Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Hello February

We are well and truly into 2012 now, there’s a lot to look forward to in February

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February is the month of love and even more so in our house as it will be the 23rd anniversary of Mr D and I’s first date

 

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Without Valentine's Day, February would be... well, January

We have had a very mild winter so far, but the last couple of days have seen little peeks of Joe Frost himself

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Don't knock the weather. If it didn't change once in a while, nine out of ten people couldn't start a conversation

 

I for one am quite looking forward to some frosty days, as I have some new welly boots on their way to me to do some serious leaf crunching in.

You can read the post about my welly boot love here

February will be the last full month in my present job, and more training for my new one, so busy but exciting times ahead!

What are you looking forward to in February?

Oh, Mr D had a good birthday, even if he had to go to work, he did finish early which is the good thing about being your own boss I suppose, no one looking at the clock when you want to run home and drink Malt Whiskey!

SmileX

Monday, 30 January 2012

Birthday Boy

My Mr D is 41 today.

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A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun.  Enjoy the trip. 

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Birthdays are good for you.  Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest

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One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.

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And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.

Today he’s working (that’s what he tells me but I’m sure there will be a birthday breakfast/lunch/sticky bun stop), tonight we are going for a meal with his family.

It’s pretty bleak looking outside, hope it’s brighter where you are!

SmileX

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Book Review No.2.. Prophecy of the Sisters

 

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'Without the Keys, something terrible will happen. Something that cannot be undone. And with them, I might bring an end to the riddle of the Prophecy and my strange part in it. If Alice and I are on conflicting sides of the Prophecy, the Keys would be dangerous in her hands. Which means I have to find them. And I have to do it before my sister.' This is the story of sixteen-year-old Lia Milthorpe's quest to discover her role and her twin sister's in a powerful prophecy that has affected twin sisters for generations. But nothing can prepare her for what she discovers - about herself, about her family, and about the danger that goes from haunting her dreams to becoming her reality.

First five sentences… Perhaps because it seems so appropriate, I don’t notice the rain.  It falls in sheets, a blanket of silvery thread rushing to the hard almost winter ground.  Still, I stand without moving at the side of the coffin. I am on Alice’s right. I am always on her right, and I wonder if it was that way even in mothers womb, before we were pushes screaming into the world one right after the other.

Where I got my hands on it..  I had seen this book several times whilst browsing the bookstores….but had always resisted buying as it was in hardback and we know that’s against my religion to buy a hardback…then one day whilst out with sis, I spied it in the bargain section for 99p!! So being the thoughtful soul that I am, I put it in sis’s basket and said that she could wrap it up for me for Christmas. So she did. YeY!

The cover.. I have to say this is not the prettiest cover I’ve ever seen, the girls on the front not only look spooky…which I guess was the plan, but they just look a bit…well….not very attractive…

Made me want to…  I immediately went on line to see if there was a follow up to this, and guess what? It’s actually a trilogy.

Who’s the lucky duck that’s getting it next?..  This will be going back to sis, as she wants to read it, which has got to be the best Christmas present to buy, it only costs 99p, you know it’s something they want, and then you get it back when they’re done with it!! ha!

So, was it worth the wait? I think it was. Although the story was pretty much what I had dreamt up every time I had looked at the book, it still kept my attention, especially towards the end.  The story is set in the Victorian era, which lends itself nicely to the dark mysterious goings on.  The story is told by Lia, and she learns of her part in a family prophecy of which her and her sister are the next links in the chain.  A part she would rather not have, and threatens to endanger everyone around her.

This is YA and  not exactly challenging in the literary department, but I think you must have realised by now I read for entertainment and not so that I can say I’ve read the latest Booker prize winner.

I will definitely buy the next two of these if I see them in the 99p section…

I hope you all are having a wonderful week.

Just to throw it out there….Last night was a charity do at our local Spa, and Matt Cardle sang a few songs. Such a good voice!

My Niece was Stage manager, and she may…or may not have ‘acquired’ his water bottle….

SmileX

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Ten years ago I was 30…

This year is the year I will turn 40. (Aug…so you have plenty of time to hunt for my perfect pressie…)


I was looking back at pictures from my 30th…


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We had lunch on a boat. I’m wearing what was my favourite top in the whole world.


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See those jeans I’m wearing? I still have them. I wore them at the weekend.


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So. What to do for the 40th birthday?


I wouldn’t say no to this….


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Afternoon Tea at The Ritz.


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Oh. Go on.


Unless anyone has any other ideas? I’m open to suggestions…


Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.


SmileX


Ps..if you want to see how to make the perfect cup of tea…Click Here….

Saturday, 21 January 2012

A-Z of Meeeeee

Looking through my folder of half started draft blog posts I found this one and decided to finish it…. I’d seen it a while ago on some blogs and thought it looked like fun.. enjoy!



me and bertie Age:39. Yep, it’s the big 40 for me this year.



Bed Size: Double. Who has a house big enough for a king size bed?
Chore you Hate: Filling the car with Diesel. It’s not even about the money, I just hate petrol station forecourts, I would rather be anywhere else and frequently run around on the red until Mr D needs the car then he will fill her up!
Dogs:
Love them, but think a good percentage of dog owners need a lesson or two in dog etiquette.
Essential start of your day: Cup of tea when I get out of bed. Straight away.
Favourite Colour: Blue & Purple
Gold or Silver: Silver definitely!
Height: At a guess, 5 ft 5
Instruments I play: I don’t play any, when I was in Primary school I played a bit of recorder..
Job Title: Manager of an Ice cream Parlour /Coffee shop….but as we all know now this will be coming to an end and my new job will be Support Worker at a Charity which gives daily support to people with disabilities.
Kids: None. Close you mouth. Yeah I know I’m 39. This deserves a whole post of its own sometime soon.



Live: East Coast of England.
Mum's name: Mary
Nickname: Bertie….ClaraB……CB
Overnight Hospital Stays: None!
Pet Peeve: Bad customer Service…(Helllooooooo I’m here!? I don’t give a rats arse how your date went last night, so stop gossiping with your co-worker and SERVE ME!! )
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uote from a movie: What do you think, Jimmy, they'll be eatin' chips out of our knickers? Natalie Murphy, The Commitments
Han Solo: May the Force be with you
Right or left handed: Right.
Siblings: A sister, 2 years older than me, my best friend, even though we fought when we were younger and I got on her nerves by copying her clothes..
Time you wake up: Depends what day it is and what I’m doing, the earliest is 6am (if I’m at my sleepover job) and the latest would be about 9am if I was off work and having a lie in..
Underwear: Cheap and cheerful. I have come to realise the good thing about having small boobs is the bras are cheap. And I can’t be doing with lace, I mean who wants that?
Vegetables you dislike: I can’t think of any….
What makes you run late: Blogging (see I’m blaming you…)
X-rays you've had done: My teeth, I have had a lot of dental work and have a dentist that seems to like taking xrays..My wrist..I broke it the first (and last) time I went ice skating.
Yummy food you make: I make a mean victoria sponge, and m sausage & pasta bake is Mr D’s fav :)
Zoo animals: Owls….do they live in a zoo?



Thanks for all your comments on my last post…I’m quite looking forward to my new role when I start it, and also if I’m being honest, looking forward to a summer of no stress…



SmileX

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Time to move..

I found these quotes the other day.

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This is your Life.

Do what you love and do it often. If you don’t like something, change it.

If you don’t like your job, quit it. If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV.  If you are looking for the love of your life, stop.  They will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love.  Stop over analysing, all emotions are beautiful. Life is simpleAppreciate every last bite.  Open your mind, arms and heart to new things and people. We are united in our differences.  Ask the next person you see what their passion is, and share your inspiring dream with them.  Travel often, getting lost will help you find yourself.

 Some opportunities only come once, seize them.  Life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them.  So go out and start creating.  Life is short.  Live and dream and share your passion.

So. I quit my job.  I’m now working my notice at the job I’ve been doing and loving for 8 years. It’s a fairly big deal, but hopefully it means that I will be where I want to be in 2012.

SmileX

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

It’s the Little Things

Sometimes, all you want to do is go and run by the sea. Especially when the sun is shining and the water is still.

If someone would just take you there in the Land Rover. Which although a bit on the bumpy side is great for such activities..

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It’s such a treat to be let off. To run and not have anything to think about but where the next treat will be coming from. Much better than looking at 4 walls.

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And work. Well work can wait. There are far more important things on the to do list.

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Like waiting for the fun to start.

Today we took Charlie to The Ferry again, where he can run to his little hearts content. Charlie spent 4 months in the RSPCA before my sisters family rescued him. He thinks it was worth the wait.

SmileX

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Christmas at Tiffany’s. Book review No.1

 

christmas at tiffanys by karen swan

It’s taken me a while to get my first book review of 2012 done, but that is not an omen for the rest of the year believe me. At last count I had about 70 books in my to-be-read piles which are breeding all over my house, and I am determined to read every single one of them. Before I buy any more. Yes you read that right. If you hear that I’ve been spotted buying any new books, feel free to call the book police. Or Mr D. Which would probably be worse, as the police don’t have to live with me.

Cassie settled down too young, marrying her first serious boyfriend. Now, ten years later, she is betrayed and broken. With her marriage in tatters and no career or home of her own, she needs to work out where she belongs in the world and who she really is. So begins a year-long trial as Cassie leaves her sheltered life in rural Scotland to stay with each of her best friends in the most glamorous cities in the world: New York, Paris and London. Exchanging grouse moor and mousy hair for low-carb diets and high-end highlights, Cassie tries on each city for size as she attempts to track down the life she was supposed to have been leading, and with it, the man who was supposed to love her all along.

First five sentences… Kelly Hartford looked out of the taxi window and scanned the horizon for a landmark-a loch or a folly or a particularly tall tree-that might give her some clue that they were heading in the right direction.  It was exactly ten years to the day that she had visited, and she had forgotten how far beyond the back of beyond her friend lived.   Apart from a few tiny crofters cottages on the moor, they’d not passed a house or car in over thirty miles.  Kelly didn’t know how Cassie stuck it.

A sunbeam streamed through the window, dazzling her momentarily and she rooted around in her handbag for a pair of shades.  She had aso forgotten how much longer the days were up here in the summer.

Where I got my hands on it..  Good ole Santa AKA Mum brought me this.  It sat in my Christmas hamper along with several other books and I was excited to get a Christmassy book as I love them.

The cover.. I had spotted this cover on the shelves of WHS. It stood out to me due to it’s Christmassy feel, the fact that it had Tiffany’s in the title was another winner as what girl does not long for a little blue box with a white ribbon? The cover picture is a snowy Central Park. Exactly where I would like to be in the snow one year.

Made me want to…  Cassie goes travelling to 3 cities after finding out her marriage of ten years is not as it seemed.  Her 3 friends take it in turns to show them their cities so we get to go with Cassie to New York, Paris and London.  She re-creates herself in each city, and her friends get to play with the ‘Cassie Doll’. This is supposed to enable Cassie to ‘find herself’ and see who she really is if not a wife.  The travelling does seem quite appealing, to spend four months in each city. I could enjoy that, if I put my mind to it…

Who’s the lucky duck that’s getting it next?..  This is coming to a friends tonight where we are going for our annual post Christmas dinner

I did enjoy this book, but I have to admit I felt a bit diddled. The cover and the title had me thinking it was a Christmassy book, and so I read it first…but it turned out not to be the case. Even though I enjoyed going on Cassie’s adventures there was still a niggling feeling of having been robbed followed me..

It’s been a lazy Sunday here today, Mr D has been off teaching the eldest Niece to trials ride, while I’ve been sitting in front of my fire (the cold snap has arrived) with my littlest Niece.  We shopped for shoes on line, ate far to many party rings, and I did a blog post over Here on the Vintage Bike Overhaul we did for eldest Nieces Christmas..go check it out, and tell me you’re not gonna zip tie flower garlands to your bike tomorrow!

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It’s a new week, and I’m loving 2012 so far, I’ll tell you why next time.

SmileX

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Snapshots of Christmas

I’m amazed it’s Wednesday already, this was not part of the plan. The plan that said I would be blogging more frequently. Just lets put that one behind us and move on.

Anyway, I know you’ve been dying to see some holiday snaps, so I thought tonight would be the night. Enjoy..

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This was before Christmas. We were about to go to the Christmas dinner of the Estate that Mr D does a lot of work for. So we got all glammed up and put our wellies on to trudge across the field. There was transport at the other side of the field, which is needed when the bar is free all night… (in true fashion blogger style I will tell you my long purple velvet coat was from a charity shop 9.00, my floral wellies from the 75% off sale in accessorise, and my tights are indeed mustard colour)

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A friend makes us a Christmas cake every year. I’m not even that keen on fruit cake. And Mr D is extremely fussy about his fruit cake. The work Moist is mentioned in the same breath as fruit cake rather a lot. But this. This is always worthy of a slice.

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I got some books!!!! Rejoice! Because the girl…she does love a good book!

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A friend bought me this Kirstie Allsopp stamp set which I blogged about Here.

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We went to a friends for drinks…and I stayed away from the freaky layered drink with the rude name…because we are not 15 anymore. Just because everyone else is knocking it back doesn't mean we have to. We have learnt our limits in the drink department, and our stomach thanks us for that.

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We had the obligatory walk along the prom on Boxing day, excuse the wind hair…found the pub…then made the mistake of going to the park on the way home. Oh but it was funny.

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See that man? I married him. Bet you’re green.

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Mr D & the niece took part in a friends off road day. It was fancy dress so of course Kirstin was a Land Girl in the jeep.

I have no pictures of New Year. Apparently I am not the professional photographer/blogger I like to think if I can’t carry my DLSR around and whip it out at the drop of a hat.  But we really didn’t set the place alight, it was just nice and relaxed.

And there you have it. My holiday in snapshots.

Time to really get to grips with 2012.

SmileX

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Home town Tour Felixstowe Ferry Sunshine in January

On Friday, the sun was shining and so sis and I took Charlie (sis’s new waggy tail) to Felixstowe Ferry, for a play on the beach, a chance to get salty water on the paws, and a nice cuppa outside the cafe.outside the ferry cafe

Doesn't look like a Friday morning in January does it?

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The cafe has been there since Noah it seems, and actually talking (typing) of Noah, when the tide comes up, this is what the area around the Ferry looks like..

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(image from Google images)

Not much fun for the poor homeowners down there, whose homes are actually pretty much just sheds on stilts..but I guess the owners of the Houseboats will be ok…

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Charlie just knew there were sausages around…I think he could read the signs..010

He sat and looked out for them, just in case one got astray..

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Yes he likes his tartan blanket to go with him, just in case the concrete is a wee bit cold on his delicate behind..002

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The photo below is an old one I found on Google images, the Ferry takes you over to Bawdsey where you can sit on the little beach and picnic, or marvel at  Bawsey Manor. In 1936 Bawdsey Manor became a top-secret research establishment for the MOD and it was here that Sir Robert Watson Watt and his team developed the new RADAR technology. 

I think I need a trip over there sometime this year.

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I’ll be sure to take my camera with me, so you can come too Smile

The rest of my weekend has been one of organising..I now have a row of colourful folders housing all my boring office stuff. I have more to do, but I’m feeling like a rather suity-office-type right now.

I’ve also had a bit of a New Year clear out and have sold a lot of excess baggage that I don’t need on the delightful eBay.  My office is looking a bit like a post office, but my bank account is thanking me.

Hope your weekend has been fun!

SmileX