Thursday, 11 August 2016

London calling!

Hello! Hello! Hello!
How is everyone, long time no speak!
Paul here - I hope you have all been behaving.

As some of you will have seen on Facebook earlier today, Barbara is in London




Barbara wrote her blog early this morning before she left and called me from the train asking if I would post it later today.

"Of course" said I (mind whirring with what trouble I could get upto on the blog!)

So............what I want you all to do,
is leave a comment below saying why you think Barbara is in London.
Your comment can be sensible, serious, funny or it can be totally outrageous!!!
I will then choose a comment over the weekend and send a £10 Clarity voucher to the winner!

Over to Barb!

Hi there.
Thanks for popping in!
Early start today, off to the big smoke aka London.

Thursdays blog is always blue, so I have had a look into the archives and found this piece that I did.

Created using the 8x10 Gel Press a bit of bubble wrap, some paints and ink pads and the Graceful Gymnasts unmounted set of stamps

Fits in perfectly with the news that Team GB's Max Whitlock won a Bronze in the Men's "all-around" competition.

Apparently it is the first medal for us in this category for 108 years. 
The last medal was in 1908.

So let's see what the rest of the design team did.
 Art by Dee Paramour
 Art by Linda Spencer
Art by Elaine Milner

So I shall take this set of elegant stamps and reduce the price by 50% for the duration of the Olympics

Click HERE

Got to go.
Train to catch,
Places to be,
People to see.

Until tomorrow,
when I shall be back with a private peek!

 Love & hugs
xxx

138 comments:

  1. Barbara been to Buckingham Palace to teach the Queen how to use the Groovi and to take the Corgis for a walk. Xx

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  2. Hi Paul, good to see you pop in again. Behaving, what's that?!!!! I think Barbara is off to the Olympic stadium to take part in the hurdle race and trampolining, that she has been practising for.

    Lovely artwork, thank you Barbara. Hope whatever it is it's a good thing you're doing.

    Me, I've been doing the Dinner Weightlifting discipline today - tin of chopped tomatoes in one hand, chickpeas in the other, followed by the heavy pan lift

    Love Brenda xx

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    1. I meant to say my Freeview telly updated today and one of the new channels is Hochanda, channel 85 up here. It says it will be on soon. It will be brilliant if this means it will be on 24/7

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    2. Hi Brenda I can't wait for you to do the triple jump! xx

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    3. Evening dear blog friend hope you enjoyed your dinner hugs xxx

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    4. Hello Brenda did you make the funny noises as you lifted the cans and have a good elbow lock? There was an advert on HOCHANDA today saying they were on the move to a different channel so it looks like you're in luck. Sending hugs for you and Daisy xxx

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    5. Hi Brenda. Weight lifting and cooking in one go, that is what I call multi-tasking. Were you making 'jerk' sauce? I might have to come and 'snatch' it!! Big Hugs xxx

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    6. Thanks everyone xx
      I'll need to check my schedule Chris, to see if I've been entered into the Triple Jump!
      Yes I did enjoy my dinner Sheila, thank you.
      No Diane, I refrained from making the noises, kept them inside to give me extra inner strength for my lifts. You'll need to ask Daisy if I had a good elbow lock, she was judging from her bed on top of the fridge freezer!!!
      Ha, ha Morag, you're on good form today!!!

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    7. Hi Brenda - keeping my fingers crossed that you will be able to get Hochanda very soon! Take care, hugs Gilly xx

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    8. Heee, heee, I'm sure Daisy was impressed with your efforts. What's tomorrows event? Xx

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    9. Hi Brenda,we just looked at our tv channels and looked for 85 and it said Hochanda will be live from 3rd November here on channel 85 as you said. Goody!!! Hope you've had,a good day watching the Olympics. I'm not into sport I'm afraid nor my Hubby, been doing a groovy card for my Daughter's birthday. Thought I'd start early but so far I'm on my 4th attempt but at least I have the line art all done now. Love and hugs to you and Daisy.xxx

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    10. It's a surprise Donna, a surprise for me too!!!!

      3rd November, that's ages, not what I would call soon!!! Thanks for looking and letting me know Pam. That will save me from checking every day. I know that one, only too well, sometimes I've been onto my 6th attempt, although mostly I manage to work out a way to salvage the previous ones! Must be hard for you to avoid it when there's big sporting events on. Xx

      The dancing horses are on tomorrow, today now :-) Starts at 2pm on the BBC Rio page online, for anyone wanting to watch.

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  3. I think the queen has asked for her own private Clarity Retreat, from the one and only Barbara Gray......The Quenn of the country asking for the Queen of Craft for lessons...lol x Sally

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  4. Well first choice would be for Dave and Barb to ask if they could have the wedding reception in a marquee in the grounds or Barb has been to London for a business meeting and happened to walk past Buck House. Whatever you were there for Barbara I am sure you had a fab time.

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  6. For a high power vitamin injection to her through the workshops next week? I can't wait for my 2 days !

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  7. I think Barbara is in London cause she's planning new things for us clarity fans to fall in love with ! 💘💘💘💘💘💘💘💘💘💘💘💘💘💘💘💘💘💘💘💘💘💘💘💘💘💘💘💘💘💘💘💘💘💘💘

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  8. Has Barbara been decorated? - The Queen's Award for Enterprise perhaps? - and, if not, why not?!! You really should look into it - maybe the Innovation Award for the Groovi system?
    Best wishes
    Dawn (Jomada-Dawn - but not on my PC and can't remember my password to log in, so have had to use Mum's account - hope she doesn't mind!)

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  9. I think Barbara is in London to go on the London Eye ride to get some birds eye views for great new stamp ideas and groovi projects x say hi to my home town for me Barb x love to London and all x

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  10. She has been to the BBC to stop them channel hopping the olympics. (Please!). Hope you are having fun x

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  11. I think Barbara is off to London in search of another pair of designer wellies to see her through our summer, original pair now past their best with all the rain we have been having. Dave there to help choose and to pay the bill. Enjoy whatever you are up to.

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  12. Barb went to London to go the VA for inspiration and create a Groovi exhibit. Xxx. Paul behave!

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  14. Barbara has gone to collect an OBE from the Queen and give the Royal family a lesson how to do craft

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  15. Hi Paul - I think that Barbara has gone to London, to Madame Tussauds - so that they can start on a wax work model of her! Well, they already have Queen Elizabeth, so the next step is for them to have 'The Queen of Craft!'
    Take care, hugs Gilly x

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    1. Hi to all my lovely blog friends - hope that everyone has been able to enjoy a sunny day. It's been beautiful here, but with a breeze! I have been able to do a little bit of tidying round, as long as it didn't involve bending down! Also had a little rest and a read in Edith - but no snoozing today, I have been able to have fewer painkillers! Love and hugs to you all, Gilly xxx

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    2. Pleased you have mannaged a little tidying gilly and rested in Edith special healing hugs xx

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    3. Hi Gilly good to hear you are moving in the right direction, don't over do things though, you're not wonderwoman just yet! Sending hugs xxx

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    4. Nice little steps Gilly and you'll get thee my friend. We've had rain all day! Poor little Penny looks exactly like a drowned little rat every time she has to go out!! Hugs xxx

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    5. Thanks Sheila, Diane and Morag - yes, I am only taking tiny ste[s, I really don't want to go back to where I was! Thanks for caring, hugs Gilly xxx

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    6. Sounds like you're on the mend which is good xx

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    7. Sounds like the resting is paying off. Xx

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    8. So glad your pain us,easing, keep up the good work you're doing Gilly, the resting seems to be doing you good.xx

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  16. I have absolutely no doubt that Barbara is to receive an award from Her Majesty for Inspirational Services to the Art and Craft Industry.
    Tonbridge Sue

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  17. She's having a waxwork model made of her to go into Madame Tussards to mark the presentation of her gong! Xx

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  18. Hi Paul, I can't remember when the craft awards are taking place but I think this is as good a guess as any . If this is right good luck barb, Dave, and all the clarity team, I voted for you.

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  19. Hi Paul you do get up to your tricks while the boss is away. I think she's gone t Ally Pally to check that they've done the redecorating properly and got the red carpet ready for her attendance at the next show.

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    1. Oh, and what made you think that anyone would write outrageous or funny comments ??

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    2. As if you would say anything outrageous Chris!! Haha. That is funny. Hugs xxx

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    3. Hi Chris - hope that you've had a good day, hugs Gilly xx

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    4. Hello all. Busy couple of days plus the laptop was busy updating yesterday so I just read the blog. We took the car in for its new airbag and are pleased it has been fixed as we are away to the family next Wednesday. Hugs to you all xx

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  20. Barbara has gone to London to sort out the train dispute. Her straight talking will make them see the error of their ways. In the meantime, Paul love the designs.

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  21. I think she has gone to London for a fitting for a wedding dress.

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  22. What a hilarious list of ideas! You've all given me a real giggle, so thank you all xx

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  23. Evening Paul she has gone to London to sell the remaining colouring books in Covent Garden 😂
    Evening Barbara another brilliant half price offer haven't got these so might just have to get my cushions out xxx

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    1. Evening dear family of blog friends sending heartfelt hugs to you all hugs to all on the blog I have been out with Tom today as the car had to go in for its free health check passed with flying colours.so resting up now .
      Sending you a wee hug Dorothy xxx

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    2. I wish you could pass your health checks with flying colours too Sheila xx

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    3. Hello Sheila it's such a relief when it passes isn't it, I hope you and Tom had a fun day out together. Sending hugs xxx

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    4. Brenda dear, you took the words right out of my mouth! So I definitely second that Sheila. Hugs xxx

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    5. Hi Sheila - I also echo what Brenda and Morag say! Take care my lovely, sending you some healing and resting hugs, love Gilly xxx

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    6. Bless you all thank you xxx

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    7. Yes Sheila if only we were as easy to fix as a car xx

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    8. I'm sure one day soon you will pass your MOT Sheila. ;) Xx

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    9. Here! here! to that. Hope you enjoyed your little outing Sheila. Sorry about last night's comments, was about to do one for you and my kindle started playing up, then it came back on without any of the comments I'd put on. So I gave up. I put it on again and noticed it had done some twice. Too tired then to bother. Thank you for your sympathetic comment Sheila I did appreciate it. I seem to be getting nowhere at the moment, the last two days I've not been able to move my neck without pain. Muscles all knotted up. Never mind tomorrow's another day. Love and hugs Pam xxx

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  24. She's gone to teach Theresa May how to Groovi and colour in given the stress she must have in the new job! Barbara Gray - Secretary for Mindfulness Crafting.

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  25. I think she's gone for a new set of teeth !!

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  26. I hope the trip was for pleasure, not business, but suspect it was for posh nosh and an exciting new Clarity development opportunity. Maybe, inspired by the latest bra and pants Groovi plates, she's gone to Soho to get some new ideas!!! x

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  27. Afternoon tea at the Ritz or Claridges or BP? I think the Queen is probably on her holibobs. I hope it's to plan something exciting ! X

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    1. Hi Jackie - I love the way your mind goes back to afternoon tea! That's another passion that we both share! Hugs, Gilly xx

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  28. while the cats away!!!fab idea today Is Barbara showing at the Proms today in London?

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  29. Hi Paul,
    I think she is in London searching an old pocket watch in an antique shop as a birthday present for Dave. So he is never to late again.
    Rolf xxx

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  30. Thank you all for your sympathy yesterday and the supportive comments...they do help.
    I think Barbara has gone to see a new hanging in the National Gallery..... A piece of her original art work. Difficult to choose one from so many though. Or maybe her portrait in the Portrait Gallery

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    1. Evening Jane hugs to help you for today xxx

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    2. Thinking of you today Jane. Hugs xxx

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    3. Evening Jane - hugs Gilly xx

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    4. Thanks. My friend took me out today for some retail therapy and for an early birthday lunch. We laughed a lot and it was just what I needed. Tomorrow I'm going in my craft room..more distraction and something I love to do, and Saturday a whole day of crafting fun in Nottingham

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  31. Barbara is in London to be made a Dame for services to craft. Kind of sounds cool Dame Barbara Grey

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  32. Our Barb has gone to London today
    What for?? Well, I'd like to say
    that's she gone for a treat and maybe a frolic
    I just hope that she hasn't taken Wurka and Holic
    Paul in her absence asks if we're good
    Us, get into mischief?? As if we would!!!

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    1. I also love that, Morag! Sorry to hear that Penny has been looking like a drowned rat today, bless her! Love and hugs, Gilly xxx

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    2. Wow morag your a poet love it hugs xxx

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    3. That's a great one Morag! Xx

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    4. Brilliant poem Morag, poor little Penny getting so wet, but they're so near the ground all they're underside gets soaked too, doesn't it. We had a Yorkshire terrier many moons ago.xx

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  33. Hi did Barbara attend a garden party at the Palace? Have a great evening. Hugs Jackie

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  34. I guess she went for a meeting and at a posh hotel. Or maybe just a walk down the mall.
    Great blog
    Love Anne (Reading)

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    1. Hello Anne, I hope you're feeling some improvement today. Hugs xxx

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    2. Evening Anne hope your getting better each day hugs xxx

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  35. Hi Paul
    Lovely to see you, hope you are well. Us be naughty, nooooo we are always good 😀. Well Jackie beat me to the garden party idea ( she's a good friend so I don't mind). I wonder if Sara Davis got her visit to the queen today and Barbara went along to celebrate with her. Well my actual thought was Barbara was so inspired with the frilly undies on Sunday she's gone to Rigby and Peller for a posh undies fitting and afternoon tea. What a treat. I hope they had a lovely time whatever they got up to.
    Love Diane xx

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    1. Hello my lovely blog friends I hope everyone is ok and has had a good day. I decided to decoupage a small set of draws today that my daughter decided she no longer wanted and will fit nicely in the study. Lots of pva glue and tissue later and it's looking ok. Could have done without the phone all in the middle of it, was stuck to the phone by the time I finished and I'm sure there's some in my hair!! Sending hugs all round xxx

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    2. Hello Diane. I hope you've had a good day. Hugs xxx

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    3. Hi Diane - sounds like you have had a fun day (until the phone call, that is)! I have got some decoupage paper and Modge Podge glue to try out, still on the 'to do' list though! Hugs Gilly xxx

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    4. Evening Diana enjoy doing your draws crafting hugs xxx

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    5. Thank you ladies, hubby came home said ' that looks good, you'll have to sand the drawer edges down though so they fit!' Guess what I'm doing tomorrow! Xxx

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    6. Paul I was just wondering, is that shop window choccywoccydoodaa? Now that would be a good afternoon tea!!.

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    7. Oh dear I've just read about your antics with the glue. We must both have been writing at the same time. That would make a great cartoon trading!!! xxx

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    8. Sound like you had an eventful day xx

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    9. Ooooo sound nice! Hope you didn't paste the phone to the drawers! Xx

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    10. Sounds fun Diane, bet they look great too. Blinking phones, I was doing a groovy card in preparation for my Daughter's birthday, was on my 3rd attempt just on a tricky bit and the phone goes, thought I can't answer it they'll leave a message and I can ring back after, but the distraction took my concentration away and I went wrong yet again. At least on the 4th attempt I've finished the line art. xxx

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  36. I wonder if Barbara is doing what I will be doing on Saturday............ going round London on the BFG dream jars trail! How exciting! XX

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  37. Hi bloggy friends, crafting and Olympic watching what fun. Hope everyone is doing well toady. XX

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    1. OOh, I've just googled the BFG dream jars trail Donna. As I'd never heard of it. It sounds really exciting and for an excellent cause. I'm sure (and hope) that you'll have loads of fun. Hugs xxx

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    2. Hi Donna - I have watched some of the rowing today, it was very good! Still no crafting, but hopefully soon! Hugs xxx

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    3. Evening have fun Donna at the BFG dream jar trails on Saturday and crafting till then hows pheobe? Hugs and cuddles xxx

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    4. Hi Donna that sounds fun. Xxx

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    5. Hugs Donna and Phoebe xx

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    6. Phoebe is doing really well, full of mischief so she is definitely feeling better! Should be fun finding the jars, not sure how many we will manage as there as loads! Xx

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    7. Hi Donna, glad Phoebe is getting more like herself. Hope you've had a good day.xx

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  38. Barbara has gone to London to visit the Queen! X

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  39. Paul - I've just had another thought! Yes, I know - you probably heard it from where you are! Maybe Barbara has gone to see the display of the Queen's outfits, at the Palace! Have a restful evening, hugs Gilly xxx

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  40. Barbara in in london to decorate Big Ben in pages of her colouring book. Get the whole of London colouring, being mindful and having fun!

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  41. Hi Paul, having just read the paper I think that Barbara has been to London to cut the ribbon at the opening of the first nudist roof terrace in Parliament Square. Can't wait to see the ceremonial photos!!

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  42. Hi Paul, my guess is Barbara was called to London as she's won a craft award for 2016 or probably more than one. Nice to see you on here again. Hope you've enjoyed your day in London Barbara. Xxx

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    1. Evening pam how has your pain been today more manageable I hope caring hugs xxx

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    2. Hi Pam hope today has been a better one for your back. Xx

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    3. Thank you Sheila and Donna, been using my tens machine but it hasn't helped very much, as I said above got pain in my neck now, bet that's what Pete thinks "she's a pain in the neck" only joking, he been good and gave my neck a massage as its all knotted up. Feels much better now, hopefully it wont get worse in the night.xxx

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    4. Morning pam don't know if you read this today I have some cream I use for my muscles knotting up in my neck it's called capsian / zacin cream 25% they do a 75% but that's too strong for me I get it on percription don't know if you can buy it over the counter it's brilliant I use it each day my muscles lock in my neck and I cannot turn my head but since using this I've not had It as bad since you can use it up to 4 times a day which I did at first but now I only use it in a morning you only need very little it burns when you first start to use it till you have used it a few times it's only A cooking ingredient that's in it that burns but cannot remember tha name that's in it it says on it its for relief osteoporosis hope this will help look it up on Internet i could send you a tube if it would help you hugs to help you through the day xxx

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    5. I use it on a night too before bed forgot to say that as its a bit early for my brain yet 😂

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  44. Barbara is obviously going to see Barbu at the Southbank Centre.

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  45. Evening all! May be Barbara went to London to see what the guard keeps under his busby!!! And the check in how the Queen is getting on with her groovi plates and colouring book!!!
    Hope Barbara and Dave have had a very rewarding day whatever they have been up to!
    Now back to behaving Paul!
    Love and hugs to you all xxx

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  46. Evening all! May be Barbara went to London to see what the guard keeps under his busby!!! And the check in how the Queen is getting on with her groovi plates and colouring book!!!
    Hope Barbara and Dave have had a very rewarding day whatever they have been up to!
    Now back to behaving Paul!
    Love and hugs to you all xxx

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  47. Definitely tea at the Ritz, but with whom? Love the thought of Barbara sorting out the trains, instead of them going to ACAS, she has got them all sitting down for tea and Groovi with a bit of mindfulness to help sort out the dispute. Love the image of big burly railway men, with tongues sticking out in concentration all intent on doing a set of Groovi knickers. If that doesn't sort out the dispute nothing will. Karen

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  48. I am hoping that Barb is just having a "Me" day and visiting the palace and seeing the display of dresses, and Maria Merian Butterflies Art Exhibition in the Queen's Gallery,(particularly as she is a German Artist) and being the clever lass that she is she knows by going in August, she will be able to visit again within the year for free!

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  49. Hi Barb and Paul, love the stamped images that Barb has posted. Barb has probably gone to London, to make arrangements to attend the ceremony to receive her MBE for her great blog :-) Whatever she did however, hope it was successful. Take care all. Bx

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  50. I think Barbara's blog has been seen by the GB coaches and she is in route for RIO as a late substitute for the athletics

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  51. I think Barbara was having tea with the Queen, and teaching her some "Groovi" tips & tricks

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  52. Morning all, Thank for your lovely comments and thoughts yesterday, gave me strength.

    Think Barbara is in London to visit the Queen for high tea, before she takes a measurements so that she can create a new Clarity stamp - THE QUEEN and her corgis.

    Just about to ring Mum to see whats up today. Hopefully will talk her out of having one of those belt things for the bath... I do not think for her it will be suitable. Why she wants a bath, now after all these years of having a shower I do not know.

    Lots love to all you wonderful people on this blog. Thanks Barb too - Oh and thanks Paul too.

    xxx

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    1. Morning pen sending thoughtful hugs for today xxx

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  54. Hi Paul

    I think Barbara is either going to a garden party at the palace or even better, being awarded for services to industry...

    June x

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  55. I think Barbara is going to Madame Taussauds to check on the progress of her wax model before collecting her Dame-hood from the Queen for services to crafing and trampolining!

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  57. Having seen Barb's recent moves Andrew Lloyd Webber has called her to a casting for his new West End musical "Getting down and Groovi" x

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  58. Hi Paul
    You do make me lol.. I think Barb is in secret talks to join the Gymnastics team as a coach to demonstrate and come up with more challenging and intricate moves ready for the next Olympics. The trampoline routine Barb did was a ruse as she is a secret world champion 😀😀😀. Great projects by the way X X X

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Thank you for your kind messages and I hope you get inspiration from my ramblings.

Barb x