Wednesday 31st May 2023

Lunchtime with the Red Hatters. We are still undecided as to how we continue. Julie sent out questionnaires to see how everyone wanted to move forward now Jackie has quit being Queen. SEVEN were returned to her (out of 21 Hatters!) This is why I don’t want to be Queen , you spend your whole time chasing people, reminding them of meetings and then some just don’t turn up etc etc. A Hatters holiday was booked for September, people pulled out of that and then it was cancelled. Another idea was a ‘Turkey and Tinsel’ time away together. I found one, took all the details along and so far there are THREE of us who want to go. Pam and I even thought of starting a complete new group. There really seems a total lack of enthusiasm.

I had the purple hat as it is my birthday month!

Thought for the Day – “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” ~ Michael Altshuler

Tuesday 30th May 2023

I went shopping and once again, gridlock trying to get home from Westwood because of the house building reducing the use of the road. I came home via Ramsgate!

Lou and Rhys have now bought a house in Spain which they hope to rent out and this also means they won’t be looking after Ellie any more, so I have spent a lot of time trying to find someone through Rover to look after her. It made me realise that a lot are charging a lot more than I was!

They now have the keys!

Thought for the Day – “Take it day by day. Don’t stress too much about tomorrow.”

Monday 29th May 2023

A bank holiday and so on Mal’s suggestion we took Ellie to Minnis Bay and went early.  The wind was really cold.  I know this because it blows up from this beach to Birchington High Street where I work and customers are always complaining about the bitter wind.  Ellie loved it though with the wind in her ears. I am pleased Mal suggested it as his hands were frozen!

There was also a huge surfing club meet down there, obviously organised for the bank holiday.

We wore Ellie out and so we could leave her at home while we went to Margate Meltdown.  

I didn’t think it was suitable to take her with us with the noise that all those motor bikes make. I have no idea how many came but they filled up the entire sea front. There were some scooters and Woody who is a volunteer with me at Cancer Research was there with his Lambretta which he is very proud of!

I know Torin would have loved this, seeing so many motor bikes, all in one place.

Thought for the Day – “Every day brings new choices.” ~ Martha Beck


Sunday 28th May 2023

Another lovely sunny day and so we took Ellie to Kearsney Abbey. Of course she was straight in the stream.

I enjoyed sitting in the garden in the afternoon and Mal went to the allotment. More asparagus and rhubarb came home with him. I so love asparagus and fresh and organic, so much nicer!

We then watched the Hammers game (Spurs won their game), the last games of the season.

 Thought for the Day – “Life doesn’t require that we be the best, only that we try our best.” ~ H Jackson Brown Jr

Saturday 27th May 2023

A lovely sunny day and so we took Ellie to St Mildred’s Bay for ‘Trevor’s Beach Buddies’, the golden retriever meet up. Not so many there today, I guess a lot of people have gone away for the Bank holiday and half term. It didn’t matter they still had fun in and out of the sea.

Mal went to the allotment to do more weeding. He made sure he was back in time for the Football Play off for who was going up to the Premier League. Luton v Coventry. Rhys and I used to go and watch Luton Town in the early 80’s so of course that is who we were rooting for. Quite a tense match with messages from Rhys and Jack throughout and they did it at the penalty shoot out. For those of you who are not familiar with Luton Town FC, one of the reasons they didn’t stay up in the first place is the size of their stadium, a capacity of 10,356!! This will give you some idea!

We were supposed to be going to a concert in Deal, bought the tickets and everything but decided watching the end of the match was far more important, so we didn’t go!!

Thought for the Day – “Every day is a fresh start. Wake up with a thankful heart.”

Friday 26th May 2023

As there are a lack of Mondays to work in May, I volunteered for Friday morning as one of the volunteers is off for a few weeks. Well, three bank holiday Mondays and then away in Madeira another Monday!

Jack bought me a cake and a birthday card, bless him.

That’s why we get on so well, we have the same sense of humour! There’s always banter about how many holidays I have.  Only 5 weeks and Jack is getting married to the lovely Nicole.

Thought for the Day – “Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.”  ~ Jack Kerouac

Thursday 25th May 2023

No waves to wake us up! I do miss that, however we have our own blackbird here and he was in good voice.

I did all the boring things, washing, shopping, all the things you do when you return from holiday. At least all the washing dried! Mal went to the allotment and watered! Two of my hanging baskets have died…too much sun. We didn’t expect that and no rain but the tomato plants and courgettes I have in the garden have survived. A lot of the new plants I put out there managed to keep going as well.

We seem to have gained a goldfinch, he was in the garden and now sitting on next doors TV aerial.