Lou made the decision to go to Howletts Zoo today. It did say it was going to rain and storms all week but we chanced it. We were lucky there was no rain at all. A good choice of days!
There is a two week old baby gorilla but we didn’t see it. We did watch the dominant silver back in one of the groups being handed his extra food. They have to keep his weight at 200kg! The beautiful Arina (Siberian tiger) was out so we could all see her. She has such a bad limp but she has brittle bone.
I have been really struggling uploading photos, Mal is going to upgrade, he is fed up with me moaning! I also need a new camera is mine keeps throwing up error and having other problems. I have been trying to choose another for about the last three months. If only you could try before you buy!
Springwatch again in the evening. I love it.
Thought for the Day – “When you are kind to someone, you leave your heartprint on them.”
It was a Red Hatters Day and we arranged to have a tour around Minster Abbey. Rosemary invited us all for lunch at her house first as she lives in Minster. Very nice it was too as we sat out in the garden in the sun.
Then on to the Abbey and we had a guided tour.
The plan was to then go into their tea room to have tea but when we arrived it had closed for the day!!
Thought for the Day – “Some people will be critical no matter what you do. Don’t take it personally. It’s more about them than you.” ~ Kristen Butler
We had a whole bank holiday weekend with glorious sunshine and no rain. It did rain overnight but that’s good as it waters the plants! Later it was torrential, I caught the bus to Canterbury and some of the roads were flooded.
Ellie did get her walks in between downpours.
Thought for the Day – “True listening is listening to whatever is happening inside you every moment.”
It’s a Bank Holiday and in spite of the constant weather forecast predicting storms, we decided to ignore it and have a BBQ anyway! Rhys had to work as it is, hopefully, one of his busiest days, so Lou, Ollie, Oscar and Josie came round. It was really hot in the garden. Grandad made us a good BBQ.
I was really pleased in the evening to see that Springwatch is back. There is very little on the TV that I find worth watching without thinking that it is another hour/2 hours of my life wasted.
Thought for the Day – “No matter how hard your life is, go to bed grateful you still have one.” ~ Kristen Butler
We took Ellie to the orchards. There don’t seem too many apricots on the trees but plenty of apples. As the apples get bigger they bring equipment along to shake the trees so a lot of the fruit falls but even so it seems a bumper crop.
We stopped in the farm shop on the way home to get a few bedding plants. I sorted a bit of the garden out and Mal went to the allotment, trying to tidy all the pathways up with tree bark.
Two gigs in one weekend and even better Fairport Convention are playing just down the road in Sandwich at St Mary’s Arts Centre! We can walk there and I could have a drink!
They just happened to mention that it was 51 years ago they performed their first gig and so they are now in their 52nd year! We never grow tired of seeing/listening to them. They used to dance around the stage…….now they are all seated on stalls! Dave Pegg has just had a hip replacement!
Thought for the Day – “Never underestimate the importance of abandoning crap you don’t need”
I went shopping early to avoid the madness of the tourists over Bank Holiday weekend! I bought a couple of new pictures for the living room.
A lovely day and so Mal went off to the allotment to put weed suppressant down. He then put wood chip on the top. It seems as though there are no rabbits at this allotment so we will get to eat the vegetables! The one at Preston was useless. Plus things are growing!
Thought for the Day – “Kindness makes you the most beautiful person in the world no matter what you look like.”
We went for a long walk with Ellie along the river. There are two doctor’s surgeries in Sandwich. One is in “The Butchery”, that didn’t seem too tempting but I decided to try them both, just go in and see what they were like. The first I went in, I asked if they were taking new patients and she said yes. I asked for registration forms and she told me I may not always have an appointment in Sandwich, I may have to go to Eastry and are you on any medication?! I certainly changed my mind about that one, took the forms and left. What’s the point of having a doctor in Sandwich and then you have to drive to Eastry? So what if we are on medication which we are not!
We went on to the second one, really nice there, she gave us forms and asked us which doctor we would like to register with and told us the opening hours! What a difference. We filled out forms for the second one and walked back with them later in the day. So, we have a doctor.
In the evening we went to Gulbenkian Theatre in Kent Uni to see Albert Lee. He is just so good and tells stories during the performance of the time he sang with Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton etc etc but he was so nice and unassuming. Quite quiet really until he picked the guitar up!! How he played!
We had a really good evening.
Thought for the Day – “Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life, bringing peace, abolishing strife.” ~ Kahlil Gibran