Bexhill Birthday

I have come over to Bexhill for mum’s birthday. We went out for lunch with her two friends and my sister and thankfully it wasn’t raining ( too much!)
We had lunch at mum’s favourite place, ‘The Trattoria’, which is on the sea front. They know her well and I managed to tell them it was her birthday, so at a certain point they all came and sang to her and gave her a free desert!

Today we went to the new M and S at Glyne Gap. Jolly impressive, especially the cafeteria which overlooks the beach and the sea. We bought her an outfit for a wedding she is going to in May. It was nice for her to have someone to help her choose instead of having to shop with friends who aren’t as brutally honest as me – joking! We then got her a new coffee machine which was reduced as it was the last one they had. It was twenty odd pounds cheaper than Amazon, which is my guide price these days.

Most of the rest of the time has been spent giving lessons on the internet. I have got a Skype account set up now so I think she has mastered that, plus a few refinements to her emails and facebook. We have ordered her coffee, and she should have enough to last her a fair bit of time so I think my time has been well spent. She has just taken a photo of me!

I am missing the cat, although not her claws, so it will be good to return home tomorrow, although I think it will be a fairly wet and wild journey.

Saw Barry Cryer last week at the Northcott, just thought I’d mention that.

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A Sunny Day

I am continuing to take Flora into the garden, and today managed to get a few jobs done out there as the weather was so good. Unfortunately it is far too wet to do any digging but I cleared the ferns so that the daffodils can grow through and I cut down all the dead flower heads so that I had several barrow loads full for the compost heap. Flora had a good couple of hours out there but came in a few minutes after me, so she is getting to know the ropes. Now she is sleeping, stretched out in front of the log burner. I wish I could take some photos of her out of doors but she doesn’t stay still for a second.

I had a tentative go at painting this afternoon. Having not picked up a paintbrush since November I am definitely rather rusty but I will just have to crash through that and it shouldn’t take too long to get up to speed.

Mum has a Tablet so she is getting used to sending emails and shopping online! I am going to see her in a few weeks so it will be good to see how she is progressing.

We went out for lunch on Thursday and this time we tried Michael Caines Abode it was really good and not too expensive. Friday evening saw us at the Nothcott for Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis, they were hilarious and I could easily have watched them for twice as long.

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New Year, bad habits.

We are already into 2014 by quite a few days and I realise that I haven’t made a blog entry since before Christmas!

Flora has grown quite a bit since my last entry, she is very muscular and likes nothing better than some rough and tumble with Hyw. I try to stay clear of her when she is in fighting mode as even in fun, her claws draw blood from me very easily. I have been taking her into the garden everyday for the last week. It is really fun to see her discovering everything for herself, climbing right to the top of trees and then having to pick her way down again. I have to go with her to make sure she is safe with the road but more importantly to make sure she doesn’t run into any of the big males (cats) who slope around the village.

Christmas seems like an age ago. It was very wet at times but other days we had sunshine for a spell. Mum came by coach the Thursday before Christmas, Matt, Mo and Verity came on the Sunday. I had seen so many cooking programmes before Christmas that I couldn’t make my mind up what to make, so I made them all! Tom Kerridges turkey roll, orange and almond cake, Christmas ice cream, plum sauce, brussels with pears. Tom Kitchin’s stuffed Parma ham with goats cheese etc. Glynn Purnele’s monster sausage roll and my own recipe for north African lamb. Although there were only 6 of us we were all together for quite a few days so we seemed to get through masses of food. Mo left us to visit her family in Northern Ireland on Boxing Day afternoon. She got there just in time as they had quite a severe rain storm. The weather was pretty good so we came back via Topsham but it was changing as we got there so we didn’t stay for long. On the Friday we went to see The Hobbit, not bad but somehow I was underwhelmed by it.

By the following Monday, Verity, the last to leave us was gone but only until the next day as we went up to Bath for New Years Eve. We went to The Star and later to St James Wine Vaults where we played bar billards, then down to the abbey for 12 o’clock bells and a few fireworks. We drove home the next morning as it was torrential rain so there was no hope of going round the shops or anything.

Gwilym’s month long stay from his birthday until the beginning of December seems even longer ago. Whilst he was here we went to The Nobody Inn for lunch, had several nail biting moments sending off various forms for his visa etc, that got lost in the post, spent the day choosing wedding rings and then decided to get them online. In fact they were such good value I got one for myself at Christmas! Gwilym and I went to Bexhill to see nan, and had a riotous lunch with Thelma and Peter and their friend. Gwilym went to Bristol to see Verity again and of course she and Matt came here to see him. All too quickly it was over and he was off to HK for his wedding!

I think I’ve caught up everything now, time for another Strepsil to sooth my sore throat.

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