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Chris Evans | 13:48 UK time, Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Hope you are well today.

Currently trying to find out whether I am in a go hose or no hose part of the UK. I have a couple of motor cars that would die for a short sharp shower and some car shampoo.

Tomorrow we are declaring the show a herb garden special. To herb or not to herb, that is the question - and what in?

Contain the mint whatever you do, otherwise it will have you evicted from your own home within weeks. An old tin bath rocks, as do old leaky rowing boats pleading for a reincarnation - anything but the tip, or even worse a watery grave.

So that's where we are. And that's where we're going.

I'm so glad we cancelled today's charity golf day on Monsoon Monday!!! It's cracking the flags here today. I give up.



Aka Evans Christopher.

Peace and Love and all things good.



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  • Comment number 1.

    Ohhh what a thrill to be No. 1!!! LOL Lovely to hear from you, Evans Christopher. I have a friend called Mary who has to shout 'BASIL' Fawlty Towers style if anyone says 'basil' so tomorrow's show will be interesting in her house!!! LOL!! And I will be fascinated to learn if ANYONE can grow coriander successfully in this country!! I have to drink soooo much Pimms to use up all the mint I have!!! x

  • Comment number 2.


    Hello Chris & Everyone.

    If you are in a no hose area Chris you could ask two people to drive your cars to a go hose area to shampoo them for you, I'm sure there would be plenty of offers.

    I must grow some herbs! When I moved into my very first home many moons ago the back garden was overgrown but in one corner was some mint. In another corner corner was rhubarb. So plenty of lamb dinners and rhubarb crumble was eaten.

    D'oh! to cancelling the charity golf. How can we make plans with the changeable weather.

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 3.

    Well done Berni :)

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 4.

    Afternoon one and all, still madly busy.

    I have a herb garden, it has mint, apple mint, chives garlic and normal chive, just put some greek basil in this week with a new bit of parsley and marjoram, normal sage and purple sage. The coriander is on the window sill in the kitchen and I love nipping out and cutting what I need, in fact a couple of glasses of pimms were consumed this weekend with apple mint from my garden. Yum Yum.

    Off to the allotment for some weeding tonight after I have done my neighbours shopping for her.

    Had a right ding dong this morning waiting patiently behind a car at the petrol station and some big bloke in a big car pushes in front of me, well I wasnt having it this morning and I told him so. When he got out of the car his big beer gut hanging over his trousers and showing his bottom cleavage I just lost it. I cant stand people who have no patience and think they can push in and shout you down so I shouted at him and told him exactly what I thought (with a couple of explicit words I am afraid). He did move to another pump as he knew he was wrong but he wanted to carry it on, so I actually told him to pull his trousers up get back in his car and drive off and get out of my face as no one was listening. I will not be bullied grrrr! felt better afterward though. hee hee hee!

    When I was talking to the petrol attendant she told me he does it all the time and it was about time someone stood up to him as he thought he could intimediate people. One under the belt for the little people I think.

    Cockney (dont mess with me) bird! laters xx

  • Comment number 5.

    Just a quickie!

    Thanks for all your kind words, but have to report I've had a relapse and have now taken to my bed and am tucked up under the duvet. Will be back as soon as xx

    Chris I will report on your post, and others, tomorrow, hopefully.


  • Comment number 6.

    Hi Evans Christopher: what a really lovely name! Chris, the show was fantastic this morning - what are you doing to me - What a Wonderful World, and then Que Sera, Sera. Just loving all of it. xx I would love to be a Pussycat Doll - even for just one day!

    Herb garden: full of admiration for anyone who can do this. I have trouble keeping the flowers from M&* topped-up in my vase!

    Sezza: hope your house is a little warmer now!

    MC: nice to see your Maltesers are doing the job.

    AliB: yes, most unlike you to be "ratty" but no wonder, you have been soaked to within an inch of your life!

    CB: very well done - not easy to stand up to bullies, so hats off to you.

    Pen: ooooh, that is not good. Take care, plenty of fluids, and stay as warm as possible. Let us know how you are doing. xx

    Have a nice evening one and all.

    C xx

  • Comment number 7.


    My heart bleeds for you, it must be awful to have a garage full of grubby Ferraris!

  • Comment number 8.

    CB-good for you and telling him to pull his trousers up LOL! (but of course we have to be careful as there are some nutters on the roads)

    Pen-It sounds like gastric flu, I hope you're soon better and keep warm.

    Chrissie-I don't know about a Pussycat Doll but I used to think Living Doll was all about me many moons ago lol. How times have changed and nobody would lock me up in a trunk not even Cliff ha ha! Those words would not go down well today. Ialso love Wonderful World and Que Sera Sera.

    MBD-What car do you drive (apart from the magic bus)? I think we all get used to what we drive no matter what it is. Someone can feel unhappy in a posh car and happy and contented in an old banger dependin g on what else is going on in their lives. But wouldn't most of us drive a posh car if we could?

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 9.

    Afternoon each from sunny Fife

    Chris, go and do my car as well - it sorely needs it. Herb garden sounds wonderful. I grow mine on the kitchen windowsill and love them.

    Olympic torch went through Dunfermline this afternoon - 12yr old and 9yr old went to see it with their mum and youngest son took the 7yr old to see it go through Broxburn. Then some daft person cycled over the Bridge with it. Hope Rosie has got a seat in Edinburgh Castle to see it.

    CB, good for you.

    Pen, hope you're feeling better very soon, poor you.

    Back in a bit. xxxx

  • Comment number 10.

    Hiya Annie, just seen your comment. I wasn't at the castle, couldn't get a ticket, but i saw the torch come up George IV Bridge, and had my photo taken with an Olympic torch!

    Another wee moment in history, and I can say that I was there!


  • Comment number 11.

    Excellent Rosie. Our 9yr old videoed it going through Dunfermline, then accidently deleted it. He was distraught.


  • Comment number 12.

    Afternoon and good evening from another warm and sunny day in update NY. For those that asked, sunny care packages on the way to you!! Lol not much new here. Daphne the puppy (for those that remember) says hi and is still as cute as a button lol. Footie continues 3 days a week as we now play outdoor on Fridays. Hope u are all well and looking forward to the weekend.

  • Comment number 13.

    'Lo everybody

    It is indeed warmer here today!!

    Had a lovely walk and coffee this afternoon with the bonus that Gibbs met 3 of his Mini Schnauzer cousins!! Someone said it looked liked someone had got carried away with the photocopier!

    Annie, Poor 9 year old! I bet he is absolutely gutted. At least he saw it

    Rosie, that'll be a photo to treasure

    Bond, we could still do with more sunshine if you can spare it!

    hugs and hellos to Maddy, Chrissie, Bernie, MBD, Penny (gentle, slightly-keeping-my-distance hug!), and CB

    All this fresh air today has worn me out!!

    Sezza xx

  • Comment number 14.

    Lovely photos on FB Rosie.

    Evening Bondy and Hi right back to Daphne.

    Sezza, like the comment about the photocopier.


  • Comment number 15.

    Annie, I took photos but they're on my phone so I need a teenager to help me put them on the puter!


  • Comment number 16.

    Sezza, if you've got a FB app, you can 'share' from your phone. Get me!!


  • Comment number 17.

    Evening all

    Can't possibly catch up... but really looking forward to the Edinburgh meet, and thanks to the good friends that stepped in to get me there xx I owe you a couple lol xx
    Lovely to see Body back... pack it in with the good weather reports, but good to hear the Daphster is ok too!

    Sorry for the absence, been working, sleeping, other stuff going on...

    JG x

  • Comment number 18.

    JG, always good to see your x x x x x

    x x

  • Comment number 19.

    Evening all,
    Hi Bondy, lovely to see you , and good news that the lovely Daphster is still as cute as ever. Hope the sun packages have been sent express delivery, we really cant hold on much longer :-)))

    Rosie, Annie, I have been watching the torch progress today, glad you managed to see it . I am hoping to see it in Manchester in two weeks time.

    Oh Pen, what bad news , hope you are feeling better soon. I have been like a sleep walker round the office today. Bumping into furniture and just being totally random . So i took a vitamin C when I got in , followed by the rest of the maltesers and a packet of Cheddars. I am determined to eat myself well ;-))) If all this fails, I will resort to fruit and veg !

    Ali , hope you are feeling brighter too. We were all grouchy and grumpy at work today. No matter how hard we tried we just couldnt snap out of it, until some lemon drizzle cake arrived , and suddenly the world was so much better .

    Nipped to the supermarket after work to buy some picnic bits and bobs for our train journey to Edinburgh on Friday morning. Three carrier bags later and £26 spent ........... how do i manage to do this every time ??? At least i managed not to buy an Orchid or a new bread board ! I think we will be ten stone heavier when we finally arrive !

    Right, i think i need an early night , its amost dark outside and there is nothing but footy on the telly.

    Love to all
    MC xxxxxx

  • Comment number 20.

    Just had a look at the weather forecast for Fife for the weekend - bloomin' rain. As we're only about 12 miles from Edinburgh, I'd bring your brollies ladies.

    Looking forward to seeing you all.


  • Comment number 21.

    Hey Christopher Evans,

    How you doin? My motor car needs a shampoo too the guy who usually comes to work to do the valet has decided to move away and I haven’t had a chance to source another one must sort it out – thanks for the reminder.

    I would like to have a herb garden – actually I would love a garden full stop ;o)

    Shame about the golf typical isn’t it?

    Bingo that was some gig!

    I had another day at home didn’t feel good this morning but I am pleased to say I feel a bit better tonight.

    Thanks to Annie, Maddy, Chrissie, Pen (hope you are better soon) MC (I will be there by hook or by crook at the weekend) and Ali for your get well messages xx

    CB – well done for standing up to the bullies.

    MC – that’s an interesting goodie bag you’ve got for the train, I might have to come down and get on the train with you ;o)))

    Bondy – pleased to hear all is well in your neck of the woods and that Daphine is as gorgeous as ever.

    Well, nearly bed time, nite nite folks!

    Mary xx

  • Comment number 22.

    Greetings Of Evening Ter CLP & ALL...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    CLP - After 'aving me blown radio fuse fixed this morning amonsgst other problems on me truck a finally manged ter tune inter the backend of yer most nice breakfast gig!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    A took yer advice of getting naked in me garden and 'osing down me naked neighbour to celebrate the lifting of the 'osepipe ban without the fear of being arreasted for misuse of a 'ospipe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Only problem when a peered of the wall naked and complete with me 'osepipe ready..... Me neighbour called the ploice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    But like yer said a didn't get arreasted.... After a told them a was just following the advice of yersen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PennyForem - Yes all was 'most nice'.... Thank you for yer 'most nice' commentation!!!!!!

    Chrissie S - A don't wanter come across a miserable moaner BUT..... It gets worse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The amazing armbands that everyone 'ad at the amazing Coldplay gig....... We didn't get any!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    We were about the only people out of 70,000 that didn't ave any!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
    A seriously was wondering ave the company a booked through.... messed up BIG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SezzaGirl - The gig was great.... Just the start went ape!!!!!!!

    LostaliBaba - NEXT time a go ter a Coldplay gig..... It would be a pleasure to go with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Trust me ignoring me trials and tribulations of the start...... 3 times ave seen them now..... 3 times AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 23.

    WOW - # 22 by TOTAL COINCIDENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A like!!!!!!!!

    PS Found this fine video of the opening of the gig thatta missed but could 'ear..... This video is very accurate of 'ow it felt ter be there and VERy near ter where wa was sitting when a eventually manged ter sit where a was maen't ter sit sort of!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PPS The reason why the first 2 minutes are Jay-Z is because Beyonce and 'usband Jay-Zed were there with Gwyneth Paltrow wife of Chris Martin.... Who are all friends!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
    So for a joke Coldplay opened with abitta Jay-Zed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • Comment number 24.

    'ere's another video of the flashing lights.... If yer look VERY closely.... Yer can just spot abitta black on the otherside of the stadium where there's no flashing..... That's me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Atleast a made up for the lack of flashing with me naked 'osepipe celebration in the garden terdee all thanks ter radio pal CLP ;-)))))

  • Comment number 25.

    Good evening all,

    Chris,I do hope you get your cars done and if your this way you can do mine if you like ,I'll make you a brew and get the biscuits out while you do it ..and I don't even mind helping you ,I'll wash and you can buff.that's fair I think .

    Penny ,Mary ,sorry to hear that you're both poorly ,not like you two is it ,I hope you both get better very soon ,and back to normal soon . and yes Mary if you can't make it ,I'll be over with MC ,and I'll bring a bottle ,as I'm sure MC will have the chocolates ;-)).

    Bondy ,how lovely to see you ,and so pleased that you and the Daphster are AOK. and yes please ,do send some of that nice weather over the pond so that we can have a share of it . Glad to hear the footie is going well.

    Alibi know just how you feel as I've been a bit like that but had to stop myself ,but there is a reason ,It's the weather ,and that's the truth ,so here is hoping that we all get some lovely sunny weather coming our way so that we can ;-)) and not :-((.
    And when we do come on down ..

    Crissie /Annie ,yes that old weather thing ,but I'm not fazed by that ,the heavens can open up all it likes and tip down .It's the people that are going to be my sunshine and I will have more than my fill this w/end with all of you lovely lo vies . Now what more could I want or even dare to ask for ;-))

    CB ,good on you girl ,there is no need to be so rude is there and I myself aren't to fond of people that push in,bad manners ,and manners are supposed to maketh the man.

    Herbs ,yes I've got some ,mint parsley ,rosemary ,and I have a pot of Basil in the kitchen just by the window ,as It keeps the flies away ,so I was told by one of the chefs at the base where I used to work.

    Bingo ,must say hello to you and nice to see you popping by again ,liking your stories ,and just go steady out in that garden of yours if you haven't any clothes on ,you might just catch a chill ;-))

    Maddy ,hope you AOK hun and resting your leg .

    Sezza ,yes I did get a wiggle on ,and just about got all the jobs done that I wanted to ,but it did mean me being at work until six o clock . but nice to be able to to leave it as I wanted .

    Right ,that's me done for now ,and just about done in ,It's been a long day .and I do have places to go ,and people to see . so I'll see you in a while ,stay safe and look after yourselves ,That means all of you ..lurkers as well ..and I;m sorry if I've missed any one ,it's not meant ,just getting late and I'm now in need of my bed .

    Night ,night and God bless .

    Take care ..Bids.xxx.


  • Comment number 26.

    Morning all!

    What a lovely bunch you are. Thank you Chrissie, Maddy, Annie, Sezza, MC, Mary, Bids, AliB, and anyone I have inadvertently missed.

    I’m feeling much better this morning. Don’t know what that was all about, but warmth and a good sleep seem to have worked wonders, fingers crossed!

    Mary, I hope you recover enough to enjoy your weekend x

    MC, I have chocolate waiting for me, a LARGE bar of C**burys, bought on special offer at half price. You might have seen them in ELH, they have the Diamond Jubilee wrapper. In fact I bought two bars. Would have been foolish not to!

    CB, you go girl. I did lol about the trousers. As Maddy says you do have to be careful. I hope you drove off with your doors locked. I can’t abide bullies, they are the pits.

    Annie, bet 9 year old was bereft. Poor lad.

    JG, good to read you, hope you’re ok x

    Maddy, hope the leg is on the mend x

    Bids, you are a treasure, I love reading your posts.

    Evans Christopher! You can’t beat Jersey Royals with butter and home grown mint, simple but delicious.

    I have a very nice car and a superb car cleaner, I sleep with him! Even in the hosepipe ban he got out there with a bucket and sponge, what more could a girl ask for? Oh, and he did cook his own dinner last night without a gripe. He won’t see this, he doesn’t read the blog or know anything about my alter ego! Thanks goodness.

    Hello to Bondy and everyone else, I will be back.

    Pen x

  • Comment number 27.

    Hi everyone:

    Just checking in, and having a wee catch up.

    First of all, Pen, that's great you are feeling better. It was dodgy for a wee while there, but glad to hear you are through it!

    Maddy: I am sure you are still a Living Doll! Love that record, but then, I do love my Cliff!

    Annie: when I read about your grandson deleting the video, I could have cried for him - bless. xx

    Rosie: yes, a part of history and you were there - I think that is great.

    Sezza: very funny about the dogs! I really did laugh about the photocopier.

    JG: always nice to see you - Saturday is just around the corner!

    MC: I want to join you for that picnic on the train!

    Mary: I really hope you are feeling better today. xx

    Bingo: Oh No! No armbands - how unfair! Thanks for the links to the videos - I'll be checking them out at lunchtime.

    Bids: that's great you got all your work completed and you can look forward to your week off. And I am very happy to say that I will be sharing some of that time with you! Hurrah!

    Hope everyone else is ok - happy Thirsty Thursday!

    C xx

  • Comment number 28.

    Happy Thursday Everyone.

    No rain here so far today but the sky is looking a bit grey.

    I hope those not feeling well are better today. My leg is healing very quickly with the help of Savl*n, we used to call it the magic cream when my son was little. The strange thing is the mild scrape further down my leg which I took no notice of is now swollen and bruised.

    Chrissie-more like a worn out old rag doll these days LOL!

    Off to the shops as I'm running out of chocolate amongst other things>>>>>>>>>

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 29.

    morning all well lunchtime really by the time I get to post this.

    Just sitting here tucking into my home made ham salad, its very dark her in Shropshire today, never got the allotment yesterday and dont think I will today. I am getting really fed up with this weather it would be so nice to have a lovely sunny week please.

    Thanks for the words of advice yesterday I did think after my confrontation that it could have been worse but it was one of those petrol stations where you drive up to the kiosk and pay so the bully went before me. I still stand by my actions and apart from that it has made my friends you bloggees, family and work colleauges giggle at me.

    Hope those of you feeling a bit under the weather get better soon,

    JG glad to hear you are looking forward to Edinburgh.

    Bids have a lovely week off

    To those of you checking out the torch glad you are enjoying it and have seen some lovely photos that you guys have taken of the torch on facecloth.

    Have a lovely thursday everyone the weekend is nearly here.

    Cockney (so much calmer then yesterday) bird xxx

  • Comment number 30.

    Morning Ter Each....

    This blog comes to you in the style of Shaun Connery, soz a mean Sean Connery:

    Chrisshe Esh.... Yesh.... Nouw Urmbandsh..... Remindsh mee of shwimming lesshons ash a chilD!!!!!!!!
    Enjouuy thee videosh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bridget UUEM - Nouw chansh of mee beiung unclothed.... The poleesh banneeD mee.... Not ounly jusssht thaT but alsho from lishening to thee Ken Brucsshe shouw in my garden!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 31.

    Afternoon folks,

    Its warm and sunny-ish here today, the windows are open in the office , and downstairs ........ they have the heating on !

    Cockney - your story made me laugh too, well done on standing up to him .

    Bingo, you certainly get out and about dont you , sounds like a good gig .
    Please let us know if you get arrested and we will set up a campaign for you.

    Not much else to report from this little part of the universe. Just trying to whizz paper away and get stuff sorted out.
    Bids, safe journey . JG, look forward to seeing you there .

    Pen, hope you are feeling brighter today.
    Maddy, LOL at the magic cream, I just love the smell of that cream, it takes me back to being a small child .

    Right, must dash, why does your lunch hour only seem like twenty minutes.And the last hour of the day seem like three hours ?

    MC xxxxxx

  • Comment number 32.

    Afternoon all

    sorry not been about, but had last week off as we went to Euro Disn@y for a few days, which was very good and even the little kids enjoyed it! ;) Just trying to catch up with what was left on my desk in my absence :(

    Hope all is well and good luck for all those going to the Edinburgh meet, I'm sure you'll all have a great time.



  • Comment number 33.


    My usual afternoon wee cup of tea and a look at the blog!

    Pen: how very naughty, sleeping with your car cleaner! Re: the fact he doesn't know about this blog - MrS does, but he assures me he wouldn't read it because he knows I am here ... I wonder if that is true!

    Maddy: hope your leg will be better soon. I stupidly managed to whack my bag off my leg at lunchtime today, and I can feel the bruise forming as I type!

    CB: we did, indeed, think you were very brave yesterday! xx

    Bingo/Sean: the videosssssh are terrific!

    MC: I know - how come leisure time flashes past, and work time just drags, no matter how busy we are? I don't get it, I just don't get it!

    Andy: hi to you - lovely that you had a wee trip to Paris - I'm sure it was great to be there with your family. Thanks for the good wishes for the Edinburgh meet - I think it might be rather noisy!

    I am having my hair cut at 6pm tonight - if it's a disaster, I will be sending Mary and MrS to Edinburgh with my sincere apologies for not attending! As I have said many times before, I HATE going to the hairdresser!

    C xx

  • Comment number 34.

    Hello Chrissie

    If the blog meets I've been on are anything to go by - they are always noisy!

    Can I suggest a blog-meet hat, should the HD not go as intended? ;)


  • Comment number 35.


    Although I love going to the hairdressers I haven't been brave enough to try a new one where we are now and have been going back up to toon to get it done. Dilemma though as really feels like it needs a cut and a) haven't time to go to Newcastle & b) hairdresser is on holiday anyway.
    I'll be the shaggy haired one Chrissie and I really wanted to look all glam for Edinburgh!!

    Hello Andy.
    Hope Mary & Pen are continuing to improve?

    Hi everyone else

    Sus xx

  • Comment number 36.

    Hello Sus

    I'm sure you'll look as glam as you always do, never mind the 'shaggy hair' look!


  • Comment number 37.

    Andy I think I'll owe you a pint at the next meet we are both at for that comment.

    Sus x

  • Comment number 38.

    Chrissie, ouch! Hope the leg is not too sore.

    Best of luck at the barnet fixers. I've found a lovely hairdresser (salon trained) who works from home. I have a wet cut only, as no-one on this planet can blow dry my hair how I like it, and it's cheaper!

    Andy, bet the little ones didn't want to come home.

    Hi Susan, thanks, feeling much better today.

    It goes without saying, but I hope everyone going to Edinburgh has a fabulous time. It's a grand city and I hope one day to return. Hopefully some photos will be evident next week.

    Pen x

  • Comment number 39.

    Och aye the noo (just practising for the weekend....) ;-)

    Sorry for not blogging for a while (I realised this morning that I hadn't popped in since before I went on holiday). I have been lurking but obviously too much has gone on for me to comment on individually so ((((((((((huge hugs)))))))))) to everybody - I will deliver in person to those in Edinburgh.

    Just finished work and will be flying up tomorrow lunch time - save some of the snacks MC. Looking forward to a real life FNWC.

    Nice to see some newbies as well as some oldies popping in as well.


    mtd ffb xxx

  • Comment number 40.

    Evening each

    Been a lovely day today but the weather man on STV has just said it's all downhill tomorrow. Bums.

    Susan, I really need my hair cut too but haven't managed to find time, so you won't be alone with your shaggy hair.

    See you all at 6 tomorrow night. I'm not staying for dinner - just want to make sure you're all there and ok. I'll have been up from 5.30 and looking after 2 little boys all day so I'll be shattered.

    Have a good trip everyone. xxxxx

  • Comment number 41.

    Evening all,

    Well, its pouring down again.....

    Just going to do my packing, I have my snorkle , flippers and WD40 ready to go in the case.
    I must also admit that we have started on the picnic "for the journey" before we have even left home. So far, we are two kit k@ts down, and a couple of bags of Chedd@rs seem to have vanished .

    Annie, you lightweight ! we shall kidnap you and force you to stay :-))

    Hope everyone is ok and getting better, hugs to all.

    MC xxxx
    living life in the i've got my passport packed lane .

  • Comment number 42.

    Morning All

    OK then

    Suitcase Packed - check
    Taxi to station booked - check
    On line check in for flight - check
    Hotel booking printed - check
    Panic stopped ----- not quite, why am I always like this when I am travelling? I live in fear of forgetting something or being late so end up doing everything too early and sit and worry a bit more that I should be doing something else....

    Anyway now I've written down the 'to do' list I think I've got everything covered.

    No sign of the rain......yet. I hope it stays that way!!!

    See some of you later.

    mtd ffb xxx

  • Comment number 43.

    Morning all

    Travel safely all of you who are travelling (although I'd be a bit worried about MC!! What is she going to do with the wd40???)

    Sneaky day off for Mr Sezza's birthday so a few chores this morning, lunch out and then take boy2 to piano exam! There's a mix of things to do!

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 44.

    Hi everyone:

    Well, it may be 15th June, but it feels like 15th November! Horrible, cold and wet, and just to cheer me up, my boss has just called from Majorca where it's a beautiful morning, apparently!

    Andy: a hat might be required, once I know how the hair cut really looks - I didn't have the courage to wash my hair this morning!

    Susan: yes, it's difficult to walk away from a hairdresser you can trust. I am sure you will look great tomorrow - shaggy hair is all the rage! That goes for you, too, Annie!

    Pen: thank you, my leg seems to be ok, thank goodness. I really did whack it, and I bruise like a peach usually, but I got away with it this time!

    mtd: have really missed seeing you here. xx Looking forward to tomorrow!

    MC: actually, you might need the WD40, everything is bound to seize up in this weather!

    Sezza: happy birthday to Mr Sezza! It is also MrS's birthday today, so double celebration! He was 19 when I met him ... where, oh where have the intervening 39 years gone?! Honestly, I don't have a clue.

    To all the lovely bloggers who are in transit, today or tomorrow - have a safe journey and I am sooo looking forward to seeing all of you!

    Hope everyone else is ok today.

    C xx

  • Comment number 45.

    Morning All,

    It's clouding over nicely here, just in time for the weekend!

    To all those going to Edinburgh, have a fab time - I know you will. I can already here the squeals of delight as you meet up tonight. Big hugs to you all {{{}}} xx

    I'm off to an open air concert tomorrow, the type that you bring a picnic too and wave a Union Jack. Could be interesting in the rain!

    Now I know that Chris has some ardent fans on here, who won't hear a bad word said against him, but I can take it.

    CHRIS EVANS, I know you've got lots of expensive cars. I know that you'd like to go to Le Mans this weekend. I know that you are going to an auction tomorrow to buy a new family car. BUT PLEASE for the love of my sanity, don't keep going on about it. I don't want to tune into a radio station and listen to you, IMHO, boasting about your cars and money and how you can do what you want, when you want etc. I realise that you are very generous "charity wise" but please reign it in a bit talking about your cars.

    There I've said it. Apologises to anyone I might offend, but after the last couple of days I'm a bit fed up with it.

    Sezza, There's music exams in the church today, fortunately I'm not there! Good luck to Boy2 and Happy Birthday to Mr Sezza xx


  • Comment number 46.

    Morning all

    Ali as much as I am a car nut I quite agree with you - just too much some days from the man!

    Happy birthday to Mr Sezza & Mr Chrissie xx

    Right I need to think about what wet weather clothes we have to get us round Edinburgh.

    Safe journeys everyone and see you tomorrow somewhere in Scotland.

    Susan xx

  • Comment number 47.


    Chrissie, glad the leg is ok, and I'm sure the hair is looking dandy x

    AliB, I know where you are coming from. I live with a car nut, so am quite used to it, but I am able to tell him to button it when I've heard enough!

    Happy Birthday Mr Sezza and MrS. A few sherbets, maybe later?

    No so cold today, but very blustery, heavy showers and sunshine.

    Pen x

    What's the chances of a new blog today? Doubtful I think.

  • Comment number 48.

    Bad grammar in last sentence!

  • Comment number 49.

    hello all

    just a quickie - was it our own lovely Gail (doxymac) on vanessa show this morning talking about Ash? You are georgous my lovely :-)


  • Comment number 50.

    Chrissie, Happy Birthday to MrS xx

    Susan/Pen, Thanks for your support, glad it's not just me! I know I've been a bit grumpy this week, but it was really getting on my nerves ;) xx

    Hi Baggy, xx

    Right I'm off, early finish on a Friday. Off home to do the ironing, and then to my bestest friends for tea and I hope to watch the footie. I'm not sure she's that keen..eek.

    Have a super, smashing weekend everyone, especially those on the blog meet.


  • Comment number 51.

    Afternoon Greetings Ter ALL...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    Ave been busy in me garden flashing again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Well a tell a small lie.... Not in me garden but up above it on me roof..... flashing.... which some might say is notta good idea since the Liverpool ter Manchester railway runs right past me 'ouse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    But do not fear fell bloggies..... A can not be arreasted..... Am banging up some fascia boards and new guttering..... And tinkering with me lead flashing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    In fact am noot boasting but am proud of the way a bent me lead ter 'elp the flow of rain water inter me gutter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    No more damp walls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Chrissie S - Am glad yer liked the videosssh.... Am sure both The Martin and The Connery would be proud of us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Manchester Calling - Yes a most nice gig!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (PS Feel free te rpop in for a cuppa if ever yer passing me 'ouse on yer way from Manchester ter Liverpool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Tatty bye for now!

  • Comment number 52.

    for Chrissie and Sezza
    happy birthday to youoooooo
    happy birthday to yoooooooooo
    happy birthday MrS and MrS
    Happy birthday to youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

    love from Bids, Crumpy and Debs - who are sitting on the bed swilling wine all ready - Good shout Bids!!!!!


  • Comment number 53.

    Hi everyone:

    Afternoon tea break, must be time for a quick look at the blog!

    Susan: thanks for the good wishes for MsS xx

    Pen: thanks to you too. xx Sherberts? ChezS? Perish the thought!

    Baggy: hiya! It was indeed our lovely Gail on Vanessa this morning!

    Bids, Crumpy and Debs - we can hear you girls from here - love the singing! xxx Just did a quick check, it's actually past "5 o'clock somewhere" it's now 5.30 in Helsinki, Minsk and Nairobi - and other places, so you are entitled to be swilling your wine! Enjoy!

    Me? Tea finished - back to work ...

    C xx

  • Comment number 54.

    ha ha ha Chrissie - thats hilarious! in fact we have crumpys choir singing from u-tube right now on the laptop!!!!

    Cant wait to see you tomorrow - is the birthday boy coming - hows his walking???

  • Comment number 55.

    Hi Debs: I must check out Crumpy's choir - I bet it's fantastic. Yes, the birthday boy will be there - good and bad days with the walking, but right now it's the best it's been in a long time. If he needs to rest, I can confirm that there are many, many pubs in Edinburgh - and we may be in a few of them!


  • Comment number 56.

    Oooh, I did mean to say to AliB: thanks for your wee message for MrS. xx I hope you get to see the footie - we have watched hours of the stuff so far, but I don't mind too much!

    C xx

  • Comment number 57.

    Evening all

    Thanks for Mr Sezza's birthday wishes. It's been a nice day here. Lunch in the pub, walk with the dog and home-made lasgne for tea!!

    Ali, I know what you mean! I blame Vassos - I think he eggs Chris on!

    I'm very jealous of you all in Scotland. Boy2 kindly volunteered me for the pick up from scouts so i can't even have a drink til later!

    Never mind, there's always tomorrow!

    sezza xxxx

  • Comment number 58.

    Ali, I can only agree with your comments. I have actually stopped listening to Chris now. It's all a little bit too smug for me. "I have this, that and the other and you all don't" is the over-riding message.

  • Comment number 59.

    Evening each

    Just back from wild, wet and windy Edinburgh - they brought their bloomin' weather with them!!

    They were reasonably well-behaved till a man with a kilt walked in to the pub. Of course Debs and Crumpy were the ringleaders. I left them ready to head off round the corner to an Italian restaurant - the poor waiters won't know what's hit them.

    Lovely to see everyone - and even more people tomorrow.


  • Comment number 60.

    Hee hee!

    I can picture the scene!

    Have a great time everyone. Look after Bids for me. xx

  • Comment number 61.

    Annie - how very dare you - I was just doing what Bids asked me to do - YES BIDS I HEAR YOU ALL CRY - not as innocent as she looks is she hmmmm :-)

    Fun day/night had by all - the weather will NOT dampen our spirits - we're all off on the red bus tour tomorrow - MC and Mr MC sampled it 3 times today to keep out of the rain and are making the most of their 24 hour ticket by giving it another couple of go's in the morning! We shall be the red bus tour of bloggers tomorrow - SORRY Edinburgh - just think yourself lucky we are only bloggers not a hen party!!!!

    Right time to turn in, I've a bus to catch in the morning....

  • Comment number 62.

    Looking forward to the next exciting installment :)

  • Comment number 63.

    Well you cant ALL be in Edinburgh?

  • Comment number 64.

    Hi Sal

    Bids says yes we are!!!

    Mtd ffb xxx

  • Comment number 65.


    OOps, hope thats not too loud! ;)

  • Comment number 66.

    Morning from another wet day in Edinburgh.

    Off shortly to meet the others for brekkie and another paddle through the town.


    Mtd ffb xxx

  • Comment number 67.

    Morning all

    Sal, I'm left behind too!

    Never mind. the sun is shining here and I haven't got too much to do today!


    Have fun paddling round Edinburgh!

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 68.

    ps check out today's google doodle - aahhh!!

  • Comment number 69.

    Hi everyone:

    Well, to any blogger who has attended a blog meet - you know what I am going to say, don't you? We had a terrific day/evening yesterday! Just so lovely to meet up with everyone again - what a great bunch of people. Lots of great chat, loads of laughs, and hugs for ever more. MrS had a great time, he was able to meet most of the bloggers, and he now can understand the attraction of the blog for me.

    Weather - beyond words - wild, wild, wild comes reasonably close to describing it! I tell you, our bloggers are a tough bunch - they did not let the weather deter them for a single moment.

    Ladies and Gentlemen of the Edinburgh Meet 2012: it was a pleasure to see you all - hugs and kisses.

    Hope everyone else is ok - ChezS, the excitement continues - last ever Westlife show (for us) tonight: it's bound to be very emotional - MsS and I have never missed a tour since she was just a wee girl - I'll miss this experience with her.

    Sezza: I love the Google thingy today - it's brilliant!

    Hope everyone is ok today - I am having a day's holiday tomorrow, to recover from all the excitement this weekend!

    C xx

  • Comment number 70.

    Sundee Greetings Ter YOU...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear:

    Ave recently cracked the screen on 'touch' screen mobile phone after it fell outta me shirt pocket and bounced down the stairs in me new old 'ouse while a was in FULL flow of a Bingo Star DIY operation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Ok better me phone falling if something is gonna fall and noot me falling of me 6 metre 'igh ladder the other dee when a was banging up a new gutter!!!!!!!
    (PS The gutter is performing most nice.... most nice with plenty of testing due to our typical UK summer!!!!!!!!)

    So 'gutted' a was with me broken phone.... but it was still working..... The only problem with me screen cracked it's noot easy ter see beyond the cracks!!!!!!!!!
    Escpecially when a was recently viewing new double glazing upvc french doors via me net app!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    So terdee a finally decided ter change the glass screen after ordering a new one for 15 sheets from via the net!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Me kit came with tiny screwdrivers ter do the techno operation of taking me smartphone apart smartly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    All was going well until 2 of me 3 power points broke off me mother circuit board!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Panic set in.... could this be the end of me phone a thought?????????????

    But amazingly after getting out me soldering iron a manged ter solder the tiny connections back on, that a tiny robot 'ad done before, ter try and get reconnected..... And ter me amazmentation.... It worked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The only thing now am a on borrowed time until me connections break.... thus breaking me connection!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    But this is not what worrys me the most.... losing connection from me mobile phone.... It's the wealth of information ave banged in me phone over the past 18months!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ave got an important notes area of 'X-Factor tunes that suit me voice'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Yes over the years when a 'ear a song on the radio that is great, would make a great performance and suits the key a sing in..... Just in case a can ge tthe courage ter give it a go on the X gig!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    For example 'ere are 2 totally different examples of great songs that suit me voice and a could do a great performance with:

    http://youtu.be/jmnWXhxlh14 (very scouse sounding accent would suit this, nice gentle tempo)

    http://youtu.be/ZR0v0i63PQ4 (am very good at singing 'yeah'... Part of me daily vocal exercises.... and easy elec guitar.... a strange choice but could do a brilliant male version of this song!!!!!!!)

    http://youtu.be/jkMGf2_NKvs (this song me numbe rone choice it is so suited to my voice!!!!!!!!)

    Then there's jokes ave got in me phones in case a decided ter do a stand-up comedian line of stuff and not The X Factor.....

    Examples :

    A toilet attendant was asked by their employer ter work a bank 'olidee....
    The attendant asked what are the benefits....
    The employer replied: Double pay and a day in loo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    A was putting petrol inter me car at a petrol station when a burst inter tears....
    A fellow motorist noticed and asked me am a ok.....
    A replied..... It's the 'igh cost of fuel causing me inside ter fill up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Why is when yer buy a 25th Wedding Anniversary photo frame......
    The model couple in the photo frame are in their twenties???????????????????????

    This blog friends is just a little insight inter what is going on DEEP inside Bingo Star's mobile phone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Which is why am in a panic now.... Ter get all me madness outta me phone and written down in case me solders break..... thus losing me permenant power!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    And just in case the stage bekons.... But only if a can get over me stage fright!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Of which am off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PS A went ter the X-Factor auditions a few weeks ago in Manchester.... just ter check out the situation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Not sure if ave got the guts ter give it a go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Tatty gye!

  • Comment number 71.

    Afternoon each from soggy Fife

    Got home at midnight last night after a lovely evening. I was very abstemious as I was driving so think I might need a glass or three of something tonight.

    Chris, you are very lucky to have such a lovely bunch of bloggers and you should treasure them.

    Back in a bit - off to scoop up the cat poo in my garden - I do hate other peoples' cats.


  • Comment number 72.

    PS: The weather is looking up - rain has stopped.

    Chrissie, did you sing all the way home? For those who were not there last night - Chrissie, when merry, apparently sings Frank Sinatra songs on the train.


  • Comment number 73.

    Lovely to hear about the weekend Annie and Chrissie.

    That did make me laugh about the Frank Sinatra singing... I do the same, but my tunes are Billy Joel.

    What about this one Chrissie.... Hee hee.....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4XI3j6p9ME&feature=related

  • Comment number 74.

    How very apt Sal. I was on the water and Chrissie was very definitely on the wine. Think Mary was staying with her on Saturday night. Can you just imagine the scenario? Both of them falling through the front door and scaring Mr. Chrissie.


  • Comment number 75.

    Poor Mr Chrissie ;)

    Great pics on the other side btw :)

  • Comment number 76.

    It's all coming back to me now..... Debs, of course, made friends and twinkled at the rather lovely waiter in the restaurant. And she found a stag party......


  • Comment number 77.

    OMG, sounds just like the Bristol meet. LOL!

  • Comment number 78.

    Sal, blog meets wouldn't be the same without our Debs. xxxxx

  • Comment number 79.

    How right you are Annie.

    Happy Days :)

  • Comment number 80.

    Evening all,
    It's been a great weekend, we have had a blast.
    If you are looking for photos of Edinburgh in the rain, we have hundreds of them.
    However, the weather has not dampened our spirits one bit. We have thoroughly enjoyed every minute, and a huge thanks to our hosts , who were magnificent as ever.
    Right, am off to start on my box of Scottish Shortbread and then it's an early night.
    Thanks again for a splendid weekend, it's good night from me and it's good night from him .
    Love to all
    MC xxxxxx

  • Comment number 81.

    MC, have just seen Gails photos on Fb. Hilarious.

    Was lovely to see you and Mr. MC. xxxxxx

  • Comment number 82.

    Hi Annie, it was lovely to see you too , thank you for a wonderful time.
    Am just cringing as the photos pop up . arghhhhhhh !!!

    MC xxxxx

  • Comment number 83.

    Oh dear, me too. Although, have to say, your's look lovely. xxxxx

  • Comment number 84.

    Right, am off for the night. Am designated to watch the 9yr old in his orchestra tomorrow morning. Daughter is at work, other Gran did it last year and they are so thankful they don't have to do it again. Apparently the orchestra is dire. 9yr old is playing a tuba thingy - very badly.

    Wish me luck. xxxxxx

  • Comment number 85.

    Bless his cotton socks Annie. I remember being in the school choir at the same age and thinking how great my voice was!!

    Bet he loves the fact, that you are going to be there. Enjoy :)

  • Comment number 86.

    Good luck Annie, am sure it will be lovely.
    Sal, its good to see you by the way :-))

    Right, am off to bed , See you soon
    MC xxxxx

  • Comment number 87.

    Night night MC.

    I am hoping to post a message from Bids, once I have deciphered her texting technique!!

  • Comment number 88.

    Ok, I think the message reads as....

    Still raining LOL!

  • Comment number 89.

    Am just struggling to detatch my brolly from my hand .......... The sun started shining the minute our train left Edinburgh ........... in the words of our lovely Bingo 100% true , .......... in the words of our lovely Annie ...... Bums !!!
    MC xxx

  • Comment number 90.

    Hello, just popping in to say thanks for a great meal last night, and that it has FINALLY stopped raining!

    Enjoying the photos on the other side.


  • Comment number 91.

    Three rings. Just got home (I seem to have brought the rain with me.....)

    Off to look at the photos.


    mtd ffb xxx

  • Comment number 92.

    Hi I'm glad you all had a fantastic blog meet, I know I'm very sporadic in my own blogging but I do lurk now and again and am glad it's still going strong. As bondy said the weather is good again, I'm feeling for you all with the awful weather you're having at the mo. Life is good for me at the moment, I'm taking various holistic courses and loving them. I've got mixed emotions because my youngest son at 23yrs is about to join the army, I'm both very proud but also terrified. My oldest son is about to join the Olympics as part of the coaching team of the GB women's basketball team, all of wich I can only watch from afar. I know I'm lucky to be able to travel to and live in various countries, we're going to live in Singapore soon, but I would love to be able to see our sons, pop around the corner to my sister and see my brothers. Enjoy all of these things and don't take them for granted. I would love, fish and chips eaten out of the paper and a proper sausage. America is lovely but their cuisine ain't.

    MaW xxxx

  • Comment number 93.

    Just take a look at CEs page and the link to who is crooning right now!

    Sing your heart out Chrissie :)

  • Comment number 94.

    Morning each

    Just popped in to say it's a gorgeous morning - sun shining. Wouldn't you just know it??

    Have a reprieve from the school orchestra, 9yr old was sick during the night, so will pop in to see him before I set off to do some work.


  • Comment number 95.

    Morning all

    It's not quite sure if it's going to be a glorious morning here or not! We've had the rain before 7 so I'm hoping we're now due the fine by 11! It's trying to brighten up...........I think!

    What has brightened my morning up immensely is receiving a beautiful bouquet at work! My manager sent them out as to thank me for something I did last week - proper made me smile that has! There are gold roses and dark pink gerberas and the sun is just shining on them

    Sounds like all the travellers had a lovely weekend - I raised a glass to you! That poor stag party!

  • Comment number 96.

    MaW, Nice to hear from you. Sounds like life is treating you well - I hope you manage to get back home for a fish n chip fix sometimes!

    I often think of people who aren't posting here as much as they did and hope you are all well, that life is good and we will bump into each other somewhere along the way - I won't name names as I know I will forget someone important!

    Right, best look busy!

    Sarah xx

  • Comment number 97.

    Morning All,

    I am glad the meet went well and I've loved looking at the photos on the other side. I hope you've all dried out now and I also hope that Edinburgh has recovered, I bet the wine profits there went up this weekend ;)

    MaW, Good to read you xx You must be very proud of your boys xx

    Sezza, Arh bless your manager, that's a nice thing to receive on a Monday morning xx

    My concert in the park on Saturday was a bit chilly and very windy. But we're British and didn't let that stop us having a good time. Before the Royal Philharmonic was the 21st Century Stones, who were very good.

    I really chuckled this morning when "Saint Moira" swore live on the radio. Perhaps she is not so saintly after all and Chris can take her off that pedestal he's put her on!

    As Sezza said, best look busy!


  • Comment number 98.

    Ali, I was trying to put mascara on when Moira had her momrnt this morning - that is not a good look!!

    Off the subject - did anyone see Honeysuckle Weeks in the Inspector Lynley Mystery last night? My, she's grown up!!

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 99.

    Afternoon all

    Glad to see all those present in Edinburgh had a good time, if somewhat damp judging by the pictures and Debs misbehaving - surely not!!!

    I had an interesting end to father's day yesterday, when expecting to find the boy (now 2 1/2) asleep, he was in his sister's bedroom, having found a blue felt tip, which he had used all over his bare legs. He looked like something out of Braveheart - to say his mother was unimpressed, would be the understatement of the year!



  • Comment number 100.

    Afternoon all, sorry it's a bit late, but ... three rings!!

    We had a lovely time in Edinburgh, despite the weather!

    Ali, not sure about the wine profits, but the taxi drivers did pretty well out of me as well lol x

    I'm off to catch up properly with the photos, had a quick look this morning, but had to go to collect Finlay, so will have a better look now

    JG x


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