Jim left at 4am to drive to Rosslaire and catch the ferry to the UK. He'll be there just over a week, so I'm all alone, with only 3 Magnums and I bar of chocolate to last the week. That's not going to work, is it?
It's been a beautiful sunny day but I've been rather tired, having stayed up until 4am to see Jim off, then I didn't go to bed until 5am! Still, this afternoon I did get some gardening done. I was sticky bob and ivy clearing from this patch:
You can't really see the ivy but it's a thick mat on the top of the bank, with sticky bob interwoven between. I did manage to finish it but it was too dark to photograph.
I tried to take a Rachel type panorama but it didn't quite work. I'll have another go tomorrow and see if I can do better.
It's my sister's birthday on May 7th so I made her a card, an ATC and sent her some stamps, as she has always been a collector. She lives in Australia, in a little place called Bungendore, outside Canberra. I also sent a serviette which has her name on it. My Great Uncle D'Arcy bought my parents a set which has a table cloth with the letter 'B' on it (for Barker) and then a serviette in 5 different colours with each of our names on one of them. I ended up with them all, but thought Trudi might like hers now. I am going to send my brother his too. I will then have 'Kitty, Reg and Gina'. Here is the present before wrapping:
There is a bit of glare from the flash. The card I made has material in the centre with flowers embroidered on it. It says 'Happy Birthday' underneath but you can't really read it. The ATC is on the right. You'll have to click on the photo to see the ATC properly. I think she'll be pleased.
I do get worried about Buster. Today he went off on his own at 1pm and didn't return until 10.45 tonight. Goodness alone knows where he goes. Sometimes he plays with Millie down the road but I walked down several times and he wasn't there. He's exhausted now of course. I suppose if he were causing any problems we'd get to hear about it. Look at this picture of innocence:
It's only 4 weeks until my elder son and daughter in laws' 2nd baby is born. We know it's a girl and will be called Kitty, after my mother. Kitty Green, it's a great name I think. The time seems to have flown by, but probably not for Sam! She says she's huge and ready to deliver now. I am going over for Jack's 4th birthday which is on 14th May. I can't wait, it seems ages since I saw him.
I knew that a friend of mine in the UK had cancer, but apparently it has spread from his bowel to his lungs and liver. He is having some aggressive chemo and is so positive it makes you ashamed to moan about anything. When I played Cathy in a play of Wuthering Heights, Phil played my son (after Cathy's death). He has turned into an amazing talent and I think his greatest role was playing Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar. I can't tell you how sad I feel for him and how unfair and undiscriminating cancer seems to be. It has played on my mind today. If you believe in a God, please say a little prayer for Phil Birkett (aka Bucket or Pip).
Bucket, as he is now
Bucket playing the role of Jesus in 2004
That's all for tonight. I'm off to bed soon. I'll have another go at that panorama tomorrow.