Mal’s brother Steve and his wife Shirley have come to stay in Kent for a weeks holiday. They invited us for Sunday breakfast and as they are staying at a property in Minnis Bay of course we took Ellie and walked along the sea front first. We then went for breakfast. We had a lot to talk about. Steve had his electric mobility vehicle with him and so after breakfast we walked along the sea front to The Minnis Bay for a coffee.
Well, we had coffee and Mal had a beer. But there was quite a strong wind coming off the sea and so it was quite chilly after an hour. Ellie enjoyed herself, it’s dog heaven down there.
Later we watched the Spurs game.
Thought for the Day – “Good timber does not grow with ease. The stronger the wind the stronger the trees.” ~ Thomas S Monson
I went shopping, leaving at 7.30, my feeling being that it would be busy because it is a Bank Holiday weekend. Sainsbury’s was empty in spite of their 10x Nectar point weekend! I have to say Westwood was very busy by the time I left, so obviously early is better. Mal took Ellie out while I was gone.
Ellie does love her cuddly toys…
More gardening and a bit of packing. I am already packing things and then wanting what I have packed! We will get organised, somehow. You’d think we would be expert by now. No we are not!
While I was in M&S I bought their £10 meal deal and had it for dinner. It really was good, I also added asparagus to it as they grow it just down the road. Local asparagus is so tasty and quite a short season so we make the most of it.
Thought for the Day – “We don’t meet people by accident, they are meant to cross our path for a reason.”
We took Ellie to Minnis Bay as we will be restricted with beach walks from 1st May. There were very few people around but half way though the walk a couple started chatting to us. I recognised a South African accent and was correct. Small world, Keith turned out to be one of the vets at the surgery I go to. George, who owns the surgery, I have known for years and still go all the way to Minster to take Ellie. I was his first client when he started on his own. I hadn’t seen Keith but he has obviously been there for some time. Again, they say women talk but my goodness did Mal and Keith yap! In the end , 40 minutes later, Maureen and I said it really was time to go, evidently after Keith and Mal exchanged emails, something to do with computers!
It was lunchtime by the time we arrived home!
Mal went to the allotment in the afternoon. I drove him there with a car full of garden waste which he can use on his compost heap.
By the afternoon he had heard from Keith, the vet, who is asking for Mal’s technical assistance. He will help him and he’s agreed to do it in the “Pay it Forward” mode, he doesn’t want paying. If people don’t know this, try and watch the (my favourite) film, Pay it Forward, with Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt.. I am sure the world would be a better place if more people did this, no matter how small the deed.
Thought for the Day – “When you find people who not only tolerate your quirks but celebrate them with glad cries of “Me too!” be sure to cherish them. Because those weirdos are your tribe.”
Our walks in the morning seem to take longer and longer and that is down to stopping and chatting to other dog owners! We know so many people, no wonder we decided against moving out of the village.
Mal and I spent most of the day doing the gardening, ready to leave the cottage.
Torin phoned later to say he was safe. We had just read about the next Westminster problem when he phoned to say he was OK. Yes, he had been there but missed that job out as the place was full of Police and paramedics and instead headed for his next job which was out of London!
Early evening we met Lorna (landlady) at the cottage so that she could show us how to work things around the house.
Thought for the Day – “Your belief’s don’t make you a better person, your behaviour does.” ~Sukhraj S Dhillon
We went around Wingham orchards with Ellie. I just love all the colour this time of year.
We then went into the letting agents to collect our final contract, it’s more like a book! So many regulations now. We did have a nice chat with one of the staff who told us we had a lucky escape from the place we were supposed to have moved into prior to us ending up in Shatterling. For those who don’t remember contracts had all been signed, we were ready to move, two days to go and the owner decided no, he didn’t want to let it. It is the only time this has ever happened to this letting agent and even they thought it was impossible. She told us some pretty grim stories about what has happened since we had that lucky escape. It didn’t seem so lucky at the time but then it obviously happened for a reason as most things do and often it seems disaster at the time!
We have yet another Groupon voucher and this time to Canteen in Canterbury. We have been there before and so know how good it is. Because of the traffic in Canterbury and high parking charges we thought it would be far more relaxing to go by bus. Our bus into Canterbury was 35 minutes late! A good start but we had a good lunch in Canteen. I had Superfood chicken flatbread and a coffee.
Mal had a caesar chicken baguette and americano coffee. The total cost for us was £6.50!! What a bargain again. After that we walked around the city and Mal bought more seed potatoes and seeds. We went to the bus station to catch the bus home and arrived literally one minute before it was due to leave and the driver left the door shut, shook his head, started his engine and drove off!! We even went into the Stagecoach office and told them, so it’s OK for the first bus to be 35 minutes late and yet the driver now refused to open the door. The reply was “When they have shut the door they are told not to re open them.” He then just glared at us. Wasted our time! Next time I will take the car.
Thought for the Day – “An intelligent person will open your mind, a beautiful person will open your eyes and a loving kind person will open your heart.”
The sun was out which was probably why we met so many people on our walk! Of course everyone stopped to talk. At one stage there were 5 dogs playing around us and Lilly, Jo’s dog got bored and went and found a rabbit and came back with it in her mouth! I think it had been dead for quite a while. We’d all been through the woods and they are looking so pretty.
The final people we met were our new neighbours, no not from the graveyard but the owner’s daughter India and he boyfriend Matthew. It sounds as though Matthew is going to put the fencing up around the garden. That’s one job less for Mal!
I then went shopping and Mal cut all the lawns. A bit more packing and sorting.
We watched Paul O’Grady and the animals in the evening. That man is such a softie!
Thought for the Day – “Life has a way of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen at once.” ~ Paulo Coelho
I went to Demelza and we were not very busy at all. Jack asked us all if we wanted to work next week, the Bank Holiday and we all said no because he won’t be there! He will be working at the Sheerness branch. It was a totally different atmosphere when I worked there on Easter Monday. Even Pedro who only works three hours in the afternoon and also went in Easter Monday said he wouldn’t do it again. I guess we are lucky that the “Monday gang” work so well together. Most of it is down to Jack, the assistant manager as he is a pleasure to work for. He is only 21 but mature beyond his years. The Manager, Loren, has every Monday off so we never see her. Besides, I told Jack at least I had a valid excuse that I would be packing ready to move!
Mal had dinner ready when I arrived home.
Thought for the Day – “My to-do list for today; Count my blessings ~ Practise kindness ~ Let go of what I can’t control ~ Listen to my heart ~ Be productive, yet calm ~ Just breathe.”