Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Book Review No. 16

So I know I’m probably the last one in the universe to read this, & its thanks to Gracie that I am now part of the official Hunger Games cheer squad.


In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlaying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one girl and one boy between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has also resolved to outwit the creators of the games. To do that she will have to be the last person standing at the end of the deadly ordeal, and that will take every ounce of strength and cunning she has.

Where I got my hands on it.. As I said above I got this as a wee gift from the lovely Gracie :)

The cover.. Looks like a computer game, which made me think that the book was about them before I read into it..

Made me want to… order the next two…yipppeeeeeee

Who’s the lucky duck that’s getting it next?..  I’ve already leant it to my Niece as I couldn’t stop going on about it to her haha

I read this in 24 hours. I just couldn’t put it down. The dishes piled up, the cupboards were empty, but there I was, wanting to turn the page and see how Katniss was going to beat The Capital and win The Hunger Games.

The only thing I found weird about this book is that I couldn’t get the scale of The Hunger Games in my head. It’s supposed to be in an ‘arena’, which I think of as a football stadium size place. But The Hunger Games Arena has so many different areas, rivers, woods, baron planes, they set fire to it, have hovercrafts dropping by to pick up the bodies..I’m thinking they must be the size of a County. Then the arenas are kept as tourist attractions every year and new one’s built? Or did I get that wrong? Maybe it’s always the same arena. Because surely they would run out of space to build them.

Am I thinking too much about this? It seems like I am, but that’s what kept bugging me throughout the book. Bizarre.

The whole reality TV thing was quite scary. I think reality TV is heading this way. Peoples idea of entertainment is becoming warped.

Anyway all I really want to say about this book is read it. Whatever age you are. The dishes will still be there tomorrow. Or if your really lucky, someone else will do them :)


Saturday, 28 May 2011

I need a smaller bag…

I have 3 handbags which I alternate using, depending on the situation, and at the moment, I’m using the biggest. I’ve had a very busy week work wise and I find this one great for dumping everything into that I may need for the day.

The only problem is though, that I do exactly that. Dump everything in it. My back protests. This morning it was so heavy (esp after I’d been to the bank and got a load of change for the shop!) i actually thought the straps would give up.


So here is the bag. Nice? It’s from Accessorise, and was a present from my mum.

I bet you want to see what’s in it don’t you?


003  Filofax.. I love my Filofax, I’ve had it for about ten years so it’s just the right amount of worn-ness.

Notepads.. So who doesn't carry these around? The one with the little house is from Emily Martin at The Black Apple, one of my favourite Etsy shops, in this is my random lists and things to do.

Mail.. I got a letter yesterday from the lovely Jasmine, so I took it with me to read when I had a spare minute or two.

More notepads.. The stripy note pad is my work scribbles, I keep the messages in here to do the rota with, requests for holidays from the staff etc



Scooby Snacks.. I always always carry food around with me,so that I can re fuel. I don’t drink a lot of coke, but sometimes it’s good to get some sugar.  and don’t let the fruit fool you. This fruit has been in my bag for 3 days now. The chocolate however won;t survive the day.

Music & hair accessories.. If I’m in the shop on my own, I like to plug my own music into the system, & I always need to be able to tie my hair back if I’m working.



Essentials.. Face wipes, deodorant (it’s hot work making ice cream. (no I’m not kidding lol) Perfume (Covert by SJP. Love it) Anti bacterial hand gel (I’m sure that I spend more time than a normal 38yr old in Porta-loos) NO7 day cream with factor 15, I hate the feeling of sun lotion on my face so I use this.

Journal.. Cath Kidston (love her) I just recently bought this, & haven’t written in it yet :0.

Paper chase goodies.. My favourite shop for writing goodies, I went there yesterday & couldn’t leave the shop without these stickers, postcards & yep you guessed it..more notepads.



Book.. I don’t think I actually own a bag that a book won’t fit into. It’s what i judge all would be handbags on. Yes I am reading a Christmas themed novel in June. It’s my second one this week, and I’m loving it. Roll on Dec!!

Malta souvenirs & Keys.. My Mum & Dad went to Malta the other week, we lived there when I was a wee lass, and they’ve never been back, so they had fun reliving their youth :) The keys are my work bunch. Keys to the shop, the Ice cream factory, & the Bar that my bosses also own.  

As you can tell by the time wasting element to this post (I’ve always seen these kind of posts and thought really? Who has time to take photos of their handbag contents?) I have the rest of the day off. Mr D is Sound engineering for a local Blues Festival.

Picture me, in my PJ’s (yup at 1pm) the second disc of the first series of  Weeds, tea, (I’ll progress to the wine later) chocolate, and a huge pile of magazines.

Happy Days :) x

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Fancy a slice?

I’ve never gotten around to making these at work. (I presume you all know I’m the ice cream girl right?)

Ice cream cakes. Can I tempt you? I think i may search for the right size tin and have a wee go.


I’ve been looking for inspiration on Google images, & it’s got me quite excited.


All I need is the right tin to freeze it in, some time (& probably patience) & bob will be my preverbal uncle.

Anyone ever seen these in an ice cream parlour?

(btw me & blogger. Well we haven't totally divorced. Yet. I’ve sussed out…*read, whilst blog stalking I read this on a comments section & now can’t remember where I saw it*… that when you need to ‘choose a profile’ if you select the name/url option it works. But then this option isn’t always there.

Don’t hate me for not commenting on your blog. It’s his (bloggers) fault not mine, & I’m not giving up without a fight.

Oh, it rained. ALOT today. Hurray!!


Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Dear Blogger

It seems that you have become possessive of our friendship, I know we have been together for a while now, but really, I never promised to be exclusive.

I am shocked & hurt that you seem to have sabotaged my friendship with other bloggers in the meanest way you could.

Not letting me post comments on their blogs is just cruel.

I can’t quite figure out what the motive is behind it, maybe you just really want me all to yourself? You seem to have selected a certain few blogger friends of mine that you will allow me to keep in contact with, why is this? Do you not approve of some of some of  them? Who the hell do you think you are choosing my friends for me?

Well. I have to go now to work. See the world does not stop turning just because you are throwing a hissy fit.

I will be back, when you have had time to think about what you are doing.

And be warned. If I have to, I will call in the reinforcements.


Remember, you brought it on yourself.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Summer Must Have Swap

I received my swap parcel this morning! Just in time to link up!


Krysten from After I Do matched me up with Elisse from fur ellise.

I was soo chuffed when the post lady handed me over the box covered in tea pots :)

Inside the box.. A lovely necklace, which I put on straight away and wore all day :)


A great fan for keeping me cool. This is definitely coming camping with me003Books!!!!!!!   Always a winner!004Great gift bags & envelopes for future swaps002 There were also two lovely summery scarves which you can see in the top picture, (scarves are my favourite accessory)! And some material for my sewing projects, plus some little note pads!

Spoilt? Moi?

To see more swap parcels go here.

Do you take part in many swaps? Do you know of any going on right now? Let us know!


Sunday, 22 May 2011

Oh to be 19 again…

Would you all like to join me in wishing my Niece a Very Happy Birthday ?

5146468074_17d696962d_thumb  She spent the day feeling a tad fragile after her Birthday night out with her friends, but did still manage to come for a stroll to a sea front cafe bar for a….coke haha.

I found a little collection of her various guises..



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Oh to be 19 and have the time/willpower to have so many looks haha

And here she is ready for her big night on the town.. (on the left of course)230151_10150190579938141_527148140_7123031_3080650_n

It seems so long ago that I was 19, even though my brain still thinks I am. It’s my body that doth protest.

All together now….

Haaaaaaapppppppyyyyyy Biiiiirrrrrrrrthdaaaaaaaay



Saturday, 21 May 2011

Book Review No. 15!

Ok, I know I have slacked off in the review department last week, but it’s because I’ve been reading this book, which took me 2 weeks to read. Long time for me!

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Abandoned as a child, on the steps of the St Rose Convent in New York City.  Evangeline Cacciatore grew up knowing little of her parents.  Assisting a scholar in the convent one day, she uncovers a disturbing secret connected to her family.  It relates to a sinister discovery in the Bulgarian mountains a beautiful humanlike body impervious to decay.  Who is it?  And what does it have to do with her parents?

Her discovery puts Evangeline in terrible danger.  Unwittingly, she has reopened the war between two societies of merciless individuals racing to control powerful hidden artefacts.  It is a battle that will have a devastating effect on human kind.

Only by delving deeper into her family’s secret history will Evangeline uncover the truth.  But will it save? or destroy her?

First 5 sentences.. The angelologists examined the body.  It was in tact, without decay, the skin as smooth and as white as parchment.  The lifeless aquamarine eyes gazed heavenward.  Pale curls fell against a high forehead and sculptural shoulders shoulders, forming a halo of golden hair.  Even the robes, the cloth woven of a white shimmering metallic material that none of them could identify exactly , remained pristine, as if the creature had died in a hospital room in Paris and not a cavern deep below the earth.

Where I got my hands on it.. I got this when I went to Yorkshire. Sis and I went to Water stones where they were having a 3 for 2 offer. So we got a book each and a free one. This was the free one. Sis was the one who picked it off the shelf. It’s more her kind of thing than mine, but I’m so glad she did!

The cover.. Dark & a bit mysterious?

Made me want to… look out for the sequel? I don't know if there will be one but it needs one!

Who’s the lucky duck that’s getting it next?..  Sis is next to read it, as she is the one who chose it after all. I just got it first as I read quicker than her. Or more often.

I really liked this book. I’ve never read an adult fiction like it. I’ve read a few YA books with Fairies, Angels, Vampires as the theme, but never an adult one. Its a thick book, all 642 pages of it, which is why it’s taken me longer to read than usual.  It’s also really ‘wordy’ & descriptive.

This novel is set in a time when Angels walk among us. There wings strapped down so that they blend in with everyone else. The Angels are dying off & need to get the hands on the cure, which has been hidden from them. So the fight begins.

Isn’t it funny how some books just seem to take forever to get through? In contrast, I started reading  The Hunger Games as soon as I finished Angelology on Wed night, and had finished it by Fri lunchtime!! That’ll be review no. 16!

Its sooooo hot here today!  I’ve just been and watered the allotment. My little patch of Cutting Garden flowers are getting very tall. Just have a bit of a problem at the moment deciding which are weeds :o…it’s all just green to me haha. Hopefully they will flower soon and I will be able to sort them out..

Mr D has been cleaning his  motorbike this morning and now I think it may be bacon roll time!

Have a wonderful Saturday


Wednesday, 18 May 2011


Shoes. We all love them, no?  I love shoes but I’m not, as you would say, a ‘shoe addict’  I don’t often see any I like, usually I don’t like what’s ‘in fashion’ I like a nice pair of good quality shoes, and boots, and I’ll usually wear them to death before going to the next pair. So at the moment my shoe wardrobe consists of  2 pairs of boots.

These ones were my purchase this past winter and I swear I wore them two months solid, with skirts, dresses, trousers..

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And the pair below I’ve had for about 5 years. They are All Stars, with lovely fluffy lining as you can see :)

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Shoes of the moment consist of the all important Clarks black flat Mary Jane’s style which are the most comfortable shoes ever.

And for kicking about in the summer? I have my green converse ankle boots which I’ve had for about 6 years. My summer flip flops I’ve owned for about 7 years and I still love them.

So you get the picture? I don’t have a big shoe collection, and notice anything else? No heels. At all. Comfort is what it’s all about for me.

So imagine my surprise when one day my (shoe crazy) niece pointed out some shoes in a little boutique shop we were browsing around.  And my heart just kind of.


Oh deary me. I fear bad things may be about to happen.






I really really really love them. Really. Like I’ve never loved shoes before.

Go see the Irregular Choice website, and tell me you don’t.


Happy Wednesday, I’m off to make 120 litres off ice cream today. What are you up to?

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Weekend Fun

I did work on Saturday, but not before I finished my apron :)



I got the chintzy material from a charity shop..I have loads left for more :) Some of the lace is vintage, and the material for the pocket came from Mummie’s stash :)

I’m pleased with it, although will definitely make some changes for the next one. (Guess what everyone’s getting for Christmas lol)

After work, I toddled off to Rougham Airfield to join Mr D at the 4x4 show.



There was a small off road course which was no trouble for the Jeep :)


Of course he had to have a go on the See Saw and show those Land Rover owners how it’s done.

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It was soooo windy on the airfield, so there wasn’t much sitting out, but there was a great Beer tent with a heater in it. So we just had to.

Apart from that, I finished the first 6 episodes of Weeds!! How right you all were, It makes me laugh so much!

Oh, have you noticed? I did an ‘About Me’ page at the top there. I’m slowly getting there , I’ve been wanting to do one for ages!

Go read it. If you want. You might learn something interesting :)


Friday, 13 May 2011

I Confess

It’s a few years since I sat in the confessional and told all. I remember it well though. On a Friday morning the Priest would come in to the school and off we would go to the school nurses room where he would use a screen, like those hospital screens on wheels that we would sit either side of. It was always the same sins. I lied. I was horrible to my mumI swore. But it was ok, as after I had said my Penance, off I could skip, with my sin-free soul and do it all again. I used to think of my sins as big tea stains on my soul. Once I had confessed and said my Hail Mary’s my soul was pure white again…(until the next time…)

Now I’m a few years older I have other things to confess.

And I may. Or May not. Have a small addiction.

I just can’t help myself. I’m helpless when I see them and i just have. To. Have. Them.

I just can’t get enough.

I will soon need a bigger house.



They don’t have to match. In fact it’s better if they don’t.



See the top right photo? I actually saved those plates and cups from the box of old crockery that Mr D and his friend use for their shooting games. I mean how could he even think of shooting them!?

Thank you for listening to my sins. Feel free to dish out the Hail Marys. To be quite honest though. I think it’s worth it.

Oh, look what I saw on FB tonight. Laugh? I nearly peed my pants.


A case of Life Imitating Art.


Wednesday, 11 May 2011



I stumbled upon Lauren’s blog An Outside Voice the other day, (you know…like you do…) and thought I would take part in her photo share thingumy.

There will be a theme once a month to which we post photo’s.

I thought this would be a good project to practise my DSLR ‘skills’.

This one is ‘Tree’s’ as it’s kind of last minute and I haven’t really got time to go tree hunting, I thought I would post an old photo which says ‘Tree’s’ to me.


This was taken while on holiday in The Lake District last year, by Mr D.

If you would like to see more tree picks or to join up go here!


I have a day off today WoooooHoooooo! Oh what to do with myself. Ho Hum.


Tuesday, 10 May 2011

My Friend the Mail Man (or lady)

I have quite a few different Mail people. Sometimes it’s a Mr and sometimes a Mrs. But I love them all equally.

Mainly because they bring me nice things :)

I took part in the Candy Swap which was organised by Erin at My Beautiful Disaster

And oh am I glad I did.

Look at the box full of goodies that my swap partner Chrissy


All the way from Chicago! Plus she also sent me a couple of lovely handmade things. A cute brooch and Owl decoration :)


How wonderful is that?! (To see what I sent her go here)

I also took part in a postcard swap organised by the lovely Gracie. The idea was to send your swap partner a postcard with a favourite quote on it. I was paired with Maria at Life Long Book Passion. Here’s what she sent me.



Gracie is great for setting this up, and also for sending me this book which sooo many people have gone on and on about!


I haven’t started it yet but it’s next on my list and I can’t wait!

BTW It rained the last TWO nights. Overnight while I slept.


If only I had known. I may have gone out and danced in it.