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Took Mum and the Teenager to Costa today.  It just goes to show that kids are never too old to slurp a hot chocolate!!

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CAKE!!  Yes please.  Last day of term normally means cake, at interval, for all staff.  They were delicious ♥

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On Thursday Mum arrived for a 2 week visit.  The teenager had to bend down to give her a hug!!

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Went for a 3.7 mile walk with my friend Carol at lunchtime on Wednesday.  Up around the woods near work.

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Keeping the low fat biccie tin filled up.

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Sat on our bedroom floor and wrapped Mother's Day presents.  Must post them tomorrow.

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Had breakfast with hubby this morning at Christie's Garden Centre, just up the road.  We were the youngest there by about 20 years!!

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Saturday saw me sorting out cards and presents for Mother's Day.  My MiL has always asked for a little book of family photos, so this years I printed off a few and found a little album I got many years ago for a different project entirely and made one up.

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On Friday I received a copy of my sister's book, Life after Death.  A project 10 years in the creating and a look into War Graves around the world.
It's a brilliant achievement and well worth printing.  I feel a little inadequate as my brother has also published a book and I can't even think of anything to write about!!!

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A quick catch up on Facebook tonight.  I rarely go on it but apparently I've been tagged to take a "selfie" with no make-up on for a cancer charity.  Think I might have to take one outside in better light to try and hide the bags under my eyes!!

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At work the office girls decided, a few years ago, to have a"uniform" and yesterday Carol and I went to look for some new cardigans.  Here I am in Marks & Spencers trying on different colours.

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Silver Grey
 Light Blue (and a shocking photo!!)
 and Dove.  Which basically meant Pale Lilac.
We haven't decided on a style yet but no doubt we will at some point.

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Meet Homer.  He's two years old and is a black Labrador/Golden Retriever cross.  He's an assistance dog from Dogs for the Disabled and I met him on Tuesday at the Rural. He lives with Les, an ex Royal Air Force technician who severely broke his leg jumping off a aircraft wing and then subsequently injured his back when he was dropped as he was being transferred to the operating table. Les is now unable to bend down and Homer helps by picking things up for him, opening doors, switching on lights and taking his socks off.
Dogs for the Disabled do a fantastic job with children, the disabled and for children with Autism.  Go and check out their website.

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If anyone was wondering how the truffle competition went.......................I won first prize and beat the long standing Rural winner, Jessie.  She's been winning first prize almost every week for the last 40 years!!  Hope she didn't mind having a week off!!

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Making truffles for the Rural tomorrow.  The challenge - to make 4 truffles.

Only problem was John wanted chocolate truffles and I was going to do Amaretto & almond truffles.  The almond ones normally roll easily into small round balls.  Not so with the chocolate ones.  They just stick to your hands and end up really odd shapes!!  Never mind I disguised two with grated white and milk chocolate and covered the other two with melted white and milk with a few squiggles in the top.
It's not the winning that counts - it's the taking part.

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But it would be nice to win all the same!!  :0)

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Yesterday John and I went for a 3 mile walk around the village to blow away the cobwebs.  It was so nice to see the snowdrops.  I thought I'd planted some in the garden but it turned out to be more crocus.

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Today's main objective was to get my hair cut and coloured.  Just the roots today which always looks worse than having the whole lot done.  It's a good job no-one sees me whilst I'm sat in the hairdressers!!    :0)

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Friday should have been walking day at lunchtime.  But although the temperature was in double figures the wind made it impossible to walk.  Carol and I went for coffee instead and will try walking again next week!!

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Bowling again on Thursday.  This week, as there were no competitions on, we picked teams and played against each other.  I'm always amazed that the lovely ladies on my team always have so much faith in my ability.  Some ladies have been playing for 40 odd years.  Me?  2 months!!

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Today was the most gorgeous day and not wanting to waste any of it my friend Carol and I walked 3 1/2 miles in our lunch hour.  We walked around the town, past the Cathedral and through the park.

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Long may it last.  The walking and the weather!!

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After the dreaded photo comes the form filling.

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The dreaded passport photo.  Don't wear glasses, don't have hair around your face, sit on the seat properly etc. etc ...... Oh and DO NOT smile!!

It took two shops and three attempts to get these lovelies today.  The first batch of photos made me look like I had a glow coming from the side of my head!!  So did the second.  A quick refund and a trip across town and I managed to get them done.

The bottom right picture is what they all actually look like but I had to bend the sheet slightly to stop the glare from the lights in the office.

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After a day of constant housework (I'd let is slide a bit this week), every girl deserves a manicure.  Thanks to my friend's daughter K for fitting me in at short notice :0)

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Still trying to stick to the diet.  John made fillet steak with stuffed peppers for me last night and it was delicious.  The only thing I made was some Tzatziki!!

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Face Time with my sister Ruth and BiL.  I even managed to get John to join in too.

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Thursday was World Book Day and at 10.30am the whole school stopped work and read for 15 minutes. Well some did.  Not so easy when you have phones to answer!!
I got Sharon and Elaine to pose for this photo after the 15 minutes had finished.

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It's the first time this year I've sat down in the evening and done some crochet.  I think this blanket is going to take some time.  At this rate it will be done by next winter!!

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Today my friend Carol and I were going to go walking in our lunch hour but it was cold and raining.  So, not wanting to get frizzy hair, we went for lunch instead.

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It looks like an enormous bowl of Tomato and Pepper soup but it was standard size....honest.




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Yesterday saw me working on a new scrapping project.  Lots to be filled in in the next few months.

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Today John and I took a stroll along the river Spey.  It was a beautiful day and this is the view from the village gardens where all the famous villagers are remembered.


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Meet "Kay".  She's the newest member of our family.  And very sleek she is too.  She's very quiet and lovely to drive.  I get to have her all to myself on Wednesday!!

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Time to celebrate after "Really" great news about a new job for John.  More about that at another time :0)

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It's a shame you can't smell these daffodils.  They have a really strong aroma.  Not too sure I actually like the smell, but they look good!!

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Fruit, fruit and more fruit.  This is what is needed to get me back on track.

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