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Auntie Motie a Genteel Tale of Everyday Life.

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MotownGal Report 5 Dec 2013 19:45

Good evening dear ladies, are we battening down the hatches.

I hear that Essex and all of the east side is under sufferance. I can remember seeing some archive fillum of Canvey Island under water!

The One Show showed lots of people filling up sandbags to stop the water. And then the reporter asked them what they were doing!!!!! I was waiting for someone to say they were icing cakes. What a silly sausage!

I have been very busy of late dears, I am sorry to have been neglecting you all. But my good works take up a great deal of my time in the festive season.

I received a message from dear Cherry the other day. Unfortunately I have not been able to access my he-mails as the server has gawn down! Give the hamster a cabbage leaf or whatever to get the thing started again.

I hope your Christmas goes peacefully dear Susan, tis always hard the first one after losing a loved one. My dear Mama's birthday was on 20th December and it upsets me still to think of her on her birthday. However, tis a little while now since she left us, longer still for Papa, and of course I can now laugh at the little things we did as a family.

I am orft to a soiree tomorrow night, and am still debating about what to wear. I favour all black ensemble, but then again so do most of the other ladies, so we will look like a gathering of blackbirds!

Toodle Pip All. Keep warm, and keep safe in the storm that is abrewing!

Auntie Petunia


Cooper Report 5 Dec 2013 04:43

The spellchecker thingy isnt working, either that or im writing gobledegook :-S :-S :-)

sorry about that.

time for bed Zebedeeeee zzzzzzzzz :-)


Cooper Report 5 Dec 2013 04:40

Hallo Susan, thoughts are with you at the moment. The "first" Christmas is very hard without a parent. Hold all the happy times in your thoughts, it sometimes helps and eases the pain. Xxx it would have been my Mums birthday today. She would have been 86. Eight years have passed but I still consider if "her birthday" same as I do on my Dads. I can now smike at the happy times and ignor the rest. It works better that way for me. :-)

Ladies you may well wonder why I am up at such an hour. Our street lights have not yet been turned on yet either! We went to see a beat combo last night. A naice youngish man called Bruce Foxton and his fellow players. They were called After The Jam, and of course played the whole of All Mod Cons. Yes Auntie, the Bruce Foxton who really did not appear to have aged one bit. He is still as thin as he was and has a whole head of hair. I must say the group were brilliant. OH and I never had the pleasure of seeing the original three lads play together but last night was as near as possible. Do have a google ladies. The encour of Eton Rifels was just epic :-D :-D :-D
It was like going back in time to my yoof. ;-)

we are orf later in the week to see a Gospel choir, they are London based but playing locally. I love a good Gospel choir but have never had the chance to see one sign live before.

Its soooooo handy having FTE back to "sit" with FTY :-D :-D :-D we can go out and about without the worry that FTY is ok, not that he is unable to stay for an evening himself (at that age I had a regular baby sitting job with deal babies) but times are different nowadays doncha think?

I had the flu jab yesterday. Tis encoursaged in our place of pId toil, I have a sore arm
:-( FTE had to have one at sea. Tis compulsory there for all staff. My Sister works in a place of paid toil where she needs to have the flu jab as well, we are sharing sore arm stories ;-)

well I dont know where Auntie is. Maybe lorst in a mountain o outside house light decorations ;-) ;-) ;-)

Waving to lesley who may be sampling the delights ofthe newly refurbished local inn.

orf back to bed now

Teresa zzzzzzzzzzz


Susan-nz Report 2 Dec 2013 06:37

Hello Ladies and peeps,

How did it get to be December already.... the last few months have whizzed by :-(. So now we are heading to the silly season, OH and I are the hosts again for the whole fam damily... It will be strange to be missing MIL and Papa - but the day shall arrive and we will make the best of it.
I am a little brain dead (be very careful what you are thinking ladies) in regards to choosing gifts to buy for the family... I have nailed a few but am struggling. I have decided SiL will get a wheelbarrow..I wonder how good he is at pretending to be delighted :-D. His 1st Christmas as an official SiL.....

We have the male fruits birthday on the 12th, celebrations to be on the 14th. It a '0' birthday so I imagine there will be much revelry :-S.

Teresa, I hope you have managed to squeeze all FTE's bits and bobs in. A word of warning, when the fruits eventually leave home for good, they manage to leave 'many' belongings at home :-P.... I am not ruthless enough to have a good clear out.. Good luck to your OH in his new venture. :-).

Petunia, as Teresa says, your avatar must surely be Mrs Berry?. It couldn't possibly be you. If it is you, I shall be a little shocked. You have always looked so much younger than your years. Unless of course that fancy pants face cream you were all speaking of has, err, been a mistake?????
I hope your good works have been appreciated by all?.

~~~~ to Lesley, have you chosen a gift for your little grandbaby?. Can you get away with a cardboard box or pot lid and wooden spoon?...

I did see on the funny sight f...b..k, pictures of London lights, Oxford Street etc, so pretty :-).We have nothing of the like here in my little neck of the world. Oh well.
Speaking of lights, Teresa, your councillors need a kick up the :-D, saving power indeed... Grinches, every one of them :-P..

I have this afternoon, mowed the lawns.. I certainly felt it. I have had a restorative glass of vino :-). My OH isn't due home til 8pm - surprisingly I am not hungry- yet.
I went to one of our supermarkets this afternoon to purchase a boneless Turkey for Christmas. Said bird was advertised in this weeks catalogue..... Does the store stock said bird?... NO, they don't.... They will endeavour to get one in from another store.... False advertising?..

I shall not mention the Rugby League final..... :-P. I could have predicted the result before the game started :-(... Oh dear..

I had better get a wriggle on and think about cooking our dinner.
Have a lovely day, keep warm and safe.



Cooper Report 1 Dec 2013 07:18

Auntie dear, The man in the white van is on his way with all the storage items, please do not be scared at the mask the fruit got from Venice, the fruit thought it was a good idea at the time but it is a little sinister looking so is in the van as well. I have a fridgedoor with the magnets of the world on the door. The Fruit could not locate one in Papa new guineeee but never mind.

Im just writing the mountains of Christmas cards, tis a yearly chore and pleasure at the same time. ;-)

my goodness your lights are very bright, do keep them on all year round dear. Our local council have decided to economise and turn all the street lights orf between midnight and 5am. It does make it difficult when one has to vist the smallest room at night and all is pitch black. Tuttty tut tut.

our town lights were also switched on last night by the local Mayor and co. They look very pretty :-D

I wonder who will leave ghe dancing tonight? I have a feeling the wrong decision will be made again. Tutttttyyyyy tut tut tut.

Auntie dear where did your photographic image go????? It seems to have been rep, aced by a little old lady. I did not realise Mrs Berry was that old :-S :-S

yours running for cover

Teresa :-D

Waving to Lesley and Susan ??????????


MotownGal Report 30 Nov 2013 18:38

Good evening dears, please excuse my tardiness in not giving you good grace to tell you all about my activities of late.

I see that dear Teresa is having problems with space. Do send a lorry down to me dear, I have tons of space to spare. I charge very reasonable rates! How lovely it will be when your fruit comes home, with souvenirs of her exploits. African masks, hula hula skirts, castanets, cornettos and the like!

At Christmas there is so much for me to do! The local 'lights' are being turned on, and of course they have asked me to do the honours. So, as they were so charming, I shall of course oblige. I did hear someone mutter something about not being able to get that naice Ms Thompson, but I would have to do, but of course I rose above it, and smiled graciously. I shall wear the fur-coat tomorrow I think and to hang with the consequences. I do not like to get cold.

~~~~~~ to you all, my good wishes to you and yours.

Settling down for the dancing on very soon.

Pip Pip
Auntie Petunia


Cooper Report 30 Nov 2013 14:31

Leggo dear leggo not loggo :-D :-D it time for tiffin now with a shot of medicinal somthing,

Yours fighting through toot



Cooper Report 30 Nov 2013 14:29

Coooooooeeeeeeeee, is anybody there............................................................

Helllllllppppppppppppp, we need some more space for FTEs stuff, for someone who lived in a very small space on the high seas there appears to be an awful lot of things which have come back. Auntie may we decant in the purple room? I need somewhere to put several boxes of star wars loggo (fully made up in large boxes) lotsof charity/sales stuff of FTEs and a pile of Iironing, at least until I get my witsxabout me :-S :-S :-S

yours eyeying up next doors emptyish shed


ooh Lesley, I have just driven by the old inn/ new tearooms/ pub. FTY who is now much taller than FTE thought that a sign said it sold beers as well. I will have a google and report back :-D


Cooper Report 27 Nov 2013 13:58

Oh Ladies, I am still here.

Tis been a little frantic, thankyou Susan for your missive, I did reply:)

Now then back to all the news of the moment. OH has gorn self employed. Tis allgoing ok at the present time. FTE will be back this week. I do need a small skip dears, we seem to have stored rather a lot in the Fruits room! I think she will be bringing more back than was taken. The Fruit will be job hunting. A life on the seas is on hold for a while, a wonderful experience and all that but ambition is twitching away.

FTY has an offer at the establisment which Lesley knows of. Goodness where does the time go, A levels in September. It will be round as quick as a wink.

The Devils football still continues, tis a little better now the team win most weeks!!!!! Not like the old days when each game resulted n a loss. The Mamas and Grandmamas and various family members still gather and watch between watching bits of the game :) I have thermals on top of my thermals. We are looking foward to FTE encouraging them on. She has a good range of bellowing. :-D :-D

I have been doing good works at FTYs establishment for fund raising and working hard at toil and unpaid toil. :-D :-D :-D

Lesley I noticed that the Inn near you is definately going to be tea rooms and a craft shop by the looks of it. I will have to sample the hospitality when its open :-D

I have been watching the jungle, I feelthat dear little Joey is a nicer person than I thought. He tries so hard to please bless him :-S I was a little confused with the dancing, why was that bloke who played rugby voted out????????? He isnt the best but not the worse :-S :-S :-S :-S

Now Auntie dear, how are you and all at Motie Towers? How are the festive festivites going? I am day orf on Christmas day, yipeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, I must think about gift shopping, I will wait until FTE gets back and we see how much storeage we have. :-| :-| :-|

well im orf now to do the ironing. I have mucked out the houseand its sparkling now :-D

Yours looking for the ironing fairy



MotownGal Report 24 Nov 2013 18:54

Hello dears, I hope you are all warmer than I! Tis positively freezing here.

Our Susan likes a nice New Zealand wine, something like Oyster Bay? I cannot remember the name, but it is available over here at upmarket supermarkets. We can push the boat out, and buy her a tipple.................or two. That is to say, you can dears, I shall stick to the elderflower cordial.

Keep well and warm dears, tis nearly exactly a month until Christmas!


Susan-nz Report 21 Nov 2013 05:29

I shall look forward to a mini meet in the parlour :-).

My Mama is doing quite well though still very emotional of course. It does worry me that we all live in a different town to her... My male fruit is there but is a busy bee, he calls in when he can. I spoke to Mama this afternoon, the man to read the meter came today and asked after 'her husband', poor Mama had to explain. There are so many instances where the story has to be told. Mama had ordered a new bed while Dad was still alive, the shop assistant rang on Friday and asked to speak to my Papa :-D :-|, Dad didn't even set foot in the shop...... Oh well.

I have booked our flights, now I shall be all of a dither that my Mama is well enough to travel come next June.... She is nearly as old as you Petunia, give or take a few years.

My female fruit has been over this afternoon to tell me her OH's granddad has been diagnosed with a brain tumour..... SIL has already lost one grandparent this year, my fruit , two.... :-(.

I am little concerned about dear Teresa, I must send her a missive.

Diamond, I do not drink beer.... a wine will be just the ticket ;-).

Petunia, please take care of yourself, tis a long winter ahead of you... I shall send you a merino vest down the cyber hatch, so lovely and warm...

Toodle pip, time to cook dinner.. I have been in the garden this afternoon, doing the edges :-P..


Diamonds-R-A-Girls-Best-Friend Report 20 Nov 2013 22:26

Auntie Petunia are you trying to tell us something with this talk of fishermen, their friends and their oils ;-) :-D

Lesley x


MotownGal Report 20 Nov 2013 20:17

Good evening Lesley dear, I fear that I am succumbing to the chill too.

Little Trickey Woo was a pain this morning. She would not 'do her business' in a hurry and I got chilled again! I think a Pamper may be in order for her nibs. She does not like the cold, and she has a fur coat too! Tutty tut!

I did meet dear Susan when she was here with her gentleman walker. We met in the Square dedicated to our illustrious sailor in the Trafalgar Wars.

I think she was surprised how sprightly I was for 93 years old. Fish oil dears, fish oil!

Off to sit by the fire, and burn my shins.

Pip Pip
Auntie Petunia


Diamonds-R-A-Girls-Best-Friend Report 19 Nov 2013 18:51

I'm so excited.
And will be delighted.
To meet you Susan dear

When you touchdown
In London town
I will be there to buy you a beer

:-D :-D :-D

Auntie Petunia I am sorry to hear you are feeling under the weather :-(

~~~~~~~~~~~~To Teresa

Lesley x Freeeeeeeeeeeeezing in Essex


MotownGal Report 19 Nov 2013 17:57

Good evening dear Susan, it is lovely to see you here.

How is your dear Mama? It must be very hard for her. I send her my love and good wishes.

I saw my first You Know What tree in the window of a house this evening! Honestly, I am amazed that anyone would want a tree up so early. But each to their own!

My sniffle is better, but I still have a cough. I am sucking Fisherman's Friends furiously.

I would love to see you again dear, beit next June or earlier. If we can all arrange it, it would be lovely.

Children grow dear, just like Topsy. You are not getting older dear, it is just them.

Very cold here, we may even have a snow flurry or two. Oh joy!

Keep warm everyone. I am knitting nose cosies for you all.



Susan-nz Report 19 Nov 2013 06:59

Good evening Ladies,

Today I accompanied my Fruit on a job as I didn't want her driving so far alone. We have had a return trip of 517 km's - three hours drive each way.... Wait for it - her job lasted six minutes :-D :-D.

The upside is we managed a little retail therapy as well. Every cloud has a silver lining ;-). I am a happy bunny as I managed to find a decoration for my 'you know what tree'..... It is in memory of my Dad, it is a British S...a. My 'you know what tree' only has S...a's on it. I shall hang it with much love <3.

We have rain today, the first in ages. Must say I didn't like driving in it. My garden will be overjoyed I am sure.

Sorry to hear you have the sniffles again Petunia, what a nuisance. A hot lemon toddy perhaps ??.

It is looking quite likely that I will be in your neck of the woods next June. I think we hit London town around the 20th... I know it is holiday season for you all, if a meet is possible I shall be very happy.

I hope things are all well with you and yours??. All is well here, my male fruit is turning 30 on Dec 12th :-D, wherever the years have gone ,I don't know... We are to host a 'soiree' to celebrate...

Toodle pip


MotownGal Report 18 Nov 2013 20:05

Well the casserole did not work wonders for me gels, I hope you enjoyed it.

I have another sniffle working its way through my delicate nose.

Stand back gels, I am about to sneeze............again!




MotownGal Report 14 Nov 2013 16:59

Good afternoon Ladies. How lovely to see you.

Dear Susan, I am more than pleased to see you posting with us again. I hope you and your family are taking things slowly, one day at a time. Tis very hard dear, but it will get better, and your heart will not be so heavy one day. Love to you all.

Lesley dear, see I was right dear, that new picture of you is the spit of said lady I was referring to. You do look lovely dear. Should you be sitting there without your vest dear? I suppose you know best, but you will catch your death of cold!

Teresa must be toiling away, and nagging her fruits in rotation! Tis very hard when it is exam time. One alternates between nagging and encouraging..............then of course there is always bribing! Tutty tut.

It would be lovely to meet next year gels. If dear Susan comes to our shores, I am sure we can arrange something. Dear Cherry will be tickety-boo by then too. I will be fun. Hopefully it will be warmer then too.

There is a chill wind around Motie Towers. The wind is whistling up the Hill, and under the rafters. I think we will move into the Parlour tonight and keep that warm.

Mrs Berry and dear little Holly have been toiling over a huge crock-pot all day, and have made a mountain of beef casserole. We will have some tonight, freeze some, and send some down the hatch to you all. I do so love to have something hot inside me when the temperature drops!

Pip Pip
Auntie Petunia


Diamonds-R-A-Girls-Best-Friend Report 13 Nov 2013 19:20

Good Evening.

Susan good to see you posting <3

Fountain is supposed to be a miracle anti wrinkle solution and all you have to do to make this miracle happen is to drink two teaspoonfuls of Fountain a day :-S

Auntie Petunia mind how you open your cyber hatch ............Fountain is on the way for you to try ;-)

~~~~~~~~~~~~Teresa x

Lesley. x
Pretty Women Walking Down the Street :-D :-D :-D


Susan-nz Report 13 Nov 2013 17:52

Morning Ladies,

Petunia, I hope you had a lovely day celebrating - again.... You must be 'over' birthdays by now? ;-).

Lesley, I don't know the product your OG has bought for you?. What is it supposed to do?.

I am feasting on berries, we have strawberries, blueberries and boysenberries. Delicious :-). I have decided to eat bircher muesli for my breakfast, it is full of some sort of seed. If I start tweeting and growing feathers, you will understand. There is no heart tick on the cereal box... too bad.

My fruit and her husband have taken a huge plunge into the world of business... SIL has bought into the job he manages.

I am off to visit my Mama on the weekend. She, my brother and I may be winging our way to your shores next year. :-). Perhaps we can meet for 'tea'.

The sun is out again this morning. It does lift one's spirits.

Have a lovely evening.

~~~~~~ to Teresa