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Sunday, 26 August 2012

Travelling To The Sun....(hopefully!)

Hi little bloggies.  I am typing this on Friday the 24th August and will schedule it to reach you on Sunday.  As I sit here looking out of the window, we have torrential rain here in Devon - yes, again!

My daughter has been saying to me every day, "90 degrees in Paris.  Bright sunshine"!! As you can imagine, this has not really been helping my mood!  Anyway, as you read this, I will be travelling back with them in the car, travelling to the sunshine.  Well, I can only live in hope.  Let's hope that I don't take the English rain over there with me.

I thought I would try to leave you with a smile today, and I have some advice for you on the subject of Dress Code for us slightly older (!) bloggies, as I find that many of us folk of a certain age can be quite confused as to how we should present ourselves to the world.

Feeling 'young', we try to conform to current fashions so that we present a youthful image to the world.  Contrary to what you may have seen on the streets, the following combinations DO NOT go together and should be avoided at all costs :-

1.  A nose ring and bifocals.

2.  Spiked hair and bald spots.

3.  A pierced tongue and dentures.

4.  Miniskirts and support hose.

5.  Ankle bracelets and corn pads.

6.  Speedo's and cellulite.

7.  A belly button ring and a gall bladder surgery scar.

8.  Unbuttoned disco shirts and a heart monitor.

9.  Midriff shirts and a midriff bulge.

10. Bikinis and liver spots.

11. Miniskirts and varicose veins.

And, most importantly,(and I'm mentioning no names here!) at some point you just have to give up the 'Daisy Duke' shorts!

So then, I'm hoping that, soon,  I shall be lying on a lounger IN THE SUN on daughter's lovely terrasse, with the obligatory glass of Rose` in my hand.  Sante`!

Au Revoir, and abientot!  Take care my little friends.

Friday, 17 August 2012

A Little Break ......

Hi everyone.  I'm just popping in to say "hallo" and to apologize for getting behind in leaving comments on your lovely blogs.

My family from France arrived on Wednesday and I'm taking time to enjoy their company.  I have tried to pop over to see you as often as I can, but I'm sure you will understand if I take a little time out from blogging.  They are here until the 26th August and I am then going back with them for a while, returning home on the 3rd September.

Two dear bloggy friends have just decided to stop blogging altogether as it just takes up so much time, and part of me thinks that perhaps this is the sensible route to take.

I shall give it some thought during this little sabbatical.  Perhaps I will just post a couple of times a month.  I just don't know at the moment, although the pressure to try to keep up with it all has been building for a little while now.

I am well aware that I have the bestest Followers around, and I really do consider you to be 'real' friends now, and it would be hard to walk away from all that, because I know how much I would miss you all.

Anyway, for now I will say Au Revoir.  Sending warm wishes and hugs your way.  

Friday, 10 August 2012

I Live Here ......

I first posted the following at the end of March 2011, but I thought my newer Followers might be interested in reading about the South Hams of Devon.

 I thought perhaps you might be wondering about my Blog name, i.e. Southhamsdarling.  Well, the 'darling' part is obvious of course, for that is what I am (Hee Hee!).  The first part is from the South Hams, which is the most delightful part of the county of Devon, which is where I was born and live.  The South Hams really is the jewel in Devon's crown and that is why thousands of holidaymakers flock to the region during the summer months (Emmetts or Grockels, we call them).

In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles, described the South Hams like this -
"South Hams - District in the south of Devon, with a line being drawn from Tor Bay to Plymouth Sound, and spreading away to the sea in bold swells with winding combes, and rich vales.  It comprises about 240 square miles, and is so fertile as to be called "The Garden of Devon."

In the South Hams, the countryside consists of rolling hills which gently meander down to the sea, where the water glistens like diamonds.  I'm sending you all an open invitation to come and visit.  I know you would love visiting the little villages and the cottages with their thatched roofs.  I would treat you all to a Devon Cream Tea, which is a speciality in these parts.  In fact, as I walk along, quite often the locals are heard to say "tell e what, that maid, ers been eating too many cream teas again, me 'andsome!" 
You will see that I was trying to give you an example of the Devon dialect there, which is completely different from the rest of England.  I will write a separate post on that another time!

( I bet I've spoilt the myth now haven't I?!  I expect all my American friends were thinking that I spoke like the Queen! LOL!).
Just a few photos to whet your appetite for when you visit :

So, do you think you would like to come and visit?
This is the garden where you could sit and I will serve you up your Devon Cream Tea!

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Sunday Snaps!

Hi there.  Wishing you all a very Serendipitous Sunday dear friends! I do have a photo to share with you today, even though last week I said that I might stop my Sunday Snaps feature for a while.  

This one is of little Ruby, who I am pleased to say, had her cast removed a couple of days ago.  It seems very early to me, and she is still saying "ouch" a lot, but I guess the doctors know what they are doing. (????!).  Her wrist is still very bruised and swollen, but I'm sure nature will do its job.  It's strange how quickly we get used to things, because I have noticed that she is still using her left hand to eat with and to draw with, even though she is naturally right-handed.  I guess that will come back when she feels more confident about the right arm.

Anyway, here she is and, as you will see, although the cast has been removed, Ruby clearly thinks that her little arm should still be all wrapped up!

I don't know what has happened here peeps, but I will have to ask you to please scroll down the page for the rest of this post! I've tried fiddling around with it, but to no avail! Sorry about that.

Everyone here has really been getting into the Olympics, and the support for our team has been amazing!  Royal Mail have come up with the brilliant idea of painting the red post boxes GOLD in the home towns of all those Olympians who win gold medals.  I thought that was such a lovely idea, and they have gone even further in that all gold medal winners are going to have a stamp printed in their honour.

I was like a wet rag at the end of the evening last night.  So much excitement for the British people.  We won six gold medals yesterday, with three coming one right after the other in the Athletics competition.  Unbelievable! I think we have probably peaked now - bit like me really!

I do hope that everyone out there has had a good week and that you are enjoying the summer.  As I look out the window, the rain is pouring down again.  The poor garden is starting to resemble a jungle, as everything is growing so much!

See you all again soon.  Bye for now.