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Chris Evans | 11:48 UK time, Wednesday, 29 August 2012

And so post CarFest, me Tash and Nodge have come down with the DampCamp bug. I don't mind, it just serves to remind me of the what a fab weekend we have all had.

Noah and Tash are struggling a bit more with it, but a sustainable excuse to have a bed-in day together, cuddle up and watch a movie or two, in between random attacks from The Tickle Monster.

Now, did you hear today's Pause For Thought? It was delivered by a very special lady by the name of Stacey James. If you didn't catch it, please listen again on the iPlayer. She was on at 9.25 a.m. Wed 29th of August. An example of ultimate compassion between a mother and her daughter. Nothing short of beautiful.

Have a great day, one and all. And here's to the Paralympics - just wish the Beeb had the telly rights. Alas, no matter - Channel 4 it is tonight 8 o'clock.




Peace and Love





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  • Comment number 1.

    Midday Greetings CLP & ALL Bloggies...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    CLP - Am glad The CarFest gig went well despite rain all around the UK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    NEVER pick a fight with the UK weather..... and 'olding a gig such as the above is VERY tempting fate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Yer a brave man..... Although a fully understand why yer 'eld it over a British Bank 'olidee weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A wish a could ave been there but a was working all weekend..... banging in the dosh-a-roonies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    As for the Paraolympics.... YES am so so so excited about more olympic MEGANEEEESSSSS 'iting our shores!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This paraolympics is going ter be AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Talking of which me own little crazy world dreaming of Rio....

    Me latest update:

    Bingo Star's Quest Ter Become An Olympic Track Cyclist By 2016 DAY 16 (Tuesdee):

    Slowly me muscles in me legs are getting firmer/ stronger!!!!!!!
    Even though ave not been doing a smuch cycling as in the past... Me strength in me legs was not as strong... Me leg muscles sort of sleeping/ went softer/ smaller!!!!!!!!
    But it's amazing 'ow yer body changes so fast if yer put the work in.... It's like waking up me sleeping muscles!!!!!!!!!!!

    Yesterdee a cycled 'ome from work and although off to a start were a felt abit weak... tired after working all weekend.... A felt a determination take over me!!!!!!!!
    A thought a can getta decent time 'ere!!!!!!!!!
    Timing me ride on me 'mytracks' app!!!!!!!

    As a got more into the ride a got faster... faster.... ignoring the pain and breathing more 'ard than a needed too ter try and get extra oxygen in me system!!!!!!!!!

    Near the end of me ride is the killer 'ill.... that just the thought makes me ill!!!!!!!
    It's notta mountain climb... ok... BUT... it is a steady 'alf a mile continuous upward 'appening that rises 125 feet!!!!!!!!!
    Not good when am knackered after a long day at work and 5 miles inter me fast cycling!!!!!!!!!
    But bit by bit am getting fitter and stronger!!!!!!!
    A normally 'it the bottom of the 'ill flat out in top gear (26mph-ish).... power up it maybe 80 metres until the 'ill bites 'ard and me legs and lungs lose the fight.... me speed dies and a end up cycling at about 10mph all the way to the top.... Stubbonly refusing ter drop a gear despite the pain in me leg mucles!!!!!!!
    Mind over matter!!!!!!!
    Last night a powered up the 'ill better than ever before.... a got a further 50 metres until me fitness died..... and kept going at about 12 ter 15mph all the way up.... breathing like a mad man in madness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    As a got near the top a was telling meself wow this could be a good time!!!!!!!!!!
    So a gave it all inter the final mile of me ride now in me 'ome town!!!!!!!!!

    A was in such pain.... Struggling for breath but a 'ad ter fight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    No gain without pain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The words of Mo Farah keep going through me 'ead: "it's simply all 'ard graft... That's all it is ter get ter the top!!!!!!"

    A flew inter the final straight like it was the end of the Tour deFrance!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (be it about 2,00miles less though what a 'ad just done!!)...........

    A stopped.... quickly stopped me stop watch app on me mobile phone..... This could be me best ever time.... me best ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A looked...... Some may remember a wrote about me new best time last week in which on the 23rd a did it in 21minutes 48 seconds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A looked at me time............

    21minutes........ 55 seconds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Only 7 seconds off a new personal best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And despite a sluggish start for the first mile!!!!!!!!!!!

    Am so a'ppy with this as it shows am getting better.... am sure the time will keep coming down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    But what is the limit on my bicycle I have now!!!!!!!!!

    Absolute top speed is 30mph.... That's turning the pedlas till me feet are nearly flying off them!!!!!!!!!!

    A few days ago a drove 'ome in me car and experimanting a did 30mph exactly the whole way.... using me timing app again!!!!!!!!!
    A did it in 15minutes 49 seconds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    But this is impossible to do on my bike.... I'd 'ave ter be Superman ter cycle flat at 30mph for the whole route!!!!!!!!

    Realistic a think is 18 minutes which would be superfit with immense strength in me legs!!!!!!!!!!

    The only way a could do it faster than 15 minutes 49 would be buy a top of the range superlight racing cycle.... similar ter Bradley Wiggans rides and only if me fitness was 100 times improved from what a am now!!!!!!!!!

    Onwards and upwards..... Am serious about Rio 2016!!!!!!!!

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    Postion #1.... A like it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A VERY good omen for both our Team GB Para dudes and me own little crazy Rio 2016 dreams!!!!!!!!!

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    PS Soz a meant Paralympics...... Noot Paraolympics!

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    Hiya Chris: no way would I have known you are feeling under the weather - you were on great form this morning. Hope Natasha and Noah get better soon. xx Will check out the Pause for Thought ... I have a feeling I may be in tears!

    Hi Bingo! Sorry, in a rush to go out for my lunch, so will read your posts later!

    C xx

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    #Chrissie, I'm with you no way was Chris sounding under the weather this morning. Although to be honest I did not hear much as it was so dark dismal & wet this morning I overslept and the weather has done pretty much nothing else apart from rain !!!

    I do like your idea of a 'duvet day' with the family Chris, best idea of the day, what films you going to watch. Best one I've watch recently is 'HUGO'.

    Lunch is calling me . . . bit late I know but that seems to be the way of my day.

    Bingo not much time to read your blog yet, will read it later with a cool glass of something, and it won't be water.


  • Comment number 6.

    Back again:

    Bingo: wow, sounds like you are a very determined bunny! But, take it easy, ok - Rome wasn't built in a day! Seriously, I wish you good luck with your training - it would seem you are loving it. xx

    Sharon: I'm not surprised you overslept this morning - I almost did the same. It was so dark, and indeed so dismal, I just couldn't believe it was time to get up!

    PJ: (from previous blog) great to hear about your weekend - you must have had such a terrific time!

    Have ground to a halt a bit, after an extremely busy day so far. A refreshing cup of tea is called for, methinks!

    C xx

  • Comment number 7.

    Afternoon each

    Have just listened to the Pause for Thought - what an inspiring young woman.

    Hope the family feel better soon Chris.

    Dark and Dismal here too today but sunshine is promised for tomorrow.


  • Comment number 8.

    'Lo everybody

    Am sat sitting waiting for the Paralympic Opening to start

    Looks like it's going to be good but it might take a while to get used to not having the BBC presenters on board

    I wonder if Chris will be able to get any of the P'pic Medallists on the show. I know he's not in the park but there must be some way to do it

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 9.

    Oh S'Okay.

    Clare Balding is there - All is well in the world!

    x x x

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    I'm not sure that Jon Snow, expert on all wars, plagues and world disasters is quite the person to capture the optimism of a Paralympic Opening Ceremony!

    An announcement of the most recent tragedy to befall a country is not the most cheerful way to introduce the team!

    Sezza xxx

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    I had to switch it off after the first half hour - commentary so awful and stupid ad breaks!!!


  • Comment number 12.

    Sticking with it at the moment, could do without the news bulletins though (I also wonder which countries we are missing during the ad breaks - they are a bit interminable).


    mtd ffb xxx

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    Hi Y'all

    I watched the first part of the opening ceremony then switched over to 5 for the Dallas preview with John Barrowman talking tol JR, Sue Ellen, Bobby, et al.

    Can't wait for the first episode next week, I think it will be just as big as it was in the 80's.

    Bring it on! Yeehaa!

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 15.

    Morning all

    Well, I stuck with the Opening Ceremony til bed time and I've recorded it to watch later but it's not Auntie Beeb is it! Hope the coverage of the sports is better

    Having listened to Chris this morning, giving so much attention to the paralympic sports-people, i wonder how long it will be before he's broadcasting from a shed outside the Olympic park! As close as he can get!

    Maddy, I may watch Dallas just to see how it time-travels! i wasn't into it big time before though

    Bingo, I didn't make it to Thailand I'm afraid! Think I got to Paraguay and realised we were only half way through the alphabet!

    Hi Susan

    Right, best look busy!

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 16.

    Morning All

    At least today started better than yesterday, no rain yet, but the grey clouds are not far away!

    I watched the opening ceremony last night and like many, I too missed the BBC commentary and the adverts were very annoying, but we have to let someone else have a go sometimes just to show the rest of the world BBC is the BEST.

  • Comment number 17.

    Ello.... Me again...

    Sharon - My advice is ter read me blogs often yer will need something alot stronger than water ter get through them....
    A now, sorry know a do when wreeting them!!!!!!!

    Chrissie S - A now, sorry know Rome wasn't built in a dee... Tell me about a can't even renovate me new old 'ome in a year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    A now, sorry know the advice yer trying ter give me... Aka don't crash me bicycle or me sanity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    'aving said that yer gotta try 'ard ter reach the top!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sezzagirl - A watched all of the Paralympic opening gig.... Just as Thailand came out they switched ter do an interview with a lady representing the GB Team who was sadly caught up in the July 7th London bombings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    So a didn't see Thailand....
    As for P 'alf way through the alphabet.... it is but noot in country terms as more countries start with the first 'alf of the 'bet!!!!!!!

    As for the cremony... A STRONGLY reccomend watching the final 'our... It was very very moving.... Beverly Knight sang too..... and the lighting of the flame was spectacularly spectacular!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The second 'alf much better than the first!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Well that's about as short a blog as a can possibly do!!!!!

    Off ter sand me wall!

  • Comment number 18.

    Afternoon each from SUNNY Fife!!!!

    I too stuck with the opening ceremony of the Paralympics and it was tear-jerking. I was so impressed with the stamina of all the Olympians. Got totally fed up with the ads though - how disrespectful to the countries we didn't see. Just showed how well the BBC did it.

    Been working ALL DAY!! Doesn't happen often glad to say but I really enjoy catching up with my work colleagues. Makes it all worthwhile.

    Hope everyone is well and going to post soon. I'm missing you all.


  • Comment number 19.

    PS: Meant to say Helloooooooo to Bingo, Maddy, Sezza, Susan and Sharon.


  • Comment number 20.

    Evening all

    LOL Bingo! I was trying to work out how many countries there would be after P! I thought maybe not as many as before but still couldn't stay up!

    Annie, I have watched some of the cycling today and I've really tried to give them a chance but it's not so good!

    'Lo Sharon

    Quiet night tonight - I hope. Am planning that no one has to go out!

    Have got the broke-legged nephew to stay for tomorrow and Saturday so need an early night ready for the "sleep" over!

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 21.

    Hi Sezza, hope you have a quiet night. x

    Watching the One Show and WW2 pilots. Reminded me to look out a book I have - 'Return to St. Valery' by Derek Lang. He was the GOC Scotland and I did some work for him for the 40th anniversary of the end of the war. He liberated St. Valery. A lovely gentleman.


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    Heroes Bingo, all of them. xxxx

  • Comment number 24.

    #22 - A like!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Annie G - 'ello back at yersen!!!!!!!!

    A agree nobody better then our wonderful BBC at doing stuff that involves a camera or microphone and/ or INDEED a stressed out producer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Alotta errors in CH4's coverage and the commercial breaks most annyoing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Annyoing a think is japanese for annoying!!!!!! Soz!

    Sezza Girl - A agree it does go on along time... A ended up VERY late getting 'ome!!!!!!!!

    Noot good when a 'ad a train driver test terdee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 25.

    Oooo Bingo, exciting! How did the train driver test go?


  • Comment number 26.

    Yep Annie they really are AMAZING people as ave just writted over on The Si Mayo blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Train driver test am not sure as ave 'ad a very tiring week and wasn't me best today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Simple first test on fault finding.... simple but designed ter make yer think 'ard and carefully.... A think a passed but it's one of those a might ave made some very silly errors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    On the positive just getting ter the first tests we were told we've got from 4,000 applicants..... YES a did say '4,000'... MADNESS.... Down ter the last 150!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    It's certainly a crazy rat race out there when 4,000 people apply for 20 train driver jobs!!!!!!!!
    Bring back the days when nearly anybody could get on the railway at the bottom and work yer way up through the ranks!!!!!!!!!

    'aving said that it's good nowadays only the VERY best become train drivers 'ence a train crash in the UK now is something very very very rare!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A know a would make an excellent train driver as am very proffessional when it come ster me truck driving!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    But getting through all the interviews and tests.... Yer do need luck aswell as skill ter get through it all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Only thing if a get it.... Will it send me olympic cycling..........

    Off... The rails!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 27.

    One for the newspaper 'eadlines:

    Golden Story... Sarah Storey Wins Frist GB Gold!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 28.

    Good morning all,

    Lovely sunny day here on the south coast wall to wall blue and hope it's herte to last, well for the w/end at least .

    I did get to see the opening of the Paralympics wednesday and what a fantastic show it was ,and how inspiring are all those athletes ,just shows that nothing is impossible eh!!.
    Well I dont know what's happening in your world this w/end but what ever it is I hope that you have a good one .

    Just time for anothe cuppa I think ,so take care all and have a good day .


  • Comment number 29.

    Greetings CLP & ALL On This Side Of The Action...

    Bingo Star 'ere....

    Ave just written a blog on the otherside... And since alot of it is of 'elp on this side AND Mr Mayo mentions CLP's most nice show also.... I've banged me full blog over on this side aswell as the otherside... Sort of bringing together friends of Radio 2 in a united and most friendly interactive way:

    Morning Niceties Ter Mr Mayo & 'ALL' Blog Peeps...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    Mayo Pal - Firstly a take me 'at off to you over that fact that yerv decided ter devoid of the 'ats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    A don't blame yer after seeing the price of them on the link a put on first 'at blog yeterdee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Or was it the first blog??????
    Or the second?????
    A ain't now, sorry know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Anyway at least yerv only goot spiders coming up yer drainpipe!!!!!!!!!!

    The DAMN IT rat returned ter me bedroom the other dee and robbed all of me chocolate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    They seem ter mad for chocolate as everytime it/ they ave been in the take the choccy first!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    A don't know 'ow it/ they are getitng in???????????!!!!!
    After following leads it lead me ter the old lead air vents in the wall... Ave blocked up the broken lead airbrick vents temporary ready ter bang in proper modern air bricks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Ave found plenty of chewed choccy wrappers under me lounge wooden floor.... which leads me ter thinking is there a 'ole in the wall somewhere!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Anyway it's only cos ave 'ad some of me lounge floor boards up that they goot in that way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Either ave gotta rat or the choccy is thinking a could ave a crazed woman coming in me 'ouse ter steal me choccy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    For ARF.....

    As a quckly approach me 40th birthdee and with rat problems......

    'ow about for ARF:

    UB40 - Rat In Me Kitchen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PS Remember the trend ave noticed of the first dee of the month weather sets a president for the whole month ahead......
    INDEED the first of August was errrrrr... RUBBISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Of which a didn't wanter talk about that much in the 'ope this month me weahter prediction would be wrong.... But generally as usual it wasn't!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    What am trying ter say is take a VERY long 'ard look at the weather termozza on the 1st of The September......
    And see if we are going ter get out traditional September Indian Summer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Weather good termozz.... Weather good for all of September!!!!!!!
    Yer 'ear dit 'ere first!!!!!!!!!!!

    Glad ter 'elp!

  • Comment number 30.

    Morning Everyone,

    The day started stressfully, overslept (again) realised I'd got the day wrong it was still a work day and I had no family member free to look after cherub. Used all the phone numbers I had for Mums' from school, everyone was busy or just didn't answer!

    Thankfully I have a very understanding boss. Cherub came to work with Mummy complete with DS and a variety of games, a cuddly, book to read, lunchbox & sweets.

    Its Friday and the weekend is almost here, lots of activities in our park this weekend as its the last weekend before the children go back to school, so the picnic will be made the suntan lotion applied and fun fun fun to be had.

    Happy weekend to One & All


  • Comment number 31.

    Hi everyone:

    Just trying to have a wee catch-up - I couldn't get on here yesterday - just crazy stuff at work.

    Maddy: re: Dallas. Oooh, I am looking forward to it, too! I don't know if it can come anywhere near how fantastic it was in the early days, but I will be giving it a try. I remember when it first started - I couldn't believe how glamorous it was - Sue Ellen was my favourite character ... something to do with her liking a drink, perhaps! And, I was always desperate to go for lunch to the Cattlemen's Club!

    Sezza: I bet your nephew will love being with you - he is sure to be spoiled!

    Annie: you are so well read. I knew nothing of St Valery, so looked it up. It looks beautiful, and I will find out more about Derek Lang.

    Bingo: fingers crossed for your train driver's test. xx Also, I hope Mr Mayo plays your request!

    Sharon: what a fantastic boss you have - so understanding.

    Nothing of any note to report from me - just looking forward to the weekend, and not getting up at 6.30 tomorrow morning!

    Happy Friday!

    C xx

  • Comment number 32.

    Hello Bids, Bingo, Sharon & Chrissie.

    Chrissie- I can't wait for Dallas to begin again on Wednesday, I never missed it on Friday nights in the 80's. At that time I saw myself as being like Sue Ellen and was even told I looked a bit like her (I think it was my demented expression lol). Not that I was a drunk, a tramp and an unfit mother lol! My ex husband reminded me very much of JR, perhaps a bit less devious lol. I would have loved to go to the Oil Baron's Ball.

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 33.

    Afternoon All,

    I hope everyone is fine and well on this sunny Friday. I know it's only been a short week (for some of us) but it seems to have dragged on to me!

    Bingo, Always a challenge to read your posts :) but always enjoyable too. Good luck with the train drivers exam xx

    Sharon, I am sorry that I chuckled to myself about you thinking it was the weekend, but glad the Cherub could come to work with you xx

    I tried to watch the Paralympics Opening Ceremony but the adverts were doing my head in, so gave up. I also watched a bit last night, no offence to Channel 4 but it's not the BBC.; even if they have drafted the lovely Clare Balding in.

    Had an exciting day on Wednesday as I did a Foodbank collection at a local supermarket. It really does restore your faith in humanity; although there are the odd ones that pass you by, head down, or say no thanks, there are those that are generous beyond words. We had three people come up to us with trolleys full of food and after taking a carrier bag off the top for themselves they said the rest was for us...wow. We collected over half a ton of food to help local people...brilliant.

    Also need to tell you of an encounter I had today! I was waiting to turn right into a petrol station where there was a great big Keep Clear box, but guess what a white van driver was sitting in it, on his mobile phone. When I kindly pointed out that it said "keep clear" for a reason, he accused me of needing to take my driving test again and told me where to go! I had to laugh, as Terry Wogan used to say "you couldn't make it up!"


  • Comment number 34.

    Hello Chris could you either look at the clubscuderia sites and the post A sad story or can you look at [Unsuitable/Broken URL removed by Moderator] please as I don't normally follow these things up but this is heart breaker
    Many thanks Pete

  • Comment number 35.

    Oh that is so UNFAIR!

    Jody Cundy has been disqualified! It was so obvious that it was wheelspin but they are blaming rider error. No! it wasn't rider error and he should have been allowed a restart. I think it's simply that the officials are afaid of upsetting the Spanish.

    We won't be hearing the end of this and I hope Jody gets justice in the end (after a hearing).

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 36.

    Today is 'once in a blue moon' day!

    This is because we get our second full moon in August, the last one b eing on 2nd August.

    As a full moon occurs every 29 days and a calendar month has a maximum of 31 days this is very rare.

    The last time we had a b lue moon was in March 2010 and the next one will be in July 2015.

    MM xxx

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    As much as I admire your dedication and generosity with the Foodbank, surely it is a damning indictment on our society that such a thing is even necessary in this day and age.

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    Just a quick pop in to declare FNWC open if there are any takers, had the longest hardest graft physically 4 day week EVER so there is a penguin in my hand and I'll report back tomorrow when I've caught up with you lovely lot

    TGIF everyone!!!!

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    I was hoping FNWC was open!

    Debs, hope your office moving went well

    MBD, You have a point there. Thank goodness there are good people like Ali to pick up where society falls down

    Bingo, Good luck with the train driver applicationing. I know how much this would mean to you

    Maddy, the moon is beautiful tonight. I know it's a blue moon but I would call it a Harvest Moon. Big and low and pinkish. Maybe it's the sound of the combines I can hear each time I go out at the moment

    And the thing with Jody Cundy was awful! Especially as the USA rider was allowed to startd when his foot slipped off the pedal. How is that an equipment failue and Jody's start wasn't?

    Chrissie, I'm not sure about spoiling the nephew. I know he's got a crook leg but I thought I could get him scrubbing dhishes or something like that! he he he!!

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 41.

    Evening each

    Can't see the blue moon - too much cloud in Fife.

    Have 7yr old staying tonight so an early start tomorrow methinks!

    Back in a bit when I've caught up.


  • Comment number 42.

    Bingo, my fingers are crossed for the train drivers exam.

    Chrissie, Derek Lang was Lt.Gen. Sir Derek Lang - captured by the Germans in St. Valery, escaped and went back to liberate the town. A truly special man.

    Ali, well done with the Foodbank - ordinary people are not so ordinary, are they? But I do echo MBD's comments.

    Sharon, our lot have been back at school for weeks - the 10yr old grandson calls his school 'prison'!

    Maddy, enjoy Dallas - I could never get into it, think it was those huge shoulder pads that put me off.


  • Comment number 43.

    Hi all,
    A rather cloudy day so far down here on the south coast ,so that's going to be my excuse for taking it easy today ,don't need much do I ..lol.

    Chris ,I hope that the family are over their chills from last w/end and are now bouncing around.

    Ali ,well done you on your food bank collection ,we had one at our supermarket a few weeks ago ,but I was only able to contribute a carrier bag and not the whole trolley,but like some of said why does this have to be done when we are supposed to be living in a reasonably stable country ,not a third world one . But where would those people be without the likes of our Ali that gives up so much of her time ..freely.

    Bingo ,yes good luck with your train exam ,don't give up as you will get there , keep following your dream .

    Annie ,I hope that you weren't up too early this morning with your grandson ,but hey you know you love it ,don't you ;-)) seems strange when I read about yours being already back at school as ours aren't back yet.

    Sezza , hope nephew is getting on with those pots and pans and earning his keep .His plaster must be coming off soon eh!! just in time to go back to school.

    Maddy ,hi nice to see you ,I hope that your keeping well and that those pussy cats are well.

    Crissie ,I hope you have a good w/end as your first week back after your hols did drag for you ,so I hope that you are imbibing this w/end with your lovely family ,and hows that lovely Mary doing .

    Debs ,hope you've got your feet up this weekend after the week you've had also ,all these busy people no tripping though this w/end or are you ???.

    One more week for Carfest north ,I bet those of you oop north are looking forward to it , not quite sure where abouts in cheshire it is ,as that is my home county I should know ,but they have changed the boundaries so much over the years .

    Sorry if I've missed anyone but If I write anymore you'll be throwing the puter at me and be saying ..Get Off ..hehe!!!

    OK I'm going ...see you later ...Bids.xxx.

  • Comment number 44.

    Happy 1st September.

    White rabbits, pinch punch, etc.

    Bids-like you I'm going to take it easy today, it's looking a bit dull here too. I wonder if we'll get an Indian summer.

    I'm happy to report that Tom is doing very well, he's looking much stronger and is very happy. I discovered something (I think I can say it, Renalzin) online. It can be put onto all types of cat food and helps stop the progression of kidney disease by binding phosphorate. I asked the vet first if this would be OK and she said it would.

    Right I must get on with my lazy day!

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 45.

    Afternoon Each,

    Bit dull and overcast today, but it is the beginning of September afterall ;)

    My bestest friend has just been round to show off her brand new car, it's gorgeous; she deserves it and I am so happy for her xx

    MBD, I couldn't agree with you more, it is shocking that as one of the richest countries in the world we can't afford to feed some families. There is something not quite right there!! In the past year Foodbanks, across the country, have doubled! Let's hope the day is not too far away when there isn't a need for them.

    Thanks Sezza, Bids and Annie on your kind words xx

    MM, Enjoy your lazy day xx I'm having one of those too. Off out in a mo to get a paper and then to meet a friend for dinner tonight, in between I shall be snoozing :)

    Debs, sounds like you deserved that Penguin yesterday xx

    Happy Saturday Everyone


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    Another vote for the lazy day here!

    I was going to let the Nephew off the chores today being a kind Auntie so I sent him to the £1 cinema with the boys this morning. However, as they managed to spend nearly £7 on pic'n'mix sweets, I think I'll have the pair of them cleaning the house from top to bottom!

    Think I need to put some wine in the fridge to chill for tonight although it's been chilly enough all day!

    Bids, Nephew has plaster for at least another week so the teachers have arranged to pick him up and take him to school until he can do his usual walk! Hopefully that will be soon!

    Hairy Dieters Masala chicken (or at least, a version of) is marinating ready for dinner. Think I need to move my bottom and get the rest of dinner ready to go with or it will be very lonely on the plate!

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 47.

    Evening each

    I, too, have had a lazy afternoon after the 7yr old went home. Up at 7am, then had to watch the Tattoo on Catchup as he is a big fan of Scottish music and wants to learn to play the bagpipes! Fortunately he has to be 8 before he can start on the chanter (something to do with lung capacity I think).

    Sezza, when the boys have cleaned yours, send them to mine - house is a tip after having 3 grandsons for lunch, I don't know how they do it.


  • Comment number 48.

    Morning all!
    grey and overcast here in brizzle today - I joined you all in a lazy day yesterday and will do so again today. Just got two dogs to wash and a roast to cook.

    Office move went well from a furniture and things point of view - IT is another whole thing and I'm keeping everything crossed that it will be up and running in the morning. And the great thing is that we get to do it all in reverse at the end of the year! joy!!!

    Ali - well done on the foodbank thing - you are one of lifes gud-uns you know.

    Right time for a coffee i think
    Happy Sunday everyone

  • Comment number 49.

    Hi everyone - hope you are all having a good weekend. I'm having a lazy day today, well so far! Just waiting to listen to Emma Thompson on Terry's show and then I will get started on some chores ... honest, I will!

    I know I've said it before, but I like repeating myself, as you know - Emma should have won the Oscar for Love Actually - she was robbed!

    Debs: glad to hear the move went well - the IT thing is a whole different kettle of fish of course, so I hope it's all working tomorrow morning!

    AliB: honestly, I admire you so much - you are always helping others, and it's so kind of you. As for the Foodbanks, I hate to say it, but Ithink they are here to stay, and we'll see more and more of them - indeed, an absolute disgrace in a country where the rich just keep getting richer and the poor - well, it would seem that's just their hard luck. Makes me seethe!

    Sezza: hope those boys have earned their pic 'n' mix money!

    Happy Sunday, all.

    C xx

  • Comment number 50.

    Hiya all,

    Do you know that laziness is sure catching ,and it's still not left me from yesterday ,so I've come to the conclusion that I'll ride the storm and see it through .

    Had a nice lay in this mornoing don't know if that was a good idea ,and have just had brunch ,egg and bacon toasted sarnie with a few mushroos on the side and a nice mug of tea.

    Crissie ,how are those chores of yours going ,have you finished now ,bet you have and are now sitting supping something .xx.

    Debs ,having to do a reverse again ,it must be a utter nightmare for you ,but you're good at sorting so it should alll go to plan .

    Right off to do a bit more lazying ...

    Have a good day all..Bids.xxx.

  • Comment number 51.

    Happy Sunday Everyone.

    Not a bad day here on the Wirral peninsula, if the weather stays like this for the rest of September I won't complain.

    Well I broke my lazy day yesterday with very unexpected hoovering of upstairs so, therefore I must take things very easy today.

    Instead of a Sunday roast today I'm doing steak pie (frozen of course, no baking for me today) with mash, cabbage & leek & gravy.

    Debs-H ope the doggies are all clean & posh now and that the IT whatsit is up and running in the morning.

    Chrissie-Hope you managed to get those chores done. And yes! Emma Thompson is a great actress and should have won the Oscar for Love Actually.

    Bids-Ooh! That bacon & egg sarnie with mushrooms must have tasted very good. I feel jealous as I just had shredded wheat with jam on and a cherry yogurt.

    Right, back to the laziness with a cool purple grape juice drink!

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 52.

    Afternoon each from sunny Fife

    Well, you lazy lot - washing dried, grass cut, house cleaned (as Sezza's boys didn't turn up) and shopping done. Think I deserve a glass of vino collapso later.

    Hope everyone is enjoying the sun.


  • Comment number 53.


    Funny sort of day here - I'm sure there's loads I should be doing but have just done a bit of ironing and that's all

    Chrissie, I am too soft and didn't make the boys do anything! It was nice having Oscar to stay - he is such a sweet boy

    Annie, One day those boys will turn up on your dorrstep - then you'll get a shock!

    Maddy, we've got a pie today too - a chicken garlic and mushroom so will see what that is like!

    Debs, do you want another dog to bath? He's bit stinky today!

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 54.

    Morning all!

    Sezza - sorry I'm all dog washed out - the main pain is that I have to use special shampoo on account of westie skin condition that has to stay on for 10 mins - have you tried to keep a dog in a bath for 10 mins!!! times two!!!

    So we've all had nice lazy weekends then, working today maybe tomorrow and then defo off for the rest of the week, will be chilling with books to read and whole series to watch on the telebox.

    Right time to get sorted, good luck to all those with kidlets going to new schools, classes etc and especially to PiPs little man off to nursery for the first time.

    Happy Monday everyone

  • Comment number 55.

    Hi everyone, Monday again!

    Bids: yes, thank you, quite a few wee chores attended to yesterday. As for me "supping something" after doing them ... do you have a webcam set up in my flat?! xx

    Maddy: Re: Emma Thompson, you and I are on the same page! Funnily enough, just a few minutes into the interview yesterday, someone sent a message in, saying that the scene where Emma discovers the necklace is not for her, still gets to them, every time!

    Annie: what a busy day you had yesterday. I do hope the vino went down a treat. xx

    Sezza: oh, I know, it would impossible not so spoil those boys! I absolutely loved spoiling my nephews when they were young. I can proudly say that I bought my twin nephews every single that Buck's Fizz released ... and I bought them Now That's What I Call Music No.1! We are talking a very long time ago!

    Debs: enjoy your time off - you deserve it. xx Unfortunately still haven't had time to watch Chitty - all sorts of family stuff prevented that over the weekend. But I have my DVD sitting in pride of place beside the TV and will attempt to see it this week!

    Ah, yes, good luck to all the children getting back to school - it's not easy. And, Pip: I am thinking of you today. xx

    Lastly, isn't it great to have Lynn back? She was sounding terrific this morning. And bless poor Moira when she had to admit that her birthday flowers were still in the wrapper ... that Chris Evans, he gets her all flustered!

    C xx

  • Comment number 56.

    'Lo everybody

    It was good to have Lynn back. Some of the stand-ins have been good but there's no one like Lynn!

    Chrissie, did the nephews do something awful to deserve every Bucks Fizz album??? ;-)

    Debs, No, I should think after trying to keep the dogs in the bath for 10 minutes each you really don't want another one do you!

    I'm afraid not being a nice mum to my puppy at the moment! He had a little lump removed from his chin this morning and he is now trying to get comfy lying on the floor but everytime his chin touches the floor, it must hurt as he lifts his head up again!

    I know I shouldn't but I can't help laughing at him - he looks like a proper nodding dog!

    Oh, yes, yes, yes!!

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 57.

    Sezza - LOL - bless little Gibbs - oh yes yes yes!

    Chrissie - just enjoy when you can - had a revelation at lunch - dropped GDs overdue books off at library and what a collection of DVDs they have! so picked up a couple of films for my time off later in the week - decided chores in the morning - chilling in the afternoon. And I jokingly said to GD last week "well at least I'll get the weather next week when the kids go back to school" its 26 and cracking the flags today and set like that for the next 7 days!!!!

    he he he......
    right not here really

  • Comment number 58.


    Wet n' wild up here today, and gales all set for tomorrow if the weatherman has it right!

    T'was the boy's first full day at school today (he's been on half days for last two weeks), so he is now lying on the sofa with an apple refusing to play as he's 'too tired mummy......learning is hard'! Bless him!
    As it was my first full day without him in a while, me and bump had our lazy day today catching up with the paralympics (anyone else being driven crazy by the adverts??) and generally not doing much!! Did still manage a hour dog walk on the beach when it wasn't raining!

    Now he's in school full time I must get back into a routine of housework/paperwork/college work.......not sure how that's going to go with ever increasing bump in the way, but I must get our lives in order and at least some of the way to finishing my course before the baby arrives, or it will never get done!!

    Hope everyone is in fine fettle?

  • Comment number 59.

    Hi, just checking in to say - I am on my wait to the footwear chemist this evening for a new deodrant! Wow, a quiet blog is one thing, but today has been the quietest I have seen in a very long time.

    Sezza: poor wee Gibbs ... are you getting the sad eyes?!

    Debs: I know - the choice of DVD's from the library is incredible, eh? And, you are right, the sun is going to shine on you for the rest of the week. Not on us, unfortunately, but what else is new?!

    eb: oh, yes, very hard work being at school for the very first full day! I clearly remember my first day at school, but I don't have the faintest idea of what I was doing at 3pm yesterday!

    Have a nice evening, everyone.

    C xx

  • Comment number 60.

    Chrissie, Oh yes, yes, yes to the very sad eyes! How could you do this to me Mum!

    Ebbs, Oh yes, yes, yes to being fed up with the adverts! I wouldn't mind so much if the rest of it was brilliant but the pair they have anchoring in the afternoon are so wooden!

    Debs, Oh yes, yes, yes! Sounds like a perfect plan!

    I was really looking forward to coming home to an empty house for an hour or so today and then boy2 didn't go out!

    Love them all but I just want my house to myself for an hour!

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 61.

    Morning all,

    Just not enough hours in the day at the mo but all good here at ChezNic Towers.

    Loving the doggy tales (tails?) - Sezza, hope Gibbs is OK after his ickle op. We took Randall The Vandal out on Sunday afternoon for a longer than normal walk. Midway round he found a deep, very muddy puddle and sat down right in the middle of it. That dog could find a muddy puddle in the Sahara! He was shampoo'd down in the garden when we got home and slept very well!

    Will endeavour to dip in and out a bit more frequently - honest!

    Muchos amore, and have a good day y'all


  • Comment number 62.

    Good morning all,

    A grey day here today ,but hoping for it to brighten up later on.

    Sezza ,I hope that little Gibbs is feeling happier today and is able to lay his head down,he must be feeling dog tired .

    And yes me too enjoying all the doggy tales.

    Beth ,Bless little one ,and hope he soon gets into a routine of this all day school thing,It must be quite daunting when you realize that you have to go every day for the next ...years.

    Our eldest Grandson has left school now and is off to college, number two loves school and the third wouldn't go if he didn't have to bless him.

    And I certainlty wouldn't be going to work if I didn't have to ,but unfortunately needs must ..so have a great day all and take care ..


  • Comment number 63.

    Good Morning All

    Today started well, woke before the alarm so that was a good start.

    Daughter's first day back today, normally we have a mad dash to catch the bell and the gate with seconds to spare. First day back its a new gate, new road layout and we are 10 mins early!!! I asked one the TA's on the gate to acknowledge today as special as it will probably be the first and only time this term.

    Unfortunately, not all the schools in our area have returned today, some go back tomorrow so more traffic on the road will make it more of a challenge.

    Thanks for all the 'doggy' stories made me smile thinking of Gibbs, bless.

    My Daughter would dearly love a pet, other than a goldfish "cause their boring". However, he that thinks he must be obeyed is very allergic and lets face it I would be the main carer there too. Perhaps when she's a bit older, then she can help with the responsibility.

    Glad the morning team are back together, a bit like an old slipper, feels very comfortable.

    Have a wonderful day Peeps.


  • Comment number 64.

    Morning all

    Thanks for all the good Gibbs wishes. He is looking more comfortable this morning. Bless him, he eventually worked out if he laid on his side, it didn't hurt his poorly chin!

    Deevs, Randall does indeed sound like a bit of a vandal! Either that or a mud monster!

    Bids, I could quite happily not go to work. Shall we all run away together!

    Sharon, I can highly recommend a Gibbs type dog for they don't shed their fur so are good for people with allergies and they don't need too much walking although he will happily tramp away for miles too! We had got to the stage though where the boys were slightly more independant to tie ourselves back down!

    Boy1 has gone off to school for his last first day of term today! How on earth did that happen? I'm sure it was only a moment ago he was starting reception! :-(

    Boy2 has an extra day off - his year go back tomorrow - so he has gone to the zoo with a friend!

    It's all right for some isn't it!

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 65.

    Morning All,

    Lovely day here, very foggy this morning but the sun soon burnt through that; typical really the kids go back to school and summer starts!

    Sezza & Bids, please can I run away with you as well :) If I didn't have to work, I can assure you I wouldn't and to think I've got at least another 21 years of it!!

    Eb, Bless your little man, school is exhausting, does he realise he's got another 10 years of it as least xx

    My friends daughter started secondary school yesterday. My friend was a blubbering wreck all day, her daughter jumped out of bed very excited and had an a-maz-ing day as she told me last night on the phone.

    Debs, Enjoy your days off xx

    I too like the doggy stories, they make me smile :)

    On my own again today, although my colleague was in briefly this morning. I've just made one of my many bosses laugh, which believe me is a very hard thing to do!


  • Comment number 66.

    Hi everyone:

    Sezza: glad to hear wee Gibbs is slightly better, and appears to have forgiven you!

    Bids: I'm with you and Sezza - I do believe I could quite happily give up work, and just "potter" around for ever more. Just need that lottery win, and we will be all set!

    Cheryl: nice to see you - you are a very busy girl!

    Sharon: I do like your description of your other half!

    Nothing much to report from me, just staying out of mischief, if possible!

    Have a good Tuesday.

    C xx

  • Comment number 67.

    Hi Sezza,

    What breed of dog is Gibbs, my MD has a labradoodle, but I think thats a bit big for me to consider?

    My daughter started Y4 today, as you say it doesn't seem that long ago I was taking her photo for her first day at school.

    Q: Is the weather going to hold for CarFest North? I don't think Chris has mentioned the weather has he. Only Kidding, of course he has, but only once or twice.

    Sharon x

  • Comment number 68.

    Hi AliB: you sneaked in while I was typing my post! Another 21 years to work - yikes! Now, that I think about it, I have been working for 40 years - aaarrrggh!

    And, yes, I do feel for your friend - I well remember MsS going to "the big school" she sort of grew up overnight! Still, Ali, you'll be there to support your friend as she gets used to the changes. xx

    Off again - less than an hour until lunch - hurrah!

    C xx

  • Comment number 69.

    Chrissie, Sezza & AliB and anyone else who wants to dream.

    Oh to win the Lottery and have a life of pottering

    A few months ago while on a weekend break to Cornwall, we 'the family' were catching the rays visiting this pretty little fishing village.

    Picture this; a row of white cottages each with an array of spring flowers etc. overlooking the sea, the sea glinting in the sunlight. One cottage caught my eye as there was a garden bench, bleached by the sunlight but complete with a soft cushion and a lady reading her book with a mug of tea and not a care in the world. . . .

    I said to my Mum (who is 76) when I'm old and on my own I'm going to do that, just do what I want to do, sit and read books soaking up the sunshine drinking tea or something similar watching the world go by.

    What would we do without those precious moments of relaxation.

  • Comment number 70.


    I want to be that lady right now, what an idyllic life....I've just drifted away to that bench by the sea :)))

    Watcha Chrissie xxx


  • Comment number 71.

    afternoon peeps - feeling guilty for not posting for ages but I have been reading avidly to see what you have all been up to - also checking FB.

    Sharon - the image you have just conjoured up seems idyllic and like Ali I want to be there now - not stuck in the office as I am.
    I had a similar moment yesterday when I had a dental appointment at 9am.
    My dentist is based in a lovely little village reached by a stone cobbled bridge over the River Dee.

    Just as I drove into the village the church bells were striking 9.00, people were walking dogs or chatting outside the newsagent and I just wanted to sit on the river bank and not come into work.

  • Comment number 72.

    Daren't think about how long until I retire. It's not as long as Ali - spring chicken that she is, but it's long enough!

    Loving the dog stories.
    Honey is as game as ever despite being 10 but a few fast chases of her rope throw (to encourage her to 'do her business') and she is shattered bless her.

    Her back/back legs are still a bit troublesome and when she's tired she sort of trips herself up by crossing her back legs as she walks - so I know when she's had enough. We only have to cross the road to get from the field to the front door, then she's flat out on the floor or 'her' sofa!

    She's not keen on the bath although any other water is met with great delight. Why is that?

  • Comment number 73.

    part trois!

    If you fancy doing a search on Youtube, there are some clips of the choir, I am in, performing at St Giles Parish Church. Search for Wrexham Community Choir. I can't put a link on here as work don't allow access to Youtube.
    Depending on which song you view, you will catch me singing my little heart out - for those who haven't had the pleasure of meeting me in person!!!, I am in the middle of the group, well upholstered and wearing a purply top with black twinkly bits around the neck!

    Right - better get back to work or I won't be able to sneak of early!!
    Loving your work, folks, keep it up.
    ttfn, Crumpy xx

  • Comment number 74.

    Lo everyone!

    Stopping for 10 to eat my lunch - I'm on a mission at the moment to "train" GD in good food waste management before she up sticks next week and has to fend for herself on a tight budget - all about maximising what is in the fridge/cupboard and I have a very tasty new potato, pea and chedder fritata - who knew!

    Good to see miss busy drawers aka Deevs pop in - Randall the Vandall - love the puddles stories - my two wont go out if its raining let alone in puddles - phew as they are white as you know!

    Right for me its Friday today - whoo hoo for a few days off - might even venture to the seaside tomorrow after stories of benches by the sea - chips anyone???


  • Comment number 75.

    Afternoon folks,

    Just flying in to say hi and bye.
    Really really busy, i dared to have four days off last week, silly silly me, am paying the price big stylee now.
    Just look at the weather ...... told you it would improve once we had central heating fitted .
    Take care one and all,
    bye for now
    MC xxxxxx

    PS, selection boxes and all that kinda C word stuff in our local supermarche - shame on them ! :-))

  • Comment number 76.

    Good afternoon blogettes:

    MC: Glad to hear you've got your heating and who we can 'blame' for this current nice spell.

    I had terrible trouble posting last week. Couldn't even get onto t'internet at all yesterday. So here goes with my update of next door neighbours' grandson. He's back home ! He's got a tooth ! He's just rolled over for the first time ! His parents still have to take him back to our local hospital regularly and he's to go up to the specialist unit in Newcastle sometime in the near future. Think we can start breathing again. He's still not allowed out into the big bad world yet but it still early days in the rest of his little life.

    Weather warm but overcast here on the border. Had the big boss in today to 'talk' at us. At least we got a free lunch in the hangar out of it.

    Better get back to it. Regards PJ

  • Comment number 77.

    Hi, me again:

    Sharon: your description of that little village makes me long to be there. Yes, even it is only to sip tea while overlooking the sea, as opposed to my usual G&T or whatever! How lovely you had that experience with your Mum. xx Also, Sharon, I did mean to say earlier that I really laughed at your mention of Chris and the weather!

    AliB: I do love wotcha, as you know! Always makes me think of our lovely Scoobs, too.

    Crumpy: just lovely to see you. xx I will definitely check out the links to the Choir - I am sure your choir are terrific.

    Debs: Chips? Yes, please - drowned in malt vinegar! Well done on teaching your GD on some money-saving tips!

    MC: oooh, hello to you too! Don't you worry, that central heating will come in very handy in the not too distant future. xx Re: the "C stuff" - bless our lovely Beez, she would have something to say about this!

    This week, we have a 19 year old trainee working with us - the son of a friend of my boss. Ye gods, he is gorgeous - of course, he thinks I am his auld auntie from the dark ages - but it has made me think - MrS was 19 when I met him ... were we ever that young?!

    Back to it!

    C xx

  • Comment number 78.

    Budge up on that bench - I think you're going to have company!

    What an idyllic idea of a place to be. We walked along the prom at Southwold a while back and I was very envious of all the beach-hutters enjoying their spot in the sun

    Sharon, Gibbs is a Miniature Schnauzer - like this but quite dark in colour at the moment (he may go lighter as he loses his puppy fur


    PJ, good to hear the little lad is doing well

    MC, you've done a good job with the central heating - it's scourchio here today!

    Crumpy, poor Honey with her wobbly legs,

    Debs, Bet you can't wait for your few days off - hope you enjoy it

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 79.

    We best make the bench a very long one.

    Every now and then, you know when you have a bad day and you just want to jump off, I take a moment to imagine myself on the bench with the sun shining and the buzz of the bees and float away. I suppose its something to do with counting ones' blessings to enable the move onward.

    Sezza, while we were away in the summer hol's we spend a week at a caravan site in Kent. It was a very busy site and almost all the visitors (except us) had a pet of some sort. I may have mentioned on a previous note, one man even had his cats with him who he used to walk on a lead. Anyway, on the last day new arrivals had a Miniature Schnauzer, he was about 3 years old and a pewter grey colour. Lovely dog.

    Talking about central heating I was only thinking the other day, I must get the chimney swept before the autumn/winter hits us. Solid fuel central heating via a Rayburn can be a little annoying not always the cleanest but it does mean I don't throw much rubbish away. If its non-recycleable, chuck it on the fire.

    Teabreak over best get back to work.

    Chrissie Q: Would I be 19 again? Something to ponder on a damp day.

  • Comment number 80.

    Bids, you wonderful lady - Thank you so much!!!!!!!

    What a lovely way to start my birthday!

    Sezza xxxxxxx

  • Comment number 81.

    Good morning all,

    Thought I had posted around this time yesterday morning but I don't see it, anyway, I didn't say anything of interest.

    Hope you are all well and have a good day.



  • Comment number 82.

    Good morning all,

    A beautiful day here on the south coast this morning ,wall to wall blue,albeit there is that autumnal feel in the air.

    Second day at work for me but hump day for most of you ,so it's all down hill yet again ,and that bench you were speaking of yesterday ..bring it on.

    Sezza, my love you are more than welcome :-))..Just wishing you a Happy Birthday and I hope that you have a lovely day ,and that those men of yours spoil you .

    PJ , good news I see from your quarter ,may it long continue.

    Debs ,I hope that your holiday is going to plan ,a bit of feet up,and maybe that little trip to the seaside.

    Right just time for another cuppa before I set off for my day.So take care all and have a good one yourselves.


  • Comment number 83.

    How rude of me ,forgot to say hello to our lovely Gail,nice to see you Gail ,And We are all liking your caravan awning,looks like you had a good time .


  • Comment number 84.

    Good morning, all:

    First thing to attend to: wish our lovely Sezza a very Happy Birthday! Sezza, have a terrific day with your friend - I hope you have a wonderful time. xx

    Sharon: I definitely wouldn't want to be 19 again - all the angst that comes with being a teenager/twenty-something - I didn't really enjoy those years. But, I would really fancy being 34 again! That is the age I was when my daughter was born - I was fit as a fiddle and on the top of my game, so to speak, so if I can get my hands on the Tardis, that's where I am headed!

    Gail: lovely to see you - I have missed seeing your posts here. xx

    Bids: hiya - yes, see you on that bench!

    Annie and Maddie: hope you are both ok - haven't seen you here this week, so I hope everything is alright.

    Happy Wednesday, everyone.

    C xx

  • Comment number 85.

    Happy Birthday Sezza xxx

    Hi to everyone else from a sunny part of Yorkshire!

    Nothing much happening although I do have a job to start two weeks today - yikes.

    Susan xx

  • Comment number 86.

    err: Maddy - sorry I mis-spelled your name! Why oh why do we notice these typos just as we press the "post comment" box???!!!

  • Comment number 87.

    Morning All!!!!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY SEZZA!!!! Card a bit late but on the way - texted you yesterday to check your address and then got Boy1 reply last night! LOL

    How is it that a "day off" is so much more than a "weekend day", sitting here in jimmies, just about to make a coffee, walk the dogs then a few light chores, and I AM going to be beside the seaside later - chips for lunch followed by an ice-cream, anyone want to join me? And yes Chrissie - plenty of vinegar for sure!

    PJ - good news about little boy, bet they are pleased as punch

    Cant remember what else to reply too - i just dont have Chrissies touch there, but hello to Bids, Carol, Ali, MC, sharon and gail - and anyone who is lurking

    happy humpday everyone

  • Comment number 88.

    Morning All,

    Another glorious day down south, although it is a bit chilly in the shade!

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx HAPPY BIRTHDAY SEZZA xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Enjoy your day at the paralympics and I hope those boys spoil you xx

    Debs, I would love to join you for chips and an ice-cream, do you know I've not had one ice-cream this year with a flake in it :( Have a lovely couple of days off chillaxing xx

    PJ, Good news about the boy xx

    Chrissie, I wouldn't be 19 again either, but I would be 28 again if I could xx In fact I was telling everyone I was 28 when it was my birthday a few weeks ago, not sure they believed me!

    Hi Bids, Gail and Susan xx :))

    This time next week I shall be on a plane - yippee.


  • Comment number 89.

    ***Happy Birthday Sezza***

    Chrissie-I'm here lurking suspiciously in the background.,

    I've been thinking carefully whether I would like to be 19 again, that was my Cavern days or maybe just after then. Anyway I'd like to live all the good times over again but leave out the bad times. And I'd be more sensible and take some different paths, let my head rule my heart instead of the other way around.

    Looking forward to Dallas tonight!

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 90.

    me again:

    Debs, thanks for reminding me about PJ's post yesterday. PJ: I did forget to say this is wonderful news about the little boy. His family must be over the moon. xx

    Also, Debs: have a terrific day - I would love to be joining you at the seaside, I really would!

    Susan: hiya! Terrific news about your new job - very exciting, but I know what you mean ... yikes!

    AliB: loving the "I'm 28" chat! And indeed, why not?! Very exciting for you, your holiday is so close - I take it, you have looked out your suitcase?

    C xx

  • Comment number 91.

    Afternoon Everyone

    Apologies for the late visit today, big Board Meeting today and I was the hostess with the mostess, lots of coffee & catering, looking forward to the washing
    up later. . . . . .NOT.

    Happy Birthday Sezza, hope all your birthday wishes come true and you have a fantastic day.

    Susan, what a challenge lurking in the future, well done on the new job front, hope its as required.

    PJ, good news about the little boy, long may it continue.

    Debs, the sun is shining and your not at work - got to be a good day, although like Bridget I did note a little nip in the air this morning. This morning Staffordshire was a bit grey to begin with but has brightened up now.

    I've thought about being 19 again; and thought against it. Dumped by my first love and left with no money and no job. My ideal age would be between 35 - 37, been there, done that and the wrinkles, frown lines and grey hair were not on the scene. Lets share a Tardis to a bench at a chosen age. One of those moments to consider on a mad day me thinks.

    Catering tidy-up required and the marigolds to be worn!

    Back later. XX

  • Comment number 92.

    . Back again!

    Age 29 & 31 were happy times for me which is why I didn't win the lottery. Igot four numbers correct, my date of birth and the number of the house I was born and grew up in. The other two numbers which came up were 30 & 32 (next to my chosen ones). So if my happy times had been delayed for one year today I would be a millionaire.

    Que Sera Sera!

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 93.

    Afternoon blogettes:

    Thanks for all your kind words about neighbours' grandson. Isn't Mother Nature marvellous? He's 14 months now and got his first tooth a couple of weeks ago and now he's trying to roll around. So he's about 9 months behind a 'normal' child. No doubt he'll make up some lost ground over the coming months.

    His Granny has even managed a night away with a friend visiting Prince Charles home Highgrove House. So maybe things getting back to 'normal' - all relative terms I'm now realising.

    Gail: Good to see you again. I did notice that we hadn't seen you arround recently. I tried several times to post last week and they all disappeared into the ether. Might explain some other absences.

    Regards PJ

  • Comment number 94.

    Happy Birthday Sezza - here's to a great day!


  • Comment number 95.

    Thanks Chrissie and Sharon

    It's needs must as such a drop in pay and position to the one i left to move with OH.

    PJ I know that hospital where your friend's grandson was so brilliantly treated - fabulous place with real success in changing and indeed prolonging and saving lives. Long may the little one continue to catch up with his peers.

    Bored a bit with all this housework lark but still not sure I am up to working full time again LOL

    Love, Sus xx

  • Comment number 96.

    Susan: Yes, the hospital sounds a grand place. It's a small world though isn't it? Someone from our village - her son is a consultant in the same hospital. Though he's not in the same department he popped in regularly to see how the little fella and his parents/grandparents were getting on. Little things like that can be such a support.

    If you're bored with your housework I'd be more than happy to let you become bored with mine. I have a nice pile of ironing that needs doing, the windows need a good wash, the beds need stripping ....................... no? honestly there's no pleasing some people.

    Regards PJ

  • Comment number 97.


    A wee quick cup of tea, and a look at the blog!

    Maddy: nice to see you - you lurking suspiciously? Surely not! Your lottery story - typical, eh? Still, it's nice to have a dream ... it could happen! Like you, really looking forward to Dallas tonight, but I may have to record it and watch later in the week - MrS comes home about 8.30 from work and it does seem just a little unreasonable to ask him to be quiet so I can watch Dallas!

    Susan: yes, I know, full time work can be a real grind, no doubt about it. But, I do hope you will slot in nicely to your new role - it will just take a couple of weeks.

    PJ: how terribly generous of you offering your housework to Susan - no idea why she wouldn't take you up on that offer!

    I have had one of those days where I have been hungry since I opened my eyes - funny how that happens. However, I have resisted all temptation, and just had my packed lunch. But, I can't wait for my evening meal ... only another three-and-a-half hours (or so) to go ... aaarrggh!

    C xx

  • Comment number 98.

    Like Chrissie, a quick look at the blog before I finish for the day.

    Almost time to go, however, I do have to leave early to catch the post office.

    I'm not sure I'll manage Dallas, it's at the time of day when I have my usual nag head on; along the lines of -: have you brushed you teeth, will you put your PJ's on, no you cannot have a drink, okay 5 mins with your book. etc. etc.

    Susan, if you have been anything like me it's a full-time job looking for a job, so enjoy your spare time while you can. About 2 years ago I was made redundant and for 6 months I was unemployed; it's a full-time job looking for a job, in between the AM & PM school run.

    On another note, I don't care what anyone says Housework is an over-rated pass time and something I'm not very good at. Did you know dust will only reach a certain level? if you polish today, it will look like you never bothered tomorrow.

    Oh by the way, do you think we are due a new blog tomorrow from Chris, afterall this weekend is CarFest North, he may wish to remind us of the fun he is due to have?

    Have a good evening.


  • Comment number 99.

    Afternoon each from sunny Fife

    I'm here Chrissie! Been doing too much faffing (can't remember what) to open the laptop, sorry.

    Where's Chris???? Hope he hasn't forgotten about us. I do think it's a bit worrying that the 'blog' button is getting very near the end of the thingy at the top, hope it's not going to drop off the end.

    Anyway, just got to say HAPPY BURPDAY to Sezza.

    As for the best age - 29 would be good, then I'd have my three little babies again, 6, 3 & 0. Or even 40ish, when they were teenagers - they did make me laugh (and scream and tear my hair out of course).

    Nice to see everyone and well done on the new job Susan.


  • Comment number 100.

    Hiya Annie: nice to see you - sorry, I didn't mean to sound like a "bossy boots"! I just wanted to make sure all is well. xx

    Have just had a phone call from MsS to say that she can't make it tonight for her tea, can she come tomorrow? No problem, of course. Now, is it really wrong of me to say that I am so looking forward to having the place to myself until MrS gets in later? I love them both, but I really do love having a wee bit of peace to do my own thing!

    Heading off soon, hope you all have a nice evening.

    C xx


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