Friday, May 30, 2008

Another Birthday

Today is my darling Mother's 72nd birthday !

She has had a great day, with **loads** of cards, gifts, flowers, visits and phone calls.

She asked us to get her the new Neil Diamond and Sarah Brightman cds, so we were happy to oblige :-)

I am so thankful to see her in good spirits and good health, considering all the ups and downs she has had over the last six months with her health.

Thanks be to God, and may He grant her Many Years !!!
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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Would You Stop For Britney Begonia ?

What happens when people just stand by and do nothing ?


The Scientific Misconduct Blog has a brilliant article and selection of quotes about people not wanting to get involved when they **Should**.

Read it and ponder.......

I have copied the Quotations he cites, for future reference :-

"Here is a selection of quotes about collaborators, bystanders and the shame of all those who fail to speak, and who fail to ask questions.

Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings.
Helen Keller

Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence.
Henri Frederic Amiel

To assist Enron all they had to do is to do nothing, and they did nothing very well

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetuate it.
Martin Luther King, Jr

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

What luck for the rulers that men do not think.
Adolph Hitler

And the multitude was silent, not a voice, not a sound was heard upon the hillsides, across the valleys where they stood.
Richard Bach, Illusions

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
Abraham Lincoln

There is no shame in not knowing; the shame lies in not finding out.
Russian proverb

A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves.
Juvenal

The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependence and back into bondage.
Fraser Tyler

You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no results.
Gandhi

The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
Albert Einstein"
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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Les Miserables in Lego !

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For Shame's Sake

A photo of the Longleat stately home !
It is immense; the roof is currently being re-leaded, which has taken two years at a cost of 2.5 million pounds. It does however have a guaranteed life span of 250 years.......

A rather nice sculpture of St George killing the dragon and rescuing the maiden....


You can go on a boat cruise too, but we didn't have time.



I did, however, walk the labyrinth ! They have three in this courtyard.
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Pets Corner


Macaw cracking a nut.



The parrot show was amazing. They are truly clever birds.
This macaw was able to do a jigsaw puzzle even when the pieces were muddled up and placed at random by the audience. I have seen kids in school make a hash of something like this......


This one liked to drive a little jeep.....all the parrots were given loads of food treat rewards for each activity, of course.




and the beautiful otters :-)
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Magical Garden

Me taking a photo of myself in the distorting mirror in the children's garden at Longleat !




This fire- breathing - well okay, smoke exhaling dragon - had a sensor so it "spoke" as people walked near it.....




We think this was a wizard, but it could have been a witch - the voice was very gender -neutral.

The garden was filled with nooks and crannies where you could see through to other oarts of the garden, and it was delightful We went round it at least five times......







As we came out of the garden, across the path we were able to get a sneak preview of the new Postman Pat theme village being constructed !

It opened the day after we came home...... I was really disappointed, because I loved watching Postman Pat with the older ones as well as the younger ones.
It does provide me with a compelling reason to go back, I suppose !
Not because we didn't get to do the huge hedge maze, or see the historic house, but because of the Postman Pat village. That just about sums me up, really !


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More Animals From Longleat



One of the wolves. They were hiding in long grass at the far end of their enclosure, so it was tricky even seeing them.....





The delightful- and extremely protective of his nest- male ostrich. He walked right up top the bus and was pecking at the windows, which must have given the people sitting downstairs some amazing photos ! We were on the top deck of the bus......





One of the gorgeous and very rare Southern White Rhinos. They only let one male out at a time to run with the herd of females, in order to prevent accidents due to fighting, so this poor lad drew the short straw and had to stay indoors whilst the other boy ran free for the day !
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Down To Business !

Today is the 10th birthday of my precious third-born daughter :-)
God grant you Many Years !

She has been up since 05.30, along with DD4, and they are currently in MY BED watching the Nancy Drew movie, one of her presents, whilst I am exiled (sob!) to the computer, LOL.

They are both having their hair cut this morning, so no pictures till later .........
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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Hols 3 - Longleat Safari Park

At the risk of boring you, some of the highlights of the safari park !

Giraffe



Rhesus Monkeys, which took delight in attcking the cars brave - or foolish enough- to drive through their enclosure. We paid £20 extra for us all to go on the guided tour safari bus - but when you think that the cost of replacing a radio aerial is approx £40, it seemed like a godd investment :-0



Tigress


Charlie the lion


and a seriously rare Rhino !
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Hols 2

All seen on our patio every day !
European Robin, Squirrel, male Chaffinch.




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Holidays 1

Some shots of Center Parc at Longleat, Wiltshire, where we spent our hols.....400 acres of car-free forest and a wildlife wonderland !






This last photo is of the small pond, complete with ducks and herons, about 15 yards away from our patio..........
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Wear The Lilac Day

May 25th is Wear The Lilac Day.
If you have ever read "Night Watch", it will be immediately obvious what this is about......


Hence the blog has temporarily changed colour in honour of the esteemed Terry Pratchett, who is suffering from a rare, early-onset form of Alzheimer's disease.

More information and ways to support research here.
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Knitting Shawls




I have completed three shawls, so far.
The first picture is of an unfringed, untasselled shawl. No, I did not choose the yarn the new proud owner did, and loves it, so I am happy !








I knitted two shawls using this colour, one for DD2 who is modelling her beloved "shooshie", and one for my dear friend Mary :-)

I am currently knitting one for myself, which I will photograph once it is finished.....
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We're Back !

We are safely home after a simply splendid and much-needed holiday.

Once I have made some headway in tackling the laundry, I will set to and download my photos etc and post them here.

Watch this space........
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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Happy Birthday !

A very Happy Birthday to my precious firstborn, who is 22 today !

Many Years, DoomHamster !
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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Conversation

This conversation took place in our house today:-

Screams from both children upstairs.
I shoot up the stairs to be greeted by DD3 sobbing quietly and DD4 howling loudly.

DD4 demanded instant sympathy and uttered the immortal line "I hurt my finger so much when I punched my sister!"
Needless to say, she was told that it jolly well served her right and she should not have punched her sister, full stop.
DD3 then got sympathy.

Neither of them sustained any visible imjury and both were utterly painfree after about a minute....

Needless to say, after being separated and put in their respective bedrooms, five minutes later they inform me that they are best friends again now, so please can they play together in one of their rooms :-)

LOL.
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Friday, May 16, 2008

CountDown

Our long-awaited holiday ( our first night away in two years) starts on Monday.
We are off to Center Parc based very near to Longleat.

I have never ever been to the stately home at Longleat, or the world-famous Safari park, so I am looking forward to it as much as the two young ones are :-)
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Coffee !!!!!!

Today just seemed to whizz by in a rush.
Nothing seemed to go right, either, at first glance !

The album that DD1 wanted for her birthday next week was rather more expensive here in Blogsville than she had told us was available in nearby BlogTown. So we bought our birthday cards in Blogsville, then decided to make our way to BlogTown, especially as my mother needed a new iron and rather liked the one we bought at Asda's (Walmart) in BlogTown.

We parked up and decided to treat ourselves to the nice breakfasts available at Asda. DH had a full cooked breakfast, plus toast, plus a refillable capuccino. I opted for scrambled egg on toast and a refillable capuccino.

We enjoyed our breakfasts then decided that we would make use of our free refill after all. I trooped back to the machine to get mine and DH, only to find an irate gentleman in front of me, waiting for the staff to change the milk container to a full one. They did so in due course.

In the meantime I was shanghaied by a lovley older lady, who was on her first visit to the cafe and didn't know how to work the machines or where the teabags, milk, sugar etc were to be found. I showed her where everything was and how to operate the machines, and saw her safely on her way, laden with goodies.


By now, the cappuccino machine was back working, and the queue had gone.

Hah.

The machine was now deciding to heat up the new milk that had been poured in. It takes quite some time to heat up 8 pints of milk to frothing, steaming, capuccino temperature. I know, because I stood there, about to get cross, when it suddenly dawned on me that I had been able to help not just one old lady navigate the system, but also another new lady who asked me to help her whilst I was waiting for the milk to heat up.

Had I really wasted my time waiting for the machine ?
No, I hadn't.

I had talked to two lovely ladies, whom I would have not met if the machine had been functioning. We laughed, swapped horror stories about complex appliances in public places, and they certainly brightened my day :-)

The coffee tasted all the sweeter once I took it back to our table.......

When we got home, the man from the electricity board , who was supposed to change our domestic electric meter, had arrived early and was waiting outside our house. I ran in to take the dog to the garden to do his business whilst DH was showing the man where the meter was.
Then we got side-tracked at home, with various tasks.

Too late did we remember that we had not taken the frozen foods out of the boot of the car !!!! Luckily they were just salvageable.
And we did manage to get DD1's birthday album over a pound cheaper than here in Blogsville, even if Asda had sold out of the iron my mother wanted :-)
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Monday, May 12, 2008

Mum's Computer Time

I am alive, honest.
Just haven't been able to get near the computer :-)

I have a course Monday afternoon, Tuesday morning, and all day Thursday.

Wednesday I do a mad blitz on the housework so it looks okay for when DH gets home.

Friday DH and I try to spend some time together; last week we went shopping to Tesco and Asda. Asda's Lamb Kebabs are PD Good !

Weekends are generally just mayhem. Nuff said.

DH is delighted with recent purchases from EBay - his favourite incarnation of Dr Who is Tom Baker, and DH was able to buy a pile of Dr Who videos rather cheaply. He has spent most of his waking time since returning home on Weds night transferring the videos to the computer so he can convert then to AMV files so he can put them on his MP4 player and watch them anywhere, as we don't have a video player in the living room anymore......

I'm going to put Ostrov and Ushpizin on mine, I think :-)

DH is back at work so I get the computer back .........well, partly, as the young ones have an Inset day from school today as the staff are on some fancy-pants training insisted on by the Welsh Assembly government.

Tomorrow afternoon will be offcially Mum's Computer Time !
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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Gizmo For Your Computer

I was advised of this wondrous gizmo via the OrthWomen mailing list -
once installed, it will sound bells at the canonical hours and display one of the relevant Psalms to be prayed.

No more excuses for not praying at the computer :-)


Sounds wonderful - go here to get it !
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Worthless

My blog is officially worthless !



I suppose if that doesn't teach me some humility, nothing will.........
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Monday, May 05, 2008

Safely Home

Mum is now safely home after her interesting escapade on Saturday.

Thank you all for your prayers !

I hope to goodness they get her medication sorted out once and for all; I don't think our doctor's nerves will stick too many of these seriously scary episodes. Neither will mine :-)
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Sunday, May 04, 2008

Chaos Resumes

Bright Week has been very bright here.

Chaos has officially now resumed, however !


Yesterday teatime my mother developed another spectacular anaphylactic reaction to one of her medications; she phoned me straight away, I phoned DD2 and got her to phone our GP at home ( he has given us his number for emergencies with mum) whilst I phoned for the ambulance from my home, so as to minimise the dalay in getting her urgent medical care.

We then piled in the car and raced to her house, and we all simultaneously converged: myself, DD2 & boyfriend, GP, Rapid Response Paramedic by car and shortly afterwards, the full ambulance crew.


GP advised her to go in, strongly seconded by me, so she went in by ambulance with full IV access for medications.

She was kept in overnight, and has phoned me this morning to say that she has been told she should be able to come home this afternoon, thank God.

I have nothing but praise for our GP, the local ambulance crews and the A&E staff; they were absolutely marvellous to my mother.

Quite how they are going to manage her gout now that she cannot take any anti-inflammatory drugs of any description is going to be a bit of a problem, but that is for the Consultant Rheumatologist to sort out.............
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Saturday, May 03, 2008

Gifts

DH has bought me a present.
An unexpected present.

One that I certainly do not **need** to have, but have most certainly been coveting for a very long time.

He is such a sweetie !

On sale at a shop yesterday was this little beauty

So DH bought one for me, and one for him, with our council tax rebate money :-)


It is currently charging up as we speak, so I can have photos, movies and music to watch wherever I want to........
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Year's Mind

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Today is the first anniversary of the disappearance of little Madeleine McCann from Praia da Luz, Portugal.

Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy.


God grant that this little one may be found........


I know the statistical likelihood is that she is dead, but I still hope for a miracle. Even if the worst has happened and she is unfortunately dead, please God let her remains be found so that her parents and family will at least know for certain.
I cannot even begin to imagine what her family has suffered and continues to suffer.

Please pray for them all, and for all missing children worldwide.

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