I hear the sprinklers at work-the hissing of summer lawns indeed. Back door open, temperature bearable and Richard Allinson on and sounding great. Blogging activity low but then all activity is low so that's ok. Early morning is the time to do everything these days so let's wrap everything arduous before 9. Years ago filming in Israel with boiling temps from about 10am we had to do a days work from sunrise to, for want of a better phrase, elevenses (not an Israeli tradition). After that it was too hot to work and we all retired to the shade to read books and sip on exotic fruits (or slept and grumbled, one of the two). It just isn't possible to work at the same furious, northern European rate when we have lethargic southern European temps so I'm backing off imminently .
Comedian Ed Byrne today. We head to Edinburgh in August for some shows and Ed is a big festival favourite there. I think our times don't coincide while there so he's in to talk festival business, mountain climbing and falling out with Piers Morgan (which I was responsible for).
And ALFRESCO oldies please. If you can do it outside, then you will; eating, working, show prep etc.
Have a cool and sweet-smelling Wednesday. See you after 5

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  • Comment number 112. Posted by Jennie Wren

    on 18 Jul 2013 07:48

    Good morning - it must be hot as my shorts have appeared!! Don't worry, I won't go outside in them .............
    At least I can get them on now, which I couldn't last year!

    Glad you are ok PW - and the people in the car that crashed.

    #108 - Gazza, you will get locked up in the Tower if you're not careful!

    Good luck on your journey to work, Deebee ;0)

    Where will we be going on the music bus today? (Sounds like play school "Through the round window")

    I'd invest in a torch if I were you Amelia!! You never know......................

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  • Comment number 111. Posted by Deebee

    on 18 Jul 2013 07:30

    Good Morning All

    Well done for menshes last night - a good night for the blog. And thank you Simon for mine. The best thing that's happened to me this week.

    I'm steeling myself this morning for something rather scary that's about to happen - our daughter is giving me a lift to work. She's actually doing very well with her driving, and well on course to take her test next month. But I am a nervous passenger at the best of times, and in my current, slightly feeble state I'm going to have to be very brave... anyone got any Valium?

    Sal, your sea swim sounds absolutely lovely. One day we shall have a house on the coast...

    PW, how horrible to have to witness an accident, and thank goodness everyone was okay. Hope the Outnumbereds weren't at all traumatised by it. Lots of love to all of you. X

    Arthur Crown #83 you do know I'm a married woman...? ;o)

    ~X~

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  • Comment number 110. Posted by amelia

    on 17 Jul 2013 22:40

    Canute - no re the drink - completely forgot the name - meant to come & ask - forgot - drank fizzy water as usual. Liked the sound of your adventures with your daughter & friend.

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  • Comment number 109. Posted by perfect_circle

    on 17 Jul 2013 22:32

    Evening all. Just spent too much of my evening watching The Apprentice, as a former pupil of my old school was in the final. Leah, that is. I don't like the idea of botox, etc, but I suppose it's better if it's a trained doctor who is administering it...

    Lady_Bird - I'm laughing here at your worries about the Smelly one and his definitely UNWRAPPED "parcels". Amelia does know where to avoid, to be fair!!

    Well done to those who got mentions tonight. I'm most unaligned, but choosing is fun, and I like my own choices hehe (somebody has to ;-P).

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  • Comment number 108. Posted by lord gazza

    on 17 Jul 2013 22:23

    hi all

    Molly i like that mike batt song and to think he is also a womble lol

    just heard the royal baby was born last week and its named after the father he is called Gary David

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  • Comment number 107. Posted by amelia

    on 17 Jul 2013 22:23

    Lady B - his poops come out wrapped & odour free #perhapsnottrue #Iavoidsomepartsofthegarden

    Lovely to see you PW - how horrible to witness the accident.

    Sea swimming sounds splendid Sal.

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  • Comment number 106. Posted by Jilly

    on 17 Jul 2013 22:14

    Swimming in the sea, how wonderful Sal :)

    Jennie thanks for the recipe - looks yummy. Well done on the century.

    Lady B - very appropriately, I wish it would rain! ;)

    PW - lovely to 'see' you! Ironing should be banned at the best of times, let alone in this weather! However, listening to the show always helps x

    Arthur - I love a little cross county gallivant!

    Sweet dreams all xxx

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  • Comment number 105. Posted by Lady_Bird

    on 17 Jul 2013 22:01

    Amelia - you're walking around barefoot in the garden? How lovely. Hate to be indelicate, but ...the smelly one?

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  • Comment number 104. Posted by Jennie Wren

    on 17 Jul 2013 21:52

    Bedtime soon, I think

    SYITM

    JW

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  • Comment number 103. Posted by Just Hoffs

    on 17 Jul 2013 21:47

    Evening all,

    Hope all well in hot blogland. Had fully intended to blog today but didn't get the chance. Took my car for a service and decided that it would be good to cycle home. I melted on the way. Bingo, wherever you are, I take my hat off to you for all your bicycling endeavours. Mightily impressed.

    Then on the way to Smallest's swimming lesson we witnessed a van coming off the other side of the road, taking down a wall, and smashing a window of a house before ending up being lodged against the front door of the next house. Amazingly, despite the violent way in which it bounced along, none of its passengers were seriously hurt. It doesn't bear thinking about what would have happened had there been anyone walking along the pavement, particularly with the number of bricks flying around.

    Magpies? I am super-superstitious about them and have to say hello, the time and 'spit' every time I see one, two or any number of them. I don't like them at all, they keep the other smaller birds away.

    Please may I take part in the baby sweepstake?

    16/7...Gazza-it be a girl called Alice Victoria Diana Elizabeth Mary, it be 7lb 3oz
    17/7 ...Tortie Cat
    18/7...Jennie Wren - Victoria Elizabeth Diana; Mildred - James William Charles 7lb 12oz
    19/7...Mandy ...Alexandra Diana 7lb 4oz
    20/7...PJ Hughes
    21/7... Shona, 8lbs 10 ozs Elizabeth, Jeffrey, and Elizabeth too, Shona!
    22/7 ...Florence .... 7lbs 7ozs ... a girl ....Charlotte Elizabeth (probably Diana too)
    23/7 Arthur Crown a boy 8lb 1oz James Louis Charles Arthur and PSL 6lb 12oz Boy 'Bertie' Albert Philip Michael Charles and Deebee 7lb 8oz a girl
    24/7 ...Parsleycat
    25/7 - Pinball Wizardess - a boy - George Michael Charles - 10lb 1 1/2 oz
    26/7
    27/7
    28/7 Lady_Bird 6lb 10oz - Alexandra Elizabeth Diana
    29/7
    30/7

    If no one takes the 30 July slot, the rest of the Pinball family have suggested a very big girl called Diana-Carole ;-)

    Deebee - hope all's well today - Canute is so right, please don't overdo things, particularly in this heat.

    Just about cool enough to indulge in a spot of ironing now so had better get on and will listen again as I do so.

    Have lovely days all tomorrow x

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