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Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Unexpected, and not unexpected

Like all of our neighbours, yesterday we moved everything in the garden which could be expected to blow away/blow over and settled down for a noisy night.





The wind was not as strong as I anticipated but even so it was enough to disturb Daisy who got stressed enough to insist on getting up at 1.20am and going outside to eat grass for 20 minutes . . .  This is not the first time this has happened, it surely won't be the last, and it guarantees I don't get back to sleep properly for the remainder of the night and am thoroughly shattered the following day.

Which did not start brilliantly for either of us because a six-monthly health check meant that Daisy and I were in the car at 8.30 this morning heading for Egremont.  Yes, there's a branch of the vet group 2 miles down the road in Cockermouth, but when we have a choice we make her appointments with John Sedgwick who mainly works out of a different surgery.   Madam dribbled, drooled and trembled all the way there, and back again, but got a cleanish bill of health (for a 12 or 13 year old dog).  Sadly she has never enjoyed car travel and I don't think we are going to change that at this stage.    John called later with her blood test results which are so good that she could pass for 5 or 10, clever girl :)



Management tried to take her for a proper walk when I returned but the wind had picked up and Her Ladyship was clearly not having a good time, so they came home and she settled down for some serious sleeping, after all - she'd had a disturbed night and there were some missing Zzzzz's to be reclaimed.




Not unexpected:  Storm Ali is doing very little to us compared to how other parts of the country are faring, the runner beans have taken a pounding and by the time a couple more weather fronts have moved through (Sunday according to the latest forecast) I suspect we will have lost the new tarpaulin over the big log pile.



Unexpected:  With the wind gusting strongly all day, and a tired brain that no amount of coffee was going to remedy, the sensible thing for me to do was some gentle sewing that doesn't require too much effort and intellect.  Yesterday I laid out all the strips for my Halloween quilt and today I have made a slow start on putting them together.  Given how much mauling some of the strips have experienced, the pieces are nestling together really well and it's lovely and flat.





I would be lying if I did not admit just how pleased I am with how this is turning out  😊
















11 comments:

  1. I'm not surprised you're pleased with how it's working out, it is absolutely gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you m'dear, for something which started as "a bit of messing around" it is turning out very nicely!

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  2. Glad the storm wasn't as bad as expected, but shame about a sleepless night, which I know all about,as I'm a very poor sleeper. We've been having extremely cold nights for this late in September & my chillblains won't go away. Your quilt is looking good, so why shouldn't you be pleased. Keep safe & take care.

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    1. You know how much I commiserate with lack of sleep - had far too much of that myself over the years. Sorry I did not email yesterday - now you know why (dead brain) so will try to do better today!

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  3. We had vet visits too. Fortunately our vet is closer as we seem to be making lots of visits. We didn’t have too bad a storm either. basically it was just very windy.

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    1. Sorry you have doggy-health-trouble :( Yes, mostly high wind here too, although we had a few rainy squalls that were particularly heavy.

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  4. I'm so pleased Daisy was given a clean bill of health. We are certain that Annie is the same age as Daisy, almost thirteen years old. She wakes us in the middle of the night every single night crying to be taking outside for the toilet so we never have a full night's sleep. I admit we sometimes have a nap in the afternoons to reclaim some of those Z's :) Such a shame Daisy doesn't travel well, poor girl what an ordeal for her.
    Very windy here yesterday and raining very hard today. I had a surprise visit from Eunice this morning en route to her camping holiday. Looks like it'll be another washout for her :( Your quilt is looking lovely, you're right to be pleased.

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    1. Hi Eileen, that's brutal if Annie is disturbing one of you every single night. Assume you are already doing the obvious and taking her out very last thing before you go to bed? Have you spoken to your vet to rule out a urinary infection? Failing that, what you're describing is one of the symptoms of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction - doggy dementia, something that we are starting to wonder about with Daisy.

      We are due rain here about now, forecast to be bad until tomorrow morning. How lovely to see Eunice today, fingers crossed the weather is not to terrible for her.

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    2. Annie does go outside last thing at night but has been needing another trip out for some time now. I believe it's an age thing as both my husband and I both need to get up once during the night too and we obviously disturb Annie. There may be something in what you say about the onset of doggy dementia as her dislike of some dogs invading her space had become a problem recently. I wrote a blog post yesterday about an encounter in a dog-friendly pub, Annie was not being at all friendly :)

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  5. TATW looking good! We were lucky enough to get out for a walk before the rains hit yesterday but the rest of the day was a complete washout. The Nu sat by the catflap staring disconsolately out and retreated to the attic where she keeps her 'I am not at home to visitors' basket but at 13-15 who can blame her. Definitely time to get the wood burner going.

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    1. Daisy and I had a good walk around the village yesterday morning in bright sunshine, but the rest of the day was fairly dull and driech, although nothing like as bad as the forecasts predicted. Thanks for liking the quilt; stupid of me but I am wondering if I can get it completely finished by the end of the month?

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