Thursday, July 22, 2021


 Iv'e been pinged!!! N.B. not that sort of pinging but at 3.45am this morning my smoke alarm started pinging every 2 minutes so there I was with a broom and poked it the middle and it stopped thank goodness. Poppy thought as I had woken her up she deserved a late midnight snack so before I fell into bed she gobbled down some  meaty food totally ignoring the cat biscuit. Thankfully no more pinging as I don't want to be isolated today as I am due at the hairdressers this morning. (if you don't tell Boris then neither will I!!) Have a happy weekend , it's going to rain in Suffolk I think so less watering and more reading. Hugs from Poppy and Val xx

Saturday, July 10, 2021

A lovely day out.

 On Friday my daughter and I took a lovely country drive to Helmingham Hall. They were opening there gardens in aid of The Blossom appeal, which is fundraising for a new breast care unit at Ipswich hospital. It was a very good day for a wander round these wonderful gardens as it was not too hot or windy and I took several pictures. (I must learn how to post pictures here.) A favourite with me and also my mother was the magnificent sweetpea walk with them growing over  the whole walk, breathing in was a joy  as the perfume was overwhelming. After walking round the vegetable and rose gardens, and photographing the topiary we had a quiche lunch in the cafe and then explored the sunken garden. An icecream, I had Eton Mess and Roast Coffee (you can't mix them my daughter said) but I did, and together they ended a perfect visit. How I love it that now I can spend more time with my daughter doing things we both like.

Have a lovely weekend, Come On England. I'm  saving a Magnum Icecream to have when we win!!!!! hugs to all from Poppy and Val xx

Sunday, July 4, 2021

A bit quieter this week

 Things have settled down this week except for the sport on TV. I have been feeling a bit more active except for Wednesday morning when I was so laid back I didn't get dressed until 12 miday!!!just pottered around but then realised it was Zumba afternoon and as usual we had a great time . It makes me feel more energetic and after our usual coffee and chat I attacked my back garden which has shot up since we have had some rain this week. Will have to have  another go soon as yesterday afternoon we had a tremendous storm for about an hour including thunder and lightning, the noise in my conservatory  was deafning so Poppy and I retreated into the lounge to read or snooze. All waterbutts are full and pot plants are standing in water so todays job is to save that water on buckets for later. It was very humid all day so I was pleased that I had walked down to the river early in the day.

Sport has been great this week England beat Germany 2-0 and then got through to the semi finals winning 4-0 against Ukraine. My lucky football socks have done the job again, I shall not wash them whilst we are winning!!! felt sorry for Andy he looked shattered most nights and I think he needs think hard about his future.

It's cool this morning so I am attacking my wisteria which has put forth lots of waving tendrils. This evening I am joining my family for a meal out so no cooking for me today. Hurrah. Happy Sunday to all my blog friends. Hugs from Poppy and Val  

Saturday, June 26, 2021

It's been agood week

 Nothings gone wrong so thats a good week. I went on line to check my house insurance, dcovered I could get it cheaper and after a phone call got £60 off the original total ,That started my week off well! Tuesday England scraped through to the knock out stage, then on Wednesday the best day of all. I was dishcharged from Ipswich hospital Breast Cancer FREE. How grateful I am to them all, so kind and caring. That afternoon I went to my Zumba  Gold chair exercise class, I just had to tell them all my good news and they cheered and clapped and we had a happy energetic time finishing off with a coffee and chat ** Thursday my friend V and I drove to Woodbridge on a sunny day, had a lovely jacket potato lunch in the shade outside the Whistle Stop Cafe at the station. I climbed the steps over the railway (haven't done that since before lockdown) my bungalow knees don't like steps!! and strolled around the harbour to the watermill and relaxed in the new square that was Whistocks boat yard. we enjoyed every moment of this warm sunny time.  Friday I shopped at Morrisons and my daughter Dawn came for the afternoon and sorted out my tech issues with my fitbit and computer. Today is warm and sunny so I bought local fruit and veg from our farm shop,  weeded my front garden and planted the last of my pots up with begonias. think I'll have a lazy reading day tomorrow. Poppyhas spent her time lying in the sun, then shade, then sun again, She follows me around all day and is sleeping on the chair  next to me, probably dreaming of Dreamies, I'm sure she is as addicted to them as I am to chocolate!!! Hugs to all my blog friends, hope you have a lovely weekend,  Val and Poppiexx

Monday, June 7, 2021


 It's been a lovely weekend with me potting round the garden and lazing about reading, and Poppy  checking out anything that moves and stretching out in various cool places and sunny ones. She will investigate anything and everything and whilst I was sitting reading she hopped up on the chair next to me, and onto the large garden rubbish bin ( that the council charges £50. a year for since they closed the closed the local tip). The bin was quite full with lots of twiggy bits in it, she started to walk across the top and promply sank and disappeared!! a lot of scrabbling went on and then a paw appeared then another, she hauled herself out gave me a fithy look and jumped down and hid under my table. I could have got her out but thought it might teach her a lesson, since then she has given it a wide berth!!  I do have 2 water butts and they have lids so she should be safe when she gets onto them!!! Stay safe and have a happy day Val and Poppy

Friday, May 28, 2021

Car Parking fees.

 Yesterday my friend and I went out together for the first time in over a year. We went to Felixstowe to the Viewing area at the docks where we planned to have lunch at the cafe. Parked the car in the car park and V said Oh we have to pay now, checked the notice to see how much and discovered we could only pay by app or by phoning the number given. I don't know how to put an app on my phone and wouldn't do it without my daughters help, she doesn't have a smart phone and neither of us was happy about phoning and giving details over the phone so the cafe lost it's trade,. we lost a lovely morning out and we won't be able to go again as only 1/2 hour is free. Our local pub got our trade as it does take cash or card. Lots of people don't use Apps and are deprived of enjoying doing things because of it. Rant over enjoy, the weekend Val.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Tickling tummi

 You can learn something new every day!! I did not know why Poppy often lays on her back with her legs in the air but last weeks East Anglian Times newspaper vets column tells me that if a cat does this it means they are bonding with you but do not attempt to tickle  thier tummy as they will scratch you!! I had found that out the hard way that Poppy has very sharp claws and moves a lot quicker than me.I suppose  that their tummy is very vunerable when exposed so attack is the first form of defence. I could try this myself but as I can't get up from the floor now I'll pass. It's sunny now so one of us is going to have a shower and the other a snooze. Guess which one I am doing???? xx


 Iv'e been pinged!!! N.B. not that sort of pinging but at 3.45am this morning my smoke alarm started pinging every 2 minutes so there I ...