Sunday, 2 August 2015

a squash and a squeeze

Portscatho, Cornwall

Last night when we got home from our holiday, I had a bit of a squash and a squeeze moment. Our house seems so very big after two weeks in a caravan and a full day in the car! It is nice to be able to bend down to pick up something from the floor without bumping into the wall.

We had a long lie-in this morning and plan to take it slowly today. Richard emptied the trailer, I sorted through the washing and put the first load on. The kids have re acquainted themselves with their bedrooms, toys and gadgets. My socialite girl is already out with friends. The dog has chased the cats through the house and reclaimed the garden as his own. All is back to normal. 

Thanks for stopping by and reading my scheduled posts during the last two weeks. I missed this space, my space for reflection and memories. I have dipped in and out using my phone, when there was a signal. I am looking forward to catching up with your lives, and I am looking forward to telling you all about our holiday in Cornwall. I have so many photos I would like to show you, I don't know where to start. Bear with me. Cxx

P.S. Just a quick word about manners: I don't expect anyone to love what I write and and show in this space. I love to read your comments and enjoy your input. I don't however enjoy poor manners. Dear Anonymous, I wish someone had explained to you the difference between being kindly critical and rudely critical. 'After all the fawning comments I'll be the honest one - yes the colours are too crazy.  Not a good look.' (on my psychedelic dress). I consider this unnecessarily harsh, don't you? Don't you have anything better to do with your life than leaving unkind anonymous comments? 

26 comments:

  1. As my Mother use to say, If you can't say something nice don't say anything at all. Good manners cost nothing.
    I thought your dress was great! I admire how well you sew.
    Looking forward to hearing about your vacation in Cornwall.

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    1. Exactly what I was just about to say Mac 'n Janet!

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  2. Amazed and dismayed to hear you have had an unkind remark made Christina. Anon is more to be pitied than scorned as my mum would say. Probably the sort of person who shouts at waiting staff in restaurants too. I thought your dress was fab, I love bright colours. Glad to hear you had a good holiday, looking forward to hearing more about it X

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  3. I love the post-holiday haze! Looking forward to seeing more of your trip, it sounds like quite the adventure :) I also loved the dress, and can't believe someone commented in such a mean and cowardly manner. Enjoy being home again, it's always nice to go away and always nice to go home :) x

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  4. One of the great things about a holiday is coming home and appreciating it a bit more than you did before you went away. Especially the part where you get to sleep in your own bed! I'm sorry someone left such a rude comment. I had actually meant to post a comment on your last post saying how much I loved the dress, then got caught up with the birth of a new grandchild and didn't get to it.

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  5. Manners are indeed important and I believe that reader to be absolutely horrible in her manners, and actually quite wrong. The dress is fantastic, wear it with pride. So glad you had a great time on your trip.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  6. We love squash and squeeze, the book not trying to live it out......

    Cornwall my that must have been quite a journey not braved it yet with children.....but would love to one day :)

    I agree with Mac N Janet if you can't say something nice don't say anything at all, oh and you can choose not to allow anonymous commenters, I have seen them make rude comments on other blogs so I decided to block them.

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  7. Hi Christina, I missed the post about your dress somehow, and I love it (the dress). I would make one like that and in those colours but I haven't stitched that type of fabric. You shouldn't listen to one negative comment when you have so many positives! I love that dress! Sorry I hadn't commented on your Scottish tour either, and that was great to see as I have never been there. Looking forward to hearing about your holiday. Have a great week. Barbara xx

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  8. Hey Christina,
    Anonymous visited me too!
    One of the great things about being on holiday, is coming home. Or is that just me? I look forward to reading all about your Cornish adventures.
    Leanne xx

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  9. I'm glad you had such a nice vacation and I look forward to reading more about it. I didn't see your anonymous comment, but it certainly wasn't very nice of that person. I thought your dress was great!

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  10. Such a shame that unkind comments were made, I am a great believer in if you have nothing nice to say don't say anything. Looking forward to hearing all about your holiday, its a place I have not had the pleasure to visit.

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  11. I love that story - a squash and a squeeze. We have just left my Aunties caravan and I expect they are having the same feeling. Happy holidays - and washing no doubt. Jo x

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  12. Your beautiful dress catapulted me back nearly 50 years when I used to wear very similar patterns in the late sixties. I made them myself and they were slways unique because I sometimes just did a bit of invention to eke out the material! Looking forward to hearing about Cornwall-we did not make it there as planned due to car problems-c'est la vie! Catriona

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  13. A very unpleasant and unnecessary comment, how sad that people act this way. Cornwall looks fantastic, I'm glad you had a good time. We're adjusting to re-entry here as well, I'm missing the mountains and beaches of north Wales and looking at the garden and sighing. I'll be alright in a few days... CJ xx

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  14. First let me say that I love the photo you shared. Reminds of of the beloved Doc Martin show that I watch on PBS. As to the rude comment left by some anonymous person, shame on them. I loved the dress you made. And more importantly, I'm sure you loved it too. That's what counts - that you make or wear something that you like and enjoy. And, you did an excellent job making it. Some people out there in blog land just need to learn some good old fashioned manners. My best to you.

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  15. Glad you enjoyed your holiday, Christina, and I look forward to hearing about it. I consider Anonymous despicable. If she must say something negative, she should at least do it openly and kindly.

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  16. I'm always slightly baffled as to why people think it's ok to be rude and unkind. I thought your dress was lovely and so too is your photo of that Cornish coastal village. Cornwall is beautiful isn't it, hope you had a great time. Jane xx

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  17. Well I loved your dress!! I would say to "anonymous" that really don't care what someones opinion is, but have the courtesy to say who you are, anonymous comments are what makes your difference of opinion rude in my view, not so much what you say. Although, remember also to always be polite! xx

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  18. Shucks wahoo to Anonymous. If you can't be nice, say nowt. (and thank you to Anonymous above, who shows that not all strangers are nasty).
    I LOVE a Squash and a Squeeze. As a book it teaches me much about my life. And I've been through the cram every corner part and now am on the clear every room part. Space to breathe at last! It does feel bliss to be in a house after a caravan, doesn't it?

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  19. That is a beautiful view - looking forward to the next vacation installment! It is positively ridiculous that people actually waste their time saying something not nice. (And especially to someone as nice as you!)

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  20. I loved the squash and a squeeze book when my daughter was little.
    It's great to get away and go on holiday but always amazing to come home. I always appreciate my own bed more when I get home :),
    Oh dear to anonymous! How rude indeed, if you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all! Hiding behind anonymity is so brave (not)
    Don't let them get you down they are not important at all.

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  21. I loved the squash and a squeeze book when my daughter was little.
    It's great to get away and go on holiday but always amazing to come home. I always appreciate my own bed more when I get home :),
    Oh dear to anonymous! How rude indeed, if you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all! Hiding behind anonymity is so brave (not)
    Don't let them get you down they are not important at all.

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  22. I loved the squash and a squeeze book when my daughter was little.
    It's great to get away and go on holiday but always amazing to come home. I always appreciate my own bed more when I get home :),
    Oh dear to anonymous! How rude indeed, if you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all! Hiding behind anonymity is so brave (not)
    Don't let them get you down they are not important at all.

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  23. Welcome home! I hope you are enjoying sleeping in your own bed, even if there is lots of laundry to do post-trip! How quickly the kids get back into their "tech" routine after returning home to the wifi! Mine are the same.

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  24. I've had a similar commentor in the past too... And it is just downright rude. You are right, not everyone has to like or agree with what you do or say but they should learn to keep their mouth shut. It says a lot more about them than it does about you.

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  25. I banned anonymous........ sorry they were mean to you. glad you are happy to be home x

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