Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Wow! Because of where we live we don't often get to see anvils forming in the clouds. Most often, by the time the storm is close enough to see we are already shrouded in dark grey clouds, with the anvil out of sight above the grey mass.
Today, though, as I came out of Waitrose and headed home, I found we were quite literally surrounded by growing storm clouds, complete with visible anvils...
Here we are facing North...
Sure enough we had a few rumbles of thunder a short while later, and an impressive (for us) hailstorm. Small hailstones but in great abundance! :-)
A couple of hours after that I spotted another anvil, this time coming in from my back garden, and popped out to snap it too...
Been quite a day for cloud watching. :-)
In other news, I'm still reeling from some very upsetting things that happened towards the end of my older daughter's visit over the Easter Weekend. I can't go into details, partly because my blog is public, and partly because the situation is still very painful to me. Suffice to say that my family have once again dumped on my from a great height after I dared to believe that this time, being in touch with them would be easier. Bry's wedding weekend back in December 2010 was supposed to have been the catalyst that turned my family around, but it was all a pack of lies.
In brief, my sister got married last week, and no one told me she was getting married, she didn't invite me or Tara to the wedding, and Bry didn't even tell me until Monday morning that it had happened - leaving me reeling with shock and crying my eyes out when she and Rob left for home.
The saddest thing of all is that my older daughter is now sucked into the family's web, and you have no idea how hurt I feel right now.
So, I need to find some way to get the pain and the anger out of my system. Right now it is making each day miserable. Right now I want to tell one person in particular what I think of them for coming between my daughter and me. Right now it is about all I can think about, and distractions are only temporary at best.
Here is one important distraction...
Tomorrow is Tara's sixteenth birthday. Thanks to everyone who has already wished her a happy one. She had a joint celebration with my Son-in-law over the Easter weekend. His birthday is ten days before hers.
Not only does she now have her sister's old Mac laptop, so Tara and I can both be computering again without having to share, but they bought her a Guitar Hero guitar and game, so that she can finally play the game she fell in love with at Bry and Rob's wedding.
We had birthday cake at the weekend as well, so Tara doesn't really have much to do on the actual day. But I have a small surprise for her in the morning (she types, peering over her shoulder to make sure Tara can't see), and we are popping into town for a mooch, and buying a Domino's Pizza for dinner for Tara because that was her special meal request. We rarely buy takeaway, so this is a real treat for her.
Oh, and I joined Facebook at the weekend, just so that I could play their scrabble-style game called Words With Friends. If you are on Facebook and like that game, look me up and challenge me to a match. :-) Pretty please!!! :-)
Hope your week is going better than mine! :-) Even the computer has been an issue. Would you believe I finally have my baby back all to myself, and first the electric goes out while they fix a fault, and then I have to close down for thunder storms. :-) Talk about sod's law! *shakes head in disbelief*
Thursday, April 05, 2012
Well, I'm pleased to report that we have had another productive day of spring cleaning and the house is finally fit for visitors! Bry and Rob will be here sometime tomorrow afternoon with a little luck and a fair wind. :-)
This morning I talked with my neighbours on either side of us. J at no.24 was blissfully unaware that anything had happened. Apparently, by the time she went to see why her dogs were barking, I’d let Sophie out, and she assumed that her dogs were barking at Sophie. There is no sign of any damage in her garden, but she is miffed that she missed all the fun. She said she'd have let them out too, if she'd known what was happening!
My other neighbour (Anne), the one the Policewoman called on because it was apparent that the lads had climbed from my garden into hers, checked her garden this morning and discovered that the lid of the bin that houses her bus shelter glass (for her mosaic art) was broken. It is on the opposite side of the fence from the TV stand on my side, so they must have landed on it when they went over the fence.
Also, she realised that a bag of cement that was by the gate that leads from her back garden into the field behind had been knocked over, so we believe that was done by the lads as they escaped into the field by climbing over her gate.
Other than the bin lid, there was no damage and no items missing from Anne’s garden.
I just want to thank you all for being so kind and supportive on my blog last night and today. It was a pretty scary experience, realising there were people in my garden, and not being able to even see them because it was so dark. Having your messages to read before I braved going to bed really helped, and writing the blog calmed me too. Funny how getting it out onto a blog can help calm you down.
Needless to say, a larger torch is on my shopping list. Rather bolting the stable door after the horse has bolted, but there you are. :- )
I probably won't be around much for the next few days while Rob and Bry are here. Wish us luck with the new (to us) laptop! :-)
Enjoy your Easter Weekend! :-) Remember that chocolate is good for you in moderation, so have a little guilt-free treat!! :-)
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
My neighbour's dogs started barking and they don't do that as a rule, and then I could hear voices - loud voices - coming from the back gardens. Thinking my neighbour might need help I opened the back door, and heard words to the effect of "Sh**! The door's opening!"
Instant panic for me, because it was pitch dark out there and I couldn't see a thing! So, I told Sophie "Go Fetch!" and she obligingly ran out into the garden while I raced for the telephone to dial 999!
You should have heard her barking as she chased whoever it was down the garden!
Meanwhile I'm being asked whether I want fire, police or ambulance, and I'm telling the lady on the phone what is going on while holding my torch, which is dying on me, trying to see where the people (sounded like teenage boys) were.
By the time the police got here the boys were gone, but when we went down the garden using the Policewoman's massive torch, it was clear where they had gone. They had used an old TV stand to climb over into my other neighbour's garden, breaking it in the process. So the policewoman went next door to check Anne's garden out too.
I had thought they had come over from the field behind the house, but it looks like what they actually did was work their way through at least four back gardens, presumably looking for stuff to pinch!
The police surrounded the area and were stopping everyone and asking questions. I don't suppose they will find the kids now, but I'm glad they came out to look.
11 years I've lived here, and the only intruders I've dealt with till now were...
A small dog that squeezed through a hole in the fence and couldn't find it's way out, and a naked toddler with a Houdini complex that climbed over the fence from next door when his Mum wasn't looking!
I don't know how I'm going to sleep tonight. *sigh*
Hope your evening is less eventful!
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