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Sunday 27 May 2012

Sunday Snaps!

Well my little bloggies, don't faint, but it is I, your old friend 'thisisme' from over the sea! Okay, I know that I'm not over the sea to some of you, but I think most of my friends are across the water in some way or another.  Although, a big hallo to all those of you in the United Kingdom as well, of course!

I really thought I had better make an effort to post some photos today, otherwise all my Followers will be leaving me in droves and that will never do, as you all mean so much to me.  Truth be told, I know the ones that would stick with me through thick and thin, and you know just who you are, you little rascals!

Actually, I have been so grateful for all your love, prayers and support over the past couple of weeks.  It really does mean such a difference to know that someone is out there thinking of you and wishing you well.  I was hoping to tell you today just how much better I was feeling, but, unfortunately, I still feel as weak as a kitten, and I am still just flopping around all over the place - NOT a pretty sight! Hee Hee!  Anyway, onwards and upwards as they say, so here we go with the Sunday Snaps for this week.

I'm afraid that I'm resorting to the garden again, and I'm wondering if you can tell which are my favourite colours in the garden.  It shouldn't be too hard for you to work that one out! Yes, I just love pinks, purples and lavenders, with the occasional pale yellow thrown in for good measure.  I know lots of people like the 'hot' look in their gardens, with all the vivid colours, but I prefer a more pastel palette myself.  (Gosh, I'm getting quite poetic there - did you notice?!!).

I just love to have lots of old, terracotta pots in the garden.  I like to think that it gives it an Italian feel.

As part of my birthday presents this year, daughter number two gave me a new rucksack for when I'm out walking, along with a matching flask and a book on some new walks in the area.  So here I am with my new rucksack and enjoying my first cup of hot chocolate on the beach.  This was when the family were here from France and, as you can see, it was still pretty chilly then, although I'm delighted to say that since I was 'released' (!) from hospital, the weather has been absolutely glorious over here in England.

Finally, I am going to finish off with a photo of little Ruby Violet.  I know that my facebook friends have already seen this one, but I think it is such a delightful photo that I wanted to share it here as well, for those who haven't seen it.

So there you have it, that's my Sunday Snaps done and dusted for another week.  I really am hoping that I will have a little more energy during this coming week so that I can pop over and see you all.  Until then, be good and take good care of yourselves.

Big hugs to you all!

Thursday 17 May 2012


Why, whenever I go out, do I worry if I'm going to get a parking space?

Why do I think that the garden should look perfect all the tim e?

Why do I want to please everyone all of the time?

Why can't I say "no"?

Why do I always think that everyone else is better than me?

Why do I always think that I'm not very clever?

Why do I feel guilty if I sit down during the day to just read a book?

Why can't I have lovely, straight hair?

Why can't I be more patient? 

Why can't I think of something more exciting to post about?!

Answers please, on a postcard, to .... (Hee Hee!)  

Tuesday 15 May 2012

Thank You My Friends!

Following a lovely dry, sunny weekend, hubby completed the new greenhouse, with the help at the end by son-in-law number two, when they were putting all the glass in.  I can now put my tomato plants in there, plus some peppers and it also means that I can make up my tubs and hanging baskets with the young plants that I have been bringing on, and keep them protected until I am able to put them out at the end of this month.

What can I say about all the wonderful comments I received from you following my last post.  They were all full of such warmth, love, affection and support, that I really was terribly touched. I am sure that I am being buoyed along at the moment by your prayers and positive healing thoughts, because I have certainly been feeling a little easier over the past couple of days.  I really do thank you all for your concern, especially as I know that there are quite a few of you out there who have your own worries and concerns at the moment.

Sunday 13 May 2012

Sunday Snaps

Happy Sunday dear little Bloggies everywhere!  To be honest, I didn't think that I would be posting today, and I was going to make the title of this post "Normal Service Will Be Resumed......"

Many of my friends who are also friends of mine on facebook (and if you are not there already, head on over to find me! Diane Croad is the name), will know that I have been suffering the most awful pain for the past couple of weeks and, this past week in particular, I have been out of action for a lot of the things that I normally do.  My Doctor has referred me to a Gastroenterologist, so I now have to sit tight and wait for an appointment.  So, please forgive me dear friends, as I haven't really switched on my laptop for days, so I know I have not been visiting you, even though I am with you in spirit!

At least the sun is shining today, so I think I will just try to sit in the garden for a while and admire the view.  Here are a few snaps of my May garden - enjoy!

This last one is of my gorgeous boy (!) helping Papa with the contruction of the greenhouse, which is now complete and all the glass is in - and not a single accident.  Phew!  

I will try to visit you if I possibly can, but I know you will forgive me if you don't see me around!

"Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, and faithfulnes the best relationship" - Buddha.

"It is health that is real wealth, and not pieces of gold or silver" - Mahatma Ghandi.

"Good health and good sense are two of life's greatest blessings" - Unknown.

Tuesday 8 May 2012

Changes All Over The Place!

Those of us who use the internet have had some changes thrust upon us recently, that perhaps we didn't want, as we were quite happy, thank you very much, bumbling along in our own sweet ways!

First there was Timeline on facebook, and then there was the new Blogger interface. Oh, I despaired.  I didn't want these changes - BUT, I have to say that I am now loving the new Timeline on facebook, and the photos come out so much better than before.  I resisted and resisted on going over to the new interface on Blogger and then, one day, I woke up, and there it was.  It had been changed for me!  Guess what, after a few days of touring round the site, I now love it! It is so much cleaner than the old one, and I can still update my header photo very quickly, which is what I was really worried about!  

I see now that you can actually revert back to the old Blogger, but, you know what, I'm going to stay with the new one!  I admit that I was having problems with it originally, but when my son-in-law (I should call him" son-in-love" as a couple of my other bloggy friends call their daughter or son in laws, for he certainly is that, and we couldn't wish for anyone  better to have come into our family all those years ago.) was here a couple of weeks ago, he set it up so that I now get to my blog using Google Chrome, and it is so much easier, and I think it's quicker as well.

What does all this tell us?  Perhaps that we should embrace all these changes that come our way, and not get stuck into a rut.  I love keeping up with all that is happening with new technology, and my theory is that it's got to be keeping my brain active by learning all these new things.  (Mind you, my family might disagree with me on that one! Hee Hee!).

I Like this quote I dislike this quote

I Like this quote I dislike this quoteHe who moves not forward, goes backwardby Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (German Playwright).

‘Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.’
by Johann as above.

What do you think my friends?  Do you kick against change, or are you quite happy to go along with the new?

The keener eyed amongst you might notice that I have slightly changed the layout of my Blog, in that I only have one sidebar now.  I don't know whether that's less distracting for you when reading my posts, or whether it doesn't really make any difference!

Sunday 6 May 2012

Sunday Snaps! (And a Prayer Request Please).

Hard to believe that it's Sunday again already.  It's actually a Bank Holiday weekend here in England.  We get two in May, one at the beginning and one at the very end. The forecast, of course, is for it to be dull and getting colder again! Eeek! Somehow I don't think I will be sitting out in the garden with my glass of wine.

Hubby will be busy, as he is in the middle of erecting a new greenhouse, 6 metres x 3 metres, so it will be good to be able to bring on all my young plants.  I do tend to have lots of hanging baskets and tubs around the garden, so this will save quite a bit of money in the long run.

Some of my 'older' Followers might remember that last year was a very worrying time for my daughter Emma, as her very best friend (who was then 39) developed breast cancer, and went through a really tough time, with chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and then a Masectomy.  All this just a couple months after having her much longed for baby, Lily.  So, really, for the first ten months of Lily's life, she was too poorly to look after her.  

Anyway, Emma's friend (who is Eleanor's Godmother) celebrated her 40th birthday only a couple of weeks ago, and she has now found another lump.  She will know the results of the biopsy when she goes back for a Scan next week.  I know that we are saying prayers for various bloggy friends at the moment, but if you could offer up another one for Kelly, I would be grateful, as I really do believe in the power of prayer.  Thank you!

Here are a couple of photos of little Eli which I took this week.  He had just been to the Hairdressers for the first time for another haircut.  His hair really does grow very quickly.  I can hardly believe that he will be FOUR at the end of June.  My goodness me, where did that time go?!

The following photo is one I took of daughter number one with her niece, Ruby Violet, last week. Apparently, Emma was reading some of my blog posts for April, and pointed out that I had called her daughter number two by mistake! Eeeek!

Daughter number 1 had a fantastic time in the Dominion Republic (actually it was a small island off the mainland) and she said that it was just like being in paradise.  I haven't seen any photos yet, but watch this space!

The following is a photo of granddaughter number 1, which was taken whilst we were out for our meal the evening before they went back to France.   

You have seen a similar photo to this next one, but not this particular shot.  I just love it, because it is such a happy photo, and she really is such a fun person to be around.  I can't wait for our holiday together in July!

Well, that's another 'Sunday Snaps' done and dusted.  I'm running out of ideas a bit now, and I've been doing this feature for quite some time, so I might have to think of a 'Sunday Something Else' for a while!

Bye for now, and I look forward to seeing you again soon.  Take care.