Phil and Y garden

A busy week again at Oapschat Towers, but I have been out for two days this week to meet up with friends and Derek's relations which was most enjoyable.

On Tuesday we caught the train to Colwall and met Yvonne and Phil Probert for the first time. The lead photo is the view from their lounge window. Isn't it fabulous!

Yvonne cooked a superb lunch and Phil played us some tunes on two of his many super guitars.

They both made us very welcome and we will definitley meet up again. The train journey back to Hereford took two hours due to power faults at Bourneville, but it did not spoil an otherwise super day.

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Yvonne - always smiling!!

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If only I could play like this......Phil entertaining us.

On Wednesday we drove to The Bear in Hodnet to meet up with Derek's siter and her husband Gareth. A very wet journey from Hereford, but when we arrived at Hodnet the sun came out!! I thoroughly recommend this pub if you are ever in the area. Delicious food, wood burners keeping the pub warm, very friendly staff and complimentary wi-fi!

I chose fish pie and salad, Derek chose pork chop and all the trmmings which he said was the best meal he has had in a long time. Janet and Gareth chose fish and chips which were cooked to perfection

We left at 3pm to drive to Wellington, Shropshire to see Derek's sister in law and spent an hour with her before driving back to Hereford. 

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Derek's sister Janet and me in Hodnet

I was in town yesterday and bought some Christmas cards. I always buy charity Christmas cards and they inevitably cost more, but I don't mind because the money goes to the respective charities.(I hope!) When I came back, I thought I would do a Google search and see exactly how much the retailers give to the charities. I find that I have cut back on cards over the years due to the cost of stamps and of course do not send to people no longer with us. Here is an article from The Guardian and the last paragraph surprised me.

“Over two thirds (68%) of those asked said they will be sending the same number of Christmas cards as they did last year, and 10% plan to send more.”

The survey was carried out in October 2015 and saw 2,000 adults “who celebrate Christmas” respond.

Will you be sending Christmas cards this year?

Have a good week and see you next Saturday.

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