Sunday, 28 June 2015

House Mouse Sunday

Good Sunday Morning Ladies,
I have been looking forward to showing you this card of Sam's, I thought it was so cute that it deserved a post of its own, so here it is!
Sam has stamped and coloured the cute House Mouse Stamp perfectly, I suspect she has used her Copic pens, the blend so well and Sam has managed to get some good shade into this image.
Sam has used the Austrian Collection Innsbruck Die, from Creative Expressions, designed by Sue Wilson, it is the outer decorative die and the cutting edge that has been used to make the frame for
this cute little image.
I love the Sentiment that Sam has used, the font is nice, pretty, but not too girly! It looks like the
Creative Expressions Pierced Flag Die has been used to frame the sentiment, designed once again by Sue Wilson.
The soft green background works really well with the colours in the stamped image.
The cutest embellishment on this card is the Cocktail Sticks that Sam has used to make 'Mouse'
sized Knitting Needles, with tiny pearl beads on the ends to make then look authentic!
Sam this has to be one of your best cards, thank you so much for sending it for me to share with all
of our friends here in the Café xxx
We are hoping to have a quiet day today, the girls are busy revising, we are hoping to pop to the allotment for a couple of hours, weather permitting of course!
Its nice to get out of the house and away from all the terrible news, my Son went to Tunisia recently so the recent troubles really hit home, it was Armed Forces Day yesterday too, but you feel reluctant to go to any of the Celebrations for fear of any 'problems'!
Well are hope you all have your fans out of the cupboard and dusted off as we are supposed to have a
heat wave this week, temperatures in the 30's so they say.........we will see!
The girls were hoping to watch the Quarter Final Women's football match last night England v Canada, but it was on at midnight, so we have recorded it to watch today, I do wish the Womens football was given the same coverage as the mens( I don't mean the time that's because its live),
if you didn't look for it you wouldn't know it was on, if it was the 'Male' England team playing the country would be awash with England flags and there would be a tacky song in the charts!
That's all from me today, apart from sending
love and hugs to you all,
Sandra
xxxxxx

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  1. Just an update, England ladies won 2-1 to beat Canada and are now through to the Semi-finals !!!!!

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    1. Good morning Sandra and all our friends, I totally agree with you about SAMs card, it is just perfect, and the colouring is superb just wish I could colour like that, everything about the card is perfect, Well done Sam,
      Sandra I hope the weather stays dry so you can get to the allotment, we are having family over hopefully for a barbecue but just the mention of the word and the clouds thicken, so fingers crossed.
      I hope Patricia and Hazel had a good night - we will find out later, have left everywhere tidy
      ,have a lovely day everyone, may not be back today, but have left the basket topped up,
      Jean xx

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    2. Hi Jean,
      Hope it stays dry for your barbecue. Especially for the sake of the chef!! I have photos of my husband cooking - it doesn't happen often and never indoors - with son standing alongside him holding a brolly! The great British Summer !! Xxx

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  2. Good morning Sandra and the Coffe Shop Gang. Congratulations to the Ladies of the Enland Football team, well done them.
    Well it's pouring rain here today, we had beautiful weather in Edinburgh yesterday.
    SAM:- your card is fantastic. I love that image and use it lots for New Baby Cards. I knit Baby Booties for embellishments.
    Well ladies Hazel and I had a great time yesterday. Shopping first then we went along to the Restaurant where we were having our meal. Table in the corner, out of the way and we had great time. Lots of fun and laughter, laughing so much the tears were running down our faces. Gillian's friends are such a lovely bunch. They have known each other for so long and have such good fun together. The meal was good served by lovely Spanish Waiter who was brilliant. NO phones during the meal which was great. I think it is such bad manners to be on the phone when people are eating. Some of the young ones get terrible "withdrawals" and of course made the excuse to get to the Loo ...... just to look at their blooming phones!!.....why??? Oh! I must be getting old!! I really do hate bad manners and feel they are being pushed aside.
    Cafe looking good, flowers on the table. Made my tea & toast, I have some of the Strawberry Jam on it. Don't know who made it but it's brilliant? Over at the table in the corner to "people watch" ((((((Hugs))))) in the basket, will be back later to see what doing on. xxx

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    1. Hi Patricia just commented hoping you and Hazel had a good time, sounds like you did, how's the voice this morning, glad you all had a good laugh.
      Jean x

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    2. Hi Patricia,
      Your hen night seems to be the perfect way to celebrate a forthcoming marriage. I'm so glad you all had a wonderfully cheerful time. And no phones!!!
      In Bridgwater, our nearest town, the hen and her friends just go on a drunken rampage. Not very ladylike at all. xxx

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    3. Hello Patricia,
      I'm amazed you were in so soon after your gallivanting last night!! Glad you had a good night though, did anyone notice your smudged nails or had you redone them? lol xxx

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    4. Hi Patricia, Hen night seems to have been a success, glad you had a good day,
      Jess x

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    5. Such a perfect sounding evening for Gillian, I am so pleased you all had such a lovely evening!
      Hugs
      Sandra xxx

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    6. Patricia, your evening sounds lovely, so glad Gillian had a good time, bet she didn't get up this morning as early as you!
      Hugs Saba xxx

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    7. Patricia,
      Sounds as if you had a lovely time! Edinburgh is a lovely city and somewhere I love to go. Xxx

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    8. Patricia,
      Sounds like you all had a good evening. Pleased you and Hazel got home safe and sound. xxx

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    9. Hi Patricia so pleased you had a lovely time last night with lots of laughter & good company.
      Hug's Lynda xx

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  3. Good morning Sandra,

    Well done England ladies!!!!

    House Mouse card is superb Sam. The soft green for the background is the ideal choice for the colours used for the stamp. Your colouring in puts mine to shame, try as I might I still cannot get my shading as good as yours.

    Still raining here and I have two cards to do for tomorrow birthdays. Forgot all about them yesterday, the guest room is more important at the moment.
    Hope you are all well,
    Love & hugs
    Cheryl xxx

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    1. Hi Cheryl,
      I have two cards to make before Wednesday! Crazy to have left it so late. I did the boxes last night - so made a start! Xx

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    2. Hi Cheryl, I'm sure you will get your cards made in time, sometimes I find my best ideas come when I am close to the deadline, Maybe that's why I have so many Phd's !!!! xxx

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    3. Yes to the best ideas, Brenda. Have been thinking all day what to do and lo and behold, the ideas just came to me. xxx

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  4. Morning Ladies

    Sam-your card is gorgeous. The colouring/shading is perfect.

    Breezy day here & a bit cooler-not been out yet but hubby just left to play a golf match do he gave me a weather update. I'm off out to the craft shop in the garden centre I went to for the classes as I promised to drop something off. I'm taking a colleague with me as she's a bit down at the minute. Apart from her University friends in Manchester, she only knows the staff in Pharmacy and her family all live in Greece. I've said we'll stay for a coffee then I'll drop her off in Southport as I need to buy a couple of things-sugars and some sandals! Odd combination I know..!!!!

    Best get dressed & head up to the greenhouse to talk to my tomatoes .

    Michele

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    1. Hi Michele, don't put loose sugar in your sandals, or you'll end up with feet that feel like mine. I hope your colleague enjoys her trip out with you. In the meantime enjoy the conversation with your tomatoes (they'll make more sense than George would !!! xxx

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    2. Michele you are such a thoughtful, kind friend, not many people would think like you do, don't go crazy spending at the craft shop, mind you if it's like the Carole's craft shop at our garden centre half the stock is just rubbish really, it has closed down now though, we made the most out of it though as all the ribbon went half price, we are talking 10p and 20p for the thicker ribbon! I now have so much I have no where to keep it all! I may need to use Patricia's loo roll trick!
      Love & hugs
      Sandra xxxxx

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    3. Michele, say hi to your tomatoes from me, glad there is someone else who taks to her plants!
      Hugs Saba xxx

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    4. Michele,
      Have a lovely time with your friend . People need special friends like you! Hope the tomatoes didn't answer back!! Xx

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    5. Hi Michele, I talk to the tomatoes in my greenhouse all the time. Yesterday they were really happy, I told the they were due for a feed, this morning when I went to check all was well they were all standing up looking very healthy.
      Have a lovely time at the garden centre with your friend. xxx

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    6. Brenda - do you warn them when they are about to go the way of all flesh? Hi hi xxx

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  5. Morning! I can't believe I'm leaving a comment this early! SAM Your card is gorgeous I love your colouring and the little knitting needles I don't colour - but want to I don't have any pens and thinking of starting out with the Chameleon pens What do you ladies think?
    SANDRA We stayed up and I watched first half I totally agree re the publicity - a little better these days My sister played for London Colney Ladies back in the 60/70's She met Steve Perryman from Spurs Weren't our ladies good - lot better than the male team
    PATRICIA phones should be banned at all meal times I do use mine at restaurants sometimes because I have an app to check carbs for the food I eat but I get embarrassed at having phone on the table Glad you and Hazel had a brill time These happy moments are real treasures
    Sun is trying to shine here and it's very muggy

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    1. KAREN:-
      Just. Quick comment ... I have the Chameleon Pens .. they are OK!! BUT ..... you spend lots of time re-loading the colour. I am not a colour-inner. I find Promarkers or Copics the better option. Just my opinion though xxx

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    2. Hi Karen
      I Agree With Patricia, I Personally have Heard Quite Bad Comments About The Chameleon Pens, I've Used Copics From Day One, But You Get Just Terrific Results From Using Promarkers, There Is Lots Of Fantastic Tutorials On YouTube But I Follow Bev Rochester In Fact When It Comes To Colouring/Shading I'm In Awe Of Her!!!
      Hugs From Sam xxx

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    3. Hi Karen, hope you are feeling alright today, thinking of you.
      Saba Xxx

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    4. Karen, I do hope and pray there are some brighter times for you just around the corner. Sending hugs, Myra xxx

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    5. Hi Karen, I have used Pro Markers for a number of years now and have been happy with them. But at the beginning of this year I treated myself to some Copic pens - I am totally hooked on Copic pens now.
      As a suggestion, if you have stockists in you area, go and have a play with both, it might help you decide. xxx

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  6. To Sandra and my dear Friends
    Thank You So Very Much For The Huge Support And Kind Words About My Card, I'm Going To Have To Try And Get Better Close Ups, Photographs As I'm Aware My Image Doesn't Always Show Up That Well.
    Sandra You Are Correct I Used Creative Expression Foundation Card Which I Purchase From Joanna Sheen As I Always Make Sure I Don't Pay The Postage And Packaging, So I Chose The Colour Card I Wished To Use Mat/Layered With White, Then I Start On My Image Which Yes I Use My Copics I Return To My Image Over Days, I'll Do One Part Then Return To Go Further, The Die I Used To Cut Out The Image Is The Innsbruck From Sue Wilson Austrian Collection, And The Sentiment Is Also Cut Out Using Sue's Pierced Flag Dies I Love Those Dies. I Found The Small Charms Which Are Hard To See One Is A Tape Measure The Other Is A Bundle Of Yarn, I Wished To Make Some Very Small Knitting Needles I Was Racking My Brain (Not A Lot In There Lol!) And All Of A Sudden Came The Great Idea Of The Tooth Picks I Placed A 3m Pearl On The End Of Each Needle To Try To Make Them Look Authentic Added A Small Piece Of Twine For The Knitting Wool.
    I Hope You All Have A Great Day It's Raining Here Today! Yesterday It Was Beautiful, Last Year We Purchased These Fabulous New Sun Loungers From QVC But Hadn't Used Them As Yet So Lyndon Put One Up For Me So I Could Sit In Garden With The Boys, It Was Too Hot For Them Though, And If Archie Sees Wasp Or Bumblebees He's On The Hunt So I Have To Make Sure He's Not Silly Enough To Get One, I Read/Listen Too Audiobooks And Have A Great Set Of WiFi Earphones Which I Take On Holiday So I Was Listening To My Book Rather Than Turning Pages Etc (Lazy Really Lol!) Well Once Again Have A Terrific Day.
    Sandra Thank You For Your Kindness And For Showing My Card It Means A Lot To Me.
    Love And Hugs To You All
    From Sam xxx

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    1. Sam, your card is beautiful, your colouring superb and your matting and layering perfection as always. Love your little knitting needles.
      Was this the card which the designer commented about on Pinterest?
      Have a lovely day despite the rain!!
      Love and hugs Saba xxx

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    2. Sam, you are more than welcome, your card is so inspirational, I think you could teach us all a thing or two about colouring, yours is fantastic!
      Sam you were away when we had "show your pet Saturday" so maybe you could send a photo in of your gorgeous boys so that we can all see how gorgeous they are?!
      Well I hope Lyndon took your sun lounger in today as it's pouring with rain here, so I think the allotment might be a no go, but I have a craft room in dire need of a tidy up, I can't actually see my desk!
      Becca's dog Diego decided to catch a wasp last summer, he got the stinger part stuck in his lip, they rushed him to the Vet who managed to pull it out, he said he had never seen one so big, so he kept it, Diego meanwhile had to have a week on antihistamine tablets and painkillers, the cost was huge but worth it to see him pain free! He hasn't learned his lesson though!
      Sam I look forward to your next lot of cards coming through, thank you so much for allowing me to share your gorgeous work! Xxxxx

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    3. Hi Sam,
      Your card is lovely. The colours you choose are beautiful and your shading is so good. The finishing touches really put a smile on my face! Thank you for sharing your lovely card!
      How are you? I do hope you are getting nearer to your needed operation. Hugs, Myra xxx

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  7. Morning Sandra and all who are popping in during the day or eavesdropping outside the door hihi got ya.
    Sam you card is so sweet and as usual coloured in to perfection,love the little knitting 'needles' .
    Patricia and Hazel, sound like you had a great time. Managed to keep up with the younger ones. No phones,brilliant at least during dinner.Hate it when people are glued to these things all the time.
    It's been raining here all night and still are, good for the plants but.......
    Hope you all ok this morning and have a nice Sunday. Hope you can get down to the allotments Sandra to tend to the young and I see Michele are talking to her tomatoes so they should grow nice and big. Having a very lazy morning, not much on today. See if any oomph will turn up for some cardmaking later but shower and breakfast first. Be back later, love and hugs Maria xx

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    1. Boo Maria!
      Did I make you jump! Just As I said Boo the rain started and it is very heavy! First today but I hope Jean doesn't get it for her barbecue as she is not too far away as the crow flies! Or any other bird come to that!!
      Have you found the absent oomph yet? I've been missing you with the night owls - Muriel said I was in a mist!! Xxx

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  8. Hello Sandra, I hope the girls get to grips with their revision. When these exams are over it will be such a relief for a lot of people. I'm with you on the ladies football, not that I watch football much, but if it were the Men's Team, we would be inundated with advertisements about it. And they've done nothing since 1966!!
    I hope you manage to get to the allotment.
    Now Sam, this card is so sweet and the colours are perfect. The additional use of charms just finishes it off.
    My first pouring of candles went well, and the smell - oh the smell when I opened the kitchen door this morning was divine. I'll not do the second pour until tonight because "you know who" will be tempted to shake, poke or do something worse to the cups!!!
    We are going out today with David and Robert (George's brothers) and their wives, first we are meeting up for lunch which is booked at a very nice Hall not too far away (Can't remember the name of the Hall, there are quite a few in Durham and Northumberland) and then we'll see what we are doing next. I wonder if I can go in my slippers ha ha. (Actually, I don't wear slippers, I've slipped or fallen too many times in them - and that's not the drink!!)
    We all get on well so it will be a lovely day, lots of laughs and remembering.
    I'll just go now to start the cement mixer and get the trowel ready for my make up. See you later, before we go.
    Maureen xx

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    1. Maureen hope you have a lovely time with "the boys". Give David a big hug from me.
      Love Saba xxxx

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    2. MAUREEN:- Mmmmm!!! I can smell the sweet smell of that wax!! Now! Now! George would "never, ever" do something to your cups ..... would he??
      Have a wonderful time with David, Robert and their wives, enjoy your lunch.
      Can you believe I don't wear makeup apart from Lipsick, Mascara, and a scoot of perfume. Never seem to find the time, at my age I really should start I might help!! xxx

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    3. Hope you have a lovely lunch with George's brothers and their wives. I'm sure it will be fun too.
      Glad the candle making went well. Look forward to seeing some pics of the finished articles! Preferably one without George's fingerprint! As if he would!
      Don't wear the 5ins stiletto heels today!
      Love Myra xxx

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    4. Maureen, my dear heart, I hope your day out was enjoyable. It's lovely to go somewhere different for lunch. Fiona & I will be taking Mum & Dad for his belated Father's Day meal tomorrow, probably at their nearest Harvester. we all enjoy the food and nothing is ever wasted as if I can't eat all mine, I know I can have it boxed up to take home.xxx

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  9. Morning Sandra and ladies,
    Sam your card is gorgeous, love the little knitting needles, so cute.
    Well done the ladies England football team, good luck for the next matches.
    Patricia and Hazel, the hen night sounded good, I agree with no phones on the table.
    Weather seems to have gone loopy, so hot yesterday today pouring with rain.
    Hope all goes well whatever you are doing today.
    Hope to be back later, Jess x

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  10. Hi Sandra and all in the cafe today. Sam, I can see why Sandra has given your card a day to its self. it is gorgeous. You are going to be in demand at the retreat showing us how to shade etc. I love the tiny knitting needles, I will remember that one. Thank you for sharing with us all : )
    I'm glad that Hazel and Patricia had a good time yesterday. I agree that good manners, which cost nothing, are getting more and more ignored. I am known for my expectations of a please or thank you from all of my Beaver Scouts, they soon learn that I will totally ignore or take away what I have just given them unless they say it. And don't get me started on how some parents let their children talk to them. I have put the soap box away as I can feel my BP starting to rise just thinking about it!
    Michele, have a good day with your friend, and good luck with the sugar and sandal shopping. Oh I love the smell of a green house full of tomato plants, (sadly can't eat them as much as I would like as they DON'T like me!) just the thought takes me straight back to Toots (my Grandad) green house and helping him to water the tomatoes : )
    Thank you ladies for the kind words about the BBQ. It was quite busy most of the time and it all went very well, we had a lovely sunny day, a bit windy at times which meant we had to keep a close eye on the gas burners which we use for the onions though!
    It is raining hard here too at the moment, but we are in for some hot weather in the next few days, if the forecast is to be believed. A steady 20-22 degrees every day with a good rain fall during each night would be perfect weather for me. Yes, I know, I live in the wrong country for that, but I can dream : ).
    I hope you have a nice quite day my lovely, not sure you are going to get to the allotment though! I hope the art work is going well and not causing too much stress!
    Have a good day ladies. Take care xx

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    1. Sue,
      Glad the BBQ was a success. I'm with you on the manners, start them off young and it becomes second nature and Beaver Scouts is an excellent club to help them along. My grandson Max goes to one and loves it.
      Hugs Saba xxx

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    2. Glad the BBQ went well, Sue and that the weather stayed fine.
      Manners maketh the the man - or woman! It's an old one but still very true! Xxx

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    3. Hear, hear, on the manners ladies. Pete was very strict with all our grandchildren in they learnt early on that he wasn't to be messed with regarding please and thankQ's. x

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  11. Good morning ladies,
    Everyone seems to have got off to an early start so I have time to sit with you this morning with my coffee.
    Love the card Sam, the house mouse designs are so cute, and I have said before, colouring is not my thing so I am in awe of people like you who make such a beautiful job of it. The embellishments really finish this though.
    You will be glad when the exams are all finished Sandra, such a strain on a whole household when they are on. Relief after.
    You're right about ladies football. I don't watch sport, but remember my father in law watching a ladies game and commenting about the skill of the players, and only realising later that it was a ladies team. I knew 2 girls here who were excellent players, both were asked to train with the ladies Scotland squad, but training was in Inverness, so a 3 hour round trip by car, then when training moved to Aberdeen it became impossible for them to go.
    Well, better finish this coffee, there's a pile of pillowcases needing ironing now.
    May manage to call by later
    Hugs
    Janice

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    1. Janice how did the sheep racing go, I would love to have seen some pictures, I imagine they were going all over the place!
      It must have been a BAA-RMY Sight to see!
      Hugs
      Sandra xxxx

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    2. Happy Ironing ! Not my favourite job but it has to be done. Xxx

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  12. Forgot to say that I would have loved to have seen the Sheep racing Janice. I have seen them before and it is so funny, I love the way they just all follow each other, having no brains of their own. No wonder a collection of sheep is called a flock!

    Sandra I also forgot to say that I had an email from Spellbinders about their new Cafe! I haven't got time to look now but will do later. I wonder where they got that idea from if it is the same as this one? Take care xx

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    1. Ooh cheeky devils, pinching my idea!
      It won't be as friendly ad this one though, the original and the best,
      With a fab 'flock' of friends!
      That are all Baa'rmy too!
      Glad your BBQ was a success, bet you are worn out today!
      Talking of my flock, what's happened to Maa'rgaret ? Is she ok ?
      Hugs
      Sandra xxxx

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    2. Goes to show who looks in the cafe??! Yes they know it will be a good idea for them to get folk to come in to. but it will never be like this cafe!!! Hazel x

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    3. Who are you calling baa' rmy!! We're not baa. ad at all!
      In such a maa ad world we need a haa apy place to come to meet other daa ft people!
      Now look what you've started Sandra! Lots of love xxx
      Haaa py Gaa ardening!! Xx

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    4. Should have had a "copyright" on your idea.
      Someone has been looking in and seen what a great place this is and passed on the information.
      See what you have started Sandra ......hope they don't spring up like a chain of McDonalds!!!! xxx

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    5. Poor sheep can't go too far in their races. They put barricades up along each side of the street, a trailer with sheep at one end, empty trailer at the other. Then numbers on the sheep with a teddy strapped on as a rider. And off they go, chased along by a helper. Meantime the crowd are cheering them on since the charity group have been issuing bets on each race. ..told you, not much excitement in this town.

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    6. How do they start the race - Ready Teddy Go! ?? Xxx
      It sounds fun, Janice . Xx

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  13. Good morning Sandra and all who pop in
    I have commented on the way down so just remains to say to you Sandra, hope you have a lovely Sunday. What a world when you can't go and celebrate with fellow servicemen and women for fear of terrorist attacks. Our Armed forces deserve their celebrations for the wonderful work they do. In Germany women's football, although not as popular as men's, is given quite a bit of TV coverage and is always on the news when the national team is playing.
    Lazy day for us. We have nearly got Gas. Peter rowed ashore this am to a campsite and they have gas, however, it's just for people who have a pitch so the manager will have to get permission from his boss as to whether they will fill our bottles for us. We will find out tomorrow morning! I have suggested we pay for a pitch for one night, but won't be using it, bit difficult to get our boat on land!!
    By the way, our boat is called Livslang. It's a Swedish name ( our boat was built in Sweden) and the name should have a little o over the a but I don't have a Swedish keyboard. Maria can translate it for you if she pops back in.
    Off for a swim now,
    Love to you all
    Saba xxx

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    1. I agree with you Saba when you say what is the world coming to when celebrations have to be curtailed because of fear of terrorist attacks but Sandra is right better to be safe than sorry.
      My cousin's son was in the Blues and Royals when there was all the trouble with the horses in London when they were bombed, he should have been on parade but as he was in the band he was on a music course and missed it. I will never forget the worry we all had until we new he was safe. Afterwards the horses that survived were in a terrible state the soldiers had to wear plimsolls when attending to them in the stables they were so jumpy, all the soldiers suffered with bruising from kicks for months afterwards.
      xxx

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    2. Hello my dear!
      Whatever did you drink with breakfast this morning?
      I do hope Peter manages to get the much needed gas!
      I could take a guess at the name of the boat - I'm thinking the lang bit will be like the German word of the same meaning. However I'll leave it to Maria! She won't need oomph for that!
      Have a lovely , quiet, relaxing day! Xxx

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    3. You sure it's not a Scottish name? Would mean long life if it was.

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    4. I was guessing Lifelong - I've always said being Scottish helped with German! It's all the achs !! Xxx

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    5. Since when did the Scottish language become Swedish? It does mean Long life though Janice so you were right.
      Now when I think of it, I remember something about some sort of Scottish saying " Lang may yer lumb reek" some thing to do with smokey chimneys!!

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    6. So far as I am aware " lum" does not have a silent b.
      Auchterarder a town in Perthshire is known as " the lang toon" . Xxx

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    7. Isn't " lange" long in German too? Xxx

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  14. Good morning Sandra and all the coffee shop crew
    Brilliant news Sandra so very pleased the ladies are showing the men just how it is done and with style! Yipee
    Well Sam thank you for a wonderful surprise this morning I simply adore the House mouse gang they are a firm favourite with all the family especially with my grandson, I even have a coffee mug and a tote bag that is much admired when I go shopping. Your card is simply wonderful and I love your added charms. I often use the tooth picks with a few lines of knitting on (but I use some very old knitting needles that my grandmother used for knitting socks to do the few lines of knitting then slip it onto the tooth picks) this acts as a good embellishment as Patricia says for baby cards too.
    Patricia and Hazel delighted to know you had a great night and there were no mobile phones during the meal, that really sends my BP up too.
    Pleased to report all my patients are improving except SIL who is struggling so he is still being quarantined!
    At last it looks as though it is stopping raining well at least the cloud is lifting so I live in hope!
    Sandra please give Lucy and Sophie my good luck wishes for the coming week bless them when will they be finished, this week or next?
    Michele I hope you have some marigolds in the greenhouse with your tomatoes to keep the green and white fly out when we had a greenhouse we always planted some near the door.
    Maureen I can smell your candles the perfume has blown over here on the wind really lovely, have a lovely meal out and please no throwing the gravy about!
    Sheila so pleased you had a lovely day yesterday with Nikki, I am sure she would have enjoyed the trip out too.
    Saba hope the repairs to the engine are going well.
    Janet please take care next week on the BBC weather they are forecasting 40 degrees for France. How was your Friday cakes?
    Well I had better start on my patients light lunches, will try and pop in later until then my hugs and cuddles are over in the corner, but talking of corners where is Norah?
    Margaret xxx


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    1. Hi Margaret,
      You are certainly having a busy time! All this caring for the sick and recovering is hard work! Hope Derek is a bit better today too. Maybe tomorrow will see the family feeling better and reunited. I do hope so. Xxx

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    2. Oh! My! Word! Margaret what a time you are having.
      Hope things get better soon.
      Patricia xxx

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  15. Oh I am late today? It's nearly lunch time, nothing to do with being out late. No was awake at 5.30 with cramp in my leg, I don't often suffer, but I find it's after I have eaten out, I think it's the salt contain? We don't use it at home. Anyway I got back to sleep and that was me until 9, just up when Andrew Gillian's partner came to help Charlie with replacing fence panels. Then my friend phone as she does every Sunday morning, so I am still in my pjs. I did leave a message last night saying we had been good and had a lovely evening. The girls seem to have gone on and enjoyed themselves, they are staying in Edinburgh until after lunch, they all took the train in, so I think the girls from the borders train was later so they decided to wait till their train goes. Plus the girl from aberdeen will have company to as far as Dundee, all thought out.
    Sue, I could easily join you on that soap box ref, how parents let their children talk to them. Also manners???
    Sam, your card is so cute! I love House Mouse they are like LOTV images and cover so many occasions? Your colouring as always is brilliant.
    Sandra, I hope you get to the allotment, you wouldn't be going if up here, the fence panels will wait now till tomorrow, at least Sophie and Lucy can have a day off.
    Maureen, we won't walk you for miles next week? Those feet will still be sore! Then again even a couple of podiatrists will be suffering with sore feet today? They should know better!
    Oh must move, that's the problem with getting up late I just now can't be bothered.
    I wonder if Saba and Peter have got enough power to be able to move on??? I think they will have to have a check list for the next time they go. GAS being on the top of it. The electrics is something's that just happens, but maybe a little course on how to sort these little problems is needed???
    Diane are you ok??? Right I better make a move. Hazel x

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      It's taken me ages to get this far down the page. I then read Muriel's remark about kitten heels! I won't be catty about those but secretly I'm sure she will be looking very elegant! Don't tell her as we don't want it going to get head! Xxx

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      When George saw me after the transformation from scruff to fairly presentable he said "Oh those shoes are nice, are they new" to which I replied "No, I've had them about 15 years" and he said "well when did you last wear them" and I said "8 or 9 years ago!!!!" At which point we both fell about. It's true and could only happen in the Killen household. They have an abstract sort of Picasso design on them, and went rather well with the dress which I managed to keep out of my knickers!!!! lol xx

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  16. Ladies Janet sends her love & hugs to all she can't get on to comment on here or Sue's blog after something went wrong with the internet last night, she is looking in though so can see what we have all written!
    Love and hugs
    Sandra xxxx

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    1. Ooh ! Sorry Janet!
      We will miss your stories from Marigny . Hope you are baa ack with us very soon! Love Myra xxx

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    2. Janet, It's nothing to do with the French strikers is it!!! xxx

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    3. CoooEeee Janet, hope to have you back in the fold ASAP xx

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    4. All this talk of sheep has got to you, Patricia! Xxx

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  17. You do perfectly right Hazel having a good sleep in you have earned it so don't worry. Pleased you had a lovely time yesterday.
    I agree with you on manners when our grandson was going to a friends for tea his friend told his family now he as good manners and is very polite so you will have to remember to say please and thank you, don't go embarrassing my friend!
    Our Grandson each term wins the cup for the best manners in school, I firmly believe if they see good manners from an early age they show them too.
    xxx

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  18. Saba, Gillian was up bright and early, yes I was shocked as she likes her sleep. The room was to hot so she didn't sleep that well, they were all in bed by 1.30am goes to show they aren't up to late nights now most are over 40.
    Enjoy your swim. Had to laugh about the camp site rules, where has being a helpful person gone!!! " Do a good deed each day" is my rule. Xxx

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  19. Thank you ladies for your comments I did wonder whether the Chameleons were a good option I've only ever seen them on C&C and obviously it's so biased I'm enjoying having a dabble with an old set (15 years) of pencils and a colouring in book for adults Ithink I'll pass on the rest and leave it to you experts and stick with my Serif

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  20. Oh George says we have to go, we are going to be late. See you all later, now behave yourselves while I'm away!!! xxx

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    2. Sorry, Saaaaaandra!! Xxxx

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    3. I think you are aaaaaaaaall baaaaaaaaaarking!!! xxx

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  21. Gosh and golly gumdrops, can't believe spellbinders have opened a cafe!!!
    Bet their strawberry jam isn't a patch on ours, bet they haven't got a cat either! Talking of which where is the little devil nowadays.
    Had a lovely swim followed by a light lunch and a glass of beer so I expect it will be sleeping time soon. We have decided to just ignore everything today and have a look at the electrics tomorrow. The motor is not a problem, we know how to do most of the repairs ourselves, but the electrics is so complicated, think colour coded spaghetti junction with no colour coding and you get an idea. We need to identify the correct wire and see if there is a problem with it, such as corrosion or bad connection. So long as the motor starts its not a huge worry so tomorrow we will head for an island called Pag. There is another marina and they are bound to have an electician who should be able to get everything going again.
    Bye for now, love Saba xxx

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    1. I'm so glad these big companies are catching up! Spellbinders Cafe! I'm sorry The Cotswold Cafe sounds much more up market! Theirs sounds like a Harry Potter Cafe! I like Spellbinders , just teasing! Xxx

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    2. Bet they won't serve baileys, or wine either.
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    3. And I bet their cakes are loaded with calories!! xx

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    4. Not only loaded with calories, but there won't be the great range of them either. What we want we get, do you ever really hears us being told sorry we have run out.
      Hazel x

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    5. Saba, I've been over to read last night's comments and saw that you are in dire straits with your motor/battery/gas. But otherwise things are fine!!! Seriously I hope you get things sorted and that the electrician knows which wire is which, in the spaghetti junction xxx

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  22. Hi Sandra and all in cafe.
    Sorry I have been missing this week have had a really busy week tiring but nice mind I did write a long piece one day pressed send then found it had disappeared a certain person had turned internet off!! I was not amused.
    All the cards have been lovely I still do not understand how you all have such brilliant ideas you certainly are a talented bunch. I have been struggling to get a cross stitch card finished for my cousin in Canada 70th birthday really must post it by Tuesday. Sue made a lovely card for her Dad or Pop as she calls him she made a tool box he was very pleased and has been proudly showing it off.
    Glad the girls are coming to end of exams Sandra not an easy time for anyone.
    Take care.
    Love Margaret xx

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    1. I bet Sue didn't take a photograph of the card did she Margaret ? She's a monkey for not letting me show her work and I don't why because her cards are always amazing!
      Glad you are well my lovely ,
      Hugs
      Sandra xxxxx

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    3. Sandra I will try and get one for you.
      Thanks for your concern.
      Hugs to you love Margaret xx

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    4. Myra thanks for your comments yes I have nearly finished the card.
      Hope to call in more this week.
      Xx

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    5. Welcome baaaaaaaaaack Margaret, always nice to see a sensible person in the Cafe!! Get stitching xxx

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    6. Margaret,, so nice to see you back, I was worried Sue was putting a ban on you coming in. ( oh only joking) would love to see you card. Xxx

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    7. MARGARET:- great to see you back. Hazel and I were just wondering if Sue had banned you "telling tales" ha! ha! xxx

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      Lovely to hear from you, please don't forget to take a photo of your cross stitch card for us to see.
      Love Saba xxx

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  23. Brenda ( little lamb ) just remembered your comment from late yesterday.
    So glad you have plucked up the courage to go to the Golden Wedding, I am sure you will be made welcome and soon meet new people to talk to. Have a lovely time. Well done lovely lady.
    Hugs Saba xxx

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    1. I ment to leve a comment about that last night but I forgot!
      Hope you really enjoy it Brenda . Often it's the things we aren't looking forward to that bring the most joy! Xxx

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    2. Myra, what did you mean exactly? Littlelamb Brenda, I missed that so I'll have to read last night's comments, but have a lovely time xxx

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    3. Brenda said she wasn't looking forward to going to the Golden Wedding celebration today - hence my remark that often it's the things we aren't looking forward to that bring us most joy or pleasure. Xxx

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    4. I cannot believe I gave you a sensible answer to a cheeky question!
      I'm slow today! Xxx

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    5. BRENDA:- glad you decided to go to the Golden Wedding.
      Look forward to hearing all about it xxx

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    6. Brenda, I hope your day turned out better than you every imagined. Hazel,x

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  24. Hello Sandra and coffee shop crew,
    Well the rain everyone has been talking about has arrived here. Not heavy enough to make much difference to the garden or fill up the water butts.

    SAM, love your card, I am not surprised the artist complemented you on your colouring. You really have an exceptional talent. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    Have left some comments on the way down, will be back later to see what everyone has been up to.

    Love and Hugs, Brenda xxx

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    1. Hi Brenda,
      It's stopped raining here now, we managed to get a load of washing dry,
      But I think it may be too muddy to go to the allotment!
      Oh well, may have to have a lazy afternoon instead, we did manage to get the sweet corn planted yesterday, the allotment is looking quite full now!
      Love and hugs
      Sandra xxxxxx

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  25. Hi Sandra
    My word have just read that Janice is ironing a pile of pillowcases. Sounds like hard work to me. Have jump returned from looking at Hailey villages Scarecrow Trail. Evil villains was the theme. Only managed yo find 23 of them though. You needed to get a form from the pub to know where they all were. Might not have come out if we ventured in.
    Sam I just love your house mouse card. Especially the tooth picks made into knitting needles. Your colouring looks so professional. I have a couple of house mouse stamps that I use.
    Now I wonder where Spellbinders git the idea for a Cafe. Now they must be following your blog Sandra. How are the sheep by the way. We need some photos, not only of the Sheep races, but Matts real ones. Before sush don't let them hear, you know what.

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    2. SABA :- your a wee devil .. however when read I read about the sheep I did think "mint sauce" xxx

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    3. Just noticed I have developed a "ssttutterr" xxx

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    4. Robert had lamb at lunch time with mint sauce, he said it was very nice!!! The yorkshire pud was the size of his plate. xx

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    5. Hi SABA
      Yes, mint sauce dies spring yo mind. Hope you get some gas and the electrics sorted out tomorrow. Looks like we're having a heatwave next week back in Blighty. Looks like predictive text look over my typing pen. All this typing makes my finger sore. Looks like Patricia and Edinburgh alight. Not literally of course. Might get up that way one day, as we've never been uo to Scotland. I can imagine how Norah's hills look with the sun on them.

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  26. Hello aaaaaaall,
    Well, we've had a lovely day, and the waitress at the Hall said we were quite the nicest customers she could have had!! Obviously soft in the head, and we'd paid the bill by then so she knew her tip was safe!!!
    Had a beautiful meal at Arcot Hall Golf Club, lots of laughter and all I can say is "thank goodness for Tena" !! Had a nice walk this afternoon to try to burn some of it off - and then called to see Rachel, Peter and the girls.
    Home now to get comfortable clothes on and relax.
    What's this about Spellbinder's Cafe, what have I missed, where was that?
    And what's this about sheep races, was all this discussed yesterday? You know it's getting to the stage of "who am I, where am I and what am I doing here" - answers on a postcard please ha ha.
    See you later, cup of coffee calling to me.
    Love xxxx
    By the way, I can't remember if I mentioned it earlier, but I'm glad that Patricia and Hazel had a good day yesterday. After my coffee I will read last night's comments and catch up on todays. xxxxx

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    1. Hello Fickle,
      Glad you had a lovely day. Hope you gave David my hug.
      Ps all, I am not being rude, Muriel has asked to be called fickle and her wish is my command.
      Xxxx

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    2. It could have been a lot worse! As if she doesn't have enough aliases already! Xxx

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    3. MAUREEN:- sounds like a good time was had by all, it's good to have a laugh with friends.
      Like you I must have been sleeping, I missed about the Spellbinder Cafe ..... had to message Hazel to find out. Did not want you guys think I was "wandered" well I am really but I try not to let on. xxx

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      Did Hazel know about the Cafe?
      Fickle xxxx

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    5. Oh! Yes! Hazel is always a fountain of information. xxx

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    6. Only as I was in last night reading what had gone on, then went and was nosey to see what it was. Xxx

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  27. Evening Ladies

    Goodness-what a busy day. Alex seemed to enjoy the trip to the garden centre-we both had coffee & a cake then I dropped her off in Southport. Got the sugar but thought better of looking for sandals as thd town centre was heaving with trippers!

    Had a trying conversation with my Dad before I went out-he seems to think i'd be calling round toake sure the dog took his tablets so I pointed out that I had a lot to do. Not sure he was listening but why do I ferl guilty now?!

    Hubby is a very happy man as he won his golf competition. Unfortunately he won't be able to go to the presentation as he'll be away (work) so we've had a bottle of fizz to celebrate!

    The tomatoes & cucumbers seem happy enough. Peppers are slowly appearing-lets hope everything is all done before we go away as we're away earlier this year.

    A colleague sent me a text earlier to say her Dad passed away earlier this morning from a massive heart attack. He'd been poorly but think this was a shock. She's on a temporary contract & won't get paid when she's off so she has said she'll be on work on Tuesday. Very sad.

    Right-I'm off to finish the bottle of fizz! Don't panic-theres not much left!!!!

    Michele

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      Tell your colleague to ring in sick, I'm sure her GP would give her a sick note. Temporary contract or not, where is the compassion!
      Well done to hubby, enjoy your bubbly.
      Love Saba

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    2. Michele, glad your friend enjoyed her day out. Oh your dad is so worried about his wee dog, he isn't thinking of anyone or thing.
      Your work colleague needs to greave? Or she will be ill. I feel for her. Congrats to husband on his win. Enjoy the rest of your Fizz. Hazel x

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      Glad you had a good day with your friend. Aww!! poor Dad only has one thing on his mind ... his dog is top priority at the moment. Really frustrating for you though.
      Your poor workmate, that's so heartless ..... her father has just died for goodness sake!! She will make herself ill if she does not grieve.
      Enjoy your evening xxx

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    4. Michele, I am pleased that your colleague had a good time, but then to come back to have to deal with your dad and then the sad news of another colleague's father. It really is a hard world sometimes, and you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Even your dad who is driving you barmy, but his little dog is so precious to him. Congratulations to your husband on winning the trophy. xxx
      Prost!!

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    5. Michele, Pleased your friend and you had a good time. Congratulations to your husband! Cheers!
      Sorry about your Dad I'm sure the dog will be fine. He probably spends a lot of time worrying about the dog.
      Sending lots of love to you. Xxx

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  28. Ladies, after our great night of fun and laughter, I can just image it will be all of us in October, except we won't have the sashes on - maybe badges? The girls are all saying they have sore sides and cheeks with all the laughing.
    Maureen so glad you had a lovely time this afternoon. Hazel x

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  29. Good evening ladies,
    Well it's been a busy, busy day for me. Guest room finally cleared , vacuumed, dusted, bedding washed, ironed, aired and bed made, mine also. Now ready for visitors. If you are ever down this way, make a detour and pop in for a day or two, you will be sure of a wonderful welcome.
    Now to make those two cards, then sort out list for Karen tomorrow. Fiona and I are going to the Reunion hotel to pay for the buffets and have final checks on all that we need. This reunion is a long time in the organizing, Pete and I started it 3 years ago and now there's only 28 days to go. I do hope nothing goes wrong at this late stage. Fingers crossed.
    Love 7 hugs
    Cheryl xxx

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    1. Cheryl, you can guarantee that you would be my first port of call if I was down your neck of the woods, you need to relax now!
      Nothing will go wrong with the Reunion, you are just worrying and its perfectly natural to do so, I keep having nightmares that I will be the only one at the retreat!!
      Love and hugs
      Sandra
      xxxxxx

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  30. I''ve read last night's posts, and all of today's, commenting on the way down where I could, except for some reason I went past Margaret Corgi and then it wouldn't let me post when I went back. I wanted to say that I hope you are not doing too much, remember you are not 100% and watch that shoulder. I hope your SIL soon starts feeling much better, what are they doing about him, have his blood results come in? Things seem to take an age sometimes.
    It has been the most glorious day here all day and now that the Hoppings have gone, it will be lovely next week!!
    I'm off to do a foot soak (I might even soak both!!) and then a good dollop of L'Occitane rubbed in with cotton socks on top. You can't beat it, can you Myra? xxx

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    1. Definitely not! I will have to do likewise as having a manicure and pedicure tomorrow! How are your tootsies now? Xxx

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  31. MAUREEN:- ooooo!! I am off to "steep" my feet. xxx

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  32. Well, I've made one card and a box to match! You ladies have a lot to answer for! This is new for me to make boxes! The other card will have to wait until tomorrow. I don't want to peak too soon! Ha ha! Xxx

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    1. Good for you young lady a card and a box. Hold that manufacturing buzz, you might need it for tomorrow!! Now me,i just love making boxes any excuse and I make one. xxx

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    2. Myra, It's that Patricia that's got us into box making, just like Littlelamb Brenda has started the cup candle craze, and Hazel the X-cut bags, and Izzy - oh you know what I'm going to say. These ladies have a lot to answer for. My tootsies are coming along nicely - as they say (I've always wondered who "they" are!)
      Fickle xxxxx

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    3. Hi Fickle!
      You are totally right and I agree with you!
      All these ladies have an awful lot for which to answer!
      Mind you I'm having loads of fun trying out all these new things but although I occasionally decorated an envelope a little I never made boxes for cards! Pleased your tootsies are recovering - we do really need our feet to be in good working order!
      Are you in school tomorrow? Xxx

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    4. Yes, I'm in year 3, who are lovely and the teacher is very, very nice. She has always requested me for two days a week for the last few years, shows she has a heart like a lion!! Don't know what I'll be doing as the Romans are just about exhausted - with all their conquering what can you expect - and Boadicea has been battling away - and they've been building a mighty wall - oh its quite too much at times!!! lol I love it. I suppose I'll be listening to readers, or sticking things in their topic books, and helping them if they need it. Whatever I do, I'll enjoy it.
      Fickle Muriel xxx

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  33. Hi Sandra and all the lovely ladies
    Sorry I missed a day but oh boy was I tired! I could have done with a good dose of Maureen's foot stuff as my Molton brown body lotion isn't working so well! Michele loved your hedgehog yesterday xxx
    Janet fab bag, can I have one in leather please xxx
    Cheryl love your candles, I hope they raise a lot of money for your charity xxx
    Sam today's card is great I love house mouse xxx
    Saba I hope your gas and engine problems get sorted, what a shame you have to drink wine not hot coffee! Xxxx
    Oh what I would give for a lovely English cup of tea right now, can you get tea withdrawal?
    Jean and Sheila glad you had a good day with your daughters xxx
    Hazel and Patricia is Edinburgh still standing after your night out?
    Margaret keep clear of the virus xxx
    Maureen hope your feet have recovered, can I borrow them if so? Xxx
    Sandra hope you get some quality allotment time and the girls aren't too stressed xxxx
    Well must get on still so much to see and do. Take care
    Love Diane xxxx

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      Hazel and I left Edinburgh looking good and absolutely buzzing. Every eating and drinking place were packed out .....and they tell us there is NO money!!! I know Edinburgh is a "well off" city but is really was packed full of people spending plenty. xxx

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      Dainty, you can borrow my feet anytime, and much good may they do you!! xxx

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  34. Baaaavning ba friends hihi
    First let me say that you are very good with translating. Myra you so right,
    Livslang = lifelong or eternal. so I might do alright when I see our scottish friends and Saba can help me out. You still got problems getting gas ,have you tried to eat more bread,grapes or maybe baked beans could help ,sorry hihi
    Maureen ,it's so nice having a laugh sometimes and talking memories and being silly together, long live Sandra's blog! Nice you had a good day .
    Never got any oomph so have been sitting here and done some e-mails and gone through my mails, they seem to take for ever as I don't just delete them. They are mostly craft and I might miss something important. I must post going down tomorrow ,it takes me so long to write and spell check everything and my new pills for the night has made me very sleepy. I wanted to say so much more but I'm afraid it will have to wait until tomorrow after aqua and shopping so good night all, Hugs Maaaria xxx

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      I do hope Sba reads all your hints and tips!
      Sorry you have no oomph! I do hope it comes back very soon.
      Thanks for the translation. I think that is probably one of your easier words! Night Night , dear, sleep well. Xx

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      in fact I love all of my 'flock'!
      Maybe I should change from a Café to a Ministry of Craft?!
      Haha
      Hugs
      Sandra xxx

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  35. Goodnight friends,
    The second pouring has been done, and looking spectacular, if I say so. And no one else will, so I'll have to!!!
    Maaaria, in the North East of England, a lot of pit villages would say livs lang for lives long. Of course there's a lot of the Norse language in Scotland and Northumberland, especially in our villages. Even we cannot understand the real pit yackers.
    Right, himself is calling down, so I'd better go up, and you know what, when I go upstairs he usually gets up for his first nocturnal walk about. Contrary, that's what he is!.
    Have a good night's sleep everyone, Sabaaaaaaa, I hope you have a fair wind, gas and a capable electrician tomorrow.
    Sweet dreams all.
    Fickle Muriel xxxx (hmm I quite like that)

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  36. I wonder if Brenda, Littlelamb , will call in or perhaps she will be too tired.
    Brenda - I will look back a few times but in case I miss you , I hope you have had a lovely day! Myra xxx

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  37. Myra, I just popped back into see if Brenda had called in, I was hoping to know she had enjoyed her day, I hope so. xxxx

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  38. Brenda ( Littlelamb ) ditto . to all of the above. hope you enjoyed your day, will sit here with my hot chocolate and hope you pop in to say you are ok. Sweet dreams everyone. Brenda OB xxx

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      Have you had a busy day? Xxx

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  39. Going to bed now, Brenda, Night Night and I hope you sleep well.
    Look forward to hearing your news in the morning , all being well. Love Myra xxx

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  40. How was I kidding, went to bed, real tired, the one and only start snoring and that was it . No Littlelamb, hope she had so good time so she still partying .Love to hear how it went. Wont be able to keep up with some of you in October I can see that now. see you later my friends Xxx

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