Tuesday, 30 August 2016

"Harmonica" and other tales


I have been a bit remiss.
Village news has taken somewhat of a back burn recently , what with a holiday in Kent, Fridge Door disasters and a month-long Prof sabbatical.
I shall share a brief update as I wait for the windows to fill the two ugly voids in the front of Bwthyn-y-Llan

Today we are back to normal. The Prof has donned shirt and tie and Elvis has FINALLY left the building! 
and Winnie has finally met her two workmen this morning, both of whom have rubbed and kissed her so much that she has finally collapsed in a moist unnecessary heap upon the back patio floor.


I have noticed that we have had a few new residents in Trelawnyd recently. Arfon from Pen-y-cefn Isa told me that the new guy renting his old bungalow is a bit of a gardener and that I should pounce with a Flower Show Schedule, but I have resisted the urge. We need to have a post Flower Show meeting soon to decide which village  initiatives get supported this year and I wanted to check how Auntie Glad is doing. I saw her yesterday, sunbathing outside her front door and she looked well.
- she had a bright yellow duster tucked into the pocket of her pinny

Another new Trelawnyd-ite is the sweetly good natured " Harmonica"
Harmonica ( derived by me adding "our" to her first name " Monika" geddit? ) is, I think Polish. She could be Dutch, but I can't be sure as I am shit at accents, but anyhow whatever country she indeed comes from , she is now here with her partner and young baby, living a few doors down from Auntie Glad.
Almost daily I see Harmonica. She pops down to the field with her baby to feed the birds and like most  animals everytime, they see her coming they crowd en masse by the gate like the forest animals did with Snow White. Like I said she's very sweet, and like many new mums, perhaps a little isolated.
The other day, she asked ( because I am a village elder ( oh errrr) ) if I could help her,
She was, ( pre baby) a busy aerobic teacher and wondered if she could put on some free village based keep fit sessions on in the hall.
I told her that I would ask the powers that be.
The upshot of all  this is that the Hall manager has said yes and Harmonica has been given the green light. I am pleased for her and plan with Trendy Carol ( who had a striking trouser suit on today!) and The Prof to join in ( albeit on the back row)
I wish her well!

I have still got to treat Islwyn and Cameron the teen boffin to something for their work on the field when we were away. Neighbours Mandy and Pat the animal helper have already been given flowers for their input!

George remains his bright and normal Self but will be going to the vets this week. His lump has reduced in size and smell but now remains as a residual and on the surface harmless mass.
We shall see.....
I've been brushing his teeth this morning....It would be easier juggling the contents of a scatter cushion.



38 comments:

  1. A bit of good news on George. And Winnie exhausted from the loving? Are you planning on participating in the aerobics? And your outfit for said aerobics?

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  2. Are the workman worth a closer picture? Glad to hear life is good in village.

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  3. A month sabbatical..........now you will need a vacation. Just imagine when he retires lol. Good wishes to George.

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  4. One month is a long time. I know your pain as I am living with a very retired man.

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    1. To you two previous bloggers
      He will NEVER retire xx

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    2. John, is that a promise or a threat? :)

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  5. Thanks for the catch-up, John Gray. May all go well with sweet George.

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  6. The Prof will soon dance his way to the front and be leading along side Harmonica in his element

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    1. Oh yes! You seem to know him so well

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  7. aww lovely George

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  8. Lovely newsy catch up ... I feel as though we have been chatting over the fence. 😊

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  9. Excellent Catch-up!
    Beware, my husband decided to retire early and we ended up living in Buenos Aires ... which is fabulous ... but if you aren't in the mood to change your life because he is not working anymore... be prepared now :)

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    1. He'll work till he dies......i'll make sure of it

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    2. That's the spirit !! LOL ~

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  10. When you and The Prof attend Harmonica's first aerobic workout in the village hall, no doubt dressed in your bright lycra gym gear with matching headbands, please arrange for photos to be taken and included in a new blogpost. Cheers.

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    1. A sucker for punishment or do you just like to see overweight sweaty men die a little?

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  11. They are nice to have around for a while, but husbands can tend to stand on a person's nerves after so long. Life tends to be good when it gets back to normal.
    Glad George is doing better, I hope the vet trip goes well.

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    1. Like i said ELVIS HAS LEFT THE BUILDING!!!

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  12. Thanks for the village/blog catch-up, John. I hope you'll set up the camera on self-timer and post photos of you and Prof in the back row of Harmonica's aerobic's class. Big hugs and good wishes for George. Our Eddie (ancient Jack Russell)is having a benign lump removed from her right hind leg on Thursday. Then it's lampshade over her neck and a morbid look on her face until the bandages are removed. xx

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    1. George would be mortified with one of those me thinks

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    2. Pup had to wear one of those ... he looked so sad, he broke everyones hearts and then he just lay there .. sighing now and then.
      He was a magnificent Drama Pup.

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    3. One of our dogs had to wear one (an Elizabethan Collar) and used it to great effect as a battering ram. No one's shins, the doors, walls, or any other obstacle was safe !

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    4. Oh I can just picture your dog using it as a battering ram! Dear old Eddie just sits there looking a bit like an "her master's voice" advert! But she's so deliberate that she'd have the ultra sticky bandage off and the stitches out within an hour of coming around from surgery! So she WILL wear it! This is the second time in a year that she has this little op.

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  13. The Prof's month off sure seemed to fly by....at least to me, reading your blog. I'm sure it seemed much longer to you!

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  14. So happy to see a catch up post today.
    Village news is always great fun and interesting to read with my morning coffee.
    Good news about George. I have been thinking of him.
    thehamish sends wurffs
    I have been watching Agatha Raisin lately as a fun village filler till your post on all the local news.

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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    1. I have to find/watch Agatha Raisin !!
      I am waiting for a Hurricane to hit ... neener neener ! lol

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    2. I found it on Acorn streaming. Really reasonable and shows and movies I like.
      Agatha Raisin is so funny and her clothes are fabulous and the beautiful village she now lives in is a hoot !

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  15. How sweet of you to help Harmonica! It's hard enough being a new mum, not to mention in a new setting. I wish her well too.

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  16. I'd like to hear a wee bit more about the workmen please.

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  17. I did that tooth brushing thing with Tess for a short while but - frankly - it took up too much of my day and left me exhausted.
    Looking forward to seeing those new windows.

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    1. I tried that too and gave it up. If I had a puppy or younger dog I would try it again.

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  18. Lovely job canine teeth cleaning - OH is in charge of feline dentistry. Horrible job. I once rubbed chicken flavoured toothpaste into my hands as I thought it was handcream - Blleeeech. Big mistake.

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  19. Two hours to acieve ultimate moistness? I would be lucky to last two minutes.

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  20. blissful peace and restful quiet with the prof gone!

    good to hear the neighbours (old and new) are well; keep getting better, wee georgie; and I would do aerobics classes with you and the prof if I lived in your town.

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  21. Nice catch up, Winnie is such a floozy, I like her style x

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