Sunday Sevens – June 4th

I’ve set a heart as my featured image this week to send love toย those who’ve lost loved ones, and those injured, and their families in both Manchester and London. I also send love to all victims of violence, and to send love and thanks to all the brave and wonderful people who work for our emergency services.

Whilst I’m staggered by events close to home, in the spirit of keeping calm and carrying on, I’m joining in, as I always do, with Sunday Sevens, which was started by Nathalie at Threads and Bobbins.

This week saw the start of the Moor Otters Trail. This is a public art initiative created to raise funds of Dartmoor National Park. I’ve spotted two otters this week:

Bud in Simmons Park in Okehampon…


… and Dobhar- chU at Lydford Gorge…


If I spot twenty otters I can claim my otter spotters badge!

Something else that’s just started is the Sunday train service from Okehampton the Exeter. It only runs in the summer, so if you miss the last train on Sunday, you have to wait a whole week for the next…


At book group on Thursday we discussed The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. There was pretty much a 50/50 split for those who did/didn’t like it. The reasons for liking/disliking were many and varied.


Friday night we went out for a curry…


Saturday was the first in the month, so this saw me again at Lydford produce Morning…


Saturday afternoon/evening we had a wonderful time at a friends’ party.

Yes, I am drinking wine from a teacup .

Mr Hicks wasn’t feeling too lively so he stayed at home. But don’t worry he still knows how to have party…

He came in from the garden looking like this on Friday morning…


And there’s been a lot of paddling in the warm weather…


Hope you’ve had a great week.




32 thoughts on “Sunday Sevens – June 4th

  1. I think you’re right to keep calm and carry on. Scarily close to home for me as my daughter goes through London Bridge to work every day but what else can we do but continue to live as we choose to do in defiance of those who hate us and our way of life and want to impose their extreme views on us.
    What did you think of the book with the long, strange title?

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    1. Scarily close to me too – littlest only moved from living a couple of train stops away from London Bridge a couple of months ago and we often ate in the borough market area of an evening with her. When the reports came through last night I was concerned she might be there meeting up with friends- releaved when she wasn’t but still everyone there was someone’s daughter or son.
      As for book although I thought it far too light and suffering the Holywood treatment, I liked that it was easy to read and probably brought some of the horrors of the 2nd world war to people who wouldn’t have chosen to read about them. Which reflects back to last nights events underlining how we all need to remember how important it is to to stand up for everyone’s right to respect and freedom. Plus the book reminded me of my Dad’s involvement in WWII and how angry he was that we – society- swept what it had taught us under there carpet so quickly ๐Ÿ˜ฆ So I guess the message coming to me loud and clear this week is stand up for our right to be ourselves and for freedom ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Well said. Sounds like our emergency services did an amazing job, as did so many brave people helping in whatever way they could in Manchester & London. We have to carry on & not let the bad few control us. I have also been thinking about how to write my Sunday Sevens this evening. Makes me appreciate the little things even more

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    1. They certainly were. I’m always in awe of them, but even more so last night.

      I felt I didn’t want to post my Sunday Sevens, but decided not to do so would be to given to those who would take away our freedom.

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  3. We can’t give in. Just done mine but mixed feelings as well.
    1st I knew about it was when my daughter rang at 11pm to check I was ok. She knew we were driving up as Mr B has meetings in London

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    1. I did enjoy the book – although I was disappointed with the way it ended up feeling good to me like a ‘romantic comedy’ and felt the dark and light oddly mixed.
      I think the world has always been this way, but we never learn to be kinder to each other ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


  4. Mr Hicks looks a little concerned about his possible reception after his morning ablutions ๐Ÿ™‚
    And is it true that wine tastes not so great out of a tea cup? I haven’t tried it that way yet. Perhaps if it is a fine bone china teacup it might be okay?

    I read that book about 8 or 9 years ago and although my memory may be a little sketchy, I remember that I loved it, except for the ending. Which was, I believe, written by the author’s daughter after her death. I loved the way the book was written from a ‘this is life’ perspective, getting on with what is presented, what is and somehow making the best of it wherever possible with the insane things kind of happening on the periphery – a bit like the world today! For instance, I don’t yet know what happened in London, it will filter through as the day progresses I guess and I go about my life.

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    1. Mr Hicks just didn’t want his photo taking! The wine was from fine bone China and tasted great! I was highly recommending it to everyone. From what I’ve read the book was totally redrafted by the niece because her aunt was so unwell. I agree it was the end that let it down but, as I said before I felt the mix of light and dark oddly presented even though I enjoyed it. Apparently the first draft was really Elizabeth’s story and nothing like the final book.

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  5. Still not keeping calm here and carrying on to whoever will listen.” We will not be cowed”!
    It was ghastly on Saturday night, my youngest son had gone to London to the theatre and out for a meal afterwards. So grateful when I got his reassuring text the next day and so sad for those who didn’t get their text. Just seen the news report from the Manchester concert. I love the film of the Policeman dancing with concert goers. Enough.
    Hope the stall went well. Looking foward to the Lion kit!!
    Is that a very nice jumper I see you sporting? The curry looks as if it was very tasty. Mr Hicks, what can I say, still Top of my Pops.
    Have a great week.

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    1. Thank you. Glad your son was okay. I was very out of sorts yesterday knowing how easily my youngest could have been there if she hadn’t moved a few months ago.
      Ha ha! A Dartmoor Lion kit. Maybe I need to start some new rumours.
      Thank you, yes I did design and make the sweater. Mr Hicks send love and snuggles and wishes you a great week too xxx


  6. Another hard week. I just heard about London this morning because we have a new rule. No news on the weekends. We need the break from the noisy trumpet. So grateful that your family is fine, and so sad for those whose families are not. I enjoyed the book, BTW, years ago, but you are right about the ending, it felt a little off. But light and dark is what we have in this world. It apparently doesn’t always balance.

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    1. It’s a good rule. We do quite often miss the news at the weekend and even in the week if we’re out in the evening. You’re right it’s good to have a break from it, although my phone now tells me of ‘breaking news’ and I’m not sure I want to switch that off as it is good to find out when big things go off. You’re right, we do have light and dark and not in balanced amounts. I guess for me the imbalance was more that it felt like two genres poorly mixed together. so the lighter parts didn’t sit well with the darker parts.

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      1. I do hope if there was breaking news that we should hear, we would hear about it anyway, but I agree, you might want to keep your phone on that setting. What I find the hardest right now is that there is no more gray. No compromise, only bright light and ebony dark. And without gray, we can’t move forward.

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  7. Thanks for a great post. My heart also goes out to all affected by the violence.
    Great work at otter spotting, that will be a lovely summer activity. ๐Ÿ™‚ These 2 are super cute.
    Enjoy the rest of the week and take care.

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