Tuesday, 3 May 2016

The May Bank Holiday Weekend in Sentences

Our electric went off  late Saturday night, so much easier to see where it's affecting now we are in town as one glance out of the window told us it was half the road and nice not to have  worry/responsibility of the people on the campsite managing without electric.

It was back on before we were up on Sunday morning but I searched boxes to find the wind-up torch and the wind-up radio - just in case.

Sunday lunchtime on our way to a family meal out we spied a man in a lay-by on the edge of Ipswich playing bagpipes!

Don't bother to go to The Beagle at Sproughton - it was nothing special.

If the menu said
Ricotta, spinach and red pepper tart
with a tomato, olive and herb sauce 
Would you expect a gooey cheesy mess in a deep pastry case covered over with a very thick (as in deep) strong sauce that drowned out any other flavours? No sign of red pepper or spinach.

We didn't get to the beach hut as Col wasn't feeling up to it (and is still coughing like someone who smokes 60 a day!).

We completely forgot to take any photos of our family get together - how dim are we?

Our eldest loved the baby things I had collected for her and the little jumpers my sister had knitted for 'bump'.

Early Monday morning and the milkman who goes down the road at 3.45 had a different noisy milk float -I think it needs fixing - soon please.

How quiet the hospital is on a Bank holiday morning when I went with Col for a blood test (all OK- despite him still feeling pretty grim)
This unusual pale pink double tulip has opened up in the garden.


What is this shrub? it's all round the area, every 3rd garden seems to have one, not something I've grown anywhere we've lived previously.

Monday afternoon and I'm out in the road taking this photo WITHOUT A COAT! and I didn't feel cold.
 Surprising how high we are, the water tower in the centre distance is 2¼ miles away as the crow flies, in between the town goes down to river level and back up again.

Very frustrating to live somewhere and hear the jingling of an ice cream van but have no idea which roads he visits.

Monday night inspiration -  watching the athletes training for the Invictus Games. They start on TV on May 9th.

2 weeks of snooker watching and went to bed before the end..........again.

Back in a jiffy or 2
Sue



28 comments:

  1. Is the shrub some sort of pieris?

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  2. The shrub is Photinia, probably red robin. Nice tulip!

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    1. Thank you, wonder why it does so well here in town

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  3. The tulip is lovely and delicate, Red Robin I would say is the shrub, you seem to be finding your way around and settling in, hope Col feels up to going to the beach house soon perhaps with the weather improving

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    1. It's a shame there is only the one of these tulips and it's in a part of the garden I'm not keeping.
      I'm longing for some warmth

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  4. Good morning, Sue,

    Sorry Col is coughing which will exhaust him. I do hope this cough eases before too long.

    The plant is, if I'm not mistaken, called Red Robin, botanical name Photinia (trust me to know, har, har! Actually, the only reason I know is that our younger son and his partner have just bought several of these for the border in their garden. They wanted some evergreens and chose these and they do look great in the border.) I see that Dawn has just mentioned this, too.

    High up in Suffolk? Surely that's a contradiction in terms, tee-hee! "High up" is where most places are in Devon (apart from the beach!) We are only a mile from the sea, and we're about 80 metres up, or 240 ft above sea level, and we are not by any means in the highest part of the Bay. But that is a good view, across to the water tower, something we don't need in wet Devon.
    Love the pale pink tulip. I have some which are 'peony' tulips in pots by our back door; they're Chatto, deep rose pink (name, I suppose, for Beth Chatto, the gardener.)
    Margaret P

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    1. So true about the coughing being exhausting.It's keeping him awake and wearing him out. They are going to re-check his blood tests for infection.

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    2. When I was about 5 years of age I developed pneumonia after having had measles. This was quite common in the early 1950s. I ended up in hospital (for a total of 9 weeks) and since then my lungs have never been very good and when I get a cold I get the most awful cough which sounds like Col, as if I'm on 60 a day. So I do speak from experience. But I survived pneumonia and I've survived breast cancer and with good treatment and a following wind, as they say, so will Col. Onwards and upwards!
      Margaret P x

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  5. DC beat me to it, that's exactly what it is. We have it in our front garden and it gets big, so just bear it in mind.
    Your tulip looks very much like my beloved Angelique.

    It's a sad fact, but The Beagle is usually disappointing. I've had to return food for being overcooked/undercooked/whatever many times, and their food is never that good. So instead, we'll toodle off to the Duke of York at Woodbridge, same brand, but much better food all round. Menus are meant to be pretty much the same but at the DOY they just seem to do it better and slightly differently.

    Ice cream van round here every day at the moment. It's costing Bill a small fortune as Violet bats her eyes and off he goes to buy her something. Just hoping the blue ice cream phase goes quickly, I'm not enjoying seeing her with a blue mouth and tongue afterwards!
    think that's my milk man! I usually hear him turn up. Sometimes he's as early as 2 a.m. When he's on hols his replacement straggles in around 9.30. Fine for me, I'm here to get the milk in, but for those out all day, not so good.

    Hope Col is feeling better xx

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    1. Before we go out for a family meal again I shall see if it's somewhere you've been :-). Perhaps we are too fussy,but strange that the DOY is the same chain but different.
      I thought of your tulips when this one appeared, just the one and in a silly place too, I shall try and move it later.
      Can't work out where the ice cream man is and I can't run down the road quick enough to find out!

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    2. You are lucky if you still have a doorstep delivery for milk. That went years ago around here. Also the ice cream van doesn't come to our Close, either. I suppose they get to know the areas there children reside - pester power is all!
      Margaret P
      PS I don't really miss the doorstep delivery of milk - in summer it was often 'off' (the milk I mean) before we took it off the step early morning.

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  6. Best wishes to Col, isn't it annoying when you treat yourself for a meal out and it is C**p x

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    1. Thank you - the cough is driving him nuts. Our son had been for a meal there before but we won't go again

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  7. Is that the water on Rushmere Heath?

    Fun to see snaps of the bush in your front garden and street and the weather is warmer. Sorry about your meal out. It feels like such a waste of money when that happens.

    Do hope Colin feels well soon.

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    1. No it's somewhere near St Josephs and the railway - I think!

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  8. What a shame about the lunch, but I think 'not brilliant' is pretty standard these days. We very rarely go out to eat and when we do we always brace ourselves for being disappointed, so we're not disappointed if that makes sense.

    Sorry to hear Col isn't feeling too well. Is the cough a side effect of the treatment?

    I didn't realise milkmen still existed. It's a long time since I've seen a milk float or a bottle of milk on a doorstep. When me and Mark first set up home we had a milkman and a newspaper delivered. It felt a very grown up thing to do lol.

    You need to track the ice cream van down pronto, so you're set up for summer:) xx

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    1. We used to have a newspaper delivered too way back in the 80's before we had 3 children and no time to read it!
      I've never lived anywhere with an ice cream van before and now I can hear him but have no idea where he is- Wonder if he does those soft whippy things - yum!

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    2. We have a shop close by, but they don't deliver papers. The shop from where we bought our papers until recently (and they delivered them) has closed down - a sign of the times. So no milk delivery, no newspaper delivery ... will the post be the next, I wonder? Will we all have to go and collect that somewhere, too?

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  9. I hope that all is going OK. The shrub is a photinia, we have one, red leaves in spring and then they turn green. Quite nice, not a thriller if you know what I mean!

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    1. The chemo side effects of a cough are very annoying.
      The shrub looks good with the red but as you say not very interesting when it's all green

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    1. Just the 1 pretty pink, but lots of red and yellow ones elsewhere

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  11. The cough is the worst part, it makes your whole body ache. I agree with every one the shrub is a red robin, they have nice colour all year round.

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  12. Oh enjoyed the houses photo. The ice cream truck was playing Christmas music again yesterday. We never buy from them as they are expensive and I always have ice cream in our freezer. I need to buy more as it's nearly gone. I have our two grandchildren today as mommy and daddy are at hospital waiting for Lydia to be born...with a little work on mommy's part! Happy day!

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  13. I has a terrible cough after my pneumonia. The only thing that helped was suckling sweets. Honey and lemon or menthol ones. Hope it stops soon.

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  14. I'm sure the doctors have checked, but Col isn't on anything like Ramipril is he? I had the worst six weeks of asthma when I was on that because it made me cough non stop. Soon as I came of it the cough went in about three days.
    The tulip is lovely.

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  15. Pretty tulip.
    Hope his cough clears up, bless his heart!

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  16. Sorry you didn't get to the beach hut, and hope Col's cough has got better.. you say you don't miss certain things about your small holding? We were the same when we gave up our allotment but then we dug up part of our garden and grew some veg there, then we bought bags and grew potatoes and carrots in them, it seemed as though we couldn't get the grow your own veg out of our systems!! Are you near a library for your books?

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