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Thursday, 29 March 2018

Scavenger Hunt - March


I haven't posted for a while, life hasn't been terribly interesting and the weather's been crap, which limits one's activities somewhat.  I don't know about you but I will be so glad to see the back of this winter...yeah, I know it's spring now but this week we had rain, sleet, snow and hail all in one day!  I was hoping to get out in the garden ...but no chance.

However I don't like to miss the Scavenger Hunt hosted by Hawthorn so have cobbled together a few shots for this month's prompts.  Check out other participants HERE.

   
The mint with the Hole





Making


You must be fed up with seeing these knitted/crocheted cat blankets, knocked up from stash oddments for Cats Protection.  The feline recipient of this latest project will need Foster Grants!
 

Reading now

 I recently started this book as part of my French studies....oh la la, I think my tutor over- estimated my abilities.  The story's two central characters are Renée 54 and Paloma 12.  Renée, concierge of a beautiful hotel for the last twenty seven years is widowed, petite, podgy and ugly.  She has bunions and 'mammoth' breath.  She did not study, has always been poor, discreet and insignificant, she lives alone with a big lazy cat.  Mmm, I see some parallels between us!  I haven't got to the part about Paloma yet and I imagine the book's title is a metaphor referring to the main character. (hèrisson - hedgehog) 
I reckon I'll still be struggling with this at Christmas.

I've also been tittering over Caitlin Moran's How To Be A Woman. 





Black and white

 Pickle, my most recent foster cat who left me yesterday for her new forever home.




Starts with an ... H

Hellebores from the garden.


My own choice

 This family shot circa 1967 always makes me smile.
As usual my brother was grizzling and I had pinched mum's jumper...nothing's changed I'm still a cold mortal, but nowadays I sport a better haircut!  I can still remember the taste of those ambrosial Cornish ice cream blocks, can't recall where the beach was, but judging by all those pebbles it was probably local in Sussex. 

Sorry for being a slack blogger lately, winter always gets me down and this one seems to have been particularly long, I'm looking forward to lighter days and (hopefully) sunshine soon.

For those of you lucky enough not to be working this weekend, I wish you a happy Easter.

31 comments:

  1. Lovely photos and stories, memories and cats! Can never have to many cat photos or stories. I also have that weary dreich feel from winter and can't wait for spring to actually spring properly xx

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  2. My favourite can only be Pickle's hind quarters, closely followed by the bouquet of Hellebores, as they're one of my favourite flowers. I always love to see old family photos, and you're looking ever so cute in spite of the haircut ;-) You're very brave tackling that French book! We had some sunshine this morning and as I had a day off, I actually did some gardening. Not much, but still. Now the rain's beating against the window while I'm typing this. Early April showers, probably ... Happy Easter! xxx

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    1. Not sure I'm brave....foolish perhaps. I'm guessing you speak French well Ann? Xx

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    2. Sorry to disappoint you, Fiona, but I'm not at all fluent in French. I hardly ever use it, so it's become a bit rusty ... I'm not sure I'd be able to tackle that book! xxx

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    3. You do surprise me Ann!

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  3. The mint with the hole - fabulous idea! So simple but so effective. I too crochet blankets for cats/kittens to be re-housed and some of mine are very colourful! I enjoy colour, some people say my colour choice is not their choice! Keep making them.

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    1. I will keep churning out the blankets until my stash has sizeably diminished.

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  4. I never get tired of seeing your wonderful cat blankets! I'm happy Pickle's found a fur-ever home. I wonder who'll be next?
    I loved How To Be A Woman but wasn't overly keen on How To Build A Girl. I do love her typically deadpan of Black Country humour, though.
    Your hellebores are gorgeous and the family photo is hilarious, it could be one of our what with little brother trowing a strop and me sporting a serial killer fringe.
    I do think this incessant winter is sapping our blogging energy. It's hard to muster up much enthusiasm for anything when it's so miserable outside. xxx

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    1. Simon (the pieman) is coming on Tuesday. He weighs a whopping 9.5kgs and is now on a diet.xxx

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  5. An interesting collection. Great thinking for 'hole'!

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  6. Despite the weather outside dismal and wet again, your photos are so cuddly and warming. loved the mint with the hole clever, cats and warm blankets who could ask for more and a little vase of hellebores . Finishing with a summers day ,something to look forward to.

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  7. Great photos and memories, this winter has been very energy sapping hasn't it? Love the hellebores and Pickle's back legs. Your beach photo is wonderful,I remember those square cones to put the little wrapped blocks of ice cream in:)

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    1. This winter has seemed endless and now at the back end I've got a cold....grrrr.

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  8. Love your choice of pictures. Polo Mint, brilliant. I too make Kitty Blankets but have been rather slack lately. Must get on with them, my wool stash is getting too big, needs reducing. Love your Hellibores. They are so beautiful.

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    1. Kitty blankets are great for stash busting and require no concentration when watching tv.

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  9. It has been a long winter but the flowers are on the move now so a bit of warmth can't be far away. I guess it will all come in a big rush. We were trying to explain the concept of an ice cream sandwich (with those blocks of ice cream) to a younger person recently, they really couldn't understand!
    Love the pixtures of the Hellebores

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    1. Those ice cream wafers were lovely weren't they.

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  10. A fab idea for hole and I love the helebores. I think Spring is definitely on its way. Will you be getting another foster addition? Maybe they will appear in your next post. X

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    1. Yes another furry friend is coming to stay next week...watch this space.x

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  11. I always enjoy your selections but the 'beach shot' made me do a double take. Somewhere there is/was a photo of me as your twin - same era, same haircut, same sort of beach :) I shall have to dig around and see if the picture still exists.

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    1. Glad I wasn't the only one with a dreadful haircut!

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  12. I'm guessing your mother was responsible for the fringe? I think part of the reason I hate having my hair done is the havoc my mother wreaked on my fringe!

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    1. Yes, she obviously liked to get value for her money.

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  13. Never get fed up seeing your makes for the cats & love your old black & white photo on the beach, which reminds of some of my old ones. Take care.

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  14. I've also read 'The Elegance of the Hedgehog'. If you're tempted to cheat - it's been made into a movie :-)
    Amalia
    xo

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  15. Has it??!! Off to Google pronto xx

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  16. I hope the last few beautiful days have lifted your spirits and you've managed to get out in the garden. Really needed some sunshine, and I'm especially loving my tulips this year! Have just power-washed the patio. Probably in time for the weather to change..
    Hugely impressed with your current french book - sounds quite hard going though, even in english! Enjoyed How To be A Woman. In small doses.
    Lovely photos, especially of you with your Mum and brother. Pretty sure I had a similar haircut.. Such a happy, cheeky smile! Looks like you were having the best time xx

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