Thursday 31st August 2017

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Another turtle nest excavation tonight in north Cyprus…………….

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Thursday, 31st August – we are conducting an excavation and release tonight to which you are all welcome to come along and watch. Assuming there are hatchlings still in the egg chamber, we will also be releasing them. No need to book, just be at The Turtle Shack, Guzelyali Beach at 18:15 please. This nest is at the far end of the beach which will involve a 5-10 minute walk there and back.????”

After walking Ellie, I went to Westwood as I am starting thinking of Christmas presents! Just as well, they are even selling crackers in Debenhams and it is still August! If anyone has relatives into Harry Potter, go to Pri Mark. They have so much there, slippers, jumpers, socks, door hangers, sponge bags,brilliant ideas for presents. 

By the time I arrived home a nice sunny day had gone and it was pouring with rain. It’s certainly  changeable weather.
Later we booked for the Great British Folk Festival in December. There are so many bands we want to see. 

Thought for the Day – “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” ~ Mother Teresa

Wednesday 30th August 2017

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For the turtle watchers in north Cyprus…

????????????EXCAVATION AND RELEASE TONIGHT????????????

Wednesday, 30th August- A nest hatched overnight, so we will be conducting an excavation and hopefully a release assuming we find hatchlings still in the egg chamber. If you’d like to come along and see what we do, please be at The Turtle Shack, Guzelyali Beach for 18:15, no need to book ????”

What a difference to the previous day. It was so warm and sunny for the BBQ that we had to look for the shade. Today it is pouring with rain. 

Rhys brought round three enormous beetroots again the previous day and so I cooked more Borscht. 

Mal and I happened to have a conversation about the howling gibbons at Howletts. Many years ago I took little Torin (grandson) and he was terrified at their noise. It really is loud. We have been to Howletts so many times but neither of us could remember their name. A good thing I take masses of photos as I had taken this one!. It is the Siamang Gibbon. 

When I listened to the weather forecast in the evening they said the temperature in Kent had dropped by 10 degrees from yesterday! I am not surprised with the amount of rain we had today but at least I don’t have to water my pots!

Thought for the Day – “When you find people who not only tolerate your quirks and also celebrate them with glad cries of “Me too!” , be sure to cherish them. Because those weirdos are your true tribe.”

Tuesday 29th August 2017

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My sister and one of her daughters and her family were travelling back from their holiday in Belgium and as they do each year, came here for a BBQ. No problem 16 for a BBQ. Mal had it all under control  and I thought I had all the extras under control. For the second BBQ I had all the onions ready to cook to go with the burgers and at the end of the evening they were still sitting in the kitchen uncooked! But at least we managed to remember everything else. Amongst the choice of 4 desserts I even managed “Nanny’s trifle” and an apple crumble. Well, there are so many apples around us, and at the allotment so it seemed silly not to use some of them. We also got through 3 jugs of Pimms along with the rest of the alcohol! Hopefully a good time was had by all and the kids loved playing in all of our garden, including climbing trees at the bottom.

Here’s all the gang…..

Thought for the Day – “I’ve learned that is is not what I have in my life but who I have in my life that counts.”

Monday 28th August 2017

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I went to buy the final food for the BBQ tomorrow, again leaving early. Just as well as the queues heading for the coast on my way back were horrendous. Bank Holiday madness because the sun is out!

Mal and I both had itchy eyes yesterday (having been to the coast) and we thought it was harvesting the crops getting to us. Now we are wondering if whatever happened in Sussex yesterday was actually spreading here. I find it very weird that no one knows what it is or where it came from???!!

Lorna sent over the lad on the sit on mower to cut the grass in the bottom field, good timing as the kids like playing down there.

Mal did his teaching teachers online as he always does on Mondays when I am usually at Demelza. I said I was unable to go in because I thought we were having the twins but that was not to be. I was gardening. Ellie buried her ball in the garden and then this was her idea of a quiet bank holiday (in between walks!) She went indoors to cool down, she doesn’t like the heat.

Thought for the Day – “Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.” ~ Sally Koch 

Sunday 27th August 2017

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Unusually the weather was really good….for a Bank Holiday weekend. So we were up early and down to Minnis Bay with Ellie. Lots of other dog walkers with the same idea which is fun for Ellie playing with all the other dogs.

Everyone stops to chat at Minnis which means walks take far longer than you planned but it must be so nice for a lot of the older lonely folk. By the time we left masses of cars had arrived and everyone was scrambling for the beach.

With the BBQ on Tuesday in mind I noticed someone in Whitstable was selling a garden table and 6 matching chairs. I was the first person to contact them and so we drove over to collect it. What a lovely couple and with their help, goodness knows how, we managed to get the whole lot in my car. OK the boot was tied and not shut properly and I also had to drive carefully so as not to smash the glass table top. But we managed!

We then watched Spurs, I even thought they would win but no, they seem to have lost their defence.

Thought for the Day – “Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.” ~ Danny Thomas 


Saturday 26th August 2017

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I went out shopping early, knowing later the roads will be full of people trying to get to the beach! So many coaches on the road. I was back home by 9.30, perfect!

The chicken found its way into our garden again. Mal had to put it back over the fence again. It didn’t want to go but I know Ellie would corner it and possibly try and pick it up!!

Lou, Ollie, Oscar and Josie popped over later on. We then watched a diabolical Hammers game! Tonight Ellie tried to catch a frog in the garden!

Thought for the Day – “People who wonder if the glass is half empty or half full miss the point. The glass is refillable.”

Friday 25th August 2017

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It was a lovely day so after we walked Ellie, Mal and I went off to Howletts Zoo. We just love it there and obviously from most of my photos Arina, the Siberian Tiger and the gorillas are my favourites. I could watch them for hours. The gorillas had some toys in with them today but generally, as it was so warm, a lot of the animals were just relaxing in the sun. We have watched Arina grow from her first public appearance when we just happened to be there. She is now 5. She is beautiful.

One of our treats whilst there is to have an ice cream. My favourite is Kentish honey and honeycomb. They didn’t have any and they were the smallest scoop we have ever had there. I was not impressed!

I heard from Torin, things aren’t going very well for him at all. He has been back to the hospital again and they have re X rayed his arm and now he has a large plaster cast. Perhaps just as well he doesn’t have a car at the moment (failed MOT waiting for parts) as he can’t drive anyway and his friend had to take him to the hospital as he was in so much pain!

One of the chickens from across the road came in our garden in the afternoon, Ellie had it cornered. Next was a squirrel that ran over my foot while I was sitting out there!! Luckily Ellie didn’t notice the squirrel.

Thought for the Day – “Better to lose count while naming your blessings than to lose your blessings to counting your troubles.” ~ Maltbie Babcock