Monday, 1 September 2014

All The Nice Girls Love A

Rosy, from Sewingadicta has been, in conjunction with other bloggers, hosting "Share in Style" this summer.
I am very behind, I know!
But fresh from the joys of "PlaidUrDay" organised by señora Allnut I did rather fancy joining in again with this too.
These bloggers are the ladies who I never felt quite brave enough to follow or converse with. Sassy, amazingly dressed and all with that indefinable quality - style.
Maybe I'm just getting braver!
So, my 'sailor' style comes and goes over many years. I have an original pair of sailor pants from when I was a student and slim enough to fit 'em. I made a slightly bigger pair in London. Bright red cotton seersucker with brass buttons for the fold-up frontage.
But the picture I choose is from when my mum still lived on the South Coast and I'd taken Mr B down for a visit.
My stripey 'deckchair' dress, already old when gifted to me from a mate when we were at college together, (my, it must've been big on me then!!), and still comes out every summer. Patched with zigzag machine-stitching where it ripped under the arm, but, other than that, still going strong. And worn with the bestest of 'sailor' deck shoes, which, if memory serves me well, (and believe me, that seems to be getting less and less well!), were bought from Red or Dead when still running as a stall at Camden. Those I think have ultimately hit the refuse bin! (But not before I removed the laces!!).
So....let's party!
A little starter, or 'dish of the day', Crayfish and avocado salad.
A Nottingham special
To take care of the drinks-side of the party, may I offer up this...a rum-based cocktail.

Old Cuban1.5 oz. Jamaican rum
1 oz. 1:1 simple syrup
¾ oz. lime juice
6 mint leaves
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 oz. chilled champagne or dry sparkling wine

Shake all ingredients—save for the champagne—with ice in a cocktail shaker.
Double-strain into a chilled cocktail glass and top with two ounces of champagne.
Garnish with a small mint sprig.
Eve: Here ya go, one champagne cocktail.
Adam: Oh, thank you.
Eve: I thought only hookers drank those things?
Adam: Well, I know mom sure likes 'em.

(check out the mannequin legs 'table')

The band, as it is now, a mix of old and new members, (sons of an original member), can be booked for your party or function here.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Facebook Has A Lot To Answer For

First off I don't really 'do' Facebook.
But when I spied Vixs' link to 'PlaidUrDay', hosted by Senora Allnut.  Well, I  just had to gate crash, didn't I? 
 So, let me see...if you like something on Facebook, you give it a big thumbs up.

If we're going to a party, well, you need music. A very old copy of PlaidUrDay, PlaidUrDay, PlaidUrDay Night's All right (for fighting dancing), still with its' Oxfam price tag!

Forgive the twist on the lyrics, Elton &Bernie!
image from Google
I also thought I'd bring some food...Madras Curry of course!
But Mr B looked at me 'quizzically'...umm, Madras check! Doh!
I've spent the day waddling around in my Betty Boop/Eeyore PJs that Mr B bought me back from Target(USA).
But I had already scanned my new, yet to be worn, shirt from New Look, which, with the autumnal weather, I think will be getting a lot of wear.
Happy PlaidUrDay!

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Vintage Birds

To tie in my last quilty post and to bring things more up to date, but still 'old'...
 part of a 'group quilt' by the East Midlands Modern Quilt Guild, called 'Where We Live'.
The real McCoy seen a week ago when we were at the Umbrella Fair and they were a few miles away at Sywell.
They were hoping to have the last 2 airworthy Lancaster Bombers flying too but it was too windy for the planes to be able to take off from Lincolnshire, which was such a shame.
That would be such an amazing sight to see...they have flown the second plane over from Canada(!) for the summer to have the 2 together to commemorate Bomber Command; there have been several flights - Eastbourne, Newcastle and Ireland I think. I hope some of you got to see them.

Fast forward to this Sunday and we knew there was going to be a fly-past at the local boys brigade rugby club but no idea at what time.
Umm, about the same time as Mr B popped out to the local shop on his bicycle!
 Then, totally unexpectedly, we caught sight of this beauty, walking into the village for a pub lunch. My beloved Vulcan Bomber. I guess you know I'm a bit of a plane geek?!

But possibly the best 'vintage bird' was the one that Mr B went to watch on Friday night.
OMG! It's Beki Bondage
I keep saying to him, "You've seen Beki Bondage!" in that 'I'm-in-awe' sort of way!
It was actually Vice Squad with BB. Yeah, huh?
There is Youtube footage here, with Mr B dancing with his pint on the side lines!!

So, I guess I've been a bit noticeable by my absence?
Blame it on the MIGRAINES!
Oooh nooo...don't let me turn into my mother(!), who suffered terribly with them basically all her life; and consequently was quite hellish to be around as a kid growing up, not knowing how awful they really were.
So, in honour of the weirdness that is 'the migraine' I am changing my header to a migraine-inducing neon-y number!

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

East West Kaffe's Best

 Maybe I'll get to see Kaffe Fassett next year.

ooo..lovely, lovely books!
But this year I 'made do' with sitting in his throne!

What caught my eye on the other side of the stand?
I first found out about him when I was a student, (but I don't want to make him feel old!), in a book of all sorts of things to make to wear, including one his knitwear designs.
I never made it but just used to revel in the lushness of the colour and design.

just how many fat quarters does one girl need?
Only a week before I took delivery of a 'few' balls of wool, including some Kaffe-designed Rowan yarn, which I've earmarked for some socks.
Now, that should be a laugh...fine gauge yarn, four needles and one of those Japanese knitting patterns.
I could be gone some time!!!

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Friday, 8 August 2014

Willkommen! Bienvenue! Welcome!

Spent the day at The Festival of Quilts.
Never been before; it was fantastic.
So desperate to post the giant colour rush, but am too knackered.
More to follow...

Thursday, 7 August 2014

A Grin Without A Cat

 Oh, hurrah!
still smiling
Managed to bite down so hard on my bite guard on Saturday night that I broke a piece off it! Which then entailed another visit to the dentist.
The original one was made by the Max-Fac dept at the hospital; but having phoned them they said to contact my own dentist.
I have no idea what flavour the crisps were...other than disgusting!

 It was so much more fun going with Mr B.

 Lunch at the Park Café.
He had plum tomato and basil a warm French bread roll and I had a Coronation chicken sarnie. Yummy!

Mr B photographed this little beauty.

She was buzzing around the pond where we see the 2 cats.
Only one this time...Marmite went into a rescue place as she was pregnant; after 24 hours labour she had 6 kittens, which sadly all died.
(Yes, I cried!).
 'Cat' as he seems to be called, (who's not the father, as he's been 'done'), was rehomed to a house a couple of roads away; then escaped and made his way back to the park!! But there is someone lined up to take him when the office closes in September, who comes in at 7am every morning to feed him a sachet, just to build up some rapport, so hopefully that'll work out fine. And I am so pleased to report that his mange has practically cleared up and his legs are much better too. Didn't get a photo yesterday, as he got all comfy on my lap and then he shot off when he heard the office door being unlocked, which equalled FOOD!

'Cat' on the left, Marmite on my lap

I do love a dental visit

And we get the chance to go back again next week to collect my new guard.
Oh, hurrah!

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

You Know The Saying...

...'I saw this and thought of you.' 
Umm, guess who I thought of when taking this hasty snap whilst stationary at the bus stop?
"Across the world Vix transforms the way people connect."
"Vix presents at Resource Village Operations conference."
"Stagecoach selects VIX as technology partner."

"Bus and Coach Buyer, January 2013. Not only is Vix on the Cover of Bus and Coach Buyer's January edition it also features a 3 page article. "

I know she's been busy with Kinky Melon, but boy, this girl gets around!

Vix Technology is an Aussie-based company that, in this case, was probably working on the Real Time Passenger Information board.
Our Vix, she's a star!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Get Yer Baps Out!

Following on from the 'bra post', how could I resist?
(When does a roll become a bap?)
flour-dusted, pine nuts, sunflower & pumpkin seeds toppings
mini loaves ready to bake
ready to eat

 I am still loving my bread maker and this is the first 'brown' bread I've made and is definitely my favourite.
It was just the recipe on the flour bag, so nothing fancy.
Just delicious! 
Simple Wholemeal Rolls makes 8
7g sachet easy-blend dried yeast
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
175 ml tepid milk, plus extra to glaze
175 ml tepid water
Make however you usually do - by hand or in a bread maker
Bake at 220C, gas mark 7 for 12-15 minutes.
They seem to last for several days, (I was on my own at the time of baking), or they will freeze for a month.
Mind you, if there's more than one of you, I don't see them kicking around long!

Thursday, 24 July 2014


aka bras!
 Me 'n' Caroline, from Putting Your Life In Order went on a little road trip on Monday.
A la Thelma and Louise as Mr B said.
With the wind in our hair air-con on in her husbands' hybrid car, we drove off to Desborough, where there is a factory outlet for wacoal-eveden whose ranges include Fantasie, Freya and Elomi.

Think lingerie (and swimwear), think glamour.
umm, the shop
 Do not be alarmed! Inside you are greeted by these two lovely ladies and a collection of stock that will take your breath away.

Marie and Louise
Marie got the short straw, me, to look after and she was fabulous, not only managing to get me into a 38 size bra(!), but explaining her choices with regard to the way each bra was constructed.
Fantasie make several styles of bra with a sort of crescent shaped piece on the outer side of the cup, so the lower part of the cup is made of 3 sections as opposed to 2, which makes it much better support for a larger cup size.
Even if you aren't buying a bra from them, check out their shape fitting guide here.
Lots of top tips if you are looking to buy a new bra.
the offices
I did end up going up a size, (though still a smaller back size than I thought...but bigger cups), in as much as I wouldn't have Marie at home to help me get dressed in the morning(!) and probably would've struggled to do it up easily. I got 'Susanna' in teal and 'Elodie' in purple.
But I know what I have chosen fits properly and gives me a better outline underclothing. Again, another top tip, try your clothes on over a bra in the changing room; you'll be amazed at the difference a good fitting bra gives.
Thank you gurrlfriend, for taking me out on such a fun trip!

Friday, 18 July 2014

An Afternoon At The Country Club

I've been, on the most part, walking over to our local fitness centre every month for the last 6 months to visit Judith, the sports therapist, with great success.
My ancient Pucca T-shirt. So old it's vintage. Probably.
But this was the first time Mr B had come along too! (The joy of him being on holiday).
Hence the 'photo shoot'.
The place used to be a private squash club, then it was leased by Fitness First and now it is back to being a family owned fitness club.
But as Mr B said, it has the air of being a secluded country club and reminded us of our big summer holidays at the end of the 80s when we would travel down to Newquay for the pro surfing championships.
Those were the days...we had a sportsman who was a world No 1, betcha didn't know that, did ya?
lots of love from a surfing me!
 OMG, it's Martin Potter, World No 1 Surfing Pro!
Homemade sandwiches, the first cappucini from the new machine and table tennis.
What more could you want or need?
My lovely 'tat' bag from Rockers England (Manchester) had an outing.
And I wore sandals while I had the chance.
(Did you get the amazing thunderstorms last night/today?)
  No country club theme would be complete without a link to the beautiful, talented and, alas, no longer with us
Billy MacKenzie.

Sorry it's the karaoke version but it was the one video that (a) had the sharp, cut off ending and (b) wasn't introduced by Jimmy Saville!
Still, it's a good song to sing along with.
(Unless you are my neighbour!!!!)