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

Thursday, 21 May 2015

BEDM - Day 21 "Collaboration"

Today I am collaborating with Kezzie over at Kezzie AG. She suggested that we ask each other questions. My idea, from Mr B, was that we did some sort of Skype-y video thingy of her teaching me Chopsticks! Not enough time for us to figure it out for today; but the future? Hey, you never know!
I called my questions to her " KezzieQuest". Any questions, from anybody, directed to me are called "Interrogation"!
So let the interrogation begin...
 
1.  What was the finest or your favourite hat you ever made and why?
I rather liked one I made for a ladies' second wedding. She was a 'mature lady' and my friend was doing her suit, in scarlet silk with a sort of lime green piping. It sorta sounds garish, but it was very smart. The hat she wanted was, so I was told, like the one that Jamie Curtis wore in "A Fish Called Wanda", which I hadn't seen.


We didn't have access in those days like we all take for granted nowadays, so I sussed she meant a Jackie O-type pillbox with a big bow on the back.
All in the red silk and piped in green. Even the big, puffy bow. I think it looked fab. Sadly, no photo but I know she also wore it to Glorious Goodwood, so she must've liked it too!
 
2. Who was your favourite teacher or lecturer through life and what difference did they make or how did they inspire you?
This was tough. I narrowed it down to 3. In reverse order, Gordon, who I worked with at Festival Ballet. Generous to many of us with his knowledge and spirit. He went on to work lecturing costume in Hong Kong and it broke my heart to find out that he had been stabbed to death in his own flat with his cutting out scissors. Second, Mr Hathaway from Junior School. Just brilliant in all respects. Our big Summer Term project with him was building a Saxon Hut and a Charcoal Burners Hut in a corner of the school playing fields.
But in first place, the wonderful Mr Little. Also in Junior School, the year before Mr Hathaway and the designer of LOBNIC - Little's Own Binary Numbers Instant Calculator, or words to that effect. He also helped teach us French by playing Bingo in French...'Maison!'. Well, we were only about 9 years old at the time!
 
3. If you could design a new crisp flavour, what would yours be?
I'm wondering about cheese and pineapple?
When I was younger, before the choice there is now, someone taught me about putting Worcestershire Sauce into a bag of ready salted and giving it a good shake.
 
4. What was your most embarrassing work experience ever?
Calling Chantal, Princess von Ernst of Hanover 'Mrs Hanover' when filling in an order form for her at Catherine's!
"Mrs Hanover" probably wearing something not from Chelsea Design Co
I only found out when I came to do the banking and logged her cheque in for items she had bought  from the women's wear boutique. ( I had been working in the children's shop.) In my defence, the form was one of those pre-printed ones with Mr/Mrs/Miss on, so at least I didn't put Mr! For another good boobie, again at Catherine's, read this!
 
5.  What led you to follow the career you followed?
I went to design college not knowing what I wanted to do. I had tried really hard to get an apprenticeship as a farrier, whilst still at school, with no joy. I did the Foundation Course and didn't want to do a degree so it was a toss up to either do Theatre Design & TV Crafts or Product Design, purely on the basis of wanting to be able to use the amazing workshops that were available. I plumped for theatre because I could sew. One of my tutors was Head of Millinery at The Royal Opera house; we hit it off and I had a flair for hat making.
I pushed myself out there in what was due to be my last year at college, and was offered a job with Freddie Fox, with college agreeing to me doing one day a week with FF in my final term and then go into a full time job.
Then I got glandular fever big time. My mum thought I had luekemia I was that unwell. So everything went a bit tits up! When I finally finished my course and moved to London I was lucky enough to get work as Wardrobe Mistress for visiting companies to Sadler's Wells, for Dance Umbrella. The theatre was also home for Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet, (aka BRB now), and eventually moved permanently to the Making Wardrobe, as opposed to Touring Wardrobe, for them.
Was head-hunted by Gordie at LFB.

Me & Gordie were working hard in Granada
Then I moved to work with a friends' mother, who made bridal wear in Chelsea which was hellish and then went to Catherine's.
Fast forward to us living in Southsea, where I set up as freelance maker and then eventually re-training in Business Administration and then working as a technical librarian for an engineering company that carried out work for British Aerospace amongst others.
I loved it.
Sadly, my clinical depression started and I was ultimately made redundant, which didn't help.
I now am termed 'a homemaker' or what I call Mr B's PA!!
 
6.  If you were offered some sort of blog opportunity, what would your ideal one be?
No idea.
Maybe something for large ladies or something for mental health or something for large ladies with mental health issues!
 
7. Where was your most exciting holiday ever?
I'm not well-travelled at all, but I did go on tour with Mr B to Switzerland. We stayed at the amazing Lausanne Palace Hotel and also spent time in the most amazing theatre in Basel.
Where we ate breakfast at the Lausanne Palace, with a view of Lake Geneva
I'm tempted to say I don't do 'exciting' but I am doing something exciting at the end of June.
If I can get out of the house, which nearly tripping myself up just going to the bakers this lunchtime, I wonder if I'll manage it! It's just the stress I think that makes me lose balance; I must look drunk if you are walking behind me!
 
8. What is your most favourite item in your wardrobe?
Depends what for. Generally trousers and if at home all day, then comfy.
Can't think of one extra special item though.
Will have a think on that one!
 
9.  Share your most shocking deed as a child (if you dare!??!!)

When I was away at school, aged 12, a whole load of us went into the field next to the tennis courts and 'fought' with the local boys.


We got sent to bed early, (I mean about 6 o'clock early), with no supper, just bread and water. I can't remember her exact words, but Mardi, the headmistress, was really, really not pleased with me!
 
10. What are the things you miss most about being a child.
Brent Cottage, where I grew up. It was idyllic. And a lack of fear. I was always wary, but it's the fact you don't take in the huge enormity of stuff when you're a kid, do you?
 
11. Tell me your favourite word and why?
Tabby. Yes, I know, my cats' name. But we would, and still do, sing what we call The Tabby Cat Song aka the SATC theme tune with Tab Tab Tab as the words. Or The Big Bang Theory with Tab, Tab Tab, it all started with a tabby cat! CAT!! Try it, it's catchy!

Phew! If you're still reading, I take my hat off to you! (ha ha).
Thank you, Kezzie, it's been a blast!
Now, about Chopsticks...........
Zxx

Monday, 18 May 2015

BEDM - Day 18 "Newsflash!"

Mr B has just Skyped me from Truro.
 


 
The digs where he is staying is the third chimney along the row of houses, just visible behind the trees on the left.
The cathedral is behind where this is filmed from.
 
It is a beautiful place; if you ever get a chance to visit, grab it with both hands!
Zxx

Friday, 15 May 2015

BEDM - Day 14 and Day 15 "Fashion/Style/Photography" Cheating Combo

I am not having a good week, but I know it will improve!
 
Can't get any impetus to blog, even with BEDM giving me a topic to write about. I feel really depressed, which is unusual for me. I may have been diagnosed as clinically depressed, but for the most part, I don't go around 'feeling' it! It's all the other cr*p associated with it, that messes me up!
 
 
So, I'm cheating and combining a Polaroid of me taken by Chris Roberts, who took the cover photographs of Sade for her album 'Diamond Life'.
 
Sade must be one of the most stylish ladies. Just search for her on the Internet and you'll see what I mean. Classy, timeless. Sings pretty well too!
Zxx

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

BEDM - Day 13 "Top Tips"

My recipe post is on its' way, post written, just need to find the actual recipe! I've made it that often that I just 'throw' stuff in, but for a first timer, it might help to have measurements.
(It's that old it'll be in ounces tho').
 
So, a couple of tips from me...
 
The first one is if you have sluggish plugholes use old coffee grains. Pour the used grains down the plughole, followed with some liquid soap and then pour down some very hot water. Bingo! I've only recently tried this out in the bath and after a couple of 'doses' the water is draining away so much better.
 
The second one will probably make you go "Eurgh!", but it does work; I know as it was used on me.
 
Years ago I was having my hair dyed black in a salon in Southampton by a student. She managed to get dye all over the sides of my face(!). They used the salon dye remover but it didn't budge it. They called the boss, as she was on her day off, and she told them to collect cigarette ash.
Ewww!
But gently rubbing it into the dyed areas with cotton wool did remove it.
Probably not good around the eyes, nose or mouth, but jolly good on the cheekbones!
Zxx

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

BEDM - Day 10 "Wishlist"

Rene's wish list is...
 
 
a room that we can't go in, but she can
 
rotisserie chicken at any given moment
 
 
a nice comfy bed with duvets, throws and cushions that she doesn't have to share with us
(even tho' she gets our bed to herself for most of the day!)
 
I couldn't really decide on a list for me; but that was then and, as I am behind with this post, and this is now, well...
 
Having had smoke and a vile smell coming from my washing machine this morning, I am putting that in very big letters at the top of my list!
 
 
Thinking about this Hotpoint washer/dryer.
Never owned a washer/dryer, well, never actually had a tumble dryer. Used them in work, but do think they can wear out your clothes much quicker, but, I live in the UK and we do have a lot of wet weather!
Anyone got any views, news or reviews?
Zxx