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“I have gained and lost the same ten pounds so many times over and over again my cellulite must have déjà vu.”

– Jane Wagner

Another week nearly over, TUT, where does the time go?

Have you noticed how long it is taking the morning sun to make an appearance as well, its 5.48 and still dark?

I had a whoopee-do moment when I stood on the scales to find I had dropped to under 12 stone, 11 stone 13 I am now. (Oh it is Yoda I am sounding like). Yes I know it’s only a pound under but believe me for me that is a whoopee-do moment.

The builders have been and the house is now re-pointed, they found out why we were having so much trouble with the back window and that has now been fixed. But the mess, the mess, but as they say ‘you can’t make a cake without breaking eggs’

We went out for mom-in-laws birthday last week-end, we went to Flavourz,  it’s one of those all you can eat places. I will admit that I used to enjoy these types of places and yes I would start at one end of the counter and work my way along, I suppose because it was a novelty at first. But now when I go out for a meal I like to be served. I sit in these places now and all I can see and think about is all the waste, people piling food onto their plates and pushing half of it away but then going to get another plate full. I know I shouldn’t say what I am about to say but… most of the people piling their plates sky high could do with missing a few meals. Oooh hark at me, yes I know I am over weight but nothing like these people. I also find it rather irritating when I put only what I know I am going to eat on my plate and only have three courses to be told by other people to ‘have some more, you are paying for it, you don’t have to eat it all.’ Just because it’s eat all you want that doesn’t mean make yourself sick! Ok rant over. Heehee.

Here’s a good book Time’s Arrow by Martin Amis. Dr Tod. T. Friendly is a Nazi war criminal who escapes his body just before he dies. Tod then watches his body live its life backwards Tod knows it’s him but can’t understand what is happening and we the reader see how this old scared man became what he was. I found parts of the book set in the death camps quite surreal as people have their teeth put back in and are battered back to life. A good read.

The look on the dogs face says it all

(Just before posting I heard that Tony has died, at last he has peace)

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If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.
Edgar Allan Poe

I just have to share this. I found this in my spam folder

When you start feeling better, take it slow and don’t overdo it. Although you can return to school once your fever disappears, you may still feel tired. Your body will tell you when it’s time to rest — listen to it. By taking good care of yourself and resting as much as you need to, you will soon be back to normal, usually within a few weeks.

It had come through to this post and came from a company buying silver. If they are going to send spam they really should read the post first.

I have just finished reading Everything Ravaged Everything Burned by Wells Tower, lot’s of short day to day stories, some with happy endings some not, and so to the weekend, which has flown by.

Saturday was spent just running round doing odds and sods, later in the afternoon we went for a walk along the river in StourportSunday we headed to Cosford to take a look at the air force museum, if you have a few hours spare I would recommend it, (we were there 5 hours). Set in four hangers you start off with the History of the RAF, a lot of people just walked through here but we stood and read all the boards and watched the film. The next hanger is test flight, which has planes and things to play with, and yes we did have a little play but the kids kept getting in the way (! Tut, kids). From there you move into the Warplanes, some of them are huge, then onto the national cold war exhibition with its planes, tanks and nuclear bombs and bombers. Here there is also a small room with a short film about the nuclear threat, once through this part you have the choice to go down or take the lift to the viewing gallery, we headed there to get a good over all view, well worth it. Then down to the bottom floor to take a look at the Thor, the Polaris and the Canberra PR9 amongst other things, there is also a couple of small information rooms here, one where you sit around a round table with maps projected on to the table and listen to The Cuban Missile Crisis. One of the other rooms is about the Vietnam War with very harrowing photos I could feel myself filling up as I read and looked. The last little room is about the Space Race, (that’s three rooms not two isn’t, it’s my age you know). Then onto Hanger 1 which is all about training and transport, with a collection of missiles and art gallery and James May’s life size airfix plane. All in all a good day out and it’s free. (Photos of some of the planes, we took loads).

From there we took a ride to the top of  Titterstone Clee and watched the rain moving towards us photo here

We had both had it so we stopped of at The Lock for tea because I really didn’t fancy cooking. Then the weekend was over, weekend should last at least 4 days!


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If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.

Well this Olympic thing is turning into a bit of a cock-up, first not enough security, then the wrong flag hoisted for the Korean women’s football, and now refunds having to be given because not everyone will be able to see the diving because of the shape of the roof. What next?

The man in the high castle by Philip K. Dick is a very good book, I know because I have just finished it.


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I decided to do another room, this time our bedroom and as with all the other rooms it took a lot more than just paper and paint. There was the usual plaster falling off but with the added problem of mould on the window wall, (see I told hubby we needed repointing), so it took me a week to strip, fill, sand, and treat the mould, four days to paper and a day to stain the furniture and just to keep hubby happy, (because he thinks I do too much in a day and that’s why I am always tired, no it’s not. I am always tired because he snores all night) I have read Flow, my tears the Policeman said. By Philip K Dick a very good read and I have watched Dr. Who and have started on The Dinnerladies Now all that is left is the carpet.

We took a trip to Upton-on-Severn (Sunday 15th), it’s in a bit of a mess due to the floods. A local was saying the river had risen 2 inches in an hour just that morning and it was still rising, still the ducks didn’t seem to minded.


On the 22nd it was off to Harvington Hall for this years outdoor play, this year it didn’t rain on us, like last year, in fact it was very hot, but we had taken our picnic in a cool box, (so the wine was lovely). Anyway this year was Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, there was some very good improvisation of horses, (think Monty Python) and Mr. Darcy (played by Matthew Hopkins) was, well everything a Mr. Darcy should be, dark and brooding and sexy. WHAT? You are never too old to look at a nice young man, look but don’t touch. That said all the cast were good, a very entertaining afternoon which we ended by feeding the ducks.

and here are the very ducks


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Well what a few days that has been. Last week we had a thunder storm that lasted around ½ an hour the sky went as dark as night and the rain came hard. I have lived here for 28 years and never have I seen the bottom of the garden flood, but on this day it did. That’s not the only flood we have had either, the washer flooded the kitchen, but on the upside we have been out for a very nice meal at The Crown (review here) and it is every bit as good as this review says. If you look at the photo we sat at the bottom to the right, it is a place I shall happily go back too.

We spent a day in Coventry looking around the bombed out cathedral and in the transport museum, which is well worth a visit but do give yourself plenty of time, we were in there 3 ½ hours.


I haven’t been able to do a lot what with this weather so I have spent most of my time over the past few weeks doing odd jobs and watching the full series of Roseanne I loved it when it was on TV in the 80’s and it’s still has good now. I have now started to watch all my Dr. Who DVD’s (as I am having withdrawal, it’s not been on TV this year yet).

But it’s not all been TV I have read ‘Girl meets boy’ by Ali Smith. A nice read.


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You only live once, but if you work it right, once is enough.

Are we getting a summer this year? I only ask out of curiosity, you know what with everywhere being so wet and well rotting.

Anyway onto The Voyage, (which was rained off on Thursday), we headed off to see it on Saturday (23rd), well two of us did, hubby wasn’t feeling too well so he stayed home. Imagine a 50 foot ship built standing against a town hall, imagine the most haunting music and singing voices, imagine acrobats, high wire walkers, dancers, imagine a light show that transforms all this is into a moving ship that goes down in a storm, imagine girls in large bubbles floating through the crowd, imagine a life raft and when you have find out if the show is coming near you and go see it)I think it’s touring but I could be wrong, which would be a shame). It was/is truly a wonderful hour of perfectly timed entertainment. Here (because I like to be helpful) are a few links to help you on your way.


info and pics

a bit of video and info

video and info

more (better) video

I have been playing with the paint and drills turning old things into new things, over here if you want to see, and I have just finished reading Netherlands by Joseph o’ Neil.

Just think a few more days and we will be in yet another new month!


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I’ve learned….

That the less time I have to work, The more things I get done..

See told you.
So lets see, since last putting finger to key board we have been for a meal to celebrate nicey nieces 18th (the first of the celebrations), at the Harvester in Halesowen, we won’t be going back there. It took half an hour to remove our dirty plates then a quarter of an hour for them to take the desert order, which they delivered half of and one was supposed to be hot pie and custard which was cold and after waiting 10 minutes we had to ask where the rest were, they then brought the rest but no spoons. By the time the spoons turned up the ice-cream had melted. No I won’t recommend the Harvester in Halesowen and if the excuse is ‘We were busy’ perhaps they shouldn’t book out so many tables.

I had a chat with someone about the stupidity of ‘elf and safty’ not a story because the person knows the person this happen to. Woman three weeks over her due date, she has been to hospital three times in the three weeks and sent back home. Her husband takes their child to school then gets a call to say ‘come home quick’ he dashes back to find his wife on the bathroom floor with the baby which she has delivered herself, the afterbirth has not yet arrived. Hubby phones for an ambulance and it arrives, they ask where the mother is and hubby explains that she is still in the bathroom in some distress and the afterbirth has still not made an appearance. Up stairs they all go, the husband is then told ‘we can’t go in the bathroom, the floor is lino health and safety rules, you will have to get her out,’ they wouldn’t even help him to move her. So whatever you do don’t fall over in the bathroom and break a leg unless you have carpet on the floor.

I bitumen-ed the shed roof to try and stop the leaks, there’s little point in redoing it as we intend moving the whole thing later in the year.

I have spent a lot of time in the garden, everything is growing like mad, we have also put in a couple of leylandii.

The living room is at long last finished.

We went to nicey neicey 18th party, I thought I must be getting old because I thought ‘this music is far too loud for a room this size’ but it wasn’t just me a lot of younger people thought the same, PHEW.

June will soon be here, Wey-hey summer is on the way.


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