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Sunday, 21 June 2009

Birthday Snapshots!

My lovely niece Amy is up from Kent on holiday, with her boyfriend Ainsley, and are staying with Jodie for a week. Yesterday was her 29th birthday and we went to the pub to celebrate!

Some decided to dress up, some didn't!



Ainsley and Amy:


Me (plus walking stick!), Kerry and Amy

I didn't have much to drink, so I'm feeling fine and dandy today, which is great because it's a lovely day and I wouldn't have wanted to miss it! :-)


Saturday, 20 June 2009

How very odd it is .......

..... not to have an SPS to do today, or an SOS to do tomorrow. Feels like something is missing!

I expect I'll get used to it eventually.

So for breakfast today, I had three of these beauties:

Kerry gets eggs from a local farm and she gets half a dozen for me every week. Soooo much more tasty than supermarket eggs. Just look at the colour of that yolk!

I also had one of these for a light lunch:
Gotta love flapjacks!

The hire car finally arrived on Thursday afternoon. It's a Mazda and it's rather nice!

In my garden this morning, these were on display:

The white foxglove has finally developed little spots inside the cups.

The loosestrife flowers are opening.

The honeysuckle is coming along nicely. Can't wait till they're properly open in the evenings and so release their heavenly scent!

My niece is up from Kent on holiday at the moment and it's her birthday today, so we're going out to the pub tonight to celebrate!



Friday, 19 June 2009

Sun? What Sun?

No sun here, I'm afraid. Wild and windy, but no sun.
But the word today over on HSMSHS, is 'sunglasses' and I don't own a single pair,so I had to go a'huntin' for Tim's.

My naughty sock monsters were desperate to model them.

Then finally, Tim had a chance to wear them!

Who suits them best? :-)

SO yesterday evening finally arrived when Tim and I went to see Cameron in 'Bugsy Malone'. It was brilliant! The whole cast were fabulous - especially Fat Sam. He's only 10 - the same age as Cameron - but he was great! Cameron was acting as Knuckles (Fat Sam's right-hand man) and he was wonderful!! The acting was great, the dancing was fab the singing was amazing, especially the 11 year old girl who acted as Blousy Brown. Her voice was so powerful!
The splurge guns and custard pies were so funny and the mess at the end was frightening!! Lol
For being such a small town, we really do have a wealth of talent waiting to be discovered.

Well done to everyone involved!

Especially Cameron! :-)


Thursday, 18 June 2009

I've been Tagged!

I've been tagged by Liz

The rules are, you have to mention six unimportant things you love, link to the person who tagged you and then tag six further bloggers, not forgetting to let them know!

Here are mine ...
1. I love the sound of running water. I'd love a water feature in the garden but it always seems like too much hassle to get the electrics sorted!
2. I love reading, but never seem to have the time to do any nowadays.
3. I love men in hats (see my last blog entry!)
4. I love to sew costumes for our LARP games. Unfortunately, I'm so huge at the moment, patterns for costumes don't really go up to my size. :-(
5. I love photography and would love to be good enough at it to make a living from it.
6. I love sewing sock monsters and crocheting granny squares to make a throw.

Not very exciting, am I? Lol

Ok ...... now I tag:

The word today over on HSMSHS, is 'Contemporary' and what could be more contemporary than a Wii!

If you remember, a few days ago the word was 'Engine' and I posted this image ....

Well - that car now looks like this .....

Ouch. Looks like it's going to be a write-off, but we're waiting for official word.

At least it's not raining today! :-)


Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Men in Hats!

I wish we lived back in the days when women were women and men wore hats. I love to see a man in a hat.

And by sheer coincidence (because 'hat' is the word today over on HSMSHS), I bought Tim a hat today! A dapper straw number, that he can wear when he's cutting the grass, or just relaxing in the garden.

This shot was taken in the house though!

This is what's happening in my garden today.

The loosestrife is just on the point of opening ...

... the first honeysuckle bud has opened ...

... and this beautifully coloured fly with irridescent body and wings took a rest on the spirea.

Life is so precious and could be snatched from you in the blink of an eye.
Tim was involved in a car accident yesterday on his way home from Uni. He was driving along a dual carriageway, when another car (a Lexus 4x4) drove straight out of a side road, right in front of him. He had no time to stop and the inevitable collision occurred. Thankfully, neither Tim nor the other chap was hurt, but both cars are extensively damaged.

The other driver has admitted full liability and we received a phonecall from his insurers confirming this. Tim's car is undrivable, so a recovery truck is fetching it today sometime and he'll get a hire car for the duration.

As I say, cars can be replaced, but life is oh, so precious and I'm just SO thankful that Tim is safe and sound.


Monday, 15 June 2009


It really is the cup that cheers. There's nothing like "a nice cup of tea". It cures all ills and makes you feel happier!

Well, sometimes ..........

I wish it would work on my grandson, Cameron. He is acting in our local theatrical group's production of 'Bugsy Malone', playing the part of Knuckles, one of Fat Sam's gang. Opening night is tomorrow (Tuesday) and wouldn't you know it, he's been struck down with sickness and diarrhoea. They've been rehearsing for months and we're all keeping our fingers crossed that he's ok to go the final rehearsal tonight.
Things like this are just SOOOO typical.

Poor Cameron. :-(

So 'Filter' is the word today over on HSMSHS and I thought this would be perfect:

It's slow going, but I'm getting there ........

It's going to be a bed throw and it's going to be twice this size, then I'll finish it off by crocheting in rounds till it's the size I want.

If I knew when I began it what I know now, I'd have made each square bigger - maybe 6ins square instead of 5ins.

But hey.

I like it anyway! :-)

Instead of flowers, I went in search of insects yesterday.

Nice! Lol


Sunday, 14 June 2009

Showing Off

Tim and I and our friends had a lovely meal at the Chinese restaurant yesterday evening. Good food and good conversation are always a great combination. We had a quick drink in the pub afterwards, then went back to a friend's house for coffee.

It's SOS (Show-off Sunday) again over on HSMSHS and I'm shamelessly showing off another of the shots I took of Jodie last week!

It's grey and overcast again this morning. Where has the sun gone????

If you find it, please return to ............



Saturday, 13 June 2009


It's SPS (Someone's Portrait Saturday) over on HSMSHS today.

This an oldie, taken in Barcelona last year, of Tim - just because I like it! I may have posted it before, but I think he looks fab, so I'm posting it again!

There was a gorgeous sunset yesterday.

Tim, myself and a few friends are going out for a meal at a Chinese restaurant tonight. First time we've done this for ages and I'm really looking forward to it!

Hope everyone has a fab Saturday!


Friday, 12 June 2009

Upside down ... or downside up

Over on HSMSHS today, the word is 'Upsidedown'.

Couldn't think of anything except this old, old rose that was hung up to dry and is still there years later! Most of the petals have gone now, leaving a heart-shaped object!

But then the new sock monster that I made yesterday (from an over-the-knee sock!)decided he wanted to get in on the act too.

Spot the difference!!

Have to go to Tesco soon. Supplies are running low.



Thursday, 11 June 2009


That's the word today over on HSMSHS.

Not much of a view of an engine is it? But that's what it's like under the bonnet of Tim's car!

My third Graze Box arrived on Tuesday and it was just as yummy as the first two!

If you want to try a Graze Box for yourself, go along to:
have a look around and if you like what you see, enter this code: W5ZZ6RZ. You'll get your first box free and your second at half price.

It also lets me get £1 off one of my own boxes! :-)

You can of course cancel at any time after your first free box, so you've nothing to lose and I think it's definitely worth a try!

So last night, Tim and I went to see The War of the Worlds in the AECC and oh boy - it was an experience not to be missed!

The music, the sights, the effects were all fabulous, but for me, the highlight was seeing Justin Hayward singing 'Forever Autumn' in that most amazing, sublime voice.
It's very, very personal to me and it moved me to tears, big time.

But it was oh so worth it.


Wednesday, 10 June 2009


That's the word today over on HSMSHS.

Which is lucky because there are loads of freckles in our family!

Jodie, on her graduation day, two years ago.

Saffron, last year.

Kali, two years ago.

Sooooooooo, after months of waiting, it's finally here! The day I get to see and hear Justin Hayward singing 'Forever Autumn' live, on stage! Yes, Tim and I are going to see War of the Worlds tonight at the AECC. I'm, like a little child, I'm that excited!

Tim has been quite poorly since last Thursday evening, but he is definitely now on the mend, thank goodness. He hasn't really eaten much since then and he's lost over half a stone. It's not the way to do it, but oh how I wish I could shift some of my flab. I need to get my mind made up and get started because it isn't going to shift by itself. Not after making itself comfy on my belly and my hips for so long. And my calves too.

I've never had 'big' legs. Long, yes ..... but big, no.

Now they are - and I don't like them.

Hey-ho and ho-hum.

I'll leave you with one more shot of Jodie, taken by me on Monday.

Have a great day, everyone!


Tuesday, 9 June 2009


I asked Jodie came out here yesterday so I could take some headshots of her, both for her modelling portfolio and to give me some practice. I don't have any studio lighting, but I do have large patio doors, through which streams a nice, soft light.

By sheer coincidence, I wanted to take an old-looking shot, which ties in perfectly with the word today over on HSMSHS! The grainy, dusty effect is exactly what I had in mind.

I'm really pleased with how some of the other shots turned out too. As usual, please click for a bigger view.

There are some more photographs from this shoot over on my photoblog, Snap-Happy Bobs .... link on the right.

Can't wait till our next shoot now!


Sunday, 7 June 2009

A Bargain!

I love the way my garden is slowly becoming more and more colourful as the season goes on. This is the first of (I hope) many lupin spikes. I'm also using it as my SOS for today.
I bought this plant many years ago from a school coffee morning stall, for 20p if I remember correctly, and it has flowered every year since, without fail.

A bargain if ever there was one!


Saturday, 6 June 2009

Where Has the Week Gone?

I knew I hadn't blogged for a few days, but didn't realise it had been a whole week!

I somehow got a massive speck of dirt on the sensor in my camera and, me being the nervous sort, I didn't want to try removing it myself. So Tim and I went to Aberdeen a few days later and took my camera to Jessop's, where the very nice chappie got rid of it for me! He showed me what to do in case it ever happens again and we bought a puffer, just in case!

Today being Saturday, it's SPS over on HSMSHS. This is another shot I took of Jodie last week.
You can see how cold she was because of the goosepimples! How we suffer for our art!

I saw this gorgeous cloud formation in the sky yesterday evening:

Then on the way back inside, I spotted this spiny beauty:

It's a HUGE Scottish Thistle and the buds are ripening. It's growing amongst my honeysuckle, so it won't be there much longer, I'm afraid. It will have to be chopped down before it blows seed everywhere, because if I let that happen, there will be thistles everywhere next year - and that wouldn't be good!

Hope everyone has a good weekend!