Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Tardis Tuesday

Just sneaking in on Tuesday! 
 
Just posing on the Fire Exit stairs of the Breast Screening Mobile Unit this afternoon!
As you do!
 

 
Coming out smiling! For those of you that have not had the delight of a mammogram, it takes me longer to get dressed afterwards than it does for the 4 X-rays!
 
Wearing a variety of blues - denim jacket, that Mr B brought me from Big 'n' Beautiful in Newcastle, an Evans skirt and camisole, blue daps and my wonderful new Jan Constantine 'Willow Pattern' bag, both from TKMaxx. Who even knew that JC did bags? I have a few of her cushions and I have tried on one of her tea cosies, but bags...love it! 
 
 
Joining in with Kezzie and My Closet Catalogue.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Make 'Em Laugh

 Mr B was hollered at yesterday, while cycling to the Doctors Surgery.
 

 It was an 'old mucker' from days gone by when they both were working on "Singin' In The Rain"; he as an actor, Mr B as an ASM.
 
Look! I'm in Panto!
He was quick to point out his car...a Fiat PANTO!
Clever eh?

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

TARDIS Tuesday


 
At long last I got it organized to follow Kezzie and Tardis Tuesday, but I think it's been put on hold by My Closet Catalogue until August!!
 
a little pixilation could be Dr Who-ish, surely?

a little colour saturation on this one
Kezzie,,,we see poodles

Is that the Tardis' periscope?
 
 
No, close -  it's our 'Lucky Tower', aka The Northampton Lighthouse, (if you ever listened to Terry Wogan), aka The Express Lift Tower. With a wild bit of colour boosting to add to the 'scary' theme!!
Mr B is thinking of doing an abseil for the Eve Shelter. I think the reason is great, just not sure about the height/jumping off the side ratio thing!! (It is 127m/418ft high!)
 
 
Trousers from Sainsbury's, daps, bag and blouse from TKMaxx.
Zxx

Monday, 20 July 2015

Crafty Cat



 
So, having finished embroidery that has taken decades to finish, I gave it, and some other embroidery fabrics, a little press and popped them on my chair to keep flat and cool down ...
 
 
... came back into the room and our little furry mate had covered it in fur and a couple of claw marks!
Cheers, Ren!
 

 
A damping summer day and the best things to lift the spirits?
An old lilac Custard Shop bag and a shiny pink pair of Sperry docksiders (OMG, I love these shoes!).
Zxx

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Not Quite 'Bonjour'

 Yeah, well...those who follow me on Facebook know I never made it to France.
Hey-ho!
But I have planted up a small trough with French lavender.
 

I had a crafty week, making use of the hot weather to wash all my new fabrics ready to cut and sew.
(Just need to make a space to lay it all out and cut it out!!).
 
drinking in the heady aroma of honeysuckle
 I've just about finished my embroidery that I started years ago and took up again when I spent the week on the boat in Oxford. Mind you, even that was years ago now, too!

 
We also were given cake!
Oh my, and what cake it was too! Our new Polish neighbours were celebrating their daughters' first birthday and Grandma made this beautiful cake. Multiple layers, fresh fruits, cream and chocolate chips.
 
 
The clematis in the front garden is a joy.
 I also managed to actually pick 3 peony blossoms this year. I don't tend to grow a lot of flowers, but at the moment I have little vases with cornflowers, sweet William, pinks, marigolds and sweet peas in. Not very many but enough to make me go "Wheeee", especially as this year, all my early Sarah Raven-inspired sweet pea seed planting only gave me 2 plants!
Meh!
But for the first time my cornflowers have come to fruition and I am so chuffed.
 
Will do my best to pop over to your blogs to say hello, but would just like to say a big
 "Thank you"
 to all of you who have supported me and been so kind with your words. It really is a huge boost when I am feeling 'bleurgh'.
Zxx


Sunday, 21 June 2015

Happy Father's Day

Daddy and me. 1960. Miss him. Lots. Still.
Zxx

Friday, 19 June 2015

Bringing Royal Ascot Home

 
 Mr B found me this (complete with record) in Cancer Research on Corporation Street in Birmingham.
A chazzer in Brum town centre! {{{looks shocked}}}
 


 
Yes. It really does!
Need to get the old record player, (remember them?), out of storage for this!

 
And just to get into the mood I would fancy wearing this hat that I saw on the Daily Mail website.


 
It is one of those ones that I think "wish I'd made that". Those seashells...swoon.
Hope to ultimately find out more about its' provenance.
Love it.
 
I 'put up with' Gok Wan doing the blurb on the Channel 4 TV coverage. Did get fed up with him doing everything on telly, but I do like his enthusiasm when doing this.
Today he did a piece on Catherine Walker and filmed in the atelier; goodness, that took me back. It looked exactly the same as when I worked there. It was a lovely piece, and, seeing that Claire Balding has worn 2 outfits from there this week and looked very smart, quite an apt segment.
 
Wheee...this time next week I'll be (probably) all of a twizzle on my way to the airport!
They did woad dying yesterday, which I'm really looking forward to doing and have picked out 2 shirts that I want to dye.
Exciting times ahead!
 
Have a great weekend!
Zxx

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Dry Run

Friday saw me at Birmingham Airport.
 
 
Mr B had the day off so we (I) thought it might be a good idea to do a dry run to the airport in preparation for my trip to France, exactly a fortnight away that day. We were there for the take off of 'my' flight, but couldn't see it from our vantage point sadly.
 
 
OMG!
Yes, I made the daft decision to book a week away with Kaari Meng from French General, a long time love of mine. I was going to go on the Amy Butler week, (on now, so living vicariously through others photos), but there wasn't a single room left, and I really don't think it would be fair on anyone to have to share a room with me, so there was a space available with Kaari, which I think will actually suit me better.
 
It is a big call, seeing as I find it difficult to get out of the house and of course, I worry it will be like the Spanish trip, (that didn't happen), but, that was then and the situation now will be different in so many ways, so I'm feeling positive!
 
 
It was the first outing of my birthday present from Mr B. Galloping horses
necklace from Cheltenham. (Very apt).
 

 Also, for the first time, I wore this lovely bracelet that I bought from Vix at Kinky Melon.
Wild, isn't it?
Zxx

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Hello! Just Passing Through...

 A little bit of calm in a green oasis.
 
 
I can't quite believe I grew these from seeds!
 
 
Have a good week!
Zxx

Friday, 29 May 2015

BEDM - Day 29 "Passion Projects"

The one thing we have really got into this years is birds.
(The winged variety!) 
So cute!
A big baby blue tit caught my eye today, as I was washing up, just sitting on the edge of the cold frame lid.
They haven't nested in our garden that I am aware of but we have the little tits nesting in the hole in the wall again.
I've lost my bird book at the moment, but there are 3 types of tit, I think, and this one is other larger variety. Great tit? Coal tit and blue tit isn't it? Will have to have a little Google.
 
Talking about Google, my picture from yesterday, was a Google Doodle for my birthday. I didn't know they did that.
Have you had a birthday Google Doodle?
Zxx
 


Thursday, 28 May 2015

BEDM - Day 28 "?"

Can you guess what today is?
Zxx

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

BEDM - Day 27 "Hometown"

 I've really fallen off the wagon with this BEDM malarkey.
So, in an effort to at least do a blog post, I created these collages of my garden.
Well...it is where I live!
 
cherries, pears, raspberries & strawberries in there somewhere
My home town does have these though!
 
 
Concrete shoes! Well, Northampton is the 'shoe town'!
 
 
And it's the home of 'The Saints' Rugby Club, who do lovely firework displays, that I can watch from my back door.
 
we also have 'Castle Carlsberg'
 
I don't use pesticides, but having seen what some frickin' slug has done to one of my 2 lupins, I could be very tempted to start!
I hope he had a really bad stomach ache after that meal!
 
 
 Oh, and we have the 'Northampton Lighthouse'.
It used to be a testing building for Express Lifts. At Christmas it has a tree made out of coloured lights on top, which, again, I can see from the back door.
 
If you ever come to visit my home town be sure to let me know!
Zxx