We walked Ellie towards the woods and at my dream cottage (Rose Cottage), they were pressing some of their apples in their workshop. Mal shouted out something like “are you going to make that into cider?” They did no more than come over and introduce themselves to us, Jude and Rod and gave us a jug to taste the freshly pressed juice. Delicious. In the past, they evidently used the slurry for their pigs they kept but they no longer have pigs. They are a really nice couple and said they will be selling the juice soon, Of course they knew exactly where we live (this is a village!) and we do live in the same road.
We just about managed to get home before the torrential rain started. I’m so glad Saturday and Sunday were good weather and we had nothing planned for today! I had a quick trip to Westwood for some things we need over the next few days for a short trip we have planned.
In the evening the chairman of the Parish Council came round. Mal has been put forward to join the Parish council.
Thought for the Day – “When others try to rain on your dreams, carry an umbrella and dream on.”
We took Ellie out for her morning walk. I think she was looking for Roddy some of the time!
The Futures for Dogs show was on at Sandwich Showground which is just a couple of miles from us. We took Ellie and I entered her in for “The Prettiest Bitch”. Mal went to pay the fee and said in a West Indian accent “Yo man I want to enter ma bitch”. The volunteers had seriously had a sense of humour bypass. Another entrant next to us couldn’t stop laughing but the three behind the desk just glared at him!! Oh dear. When our turn came I took Ellie into the show ring. The judge had alredy chosen his 3 before anyone got into the ring as when he got to Ellie he said “Oh my God, how pretty” and then ignored the next 15 or so entrants. Ellie wasn’t placed! She was beaten by a chihuahua!! It must have been fixed. Ha ha.
They also had a timed agility which Ellie and I went in for! Her time was good but we got to the tunnel and she would not go into it.. It was no good forcing her, she was scared! All the fees were for charity and it was good fun.
From there we went on to “Prestonbury”. This is held every year at Hardacre Farm in Preston, a very short walk from our house. It’s for all the villagers, no charge but donations for charity. Just take along your own food, drink, chair, table and enjoy the music.
Dogs are welcome too! Ellie just relaxed and enjoyed the music!
How about this for a farmhouse?
Thought for the Day – “Dogs teach us a lot of things but none more important than to love unconditionally.”
My sister Marion, my niece Wendy and family were all on their way home from Disneyland, Paris and Lou returned from Spain the previous day. So, Mal and I decided to have a BBQ for everyone as Marion and co were going to call in on their way back from Dover. Sadly Rhys and Sol were back working and of course it was Tariq’s last day with us. He helped Grandad get everything ready and I prepared all the salads and side bits and pieces. Tariq bought us a bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolates for having him to stay and then Lou arrived with beautiful flowers for having Tariq and Roddy. Didn’t we do well?!
It was so nice to see everyone and we had a really good time.
It seemed very quiet in the evening with no Tariq or Roddy.
Thought for the Day – “The greatest legacy we can leave our children is happy memories.”
The weather seems to have changed for the better and so we are having a big BBQ tomorrow, so we dropped Tariq off in Broadstairs and then went to buy all the food. Lou and Rhys are back from their holiday today. Lou was going to collect Tariq and Roddy but Tariq wanted to stay one more night! So, in the evening we walked to our local for Friday night Fish and Chip supper. Tariq loved it. He had one pint of cider and then started messing around, he really is so funny.
Thought for the Day – “Be open enough to see opportunities. Be wise enough to be grateful. Be courageous enough to be happy.” ~ Dr Steve Maraboli
The weather forecast said no rain……WRONG!! I put some washing out and then the drizzle started. I dropped Tariq off in Sandwich and then Mal at Wingham allotment, to dig some potatoes for me and then on to Preston allotment with a load of wire to protect his crops from rabbits and sea gulls! I left him there.
Roddy is very happy staying with us, he won’t want to go home!
Park Resorts (link above) have an offer on at the moment that you can take pets with you free, so we have booked another little jaunt, they are so cheap and such good value. We have decided to go back to Romney Sands as we enjoyed it so much and it is right opposite the beach. We thought of Camber Sands but changed our minds. You have to go before 25th October for this deal. Four nights, with Ellie, £67 and that includes the gas and electricity! There are some lovely walks around there and the beach opposite the caravan park. Also the Dymchurch railway runs through the site.
We had another nice evening with Tariq, he is just such a happy person, a pleasure to be around.
Thought for the Day – “I am strong because I know my weaknesses; I am beautiful because I am aware of my flaws; I am fearless because I learnt to recognise illusion from real;I am wise because I learn from my mistakes;I am a lover because I have left hate; AND I can laugh because I have known sadness.”
A damp walk with the dogs and noticed my side lights were on, on my car! Oh no. Of course I turned them off, I don’t know why it didn’t buzz when I opened the door last night. I couldn’t have turned the switch quite far enough, So, my battery was flat! We phoned the rescue and they were here in 45 minutes, while we had breakfast. Along with this Tariq’s phone charger had broken and of course being 16, he can’t live without his phone! None of Mal’s attachments fit it, so to help him out I drove him to Westwood. I had to run the car anyway after the rescue man getting it going.
Tariq spent most of the day doing his charity walk in the rain. I think they all got drenched. He was later than usual returning to Sandwich station so we decided to treat him to a meal out and went into Deal. We went to the Sir Norman Wisdom and he loved it , having half a chicken and ribs as well followed by a large gooey chocolatey pudding. He certainly worked up an appetite! It was a real pleasure seeing him enjoying his food so much.
Thought for the Day – “Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.” ~ Bob Marley
Tariq had a bag full of cakes to take with him in the morning which he was dropping off at the evenings venue and then along with 5 other boys they spent the morning car washing, all part of their raising money for Mencap. They evidently did this until it poured with rain! All the parents were attending in the evening so Mal and I went “loco parentis”.
We took the dogs for a walk before leaving and got drenched in the rain. On returning, I turned on my hair dryer to dry my hair and it went bang! We now have a black mark on the wall and I no longer have a hair dryer! I worked out I must have had it about 16 years!! Definitely time for a new one.
We decided to eat in Broadstairs before the quiz but needed somewhere that opened early evening. We always steer clear of the big “chains” but thought we would give Prezzo a try and were pleasantly surprised. Had it been a nice day, it has views over the beach and an outside terrace. I had sea bass which was really good and Mal had pork. I think we both presumed it would all be pizza and pasta but there is a lot more on the menu. Just a shame we couldn’t appreciate the view!
From here we walked to the Baptist church where the quiz was being held. If I’m honest Mal and I didn’t do at all well in the quiz except for science and history, The TV and films were all things we had obviously missed out on when we were in Cyprus and music, totally the wrong generation! We shared a table with some really nice parents and had a good laugh and all the kids did so well, in the cakes they made and sold and there was also a sponsored leg wax and a raffle. The evening had en even better conclusion when we won a bottle of Hennessy Brandy and a bottle of wine in the raffle! Well done to the 12 kids, they raised over £480 during the evening for Mencap and we all had a really good evening.
Thought for the Day – “Every morning starts a new page in your story. Make it a great one today.” ~ Doe Zantamata