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Tales from a Fractured Folly: 25th April 2017

These are a little bunch of wooden tulips I brought back from Amsterdam. My next job is to find a small vase to put them in. It was freezing today and even snowed briefly this afternoon, fortunately after I had been for a walk. The hills are lovely and the bluebells are starting to flower, but it’s not the place to be in a howling icy wind and snow.

Groovy Word of the day: blustery

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Tales from a Fractured Folly: 24th April 2017

I did some useful bits of maintenance today. I fixed the towel rail back on the wall in the kitchen and poked about in the insides of the fridge again as I could see I had some more creeping ice. This time I tried a bit of insulation on the offending  pipes, I hope my fix works. As I go out into the world next week to my new job of invigilating I thought I should spruce myself up and I am getting my hair done on Wednesday. I felt my dingy winter skin needed reviving but I couldn’t make up my mind which of these masks I wanted; as they were three for two I bought them all. I exfoliated today so I now have the Spring skin of a goddess. 🤥There will be no pictures of the treatment process.

Groovy Word of the day : elixir


Tales from a Fractured Folly: 23rd April 2017

This is the gang making a fuss of Mum. It lasted a surprisingly long time, half an hour at least. Bertie wriggled and squirmed his way ever nearer to Ola until eventually he invaded her personal space. Inevitably she growled at him, then ran off with Bertie in hot pursuit. I love the way Bertie still sleeps with his legs backwards like a dog, maybe he will grow into them one day.

Groovy Word of the day : gangly

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Tales from a Fractured Folly: 22nd April 2017

I have an issue with Sony. This is the woofer that belongs with my surround sound on the tele. I agree it is a fairly inoffensive gizmo but what they completely failed to consider was that the tiny shelf underneath that forms the base of the speaker leaves a space big enough for a mouse to hide. 

So along with the plugs, wires and other paraphernalia that lurks behind the tele I also had both an unreachable mouse and a manic cat. Deep joy. 

Groovy Word of the day: elusive 

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The Tales from a Fractured Folly: 21st April 2017

I spent most of today travelling home from Amsterdam. I am getting to like travelling on trains, I think I have been watching Michael Portillo too much. Those on the cruise who took the coach option faced a 12 hour journey as that was how long it took them to get there on Tuesday. Some of it was caused by heavy traffic around Antwerp and casting my mind back I remember us making a trip to Lommel in our first Mini and getting stuck round Antwerp on a very hot day. Seems like a place to avoid. 

Groovy Word of the day : jaunt

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Tales from a Fractured Folly: 20th April 2017

We were up and off early today for a trip to the Keukenhof Gardens. I don’t think we we were prepared for the onslaught of colour and profusion of tulips. It is quite simply the most colourful thing you will ever see and none of my pictures truly do it justice. The sun shone and whilst I couldn’t say it was warm it was a great deal better than yesterday, also busy but it is a huge garden so you could still find an odd corner to rest. Utterly staggering and a tribute to the bulb growers displaying their efforts. If you have never been and would like to be inspired with Spring garden displays, you need to go. Someone had asked and were told there were about 7 million bulbs there.
Groovy Word of the day: stupefying

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Tales from a Fractured Folly: 19th April 2017

A brisk mornings sailing took us to the other side of the “lake” (its huge). Our afternoon trip was to Het Loo Palace which used to be the Royal Palace but now belongs to the state. It was as very cold but we did briefly see the sun. The gardens were impressive and have recently been reconstructed in their original style. The house was pleasant to walk round (and warm). Then we returned to our ship for drinks and a 6 course Gala Dinner. 

Groovy Word of the day : sumptuous