I am in touch with a very helpful person regarding my blog and she is trying her best to resolve the problem. I had suggested to my computer guru that I close down this blog and open a completely new one but he suggests I continue to try for a while at least. So I shall. I’m really sorry I can’t add photos at the moment, but I could tell you about what I’ve been doing and books I’ve bought, but I would far rather save these things until I can show you as well as tell you.
However, I would say that summer has returned to Torbay. Today I had an appointment in Babbacombe, one of the pretty areas of the Bay, and as my brother in law also needed to go to Torquay, we collected him en route and took him with us, and then the three of us had coffee at the Babbacombe Bay Hotel’s Café which I’ve shown previously on a blog post.
It was a glorious day, forget-me-not blue sky, the occasional cotton-wool cloud, a clear view across Lyme Bay as far as Portland Bill in Dorset, and at the café, a riot of colour from the flowers. I felt I wanted to feast on the colour as much as on the cheese scone I ordered. And then, once home and investigating the post that had arrived, I saw that the first of the autumn blub catalogues had arrived – and we’re not even into August yet! I’m sorry to say I don’t want to look at bulb catalogues on a hot summer’s day.
As it was so lovely we decided to give simply enjoy just being in the garden, not even dead-heading the cosmos. We bought baguettes on the way home, and we had those with locally produced Cheddar cheese and Devon chutney (an apricot chutney) and I opened a bottle of Katy Cider (i.e. cider produced from the Katy apple, which is a very pale, rather sweet cider and quite delicious on a hot day.) I also bought a couple of Danish pastries and we munched on those as well, a lovely little (and affordable) treat.
Then two more appointments late this afternoon. The first was a gentleman from a carpet and flooring company. We need new vinyl flooring in our upstairs bathroom so he came to measure up and we quickly chose the flooring we wanted as we’d been in his shop at the weekend and saw some that we liked – he brought the pattern book so we could put the chosen style (a plain, stone-coloured vinyl) against the bathroom suite (which is champagne colour) and we agreed a price.
Then an hour later another gentleman called to quote for professionally cleaning our hall, stairs and landing carpet, and we were delighted as his price was much the same as if we had hired a rug cleaner and the fluid from the local supermarket and done the job ourselves. We thought the convenience of a professional cleaner would come at a higher price than doing it ourselves, but no, it does not.) So we were very pleased; new flooring at a very reasonable price, and our carpets to be cleaned, also at a very reasonable price.
And now, it’s well past midnight here, it’s actually Wednesday morning 25th July, so I will say goodnight and hope that service will be resumed as soon as possible.
Until next time.