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Auntie Motie a Genteel Tale of Everyday Life.

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Susan-nz Report 30 Apr 2014 21:18

Lordy Petunia,

I just about choked on my cereal reading your last post. :-). Here I was imagining how lovely the wedding sounded... Ee by gum. A Cattery you say?.... Well I never..... I wait with baited breath :-D.

How lovely that dear Cherry is able to join the party. It will be all very exciting indeed. Let us hope the sun shines on one and all , nothing like a sunny day to lift the spirits. :-).

My Mama's little dog is unwell :-(, I really hope she gets better as I know my Mama dotes on that little pooch, it is great company for her and they take quite a few constitutionals each day....

Talking of pooches, on our little walk this morning, 'our' pup came across a goat. The pup and the goat eyed each other through a fence and gave each other a little sniff.... The pup was quite bemused when the goat, err, passed water ;-).. I am not generally a fan of goats but it was quite entertaining watching the two this morning..

I am trying to walk each day to 'tone up' before my little holiday.. There is a bit more of me at the moment than there should be.. :-D. Oh dear...

~~~~~ to Teresa and Lesley. I do hope they are both well.

Enjoy your Bank Holiday Petunia. :-)


MotownGal Report 30 Apr 2014 20:40

Hello dears, what a to do. I thought things may have changed over the last few days and I would not have to tell you all the terrible truth, but it would come out eventually, but I must say I am still a little shellshocked.

As I said before the Wedding went off without a hitch, Millie was Matron of Honour even though she has never married, but to call a middle aged woman a Bridesmaid would have been patronising!

As I also said before, Beattie and Millie got on like a house on fire, they became very animated in each other's company, and went everywhere together. I thought it a little strange when Millie insisted on going on Honeymoon with the Happy Couple. But then again, she was probably looking after her dear Papa.

Unfortunately that was not the case, and the Captain returned home alone! Millie and Beattie have run away together. I thought there was a few furtive looks, private jokes and when Beattie said they were Bosum Buddies, I thought she was being kind. The wink was a little offputting though.

Well I suppose I could understand it really, Millie was not had a mother figure in her life for a good few years, and Beattie never had children. So I suppose it will be naice for them to keep each other company. Although the poor Captain was gobsmacked. And a little uncharitable too I thought. He turned very nasty indeed. It turned out that Millie has had these 'crushes' before, and it always ended badly. Nevertheless they have decided to move to the coast and start a Cattery for homeless moggies. So all is well that ends well I suppose.

Our State Visits is moving at a pace towards us. We have heard from dear Cherry and she is to join us, waving her flag. How lovely.

Another Bank Holiday this weekend. If I do not see any of you before then, do have a restful one, and come back refreshed and we can plan our next rollicking adventure gels.

Auntie P.


MotownGal Report 26 Apr 2014 13:14

#puffs onto thread#

Hello there Ladies, what a week it has been!

It all started with the arrival of the young men who came to give us a massage............I think I mentioned this is passing, that Beattie and I had never been massaged before? The two young men arrived promptly, and immediately sent poor Pat-trish-aaaaah into a tizzy. They were rather handsome young men, and they asked us if we wanted a normal massage, or did we want anything else. Not knowing what they were offering, we stuck to the massage. I did dally with the idea of hot stones because I had seen it on a travelogue. But warming them up in the cooker did not appeal.

I have to say they were very good at their job, if a little eager to please. Can anyone tell me if it is normal for THEM to be stripped to the waist for the massage? Of course modesty prevailing, I declined to strip altogether and kept my drawers and liberty bodice on. Tutty tut. Beattie being a game old bird, decided that her massage should be in the buff. Tutty tut again!

I must say it destressed us to the point we were like damp dishcloths. However, the ladies to do the facials sent us off to dreamland. It was wonderful. Lots of pots of potions and creams. I have to say, in a dim light, by the flickering candles I could have passed for 20 years younger.

So, the day of The Wedding arrived. Beattie was all of a flutter. She looked marvellous in her dress, and the Matron of Honour did herself proud too. Would it be discourteous to say I looked a picture too? No? Then I did!

George, Francine, dear little Valentine and Celestine came over for the weekend, and George arrived in a vintage Daimler to take us to the church. I have to say we all drew gasps of admiration when we arrived. Did I say that I gave the Bride away? I did, and felt proud beyond reason walking Beattie down the aisle.

The Wedding went off without a hitch, and reception was wonderful. A little sad though, for absent friends, even the cake was in tiers [sorry ladies, my little joke] and the Bride and Groom made their exit suitably early. And there we thought was the end of the story. But no, there is more to tell. But I shall tell you later dears. Must dash....................



Susan-nz Report 25 Apr 2014 09:32

Ta very muchly :-)


Cooper Report 25 Apr 2014 08:23

Im here :-D :-D :-D

normal service will resume next week :-D

many belated birthday greatings Susan,

Teresa xxxx


Susan-nz Report 23 Apr 2014 07:44

Good upside down evening Ladies,

Petunia, how was the wedding, did you outshine the bride.? :-D.

Where are Teresa and Lesley..??????

Oh well, I shall just have to talk to myself. ;-)


MotownGal Report 19 Apr 2014 10:53

Good Morning Ladies, and a Happy Easter to you All.

We have a Birthday Girl in our midst, so Many Happy Upside Down Returns, dear Susan!

May I send best wishes to dear Elizabeth who came to visit too. Please do call again dear, you will be very welcome. Just come and sit beside the fire at Motie Towers, I know it is a very old draughty house even in Summer, and we have to keep the fires burning all year around. Please draw up a chair, tis mid-morning, so coffee and cakes will be served very soon by dear little Holly, she and her mother Mrs Berry and real treasures, and they cook up a storm. Please do partake of a morsel or two, and tell me all about yourself. I can see you left your deckled edged, hand engraved calling card in the hallway. That proves you are a naicely well brought up young lady. Rest awhile.

So......................back to business......................this weekend is the Wedding of The Year. Beattie is to be married. She is staying with me, and arrived last night in a cloud of talcum powder and nerves! We are having a relaxing day today, and I have arranged for a beautifying day. We have having massages, and treatments all day. I did not know who to go for, so I saw a small advertisement in the back pages of the local newspapers. It is called Aphrodites Massage, so they will be sending two representatives later on today. I have never been massaged before, nor has Beattie, so it will be something new for both of us. Such fun!

I know you are all dying to know what I am wearing, so I will not keep you in suspense any longer. I changed my mind, and dithered a bit, and not wishing to upstage the Bride, I decided upon a lemon number. I have gone all Queen Mum, with flowing dresses, and feather hat. Our two outfits, mine and Beattie's are hanging in bags outside the wardrobe in the Lilac Room, and I suspect mine is a little classier, but that is being just between outselves. Beattie's intended will love her even if she arrived in a bin-liner!

So.................I shall make that do for now, as the florist is at the door.

Have a lovely Easter All, and I shall report on the wedding when we next meet.

Pip Pip
Auntie Petunia


Susan-nz Report 19 Apr 2014 10:12

Hello Elizabeth,
You are most welcome to visit us. Do call again. A very Happy Easter to you and yours.

I have been eating chocolate on top of a yummy roast pork dinner... Feeling a tad full.

Toodle pip, time for lie down.


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!