4 August 2022


No I'm not back in Australia, my darling daughter and her partner are here. They arrived on Tuesday. We've enjoyed retail therapy, a board game, imbibing a few beverages, and lots of chatter and laughs. I love to hear my girls laughing about shared memories. We have things planned, cream tea at the village church on Sunday, a few days out, probably more retail therapy, I'm going to do my cream tea like I did for my friends a few weeks ago, but with Prosecco and Asti instead of tea! And my daughter has a few trips to visit friends planned.


Is anyone else mourning the end of Neighbours? I started watching it years ago but didn't get hooked on it but started again whilst I was visiting my daughter in Australia in March, her partner was a huge fan, we watched it together while my daughter suffered in silence! So having just got back into it, it's finished :-(  I liked having a soap to watch buI don't want to go back to Eastenders, Coronation Street or Emmerdale. I might try Home & Away.

Rufus is blending in well with the countryside!

The wheat is ready for harvesting

I won't have to go far for blackberries this year, we have some good crops in the garden, courtesy of birds. They are too tart for me to eat picked off the branches, but will be fine with some apples and sugar in crumbles or pies. 

I hope this lovely weather lasts for a few more weeks. Rufus is laying out on the cool lawn at the moment.

∼ Be safe and well∼
Polly x

1 August 2022

It's Harvest time

August is the eighth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. It was originally named Sextilis because it was the 6th month in the ten-month Roman calendar, then in about 700 BC it became the eighth month when it was rudely shoved back in the order of months when January and February were added to the beginning of the year by King Numa Pompilius.

The 1st 
August, traditionally known as Lammas meaning 'Loaf Mass', was a festival to mark the annual wheat and corn harvest. On this day farmers made loaves of bread from the new wheat crop and gave them to their local church. They were then used as the Communion bread during a special mass thanking God for the harvest. The custom ended when Henry VIII broke away from the Catholic Church.

The National Eisteddfod of Wales takes place during the first week of August.

On the 3rd August 1492 Christopher Columbus left Spain with his fleet of three ships to set sail across the Atlantic to America. 
He was actually trying to find a new route to China and thought by sailing west he would find a quicker and easier route.

Barack Obama was born on the 4th August 1961

Neil Armstrong was born on the 5th August 1930

The Edinburgh Festival starts on the 5th

On the 6th August 1991 Tim Berners-Lee released his text-based web software to the public creating the beginnings of the World Wide Web and general public use of the Internet.

On the 7th August 1840 an Act of Parliament in the UK prohibited the employment of children under 16 as chimney sweeps. Small boys (starting at the age of 5 or 6 years) were employed to climb up chimneys to clean the inside of the flue. The poor boys came down covered in soot, and with bleeding elbows and knees. They often got stuck or froze with terror in the cramped darkness - in these cases the Master Chimney Sweeper, would simply light the fire underneath to 'encourage' them to get on with their work. Horrible times.

One of the most infamous robberies in British history, The Great Train Robbery, took place on the 8th August 1963. A gang of thieves ambushed the Glasgow to Euston mail train and stole used bank notes worth £2.3 million (£40 million in today's money). The robbery took place at Bridego Railway Bridge, Ledburn in Buckinghamshire when the robbers stopped the train by changing a rail signal from green to red. 12 of the 15 robbers were later caught, convicted and jailed.

On the 13th August 1961, communist East Germany built a wall in the middle of the night and for 28 years kept East Germans from fleeing to the West. The wall stood as a symbol of the Cold War.

Elvis Presley died on the 16th August 1977. He is widely known just as Elvis, and is referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll".
On the 17th August 1978, three American balloonists made the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in a hot air balloon.

On the 25th August 1609, the Italian astronomer and philosopher Galileo Galilei demonstrated his new creation the telescope.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta was born on the 27th August 1910. She always wrote her birthday as this date because that was the day of her baptism, which was always more important to her than her birth.

Martin Luther King Jr's famous speech 'I have a Dream', was delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC on the 28th August 1963

The Notting Hill Carnival takes place over the last weekend of August

Diana, Princess of Wales was killed in a car crash in Paris on the 31st August 1997.

∼ Be safe and well∼
Polly x

26 July 2022

All Aboard

For a ride on the Mid Norfolk Railway, a standard guage preserved line running from Wymondham to Dereham.

A week or so ago M and I enjoyed another day trip with our local coach company. The itinerary was to board the train at Wymondham to Dereham, have lunch then by coach to Gooderstone Water Gardens finishing the day with complimentary coffee and cake. However........ engineering work on the line meant we had to do the trip the other way round.
Starting at Gooderstone we had coffe and delicious bakewell tart, before exploring the meandering paths around the ponds and the nature trails at this little gem. It's not as impressive as Leonardslee Gardens but still a very nice place.

Clever placing of craft stalls at the entrance to the tea room

Unfortunately it was a bit of a whistle stop trip because we had to be at Dereham in time for our inclusive lunch and be ready to depart at 2pm.

It's a lovely old station, just as I remember from my childhood

Lunch was a delicious quiche salad with gorgeous new potatoes followed by a scrumptious raspberry and cream sponge cake.

The lovely station master and ticket inspector.

The train should have been pulled by a steam engine but because of the risk of sparks landing on any of the very dry crops or hedgerows along the line it was changed to a diesel engine.

The destination should have been Wymondham but because of the engineering works we could only go as far as the tiny station at Thuxton where we had a look in the signal box.

I was hoping we would be in the old fashioned carriages but they were reserved for afternoon tea. They have dining days of afternoon tea, and the Breckland Fryer Fish & Chips Train. That's our kind of trip, shame we don't live closer!

∼ Be safe and well∼
Polly x

22 July 2022

A Nice Day Out

Today my friend M and I visited our friend J who lives in Hadleigh in Suffolk. We had lunch in nearby Lavenham, a quintessential beautiful English country village.

Lavenham Blue Vintage Tea Room is very pretty, I forgot to take photos of inside. It's decked out in 40's memorabilia, posters, photographs, pretty table cloths, patterned china cups and saucers, proper teapots kept warm with tea cosies, and 40's music playing.

It was just a tad to chilly for us to sit in the pretty garden

Tea Room goodie bags for sale

There are lots of fine old properties around the village

The old Guildhall

We had a lovely day but the weather was chilly. On Tuesday and Wednesday we were roasting, I'm always bewildered how the weather goes from 39 deg to 20 deg in just two days!

∼ Be safe and well∼
Polly x

18 July 2022

Another Dolls House

Yes dear reader, I have another house! I haven't finished Lake View yet, but this one was there and I couldn't resisit it. After buying Lake View I told myself that I would only buy one more house and it had to be a Tudor one. I've always liked the Tudor and Jacobean eras.
There is a dolls house shop nearby that I visit now and again, and when I visited a couple of months ago there it was, right at the front of the shop, just waiting for me! At £375 though it was a tad above what I wanted to pay. The owner wasn't in but her friend said she thought I would be able to pay by instalments, and to phone the following Tuesday. Meanwhile whilst surfing the web looking at Tudor house designs and furnishings I found the shop's website, and there it was online for £275, and when I phoned the following Tuesday the owner said I could have it at that price, and pay for it over a couple of months.

It's very well built, sturdy and in very good condition

Apart from removing some wallpaper, changing the ground floor covering and adding some wood panels and beams it's good to go for furnishing with furniture and wall hangings. The Tudors weren't big on accessorising.

The dolls house shop is one of several well preserved farm buildings at Blake House Craft Centre, which was previously the Blake House farmyard.
There is a lovely flower shop, an antique shop, a gorgeous fabrics and wool shop a good restaurant, and resident peacocks.

This one was fascinated by its reflection, thinking it was another peacock.
It was trying to get into the shop.

I've never seen a white one before.

I waited for a while hoping they would lift their tails but they didn't.

∼ Be safe and well∼
Polly x
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