Hello, I'm Chrissie. I can't get over how lucky I am to be living at the seaside, as more than ten years later I still love living at Cleveleys. I hope you enjoy my slightly cock-eyed look at life - come back regularly for a look at everyday life at the seaside, as I wander round from subject to subject. I can't help it but the weather often features, as do the ordinary things that we all do everyday, along with the very different things that you get to see and do here.
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On Saturday night, we watched the Lottery quiz. There was a teacher on who was asked the question ' which mythological animal represents the Chinese New Year '. The answer was a dragon, and the woman, who tentatively got the answer, then went on to say, 'are dragons mythological', well we fell about laughing, Kevin immediately said, 'shall we take ours a walk then' followed by, 'just let the dragon out for a wee, it's stood at the door' which is what we say about our dogs. The image of real dragons caused quite a stir in our house, I can tell you. Even more worrying was a question about the other name for a polecat. The answer was a ferret, but she'd never heard of a polecat. Very worrying coming from a teacher!
Anyway, on to today. For pudding after our lunch, Jane decided to make a homemade rice pudding. Well, talk about laugh, we'd already bought a copycat enamel dish to do the job right. According to my mum you needed enamel. She made my dad a homemade rice pudding every day of his life, and they were delicious, with lovely brown skin on. So Jane bought dessert rice and set to making a pudding, or was it a mess? We had our dinner and Derek volunteered to serve the pudding. Jane and I fancied a little raspberry jam in the bottom of our dish and Kevin honey, to mix in with the pudding. Well, Derek brought the dishes in and we just looked at each other and started laughing. He'd had to cut round the edge with a knife and cut it into four equal pieces. We started eating this 'delicious' pudding while trying not to choke on the lumps. We were all looking at each other waiting for a comment, when Derek said, 'it would be good with curry', we all cracked out laughing, especially when he said he'd been looking in the drawer for chopsticks! Jane swilled hers down with copious amounts of cranberry juice, so Kevin said the rice would swell up in her stomach even more. My jam was sat in the bottom of my dish like a big red eye, no way was it going to melt into the rice pudding, in the end I packed it in as a bad job, but they managed to eat theirs in between laughing like idiots. Derek said that when he cut a quarter out with a knife the other three quarters was still standing to attention! He volunteered to wash up, and had to soak the dish in hot soapy water for half an hour, and then scrub it to get it clean. Never mind Jane, she's usually a very good cook, but it really brightened a rainy Sunday up.
'She who can't sit still for two minutes', was persuaded to stay in because of the foul weather. It nearly killed her as she is always on the go. I said enough is enough, so we lolled about till we were fed up, even I was bored, so we set to sorting out old photos of mine, some belonging to my mum and dad taken before I was born. These are for a new section on the website about stories from the past, Jane reckons I've got to do this before I lose my marbles! You get no sympathy for losing them, just get out of the old lass what you can, while you can. I'm not losing them yet, so hopefully I'll be writing for a long time yet. Living in our house, there will be a plentiful supply of anecdotes about life with us to hopefully keep you entertained. It's amazing how every day events in someone's life can be so funny. I suppose we come over as odd but that's us.