Rainbow Bridge called

Sadness fill my heart as K9 leaves us behind

A Rottweiler at The Cottage On The Green

K9’s mom writing this post for him, this evening suddenly without warning K9 AKA Oscar had a massive stroke and passed away in my arms, I’m sat here writing this at 2 am tears streaming down my face~ the cottage feels empty and cold, Rainbow Bridge called and K9 went ….Goodnight Oscar

Oscar 2.5 yrs Oscar 4/10/2014 – 7 12/2017

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Moo & Millicent ‘Minor Celebrities’

Last weekend was our local towns 25th ‘Annual Classic Car & Motorcycle Show’ which Moo was quite keen to attend, so early morning saw us parked up in the Town Hall car park along with around at least 100 other classics, this show was slightly different as the cars were parked into ‘eras’ which meant visitors could swoon over whichever section in motoring history floated their boat. By now you are possibly wondering why Moo & Millicent are minor celebrities? WELL the local newspaper photographers were out & about AND ….

Moo and Millicent
Moo, Millicent & even Beloved have made it into the 2 local papers !!

Millicent must have really been strutting her stuff as she impressed enough folks to vote for her in the spectators poll AND …

2nd prize
Thanks to everyone who voted for Millicent she won runner up in the pre war section …I do believe she blushed when her name was called out over the tannoy system

We have noticed when we escort Millicent on her travels or attend shows and vintage events she does get her fair share of attention, for an 80 yr old lady this sure makes her day

Millicent at Syston Park speed trails
We spot random folks photobombing Millicent …we have NO IDEA who these 2 good ladies are who took a shine to her at Syston park !!

But this has given us an idea … we are considering looking into the possibility of hiring Millicent out as a film extra ~ I just know Miss Marple would LOVE to have Millicent drive past her in the background during a shoot

Distinctive Style? You Decide

I hold my hand up I’m not a follower of fashion ~ unless you count that time in the 70’s at the age of 10 when I had a pair of hot pants

hot pants
Mine were very similar to the one on the far right except they were Navy Blue ~ obviously I looked totally amazing

Anyhoo I seem to have worn a work appropriate uniform virtually all my adult life alternated with dog walking attire or home renovating / gardening ensemble on my days off. Now I’m in the position of being office based and required to wear smart / casual work-wear, so I won’t be wearing jeans or full evening dress but something ‘neat, professional yet still informal’ simple ….. NOT, so just where does a lady of a certain age who doesn’t want to be ‘Mutton dressed as Lamb’ begin ?? I’m going to be me,  I’m going to be original, I’m opting for something distinctive, something that is of an era you might say. I’m going vintage, I’ve bought this little number

1950's style suit
Sorry not an easy fabric to photograph. This 1950’s suit can be worn as is, or the skirt teamed with a blouse, the jacket with trousers and a snip at £25

Then yesterday I found a 50+ year old Harris Tweed suit


50 year old Harris Tweed suit
This little beauty cost me …wait for it … £35 There was no way on this good earth I was letting that pass me by

As Beloved as pointed out, on my break I can sit in the lounge with the residents, where new members of staff will probability think I’m on respite care and fetch me cups of tea and ask what I’d like for lunch  BONUS 🙂


Lost Treasures

Still on our Not Summer round ups I’m afraid ~ I really should have posted as & when they happened, anyhoo onward & upward, enough of the 1940’s festivals ~ now for something a little closer to home, on the days we spent dodging the showers and managed to get out in the garden Moo divided his time between being up our tree,

our tree
Our wildly overgrown tree ~ it’s due to be pruned later in the year, even so it’s it’s a fabulous hideout for a smallish boy … and his Grandpa I might add

Although Moo & I don’t spend much time watching TV his one indulgence is ‘Time Team’ an archaeological program where they find as much history in 3 day dig as possible … I know strange viewing for a child but very much encourage by Grandpa & I, so no doubt you can guess at Moo’s second favourite occupation ~ holes have appeared at random places all over the garden …. K9 thinks this is the BEST thing ever and I can’t prove it but I’m sure he’s been aided and abetted by a certain child !!

k9's dig
This is one of K9’s contributions to Moo’s excavations of the garden ~ right in the middle of the lawn I hasten to add !! see the hidden pottery ??

While I popped indoors to make the obligatory cup of tea while trying to encourage digging only in ‘suitable’ areas I heard a rather joyous shout from Moo ~ “Quick Grandma K9 has found a most important clue”

hope it's not really a skull
I know we live extremely close to the cemetery but for all that’s holy please tell me it’s not part of a skull K9 has dug up … it actually does look like it though, I need to wrestle it off him to show Grandpa !!!

We have amasses a whole host of lost treasure from test pits (see I even know the correct terminology)

hidden treasures
Our superb finds, up till the 1970’s there were no rubbish collections in the village so everything was buried in the gardens

Moo is now convinced that our cottage stands on a VERY important archaeological site and is  off to conducting a full scale dig ~ while he organises the delivery of a digger and crew I’m off to do battle with K9 to retrieve the ‘thingy’ he found and see if I can unearth just where he found it ……wish me luck



Baston In The Blitz

Anther in the series of our summer round up and our second 1940’s festival was at Baston Lincolnshire, yet again the weather wasn’t that great ~ but that never stopped us having a fun time and even better Moo got to realise a special memory making event

Moo lives the dream
Moo living the dream sitting in a spitfire ~ excuse the silly smile he’s lost one of his front teeth and is feeling slightly self conscious

Moo drove us CRAZY until Grandpa relented and let him have a go on a supervised  shooting range (which didn’t use ‘real’ guns but Airsoft replicas)

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Don’t my boys look dapper ~ it transpires Moo is quite a marks man hitting the target of Simon Cowell with every shot

These weekends are very popular with pre war car owners, individuals take part in history reenactments and most folks wear period dress, the atmosphere is always friendly.  For anyone into crafts there are various buying opportunities to acquire vintage style fabric and original knitting patterns ~ which I may or may not have indulged in 🙂  If that wasn’t enough a certain young man has asked me submit a photo for your viewing pleasure …

I’m normally the one behind the lens ~ but Moo took this shot just to prove to you all that I do exist  …. and it’s no coincidence I’m stood next to a food provider 🙂


First Of Our Not Summer Round Ups

In good ‘ole Blighty there hasn’t been much of a summer, rain most days, not overly warm and yet Moo & I have been having a riot while his daddy has been doing his month long elective placement at a Tanzanian hospital.  According to the gospel of Moo one of the highlights has been our ‘War Weekends’ firstly I’ll give you the edited highlights of  Woodhall Spa’s 40’s festival

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For your information Moo can actually drown out the sound of a Lancaster Bomber when he yells with excitement !!

At this festival weekend it’s positively encouraged that all visitors  ~ should they so wish, dress the part and most of the 50,000 folks who went took up the challenge, Beloved Moo & myself included.

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And actually it doesn’t matter how dull the weather apparently there is ALWAYS time for ice cream


Poirot next to Millicent
Would you jolly well believe it I came to take a photo of Millicent Morris and who should photo bomb it  ~ but Hercule Poirot himself !!

Hercule tried to excel the virtues of Agatha Christie’s Belgian sleuth upon Moo ~ who promptly  ~ yet I have to say politely, pointed out the errors of his ways as Grandma prefers Miss Marple, I have to say I never realised Moo took that much notice of my detective viewing habits or indeed that he knew who Poirot or Marple were …I stand corrected 🙂