Thursday, 28 October 2010

That time again..

 When witches go riding, And black cats are seen, The moon laughs and whispers, Tis near Halloween!!


I’m surviving my busy week… in case you doubted!  And it’s Halloween this weekend!

Do you enter into the Spirit of Halloween?

I confess not to, although if I had more time I could definitely get into the whole decor thing :)


What are you planning? I’m working of course ;) But the bosses are due home Sun.

I have put in the effort at work tho, the Halloween cupcakes are out! Can you believe my battery failed me so I didn’t take a photo of them :( Maybe tomorrow.  Although tomorrow i have a lot to fit in before 10am when I have promised a friend help to move into her first home.  (Sometimes I think I am just too helpful for my own sanity ;) ) Hmm Better get an early start.

It’s Mother in Laws Birthday on Halloween.  (No comment due to the risk of incriminating myself)


What i really need is some stripy tights to wear to work! Now THAT would make me smile!


Have a Fun Spooky Weekend :)

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Closet dreams

Is it really a week since i last posted!?

Had a slight accident with a couple hundred cans of mountain dew (which we import) they seem to have exploded and seeped out all over the store room floor. Not a pretty sight, ive cleaned up the worst but i have lots of cans that didn't explode but got seeped onto waiting to be sorted and rinsed. What made them do that i wonder? It's the most bizarre thing ive ever seen!


This week I took delivery of a new wardrobe for Mr D.

Mr D was taking up toooo much of my closet space, over half! How come THAT happened!? Which meant that a lot of my clothes were folded in drawers or hung on the picture rails in the room. So i took it upon myself to buy him a wardrobe of his very own :)

After much swearing the flat pack was assembled (i have to buy flat packs to fit up our small stairway) during which time the factories which make said flat packs were threatened.

We then sorted through his many many clothes.

And now i can at last sort through my own. Yipppeeeeee!!

Although i sometimes dream of these..



of course in the real world, my closet is nothing like this, but i am well on my way to being organised!

I took 2 sacks to the charity shop :) Which made way for 1 new purchase..


This dress from Dorothy Perkins was reduced from 45.00 (i would never pay that!) to the bargain price of 8.00!! Now that’s what i call a bargain!

This week i am going to be pretty busy, the bosses have gone away and i am looking after their other business (a small bar on the sea front) as well as the ice cream parlour. Ho Hum


I’m sure i’ll find time for visiting though!

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Saturday Fun!

Mr D made us a cooked breakfast this morning :)

tumblr_kz2nzyFe7M1qzz3tno1_500_thumbI swept up the autumn leaves from the back yard


I’ve been busy this week making Halloween goodies for work, and I’m planning on  decorating the cake cabinet with cobwebs, bats etc. I’ll be sure to take pics of that when it happens! So with Vanessa’s help I made these:

(Before clicking on this link…be sure you have a few hours to spare because Vanessa’s Blog at A Fanciful Twist is one you won’t be in a hurry to leave :)

Mr D went off for the day, first to fell a big tree with his friend that was about to fall in the reservoir, lucky for us as it means we get to keep that wood for next winter :)

I spent the afternoon with my sister and 8yr old niece, we went out for supplies, and baked.


Mr D is out tonight with the band, gigging at a private party, so I’m home alone.

Well not totally, I have some company


Love it

dvdRead this book years ago, been waiting for the right time to watch the film…well it’s not really a ‘Mr D’ kind of film :)

003 - Copy

Then there’s this that came though my door last week and i haven’t read it yet!

ec92e76737c0ea33e0ebe87c16568364-f9da0b6ec1d4e708cc8fdc2811a2cfb1Well gotta amuse myself while I’m waiting for Mr D to get home ;)

post100820102_thumb  Hope your Saturday is a Happy one!

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Summer Reading


I realised that I haven’t been keeping up to date with the books I’ve read during the summer..

About a year ago I visited my Granny and she leant me this series of books.  Granny is a big reader, but alas, she is also a great smoker, so the books sat on my conservatory window ledge for a good few months before i could bear to let them in the house.  ( I HATE the smell of cigarette smoke, The smoking ban in pubs and public buildings was one of the best things the last government did IMO) book

I really enjoyed these books, got totally involved in the peoples lives on Blossom Street!

Four lives knit together . . .
There's a little shop on Blossom Street in Seattle. You go there to buy yarn, knitting supplies and patterns -- and now you can join a knitting class. How to knit a baby blanket: that's the first lesson.
Lydia Hoffman owns the shop, which she calls A Good Yarn. It represents her dream of a new beginning, a life free from the cancer that has ravaged her twice. A life that offers a chance at love . . .and maybe marriage.
Jacqueline Donovan, the first woman to join the class, is estranged from her husband; her marriage has dwindled into an arrangement of separate rooms and separate lives. She disapproves of the woman married to her only son, but if she knits a baby blanket, she can at least pretend to like her pregnant daughter-in-law.
For Carol Girard, the baby blanket brings a message of hope as she and her husband make a final attempt at in vitro pregnancy.
And tough-looking Alix Townsend -- that's Alix with an i -- is learning to knit her blanket for a court-ordered community service project.
These four women, brought together by the age-old craft of knitting, make unexpected discoveries -- about themselves and each other. Discoveries that lead to love, to friendship and acceptance, to laughter and dreams. Discoveries only women can share . . .

I read all these in a week in July when we went camping :)

Of course there are lots more books to tell you about, I’ll get round to them some time!

I’m off to see Granny again soon, I wonder if she will have any other delights for me!?

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Can i go back? Can I Can I??

Ganny House, Birkerthwaite, Cumbria.  AKA Home for a week :)


This little cottage was at the top of the fells, above Eskdale, near Boot.


I rather thought it suited me :)


We had to buy wood from the local shop (which really hurt considering we have several tonnes of wood cut up waiting to be burned at home…but no space to take it up there in the new vehicle…)


I totally fell in love with the kitchen.  That Aga was fabulous.  But i can’t imagine what it would be like in the height of summer…i mean, there’s no ‘off’ button….


We did a few low-ish level walks around the cottage


The views were pretty lovely

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And just to prove that i did do it.  I climbed Pillar :)


This was me after we had been going up for about 2 hours and they showed me where we were heading for :O)


Yes. I’m pretty darned chuffed that i did it.Another one of the Wainwright walks ticked off the list.

I have no pictures of us having our lunch in the shelter at the top as by then the fog and rain had enveloped us and it was all i could do to get all my layers of clothes on, my hands were so cold i couldn’t be bothered to get my camera out of my backpack!


Yes this was me underneath all those layers. On the way down.

3 hours of up, and 2 hours of down.

Feel free to congratulate me :)

The next day we rested ;)

Saturday, 9 October 2010


I’ve been away.  Did you notice?


A week with my Mr D, 3 friends, and a Springer Spaniel :)

October is a great time to visit The Lake District.  The children are back at school, so not only is it quieter, but cheaper too! We stayed in a lovely cosy cottage near Boot, more West than we’ve ever stayed before.

We walked the Fells.. Then we walked up here.

pillar 2

Climbed.  More than walked.


Pillar. Wasdale.  I came down some of the way on my bum.  It was just easier.


There are pictures of me up there, when I’ve sorted them through.  Just to prove that it did actually happen and i didn’t dream it.  My thighs are still telling me 3 days later that it did actually happen.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve climbed bigger..much bigger (the biggest!) than this…. but that was about 12 years ago.  I’m older now, and the height, & the rocks, & the wind (which actually literally blew me over at one point) scare me.

But we did it, and I also learnt to cook on one of these.


Now that I loved. Perfect for drying out the boots too :) (Well it’s not The Lake District for nothing)

Can’t wait to catch up on all my reading, hope you all had a great week!