Happy Mothers’ Day

Happy Mothers’ Day out there to all Mothers – those still with us and those who have left us. We love both of you and we think about you every day.

A selection of photos as I sit here on a miserable Saturday afternoon, waiting for Terry to return from her new hairdresser. The cost of the cut alone – sit down folks – will be about $1.30 Canadian. I can hardly wait.

We were out earlier this morning wandering about in the rain. In Diamond Mall, so named because the Hagen Daz ice cream store in huge diamond shaped building in the courtyard, we came upon this shop. What kind of development  might happen to your “ablities” here? Maybe they could open a Vancouver Branch?

They must mean complete Chinese brain and not English...

They must mean complete Chinese brain and not English…

If one gets to the market before 8, one has one’s pick of the fowl, all just piled up, fresh and waiting for you.

Geese, white chickens, black chickens, game hens are all available.

Geese, white chickens, black chickens, game hens are all available.

I continue to be somewhat shocked and appalled at what goes on in Starbucks. People bring in complete KFC and McDonalds meals and sit and eat. People sit for three or four hours reading without buying anything. People WATCH their kids run around screaming with no effort to contain them. It is far worse on the weekend than it is during the week. This woman comes close to taking the cake however. She came in alone one morning started taking selfies of the back of her head. Over the next half or so three (THREE, 3) of her friends came in and admired the braids in her hair. So – why not – she braided all three of them. Unbelievable, even in China.

Just because people eat food and drink coffee here, doesn't mean I can't do my friends hair.

Just because people eat food and drink coffee here, doesn’t mean I can’t braid my friends’ hair.

This is one of the units in our complex. The other morning a truck showed up with all the pieces for a pergola, all precut and stained. When it was up and finished, this is what he had. First, on the left is the vegetation which was cleared off the patio and into the canal so that it could be erected. As Terry said, it might have been easier to get rid of that before it was in the water. It will be interesting to see how long it takes to get rid of it. On the right is the entrance. As you can see, however, they didn’t bother to stain all of it before erecting it. My observations are that frequently the workmanship is not the tidiest, so it will be interesting to see:

  1. Does the rest get stained?
  2. If so, how long does it take to get it stained?
  3. What kind of mess is left?

Having said all that, it is an attractive pergola.

Why wouldn't you have everything stained BEFORE you put it up?

Why wouldn’t you have everything stained BEFORE you put it up? The concrete ramp on the extreme right will be for a scooter.

As opposed to the miserable day we have today, last Friday in Ningbo was very hot. We came across this very creative father at the Ecological Park.

Necessity is the mother of invention.

Necessity is the mother of invention.

This is this week – keeping the scooter dry as opposed to keeping the kid in the shade.

A good use for a stripe of thin styrofoam...

A good use for a stripe of thin styrofoam…

A fond memory of Lynne and Martin’s time here…

Sadly, despite the size of the bouquet, there was absolutely no fragrance in these freesias which may be reason for Martin's sad face.

Sadly, despite the size of the bouquet, there was absolutely no fragrance in these freesias which may be reason for Martin’s sad face.

Now we have told you how we have become good friends with Sherrie and Tim who are from Charleston, South Carolina. Tim came to dinner this week and thought he would drop off some reading material for us. Thanks Tim.

Only in The South

Only in The South

The Shoe Blog

Sparkly shoes are BIG in China but, sadly, the sparkles don’t show up well in still photos. Be that as it may, I am thinking that when your foot is that much over the end, they really don’t fit.

"They shorely do sparkle, Missy"

“They shorely do sparkle, Missy”

3 thoughts on “Happy Mothers’ Day

  1. Sherrie driver

    Hi there Geoff and Terry!! Reading your blog makes me feel as if I’m actually there. Thanks very much for feeding Tim. Love the garden and gun magazine…when you come here we will go in search of the tasty libations!! Hugs!
    Sherrie

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