On a Gorgeous November Day, another Chat with Patrice and Co

What a stunning spell of weather we've been having, Patrice. Apart from Saturday, which was wet and windy, the past week has been so beautiful. Blue skies, gorgeous sunrises, little winds - enough to blow the creases out of my washing on the washing line (have I told you my tumble drier is broken? For the past months... yes, months. I only mention it here in case my beloved happens to read this. Ahem - my readers now know it's broken: any chance you might have a look at it? Pleeeease.)

Anyway, the weather has been so amazing this past while, all the clothes are being dried outside, and most of them come in crease-free. 

So, on to our questions:

1. Where would you take the blogger group for a chat, if they came to your house?

Ah well, Patrice, that would definitely depend on the time of year and the weather on the day. If it was one of the three or four summery days of our years, I may take you to our sand dunes, down the road.

In the dunes, although we're on the beach, it's more sheltered from the breeze, so it's certainly a lovely place to sit and chat. We'd take a picnic basket down and have our cuppa there.

Er, yes.... I said 'cuppa'. We'd take the flasks of hot water, take some teabags, our china mugs and have tea on the beach. Y'all got a problem with that? 

It it was windless as well as sunny, we could sit on the beach itself. 

If you were determined to be outside and we didn't go to the beach, you could end up looking like this:

Alternatively, we could stay inside, sit in the lounge ...

(Jackson, don't you dare tell the Builder you were up here)

out of the wind and the cold, and enjoy the view from inside.

All in all, I'm not sure the place would be important. The company is what would matter.

2. How do you handle 'toxic people'? They're the ones that are very difficult to be around and generally don't bring out the best in us.

Mmm, I don't really know many of them. I think I'd just keep clear of them if I was able to. Thankfully, I don't have them in my family circles, so I can choose that option. 

3. In high school, were you the athlete, the cheerleader (actual or just your personality), the geek, the social butterfly, or lost?

The athletic cheerleader.

Er.... Why did y'all choke on your tea? And WHY are y'all rolling about the floor, laughing??

Okay, okay. Option 4: Lost. I hardly even have memories of high school, and if I do, they are not particularly great. They aren't awful, horrendous or traumatic. Just ...nothing, really.

4. What's your favourite thing made from apples?

See above!

5. Do you do most of your shopping in stores or online?

Well, seeing as we have such a variety of huge shopping malls just down the road from us here......

Yep, you guessed it: online. I love that I can do so much of my shopping online and have it delivered to my door. I long for the supermarkets here to begin doing online shopping for the groceries. That would be fan-tas-tic. No shopping trolleys; fewer trips to town; no loading into bags and the checkout and then into the car (in the driving rain, often!). Grrrreat!

We were buying a new freezer a couple of weeks ago, and discovered that we could shop online from one of our local electrical stores, and they delivered the freezer to us the following day. That was our ideal situation. We really wanted to support a local company, but I do love the convenience of online shopping. Here, we found both could be done. So, good for you, Lighting and Electrical. Best of both worlds.

I'm off now, Patrice, to do some work. The Wee Guy is doing his Maths; the girls are doing Maths too, and I'm gonna get a bit of my translation work done. So, much as I'd love to stop and chat longer, I've just gotta go.  

See y'all next week.


  1. Oh, ANNE! The beaches....gorgeous! Your lounge?...the VIEW!!! And you obviously are a bit lost (despite your children doing Maths), as "lost" is option 5 ;-p

  2. I do believe that if bloggers came for a chat....they would find a wonderful place to sit with that tea wherever you led them! Your place is beautiful!!!
    (And I did NOT choke on my tea;)

  3. I loved reading this post.........and yet, my heart ached a bit. Oh, how I would love to be right there on those dunes with you and your family one day!

    Your lounge is gorgeous! Hmmmmm, when the LORD allows your visit here, I am afraid my home won't be as stunning....but, you will be treasured and loved if you come to Virginia!

  4. Hi!
    Chats at the beach would be awesome. Have a great day!

    Food for Thought

  5. The dune would be a perfect place to chat. Your lounge is lovely. We won't tell the builder that Jackson was there. Apple pie seems to be a favorite with everybody.

    I was so happy to hear that D1 is helping you with some designs. She's so talented with that work. She's doing some improvements on mine too.

    Have a good week!

  6. I agree that the company would be the most important thing but I LOVE you place suggestions! Yes please!

    Your number 3 had me rolling for sure! LOL

  7. What's this? You used the term "Y'all"! Did we southerns from across the pond corrupt you Scots? LOL Or, is this native to you guys? I know I get teased time and time again from my northern friends with that word usage. Oh you're so funny, girl! I can't ever imagine you as being lost. Your personality really shines through on your blog. Why, you make me feel right at home and like we've been buddies for a life time, but sadly, I don't know what your first name is. I'm sure I have seen it somewhere, but retaining names is one of my weaknesses. Care to share with me? =D

  8. It amazes me that you can go to the beach and there are no people. I have to say it must be lovely to live that way. We have so many people in California.
    You have such lovely photos.

  9. I didn't choke on my tea. You are hilarious though. I think I would be labeled "lost" in high school too. But I am lost in dreaminess over your "lounge". I never would have considered your creamy choice of paint for the walls, but now, I think I like it a lot. Beautiful with the dark wood. I think it would be great to have a blogging chat in either place. Ooh, to be in Scotland for a visit. Do you have hotel of your own? Or any place nearby to house a family of 7? :-)

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  11. Cathy, if you get to know my through my blog, you'll know that my heart is Southerner.... we didn't call our dog Jackson for nothing you know! But, no, us Scots don't use y'all...ever. Only me! And only on my blog, cos I feel I'm talking directly to y'all :) (Love, *Anne* ;)..

    I feel bad having shown a photo of the Lounge... Y'all will be under the impression my whole house looks like that! It's the only room in the house that's tidy from day to day - the Family Room is used ALL the time, and always has books and papers and cups lying around.

    Patrice, I'm so glad about this too. It's been on the back of my mind for ages, but couldn't even think where to begin, so this is a real treat for me :)

    And Leslie.... *sigh*.... one day, my friend. One day :)

    Thank you all for visiting AND for stopping to say Hi. Y'all make my day :)

  12. Oh, just about anywhere you would choose there for a chat would be wonderful. Your lounge is so warm and inviting...maybe it's Jackson? And those dunes would be so cosy with a cuppa and some rugs.

  13. Oh, I wasn't thinking that at all. You homeschool! What homeschooler is organized all throughout the house? Really, I know the importance of one nice room. I was just "in love" with the paint color.

  14. Would love to have a cuppa on that beach w/ you and your chat group. Beautiful place, that isle of yours!

  15. What a beautiful lounge! and a heavenly place to live. How nice that you don't have "toxic" people in your life. This has been the 'story' of mine, but also a good training ground for learning about Jesus and true Christianity.

    I agree about groceries being delivered. That would be a dream come true!

  16. I also lived with up my dryer for quite a while. Almost a year in fact. Here in northern Canada it was pretty interesting to get things dry in the winter months. I should have started my blog then so hubby could get the hint. hahahaha

    I would love a cuppa wherever you choose. I love your views. Wow!!!

    I actually like to grocery shop in the store, I could waste hours in there. I know weird.

    From one lost high schooler to another have a great week.

  17. I would love that cuppa with you!!! Although I don't drink much tea ~ however if I lived in a climate where there was only 4 summery days in the year I may well take it up more regularly!!
    I enjoy these posts of yours ~ whether at porch or beach!
    Have a lovely day

  18. Good Morning!

    It's been awhile since I've visited "the croft"...and I've missed you! I love your photos of the beach...ours is much more rocky...not quite as sandy. Yours looks great for squishy toes!

    You have a comrade across the seas...I am also drying clothes on the line most days (although by choice, our dryer is working...at least for the time being!)It is incredibly warm here in Maine for November...not that I'm complaining in the least! Last winter we had snow by this time...as I recall.

    Hope you all are having a very blessed day...I'll be back again soon to catch up!


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