Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Catching Fire



Have you seen it yet?
We went last night, to our little local cinema, which has been modernised slightly or rather you can now hear the sound track over the rustling of sweetie packets, which will cost you 7.50 compared to the 5.00 at our last visit (that's the cinema ticket not the sweetie's...although it would be easily possible to spend that much on sweeties..)
Anyway, the film was great. Look out for the Monkeys. I may have jumped off my seat just a wee bit.
SmileX

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Sunday Thoughts…


technology
"The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people. "
"Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don't need to be done.
It is named the "Web" for good reason.”
“Just move to the Internet, its great here. We get to live inside where the weather is always awesome.”
“The internet is just a world passing notes around a classroom.”
SmileX

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Weekends


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Working shifts and/or being a relief worker means weekends aren’t always on the traditional Sat & Sun, so as I will be working from 2.30pm tomorrow (Sun) right through till 8.30am  Mon that did mean that Fri & Sat has been my ‘weekend’.
Yesterday (Friday) I did actually spend most of the day in bed as I had worked an awake night Thurs. My day spent in bed consists of getting up occasionally to pick up the post, go to the loo, answer the phone, throw  (sometimes I turn it off, depending how tired I am) and throw a log on the wood burner. I did actually get dressed and Mr D & I went to the local British Legion club to meet some friends and listen to a band. Going to the Legion isn’t something we do regularly, in fact we’ve only ever gone there for private functions, but we had a good time.
By the time we had cadged a lift home and invited said chauffeurs in for tea and a warm by the burner, it was late and so this morning I didn’t peek out of the curtains until 10.30am. !
Today has been spent taking some things to the charity shop and listing treasure on E bay. I’m being very good lately at not hoarding everything, and it’s amazing what I’ve found whilst tidying. So now I don’t need to buy a new pair of slippers as I discovered a brand new pair with the tags on that I think I received last Christmas!
Tonight we are going to some friends house for a drink & out for a meal. This will be the first journey on my bike since Mr put a basket on the back luggage rack for me to carry my shopping in. Nervous?
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When I said I wanted a basket on the back I didn’t quite envision one this big.
I will let you know how it goes and if I have to avoid any narrow spaces.
SmileX

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Whatever It Takes Adele Parks. Book Review No. 18


whatever it takes adele parks
Eloise Hamilton is a Londoner born and bred, so it is a momentous day when she reluctantly agrees to uproot to Dartmouth, leaving behind her perfect world so her husband can finally live in his. There are compensations, however. Her mother-in-law Margaret will welcome her with open arms, and besides, she can still rely on best friend Sara to be her lifeline to London.
Yet, both Margaret and Sara are facing their own difficulties, and thrust into unexpected turmoil, Eloise finds she is the one holding everything together for her loved ones - and by an ever-weakening thread. As her world implodes with the strain of being responsible for all around her, someone is bound to be overlooked. And the damage might be irreparable
I  love Adele’s books, I’ve read most of them, then she did that annoying thing (ok prob not her fault) of republishing her books with a new cover and when this one came out I had to check the inside to see when it was first published to see if I’d read it! So many many books, they just blur into each other…
Anyway, this one was as good as the rest, grittier than the usual chic lit I read a lot of.
I really disliked Sara, I couldn’t believe Eloise put up with her and was her friend for so long, as a non-breeder myself I just find it annoying when women think all they are out on the earth to do is have babies, to the point of not caring how they treat anyone else in their lives.
As with all Adele’s books, there's a lot happening  in this one, all the characters have a lot going on in their lives, & it kept me wanting to read ‘just one more page’!
Definitely one for your Christmas stocking
SmileX

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

The year of the Babycham


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I’ve never ever tasted Babycham, maybe that’s because I’ve never owned the correct drinking vessel. Well now I do, so there’s really no excuse now is there?
I found a big big bottle at Iceland the other day, but I didn’t buy it as I couldn’t drink all that fizz in one go, and I really don’t see Mr D as a Babycham kinda guy.
Is it true if you put a spoon in the top of a bottle of fizz it keeps it’s fizz – ness longer?
I’m on the look out for the 4 packs of smaller bottles, if anyone could help a girl out here in her quest..
It’s been bitterly cold here today, hope you’ve all got your thermals on. According to the radio yesterday, you need to keep moving so that your inner core body temp doesn't plummet & you get hypothermia. Does regular trips to the wood basket and/or kettle count?
SmileX

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Sunday Thoughts..


life
“Good things come to those who wait… greater things come to those who get off their ass and do anything to make it happen.”
“Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.”
“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”
“Forget all the reasons it won’t work and believe the one reason that it will.”
SmileX

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Training Granny


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My Grannie’s new place has an ‘honesty’ table in the foyer, where you leave things you no longer want and someone else can give it a home, leaving whatever money you think is right in the little money slot in the table. The money raised goes to the tenant fund for various treats throughout the year.
Visiting last week she presented me with this jug, she saw it and thought of me.
I have a love for pretty jugs, for putting flowers in, gravy, smaller ones) or just to sit & look pretty.
Isn’t she just the bestest?
SmileX

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

The perfect cup of tea….


vintage tea time
Browsing the Fortnum & Mason website today (like I do…..)
I came across this video about the perfect cup of tea. Interesting answer to the question of milk in first or last?

I usually put milk in last but I thought that this was wrong. Seems I was wrong to think that!
What about you? Milk in first or last?
SmileX

Monday, 11 November 2013

Australian Adventures

 

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Its been about 3 months now since my Niece went off to travel the East Coast of Australia. I thought you may like to see a few pics from her journey so far…

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sun bathing

Sunbathing as a pale faced ginger haha

Looks like an ok life eh?

SmileX

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Sunday Thoughts..


never forget
When you go home, tell them of us and say
For their tomorrow we gave our today.
SmileX

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Chocolate Shoes & Wedding Blues Book Review No. 17


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When Tansy Poole inherits a run-down shoe shop tucked away in the village of Sticklepond, ‘Cinderella’s Slippers’ is born – providing the footwear to make any fairytale wedding come true…
Carrying everything a bride would want to walk down the aisle in, Tansy’s shop soon expands to carry shoe-themed wedding favours, bridesmaid gifts and even delicious chocolate shoes. It’s the dream destination for any shoe-lover!
If only everything in her personal life could be as heavenly – but with a fiancĂ© trying to make her fit into a size 8 wedding dress, not to mention the recent discovery of disturbing family revelations, Tansy takes refuge in the shop’s success.
But one man isn’t thrilled by the stream of customers hot-footing it to Cinderella’s Slippers… Actor Ivo Hawksley, resident of the cottage next to the shop, is troubled by a dark secret in his past and has come to Sticklepond to nurse his own broken heart.
However, Ivo realises that he and Tansy have a link in their past and soon, they both find out how secrets shared can make a very strong bond indeed…
Being pretty behind with my book reviews this year I thought I would slip this one into the mix. While at Grannie’s house last week, I found this one on her book shelf. I come from a family of readers. It is my families fault that my home is becoming a fire hazard.
This book appealed to me because, a. it had the word Chocolate in the title, b. It’s about a girl who inherits a run down shop in a little village and for all the predictability of this story line, I am a sucker for it. Every time. And c. I had read Chocolate Wishes by the same author about the same village.
I read this in the 3 days at Grannies house, which means that it was an easy read, I was dying to get to the end to see if it all worked out (Yeah I know it usually does but you never know right?) but at the same time I had no intention to bring it home, instead left it on the ‘honesty table’ in the foyer which means that it wasn’t so good that I would pass it on or keep it.
As far as chic lit goes, this book is a pretty good enjoyable read, but like a lot of chic lit,  it won’t leave a lasting impression…in a couple of years time when they do that annoying thing of republishing it with a new cover, you’ll wonder if you’ve read it. 
Even so, If I see any more novels based in Sticklepond, I would definitely read them.
SmileX

Monday, 4 November 2013

Because everyone should ride a pumpkin once in their life..

 

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One things for sure, those upstairs at my j.o.b know how to throw a party.

Off we went on the coach to the Halloween party at Dunston Hall.

For costumes sis & I dressed up in replica work attire (we were asked at one point if we had actually wrecked our uniforms haha), suitably trodden on and mucked up to become Zombies. 

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Mr D helped with the uniform by providing a tire print and gun shot wounds.

Needless to say there wasn’t anyone else dressed in this and that is always my goal. Who wants to be another witch on the dance floor. And since when did Halloween become an excuse to wear next to nothing and shoes you can’t dance (or even stand) in?

There was plenty to enjoy, 2 live bands, a disco, trick or treat games, photo booths, gambling tables (pretend money) and a free bar. All. Night. There are some that would say this is an extreme waste of money. But hey, I’m not going to turn it down.

Oh, and did I mention the Pumpkin? Extremely hard to get on. That’s when a passing Elvis comes in handy..

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Hope you all had a great Halloween

SmileX

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Sunday Thoughts..

 

week ahead

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
― Mae West

“I'm the one that's got to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.”
― Jimi Hendrix,

“May you live every day of your life.”
― Jonathan Swift

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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