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All about the weather really….

I’m sorry I haven’t been around much and I can’t see things improving over the next few weeks. #2 son is now home from university (he did very well – graduated with a 2.1 so we are well pleased with him!) This means increased laundry (he has SO many clothes, just washed 29 t-shirts) and as for food shopping – no matter how much I buy, we are constantly running out of supplies, he could eat for England.  He is very keen on cooking  and loves experimenting with new recipes – all good but he is not so good at the clearing up afterwards :-)

And the sun is shining and the garden is growing and it’s Wimbledon fortnight and next weekend it’s Glastonbury (cue the rain)…..OK, lame excuses I know but I’m doing my best – honest!

So, here you have edited highlights of my week.

The sun is shining and it’s Wimbledon – how bizarre! Roger Federer played Dominic Hrbaty yesterday,  an easy match for Roger with some very funny moments.

and a miracle shot from Dominic Hrbaty…

I’m going to Wimbledon on Friday so I hope the weather holds up and we get to see some good tennis. I have Centre Court tickets (although they are about as far back as you can get without actually sitting outside the court) but never mind. I shall see tennis, drink champagne and eat strawberries whatever.

Went for a walk on Sunday. The weather was fabulous and I passed through a field that had been seeded with wild flowers. It was very special, my photographs don’t really do it justice (you can enlarge it by clicking on it). Sort of makes up for the poppy disaster….

I took this one on my way home. I was driving along the coast road with the roof down, Coldplay blasting out on the radio and this view. Absolute bliss.

The Arum lilies in my garden are blooming and are quite stunning. I think I am starting to grow green fingers at last.

I have just finished reading the funniest book I have ever read. I cannot recommend this highly enough. This is it.

It’s a run through the last 2000 years of British history but it is is written in a wonderfully funny style. I was reading it on the train a week or so ago and I kept bursting out laughing. I caught the guy next to craning his neck trying to see what I was reading as I was giggling so much. I tell you, I learned more history reading this than I did in years of history lessons at school. I’ve been buying it for all my friends as I want everyone to read it. I bought three in a ‘3 for 2’ offer last week as gifts and the sales assistant said hesitantly ‘ You do know you have bought the same book three times – you don’t have to you know, you can buy 3 different books’. Der!

I’m off to Glastonbury on Saturday morning. I don’t know, Wimbledon on Friday, Glastonbury on Saturday and Sunday. No-one can accuse me of having a boring life. Of course, as the weather is very nice at the moment, I’m sure it will have changed by the weekend, this is an English summer after all, but hopefully it won’t be as bad as the first time I went!

This last photograph always amuses me. If you look closely, you can see the stall selling …… Glastonbury Spring Water. Erm, no thanks!

Apologies if I haven’t dropped round your blog for a while, I intend to try and have a catch up night tonight….see you later.

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21 responses to “All about the weather really….

  1. AmyH June 24, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Two very fun activities! I just got home from a big music festival and now I’m completely addicted to music and about to spend far too much money on iTunes. And Wimbledon! How fun. I used to dream of being a ball girl at Wimbledon when I was a teenager. Funny dream, I know. What a nerd. Have a wonderful week.

  2. strugglingwriter June 24, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Have a good time at Wimbledon. I’m sure you will.

    Great photos. I loved the wildflowers one.

    That book looks right up my alley. I might have to give that one a look.

  3. Colin June 24, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    Hi Diane,
    Wimbledon AND Glastonbury? Now that’s just about guaranteed the annual mudbath hasn’t it lol.
    Love the Arum lilies, but would be cautious of mildew coloured fingers….that’s me in trouble, do I care? hahaha

    Have a wonderful time at Wimbledon and Glastonbury, just remember to take a rowing boat and diving suit!
    Take care my dear friend,
    Colin

  4. Teresa June 24, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Good to have you back!! :) I forwarded myself a funny article about tennis players on Facebook, but have yet to actually go there so I can then forward it to you. It’s near the top of my to-do list though.

    I hope our library carries you book you recommended. I can’t think of a better way to learn history than through laughter. ;) In fact, I let ds#1 learn history with The Cartoon Guide to the Universe.

    Have a wonderful, wonderful time at Wimbledon!! And don’t take spring water from strangers…hahaha!

    p.s. your son needs to learn the fine art of kitchen clean up so you can have more time to go online! ;)

  5. Daddy Papersurfer June 24, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    I knew that Wimbledon would cut into your blogging time …….. thank heavens there are still some standards around. Isn’t Nadal’s left arm HUGE?!!!!! ………..

  6. Diane June 24, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    AmyH – glad you had an inspiring trip to the music festival. Live music is just the best isn’t it?
    My son has worked the last couple of years. He was one of the guys who have to cover the courts when it rains – he was exhausted last year, the covers were on and off every few minutes the weather was so bad!

    SW – Glad you enjoyed the photos. I really recommend the book, it is so funny!

    Colin – it is a double whammy isn’t it? We are checking the weather forecast every day and it keeps changing as we get closer (not for the better either!) We check different forecasts to see which one is the most hopeful and we believe that one! We shall see….. :-)

    Teresa – I read the article you posted about tennis players quirky habits. In fact I meant to mention it here, it was so good. I shall give it and you a mention before I go, if I get chance.
    The book is fabulous. Should be compulsory in schools, I reckon. When I was training to be a teacher I was horrified how we were taught to teach History – so disjointed – the Romans, followed by the Victorians and one term, no History at all as it alternated with Geography. I perhaps wouldn’t give this to young children but teens and older (who don’t mind a bit of naughtiness) would love it!
    Even my son who hardly ever reads is enjoying it :-)

    DP – ahem! His arm? Oh yes his arm(s) is/are enormous. His work outs are legendary. He is so fit. I mean in an athletic sense of course…..

  7. Little Miss Moi June 24, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    Oh dear, I hope the weather is good for Glastonbury. My brother has been the past three or four years and rarely has anything good to say… about the weather.

    The photo of the coast is just lovely! Is there any chance you’d share where it is?

  8. Diane June 24, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    This is my third time to Glastonbury – the last two were washouts (as you can see form the photos!) Let’s hope it’s third time lucky….

    The photo was taken on the coast road which runs from Abbotsbury to Burton Bradstock in Dorset. I think I stopped just above West Bexington. It is the most beautiful drive (although you have to expect people who are driving VERY SLOWLY because they are goggling at the view :-)

    I LOVE your latest post. I adore Italy and have always wanted to see Le Cinque Terre – I have driven past there many times when we drove from the South of France to Italy but we never stopped – can’t think why not. Maybe I didn’t realise quite how stunning it was at that time….

  9. Jenny June 25, 2008 at 4:32 am

    Ooooh, love all your pretty pics! The view on your drive was so stunning I don’t know how you kept it on the road. I do love a country drive. And aren’t you the gadabout, having centre court seats (albeit nosebleed height) at Wimbledon? Can’t wait to hear all about it and I sure hope the pretty weather holds.

  10. Ev Nucci June 25, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Uh the wonderful rain, I remember it well. I studied in England. #1 son is going there in the Fall to study at UCL I believe. (or Queen Mary?) Can’t keep things straight.

    They metamorph weekly you know and into what? God knows. But that’s our job, to watch them metamorph. I remember living on Cadbury bars. I wonder what he’ll do over there! Great pics. I love my camera. I imagine he’ll spend quite a bit of time on the Thames. Rowing.

    I remember one special night along the Thames, but I wasn’t rowing!

    Thanks for dropping by Murphy’s Law. I linked into you by the way. I am a tad wacked!

  11. laketrees June 25, 2008 at 11:54 am

    wow Dianne
    you have been busy
    grats to # 2 son …you must be so proud…
    haha the wellies remind me of my time in London..
    lots of grey slush and ski boots…
    gorgeous pics and I can just envision you looking very glam in your sporty car…wind blowing your hair…and so on…
    have a grand time….at the tennis
    ps kids and cooking clean up…my son refuses to pick up his bath towel…terminal !!!

    *waves* @ whacky Ev….

  12. laketrees June 25, 2008 at 11:55 am

    oopsy Diane…don’t know where the double nn came from :)

  13. Diane June 25, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Jenny – it is a wonderful drive, I will post some other shots along the way at some point. As the 2012 Olympic sailing events are being held in Weymouth (near to here) they are aparently going to upgrade this road. I hope they mean by that more stopping places to admire the view!

    Ev – I’m sure your son will have loads of fun in London, it’s a great city. But perhaps not so much fun as his mum eh? :-)
    Thanks, Ev, I will reciprocate the link for sure.

    Kim – I have never seen mud like at Glastonbury. Horrible, so gloopy and it tries to suck your wellies off…..and you have to watch out for the mud down stream of the toilet blocks….you don’t want to be slipping over in that!
    As for wind blowing in my hair – I have to tie it up otherwise it blows in my face and I can’t see where I’m driving – not ideal :-)
    As for kids and housework, I think it would be quicker to train a cat than my boys…..
    PS I get ‘nn’ all the time!

  14. 70steen June 25, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    Well done to your son… you must be very proud

    What a great weekend coming up you’ve got… I think you may be lucky with the weather … fingers X’d for you :-)

  15. Vanessa (the old friend)! June 25, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Many congrats to # 2, that is fantastic. Am sure he will do well whatever he chooses to do in the future, as long as it isn’t cleaning! My 2 are watching the football at the moment – big yawn…

    I remember that lovely view very well!

    Still I must be grateful for the Great Park which I drove through today, it was quite beautiful and I even had Coldplay on.

    Have a really wonderful weekend….:)

  16. Diane June 25, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    70steen – I am proud – he has worked really hard and he wasn’t that far off a first! He is off to Glastonbury tomorrow, so he has been doing a sun dance to try and bring good weather :-)

    Vanessa – #2 and I are watching the footie too! Just so lng as the weather they are having in Vienna doesn’t head this way, we should be OK….
    Last time I was in Windsor, I thought ‘Why did I move away?’ I think if I moved anywhere it would be back to your neck of the woods, I do love it round there – best of all worlds really!
    Isn’t Coldplay album fantastic?

  17. Ulquiorra June 26, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Hope you don’t mind too terribly if I drop this comment somewhere around here…

    Coldplay’s album is fantastic and so is Farrell’s book. Although I don’t live in Britain. One of my friends scheduled to come here from London on the 29th, I think I’ll ask him about the weather.

  18. Diane June 26, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    So glad you agree! I have been listening to the new Coldplay album constantly since I bought it and I love it.

    Weather here has been bright but windy – going to change to showery tomorrow – just when I get to Wimbledon – marvellous.

  19. Ulquiorra June 27, 2008 at 7:26 am

    Meh…now I have nothing to talk about with my friend, lol. Maaaaybe I can dig something up from the graveyard my brain is becoming.

    Looking forward to your next post :)

  20. Lady Banana June 28, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    Hope you’re having a good time at your just about rainfree events! It makes a change!

    I have 2 daughters home now from uni so I know only too well about the extra washing and food! lol

  21. nursemyra July 15, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    those lilies are beautiful

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