Thursday, 31 May 2012

Jubilee Weekend Plans

What are you doing with your Bank Holiday Weekend?


Me? So glad you asked.

Decorating sisters hallway

Jeeeeeeeeeep rides..(fyi my blog was just hijacked by Mr D who typed that)

 Meal out with the girls

Vintage Market on Sun to sell treasure! (yey)

Nightshift (boo)

BBQ’s (bottle of Pimms at the ready)

jubilee crosstitch

I’m looking forward to a lovely weekend.


PS. I’ve been absent from my blog this week, as I’ve just finished 4 night shifts on a row….which is unheard of for me as you know I believe there’s more to life than work…it just kinda happened…so I really should go and spend time with MR D who assures me that Dr House is awaiting an audience.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Cardigans are cool & sun burn is not


sun face

The good old British weather we all like to whinge about has failed to deliver this week. Instead we are all basking in the sunshine.

Living by the sea, it’s usually a lot cooler but that usually means more numpties people forget that there is actually a big bright burning thing beaming down upon them.

take a break from the sun

I’ve seen it already this week. People telling me they sat out all day in the sun and oh look now their skin is a brighter shade of crimson.  It makes me cringe to look at the marks where their little itsy bitsy clothing once was.

sun shade

I’m no angel, I’ve had my share of sunburn. But I like to think these days I’m a bit more conscious of the burning skin factor.

Cardigans have become my best friend. I have them in every colour, so even on the hottest days I will wear a thin one in order to cover up. Much better than having to cover my skin in the thick greasy factor 30.

And if you can’t bear to wear a cardigan, I find large scarves/shawls are fab for draping over my shoulders for protection.


There are lots of cool pretty umbrellas out there these days which can double up as a sun parasol. So really you have no excuse.

Apart from that, hope you’re loving the sunny weather


Thursday, 24 May 2012

Why take the short cut when the long way is much more fun?



Sunny May evenings just beg for a motorbike ride. So we did, we don’t like to disappoint.

Mr D finished work early & off we went along the country lanes to Harwich.

Harwich is across the water from Felixstowe, and as the crow flies, about a mile away….but going that way you’d get a bit wet…There is a foot ferry which runs in the summer and I am quite shocked to realise I have never ever been on it. This could be the year!

Here is a little picture of the ferry I found on Google images..

harwich foot ferry

Last night however, was my first motorbike ride of the year! As I am a fair weather pillion passenger..


The lovely little Pier at Harwich with Felixstowe Dock cranes in the background (of course these are phone pics as there’s not a lot of room on the bike for big girls cameras!


Mr D isn’t really pulling a face, the sun was a bit in his eyes, bless..


The ship behind me is a Cork Lighthouse ship, which they have made into a tourist attraction.

Lovely Fish & chips were had at the Pier Hotel.

We must do it again sometime….but we’ll take the Ferry. Just because we can.

Hope you’re all enjoying these summer evenings!


Monday, 21 May 2012

Catching up.. and Book review no.13!

In case you thought I had drowned in my own snot, you will be pleased to know I am very much alive. I did use up a fair amount of tissues though, discovered that Ibrufen is a sore throats best friend, and added guilt free ringing in sick to the list of 101 reasons why I made the right choice to change my job this year.

You may well ask what I’ve been up to, and here you have it. In phone pictures.


Spent some time at sisters house, playing with my favourite puppy dog.


I’ve had a good week selling treasure, which I like to parcel up pretty Smile


The weather was cool before the weekend, Fri night, I sat in front of the fire…and then on Sun it was gardening weather….so I did.


I filled some pots with pretty flowers.


I do like my little garden, and last night Mr D lit the BBQ. I bet we weren’t the only ones..


In the midst of all this, I read my 13th book of the year…and you can read the review here.

over on my other blog

the vintage tea party book

And I treated myself to some of this….I’ll tell you all about it soon!

diamond jubilee tea caddy

Hope you are all lurgy free!

I now feel the need to confess that whilst writing this post I have devoured a packet of M&S Percy Pigs. I am probably going to Hell.


Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Feeling Sorry for myself

I was just thinking to myself the other day how I haven't been ill for ages. So then illness decided to teach my smug self a lesson. And here I am. It hit me so suddenly that I had to abandon my car in a not so cool way outside my house because I couldn’t see what I was doing from my watery blurry eyes. Better to let the neighbours think I’m a numpty car parker than having to tell them I’ve made a dent in their precious wheels…

I stayed in bed this morning for as long as I could. But then the neighbours decided that 7.30 am on the one day I want to stay in bed is the best time to get cavity wall insulation or something. Which would be less annoying if our houses had cavity walls, which Mr D informs me they do not. Hmmm seems like someone is being had.


At least the sun is shining, which makes anyone feel a bit better. Then I found in the tin that is the drugstore of the house had some cold & flu drugs which actually have made my face ache not so much. And there was Albas Oil. Oh happy days for my nose. After being with me for 23 years, I’m thinking Mr D won’t mind me smelling like an old woman?

Postie has just brought me Frankie Magazine from my wonderful friend on the other side of the world Luan of Green Tea and Cupcakes.  I’ve heard of this magazine and am soooo excited to have one!  Also in my mail box was sweet note from Kylie at Lucy Violet Vintage.  I also really need to model this skirt she sent me ages ago, just waiting for the right time to show it off to you all..


Kylie made it from a vintage pillow case how cool is that?

Sometimes its just like they know.

Perhaps if I feel better I will get to replying to the pile of mail I have. I know I’m behind a bit.

Have a great day!


Saturday, 12 May 2012

Book Reviews No’s 10,11 & 12!

I’ve had these three books for what seems like forever, I bought them from a cheap bookstore as a set of three, then realised there are actually 4 books to the series. I thought I’d wait and see if it was worth buying the last one..After having them in one of a pile for so long, it only took me a couple of days to read all three.

the beautiful dead book 1

Something strange is happening in Ellerton High. Phoenix is the fourth teenager to die within a year. His street fight stabbing follows the deaths of Jonas, Summer and Arizona in equally strange and sudden circumstances. Rumours of ghosts and strange happenings rip through the small community as it comes to terms with shock and loss.
Darina, Phoenix’s grief-stricken girlfriend, is on the verge. She can’t escape her intense heartache, or the impossible apparitions of those that are meant to be dead. And all the while the sound of beating wings echo inside her head...
And then one day Phoenix appears to Darina. Ecstatic to be reunited, he tells her about the Beautiful Dead. Souls in limbo, they have been chosen to return to the world to set right a wrong linked to their deaths and bring about justice. Beautiful, superhuman and powerful, they are marked by a ‘death mark’ – a small tattoo of angel’s wings. Phoenix tells her that the sound of invisible wings beating are the millions of souls in limbo, desperate to return to earth.
Darina’s mission is clear: she must help Jonas, Summer, Arizona, and impossibly, her beloved Phoenix, right the wrong linked to their deaths to set them free from limbo so that they can finally rest in peace. Will love conquer death? And if it does, can Darina set it free?

I have to admit I started this book a while back & didn’t get into it, so put it back on the TBR pile to come back to another time. For some reason, even though I didn’t get it the first time, I really really wanted to read these. It’s not often I give up on a book, and then it’s less often that I will pick a book up for a second try.

I’m glad I persevered with this, as I did eventually get into it. So much that I read all 3 in two days while Mr D & I were at the Game Fair.  Antisocial bookworm Claire came out and made an appearance.

the beautiful dead book 2

4 dead teenagers, 4 books. Each book focus’s on one death, unravelling the mystery so that the teenager can go in peace.

Of course they leave the best one till last. When I say best I know obviously I haven't read the last one yet, but that’s the story of Pheonix, Darina’s love and I need to get that book soon so that I can know his story.

If you believe all the Young Adult books out there at the moment, you will be thinking that Darina is your typical Teenager. Skipping school, staying out late…or even all night, to go and lie in the arms of her un dead boyfriend. I do wonder how many parents there are out there who wouldn’t notice their 17yr old is awol for most of the time.

the beautiful dead book 3

So. The question is. Who’s gonna send me the fouth book? Smile

The sun arrived today, semi summer clothing has made an appearance. I looked quite the picture on the back of Mr D’s moped in a skirt, well we like to keep the neighbours talking.


Tuesday, 8 May 2012

The Sun came out

I thought I would post some proof that we did get some of the yellow stuff which has been a bit shy of late.  Bank Holiday weekend & we went to Glenham Game Fair.


The fair was moved up the hill as our usual spot was water logged in this drought we’ve been having…..(said in best sarcastic voice). Sunday was wet. Very wet. So wet, that all we could do was venture out to the pie and cheese man, then head to the cider stall.  And the beer tent where mulled wine was awaiting. Sometimes you just have to put your best British face on.


How would you like these trees in your back garden? If there wasn’t a fence keeping the riff raff out, I would be tempted to see if I could fit in that tree trunk above…


Back at the homestead, Mr D is out fixing my shed roof.  My stock is taking over the house, and I am soon to get a shed extension in the not so distant future, which will mean you may be able to get from A to B in the house without undertaking the assault course which is the boxes of goodies, packaging and general ‘stuff’. Which reminds me….must watch the programme about Hoarders tonight…..

Back soon with a book review!