Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Coming Up for Air After a Busy Bank Holiday Weekend.

All good intentions of writing over the weekend went out of the window as we embarked on a relaxing and chilled-out few days.

Stats.

Ever one for analysing figures, I looked at the stats for the blog and the reach. Interesting to see that, although I am in the UK, the largest reach is Russia and USA. Of course, given relative size, a % of population would be a better indicator. It is interesting to see which OS's are used in general and the countries we reach globally. You can now have automatic updates straight to your Kindle if you enjoy my ramblings.  

European Elections.

Last Thursday saw the inhabitants of Chez Nous glued to the TV until the small hours as we waited for the election results. In our town we didn't have any local elections but we were interested at the trends across the rest of the country. By Sunday night/ Monday Morning it was clear that the trend had continued.

Gold Wing Bikers Meeting.

As you can imagine, the late hours took some time to recover from but it was business as usual on Sunday as we made our way out of Wales into the lush green countryside of Lancashire - our spiritual home. Actually it was motorway all the way; I read the Sunday paper which kept me quiet for an hour or so. It is always good to meet up with friends; afterwards we had a light lunch in the pub - the Hartwood Hall Hotel -  before leisurely heading back to Wales - only detouring to the town of our birth to visit family - for a pleasant Sunday dinner at the Egerton Arms, Broxton. We were pleased to be greeted by the new General Manager (Landlord) Wayne who had recently taken the reins, moving from The Golden Lion, Rossett, another of our favourite Woodward & Falconer traditional old coaching inns with a modern touch, excellent food menu and fine wines.
You may think that we spend all our time eating out. Well, not really but we do enjoy the ambiance and well, why not?

Bank Holiday Monday.

We spent this quietly in general but when I popped down to the local shop for supplies I indulged myself with a few pots of geraniums and a tray of Impatiens -Busy Lizzie - for the garden which is now recovering from the Badger invasion in March/April. By the way, in spite of all our other efforts we finally solved the problem by finding an old fence post near our wall, removing it, and, voila! Entrance foiled.

A little foray to the shops.

Looking ahead, my OH thought a day out would be good today. The Marks & Spencer chain of stores have built what I believe is said to be the largest store in the UK and the second largest in Europe. It is an Eco store and apart from all the Eco materials in the building, the ambiance and air is so clean-feeling. The range of goods is excellent and the colours quite exciting. We had a good day.

What of the rest of the week?

Back to work tomorrow. I am tossing around suggestions for the jacket cover for The
Long Leg of Italy which is coming out of the mothballs I wrapped it in last year.
It is the third in the Just Us Two Travel series and, as the title suggests, takes you through this diverse country from the mountains,lakes, and Venetian canals of the north; into the central part where you will feel the sights and sounds of Firenze, Roma, Sorrento, Amalfi coast; into the heat of the south where we stepped back in time as we explored the Adriatic towns and villages of Puglia, the mountains of Calabria and down to the toe of Italy. We then went across to Sicily but I will tell you all about that in Island Interludes - to follow.Watch out for more. 

Rosalie xx