Friday, 28 October 2016


Good morning/afternoon/evening (delete whichever is applicable) welcome to 

Well I find myself at Friday yet again, however, this week I've managed a week off from work - well nearly almost a week off - but that's another story!

Saturday I found myself at the local craft store doing a class with my Mum, actually it was a whole day, making items from Hobby House, they are not my usual style I'm sure you will agree, but spending time with my Mum, surrounded by fabulous ladies and great teachers in an awesome venue - well what more could you ask for! 

This is what we made! 

This one is three dimensions - like a shadow box style and folds flat!

This was the class we did with Clare Rowlands the base of which is a painted embroidery ring, I love the fact the bells jingle! 

This was the warm up card to get us started!

And this was a class that Karen did with us, I loved all the glittery additions! 

Julie had designed this beautiful advent calender with its magnetic heart!

We had a lovely time and came away with a bag of goodies! 

We've done a bit of painting in the house this week, just tarting the dining room up for Christmas as you do so Tuesday we decided to head out and make the most of the blue skies day!

Chatsworth had fully embraced the season and we loved to find all the brilliant pumpkins on our way around the garden!

And I loved loved loved the autumn colours and the reflection!

I managed to grab a couple of photos of the men in my life on the bridge! 

We managed to wander through the cottage garden as well and saw this fantastic display

The grotto garden was probably my favourite through the day

The water feature was working and the sun coming through the trees really added to the day!

And photo of hubby, I finally managed to capture the true colour of those gorgeous leaves!

And a family selfie!

And Chatsworth provided us with this at the end of the day as the mist rose up in the valley!

Wednesday we ventured to the cinema to watch Jack Reacher, which we all enjoyed and then I toddled off for a work meeting (I did say don't ask), but was soon back home enjoying a glass of wine and some home cooked bolognese!

Thursday found me and hubby heading to my other favourite place - Yorkshire Sculpture Park, said 16 year old stayed put as he wanted to make a dent on his homework and get some revision folders sorted!

We did the circular walk through the park which is probably about 4 or 5 miles in total! 

I loved how autumnal the path looked when we crossed the river.

We managed a selfie when we reached the top of the hill - it was an excuse to stop to be honest as we've all been suffering with a nasty cough and cold and it has left me quite wheezy!

We said good-bye to the Kaws statues in the park, I've absolutely loved seeing these as we've visited, they will be greatly missed!

Look how pale the wood has become over the summer, it was quite dark in colour when it arrived at the beginning of the year, but I find it awesome how the wood has changed whilst it has been at YSP!

And then my new favourite art installation - the tree full of ribbons, how fabulous does it look! 

Oh talking about new art installations, the chapel at YSP has a sound art installation at the moment, literally a wall of speakers, playing the most amazing African drumming sounds - bliss!  All it lacked was seating so we could sit and enjoy for some time!

We got home and said 16 year old was happy with what he'd managed to do with his day, so positives all round! 

Hubby decidedly that a pint at the pub might be a good way to finish the day and I have to say I agree, so we walked around and had a drink before heading home for some food! 

We were treated to an amazing sky on our walk to the pub, so I will leave you with an amazing sky photo!

I hope you've had a fabulous week, if you fancy joining in pop a post together, pop back and link up, leave me a comment so I can come and find you.

Friday, 21 October 2016


Good Evening lovely people - so sorry for the delay today - it has been a rather bizarre and busy day and this is the first time I've had chance to sit and write about the last 7 days 

The first happy and grateful moment was a rather impromptu visit to the theatre last Friday night, a work friend had two tickets to go to see Cats at the local theatre and unfortunately she was unable to make use of the tickets, so offered them me and hubby.  She even sent them next day delivery to make sure we got them on time, so me and hubby had for a change a date night out. 

This is the only shot we got of the stage as technically you weren't allowed to take a photo of the stage, so its lopsided and has some random unknown people appearing in the same - but hey it can't be helped, in need of a photo for the occasion! 

We had a grand night out and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the play! 

So it was rather a late night for us all, said 16 year old was quite happy blatting things on Xbox for the evening and he had goodies in to keep him entertained! 

Saturday night we had a completely different type of evening, this time in the form of Nickelback who were awesome as always.  It's more like a party than a gig and we had great seats.  Unfortunately the lady behind me had not only had a lot to drink but also proceeded to cough and sneeze all over me so that I got up on Sunday with what can only be described as the lurgy, as did said 16 year old and hubby - drat and double drat!!

We also enjoyed the support band, another rock band from Canada called Monster Truck 

Sunday found us wandering around Ikea, I love a good wander and I've never visited when they've had their Christmas items out.  I loved their little artificial trees in pots, they did the normal green ones and some white ones.  I didn't buy any, but I was mighty tempted. 

We enjoyed lunch as well which was fab and came home having had a lovely wander about!

I managed to catch up with my cousin, whom I mentioned recently, it was good to have a natter and a catch up! 

My Mum got the results from her scan - they don't think there is an issue, they'd like to do an MRI scan but that is dependent on whether they can due to metal in her foot (don't ask), so we shall see.  In the meantime she is trying to manage the dizzy spells she has been suffering! 

The week has been mighty busy as always, job juggling and I've decided to have a sort out at home, so chaos reigns all around, but that was a necessity as I'm off this next week and wanted to be as up to date as possible.  I'm not sure I managed it but I was hopefully close. 

I did however, have a lovely walk up to work from the main carpark, my new workplace has the most gorgeous trees around it (and squirrels).  Look at that gorgeous autumn colour! 

And I will leave you with a Friday giggle, said 16 year decided he was hungry on Friday and as the cupboards were bare I sent him to the local shop to grab something to eat whilst I was busy.  He came back with a single bap and a quarter of a pound of ham - which he proceeded to roll onto the bap and eat!   It made me smile! 

I hope you've all had a grand week and that there have been some positives and silver linings in your week. 

I doubt anyone will join in this week, I know Kate is away and I've already read Lisca's post and she didn't mention Rocking, so perhaps it will just be me this week, nevertheless, I hope you've had a great week.  If you fancy joining in pop a post together, pop back and link up.

Friday, 14 October 2016


Morning one and all - it is Friday once again so its time for 

I can't actually believe how ridiculously fast these weeks are going at the moment, truly leaping along at a merry old pace!  

A will warn you there is a significant lack of photos this week, its just been one of those - well weeks where you don't take photos! 

I had a long day at my third work place last Friday, a productive meeting and plan for future work, which was great.  Really enjoyed catching up with old workmates if I'm honest, always a welcoming office with lovely cups of tea - nothing finer! 

Saturday found said 16 year at school making a horror movie trailer in media, hubby dropped me off on the way to my Mum's and I had a lovely couple of hours catching up with my Mum and my sister, sadly I didn't get to touch base with my niece but hopefully I'll resolve that soon! 

I did get some good news about my cousin that I mentioned a few weeks ago who was undergoing tests - the results were negative - so she's got the all clear and we can all breathe again, your happy positive thoughts and prayers were very much appreciated. Do you fancy providing the same again, this time for my Mum (you'd think us lot were on a rota), she has been suffering dizzy do's as it were and so she's having to have some scans to rule things out.  With all the health issues she's had recently and trying to manage the cancer she has in her spine, we could really do with a degree of normality resuming if I'm honest, so if you can offer up a positive thought/prayer etc for her this week that would be awesome! 

Still lots of work on, so the days have been long with little creativity if I'm honest.  Although the little silver linings are always good. 

I enjoyed watching James Arthur on X factor at the weekend and whilst hubby utterly detests the programme it does allow me to not have to engage my brain if you know what I mean.  I've also enjoyed the first of the Landscape Artist of the Year, always based in some fantastic National Trust locations and I love to see the amateurs having a go as it were and there's the Great British Bake Off - another favourite for everyone here, but I always feel that I need cake after it - is that just me or does everyone feel like that! 

School photos were taken on Monday (they only take one in the first and last year), so I'm really giddy to see the difference as it were, not that I've seen any proof yet! 

We keep hearing the owls at night and sometimes in the morning when its still dark which is fantastic - not that we spot them very easily, although we did spot one on an aerial recently - although it was too dark to see other than its silhouette!  We also saw some fabulous birds of prey when we were out in the back garden - they were really high and there were loads of them!

I'm starting to think about Christmas now as I'm one of those that prefers to be organised and I've signed up for a couple of 'swaps' on UKScrappers, a stocking swap and an advent calendar swap so I need to make a start on buying for my swappee whose name I have for the advent calendar, but not the stocking yet! 

For those that have followed my blog for a while - can you believe its a year since said 16 year old went to Lesotho in South Africa!  I can't believe how quickly the year has gone - can you?

Due to the complete lack of photos, I will share a couple of layouts with you that I hopefully haven't shared before these were all taken, this time last year when me and hubby escaped for a week whilst said 16 year old away.

Our first visit to Gibside 

At Northumberlandia (can you see the ladies face on the hillside behind me)

And something that really sums this time of year up, hiking boots and crunchy colourful leaves!

If you fancy joining in, pop a post together pop back and link up, leave a comment telling me you've linked so I can come and visit and let's celebrate the positive moments in life!

Friday, 7 October 2016


Good morning lovely people - it is most definitely Friday which means 

Oh its been a week of lots and lots of work - so I really don't have a huge amount to share with you boo hiss!  But hey this is about finding the little tiny silver linings when life is providing lemons as it were.

So we did venture out last weekend to a Charity event in town, a soapbox race in aid of the local children's hospice.  We got there not long after it started and wandered around admiring the effort and time people had put into these amazing creations. 

This one I already knew about as it was made by a friend's family! 

We managed to get a few 'action shots' 

This one had wooden wheels on it! 

It was brilliant watching them whizzing down the course and we really did have fun - it was also great to get out and have some fresh air, when you are office bound a lot of the week, you really appreciate just wandering around the park!  There was a noticeable difference in tree colour as we wandered too.

Eventually we got a bit cool so headed to the local cafe to warm up.  Said 16 year old met a friend from school and enjoyed the afternoon at the park!

Saturday evening we popped to the local supermarket and I was giddy to see these arrive!

Always a sign that autumn is upon us don't you think! 

The rest of the weekend was just tootling around the house sorting things out as you do when catching up from a busy week. 

Said 16 year old is actively embracing the revision sessions at school which is good to see and seems to have managed his stress levels this week with assessments quite well - which I'm glad to see he has two more assessments today.  Tomorrow he is in school for his media coursework - making a Horror Movie trailer of all things - hopefully all will go well I think there have been little clashes of artistic ideas in the group - lets hope they are now fully ironed out as it were!

Oh October arrived as well, as I can tell when looking out at a rather wet and overcast day.  

My journey to work on Monday morning made me smile, I approached a crossroads at the same time as a white van opposite, although I had right of way I just knew he was running a tight schedule so beckoned for him to go first despite there still being traffic to fight with, when he pulled out he blew me a kiss which made me laugh!  It's the little things sometimes.

We caught up on Lucifer on the Amazon fire stick which we are enjoying and watching Rosewood which is a great series, we also watched the final episode of Our Girl and the end of Happy Valley series one - gulp - some great TV though, even though some of it was a hard watch (Happy Valley and Our Girl in particular). 

I made a start on Christmas present buying, nothing major just click clicking away - my favourite type of buying it doesn't mean any stressful shop jostling! 

I'm enjoying my Book of You 

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Hubby bought it me for my birthday and it goes with the app as it were, just simple little micro actions that make life more fun and manageable.  I loved it so much that I gave it to my boss who was leaving my first work place as a leaving gift together with other things and she also commented on what a great little book it is! 

I caught up with lil sis and niece last Friday evening - we put the world to right as we often do and caught up with our news, it was good to touch base, she is about to commence the first placement of her second year of her student nurse course.  I know from last year this means she becomes somewhat aloof with long days, long commutes and lots of uni work to contend with! 

And that my lovely people just about sums up my week this week, I hope yours has been a good one, if you fancy joining in then pop a post together, come back and link up and we shall come and visit.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Remember When and Potions

Oh I am scraping the bottom of the barrel with layouts now - so very few left to share - argh! 

Anyway another two layouts from our trip to Harry Potter world - yes I'm nearly done and yes I eventually stopped and finished the album. 

This one of Aragog - reminded me that it looked terrifying on the screen, it was just as terrifying in hung on the wall! 

And this landscape shot of the potions lab, with the outfit of Professor Snape and of Professor Slughorn.

Both backgrounds used on these layouts were created using my gelli plate. 

I hope you are having a good week, October is feeling decidedly autumnal - don't you agree!