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Worcester, Worcestershire, United Kingdom
Born in the year of the Coronation, I'm a Baby Boomer. In April of this year I decided I too would have a Diamond Jubilee celebration and completely change my life and that of my Husband's in the process

Thursday, 27 July 2006


I haven’t had much spare time since I returned from Germany and I’ve found it impossible to keep up with my favourite Journals here in J Land.


I was finishing off a couple of family histories that I had promised for a number of newly discovered relatives. I also met up with one of them, which was a very pleasurable experience. But the work took many hours a day.


Also I haven’t been well for the last month, added to that my Mother has been in hospital for a couple of weeks, so it’s all been a bit difficult really.


Anyway Mum is improving and I am at last recovering. So let’s hope I can draw a line under the last couple of months and get back into my old routine.


My granddaughter was born on 14th June 2006 and she has been named Isabella Rose, a very pretty name for a pretty little girl. She weighed nearly 7 pounds and apart from a touch of jaundice has been a healthy baby.






I shall be going back for a week long visit in the middle of August, which means I will be there for Catherine’s 30th Birthday.


Apart from the ill health, life has continued here in George Mansions in much the usual way.


Harper Dog is on valium and anti depressants for his senility. I think I may start sharing them with him.


The chickens are becoming more thuggish than ever. If we eat in the garden they attack us and try to get to our plates and last night they did the most unspeakable thing, which made me feel ill...... I say it’s unspeakable but I will write it down.


They found a frog and ripped it to bits and ate it! They’re grounded today; I’m not letting them out of their ark, as I do not want to witness that sort of carnage in my back garden. Speaking of which, it’s got completely out of hand. I’m going to start tours to the lost gardens of George Mansions, a guide essential. Cream Teas available!


Mike rang me this morning to say he’d been contacted by the present owner of the farmhouse in Gloucestershire, which I mentioned in an earlier entry. It is the farm Mike’s family lived in when the 1841 Census was taken. This gentleman has very kindly offered to show us round the farm, so we will take him up on his offer soon.


It’s amazing, the power of the Internet, his son discovered the entry in my Blog and told his father about it and as Mike is broadcasting from Gloucester this week, he was able to track Mike down at the radio station and give him a ring.


We’ve just discovered Lily Allen, who was number one in the charts for a couple of week with a song called Smile. Now I know her lyrics are sometimes a bit rude and the odd F word in there but her voice is delightful and fresh sounding. The stories she tells are funny but considering she is only 21, she must have lived quite a bit to know so much. I wonder what she would think if she knew two of her biggest fans are a pensioner and his 53-year-old wife? My mother would be disgusted at us for listening to such bawdiness but then she’s 78 this year, so I suppose it would be a bit much for her.


There’s just the one picture of Isabella here. I shall add a new entry as a follow on to Catherine & Flo’s wedding, with pictures of where they live and lots more of the family.


andrewfrnd said...

Welcome back, glad your health is improving. Looking forward to reading more.

paul177600 said...

lovely to see you back linda, glad your feeling better. isabella rose is absolutely gorgeous, congratulations. my cats have done the same thing to toads in the past, but they've left strewn body parts all over the lounge floor overnight before, not a nice thing to find first thing in the morning lol. we think lilly allen is great as well. kerry

bobandkate said...

Welcome Back Linda,
Sounds like you have had your hands full this summer. Isabella Rose is so beautiful, a perfect little angel!!! Take Care,

jeadie05 said...

Ididnt get an alert for this ,well done AOL ,it must have been when they were fixing something ,and lost our Alerts,Congratulations you have your dear little Grandaughter and she is beautiful ,but you know that ,I love her name ,sorry you havent been well ,I hope you are feeling better now,Iam relieved to know your Mum is improving too ...........Jan xx

wrigleyrachey said...

Hi Linda, great to see you are back in j~land, and have a beautiful grandaughter! you must be very happy and proud. Didn't know dogs could be prescribed valium, we will all be taking our dogs to the vets now..lol, Talking about frogs, I daren't strim around the pond because of the frogs, and I don't like seeing frogs legs..
Good news about being able to visit Mike's family farm, really interesting..let us know how you get on.
Glad you are feeling better.

ally123130585918 said...

Welcome back Linda ~ Sounds like you have had a real busy time of late ~  Isabella Rose is so beautiful baby ~ a perfect little girl and such a lovely name ~  Ally

beckiepainton said...

Our dog ghost used to eat frogs we had loads in our pond at one time but she managed to chew through the entire population before she died, now theres no frogs.Congratulations on your granddaughter, im 22 weeks pregnant now and im having a Boy.We are going to call him Tyrone-Lee after my partners brother who cannot have children.I hope that all goes well for you know.Take care.Beckieboo.x

wldconnie said...

I agree about Lili Allen. I have just bought her cd and I am a pensioner too! I love her songs as they are melodious and very funny. Glad to know other older folk like her too. What a lovely grand-daughter. I have 7 grandchildren and love them all dearly! Love Connie