Thursday, 4 October 2007

A sunny Autumn day ,here in the Fens .

I love this graphic from our Friend Donna (our garden swing has hibernated now for the winter )

I went to the over sixties club again yesterday, I enjoyed it too, and didn’t get so wound up before I went this time so I must be getting better ,though I still  find mornings hard ,I have said I will attend the Tenants AGM  on Saturday ,and have to leave at nine o clock ,that will be a test !Yesterday afternoon I took a bowl of fruit ,it was our Harvest Festival ,and we had a service ,then after tea all the produce we had taken was auctioned off and was great fun ,I bought some mint in a pot ,and a jumper for Aunty Kitty !!I know a jumper at a harvest thanks giving lol .

When I got home I received a very sad phone call from my niece Bridget, to say that her Father Aubrey had passed away the previous evening, Aubrey or Ben as he was fondly known in the family, was the older brother of my late husband Mick, and when Mick died he was the brother who helped my sons and I organise Mick’s funeral ,and was always a rock to us ,I then had the sad duty to ring around to tell my children the sad news ,except Mark ,who is on holiday in Egypt with his wife Chrissie ,we decided to text them later in their holiday depending on the date set for the funeral

This entry I planned to do last evening but obviously didn’t feel up to it, so here we go …..

Many years ago ,probably about fifteen years ,My Daughters cooker broke down, I bought a second hand one from a friend who’s Dad had died ,for fifteen pounds ,she took one look and said no thanks Mum ! So it went into the garage, only to be used by me when mine broke down! , I have used it since, it has moved house three times with me! But as I told you in my last entry we have bought a new cooker, The sad thing is every thing on the old  one still worked, I felt as though I was kicking out an old and faithful friend ,however the new cooker is lovely ,  I told you I had found all my plates in the shed when Maurice was moving it, sol  I washed down the walls ,(not well enough judging by some of the pictures lol prompting us to think about redecorating sometime soon ,it doesn’t look to bad to the naked eye ,but on the pictures I can see the muck lol  ) So I am now going to try to add the pictures for you to see (warts and all ) The sun is shining here ,and I hope you are having a good day wherever you are as usual …love from

 

And this lovely siggy was made by my friend Debbie ,hasnt she come a long way ,with her graphics ?

45 comments:

lindapaterson177 said...

Sad news...I loved the plate shaped like a fan, all good things must come to an end even cookers! your new one looks good thought enjoy!
luv bella xx

brck753 said...

Great pics and that's not dirt its where the top layer of paint has washed off lol. Can't however take credit for the flowers Jason went by himself to get them and paid for them with his own money.
Love
Debbie
xxx

cornwalldreckly said...

They don't build anything to last these days.  The new cooker looks great.  Jan, you are a very brave lady, all those plates will take hours of dusting - but they make a lovely display.

hugsdoodlewacky said...

(((((((((((((((((HUGSTOYOU)))))))))))))))I am sorry to hear about your Neices Father passed away,I will say a prayer for Her.I love the pics and your new stove looks great.The plates,are pretty and the candles and the flowers.You have a lovly home.Well at least you have a pic of old faithful and remember all the good times.LOL.Have a nice day.

beckiepainton said...

my first cooker was a white one from my nans sister, it was old fasioned ,it had a grill on top, and i loved it, it was so homely, these days appliances can be so clinical. still i love my new cooker also, it needs a bloody good clean inside though! Beckie x

kirkbyj05 said...

What sad news Jan...I'm so sorry at your loss my friend.

I loved your plate collection.  You gave yourself a big task hanging them all up.
We now have a bit of sunshine today, here in the lakes.  Thank goodness for that!  It fair cheers a body up when the sun shines.  Doesn't it?
I'm so glad  you are feeling brighter and have got out and about.  Onwards and uwards!

Take care.
Hugs
Jeanie xxxx

ukgal36 said...

Loved the pics..your new oven is lovely...plates are amazing...
Lyn

pharmolo said...

I'm sorry to hear of your brother-in-law's passing, Jan. All strength to the family at this sad time.

madcobug said...

Sorry about you BIL passing. May his family find peace and comfort. Your new stove is pretty. You do have a big assortment of place and they are all so pretty. Hope your day is a good one. Helen

sugarsweet056 said...

My condolences to all re Aubrey, saying a prayer for the family...glad he was there for you & your children when your husband passed.
Blessings,
Sugar

emabecmar said...

love the pictures. the plates are very beautiful. also love the new stove/cooker. have a great day. ((((((hugs)))))
Cindy

astoriasand said...

Sorry to read of yet someone else yourself Jan who has lost someone.Condolances to you and yours.I lost my next door neighbout on Monday.Oh!!your plates ar egreat.I have  acolloection still in the box since I moved LOL!! Carn't hang plates on my wall when I'm raza- matazing round USA Haa.I put 51 pictures in that canyon rhyme and aol only displayed 14 of themGrrrrrrrrrr.I love your slot in oven,but I must admit the old ones were good cookers.Modern day appliances don't seem to last two minutes do they.I am splich splashing with the paint brush in my kitchen now.Don't know where I am getting the energy from mind you.I am so happy you are getting to your club and meetings now Jan and I hope your health improves by the minute.What a lovely thought those flowers I love to recieve flowers.I am hoping I can get out and feel myself soon.Not been anywhere yet since I came back, I feel so tired.Love Donnas' Graphic it's wonderful.You Take Care and even though they have had bad news I hope your relation enjoys Egypt and a safe journey home.They will be telling you about the another DAM the ASWAN DAM when they come home no doubt.DAM  IT Haaaaa Take Care God Bless Kath
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blpltt said...

A bittersweet entry, Jan; so sorry to hear about Bill.  Someone like him leaves a big gap to fill.
Loved all your pictures of plates.  Something to collect without spending a fortune. I have 11 in an old cabinet.  Room for one more!
AND, the washing-up!  Just like here.  Oh, and I have a 48 yr old fridge still going strong.  They don't make `em like that any more.
Bunny xx

redpoppy007 said...

Happy cooking on your new stove..looks like a nice one.
Pretty plates as well.

lanurseprn said...

Your new stove looks great! If the old one works good I'm sure there is someone who will be able to use it. I LOVED seeing your plates. What a beautiful collection! I really love plates and have a few myself. Not such an extensive collection as yours, though.
I'm glad you enjoyed the club. Mornings are bad for me, too. I still find it hard to get motivated in the mornings. I wonder if that will get better?
Have a good week.
Love,
Pam xoxox

marainey1 said...

What a nice way to decorate your walls. It is a very nice collection and from the sounds of it has nice memories too!  I know that we all hate to replace our old appliances.  I recently replaced my fridge.  The old one worked too, but out it went.  The kitchen looks nicer with something new in it, but I wonder will the new one last as long as the old one did.  Glad you are better and getting out, but sad for the news of your loss. Take good care !  'On Ya' - ma

sybilsybil45 said...

Lovely to get your updated news. Your plates look good on the wall.  I remember that Mum and I had a rather old cooker befire we left Scotland and gave it to my friends young daughter who was just getting married....it was almost same as your "old faithful" and she used it for years.   Wonder how long the new ones will last.  Love Sybil xx

jaymact1 said...

So glad you are feeling a wee bit more like yourself. Now don't overdo the cooking with you new cooker ha ha. Loved you plates I have just one and its in the cupboard just now you have made me want to fish it out again. LOve Joan.

sylviam4000 said...

Happy cooking. Take care.
Sylviaxx

jckfrstross said...

wow you have lots of plates:) have a good weekend:) so sorry about your BIL such sadness this week

Deb

faircolleen said...


Jan. . so sorry about your brother in law. . may he rest in peace.I recognise the Belling cooker!!I had the same one in 1980 for about ten years until I got a built in cooker and hob.I new every noise and creak on my belling . . knew when Yorkshires were done and it cooked meat lovely.The new one took some getting used to. . .I missed my Belling .Your new one is nice though,double oven too. . plenty of plates too.

nightmaremom said...

awwwwwwww Jan I am so sorry for your loss.  I am sending prayers and good thoughts.   Love ya my friend
hugs
d

mariealicejoan said...

Sorry to hear about your brother in law Jan.  It sounds like he was a real gem.  (((HUGS)))  Love the new cooker!  It looks like a really nice one!  I know how you must feel though, getting rid of old faithful there!  Love the plates too!  I like those types of things.  There is always a story behind each one and they have such sentimental value, or at least they do to me!  Hope you have a lovely weekend!
Marie
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nedmoh said...

Sorry to hear the news of Aubrey,he was always a friendly and genuine man.
Your new cooker looks lovely ,I know what you mean about the old one still working but having to go .How lovely to see the plates again ,bought back some memories , you do have some unusual ones.That was a kind gesture for Jason to buy you the flowers.Hope Aunty Kitty likes her jumper .Your graphics are really nice ,lovely to talk to you on the phone last night .......Love You ........Jeanxxx

egre328 said...

Wow, love your new cooker but have to admit feeling sorry for the old and trusted friend!  Can't believe you had such wonderful plates packed away, they are beautiful and should be on show.  Sorry to hear about your loss, age doesn't make it any easier to bear and he will be sadly missed.  Eileenx

rachealcarol said...

(((Sorry for your sad news Jan))),  I find it very hard to get rid of old faithfulls :) Rache

kategshepherd said...

Wow the cooker you (we) picked certainly does look lovely. Glad you like it. The plates took me back to my childhood when you used to have what seemed like hundreds on the wall. It really made me feel old. I feel really sad about uncle Aubrey and feel like yet another piece of my dad has gone forever. Chin up ah! Love you both to bits. Have a lovely weekend if i don't speak to you. Your rhubard. xxx

plieck30 said...

Sorry about the death but glad to read you are up and around. Take care, Paula

siennastarr said...

Sorry about your loss, Jan.  I'm glad you are continuing to recooperate from your anxiety.  That is a tough one to get through, and thankfully those little pills do help, don't they?

The plates, etc are lovely.  So interesting.  You have quite the collection! :)  Thank you for sharing them with us!

Hugs
jackie

frdbrow7 said...

Lovely plates Jan, I used to collect them, but the last time I took them down to wash, I didn't put them up again and they now reside in a cupboard.  Your 'old faithfull' looks very much like my cooker - as you say, when everything works, it's so hard to cast off, which is why I have never done so, although I often look at new cookers and wonder......
So sorry to hear about your loss, how hard it is to say good bye to a loved one.  Glad to hear that you are seeing the light at the end of your dark tunnel Jan :-)
I did a new blog, but Jean said she didn't get an alert, so I guess they are not going out.  It has been lovely working in the garden these last couple of days, but cold and overcast today :-(
ttfn
Freda

jlocorriere05 said...

The plates are great Jan, and fancy you and Ally being named after a plate! Lol! Thanks for showing them, I love looking at other people's plates, I have a few of my own. I'm sorry about Ben dying. It's so sad to hear that a member of the family has died. Your new cooker looks lovely, I'm sure it'll soon become an old friend like your old one! Glad you're feeling a little better now. Have a good weekend! Jeannette xx  

seraphoflove9001 said...

Sorry about your loss. I really enjoyed looking at your pictures! :o) Thank you for sharing them. :o)
Lisa

kaydeejay5449 said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss.  Very sad, indeed.

Your new stove is beautiful.  I'm sure you will enjoy cooking on it.  Your plate collection is lovely.  I'm sure it's fun to have them up on the wall so you can see them again.  Do they bring back a lot of memories?
Hugs, Kathy

sneezy7125 said...

I'm very late, I'm sorry, but your new stove is very nice.
I love that signature graphic, and the one Donna made. They're both so lovely with the animation.

I hope you're having a Happy Sunday, take care.
Morgan
xxxx
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zoepaul6968 said...

sorry to hear your bad news,this has been a week of sad loss,j-land too with the loss of Penny in Ohio,I hope the cooker finds a home to be loved again xx zoe
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oddb0dkins said...

Sorry to hear your sad news Jan. x
Isn't it strange how someone called Aubrey is called Ben by the family. My father in law was named Albert but everyone new him as John.

As for the cooker, you should have put the old one on Freecycle:
http://www.freecycle.org/

B. x

rdautumnsage said...

Love the new stove. Took me a moment to realize what you where talking about , until I seen the pictures. It would seem Brits call them cookers, we call them stoves or ovens. Love that top graphic from Donna too. Your pictures of your plates are lovely. What a unique collection. (Hugs) Indigo

dwhee70041 said...

Hi Jan,
Thank you for stopping by my journal.  Your journal is lovely.  I am enjoying reading your entries.  I especially like the pictures of the puppy dog.
Smiles,
David

ally123130585918 said...

Jan I am glad you are getting out ~ and getting better ~ hope Aunt Kitty likes the Jumper :o) ~ Sad to hear the news about Bridget's Father ~ he sounded to be a most caring person ~ Love your new cooker ~ hope your old "Faithful" finds a new home somewhere ~ and I love your collection of plates (Wondered where our parents found the name Althea now we know :o)  Donna and Debbie's graphics are lovely ~ Ally x

cayasm said...

Glad to see your much better and getting out and about. So sorry to hear your news about Bridgets father.
looking at your cooker i'm sure mines just as old mine too was bought second hand about 12 yrs ago still going strong but it does need replacing.
take care

Yasmin

wldconnie said...

Just catching up on others journals. Sorry I have been neglecting you as you always visit me. Hope you have found it possible to go to your over 60s cub.You perhaps need people at the moment? It is hard to get up and go sometimes isn't it. keep your chin up! Love Conniexx

llbrown247 said...

I loved the picture of your old faithful and beautiful new one. Enjoy it you deserve the better.
Linda/llbrown247@aol.com

adlessor said...

Hi Jan   Sorry it's been so long since I dropped into say hello.    Time passes quick
Love the new stove, so sleek, and looks like it will be easy to clean.    Dawn

tellsg said...

Another catch up comment.  My sympathies for losing your brother in law, a very sad loss of a kind mind to you and your family.  I think your new cooker looks great and hope you are having lots of fun with it.  Hugs, Tells x

lindachapmanuk said...

I bet that old cooker cooked a few dinners! I love the new one and how lovely to find all those plates again...Linda xx