Saturday, October 05, 2019

Newcastle 1

This is the hotel where we had the most fantastic roast beef meal, mid afternoon with about 20 of R's family. It was great.


R's sister's neighbour's gladdies. Brexit supporter, no doubt.


A neighbour's tied up gladiolus.


I moved the outdoor table and chairs to this paved area from another. It was great watching the bees buzzing around the lavender. It has been flattened by recent rain.


K's other neighbour is from South Africa and is a local nurse. She has an interesting garden, full of produce.


Given this post is short, I will add these photos. As I mentioned, R's sister's bathroom was rather small but well set up for those with disabilities, as long as they did not need a wheelchair as the space was very small. These taps are so easy to use for anyone, with a beautiful smooth and light action. Of course mixing hot and cold water in a single tap was not the way things were done in England. I think the English are past that now, I think.


A hangover from times past, no power points or wall light switches lest you touch them with wet hands and get zapped. Remembering light switches and power switches at my childhood farmhouse, there was a chance of being zapped but not with modern switches. One cord is for the light and the other to switch on the controls in the next photo. I had to use my electric razor while sitting on our bed and looking at a wardrobe mirror.


The photo is quite self explanatory, as I go on to explain it. You press Start and it starts. You can adjust the flow from high to low. Why would you want low? Actually, the pressure wasn't bad at all. The temperature is adjustable. I used to turn it up from five to six. I prefer my showers on the hot side. The problem was the sagging shower head. You would put it in your preferred position and over thirty seconds it would sag. If it was my shower, I would have had to do something about it.

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  1. Low pressure in a shower? I can't imagine that setting getting much use.
    The lavender flattened by rain amazed me (and turned my eyes a bit green). It is a very, very long time since we have had rain like that.

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    1. EC, R's sister had allowed the lavender to become too leggy. I told her how to cut it back in winter.

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  2. They are quite progressive compared to my Aunties in East Sussex. I visited way back when, and they had no shower. just a big tub. How does one wash their hair? Got the job done, but it was not easy.
    Also Aunties had no heat on the upper level where the bedrooms were. I dressed quickly to get down to the heated first floor!
    Their garden was lovely. So much nicer than most here.

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    1. Maribeth, like we did as kids, pouring saucepans of bath water over our heads. Visiting my grandparents with their separate shower was luxury.

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  3. I would kill for a good roast beef dinner with all the trimmings. Might have to do one.
    But Canadian Thanksgiving is coming so I will do a turkey dinner next weekend.

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    1. Jackie, I didn't know Canada did Thanksgiving too. It is something are entirely ignorant about.

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  4. A long time since I had a really good roast dinner but I'm more a roast lamb person.
    I use the low pressure in the shower to get the hot water working as it sometimes take a bit.
    Merle.........

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    1. Merle, you need better plumbing......not personally. You have an oven. Buy a a half leg of lamb.

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  5. It one gribe about my home my bathroom is on the small size.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Dora, awkward when you get older.

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  6. I'd be fixing a sagging shower head too. I prefer my showers hot too, it helps to ease aching muscles. I haven't had roast beef in months, just can't be bothered with the cooking part. If only I could snap my fingers and have a roast beef dinner magically in front of me.

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    1. River, you can, apparently, with Uber, Deliveroo, Menulog...the list is endless.

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    2. Yeah, I've seen video footage on TV news of various drivers helping themselves along the way. NO thank you.

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  7. Sagging shower heads are a universal problem, why they cannot produce a simple tightening system, I just don't know!

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    1. Cro, I so agree, and wouldn't it be nice if we humans had a simple tightening system for things that sag.

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    2. Speak for yourself. I'm as svelt as a 12 year old!

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  8. Why is the poor gladdy a symbol of Brexit? I hope not because frumpy flowers have made a comeback as Brits embraced traditional English country garden revival. Gladioli aren't even frumpy :(

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    1. Hels, note the Union Jacks in the photo. Having met the bloke, I expect he is a Brexit and UKIP supporter.

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  9. Totally love the smell of lavender so much, and have often picked it up as an essential oil. I like the nurse's yards all filled with goodies. Great way to save cash by growing your own stuff. Hugs, RO

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    1. It is a nice smell RO. I think the main reason the nurse has a garden is to grow things that she can't buy there.

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  10. I see you are still fantasizing about that roast beef Andrew 😊 Yes it's amazing how people get used to faulty facilities until they become the norm .

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    1. Grace, while nothing comes to mind, you are right about faulty facilities.

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  11. Time for a little updating in the bath.

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    1. I think so Travel, but it a rented government property.

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