Friday, 27 January 2017


Morning all - and welcome to the 4th Rocking post of 2017, the weeks are already flying by - but then we are seriously busy so that's probably why.  I can't quite believe that we are approaching the end of January already - in fact this is the last January Rocking post because this time next week we will be into February - how did that happen! 

So last Friday I had a day off, now rather than racing around cleaning or cooking or sorting or well you get the drift I arranged to meet my sister and my Mum for a cuppa at the local garden centre.  It was fabulous to sit and chat and catch up if I'm honest and we were there a good few hours, putting the world to rights, catching up on news etc.  

Afterwards we went for a walk down the path towards the church.  The church is really disproportionate to the size of the village and neither my Mum or sister knew that there was another church in the village in an almost ruinous state.  So we walked and were pleased to find it (well what's left of it) open.  Apparently when the new church was built the roof was removed from the old church to force people to go to the new one.  Sad really but quite a significant piece of local history! 

Here are the three of us enjoying the bright sunshine! 

The weekend was busy as always, we ventured to the local shopping centre and then on to Hobbycraft and the Range for a meander.  Said 16 year old gearing up for his final art exam wanted to see how big the canvases go - don't ask! 

Anyway once home it was time for him to continue the artwork that he's been working on, inspired the street artist known as Phlegm. 

Here is said 16 year old rather busy! 

The rest of the weekend tottered on by, we caught up with "Taboo" on TV with the ever so lovely Tom Hardy - written by him and his Dad, so are up to date on that, it is proving a really brilliant weekend watch if I'm honest. 

Monday and off to work with what can only be described as a salad that I really wasn't looking forward to. 

Kale, fennel and apple salad in a vinaigrette dressing with chicken. 

Raw kale still makes me think it will taste pretty awful, but if truth be known it was mighty tasty and both me and hubby really enjoyed it.  

My Wanderlust class is proving just as much fun as I was hoping and last week's class had not one but three different art journal pages - although I'm not one for journalling at the moment, I'm enjoying the arting factor, so I just did some free writing with a calligraphy pen on this one. I still have the other two pages to finish, one was almost complete and then I ruined it with the words so it needs to be redone - just a bit of tweaking and I haven't started the final one!

Next up is the Tuesday disaster breakfast - apparently low carb - but like I said a disaster nonetheless and not particularly tasty - which left both me and hubby a little grumpy until lunchtime!  thankfully lunch was tasty which made up for this mess and yes I did have to leave it soaking otherwise it would have set like concrete!

Midweek the freezing temperatures outside meant that we thoroughly enjoyed the woodburning fire and hubby 'discovered' some hidden books in a drawer so we sat reading for the evening which was brilliant. 

The rest of the week has been a bit of a blur, busy with work, busy evenings cooking and working out  - aka as screaming at the TV when he says work a bit harder! 

I hope your week has been fun and eventful, if you fancy joining in pop a post together, come back and link up so we can come and visit. 

Friday, 20 January 2017


Good Morning Lovely People 

Tis Friday - the 3rd Friday of January and time for my 

Well the time has come to actually start doing something about my New Year Resolutions, which means commencing on some healthier meals than we've been having previously!  Apologies in advance I apparently enjoy photographing food! 

So we really enjoyed the stuff peppers! 

We tried the protein pancakes and whilst they were OK, I really don't like artificial flavours so can't see us repeating this one if I'm honest 

My Mum, sister and niece popped over for a natter on Saturday afternoon, which was fabulous and the boys went to the shooting range, said 16 year old happy to get rid of some of this weeks stress - they came back quite happy and chipper!  Whilst us ladies put the world to rights which was brill. 

We had fun at the weekend making granola - the quantities were crazy and I was struggling to stir it, we even had to find a bigger pan out!  So grateful hubby gave me a hand, otherwise I might still be stood there trying to stir it! 

The salmon tea was fabulous though - so I have to thank Mr Wicks AKA The Body Coach for some pretty awesome meals this week, lets hope it actually makes a difference - you can take it from that note that I'm more than a little skeptical 

Sunday night me and hubby had a date night, unfortunately I'd started with weird dizzy spells.  The gig was a band called In Flames, then Disturbed and then Avenged Sevenfold, it has to be said that we are not a fan of Avenged and I bought the tickets purely on the back of hubby needing to see Disturbed (bucket list band).  So we toddled off for the gig. 

In Flames were interesting, I enjoyed the odd track so it was nice to hear new music. 

And Disturbed were amazing - I mean AMAZING - live, pyrotechnics, awesome singing, fabulous guitar work - what more could you want!

And they sang the Sound of Silence - which was breathtaking - I loved all the lit phones in the Stadium 

Said 16 year old cracking on with the art homework - which is extensive at the moment because he is on countdown to his exam.

He is also in the middle of mock exams which are mighty stressful, but he has a heads up of what is to come now.  I suppose I'm a little concerned that there are subjects that are still being taught the syllabus if I'm honest, whilst others are in full revision mode.  However, its telling when there has been a quality teaching gap which hopefully is raising the alarm bells for teachers so they can do something about it! 

I always love to see all the new year new me posts that filter down my news feed at the beginning of the year, in particular I love reading the 'word' of the year posts which always get me thinking. 

Not that I'm ever decisive enough to work out what my one word would be if I'm honest.  I think the odd time I've found a word - I've always presumed it could be misinterpreted so I've never voiced my one word as it were!

I think I like to live in the comfort zone that I'm in, I've often crept into that zone quite happy to plod along, but then occasionally I end up doing something outside the zone and realise that my happiness is sometimes an illusion that I've created so I don't have to make changes. 

I've been like this for a while, in particular I'm concerned about the long term health implications of not being fit and healthy.  But then I thought what would it mean in real terms if I was actually fit and healthy. 

I always loved making my own clothes when I was younger and being a little bit different (who wants to follow the crowd), in essence I'm no different now I just carry the marks and scars we all suffer as we wander through life, but I'm stronger and happier for the things I've learnt.  

I'm always grateful for the friends I've made, in particular a lot of my friends live inside the computer, I've never met them in person but feel I absolutely know them as a person and I think that is a fabulous way to be. 

So this year I don't have a word - I have a statement, it just so happened that a bold statement was required by the week 1 - Wanderlust course - so now I've even written the statement down. 

I don't for one moment think the external change will happen quickly, but I'm hoping I can make a real difference over a year and then rather than knowing who I am on the inside I can also reflect that on the outside 

So it's time for me to 

The rest of the week has wobbled along - dizzy spells have given me some grief, I've gone from it just being when I turn in bed, to it being occasionally when I put my boots on, or tip my head back too far.  So a call to the Doctor's yesterday meant I was sat in front of him within the hour and back home with a pack of tablets to alleviate the problem a little after that.

I actually enjoyed the walk around to the surgery - not too wobbly and I spotted favourite tree because it creates an awesome reference point for great photos, remembering it covered in snow a few years ago.

It was lovely to hear the birds singing and seeing them dart in and out of the hedges on the way back. 

I also saw a few of them eating the red berries from a shrub on the way back. 

Grateful that Docs are checking hubby out, the lung xray was clear - yay - but they want to just do a health MOT - cue weight loss and exercise regime! 

A phone call with my cousin was lovely, it is always great to touch base with people.

And a thank you card from another cousin was lovely to receive, we really must touch base more often! 

A letter from the hospital saying my mammogram was normal - always a positive - as we have a lot of history in the family I go for annual check ups in my 40's so they can keep an eye on me.

My final grateful this week, is the second part of the Wanderlust course, despite my reservations of letting go and painting and painting and painting - thus covering all the previous work up - I actually did find it pretty hard to stop with this one and I'm really happy with the result. 

The statement reads





And actually came from the beautiful gift I received from Chris on UK Scrappers who sent me a belated birthday gift in December, having spotted my pinterest boards on bullet journals.  There are little cards and statements throughout the book to stick in where I need them and this statement simply appeared, when I wasn't sure what I was going to put in the centre!

It seems strange to consider a time when art didn't feature in my life, I have never been a natural - put off at school at my utter inability to drawer a lifelike version of the bowl of fruit in front of me, I spent most art lessons, cleaning the stock room.  If only I had known then that the joy of art is simply the process itself, not the outcome and who the hell wants a drawing of a bowl of fruit anyway!  I wonder where art might have taken me without the constraints all those years ago.  

So for those of you that took art in school I envy you - but my question is - when was the last time you let go with your art and painted or drew something?  And if your excuse is you don't have the supplies - well that is what it is - just an excuse - so this week, why not find your creative side - you never know where it might lead! 

If you fancy joining in, pop a post together, if you can mention the Rocking post along the way that would be fab, you never know we might attract a few more to join in, pop back, link up and we can come and visit!

Friday, 13 January 2017


Good morning lovely people, tis Friday (already I hear you cry) and I find myself yet again sat in front of the computer working out where the week has gone and what has been making the silver linings sparkle this week. 

It is time for 

So first up is the completion of my journal for Christmas 2016, its a bit of a strange one, as the thoughts looking back were that at times it was actually hard work (Christmas not the journal), but I think I've managed to hit it with a 'rocking' head on, which means it is actually very positive and upbeat and in the fullness of time it will become the Christmas that happened rather than just the one  I wrote about, if you know what I mean. 

The album, is once again pushing the bolts a little - it isn't splayed out for decorative purposes - it's that full! 

It contains the days out and the trips - the Harry Potter decorations, the new trees, the day, the lull between Christmas and New Year, it includes the cards that I got that had extra messages from loved ones, so that's probably why it is creaking a little. 

I've decided next year I'm going to try a different format, for no other reason than I've done two years with the same sized album and so the pages almost felt repetitive in the process.  

Next up has to be the enthusiasm of said 16 year old, mocks started this week and he was given the topics for his final art piece on Friday last week.  He'd already decided on the theme before he got home on Friday night, I love the variety of all the options, I think its a shame that they've homed in on very famous artists and that there appears to be an over emphasis on the fashion designers and creating fashion pieces, bearing in mind that they've never actually been taught how to put clothing together.  

Needless to say it won't be an item of clothing that he is making and it is still very early in his thought process.  Although he has clear ideas on what he doesn't want to do, as he has reflected on a couple of pieces from previous years. 

This photo was him maxing the internet connection to find some artists that fall within his remit. Hubby was confused where the "mind mapping the art" statement came from - I obviously added it to the photo!  

Then I have replenished my birthday card stocks.  I did lots and lots and lots of art last year around the Sheffield Herd and didn't do anything with them, I also did a batch of quirky paintings based on weird looking art dolls, you'll be pleased to know that they have been converted into birthday cards.  I started out using a wet glue which wasn't fun, so I charged up my new cordless glue gun (bought courtesy of hubby for Christmas) and blitzed my way through (using up a large quantity of glue sticks in the process - whoops)

Although I'm not sure who'll want a Zombie Nurse Art doll card or a Zombie elephant come to that!  I might have to do a label for the back, so people understand their origin! 

I also finally managed to put a counterfeit kit together, I think it was rebelling against all the red and green layouts I'd been doing over Christmas, plus the colour scheme is so me! 

The week has fair tripped along, bumping into my niece with her friend in the local shopping centre last Friday night was lovely.  Buying a few new magazines was a good start to the weekend, enjoyed spending time reading them this week. 

The weekend disappeared all too quickly, but I enjoyed watching Romeo and Juliet over the weekend in preparation for said 16 year old's English exam.  It's ages since I've seen that version - I'd forgotten how quirky it was and how young Leonardo DiCaprio was in it! 

Work has been busy busy - mind you juggling jobs will do that to you.  I've got some significant pieces of work coming up and intend on spending a little time on each of my jobs today, getting my head around what I need to make progress (or better still making progress). 

I also had a catch up with my cousin on the phone, initially last Friday - we put the world to rights for about 2 hours! 

And then again in the week when she had a concern/issue, thankfully it was quickly resolved, but I was glad to be around for her when she needed me.  

I'm going to make a concerted effort to have more communication this year, whether it be written (yes letter writing is coming back), mail art - my favourite, re-establishing links I've lost (I've already managed one of those in January when a friend from years ago managed to track me down - I can't begin to tell you how fantastic it has been to touch base again)!  Or just calling people (the two hour phone call last Friday)

I'm also giddy as I know the lovely Donna is sending me some mail art (squeal), we collaborated on a journal a couple of years ago and had such fun! 

And I've made a start on my Wanderlust 2017 class - made a start - by watching the videos not by creating I'm hoping to sort week 1's today if I'm honest - I'm struggling to find images to use and have to track down a journal! 

I'm looking forward to the second class but hoping it isn't as long as I am somewhat impatient.

I hope you have had a fabulous week, if you fancy joining in pop a post together, pop back and link up so we can come and visit - ooh I had an extra Rockette last week - Michelle joined me, Kate and Lisca - which made me very happy - hope all you ladies are well! 

Friday, 6 January 2017


Good morning lovely Rockettes/Rockers tis Friday the very first of 2017 and therefore time for

Well I managed a few more layouts during the Christmas break, which I really enjoyed, although I seem to have done an awful lot of green and red layouts so I think I might join in the counterfeit kit this month as its decidedly different in colour! 

The photos are from Christmas 2015, my sister's hair, well actually my niece's hair as well, has changed significantly between the Christmas 2015 and 2016, my niece's hair is now shorter with no fringe, my sisters is short and blonde - so a complete contrast to before! 

These were my favourite decorations at the Christmas Tree festival in 2015! 

Photos from Chatsworth 2015, when the theme was Wind in the Willows

Had a brilliant  walk with hubby and my Mum at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, even spotted a David Nash sculpture on our way around the park, which we hadn't seen previously! 

The blue skies meant the main lake looked awesome (even if a little choppy)

Back at the main centre (my Mum started the walk calling it a stroll, by the time we got back it was most definitely a hike!), there was an exhibition by Angela Harding!  

I adored her Little Owl picture - how cute is he!

But was even more amazed when I realised these were from wood cut blocks - which we got to see in the exhibition

And here is the Little Owl wood cutting - how cute is he and how much work is there in that wooden block - amazing - absolutely amazing! 

I even managed a quick selfie with Mum before we left the park - note she's rocking the pink hair at the moment! 

We had a strange New Year, strange as we were at home which is unusual, but we had a fab night, playing board games, drinking wine, watching films, drinking wine, watching Grand Tour, drinking champagne, seeing in the New Year, chatting to Mum, drinking champagne, falling into bed 

I also enjoyed making a start on my new journal book at New Year - I've been saving it! 

Before all heading back to work/school/college/uni etc, we managed a final Christmas activity attending the local pantomime, it was very good, although we were disappointed that there wasn't as much ad-libbing as normal - other than the fairy whose microphone had been left on, commenting that she nearly walked into the set when she came off stage! 

It was good fun nonetheless! 

As we went into operation 'Put the decs away' - a few of the 'unused' Christmas gifts got tried out, this is hubby trying to create a square bubble and no before you ask it wasn't his gift! 

The rest of the week has been a mix of work and tiredness (and putting the trees away- all 4 of them and the stair garland). 

The house has a strange echo like quality now and the lack of lights is strange, but having the house clean and tidy makes me happy! 

I hope your New Year was a good one!! 

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