Why, I bet you are wondering, is there a picture of a Christmas Tree? Well it is #TBT but no I saw an advert on TV for the Movie24 channel who are doing Christmas in July!!!!!!!!!!!! Come on, really? It will not be long before there are Christmas things appearing in the shops, usually the beginning of September and now Movie24 are showing Christmas movies for the whole of July???????!!!!!! Madness!!!
Well as it is #TBT and we have started this Christmas theme I couldn’t resist, te he!!! Here are the Boys ten years ago on Christmas morning after Santa has visited.
A visit to see Santa before Christmas at Great Central Steam Railway. We loved taking them there.
The Christmas Tree from ten year’s ago.
I know, I know back to reality of June 29th!!!! and it is just under six months before Christmas really. However the weather is quite cool today and raining so it could be winter! Tonight is the Wild, Wet & Wacky evening for the kids where they play very silly games on the park in teams. I never go as I hate the sight of children running around and slipping and have visions of broken limbs, it freaks me out.
I am doing a little bit of quilting each day on Youngest’s quilt and am now planning the next one I need to get done. I have a few jobs which need to get done after this week and I am trying to stay on top of things work and home wise so that I can get my quilting finished.
I hope you are having a Happy Thursday and the weather is good with you.
It has been raining all last night and all of today so I have only been out in our garden for a short period as Mom said it was too wet to get lots wet!!!!!
It unfortunately means that tonight’s Village Duck Race for Carnival has had to be cancelled as it is due to rain all of tonight as well and no one, except the ducks, wants to be out tonight!!! They have moved it to next week.
So I am spending the day lounging in my basket with Mom at her desk.
It really is hard work concentrating on my sleep you know.
RIP Michael Bond 1926 – 2017
On a sad note one of my Boys favourite Authors, Michael Bond, who created Paddington Bear passed away yesterday at the grand age of 91. The Boys loved the Paddington books, they were also a big favourite of Mom’s too. Especially when Paddington gave everyone a hard stare. Mom says I do that too!!! RIP Michael, Paddington Bear will live on in the hearts of children and adults alike.
I had one of thoses “Ladies Appointments” today which happens every three years!!!! I always dread it and can’t wait to get it over with!!! Oh boy!!! Of course because I was worrying about that all day I ended up with a headache!!!!
Last night for Carnival it was the Fun Dog Show and Junior Football and they both went well and yes the weather was okay if a little cool but that was good for all concerned. Tonight is the Village Treasure Hunt and Senior Football but it is due to rain a little later.
I was channel surfing the other day whilst ironing (!) and found this show! I have heard of it but never watched it and got hooked!!!! I love seeing all the different dresses and the Brides expectations and the poor staff who try and make it happen. I know it is mindless TV but it is great for doing a basket of irong to.
As you can see Treacle is very busy today catching up on her sleep which she missed last week when it was so hot!!!!!
I just love her grin whilst she is fast asleep!!!!
After a lot of finger crossing, Saturday evening brightened up and we saw the sun so we were able to have dinner outside after all!!!
The Table set and cushions out ready for our friends.
We English must seem really daft to everyone who has good weather all summer, when we continually worry about it if is going to rain when we host outdoor events!!!! To us it is a miracle to plan something outdoors and for it to happen without having to scuttle indoors half way through because the Heavens have opened!!! We had a lovely evening and our friends really enjoyed it too, so success all round.
Of course after the extreme heat of the previous week our temperatures came back to our normal summer ones of 70°F which seemed quite chilly!!! You see we Brits are never satisfied with our weather, ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yesterday saw the start of Carnival week, the weather was fine (!), and so this week will be a string of late nights which means crabby Boys (!), crabby DH (!) and even crabbier Mom!!!! I know you are not supposed to wish your life away but I will sure not be sorry to get to the end of Carnival week. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it but when you are involved with the organisation of things it can just get all a bit much!!!!! Let’s hope the weather stays fine for the whole week!
I am still quilting Youngest’s quilt, above, and have decided to do horizontal lines on it rather than a heavy quilt pattern, so you will be able to see the pictures still. However because it is so big it is taking a while to get it done, but I am determined it will be done before we go away on vacation.
You can also put out the flags as I have, with the help of DH, completed our Business Year End and done the turnaround of files. It usually takes ages but I must have been on a mission this year and have managed to get it all done in a week!!!! I am SO relieved!!!!
Tomorrow our friends are coming for dinner and I have everything prepared so that we will be able to eat outside, a lovely summer menu and lots and lots of candles! Great. No it is going to rain!!!! Which is just typical of our weather!!! I am still keeping my fingers crossed that they are wrong but I bet it won’t be.
Sunday, Carnival begins with Picnic on the Park and Crowning of the Carnival Queen and a Church service. The weather is supposed to be dry but cloudy but at least it won’t be the blistering heat from earlier in the week. I may not go, DH and Youngest will be there, as I am still trying to get quilts finished.
Treacle is busy chilling outside and is glad that is cooler too.
Yesterday, in the UK, was the HOTTEST June day since 1976 with a recorded temperature at Heathrow Airport of 94°F! So as Thursday is #TBT, let me take you back to 1976!
I had just turned twelve and in my second year of Senior School!
“Silly Love Songs” by Wings was Number 1 in the Charts in June 1976
A loaf of bread in 1976 cost 9 pence, a pint of milk 20 pence, and an average weekly wage was £32. For first time buyers of a home the cost in 1976 would be £4,975 and for entertainment a trip to the cinema cost 90 pence, where we were being frightened by “The Omen”, laughing at the children’s version of “Bugsy Malone” (who remembers the children in the peddle cars in the film?!!) and being romanced by “The Slipper and the Rose”.
In 1976 most homes still did not have a telephone or a colour television. Speaking of television we only had three channels BBC1, BBC2 and ITV, unlike the hundreds which are available now. We were watching Starskey & Hutch, The Bionic Woman and Charlie’s Angels.
A Mini motor car cost £600 new but the best selling car in the UK of 1976 was this
Ford Cortina which cost £965 new!
In Sport Niki Lauda won the British Grand Prix, which was held at Brands Hatch, two months after it was held! This was because James Hunt for McLaren-Ford crashed on the first lap but got his car to the pits but did not complete one full lap. The crowd was so annoyed he was not being allowed to take part at the re-start the Stewards let him start for fear of a riot and he went on to win. However Ferrari, Tyrell and Fittipaldi Teams complained and two months later Hunt was disqualified and Lauda won, with Jody Scheckter for Tyrell-Ford second and John Watson for Penske-Ford third (Ford engines dominated the team engines in this year!). There were 26 drivers who started the race, 14 retired, 3 were disqualified and 4 did not qualify, including two women Lella Lombardi for Brabhan-Ford and Divina Galica for Surtees-Ford.
As Wimbledon is almost upon us in 1976 Chris Evert defeated Evonne Goolagon-Cawley to win the Women’s Title and Bjorn Borg beat Illie Nastase to win the Men’s Title.
James Callaghan was Prime Minister and the Labour Party were in Government but things were not going well culminating in The Winter of Discontent!
This past weekend was The Queen’s Official Birthday and Trooping of the Colour, which in 1976 The Queen took the salute on horseback riding side saddle.
My memories of 1976 are long and very hot summer days but definitely a slower pace to life, I was as busy as our Boys were at this age with Ballet lessons, swimming competitions, tennis competitions and spending the whole of my summer holidays either at the local Lido (outdoor pool) or playing tennis at the grass courts across the road from the swimming pool. We did wear sunscreen but we also had a tan by the time we went back to school in September!!!
We didn’t have all the gadgets that the children have now so I know I spent a lot of my summer holidays reading books, a few of those published in 1976 were “Interview With The Vampire” Anne Rice, “Roots” Alex Haley and “The Acts of King Arthur and his Noble Knights” John Steinbeck. However at the time I was in my murder mystery phase so my books were Agatha Christie novels and country house murders and of course Nancy Drew!
I remember fashion was pretty bad in the 70s’ but I avoided the weirdness and lived in jeans, shirts and boots, ala Brooke Shields above and couldn’t wait each evening to get home from school and get my uniform off!!! It was grey box pleated skirts, a horrible blue blouse, school tie and a thick serge navy blazer (which looked black). We had to wear thick black tights and only when the temperature reached almost in the 90’s were we allowed to not wear our blazers, ties and tights!!!! No wonder we were all so skinny, we sweated out all the time!!!!
I hope you have enjoyed my little time travel piece back to 1976.
It was my Birthday yesterday! Thank you to all who sent Birthday Wishes I love receiving them. I also had some lovely presents from my good friends; Book Tokens, vouchers for a local restaurant, scarves, bath products and candles.
DH bought me my perfume and some bath products from the same range, a new tea mug, some flowers and the above cake. Youngest bought me some new candle holders for outside and a special pot for taking salad out. Eldest and Girlfriend bought me a Happiness Planner book. As you know I love writing lists and notes and things and this is all in one book, it is a lovely blue and salmon colour with rose gold accessories. I love all my gifts.
Last night we had a family dinner at home and it was great to have everyone round the table. We were also able to eat outside! I remember my Mom telling me that when I was born on June 20th she thought it was great as I could have all my parties at home in the garden! I think out of all the years I had parties I only had three outside!!!!!! Fortunately last night was cooler but still lovely.
The sky last night.
DH at dinner.
Treacle really enjoyed having the Boys and Girlfriend at home to play with outside!
I managed to get a picture of the two of them together without them scowling, this is now my background picture for my phone!!! I think you can tell they are brothers!
It was a great day but having dinner with them all was the best bit. I love them all to bits.
Treacle is too tuckered out to do her Wednesday Wag, she will be back next week!
It is hot, too hot! I know we shouldn’t moan but it is a national pastime talking or moaning about the weather!
We had the Swimming Open on Saturday and it was the hottest day so far and yes Farmquilter it was like a sauna. We arrived at 6.30am and left at 5.00pm and were like little puddles. In fact DH and I sat outside on our patio at 10.00pm as it was a little cooler, but not much. I think it just got into the 90’s!
Yesterday was more of the same. DH handed over as President of the Swimming Association and he said there was no way he was wearing his suit!!! In fact no one was dressed formally as it was again far too hot.
Today the same and Treacle really does not know what to do with herself either! In fact she is trying to find shade but only stays for a few minutes and then moves again!!! My Jeep had to go in for its MoT today and I walked back to get it, it was only in the village, and by the time I got home I had to have another shower!!!!!
It is going to be like this for the rest of the week although not as sunny. I am still keeping my finders crossed for a nice day on Saturday when our friends are round for dinner.
I hope everyone had a lovely summer weekend and Happy Week.
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I actually have a quilt for Treacle to be on this year, last year I was not very organised!!!!
Today is housejob day and grocery shopping will have to wait until Sunday now, hopefully I will have time to do the basket of ironing and be up to date before the busy weekend. We are still on for several days of hot weather, so I will also be out with the hosepipe in the evenings watering the garden.
Treacle is soaking up the summer rays and loving it.
Must get on. I hope you all have a wonderful summer weekend. June 21st is just around the corner and that means, as someone unhelpfully told me the other day, the nights start drawing in!!!!! Why do people do that? I am loving the light mornings and even lighter nights.