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Auntie Motie a Genteel Tale of Everyday Life.

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Elizabethofseasons Report 19 Apr 2014 00:08

Dear All


This is the first time I have been on this thread.

Please be gentle!

A small note to say:

I hope you ALL have a peaceful and contented Easter and Spring brings
renewed hope.

Peace be with you, in your homes and with your families always.

Have a safe journey if travelling.

Take gentle care
With good wishes


Susan-nz Report 16 Apr 2014 20:27

Happy Easter Ladies,

Happy Wedding Petunia, I trust you are happy with your outfit.?. We will wait with baited breath for all the details - gory or otherwise.

It is hissing down here and forecast to do so for the next couple of days.... ** can you read my mind ** :-| :-|

Yesterday I went shopping for our weekend tucker , we are going away. I bought enough to feed quite a few.. Our visitors who were coming for dinner on Saturday evening are now not joining us :-(.. *** please, feel free to read my mind again, or did it scare you the first time? ***

The upside, I bought Easter eggs for them all and now will have to eat them ourselves. :-).

Have a lovely weekend all,



MotownGal Report 10 Apr 2014 20:19

Good evening Ladies, and Secret Peepers!

I hope I find you all in fine fettle. Rain dear Susan, we have had buckets of the stuff, and we are now enjoying a spell of rather sunnier weather. It was so strong today that I had to take my parasol out with me. A lady never tans you know, one must be Pale and Interesting.

Dear little Georgie Porgie has been all over our newspapers Susan, he is a chubby little darling. We are all proud of him. Does he not look exactly like his Papa did at his age? Those little chubby cheeks, just like his Grandpapa, Lord Spencer.

Now, as you know, the Nuptials are coming on us at a gallop! Only Sunday week, and Beattie will be a Married Woman. Not that she has not been one before, but this is a new husband for her. She has been a widow for a good many years, and should her husband not have died from accidental poisoning, she would be coming up for her Golden Wedding.

So, my outfit is ready for collection, and I shall be picking up the dyed shoes and bags tomorrow too.

Busy, busy, always busy!

Pip Pip
Auntie Petunia


Susan-nz Report 9 Apr 2014 20:50

Morning Ladies,

I hope this finds you all fit and well.?. Well it had to happen, the clouds parted, the heavens opened and we finally got the rain we were desperate for :-). The farmers must be laughing all the way to their paddocks this morning. Of course it won't be enough to drench the dry pastures but it is a start. Yippee.

Of course, give me a day or two and I will be sick of the rain - contrary mary = Townie :-D....

The days are speeding by so quickly, here we are nearly to mid April.. It will be June before we know it.. I haven't mentioned a certain wee outing to my Mama as yet, I will surprise her. ;-). I do have the odd moment of panic when I realise how quickly time is flying by. I am sure my Fruit will look after her Papa in my absence.... We have one staff member looking to leave, that will put the cat amongst the pigeons. :-P. My OH never complains, just works harder and more and more hours... Why can't we win the Lotto?...

Ladies, have you seen wee Georgie on our shores?, he had a lovely play date yesterday, at Government House , with ten little kiwi babies of a similar age. By crikey George is quite a big babby ;-), if you go to you can see lots of photo's. The date was organised in support of Plunket, a fantastic idea indeed.

We have our house back to rights at last. Our new floor is fabulous, I love it. So much nicer than the dreadful cork floor we used to have. Well worth the mess and the wait. :-)

Time to rattle me dags and get on with the day,

Toodle pip



Cooper Report 8 Apr 2014 14:11

Goodness my missive disappeared again Gals, pah and tutty tut tut go this danged I pad thing!!!

TOWIE :-D :-D :-D :-D I know of a young gal fruit who visisted the TOWIE gang as an extra a couple of weekends ago. Of course I had to watch it, there was only a glimpse of the gal fruit but my goodness, such wodden acting, it reminded me of Meg Amy and Mr Sandie in Crossroads :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

anyway I digress, the gal fruit had a wonderful time and met some of "the cast" and said they were all very naice, we had all the details of the day etc.

I do hope Lesley is well at her end. Tis a little blowy here, I fear if I get the wazhing in I may be blown away on a sheet or two.

Orf now to find out how to prise the cake orf the baking tray :-S



Cooper Report 8 Apr 2014 14:02

Hallo Susan,

I do hope your building work is not causing too much disruption. We had a new tiling in the bathroom earlier this year. Im sure Auntie and Lesley must have seen the dust arising from this end of the A12. The tiles looked loverley in the show room, unfortunatly they were of a quarry type which needed much cutting and sanding. The poor fruit in law of a friend who is qualified and skilled in these matters is not rushing to use these particular tiles again! The poor man made a fantastic job bu I was not the easiest material to work with.

August, ah what date? A certain FTY, is an August Fruit. Its a handy date for avoiding all those long suffering birthday parties when the whole school class has to be invited to the proceedings. Most are away on school holidays

:-D :-D :-D :-D


Susan-nz Report 3 Apr 2014 20:15

TOWIE googled, :-D :-D :-D, I think that has been on the tele here, along with Geordie and Welsh equivalents.... Oh deary me, how can these young un's look their mama's and papa's in the eyes????.

Fruit's fruit is only half baked as yet, not due til August, OH and I will be on hand to boil the water and feed the dog ;-).

We have seen the fog that is languishing over your city Petunia, how annoying and yes, I bet those people with breathing problems were able to figure out for themselves the potential hazards... :-D.
Many years ago, we got ash from the Mount St Helen's eruption.. OH and I were stranded in Sydney for a night a few years ago after an eruption in NZ.. Luckily for us we were put up in a hotel for the night. People we knew were on a different airline to us and they spent the night in the airport terminal - no free lunches there...

Friday again already, I am off to be shorn this morning. The builder came yesterday and did what needed doing so we are ready for the new floor to go in next week, after the old cork floor has been lifted... We will have our own dust storm on Monday :-P, I am busy emptying cupboards and we have to virtually dismantle our kitchen, dining room and laundry to make way for the flooring chaps.. Touch wood, no more floods..

Have a lovely weekend, hope the sun comes out to play. :-)

Toodle pip


MotownGal Report 3 Apr 2014 20:05

Good evening Ladies, thank you dear Teresa, I shall reciprocate soonest. You are but a mere baby dear. I feel everyone of my 93 years!

TOWIE? Oh dear, those strange looking lasses with very thick eyebrows, false eyelashes, and slinky dresses. They are also always telling each other to SHUT UP! I may have stumbled over it late in the evening when I have been station flicking! What a unique programme. I think our Susan is in for an education!!!!!

What do we think of the sand being blown from the Sahara? I have a dodgy chest dears, but the pollution has not bothered me at all! Suggestion dears? Could all the wheezing and coughs been in the mind?

I have bought myself a new pair of sunglasses dears. Tortoiseshell as it is all the vogue this summer. I must say I look very alluring dears, I have a look of Gloria Swanson! [Look her up on Doodle dears!]

Our State Visit grows ever nearer dears, and I STILL cannot decide what to wear!

Auntie P


Cooper Report 3 Apr 2014 16:29

Susan dear, you may have togoogle TOWIE, keep a glass of medicinal brandy by your side


Cooper Report 3 Apr 2014 16:27

Oops where did that missive go? :-S

ah there it is :-D

I digress, Susan, I can understand you being protected with the pup. FTE is doing a charity race, The Race for Life are races/walks for charity all over the country. The Frukt is rasing funds with two other fruits, I am helping with the training, im walking with the fruit three times a week, FTY is doing the running twice a week and there is a swim once a week. Im happier in this twilight to go with the fruit.

I hithered orf last week to see the still very angry, but not so young men, who make up that beet combo the Stranglers. I must say Ladies that it was in the top five bested gigs I have ever seen, they have not grown older gracefully or compromised on their music. :-D :-D :-D

Now Ladies, apart from watching the Royal Familys favorite pastime on Saturday I would like you to do a bit of homework. You will need to watch a Television production called TOWIE it will give you a little taster of the other special visit we have in the summer :-D




Cooper Report 3 Apr 2014 16:13

:-D :-D :-D :-D :-D understated you say Auntie ;-)

Remember, no white, no cream, no frocks longer than the brides dress and no clashing with the bridesmaids. I think that advice covers all eventualities dear.

I will send a photographic image dear. Im in my glad rags and normally peer via a pair of specs during the day :-)

I love looking at cup cakes but they are a little rich on the sugar icing for my digestion. Howevr FTE likes them so if any are going begging sling one down the hatch please and thankyou.

Speaking of little Prince George, I saw a photo in a glossy today when I was on the weekly shop. He really does look like his Pa doncha think. We are of course very proud that his Ma and Pa are named after my favourite shopping destination and only a short hop and skip up the road from here


MotownGal Report 2 Apr 2014 20:04

Susan dear, I hope you are waving your Union Flag, and have bedecked yourself in Red, White and Blue! We have only seen one piccie so far, Kate is glossy, Wills is ginning and George, well George is gorgeous!

I bet you are counting the days until Fruit's little Fruit makes its appearance. How much longer dear. I hope it will not interfere with the State Visit, that would be sad for you to miss the First Cuddle.

We have had sand from the Sahara blowing over us of late. People with respiratory problems have been told not to exert themselves. I did not think that they would be that daft in the first place!

The Wedding Shoes and Bags have been sent to be dyed, so we are on track for the Nuptials.

What am I wearing? I hear you say. A little number is being run up in a very select Salon in the West End. I have had one fitting, and another is due early next week. One does not like to upstage the Bride, so understated is the word!



Susan-nz Report 31 Mar 2014 20:21

Apart from getting a little dusty, the stocktake is done..... :-|. Thank goodness it is a job done only once a year.

Lesley, my fruit 'is' blooming, getting kicked around and feeling a little queasy when junior draws decides to do cartwheels :-D. Fruit and her OH are starting to prepare the nursery. I wonder what the dog will think of the new arrival. ;-). I hope your little bundles are both well.?

Cup cake for weddings seem to be all the rage these days. I have a friend of a friend who decorates cake, these clever people are definitely 'artistes' in my opinion. An amazing talent to have. We shall look forward to your eloquent description of 'the' days proceedings Petunia.. You have such a turn of phrase. :-) :-).

We are preparing ourselves for the Royal visit to our shores.. Not that we are anywhere near any of the proceedings but rest assured, our televisions, radio and print medias will be full of stories.. I did like the latest photo of the little Prince, looking intently into the royal pooch's eyes. :-). I do remember well, the little baby William accompanying his parents down under. Do you think baby G is the spit of his Papa as a baby.?..

I am awaiting the plumber to repair a pipe that was damaged after our flood, the builder is yet to come and replace the kickboards and the flooring is yet to be done though I have a firm date for that. April 7th in fact. Oh and I are away this weekend so I have the task of emptying the kitchen again, hopefully for the last time...Lucky for us Rome wasn't built in a day. ;-).

I have been for my constitutional this morning with the pup. It is so dark in the mornings, no way I would walk by myself at 6.30am. I feel a tad protected with the pup alongside. It was very foggy this morning so we gave the park a miss... I didn't feel quite so brave with the fog. :-D. Pup was a bit put out but it was not she holding the lead. ;-).

Time to knock up today's sarnies, fruit has provided us with two slabs of cake. :-).

Toodle pip,


yippee, Plumber has arrived, one step forward.


MotownGal Report 31 Mar 2014 19:41

Good evening dear Ladies, the warmth of the Summer breeze on Saturday has done me a power of good.

Indeed tis April 1st tomorrow, I too will have to be careful out there in the Big Wide World.

A photo doing the rounds of our dear Teresa? Do send it to me dear, how else will I recognise you when I deign to visit your neck of the woods?

The wedding preparations are in full swing. They are having little cupcakes instead of a big wedding cake, how very modern!

I am preparing to watch a very sinister programme tonight at 9pm, about a wife killer. Something light to send me off to sleep. Ho hum!

Take care all
Auntie P.


Diamonds-R-A-Girls-Best-Friend Report 30 Mar 2014 23:54

My dear honorary fruit :-D I do believe the camera never lies :-S

Susan I hope the stocktake isn't as bad as you fear...please tell us is your fruit blooming <3

How are you feeling today Petunia...much better I hope. x

Lesley x


Susan-nz Report 30 Mar 2014 20:20

Hello Girls,

Sorry you are a bit under the weather Petunia, what a nuisance. I agree with Teresa's advice, hot lemon and honey.. :-).

Blow me down , it is March 31st already, the days are flying by it would seem. Tomorrow will be April fools day :-D, I shall have to be on my guard... I don't just need one day of the year :-(.

The sun is out but there is quite a chill in this mornings air.. The leaves are on the turn, oh dear. We haven't yet lit our fire, hopefully that is a way off yet. I may have to put on an extra layer this morning...

It is the end of the financial year today for many here, that means the dreaded stocktake, a job I detest :-P. A busy day ahead of me so I shall take myself off and ready myself for the day ahead.

Toodle pip



Cooper Report 30 Mar 2014 20:02

Ooo Lesley, how kind but the camera has captured a very flattering likeness, if you saw me hending towards the A12 at six in the morning you may change your mind ;-)

Hot honey and lemon Aunty dear, thats the way to cure a cold, orf now to rescue a spider...... dont ask :-D :-D



Diamonds-R-A-Girls-Best-Friend Report 29 Mar 2014 21:57

Good Evening All,

Teresa thank you for the beautiful photographs...I have just had a long bathe in asses milk and I must declare I still look old enough to be your mama :-( I will have to adopt you as an honorary fruit :-D

Sorry to here you are feeling under the weather Auntie Petunia :-( I have heard said that vic on the soles of your feet is a cure for coughs :-S

~~~~~ to Susan. x

I hope you all have a relaxing Sunday.

Lesley x


MotownGal Report 28 Mar 2014 19:52

Good evening dear Ladies [and those who peep!]

I have been out and about a great deal this week, and I have to report that on one of more occasion, my clothes have not been suitable for the cold wind that has been whistling around my poor old back. I think I have been chilled dears.

Suddenly I have developed a cough, and a tickle which keeps me awake at night!

However, as you know I do not touch the Demon Drink, so any advice on taking medicinal brandy is not on the cards.

Beattie is all of a flutter, and I think we are less than a month away from the Nuptials. She is taking it all very much to heart, and the poor gel has been swept off her feet. Thank goodness Millie is more down to earth, and is organising things with military precision.

Beattie is still unsure who is to take her up the aisle, but I dare say we can rope in George. You remember George! With Francine, dear little Valentine and Celestine! Of course you do! They are visiting over the Easter period, and George being the dear boy that he is, is bound to come to the rescue. We may even try to get dear little Valentine to be a ring-bearer. On second thoughts, the dear little thing puts everything in his mouth, so maybe not.

I do hope you are all well dears, tis going to be a bit warmer this weekend, so maybe we can take off our liberty bodices en masse!

I wish you all a lovely weekend gels, see you next week.

Pip Pip
Auntie Petunia


Cooper Report 25 Mar 2014 14:03

Ah Lesley how right you are :-D :-D

have fun in the garden

teresa :-D