Sunday, 31 December 2017

Happy New Year . . .

. . . to you, dear reader, and very best wishes for 2018.

I have a new diary, a(nother) new bag, a new unicorn (whose name is Giggles) and a new (to me) camera, so I'm ready to hit the ground running.

My intentions for 2018 are:

1. To cut all sugar out of my food intake.

2. To walk 1000 miles by the end of the year.

3. To laugh, A LOT.

4. To be happy.

How about you? I hope 2018 is the best year yet, for all of us.

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

2017, a round-up

I was going to write a round-up of 2017, but then after a bit of procrastination I couldn't be bothered, so instead here is my new-look blog for 2018. Hope you like!

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Winter Photographic Scavenger Hunt

For the full list of subjects please see here.

This is my first posting. At the end of each month and at the end of the hunt (March 21st) there will be a linky on my blog and Eileen's for you to add your posts to.

1. Men at work

2 and 5. Luggage and Passengers

4. A winter's Tail

6. Wrapping Paper

7. On the Water

13. A line of . . .

How are you getting on with yours?

Friday, 15 December 2017

Our annual Festive Family get-together . . .

. . . was held this year on Sunday 10th December at as this is a conveniently situated mid-way location for the Surrey kids and the Wiltshire kids. An enjoyable time was had by all - well, I certainly enjoyed it and I think everyone else did too.

FO managed to get into almost every picture and DO managed to keep out of most of them!!

Monday, 11 December 2017

Advent Calender Day 11

Yesterday's prompt was Holly and Ivy. Yesterday was also the day of our annual family Festive get-together, and there was no Holly available to photograph, so instead I give you . . .

Oli and Ivy

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Advent Calendar day 10

I'm swapping around today's and tomorrow's prompts, you will understand why tomorrow.
So here we have prompt 11, Snowman (two, in fact)

Linking with Julie's Scrapbook, click here to see how everyone else is doing.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Twelve days of Christmas, the alternative version (by me)

This is an old post from 2011, please take a look

Advent Calendar Day 9

Just in case anyone noticed, I haven't been around much for the past few days. Last weekend I travelled to Essex to spend a few days with my mum. Then on the monday GD5 was poorly so instead of having her stay overnight with me I took her back home to be with her parents, and I stayed there for a couple of days so they could both continue to go to work without worrying about her. Then I had only been back home for a day and hardly had any time to catch up with myself, when I came down with the bug myself. Thankfully GM looked after me while I was poorly, and now, today at long last, I'm as bright as a button and raring to go. Rather than try to catch up those that I've missed I decided to jump right in with today's prompt, which is Christmas Bauble. GD5's mum and dad already have their tree up and decorated, so I was able to take advantage of that, so here are a few of their baubles.

Linking in with Julie at Julie's Scrapbook. Click here to see everyone else's contributions.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Advent Calender day three

Favourite Christmas recipe (an oldie but goodie, and stolen from Eileen) - please read it even if you have no intention of making the cake.


* 2 cups flour
* 1 stick butter
* 1 cup of water
* 1 tsp baking soda
* 1 cup of sugar
* 1 tsp salt
* 1 cup of brown sugar
* Lemon juice
* 4 large eggs
* Nuts
* 2 bottles wine
* 2 cups of dried fruit

Sample the wine to check quality. Take a large bowl, check the wine again. To be sure it is of the highest quality, pour one level cup and drink. Repeat. Turn on the electric mixer. Beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl. Add one teaspoon of sugar. Beat again. At this point it's best to make sure the wine is still OK. Try another cup... just in case. Turn off the mixerer thingy. Break 2 eggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit.

Pick the fruit up off floor. Mix on the turner. If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaterers just pry it loose with a drewscriver. Sample the wine to check for tonsisticity. Next, sift two cups of salt. Or something. Check the wine. Now shift the lemon juice and strain your nuts. Add one table. Add a spoon of sugar, or somefink. Whatever you can find. Greash the oven. Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over. Don't forget to beat off the turner. Finally, throw the bowl through the window. Finish the wine and wipe counter with the cat. Go to Waitrose and buy cake.

Bingle Jells!

Advent Calendar, Days 2 and 4

Day 2. Something hand-crafted for Christmas

This was made for me last year by my friend Jean.

Day 4. Christmas book

The only Christmas book I could find in the house.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Advent Calendar Day 1

I'm joining in with Julie's Advent photo hunt this year. If you would like to join in please go to Julie's page for the list, and then link to her page.

The first item on the list is "Letterbox"

Not very festive, yet, but watch this space.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Bucket list countdown.

One of the items on my bucket list of things to do before my 70th birthday was to go to a Premier League football match to see my second favourite football team, Southampton. (Fulham Football Club is my first love, and will, hopefully, be back in the Premier League one day).

I achieved this last weekend, when GT and I went to St. Marys to see Saints v. Everton.

We got down there pretty early in order to get the car parked up fairly close to the stadium, so with time to kill we took a walk around before we went in. We came across a fair few interesting characters.

This last is an Everton supporter who apparently travels to all the away matches very scantily clad. What you can't see is a backpack stuffed full of money that he raises for charity. Added later - you can read all about him here

Naturally I was too busy watching the match to take any photos during play, but when the players came on to the pitch for a warm-up session I was delighted that the Everton players warmed up just in front of us. You can say what you like about Wayne Rooney, but you can't argue with his footballing record.

. . . and there is my very cold friend.

It was a cold day, but we enjoyed the game, and the result was good - Saints 4, Everton 1. I lost my voice from shouting and screaming so loudly after our 4th goal. Thanks to GT for coming with your mum to fulfil a dream.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Winter Photographic Scavenger Hunt 2017-18

Eileen and I are co-hosting another Winter Photographic Scavenger Hunt this year, we would love you to join in with us. The only "rule" is that all photos should be taken during the duration of the hunt, which is 1st December 17 to 21st March 18. There will be a monthly linky on both my and Eileen's blogs, and also a Facebook page is already up and running, so please feel free to join us either way, or both.

Here is the list.
  1. Men at work
  2. Luggage
  3. Domestic trivia
  4. A Winter's Tale (or tail)
  5. Passengers
  6. Wrapping paper
  7. On the water
  8. Silver
  9. In the making
  10. Having fun
  11. Library/Book shop
  12. Stationery
  13. A line of ...
  14. Stones
  15. Bow
  16. A sense of history
  17. Many
  18. Signpost
  19. A pair of ...
  20. Detail
  21. Handle
  22. Symmetry
  23. A heart
  24. Steam/smoke/mist
  25. A peek inside

Good luck, and enjoy. The object of the exercise is fun, so please interpret the subjects any way you choose.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Week forty


I love these little coloured stones, I have no recollection of where they came from or how I acquired them, but they've been around for ages.


This gorgeous vase was a charity shop find, either in Devizes or Warminster, not absolutely sure, but it sits on one of my bookshelves with a pheasant feather in it.


Unlike my friend Janice, who whips off paintings on a daily basis, I'm a bit more circumspect with my painting. This one was started in the early summer of 2016 and was originally destined for the bathroom in the Warminster house! It was packed ready for removal approximately a year ago, and has remained wrapped ever since. Until this week, anyway. It is now unwrapped and the intention is to finish it this year. A suitable place for it in this house isn't yet apparent, but I'm sure it will find one.


Believe it or not, this quiet looking country lane is in the middle of Augusta Park. It has, however, maintained it's rural feel,  being tree-lined on both sides and far enough away from general traffic noise that birdsong is the overriding sound. I walk this way to my yoga class.


It has become a tradition over the past few years to have a whole family get-together some time during the larger festive season. FO has been organising it for the past few years, but this year, with more job pressure, he has handed the baton over to me. So, quite naturally, I have booked a venue quite close to my own home. The window to the far left of the building is the room for our meeting, it's called The Rifle Room.


Late autumn sunrise from my studio window.


 A new wall unit has been installed in the entrance hall, and, as you can see, pegs have been allocated on a fair basis - one for he and three for me!