Wednesday, 11 July 2012


This rain has put pay to lots of events being held outdoors, fetes, fairs and shows.

Last week the classic car show at Caerwys was cancelled and Sunday's show at Newby Hall has just been cancelled too. I'm not too bothered about the shows but I was looking forward to the Newby Hall one as I've not been there and there is a stately home I could have looked round. Also, it's in a lovely area, not far from Ripon.

I feel sorry for the organisers of these events as money will have to be refunded to entrants and the traders will also lose out on a day's trading.

This picture was at Tatton Park a few weeks ago, you probably can't see the tow rope used to tow the TVR out of a muddy hole - and that was at the beginning of the show. TH's VERY elderly 4WD very capably pulled it out, very embarrassing for its owner.

Sunday, 8 July 2012


Everywhere has had such a lot of rain over the last week but this weekend has been pretty good, I managed to do a bit of gardening but would have preferred to go out on my bike. However, hopefully there will be fine periods in between the rain which is due to us during the coming week, according to Countryfile weather forecast.

A little car show we were going to go to in Wales had been cancelled as last week cars were being towed out by tractors, so now it has been rearranged for September. That meant I had the weekend for the garden, which I preferred anyway to just sitting in a field surrounded by cars!

We had the news that a large Boots store out on a retail park had caught fire last night and then spread over to the Next store next door, an unconnected building. I suppose there is so much inflammable stuff in Boots it would be difficult to contain, once the fire took hold. It is sad that there will be so much waste and the resultant higher insurance premia will affect the costs. Apparently arson has been discounted but I really don't know how, when a place has been completely destroyed, they can tell what caused a blaze.

Local roads were closed. Had it been Ikea across the road the M62 would have been closed as it lies smack on the motorway.

Just feeling rather flat after my son's wedding last weekend. Although we didn't have anything to do with the arrangements, it was all there, in the background. I baked a loaf and took some milk for when they returned from their brief honeymoon in Portugal, where they stayed with my cousin in his (shared) vineyard. This is a new venture for him, as he was editor of a mens magazine in Sao Paolo for a few years.

I realised only the other day that after all the fuss about the shrug I was crocheting for the wedding, I completely forgot to bring it with me. I'll take a photo of it and post it. My criticism was that it could have been a bit looser around the armholes. The jury is still out whether I should unpick the seams, the edging and extend it, or maybe I should just give it to someone with slimmer arms than me?

No photos to post today, a little boring really. Hopefully I might have something more interesting to say  next time.

Sunday, 1 July 2012


Yesterday my son married his lovely fiancee. The ceremony was at the Town Hall, which I have shown pictures of in a previous post. I'm not going to post any pictures because I don't think he would want photos showing as he has particular settings on his Facebook account to prevent certain people seeing things.

The civil ceremony was lovely, with the officiator reading a lovely 'poem' which wasn't rhyming but just a little story really and very touching.

My cousin came over from Portugal with his twin boy and girl and they were delightful, 7 years and one going to be really handsome and the girl already a stunner.

The reception was at a swish hotel, and my new daughter in law baked the cake. I met my ex stepdaughter and ex stepson with her son and the wife with their various adult children, whom I have never met. Also met some work friends and long standing friends of my son's. It was nice to see everyone and I was touched to hear from my ex stepdaughter, who doesn't add the 'ex', that she always used to look up to me and admired my 'style' ???? hm! and was devastated when my ex and I broke up. I didn't ever know that.

I wore a nicely fitting turquoise dress with gathering down one side, making it fit beautifully. I am proud to say I spent under £10 (£7.50 actually) from QVC outlet shop locally, thought I'd take it and try it on and it was so nice I just kept it. I didn't really want to be such a cheapskate but at the end of the day I don't wear dresses much and most people would be looking at the bride's dress. I don't think I could have got nicer, however much more I spent. It was a Tiana B design.

Anyway, enough of all that, I'm exhausted with all the standing about, so will download my photos and have a look at them and maybe a little weep, as TH had to shoot off to work to do a little job on a vehicle which is going off to France on Wednesday and the car keeps returning like the proverbial bad penny, for things that are not his fault, it had not developed when he had it in last. This is the problem with classic cars, until you have 'been through' them, there's always something.

Tatty bye for now.