Saturday, 28 December 2013
Tuesday, 24 December 2013
Thursday, 12 December 2013
Captain Ben, when the tide turns
Come home safe to us
As you sail across the sea
All our love is there beside you
In Capri or Amsterdam
Honolulu or Siam
To the harbour of your home
We send our love to guide you
As we call across the sea
Tuesday, 10 December 2013
Tuesday, 12 November 2013
Saturday, 9 November 2013
Friday, 8 November 2013
Sunday, 13 October 2013
Tuesday, 8 October 2013
We are moving, our landlord has got some family problems and needs the house back, so we are looking for a new house, exciting times and not before time.
I have opened a bottle of Pinotage tonight because at my age you do not let an opportunity to go by, who knows, you can not be too careful, tomorrow is a long way away.
Tuesday, 1 October 2013
Thursday, 12 September 2013
This is a reminder of my youth, when I followed my mother in her celebration of life, always stumbling behind, trying to keep up and sometimes she would pick me up and say, never give up, and I would take longer strides, now I walk and feel she is always behind me, watching my steps and she does not stumble. The Captain knows what I am talking about.
Wednesday, 4 September 2013
Tuesday, 6 August 2013
Sunday, 28 July 2013
Saturday, 20 July 2013
Sunday, 14 July 2013
Tuesday, 9 July 2013
When you go to Asda supermarket to get a quick pint of milk you pay £1.50 for parking, the pint of milk costs 86p? I still see so many people shopping there and I must be missing something. Life goes on, Susan and I went to the RNLI for a quiet pint and also picked up Michael. I must say for a charity they are very posh. Massive buildings and loads of rescue craft all resting in case of a shipping disaster. Well from the number of craft I estimate it could be a very big shipping accident. Maybe 3 cruise liners colliding in the English channel, full of American tourists. What fun those volunteer life guards would have. They would be modern day heros and I do not think that will ever happen.
Asked Robert where Michael was and his answer " God knows." My reply was simple " He is not telling." Such a simple question, so packed full of pithole.
Matthew Charles Dickens has had a birthday and we all remembered but all forgot to send him an email. Matthew if you are reading this, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, but the Ashes stay here. I must admit I am looking forward to watching Michael Clark bat, he is one of the best in the world. Talking of Birthdays, Matthew Smith has just turned 21, what a milestone, he has turned out to be a great guy by all accounts. HAPPY BRITHDAY MATTHEW.
Susan is at the beach again, not again you say but this time she has taken time off from her busy workload and has travelled in seek of the sun. Well it is better then her getting home very late and then moaning about her lateness, as though it was our fault. Bless her she tries to please everyone.
I have had my first swim of the summer, 29 deg C and the water was so tempting, went to the beach to see Susan and it was packed, could not find her so had a swim and I must admit it was refreshing, something like Clifton - Capetown without the wind. I will swim again, just not too soon. Freeze the brass balls off a monkey!
Opened a naughty Claret tonight from Bordeaux and it reminds me of that song. "The dreams which are killing me are the best I ever had." As Angela says, hey Ho let's live for today. That is something that brings me to my next subject, food, pizza and I have popped a pizza in the oven but I must Sugo to that restaurant in Bryanston everyone talks about. I am of the belief their Pizza's are again to remember that song, you know the one above, sing with me. Tally Ho fellow readers of this blogosphere, I must return to the bell that alerts me my food needs to come out the oven. We are having Nandos French frays, salad, pizza and omelettes for tea and that bottle of Claret of course.
Thursday, 4 July 2013
Wednesday, 3 July 2013
Sunday, 16 June 2013
That was my rambling on after too much wine and no food, I actually uploaded this blog last night but took it down first thing this morning, as not even I could understand it.
Friday, 14 June 2013
Thursday, 13 June 2013
Monday, 10 June 2013
Tuesday, 4 June 2013
Lily Florence had another birthday on Monday, HAPPY BIRTHDAY LILY. The years fly by and my grandchildren grow strong and tall, it is all in the genes and through them we will live on. Hope you had a great day Lily Florence.
Thursday, 30 May 2013
Wednesday, 29 May 2013
Wednesday, 22 May 2013
My neck is not stiff today in case you wondered.
Well I woke up this morning with a stiff neck! Where did that come from, maybe too much television. Talkng of TV this weekend is a Bank holiday weekend for us and also the official start of summer. Getting back to TV, we have a Grande Prix and a 5 day cricket test, so bring on the couch potato in me.
The House and all the gardens was a favourite place for my Mother.
"Not to be stormed even in deaths confusion, rememberer, then, for she too is a winner of wars. Enduring like a tree under the curious stars." Rest easy Mum.
Come to think of it, she would have known what to do with a stiff neck.
Monday, 20 May 2013
Sunday, 5 May 2013
This is a worthy cause and should be taken up by those who have for those who have not in Africa.
In a world gone wrong with new, new, new, we are all sucked into the wish to have everything that we can afford and still some. Take the range of Audi Q series. Q2, Q3, Q5, Q6, Q7, Q8 and early next year the Q4 will complete the line up, I must say they are still lacking a Q1. I wonder if our grandchildren will have en ough fossil fuels to be able to drive the vast range of vehicles we are developing. Like the child that has an iPhone, iPad and laptop said 'I am bored.' Go outside and play, maybe we need to give outside a difference name. 'Why don't you go and iplay with the enviroment.' Outside apps can include iGrass (something to iplay on). iPath, something to walk on, choose your distance and see if you can succeed. The possiblities are endless and I am sure someone will or has come up with this idea already. These are all free apps and do not require a password or login account. That is maybe where we go wrong, make mummies little darling login in before they go and play iOutside.
In a break from tradition, we did not go to breakfast at Wetherspoons inn this morning but had breakfast at home, I enjoyed it but it did lack that mass prepared food taste and Susan was not really sure if it was the right thing to do, it was up to her to cook! Tonight we are going to have a wee pint and then some supper at the above mentioned pub to make up for our morning break.
The image depicts our garden awash with Bluebells that bring colour and herald the start of summer.
Saturday, 4 May 2013
We have started feeding the birds in our garden as the winter has been long and cold, most birds would have laid their eggs and they would have hatched by now, too cold no food so help is needed. At the minute we have half a dozen Robins, some sparrows, all look the same so not sure how many and a pair of pigeons. We had one seagull but he or she did not like the available cuisine on offer and has not been back. There is a quiet pleasure in seeing birds feeding in your garden, you take a certain amount of ownership and satisfaction in this small contribution.Changing the subject, last night I had a very good bottle of wine from Marlborough, Sauvignon Blanc and very fruity with a smooth strawberry flavour touching the back of your throat. No I am not being pretentious or toff, try it if it is available where you are and let me know. I remember Russell coming over and buying a wee bottle of French wine from the boudioux region, paid a small fortune but it also had a touch of strawberry.
Tonight we have Cajun chicken, roast potato wedges and a vegetable stir fry, all complimented by a very good bottle of Blossom Hill Merlot, life is worth living at times like this. This is a bank holiday weekend so it is time to celebrate and live this precious time we have to the full.
Sorry this iPad is out of juice and so is the Samsung Galaxy, will have to sign out now and resort to a pen and paper for the next chapter of this exciting blog......
Sunday, 28 April 2013
Sunday, 21 April 2013
Talk about every little helps, Tesco mobile phone department gave me a ring the other day to sell me insurance for Robert's iPhone. £7.99 per month but there are certian conditions. Not covered if you drop it, lose it or if it is stolen. Makes one wonder what it is covered for? I suppose their catch line, "every little helps" goes to how much profit they make! As can be seen from the attached photograph, such a lovely word, much better than pic, image, shot.
Sunday, 14 April 2013
Tuesday, 9 April 2013
This week we have been through a bit of a minefield of news. Margaret Thatcher passed away after a stroke in her bed at the Ritz? Her bed? I must ask the question, why the Ritz? This seems to be one of those facts the journalists seem to be ignoring. An aging ex polictian dies alone in her bed at the Ritz? I do not really care if you liked her or not, she was the best man for the job and england needed someone strong at a time when we were the laughing stock of the world.
Robert asked me what I thought about the death of Margeret Thatcher and said I thought she had probarly come to the end of a good life and could just see Dennis, her husband who died 10 years ago, asking her at the pearly gates.
'What took you so long dear.'
He was onced asked why he does not express his views in public as often as the press would want?
'The press think I am a fool, I do not want to confirm the fact.' Was his reply.
I hope he is there for her and their love affair will last.
Now, Kim Jong Um, mentally retarded leader of North Korea wanting to take on the rest ofthe world? Now that is someone who needs a slap. Nothing good will come of this until the rest of the world unite and sort him out. At best, a bit of posturing, at worst a few hundred thousand people killed , all by someone who can not wipe his own nose properly. Give me strenght, I really thought we had gone beyond strating peacock.
Thanks for all the comments, till anon.
Thursday, 28 March 2013
'You have spoken and we have listened', no more taking the charity bosses to pieces. Yes I do listen.
Easter weekend and Robert away in Paris and Michael down from Uni for the weekend has flown bye. The weather did not really give us hope for a warm weekend but we have to stay positive.
Good Friday, early run on the beach, cut the lawn and vacuumed the house, all by 11am. What to do next? Upton House, Woodlands walk and then we realised how little a borough council planner plans. They have cut out all the undergrowth, I suppose to allow light to reach the woodlands floor. It has opened up the forest but seems to have lost all the character which the overgrown forest offered. The good thing is, due to the lack of common sense in the council, no thought would have gone into future maintenance and nature will reclaim its own.
Easter has come and gone, Susan will be back at work tomorrow, the sun will come out and the first quarter of this new year is history. Spring is officially here, our clock went forward an hour so we are technically now an hour ahead of the rest of the world, those who do not tamper with their clocks that is. All seems like a lot of work but a little quark that we will always treasure, most clocks change by themselves but there is the odd clock, like the microwave oven, that will run an hour behind for the next 6 months.
Today we are having the traditional pork pie. Chopped juicy tomatoes, mature cheddar cheese and Gruyere cheese baked with eggs and cream, layered over a tomato sauce in a crisp pastry.
"You have gone mad, a Pork Pie is the result of a 200 odd years tradition in making pies. The uncured meat of a Melton pie is grey in colour when cooked; the meat is chopped, rather than minced. The pie is made with a hand-formed crust – this style of production gives the pie a slightly irregular shape after baking. As the pies are baked free-standing, the sides bow out, they are not vertical like mould-baked pies." I hear you say and I must bow too your knowledge, of course you are right, you may not know it, my thanks for correcting my obvious oversight.
Pamagor will be here in the next week. Believed to have been in South Africa looking after Madiba and also seen in North Korea evaluating the sanity of Um, slightly retarded leader of that country. We live in strange times, interesting but not as serious the important fact that there is a drop in the number of bees in the world and that figure is decreasing year on year. This is important.
Monday, 25 March 2013
'Prime Minister Julia Gillard has issued an apology to people affected by Australia's forced adoption policy between the 1950s and 1970s.'
Julia said, 'Tens of thousands of babies of unmarried, mostly teenage mothers, were thought to have been taken by the state and given to childless married couples.'
This is an era of apologies, David Cameron did it in Ireland, many South Africans have been down that route but it does bring it home when we consider what we did in service of the British Empire and those not qualified to govern did just that.
This is still going on, much more subtlety but going on none the less. BBC interviewer Kate Hummable asking women of the nomadic tribes in the desert, what there home life is all about and what the sex is about. Why? Just for a story, a petty gain for the interviewer but if the men hear about it the woman will be beaten, even ostracised, in some cases killed. One day the MP for the BBC will probably apologies. What the cost?
Saying that there are too many people on this world of ours and as my mum always said, 'Man will devour all, even himself in the end'. Maybe those in the desert with their ancient family ways and practises will survive us all.
Spoke to Mark and he is doing well, good to hear from him and also know he is slowly getting to grips with modern technology, Skype and Samsung Galaxy Tablet, it is like magic.
Had dinner with the Fay's last night and was pleased to see Jessica with her boyfriend. He is taller than her, good breeding there! Peter is now working for that favourite of all companies, Tesco.
Great photograph Angela sent of Matt trying to fly.
Friday, 22 March 2013
It has rained for 40 days and not too sure how many nights but now it is time to cease. Let that sun shine, wind drop and temperature double. Cabin fever is starting to get to me, Sam is the same, todays walk was a chore, even for him.
Weekend does not hold out much hope of any of the above happening but there is a Grand Prix and the cricket is on in New Zealand so we must be thankful for that.
I have just ordered this very practical case for my iPad, £11.50, as you can see it almost takes the need for a laptop away. I predict that in the next 5 years the tablet with a case including keyboard will take over from the much loved Laptops. Microsoft make a really good looking tablet called the Surface and its case has a a very thin keyboard built in. Do not rush out to buy one as yet, wait for the Professional model , it will have a better operating system. Although a bit pricy at £429.00 it will still be worth it.
Has anyone eaten at Sugo Rosso yet, we need a food review and some photos to bring my readers up to date. Angela what about getting your friend in SA to sneak around and have a meal, incognito as such. You can then pick up the tab, all in the name of public news and we can all relax or worry as the case may be. While your friend is about it maybe a trip with Russell's new business, 'Wet and Wild.' I know but I am not saying anything.
All for now, will write over the weekend. Thanks for all those comments of delight, keep them coming.