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20th-Sep-2019 10:21 am - I Am Back ....
... and have been for a few days.  Sorry

Anyway, it was a super trip with loads of walking, and loads of brilliant places to visit - I will try and get a few photos up at some point.  However I am trying to be more pro-active with my crafts and finishing my holiday journals, etc, so am not on-line as much as I used to be.   And, no, I don't have a posh phone where I can keep tabs on LJ  (one of my moans about modern life, btw!)

Jiffy managed to get a severe allergy/skin infection/something while on his holiday - so he had the pleasure of a trip to the vets (which he loved, as ever, much to his dog-sitter's amusement).  He is actually not much better, 10 days on.  Today he is off to the hairdressors, and then I shall take him back to his vet on Monday.

This weekend I am yet again off to see my Aunt.  She is now in a care home on respite care, and I am doing the trip with a stay overnight to save leaving Jiffy, and also the excessive driving.

So, before I take Jiffy to Jackie for his hair-cut, I must see if I can edit and sort some of the "millions" of holiday photos.

If I have missed any vital news, please let me know.
31st-Aug-2019 10:28 am - How Can August Have Finished?
James - Q&A 2011
Wow, it's the last day of August, how did that happen?

I am all behind with things ... anyway, here is the meme finished. I won't be doing next months as I will be off-line for the first couple of days as I am going on holiday.

27 Would you rather have an amazingly fast typing speed or be able to read ridiculously fast?
Seeing as I now work in a office with someone who types fast that was a possibility, although I suppose I am slowly increasing spead, with practice.
However as I type this I am surrounded by books, both fiction and non, which I say I would love to read ... so, reading fast (providing I can take it in) is the winning vote.

28 What's your favourite phone app? Should I get it?
I only have a basic phone - no apps!

29 What’s the weirdest conversation you’ve overheard?
I work in a clinic situation, and sometimes as I am walking through the waiting roomI hear two people discussing their problem ... it's amazing how much human biology gets twisted around!
However I suppose the winner would have to be my grandma, who was a hypercondriac, and when dad told her that he was going to have an op on his prostate did inform him that she had better get an appt with her doc to get hers checked out (I would have loved to have heard that conversation!)

30 If you could have an all-expenses paid trip to see any famous world monument or natural feature, which monument or feature would you choose?
Does Venice count?
If not, then the Christ Redeemer Statue, in South America

31 Who is your favourite Claire?
Well I only know one, and that is my sister-in-law ... and most of the time she is a good friend.
26th-Aug-2019 12:42 pm - A Few Photos Of My Trip To The Zoo
Deborah - Portrait of Corage
What more can I say - it was fun.  I hadn't been in years, and really enjoyed it ... especially as my beloved giraffes were around, and as I also love tigers and they were close to the glass, I got to see them as well ... win, win

And, yes, the camera was very busy ... but here is just a snatch of what I did get to seeCollapse )
17th-Aug-2019 03:12 pm - I Am Ahead!
Ow - look of shock on face
17 Would you rather be Kermit or Fozzie Bear?

Seeing as I am not really a fan of frogs, then Fozzy

18 What was your most devastating unrequited crush?

Oh, I have always wanted the unattainable ... a boy at school called Mark (ironically we are now friends on FB!!), and a guy at college called Alex, are 2 that spring to mind.


And, yes, for the observant, I am a day ahead. However tomorrow I am going to drive to Colchester (in Essex) and back to visit my Aunt (dad's sister), who at the age of 92 broke her hip. She had the surgery yesterday, so need to go and see her.

At least it is motorway/dual carriageway all the way ... however as part of that is the M25 (I will say no more about that, but I can hear my English friends shuddering!!).

She is not the easist of people (never has been), so hopefully the op won't have affected hger mentally. The hospital seemed happy with her this morning when I rang. But I must wait & see.


Hope your weekend is going well xx
16th-Aug-2019 04:33 pm - 2 More Answers
World travel
15 What life-altering things should every human ideally get to experience at least once in their lives?

I have seen a couple of different answers to this.
One person said LOVE, but as I have yet to know about that, I don't think I can give that as an answer.
The other is a HOLIDAY TRIP, well I do love those.  However I do know some people who go away, and they never open their eyes or minds to what they see, so it would be a waste of time.
So, my answer is ... don't know!!

16 Is it better to be a big fish in a small pond or a small fish in a big pond?
For me a small fish - I am not a leader, and love both my jobs now, where I am a minion.
14th-Aug-2019 05:17 pm - And Here Are The Next Four
Umm ...
11 In 40 years time what will people be nostalgic for?
People rely on their phones for everything now ... it's one of my pet hates!

12 If freedom is simply being able to do what you want, are animals freer than humans?
Maybe ... but there again, do they realise they have freedom in that way?

13 Would you rather be reincarnated as a fly or just cease to exist after you die?
As I don't believe in reincarnation ... sorry. And, you don't just cease to exist .. so a no-go question for me!

14 Is social media a force for good or evil?
As I said earlier too many people spend their lives on their phones and miss out on actual life.
14th-Aug-2019 04:41 pm - Rapid History
Riding DJ
Part of the display that we saw at Warwick was the history of "The Wars of the Roses" ... all condensed into a quarter of an hour!

We weren't in the best position to take photos, but I managed to get a few images.  (one advantage of carrying a second camera lens with me!!)A rapid section of historyCollapse )
14th-Aug-2019 04:31 pm - Warwick Castle
James - totally fascinated
Last Monday, I had the day off work and Christine and I went to Warwick Castle. We did a coach trip, as it was a long drive ... but an absolutely fascinating place, with some of the earthworks dating back to 1068, and was probably the first castle that William the Conqueror ordered built.

The rooms were set up in a few sections ... one part showing the history of "Waryck, the Kingmaker", a few rooms to do with the Black Prince, a tableaux of Henry VIII and his wives, and a huge section to do with a Royal house-party that had been held here in 1898, where the future Edward VII started an affair with the owner's wife.

Overall far too many images to try to show you (although I did take "one or two" photos!!). Outside you could climb the towers (as we did) and try your hand at archery, watch jousting ... or as we did, watch a 1/4 hour re-enactment of the Wars of the Roses ... a great day out, as the official web site tells you

Anyway ... have a peep at some of what we saw - Collapse )
10th-Aug-2019 04:23 pm - Wow, An Actual Post (Almost!)
James - B&W
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I received that from my cousin yesterday - and did think it was too good not to share.

Today I have been waiting around for a delivery (due this morning), however I have kept us both busy, as you can see! I have a small hedge on one side of my from garden, and it needed squaring up a bit ... my assistant was too busy enjoying watching the world go by, though, to be of much help ....

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I'm all behind - so here goes the catch-up ...

8 Do you have a favourite towel?
A dry one!

9 Would you rather lose the ability to read or lose the ability to speak?
That is one of the harder questions, isn't it? I do love reading, both fiction, and fact ... and love being able to talk. However, as I suppose I could be silent as I am single( Jifyyy would probably be happy ... as for my brothers, that is certainly theway they would vote.
So let's keep reading, please

10 What is your opinion of aubergines?
I am not a fan of any of that "family" ... to me they always appear tastless, whatever you do to them
10th-Aug-2019 11:54 am - 10 Icons ... Well, 12 Really
Buffy - One girl
Hi - I have made some icons for Round 26 of monthlyinspo ... the theme title is Frankenstein, and it means that they have to be complex ... I hope these qualify.  They are all of Buffy, and taken from season 4 of BtVS ... enjoy

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And, as I said, a couple of extras

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As ever, all are snaggable, but credit would be appreciated. The credits are available over at my icon journal - d4s_icons
10th-Aug-2019 09:25 am - What A Place Of History
As you know I am a great fan of photography, and always wish I could devote more time to it ... so it was wonderful to go to the home of William Fox Talbot, the inventor of the negative/positive photograph. He is said to have done his first negative in 1834, with the first daguerreotypes being published a couple of years later. Although negatives had been shown to be produced at the end of the previous century by Wedgewood. So there has been a lot of controvesy, both then, and to this day ... but the claim sticks.

As it turned out he was an amazing polymath, who published books on archeology and botony (to name a couple) ... his life is certainly worth looking into ... Thanks Wikipedia

So i learnt, I saw ... and I took photos ....

Following in the master's footstepsCollapse )

However, as well as looking at the hero of my hobby, I found out about the lady who founded the Abbey ... she was an amazing lady ...

Ela was born in Amesbury, Wiltshire in 1187, the only child and heiress of William FitzPatrick, 2nd Earl of Salisbury, Sheriff of Wiltshire and Eléonore de Vitré. In 1196, the same year she became countess and inherited her father's numerous estates, Ela married William Longespée, an illegitimate son of King Henry II, and had 8 or 9 children.

Ela held the post of Sheriff of Wiltshire for two years following her husband's death.

Three years later in 1229, Ela founded Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire as a nunnery of the Augustinian order. In 1238, she entered the abbey as a nun; she was made Abbess of Lacock in 1240, and held the post until 1257. The Book of Lacock recorded that Ela founded the monasteries at Lacock and Henton.  During her tenure as abbess, Ela obtained many rights for the abbey and village of Lacock.

Ela, Countess of Salisbury died on 24 August 1261 and was buried in Lacock Abbey. We did see the stone, but it is so worn now.
7th-Aug-2019 07:54 pm - It's All About Me!
Eternal Refuge gif + my name
Apparently I have missed out on this meme, which I have now snagged from zhelana ... I am meant to be getting on with my knitting, but am doing this instead!!

What's going on between you and the last person you kissed? - Brenda (my sister-in-law) & I parted with a kiss a couple of weeks ago ... our family tradition. I am planning another day trip with her soon.

Would you get back with your last ex if they asked you? - Haven't got one!

You're walking down the street with your love, where are you going? - Jiffy would be walking so slowly as he loves to sniff every single thing he can!

What friend do you tell the most to? - Probably still Toni. Although LJ, and a friend I work with tends to get some of the info

What's something you really want right now, be honest? - My cooker magically cleaned!

Three feelings at the moment? - Sore (I sprained my ankle a couple of days ago), frustrated (Jiffy doesn't want to settle) and tired (clinic was very full on today)

Last time you had butterflies in your stomach? - Beginning of June I had to have a tooth out ... all went super well

Does anything hurt on your body? - my ankle

Who was the last person to disappoint you? - Tim - I asked him to pop in on his way home from work as I couldn't reach my smoke alarm cover (the battery needed replacing), and he told me he was too busy.

Do you still talk to that person? - He is my brother - of course I will

Who was the last person you had a deep conversation with? - Ceri, this morning as she is having doubts about her forth-coming wedding

What are you listening to right now? - TV on in the background, and Jiffy wimpering

Have you ever punched a hole in the wall? - No

Do you know someone in jail? - No

Where were you at 2:00 this morning? - asleep

Where's the weirdest place you've changed clothes? - When I was training to be an osteopath we used to change all the time in a large room ... men & women together ... never thought about it

Do you wear glasses? - Have done since I was 8

Who do you love? - Jiffy

What's the cd in your player? - Soundtrack to "Fiddler on the Roof" ... in the car it is "Changes" the CD book from the Harry Dresden series

Anything annoying you right now? - My ankle!

Anybody you're looking forward to seeing soon? - I am having lunch with Toni and her husband on Saturday

Is there a friend particularly that you miss? - Toni ... having worked together, and ridden together between 4 - 5 times a week, it is weird she is no longer "just up the road"

What will you be doing in a half hour? - Knitting

What is your underwear colour? - Pink bra & black thong

Anywhere you'd rather be right now? - Anywhere abroad

Are you going anywhere for the next summer? - I have booked a week in Keswick for the Christian convention, and a week on the Isle of Jersey to do some of the WWII history

Do you have plans today? - Day is almost over ... so knitting, and reading in bed

Are you waiting for anyone's call right now? - No

Who was the last person you rolled your eyes at? My friend Ceri ... a common thing for me to do!!

Who was the last person to put their arm around you? - Ceri this morning ... she needed a hug

What are your plans for tomorrow? - Thursday is a work day - urology clinic in the morning and admin work in the afternoon

Where is your cell phone? - Ummm, somewhere in the house!

Do you feel comfortable with answering personal questions? - Yes, otherwise I wouldn't do things like this

Have you ever passed out? - One a couple of times - last time was when I injured my hand 10 years ago

Where's the person you miss most? - Mum & Dad

Do you have a best friend? - Toni

Have you ever broken someone's heart? - Hope not

Do you love someone who doesn't know it? - No

Do you chew with your mouth open or closed? - Closed

Do you normally say "cute" or "hot"? - Cute

Do you give out second chances? - No

Have you ever liked someone that treated you bad? - Well I love both my brothers, and much of the time I like them ... and them have both really hurt me
7th-Aug-2019 07:28 pm - Enjoying A Day Out
On Monday I had the day off work to go on a coach trip with Christine. We went to Lacock Abbey and the village. Haven't sorted the Abbey photos yet but here are a few from the village. It is an amazing unspoilt village - used for filming of loads of period dramas.

Looking for Mr DarcyCollapse )

And, I have realised that as I have been off for the day, and then working I have missed a couple of days - so here is a catch up ...

4 Does a person’s name influence the person they become?
I went to college with someone called Orlando, and we all said that it suited him!

5 What's the best cake?
Lemon drizzle ... although Mum used to make a stunning Victoria sandwich, which she served with white icing, which used to be my #1

6 If you had a boat what would you name it?
"Happy Days"

7 Would you rather have unlimited sushi for life or unlimited tacos for life?
I am not fond of tacos, however I don't eat cooked fish (as I don't like the texture), and have never tried raw ... so looks like tacos win
3rd-Aug-2019 02:24 pm - Day 3, & I Missed A Day Already!!
Deborah - Saves the Day
2 What are the sexiest names and the least sexy names for a woman?
Easy ... Deborah! Whether that is for most or least I don't know!
Actually my go-to name if I am making a general statement is always the same, and probably one of the least sexy names I know ... Agatha!

3 What is the funniest real name you have ever heard?
When I worked as an osteopath I met a father, son, and grandson who all had the same first name which was weird ... Diggory.
Apparently it had been a Christian name of the eldest son dating back to the seventeenth century.
1st-Aug-2019 08:42 pm - Wow - August Already
James - his name
Well first I can just wonder if any of you remember the TV series The Waltons ... well I made 50 icons and they are here. It was fun to re-visit the show ... a great favourite of Mum & Dad, as well ... So, a double reason for enjoying this set.

And, thank you kazzy_cee for listing the next month's questions.

1 What are the sexiest names and the least sexy names for a man?
I think that I like/ don't like names by people I have met So some people are "lovely" and so the name goes up in my thoughts.  (Shall I mention James as a name!!)

however some of the old fashioned names tend not to be sexy ... although one name that I could think, Horace, is fun as I have a teddy bear with that name!

So, not a proper answer I am afraid to say.

The rest of the month is hereCollapse )
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