Thursday, 17 November 2011

Breaking Dawn

We have all (foolishly) decided at work to go to the midnight screening of Breaking Dawn Part 1.

We really must be mad as we still have to get to work tomorrow!!

I decided to make some cupcakes to celebrate the release of this film.

Now if you are a fan of these films you will be either for Team Edward or Team Jacob. I personally prefer Jacob.

Friday, 11 November 2011

11/11/11 Wear with pride

Last year I made some poppies for the family. 

They are reusable but a donation must be made every year to the Poppy Appeal.

Please wear your poppy with pride.


Wonderful goodies in the post

Came home from a hard day at work today and this lovely little package was waiting for me. Nom nom.

Thank you to the lovely Elizabeth at Rosalilium.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

October Scavenger Hunt

Thank you once again for organising this Postcards from the P. P.

Oh yes I have managed to get this months in on time.

Crunchy leaves - on a lovely autumn walk (yes we did kicking up of the leaves as well).

Golden - ribbons on these gorgeous bells.

Candle lit - as always on my desk in the evening.

Pumpkin - spooky time.

Something eerie - well this picture of Little Miss is definitely that.

Black cat - from the buildings round York.

A river - we sat down and had a lovely picnic here.

Heritage - walking round the walls in the City of York, so much heritage here.

Graffiti/street art - we see this everyday on the way to school, and I love it.

Witches hat/broomstick - our wonderful witch that visits every Halloween.

Missing this month: 

Fog/mist - didn't see any

Sunset - the only time I saw one I only had my phone with me and the picture was not good and looked as though it was taken in the day!

Looking forward to next months list.


Wednesday, 2 November 2011

30 Day Declutter

I am going to be following (and joining in with) the wonderful Thrifty Mrs and her 30 Day Declutter.

The idea is to get rid of 90 items in 30 days. So by 30th November 2011 there will be 90 less items in my home. Well that is so long as I don't then bring in 90 items!!

So I will be adding a bit extra to this. Yes I will be getting rid of 90 items. But also I will not be bringing in any extra items (apart from food, groceries and Christmas presents for other people).

That way I should see the results.

I will keep things updated on here once a week.

So here goes. 

1. Old pair trainers belonging to Little Miss (too small).


Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Wonderful, historical, beautiful York.

How I love the city of York. The history and atmosphere in this place is just magic to me. Just before it was time to go back to school in September we decided to go away for a weekend break there. Train tickets booked we decided to stay at the youth hostel there.

After we dropped off our bags at the youth hostel we walked along the river and into the city. We had a lovely walk around taking in all the sights and planning our days.

The Railway Museum, we spent all morning wandering around here. It was very strange as we were some of the first into the museum , and in some areas we were the only people around.

We visited the Minster and had afternoon tea at Betty's. 

A visit to The Castle Museum. This has to be one of my favourite museums, so much to see and so fascinating.

A final walk around the city walls. Then having a go at making mosaics.

We also managed to fit in two visits to the Jorvik centre as Little Miss thought it was so good.

One of the best things is the museums we visited we can re-visit as many times as we want in the next year. 

I think this means we have to plan another visit...not that I will be complaining.


Monday, 31 October 2011

Summer Fun

Well I'm still catching up with things. 

Here is a quick run-down of some of the other things we did over the summer holidays.

Sitting by the river have picnics.

Day trips out for Little Miss and her friends (yes they found an app on my iphone to do this with).

Pretty birthday cakes made.

Feeding the ducks.

Plenty of walks with pretty scenery.

Afternoon tea here.

Pretties for sale in the tea room.

Treasure hunting.

Face painting for both of us.


Thursday, 27 October 2011

Recent charity and car boot hunts

In the last couple of months we have managed to find some great bargains. Mainly at car boots sales as the charity shops seem to have put up all their prices again!

I know they are raising money for very worthy causes but it does annoy me when you see certain charity shops selling things for more than you can buy them new. 

A lovely little cupboard that is currently being transformed into a bedside table. An old puzzle, scrabble and some lovely material.

A beautiful little table with lift up lid, waiting to be transformed. An old map book and a silver jubilee tin. The tin now holds my washing tablets so much better than those plastic boxes. 

But this tin is a prime example of bad pricing in the charity shops. I had previously seen this in the charity shop for £3.50. They had not managed to sell it so it was relegated to the box outside the front of the shop with a sign asking for a 10p donation! Well I snapped it up and gave them a lot more than the 10p they were asking for. 

I have been after a larger Fred for ages, he matches my little cruet Fred's. Pretty china, more material, a cute little basket and my marvellous old little set of steps. 

I was looking for a step ladder and had seen the modern ones in the shops, all plastic and metal. Then at the boot fair the other week I saw this lovely set of ladders. I wandered over and asked how much. One pound! Well that money left my purse so quick it was unbelievable.


Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Caterham Vintage & Art Fair

Following on from this post, about the Caterham Vintage & Art Fair, we had a great time when we visited it.

Money was a bit short on the day but I found this for my lovely Little Miss.

I also fell in love with the gorgeous items on Suzie Sharp's stall. 

Some of the other stalls that were there included Katy Lou, Stag & Bow and Little Toucan.

We are looking forward to the next fair on 17th December 2011, and saving our money up for it.


Sunday, 23 October 2011

July Scavenger Hunt (oh dear its more than a bit late)

Well here is my very late list for the July Photo Scavenger Hunt.

A flag - the flag of Devon.
A kite - unopened and ready to fly.
A celebration - birthday candle.
Fields - a map of fields in a newly discovered (by us) museum.
Flip flops - mine and Little Miss ready by the patio door.
Ice-cream - oh if only it was a real one.
Red white & blue - my fabulous wellies.
Sea shells - hanging in a display on a door.
Something that makes you happy (but not a person or animal) - my new to me bookshelf. Now I can put all my books out so this makes me happy.
Stars - these are special magic stars left behind by Father Christmas and collected by Little Miss each year.
Stripes - on my deckchair.
Strawberries - piled up and looking yummy.


Saturday, 22 October 2011

Summer Swap

I took part in the lovely Bekis Summer Swap.

I was paired up with Christals Creations

These are the gorgeous items I received in the post, and she also popped in a little something special for my Little Miss.

Thank you so much.

I hope you enjoyed your parcel as much as we enjoyed yours.


Friday, 21 October 2011


Sometimes friendship can be very surprising. I have a very special friend who's birthday present this was. 

If you had spoken to me 5 years ago and said that we would be friends I wouldn't of believed you.

But in that time we have been through some very tough times and have been there for each other.

Our friendship is an unexpected pleasure, and is so cherished.


Thursday, 20 October 2011

Wonderful Weekend At Dawlish

Start of the summer holidays and we went away with my mum for a lovely long weekend at Dawlish. 

As usual our train journey started out with sandwiches. We have a family tradition of taking marmalade sandwiches and bacon sandwiches for on the train.

Dawlish is a beautiful place and was were my Mum and Dad had their honeymoon in 1970. We know Dad was with us on holiday in spirit and was watching us all enjoy ourselves.

The weekend was made up of fantastic views as we walked around Dawlish and headed into Teignmouth.

So loved the ladybirds, I can remember going on these when I was younger.

We also had great eats.

Oh we do love pasties and cream teas. With a cream tea do you have it the Cornish (jam then cream) or the Devon (cream then jam) way?

We had a lovely wander around Exeter and had a visit to the cathedral.

These two stained glass windows were a lovely surprise on the top floor of one of the shops.

Dawlish is well know for an unusual type of bird.

Black swans, we were very lucky and saw cygnets as well.

We all had a wonderful time in Dawlish and will be revisiting again.


Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Naughty, naughty me...

...oh I have been naughty. What is wrong with me? Why haven't I been blogging? What is going on?

Well I'm not to sure but I think I lost my way a bit and could not get myself motivated. This was in more than one area of my life, not just to do with blogging. Don't know why it happened,  but I am back on track. Lots to catch up on first. Lots I want to show and lots I want to do.

I am so glad you are still following me and have not given up on me. 

Thank you.


Friday, 16 September 2011

The Caterham Vintage & Art Fair

A wonderful weekend ahead planned. Loads of catching up to do with housework, blog and life in general.

We also looking forward to going to The Caterham Vintage & Art Fair.

It is going to be held in a wonderful local building that I have had the privilege to work in. 

Hope you all have a great weekend.


Thursday, 1 September 2011

Retro Readers Club

Yes I have signed up for the lovely Retro Readers Club hosted by Pip.

I love this book and read it recently to Little Miss. She enjoyed it as much as I did so I am sure she will not mind me reading it again to her.


Wednesday, 31 August 2011

This month part 3 - Charity finds (oh and car boot finds)

Well we have had plenty of trips out over the last month or so and this means new charity shops to check out.

The absolute bargain was this chest of drawers. This was in a local charity shop that I don't usually do because they are so expensive. Little Miss wanted to go in as she wanted to see if they had a certain book she was after. We went in and she headed to the books while I wandered around. The chest of drawers was in the middle of the shop. It was the perfect height for what I wanted but had no price on it. The manager could see that I was interested in it and said I should buy it if I liked it. I said I would if it was a good price. He said it was £5! Well that money was out of my purse so quick. Then it was getting the chest of drawers back home! I really should think about that before I buy these bargains.

I've been wanting a celery pot for ages and this man was perfect.

All of these lovely plates and dishes have been added to my collection.

I hope that you have all had good finds recently.


Sunday, 21 August 2011

This month part 2 - Bedroom

Well the beginning of the summer holiday and this is what a certain persons bedroom looked like.

Well words cannot describe it....

So a day was spent sorting and tidying.

This was the result.

The best thing is that a month later it is still tidy!

Long may it last.