Friday, 31 August 2012
Cate's blog and I thought that it may be what I need to kickstart a new routine. I'm concentrating on the organise aspect of it, our house is clean enough, just sometimes a bit untidy in areas. I'm not too good at throwing things away, my wardrobe has things in it that have not been worn for 5 years or so but I still keep them. Just in case. My sister has already mastered the knack of organised, but I was clearly at the back of that queue. I was busy queuing in the line marked 'Keep everything, you never know when you might need it'. My kitchen cupboards used to be orderly, but now I know I have various ingredients, but laying my hands on them is a totally different matter.
Well - by the end of September that will all have changed. I mean, I've told you all about my plans now haven't I? So I've got to go through with it.
Thursday, 30 August 2012
Lost in Translation
How Coco understands various words:
Right = used at the beginning of a sentance means, 'Right, I've done the ironing, I'll just take Coco out for a walk'
Walk = 30 mins of uninterrupted running on grass across the cricket field, around the play fields and around the lake
Lead = I'm going on a walk
Out = I'm going out for a walk
Take = Someone's going to take me out for a walk
Whiz = A quick run around the garden in the dark for a last 'comfort break' before bedtime
Spit it out = chew whatever is in mouth and swallow - quickly
Come here - NOW! = Run around in circles like a mad thing until the humans go dizzy and give up the chase
Bed = Lovely soft places upstairs where I can cuddle up to the humans
Fake tan = something tasty to lick off her mummy's legs
Car = Get my harness out, I'm going out for a drive
Right (does not always precede the words 'I'll just take Coco out')
Get out of the flower bed
What are you eating?
Is that a snail in your mouth?
Spit it out
Come here - NOW!
Your bed is in the kitchen
I'm just going out, I'll be back in an hour
I've just put fake tan on my legs, stay away from me until it dries
Poor old Cocopops has developed kennel cough and is feeling a bit sorry for herself. On antibiotics for 5 days and can't go on energetic walks (try telling her that!). But the good news for her is that the tablets have to be disguised in food and the best way to do that is in a lump of cheese. Coco loves her cheese! Every cloud really does have its silver lining!
Monday, 27 August 2012
Hello Bank Holiday Monday
Hello Monday - Later on we are popping over to the Red Cow Pub in Crishall for our son and girlfriend's farewell get together. The original barbecue idea was cancelled on seeing the weather forecast! Sophie's auntie owns the pup and is laying on food. This also coincides with the pub's Beer Festival. Husband very enthusiastic about attending!
Sunday, 26 August 2012
North of the border
"I've missed you too mum, and by the way I'm going up to Scotland next week for four days."
It seems that having my boy home for more than two days at a time is going to be one of those rare occurrences from now on.
This week he signed the lease on a flat in Edinburgh and he will be moving up there while his girlfriend studies for her Masters degree at Edinburgh University. It's long way from home ... 360 miles; that's six hours of driving, five hours of train journey or 40 minutes of flying depending on how you choose to get there. I know which one gets my vote.
I've only been there once but remember that it is a lovely city, with so much to see and do and I know that as long as he is with his girlfriend he doesn't mind where in the world he is. But this is the end of an era and it feels very strange to know that when he packs up his bedroom this time, it isn't going to just be for a few months at uni or five weeks in Africa, this time it's for real.
I'll leave you with a photo that he took in one of the villages he visited in Tanzania. It was on the wall of a small local business which employed disabled people to recycle glass and plastics to make original items of jewellery or household items such as pots and mirrors. I think it's a great quote!
Thursday, 23 August 2012
The hunt is over
I got me a bride!
I’ve known the family of this beautiful young lady for almost 26 years now. Her eldest brother is the same age as my daughter and I met her mum through NCT classes back in 1986. She is quite an amazingly talented musician, dancer and singer (don’t just take my word for it, check out this article) and a lovely, lovely girl. She is especially lovely today, not just because she has that wonderful glow that happy brides have but she has made it possible for me to say “I have completed Rinda’s Scavenger Hunt”. I have really enjoyed seeking out photos for this and even though he wouldn’t admit it, I think my husband quite enjoyed helping me find them while we were away. However, the initial jumping for joy and punching the air in success has now faded and I’m left feeling a bit flat that it is over.
Need to crack on and finish the mini album I’m putting these in but decisions, decisions, which photo should I use?
Wednesday, 22 August 2012
Festival on Facebook
Tuesday, 21 August 2012
Swinging for a scavenger
A swing hanging off a tree branch - and I didn't have to sneak up steps to a terrace while the owner was elsewhere to photograph it! Now I know that branch looks pretty spindly but I must point out that the swinger who uses this is just under two years old and the seat of the swing is maybe only 10" off the ground.
Now I just have a bride to find, but as my friend's daughter gets married this Thursday, I'm hoping that I will tick that last one off the list and finish off the mini book that documents this project.
Monday, 20 August 2012
Hello Monday - This week I really ought to get back to a healthy eating regime. I realised that I have strayed completely from the straight and narrow as I tucked into this when we went to friends for dinner Saturday night
Chocolate chip and salted caramel pavlova with whipped cream and a salted caramel sauce. Delicious but very naughty!
Hello Monday - I have a rare shopping trip to Cambridge in the diary this week with my boy. Looking for an interview suit (in anticipation of finishing his masters!) as he has lived the last four years in uni clothes which will not impress any prospective employers.
Hello Monday - Temperatures are predicted to be cooler this week. Us Brits spend our lives moaning about the cold weather and then the minute we have a heat wave, we moan about that too!
Hello Monday - The end of this week sees my daughter's 26th birthday. Not sure if the requested chocolate birthday cake fits in with the healthy eating intention of earlier, but then again, I had heard that there are no calories in birthday cake. That's true - right?
Friday, 17 August 2012
Height of Summer
Despite the fact that it seems I am probably the smallest blogger in the world, I am joining in with Julie's Height of Summer project. You can find out about it here
I could just say that I am 'shoulder height' as that's where I seem to come to when standing next to normal sized people
Shortest person on the God-parent list (well apart from Baby Sophie of course)
Only way I can be the same height as everyone else is to stand on a step.
So come on then, at 5’1” – am I really the shortest one in the group?
Thursday, 16 August 2012
Wednesday, 15 August 2012
Monday, 13 August 2012
Hello Monday - A Dog's Tale
Sunday, 12 August 2012
A cat on the hat
I couldn't work out what it was at first but the mice running round the edge of a top hat reminded me of a busker who used to always be around the Lion Yard area. When we got home I 'googled' it and found that it was a memorial to him, he was a great eccentric and raised over £125,000 for charity yet died penniless a few years ago. He was quite a character, and would be dressed in strange military costumes with a very long white straggly beard. He had various musical instruments and was often accompanied by random animals, including mice in his hat!
Today I took a break from the sketches and made a layout using a kit from a crop day that I was unable to attend
And now ... I'm off to sit down and watch the closing ceremony for the Olympics London 2012. If it's anything like the opening ceremony, we're in for a treat!
Saturday, 11 August 2012
Friday, 10 August 2012
She had her op this morning and is now home sporting a rather trendy cone collar. Currently lazing in bed, sighing in a pathetic manner, watching BMX riding on the Olympics!
Thursday, 9 August 2012
My plan for today is to do another one of the 28 Days of Sketches using photos that I took when the Olympic torch came through our town. It's so good to have the long summer holidays when you have a lot of scrapbooking to catch up on!
Wednesday, 8 August 2012
A close shave
Tuesday, 7 August 2012
On a roll
It's going to be a funny old week for the canine member of the family. There's good news - the dog groomer is coming today. She absolutely loves the 'Mucky Pups' lady. It's a mobile grooming salon and this scruffy little dog who squirms and whinges and refuses to let us anywhere near her with a comb or brush, becomes a calm, brush happy puppy who just stands on the table without a murmer and doesn't even need to have a lead on to keep her up there. She emerges two hours later as a sweet smelling, soft ball of fluff that wouldn't look out of place in a Crufts line up. But then there is bad news - on Friday she is going to the vets to have 'the operation'. Every time we look at her we think 'if only you knew ...' and I suspect that having a plastic cone around her head is not going to go down very well. However, the photo opportunities will be too much to resist ...
Monday, 6 August 2012
Back in the saddle
Sunday, 5 August 2012
Storytelling Sunday - Fantastic Friendship
Have I ever told you about Zolly Watson? When I was little she was my best friend. We played together almost every day. We both loved a glass of Lucozade, drunk out of a plastic beaker with a straw built into the side. Mine was yellow, hers was blue. We both loved chocolate biscuits, and when I went round to where she lived, I would fill a small flask with Lucozade and put a few biscuits in some foil, load it into the little saddle bag on the back of my bike and cycle round to Zolly's.
Saturday, 4 August 2012
Scavenging in Portugal
Whilst on a walk one morning I happened to look down and see a heart shaped stone – which will come in nicely in case I need to substitute it for one category I can’t find!
Now, I’m not sure if this qualifies as a pier but it’s the closest thing I’ve found so far! I checked the definition of pier and it says - A platform used as a landing stage for boats, so I think I'm safe.
This is definitely a clothesline though!
And this is the mosaic border that ran along the edge of the swimming pool
Nice colourful sarongs for sale by the roadside on the way to the beach
Shadows from the pots on the terrace at my sister’s house