Thursday, 27 February 2014

Childhood Friends

This past weekend found Mr D and I heading to Sussex. The band had a gig in Lewes, and I just happen to have a friend who lives nearby. 
The last time we saw each other was on  my 40th Birthday weekend when we were on  our way home from Brighton, nearly 2 yrs ago. The time before that would be about 20 yrs ago!
Luckily, when I contacted her and said we were heading in her direction again she offered us and our traveling companions a bed for the night.
We had a great night, the boys gig went extremely well (more about that later) and we were fed and watered and made to feel most welcome.
There's nothing better than when you stay in touch with childhood friends, and still get along. I have to wonder sometimes if we would even like each other, had we stayed living close by, who knows, but as the years have passed snail mail, & email have come and gone between us, months have gone by (years at one stage) when we have lost touch, then found each other again (thank you Face book!)
Child hood friends are the ones that know everything. The secrets we shared in the meetings at the 'gang hut' (my garden shed which we took over to plot and scheme Enid Blyton style) the first crushes (limahl) and all those dreams you have at 9yrs old.
Do you keep in touch with your child hood friends?

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Sunday Thoughts....

Who's with me on this?!


Saturday, 22 February 2014

Amelia Grey's Fireside Dream..Book Review no.4

Amelia has a dream: toasting chestnuts by the fire with her husband Jack in their own cosy cottage. Their real life is another world - a cramped one-bedroom flat in Hackney. But when life takes a surprising turn, removal vans are soon heading to the Kent countryside.

They soon realise the cottage makeover is a far bigger project than they'd anticipated. On top of that, there's Amelia's newly loved-up mum and her tearaway half-sister, Mirabel, to contend with - pushing Amelia and Jack's marriage to breaking point.

Amelia begins to strip back the wallpaper and fittings in the cottage and discovers the story of the cottage's previous owner - and a hidden secret. As Amelia's ideas about love and family change, will her fireside dream finally come true?

Having read Vivien's Heavenly Ice cream Shop by the same author, I knew this would be a book I would enjoy, and I was right. 
This book should be read whilst curled up on a winters night, wrapped up in a blanket and a cup of mulled wine next to you.
I loved it, probably because it's my dream to have a cosy cottage in the country of my own one day, Amelia is very likable, has great taste in home furnishings and is pretty nifty with a piant brush and sewing machine. If I were a lesbian I may want to marry her! 


Friday, 21 February 2014

First Date Anniversary

The beginning of this week was the 25th anniversary of Mr D taking me on our first date. This was the car of the moment, his pride and joy. 
We celebrated with a meal at home as I had worked and Mr had been out biking all day. One day we will re create the first date and set off for Mac Donalds and then stop at a village pub on the was back where I'll have a coke....

Mr tracked down some of my favourite teenage drink....Hooch. Those were the days of sitting on the beach with friends drinking...that was before the beach (and many other places) became a 'no drinking zone', mind you, we didn't drink to excess like the teenagers do these days, a bottle of Hooch and I thought I was the bees knees.

Do you remember your first date with your loved one?

Monday, 17 February 2014

And there life goes....whizzing past..

Life definitely whizzes by when you are older. I remember praying for the weekends and now the weekends are here before you can blink. And there they were...gone...
I sat with a lady at the weekend who is terminally ill, & fed her some ice cream.
Life is whizzing by, remember to eat all the ice cream you can.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Sunday Thoughts....

Honestly, you have idea how true this is...


Saturday, 15 February 2014


We had a mid week escape to a friends house, there was a gig in Cambridge by The Strypes, a late night Mac Donald's, a lie in for me the next day, & holiday planning over breakfast.
The book by the way, has been finished now, review to come, the magazine is 25 Beautiful homes one of many magazines I subscribe to (did you know if you subscribe you can usually get a half price deal?)
The Lozenges were a god send as I've had a dodgy throat and sinuses all week. 

The photo above is the breakfast basket we took with us to said friends

I got a valentine :)

Including some roses. There was a bag of mini eggs, which it could be argued are my favourite part of Easter, but alas, they disappeared before I could take a eggs for breakfast? Why the hell not?

 The day was quite uneventful, I worked a late shift and came home to dinner made by Mr, and then an early night.
Now for the weekend. I'll be working what about you?

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Happy Love Day

Tomorrow is the day of Love, brace yourselves  for that news feed (you know the one) to be filled with your friends showing off their love to their better halves, because thats how its done these days, apparently.
We've never gone in for the whole valentines present thing, although I'm not saying it's not nice to get a bunch of flowers every now and then, going out for a meal on valentines night? I'm just not into that. 
Now if you're talking about a nice M&S steak and chips, at home by the fire.. 
Have a great day whatever you do, whoever with

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Christmas at Rosie Hopkin's Sweet Shop Book review No. 3

Rosie Hopkins is looking forward to Christmas in the little Derbyshire village of Lipton, buried under a thick blanket of snow. Her sweetshop is festooned with striped candy canes, large tempting piles of Turkish Delight, crinkling selection boxes and happy, sticky children. She's going to be spending it with her boyfriend, Stephen, and her family, flying in from Australia. She can't wait.

But when a tragedy strikes at the heart of their little community, all of Rosie's plans for the future seem to be blown apart. Can she build a life in Lipton? And is what's best for the sweetshop also what's best for Rosie?

I read the first to this book in April last year, where I was sucked into the word of Rosie and her sweet shop. I waited and waited for the second one to be published, to see what would happen to Rosie and her love life, if her sweet shop would survive.
I treated myself to this in hard back version at Christmas because I just couldn't wait for the paper back to come out. The day it arrived in the mail I went into a charity shop in town and there it was, on the shelf for 1.00. Sick. Thats how I felt. That'll teach me for being impatient.
What better setting for a Christmas themed novel than a pretty little village with a sweet shop full of candy canes?  
It's just fab


You Beauty Discovery Box Review

 I'd seen various versions of these beauty boxes around the blog world lately, and I always wondered what it would be like, if they were worth the money, I wondered if you ended up with just teeny versions of the product that are no good to recently I decided to take the plunge and treat myself.
I've had about four so far, and I must say I'm pleasantly pleased.
This one from You Beauty Discovery costs 6.95 (including postage) and you get to choose two products from a list. As well as the two chosen products, you are given some little freebie treats.

Feb's box was Red Carpet Glamour, my two chosen products were, 
nail polish in Madrid by Mavala, (5ml)
Although I don't usually wear nail polish a lot due to my work, I decided I needed this lovely red for my vintage shows in the summer. The colour is just perfect.
To go with this I chose a mascara in Midnight Sky from teeez (10ml)
These boxes are cute, they come by courier and are nicely packaged with a little leaflet inside telling you about the products. 
My freebies for Feb are
Beyound Dark Moments of Pleasure dark chocolate drops with a hint of orange (35g) 
I'm not usually a fan of dark chocolate, but I just forced myself to eat some in order to let you know what I think. Yum.
Charles Worthington Volume Treatment (20ml)  I have yet to try this but will let you know how it goes. I will be using the 2.00 off product voucher for boots too.
So the verdict from this is that I like it. It's nice to get a little treat in the post, and try products you wouldn't normally come across, and the fact they are not all teeny tiny versions off is a big plus.
Do you subscribe to any of these boxes? 

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Confessions of a Netflix addict

It wasn't that long ago I didn't even know what Netflix was. Now I do. With bells on.
There is so much on there that i've heard people talking about and I want to watch it all.

At the moment I'm watching 3 different series, one with Mr D (Breaking Bad) and the other two when I'm at home alone and should be doing something anything else.

Now I have a little tablet, there's just no escape, I can watch it in the bath, in bed, on the move.
I don't watch much TV anymore, I have no idea what is happening out in the real world as I can't remember the last time I watched the news.

Today I've set myself limits. after one episode (which I've already watched) I have to get up and do something constructive.
So I think I might get dressed.


Monday, 3 February 2014

Sunday Thoughts...on Monday.... getting rid of some Vintage Treasure!

 There wasn't much time to think yesterday, hence the lack of Sunday Thoughts, I was up early to go to a local Vintage and Craft fair. Its been too long since i've done one of these, as you would agree if you saw the volume of treasure that came out of my shed.

There were things in there I had completely forgotten about, whole boxes full of treasure I can't even remember buying.
A good day was had, I came home lighter, but I'm on a roll now, and when I do unpack the car, I will be ruthlessly listing on E Bay.
I admit to being a bit sad, but I do like to see who buys the pretties, it's good to know they al went to good homes.