Wednesday 31st August 2022

We took Ellie for a lovely walk over the fields.

A nice day again in spite of the fact it was the last day of summer. Mal went to the allotment. We were supposed to make more chutney but didn’t get round to it….another day!

In the evening we watched the football. Spurs 1 – Hammers 1, so I guess we were both kind of happy! Well not really Spurs did not play well but it was nice to see Hammers get a well deserved point.

Thought for the Day – “Life teaches you a new lesson every day, if you are attentive enough in the class of life.”

Tuesday 30th August 2022

An early start for our Red Hatters day out to Camden Lock. Annie arrived and we walked to pick up the coach in the town. Quite a few stops for pick ups and even a comfort break stop at Medway services! Then into London. Oh my, we got stuck in Blackwall Tunnel. I think it was a breakdown but the rescue vehicles and police couldn’t get to it! So, we sat in the tunnel. Eventually they managed to sort it out and onward to The Depot in Islington for our fish and chip lunch. I don’t think they laid enough spaces, so we sorted our own table, asking for knives, forks, serviettes and water jugs and glasses!

We weren’t very impressed, Toots had about two chips and Fran’s “fish” was all batter!  We did share out the chips!

Then onwards to Camden Lock, battling through horrendous traffic. The coach driver wasn’t able to park where he thought he could so did a very quick drop off and we had to walk the rest. Then on to our boat for a trip down the canal.

Then it was straight back to find the coach and the long journey back, with the horrendous traffic again but it was a good day all being together.

Thought for the Day – “A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”  ~ Steve Maraboli


Monday 29th August 2022

We walked Ellie and met up with our next door neighbours Louise and Bob  and their dogs, so we had a very long chat with them.

I prepared a buffet as Lou, Rhys and the kids were coming over for the last part of the festival, so we had lunch first and then went into town. We all had tickets for the duck race but sadly we didn’t win! We go every year and it is always very busy with people lining the route along the river.

Thought for the Day – “Sometimes the best thing you can ever do for yourself, is just to take a moment….sit down….and think about how incredibly blessed you are.” ~ Anita Opper

Sunday 28th August 2022

We took Ellie for her trip to meet up with the other Goldies at St Mildred’s Bay. Not so many there today but 2 new puppies who were having so much fun and Ellie wanted to join in with them!

In the afternoon we watched Hammers getting their first goal and they won their game! This was followed by Spurs winning!

Thought for the Day – “When the rich rob the poor it’s called business.  When the poor fight back it is called violence.” ~ Mark Twain

Saturday 27th August 2022

A lack of blog as we didn’t seem to have any energy to do anything apart from dog walk and sit in the garden, deciding we would start “back to normal” next week. I think the intensely humid weather has done it. We have had NO rain. Every time we have been promised it for the south east, it has totally passed us by.

This morning we looked at the hour by hour weather, no rain again. Then it started spitting while we were walking Ellie and then more rain and suddenly on my phone it had changed as well! That’s not a forecast, it is telling you when it happens, not in the future. So yes, we did get a little wet but not complaining, we need the rain. The drawback is that today is the first day of the Sandwich Festival and as we walked through town, the stall holders setting up were not happy!

They were all down King Street as well. This is outside the Guildhall, the forecourt where starting very soon they are going to resurface, at great expense, for no obvious reason at all.  I am guessing it will be like Dover Marina where they are unable to use it for boats!! Dover District Council and Sandwich Town council seem to love throwing money away BUT are not interested in our local community centre. It makes me so angry.

What a difference a few hours makes, thankfully the sun was back out.

We watched the Man U game and later watched the film ‘Duke’, which was entertaining.

Thought for the Day – “No one has ever become poor from giving.” ~ Anne Frank

Wednesday 24th August 2022

We took Ellie to Kearsney so that she could have a dip in the stream. There were a lot of other dogs playing in there.

It’s a shame we couldn’t bring Marlene here and let her have a good run but she can’t be let off the lead yet.

There was a lot of bark chips delivered to the allotment so Mal spent the afternoon barrowing some to our allotments.

 Thought for the Day – “Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart.” ~ Erma Bombeck

Tuesday 23rd August 2022

A busy couple of days. I didn’t want to write it at the time, in case Lou or Rhys read my blog but Marlene cut her leg. We have no idea how as she hadn’t been off lead at all. I bathed it with saline solution and bound it in doggy bandage which I always keep in “just in case”. It wasn’t healing and so yesterday we made the decision to take her to their vets.  The vet looked at it and seemed very indecisive as to whether to staple it or not. In the end she did exactly the same as me and bathed it with saline, said to leave it uncovered and sold us a “cone of shame” to put on her overnight and told us not to walk her for a few days. She also gave us antibiotics. She was very good at the vets and also when I bathed her leg. I can’t say I was at all impressed with their vet.

In the afternoon Lou, Rhys and the kids returned from their holiday and came to collect Marlene. Of course I had been really concerned about her. It was nothing to Rhys, “she does it all the time, their skin is so thin”.  They didn’t even take the cone saying she didn’t need it!  Ah well, my responsibility ended as we handed her over.

They did however have a lovely holiday and brought us some nice presents back. As crazy as Marlene is, we shall miss her, well perhaps not the waking us up at 5am! I don’t think Ellie will miss her tail whacking across her face either!

Thought for the Day – “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” ~ Roger Caras