Friday, 1 July 2016


Good Morning tis Friday - what positive silver linings moments have graced your week this week, I hope it has been a good one 

Well Mischief 2 - aka said 15 year old is currently away, he went on thursday last week (and it has to be said that the house has been mighty quiet since he left, nothing has been obliterated, shot or evenly slightly maimed on Xbox since he left - like I said - mighty quiet!).  As me and hubby very rarely get chance to escape on our own, I decided to book us some time reminiscing about the 'good old days' - you have to bear in mind that I'm only actually 44 years of age!  

However, we decided to book a hotel for a couple of nights, grab a couple of tickets and explore some old haunts in Stafford for a couple of days.  We were all for dropping in and catching up with people but I don't think said 15 would have been happy so we didn't - we just enjoyed our own company and reminisced.

On our way down we visited Amerton farm, somewhere we took little man to when he was - well a little man - rather than the strapping 6 foot young man that presents himself these days! 

It was a beautiful sunny day, the chickens were still wandering around, the bakery smelt beautiful and all seemed as if we hadn't been away, the craft barn - lacked well crafting which is a great shame - they obviously make far more money from the deli and the play barn than actually having any decent craft items to buy.  But we enjoyed the nostalgia nonethless. 

We booked for a Premier Inn (nothing fancy but you can guarantee a good nights sleep), there was a fab pub next door that sold lovely food and nice beer - so win win!  

We enjoyed a slap up meal and then sat outside to enjoy the rather warm barmy summers evening!  I loved the chicken wallpaper on the walls inside and how pretty it looked from the outside, despite the pub only being built a few years ago! 

We enjoyed a trip into town but were disappointed to find most of the car parks have been built on, making parking a nightmare.  Lots of the shops had changed hands, the angel house that sold beautiful statues is long gone, sigh.  But we did giggle at us reminiscing. "That's where Our Price was - I remember buying an album from there.   This sweet shop was where we bought our first Myth and Magic dragons all those years ago" - you know the one! 

We found the 'quaint' country lane with the Stafford soup kitchen on, always a beautiful walk.  

We got caught in the rain, but found the Picture House and enjoyed a half whilst chatting about where we had been and what we had seen.  We also remembered taking my brother and sister to the Picture House to see Jurassic Park when they were younger and them hiding behind their coats as they were so scared!  The picture house is amazing as a pub and they have retained some of the seats at the back where we sat (I don't think they retained them because we sat there, but you get the meaning).  

We got changed for tea having booked a table and grabbed a selfie. 

We discovered they had a deal on a bottle of prosecco on a Friday night so - well we enjoyed a bottle (or two) - it would have been rude not to! 

On the Saturday we had a brilliant walk around Cannock Chase, people were out in their droves enjoying the mountain bike trails.  We came across people on horseback and segways of all ages! 

The sky remained blue whilst we had our walk - which I was grateful for! 

The lake was lovely! 

And we spotted these baby geese as we wandered!

 Then we headed off to Shugborough Hall, owned by the National Trust but leased to Staffordshire County council.  It was the home of Lord Lichfield and really is a delight to walk around.  

However, being Chatsworth members it really doesn't compare but we enjoyed the trip nonetheless.

The gardens are still pretty, although the oriental bridge in the background could do with a coat of paint.

We found this amazing 'shrub' (I use the term loosely given the size of it), it was covered and I mean covered in a gorgeous white flower! 

As we weren't sure on what we were going to have for tea and hadn't booked a table and were due at the Castle for the play we decided to have a bar meal at one of our old haunts.  Now this place really hasn't changed, the Holly Bush Inn at Salt, still delivers a fabulous bar meal at a fabulous price in a gorgeous environment! 

After we headed back to the hotel, the staff were great and booked us a taxi in advance so we 
weren't stressing!

So we headed to the pub for a quick drink - here is Mischief 1 - being well mischievous!

The play was fantastic, we were technically under cover (we were front row - so when the rain arrived we knew about it)! 

The actors were fab and the play was great, the fact that Emilia and Desdemona managed to pretend to be sunbathing on the sand in part of the play as the rain absolutely bounced down is beyond me! 

The set was great and blended beautifully with Stafford Castle in the background!

Afterwards we had been told to just call the taxi firm that dropped us off, you can imagine our faces when they told us a 75 minute wait - can't you!  We tried pleading with the taxi drivers in the car park and tried another firm to no avail, in the end we rang back the original firm and explained our predicament and that they had promised that we could get a taxi easily if we phoned when it finished!  They came to our rescue in minutes so a big no a MAHOOSIVE thank you to Aerobright taxis of Stafford you were awesome! 

Sunday arrived and we had decided to enjoy a trip to Chatsworth on our way home, firstly to break the journey and secondly to enjoy Florabundance a floral spectacular in the house - we were not disappointed! 

This was my favourite! 

 Up close the flowers were beautiful!

and it looked totally different from the other side!

We left via my favourite sculpture next to the doors at the exit, the sleeping lion! 

We got home and enjoyed a quiet evening before the working week began.  The week has been crazy busy but fun, even though I'm officially shattered and not a hundred percent! 

Thursday has arrived and after a busy day I'm thinking about said 15 year old who is on his return journey back to us, he's been in Lourdes for just over a week, I was thankful to receive a couple of photos of his journey over there.  Here he is with his pilgrim whom he has been helping this week - the word proud doesn't come close as you can imagine!

And to finish this post off, I've received a letter from school indicating that he's been put forward for an award!  Awards evening Tuesday - very very proud Mum! 

I hope you've had an awesome week, well done if you are still with me on this post, sorry it is so long!  If you fancy joining in then pop a post together, pop back and link up so we can come and visit! 

Monday, 27 June 2016


Morning all, another layout from our Northumberland holiday last year. 

The last room at Bamburgh Castle has some games from many moons ago, said 15 year old and my sister decided to try them out, thankfully there were instructions to help! 

I must admit I'm ever so slightly addicted to my new alphabet, the title 'GAMES' in the layout above uses a set of clear stamps from a certain discount book store, they cost £1 I wasn't expecting them to be great and they do vary in size so I've had to be mindful of that when using them on layouts - there are two heights for the letters - if you notice the 'S' isn't quite as tall as the 'E' - but they give a really crisp finish and I like them! 

Hope you are having a fab day! 

Friday, 24 June 2016


Good morning all it is the 26th Friday of 2016 - that makes us exactly half way through the year already, time really does fly! 

It is time for 

Friday was a busy day again, I popped to see my Mum after shopping for said 15 year old's next expedition.  It was lovely to have a  cuppa and a natter as it were. 

Saturday saw said 15 year old at a party but before he went we decided to sort the garden out, the crazy weather we've had recently has meant it has been much harder to get the grass trimmed.  Both gardens were looking more wilderness than garden, thankfully with two of us working on it we soon had it looking better, getting both the front and back lawns sorted and weeding one of the borders.

Sunday was Father's day and we decided we needed some fresh air and a walk, with a new exhibition opening at Yorkshire Sculpture Park we decided to enjoy the day.  My Mum had said she was four walling it and fancied a trip out too so we collected her and headed up to see the 'Not Vital' exhibition. 

This is the first sculpture we saw when we got through the visitors centre and is a model of a house that he actually built - designed to enjoy the sunset visible from where the house is based. 

I got a selfie of me and my Mum, she looks tired at the moment, complications with what we think is still a gall bladder problem meant she'd had a rather sleepless night, but was adamant that she still wanted to come!

My favourite sculpture of the day is a huge spherical moon like structure which created some fun photos when you got up close.

I loved how the top half reflected the sky as well!

And here it is in all its glory!

These two always keeping me smiling!

And the fact we could take photos in the underground gallery was brilliant - although I think I might have used the space differently - the back wall represents the Last Supper

The next chamber had these amazing structures, the steel was hammered out rather than cast that way - and I loved the darker finish

I loved the marble sledge and the snowball wall - created using plaster

The final room in the underground gallery - often gives an insight into how the artist creates - but this time it actually provided a large quantity of models of proposed bridges for Venice (believe it or believe it not).  I loved the reflections when staring through

Outside we found the 100 blooms laid out 

and were pleased to find they have extended the Kaws outdoor exhibition until later in the year, although the sculptures in the long gallery has now ended.

The first sculpture you come across in the park relevant to the Not Vital exhibition is this huge stainless steel hip bone.  

We had a fabulous time, really enjoyed it! 

Other gratefuls said 15 year old making a lovely tea on Monday and spiralising some courgette for me as I didn't fancy pasta - he did a grand job! 

Work being understandable this week, I've had a lot of juggling to do having two very practical and understanding employers really does make a difference! 

Fruit - having followed a very strict diet earlier in the year, fruit pretty much removed itself from our diet, however, I'm now following a less rigid diet and it allows for fruit - oh how I've missed it! 

Wednesday, 22 June 2016


Sometimes colours make me happy and that's what this layout and in particular this photo does for me. 

Bamburgh Castle is one of those iconic Castles, right on the edge of the beach, with the surrounding countryside being incredibly flat it can literally be seen from miles away.  We were treated to a beautiful sunset on a holiday there last year and the resulting photos and the scene itself was quite simply breathtaking, if you haven't had the privilege of visiting Bamburgh I can highly recommend.  Privately owned and still lived in it really is a fascinating castle.  

It also provided a great set piece for the most recent filming of Macbeth starting Michael Fassbender, we watched it over the weekend, for the first time, an amazing portrayal of a story that I've loved since my first introduction to Shakespeare in a live performance.  The film did not disappoint! 

The week is tripping along at a merry old pace at the moment, how is your week up to now - I hope it is being kind to you! 

Tuesday, 21 June 2016


Good Morning, well it is a beautiful morning here in Yorkshire, the sky is blue and the sun is shining - a shame I've got work but hey let's celebrate the positives!

This is a layout done from the Harry Potter World photos - I finally got to use the title of Saturday - that I painted up what seems like an age ago!  Just me and hubby checking out the potions classroom!

I hope you have a beautiful and blessed day! 

Friday, 17 June 2016


Good Morning Lovely people - tis Friday so time for 

Now I will pre-warn you I'm uber light on the old photo side of things at the moment, it has been a mighty busy working week which means a lack of photos.  

So this one may be short and sweet 

  1. My Mum and my hubby - for agreeing to come and give my sister a hand at her house, she is currently a student nurse and things are never easy when on that sort of budget, she has a long commute to her placement and a day at Uni, then assignments to write etc so a busy busy life at the moment.  At these times lets be honest we usually have to let something slip and in the case of my sister it was the house, so me and my Mum and hubby headed over on Saturday and we spent a few hours with my sister and niece, cleaning and tidying and sorting things out and before we left on Saturday things were looking much better, the garden was strimmed by hubby, we cleaned all the bedrooms, the bathroom the living room and kitchen/dining area and we left it looking great. She was so grateful for the time we took and it makes such a difference when you've got a tidy home to go to, don't you agree! 
  2. Talking of hubby - yes he's kept me smiling this week, sometimes I get in a bit of a mental funk - nothing too serious and its always good when I drag myself back out of it, but when I'm in it I drive everyone including myself absolutely mad.  Hubby has this amazing way of reminding me not to take things too seriously, so a couple of times this week when I've been in that zone, he's made me laugh and that has really helped - laughter really is a positive thing to do when times are stressful. 
  3. Talking of laughter, said 15 year old continues to amaze me, he has a great sense of humour, enjoys spending time with us, we have a good giggle.  He really is turning into the most amazing young man - who I am incredibly proud of. 
  4. Talking about proud moments, we had a school meeting last night and in the reception area there is a wall showing all the names of the people who have been put forward by their class teachers for excellent work, said 15 year old's name appeared on more than one occasion on that wall - it made me smile! 
  5. Walks in a morning, even though we haven't done enough of them.
  6. Deadpool on DVD - although I still state that I have no understanding of how that was certified a 15 in this country! 
  7. Starting some new house artwork - I will show pictures later! 
  8. A glass of red on a school night - very naughty - but it was nice! 
  9. Messages from friends on facebook!
  10. Warm milky coffee when I arrive home and collapse in a heap!
  11. Said 15 year old practicing on his acoustic guitar!
OK lovely people that is my list, short and no photos - sorry must try harder! 

I will leave you with one scrapbook layout to make up for it, hubby and said 15 year old when we visited Harry Potter world last year (yes I am still scrapbooking the 700 photos we took on the day).   Here they are in the dark arts area, the cabinet behind is the Vanishing Cabinet that Draco had to get to work in the half blood prince, the lock which runs along the front edge does actually work, the cabinet took a year to make - absolutely phenomenal! 

If you fancy joining in pop a post together, pop back and link up and we shall come and visit, alternatively you can leave your rocking moments in the comments!  I hope you all have a beautiful and blessed weekend and week ahead! 

Friday, 10 June 2016


Good Morning/Evening/Afternoon I hope I find you well tis the 24th Friday of 2016 and the 24th Rocking Your World Friday post, a time to step back and find the positives, silver linings etc that make you smile! 

First up - the end of the holiday last week, we ended up at the oldest inhabited house in Scotland - known as Traquair it was a beautiful house and home, with its own chapel, a beautiful maze, woodland walks and a brewery - really could you want anything more awesome!  

I found yet another fabulous example of a tunnel book in the house, the photos don't do it justice if I'm honest! 

There was also an awesome tea room - where they had beautiful cakes (and said 15 year old's new favourite tipple Irn Bru - until this holiday he hadn't partaken in the same)!

They also did lovely homemade soup!

The walled garden has this awesome sculpture and if you look closely you'll see it is made up of gardening implements!

The house itself in its setting reminded us of a German style house, maybe it was the pines on the hillside behind! 

Our last evening saw the village we were in (West Linton), full of bunting for the start of the Whipman Plays, there is a nominated Whipman and Whip lass each year and they have a huge celebration on the first night together with a week of activities (unfortunately we were home for them).  

I loved seeing the parade including lots of floats with the local children on and hearing the band, a bag pipe band to begin and a brass band to finish the parade! 

Saturday night found us celebrating my little sisters birthday at a restaurant, unfortunately - slap my wrists no one took any photos! 

However I tried to make up for that on the Sunday (her actual birthday) when I managed a photo in my Mum's garden.  It was a beautiful sunny day (although I sat in the shade the sun is still rather harsh for my skin).  My sister on the left, my niece in the middle and my Mum who on the right - she's doing good at the moment and waiting on the first course of injections.  

The rest of the week has been a working blur, so tiring and no photos to share as such but there have been a few positives - just no photo evidence, a lovely online chat with a friend who had posted an instagram photo of some ATC's she has created in the style of Junker Jayne, which was a coincidence in that I too had created some in a Junker Jayne style recently (albeit much bigger than ATC). 

I came home on Thursday - very tired - it's been a busy week and the house needed cleaning but to raise a smile I discovered a delivery - I'm thinking I've been sleep purchasing as I don't remember buying anything.  When I got it inside and opened it the wonderful Susie had sent me my prize from her craft room giveaway - it weighed a lot and is full of the most awesome goodies - the stitched textile collage will be a mahoosive help to said 15 year old on his textile course and I've only ever been naughty enough to buy one flow magazine as they are lovely but rather expensive! 

Then there were flowers and embellishments, washi tape, papers, ribbons and even some gorgeous - no I will say that again GORGEOUS dies - OMG Susie - thank you thank you thank you - can't wait to get using! 

Right lovely people that's your lot this week, I'll share Mr Linky, if you fancy joining in pop a post together, pop back link up - mention where to find me if you get chance you never know we might get a few more Rockettes on the block as it were!