I am not feeling well today! I had a mishap last night when I went out for last security check around the garden before bed!
I thought I heard an intruder in the garden and raced up these naughty steps in the dark and they bit me! I managed to carry on and check the perimeter to make sure all was okay but when I got back in, I was limping!
My leg is still sore this morning and I am still limping and Mom says I should just rest but that I was very silly for racing up the steps really fast and forgetting that my feet were left behind!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Its just all too much! Mom put Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on so I can just watch TV today, I really am not up to much at all!
Would you like me to peel you a grape too Treacle?
Yesterday I promised to show you the garden as it is waking up from Winter. This is the cherry tree at the top of our garden in full flower now. Today the weather has been lovely and sunny but quite cold again.
My Christmas Rose which is getting bigger each year, a shame it has no perfume.
This is our Wisteria which is slowly coming out.
The Bluebells are about ready to flower.
These are self sets in the patio, by my bench outside the back door! I will transfer them into the flower beds when I get time!
Of course Treacle was outside while I was, playing with one of her hundred odd Tennis balls!!!
I did some work this morning, but this afternoon made a start on the ironing basket and have finished most of it thankfully. Need to get on with the baby quilt asap or else the baby will be here before I know it!!!!
Friday night DH, Youngest and I went to see this. It was great but so sad at the end!!! I don’t think there was a dry eye in the cinema, certainly from the ladies who were there! Loved the song at the end, Wiz Kalifa ft. Charlie Puth song “See You Again”. It is currently top of the charts here.
We made a start on this, over the weekend. Spring cleaning that is!!!! DH helped out with moving the furniture and reaching all the areas I couldn’t!!!!
I did manage to get the baby quilt sandwiched and just now need to sit down and quilt it. The baby is due next month!!!!!
At 5.30am this morning our burglar alarm went off!!!!! No not a burglar but a faulty sensor. However, and this never normally happens, it was due for its six month service and the engineer was coming later on! Amazing! Anyway he checked the whole system and replaced the faulty sensor, so hopefully it won’t be going off again!!!!!
Treacle has had a busy day as she was outside all the three hours the engineer was here and it was very sunny and warm. I am hoping to get some pictures of the garden whilst it is in its Spring finery. Tonight I have another basket of ironing, I am sure they breed by themselves!!!!
Corinne & Gordon’s home on a beautiful spring afternoon with two of their dogs, Bella & Bruar
Bruar is the one with the stick, Bella standing at the side
With the nicer weather of course, comes the mowing of the grass! Gordon on his ride on mower!
These guys live in the old sleepers which border the garden plants, he is out sunning himself.
One of our visits was to Bordeaux, more wine!!!! Very much a city compared to everywhere else we visited and having spent quite a few days in the countryside it was strange to be back in a bustling city.
Cathédrale Saint-André de Bordeaux
The Cathedral was consecrated by Pope Urban II in 1096. Of the original Romanesque edifice, only a wall in the nave remains. The Royal Gate is from the early 13th century, while the rest of the construction is mostly from the 14th-15th Centuries. The building is a national monument of France. In 1137 the 13-year-old Eleanor of Aquitaine married the future Louis VII, a few months before she became Queen.
The Church was ready for Easter
The Private Chapel at the rear of the Church was lit and open for prayers, while the rest of the Church was unadorned in readiness for Easter.
One of the many private chapels around the Church
The amazing stained glass at the back of the Church.
The Altar undressed for Easter. Although all the flowers, cloths and candles were ready, but tucked out of sight waiting for Easter Sunday!
We had a lovely time seeing a new part of the World and visiting Corinne, Gordon and the doggies.
This weekend I am going to make a big start on my Spring Cleaning and get some other things tidied and sorted out. DH and Youngest are helping out with a disco on Saturday afternoon for twins who swim at the Club as they are nine on Sunday!
Hopefully the weather will be nice and warm, although I think they have forecast some April showers for Sunday 🙁
I still have a few pictures to show you from our break in France. We all went one day to Saint Emilion which is smaller than I thought it would be, but every other shop was a wine shop of course! As you can see from the above picture the weather was amazing and the cafe society was in full swing.
Everywhere the buildings were clean and tidy
The hotel overlooking the village
The village marching down the valley
Love the narrow streets
An old “Tudor” style home on the left.
All the signs were amazing and the lights were all old fashioned lanterns
My favourite street.
A narrow street leading to further up the valley
One of the many wine shops!
Saint Emilion’s history stretches back to Roman times, when the Roman ruler Decimus Magnus Ausonius founded a small property here in the 4th century, when the Romans controlled Gaul (France). The 1800s were a great time for Bordeaux’s winemakers, as their produce was finding favour across Europe bringing a new found era of prosperity for Saint Emilion’s many Chateaus which has continued into the 21st Century. It became a UNESCO World Heritage site on December 2nd 1999 (Youngest’s Birthday!).
We all had a great day, made better because the weather was warm and sunny and very summery!!!!!
Today is house job day as tomorrow I have some errands to run. Treacle is busy helping by getting all her toys out of her toy basket, the ones I have just tidied up!!!!!!
I’m Home! Several of my Followers have asked where I am but you see the weather has been so nice I have been really busy out in my garden. Having been away on Vacation for two weeks, there are lots of smells I need to investigate now I am home and make sure everyone knows that I am back!
Daddy was away last night from home so I have been sitting on the stairs waiting for him to get back!
Those Rascally bin men have been today, I really don’t like the lorry, it makes a horrible beeping noise which hurts my ears!!!!
I still have a lot to do outside, especially before Mom and Dad get into the garden and tidy everything up. I hope they don’t find the hole I have been digging in the bushes at the top of the garden!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
One of the days whilst we were away was cool and a bit showery so Corinne took me to this underground Church in Aubeterre, L’Eglise Monolithe de St Jean. It was carved from solid rock in the 12th Century and is the largest subterranean church in Europe. Its original purpose was to conserve religious artifacts in a series of pits, and in a Reliquary, inspired by the Sepulcher in Jerusalem, which was discovered during the First Crusade at the end of the 11th century.
The history of the church was very interesting but being inside it was quite spooky!
It was very deep and very high!
A Cross carved from the rocks where pilgrims prayed
The full height of the church
The rock above the Church
The church itself, and its crypt, were hidden for centuries by a rock fall, and only rediscovered in the 1950′s. It was a great visit although I was glad to get back out into the warmth of the day even though it was showery.
DH is away today and tomorrow at an exhibition. Eldest has managed to get a bug of some sort so has been off work for two days and Youngest is gearing up for exams!!!!! Oh my!
Obviously there was no quilting done over the holidays but I did get the baby quilt sewn together beforehand, so I just now need to get it sandwiched and quilted. There is one month to go, so I am going to be getting my skates on. I can’t show you it though as the lovely lady it is for reads my blog!!!!!
On my other list of jobs to do is the Spring Cleaning!!!!! I did do a little bit before we went away but now need to get the rest done and completed!
Tonight I have taken Youngest to have his braces tightened and fingers crossed they may be off at the next appointment in June. Yeah, big cheers!!!!!!!! However the Dentist has really tightened them up, so they are now hurting 🙁
I am off now to get dinner for he and I, something soft I think. I hope you are having a Terrific Tuesday.
You know how you spend the week before you go away trying to get up to date with everything? Well you spend the week after you get back trying to catch up on everything that’s happened over the two weeks you are away!!!!!!! Saying which, it was worth it as we had a lovely two week break. The above pictures are taken at our friends new home on the patio it was lovely and warm!!!!
The first place Corinne took us to was Brantome, which is a lovely rural French village not far from where they live.
This is the local Church and Monastery
The local bistro where we had lunch in the village square
The River running through Brantome with the houses.
The main shopping street and another home with wonderful balconies
More shops but they were still closed after the winter, they were slowly opening for the summer whilst we were there.
I will show you more pictures over the next few days of our various visits. Last week I managed to catch up on all my work and Friday was a training day for the Senior School so Youngest was off for the day. I got all my house jobs done and then on the Saturday I stood for six hours ironing!!!!! It was all the holiday washing together with a week’s worth of clothes!!!! I was sure glad to see the bottom of the basket.
Treacle got home on the Sunday after we got back and was pleased to see us all, although at the Kennels they said she had had a terrific time with all the other dogs!!!!
I have not caught up on all the blogs I follow yet, I thought I had better get my work finished before I started reading what everyone else has been up to over Easter!
The weather here now is very Spring like, sunny and getting a little warmer, although it is still cold at night. The garden is springing to life and DH wrestled with the mower and the lawn at the weekend for the first cut of the season.
I hope you all had a lovely Easter and a Marvelous Monday