*****Is going there and back to see how far it is.*****

Hi I am Jo…wife, lover, best friend and soulmate to Keith. Lover of all things to do with nature and the canals. I am passionate about the Waterways and its history.

I hope you will join me in my rambles and do please comment – I love to hear from and meet new people in blogland!

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*****Stay safe and warm out there..*****

Monday 30 November 2020

Christmas is coming.


Take a couple of years ago.

I borrowed this poem from a friend on Facebook. I think it sums up the year really well :-(

T'was a month before Christmas,πŸŽ„

And all through the town,

People wore masks,😷

That covered their frown.

The frown had begun☹️

Way back in the Spring,🌷

When a global pandemic 🌍

Changed everything.

They called it corona,

But unlike the beer,🍺

It didn’t bring good times,

It didn’t bring cheer.🍻

Contagious and deadly,☠️

This virus spread fast,

Like a wildfire that startsπŸ”₯

When fueled by gas ⛽️

Airplanes were grounded,πŸ›¬

Travel was banned.

Borders were closed

Across air, sea and land.πŸ›«πŸ›₯🚘

As the world entered lockdownπŸ”

To flatten the curve,↩️

The economy halted,

And folks lost their verve.πŸ›‘

From March to July

We rode the first waveπŸ„‍♀️🌊

People stayed home,

They tried to behave.🏑

When summer emergedπŸ–

The lockdown was lifted.

But away from caution,

Many folks drifted. πŸ•⛱🩳🩱

Now it’s November🌨❄️❄️

And cases are spiking,

Wave two has arrived,🌊🌊

Much to our disliking.

Frontline workers,

Doctors and nurses 🩺πŸ₯ΌπŸ‘¨πŸ»‍⚕️πŸ‘©πŸΌ‍πŸ”¬πŸ‘©πŸ½‍⚕️

Try to save people,

From riding in hearses.πŸͺ¦

This virus is awful,😒

This COVID-19.

There isn’t a cure.

Not yet a vaccine.πŸ’‰

It’s true that this year

Has had sadness a plenty,😭

We’ll never forget

The year 2020.🧻🧻🧻🧴

And just ‘round the corner -

The holiday season,πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸΌ

But why be merry?

Is there even one reasonπŸ‘©πŸ½‍🍼✝️

To decorate the house 

And put up the tree,πŸŽ„

When no one will see it,

No one but me.πŸ”ŽπŸ‘“πŸ€¦‍♀️

But outside my windowπŸͺŸ

The winter now calls,🌨

And I think to myself,

Let’s deck the halls!☃️⛄️☃️⛄️

So, I gather the ribbon,πŸŽ—

The garland and bows,πŸŽ€

As I play those old carols,

My happiness grows.πŸ₯°πŸ€©πŸ₯°πŸ€©πŸ₯³

Christmas is not cancelled⛪️πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸΌ

And neither is hope.

If we lean on each other,πŸ‘¨‍πŸ‘©‍πŸ‘¦‍πŸ‘¦

I know we can cope ❤πŸ’š

Friday 27 November 2020

Christmas, Camera's and family tree's.

Dear family, friends and followers.

Here we are creeping ever close to Christmas, yes I said Christmas and to be honest I am finding it hard to get excited about the whole thing. I think because of Covid-19, Christmas is just going be another day for us. I will put the decorations up, but we are not having a Turkey meal this year, we are going down the nibble all day route. We will be nibbling on Chinese and Indian Nibbles, Mince Pies and what ever else take our fancy. 

I am well aware that people love to celebrate Christmas and I love it as well, but it is going to be so different for many this year and so it should be, because getting together in large family groups will end is disaster for some as they spread the virus between them. To many will be spending this Christmas without a loved one, because Covid-19 took them too soon. I honestly think for one year Christmas should be a quiet affair, just to make sure we all stay safe. Sacrificing a big Christmas for one year, is something we should all think about. So many people have already had to make sacrifices for our benefit. Muslims have not been able to celebrate Ramadan, Hindus and Sikhs had to forgo Diwali, Jews could not celebrate Yom Kippur and many other religions gave up their festivals and celebrations to keep everyone safe. I have American friends who have just celebrated Thanksgiving and they kept it small and quiet this year. It is a small gesture, which I think could make a huge difference, if we all stayed in our own homes and helped to save lives. I personally want to see my children and grand-children next year and I want to keep them safe.

Changing the subject.
Today I received an early Christmas present to me. As many of you know, I love taking photographs and have had a couple of Canon cameras, the 350D and the 1100D, well I have upgraded to the 2000D. It is still a beginner camera, and that is fine by me, because it is nice and simple to use. My 1100D was 12 mega pixels whereas the 2000D is 24 mega pixels, so a huge difference. Everything else is pretty much the same, so I will not have to learn how to use it, I can just snap away to my hearts content. 

No sooner it arrived, I took this photograph looking down the Arm from our mooring. I got it off of Ebay. It was a little used camera, at an excellent price and came with a lens, which Keith has been making good use off on his camera, so he can take close up shots of his railway. 

Life on the mooring has been quiet, as the arm is still in lockdown. With the hedge and garden tidy for the Winter, I have been helping out with some of the other gardens in the Arm. I go out for a walk once a day and not to far away. I usually go before everyone is out of bed.

By walking early, I then have the rest of the day to do what I want. A lot of time is being spent working on family trees, because I invested in a subscription to Ancestry. It has gotten me hooked. I have already found out that we have family which goes back to William the Conqueror and the Queen is in our line as well. I knew my Birthday was on a special day. It is wonderful to discover what my ancestors did for a living and I have a lot of journeymen, farmers, burnishers, glove makers and much more. Now that I am getting some real characters coming to light, I may well write about them and what they did from time to time. If you have ever been interested in your family history, do think about using Ancestry or one of the other family tree providers. Family Search got me started and this year I started with Ancestry to find out more. 

On that note, I am off to make a coffee and put my feet up. Stay safe and well please.

Pop back soon xxx


Friday 13 November 2020

Miss our boy.

Dear family, followers and friends.

Today marks 2 years since we said "Goodbye" to our beautiful boy Paddy. He had such an amazing life with us, having come to us from The Border Collie Trust at Rugeley. He chose is when he was 11 months old and gave us joy everyday, with his funny ways and gentle nature. 

There was never an evil bone in Paddy's body, he loved everyone and always wanted to please. There will never ever be another like him and we are thankful that he allowed us to be part of his wonderful full life. 
Continue to run free little man, you are in our hearts forever xxxx


Thursday 5 November 2020

Hedge Stripping and cutting.

Dear family, friends and followers. 

I have been stripping (behave). I have been stripping our 70ft+ long hedge. When we moved onto this mooring just over a year ago, our tree surgeon neighbour cut the hedge back for us, because it was overgrown. I had every intention of cutting it back further and then stripping out all the rubbish in the middle. I did not really appreciate how big a job it was going to be when I started it a couple of weeks ago. 

This morning early doors, I finally finished the stripping. I found that the centre of the hedge was full of dead branches and leaves, which has been building up over the 25 years the hedge has been there, chocking the hedge and not allowing any light or air in. With the stripping done and coffee drunk, it was time to take the top out of the hedge.
I had put our hedge trimmer on charge over night, so it would be ready for use this morning. Wit the weather set fair for the day, I set about taking over a foot off the top of the hedge. Only the top foot had been growing, so my hope is now I have taken the top off and the light can get in, the whole hedge will Spring into life next year. 
Job done, to the best of my ability. Now the clean up begins. I have been tidying as I have been stripping the hedge, but the final few feet I left to do at the end with all the hedge trimmings. Having had a full day of working on the hedge, I will leave the clearing up till tomorrow, when I have the energy to get it all done in one go. Right now I am shattered and in need of a coffee.

Well as thought right from the word go, we are back in lockdown. It is said it will only be for a month, but I would not count on it. It is sad that so many people not doing the right thing have caused us to be back in this situation.

Boris may have got things a bit wrong 
But did he organise illegal raves?
Did he tell everyone to fill the beaches in the summer? 
Did he invite your mates to your garden for a BBQ? 
Did he tell thousands of people to protest for weeks about an incident in the US? 
Did he tell all the pub goers to congregate outside in big groups or fight after they close? 
Did he instruct Billy Ten-Men not to wear a mask and tell everyone to p*** off if he was challenged?
It's funny how people are quick to blame one person for this mess, and not the minority who did any of the above mentioned.

Pop back soon xxx


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