Wednesday, 13 November 2019
Monday, 4 November 2019
On our first day we were straight into Liverpool by bus , getting the bus near from where we were staying which was the Crowne Plaza near Liverpool airport and we got off near the Albert Docks and you are straight into the throng of it all. There really is SO much to see round Liverpool that I think you really need about 4 days to most of it and even then there will still be something more to see.We headed first to the Beatles museum and paid our money and took ourselves on the self guided tour.which is a timeline of the Beatles story with additional information and videos etc.The museum is good the tour is a little long winded in places mainly due the never ending video clips on the tour guide you are given but never the less we both enjoyed it.My husband thought that the museum could have be made ever better by having people dressed up as the Beatles characters to interact with people every now and again.
Then it was onto the Liver Building which dominates the skyline of Liverpool , it is so true than when you're in Liverpool that you really do need to to look up because of the marvellous architecture.
If you’re going to visit Liverpool and you’re a National Trust member then it’s working booking in advance to see Paul Mccartneys childhood home and the home Mendips where John Lennon grew up . It’s around £9.50 each if you’re a #nationaltrustmember and £25 if not.They tell you there’s no toilet on the door but there is one you can use at the McCartney home ( not the one that Paul Mcartney used ! )
#abbeyroad50 #beatles #liverpool
It was a case of OOOOh no you shouldn't be on that medication because you're obese and let's have you on the scales.
I went from a hero to zero in one swift mouthful.
I know I have to lose weight and you know I have really overhauled my eating habits and people know how much walking I do and all I got from the doctor was "you seem to be doing the right things"
I have a referral from the dietician which has been shelved because even they thought it was odd being referred in such a way.
I really do think I was fat shamed in a way ... because all the other times I have been to the doctors my weight has roughly stayed the same .. my blood pressure and cholesterol are all good.
I have joined instead a scheme with the council aimed at people with a disability where it is one and one and there is no shaming in fact I was congratulated on making that step! now to me that is far more productive and inspiring that what I experienced at the doctors last week.And I have been assured that it is on no way like far club from Little Britain.
Sunday, 3 November 2019
Basically British Politics is like using the cat flap I come in and go out
1. 23 1/2 hours naps for all .
2. An Amazon box to sleep in I reject your hipster modernist stool bed
3. As much toilet paper and kitchen roll as you want to shred.
4. That brand of cat food you like but then you won't like but will like.
5. Nail file and more cats on television
6. No restrictions on the import of ping pong balls.
7. The sofa backstop .... the sofa is mine all and I only let you use it out of common courtesy.
8. Classic FM 24 hours a day and a copy of the Guardian and NO Aled Jones stand ins ever ever gain on Classic Fm
9. The right to hiss at nothing that is there.
10. The right to walk to the front door loop round and come in through the cat flap * repeating this action to your hearts content.
Wednesday, 30 October 2019
Someone I know their daughter has just had a baby and sometimes you really scratch your head what to get them and the new bundle of joy as new born babies don't really play with toys.
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Tuesday, 29 October 2019
Wednesday, 23 October 2019
A book is very much like a cat in such that they’re both gorgeous and demand and they are wonderful to stroke ! there is nothing like the feel and touch of a book and the smell.Though a cat on occasion can not smell as nice as a book they are just as useful sometimes you get what you want out of a book and sometimes you don't.But despite not being in love with a book maybe at the start more often than not you're in love with it at the end.Though sometimes there is that awkward stand off between owner and cat and you never quite understand each other and this is the same for books.There are those books that people rave about the ones that you simply must read the ones that if you haven't read then why did you ever learn to read !
I was really pleased and that is an understatement .. I was ecstatic to receive through a win the shortlist of the Booker prize books and they were all signed ~ how fabulous is this.I immediately ditched a science fiction book that I wasn't getting on with and started with Salmans Rushdie Quichotte and again that describes me a gentle reader grabs my attention immediately.
But a book won't suddenly dislike the cat food you have just brought a joblot ....
Monday, 21 October 2019
Jack is not without his expense like any cat and he now needs a more potent flea treatment than your bog standard one you might get from Amazon or any supermarket.And I was discussing how often he would need worming if i switched over to the worming tablet the vets offer.
Friday, 11 October 2019
Wednesday, 9 October 2019
I used to have a soup maker but that blew up
Bag of carrots
shallots or onion chopped
Tomatoes Italian or otherwise maybe a shot of tomato puree as well
can of coconut milk
700 ml of stock
salt and pepper to taste
Firstly get those carrots pureed
then add the coconut milk whizz up a bit more
Fry the onions through
Put everything into a big sauce pan
Add the stock and heat through constantly stirring
for about 15 minutes
you could add a little grated toasted coconut on top for that Michelin star approach.
Monday, 7 October 2019
Little boy to Granny
Little boy " If you say you there are no fairies then a fairy will die"
Granny " But you just said it"
Little Boy" I said IF you said it"
Little boy "Also if you say, you believe in fairies then a fairy is born"
At this point the little boy's older brother jumped it and swearing my journey, couldn't get any worse he decided to chip in.
Older brother"I don't believe in fairies!"
Well that was it wasn't the little boy snapped ....
"Fairies are real . I believe in fairies"So this continued for an hour with the two brother toing and froing believe me the mood I was in once I got off the train I would have sorted any rioters out!. The first half of our journey the little boy as you read earliar was staring over my son's shouder.
So please for love all things magical fairies do exist it may just save a rail passenger from losing the will to live.
Sunday, 6 October 2019
Why My Cats Meant So Much To Me
Much hilarity is to be had , I do think the cats and mice are in cahoots over this , I can hear the conversation now behind the blue shed in my garden.
"SO Rollie you are second in the leader board of mice in the house , with Jack in first not forgetting the extra points for making your owner scream "
We had though got Jack at this time as we had though Rollie the first had gone missing so got another kitten after a long time of looking till we found him again ( but as mentioned previously he was unfortunately run over )
We got another kitten that looked like the first this was Rollie the 2nd who was more mischievous than Rollie the 1st ever was ! While one kitten was climbing up your leg another was sitting on top of the fridge or kitchen cabinets. Oh the fun we have had we they set off the house alarm in the middle of the night !
|Rollie as a happy kitten!|
The cats are family more than beds and a great comfort to all , like myself recently getting over my depression they are the best medicine for me. Indeed they are how this blog came about with it Rollie was the catalyst for the blog, Rollie and Jack would make great book material James Herriot would have loved them I am sure of it.
|Rollie with this chacterful wink.|
We Only have Jack now :-)
We got a taxi from our hotel and it was about 26 Euros and that took us to the top of the old town where the fort is and a cathedral and I am glad it did as I am asthmatic ! then we could wistfully wind our way down and oh what a serene and inspiring journey it was.
A holiday is what you make it and on the days when we weren't wandering about I were lazing by the pool reading or taking a dip, but a week was just enough for us perhaps long enough there had been more at the hotel but it was enough and sometimes that is all you need.
Wednesday, 2 October 2019
With Autumn you can hear me cry :
"COOOOOEEEE oh hello I didn't know you were here as well ....."
Your heart may sink or you might or no bang there goes my quiet holiday !
This has happened to me not once but twice three times if you include my husband seeing someone he knew on a flight who waved from first class us as we did the first class walk of shame all the way down to economy class.
And then there was the time I and my family was smack bang in Washington at subway station called Wooley Park getting our subway tickets for that days adventure.I suddenly heard a very high pictured sound of a child
"MRS Toplis ... OOOOH it's Mrs Toplis "
And there thousands of miles away from home was a pupil from the school where I was a teaching assistant , I was shocked as you go away for a holiday and end up seeing someone you know ! I thought yes you are perhaps likely to bump into someone you know in Spain perhaps or even Portugal but Washington DC and a Subway station at that.
National Trust properties where there is danger and not just because you might get tripped up by a rough Wethers original on the floor left by the older generation but by the fact that their are Scone traps.I have noticed an increasing problem at National Trust properties in that they lay these traps you might just thinking oh it is just a harmless cream tea but ooh no it is a human venus fly trap and it is mortally dangerous.
I think this is my favourite object from Hanbury Hall ( I did leave it behind ! however tempting it was )
Monday, 30 September 2019
"When I was younger all this was fields "
He continued on with "Don't you wish you could go back to the past ?"
And the lady he was having the conversation with said "You mean when you had to chisel of the ice of the window in the bathroom or go to the toilet at the bottom of the garden !"
To which he replied "You had a garden ?! you were lucky , we just had a strip concrete "
( It did very much sound like a Monty Python sketch "
"Wouldn't it be nice he said to go back to the past but with modern plumping " he said
It is both the good times and the bad that we hang to those times with perhaps something in those bad times that made it all the more bearable in order to survive.I myself didn't have the easiest of childhoods especially when my parents divorced and there wasn't much food in the house and I had at times had to eat the cats coley! But I loved my cat who was called Boots and that is what made those very tough and tumultuous times easier to get through.
Cats are very useful like that and my current cat is a great sort of comfort to me now when I have been through stressful times of late.
Thursday, 26 September 2019
Your glory isn't gone
The colour of your beauty survives
It falls like an autumn
Your head once held high tilts a little now
Summer days just a memory when the gently breeze thrilled you
You surpassed them all
Surviving the elements
You are the Queen of all you survey
Thursday, 19 September 2019
Helping your parents to be financially prepared for retirement and beyond
Seeing your parents getting older and needing help can be tough, especially because you may have always seen them as the ones who looked after you and made sure that you were okay.
But chances are, at some stage, you are going to have to give some extra care and assistance to ensuring that your parents are safe, protected and financially stable.
If your parents are at the age when they are beginning to consider retirement, or perhaps they have just retired, then it might be worth sitting down with them to go over a few topics that could really help them in the future.
Here are a few ways that you could help them out…
Talk openly about money
It might not be an easy topic to venture into for many of us,but having an informal chat with your mum or dad about their finances could help them to consider certain things that they might not have thought about previously.
Chatting about different savings solutions, pension plans and monthly budgeting options could open their eyes to opportunities they might not have even been aware of. There are so many financial apps available that make budgeting and money management much easier nowadays, so spend a bit of time helping your parents find the best apps to suit them and give them a handy demo of how to use them.
Make sure they are living in the right place
Your parents may have been living in the same family home for many years, with spare rooms (just in case you ever needed to move back home!), but now’s the time to assess whether their home is right for their current and future needs.
If their home is in the middle of nowhere, might it be better for them to re-locate to a town centre where they can walk out to stock up on groceries without needing the car? Do they really need a four-bed house, or could they move into a modern two-bed apartment, which would be easier to upkeep and much cheaper to own?
Assess their monthly outgoings and subscriptions
Just like many of us, your parents may have ongoing monthly payments leaving their account that they set up many moons ago. But occasionally, it’s a good idea to sit down with them and work out if all their outgoings are still necessary.
They may still want to pay for Sky Sports — especially now that they may be spending a bit more time at home — but perhaps they no longer need their landline (in favour of a mobile only), their work-related magazine subscription or their monthly Oyster travel pass. Sit down with the last three months’ worth of bank statements and highlight payments that might no longer be relevant.
Don’t let them fall for scams
It’s a sad truth, but many fraudsters and con artists prey on the elderly, who they deem as being vulnerable and more likely to fall for their lies and scams. Therefore, it’s your job to be there for advice and to ensure that this doesn’t happen to your parents.
Warn your parents about bogus callers and tell them never to give away any financial or personal details over the phone.Also advise them about unsolicited emails from organisations that appear to be their bank or insurance provider, but who turn out to be scandalous thieves. Perhaps suggest that if they see an interesting deal or email offer that they send it over to you first to research and inspect, so that you can investigate whether it’s genuine or not.
However healthy, happy and in-control your parents may seem at present, there is no harm in helping them to plan for an even happier and healthier retirement. Now is the time to step in and offer your best assistance.
Wednesday, 18 September 2019
There is security in a box and I am pretty sure that given he state of British politics that soon enough my own human pet will climb into a box very very soon.How needs Disneyland when you have a box it is your very own theme park , I mean I can't get to Disneyland anyway though there is a huge mouse to eat I hear.
Human pet orders a fancy bed then I will sleep in the box it came in , the human can if they wish store items in the bed I simply won't sleep in and I am doing my bit for helping with saving the planet by recycling the box so it is a win win really I think.
Friday, 13 September 2019
|George the tortoise|