Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Curios Thing #40

Latest CT zine which coincidentally is the 40th issue and this one was a collabortaion with my dear wife. We have been together 40 years in a few weeks time so timely in so many ways. Reminds us of our collaborations when we first met all those years ago. We shared a love of postal ephemera, rubber stamps, decorated envelopes etc. and so after corresponding for 6 months or so we finally met and the rest, as they say, is history.


Pleasant morning wandering around Chester. Hazel went off to the clothes shops and I explored the charity emporiums. Didn't find anything. Had al fresco vege sausage roll sitting outside the old cross. Roads were full of plonkers over taking on roundabouts etc. Chilly start but quite hot now.

Monday, May 29, 2023

Trent and Mersey Walk

This mornings walk to the canal and along the tow path to the A556. Nippy start but soon warming up in the Bank Holiday sunshine. Who'd have thunk it? Saw a few baby ducks in the reeds - a bit too dark to take a decent photo. Looking for gravy powder for Hazel's Mom. Didnt find any along the canal but asked in an asian shop that was open. He looked rather puzzled and showed me some cheese sauce packets. O well - looks like Granma will have to rely on what she has lurking in the cupboard.

Sunday, May 28, 2023

Blakemere Boot sale

A few bargains from this mornings rummagings down at Blakemere. Hazel found all of them. Nothing for me. I must be getting more picky in what I buy these days! The Xmas crackers will be useful in December. The squares of kids materials for future craft projects Hazel has in mind. A posh Buckingham Palace mug to drink her tea out of. She has one already but handy to have a spare in case the other breaks. A nasty clock but with a useful mechanism or so we thought. Also some geraniums and cigarette cards about household hints. It wasa nice sunny morning but now clouded over with a cool breeze.

Sunday, May 21, 2023

Community Orchard and Fishing Ponds

Nice wander down to the community orchard and the fishing ponds this morning in the sunshine. Hoped to see some baby coots like last years but none to be seen so far . Ponds getting more clogged with weed - a sad sight. Hopefully they can be dredged like they were a few years ago. 21st May 2023.

Saturday, May 20, 2023

River Weaver and Furey Woods

Nice sunny walk along the River Weaver to Furey Woods this morning before the shops opened. Went round a few charity shops but didnt find anything. Hazel went off to get things for her Mom and sister. Then to Lostock to deliver groceries and collect knitted squares.

Tuesday, May 16, 2023


Nice couple of days in West Yorkshire again. Things to sort. A quick walk up the canal to delightful woody bit with bluebells and dry stone walls. Rigo the cat has returned after being lost for 5 weeks so that was a nice reunion. She needed lots of well earned TLC after being goodness-knows-where!

Sunday, May 14, 2023

Moss Farm Boot Sale

A nice sunny day for a boot sale down at Moss Farm. Not many cars or stalls. I didnt find anything but had a chat to Bob who was there selling an odd selection of things - cameras, binoculars, DVD's, books, jewelry etc. Hazel bought some jewelry for her sister. Also some plants - lupins, hollyhocks etc. from another stall holder. We drove to Verdin park for a short walk up the hill and sat on a bench in the sun. A few dog walkers but very quiet. We noticed the extension to the hospital being built nearby. They seemed be using part of the car park which seemed rather short-sighted as it's usually full up! I neglected to take my camera so here is an old collage of a boot sale I did.

Monday, May 08, 2023

Griffiths Park

Nice afternoon for a wander over to the local park and see the charity football match being played in the sunshine. Lots of folk taking part in various activities, games, stalls, bouncy castle etc. We got ourselves an ice cream and enjoyed the match sitting on the bench on the small hill nearby.

Sunday, May 07, 2023

Marbury Woods

We escaped from the nonsense on the TV to the green and twittering woods of Marbury. The sun came out briefly and so we had better weather than London it seems. The bluebells still looking good. Very quiet except for the twitterpated birds and the cavorting squirrels. No bunting or grovelling peasants in sight.

Tuesday, May 02, 2023


A very nice ,sunny for the most part, May Bank Holiday weekend in the lovely town of Llandudno - our favourite seaside place in North Wales. Made a nice change from the stresses and strains of previous weeks. Delightful wanderings around the town, the shops, the pier, the fun fair ( not too much of that - a bit noisy!) and relaxing in the Promonad B&B - excellent new owners - delicious breakfasts! Home again now and going through the dozens of photos we took. Here's just a few for now.