Laughing at the thought of your new jeans JCJ, They looked great this am. But I'm imagining them ever lower after each train change! Good on your OH for meeting you. Great delivery on the hoodie, I'm sure she'll love it.
Six hours to get there, seven hours to get home. Roadworks = 50 mph speed limit, twice on M6, twice on M5,torrential rain around Birmingham, and the resultant spray off the road meant very limited visibilty, so I just got in the inside lane between two medium sized lorries that gave me some shelter and then there was congestion so that slowed the speed to about 10 mph. Stopped at Worcester for a sarnie and a muggatea. The weather cleared then and it was just showers until I was off the motorway and dry for the last 25 miles home.
On the knackered bench now but it was so worth it, every mile of it , so lovely to see you both again and to realise that our friendship is not just online but in real life too.
Thank you both for your gifts, they will be used and treasured.
Safely home. Relieved to be met, by OH, at Station as I thought I'd have to wait ages for a bus and have to faff for change to pay the fare. I did have to walk nearly to bus stop before I saw his car pass me! He didn't see me frantically waving at him, so I had to trek back to station! Grrrr!
New jeans are a disaster. Because they are skinny leg ones, and quite low cut, every time I bend my knee it pulls them down! Not good when, holding a bag in each hand and negotiating getting on and off trains - 4 of them!!
Amazed to get home to find the hoodie I ordered, yesterday morning, for YD, has already arrived. Glad I didn't pay extra for speedy delivery!! 😛
Afternoon tea at The Madlands as lovely as ever!
Weather been superb all day, but it did get a bit chilly when the sun went down
Forced into the pub. Gutted?! 🙂
So pleased the weather is good for you, benchies. Enjoy every moment.
JCJ, saw Mamma Mia at the Hippodrome in Brum too. Absolutely brilliant show, they should prescribe it on the NHS 😉
Have a lovely time ladies, sorry I can't be with you, still in Scotland with friends etc etc.
I will be thinking of you at Afternoon Tea ......
Hope the weather holds up, it's a bit nippy up here.
Love to all
🎶Waterloo! Tunelessly singing my Waterloo!🎶
Show was brilliant. I now understand the term "dancing in the aisles" as that is what most of the audience was doing at the end. 🙂
Before it started, a man's voice announced: "for those of you with a nervous disposition, I have to warn you that this show contains platform boots and white Lycra" hahaha! Sounds like Benchland? 🙂
No word from Katy, hope she got there safe!
Have a fabulous time Benchies!! The camels are still in Rio partying so I think you'll be safe 🙂 xx
I think I'm ready to go. Just the sarnies to make for the journey now and then put the last minute things in the case tomorrow and then.............I shall be on my way. Hoping to leave no later than 7am, earlier if possible.
See you tomorrow..........sooooo excited!
Safe journey, KTC. See you TOMORROW!! 😄
I'm sitting on my bed surrounded by piles of clothes and one small 'train friendly' bag, totally unable to make any decisions about what to pack! What is the matter with me?
I suppose the problem is that I have slobbed around in shorts and vests/T shirts for the last 3 weeks, but I can't rely on the weather being as 'clement'. To wear trainers or to pack them? (Sandals preferable footwear but useless if it rains; trainers heavier to carry/bulkier to pack, but look stupid with cropped trousers) Skirt or trousers for Afternoon Tea? All these imponderables! Why is life so complex? (Middle class problems??! : smileytongue:)
I saw something on Twitter (other social media sites are prolifically available!) that made me laugh out loud and think of you all: "Humans caught the common cold from camels"!!! (Thanks for that gem, @qikipedia) No wonder Hump & Dink always look so smug?!
Going to see Mama Mia (Mammamia? Mamamia?) At the theatre tonight. OH wanted to go to cinema/theatre, and I thought I'd better indulge him as I'm leaving him to his own devices for 3 days (feel a bit guilty!) this seemed the best option as I don't much like the cinema. Warning: I may well arrive in Norecambe 'singing' (out of tune, of course) various, dated ABBA hits!
Right. Some of this sh** is going in this bag!
All packed, housework done, woo hoo!!!
Train just after 2, was checking times etc and will arrive around 8pm, what????
Oh dreary me, will have plenty time to read my book haha, hope the chippie is still open!
Will text you when am there
See you very soon xx
FLIP - TAT4. Have just been catching up on your recent diagnoses. Will find another posts to communicate to you than this one xxx
I have no idea Katy, any time between 12 and 2 is my best guess. Depends on what time I set off (early but got to avoid Birmingham at rush hour). Then there's traffic? Roadworks? How many times I stop for a muggatea? I will try to make it in time to meet JCJ but there's no guarantee.
Can't wait now, slowly getting sorted out. Another list to write
Whoo hoo hoo ktc
'I' am getting excited, just reading. Put me out of my mis and please explain what MMU4 means will yers.
JCJ - I didn't see the gymnastics but, I'm sure you could/WILL do better with mentioned ribbons on the prom. I can even SEE you all - a BRILL spectacle!!!! You should have it filmed to enter BGT this/next year. So did you finally get your new tent delivered to Anglesey?? I have to say, I was sooo impressed that you organised a replacement to be delivered whilst away, rather than giving up and going home. That's if it DID arrive. And if it DID - I'm even MORE impressed.
Yawl have a good time now (That's Dolly Parton speak).
Good to see you again Tat4 - hope you're doing well.
Love to all of yers
Oh The Benchland girls are coming on over the hills...............lalalalala...........
Am almost packed, trampoline, tiara, flashing light shoes, lots of lurex and spandex outfits, glitter and ofcourse the handbag. Whew!!!
delly and tat am reaching Norcombe tomorrow, girls are coming on Tues, woohoo!!
We will keep you updated.
FF, what time do you think you will arrive??
JCJ, will meet you at the station!!
See you all soon, soooooooooooooo excited xx
T4T, no need to transport benches to Norecambe: the place is FULL of them!! 😄
On the smug bench. Just done 2 weeks worth of ironing. Put some away and left some piled on the bed awaiting decisions about what I'll pack/wear for Norecambe.
Train tickets purchased and collected yesterday. It's getting close! 🙂
I watched the group rhythmic gymnastics last night (final today at 3pm) OMG! 5 girls all prancing about in unison (no, not the trade union!) wielding 6m long ribbons and chucking them - and each other - about. We HAVE to try that on Norecambe prom!! Get in practice for THE wedding next year!?
Dear all, hope the process of transporting all the benches, allligators, glitterberry juice and camels to Norcambe goes smoothly and you all have the most fabulous time at MMU4 🙂 xx
Sounds like your get-together is very imminent - tomorrow?? Let me know will yers please. What you're up to when you're at Norcombe. Don't hold anything back - those of us who aren't with you want to know ALL the details. Capische xxx
I've been so firmly affixed to the Olympics bench that Norecambe has crept up on me and I've just realised that I've got two days to get organised. I need to do washing, sort out what I will be wearing, clean the car interior, wash the car exterior, fill it with petrol, make a list for packing, I love a list.....can't do anything without a list. And then it helps to take everything home again! Have started the list tonight and will finish it tomorrow.
Went to school today, did the water checks and all is ok. So still on holidays until next Friday when I need to pop in to do the water checks again. Waved to daughter as we passed in our cars in town. Thought she might call in for a muggatea but she must have been busy.
oh my JCJ, on beam with hoop and ball, trampolining at the same time!!! Am sooooooooooo impressed, will def bring trampoline down to station to meet you, no second thoughts will just jump and jump then fly through the air in direction of train:smileyhappy!
No Revcat this year will tell you what's what when I see you.
Have GD for sleepover, we have to go into town, up to Mums and into supermarket, she will be happy, NOT!!
And forecast is torrential rain, woo hoo!!
We can do it................later..............xx
Nearly right. Train due in ,13:56 - if I manage to get to the station in time to catch it!
Blowing a gale again and chucking it down this morning. Glad I'm under a solid roof!
Oooh hopefully, fingers crossed for some sunshine!!
4 years?? Can you believe it, soooooooooo excited!!
FF, all these suggestions surely one will work haha!
Been out for tea tonight, really lovely so back on the "reinforced FB" bench for me............even had a dessert, oooooh..............
Also thanks to the torrential rain and wind, I came home with curly hair, have never had curls before ever?? so a surprisingly unusual look pour moi.
Tea out again tomorrow then breakfast at Rosie's and Afternoon Tea and prob chip shop next week, oh dear I shall be sitting permanently on the double, double reinforced,superly strong steel FB bench xx
Delly - I feel your solution to my duvet problem is the best one. Unfortunately it's a bit counter productive so I'll keep fighting. I'll try the others suggestions again and see if I have any more luck Yes, we are having a get together, the fourth time and I can't wait and it will be fun.
Thanks for the photos JCJ - when we're at Norecambe you can explain to me how to download and print them. I am not computer savvy! Many courses are available in my local library for the computer illiterate (me) but they are all in the afternoon when I'm at work
Looked on the met office for the weather forecast for Norecambe, looks like you might get wet on Monday Katy but Tues. 19 degrees and cloudy, Weds. 22 degrees and sunny intervals and Thurs. 22 degrees and sunshine and showers. Looks like we might be lucky again. Fingers crossed!
Alternatively FF - once you've received your new shredder - Place both two top corners of your duvet into it and press the button - solved.
But seriously, Yeh, it's all about just feeding the two bottom duvet corners into the two bottom corners of the duvet cover, holding them in place from the outside, and then just pulling the rest of it UP and then putting the two upper corners in.Button or zip it up, hold the two upper corners and then give it a good shake, so the down evens out - SIMPLES !!
Are you lovely ladies having a getogether/rendezvous soon, with your refs to Norcombe? If so, I hope it's fun
Buy some VERY large clothes pegs to anchor the two top corners, then wiggle to the cover down..... or jam the top corners in the wardrobe door and pull down.
OK, FF. Plan B: Start duvet administration as afore mentioned. Lie partly clad duvet on bed. Continue turning duvet right way in - like skinning a snake! - then put the other duvet corners into the corners of the cover. Grab these two corners and shake again.
Alternatively, I believe you can buy clips to hold the corners in place. I'm sure I've seen them in that catalogue that comes through the door (opposite of worse ware!)
I will look out some photos for you. Ooh! check your DM. I'll send you the link (and password) to my MMUI photos on photobucket.
I have tried that method of duvet covering and found it extremely unsucessful on a double duvet, though it works a treat on a single one. Back in the day I used to clean a holiday home with a colleague and she always laughed at my double duvet efforts and had to help me!
I agree, layers are the way to go, I'm packing for anything from a heatwave to a monsoon or even snow but then I don't have to carry it onto a train
Girls - as the old computer was not working properly when data was switched to the new computer, some things did not transfer. This included all my photographs of MMU1,2 and 3. If either of you could let me have copies of your photographs I would be extremely grateful. Especially of MMU1.
My shredder has died, I've obviously asked too much of it and it's given up the ghost. I'll give it a decent burial (at the local tip) and buy a more expensive one to replace it. It was reasonably cheap so I've had my money's worth out of it.
Layers, KTC, that's the way to go. You can do the dance of the forty fleeces! 😀
FF, I was going to give you the same advice re duvet administration. You may have to lay it down and ease the bottom (top) corners in after the shake if it hasn't gone all the way down. Even works on a King size.
Home now. Back in the land of WiFi so don't have to worry about phone data. Right time to raid freezer for something edible quickly.
Turn cover inside out, put your hands in the corners, grab duvet by the corners and shake, job done hee hee!!!
Was told to do that by a hotel worker!
Another hot day here am in a dilemma what to pack??? Clothes for hot weather or cold or both???
How do I get it all into a small bag??
Better have a muggatea and ponder xx
Why, oh why do I have so much trouble putting a cover on the duvet? It's not lack of practise, I change the bedding regularly but I always have a fight with the duvet cover. I'm exhausted but it's done. Any tips anyone?
Another lazy day today watching the Olympics, eating pizza and doughnuts, it's allowed, I'm still trying to put on weight.
hahahaha FF, you're funny!!
What a bad boy grumpy, no wonder he still has his ASBO!
Dentist done, teeth fine, hairdresser done too, woo hoo and have ironed another 2 things.............am def on a roll..............
Was going to do a little packing as this is the only "free" day but have decided a muggatea and caramel slice are the order of the day!
Yesterday was sooooooooo hot here, fingers crossed for Norcambe, if it is good weather perhaps I can trampoline directly into the water ??xx
Sorry Grumpy but as I'll actually be at MMU4, I'm having the chocolate eclair. We will miss you , hope to see you next year!
Been shredding documents again today, when SIL was putting "stuff" into my loft when they moved, he also brought down paperwork that needed shredding and today I've got round to it. Also been trying to sort out my books, second bedroom has no bed in it, just bookcases. It's my library but the new books wouldn't fit so I've had to be ruthless and get rid of some books that I know I won't read again. I will take them to the charity shop. I now have more space, so I'll buy more books to fill it.
Joey has rather disgraced himself in true ASBO Boy style ....... we went to see the outdoor pipe band concert, and he insisted on singing along! Oh the shame of it!!!! Meg pretended she wasn't with us.
Tomorrow is last camping day, then off to see friends in Fife and Edinburgh before home next week.
Sorry not to get to Norcambe this time to see you all, but next summer I shall be 'staying home' in August cos I can't cope with campsites in the school holidays.
Scotland has been pretty much midge free this trip, something to do with the rain perhaps? Silver linings DO exist after all.
I bags the fresh cream chocolate eclair please.
Woo hoo for JCJ's weather and FF's car!!
Glad you had a lovely partytime too!!
Busy week ahead, why does everything always happen at once??
Hair chopped tomorrow, must be presentable for Norcambe, hahaha!!
Trampoline packed, was thinking hint from JCJ, that you can do "floor" FF and JCJ can do "beam" that'll liven up Norcambe's beach front.............
Oh my gosh it'll soon be happening xx
So glad that the weather has improved for you JCJ and you can now enjoy your holiday. I'm now officially on holiday for two weeks, apart from a quick trip there each week to do the water checks.
Car has been serviced today, they didn't find anything wrong, so an oil change and new filter, a new air filter, brakes checked etc. and I'm all set for a nearly 600 mile round trip. While that was being done I've been watching Andy win the gold medal. What a match, great tennis and the right result!
As I cleaned the house to within an inch of its life for friends arrival, I've been able to be lazy today and sit on the tv bench without feeling guilty
Trampolining at Norecambe? Ok, I'll try to roll back the years and do the somersaults I used to do. Please have paramedics standing by!
I've had a really lovely weekend. The housewarming soiree was a great success. A good time was had by all, and although some of those with young children left at a reasonable time (about 11pm!) we were still sitting round the chimnea at midnight. I did put leftovers in the shed for you, hope you tried the coffee cake made by my friend from Herts.. Yummy doesn't begin to describe it.
So lovely to see my friends again, they come down about twice a year and I know they were worried about me earlier this year and they said it was good to see me looking so much better. ( I was a bit of a wreck when they were down in May.)
Now looking forward to Norecambe - 9 days to go........! And counting.......
hahaha, lido is when we come back from Norcambe...............
Aaaaah JCJ the weather is improving for a couple of days, fingers crossed it shines on you x
FF, enjoy the party, will there be leftovers in the shed???
delly, not a camper then???
Ironed two things yesterday, sooooooooooo think I deserved that whole bag of fudge that fell into my mouth!!
Will be bringing my trampoline down to Norcambe, have been inspired hahaha!! xx
Yey FF - another anti-canvas camper. Tell JCJ to buy a small camper/motor home or touring caravan. With a camper van/home, you're also not tied to camping sites. Can "wild" camp if you stock up on water and refill on at petrol stations.
JCJ - you just keep reminding me why I hated camping! I keep hoping the weather improves for you but to rub it in completely (sorry!) it's glorious down here, couldn't be better weather. Perhaps next year you ought to come "darn sarf"? You too Grumpy.
Party plans going apace, I've been put in charge of condiments, daughters friends are all bringing various dishes, and with what she is providing , there should be enough to feed a small army.............leftovers for Sunday lunch then! Sunday lunch at son's has been cancelled, so if there are leftovers...........
Friends from Herts. down for the party today, (so I've had to completely clean and tidy my house, wish they'd come once a month ) lovely to see them, they are staying at daughters until Monday. So nice to see them today, we keep in touch by phone but it's not the same as seeing them. I'll probably go up there in Oct. half term. Something to look forward to.
Hope you are feeling ok after your Lido Katy, take it easy, sit on that CBA bench, I haven't got the time for it this weekend, but I'll be on it next week!
I've just taken a walk down by the river and watched the most spectacular sunset. Absolutely glorious. Had a haircut today, so I feel a lot tidier. Slowly getting school sorted out but teachers are still in at odd times making messes.
JCJ - hope your new tent arrived and is ok and that the weather has improved.
Katy - phone no. is still the same.
Busy few days coming up, daughter's party on Saturday, lunch at son's on Sunday, car being serviced on Monday. Crafty Roadside Rescue company sent me my renewal notice and have changed the small print to say that if car is not serviced every year, the cover is invalid. Sneaky!! So having to have the service in case I break down in Norecambe and have to call them out.
Then I have to work in all the Olympics watching!
Luckily have always been in caravans that have their own loo, so no special baggies pour moi!
So a shrunken grumpy, The Duchess and ASBO boy now with Scottish accents, and the rain........ we shall never have a water shortage here...............
Good job there is not a camel in sight.
All quiet here, had GS for a short while today, he was specially interested in the bin lorry, sooooooooo we stood for ages just watching, was a little uncomfortable as the bin men kept waving sooooooo I had to keep waving back hahaha, schools here are back on Tues, can't believe it??
No more "funny turns" whew!! xx
Ah Grumpy, a camper close to my heart i.e. in a campervan. And few places better than Scotland for it.
We didn't have the luxury of a shower or loo. Bucket and chuck it system using bin bags for ermhum - solids which we then disposed of in one of the many bins you've mentioned, and we nicknamed PDU's (Poo Disposal Units). Hey, don't criticise. Its only the same as dog owners do. The more thoughtful dog owners that is, who don't hang bags on the twigs of trees/bushes!! We WERE conscious and considerate. Eeeee happy . . . . Mem - o - ries, da de da de da de daaaa, different coloured bags of mem - o - ries, of doo doo doo doo dooo's !!! Hahahee.
Weather's supposed to be picking up towards the weekend.
It's a wonder I haven't shrunk in all the rain on this trip.......
In Grantown on Spey listening to a torrential downpour so heavy duty waterproofs at the ready for the local show tomorrow, and a LARGE glass of the local tincture to hand. This has NOT been a good year for camping, as some of us know!!!!!!
Scotland has more rubbish bins than anywhere else on the planet GOOD, but public loos close at 7pm BAD so thank goodness for the porta potti and privacy glass windows in the camper...... I leave it to your imagination.
Joey looks like he's been down rabbit holes, and Meg is not speaking to me cos I stood on her paw.
Grumpy (and damp)
JCJ - Talk about "purists". WHAT are you campers like??!! You've reminded me why I've never been interested in canvas camping. Don't mind any amount of hard floor and hard roof caravan/boat/campervan camping. You tenters are a ruftytufty lot.Well done for your tenacity and what a kind site owner to give you shelter.
Anglesey has some lovely coastal spots. Beaumaris is a pretty little town. Hoping the rest of your stay is dryer sunnier and your pleased with the new tent.
Love to you all