Monday, 25 February 2013

She knows me so well…



A week or more ago, I opened the door to my lovely post lady and look what she put in my hands.

My more than wonderful artist, Ann Margaret created this picture just for me.

It may not be a coincidence that she bares more than a small resemblance to yours truly, no?

My parcel from across the pond included so many lovely things


Its days like this that I love that post lady more than ever.


Meet tucker.

I really should write some mail myself, so that others may love their postie too…


Sunday, 24 February 2013

Summer and the City (Book review No. 2)

Notice my lack of reviews this new year? This is not because I have given up the written word, far from it. I have a stack of books awaiting my thoughts. I just haven't felt the need to review any.

So it all changed with this one.

You may or may not know that I am a Huge Sex & the City fan. Remember when I got excited about The Carrie Diaries book and reviewed it way back in early 2011?

Well it seems that there is a second book to The Carrie Diaries and so I took it upon myself to make it mine.

summer and the city book

Meet teenage Carrie Bradshaw as she hits the bright lights, big city of New York for the very first time! Find out how Carrie transforms from country girl to super-cool fashionista in the second explosive CARRIE DIARIES novel from the globally bestselling author of SEX AND THE CITY. Summer is a magical time in New York City and Carrie is in love with all of it - the crazy characters in her neighbourhood, the vintage-clothing boutiques, the wild parties and the glamorous man who has swept her off her feet. Best of all, she's finally in a real writing class, taking her first steps toward fulfilling her dream. This sequel to THE CARRIE DIARIES brings surprising revelations as Carrie learns to navigate her way around the Big Apple, going from being a country "sparrow" - as Samantha Jones dubs her - to the person she always wanted to be. But as it becomes increasingly difficult to reconcile her past with her future, Carrie realises that making it in New York is much more complicated than she ever imagined. With her signature wit and sparkling humour, Candace Bushnell reveals the irresistible story of how Carrie met Samantha and Miranda, and what turned a small-town girl into one of the New York City's most unforgettable icons, Carrie Bradshaw.

This book begins the day after Carrie meets Samantha in NYC. The day after The Carrie Diaries ends.

Carrie is attending a writing class whilst finding her way in NYC. Meeting her fellow Sex & the City girlfriends throughout the book (although she doesn't meet Charlotte till the end) meeting colourful characters, getting invited to cool parties, it’s every 17yr olds dream.

I would have to say nothing spectacular happens in this book, there is no edge of your seat must read plot. For anyone who isn’t a fan of Carrie to start with, they would probably find this novel a bit on the ‘eh’ side. The real pull of this book is the fact that we are meeting Carrie as she becomes the woman we all know and love in SATC.

I have become aware that my friends across the pond are getting to watch The Carrie Diaries on TV and this makes me sad and also a bit green. Can I come over and we can put our PJ’s on and watch it?


Friday, 15 February 2013

The Story of our First Date

(please forgive most of these photos are photos-of-photos)

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As tomorrow is the anniversary of Mr D and I’s first date, I thought I would reminisce with you..

24 years ago in a little sea side town, it was safe for a 16 going on 17yr old girl to sit on the sea front wall with her friends, talking to random boys who would cruise past in their cars, stopping to chat. It was even safe to get in and go for a cruise with them. To no where in particular…just hanging out chatting and meeting up with others.

I kind of knew Mr D. Well, I saw him on the bus to college if that counts. He was an apprentice carpenter and I was doing a hairdressing course.

Mr D in the evenings would do some delivery work for his mums business and I started to go with him (with friends mostly). I was attracted by the stash of maltesers that would be on the dashboard (see? how can a girl resist?) and the music playing on the tape deck  would often be one of my favourites of the time, Pat Benatar 

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One valentines after a jolly road trip I was delivered home to find a card and rose in my front porch, and it was the next day when I was at home with a friend that Mr D rang up and asked me out on a date.

There’s a bit of a twist in the tale, the friend I was with had a HUGE crush on Mr D. I knew this, Mr D knew this, I think our whole town knew this. I remember asking her if she would mind if I said yes? After all he obviously wasn’t going to say yes to her after all the hints she had dropped so why should I miss out? (not that I said that of course) Friend said no fine go ahead. I seem to remember that friend didn't talk to me for quite a long time after that.

Can you imagine if I had said no to spare friends feelings? She eventually found her soul mate and has been married for many many years.


So two days after Valentines day Mr D picked me up in his lovely little Triumph Dolomite, his pride and joy. I remember one of the side windows was taped up as some drop out had broken in to the car a few days previous. I also remember Mr D taking the tape  deck out and hiding it in the boot when the car was parked up. There was a pink panther hanging from the rear view mirror, and the seat covers were fluffy.

Where did we go on our first date? Mr D drove to the next town, where we went to Mac Donald's, then on the way home we stopped in a little village pub where I had a coke.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

We have had many many fun times since then and I’m am absolutely positive the fun times will just keep on coming.



Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Why passing time can get expensive

Today, I am sitting in waiting a parcel arriving. Although I am always excited for the arrival of parcels, I do find it irritating when they give a huge window of time to wait in. I wonder how people get their parcels that work a 9-5 job. They must live in a parcel-less world, which makes me sad.

book lover t shirt

The problem with waiting is that the computer is here, and I can easily order things like this t-shirt from ToTheMoonAndBack on Etsy.

I am in love with their whole range of T shirts.


Friday, 8 February 2013

Two wheels are better (& cheaper) than four



You know I love my bicycle, but every winter it does get neglected somewhat. I get lazy & the weather is against me. (I hate cycling in the wind!)

This week I’ve got Tilly out of the garage and Mr D has given her some tlc in the way of air in her tyres and some adjusting to stop the embarrassing ‘ting ting’ noise that was happening every time I peddled.


The first picture is taken many years ago as you can see before the addition of the pretty flower garland on the basket :)

Tilly & I are bonding again. We’ve been to town, to work, to the local shop, and tonight we will be venturing out in the dark to my sleep in shift, where she will be put in someone else’s garage all safe and warm over night.

If only it would stop raining.


She likes the sun best


Saturday, 2 February 2013

That was then…


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I was looking through my photos and came across this one I thought I’d share.

Taken on our holiday to Cornwall for our first wedding anniversary, this was 13 yrs ago and I can’t believe how young I look!

That’s Baxter, our black lab who had a fabulous time in Cornwall

This was the year of the petrol crisis. Remember that? We were oblivious in our cosy cottage for two, until one day we ventured out and saw the queues for petrol.

We quickly decided that we wouldn’t worry about getting home, we would have fun and use up all our petrol on the holiday, and if there wasn’t enough to get home, well, we would just have to stay!

Un fortunately the local station let us fill up when no one else was looking. How very annoying kind of them.

Oh, if you’re wondering about Mr D, here he is…

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I actually think he still has that T shirt.

Love looking at old photos