Sunday 19th September 2021

We walked along Hastings sea front to St Leonards.

We had a coffee in the very “hipster” Goat Ledge cafe. If you moved away from the sea front it was just like Cliftonville (rough!)

We decided to drive to the Three Oaks, a pub we always visit when in the area and sat in the garden with Ellie. I ordered a beef roast and Mal ordered a pork roast but he ordered large. They brought mine out and I told them that is was Mal’s as it was huge but no, his came next and it was HUGE!! I couldn’t believe the amount of beef I had, so I shared it with Ellie.

We then watched the football. Needless to say a Man U win followed by an awful Spurs game.

Thought for the Day – “As we grow up we realise it is less important to have lots of friends and more important to have real ones.” ~ Amanda McRae

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Saturday 18th September 2021

We spent the morning in Alexandra Park and such a sunny day, it was lovely. We stopped for a coffee in the middle and then I am sure Ellie remembered last time when she jumped in the stream that runs through the park. So, she headed for the woods with us following! In she jumped and it was quite muddy but she loved it.

We then drove to the Conquerors March, a pub with a lovely huge garden and had our lunch there.

The rest of the afternoon we spent relaxing on the terrace at the lodge.

I just had to watch Strictly in the evening!

Thought for the Day – “Don’t wait for someone to bring you flowers. Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul.” ~ Mario Quintana

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Friday 17th September 2021

We walked Ellie and then packed the car up and headed for a stay at Shear Barn.

We stopped on the way to have lunch at Truly Scrumptious in Hythe, we love that place and they love dogs!

Then on to Hastings and we sat outside of our lodge and ordered in a chicken Saag that we ate outside, a lovely evening.

Thought for the Day – “No matter how educated, talented, rich or cool you believe you are, how you treat people ultimately tells all. Integrity is everything.”

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Thursday 16th September 2021

Poor Ellie wasn’t well in the night. I came down twice to let her into the garden and she just lay there, so I called her back in. In the early hours she was barking at my side of the bed and also scratching my arm! Again I went downstairs with her and she stood by the front door. Mal had to take her across the road to the field. If it is messy she never wants to do anything in the garden, she is a very clean dog. Armed with a torch and poo bags Mal took her and sure enough she had a very bad stomach. After all that at 2.30am we all managed to get a bit of sleep!

We took her to the allotment in the morning. It was surprisingly warm. As you can see in one of the photos, a whole new housing estate being built right next to Mal’s allotment. They have even tried pinching some of the allotment’s grounds….they didn’t get away with it. We have loads of courgettes and squashes, of course masses of runner beans and the black kale which I love is doing well.

Later I went to Birchington to the butchers to buy two more turkey breast rolls to go into the freezer, they are so good! They still have quite a few left.

Thankfully Ellie’s tummy had settled by the end of the day.

Thought for the Day – “A few nice words can help a person more than you think.”

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Wednesday 15th September 2021

We went to the park with Ellie and walked round with our coffees.

For lunch I met up with the Hatters. Twelve were supposed to be coming but only 7 turned up!

Julie loved her all day breakfast!

Thought for the Day – “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

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Tuesday 14th September 2021

I walked Ellie early and we walked over the fields for a change.

The heating engineer came  and managed to replace the PCB on the boiler……success it worked! That’s good news as we thought we may need a new boiler. All done under the insurance.  He told us the struggle they are facing now trying to get hold of parts, so it’s good it has been repaired.

Mal went to the allotment in the afternoon while I cleaned all the conservatory out, quite a few sneaky spiders. I can never kill them as they eat the mozzies!

Thought for the Day – “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in our hearts.” ~ Winnie the Pooh

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Monday 13th September 2021

It is still warm but autumn is here…….

Ellie enjoyed rolling in the crunchy leaves!

Thought for the Day – “Too many people think the grass is greener somewhere else but the grass is green where you water it.  Remember that!”

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