Friday, August 03, 2007

WHERE HAVE I BEEN?

Hello everyone, yes, I’m back! I guess most of you must have thought I’d disappeared from the face of the earth. Well no, just having a very frustrating time battling with computer problems, its a long story which I won’t bore you with, be it enough to say that after many calls to various Technical Support people, replacing my modem with a new router system and moving my computer so it connects directly into the main box line, all is working. However, this has meant me moving my equipment from the office, to a small table in the conservatory because there is a fault on the telephone line that goes around into the office. I hope to get it rectified soon, as the present conditions are very cramped, nevertheless, I count my blessings and I am so thankful that I can at last be on-line again.

I have missed you all so much and needless to say, I have a lot of catching up to do as its about a month since I’ve been able to use my computer successfully. I would like to thank all of you who have sent e-mails asking if I am OK and I do apologise for them going unanswered. I will catch up in due course, however, that will probably be sometime after the 20 August as we have guests staying until that date and its going to be a busy time at home. Of course I’ll not be able to resist checking my mail box, so I’d love to hear from anyone who hasn’t completely given up on me.


I sincerely hope all my blogging friends are well and enjoying the summer, I hope too that you have enjoyed better weather conditions than those experienced in most parts of the UK. Fortunately Wales hasn’t suffered anywhere near as much as my home county of Gloucestershire where there has been dreadful flooding forcing many people to abandon their homes. Water has only just been connected to most of the folk in Gloucestershire, however, it is of such an appalling quality it is only suitable for flushing the loo. I’ve been told by family back there that it smells nasty and is a disgusting yellow colour, so they continue to rely on bottled water. This awful ordeal has made everyone appreciate the simple task of turning on the tap to obtain clean water, something in this day and age we do tend to take for granted.

The the rain has made the garden grow at an incredible rate but at the same time prevented us from keeping it under control. However, the last few days have been glorious and the sound of lawn mowers and stimmers can be heard from most gardens in the village. I too must get out there and embark on a major tidy up before our guests arrive.

A few pictures showing my green but very wet garden and the raging little river that normally runs like a gentle brook at this time of year.

Have a good weekend everyone.



25 comments:

Betty said...

Welcome back dear friend Marion....
you've been missed not only by me but by everyone.

My thoughts and prayers have been with the people of the UK and know it has been a trying time for them.

Yes, we do take so many things for granted....like clean water...

Great picture.....Blessings, Betty

Samantha said...

Welcome back, Marion!

I'm glad to hear you haven't been hit by the floods. It looks wonderful in your garden!

Dawn said...

Good to see you are back...glad the PC issues are rectified...

Jacran Cottage said...

Glad to see you back on-line. Glad, also, to hear that you've escaped the awful flooding. For the entire 4 weeks I was in the UK it rained and rained and rained!! I can't imagine what those poor people in the flood ravaged areas must be going through.

Fortunately for us, the rain did stop for our wedding and picture taking but started again just as we went inside for lunch!

It's a FLIP-FLOP World said...

Yes Welcome BAck marion!! I knew through Betty that you were having computer problems so I was not worried. I am so glad that she knew so that I did not have to worry about your health!! Boy you are having a lot of rain..look at that raging water you have there. It is raining here today all day!! We have had a lot of rain too. I myself love it but I know sometimes it can be too much. My flowers are adoring it!! I hope all is well with you!! Computers can have so many problems. I hope yours get all fixed up soon..Sandy

Alice said...

Oh Marion, I'm so pleased that you are well and not washed out to sea or anything like that. Yes, the floods looked absolutely dreadful, and the fact that potable water is still in short supply must be just awful. I've been told that flood is more devastating than fire. At least with a fire it burns and is gone, but a flood just destroys everything with mud, etc. The power of the water, too, can cause so much damage. I think of all those beautiful gardens that must have suffered so much, too.

Don't work too hard on that garden - you need to be fresh enough to enjoy your visitors.

Have a lovely weekend, Marion.

Alice said...

I just had another look at your photos, Marion. That raging little river reminded me of the Erme, which flows through Ivybridge in Devon. If we'd had a night of heavy rain I would rush down to the bridge in the main street in the morning just to watch the water thundering by. The more ferocious it was, the better I liked it - so long as it wasn't doing any damage.

Barbara said...

I'm glad too that you are fine and your long break was due to PC problems and not to all the terrible flooding we heard of and saw on TV. I'm looking forward to reading again your posts!
Have a wonderful time with your guests!
Greetings from Switzerland! Barbara

Susie said...

Glad to see you posting again Marion!
You're looking wonderful!
Sorry to hear about all the bothersome computer problems. Hope they'll be solved in short order.
Enjoy your company!!
xo

Barbara said...

Glad yu are back on line Marion. I guess yu got my E-mail when yu reconnected. Your garden as lovely as ever and I will look forward to you being back after 20th. I am away at present but have the use of my friends computer. I will not post till Iget home but can't resist reading everyone else's. Love and blesings.

Kathleen Marie said...

I think most people have thought I have dropped of the edge of the world as well but I have been working at our camp/retreat center and summer is our busy season. The photos are gorgeous and I am so happy your computer problems are being solved. That is wonderful.

God Bless!

Barbara said...

Marion I have tagged you on my blog. Do come see when you have the time. No hurry. Hope you can play.

Hillside Garden said...

Marion, welcome back! Your river looks dangerous!
We have a lot of rain here, only three days sun in the last weeks, so bad.

Sigrun

Connie said...

Dear Marion,
You look so wonderful in your picture. Hope you are feeling well.
Please stop by and sign up for my giveaway on Friday.

Hugs,
Connie

Catherine said...

Welcome back!! This is my first visit to your blog....Looks like you live in a beautiful place...your garden, and flowers and photos are gorgeous!!..I have been wanting to grow a hop vine..now I'm growing one for sure...just beautiful!! I have enjoyed my visit..and will visit again soon!!

Michael Manning said...

WELCOME BACK! Love the garden!!! Very serene!

Barbara said...

Missing you and sending love and blessings.

Kerri said...

How lovely to see you Marion! Beautiful photo..you look terrific! So sorry you've been having computer problems but glad to hear they're solved. I hope you've had some much-needed dry weather and sunshine these past couple of weeks with your company there.
Your garden is looking wonderful in the photo. what a pretty patio you have.
Goodness, the little river certainly is raging in those photos! So sorry to hear about the awful flooding in Gloucestershire. What a terrible ordeal they've had.
I'll look forward to seeing you back online very soon!
xoxo

Val said...

Nice photo portrait! And welcome back - Ive had a quiet blogging time too, due to my eldest daughter's wedding. A lovely busy lead in time full of tasks and things to do, rewarded by a fairytale weekend with clear blue skies! The last of the visitors have gone, and I can have the indulgence of feeling tired! No floods here in Dorset either , thank goodness.

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Welcome back Marion, computer problems and floods, dreadful stuff. You and your photos looks brilliant. Nice to have you back on track.

Wild Rose said...

Welcome back Marion. I can't believe that you posted this almost three weeks ago and I am only just reading it! I seem to have been so busy that I have had trouble keeping up with reading blogs.

Marie x

primrozie said...

It was good to hear from you again Marion. Please come by and visit when you can. I'm happy to see your garden wasn't damaged by rough weather!

primrozie said...

Marion ~ I nominated you for the Nice Matters Award :)

Kathleen Marie said...

You seem to have disappeared again. I hope you are alright. God Bless!

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