Tuesday 27th September 2022

Another sunny day, so we were out and over the fields with the two Ellies. Ellie 2’s last walk with us.

They both like their apple in the morning!

Nicholas arrived at 9 to take Ellie 2 home. She has been the perfect dog, bless her.

We then had a meet and greet with a goldie, Daisy. She will be staying Friday and Saturday.

I then went into Deal to collect some things.

Early evening another trip to the vets with Ellie to check her lump, it has gone down with the antibiotics but was still a bit lumpy and the vet wanted to take a sample. We said no, if it gets any bigger we would bring her back. She has lost even more weight and they think only another kilo to go until we can stop the diet. She has done so well.

Thought for the Day“You will face many defeats in life, but never let yourself be defeated.” ~ Maya Angelou

Monday 26th September 2022

We were up early walking dogs, in the rain as it was my first day volunteering at the Cancer Research shop. Jack is manager there and has a great lot of volunteers supporting him. Most pop in for a couple of hours.

I had my induction first thing, that took quite a long time and then I was shown how to use the till. A very long winded computer system.  It seems none of the other Monday volunteers like using the till, so I carried on. It was really nice being back doing something I have missed. Different shop but the same manager. We do get on really well.

It is also handy for the butchers we use, just a couple of doors down, so I bought some meat there.

Back home and we walked the dogs together. Ellie2 is getting cheeky, if she wants more fuss she just keeps nudging your hand!

A better England game in the evening, not sure Pope is up to par.

Thought for the Day“Life is short it is up to you to make it sweet.” ~ Sarah Louise

Sunday 25th September 2022

Another lovely day and so we took the two Ellie’s for a long walk over the fields.

Ellie 2 went to sleep when we were back home.

It was nice enough to sit in the garden in the afternoon. Mal went off to Walmer to attend a foraging course. I think it was seashore as well as the countryside so should be interesting.  I didn’t think I could crawl around with my sciatica so I stayed home with the doggies.

Thought for the Day – “It’s what you do in the present that will redeem the past and thereby change the future.” ~ Paulo Coelho


Saturday 24th September 2022

Our house guest, Ellie 2 is the perfect dog. She chose to sleep downstairs on Ellie’s bed and we heard nothing from her all night.

After breakfast we all went out for a walk.

In the afternoon we watched the WSL (Women’s Super League) Spurs v Arsenal. Spurs lost.

Great to see that Monty Don now has a golden retriever puppy. Good choice! Looks as though Nell loves it already.

Mal bought us an air fryer and so has been playing with it, to perfect it. Dinner tonight was lovely.

Then of course….Strictly!! I have really been looking forward to it. When Tariq spent the Christmas with us (Covid times), I always had it on and he really got into it all. So, last night I had a lot of text backwards and forwards with him, discussing the dancers and dances.

Thought for the Day“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ~E.E. Cummings

Friday 23rd September 2022

We went over the fields fairly early as it was supposed to rain. It didn’t!

We have so many piccolo tomatoes, so I made tomato soup which was delicious. We are just about keeping up making chutney and soups.  I can’t remember the last time I bought fruit and vegetables, we have a real glut of apples at the moment and just coming to the end of the raspberries.

Two more people came to look at the garden and give us  another estimate. I told them I would like a detailed breakdown.

Then Ellie arrived, a lovely choc lab we are looking after for the weekend. She came in, emptied out Ellie’s toy box and then went to lay on Ellie’s bed! I think she has made herself at home!

She is a very happy, contented dog.

In the evening we watched the England game….oh dear!

Thought for the Day –  “Happiness is not something readymade.  It comes from your own actions.” ~ Dalai Lama

Thursday 22nd September 2022

Mal walked Ellie and I went into Deal. It does annoy me when I am shopping and I get overcharged and today it was in Sainsburys. This time they said it was “human error”. I guess it makes a change from computer error. I do wonder how many people never check their receipts and get conned. I had already taken the shopping back to the car and she asked to see it in spite of having the receipt to match with the shelf price. I told her I had sciatica and she could go and get it out of the car herself and held the keys out to her. She said it was fine, she would give me a refund! I hear this time and again that no one seems to care any more.

We are still waiting for our third garden quote. One that Rhys suggested called us and asked for £50 to come and give us a quote…..funny! To be honest this is starting memories of Cyprus and the stress we went through there with builders/quotes.

We decided we haven’t been out for a while and couldn’t be bothered to cook so we walked with Ellie to the George and Dragon. It was still warm and so we sat in the garden. They frequently have offers for lunchtime but hadn’t realised their menu was such good value in the evenings and it is always really good food.

I just love their haddock, fennel and corn chowder and with my mouth pain, a good thing to eat! It was all delicious.

Thought for the Day“Every moment of life is precious and can never happen again and therefore is a reason to appreciate, be grateful for and celebrate the fact that you are alive.” ~ Zelig Pliskin