Monday, 20 September 2021

Random Ramblings :: So what's been occurring over here?

Hi there everyone 😀

It seems like an age since I’ve had a random ramble so thought I’d just drop by to let you know what’s been occurring over here of late.

It doesn’t actually feel like there has been an awful lot … we’ve had a few Mondays out with mum and Bobby over the summer … which have been just lovely ... just simple stuff, but lovely all the same ...

We’ve been to Chasewater and done some bird and train spotting …

We’ve been back to Beacon Park for a picnic and to check out the crazy golf …


We’ve been to Branston Water Park …


We’ve done a town treasure trail around Tamworth, taking in our castle grounds, which were looking just amazing …
… and we’ve been to a new adventure golf at a local golf club ... where 18 holes may have just been a little tiring for little legs ...
There seem to have been a fair few afternoon teas ...

... with mum at Barton Marina …

With friends at Coombe Abbey ...



… which was very nice indeed …

In the garden … with the whole of the Wakelin family round for a rainy afternoon tea ...
The weather didn't seem to bother the youngest members of the family at all ...

... and a sneaky little mid-week trip out to a local spot with Jackie, Rachel and Erin ...
... who is now walking and is a bit wobbly but very confident and totally fearless ...
Martin’s recently had an op on his ankle so hasn't been out and about much but we did manage a ride out to Cannock Chase on Bank Holiday Monday ... with a very nice lunch thrown in ...

So actually there has probably been a bit more going on than I thought … a fair few get togethers and plenty of food.

Phew ... well done if you stuck with me till the end ... I hope I've not made you feel too hungry 😋

It's not long now until we are off on holiday … to Pembrokeshire this time ... so I’m hoping to have plenty to tell you about that very soon 😀

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Friday, 17 September 2021

Photo Scavenger Hunt :: September #3 … Fall

Hi there everyone 😀

This is a bit of a funny one … though it wasn’t at the time … and I know this isn’t really what Astrid really had in mind when setting the word Fall for this week’s challenge …

Last week I noticed that a spider had caught a bee in it’s web, hanging off our urn, and was pretty much cocooning it. I thought Bobby would find it fascinating so got my phone to take a photo.

Well … my photo taking didn’t go to plan and I ended up stepping back falling down the step on the patio and ended up spread-eagled on the floor with the side of my head banging against the razor sharp render on the side of the house.

My fall left me with grazed arms and legs and a black eye that I’m now quite proud of … I looked like a kid that had fallen of their bike.

Anyway … whilst I was laying on the floor mopping up a cut on my forehead all I could think of was getting Martin to take the photo before the spider either disappeared or ate the bee.

Was it worth it? I will let you judge for yourselves …

Apparently Bobby was pretty impressed so that was a win for me .

Now for a few more fall like photos … from the garden as it is now …still with plenty of late summer colour …



Still plenty left to harvest …
Still a few jobs being undertaken … finally got the bench painted …

… and plenty left for the birds over winter …

The question now will be … do I dump the hanging baskets before we go on holiday or leave them in the hope they still look good when we get back … experience tells me to empty them, but I hate bringing something flowering to the end of its life too soon 🙈

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Monday, 13 September 2021

So … What of the Sunflowers?

Hi there everyone 😀

Remember a few weeks ago I showed you my very tall sunflowers … sadly lacking on the flower front?

Well I thought I’d give you a quick update.

I took these photos about a week ago … still getting taller …

… and looking like a flower may be imminent …

I took these a few days later …
Yay … tiny little flower on a very tall stalk … I was expecting at least dinner plate size. Maybe it will get bigger … I will let you know.

Very strangely too, even though all of the seeds we planted were from the same packet … some seem to have lots of side shoots and some have none … So I’m hoping for flowers all the way up the stem.

I did have a few worrying moments when the wind picked up but luckily we had not got round to chopping up a huge thin branch that we’d chopped off one of the trees … it’s made a great stake …
The flower does seem to be getting, very gradually, a bit bigger and this is my latest photo taken in the evening sunshine over the weekend …
It still is the only flower we have though. I am hopeful there may be a few more … I will keep you posted 🌻🌻🌻

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Friday, 10 September 2021

Photo Scavenger Hunt :: September #2 ... Pizza

Hi there everyone 😀

This week's challenge from Astrid is one of my favourite things ever to eat … I just love pizza.

I remember when I was working and it was my 40th birthday. We were at a team meeting and a very close colleague had done a pass the parcel game with witty quips written about me in between the layers … the one that I always remember warned all of my colleagues that they should never challenge me to see who could eat the most pizza on the famous Pizza Hut eat all you can buffet, as I would always win.

Over the years my visits to the likes of Pizza Hut, Pizza Express, Prezzo and the like have waned a bit and my pizza eating days seem to have slipped into the odd supermarket pizza or Martin’s home made efforts ....which are pretty decent I have to say … though I never can resist a calzone if it’s on the menu.

Considering how much I love pizza on my first trawl of the archives I couldn’t find that many photos but after a really good hunt through my phone I came up with these …

I retired from work in January 2014 and in September I had my first catch up with some of my old colleagues. I was based in Swindon, though I live in The Midlands, and we met up at Gloucester Quays for a bit of shopping, a good catch up ...
... and a Pizza Express al fresco lunch ...
Martin and I were back in our local Pizza Express later that year as we stopped off for tea on our way out for a pre-Christmas treat ...
We were off to see Andre Rieu and his orchestra in Birmingham and what a spectacle it was. It was so full of colour ... from the very first moment that the musicians all marched onto the stage till the very last moment ... and their backdrops were just amazing ...
Onto 2014 and there was another Gloucester catch up ... this time we opted for Zizzi and, as well as pizza, there was cake ...

This is the only capture of one of Martin’s culinary pizza delights I could find … Brussels sprouts and bacon …

I actually included the recipe for this one on my blog. You can find it here.

We then did try something just a little bit random ... following a trip to Ikea. We were on a bit of a ... trying to eat more healthy phase ... and decided we would give Ikea's 'Ryvita pizza' a go. It was ok ... but we haven't made a repeat purchase ...


In 2018 Martin and I had a bit of a spontaneous day out to the seaside ... something that we don't often do as we live pretty much as far away from the coast as you can get in the UK. We went to Weston-Super-Mare, the weather was amazing and we had an absolutely fabulous day. We finished it off with a meal sitting in the sunshine on a terrace overlooking the sea ...
I think the pizza was all the better for the sunshine, the view, the day we'd had and the place we were sitting ...

in January of 2019 we had a family meal out to celebrate Alison's 40th birthday. This was the night that dad got sparkly ...
Bobby was pretty keen on the pizza too ...

My last pictures are the latest ones I have and are of one of the nicest pizzas I've ever had and it was definitely the best spot ever to eat them ... we were at a beach bar/café on the Isle of Wight and it really was idyllic ...


I definitely can't beat this one so I will leave it there. 

It's time for tea and I am so gutted that we aren't having pizza 😋

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