Last night's clapping for the NHS was louder than ever. So many more people are joining in. This week I checked that the clocks were wound up and displaying the correct time! I missed it last week by seven minutes.
One of the cats has left half a mouse in the middle of the hallway. I almost trod on it. Not nice.
Some neighbours in the next lane, the ones who (in normal times) spend a lot of the year in their house in Spain, and who leave a security light on which shines directly into our bedroom windows, have now acquired a dog. It barks. A lot (sigh). Former neighbours behind us used to have two lovable but loud Border Terriers which used to bark at anyone going down the pathway between their house and the one with the security light. Now this dog is doing the same. At least it doesn't carry on for half an hour afterwards as the other two did!
We're thinking of getting the BBQ out today. Several neighbours have already had them. I've been checking what is in the freezer. It's amazing how full it can still be with very little BBQ food in it. It's mostly vegetables, fish and containers of leftovers, many unlabelled, which could prove interesting. My contents list on the laptop is from the autumn so I've been updating it. Anyway I've found some sausages, burgers and kebabs.
My friend Di the aqua instructor has been with some flowers and a sympathy card for us.
Chicken report: four eggs today, from Pearl, Griselda, Lilith and Lottie.
He doesn't usually, GLO, but he's a good sort so got some in a couple of weeks ago so his customers could buy it. He's a good bloke - known him for 40 something years since he was at school.
Known from School... I found an old Junior school photy... I could name every bod in that 1953 class and even all/most of the 1955 Leaving (of Junior School) photy.. But since my Stroke, I can't remember any (Except Maureen with the Gymslip, or Mary, the Headmasters daughter - Wonder why I remember these few women?) I cant even remember whether the Final year class was 55 bods, or 65. But I DO remember teach from the infant school - Miss Bowtell (much moistend eys when She got Married).
And whilst in remeniscence mode.. I recall an R.I. teacher from my first Junior school, and one bod (one of the forgotten names) who Goaded him. He Was telling us that our Generation would all see the end of the world, and would Encounter The Lord ** .... He was too intent for a shower of east ends seven year old kids, (He raved a bit - A canadian Bid, but considered as a good comic turn) but some years later, when I left school completely, one of our 1959 leavers, got a Post Office Apprentice, and got himself killed on a GPO Telegram Motorbike...Buggered up "Sir's" prediction.
Greetings from very warm, sunny and muggy Oxfordshire.
There were lots of VE Day celebrations here yesterday evening. Then at dusk some idiot set off a lot of fireworks without warning (we have two village FB pages where things like that can be posted), scaring all the pets in the village. Our cats were indoors luckily, and five of the chickens had already gone to bed. When OH went to check, poor Pearl had got herself locked out and was frightened by the fireworks. As soon as he opened the door of the coop she ran straight in.
I had the most dreadful night, unable to go back to sleep after hearing YD go into the bathroom just before three and going back to her room some time later. The floorboards in the passageway creak. OH was snoring for England which didn't help. The chickens started complaining at about half past six. They have an automatic door which opens up then, but they can only go into the run. OH got up just after seven and let them out of the run. I fell asleep a bit later and woke up at midday. So that was a lot of the day gone.
OH has cleaned the Eglu, and is about to cut the grass. Then I'll be able to hang the washing out. When he went outside to the side of the house where the grass is very long because we've been waiting for the daffodil leaves to die down, he noticed two neat piles of dead leaves by one of the two cordylines. He called me and asked when I'd done it. I hadn't. I'd been meaning to strip them off for ages to neaten them up, but not got round to it. As we puzzled over it the front bedroom window opened and YD, who has been sleeping in there recently because the full moon has been shining into her own room, said she'd stripped the leaves. She'd needed to get some fresh air yesterday and had decided to do some gardening. That's a first!
Chicken report: four eggs, but one was shell-less and broken. The others were from Griselda, Lottie and Dottie.
We have had our first BBQ of the season. I made burger buns and hot dog rolls, and a cottage loaf with the rest of the bread dough. Some of the sausages were a bit "fridgy", having been in the freezer since last summer, but the burgers and kebabs were fine. All the chickens came to see what we were eating, and had some scraps. There was a scuffle and a squeak from the hedge, and an alarm call from the blackbirds, and Jasper came strolling out, unsuccessful and slightly embarrassed looking. The fledgling lives to fight another day.
It looks like tomorrow's weather will be much cooler. Tonight felt more like July than May.
Had some really sad news from my youngest son to say they had to have their Greyhound Boris put down yesterday. He was very distressed and panting so they took him to the Vets where it was discovered he had a ruptured spleen and blood was leaking into his organs. They could have operated but it might only have given him another month at most because he had another growth as well. I know the whole family will be distraught and I so wish I could give the boys a hug. Maybe, after today, that might be possible. Let’s hope so
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