Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Back Home

Last week we went to Chelmsford, Essex for a few days to visit some old friends. We all first met when we lived down there forty years ago. Forty Years! Where have all the years gone? We have moved to several other places since then, but they have stayed put.

Staying put has never been my thing. Moving house was a hobby of mine. I loved looking at different houses, packing up and then moving on. Of course back then it was easy to buy and sell houses. Nowadays, once you get into a chain, you get stuck and no one can do anything,

But I digress. I was going to blog about our visit to Chelmsford last week. We had a lovely time. Our friends took us all over the place. One day we went to Aldeburgh in Suffolk. It's a lovely little seaside town. I gather fishermen go out to catch the fish and then sell it in small huts on the sea shore. Another day we went to Clacton, to see some people we had met a few years back. They have a small zoo of kid goats, alpacas, rabbits, guinea pigs, hens, chickens etc, which run around freely at the base of the Watch Tower on the see front. Visiting children adored it and I understand local kids come back regularly to see how the animals are getting on. There is also a cafe, where you can have something to eat while the children look at the animals.
We also went to hear an excellent Jazz Band, a quiz night, and, somewhere in between, we saw the movie, Salmon Fishing on the Yemen, which I really enjoyed.

Considering we ate and drank like there was no tomorrow, I was surprised to find I hadn't put any weight on. Anyway, we are home again now and enjoying the rest. Now back to editing my novel and hoping it will get published.

Tomorrow I am off to Newcastle. Hopefully the sun will shine, but if not, then what the heck, I'll enjoy the trip anyway.

Have a good day wherever you are,

Cheers!

7 comments:

  1. We drove past that petting zoo a few days ago and I wondered what it was like! Now I know!
    Sounds like you had a lovely time - and how great that you didn't put on any weight :-)
    I'm sure the sun will shine tomorrow x

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    1. If you pass by the zoo again, you must go in. You love animals, so I treally think you would enjoy it. Roger and Rose are lovely people. He has an incubator, where he hatched a Peacock egg. He then looked after it. The peacock, thinking he was his mother, liked to sit on his shoulder. It is now fully grown and still wants to do the same thing!!

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    2. A peacock on his shoulder! There's a title for a book if they ever decided to write one! It sounds wonderful x

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  2. People you knew forty years ago. Yup, we've just come across one of these rare species too. Not quite extinct but.... Forty years, never, seems like just a few years ago, though it's difficult to keep up the belief when son reminds you of what age he'll be next birthday. Been having a bit of a spat on Facebook with Creative Scotland over their Luminate festival. They think us oldies need a bit of chivvying up. We told them they needed to get real. There goes any hope we might have had of Creative Scotland funding!

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    1. Need Chivvying up indeed! Let me tell Creative Scotland that this little chick is far from past it!!!

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  3. Hope the editing is ging well, Eileen? And so glad you didn't put any weight on during your trip!

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    1. Yes editing going very well. And yes, I am delighted that I didn't put on any weight. It is so difficult to remove!!

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