Wednesday, 1 September 2021

A return visit and new friends ..

After the sale of Still Rockin' (click here) early in 2021 we arranged to visit the new owners to talk them through the various equipment onboard, satellite dish, water filtration system, engine service, etc..  Unfortunately, due to covid we couldn't arrange a date until mid June but that had to be cancelled the day before the visit because of the exciting news that our granddaughter had given birth to twin girls eight weeks early! The remainder of June and all of July and August were a whirlwind of visiting and being visited by family and a party to celebrate another granddaughter's graduation.  

Four generations of females!
Congratulations Lucy!

The date was rearranged to visit Debbie and Richard and on Saturday 28th August, very early we set off ...
 

At 05:40 we set off along the country roads of Cheshire ...

with the sunrise in our eyes ... and arrived at Thames and Kennet Marina in Reading at 09:30 ... 

Meet Debbie and Richard, new owners of Still Rockin' ...

Still Rockin' still looking good!

We spent a lovely few hours with Debbie and Richard, George imparting the information and advice they requested and generally chatting and getting to know each other over lunch.

We wish them both good luck and happy cruising in the years to come and sincerely hope that they stay in touch and invite us back in the not too distant future.

We left them early afternoon and continued our journey ...
A familiar sight to regular blog readers ...
to be greeted by Penny and Sue onboard No Problem XL.  
We spent an hour or so catching up with Sue's news and I am pleased to tell you that she is very well but a little bored at being moored up for so long in one place, but happy to be safe and well with friends close by to support her.
We arrived home just in time (7pm) to see the sun setting at the end of the garden after an exciting but rather long day.

Thursday, 24 June 2021

Great News ...

 George and I are pleased to announce that we are now very proud Great Grandparents!

On Tuesday 22nd June our eldest granddaughter Louise delivered Grace Irene and Lillian Sarah into the world.

Many congratulations to Louise and Robert and welcome to a new beginning as parents.




We are so, so happy for them.

Thursday, 18 February 2021

Life on the land outside the window ...

January 2021 ...

Saturday 2nd January 8:40
Monday 4th out for a walk - first sign of spring
Friday 8th - first visitor to our new feeding station
Saturday 9th 16:20 - first BBQ of the year!
Wednesday 20th 8:00 - first snow of 2021
Thursday 21st 8:45 - more snow ...


... and out for a walk 12:40 - I wouldn't want this dog to jump up me!
Friday 22nd 9:50 - we watched this buzzard (we think it's a young one) being harassed by a crow on the park area at Audlem for over 10 minutes ...
eventually it was the crow that flew away leaving the buzzard on the ground ... we waited a while longer but he didn't fly off and it was time for us to leave.  (Sorry about the picture quality taken from inside the car)

Monday 26th 9:55 - this beautiful wren is a daily visitor at about this time to catch his breakfast from under and around the garden shed.
Friday 29th 11:00 - a lucky but poor shot through the window of this pair of Gold Finches feeding on the seeds of whatever plant this is.
and to end January 2021 - BBQ number 2 at 17:00 in the rain, in the dark under the sun umbrella!

Hope all my lovely readers are keeping safe and are continuing to stay indoors as much as possible ... let's beat this covid thing ... the future is looking better.

Thursday, 28 January 2021

Finally ...

 Still Rockin' is sold .... 

the money's in the bank ...

we love where we live ...

new furniture for the new house is on order ...

and we have our first Covid vaccinations in 4 days time!

Life is Good.

Friday, 22 January 2021

It's a Good News day ...

 ... and the bestest news first ...


George and I are pleased to announce that ...  (drum roll) ...


we're going to be great-grandparents ....


to twins!!!!!!!!


and the next best ...


Still Rockin' is going through the sale process ...

Congratulations to Deborah and Richard Parr

who will soon become her new owner.

We wish them all the happiness and enjoyment that we had over the six years that we lived on Still Rockin'.

If you meet Deborah and Richard on your travels

please say hello and welcome.

Saturday, 9 January 2021

Life on the land ... end of the year ...

My New Year's Eve walk ...

On our last (first) walk around the village we'd noticed this lane and whilst George checked the OS map on his phone a lady on a bicycle stopped and said it's a nice walk up there, so we decided that that would be our next expedition.
However on New Year's Eve George was busy elsewhere and I decided to explore on my own.  As you can see we'd had snow!
It was a cold, cold day but with brilliant sunshine
I came across this footpath sign ...
and looking over the gate could see manicured lawns and precision cut hedges ... is it really a public footpath ...
nothing ventured ... nothing gained ... if it is public footpath I should be able to see stile or gate to continue on the path ... I went through the small gate ...
still not sure I should be in here ... it looks amazing!
A beautiful wooden summer house encased in its winter cloths
.... lovely seating areas in the very stylish grounds ...
a pizza oven/bbq to while away and enjoy those summer evenings ...
and a few minutes later I spy the exit from this wonderful place ... 
most definitely a path to explore further ... but when the weather is warmer and the ground not so soft and wet ... I turned back to the lane ... I must do a bit of research and find out what this place is.
and continued to walk just a short distance.  Not knowing how long the lane was I decided to head back down the lane ...




towards home.

The Old Barn ... was sold early in 2019 for a very tidy sum.  I had thought that perhaps the barn may have been converted for holiday lets but appears that it's a private residence ... with a public footpath running through its garden ... not sure that that would be for me.

Life on the land ... catching up ...

 We've had snow ...

29th December ...

It's not too much at 9:15 ...
but a couple of hours later ...
there's enough of the white stuff for the neighbours to build a snowman ... 
this really is 'our' sort of place to live!