Monday, 29 March 2010

Tee Hee, Look What I Got!


Thank you so much to the lovely Rachael from Made With Love for my award.  I'm very flattered and thrilled to little pink bits!

By accepting this award, I am required to tell you 7 things about myself so here goes ...

1.   I am the eldest of four children, having three younger brothers.  I think this is the reason that, despite being naturally self-confident and outgoing, I get the heebie jeebies when faced with a big group of women, particularly school mothers!

2.   I have two tattoos.  The first is a small rosebud on my shoulder which I had done at the age of 15 and then had to hide from my dad for five years!  The other is a small flower on my wrist which I have had for about ten years ...


3.   I passed my driving test on the first attempt when I was 19 years old.  My first car was a brown mini called Chocolate Molly ...


I was a very nervous driver and spent more time decorating Molly with decals and filling her with floral scatter cushions than I did driving.  Over time I got a little more confident but then, ten years ago, a lorry crashed into my car and sent me spinning across three lanes of traffic.  I was completely physically unharmed but frightened to death.  I almost gave up driving there and then but had a sort of epiphany and decided that I would carry on but I would drive on the offensive rather than the defensive.  Anyway, since then, I've not looked back and am now a bit of a feisty driver.  I currently have a 1.9 Polo (still decorated with daisy decals) which goes like a rocket and can beat anyone from the traffic lights!  I also was the fastest woman in a go kart competition!

4.   I can analyse handwriting.  I don't mean that I got a book out the library one day and taught myself, I mean I only have to look at someone's writing and I get a very good feeling about their character and even, on occasions, events in their past which shape their personality.  I happened to mention this 'skill' to some work colleagues once, many years ago, and then got deluged with samples of handwriting!!!  I got to the point where I would charge £1.00 for each analysis!

5.  I used to be an artists' portrait model (not nude!).  My grandmother was an artist and I used to sit for her which lead to my sitting for both professional and amateur groups.  Consequently I am sure there must be hundreds of paintings of me out in the ether somewhere!  Yikes, what a horrid thought!

6.   I have had an enormous crush on Aled Jones for over twenty years!  I have seen him perform live three times (yes, I was the youngest audience member on all occasions!) and once met him at a book signing and flirted outrageously!  It's not the Songs Of Praise faith thing as that really isn't my cup of tea; it's his beautiful voice, personality and twinkly blue eyes!!!


7.   I live in jeans!  I have seven pairs (mostly Miss Sixty) and am rarely seen out of them.  I love them to bits!  Don't get me wrong, I take a lot of time to choose pretty tops, cardigans and accessories but always wear my beloved jeans to the point where I feel faintly silly in a skirt.  Anyway, I have recently made a resolution to wear a skirt or dress at least once a week and it's sooo hard!!!


Now, I have to pass this award onto 7 people whose blogs I consider beautiful in oh so many ways and thoroughly recommend:-


Happy day.

Hx

Friday, 26 March 2010

Things I'm Loving Today ...

Fluttering violas ...


GHD hair straighteners (without which my future would be curly and unkempt) ...


Having time to titivate ...


Wearing my own-made earrings and adoring them ...


(and shamelessly promoting the fact that I've just listed a pair on Folksy!)


Blousy tulips ...




Sunshine ...


Having an easy supper planned ...


Watching my children's outgrown clothes creeping up in price on ...


And most of all ...


My baby boy coming home from France tonight!!!

xxx

Friday, 19 March 2010

Warning ... Crafting Can Be Bad For Your Health!

Happy Friday!


The blondies have been delivered to school, the washing is on the line and the dishwasher is humming; time for a quickish posting before I crack on!

Thanks for your kind comments re my Mum's hip replacement op - she's doing extremely well and hopes to be home tomorrow.  I was quite moved by how tiny she looked sitting in the hospital bed.  A lovely friend described it to perfection when she recalled seeing her own Mum in hospital and was shocked to see 'this little sparrow in a nightie'.

Anyway, having spent the morning visiting her yesterday, I thought I would indulge in a little crafting for a couple of hours before the school run.  OMG.  I started by kneeling on the floor cutting felt shapes until my feet went to sleep rendering me completely and very unattractively lame with backache for good measure.  Then, a session at the sewing machine resulted in pains across my shoulder blades.  I may have felt mentally serene but I was as stiff as a bloody board!  Do you think perhaps, possibly, maybe, crafting should come with a health warning?!

I made a couple of pretty lavender-filled cushions ...


I've chopped a branch from the lilac tree in my garden, put it in a jug of water and have started making felt pretties to hang on it ...




Could any gardeners among you tell me if the lilac will continue to grow or even flower while in the water?  I swear the buds have grown.

So, back to the crafting-inflicted ailments of yesterday afternoon, was it worth the physical temporary discomfort?

Yeah, of course it was! ;-)

Before I go, this week's purchases (heaven forbid a week should pass by with no money exchanging hands!).  First items courtesy of Age Concern; these dear little Flower Fairy herb jars ...



and this gorgeous little jug ...


I couldn't resist this planter (from BHS of all places) and can't wait to fill it with pansies ...


Finally, I nearly stood on this little chap last night as he was perched right outside our back door ...


I'm off to my first indoor car boot sale of the year on Sunday (yippee) and blondie son is off on a school trip to France next week (sniff) so my weekend will include a lot more ironing than I'd actually like!  Hey ho.

Have a super weekend all!

Hx

Monday, 15 March 2010

My Kind Of Mothers' Day x


Hello you.  Are you well and smiley this Monday?

I hope you had a lovely Mothers' Day.


After my 'mummy treat' of a Mexican meal out on Saturday night, we had my Mum, Dad and Mum In Law for lunch yesterday which was simply lovely.  It was a bit of a squeeze with the blondies having 'their own table' next to ours, lunch overran by nearly an hour and much wine was consumed - it was perfick!


My dear Mum is having her hip replaced on Tuesday so I particularly wanted to fuss over and spoil her.


I so enjoy entertaining but, when it ended and the last visitor had been waved off, the sheer joy that was turning my back on the debris of dirty plates and pans, scrunched up serviettes and sticky wine rings and heading upstairs for a couple of hours where pyjamas, Come Dine With Me and bed awaited was immeasurable!



See these lines, they're full of mummy love!

Seriously though, anyone recommend some anti-ageing cream?! ;-)

Happy day.

Hx

Friday, 5 March 2010

Please Will You Vote For Me?


Dear Bloggers,

Today I am featured on the White Stuff website in the Pets Win Prizes competition.

Please will you vote for me?


I'm on the sixth row down.

I'd be woofily grateful.

Love 'n' sniffs,

Bertie Spaniel x

PS.  It's my birthday tomorrow - I'll be 2.

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Giveaway Result!!!



... to you all for entering my first little '3 month bloggiversary' giveaway!

Now, here's the box all ready to post ...


Teeny apology first - I wasn't happy with the seal on the tube of pink Smarties (one of the pieces of tape holding the lid closed had come off so it could open freely).  I made an executive decision not to include it and so whizzed out to the shops and bought a pink Smartie easter egg as a replacement!!!

Anyway, I was thrilled that 15 of you lovely ladies joined in ...


You each had your own pink heart which was folded up and put in a bowl.  After a shake, the winner picked out was ...


Lesley from Notes From My Days!

Yaay!!!  Well done Lesley!  Please let me have your details via email to pinkmilk@btconnect.com and this box will be on its way to you.

Thanks again for joining in, I shall definitely do another, it was such fun.

Have a lovely afternoon!

Hx

A Walk In The Park

Just look at that sky ...


Let's go to the park ...


Such joy, it's peppered with signs of Spring ...



Oh to feel the sun on my face ...


The river is still freezing cold ...


Aaagh, don't go in the mud Bertie ...


Thanks!


Sorry Mum ...


Time to go home.

Ooh look, a parcel from Cath ...


How kind!!!  ;-)

Giveaway draw results later this afternoon and perhaps a peek into the parcel!

Hx

Monday, 1 March 2010

The Loveliest Day!


Isn't it quite wonderful what a little sunshine and vitamin D can do for the spirits?

This morning, it was a choice between busying myself at home with the sun shining through my slightly murky windows and showing up every single crumb, crud and dust mite or taking myself off to one of our nearby little towns (with SIX charity shops within half a mile of each other) and pottering.

Hmmm, frankly not a difficult decision!

Not as fruitful as some days, I did bag myself a couple of thrifty finds ...


Can you see the little etched daisies on the glasses?  So pretty.

And my favourites, for just 30p each ...


These antimacassars were a bit murky but I had a feeling they would come up beautifully clean after a hot wash ... and they did!

I treated myself to some primulas and hyacinths ...


and some munchies ...


I am totally addicted to pumpkin seeds at the moment and the blondies adore cheese straws!

Now, talking of food, I wanted to use up yesterday's roast beef for supper so I made rissoles.

It's so easy, blend together your leftover beef, a small onion, a red or green pepper, a chilli, fresh parsley, 2 cloves of garlic, a large egg, a handful of breadcrumbs and salt and pepper, in a food processor ...


  Form into patties and coat with seasoned flour ...


and then fry in very hot olive oil for 5 minutes each side.  Serve with watercress drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and a little salt and spoon over plain yoghurt ...


Delicious!

I wonder what tomorrow holds?  The moon looks huge and almost full.  They do say that people with green eyes (that's me) get slightly wanton when there's a full moon ...

Aooooooowwwwww ...

Hx

PS. Don't forget my pink and spotty giveaway ...


Night night x

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