Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Helen's been abducted by aliens. ;-)

helen has been out of circulation for a week or two. i think she's having computer probs. so i went to my email inbox to find one i could post that was newsy and entertaining. i'm sure she'll be back soon, but thanks for keeping on reading and posting your comments. i know she loves it.
by way of explanation, helen is castigating me in the email for being weak-willed last year during lent when i folded quickly despite my resolve to give up TV, for my sins. she says that Mary probably did better. (she's probably right, Mary is much more devout than moi). Mary is also a f.o.t.h. and a much better woman than me, gunga din. and Katie, is a f.o.t.h. and had recently been cleaning up 'caca' according to this email. but why? i can't remember to be honest. but it's something that katie would do.
the f.o.t.h.s. (friends of the heart sisterhood) are
Helen--chief foth
yours truly --clippy mat aka pat,
Vee, who lives and works in Saudi Arabia
Katie who retired from living and working in S.Arabia and now lives with her hubby in a charming village in Lancashire.
Mary, who lives in the N.East not far from Helen
Syd aka Carolyn who also lives in the NE and is a deputy headmistress of a local hard knock school.
and to refresh your memory, we all went to college together way back in the day and have remained friends since.

Dearest f.o.t.h.s.

Clippy, I've just read your latest bit o blog - it answers many questions I was about to ask you- Atonement I haven't seen the film yet but I almost threw the book out of the bedroom window. I much prefer fast-paced quick-witted & lively writing (have you read any Wendy Holden's chiclit stuff Azur like it (Cannes anything be this Nice) Pastures Nouveax http://www.chicklit.co.uk/authors_wendyholden.asp very English style of writing of the moment!
Yep I'm with you, give me a Roddy Doyle, Frank McCourt or Bill Bryson any day although the Wendy Holdens do make me smile & oftimes chuckle at her clever phrases and use of Franglais.

Have to admit I'm shocked and appalled at your Lenten debacle!! Where's yer backbone woman! Its lovely to know that despite the thousands of miles atween us you're sat sitting there watching the same tv crap as me!! I loved Glen Close in Damages too. Best thing that's been on here in ages, I'm thoroughly sick of all these talentless 'Search for a Star' progs & the crappy 'celebrity' reality shows that are the mainstay of British TV just now 'Celebrity Strictly dancing / 'Celebrity' Big Brother 'Celebrity' Dancing on ice all with minor Z-list celebs & wannabees BRING BACK TENKO!!

Happy reading! Bet Mary's done better for Lent!!!

Katie Kaka cleaner upper: hope that situation has dried up now.

That's all I can do folks as am mucho tired:- had physio this a.m. then hair wash n blow dry (by sis) & at-home massage courtesy of Loraine the Alternative Therapy nurse. So busy- pamper day for me. thought of you all working so hard. tee hee

Love ewes,

Thursday, January 1, 2009


Here's Helen's round up of Christmas Day in her recent email to the f.o.t.h.s
:-) Clippy Mat

Hi Y'all

We have had the best of days and I hope you've had as good a time as we have.
We've enjoyed such a marvellous olde time Christmas at Mams, just lots of family, lots of food and loads of laughs. There were sackfuls of small & fairly inexpensive but well-thought out gifts (we'd all agreed to this in advance).
Claire called from the US and we all got the chance to chat to her and Odele, which made Mam's day.
Because Mam had a fall recently and has a cast on her left arm, my brother and Jonathon got together and worked out a plan of campaign - they did all the food shopping, preparation and cooking. The result was one of the most delicious Christmas lunches I have ever had - Beautifully cooked Turkey crown & loin of pork, sprouts, cabbage, spuds boiled & roast, swede & carrots, stuffing, apple sauce, yorkshire puds, gravy, the absolute works, bless them!
Mam said it was the best gift they could have given her, so big fat tums & smiles all round.
I'm glad that John and I left our gifts to each other at home unopened - something to look forward to when we got back home. Bertie went mad with the wrapping paper (John put it all in an empty box but he jumped in among it and snuffled about for ages and is sitting at my feet now with his new squeaky toy hammer between his paws looking very chuffed, (we aren't allowed to touch it yet).

I'm off to bed now still stuffed & completely whacked!!

Yuletide love n hugs to all, Helenxxxxx