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Auntie Motie a Genteel Tale of Everyday Life.

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Susan-nz Report 16 May 2015 21:25

Hello Petunia,

It is lovely to have you back at the helm. It does sound like Juan had a wonderful send off. I hope the great Bullring in the sky is ready to party, can you imagine it.
I hope Patrishaaa is feeling a tad happier.

I trust you are well rested after your travels?. One suspects the ladies at Church will be 'happy' to see you again. (sends a quick prayer on behalf of all the ladies who manage more than admirably in dear Petunia's absence :-D).

I am off out with FTY and a dear friend, to collect Mama and then take ourselves out to lunch and take in a movie. :-).

I had a busy day yesterday, toiling inside and out so am feeling quaite deserving of a nice day out. :-).

Toodle pip for now, take care of yourself Petunia. I do not need to tell you that you are not getting any younger ;-)


MotownGal Report 16 May 2015 17:36

Good evening Ladies. I hope that you are all well, and enjoying the watery sun and cool breezes. I fear that Summer is not quite with us yet, but we can but hope.

As you may have noticed dears, I have been conspicuous by my absence. Alas, it was bad news that took me away from my hoards of admirers.

Dear Juan, Pat-trish-aaaaaah's grandfather, who brought her up when her dear Mama passed away, has also gone to that great Bullring in the Sky.

We had a phone call that he was ailing, and we had to drop everything and leave.

Dear George was kind enough to drive us there, and we have only just returned home.

Pat-trish-aaaaah was distraught. But he was good age, and at least he saw his grand-daughter married.

As you know they lived in the country, and the funeral was all that you would have imagined set amongst the Spanish countryside. A little whitewashed chapel in the town was the setting for a typical family celebration of his life.

Pat-trish-aaaaah was especially upset to return to the chapel so soon after visiting it last Summer with her husband-to-be, Juan. There was a great deal of weeping and wailing, and the ladies all wore black lace shawls on their head and shoulders. Beautiful flowers adorned the chapel, and as well as being sad, it was a joyous occasion.

We stayed for a couple of weeks to make arrangements to ship back the few pieces of furniture that Pat-trish-aaaaah wanted to bring home. The rest of the house contents were distributed to her cousins on her fathers' side. The house will be sold in due course, and the money will be divided equally to all the children.

George was a rock to us all, and we regularly kept in contact with Georgianna and Octavia to keep an eye on Motie Towers for us. I had the feeling we had left the iron on, but dear Mrs Berry and Cherry, came in daily to open and close the curtain, so it looked as if was habitated. She thoughfully opened the upstairs windows on our return, so that the bedrooms were aired enought for us to sleep in. And sleep we did, it was a long journey, and we were exhausted.

So dears, that is the tale of the Old Iron Pot, and an explanation as to why I have not regaled you with stories of my prowess of good works for a couple of weeks.

Hey ho, back to the Church tomorrow, and of course, I shall find out what has been happening there..................and how I can improve it.

Pip Pip
Auntie Petunia


Cooper Report 23 Apr 2015 14:10

Susan I was one of the gals in heals and dresses back in the day when I could still wear them, I dont remember wearing a coat but I remeber my Mammas dire warnings of not wearing one :-D , mind you I do the same to my fruits now :-S

Im not sure where Aunty is.........doinv good works somewhere I expect :-D


Susan-nz Report 13 Apr 2015 21:10

Teresa, I am looking for my thermals today, there is definitely a polar blast coming our way.....

The young these days seem immune to temperature change, though I shouldn't lump them all in the same league. I do have a chuckle at times when the dear wee things trying to look so grown up in their heels and short dresses, have near blue lips... When pressed, are at pains to say they are not cold in the slightest...... " Yeah right "......

I have been out with the grandog this morning for a long overdue walk. Most enjoyable indeed. We do walk in a semi rural area and at one point the dog races off on the scent of rabbits..... I don't suppose she would ever catch one - :-D.

Hope everyone and theirs are well. Have a pleasant evening.

Off to face the world again , toodle


Cooper Report 13 Apr 2015 16:36

Hallo Susan :-D

Im glad you have an enjoyable roadtrip. When I have won the lottey I shall embark on an epic trip. My gentleman walker rather fancies America. I think he thinks he is Thelma and Louise :-D :-D

The photo of your dear little Grandfruit is sooooo sweet. :-D :-D

The weather here is what is known as "changeable" one doesn't know if its time for thermals or summer frocks. FTE and I drove through town the other day, there was a couple in hats coats, the whole caboodle, and a gal wandering by in shorts!



Susan-nz Report 12 Apr 2015 20:56

Good upside down morning Ladies,

I did start a post last Friday - but the front door opened and in came the pup and her mistress and the babe :-).... Apologies for my tardy attendance of late.

I hope you all had a pleasant Easter. Lesley, I am guilty of indulging in too much chocolate.... I love the stuff. :-D. Teresa, you have done well not to eat your lovely chicken. :-).

I did indeed have a lovely holiday. The weather was very kind to us. We travelled what seemed like a gazillion kilometres - it was fabulous. I even saw a few Kangaroos feasting not very far from where we were sat... OH and I both loved our road trip to northern NSW. Oh what a vast country.........

Petunia, I hope your Easter bonnets went down a treat?. Did the children receive a chocolate offering?.
We all went along to visit FTE's church on Easter Sunday. Every second year, they tell the Easter journey in real life story. There were children, animals on an ark, the whole caboodle. FTE had a starring role and was 'on the cross' as we walked through. The makeup was so very real it was not so pleasant to look at. I must say though, as non church goers, we really enjoyed the whole event. The incredible amount of work it must have taken . FTE tells me over 7000 people went through over the whole Easter weekend.

I do hope you are all enjoying the wondrous joys of Spring?. Our weather man has told us to expect a cold snap with wind and rain. :-| :-|. Time to drag out the woollies me thinks. Our neighbour at the end of our driveway has a huge old Oak tree. That huge old oak tree has a gazillion leaves, most of which blow straight down our driveway - guess who gets to pick them up..... I tell myself I only have to pick 'each' leaf up once :-D. It helps ;-).

Time to get a wriggle on with my day and brace myself to face the elements.



Cooper Report 9 Apr 2015 17:50

Hallo Lesley, my lovely liberties chocolate hen egg is too pretty to eat :-) I will look at it a bit longer. Hope all is well your end xxxx


Diamonds-R-A-Girls-Best-Friend Report 5 Apr 2015 23:34

A very belated Happy Easter ladies, I hope you are all well and not feeling icky from to much chocolate.

Lesley x


Cooper Report 3 Apr 2015 04:30

By tbe way dear. Who is that bright young thing in your photograph? She looks like a child of the hippy days or that gal from a certain soft drink ad who wanted to teach the world to sing :-D


Cooper Report 3 Apr 2015 04:28

Aunty dear, how lovely to see you :-D
The gentleman walker was whisked in and out very quickly so I did not have time to interograte him.........sorry slip of the finger.........I mean chat with tne dear boy. Ido believe he is being whisked through again over the Easter :-D

No devils football this week Aunty but there is another instrument of distration dear. I had not been overly familiar with it apart from encouraging the fruits to get orf it from time to time, however ......................... I have now got the devils face book :-D :-D :-D. Oh my goodness the people I have been reunited with and also those who can be seen from a safe distance. Well Aunty some dont look a day older than when we last met ( the naice people) however those, especially the ones who were "top dog" at school and less than kind to me have not worn so well. Oh how I laughed and chuckled. Revenge really does come to those who wait even if its taken 34 years :-D :-D :-D

Im back at paid toil on reduced capacity until the proceedure is done. I have missed the fellow toilers and its nice to be back.

Now the bonnets sound delightful but you really must get Pat rish aaa orf her posterior to lend a hand. Loved up tutty tut tut tut!!!!!!

I happened across Cherry Crumbles on the devils FB. She is in good form. Susan is also there and been on her hols.
~~~~~~~~to Lesley :-)

have a loverly Easter and do set Pat rish aaaa to some tasks to keep her mind focused and hands busy ;-)

tootle pip for now



MotownGal Report 28 Mar 2015 19:08

Good evening Ladies. how are we all?

I trust the gentleman walker of your Lady Fruit was a suitable candidate dear Teresa. She is a lovely gel, and you only want the best for her. Do let us know dear. Are you still freezing on the touchline of the Devils Game dear. I know young boys have to practice their footballing skills, but can they not do it in the warm? By the by, how is your back dear?

Lesley, lovely to see you dear. Keep well, keep warm.

Dear Upsidedown Susan. Such is the trials and tribulations of working dear. We have to turn up on a regular basis. I hope your trip was wonderful, and you all had a good time. How is the little one?

Now, I am all fingers and thumbs, and have had a prick or two over the last few days.

I am charged with making the Easter Bonnets for the Sunday School children. As Pat-trish-aaaah is STILL not participating in the chores, as she is, what did she say, Loved Up. I am having to stitch and sew. I have pricked my fingers to distraction dears. I even managed to shove a needle under the nail. Oooooh!!

However, the bonnets, all 12 of them, are sitting on the sideboard, ready for next Sunday. Did you know that there is a shop that sells everything in it, for 99p each? I did not.

There were plain bonnets in there, so I snapped up a dozen. There were also packs of tiny yellow chicks so I bought a few of those too. Then along to Mr Petersham the Haberdasher, and I acquired all manner of ribbons, feathers, and fripperies.

I must say they do look rather dashing dears. The little ones will be pleased.

So, I am organising the flowers for next week too. I have ordered Longiflorum Lillies, and have managed to fish out two big vases from the attic, and have made arrangements for two small plaster columns to be retrieve from the Vestry. The flowers will be on either side of the Altar. I think it will look lovely and fresh.

Easter is, after all, a new start of Spring and Hope.

Dont eat too many chocolate eggs dears.

Auntie Petunia


Cooper Report 21 Mar 2015 18:24

Susan dear, can I hitch a ride on holiday :-D I am back to paid toil next week, clerical only until the man with a plan can sort me out and then hopefully I shall be shaking my tail feathers with the rest of you :-D :-D :-D At the moment I still need a winch up and down.

coooeee Lesley, I have managed the drive to the next nearest town, horrah :-D

Aunty and Ladies, we are awaiting to meet FTEs new gentleman walker. I have instructed FTY to mind his Ps and Qs ;-)

tootling orf now to await events



Susan-nz Report 19 Mar 2015 01:14

Hello Ladies,

Hope you all had a Happy Mother's Day... We do not celebrate Mother's Day until May. :-).

Petunia, It sounds as though you were stuffed to within an inch of your life. :-D.
Pisto ?, is that the same as what I call vino ;-)??. I must admit that most of your delicacies are unknown to me.... Well done on the chicken and prawns for breakfast.. Jeepers creepers, I bet your insides wondered what had hit them...
At least you have a full year to wait for a repeat performance. :-D.

~~~~ to Diamond, lovely to see you. Teresa, have fun in the metropolis. I do not know of the gentleman you speak of..

Ladies, Mama, OH and I are off on a little holiday on Saturday. We are flying across the ditch to visit family. Also 'going bush' which I am really looking forward too. I will be back to visit on our return,

toodle pip, ~~~~~~


Diamonds-R-A-Girls-Best-Friend Report 18 Mar 2015 22:40

Scurrying in shaking my grandma apron>>>>>>>>>>>>>Scurrying out...I have a pile of mail to attend to...hopefully tomorrow.

Lesley x


MotownGal Report 18 Mar 2015 20:46

Hello Teresa dear, yes I agree that naice Mr Cox is worth watching. A very pretty face and clever with it.

I shall be indoors when the Eclipse occurs, and sadly will not see it. I fear I will not see the next one either in 2090!

Pat-trish-aaaah as you know no longer rides the tuk-tuk. Since she has married she finds the saddle too uncomfortable. She says there is not enough width for her. I shall invest in a larger one for her expanding btm.

Talking of a pretty locks herself in the bedroom on a Sunday night now, and has invested in a box of tissues, to catch the drool.

#fans oneself with a wet lettuce leaf#

Feeling hot and bothered
Auntie Petunia


Cooper Report 18 Mar 2015 20:40


That naice Mr Brian (De-reme) Cox is stargazing. We are to get our special specs out for Fridays occurrence. Its the partial eclipse, best viewing is the Midlands or Wales. Now where is Pat rish aaaa? She needs to get the tuk tuk at the ready


Cooper Report 15 Mar 2015 18:59

Goodness Aunty, you have been fed very well except I know not what the grub is that you have eaten except the paella :-S :-S :-S

Pat rish aaaa has done very well.

I watched part of the devils football, not all on account of the back. The celebrations were low key for some fool has put Mothers day on one side of my birthday and St Patricks day on the other side. Is that enough of a hint ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-)

I watched many hours of a musical this afternoon. The one where Mr Crowe and co sing and sing and sing :-0
The reason for this is thst the ladies who lunch and I are hithering orf to the metropolis to see a production of the said film. I was adviced to get the gist of it so to speak. I am looking forward to it, a tenner may be required if the film length is anything to go by!!!!

Im tootling orf now to get a niace cuppa

Happy Mothers day to all



MotownGal Report 15 Mar 2015 17:41

Happy Mothers Day, dear Ladies, or more correctly, Happy Mothering Sunday.

I do hope your nearest and dearest have treated you all well.

As you know dears, I lost my dear daughter a long time ago, but Pat-trish-aaaah is my grand-daughter, and a substitute daughter, so I have been spoiled today.

Well.............I say was an usual day to say the least.

Little did I know that she had given Mrs Berry the weekend orft to spend with her own family.

Pat-trish-aaaaah had beaten me to it, as it was my intention too.

So I was treated to a Spanish Mothering Sunday, with dear Pat-trish-aaaah and her new husband Juan, doing the cooking.

Well, the sunshine streamed through the windows at an ungodly hour this morning, as the curtain were dragged back, and a tray with breakfast was thrust in front of me.

Have you ever had paella for breakfast dears? No? Neither had I. But being the game old bird that I am, I managed to force down the chicken and prawns before even washing my face.

I escaped to church, as is my wont, but was told to return by 1pm with both Octavia and Georgianna and their gentleman walkers for luncheon.

A groaning table was waiting for us when we arrived home. Fully laden with Zarangollo, Chireta, Gazpacho, Pinchitos, Mollete, Cocide and Pisto.

We ploughed through all of these, and then dessert was served............Churro, Panellets and Totell.

I have to say dears, I feel fully stuffed and more than a little sleepy.............I shall doze now, and fill you in further with the Cruise at a later date.

I hope you are all well dears.

Auntie Petunia


Susan-nz Report 8 Mar 2015 19:14

Good upside down morning Ladies,

I have indeed been held ransom by the little tyke next door. Ladies, she crawls :-D, at six and a half months... Now trying to pull herself upright..... One has need of eyes in the back of ones head....
The days seem to be flying by of late, good gracious me, we are nearly to mid March.
My OH had a birthday last week. Two days later we got a real fright. OH's nephew was a rear seat passenger in a nasty car crash, how he walked away from it, we will never know. The front seat passenger sadly lost his life... Very sad indeed.

We only want good news for a bit.

Your travels sound delightful Petunia. :-). I cannot get my OH the slightest bit interested in a cruise :-(. How were the ship meals dear.?. I have seen a programme on tv about the copious amounts of food some passengers heap upon their plates, only to leave most of it to waste....... ***visions of little piggies are before my eyes***. Actually, I think they are rather large piggies..... :-P.

Tunisia sounds rather interesting.. I am never likely to get there. Do tell all. :-D.

Sorry to hear you have been poorly Petunia. I trust you are well and truly on the mend. Teresa too, have you seen your 'man' yet?.
~~~~ to Lesley, hope all is well with you and yours.

It is a tad chilly here this morning so I will presume you will be getting our sunshine days very soon. :-). Nothing like a sunny day to lift the spirits.

Time to get myself moving and ready for work. I can tell you, I am sick of battling with pesky little flies. I am sure they are immune to fly spray :-|. Hopefully they will soon buzz off to hibernate...

Have a pleasant evening.

Toodle, :-)


Cooper Report 8 Mar 2015 13:35

Poor Octavia, im sure you could have done a deal and traded her for six camels :-D,

Some folk I know not a stones throw from here like a good haggle, tis not ladylike at all :-0

Orf now to look for the dear departed on fmp