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Sunday 29 September 2013

Sunday Snaps ....

Well, that fooled you, didn't it?!  I did say in my post yesterday that I wasn't going to put up any Sunday Snaps today, but I forgot that I had one already scheduled.  DOH!! (Well, I do like to keep you on your toes, just to see if you're paying attention!).

I thought I would continue with my walk through Cockington village today, and here are a couple more thatched cottages for you.

They had set up some craft shops in the old Stable Block ...

Can you see the wicker spider in the window here ...

We also came upon a Gorilla Trail, where artists had made life size gorillas and beautifully decorated them ...

Well my friends, another week has whizzed by.  It really is incredible how quickly the weeks and months seem to disappear these days.  Just remember ....

Happy new week

Saturday 28 September 2013

Some Quotations For You Today ....

Hallo again dear friends.  My 'older' Followers will know that, every so often, I like to do a post filled with Quotations.  The following ones seem to match my mood today (all courtesy of

The hard and messy part is what he gives me to get me ready for the gr8 things to come. I know gr8 things are coming Im just sitting back and waiting. When the time comes it will all have been worth the wait. Like the song says Joy cometh in the morning and our morning is coming!  No worries

Best friends quote via

Time quote via

Grief (quote)

Shine on!
Quotes for when times are hard.

I won't be putting up any Sunday Snaps tomorrow, but I hope to see you all again soon.  Meanwhile, take care - sending you hugs from my little corner of the world to your little corner of the world. 

Friday 27 September 2013

Funny Fridays ....

Well my friends, September is almost over and October will be with us once again, and the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness will be here.

As you can see, I've decided to come up with a few "old age" Friday Funnies today.  Hope you enjoy them.

Here are a couple more photos that made me smile!


Wednesday 25 September 2013

Update ....

Poor Kelly has fought so courageously but it seems that the end is near. 

My daughter spoke to the Hospice this afternoon and they told her that she should come home now if she wants to say goodbye. 

Emma is flying on from Paris tomorrow. I pray for Kelly and all her family and friends. I pray that they will be given courage to face the days ahead. 

Sunday 22 September 2013

Sunday Snaps ....

Here I am again with another edition of Sunday Snaps. Something a little different today, as I took these photos during this past week whilst out for a walk with a friend.

I thought you might enjoy them, as it is so typical of a Devon village. This little village is about 35 minutes from where I live, and is called Cockington.

Visitors to this pretty village find themselves transported to a magical land of times gone by. You could almost think that you were on the set of  Midsomer Murders or an Agatha Christie novel! Narrow winding lanes open out onto beautiful chocolate box cottages, old English gardens and thatched gift shops. 

This photo shows  Cockington Forge which is one of the most photographed buildings in the country !  The forge dates back to the 14th century. Just before I was born then!!!  Unfortunately I didn't take a photo of the stunning Norman Church which dates back to 1086! If you wanted to get married in the Church, there is only a waiting list of four years!!

Here is the pretty little tea shop, selling the obligatory Devon Cream Teas with delicious Devon clotted cream and locally produced jam.

The little ducks must have thought we were going to feed them, because as we approached the lake, they all started paddling towards us!

This last photo is of the cricket pavilion. The cricket ground provides the venue for many open air events throughout the year, one of which is the annual Last Night Of The Proms, which attracts thousands of people and raises funds for many local charities.

Visitors can also spend a lazy summer afternoon watching the local cricket teams battle it out.

I do hope you have enjoyed your visit to this pretty little Devon village. Has it made you want to visit me in my little corner of the world ?!

See you again soon my friends. 

Friday 20 September 2013

Funny Fridays

Hi there peeps! Soon be Christmas. LOL!

I guess this is what friends are for ....


Hands up all the baby hedgehogs ....

This photo always makes me smile as well.  The little ones had decided to raid the dressing up box.  I was a bit worried about Eli's choice of sparkly hat I must admit! Hee Hee!

The weather is turning decidedly autumnal over here, with strong winds and the leaves starting to fall from the trees.  I don't really mind the darker evenings.  It's lovely and cosy having the new woodburner lit and the scented candles burning.   What is your favourite season of the year?

I hope you all have a lovely weekend my friends.  Take care until we meet again.

Wednesday 18 September 2013

So true!

Hi everyone. I spotted this on my youngest daughter's Facebook page and thought it was lovely. 

Something for all young mums to take to heart. I hope you enjoy it my friends. 

Sunday 15 September 2013

Apple Making Time Once Again ....

It's that time of the year when hubby is busy picking apples and blackberries from the garden.  It really has been a bumper year for the crops we grow, obviously down to the glorious weather that we have had here in Devon this Summer.

A couple of years ago, as so many of our apples were going to waste, hubby decided to buy a small Press and, by doing this, we have fresh apple juice for many years to come.  Here is the Press...

First of all, the apples are taken out of the freezer (we were recommended to do this) to de-frost.  This takes about four hours.  It is important not to let the apples get too soft at this stage, otherwise it doesn't work.

The apples are then put into the Press ....

The pressing process then begins....

The lovely apple juice starts to flow ....

This is what we are left with (which is called the cake).  This will go onto the compost heap at the bottom of the garden.  Preferably with a lid on, because the wasps get very interested in it!

The apple juice is then filtered - hubby's hands ARE clean!

Voila!  Here we have the finished product ....

Now this really is PURE apple juice.  It tastes delicious.  The juice will now be poured into cartons, and then any surplus can be frozen for up to, say, three months.  CHEERS! (I wrote a similar post to this in 2011).

I really love the following quotes, and I hope you will like them too.  I very much try to live my life by them.  My dear mum always used to say "As ye sow, so shall ye reap", and I firmly believe this to be true.

"We must give more in order to get more.  It is the generous giving of ourselves that produces the generous harvest."  (Quote by Orison Swett Marsden).

"Remember to be gentle with yourselves and others.  We are all children of chance and no-one can say why some fields blossom whilst others remain brown beneath the August sun.  Care for those around you.  Look past your differences. Their dreams are no less than yours, their choices no more easily made.  To give is to love, to withold is to wither.  Care less for your harvest than for how it is shared, and your life will have meaning, and your heart will have peace."  (Quote by Kent Nerburn).