Friday, 25 July 2014

AN UNFORTUNATE EVENT ….. REPRISE …..

I came across these photographs the other day when clearing out a drawer. I told this story before in 2010 so, for the newer readers of HOME, I thought I would recount it once again.
Are you sitting comfortably ? Then I'll begin …..


About 26 years ago, Mr Home and I were invited to Sunday lunch, with our two children, to our good friends beautiful Victorian home. We had been to their home many, many times before and, I loved it, having always lived in period houses myself. A builder had built a whole road of houses in the Victorian era and, he built and lived in the one that our friends lived in so, he had built this one to the highest spec and, with the best of materials, as he was going to live there. When our friends bought the house, it was in disrepair and they had spent much time and money renovating it.
Also coming to lunch were mutual friends from Wales who were staying with us. Well, we all arrived, drinks were served and we all reminisced for a while. Lunch was served and we all sat around their beautifully polished Victorian table to a delicious Sunday roast dinner.
Now, our hostess was pregnant, which was wonderful, as, they had had difficulties conceiving and had been through IVF which had been successful and, they were decorating the nursery. As we had seen the house many times before, our host and hostess took our Welsh friends on a tour of their beautiful home, as they had never been there before. I decided to entertain the children for a while, as I had seen it all many times before. Everyone then enjoyed dessert and, after a few glasses of wine, I went upstairs to the bathroom. The room next to the bathroom was to be the baby's room so I thought that I'd just take a peek at how they were getting on with the decorating and to see what it was going to look like ….. Oh yes …… you know that you all would have done the same !!!! I opened the door and it was pitch black so, I just thought that I would go in a little further and then, the next thing I knew, I was up to my ***** on the floor with my leg hanging through the ceiling and, half of the ceiling was now on the floor in the hall downstairs !!!! They had been doing the electrics and had all of the floorboards up !! ….. and, they had just had the downstairs hall decorated !!!! 


Can you see the tinge of red in my face ? Oh, was I embarrassed. If only I had gone on the tour of the house with the others, I would have known what was going on.



A male Welsh leg, re-enacting my faux pas !!!!




Here we are with a cup of tea after the event, so, they were really good about it and, it is still talked and laughed about 'till this day. Our children are now 35 and 33 so, you can see how long ago it was { and, you can tell by the 80's clothing !! } I had bruises that were black, blue and green for ages ….. and limped a bit for a while. I also didn't have anymore children after that !!!! ha ha !!
As you can see in the photograph, Mr Home is trying to disown me !!

I guess that should have taught me not to be so nosey but, it hasn't !!!!









all images via me !!

Jackie

Monday, 7 July 2014

OUR SON, THE MIDWIFE !!!!! …..



Our grandchild was over a week late ….. not unusual I hear you say ….. actually, our son was two weeks late and had to be induced, so I know what it's like !!!! 
….. and then, her waters broke and our son took our daughter-in-law into hospital. She had wanted a home birth but her blood pressure was high. Her mum { who had been staying with them } and our grandson decided to come over for a couple of hours. Before they left our son and daughter-in-law came home. Her blood pressure was fine so, it was to be a home birth. DIL's mum { who, by the way, is a midwife}  and our grandson came over to us to stay the night, to give son and DIL a private time for the birth !



Now at home, they rang for the midwife who immediately set off to their house. Meanwhile, our son was upstairs, getting the birthing pool, thinking that there would be hours to kill, leaving enough time to fill the birthing pool  and to have their baby delivered in a lovely calm, home environment !! Then, our DIL shouted to our son that she had to push and, birthing pool discarded, our son rolled up his sleeves and proceeded to deliver the baby !!!!! Our DIL was very calm and helped our son through the pretty traumatic experience of delivering his own baby { along with a paramedic on the other end of the phone  !!!! } I cannot imagine what that must have been like. I did say to him that it must have been a wonderful experience but he said he wouldn't have quite used that choice of words !!
The midwife arrived after the event !!!!



Anyway, Martha Iris, 8lbs 14oz was born and is beautiful.



Here she is with her daddy and big brother and is the most wonderful addition to our family.





Welcome to the world Martha my dear !!



image 1: via google, images 2&3: via me, video via YouTube


Jackie

Sunday, 22 June 2014

' FLANEURING ' …...





 I think that I maybe the female equivalent  of a flâneur….. 



….. the above photograph of me sort of proves it, doesn't it ?!!!! ….. actually, my childhood name was 'flanno' ….. I just added that as I just remembered ….. makes me even more of a flâneur !!



I've done a great deal of  'flâneuring' in the garden lately ….. our garden is always at it's best at the end of May and beginning of June, and, most of our plants and flowers are way behind most peoples as it's a north facing garden hence the abundance of hostas and ferns.




….. Astrantia 'Superstar' …..



….. wild geranium …..


 
….. phygelius 'yellow trumpet' …..


I cannot tell you how pleased we are with our rusty arch and gate. We bought it at Chelsea Flower Show a couple of years ago and we were very surprised that it was such a reasonable price that we bought it on the spot !! Growing up the arch on the right is clematis flammula which will look like …...



….. THIS ….. in a couple of weeks. I've forgotten the name of the rose !! Hopefully, it will grow over the arch and intermingle with the clematis.


We also bought this bench from the same man at Chelsea. I can't get over how reasonably priced they were considering we were at the biggest gardening show on earth !!!! He could have really gone to town with his prices, couldn't he ?



….. philadelphus …..





I planted this rose a couple of years ago and can't remember if it's 'Rambling Rector' or 'Seagull' ….. I'm pretty sure that it's 'Seagull' and it has been GLORIOUS !!





This photograph reminds me of Frances Hodgson Burnett's 'The Secret Garden'. We have lots of robins in our garden who follow me around when I'm digging ….. I could have done with one when I took this photo !! ….. now, what shall I put in these little old Victorian terracotta pots ?

I shall be glued to the television for the next two weeks as Wimbledon starts on Monday …. here's hoping the weather holds !!



image 1: via kero i am, image 10; via teline, all other images by me !!

Jackie

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

DON'T MIND ME ….. MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME ……….



I was looking out at the garden from the conservatory around mid-morning yesterday and who should I see but Mr. Fox !!



He had a little sit down on the lawn for quite a while, stared at me as if I was the intruder …..



….. had a roam around, sniffing everything as he went …..



….. and then, returned to his spot in the sun, put his head down and went to sleep !!!!





I know that the fox isn't every ones favourite garden visitor { especially if you keep chickens like John } but, I do still get a bit of a thrill when they come and visit our garden …… goodness knows what I'd be like if I went on safari !!!!!!

I can remember following the Hunt on Boxing Day as a child ……. now that subject opens up a can of worms. I can see both sides of the argument myself.



XXXX




image 1: via peace on earth, images 2, 3 & 4: via me, image 5: via the gifts of life


Jackie

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

DODGING THE SHOWERS ……….



I just managed to mow the lawn yesterday morning before the deluge of showers arrived ….. my lines aren't very straight but it will have to do !!







….. and then, between the showers, I picked a vase full of David Austin St. Swithun roses that grow at the front of our house.
Don't you think that my Santos doll's head looks like Simon Cowell ? ….. a good reason to store it away somewhere, maybe !!







Now, take yourselves back to 1967 and listen to The Move singing ' Flowers in the Rain ' !!!!





XXXX










images by me and music via youtube



Jackie

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

BY INVITATION ….. TOP 5 THINGS THAT MAKE YOU CRAZY !!!!!

Our By Invitation topic this month is the top 5 things that drive you crazy. There's not a lot that really drives me crazy but here are five things that really grate !!!!






Number one is when you order in a restaurant and, as soon as it's placed before you and you haven't even taken a bite, your dinner companions fork is hovering over your plate and taking some of your precious plateful !! 


Number two is Cold Calling ….. I have registered with every cold calling service in the country ….. we even have a phone that has the facility to stop nuisance calls BUT ….. we STILL get them. I have even resorted to telling double glazing companies that we live in a tent !! I am a pretty tolerant person and am very polite but, I have been known to get pretty irate when I am asked if I know what a smoke alarm is and if I need a handrail up the stairs !!!! I happen to be a reasonably fit 63 year old !!!!



Number three is rather unusual. You know how some people hate the sound of a fingernail on a blackboard ? Well, I can't stand ' wet wood ' !! I have to grin and bear it if I need to wash up a wooden spoon …… pretty weird but there you are.



Number four is polystyrene packaging !!!! It really does drive me crazy ……. first of all, I have to get it all into the rubbish bin ….. half of it ends up on the kitchen floor and all of those little bits stick to my hands ….. it is so electrically charged that I can't get it off of me !! ….. it's on my clothes, my skin ….. everywhere, for the next week !!



and lastly, number five …….. and that is people who don't possess a sense of humour. Humour is infectious and contagious and, when shared, brings people together and, supposedly, increases happiness, strengthens your immune system, boosts your energy, diminishes pain and calms stress. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun and, it's free !!!! 













If you go over to Marsha's she has all of the links and you can see what drives others crazy !!

What drives you crazy ? 


….. and, on a completely different note, I would just like to thank everyone for their good wishes for my husband. You have all been so very kind and supportive blogging buddies and I send you my heartfelt thanks. 

XXXX 





image 1: via envers du décor, image 2: via red wine coloured lips. images 3 & 4: via etsy, image 5 : via latimesblogs, image 6: via fleaing france, image 7: via zsa zsa bellagio 


Jackie

Thursday, 3 April 2014

ABSENCE …..




Just to say that my husband is in hospital and that is why I've not been posting or commenting.

Hope to be back soon.

XXXX




Jackie