2018 – what a troublesome year!

I am slightly fed up with 2018. I am wondering what more this year can throw at me.First there was the water damage that forced me and my cat out of my house for one month while the building recovery firm made my house liveable again. While we were in exil, I decided to pop over to Denmark for a short week.

When Coco and I came back home, I had to find someone to do my garden. The lady I found (temporarily only) came with me – to check the flat – in Spain. It had become a dump! Grrrr.
We spend the whole week cleaning the flat for the next lodgers.
I manage to organise that the flat got painted from top to bottom, incl. the outside balcony rails and fixing this and that that had been left and not fixed; like the air-con that had never been serviced.

When I got home I wrote a “Dear John” letter to the keyholder and sacked him.
Luckily, I had another key-holder lined up.
I will meet her in October when I am returning to Spain to finish refurbishing the flat (new sofa, armchair, dishwasher …).

And the saga goes on and on, but I wont bore you any further.

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Lunch with my cousins

Thursday last; I was having lunch with 2 of my cousins at The Plough in Cadsden, Cadsden Road, Princes Risborough. I saw Susan nearly 2 years ago and as for Sonja that’s at least 10 years ago.

We had a lovely lunch and it was nice to re-connect with them.
The weather wasn’t encouraging a walk in the forest.

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Going to the dogs

Last night was girls night out. It all started because I got a text from Towcester Racecourse offering me:
a free race card, a free £2 bet and a free pint of Carling Beer.
Four of us went to the dogs at Towcester Racecourse and it was fun not only because of the races but its also fun to win.
As one can imagine the place was packed, it was after all Friday evening; and what a lovely ending to the week it was.
There was 14 races on the card; but we left after race 13, so that we could get away from the course without too much hassle.

Hilary wasn’t going to place any bets but I squeezed a runner out of her for nearly every race.
I kept account and took the stake from her winnings and at the end of the evening she was £8.75 up;
not bad for not opening your purse once!  That in its own way was fun.
Twice her choice beat mine by the tip of a nose, grrrr; but I am not elaborating on my £30 plus winnings.
Sadly Tracey and Christine didn’t fare as well, but they still had a great evening out.

My Cousin Susan


160809 Susan Pass 80 2aI went to see my eldest cousin, 4 days after her 80th birthday. She is still living in Chesham and she enjoys walking her’s and her neighbour’s dog every day weather permitted, she walks down to Chesham 1-2 miles and her neighbour then picks them up in his car.

She has a lovely old bungalow with a split level garden. I don’t think she drives any more although she said she does.

But when she said she had to borrow a car from Rodger I said I would bring some lunch over to her.

We had chicken and salad. We ate in the garden as the weather was sunny and warm. The leftovers should keep Susan happy for a couple of meals.

After lunch we went for a drive, up past Rodger’s, into the Chiltern Hills and back.

It was a very nice day and I wish Susan all the best.

The “C” word is getting too close

Jul-i-tivoli

That’s the reason I am going to Copenhagen for a long week-end to see Jul-i-Tivoli (Christmas at Tivoli) here is a picture of said. What I can see is that they have really changed the way its displayed.
When I went some 15 years ago it was just a couple of stands/huts but now! It’s a proper money spinner (and why not).

I am really looking forward to it, as its been 3 years since i last was in Denmark. As usual 1st stop is Pølsevognen (sausage stand) at the airport.
Then pick up the rented car, and drive north toward Frederiksund, where we will be greeted with hot pancakes. Yummy, yummy.