Thursday, 22 June 2017

Conversion ...

Firstly, welcome to Samantha Ashurst via Bloglovin.

We saw this car/wagon parked at Ingleton waterfalls and promptly sent a picture to DS:
Probably not large enough for them to think of, but an entertaining idea nonetheless!

Apparently, it is cooler today. Well, I have just spent an hour slowly cutting back and weeding in the front gravel garden and I am absolutely roasting, despite the dark grey cloud (bet we don't get any rain here). Outdoor temperature is just over 22C, indoors, just over 25C. Either place though, it is very humid.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Waterfalls ....

As the weather in the Yorkshire Dales had been so wet, the waterfalls were in full flow. It is a shame you have to pay to see a few of them but understandably, paths need to be maintained.  Herewith a few pictures:

At the base of a lot of the waterfalls was foam, reminded me of brown meringue:

Ribblehead Viaduct:
And hills:
We had gone to this area primarily to walk, which we did (35 miles), but also to climb. Unfortunately my heart for the first times in ages, decided it didn't want to play ball early in the holiday so we didn't try!

We met up with the lovely Scarlet and her DB and climbed past Ingleborough Cave, up Trow Gill (very steep and rocky) and peered into Gaping Gill. Managed that probably because we were all chatting:)

I didn't get any pictures of Trow Gill but you can see what is was like from this blog post.

Gaping Gill can be seen here. On Bank Holidays apparently, the Bradford Pothole Club set up a rig for you to decend into it!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

And the misery continues ...

For Andy Murray:(

Completely out of sorts, limping on occasions and holding his groin on occasion, it was a 'comedy' of errors almost from start to finish.

By game 2 set 1, I concluded he would lose the match but watched in hope. Ah well, I hope he can get himself sorted out for Wimbledon but am not sure. You are still my hero young man, best foot forward!

Jamie and Bruno won their tournament in Stuttgart last week and have their opening match tomorrow. Jo got through hers at Eastbourne so that was also good.

Andy is not alone in going out in the first round of Queen's, the top three seeds are now out as Stan and Milos also lost.

Normal service is resumed - hopefully ...

We have just got back from attending a funeral down south, which happened to be scheduled just after a weeks holidays in the Yorkshire Dales.

The black dog has been kicked into touch as I have now been able to give (and recieve) much needed hugs:)

We visited a couple of caves whilst on holiday, herewith some pictures:

This wasn't the real colour, they had a pink lightbulb hidden nearby to highlight it!

Thursday, 15 June 2017

An interesting journey home!

Travelling home yesterday, we saw a plume of smoke suddenly  arise from the side of the road. Coming around the corner we encountered a large car on fire, towing a caravan. It must have just happened as only the bonnet was on fire.

However it quickly spread to engulf the front of the vehicle and things began to bang as small explosions took place.

Within a short while the police arrived, quickly followed by the fire brigade who moved quickly to extinguish it. Luckily the caravan seemed okay as it could have been a different story if the gas canisters from that had exploded!

Within an hour we were on our way. The elderly couple whose car it was were okay and no doubt waiting to get towed somewhere.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Well then ...

How is everything with you? Me, I am chuntering along, getting lots of walking in. The wet weather isn't holding us back. Normally I hate long walks in the rain but at the moment, am quite enjoying them.

The garden is thankful for the rain. The sun is chasing the rain away and the garden basks in her warming rays. Blimey, I have lost the plot!

Friday, 9 June 2017

Well tried Andy

You fought hard but your fitness wasn't quite there. Good to see the massive improvement from coming into this tournament though, impressive. At least I can spend Sunday out and about now!

Now you need to recuperate and get ready for the lovely grass season. I for one will be pleased to see the back of the dreadful red stuff!

Thursday, 8 June 2017


I feel like a flat white coffee minus the caffeine!

I am having a few of those days at the moment, not sure why. The weather doesn't help one jot. Its feels like a storm front building up but without the release of a thunderstorm.

This week should have been a quiet one, but deliveries, dental and hospital appointments got  slotted in, making it a jumble of rushing here, there and everywhere. Poor DB has at times borne the brunt of it which isn't fair on him. So I try to hold onto it so as not to upset him further, poor chap!

In the end it becomes a vicious circle. Immediate family are caught up in grief and general disturbance, so can offer no help yet are in need of it themselves. I need to know they are okay, need to give them a hug and a kiss but can't physically get to them at the moment. It makes me feel so damn useless.

Sometimes, one gets spread a little thin and this is one of those times. We will all get through it as usual, just isn't pleasant whilst its happening:(

I hope to soon kick this black dog into touch 'cos he's being a right pain at the moment.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Who would have thought!

We would have to have a burst of central heating and eat soup on a so called summers day?

The heating only went on for an hour but was needed and I made courgette and minted pea soup for lunch for two days:
Lovely colour.

It has gone from being warm in bed at night to chilly. Winter quilt has been exchanged for the summer one, and the flannelette sheets for ice cold cotton, maybe a bit early as it turned out:(

Hey ho, such is life on an island.

Monday, 5 June 2017


In Lidl last week, for the princely sum of £1, they had punnets of living salads/vegetables. This one, a mix of Japanese Spinach and Red Pak Choy, held 34 plants, so very good value for money.

Once separated, I managed to find room for most of them in my raised vegetable gardens.

The other bargain was this box of Blueberries, weighing 2.5kg, for just £4. We went back today to get another box, although this one had a few more squished ones in it. We reckon we still will have 2.25kg so again, very good value for money. They are all now in the freezer for use later in the year.

I love a good bargain!

Thursday, 1 June 2017


Another picture of part of the front garden, the flowers are really getting going now, although the poppies first flush is just coming to an end:
And a few for inside the house - the scent is wonderful:
There are loads of apples and pears on the trees, before the June drop occurs. After that, I really must remember to thin bunches down to one or two fruits!

Hope you all have a lovely weekend when it arrives!