Tuesday 27 August 2013

A Weekend Wander

A Cobra
You never know what is going to draw up next to you in a petrol station...

and then leave with a dull throaty roar...

Heading for coffee in Linghams, our local, award-winning independent bookshop.

There are few sweeter sounds than hearing a parent or grand-parent reading to a child.

Farm Shop
We investigated a farm shop in Barnston for the first time.  Apart from all the vegetables and meat they had the most wonderful coconut and almond meringues!

I got a new t-shirt from a charity shop...
.... so beware!!!

Thursday 22 August 2013

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things to Avoid

1. Angry people (especially if their anger is justified)
2. Testing blades with one’s fingers
3. Stopping the car on a level crossing
4. Starting an addictive habit
5. Touching wires without first checking they don’t carry a current
6. Driving the wrong way up a one way street
7. Working too long without a break
8. Excessively huge expectations
9. Being too late
10. Watching soap operas
11. Migraines
12. Body odour (your and other people’s)
13. Low flying saucers

Thursday Thirteen is a weekly meme with a simple theme: each Thursday you blog a list of 13 things. What kind of things? Any kind! Just come up with a list theme and run with it.

Wednesday 21 August 2013

Wednesday weanderings (a cross between wandering and meandering)

Where When are we?
Me:-   May I have a Lotto lucky dip please?
She:-  Is that for Wednesday or Saturday?
Me:    I don’t know – what’s the next one?
She (with raised eyebrows):-   Wednesday.  It’s Tuesday today,

OK.  That happened yesterday which means today must be… Yes, it’s Wednesday.  It’s handy to have things like that happen to keep me on track.

Still no Ivy
Enough said.  Getting concerned that she may have found a new home.  At least, we are hoping so since that is probably one of the best of the options.

Big Brother is coming to stay for a week or so at the weekend.  Vacuuming and trying to get some boxes out of the way – hoping he notices!  I’ve been well the last few days and am desperately hoping I can keep it up so we can have some super days out like we usually do.

West Kirby et al
Partner-who-loves-tea has been working away like mad at various things (both job and house related) so we have given ourselves a couple of breaks this last week and had lunch out and coffee out on a few days.

This was at Koi in West Kirby.   I had Quesadilla (keɪsəˈdiːjə) which was new to me. Quesadilla  is a flour tortilla or a corn tortilla filled with a savoury mixture containing cheese, other ingredients, and/or vegetables, (often) then folded in half to form a half-moon shape. This dish originated in Mexico, and the name is derived from tortilla and the Spanish word for cheese queso. 

Mine was a chicken and bacon quesadilla and as well as the cheese it had tomato salsa, mixed peppers, red onions, and field mushrooms.  It came with a side salad and a sour cream garnish. And it was very nice.  Partner who-loves-tea settled for a Pâté with toast and garlic bread with a tomato chutney.  It was nicer than it looked.

Sticky, yucky
My laptop has a sticky patch where my left hand rests and I can’t seem to get rid of it.  I can’t fathom out why it’s still sticky after being cleaned about four times and it’s driving me up the wall.  Just thought I’d let you know…

I have received so many cards lately.  There has been a complete splurge of them.  I must look up the origin of the word splurge.  

I think it’s a lovely word and so expressive for the extravagant display of cards on the doormat.

Outside Tesco

Outside Tesco there is a little children’s ride that goes back to our era – Bill and Ben (but no Little Weed – “Weeeeed, Weeeed!”).  Do my readers from outside the UK know of Bill and Ben?  They were one of the earliest BBC children’s television programmes.   If you want to be educated about our British heritage you can flobadob here.

Next door to Bill and Ben is a ride with Barney.  He is not our era and neither Partner-w-l-t or I knew him.  But research has shown me that Barney & Friends is an American children's television series aimed at children from ages 2 to 5. The series first aired on April 6, 1992.
The queue for getting into Tesco…

The Liverpool waterfront
I’ve been attending appointments (to be assessed for counselling – it’s a long story) at Birkenhead by the ferry terminal.  I took the opportunity on Monday to take some photos across the river.
 The above photo can be enlarged by clicking on it.

Have a good day, folk.

Monday 19 August 2013

Odds but no ends...

Missing cat, Pensby
Ivy remains at large.  We remain hopeful that she will just turn up one day, meowing for food and wondering what all the fuss is about.  In the meantime we have now leafleted about 920 houses.  If you happen to be reading this blog, Ivy Puss, please come home, your family misses you. 

Dobri Dobrev

98 year old Dobri Dobrev, a man who lost his hearing in the second world war, walks 10 kilometres from his village in his home-made clothes and leather shoes to the city of Sofia, where he spends the day begging for money. 

Noted for his prostrations as he thanks donors and a well-known fixture around several of the city’s churches , it was only recently discovered that he has donated every penny he has collected — over 40,000 Euros — towards the restoration of decaying Bulgarian monasteries and churches and the utility bills of orphanages, living instead off his monthly state pension of 80 Euros.

 1870s corset.



Victorian travellers on the Chamonix Glacier in the Savoy Alps by William England, 1867


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