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What a brilliant Monday to be British...

Chris Evans | 10:32 UK time, Monday, 10 September 2012

Hey, aren't they all but particularly today. Hamilton at Monza, McIlroy in the golf, Murray tonight in New York and The Olympic and Paralympic Parade this afternoon. The only thing is I wish the kids could all get to see it live. Hopefully some sympathetic teachers might stick the telly on. In other news, Robbie was on the show today, listen again via the iplayer and at the Radio 2 Website, relaxed, happy and excited about his new music and his baby due anytime from now. And CarFest North was another magical weekend of cars, food, music, planes and dancing diggers and their arena pals.

God bless Great Britain and Northern Ireland and all who sail in her.

Tally ho. Gotta go.

Peace and Love





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  • Comment number 1.

    **tumbleweed blows past**
    No comments on this blog - or the one before
    Where is everyone?

  • Comment number 2.

    Gooooooooooooooood morning Chris

    How FAB was Mr Robbie Williams this morning. Good to hear some of his old stuff (sorry Baggles!) but I think maybe a bit OTT on playing Candy 3 times ..... please don't turn it into Fireflies, if you know what I mean .....!

    I loved his mind clicking and ticking live on air about whether to join his missus for the birth of MiniRobbie, or keep playing a gig. And well done you for asking him live on air about next year's Dine & Disco. Just let me know if you need any waitresses ....! ;-)

    It's been a great summer hasn't it.

    Keep on keeping on.


  • Comment number 3.

    HI Deev - turned off at the first hint of Robbie - no Angles for me! Had the soothing sounds of Metallica to get me in the working mood!

    I have been listening to Brian Johnsons show on R2 as well - really really good!

  • Comment number 4.

    Chris - really enjoyed CarFest. Cheers, Imps

  • Comment number 5.

    No Angles for me either. Really enjoyed hearing Angels again though! ;-)

    We've got last week's Brian Johnson show recorded for later listening - it's brilliant, isn't it!


  • Comment number 6.

    Hello CE & Everyone.

    We should be proud to be British Chris. Most sport originated in Britain. The Olympic Games (les Jeux Olympiques) originated in Britain too. The founder of the games was Dr William Penny Brookes from Much Wenlock in Shropshire.

    The closing ceremony was good last night and Coldplay as always were excellent, Chris Martin has so much energy.

    I hope the weather's good down there for the parade this afternoon.

    MM xxx

    PS Boris Johnson for Prime Minister!

  • Comment number 7.

    Morning Christoff

    We went to watch the marathon yesterday - really it was just to be in London and be in amongst it all

    I wish I could be there today but I'm not sure I have enough tissues!

    Robbie was on good form this morning - I totally missed Angels though! He does sound like he's in a very good "place" just now. He dealt with your on air ambush very well - I think the first person you have ambushed who asked what date they were commiting to before saying YES!

    Baggy, Hi, How are you? Sorry wasn't waiting on the blog to post in the first 28 minutes it was up (if the posting time is correct). I have popped in the morning but sadly work got in the way of my blogging time! Will try to do better next time.

    Right, best look busy again!

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 8.

    afternoon peeps
    What a glorious weekend - shame it's damp here in North Wales today - not really cold though.

    First - from old blog - Thanks Chrissie for your lovely words. We do all really enjoy choir and Carol our choir director is fantastic. When we started back in January she made it so easy and promised us she would choose songs that gave 'instant choral gratification' and she was so right.

    The choir was in action on both Saturday and Sunday.

    Saturday we had a workshop with a fabulous a capella group from Soweto called Africa Entsha. They taught us two songs from their repotoire plus we had a go at the snazzy dancing! Check them out on Youtube too.

    Sunday saw us as one of the acts at Wrexham's Bandstand Marathon - a national event where local authorities were encouraged to put on live local music on bandstands all over the country to celebrate the closing of the olympic & paralymic games. I was also stewarding. Lots of families with picnics having a great time.

  • Comment number 9.

    part two - posting problems!

    Re - Who do you think you are - so sorry you missed it.
    The fantastic thing about it is that although Xander knew his family - particularly on his mothers side - were 'toffs', he found out he could trace his direct ancestry back 27 generations to William the Conqueror! Truly amazing!

    Hope all at Carfest had a great time. My nextdoor neighbour took a drive over to Cholmondely and parked up nearby - he didn't have tickets - and said he saw some of the aerial stuff plus music.
    I'm sure he missed more than he saw but hpefully Mary and Scoobs can fill us in.

    Anyhoo - back to the grind
    ttfn, Crumpy xx

  • Comment number 10.

    Seza - it was more what appeared to be a lack of blogging all weekend - seeing as the other blog from Friday was empty as well - thought you had all left!!

    Glad to see you, sounds like life is good in your part of the world!

  • Comment number 11.

    Hi Baggy, The blog from "Friday" wasn't posted until this morning

    We were all still playing on the last blog - the one with 160+ post!

    I'm fine thanks. How about you?

    Crunpy, Your Choir sounds fab! i cannot sing a note and envy and admire those who can.

    Sezza xxxx

  • Comment number 12.

    Godd afternoon blogettes:

    I can confirm also that the 'Friday' blog wasn't there when I looked in this morning. Sounds like a 'techie error'. Hope everyone enjoyed CarFest. We were at a wedding in Liverpool so I never even tried to get tickets. The weather was blooming gorgeous here in Cheshire.

    Sharon: Reference you problem with green tomatoes. Have you tried banana skins. No I'm not joking - they give off some sort of gas which helps things ripen. That's why you should keep narnas separate from your other fruit. Just drape the skins around the base of your plants. Works better if your plants are inside a greenhouse but will also work outdoors.

    Let us know how you get on.

    Regards PJ

  • Comment number 13.

    Hiya Chris! How lovely that you prepared a Blog for Friday, just in time for the weekend ... what a shame we didn't get it! No worries. xx Yes, it is a wonderful time to be British - I am just loving every minute of "summer" 2012. Hope you had a great time at CarFest - can't wait to hear what MwK has to say about it all!

    Annie: the closing ceremony last night was wonderful - all of it just fantastic and of course Coldplay were incredible!

    Dozer: oh, I know, another grey day - but as you say, nice to hear Mary's mention this morning.

    Debs: hope the move has gone well - you will definitely need a glass of something cool this evening. xx How I laughed about the GD's room not looking any different - when MsS started to moved out, it took about a month before the last of her possessions left the building!

    Bids: oooh, Last Night of the Proms was just wonderful, wasn't it. It is really the TV highlight of the year for me and MrS - so emotional, and we sing at the top of our voices, even though neither of us can carry a tune!

    Bingo: great to hear about your cycling - seriously, you get right in there. Chris Hoy did say that cycling is for everyone (well, not me - I have never been on a bike in my life, and I think it's better left that way!) but you know what I mean. If this is your dream, you pursue it. xx

    Crumpy: I have made a note of Africa Entsha - that's in the glasses case, too. Every note I make goes in there, as I always need my glasses to read anything, so I check all my wee notes regularly.

    Baggy: well done on leading us to the new blogs - but as Sezza and PJ have said - we were all on the blog dated 29th August - I can appreciate it was a bit confusing!

    Hope everyone is ok - just been handed some really dreary stuff to do ... Happy - what's left of it - Monday!

    C xx

  • Comment number 14.

    Afternoon Peeps,

    What a fab weekend, weather wise etc. Glad CarFest North went well for all concerned, couldn't see the castle though in the photo's so they must have been a distance away?

    Hubby even remembered our Wedding Anniversary, unlike last year! So this year he had the same card as last but as he'd not opened it, it did not really matter. He is forgiven; just, especially as he remembered the card, chocolates, wine & flowers. I remembered how to cook so he got fed too.

    Bit boring at work today, want to be home in the garden, the brambles need some serious attention.

    Talking of garden, thanks for the tip PJ will try the banana trick, although they are outside, I have moved them to a warmer, sheltered, sunnier spot. I've had one tomato so far and it tasted good so we will see.

    Best show, willing, almost time for a cup of tea. X

  • Comment number 15.

    Just when I thought I couldn't love this Olympic summer any more, I've started watching the parade amd seen Triathlon, Beach Volleyball and Sitting Volley ball athletes all on a float together!

    So many people there to congratulate all our athletes and so many Thanks from the athletes to the crowds and those who made the games happen!

    WELL DONE GREAT BRITAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 16.

    What a great atmosphere now in London!

    The Pet Shop Boys! HURRAH!

    Wish I was there!

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 17.

    GO WEST Where the skies are blue

    To Brazil>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • Comment number 18.

    We were there in spirit Maddy!!

    Loved the Pet Shop Boys and it was so cool to see all the athletes together!

    Ol'Boris is always good value isn't he! Not sure about him as a politician but I don't think you could have had a more generous or enthusiastic host for the summer!


  • Comment number 19.

    Afternoon each

    Oooooo, 2 new blogs - lovely.

    Chris, did you see Mary at Carfest - did you? I so hope you did, it would have made her weekend.

    Haven't managed to read all the posts yet, but SB/Cheryl - I keep meaning to listen to Brian Johnson on Thursday nights but I always forget. His is one of the very few Geordie accents I can listen to - I know, I've got one too but I usually hate to hear it on the radio. Can I get his programmes on iplayer?

    Back in a bit when I've caught up.


  • Comment number 20.

    Hi Annie

    The Brian Johnson show from 6/9/12 is still on the iPlayer but the one from 30/8/12 has gawn I'm afraid. I think there's 6 in total - this week is week 3. We've manually set it to record on Cloud+ - we did the same with Richard Hawley's Rockabilly Radio back in the early summer - that was fantastic too!

    I've had a proper busy day and it's not over yet ...... hey ho!

    Good luck to Andy Murray in the final of the US Open tonight. I wasn't really a huge fan of his but his post-Wimbledon speech and Olympics effort has sort of won me over.

    Go Andy!

    Have a great evening everyone.


  • Comment number 21.

    Ta Deevs, will have a listen.

    Like you, I was won over to Andy by his tears. Was always bored by his bloomin' mother up till then. Think he's got better since he got a new trainer.


  • Comment number 22.

    She seems a bit of a cougar Annie! I'm not sure if that's a good thing, or not .....!

    Right, I've done all I NEED to do workwise. I could sit here until 9pm dong what else has to be done but for today, that's enough.

    Signing off, with a spring in my step!


  • Comment number 23.

    Just watched the One Show - really looking forward to Strictly.


  • Comment number 24.

    I'll just talk to myself!!

    If you can, listen to Brian Johnson's R2 programme - 6/9 - fabby. I'm halfway through.


  • Comment number 25.

    I'm here Annie!

    Just been to jump up and down at Jazzercise. Seemed like a good idea before I went!

    I'm looking forward to Strictly too and am also enjoying Brian Johnson - although the 10pm programmes are my falling asleep shows however good they are!

    Chris mentioned Mwk this morning - think he said they'd spoken at the weekend!

    Sezza xx

  • Comment number 26.

    Sezza - so glad Chris got to see Mary.

    Just put Brian Johnson's R2 show on FB - great toons.


  • Comment number 27.

    Could this finally be the day that Andy Murray transmogrified from a dour, charmless Scot into a true British sporting hero?

  • Comment number 28.

    WooooHoooo! Well done Andy Murray - good work lad!


  • Comment number 29.

    Morning all,

    Just heard the road from Stewarton to Dunlop get a mention from Lyn this morning, not in a good way thoiugh, she said there was a cow lying in the middle of the road, I can only assume it's been hit by a car, otherwise someone would just chase it out the way.

    I am sure Chris did speak to Mary at Carfest because he said that she is to be camping next year when he mentioned her, how would he know she wasn't camping this year?

    We are always quite casual about our chickens as we think the fox will not come around when our 2 dogs are running lose, but this morning when I got up, there is a fox walking under the horse's field gate about 50 yards form the house!!! Glaid went out and chased it but now I'm concerned about the chooks.

    I too thought about Baggy when I heard Angels, I cannot stand that song either, I didn't get to hear the new single though as it was played after 0800.

    Hope everyone has a good day.



  • Comment number 30.

    Dozer -thanks - my friend in music xxx

    I'm sorry everyone, but I've decided to blog a bit more - I know I have been absent for a long time, but I need to get back to reality after the year I have had - and I've missed you all - yess even you.


  • Comment number 31.

    Morning Everyone

    Well, what a fab show this morning, got the grey matter working trying to work out the tunes for the TV Programmes.

    Had been in the garden replenishing my bird feeders when I return to the house 'Little House on the Priarie' is being played!

    Then I make the foolish mistake; pulled in to the car park at work and waited to see what the chosen tune was, unfortunately all day I'll now be singing 'Casey Jones, steaming & a rolling . . . . . . . . . . Casey Jones etc. etc.

    The only program I watched last night was Lorraine's Fast, Fresh & Easy, Posh Nosh' got to make the cake that's a definite.

    The sun is shining in Staffordshire today, so lets hope its not as boring as yesterday at work!!

    Have fab day.


  • Comment number 32.

    Morning All,

    Sunny but chilly here in North Kent.

    I'm de-mob happy today and if all goes well I am even going to bunk off early. I've had the worst two nights sleep ever and tomorrow I have to get up at 5:00, so come tomorrow evening I will be exhausted. Still I am sure my friend will let me sleep for the first two days of my holiday :)

    I have been lurking and catching up with you all, but as Annie says "bums" I can't remember most of what I read!

    Sezza had a good time at the Marathon; Prof Plum has passed away, that's sad to hear; Carfest North seemed to go with a bang; Debs has moved GD into Halls; and Baggy's back :)

    At the moment Chris, every day is a good day to be British; as Sharon Davies said on Twitter.... "Wow! In just 51 days Brits have won the Tour de France, 185 Olympic & Paralympic medals & the US Open. 2012 has given us Belief...in GB"

    I am quite looking forward to going to the States and rubbing my Britishness in their faces ;)

    Happy Tuesday Everyone


  • Comment number 33.

    Hi everyone:

    Oooooh, fantastic achievement by Andy Murray! I'm so happy for him, it is wonderful. And, well done to anyone who stayed up to watch the match ... it must have been edge of the seat stuff when it went to 2 sets all! But, he dug in for an incredible win - all his hard work is paying off in spades.

    What a fabulous summer of sport it has been - I won't forget 2012 in a hurry. Now all I need is for Nicky Byrne to win Strictly, and my year will be complete!

    Dozer: bit of a worry with the foxes. I looked out our bedroom window last night and saw a huge fox - this was at 9.30pm - with cars whizzing past and people walking about - they are just everywhere now. I do hope your chickens will be ok. xx

    Sharon: hope you had a lovely wedding anniversary yesterday. Sounds like MrSharon pulled out all the stops, after forgetting it last year! Now, MrS is very good, he never forgets our anniversary or my birthday, but every Christmas (sorry to use that word!) he asks for a list of what I would like - just to give him some ideas, he says ... and then, he proceeds to not buy me a single thing on my wish list!

    Baggy: nice to see you here, no need to apologise for coming back!

    AliB: isn't it just the best feeling, knowing you are going on holiday? Have a fantastic time - yes, catch up on some sleep, and then get out there and have a ball!

    Happy Tuesday, all!

    C xx

  • Comment number 34.

    Morning all

    Cor, just delivered the invitations to this years Macmillan Coffee morning. I know we're having ours a week early but, really, where has this year gone!

    And can we do it all again next year please!

    Well Done Andy - every thing clenched can now be un-clenched for a while!!

    Just think, way back when Bradley Wiggins won the Tour de France, we all thought the sports personality of the year was a done deal! Now, it looks like it might actually be interesting this year!

  • Comment number 35.

    Christoff, I am loving the lack of love for the football "news" at the moment. Fair dos if there's been a match with results but all this so-and-so has taken his ball to play in a different park and so-and-so is in a huff with his boss is just nothingness

    Tell us more about Etienne Scott and Jade Jones and Greg Rutherford and the like - we know who they are now and they shouldn't just be allowed for fade away from the news

    Dozer, Foxiness - haven't seen any recently but hear them at the right time of the year and Gibbs did find some evidence that they'd been there and rolled in it!!!! Poooeeeeee!

    Ali, have a fab holiday! Don't forget to eat something green occasionally!

    Chrissie, I am actually looking forward to Strictly now!

    Sharon, I need to start sorting my bird feeders out. There were a few hungry looking sparrows flitting around this morning!

  • Comment number 36.

    Morning all

    Bit like Baggy, I'm out of the habit of popping in, I suppose partly cos new blogs seem a bit irregular at the moment. (that's my excuse ...)

    I didn't last the pace till the end last night, I watched till part way through the 4th set and couldn't cope with there being 5th set depair. So well done Andy M, glad you got there in the end!

    Sezza - I'm with you lets hope that some of our athletes can displace at least part of the nonsense coverage of the football, but it's unlikely to replace it all, there are too many media jobs and money which depend on it.



  • Comment number 37.

    Afternoon already, must be time for lunch?

    Sezza - a friend of mine suggests tinned tomatoes, apparently it neutralizes the smell.

    I cannot tell a lie, my bird feeders are always sorted; feeders & tables. Although I was gutted last year when we had a really long frozen spell and lots of snow, I had a rat in my garden and had to put all the feeders away for almost six weeks while the 'rat man' did his thing; the rat was hanging on the nut feeder!!!

    Also, talking about Bradley Wiggins, he's going through my town on Thursday, Stage 5 of the Tour of Britain cycle race. Unfortunately I won't have a chance to cheer the riders on cause I'll be at work.

    Happy Afternoon

  • Comment number 38.

    Good morning,

    Chris Evans you are a genius well done on pulling off such a fantastic event and a huge thank you on behalf of all the children you are helping!

    Well I had a blast at CarFest North – the magnificent cars, food, music and sunshine made the perfect combination for a splendiferous weekend. Chris was on the go the whole time but still made time for his fans, signing autographs and having photographs taken he even made time for “his MwK!” It was a pleasure and a priviledge to spend time with him and his family – Noah is off the scale on the adorability stakes. I’m sure Chris won’t mind me sharing this story – a little girl wanted to give Noah a gift so she asked Chris if he would pass it on to Noah but instead he asked the little girl to hold on to it and he called for Noah to come over and Chris said “Eva (I think that was her name) would like to give you a gift” Noah took the gift and said “thank you” but that wasn’t enough in Chris’ books and he said to Noah he thought she should have a kiss and a hug too and bless his little heart without any hesitation he gave her a hug and a kiss. Everyone was so touched by it – and it made Eva’s day!

    I got another special hug from someone too – our lovely Scoobs! It was great to see you and glad you enjoyed the day!

    I will put some photos on FB to give a snippet of the amazing time I had. It’s been the best weekend ever – CarFest North, our phenomenal Olympians and Paralympians parade and to top it off Andy Murray wins the US Open!

    Chris was disappointed I wasn’t glamping but apparently I will be next year! We shall see – Chris usually gets his way though so I guess I better start saving!

    Chrissie told me the news about Plum. Cheryl, I understand how this must feel for you, given the circumstances I thought it was very gracious of you to post your respects on the blog. I remember the funny, witty Plum from the early days and it was sad that we lost that side of her. R.I.P. Plum – thinking of your family xx

    Well the rest of the day will be a chilled one for me, not back at work until tomorrow, I stayed up to watch all of the tennis and I was up again at 6am because I can’t de-programmed my body clock. An afternoon of catching up on my Teevo recordings will be the order of the day.

    Take care folks and have a good day!
    Mary xx

  • Comment number 39.

    Aftenoon ,

    Ali B , hope you have a lovely holiday, I'm not a tiny teeny bit jealous , nope , not one bit :-)))) Have a safe journey. Next time i am heading for Kent, I will give you a shout .

    Sezza, So glad you had a wonderful time at the Olympics . It certainly has been a wonderful summer , these sporting men and women have been just amazing.

    Deevs, i forgot to say, enjoy Madeira. We were there at Christmas, and although it was only for a day, it was really great. We did the cable car to the top of the mountain and wandered off to the sledge pushers, but didnt have a ride. The town is a lovely mix of modern and old, I hope you have a good time.

    MWk, so glad you have had a great time at Carfest , CLP is such a big hearted guy, and its nice to hear your story about the children .
    Good luck with the glamping, i'm sorry, but unless my life depended on it, I will never ever camp , I need my duvet :-)))

    Andy and Baggy, good to see you around. I must admit , I am usually a Robbie fan, but yesterday morning, he just did my head in , and i had to switch off.

    I must also confess , I really really really dislike the "how do you like your eggs in a morning" song. No matter if it's just a snippet or the whole wretched thing, it just annoys the living daylights out of me !! ( i do have my very own singalong response, but i cant print it here :-)))))))

    Hope everyone else is doing A ok,
    Anyway, I will take my grumpy little self back under my rock now.

    MC xxxx
    Living life in the " I'm not sure if I am just tired , or fed up lane ". :-))))

  • Comment number 40.

    Afternoon lovelys, hows everyone, haven't been here in an age, new job and kids keeping me on my toes, am off sick today (nasty throat) so I thought I'd pop by and say Hellooooooo! Little girl with the curl started school this week, (sob) so Im hoping to be able to pop by more often.
    Sounds like everyone had a lovely summer, Carfest sounded like a blast! Himself and boywonder went to see team GB in the footie in cardiff and had a day at the horseguards for the Paralymics, they loved it, boywonder even reckoned he got himself on telly in Mongolia! Bless.

  • Comment number 41.


    Och, I just wrote a great long post, and lost the blasted thing! Will try again ...

    MC: chin up, sweetheart. xx Like you, MrS has his own response to the Eggs song (I mentioned this to mtd a very long time ago) - "I like mine when I'm p***ed"! A little naughty, but hey ho!

    Sezza: ooh, yes, so looking forward to Strictly. I will be recording everything this year - I always miss It Takes Two - all I had to do was record it each evening last year, but did I do that? Nah, that would have been too easy! But, I have my head facing the front this year, so I'm on the case!

    Mary: soooo glad to hear that Chris was happy to see "his MwK"! How absolutely lovely. Sounds like you had the time of your life, and although I am pea-green with envy, I am delighted for you! Beautiful wee story about Eva and Noah. And, how lovely you met up with Scoobs. What a brilliant weekend you must have had. xx

    Right, tea break over - back to it!

    C xx

  • Comment number 42.

    Just thinking about TV shows - I wonder what the Olympic spoof 2012 would say if they did and after the games show?

  • Comment number 43.

    Good morning everyone,

    Lovely to see some returning bloggers.

    What a lovely post Mary, sounds like you had a ball.

    Sharon, we usually always have our bird feeders full all year round, but I have to admit to being a bit lax over the last month or so, I'll ge my finger out this weekend, although the price of peanuts has rocketed.

    The forecast was beautiful for today so I took the horse's rugs off this mornng, now it looks awful, it's raining and the sky looks grey, oh well, too late now.

    Got my Radio Times (other TV mags are available) delivered yesterday and this weekend - Downton Abbey and Strictly (Chrissie, I record every minute of it, including takes 2) - fab!

    Have a great day everyone.



    p.s. We have got a large, old 4x4 which I needed to pull the horse trailer, but since I have sold the trailer and don't go anywhere with Ash anymore, we really need to downsize, D got a fuel consumption comparison done yesterday, and we could save £150 per month on fuel alone, the road tax is £290 per year and the insurance is £300 per year, something tells me the Trooper will be going - soon!!!

  • Comment number 44.

    Good morning all,

    The sky was a tad grey when I rose this morning ,but the sun is breaking though and looking better .

    Gail ,es that fuel price is a bummer ,I certainly do the running around in the car that I used to ,But can't see any end to it I'm afraid.

    Mary ,thank you for sharing your w/end with us and so pleased that you had a Fab weekend and got to talk to Chris ,and is it the glam camp for next year ,I must admit they do look rather nice .

    Looks like it's going to be a good autumn TV wise ,what with all the new w/end progs and some good new drama's coming ,just the thing to snuggle down to .

    Right off to put the kettle on ..see you later ,have a good day all and take care .


  • Comment number 45.

    Hi everyone:

    Certainly a brighter day with us, thank goodness. Yesterday was so cold, it was like a winter's day - no alternative but to put on the heating for half an hour last night!

    Sezza: don't know anything about the Olympic spoof thing - please tell us more!

    Gail: everyone I know who has more than one vehicle in the family are downsizing. It costs a ruddy fortune running a vehicle of any description!

    Bids: yes, Autumn has definitely arrived with the new TV season starting. But I am still hoping for an Indian summer ... what are the chances?!

    Have a good day, everyone!

    C xx

  • Comment number 46.

    Morning all
    got a stree headache today - its been building for days - if anyone has a solution other then sleep or time off I would love to hear it
    Hope you all are well

  • Comment number 47.

    afternoon peeps
    Baggy - sorry you are suffering. No solutions to offer, sadly, although sometimes fresh air helps me.

    Agree about the cooler weather - it 'smelled' autumny this morning - if you know what I mean! Having said that it was a lovely drive in from Wrexham to Telford. The sky was streaked with pink/purple (altho I know that's supposed to be an omen of bad weather) and I saw several 'hawks' - no idea what they were! plus a beautifully elegant heron flying overhead and I passed a field of Highland Cattle - all horns and fringes! They made me smile.

    No hot air balloons - despite Chris' topic of choice this morning - which is unusual since Per Lindstrand Balloons is based near Oswestry (he was Richard Branson's balloon buddy for those record attempts years ago)

    What I did see lots of were tractors and I was so angry at the impatient drivers who were constantly trying to overtake them - harrying the driver as they kept edging out and riding right on the tractor's 'tail'.

    Tractors are SLOW - GET OVER IT!! Where would we be if the people who drive them didn't bring in the harvest?
    Most tractor drivers are considerate and practically drive on the grass verge anyway and it will only be for a couple more weeks.
    rant over ....!
    ttfn, Crumpy xx

  • Comment number 48.

    Afternoon everyone

    It's blimmin' cold here today, overcast and I believe rain is on the way. Boooooo!

    I've just come back from attending a Speed Awareness Course and I have to say, it was brilliant. A real refresher from the yesteryears when I passed my driving test (I was 19 and it was my 2nd attempt) and also a wake up call regarding speed limits and the damage we can do pootling around in our tin boxes as we please. I for one shall certainly be driving with more care and attention from now on.

    Ironically, I got back in the car and Jezza Vine was mid flow about speedl imits, trucks overtaking and generally our roads being too slow. I think not!

    Nic and I are off to Edgbaston later to watch the final T20 match for England against South Africa. I think the wooly jumpers and hats may be making an appearance, as well as the brollies!

    Lovely to catch up with some "old" names, and loving the upbeat feel of the blog at the mo.

    Ali - have a great holiday.

    Mary - thank you.

    Baggy - sorry, but time out and rest/relaxation is probably the only way. Pharmaceuticals will abate it, but it'll come back when they wear off. Hope you feel betterererer soon though xx

    Hello to everyone else - I'll be back tomorrow, promise!

    Muchos amore


  • Comment number 49.

    Hi, just having a wee look-in:

    Baggy: stress is just so awful. Take care of yourself, and do whatever you have to, to get a wee break.

    Crumpy: I totally agree - some people are far too impatient with tractor drivers - where we would be without them? When MrS and I were first married, we lived in a wee place arrived at by country roads. We had some very "hairy" occasions with people over-taking and just in general being crazy because they had a delay. It's absolutely mad!

    Cheryl: good to hear about your Speed Awareness Course - the more knowledge of the dangers of speed, the better. However, as you know, I parted company with our friend, the car, a very long time ago! Enjoy your afternoon, and stay warm!

    Tonight is is my evening to myself until 8.30pm and I have so much I want to do - all be well, as long as do not give in and watch CDWM!

    C xx

  • Comment number 50.

    Hello all
    Thanks for the advice - I wish I could take a break, but I have stress all around me at the moment - happy days!
    Speed is bad if it is not thought out or controlled. However I have been very fast on the queens public highway on bikes (only on the back) and I love it so very much - but we were always safe and no one was put into danger


  • Comment number 51.


    I think that the winter has arrived here on the Wirral peninsula. At the moment we are having a break from the rain but the wind is getting stronger, nearly galeforce. I was feeling cold so put the heating on but now the sun is shining through the window and I'm too hot.

    Baggy-when I worked in offices I used to get so many headaches but now I never get them, can't remember the last time I had one.

    I hate motorbikes-I know everything is safe when used correctly but I've seen too much tragedy caused by them. I had a party for my 19th birthday, the following week another party was held which me and my group of friends didn't bother going to. Later we heard that one of the group of lads who came to my part had been killed on the way home, he was a quiet sensible lad and was probably trying to keep up with the other more noisy lot. If we had gone one of us might have been a passenger.

    The only time I have been a passenger on a motorbike was coming home from a club in New Brighton and I was so relieved to get off it.

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 52.

    Evening each

    Nice to see everyone

    Mary, looking forward to your photos of Carfest on FB - and what, exactly, is glamping?? Am I the only person who hasn't a clue? Is it glam camping? In a long dress and high heels??

    Ali, have a lovely holiday.

    Deevs, think you might need the thermals tonight.

    Baggy, hope that headache has gone

    Hellooooooooooo to everyone else.


  • Comment number 53.

    Evening all

    Is tipping it down here tonight! Absolutely throwing it down outside!

    Think we'll have a wet walk in the morning!

    Annie, Glamping is Glamerous Camping but think more feather duvets and comfy beds and posh tents!

    Maddy, the gale has arrived here now!

    Baggy, hope you're safe home now and got rid of that headache. If it gets bad, can you sneak out of work for 10 minutes for a bit of fresh air? Always helps me! Is Mr Baggy still working nights?

    Chrissie, did you get your chores done? I was so tempted to sit down this afternoon but I had a chopping down session in the garden instead. Now I've filled the green bin and I've got a whole heap ready for next week!

    Cheryl, not sure how much cricket you're going to see - weather doesn't look very hopeful!

    Crumpy, we have so many tractors around at the moment there's no point getting in a huff with them - at the moment they've got to grab every minute of time they can work in before the weather changes!

    Sezza xxxxx

  • Comment number 54.

    Hi Sezza

    Even with posh tents and duvets I still wouldn't camp - there's beasties in there somewhere you can be sure!!

    Just had a hilarious phone conversation with stepson - he tries so hard to be fit and healthy - going to the gym, running marathons etc., then has a weekend out with his pals and it all goes pear shaped.

    Off to see who's on Who do you think you are.


  • Comment number 55.

    Ah but Annie, I'm sure that if you go glamping, you get a better class of bug crawling around your tentage!

    Night all, sweet dreams!

    Sezza xxxx

  • Comment number 56.

    Once one gets to a certain age, glamping is the only way to go, it's no less muddy though.

    In my experience at this time of year farmers just drive their tractors up and down the lanes just to p1$$ the rest of us off.

  • Comment number 57.

    Morning all,

    Cheryl, I must admit my driiving improved when I did my IAM Motorcycle test, obviously, the things I learned on the bike also applied to driving the car, it was really good.

    Don't know if I like that Robbie Williams song, maybe it will be a grower.

    Went to look at cars last night and have decided on a Sk*da F*bia, 60+ MPG, £30 road tax, £180 insurance, not so practical for where we live (1 mile up a farm track), and it will maybe struggle in the bad weather, but it doesn't matter as we had to do something to save a bit of money.

    The farmer next to us hasn't been able to get any of his silage in this year because of the wet weather, I don't know what he is going to do over the winter to feed his cattle.

    That's it from me, have a good day everyone.



  • Comment number 58.

    Good Morning All.

    It's a brilliant Thursday to be British too Chris!

    Hi Gail-Good news about the car, much more economical, the price of fuel these days is ridiculous.

    I wish there were tractors going up and down lanes here but unfortunately it's only the usual road problems, i.e. traffic wardens, double yellow lines and bad tempered drivers. I love the smell of the countryside ooh arr!

    Off to the vet this morning for Tom's follow up appointment.

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 59.

    HI all

    MM - Hope tom is ok
    My husband feels the same way about bikes that you do - and I understand completely. Its just being on one makes me feel more alive than anything else I have tried - including jumping out of planes!

    Gail - I know what you mean about cars - for the first time in many years I have a very practical, ecconomical car (rhymes with Fazz), its as boring as anything, but an all round great car and lots of space to car things.

    Sezza - thanks - yes mr bp is still doing nights, and we have both had heavy colds - all a bit depressing in the bagpuss household.

    Everyone else - big wave


  • Comment number 60.

    Good morning all,

    Another lovely sunny day down here on the south coast ,but I can feel that it's at cooler out there and Ihavent even opened the back door yet,if I do I think I will be getting a cold nose .

    Baggy ,hope that you can get to grips with your stress like Sezza said ,fresh air ,and exercise is veryb good and have you tried a bit of yoga,also deep breathing exercise is supposed to be very good.

    Maddy , hope that your Tommy gets a good report from the vet today. maybe an exta treat for him then.

    Gail ,car sounds good .S*oda's are very underated cars I myself think they are an OK car ,and the running costs look good. hope you have save and happy motoring.

    Well ,whatever you are all up to today I hope it goes well ,and have a good one .

    Take care ..Bids.xxx.

  • Comment number 61.

    ***Happy Birthday Andy Toverson***

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 62.

    Morning Everyone

    A sunny but chilly morning in Staffordshire today.

    Baggy hope your headache has eased, unfortunately, mine has appeared but it may have had something to do with the glass with a stem. Midweek too, naughty me.

    Where I live we have had lots of tractors and other agricultural vehicles on the roads, the farmer is doing the raking thing now he's harvested his crops and made his bales. Next it will be sowing the turnip seeds ready for the sheep in the spring.

    Cars, as long as they get you from A to B and back again thats fine by me. Mine is a very old one (12 years to be precise) I'll drive it till it dies or the repair cost is too much to be worth it!

    Bikes, cannot ride one never had one but Staffordshire will be full of them today, most of them going so fast if you blink you'll miss who you were looking for; go Cav go.

    I've put more clothes on today so at least I'll be warmer than yesterday.

    Best wishes to all for a good day. X

  • Comment number 63.

    Hi Bids - Im trying to get out for a few mins each lunch and get to the gym - its just life I guess - Its never dull!

  • Comment number 64.

    Hi sharon - I gave up drinking mid week a while ago - trying to lose weight (not that it did much good) - I'm now thinking about my caffine intake - but two teas a day and the occasional coffee can't be that much?

  • Comment number 65.

    Baggy yesterday at work was such a c>*p day, must try harder not to let it bother me. The caffine thing is not a big issue or the cakes sweets & choc etc.

    The losing weight thing would work too, I must look for my self motivation and will power, its go to be here somewhere. Getting out the office for a short time at lunch is a good idea too.

  • Comment number 66.

    Morning everyone

    Happy Birthday Ken Bruce Jnr! x

    Well, we got to see some cricket last night at Edgbaston - start was delayed as it had been raining all day but it got going just after 8pm and was reduced from 20 over a side to 11. There was a great atmosphere (lots of children, as I think they got in for free) and a very happy "family" atmosphere which is always good. Yes, it was cold - hat, scarf, gloves in September! England won which was also a bonus!

    The only downside was the car parking - no taffic management, just a free for all in a very dark park and it took almost an hour to get out onto the Highway. Once out, we had more fun and games as the main underpasses in Birmingham City Centre that take you back to the M6 were closed, so traffic was worse at 11.30pm on a Wednesday night than it is at 5pm on a wet and windy Friday in the rush hour. Lunacy!

    The match ended just after 10pm and we got home at about 12.30 am - it usually takes about 45 minutes to drive from Brum to Cannock!

    In other news ..... tons to do today as it's my last full day at my desk before the holiday: 4 press releases to write, social media stuff to schedule for 4 x clients for next week, an Inbox housekeeping sesh for another client, a presentation to start for a seminar I'm attending when I get back (nearly fell off my perch when asked to deliver a presentation!) and a limerick to write about what I do ..... don't ask!

    LOL MBD - I share your tractor pain!

    Right, big love to the lot of you.

    I'm going in ......


  • Comment number 67.

    Hi Deevs,

    Sound like you have a 'full-on' day ahead of you. The stress we put ourselves through just for a holiday. Hope it's fabulous you lucky thing.

    Glad you enjoyed the cricket too, my boss was saying pretty much the same thing except about the traffic, as he had to leave before the end so missed that bit.


  • Comment number 68.

    Morning all

    Thank you for the birthday greetings, here and on fb.

    Deev's gald you got to see some cricket, but why is it local authorities can manage to make a mess of transport when there are big sports events on?

    Gail - I believe Sk@da have been world rally champions on several occasions and I'm sure that car could manage quite well up the farm track and in the snow and ice!

    Baggy - Hope you have a better day today, 10 min walk in the fresh air at lunchtime would be my recommendation. Clears your head and is a bit of exercise as well!



  • Comment number 69.

    Morning all!

    Just a quick fly by to say "hi"


    and to let you know all is well with GDs move into halls and she is already leading the student high life! Went to bed on first "night" at 7am after hosting a flat party - bless her - she spent an hour cleaning, hoovering and mopping the flat before she went to bed so that if any of her new flat mates moved in they wouldnt see the mess!

    Right I too have masses to do so best get on with it
    catch you later

  • Comment number 70.

    Hi all
    thanks for the good advice - I have just popped out for a bit of fresh air and I have my gym kit - so if I get out at a reasonsable time I can go and get hot and sweaty (sounds much more exciting that way)

  • Comment number 71.


    Happy Birthday Andy! x

    Blimey Baggy, No wonder you've got a headache! Take care lovey. I quite like the sort of mentol sticks you rub across your forehead - help to cool it and can relieve ache a bit

    Bright and breezy here today but there's a real touch of autumn in the air! Brr!

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 72.

    Hi everyone:

    Just a wee hello - having a crazy day at work - I think, sometimes, these guys think I am a machine - when actually I am a 55 year old goat!

    Andy: happy birthday to you - hope you are having a great day! We all deserve to be a wee bit spoiled on our birthday, don't we?!

    Maddy: hope all is well with Tom xx

    Baggy: oh, it's just horrible feeling "run down", isn't it. Hope you and Mr Baggy will be back on top form soon.

    Gail: I don't know anything about silage, so looked it up at lunchtime. This must be a huge worry for the farmers. Life can be such a struggle sometimes. xx

    Cheryl: all that hassle last night could have easily ruined your evening, but it sounds like you had a good time, regardless!

    Debs: aww, your GD was a wee darling getting the flat back in order! Ooooh, responsiblity is the pits!

    I had a long chat with MsS last night - she met up yesterday with a close friend and they went for lunch together - they both live with their "boyfriends". After lunch, they went for a look-see in Argyll Arcade in Glasgow - which is THE place to go if you are choosing an engagement ring! She said to me: "for goodness sake, don't tell ******* but the one I like costs a small fortune!" I said to her: "Aye, good luck, toots!"

    Hope you are all having a good Thirsty Thursday!

    C xx

  • Comment number 73.

    Afternoon each from a very autumnal Fife - scarf and jacket on today when I went out (plus other bits too of course).

    Lunch with daughter then an hour's work - not bad.

    Gail, back in the day I wouldn't have been seen dead in a skoda (Beetles and Golfs were my cars of choice) but I've now had one for 3 yrs and, as you say, it's cheap to run and it's never let me down.

    Deevs, have you surfaced yet? It will all be worth it when you get on that plane. x

    Chrissie, good luck to MsS with that engagement ring.

    Happy Birthday Andy, hope you're having a lovely day.

    And Hellooooooooo to everyone else.


  • Comment number 74.


    Tom is back home again after staying at the vets for a blood test. I received a phone call from the vet with the results and was shocked. Basically what he was saying that Tom is just the same as he was before his last stay when he was put on a drip for days and had his kidneys flushed out. He suggested either doing this proceedure again at a cost of another £400 or else euthanasia. I know for a fact that he's not as bad, he's nosw eating & drinking a reasonable amount of water and his toilet habits are normal. Previously he was drinking water ALL the time, and not going to the toilet. As for euthanasia I could not believe he said this to me. Tom is very lively, ingterested in things (he enjoyed watching the dogs in the waiting room) jumping on to a high wall and is very happy. At this moment he's sitting next to me looking very happy. I'll now when the time is right to do the kind thing and it's certainly not now.

    Unfortunately it was a different vet, the lady we saw last time was very caring and obviously wanted to do her very best. This man was cold, uncaring, clinical and probably interested only in making as much money as possible.

    In future I'll make sure we see the right one.

    MM xxx

    PS Perhaps he didn't like the fact that I found the Renalzin online which does slow the progress of kidney disease.

  • Comment number 75.

    Oh Maddy, how awful for you.

    Go with your instincts and definitely don't go to that vet again.


  • Comment number 76.


    I have to agree that choosing the right vet seems to be the key. One of our cats was injured, we presume by a car, first vet we saw was v pessimistic on prospects and told us to expect worst. When we went back later with her saw a different vet and the outlook was totally different.

    That cat is still with us and completely back to normal!

    I'm sure you know best and should the time come, you will make the right decision.


  • Comment number 77.

    Maddy: I just checked back before heading off the post office with the mail. I am so shocked to read what happened at the vet. I think you, Annie and Andy are absolutely right: it's all down to getting the "right" vet. How absolutely awful for you, what a terrible thing for you to hear.

    As you say, you know exactly how Tom is, and he's fine for now. I also think you are right when you say the vet was, perhaps, put out about you finding the medication for Tom. I think he has treated you very badly and you may want to make your feelings known, but I would totally understand if you want to put it all to bed.

    Take it easy, and just enjoy having Tom with you.

    C xx

  • Comment number 78.

    Thank you Annie, Andy & Chrissie.

    Yes you are all absolutely right, sometimes we the owners although not experienced in medical stuff do know what is best for our own pets. I know for a fact that Tom is not in pain although probably slightly uncomfortable but he's so happy and alert. I'll know when the time comes when it's kinder to put him to sleep. As I said to my son 'I'm not well but I'm not ready to be put down'.

    We had a cat a number of years ago with the same thing. The first vet we saw suggested euthanasia, we weren't having it and went to another vet who kept him going for another two years. Unfortunately he's now moved on and is an eye specialist. As you say it's a matter of finding the right vet.

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 79.

    Hi everyone

    MM - just wanted to echo the thoughts of the others - whilst you are not a vet - you do know your pet, my first puppy had bone cancer in his jaw when he was 10months old, there was nothing they could do to cure him, just make him as comfortable as poss whilst I spoilt his last few weeks rotton - I DID know though when was the time, and if / when it comes, you will too - but for now - GO TOM!!! get sitting on that windowsill watching for birdies and chase them in your dreams!

    cannot believe the lack of empathy of the person you saw, our pets are our family, you do what you know is best young lady!!!!!

    sorry RANT over, MM have a nice evening and cuddle your baby :-)

    Right happy Thursty Thursday everyone, I have a glass of wine to look forward to later - after mission "sort kitchen" first...


  • Comment number 80.

    Thanks Debs.

    Yes you are spot on, I will enjoy Tom while he's with me and make him as comfortable as possible. He loves my duvet too! And I think I'm going to do what I did for the previous cat and that's buy some fish steaks (plain of course) and with Renalzin on.

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 81.

    Aw Maddy, that wasn't very helpful for you. Sounds like Tom is going to get the best from you and loads of love


  • Comment number 82.

    Hi Maddy
    what at horrible experience at the vets, our cats are our fur babies and thats no way to talk about them! Our vets are great to the animals (lots of cuddles) but we get lectured each time about what we feed them and how we worm/ deflea them. Our cats are not fat, don't have worms or fleas and do have lovely temprements -we could do without the lectures!

  • Comment number 83.

    morning peeps - sorry no chance to read the blog yesterday, so firstly belated birthday wishes to Andy - hope you had a great day!

    Short drive into Wrexham today, so no wildlife spotting this morning.
    Sun is out although the ground is very wet so it must have been raining last night whilst I was sleeping.

    I watched a programme about 11pm last night with Paul O'Grady working at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home - wonderful. The two little stray puppies were adorable and the pregnant chiuaua/jack russell cross having a cesarean was amazing.
    Look for it on ITV-player.

  • Comment number 84.

    and talking of pets ....

    Maddy - so sorry to hear about Tom. You are doing the right thing by just loving and caring for him.

    Two years ago, Honey, my little dog jumped for a ball, twisted in the air and damaged a disc in her back. She lost all the use of her back legs and the vet we used basically said it would cost £thousands for the operations and I shouldn't feel guilty if I didn't want to spend that and have her put to sleep instead!

  • Comment number 85.

    My brother suggested I get a second opinion from the vet he used and that lovely man’s take on it was "let's not rush to do a procedure, rather wait and see" Doing nothing was the positive option for him.
    It took a long time and we had many messy weeks whilst Honey couldn't do anything for herself but now she is running around and is happy as a lark.

    Yes, she still has problems with her legs, and trips herself up now and again and has the odd 'accident' when she needs the toilet and can't out the door quick enough, but when I think that I might have acted on the advice of that first vet, I go cold.

    Follow your instincts - they won't let you down.

    right work beckons ....
    ttfn, Crumpy xx

  • Comment number 86.

    Morning Greetings Ter ALL...

    Bingo Star 'ere...

    Ave just been ter watch the ladies golf at Royal Liverpool golf course.... Aka The Women's British Open....
    But due too strong wind play is suspended for now....
    Which brings ter mind a Bingo Star moto when it comes ter playing golf in strong wind:

    'it it 'igh... And you will cry!!!!!!

    'it it low... And watch your score go.. low!!!!!!!

    Am wondering should a walk around the course with a placard stating this most nice advice ter the talented ladies of the world???!!!!!!!


  • Comment number 87.

    #86 - WHATTA COINCIDENCE.... This could easily be the score terdee when it should be par 72!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 88.

    VERY Windy here today, as you've already heard the golf has been suspended at Hoylake.

    Baggy-Yes we know what makes our pets happy and I can do without the lectures about weight, keeping to the book with everything each time I take Tom & Daisy for their boosters. I don't want to add a couple of years to my life by eating salads every day and animals are just the same. And Tom & Daisy are my 'fur babies' too.

    Crumpy-thank goodness you looked for a second opinion and how lovely that Honey is still with you today. A lot depends on how much we love them and are prepared to give them our love and attention. I can't imagine what I'd feel like today if I'd listened to the vet, it doesn't bear thinking about.

    I am happy to report that this morning Tom is looking very happy and lively, enjoyed his food and together with Daisy is interested in a hedgehog in the back garden.

    MM xxx

  • Comment number 89.


    Crumpy-I watch Paul O'Grady at Battersea Dog's Home too and yes the story about the little dog who gave birth to the puppies was just wonderful.

    I need Paul O'Grady to sort out that vet, he would have something to say about it.

  • Comment number 90.

    Hi everyone:

    A very blustery day here, too. Glasgow city centre is being prepared for the Parade of Champions this afternoon - with a wee bit of luck, Andy Murray may be part of it. Even if he's not there, it will just be fantastic to see all the athletes and their medals. The good news is, my boss has very kindly said that we can close the office at 4pm, so we can go and see the parade!

    Maddy: glad to hear all is well with Tom. xx

    Annie: (from yesterday) yes, regarding the ring ... she's slightly ahead of herself, because no proposal, as yet, has been forthcoming!

    Hope everyone is ok - Friday at last!

    C xx

  • Comment number 91.

    Just popping in to say 'hi' to the bloggers! This brilliant Monday was the day we returned from a fabulous holiday touring round Florida - what a shock to be back! But very grateful to Andy Murray for continuing on the excitement into Tuesday!!

    Coming back to work after three weeks off jetlagged and tired is just like having a hangover - no-one has ANY SYMPATHY FOR YOU WHATSOEVER. Mutter mutter.....self-inflicted.....mutter, mutter......you should be grateful.....mutter.

    Have a great weekend all!!! xXx

  • Comment number 92.


    Just a wee look-in before heading off to see our fantastic Olympic/Paralympic Champions! We suddenly have the most beautiful afternoon - lovely blue sky, comfortable temperature ... fingers crossed it stays this way!

    Berni: welcome back - hope you had a fantastic holiday. I know what you mean about the jet-lag - it is awful! You find yourself up and about at 1am, putting on a washing, but once you go back to bed it's almost impossible to get back up! And, yes, everyone says "think yourself lucky, you've had a terrific holiday" etc etc!

    Hope to pop in over the weekend, but for the moment, have a good one, all!

    C xx

  • Comment number 93.

    Afternoon each from sunny Fife

    Just been blown back across the bridge early as youngest son finished work early, so off to put the tv on to see if I can see Chrissie in Glasgow at the Olympic Parade.

    Back in a bit. xxxx

  • Comment number 94.

    Just been peering at the crowd in George Square on the tv but can't see Chrissie - I know she's in there somewhere!


  • Comment number 95.

    Debs, you there? Off to pour a glass of Meerrrrllloooot and watch the news, then the One Show.

    Been listening to Bob Dylan's Tempest - love it - anyone interested in social justice, listen to track 5.


  • Comment number 96.

    Morning all

    Beautiful here today but there is that chill in the air!

    A day of pottering for me I think - all leading up to Strictly and the Dr tonight!

    Lovely Jubbley!

    Sezza xxx

  • Comment number 97.

    Good morning all,

    Morning Sezza,think I shall be doing he same as you today ,pottering as it's a wall to wall blue sky day and just the day for doing it.

    Just going to get some laundry out then go and have a tidy up and might pop out this afternoon to see whats in the shops or then I just might fall on to that sofa and get stuck there ,the decisions we have to make ..lol.

    Have a good day all and enjoy what you're up to .


  • Comment number 98.

    A lovely sunny Saturday here on the Wirral peninsula and the golf at Hoylake continues.

    I've come on here for a further rant about the vet we saw on Thursday. I've just discovered that the tablets we were given cost £0.56p for 28 online. We were given 7 at a cost of £13.13p. It states that the duration of treatment is unlimited. Unfortunately a prescription is required to order these which the vet would charge for.

    No wonder the vet wasn't happy that I'd discovered the Renalzin treatment online. He advised the tablets instead.

    Rant over!

    MM xxx

    Tom is doing fine and looking happy.

  • Comment number 99.

    Afternoon each

    Maddy, seems like your vet needs a good talking to! Glad Tom is doing fine.

    Bids/Sezza, lovely day here too, although a tad blowy. How's the pottering?

    Oldest son and family here for lunch today - the 2yr old is almost 3 and the 1yr old is almost walking - oh my, how time flies. They were up the stairs, down the stairs, jumping on the bed, faffing with ornaments and in and out of the garden but a good time was had by all. And what was nice was that daughter-in-law and I had a really nice chat, which doesn't happen often when the whole gang are here.

    Also had stepson visiting last night which was lovely.

    Looking forward to Strictly tonight.


  • Comment number 100.

    Just back to see who's about ,and pleased to see you Maddy and you Annie.

    Maddy ,yes someone needs to have Stern word with that vet of yours,and so pleased to see tom is happy and enjoying life,that's what it's all about isn't it .

    Annie ,I do so like your family stories ,you do paint quite a happy hectic tale but a loving caring one .yes it's nice to have those one to one chats isn't it.

    The pottering has been a slow one today ,doing a little then having a rest then more pottering ,then a bit of film watching and just off to sit outside for 1/2hour as kens out there so I'm going to join him ,I would have taken a glass of something with me but one too many last night so abstaining tonight .

    Catch you later ..Bids.xxx.


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