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TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 17 Apr 2014 00:26

I'm still here, but not on the boards very often.

Will have a quiet Easter (I hope) as I'm not a church goer will not be celebrating Easter in a religious way.

However, as a Catholic when younger, used to love to go to church on Easter Sunday morning, to see all the (un-shrouded) statues and the abundance of flowers.

Always stunning.

I haven't been sending many emails either - have not been in contact with Bridget, not will try to find her details and email her in the next few days.

Have been thinking about her a lot - but just not got organised.

It was my sons 40th birthday on 10th April - I haven't been able to celebrate it with him yet as he has been with his family near Ludlow. Hope to see him and his two younger sons the Friday and Saturday after Easter.
Will be celebrating my younger brothers birthday on 25th, so hope to go out with son on 26th (I just haven't told him yet).

Still trying to do something in the garden, but the weather not been too good and I'm a little below par.

Might manage to do something at the week-end.
Will keep fingers crossed.

I owe Ann a couple of book reviews will try to pull my finger out tomorrow or Friday.

Hope everyone is okay.


P.S. I am still hoping that my football team will stay in the Prem.


Greentiedmonster Report 9 Apr 2014 07:34

Hi Everyone

Hope you are all well

Well it is a lovely April morning in London - with blue sky and the sun out - and the sound of two magpies (who have made a nest just outside my front window).

Looking forward to Saturday - my football team are in the Semi-finals of the FA Cup and are favourites too, fingers crossed for a win, although they haven't been playing well lately.

Easter nearly upon us - OH and I have 10 days off together so we are going to have a go at the garden (especially the cat memorial) it is a year now since we lost our three babies :-( and we need to have a more permanent reminder of our lovely cats.

How about everybody saying what they are doing for Easter? and get this thread moving again :-)

Love and prayers to all
:-) <3 :-) <3 :-) <3


AnninGlos Report 27 Feb 2014 17:55

I am still around Gerard. I wonder where Bridget is, she temporarily moved out of her house to let it but I would have thought she'd moved back in by now. Maybe she now has no internet. Very strange and sad to lose contact. Tess is still around and also Jan (Greenfingers) Although Jan'sOH is not to well and they are waiting on hospital tests.
I hope you and OH are well Gerard. Keep posting here occasionally, you never know it may come back to life. :-D


Greentiedmonster Report 27 Feb 2014 06:28

Well it seems that we have finally given up the ghost

Sad :-(

Well it was nice getting to know everybody




TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 3 Jan 2014 21:54

A lot of rain and some wind in my area, but no real problems close by.
managed to get to the local shop today - without getting wet. One of the advantages of living in an inner city area - everything on the doorstep.

Googled one of the surnames in my tree (Trillo) and found that it may have come from Trillo in Spain, near Guadalahara.

So will now be researching the area - even though there is no real proof about my ancestors origins!

Guadalahara has an interesting history - the old buildings tell (some of) the tale.


AnninGlos Report 14 Dec 2013 17:03

Tess, so pleased that you have heard from Bridget, it will be good to see her back on Genes. I am (fingers crossed nothing forgotten) all ready for Christmas. Will just need to get ourselves to Milton Keynes and hope it doesn't snow. We are going to our sons this year. Most of the presents (to the rest of the family) have been delivered now and it is just son's family's presents here now. I love Christmas but don't like the travelling we always eem to have to do. We always go to one or other of the family. still that means no cooking for me so i should be grateful. :-)

Hope all are well, sorry not been on here for a while. We went to the cinema this week to see Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in Saving Mr Banks which was very good.


TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 14 Dec 2013 11:45

Still very busy - have been out for thre Christmas Celebrations in the last two weeks.
Will have to adjust my bathroom scales before I step on them so that I don't get too big a shock.

Have heard from Bridget. She is okay and hopes to be back on Genes in the next month. :-) :-) :-) :-)

Still doing exercises to improve my knees! They don't look any nicer, but perhaps a little less painful. :-D

Hope that everyone is ok.

Will be back again when not so busy.

:-) :-) :-) :-) :-)


TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 6 Dec 2013 03:07

I am well, have been very busy during November, and will be quite busy in December too.

I haven't heard anything of or grom Bridget - I do hope that she is okay.

Thanks for your good wishes Gerard.

Hope that everyone else is ok.

It's past my bedtime - so I really must go up the wooden hill (with hot water bottle for company).



Greentiedmonster Report 4 Dec 2013 12:18

Hi Everyone

Just calling in to see if everyone is OK and does anyone have any news of Bridget?

Nearly Christmas (Humbug)

Keep smiling

Love and prayers to all
<3 :-) <3 :-) <3 :-) <3 :-)


MaryinSpain Report 18 Nov 2013 11:43

Hiya All

That was a lovely thing to do Gerard and appreciated by the sisters.

Last week we had a new front door fitted. I don't know why but when we have work done on this house we always end up with so much mess. Don't get me wrong the Spanish workmen clean up afterwards but the dust goes all over the house. I spent a couple of hours Friday after they had gone sweeping etc. and Saturday we went and bought a curtain to hand over the door. Before Saturday lunchtime curtain pole and curtain were in place and we are both pleased with the result.

The temperature here has dropped dramatically - well for us it has - but still blue sky although a cold wind is blowing - good for getting the washing dry - so no complaints.

Tess your trip to Birmingham sounded good - I remember St. Philip's church very well.

Anyone heard anything from Bridget ? Hope she is ok

Well must be off hubby will be home for lunch soon.

Take care everyone

Love Mary xx


Greentiedmonster Report 18 Nov 2013 09:53

Just finished our first week of holiday - done absolutely nothing on most days - most relaxing - however, on Friday OH and I visited an old couple of sisters we know, so that I could put up a curtain rail in their sitting room. All I needed to do was drill six holes for the fittings and put up the rail and secure it. It took over three hours to drill the six holes. I have no idea what their walls were made of, but good quality drill bits hardly made a dent! The best thing was, that when I had finished and cleaned up they wanted to know how much to pay. I had done the job and purchased the rail as an 80th Birthday gift. I have never been so pleased by someone's reaction to a little bit of generosity. Makes life worthwhile.

Meanwhile it is dark and gloomy in London (well it is November) and I am looking forward to seeing some cricket from warm sunny Australia - but from what I have seen it is wet, not so hot Australia.

Spent a lot of time on the Tree - too many names on it now, but we are all connected, no matter how tenuous.

Signing off now - hope all is well with everyone
Love and prayers for all
:-) <3 :-) <3 :-) <3 :-) <3


TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 18 Nov 2013 00:02

I went on a Ghost Walk in Birmingham on Friday night. Two of my school friends and my son came too. Was very interesting and informative. Started off in st Phillips Church Yard. The guide was in full funeral director regalia, including a top hat, wide black flowing ribbons and a black and silver stick. Would have been more spooky if there were not so many revellers around.
Good job that my son was there as I was able to lean on his arm for most of the time.

May try to grave yard walk when it gets lighter- which will include Warstone Cematery.

Off to my bed now as very tired. hope that you are all okay. :-) :-) :-) :-)


TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 10 Nov 2013 09:56

It's nice and sunny at the moment, so I am smiling.

Talking about photos........
A cousin in USA put one on FB with three children, standing outside a house.
Turns out to be my mother with two of her three brothers!! :-D <3 :-D
The previous earliest photo I've got of her are her wedding photos.
In this one she is about 8 years old. :-D :-D :-D

I am delighted, especially as I hadn't known of the existence of this photo.

<3 <3 <3 I love it!

I have recovered from my fall, no bones, glasses or teeth broken in the incident, so quite lucky really.

Will be seeing a physio later this month, mainly to get advice on what sort of exercise would be beneficial and which to avoid.
Also hoping that she will refer me for a stick. especially as I have had a few stumbles/near misses since my fall.

Next week I am joining a couple of friends from school, we are going on a Sinister Ghost Walk, through Birmingham in the evening. Will be starting and finishing in a pub, so that should be okay.

Mary, I know how frustrating it can be to have photos with no names,, years or details attached. My sister has got loads of family photos in a box which need to be sorted.
I am not much better, I've got a lot of photos, most of which I took. They are in their packets in carrier bags, waiting for me to get round to putting them in albums.
Have already "done" several albums each marked with relevant decade .... but not named all the people in them, or the places they were taken.
:-( :-( It is all on my very long (and misplaced) To-Do List. So if my family are interested in my albums they will be tutting at me in later years.

Will also be going to a garden centre later this month, looking forward to it.

All-in-all November will be a very busy month for me, don't reckon that I will name any photos somehow.

Gerard and Ann - I tried clicking on Post Date but nothing happened! Thought that I had misremembered the instruction :-S.
Will known now to be more persistent.

Hope that everyone is well.



AnninGlos Report 8 Nov 2013 12:24

I have not had any trouble, as Gerard says I just click on 'post date' and the last post automatically comes up. Mary, that was good that you were able to scatter your mum's ashes. I am sure it was exciting yet frustrating to get hold of the photos. Good as my dad was there are still some photos in his scrap and photo books that are un-named. Some I could name from other photos but some remain a mystery.

Hope those who still pop in here are well. I wonder how Bridget is doing?


Greentiedmonster Report 8 Nov 2013 12:12

Just need to click on Post Date and the message pages reverse themselves

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3



MaryinSpain Report 8 Nov 2013 10:51

I keep having that problem too Tess. I was thinking perhaps start a new thread but really that shouñd be Bridget's decision.

Not con tributed on here for a very long time. Went to UK in August and spreaded my mom's ashes at crematorium in Sutton which was her wish as my dad was cremated there. Also collected lots of her things that I wanted and have such a lot of photos - some I have no idea who they are - babies galore with no details on the back. Lots of interesting pieces of paper - certs etc. even the deeds of my grandparents grave which cost the great sum of one pound way back in the 30's.

Anyway, enough about me - hope everyone is well.

Take care
Love Mary xx


TessAkaBridgetTheFidget Report 8 Nov 2013 00:27

Having difficulty getting to the last pages. Will try again tomorrow so that I can read and chat.

Hope that everyone is okay,



AnninGlos Report 7 Nov 2013 16:12

David that sounds painful, if only you could wind the clock back. Is there possibility that things will improve with time? I hope so.


David Report 7 Nov 2013 15:37

Dont't take things for granted.I jumped over a garden wall of mine back in March,wrecked my knee and frarctured the length of my tibia.Had 4 operations and a biopsy,never been right since.Won't bend,won't straighten.

I could have walked through an open garden gate.


Berona Report 29 Oct 2013 21:58

Just popping to raise the flag. My BP tablets were changed in recent months and I find that I am sleeping much longer than before. By the time I get to my computer, everyone has gone to bed! Hopefully, your latest change to DST will help.

Nothing really to report. Saw the storms on TV. Hope you don't get them again and pleased to know that those of you who I know, did not suffer from them. Our Spring started on 1st September and we have had mid-summer temps and early bushfires, with 210 homes lost and more than a hundred damaged. Two deaths and not to mention the stock, pets and wildlife - and we still have another month of Spring! Not looking forward to Summer.