Friday, 19 August 2016

Juggling

I thought I would repeat the holiday selfie 
The Prof ( note both Roger Moore Eyebrows are pinched) the Dowager Sorrel and me 


Today is father's day
Having divorced parents means separate days and separate visits when on holiday, so today we are off to the Kent countryside for a mooch and a pub meal with Richard doing the driving.
We've picked the pub.....it has lamb scotch eggs on the menu...
Result!

The weather is just about to break and there is rain in the air. Unfortunately part of my shinbone resembles corned beef, from too much sun yesterday.
But I thought that at least I fitted in with the great blobs of burnt East End flesh on show on the sand.
I've just realised that  Londoners don't seem to " do" full sunshine very well.

Yesterday Laura from somewhere in the midwest asked me if I was missing the animals and I must say that I have not.
I havent because, like the mother of five toddlers who has got an unexpected pass out to a local bar for the first time,  it's just wonderful to be able to rest your mind and energy  and not worry about something four legged or feathered.
The animals are all in good hands.

Over the last few days I have watched overwrought parents trying to cater for demanding scraps of children 24/7.
It looks a thankless task.
Tantrums and tears, worries over drowning, sunburn, accidents, bad behaviour, and "I've told you before get off that friggin harbour wall" looks and feel exhausting!
I didn't envy many of those  harassed and tired faces, so in need of a quiet child free holiday of their own.

I have the right idea.....farm your kids out to kind neighbours, loving friends, supportive family and failing that bung em in a high security home for the bewildered for 20 quid a night!
You can always keep up to date on what's happening over facebook!
Over a perfectly relaxing cup of coffee!

Winnie in her pristine holiday home! 
White furniture and floor with bulldogs? 


41 comments:

  1. Lamb Scotch eggs. Are they normally made from beef? While warmth is obviously nice when Brits visit Australia, they really seem to set out to burn themselves in the sun. Tanning in Australia has become unfashionable, with the exception of spray tans.

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    1. Andrew tut tut they are usually made from pork!

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  2. Is "Winnie Wants My Dinner!" a novel? I guess it would be shelved in the horror section. next to "Winnie Wants My Balls!"

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    1. She has alook of winnie mandela dont you think?

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  3. Just look at that face.....how could anyone not share their dinner with her?

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    1. Thats what shes banking on

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  4. Teach your kid to swim, buy a kayak for 20 quid and bung them in the sea, shouting occasionally well done, great paddle action worked for me :) Winnie is so adorable xx

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  5. the best advice of all - DON'T HAVE KIDS! I do miss my cats when away from them, but give me cats over spoiled brats ANY day!

    go winnie!

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    1. THAT is why I never spawned.

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    2. anne, you know, children are not born spoiled. The parents do it to them.

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    3. tru fax dat. but I never wanted the responsibility or the expense of brats. some days I can barely take care of myself.

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    4. Ah but my son isn't a brat he is a delightful, funny, well mannered and charming young man and I'm allergic to cats.

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    5. Notesfromabroad, working in a school I can vouch for that, just like badly behaved pets it's the owners/parents not the animal/child who is at fault.

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  6. Have a lovely time without your furrkids! I've found it liberating to go by myself to WORK (sanding, painting, etc) up at our little A-frame on Schweitzer Mountain. Pat stays home with the dogs and I get things done, then get to watch a video and have a decent nights sleep every once in a while!
    xx-c

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    1. Cassiem the welsh seem ok too, although, i have not facebooked the kennels!

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  7. Broadstairs sounds delightful & glad you're all having good time together. But...
    Did you put on sunblock or at least some sunscreen before foray onto beach? Being a nurse I assume you know extra water, cold compresses, ibuprofen/acetominophen & aloe gel are called for to bring down swelling. You probably have a stiffer upper lip than most but take care of yourself in that sun!
    Enjoy yourself for rest of your well earned vacation in salt air.

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  8. As usual,i didnt take my own advice

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    1. Nurses tend to think of others before themselves...very capable and lovable!

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  9. Sorry to mention this John, but Winnie looks very clean. Hope she doesn't get OCD and expect her kitchen floor scrubbed every day. Have a good holiday. Love Andie xxx

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  10. I remember sunburns....these days I have legs the color of Casper the ghost! Beautiful Winnie never ceases to make me smile!

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    1. Linda ... you are not alone. I have had 2 skin cancers removed .. one from each leg .. tiny things but scared me ..

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  11. It looks like everyone is having a wonderful time, mission accomplished

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  12. What happened to the days of children being able to amuse themselves? Me and my siblings spent the whole Summer outdoors, and technology was a tv if you were lucky... Winnies face is so expressive, there is no mistaking what she wants.

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  13. Many people would farm the kids out, only nobody would take them. You have to admit, some folks do have common sense and know how to say, "Hell no!"
    Enjoy your vacation!

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  14. Americans have the right idea, they send their kids off to Summer camp !

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    1. Elsie, I believe they do the same thing in Europe and South America.

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  15. I always loved being on holiday with my daughter and in fact I still do. It was and still is precious time together - and now she has family of her own I look forward to it even more. I miss them all the time.

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    1. You only had one to deal with

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  16. I went to camp when I was 13 .. a beautiful place in the North Carolina mountains. I begged my parents every day to come get me. Finally they did. phew !
    I had children because I wanted children. So I am not a believer in sending them away, excluding them from family events or trips etc.
    And now they are grown and I see they do the same thing .. they had children because they wanted children .. so now they have them and enjoy them. As I still enjoy them, even if they are older than I am ..

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  17. Prof: I thought we finished with that bloody selfie yesterday

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  18. You're right about overwrought parents coping with volatile children. I think every parent who's been on holiday with their kids desperately needs another week off without the little blighters!

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  19. I don't miss parenting at all! But I admire your detachment in being able to keep your mind off the animals. When I'm away, part of me is always wondering what's going on with the dog.

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  20. That's an awesome selfie, but I'm afraid I misread "the Dowager Sorrel" as "the Dowager Squirrel" -- don't tell The Prof! Or the Dowager Squirrel.

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  21. Who could possibly resist that appealing look on the gorgeous Winnie's face? Bet she had a whole plateful to herself !

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  22. Go on John, enjoy yourself (and those scotch eggs, after all you are on holiday) - they'll all be glad to see you when you return home.

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  23. Love that you are enjoying your 'down time'.

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  24. Have a scotch egg for me!

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  25. Good old Winnie she seems to be enjoying her holiday.

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  26. Winnie looks happily confident.

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