Whew! What a weekend. 30  Girls and only 2 blokes. Now that s something. What a  lovely  group. WE are shattered but  what a weekend its been. Blackpool will never be the same again. The weather  was crap. But the company made up for that. The Hotel was Top Dog 100% . But my memories will be the Ball room. Magic.

Just  sipping Tea you can imagine SEVEN ! Thank you Tracy. We had an evening meal at Mr  basari!s Fantastic 100% Walking back to the hotel in Howling wind I could not resist the photo  above.

Although  the weekend was a mesowarriors  weekend the girls included The Foundation and they organised a raffle. What a bunch girls they are. They did mave proud.

I sometimes feel like a fish out of water at these doo!s But they always make me so welcome.

I will put together all the pics I can find and put them in a slideshow I will  do it tomorrow. We didnt get back home here untill almost 8 pm Its a hell of a journey as we left the Hotel at 10.45 this morning. A long tireing Day. But the Good news is I get to see my Louis tomorrow. I hope he isnt  sulking ,to pay us back bless him I cant wait to get him home.


After 2 deliverys today my modified gate is still standing. So cementing was the way to go. I noticed it still had a problem. When it  swung shut  it  bounced back open. The catch didnt catch  every time. I pplayed about with it for a while opening and  shutting it. It took a while to see the problem. The post being concreted in has made the post vibrate when  slammed. It  tried to  latch but  was just bouncing out again. After  a few atempts at making it  solid. I solved it by cutting and screwing a  small  block between it and my metal arch.

Ive been out   opening and shutting  the gate so many times today Ive lost count. I  doesnt bounce anymore and just quietly  clunks and latches. I  think its  sorted now. But time will tell.


No gardening  today. The postman has been and my  new modified gate  is still standing.. I had a small job on them I had to cut about 18 ins off  each post. For  looks rather than function. I keep  apening  and slamming  it . But  its ok. Sometimes it  clunks and locks  sometimes it dont, but thats down to the catch.

It was Marsden day today  we left home at  12.45 called in  garage for petrol and  hit the road we did it in 1.5 hours. M25 was prety  good. WE were in and sorted almost at once  Mavis got her bloods done and her scan all done in just over half an hour. We bought some sweets  in the shop. I couldnt resist a bar of chocholate Frys Cream. I ate it  in the car  on the way home. Only problem it was 80 degs. Chocy  all over the steering wheel. And I couldnt lick it off. I  was shattered when we got home. 150 mile round trip in that heat  all inside under 4 hours I was shattered. I think I will sleep tonight.


I made an early start ,before it got too hot to work in. I  started by clearing the gravelled area  ready to dig my post hole. The post I put in  yesterday  seemed to have set. It feels firm. Soon I had the hole dug. The post was  placed and after lots of  level checks and supports added it was time for cementing. With that  done I now had to modify the gate it was quite wide and heavy. So I  shortened its width by cutting  some off the end. I stopped  for a  tea   next  on checking  that  it was beginnig to  set I  fitted the gate to yesterdays post  It  swings nicely . I broke off and we had a bit of lunch and took louis out for his run. When we got back  the post felt nice and firm. But  with Care I added the catches and closing spring. With fingers crossed I opened it  wide ,let it  swing shut. Clunk it  closed and secured  perfect.

Clearing up   putting tools away. A pat on the back a job well done. mavis came out to test it. OK! seal of a proval.


After a bit of hedge trimming  this morning in this heat. I  decided  it was a bout time I  sorted the gate post . So I  started to dig out  the hole   for the post. I have bloody great  blisters in my palms. Then a trip to  get some cement.  The traffic  was heavy but B & Q was empty. I had the  embarasment of lifting the cement out of the trolly  into  my boot. Oh dear I couldnt  do it . My back was at breaking point. But  with no one to  help I strugled on. I will pay for this now for days.

Its a job Ive been looking at  for some time  so at last  It will be done. Mavis was gardening  this morning and banged her head. She got a nasty  gash which wont stop bleeding. Must keep an eye on it.

I got a lovely  Fathers day card from Louis. But he is crashed out  too hot to move bless him.


At last mavis`s  website for the Foundation is done ,well apart from a just giving button, that is to follow shortly. I admit it has given me a few headaches. Because it has to be correct it  is a lot more consumeing. But it was worth it.There will be times to add to it later. I needed a break  from it this morning so I decided  it was aboout time I  checked Oil and water in the Van. WOW! Not before time. Water level was well below minimum So a few pints and antifreeze were added. I almost dreaded  looking at the oil. But whipping out the stick surprisingly ,not to bad,neede a Tad of oil. with that done it was washer water. Now thats a bit  awkward. It has a spout about 18 inches long and disapears into  the depths  somewhere. So I  just aimed the watering can over the filler neck and emptied  it. Put the cap back. How much is in it  God Knows.

It was just nice to be out in the sunshine. Louis run later should be nice and warm.