had such a lovely day enjoying the sunshine, had a lovely BBQ, family around and then just sit and relax and wham! There it is, someone elses Sunday afternoon so different to ours:(( hate it.

  • Comment number 82.

    I know what you mean ,you're just going about your normal daily routine and then it's like a bolt out of the blue and it hits you .

    Isn't that what started Band aid off,I often wonder how these politicians sleep at night ,because after all it's them that dictate what happens to this world of ours .
    Seems to me that instead of throwing all this money into new buildings for them selves ,share the money out a little more evenly.


  • Comment number 83.

    Morning everyone.

    Cloudy but very warm here.

    I had a lovely weekend, weather was brill, little grandson helped his grandad in the garden on Saturday and we had a lovely bbq last night.

    I have been resting my foot and doing lots of reading.

    Partner in crime, lovely to see you here. xx

    Sezza, thank you. I really enjoyed the book. xx

    Annie, thank you too, have downloaded lots of books now. Sounds like you have a lot of reading to do on your Kindle. xx

    Hope you all have a good day.

    csn. xx

  • Comment number 84.

    Morning everyone.

    Wow what a weekend, lovely night with mates on Friday, Saturday I was told that nephew and his wife (I got them together) are having a baby in January, excited isnt the word for what I am feeling.

    Caught up with friends who have moved to Wales recently. Evening at a birthday party with old friends of the other half. Home to a houseful of 20 year old boys who had watched the fight and taken in copious amounts of alcohol.

    Yesterday, got a wedding invite and invite to a West Indian Bridal Shower, should be a new experience

    Sunday afternoon spent at Bridgnorth Severn Valley Railway for a 1940's event which was brilliant as there was entertainment and lots of people in authentic costume. Then lunch in a pub on the way home.

    This weekend was idyllic and what weekends were made for.

    I know some of you are having a hard time at the moment and I send big ((((hugs)))) to you all stay strong guys.

  • Comment number 85.

    Good afternoon all,

    Lovely hot and sunny here on the south coast,should be sittingon the beach but the ironing got done instead .When the girls were little we would spend all day there ,from sun up to sun set .those were the days..

    Just going to have a bite of lunch then off to do a couple of errands ,go to the church yard to say hello to a friend of mine, then might just get Mr B to go out to dinner tonight ,but please don't tell him if you see him will you :))

    See you later ...Bye.

    Bids .xxx.

  • Comment number 86.

    Evening chaps

    How you doing on this lovely evening?

    Bids, could really have fancied being on the beach today. I have a day at the seaside in a few weeks so fingers crossed for good weather

    CG, sounds like your weekend was very hectic! What fun!

    CSN, glad you liked the book. Did you cry? I did!!

    Sezza xxxx

  • Comment number 87.

    Evening each

    Been a lovely day again. Little granddaughter and I spent the day in the garden covered in suncream. That's my last stint for a while - am in Arran next week then her mum's starting her maternity leave.

    Yes, am going to have lots of books to read, haven't decided which ones I'll get yet, although Ian Rankine recommended a book for 80p! It's called Bye Bye Baby by Allan Guthrie.


  • Comment number 88.

    Evening all,

    Well managed to get my errands done ,and picked up my euros ,so that's another thing off the list.
    Went to visit my friend a lot later and had a nice stroll around the churchyard ,which not being macabre was quite pleasant and peaceful and quiet!!!

    Then we went off to Hayling Island and found a nice little pub and had out meal,I had a lovely Aberdeen Angus steak which was perfect,and Mr B had a locally reared gammon steak ,and it was so thick couldn't believe how big it was .
    Home now just vegging with no washing up to do .

    Seeza ,yes it's nice to get to the beach hope you have a great day when you go .

    Annie ,enjoy the break without the little one ,but are you ready for the double trouble when care resumes lol. but you'll be seeing no less of her will you .does your DIL know what shes having or is it going to be a surprise.

    Not many folks around tonight .where is everyone ????

    I'll pop back later .


  • Comment number 89.

    Good morning all,

    Didn't come back did I ,tiredness came over me so decided to do the wise thing and go to bed .

    Another lovely sunny day here on the south coast ,although they have forcast a change,we'll see.
    Work for me today but hopefully a better week this time around.

    Maddy,Just want to wish you A Happy Birthday and hope that you have a lovely day.
    If you're going to have a blow along the front there just let me know and I'll join you .

    Right just going to finish my cuppa then make a move. Have a good day all what ever it is you're doing .


  • Comment number 90.

    Morning all and Bids, we'd both best get a wiggle on hey!

    Happy Birthday Maddy, hope you have something nice to do today

    Sunny here too at the moment so taken a risk and put some washing on the line, but I'm ready for the sprint into the garden when the rain arrives

    Right, best get on, have a good day everyone :-)

  • Comment number 91.

    Morning friends

    Just a quickie to say


    and that later when I am at home, in between writing my business plan, I'll do some work on the plans for the Midlands Blog Meet/Picnic day.

    Adios, for now!


  • Comment number 92.

    Good morning all,

    chris - it's going to be a sad day on Friday :o(

    Happy Birthday Maddy - have a lovely day xx

    Annie - enjoy your rest, you deserve it. I have my 7 year old and 17 month old neices coming to stay from Saturday morning until Sunday evening. I can't wait, I just love having them over.

    Cheryl - Good luck with your business venture.

    Hope everyone else is well.

    Have a good day folks!

    Mary xx


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