Thursday, 3 December 2015

3rd photo for Advent and other stuff

Our first Christmas cards arrived in the post yesterday. One from Col's manager from County Council days and then one that's really unsolicited junk mail - from The Salvation Army. It says on the back of the Sallie Army one that it's painted by a lady of 94 who lives in a Salvation Army home in Southend. Clever lady as it's a lovely picture - my favourite Christmas cards are always snowy scenes.

So here is Advent photo 3 - The first two cards ( and the real advent calendar again)
We actually had some decent weather yesterday and a load of washing dried in just a couple of hours. Col took the tractor down to our farmer friends and brought our grass topper back. We've sold the topper and tractor to the people who are buying the house - handy- so it needs to be back here.
 I did my usual 3 loaves of bread, a bit more clearing of unwanted things into the charity shop bag and caught up on last weeks Ben Fogle - Living in the wilds UK. He was with Amanda Owen - The Dales Shepherdess and as I watched I thought "I'm sure I had her book from the library but I can't remember reading it". I looked on-line at my borrowers history and yes I did have it but it's not written down in my Book Of Books Read, so I think it was wanted by someone else and I returned it without finishing it. In the book she had 7 children, on TV she had 8!! ...................and 1000 sheep. She was out with her husband shearing sheep 5 weeks after having the baby - Fit Lady!

Thanks for encouraging comments about driving yesterday.

Back Tomorrow
Sue

33 comments:

  1. We have had a Christmas card too! My favourite on cards has to be robins
    Julie xxxxx

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    1. I love snowy country scenes even if snow at Christmas is as rare as hens teeth!

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  2. Oh I say that Sue. Wasn't she remarkable and very inspiring. Feeding a family of 10 fr £120 a week. Her little boy Reuben was just wonderful, what a star for doing thigs the old way. Loved it all!

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    1. He was only 10 I think and so grown up - amazing family.

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  3. I love that Salvation Army card. I haven't had any cards yet but I expect one any day - I try to post them before the last day but not too early because there is no spirit of Christmas.
    Amanda, the Shepherdess, lives not too far from us and is quite a celebrity in the area. It's Ben Fogle again tonight - I love the programmes and expect you do too.

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    1. It must be interesting to be walking in the Dales and stumble across their farm serving teas in the middle of nowhere.

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  4. I enjoyed the Ben Fogle programme too - that's a hard life, the isolation and physicality of the work.

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    1. I can't imagine living in such a remote place and all that back breaking sheep shearing!

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  5. It's Channel 5 for our television viewing tonight: Alex Polizzi Italian Islands, Ben Fogle Living In The Wilds and then a programme about the homeless.

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  6. I always enjoy your blog. I'm a little late in commenting, but I think its good to keep up the driving. I live in Canada, and we have snow. I don't really like driving when the weather gets bad, but I feel if I don't keep it up I will lose my courage to drive. Can you tell me re your blog, it is a google blog, and do you have to pay at all? I was thinking of trying to write a blog. Thank you, Jean

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    1. Yes it's a Google Blogspot blog.No you don't have to pay to start a blog. I know that when you get to a certain amount of photos then they do charge something. The other way is via Wordpress. I hadn't a clue what I was doing when I started but eventually got going. Good Luck, let us know when you start

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  7. I'd love to live in a wild area that has a fantastic bar, and possibly a few cabaret shows in it. Asking a bit much probably

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    1. Erm I think you have the wrong idea of the sort of wild area on the programme!!

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  8. I love shots of interiors of homes (painted ones, I mean) showing fireplaces garlanded with greenery, perhaps a cat or dog warming itself in front of the fire. Waitrose have a box of 10 this year which is a modern take on the open fire.. it shows a wood burner instead, with Christmas stockings hung above it, presents in front of it, really pretty, but it lacks the cat or dog, sadly.
    Margaret P

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  9. We've had one card so far, from one of Bill's garden people. I never know what to do with the wretched things! Ha. I'm just and old scrooge!
    Are you going to show close ups of the pics behind the doors in your calendar?
    :O) x

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    1. The pics behind the doors are a bit small, if I run out of ideas for Christmas photos I'll do some close ups

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  10. I watched Ben Fogle the other day and I had a little giggle at the sign as you approach their farm saying 'free range children running wild'. With that many children in such a remote place you have to have a sense of humour.

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    1. The children were all lovely I thought

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  11. I'm loving this series with Ben Fogle. Amanda was amazing wasn't she with her five week old baby's little legs dangling from the baby carrier while she went about her jobs. I bet her husband was surprised when she took the baby up to him with his cup of tea after she gave birth in front of the fireplace by herself. All their children were such well balanced and hard working characters and I loved all their names.

    What a remarkable lady..... I wish I was that tough.

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    1. I saw those little legs dangling - so sweet

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  12. I saw that programme advertised and made a mental note to watch it then typically forgot about it completely. Thank you for the reminder. xx

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    1. it's better on catch up as the adverts are missed out!

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  13. Cards already?! I've not even thought of sending any yet, never mind finding some through the letter box! we still have rain and wind and wild weather here.

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    1. Yes they certainly did post early for Christmas!

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  14. I have had several lovely bloggy cards, but our first to us both card arrived today. From someone that I didn't send one to! Inevitable isn't it! Yours are lovely! xx

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    1. At least you've got plenty of time to send one, I bet I get some from people I've not got on my list about 2 days before Christmas to make me feel guilty!

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  15. I loved that Ben Fogle programme. What a lovely family and I LOVED her kitchen range! We viewed a house up in Derbyshire that had one just like that, but were pipped to the post on the house. I have the greatest admiration for people who decide what they want in life and go for it. My, 8 children though, and half of those under 5! That's going some!

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  16. Oh dear, you shouldn't have said she'd written a book! I just bought it for a penny on Amazon, as you do!

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  17. I think I've seen her on TV before on something- what a busy life she must have!
    Lisa x

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  18. Had our first cards here too. Haven't even made mine yet! oh, dear, here we go again then lol

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  19. We had our first card on the 24th November, which was nice but I felt it was a bit early! lol

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