Wednesday, 19 March 2014

TIPTOE THROUGH THE ????????? WELL, DAFFODILS!

I managed to get out for another (little) ride the other day, thinking a little is better than none. I have to go through the Science Park which is about a mile away, to get into the countryside, North from our house. It is the quickest way, without having to cycle across town, even before you begin.

I noticed the daffodils planted around the park, which is the site of the old United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority offices/works at Risley. Then as I got closer I noticed these.




I tried to get in front of them to take a picture of them coming towards me but they just kept turning away!.

Then, up the road, towards the Prison, turning off towards Croft. Cycling past Croft Church, you wouldn't believe you were so relatively close to the motorways of M6 and M62, with such wide views. Passing on the right, an estate of houses being built on Gosling Park, which are all luxury houses, probably twice as expensive as we could afford, on the site which used to be an American military base during WW2. My son took some pictures of the inside of the camp, sneaking in through the fence, and shot some poignant photos in B&W of the mess house, just left, with unwashed dishes, an old electric cooker etc, just - left. It was unoccupied for years, at least it is better than ruined buildings, although I hate to see all that former green belt land being built on, wasted.

The fields are full of almost grown Rape, which is really early this year. It provides a beautiful contrast to the green fields. You can see these fields from the M6 link road which runs within sight and hearing. 




I cycled up over the motorway bridge, to take me back to civilisation, or the former Warrington New Town, area called Locking Stumps, where I take pictures of this fascinating tree at various times of the year. What do you think of this? What does it remind you of?





i have shown two pictures, as I couldn't resist the last one - as I was going, I noticed the bird in the tree! It was quite a big bird too.

Now, through Locking Stumps and back to the Science Park. What was the main building now has a lake in front of it which is the home to beautiful ducks! I adore ducks and next time must take some bread with me, to get some better photos.






That building you can see was the main building for the UKAEA, now it is let out in suites, as are most of the other buildings. I once worked in what was known as Y block, on the team which was responsible for Hinckley Point B Power Station, recently de-commissioned! How time flies and things change. It is now Thompson House. I was fascinated when I first moved there from the previous offices at Radbroke Hall, Knutsford, to see the moving open lifts, which were called Paternosters. You used to just wait for a platform and jump on. Of course we were young enough to keep doing it until the novelty wore off.

I then went home, calling lastly at my friend's house, who was going in hospital for a replacement knee operation (which she has now had and I am visiting her tomorrow). Here's a picture of her lovely little dog, Ailsa.


Well, that was my day. See you next time!


Sunday, 9 March 2014

A TOUCH OF SPRING, DOWN IN THE MOUTH, BUT SOME GOOD NEWS (for a change)

It's been a little while since I blogged but I've not really had anything to say. The weather has been rain, rain and wind. I haven't really been anywhere other than a visit to The Chill Factor near The Trafford Centre but that was not to ski but to look at bikes at the bike shop there.




However, the last few days have been glorious and I even went on the bike, only to my Mums, it would have been impossible not to with such a lovely day.

Before that, though one of my many crowns fell off. I was really upset as I hate the thought I might have to have the tooth out. I visited the alternative dentist at our practice and she replaced it saying it was a bit wobbly and there wasn't much tooth underneath but would try. However, short lived was my pleasure, as what I thought was the same tooth, fell out again. Another emergency visit to my own dentist revealed that it was the tooth next to it, and she did an Xray to see what lay beneath the surface. It is possible they could root fill but also the possibility of extraction (boo hoo). So, having had the offending jagged edged tooth covered over with what was rather like cement, just relieved that my mouth was not so very sore, I couldn't move my tongue around without great pain, I have to wait now until 19th then a decision will be made on their fate. Still it isn't life threatening!

I took some stuff down to the Cats Rescue place, and despite saying I wasn't going to buy anything, found this sweet mug. which I just HAD to have. I had taken in 4 coffee mugs, so that wasn't too bad, and this is sOOOOO beautiful. The cottage and scene are in 3d too, that makes it so special. I loVe it.



I finished off my blue merino sparkly scarf and have never had it off. I love it. However, I am now knitting a very small triangular kerchief just to tie with little ties at the back of my neck just for 'show' as my Mum would say.



And now - can you keep a secret??????? Promise you won't tell? My only son, who will be 45 years old this year, (poor old thing) who has travelled all over the world having a good time, taking photos and seeing the sights, he and his wife are expecting in October! So, I'm going to be a Granny. Hmmmmm guess what I'll be called I imagine????? Granny Anni. I don't mind Anni without an E as it doesn't sound as old granny like as the old fashioned Annie. Please don't tell them in case it gives them ideas. Now, my daughter in law told me she thought her mother was probably going to be knitting already. Then wistfully said that crochet is nice for babies! So, I think it will be a stripey blanket I'm doing, when I've done the jumper I'm working on now, a ripple one at that.

I think that's all a body can take just now, isn't that enough. I was absolutely dumn struck when he told me, as I genuinely thought that they were just going to go off travelling and enjoying themselves, didn't see him as a family man! So I've not got used to the idea yet.

Last but not least, my cat knew there was something in the fridge for him, sent by my Mum (she sends him chicken once a week which he usually gets out of my bag. He could smell it in the fridge. I don't really allow him in the fridge but I just thought it was funny this one time.





Hmm, spoke too soon. Whilst looking at Ebay, just realised the bomb proof Readymix Concrete the tooth lady put on my rough tooth, has suddenly gone, probably in me, as I don't remember it in my mouth, loose. I think she must have filed it down, as it doesn't seem as rough as before. I'll ring up tomorrow to find out what I should do. I hope it isn't lodged in my throat somewhere!

Right, until next time.