Nearly October can I mention the C word yet ? 

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Christmas ……there I said it ! 

I love Autumn, as much as I love the Summer there is is nothing nicer than snuggling up in your PJ’s under a cosy throw with candles lit ,fire on with it’s comforting glow. Autumn dramas on TV , walking the dog wrapped up on my warm coat and thoughts of Christmas in my head. I am a planner and a list addict and I already have my list for Christmas gifts done. Planning the decor and events to attend get me excited and sometimes the day itself doesn’t give me as much pleasure as the run up to it , does anyone else feel like that ? Its because we have no children in the house on Christmas morning now and it isn’t the same. I love church and carols and Christmas markets and making yummy treats for the Grandchildren and like to be organised .This year as we have a little puppy I am thinking of getting a table top tree as he is small and I can see him now getting under the tree and chewing wires or ornaments. I have to have a look around, the stores already have lots of Christmas goodies in and today its Christmas on QVC. Are you excited about Christmas? Even though I do everything myself and wouldn’t have it any other way. 

X Dawn 

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Bank Holiday weekend 

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This week has gone so fast and this weekend is a bank holiday.  We are going to be taking my  Grandaughter Emily to buy her school blazer and a few other bits and pieces, she is eleven going on twenty one I can tell you and she goes from our sweet little Emily to a little she devil faster than I can blink. She has her own ideas and boy does she let you know , saying that she always gives me a hug and a kiss a day tells me she has missed me when I haven’t seen her for a little while.  She does make up tutorials for her friends on Instagram and shopping hauls! She is eleven ! She is like me she loves to read and has quite a collection of books. We are planning to get the shopping part of Saturday done as quickly as we can so I can pick up my puppy and go for lunch somewhere weather permitting , if it rains we can get a takeaway lunch and bring it home . I don’t like leaving Archie my puppy for too long. 

My Son rang me from Spain today he and his partner have gone away for a few days just them no kids which is nice and he said it is really warm out there, I just hope the bank holiday weekend stays dry at least. 

John is off work next week and we are planning a few days out somewhere with Archie in tow of course and as long as we can get a few nice days out I wil be happy.  We have lots of projects going on in the house and we have to get them sorted? John is useless at DIY and it takes twice maybe three times as long to get a job done. We are also car hunting when we get chance as we need a new (to us now brand new) car, we have thrown so much money into our Volvo and it’s so old now we have to get rid of it. The joys of walking round car pitches does not excite me one bit and I don’t really care what we get as long as it gets me from A to B . I don’t drive so I have no interest in the specifics just buy a bloody car, how many cars do you have to look at before it drives you mad and they all look pretty much the same to me ! Can you tell I don’t and one iota of interest. That’s not me being horrid I genuinely have zero opinion when it comes to cars . I know the cars John doesn’t like as I do pay attention when I say “I like the look of that silver one ” and he says ” I wouldn’t be seen dead driving one of those ” wish me luck.

So what are you up to this weekend ? Whatever it is have a great time. 

X Dawn  

Is it really nearly  the end of August?

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Summer is nearly over here in the UK and I have to question , where has the time gone ? We have had some rare days of sunshine and a lot of rain and like today quute a few cloudy days. The British weather is so unpredictable, take this weekend for instance we went to a bootsale to buy some succulents and we took Archie with us.  I had a cardigan on but in the boot of the car I had a rain coat and umbrella as the weather looked slightly dodgy.  The sun came out and it was really warm as we were walking around and we managed to sit outside at the pub with the puppy for lunch and it was so Sunny. We got home and the heaven’s opened. We have not been away this Summer, John couldn’t get time off but he has some time off in September so we are hoping to have a few days away.  The shops are full of school supplies and I remember as a girl getting excited to go and buy new pens and pencils to take to my new class. There are sales in the shops now of the Summer stock and the Autumn and Winter seasons clothes and home wares are out.  Someone posted that they have Christmas cards in their local card shop.

I feel like Summer has passed us by so fast, as has the year, it seems like only yesterday I was packing away the Christmas tree!  I wonder how any Mum’s can’t wait for their kids to go back to school , I feel for parents during the Summer holidays when the weather is so horrible as the kids can’t let off steam outside. 

I had Archie this year so we knew we wouldn’t be going abroad and we have no plans to for the next few years.  I have missed stepping out of the plane and feeling the heat hit you in the face ! 

Hopefully we will have a few more days of sunshine before Autumn. 

So I am trying to squeeze a little more Summer out of August if possible.  Please can we have some sunshine ! I am not ready to get the  throws out or turn the heating on and cook comfort food , I want a picnic, ice cold drinks and a walk by the river ….

X Dawn 

A little montage 

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My little Archie looked so cute in his little Police K9 Unit top so I had to share with you. Also my cheese on toast I had for lunch one of the days last week with HP sauce of course, my cinnamon french toast with strawberries I had for breakfast it’s a comfort food for me. I love potatoes and I have done a whole blog post on this(in the food section of this blog) but these crushed roasted new potaoted with garlic and thyme are so tasty I try to make them once a week. This morning I had no get up and go so I drank coffee and watched a vintage episode of the Only Way is Essex. My friends Daughter got married last week and the cake was beautiful I thought I would share the pic.  Archie likes to sleep on my and he crawls as high as he can get mostly under my chin and gets comfy. Hope you like my pics . 

X Dawn 

Memories

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Do you find if you hear a song or go to a certain place it brings back a certain memory? I have certain songs that bring back wonderful memories for me and some sad ones too. If I drive past or visit or hear someone mention a place that was special to me then all these memories and emotions come flooding back. I have memories of friends from my past that I have lost touch with and I remember places we went to and the music that we used to listen to and the fun things we did, the laughter and the tears and everything in between . The places that we will never go again and the things we will never do again with that person that we may never see again. Thank goodness then that we do have these memories that even the silliest of things will have us remember. A smell can bring back memories of my childhood I can still smell the baking my Grandmother did, I have her mixing bowls and special hand written recipes.  I can still smell the perfume of my late Mother in Law which sadly passes away at the age or 52 . I can smell my babies when I close my eyes and remember holding them for the first time and I can also rememer lost little angels that were not meant to be when I hear a song called In the arms of the Angels. I will be never ever forget….

We have happy memories that makes us smile  (and sometimes blush) or even laugh out loud, memories of things we had to go through and would rather forget and things we will never ever forget . Where ever you go you memories go with you. X Dawn 

August…wouldn’t think so! 

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Good old British Summer time, rain,wind and clouds! It is pretty dismal here in the UK and our weekend plans are going to have to change.  You can’t plan anything with this awful weather and I feel for the parents who are trying to keep their kids occupied indoors during the Summer school holidays. My tumble drier has been working overtime and I have cabin fever,apart from the odd walk when it hasn’t rained we haven’t been out on a nice day out with a nice dog walk (and carry as he only has little legs) yet. Today is very overcast and doesn’t look at all promising. How depressing! It looks and feels like an Autumn Day.

It’s raining now 

I got Archie a kids play tunnel for the garden in tne Morrisons sale it was only £4 I have it on the living room as it has been so bad I haven’t put it in the garden yet, he likes it and I throw his toys in and he grabs them and runs out the other side. Keeping him busy will keep him out of mischief as he is going through the chewing stage and have to watch him as he is so small he gets everywhere . 

He lives lying on me,he looks quite big in this picture but he isn’t,saying that he has grown since we had him . He is a bundle of energy and so much fun and when he tires himself out he likes to lie on me . He is on my right now as I am writing,I am in my pj’s,here he is . Right under my chin ! 

Hope through weather is being kinder to you . Good for the garden I suppose.  

X Dawn  

First bath

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Archie was rolling around the garden and looked like he had been dragged through a hedge so I gave him his first bath.  We had got a new washing up bowl to use as his bath as it was the perfect size.  I put an absorbant mat on the worktop and sat the bath on it . He was scared at first and I didn’t give him a long bath just long enough to clean him off and rinse.  He looked so cute and loves being dried wrapped in his towel he thought it was a game and tried to eat the towel. Here are some pics.  

Isn’t he the cutest ? 

X Dawn