Be prepared for another long post. Make a cuppa!
I'd like to blame it on the long hazy days of summer, but as people in the UK know, that's just wishful thinking!
No, it's been cold, wet and gloomy for most of the summer. I don't know if I suffer from SAD
but if the weather is gloomy for too long, I feel gloomy too and tend to go into hibernation mode. That's why I always look forward to Spring and Summer despite loving the traditions of Autumn and Winter.
So, there have been lots of things that I've wanted to talk about and yet I didn't feel like typing out posts.
I do hope you'll forgive me.
Firstly, I'd like to thank those of you who posted birthday wishes for my daughter. She recently saw them and posted a thanks too. :)
I mentioned in my second to last post about a train journey that I was going on. I was going to Bristol to meet up with a couple of online friends. One from Canada and one from the UK.
We've known each other for nearly 6 years and when Herb (our Cannuck friend) told us she was visiting we had to arrange to meet up!
So, we all booked into the same B&B (nice B&B, If I go to Exeter again I'll stay there again.) and I arranged to meet Herb in Bristol where she was staying overnight.
We met up after a hiccup with Herb finding the station (if you've ever driven around Bristol, you'll understand, then add to that someone driving a right hand drive car when they're used to the left, on what would be the wrong side of the road) and went to Wells.
We spent most of our time there in the cathedral, oohing and aahing at the architecture. :)
I do have some photos, but they're currently on my other pc (I'm using a laptop in order to try and save electricity) so I'll upload them later.
Drove on to Exeter where we met up with our other friend and my hubby.
It wasn't a whole weekend away, just one night. Hubby and I got back late Saturday night (would have been earlier but for the fact that we were using public transport and it was a shambles.) but it was really nice to be able to get away and meet up with friends who I've known online for years but never met in real life.
And I have to add, that all of the people who I've met online and become friends with, when I've met them, I've never felt that my friendship was wrong.
Anyway, Hubby and I decided that we really like Exeter (we played the game that goes *what house would you live in? what shops would you buy from?*) The shops are really interesting and if hubs had driven down we'd have been able to pick up a few bits that we couldn't bring back on the train, like the old, very long enamel sign warning people that if they didn't close the gate they would be fined 40 shillings.
(Our postman always leaves the gate open, despite knowing that we have a dog. We would have loved to have seen his face seeing that sign on our gate!)
Oh, and I almost forgot! In one of the charity shops I spied a lovely fabric. I was thinking that it could be used for curtains in the hall, but upon investigating it, I found it to be a Sanderson double quilt cover with Oxford pillowcases. For £5.
Of course I bought it.
I love it, even though it doesn't go with our bedroom colours!
Well, I think that's enough for this post.
I shall regale you in my next post about jam and piccalilli making.
(and hopefully upload some photos)