Friday, 29 September 2017


Good evening lovely people I'm so sorry it is late posting - it has been quite honestly one of those weeks.  

So without further ado the positives from the week, first up hot toddies, sofa, great TV, good company and a fluffy blanket, sometimes it's the simple things in life!

Next up, hubby helping me sort this room out, it looks tidier now than it did here (not much but at least I've gone through it), out went the old clothes and lots of bits and bats and boxes that we no longer needed.  A good tidy, one room down, many many to go, but we've decided to do these one per week, next stop our bedroom!

Next happy (and excuse the pixelations on the photo) but this is said 17 year old arriving back from his first driving lesson (gulp), next one today went really well - he is quite honestly a happy bunny!

Then these two starting a brew kit in the kitchen, my house smelt like Masham!

We've enjoyed the early episodes of X Factor up to now (it usually goes down hill from here).  

And two cups of tea for me on Sunday morning

Back to Chatsworth on Sunday and it was a fine day and all the sculptures were finally in situ

We found this amazing artwork (fully enclosed granite block with a garden hidden inside)

The back engraved with this lettering 

and this was the view when we peered through

Mischief 1 and 2 enjoying the walk!

We still didn't like this having seen it again, just not us, but I do like pop art so that does surprise me!

A side view of the numbers, the garden was full of tents for the Art Our Loud exhibition

Fun jaunty angle photo

Me and him, enough said

The lake looked moody in the late afternoon sun

And we quite liked this next to the ornamental pond particularly as it swayed in the wind

I loved this one because it wasn't equilateral, just symmetrical from certain angles

Said 17 year old this reminded him of those toys you always find in tourist places like English heritage that you buy kids which is a mix of plastic and stretchy elastic and you can manipulate it - I must admit looking at it again - I think he's right!

This was one of my favourites

I thought this one was fun

And I liked this one but think it could have been displayed better.

Whilst this was impressive the big M sculpture has some serious stress fractures in it!

And this one was either the English Heritage symbol or as we called it hashtag

This one was amazing as hubby thinks it was on gimbals so it was silent but moved with the wind - stunning and mesmerising

The lock - didn't really tick the right boxes for us

But I quite liked this one

Over two weeks on and my birthday roses are still hanging on in there

And this a present from a friend is in my window in the main room and looks stunning, it was a birthday gift, I love receiving handmade items!

The rest of the week has been mad, busy and crazy in equal measure, but spending time with hubby in an evening, chatting to said 17 year old, catching up with my beautiful cousin and loving the change in the seasons has been brilliant! 

If you fancy joining in (or if you already have) pop your link below so we can come and visit. 

Much love people

Friday, 22 September 2017


Good Evening lovely people, I'm so very sorry for the tardiness in me posting today, it has to be said that it has been one of those days! 

Anyway I digress and so before the clock leaps forward any faster I hope you've all had a great day, time to check out what has been rocking my world for the past 7 days 

So my first grateful is for my family putting up with me and my work hours at the moment, because Friday last week saw me work 12.5 hours at home to try and get a report together, it also resulted in 3 hours finishing said report on Saturday, thus eating into the weekend significantly. 

Thankfully I have a very understanding hubby and said 17 year old who were happy to rally around and sort tea etc. 

Saturday I'd organised to have family pop and have a bun fight to celebrate my birthday and said 17 year old's birthday.  They were late (as is the norm with the family, I should have given them an earlier time - then they might have arrived on time).  Anyway, despite them arriving late we had a fabulous afternoon, nattering and putting the world to rights. 

Here is my Mum and sister and my niece and her boyfriend sat at the table.  It was lovely that my niece's boyfriend came up as well as he hasn't visited previously! 

As you can also see I'd done jacket potatoes (far too many as it turned out but fortuitously this meant tea for the following two days was much easier). 

We even had cake, a rather blurry shot taken by my Mum after I'd managed to blow out all the candles, said 17 year old decided to adorn the cake with as many candles as he could squeeze on!

Said 17 year old (blurry again), waiting to blow out his candles

And after the event (forgive me for the bin being present in the photo - I really need to sort!)

Sunday we popped to see my Mum and take my step-Dad his birthday present as his birthday was on Tuesday. 

Busy busy busy days at work on both Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (including a rather late night on Wednesday) means lots of work and absolutely no play makes me a rather dull girl at the minute!

Anyway one of the days I was working from home and so when a late birthday gift arrived I was most giddy!  I did have to giggle though, this was the parcel

And these were the wrappings

And this was the gift (I do love the gift, so desperate to do some mono printing soon!)  Amazon really could do with pulling their socks up when it comes to packaging sometimes!

Thursday I worked from home solidly, said 17 year old had a graduation event to do with the National Citizens Service he was involved in during the summer, so he wanted to get his hair sorted, which included having his hair lightened slightly.  How fabulous does he look in this photo!

So did he have a good evening - of course he did, as well as getting a certificate for the work he'd done, he got to catch up with his group, with school friends he hasn't seen for an age and his group leader.  So here he is celebrating the fact!

Here he is with one of his friends

And again!

A shot from Snapchat

And a fabulous shot of him surrounded by friends at the event!

He had a fabulous night and loved every minute, he really has missed his NCS group since it ended in the summer (he suffered the NCS blues in the same way most people get holiday blues).  I'm hoping he starts to make a good connection at college soon and I'm hoping he gets chance to catch up with his buddies more often.

Apparently he boogied the night away surrounded by females from his group because his partner in crime had to work and his other buddy couldn't make it.  Apparently an old school friend indicated he had far too many girls around him which made me giggle. 

Well I might as well tell you about Friday, I won't mention the fact I was in work on my day off, or that the internet wasn't working when I got to work, or that a big hairy spider had taken up residence in the kitchen sink which meant I didn't get my morning cuppa, or that I could find the one key out of the 60 keys that I needed to get access to the receipts and cash I needed.  I will tell you that my work colleague not only resolved the key issue (by helping me break into the drawer to get the tin I needed), but he also fixed the internet and he got rid of the spider and treated me to a Twix chocolate bar after lunch.  I will also tell you that the very lovely Janet sorted me a cup of tea when she arrived and made sandwiches using up the leftovers from yesterday which meant my two hour work time that turned into 7 hours work time was at least fed and watered!  I will also tell you that the staff team are lovely and despite the fact I'm normally only in one day per week they always make me feel happy and welcome and the lovely Katie kept feeding me tea when she knew I was absolutely pulled out.  I can also mention my other work space where my fabulous co-worker keeps me sane and helps me realise that I'm not losing it and that we are doing a fabulous job even though people might not always see it and that my other co-worker makes me happy because she makes me feel balanced!  Great work colleagues - really do make the crazy working week so much better! 

I must admit on weeks like this week when its been crazy mad (particularly work wise), seeing said 17 year old growing and maturing into a beautiful amazing human being with the worlds most beautiful soul is really one of the things that I am the most grateful for, I never knew being a Mum would be this awesome, I'm beyond proud of him, I am utterly blessed to call him my son!  

I'm also grateful for finding a soul mate that 'gets me', appreciates me and loves me (despite my faults) and puts up with my crazy amounts of work time! 

I hope you've had a great week, if you fancy joining in, pop a post together (I know you are sat there saying "we already have") and come back and link up so I can make sure I rebalance my life with my beautiful amazing Rockettes. 

Friday, 15 September 2017


Good Morning lovely people, tis Friday 

So how was your week?  Mine well let's see 

I enjoyed watching this last Friday night, a good giggle it has to be said and how sweet is baby groot and yes I did cry at the end - totally unexpected!

Saturday morning I sat and played with some backgrounds I'd already done with Crayola felt pens, water colour paper and water.  I then used some Tracy Scott stamps to create this little beastie, I think I will abandon it somewhere. 

As I've been so poorly recently we decided we really needed to blow off the cobwebs on Sunday and as the Beyond Limits sculptures at Chatsworth were due to start it seemed like the perfect combination.  My sister and niece popped over on Saturday and we asked if they fancied coming along for the day out.  

When we got to Chatsworth, our first port of call was the carriage restaurant for a cup of tea.  These two were sat opposite me playing with their sugar, flicking the sugar allegedly to the bottom of the pack.  Said 16 year old managed to flick a full pack onto the floor and this set of photos documents when my niece flicked her sugar straight into her Mum's cup of tea!  Laughter that's what I enjoy most about these days out the amount of laughter we have. 

Unfortunately for us there had been a delay on the arrival of some of the sculptures, so not all of them were in situ, however there were a few.  This was one of my favourites in the Rose garden. 

We enjoyed our walk up to the grotto garden, the autumn colour is just starting to show. 

We loved these giant numbers on the front lawn, we did wonder what mobile number they spelt out and how many times people would try calling it during the exhibition!

My niece hadn't been to the Fashion through the Decades exhibition in the house, despite her doing a fashion course.  The course itself had taken her to YSP and the Hepworth gallery, which are both lovely but not specific to fashion, just to art.  

Anyway as we'd already done the exhibition a few times we were looking for things that were different.  I loved this new bench commissioned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.

Near to the end of the exhibition is a hat gallery, where you can try on hats and stand behind frames.  My sister has always been one for hats ever since she was little, so she didn't need any encouragement to try on the hats, here are a few of what I captured.

Back outside and back on our way up to the Stables, we walked past another of the sculptures, spaghetti and meatball anyone?

Busy days at work on Monday and Tuesday, no I wasn't fully better but yes I did go back into work.  However Wednesday I took a day off (a rarity for me at the best of times) because it was my birthday.  I was sat in bed opening presents, one of my lovely WW friends purchased a gift wrapped item from Amazon, it was a beautiful long line top and it came wrapped in this cloth parcel, which I thought was genius! 

And here I am wearing said top

For those that know me, you will also know that the day after my birthday is said 16 year old's birthday - so that's right he is now officially said 17 year old!  I had a work meeting at home, his Dad went to work earlier and he had a late session at college 1.15pm - 5.15pm.  So it was a bit of a weird day for him.  He opened his cards with me in the morning and one gift that we had bought him (because it was an Xbox game and always takes forever to load up).   

Then he waited until the evening to open his main gifts, I find as he gets older his presents get fewer but more expensive and a lot more gadgety!  Here he is opening an effects pedal he wants for his guitar which allow him to loop music.  We also got him a little portable blue tooth speaker that I know will get some use. 

On his birthday evening we went out for a meal at the local pub, which always has lovely food when we go.  We have a few members of family popping over on Saturday for a proper catch up, although I have a poorly hubby at moment, he seems to have succumbed to the same lurgy I had, sigh.  Fingers crossed he is feeling a little better for tomorrow, but if I'm honest I'm still feeling pretty rough with it and I'm nearly at the end of the second week! 

I hope you have had a beautiful and blessed week, if you fancy joining in pop a post together, pop back and link up so we can come and visit.