Wednesday 31st May 2017

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We waited to take Ellie out as we ordered a new dishwasher and that was due to arrive. The men came on time and when it was all in place we then went out for a lovely long walk all through the woods and over the fields.


Tris had to get back for the evening and so we spent the afternoon in Canterbury.We went into Chom Chom for lunch. I told them about the help yourself ice cream and jelly beans so of course that was where Violet wanted to eat!

We called into my shop and Violet bought a fluffy cat. We dropped them off at the train station and came home.

Thought for the Day – “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon is too late.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday 30th May 2017

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I took Ellie out early again and Mal was helping Jo’s daughter with her science revision. It amazes him that teachers don’t teach the kids how to revise. Mal has excellent methods which he passes on.

Tris and Violet arrived and after we had lunch in the garden, we walked to Mal’s allotment with Ellie and he showed Violet everything he is growing and we all picked broad beans for dinner. The strawberries have also started so we ate quite a few of them!

We had rather a late night with quite a lot of alcohol consumed!

Thought for the Day – “Not everyone will make it to your future. Some people are just passing through to teach you lessons in life.”

Monday 29th May 2017

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Wow, what a storm in the early hours! I awoke thinking it was fireworks at Preston Court as they had a wedding on yesterday. No it wasn’t, it was lightning. Storms don’t usually bother Ellie but even she came and lay next to my side of the bed! Of course Mal slept through it!

Out for our walk and Ellie was naughty, so many tempting baby rabbits to play with and she bolted from the lane through a small hole in the orchard fence. She does come back but her biggest fault is when she sees rabbits or squirrels and I haven’t noticed immediately so she takes a chance when she knows I’m not watching. She ran so much she came back really panting.

Mal and I then went into Margate to see the Margate Meltdown. Yes, Rockers and a very few Mods. I said to Mal I had never seen so many in one place at one time and he said “what old people?” I had meant motorbikes. Margate had been taken over. They were along the entire sea front three deep and then along all the streets in the town. Of course a lot had driven down from the Ace Cafe and I think they brought their own band with them.

Mal went to the allotment late afternoon and brought back the first strawberry, salad and loads more broad beans. They are so tasty.

Thought for the Day – “The best feeling of happiness is when you are happy because you’ve made someone else happy.”

Sunday 28th May 2017

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We were out with Ellie early and the goose was in the fields with the sheep again. We saw Lorna yesterday and she had no idea where it came from, it didn’t belong to her.

We also met up with Adrian with Bob.
Ellie then had an “encounter” with a young fox. It may have been injured but it went for Ellie and she grabbed its neck so I had to pull her off and the fox went and hid I don’t know where so we couldn’t do anything for it. I do hate it when you can’t do anything.

Later Mal and I went to Wingham Wildlife Park. It was nice to see the baby Mandrill playing with his mum.

The rescue chimps seem a lot happier now. One was even banging on the side of the enclosure so that everyone would look at him!

Mal then went back to the allotment for a couple of hours. He brought salad and broad beans back with him.

Thought for the Day – “If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” ~ James Herriot

Saturday 27th May 2017

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Mal decided he would come on the early morning walk with Ellie and I as it was rather hot by the time he reached the allotment the previous day. It was really nice all through the woods and over the fields. Ellie loves saying good morning to the horses.

After breakfast we took a car load to the tip. Mal has a huge storage box at the allotment and now has a shed there so we decided to bring the box back to the house to store wood in. I went to the allotment with him and so he cleared everything out and we just about fitted it in the car before the rain came down and a storm started. That soon cleared so Mal went back to the allotment in the afternoon. I sorted out the bedding plants and potting plants in the garden. A bit late but I had put a lot into the Cottage and probably now no one will be enjoying them as they will start building soon.

I received an email from our neighbours daughter in Cyprus saying she wanted our phone number as her friend wants to buy our house. I have told her to deal with the agent Azant. She then mailed back to say her friend had heard it was being sold for £20K less than the asking price. Ha ha. Good try, we are not desperate. Again we told her to contact the agent. They can sift through the time wasters and reasonable offers will be passed on to us.

We watched the FA Cup Final. A shame Arsenal won but Moses(Chelsea), deserved his sending off. What an idiot.

Beautiful skies as the sun was going down.

Thought for the Day – “No one ever injured their eye sight by looking on the bright side of things.”

Friday 26th May 2017

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Another very warm day and so I was up with Ellie at 5.30 and off we went across the fields but first I discovered where all the bah-ing was coming from at the bottom of our garden. Bless them, the lambs are only 3 days old and one already is the black sheep of the family!

Jo was up early too before she went to work and so we had some of the walk with her and Milly and Dougal.

The roses are now blooming all around our bedroom windows.

Mal was up by the time I arrived back home so he went off to the allotment and I had to go shopping and get him some more runner beans and courgettes while I was there.
In the afternoon we sorted out more of the cellar and shed which means we have a lot of rubbish ready to take to the tip. We are ‘getting there’ gradually.

Thought for the Day – “Those who spend their time looking for faults in others usually make no time to correct their own.” ~ Art Jonak

Thursday 25th May 2017

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I woke up at 5.30 and because of the heat decided to take Ellie out early. It was really lovely with a mist over the lake and the fields and up our lane.

Mal went off to the allotment, making the most of the good weather. I pulled up even more stinging nettles and then went to have my hair cut.
Thought for the Day – “For one minute, walk outside, stand there, in silence, look up at the sky and contemplate how amazing life is.”