Friday, 3 August 2012

Hello Friends,  at long last I am sitting down to try and get my blog done.  I have actually started umpteen times but got interrupted and as I didn't get back I started fingers crossed all will be quiet this evening.   Thank you first of all for mostly being better than me and writing such interesting blogs, that I do manage to read !! what with my blog friends and facebook not to mention Masy no wonder my days seem t pass much to quickly.    Mary did indeed return from her annual holiday to Edinburgh mid July, she had had a nice time visiting lots of friends despite the almost continual rain The day she returned the weather was nice in Edinburgh...on arriving at Bristol guess what  Rain torrential rain, in fact I don't think I have ever driven over and back from the airport in such bad weather.  We certainly have not had a good far....we keep saying that perhaps we will have an Indian summer !!!  It has not been really cold at least not for us here I suppose with the exception of a few hot days the temp has been in the mid 60s most days...when it doed rise to 70s we all almost faint with the heat LOL...     Mary was delighted to see how much Masy had grown and although she still gets a bit concerned that she (Mary) can't move quick enough to catch her when she is up to something !!   Our lives seem to revolve round  "DOG" she is such a lovely wee thing I had forgotten how much time a puppy takes up.  She has now had all her jabs and so can go out into the wide world and meet people and other dogs.  The vet organises "a puppy party" to get the puppies socialised. The first one Masy went to she was barely 11 weeks and so tiny, everyone laughed when they saw her ! and she certainly did not like the other boisterous pups...and quickly tried to hide behind Peter or me !! then last Wed. we went again...well she was like a different dog. She is much bigger and only wanted to play with all the pups there of all sizes and there were one or two who were not at all sure of her  !! next step will be puppy training and perhaps we will start that next week.   Last Saturday we had a lovely afternoon out. There is a nursing home nearby in the hamlet of Shockerwick and they have an annual Dog show and Fete
we had never been before but thought it would be a good first outing for Masy..It was, it was much bigger than I had imagined but once Masy gt used to the crowds she was ever so good. especially as everyone wanted to hold her and indeed run away with her  LOL    Other than our day out to the Dog Show we really have not been going very far. I am still TRYING to house train her !!!!  there was me hoping that a couple of weeks we would have  it cracked...I get really quite tired jumping up and down grabbing her and making her go outside, Mary gets a bit cross but I know it is because she feels sorry she can't jump up and down as quickly as me.   I am very thankful that a neighbour Lynne has offered to take Masy out for walks. She started about 2 weeks ago and took to the lead with no trouble at all. Lynne's dog died just about a week after my wee Dee so Masy is helping her as she says...Yesterday she was away for over 3/4 hour and when she got back she was still full of energy....wish she could infect me with some of it  LOL
I have had a few church meetings this last month and something very wonderful has happened that is a real answer to prayers.  We have been given a very very good anonymous donation that will enable us as a church to employ part time aprox 25 hours a week for 3 years a church worker...we have still to give him/her a title We envisage that he/she will be able to visit a lot in the village and also all the organisations that use our church premises and find out just what is needed to enable us to grow.  At the moment our minster who is wonderful just has not got the time to do much pastoral visiting etc.  we share her with 5 other churches...
Anyway it will take us a few months to get everything into motion but hope that by January everything will be in place for us to take the leap into the unknown future... I still can hardly believe it is all happening...
I hope that you have all been able to look in on the Olympic games from London. Mary is nt into the games very much but I love most of them so I have to share stations with her, but once she goes home after 6pm I can enjoy all evening.  There have been some great competitions and wonderful gold silver and bronze awards...At the moment I am half watching the start of the pentathlon.
Well friends...if I have any still out there !!  I leave you as always with God Bless    and


  1. How lovely to get an update on Masy, she sounds as though she is enjoying life ,Lucky little dog Jan xx

  2. Hi Sybil - I haven't been writing much either. So busy, and most of the stuff I've been doing seems so uninteresting to write about. We have a new puppy too and he is a little pill. Of course he is a farm dog, but forgets and wants to visit and bark with all the walkers and bikers that go past our farm. Once he starts barking, there is no way to get his attention -- very irritating! We are also enjoying the Olympics, and the scenery of London! I know I'm missing a lot - but have seen most of the gymnastics and swimming events that is on. Good luck finding the right person for the church job. Have a great weekend. Jo in Minnesota USA

  3. So good to see a post from you. The picture of you and Masy is wonderful. She must bring a lot of JOY to your days. It's nice to that you have friends and a neighbor to share her with. Your church was blessed for sure having had that donation. It will take a lot of burden off your pastor. We are blessed to have our pastor full time, but there are many that don't. He always seems to have his hands quite full but we do have a bunch of wonderful volunteers always helping out. Your cool weather and all the rain is the complete opposite of our very hot weather and drought here. It's been a summer more indoors than out simply because of the heat here.

  4. Dear Sybil, lovely to hear from you. I've been away from blogging for a bit myself. Work has kept me very busy but I plan to write again soon. I love the picture of you and Masy.

    I've also been watching the Olympics. My favorite events are gymnastics and swimming. Such magnificent athletes!

  5. Such a wonderful post from you Sybil, I do enjoy them so! Hasn't it been a horrible summer, but there have been little pockets of sunshine so mustn't complain, and like you I am hoping on an Indian Summer! (the sun is shining today, but I fear not for long!) Puppies are wonderful breaths of energy in a home. We do love our Mitzie and your Masy seems just as delightful. I LOVE that pic of you and her in your header. Both look filled with joy and love!! Happy Days. A lot of work yes, but well worth the effort. Payment, sloppy kisses and undying loyalty. It can't be beat! Welcome home to Mary. Have not been watching much of the Olympics so far . . . but have been very happy with all of the wins thus far! Go Team Britain!! Love and hugs to you THREE! xxoo

  6. great post,thanks for love mort xx

  7. Dear Sybil,
    I am all excited because it sounds like in the comment you made on my blog like you are coming Vegas which is only 235 miles from me. When are you coming? Will you also come to So. California? Could you spend some time with me. You are welcome to stay with us. We have 2 spare bedrooms. I would so love to meet you. Please let me know. I so hope that we can get together.

    Your puppy is so cute. I'm glad that you are enjoying her. Hugs, Lura