Hello from…what day is it anyway?

August 31, 2015

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Hello everyone. So it might be Monday morning here in Raincity, but the last few days are such a blur I’ve almost completely lost touch with the calendar.
One reason for this is that I booked our return flights for two different days!
Yeah! No idea what I was thinking!
When we got an email from British Airways inviting us to check in 24 hours before the flight on the 28th, I thought, “Huh? We’re leaving OXON on the 30th!”
Not quite. I managed to book R back on the 29th and me back on the 30th. I’m such a butterfly brain!
So, a hurried phone call to BA, an additional charge to switch, a drop everything and prepare the house for leaving Thursday, a pack everything up evening, and off to Heathrow the next morning.

Of course, this gave us the best fun and the greatest chance to surprise Chloe a day early. 😀

The flight was relatively uneventful, (I got a woman who could only be described as the village idiot siting beside me on one side, which provided us with endless entertainment), except for the landing. We flew into Van at the height of a strong windstorm; the strongest since 2006. This caused some spectacular turbulence for about the last hour, and major fun for the taxi trying to dodge bits of trees and power outages at intersections. But then we were at home and walking up to the front door, and Chloe open mouthed at having us appear a day earlier. It was so worth it. 😀

Speaking of Chloe, she’s fractured her ankle trying to run an obstacle marathon a couple weeks ago, and looks a bit like Long John Silver in an air boot. We seriously thought about stopping at a costume shop and renting some pirate gear before we came home.

There’s the silliest vintage porcelain cat here. The kids thought it would be funny to add this blue yarn kitten to my growing collection of ridiculous white porcelain cats. I think that now there may be six or seven of them here. I might have to put a moratorium on the purchase of any more of these silly cats guys! LOL

It’s a monsoon out there! The rain has set in and is supposed to last all week. It’s actually really great news after the summer drought and all the wild fires around the province. It’s hard to find the break between the clouds, but when it came yesterday, I went out for some groceries, a little walk and a stop at a local art gallery.

So here we are at home, missing home. The cats are being weird, and Milo won’t even come in at the moment, and it’ll take a bit of time till they find their balance with us back. The garden is waiting and I want to go dig up the potatoes and harvest the rest of the grapes, but don’t really feel like doing that in the rain.

Maybe we’ll just take it easy for another day or two and hunker down in the warmth of the family room and watch movies on Netflix. 😀

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Plum cake and an open fire for rainy days

There has been some manky weather round here these past couple of days and Robbie and I are trying to get as much done as possible before we have to lock down the house and garden and head to Vancouver. The weather has turned…

August 28, 2015
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Drawing challenge: Tiny

Tiny! What a lovely concept Tammie thought of for this week’s drawing challenge. Thank you so much Tammie. I’m a big fan and a big collector of tiny things. I love to stage found tiny things around the studio as inspiration while I paint.…

August 22, 2015

Today was a good day

Robert just looked at me, smiled and said, “Has it been your kind of day today?” I must admit it that it was! I got to paint all day today. That was a treat. I bought 8 beautiful old maps from ebay. They range…

August 21, 2015
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Evenings round here

It’s beginning to look a lot like high summer round here. Our English summer is the typical on the cool side summer, but at least the blackberries are ripening. I’m worried though that I might miss the majority of our garden plums because they…

August 18, 2015
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Sunday rest…HA!

Sundays might be meant for rest and a lie-in, HA, not us! We jumped up first thing and hooned X country to Northhamptonshire and the Santa Pod raceway to be part of the Mini in the Park. So many pretty cars! (you have to…

August 17, 2015
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Drawing challenge: Image

I’m so glad the drawing challenge is back after a summer break, and am so grateful to our woolfie girl Nadine for calling this weekend’s DC: Image. The word image is so loaded with possibilities, isn’t it? Some days I feel I’m so bombarded…

August 14, 2015
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The Great Coxwell Barn

Last week, my friend Elaine said she would kidnap me for a couple hours to take me somewhere special. That somewhere special turned out to be this amazing place…and, right within my ten mile radius of West Cottage, so happily fit into my Ten…

August 13, 2015
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Car boot sale treasure

What a treat it is to find unexpected treasures at a thrift store, flea market, or here in Oxfordshire, car boot sales. Come see what I found on Sunday. I bought a peaceable kingdom of sorts. Actually, I bought 19 lead farm animal toys…

August 10, 2015
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Friends for a Sunday lunch

Hello from Sunday night everyone. We had the most marvellous weekend round here. Our friends Nick and Sarah drove down from The Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, to have Sunday lunch with us. I haven’t seen them for a full year and so was very…

August 9, 2015