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The Month In (Not Many) Pictures

June 1, 2010

The blog I was going to write, about our day at Newstead Abbey, didn’t materialise due to me simply not having my writing head on, so today I will attempt a quick run-down of the month…

On Bank Holiday Monday (3 May) we set out early-ish and headed for Newstead Abbey, CNV00002 near Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.  Although the sky was grey and leaden, the sun was shining, and I was surprised to find that there were not many visitors about.  CNV00025 We wandered about the British camp talking to people and taking photos, then headed back to the car for lunch.  When I tried to remove the film from my SLR, the darned thing snapped, so I opened it up and pulled the film out, then re-loaded.  (What I forgot about was the lack of visitors in all those shots…blast it!!)


Later on we took a wander around the house, then headed around to the field where the battle re-enactment was going to take place.  CNV00005 Here, there was another British encampment and the French encampment, side by side.

I had been looking out for some friends, who were taking part…Lisa and Adrian, who I’d met at the Jane Austen Festival last year, and Gavin (who was playing a French soldier this weekend…they take it in turns, you know.)

CNV00011 The weather had been very changeable, throughout the day, with sunshine interspersed with rain…and even a couple of very heavy hail showers…!  By the time the battle commenced, my umbrella had been up and down several times!

In all, it had been a great day out, and I was smitten with the world of re-enactment…!

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The rest of the month was…well, I felt very down in the couple of weeks following Newstead, as it was back to normal with nothing to look forward to until September.  Then we had a mini heat-wave, and the humidity had me feeling vey low indeed.

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This bank holiday weekend , Robert wanted to get on and get the living-room carpet laid…it had been in the hallway for  long enough!  So on Saturday, we shifted junk, books, plants, and furniture out of the room and finally got it down!

Yesterday was the turn of the hallway, so while I was filling and sanding, Robert got started on the painting…we will need a new tub of paint to finish the job, but it’s looking brighter and better already. 

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Today, he has got the pasting table out and is carrying on with the living-room…he’s on a roll…LOL!

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55 Comments leave one →
  1. Eileen permalink
    June 1, 2010 12:19 pm

    Oh fancy sending him down here when he\’s finished? I could do with some help painting my house.

  2. Sandi permalink
    June 1, 2010 12:30 pm

    LOL! Still loads to do here, Eileen…kitchen…!!I\’m going to miss that pthalo green, but it\’s past it\’s sell-by date…! Time for change!!

  3. Karen permalink
    June 1, 2010 12:59 pm

    good man, could do with some decorating action in this house! Ooh I see Eileen has already tried to book him 🙂 Love the pics looks like a fun time x

  4. Sandy permalink
    June 1, 2010 1:04 pm

    Hope the turn of the month has found you a bit cheerier then, especially with your redecoration. Don\’t you find tea tastes especially good while decorating – though perhaps not so much better as to make me go off and decorate something.

  5. Curiosity permalink
    June 1, 2010 1:11 pm

    A good start to the summer. I have a sneaky suspicion that a few more re enactments may be featured before the years end! Maybe even with yourself as one of those partaking. Can just see you up there with all the Generals or plucking gold teeth from the fallen! lolDecorating does have a feel good thing to it.

  6. Natalia permalink
    June 1, 2010 1:14 pm

    Somehow Sandi, I think you have had quite a rewarding month and if Bob wants to be odd job to me also, I guess I will have to stand in line. The Wall paper looks rather chic btw. The photo\’s of Newstead are rather stately. Off out now for my brain scan. Someone suggested that I should be fed rear first into the scanner as it was more likely to found this way. :oD :oD Don\’t you just love sarcasm? ;o) xx

  7. Ayrgael - permalink
    June 1, 2010 1:29 pm

    What lovely pictures of Newstead. I\’m with Curiosity in betting you\’ll be up there in costume before the season\’s end.Funnily enough I was thinking it\’s time to get on with our bedroom, it\’s only been nine months since I bought the paint (Does paint go off? I hope not!)

  8. Mike permalink
    June 1, 2010 1:50 pm

    Lol re Natalia\’s comment….though its made me kinda nervous to add one myself as it might be suggested that a similar scan would require some men (not me ofcourse!!) to go in hip first! 🙂 Im contemplating redecorating too……which means its at least six months off yet!!

  9. Sandi permalink
    June 1, 2010 1:53 pm

    Looks like you will all have to form an orderly queue for Robert\’s (decorating!) services…LOL!Sandy…you are not wrong…tea…good idea…kettle going on again…!Anne…funny you should mention that…I had pictured myself dressed as a scavenger, going around after the battle…not quite dead? A bash on the bonce…now, what\’s \’e got in this pocket? A nice watch…hehehe…!Natalia, the wallpaper is from the 80s…marbled effect. My brother bought it for his bedroom (when we still lived at home)…I like it.Sarah, if the paint has not been opened, then it should keep just fine.

  10. Sandi permalink
    June 1, 2010 1:54 pm

    LMAO(!) at Natalia and Mike…LOL!

  11. Eileen permalink
    June 1, 2010 1:56 pm

    Hmm spaces must be broken.. I haven\’t had any updates to say anyone\’s about and commenting :\'(I\’ve been contemplating redecorating for years now… maybe I\’ll get the urge to take it further……

  12. Ayrgael - permalink
    June 1, 2010 2:21 pm

    Thanks for that Sandi. I cancelled an intended trip to Yorkshire this weekend so seems like a window of opportunity has just conveniently opened! Have just frit the daylights out of Robin by asking if he fancied camping out in the spare room for the rest of the week without mentioning I would be going too and why!Need some more white emulsion and possibly another paintbrush but shall not be joining the queue for Robert\’s services.

  13. Samuel J permalink
    June 1, 2010 3:01 pm

    Wonderful pictures! I have been down in the dumps for awhile….can\’t seem to find anything to look forward to except the grandson\’s graduation this Sunday….So haven\’t blogged in awhile….maybe I\’ll get inspired this weekend….Must be wonderful having someone who likes to help out around the house! My husband\’s idea of helping around the house is eating all the food and filling the sink with dishes!Hugs!!

  14. Bob permalink
    June 1, 2010 4:03 pm

    This was started on Sunday morning at about 08:30, not Saturday. I thought Sandi should have at least a day\’s notice of my intentions, and I woke her up very early (for her) on Monday…Decorating can be a bit of a chore but, on the plus side, you get immediate results so there is a definite feeling of achievement as the job progresses. Cutting the day short to go to work was a pain but we got a good ten hours in yesterday as I didn\’t have to go driving!

  15. ROCKET permalink
    June 1, 2010 5:24 pm

    I can\’t let Frankie see this; at least the redecorating inanity. She might get ideas… installing that laminated flooring in the bathroom and laundry nook. My plan is to teach Laura\’s boyfriend how to install flooring while I supervise.

  16. Ayrgael - permalink
    June 1, 2010 5:33 pm

    Sounds like a plan you got there RM! 🙂

  17. Sandi permalink
    June 1, 2010 8:01 pm

    OK…so I get my days mixed up…I always get confused due to bank holidays…! :-(Yep…that is a good idea, RM…you\’re a sly old fox…!! Talking of foxes…their strange and eerie noises kept me awake this morning. That is the first time I have heard foxes, believe it or not…!

  18. Ayrgael - permalink
    June 1, 2010 8:50 pm

    Noisy yappy beasts but whistling hedgehogs, though rarer are far worse and as for mating nightingales…. well!…just don\’t get me started on mating nightingales…

  19. Sandi permalink
    June 1, 2010 10:47 pm

    As far as I know, we don\’t get nightingales here…but hedgehogs there are a-plenty…snorting, snuffling and grunting, but whistling..?There are plenty of foxes round here I was only yards from one on the river bank…we stared t each other for a few seconds, then it just turned and trotted off…it was an awesome experience. But I have never, ever heard them before. When I wake in the night, I can always hear the Tawny owls hooting and screeching…but never foxes.

  20. Arlene permalink
    June 1, 2010 11:00 pm

    What an interesting insight into your life Sandi, starting off with the stateliness of Newstead Abbey, then the domesticity of painting, to the intricacies of the SLR camera, stealing from the dead[how low can you get] till it degenerates to the mating of hedgehogs, good heavens life\’s rich tapestry all in one blog and comments.most enjoyable though.

  21. Sandi permalink
    June 2, 2010 10:48 am

    It is amazing, the twists and turns of a conversation, no less here than face-to-face…I find the following of a conversational thread funny and fascating. Whither will it wander next, I wonder…? LOL!

  22. Sandi permalink
    June 2, 2010 10:52 am

    (Sigh)…the keyboard is playing games again…! I\’m sure you can work out that I meant \’fascinating\’…!!

  23. Eileen permalink
    June 2, 2010 2:21 pm

    Where\’s the mating hedgehogs?( you have better sounding nightlife than I have at home.. I\’m normally woken by drunken louts kicking off or better still ysterday it was 5am and a car alarm going off for what felt like hours! )

  24. Sandi permalink
    June 3, 2010 1:42 pm

    In Robin and Sarah\’s garden I presume…they whistle, too…! I got the noisy fox again, this morning, followed by the tawny owl, then shortly afterwards by the dawn chorus…and these were followed by ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ…!

  25. Eileen permalink
    June 3, 2010 3:05 pm

    I got Ben and his friend coming home at 00.30 and deciding to watch tv and eat food, followed by me telling Ben off for unacceptable behaviour, followed by them deciding they were going to bed at approx 01.50…. I did try really hard to make LOADS of noise when I got up at 06.30 to go to work. You wait till I actually manage to see him when I\’m awake and he\’s not stoned.. I bet even you will hear my rant!

  26. Arlene permalink
    June 3, 2010 8:17 pm

    Crikey poor Eileen, I do feel for you, maybe having a boring life isn\’t so bad after all, the worst sound is when I have to set the alarm occasionally. I get keyboard probs Sandi, especially on laptop, it\’s called \’fat finger syndrome\’ and back to front letters, It\’s catching so be careful. or even craflue.

  27. Sandi permalink
    June 4, 2010 10:26 am

    Oh dear, Eileen…still no improvement on the Ben-front? When I were younger, kids were threatened with approved school and Borstal…and it worked. Nowadays they get a slapped wrist and are told not to do it again…great deterrant! Not!!Arlene, methinks those damned things are aptly named…\’alarm\’…\’cos they alarm the heck out of ya!! LOL! I\’m always hitting two keys at once and getting extra letters or muddled words…!

  28. Sandi permalink
    June 4, 2010 2:53 pm

    Last weekend I definitely had my sewing head on, but was prevented from doing any, with the result that I have found it difficult to get back into it…must make an effort this evening!!!

  29. Sandi permalink
    June 4, 2010 7:45 pm

    OK…I\’m talking to myself again…!!

  30. Arlene permalink
    June 4, 2010 8:08 pm

    I know the feeling Sandi, perhaps people are giving you a break to get on with your sewing.

  31. Sandi permalink
    June 5, 2010 11:02 am

    Or maybe they are able to enjoy this weather, and are all outside…I just can\’t take the humid heat, and try to stay out of the sun as much as possible…oh, well, back to \’stitch-in-the-ditch\’…!!

  32. Sandi permalink
    June 5, 2010 12:54 pm

    Look at me, little Jumping Joan…nobody\’s with me…I\’m all alone…!!

  33. Sandi permalink
    June 5, 2010 2:01 pm


  34. Sandi permalink
    June 5, 2010 3:57 pm

    OK…WLS is broken again…!!

  35. Mike permalink
    June 6, 2010 3:09 pm

    My homepage entirely consists of pictures and the subsequent comments, its been like that for a few weeks now….seems Windows have taken a dislike to blogs!!

  36. Sandi permalink
    June 8, 2010 11:04 am

    I think people are posting more photos and everyone-else was commenting on them…now how do we see if someone has commented on our blogs?! Those comments are no longer \’at a glance\’…and these comments have been turned upside-down…and why is this comment just going in one long line instead of filling the box? How the heck do I read through it to check for smelling pistakes…?!!!

  37. Sandi permalink
    June 8, 2010 11:04 am


  38. Deb's permalink
    June 21, 2010 9:24 am

    if you go to your home page, you\’ll see MESSENGER SOCIAL, directly underneath that you will see it lists; HIGHLIGHTS, RECENT, ME, MORE (with an arrow on the right), the page you are on is the highlights page but if you click on recent, it gives you the current activity as it is happening, the "me" is just your updates/comments etcand the "more" section covers status updates, photos etc.,

  39. Deb's permalink
    June 21, 2010 9:27 am

    oh meant to add in the "more" section there is a choice for just blogs too… which is much better.

  40. Sandi permalink
    June 21, 2010 4:23 pm

    It was better when you could just see things at a glance, instead of faffing about with more menus. I\’ll probably get used to it in time, but my beef is that they make changes, then a few months later they just change it all again…not just improving tweaks!

  41. Sandi permalink
    June 21, 2010 4:24 pm

    And why did they have to change the comments box…it was much better as it was…!

  42. Sandi permalink
    June 22, 2010 12:22 pm

    Robert is now blocking in the over-door, in the hallway. The next job will be filling and sanding, then painting…then the new architrave can go up.

  43. Sandi permalink
    June 22, 2010 8:54 pm

    Actually, he has added the new architrave already…it\’s beginning to look good…now for the other door frames!

  44. Eileen permalink
    June 23, 2010 2:08 pm

    Oh thanks for the heads up Debs! I\’ve been getting really lonely over here as I have to hunt to see if anyone\’s posted anything :o(.Hiya Sandi

  45. Sandi permalink
    June 23, 2010 7:56 pm

    Hiya Eileen…I\’m still here…just. I\’m not giving up my WLS! It\’s just that I can\’t think straight enough to write blogs at the moment…I guess I could post one or two vids, plus a couple more Beef of the Day posts…this weather is making me grumpy, so I can find plenty to grumble about…LOL!!

  46. Arlene permalink
    June 24, 2010 10:14 pm

    Hi Sandi I\’ve just popped in to see if you\’re still blogging, but I see you\’re mostly on Faces, I\’ll try and catch up with them but I\’ve not been visiting as much as I should be so I\’m on catch-up. sorry you don\’t like the weather, I love it.

  47. Sandi permalink
    June 24, 2010 11:59 pm

    Hi, Arlene…I\’m sorry I haven\’t been about much…but I will try to make more of an effort to post some more blogs!As for the weather…it does not agree with me! I come out in big red itchy lumps…and I just sweat if I so much as lift an eyebrow…horrid!!

  48. Sandi permalink
    July 24, 2010 8:21 pm

    I could have blogged about the Battle Prom that I went to two weeks ago…and the \’new\’ sofa bed we\’ve been given…and…not a lot else really…!

  49. Europa's permalink
    July 25, 2010 1:08 am

    Hello! 😉 Thut I\’d check for blogskis on the way to your notes…which I haven\’t got to yet because I is here! Lovely blog 😉 Newstead Abbey is gorgeous and I love the way you\’ve set out your photos…those battle enactments are great aren\’t they? I have visited similar round my way over recent years, but sadly the events have been moved to larger grounds that I can\’t get to without a car. The costumes are amazing and you kinda travel back into the time they were in don\’t you?

  50. Europa's permalink
    July 25, 2010 1:08 am

    Hello! 😉 Thut I\’d check for blogskis on the way to your notes…which I haven\’t got to yet because I is here! Lovely blog 😉 Newstead Abbey is gorgeous and I love the way you\’ve set out your photos…those battle enactments are great aren\’t they? I have visited similar round my way over recent years, but sadly the events have been moved to larger grounds that I can\’t get to without a car. The costumes are amazing and you kinda travel back into the time they were in don\’t you?

  51. Europa's permalink
    July 25, 2010 1:13 am

    Medieval jousting tournaments are a thrill too when you see the jousting horses and their riders thundering towards each other in full period costume and weapons! I know just how you feel when it\’s all over and everything goes back to normal tho…so flat and boring with nothing much to do and all the excitement over…I was the same when all the horse shows etc finished…WLS photo sharing wise…I thut it had become F/bk, but it seems to have evolved into Flikr!!!!

  52. Europa's permalink
    July 25, 2010 1:14 am

    Some of it is people discovering they can use Skydrive folders as g/bks to exchange pics now WLS have disallowed graphics in standard g/bks. Everybody\’s a lot happier with WLS life tho, now they can do this! But me…me likes me blogs!! So keep \’em coming then I can stop by again ;)) Ooh look! I\’m writing a blog in your comments section! Ooops! ;))

  53. Sandi permalink
    July 25, 2010 6:50 pm

    I don\’t have Live Writer on the laptop, which is what I used for these blogs on the PC…which no longer lets me get online by the way!!Wolfie…if the photos from the Battle Prom are on here, I will have to write a short blog, then add the photos to an album.Over the years, I have been to Roman, Medieval Jousting, English Civil War, and Napoleonic re-enactments…and wanted to join all of them!!

  54. Sandi permalink
    July 25, 2010 6:51 pm

    This comment limit is totally crap!! And the way it\’s set out!!! Grrr!!

  55. Sandi permalink
    July 25, 2010 6:52 pm

    After discovering the Jane Austen Festival in Bath, I now have the excuse I need to make costumes…YAY!!! ;-D

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