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PhiliPamInCoventry
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886 of 901  Thu 2nd Jun 2022 9:52am  
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Hi all, on a glorious weather morning. I was tempted to say "happy & glorious", but reflecting on the misery of life for many folk around the globe, maybe stick to the weather, hey! A full year on of my new status in life as a widower, yet I'm joyful. My morning chores completed, as I'm sat at my home front, watching the world go by. Not much, living at the end of a cul-de-sac. Four semis, or eight homes, that each have interaction with each other. That can't be bought! Three of those homes, like mine, widowed. My duty comes into its own today, remember Mr. Walker at school telling mum that I was best at doing rubbish, so today is put out bin day. Tomorrow, all being well is bring bins back in day, hopefully!!!! Full sun on the front of our home, so it's afternoon when I move around to the back & beyond. The views from about halfway, looking in each direction
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PhiliPamInCoventry
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887 of 901  Thu 2nd Jun 2022 10:09am  
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So, Coventry is just the ticket for me. I'm sat at front, no traffic noise, I could listen to a symphony. When Pam was here, & during lockdown, she was often asked to read a portion of Scripture for recording on-line. Days like today, it was recorded from the outdoor snug. No interference whatsoever. Good old Coventry. The views from my Jack & Jill seat. Have a good day all. Happy & glorious. (Hopefully)
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Helen F
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888 of 901  Thu 2nd Jun 2022 10:39am  
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It's looking very glorious Philip Double thumbs up , particularly like your little arbour. Even with a car, driveways can be too much paving and not enough living space. My front gets the sun in the evening and is a nice place to sit when it's cooler. Good neighbours are very important, something the authorities don't understand. I live on a road where people aren't very social but most would leap to help if asked.
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889 of 901  Thu 2nd Jun 2022 11:35am  
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A poignant time for me, one year on. I've learnt so much, getting a balance between duties & pleasure. I'm no slave to my kitchen, but am able to do what's necessary regards good home cooking, eating out or convenience food. Today, boiled egg breaky, with toast & marmalade. All done & dusted before eight thirty. A bought Cornish pasty for dinner today. A very easy day today. I rarely spend more than thirty minutes on food preparation. I did my own slight variation on a chicken tikka masala on Monday, using fresh chicken breast, yoghurt & spices. It was yabadabadoo! Even better when I finished it up on Tuesday. I had a visitor just as I was finishing it off. Sorry, I said, all gone!
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Helen F
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890 of 901  Thu 2nd Jun 2022 12:22pm  
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Pam would be so proud. You never know how you'll cope until you're tested but she knew that you'd be surrounded by friends because you're so generous of your own friendship. I do a lot of meals that take longer to cook but don't actually take much prep. I do bigger batches that then can be reheated for a number of meals and or frozen for another day. I make a soup that I've been unable to resist having for breakfast sometimes. In my defence it has 4 of my 5 a day in just one bowl, 5 if I have a slice of seedy bread with it, but I do feel naughty. Blush
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891 of 901  Sun 12th Jun 2022 8:09pm  
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Hi all, Getting a bit straighter here at home, still loads to get done, but recently came across a photo in a bag of Pam's. I made my Michael a sit & ride on toy which I hope you like. It's obviously from me when you see him sitting on it. The picture is from where my wendy house is now. For the technical amongst us, it's an 0-4-0, with very limited steering. It also doubled as his toy box.
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892 of 901  Thu 23rd Jun 2022 4:47pm  
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A year ago by date, a year by day was yesterday. It's not a lot to show for a lifetime that ended. A bowl of flowers & box of ash.
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Helen F
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893 of 901  Thu 23rd Jun 2022 5:11pm  
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You're so much braver and better than me. I made an effort to not remember the actual dates I lost those I love but I jingle my bells whenever I think of them. I'll give Pam a little peel too, though I expect she got her wings on day one.
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Annewiggy
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894 of 901  Thu 23rd Jun 2022 5:21pm  
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But a lifetime of memories Phil.
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PhiliPamInCoventry
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895 of 901  Thu 23rd Jun 2022 5:46pm  
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Hi Helen, hi all. Pam stood by me through thick & thin, just like most wives do with their hubbies. There is a theme though that goes beyond. Steeped in stats as I was for most of my working life, I was aware that until new stats were published in 2015, wives outlived their hubbies by nearly eight years here in the UK. So I did everything to give me peace of mind that Pam would be ok without me. Home & financially. That was a conscious effort on my part. Pam was never a financial guru, but she made sure that all of our domestic business stuff was all up to date. She was very good at the small print stuff, the online form filling & so on. The groceries too!!!! I do miss her now for that. Pam so loved her NHS work, that she carried on right past her state pension age, sixty for Pam. So she decided to defer receiving her state pension for several years. She knew it would give her an enhanced pension when she did retire. Do you know who receives that now! So not only did she take care of me when she was here on Earth, she's carrying on now. A very substantial addition to my pension. She didn't realise that I inherited her deferred state pension until three months before she passed away. What joy, she shouted here at home.
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PhiliPamInCoventry
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896 of 901  Sat 25th Jun 2022 5:09pm  
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Good afternoon, Dinner is served. Cornish pasty on a bed of veg. Now, I can't pretend that this pasty is anything like the first pasty that I ever had, I was about eight years old, on Polzeath beach, where my aunt, who we were staying with in Tregonetha, she had made eight of these things that I had never heard of before, or that it compares with some of the finest pasties from a Cornish butchers shop, but, four of these pasties in a pack for £2, from Morrison's, delivered to my home in Coventry, is fabulous. 50p each! Polzeath beach live cam
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897 of 901  Mon 27th Jun 2022 3:17pm  
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The street, Sewall Highway, where I grew up. Photo from Rak Jackson, Facebook. Sewall Highway was in two distinct halves. The Bell Green end & the Wyken end. The one time allotments & Blackberry Lane separated the two halves. I lived in the Wyken end, close to the Devon. The picture is also the Wyken end, near to the Ansty Rd (often referred to as the Pippin).
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898 of 901  Mon 27th Jun 2022 5:01pm  
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Hi all, To celebrate old photo day, my stir-try peppers & veg, around well seasoned tuna. It was absolutely spiflicatingly yummy.
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Helen F
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899 of 901  Mon 27th Jun 2022 5:12pm  
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You're scoring very well on the 5 a day Thumbs up
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PhiliPamInCoventry
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900 of 901  Mon 27th Jun 2022 5:16pm  
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Thank you Helen, Your a nice lady, a very nice lady, a very very nice lady. I used a small frying pan. Half boiled the small potatoes & one small carrot. Added them after I had sizzled the peppers, a couple of small tomatoes, then a lid on the frying pan to let it all marinate. I warmed the eating plate, then placed the tuna-mayo in the middle so it slightly warmed the tuna, before I added the stir-fry.
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