29 Jul 2016

FRIDAY's FAVE FAVE - FIVE ON FRIDAY

1. After the nice and sunny weekend the sun went on holidays again. I pottered around in the house a bit, my cleaning lady is in Poland and spent some time on my computer. Dominique my ex neighbor should I say by now, had come back from her holidays and checked her house. Since November she had moved in with her "fiancé" in his house and only comes occasionally to see if everything is OK. Otherwise we have to do it ! She will get married in September, which nobody can understand, at her age even her daughter who lives with her partner for 9 years doesn't get married. Apparently he insisted, so he must have his reasons. I only hope that she will be happy, she had 20 years of hell behind her with her first husband ! Some people never learn. It's sad when it happens to a dear friend and you can't do anything about it.

2. Four of our painting group met for lunch in our Asiatic restaurant and we could even sit outside on the terrace. It was very nice and we stayed there until 3 pm !

3. I had got a flower bouquet from my son for my birthday and some of the flowers which were in there just dried. So I didn't want to throw them away and made a table decoration.



I had a log and just pinned the flowers and 3 snail houses on it. And this is the result.

4. I prepared the documents for my trip to the UK. As each year I will stay at my friend's house in Eastbourne, only this year it will be a little strange at least in the beginning because my friend past away last year. Last year I stayed in a hotel but this year he insisted that I should do as it has always been for nearly 10 years.  From there I will go alone on a coach tour up to Edinburgh where the Edinburgh Tattoo takes place, make a boat trip on lochs and will see Gretna Green and Glasgow. Then I return to Eastbourne for 5 days and meet with other friends too.

5. We had the visit of our young friend and I spent the whole afternoon in the garden.
We had a problem with our oldest cat Pookie (18) and I feared the worst. She walked like a drunken sailor. The vet came and we were already prepared to say good bye forever to our dear Pookie, but fortunately it turned out that she was still in quite a good shape and the fact that she has lost her balance, apparently is normal for old cats. We had our morning shock and it took me some time to recover ! 



Mr. G. tries to stop cigarette smoking and had bought an electronic cigarette, which Arthur presents here. Apparently it helps he only smokes now 3 real cigarettes per day, and I am happy because it doesn't smell at all, it's as if he is smoking a water pipe !




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20 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Gattina - weather has changed .. that's good you can stay over with your friends - so sad though. Sorry about your beloved cat ... I hope all will be well ... take care and see you in the UK soon - cheers Hilary

Crimson Kettle said...

I hope you enjoy your trip to the UK, that's quite a trek from Eastbourne to Edinburgh but at least you get to see everything in between!

The History Anorak said...

Sorry to hear about your cat. Fingers crossed that the vet has good news.

riitta k said...

I love the arrangement with dried flowers.

Maggie said...

Great 5 again this week, Gattina, your upcoming trip to the UK sounds like fun. We were in Edinburgh a couple of years ago and enjoyed our visit very much, especially the Castle and the National Gallery.
Glad to hear your cat is well.
bon weekend.

Andrew said...

Busy busy. Your UK trip sounds like it will be great.

Ann said...

Nice table arrangement, and glad your cat is OK! Always hard to lose a precious cat. My daughter's beloved cat died two days after her high school graduation, so it was both a great time and a difficult time.

Barbara H. said...

It has been cloudy here this week but it has been a great relief from the sauna-like heat we've had this summer.

How nice to be able to keep the flowers! Some do dry really nicely.

Sounds like quite an ambitious trip! Hope it goes well and is a nice vacation for you.

So glad your cat is ok! And I commend Mr. G. for trying to stop or reduce smoking. My parents smoked most of their lives and it did contribute greatly to health problems. My mom did finally quit and wished she had earlier. It's a hard thing to do but so worth it.

Mac n' Janet said...

Hope you have a great trip to England and Scotland, sounds like you've got a lot planned. Glad your cat is ok, we do worry about our pets. Good luck to your husband on quitting smoking, I gave it up years ago thankfully.

Christina said...

I am glad your cat is ok, loosing the balance doesn't sound great for a cat and I hope she gets used to it quickly. Your forthcoming trip to the UK sounds like fun. Happy weekend.

Terra Hangen said...

I am glad your kitty is ok, just aging. Have a great trip.

Karen said...

How nice to be able to enjoy the flowers for a little longer.

I enjoy hearing about your travels. I stay pretty close to home, so will enjoy those places through your posts and pictures.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Good for Mr G -- it's hard I know. Glad for the good news about Pookie. Your trip will be wonderful I'm sure and will help both you and your friend's widower I'm sure to feel that others remember her and that life goes on.

Lorrie said...

Enjoy your trip to the UK. You've planned to see lots of interesting places. I hope Pookie continues to do well.

Willow said...

I like what you did with your flowers. It's very pretty and will last a long time.

I know you'll enjoy your trip to England and Scotland. That is very kind of your friend's husband to insist you stay at the house.

Whew. I hope the e-cigarette works well and Mr. G can completely get off the cigarettes.

Linens and Royals said...

Poor Pookie, you are such a worry. Would it help if you gave up alcohol for a while.

Wendy said...

I'm glad your cat is ok for now. 18 is a good age but of course it's never easy to lose a pet. We have none at present due to my son's allergy to them. Your flower arrangement is lovely. You are definitely planning a busy trip in the UK.

Fun60 said...

Where has that sun disappeared to, I hope it reappears in time for your UK visit. Looking forward to seeing you next week'

Claudie Cartereau said...

Nice that Mr Gattino try to stop cigarette ! Poor Pookie ! Luckely she get better !
Lucky girl you are ! Always on trip ! Enjoy your adventure and have fun !

Amy at love made my home said...

I'm glad that your kitty cat is alright. Hope you have a wonderful time on your travels to England, it sounds as though you are going to be very busy, but seeing and doing lots so I hope it is all good fun for you! Thank you too for joining Five On Friday. I hope that you have a great August and I look forward to seeing you again in September! xx