Monday, 28 July 2008


A man was taking his wife, who was pregnant with twins, to the hospital when his car went out of control and crashed. 

Upon regaining consciousness, he saw his brother, a relentless world-class practical joker, sitting at his bed side.  He asked his brother how his wife was and his brother replied, "Don't worry, everybody is fine and you have a son and a daughter.  But the hospital was in a real hurry to get the birth certificates filed and since both you and your wife were unconscious, I named them for you."

The husband was thinking to himself, "Oh no, what has he done now?" and said with trepidation, "Well what did you name them?"

The brother replied, "I named the little girl Denise." The husband, relieved, said, "That's a very pretty name! What did you come up with for my son?"

The brother replied, "Denephew."

Sunday, 27 July 2008

minor update.......

just a quick update on repairs,

we now have lights back on the stairs, in the hallway and outside,

the outside door ( security door ) now has power to it, but doesn`t shut properly,

........... well you can`t have everything can you.............

BUT........ the estate manager and a repairs inspector are out tomorrow to reassess what needs to be done................. and i`m going to meet them with 

......THE LIST..........                                    


Friday, 4 July 2008

the reason i vanished for a while !!!!

  outside where i live...

as you can see things got a bit warm....!!

sticky back plastic holding the glass in................. also the stairs you see are the only way out for the people in the upstairs flats............!!!!

what was left of the electrics and phone cables........... not a lot as you can see

20+ feet away......still started to melt the lid...

 one of the few things not turned to ash.......  a bed dumped in the bin area,next to the electric area with heaven knows what,and polystyrene.............. need i say more

we were without electric for 5 days.. and phone/internet for just under 2 weeks,

now we wait for the repairs to be done, the most important ones being getting the glass sorted and lighting back on the stairs as at the moment it is horrendous for people living upstairs, having to feel there way ,

nuff moaning for now............ will keep you updated with repairs as and when they happen

Thursday, 3 July 2008

getting older

   Old  Age, I decided, is a gift

I  am now, probably for the first time in my life, the person I have  always wanted to be.  Oh, not my
body!  I sometime despair over my body, the  wrinkles, the baggy eyes, and the sagging butt.   And often I am taken aback by that old person that lives in my  mirror (who looks like my mother!), but I don't agonize over those things  for long.

I would  never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for  less gray hair or a flatter belly.  As I've aged, I've become  more kind to myself, and less
critical  of myself. I've become my own friend.   

I don't chide  myself
 for  eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for  buying that  silly cement gecko that I didn't need, but looks so avante garde on my  patio. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant.   

  have  seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they  understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it  if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM and sleep  until noon?

I  will dance with
myself  to those wonderful tunes of the 60&70's, and if I, at the same  time, wish to weep over a lost love ..... I will.

I will walk the beach  in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive  into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances  from the jet set.
They, too, will get  old.

I know I am  sometimes forgetful.  But there again, some of life is just  as
  well  forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.   

Sure, over the years  my heart has been broken.   How can your heart not break when  you lose a loved
one,  or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit  by a car?  But broken hearts are what give us strength and  understanding and compassion.  A heart never broken is pristine  and   sterile  and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to  have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my  youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face.   So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their  hair could turn silver    

As you  get
  older, it is easier to be  positive. You care less about what other people  think.  I don't  question  myself anymore.  I've even earned the right to be wrong.   

So,  I like being old. It has set me  free.
    I  like the person I have become.  I am not going to live  forever,  but  while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what  could have  been, or worrying about what will be.  And I shall eat dessert every  single day. (If I feel like it)


Saturday, 12 April 2008

last weeks snow

chilly,sunny and the snow settled on string..!!

snow sticking to the willow tree just outside the garden


this one i couldn`t resist.... large tree completly covered in the snow

then i had an `arty farty` moment,  misty snowy tree,

Saturday, 22 March 2008


Five surgeons are discussing who makes the best patients to operate on.
The first surgeon says, "I like to see accountants on my operating table because when you open them up, everything inside is numbered."
The second responds, "Yeah, but you should try electricians! Everything inside them is colour coded."
The third surgeon says, "No, I really think librarians are the best; everything inside them is in alphabetical order."
The fourth surgeon chimes in: "You know, I like construction workers, those guys always understand when you have a few parts left over at the end, and when the job takes longer than you said it would."
But the fifth surgeon shut them all up when he observed "You're all wrong, politicians are the easiest to operate on."
"There's no guts, no heart, no balls, no brains and no spine, and the head and the butt are interchangeable."

Sunday, 16 March 2008


i thought it was about time that i put an update on here about the swans,

they are both doing well and very much in charge of the river again,the ducks,coots and moorhens still swear at them but generally from a distance, except when bread or corn is involved then its a beaky free for all,          the male still has a hissy fit when he see`s me but is trusting me more and more as time goes on,


BUT we had a serious problem earlier and as yet don`t know the outcome ,

another swan was found on the river, and its in a bad way, we managed to get hold of the `swan man` and he was here within 10 minutes,it looked to have a broken wing, but it seems that isn`t the case, the bird was very cold when taken away but is now in a warm pen with a heater, the average weight of a swan that size is about 10 kilos this one weighed in at 6 kilos, and feather wise is very bedraggled, the swan people are thinking that it may have lost its mate  as well, as its showing signs of being depressed so they will be doing their best but its basicly upto the swan,  will keep you updated when i know more,