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Auntie Motie a Genteel Tale of Everyday Life.

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Diamonds-R-A-Girls-Best-Friend Report 6 Mar 2014 19:03

All this talk of gallivanting off to concerts is making me feel very mmmmmmm green eyed ;-) Susan how fantastic seeing Bruce Springsteen :-D Teresa is it Daryl and John you are going to see in the autumn :-S

Auntie Petunia please keep us informed of the colour scheme you choose to wear in June...I would hate for us to clash :-0 or shall we :-D

All being well our middle fruit should arrive in the UK at 6.30am Sunday I wonder who will be lucky enough to get up at an ungodly hour in readiness for the airport run:-|

Lesley x


Susan-nz Report 2 Mar 2014 19:00

Morning Ladies,

Twas my OH's birthday yesterday, my but they come around quickly these days... :-P.
We had a lovely weekend in the big smoke with good friends. We all attended a Bruce Springsteen concert. It was great :-), we were all suitably impressed. The weather was kind to us which is a blessing any day of the week..

My Mama had a lovely day, thank you for your good wishes. My two fruits took her out to dinner. We went out for lunch too, Mama had one sandwich :-D, not my idea of birthday lunch - but it wasn't my birthday... ;-).

I am imagining your lovely window boxes Petunia, such a pretty sight after the miseries of Winter. :-). Such well behaving flowers too. :-D.

It is Monday morning - again. I had best get my skates on and ready myself for the day ahead.

I shall p.m you with dates. :-)

Toodle pip


Diamonds-R-A-Girls-Best-Friend Report 1 Mar 2014 18:16

Oh Teresa I know all to well of the newly expanded store:-|

Lesley x


Cooper Report 1 Mar 2014 15:13

Humph, now the weather has improved the devils football has returned. All thosed missed gamez have got to be played. Tutty tut tut and double tut :-|


Cooper Report 1 Mar 2014 15:10

Hallo ladies one and all :-D

happy birthday wishes Susans Mama, I hope you all had an enjoyable day :-D

Tattoos :-( :-( :-( :-( tutty tut tut tut. I really do not like them dears. The Fruits have been warned in no uncertain terms, piercings can be removed but tattoos :-| :-| :-| of course they are a matter of taste in artistic circles etc etc but oooh dear noooooo, not in this abode. As the skin expands so does the offending inkage. FTE had a secondearing inserted when she was in your neck of the woods Susan but its hidden and removable. I know of a certain Mama whoonce had three earings in each year back when Mr Lydon was a yoof but theyare gone now ;-) ;-) ;-)

Im sorry to hear of your Fruits OHs grandpa Susan, thoughts are with everyone.

Auntie its not Mr Hall of the beat combo but Mr Rankin Roger. He still has a lot of energy for a bloke of his age :-D it was a good evening enjoyed by all especially chaps of a certain age reliving their yoof :-D :-D :-D

Speaking of Mr Hall, FTE came home the other day with a very early and rather generous Mothers/Fathers day gift. The Fruit had perchased tickets for us to see Mr Hall and co in a certain London venue in the Autum :-D :-D :-D we are happy parents.

The fruit is very happy with the new place of paid toil and appears settled after the years of fruit like behaviour which befalls all fruits at one stage or the other.

The babies sound very sweet Lesley. I have found a place where you can spend many hours cooing and arrring over small fruit clothing without dragging into town. A very nice clothing/ Homewear store has expanded near the roundabout not far from the old large suoermarket site. Its a pleasure to look around, unlike the cramped one in town. I spent a happy hour browsing there :-D

ooh Susan, I remember the flutterings, :-D :-D :-D

Enjoy your weekends



MotownGal Report 26 Feb 2014 19:58

Happy Birthday to Susan's Mama. Many Happy Returns.

I remember when I turned 90 dears, although Susan's Mama is nowhere near. I remember thinking that if life begins at forty, then I am on my third innings!

The window boxes are chock full of crocuses and snowbells. They are very pretty indeed. Daffodils and Narcissus are alive and well in the gardens. How they bob their heads when I pass. I do like a bit of reverence dears.

Do let us know via a pm Susan dear when we can expect you, and we will arrange a reception party for you. I am excited and planning what to wear already.

Lesley.....................bamboo? I feel rather faint...............................

#collapses in a heap#


Diamonds-R-A-Girls-Best-Friend Report 25 Feb 2014 21:44

I would prefer to be knocked out for a week Susan...mmmmmmmm bliss:-D

Some of our leaves are just starting to open in readiness to welcome you and your mama to our shores:-)

Happy 87th Birthday to your mama <3

Lesley x


Susan-nz Report 25 Feb 2014 19:14

Sending a 'snuff box' to Lesley, have a good whiff dear, it will either restore your sensibilities or knock you into next week. :-D.

Perhaps there is something in the saying 'some things are sent to try us' - our children perhaps.?

I am having a day off today. It is Mama's birthday. I am going to visit her for the day. Fruit and pup are staying the night as Fruit has work there tomorrow. A niece is coming for the day out too. Mama is 87 today. :-). She told me that recently, while out walking one morning, she realised in three years she will be 90. How is that for positive thinking. ;-).

The sun is out , the days have been quite hot this week and the mornings cool, the leaves are starting to turn and fall. :-P. Shame but there you go...

I trust everyone is fit and well and enjoying the first signs of Spring.
Have a pleasant evening.



Diamonds-R-A-Girls-Best-Friend Report 23 Feb 2014 20:16

Auntie is there room for a young one in the old Soldiers and Sailors fruit would now fit in perfectly with the old Sailors :-|

Unfortunately there wasn't any buzzing in Thailand (apart from the mosquito's) apparently the drawing was created using bamboo...Yantra so I'm told :-S

Can you hear my fruit singing along with you Auntie...Everything's free and easy, do as you darn well pleasey:-D :-D :-D

Lesley x


MotownGal Report 23 Feb 2014 19:03

#........................doing the Lambeth Walk, Oy!!!!!#

My goodness I did not know I could be so common! Cockney accent perfected to a T!

I must say the old Soldiers and Sailors are singing along with gusto. What with that and all the WW1 songs, we will bring the house down. I have decided to charge a nominal entrance fee for the show, and the proceeds will be spent on food and drink for the party afterwards. I dare say Pat-trish-aaaaah, Holly and Mrs Berry will rise to the occasion, just like her sponges.

Ah tattoos, they are the devil's drawings. A young female acquaintance of mine decided she would have one when she went to Glast-on-Berry one year. She was walking out with a scruffy oik at the time who was also 'inked'. Her Papa and Mama forbade it, but when one is a stroppy teenaged of full age, she decided to do what she pleased.

However, the buzz of the needle must have put her orft, and she returned with a nose piercing instead. Her Papa was incandescent and could not look her in the face. Nonplussed, she returned the following year with a belly-button ring! Which, in accordance with the non sterile conditions, turned septic. Her Mama had to adminster TCP at regular intervals until it was pristine again. Tutty tut, and then tut again.

More rain on the way dears, so look out the brollies once again.

Susan dear, a lady only 'glows' no matter how hard her chores! Do you not have hired help dear? I can send Pat-trish-aaaaah down the cyber hatch for you. I think the separation will do the both of us good!

Toodle Pip
Auntie Petunia


Susan-nz Report 22 Feb 2014 19:56

Ohh Lesley,

My OH is dead against tats... Our two have been told in no uncertain terms.... Of course they will make up their own minds :-(.

I have trouble with the 'piercings' some have, puts me right off my dinner...

Sunday morning here, I have a basket of ironing that seems to have my name on it :-P. In my next life I shall have millions of minions at my beck and call...
Dreams are free..

We have had a run of very humid days, nothing very lady like about sweat dripping off my forehead. :-D Perhaps I am not a lady ;-)..

Fruits OH's granddad is very ill and it is only a matter of time for the poor man. Between fruit and her OH, this will be the fourth grandparent to pass away in less than a year....
So sad.

Hope everyone and their 's are fit and well,



Diamonds-R-A-Girls-Best-Friend Report 21 Feb 2014 22:56

Good Evening Ladies

Our middle fruit has had a tattoo...grrrrrrr...grrrrrrr...if she has only had what she says I can live with it...not that I have a choice:-| the pictures I have seen only shows a very fine line cross on her neck just below the hairline:-D

Hope you are all enjoying the sunshine.
Lesley x


Diamonds-R-A-Girls-Best-Friend Report 18 Feb 2014 21:05

No need for a search party Auntie I am here :-D

Little flutterings and wonderful for you all Susan <3 I hope your fruit is keeping well.

Our middle fruit is only supposed to be visiting Thailand for four weeks then home...well that was the plan, she has know informed us she is going to try and stay longer...wait for it...she also said so you will not be shocked when I get home I am thinking of getting a tattoo while I'm here...she knows our thoughts on tattoos :-| :-| :-|

The grand babies are beautiful:-D I'm not prejudice ;-) but I am amazed at how gentle our 18month tornado is with her 8 week cousin :-)

How is FTE getting on in her new employment Teresa, still enjoying it I hope.

Lesley x


Susan-nz Report 18 Feb 2014 19:14


My Mama met Sophie Tuckbox many moons ago. Mama's Aunt introduced them. :-).. As an aside, my Mama's paternal grandmothers boyfriend (as I can't find a marriage certificate :-D) worked backstage at the Palladium... Mama and I went to see a show at the Palladium when we were in London town, Sister Act it was. Some useless information for you. ;-).

I too can see the moon and the sun in the morning sky. :-). Today the sky was a tad red so we must be in for rain... Perhaps your excesses will soak down to us at the bottom of this earth.?. You have far too much of the wet stuff and we are in need of H2O...

Our kitchen is still in a pickle after our flood.. I am waiting to hear from the assessor re repairs.. I have a mind to change our flooring - seems like a good time to do just that. OH agrees luckily for me.. The dishwasher is still disconnected, I am getting a bit fed up with hand washing the dishes.. Oooh, get me, who do I think I am. :-D ;-).

Fruit is starting to feel little flutterings. I went with her to the midwife last week and heard the heartbeat. :-). Quite exciting.

Lesley, hope your fruit is enjoying her travels. I have never been to Thailand but have heard good things from those that have. Is your fruit coming to my neck of the world?. How are your little grandbabies doing?.

~~~~ to Teresa, hope you are all well and FTE is enjoying her new job.?

Petunia, who might be getting married?. You can whisper to me, I won't tell a sole. ;-). Did you find a suitable hat?. The only hat I can do is a sunhat...

I am off to see about a new phone today. I am after an eye phone.. Not sure I can master one but time will tell.. Technology and I are not well suited..

Have a lovely evening, can you see my moon yet?.



MotownGal Report 17 Feb 2014 20:02

Good evening Ladies,

We are in full flow here, so lets not stop!

How lovely to attend weddings dear Upsidedown Susan. No one I know seems to get married these days. They all 'live in sin!!!'. But I have a sneaking suspicion there is to be a wedding for someone I know in the near future. I shall peruse the selection of hats and see what is appropriate.

I last went to a concert a very long time ago dears. That Sophie Tuckbox was at the London Palladium. I thought she was a bit 'broad' for me, but that naice Mr Askey was on telling jokes. A lovely young man called Dickie Valentine was top of the bill, such a sweet looking young lad. And a lovely voice too. Aaaah, what a night that was!

Teresa dear, we must all have the same moon! I saw the man combing his golden hair too. Strange seeing the moon on one side of the sky, and the sun on the other. I wonder if Susan can see that too?

Pat-trish-aaaah has gawn to help bail out people in Surrey dears. She jumps on the tuk-tuk in the morning, gets the buckets out, and returns home at night, cream crackered.

Octavia, Georgianna and Beatrice are all well. They strangely all have relatives in the flood areas, and have taken in their families while they dry out. Most of their rellies are well to do, and live in the posher areas. So it makes sense all round to keep in with them.

Will this concert include a Terry Hall, Teresa dear? No the one with Lenny the Lion of course, but he of the tonic suit and pale complexion?

I hope dear Lesley is well, should we send out search parties yet?



Cooper Report 17 Feb 2014 16:51

Hallo one and all :-D,

Aunty dear I do hope the old soldiers and sailors enjoyed their day, I have been atoiling at paid toil but did notice that the sun was up and the ground a bit dryer so I supposed the day had been fine and dandy.

How is Par trish aaaaa? We do not seem to have heard from the dear thing of late. I do hope all is well with her and the rest of the posse at Motie Towers. Ah the power of the tinternet, so lovely to see all the photos and your small people sound very sweet :-D

I see you have a new picture. It looks very glamorous, I did think it a likeness of Joanna lumley or the shrimp :-D

have you been watching the olympics at all, I have caught bits and bobs of it, the young gals on those skeleton runs are very brave, nerves of steel Aunty, nerves of steel.

Susan I wonder if it was the same man in the moon who was shining through the cutain and windows for the whole of Friday night, what with him and the danged howling wind I was a frazzel by Saturday morning :-( I have to say though that driving in th early morning I often see beautiful moons :-D

I have seen quite a few lookalikees, Freddy, Elton TRex, to name a few. We saw a brilliant Fleetwood Mac tribute a couple of years ago. An Aunt and Uncle came with us. They had seen the real thing in the past and said it was very hard to tell tne difference.
We are orf to see a popular beat combo at the end of tbe month in the style of regae and Two Tone. Its the original line up bar one. We have seen them before and are back for more :-D :-D

orf now to assemble the grub



Susan-nz Report 16 Feb 2014 19:39

Good upside morning Ladies,

Petunia, I am aghast at the conditions in parts of your fair land. Poor poor people, surely there can't be much water left in the sky to fall.?. You are quite right, we cannot fully imagine the horrors those affected are having to endure. I sincerely hope things will improve asap.

Oooh, fake tan, I am very weary of the ruddy stuff.... I tend to stay away from it now. I am like the shining beacon of whiteness as far as me pins are concerned. :-D. Oh well, that is how nature intended me to be, or at least my genepool :-(.. I sadly did not inherit the 'olive' shades one of my sisters did :-P.

Our bbq party was a hoot, as my dear friend said so eloquently, your OH looked 'creepy' ;-). We shared quite a few laughs.
We attended a wedding on Saturday. It was a garden wedding at the home of the grooms parents. It was a stunningly beautiful sunny day which ensured a wonderful wedding. The happy couple were overcome with emotion, I am sure they will live a long and very happy life together.

Yesterday afternoon, OH and I along with two other couples, attended a Rod Stewart impersonator's concert. Now I am the biggest sceptic as far as 'impersonators' go, but this guy was so good. We were all pleasantly impressed.

Lesley, your socks sound, err, delightful ;-). You shall be easily recognisable..

Glad to hear FTE had a good first day. :-) :-) :-).

I am pup sitting until I go to work. The pup has, or had I say , had, a string of rubber sausages.. She is so funny to watch. She runs riot with the string hanging out of her mouth, swings the string from side to side and runs like the wind. She has managed to destroy the string this morning... Off to the $2 shop I go to replace the 'toy'. ;-). She and I went for a walk this morning, it was such a beautiful morning. The moon was still up and I could see a 'face' in the moon. It so reminded me of childhood pictures of the moon, happy smiling face :-D. disclaimer: I have only had 'tea' this morning ;-).

have a lovely evening,



MotownGal Report 16 Feb 2014 11:15

Gooood morning dear Ladies,

What a sad little thread we are, dropping further down the charts to doomsville!

I don't quite know why I just said that, but I read it in a common rag of a newspaper and it caught my eye. I just could not wait to repeat it. So I did. And I still don't know exactly what it means!

I have been looking at the news rather a lot over the last few days, and I have great compassion for those poor people who have been flooded out of their homes. You cannot imagine just by looking at pictures, I tend to think that unless you actually go there and witness it first hand, you have no real conception of the disaster.

Cornwall is severely waterlogged. I remember visiting it years ago with some relatives of mine. Walking along the harbour with the sun shining brightly. It is now a very sad sight with the waves crashing against the houses opposite. When will it all end.

I must say I was jolly pleased to see William and Henry, or Wills and Harry as I know them, helping out with the sandbagging. They are good boys and their mother would have been proud of them.

I am getting regular photos via the Tinternet of dear little Valentine and Celestine, what little treasures they are. The proud parents are sending me weekly reports. How much difference a week makes when they are growing and flowering like cabbages.

I shall not outstay my welcome dears, I have plenty to do. I am visiting the Old Soldiers and Sailors this afternoon. Tis lovely and sunny here, and I think we will wrap them up warmly and go for a stroll in the grounds. Get some fresh air in their lungs and bring roses to their cheeks. Then back to the Refectory for a bean feast and a glug of grog.

Pip Pip
Auntie Petunia


Cooper Report 10 Feb 2014 16:08

Thankyou Lesley, FTE has communicated via the power of the text at lunchtime and said it was nice with nice people which is a good sign.

I know the baby barn, many moons ago we got FTY stuff there. It has been there a good many years now. They were always very helpful.
Im glad your Friut is setlled and happy. I looked at the link and it looks very nice.

Thankyou for the tan tip. I know of a Fruit who I can pass on the tip to :-D The Fruit loves a good fake tan but has never got the knack of getting the hands the correct shade :-D :-D :-D :-D That Fruit faked tanned another Fruit one day. It took a certain Mama a lot of elbow grease to try and get the Fruit from orange to a golden shade of tan :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

Aunty dear have you tried talc :-S :-S :-S :-S :-S

Running for cover



Diamonds-R-A-Girls-Best-Friend Report 9 Feb 2014 22:44

Good Evening Ladies.

No Teresa I did not hear about the bus :-S last Wednesday I did drive to a certain baby barn en route to your hilly town, there was water running off the fields and across the road then :-(

I have recently learnt a very simple yet invaluable fake tan/sun lotion stain removing tip...milk....not gold, red or silver top just cheap and cheerful milk from a plastic bottle....would you be so kind as to pass this onto Mrs Berry please Auntie, it may come in useful when Pat-trish-aaaaah returns from one of her jaunts in Essex :-D

Our middle fruit is enjoying her time in Thailand mind you she has only been there 2 day's:-D this is the link to her travels.

Busily sewing red buttons up the outer side of my knee high white socks in readiness to wear in June ;-)

I hope all is well with you and yours Susan <3

Good Luck for tomorrow FTE

Returning the dingy and oars Auntie it sounds as though your need is greater than mine at the moment.

Lesley x