Friday, 24 February 2017


Morning lovely people - tis Friday which means 

First up - a trip to Center Parcs at the beginning of the half term week - this is the new style supermarket sign that greets you when you get in there!   I love all the wood

As said 16 year old didn't finish until late on Friday, we drove down and got straight into the villa - we were greeted with this little chap outside the window on the first evening

It was a birthday treat for my Mum and because we had room my sister and niece also managed to come down for the weekend.  We decided to divide up the meals for the weekend - however, we forgot to converse on the milk front - so 16 pints for the weekend! 

We didn't do anything major, we managed a few games of badminton and a couple of games of table tennis as well as swimming! 

Even my Mum managed a game!

I really needed the open spaces and the fresh air if I'm honest and Center Parcs had it in bucket loads, we also managed a dry weekend weather wise! 

I always love the lakeside walk with hubby 

Said niece asked my Mum to put her hair in plaits - she was unaware of how curly it would turn it and wasn't happy with the results, but I thought she looked amazing! 

She also looked beautiful on Saturday night when we went out

We did manage a couple of beautiful sky shots on Friday when the sun was peeping through the clouds

And it gave us this stunning sunset

It was fab to see the hedgehog house again, but there is a lot of building work occurring at the moment and it is hard to see how this won't affect the nature in the surroundings. 

We had a fabulous weekend and arrived home on Monday utterly shattered but very happy, I was even more giddy when my fitbit stats arrived to confirm that I'd been a very active person over the week - thank you Center Parcs

However hubbies stats put mine to shame! 

We also arrived home to find that spring had sprung in the front garden, I can't tell you how happy this made me. 

The rest of the week has been a bit odd, we've spent a lot of time at home, hubby at work and we've had the delightful storm Doris to deal with.  We almost ventured out on Thursday but it was far too windy, so me and said 16 year old watched 8 Mile, a film he hasn't seen before, a hard watch, but he enjoyed it.

Friday will see us all back to work and school despite the half term; revision for said 16 year old and I should be having a staff training day, instead, it looks like I'll be working from home as I'm suffering a bit at the moment and not 100% which is a shame as I was seriously looking forward to the away day! 

I hope you've had a fabulous week, if you fancy joining in pop a post together, pop back and link up so we can come and visit! 

Friday, 17 February 2017


Good Morning lovely people, tis Friday which means it is time for 

First up a happy from last Friday, when I was tucked up on sofa, with a streaming cold feeling very sorry for myself, I got this lovely photo of my Mum and sister at the cinema, out on a birthday treat, for my Mum it made me smile and for those asking how she is doing, she is doing grand at the moment, thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers they are always needed.

Next up playing with photos on my phone I use an app called Pxlr which provides filters to add to photos, they had some fun temporary Valentines filters which I was more than happy to use! 

Saturday morning greeted me and I was still streaming, there has been a pronounced lack of crafting creativity recently, so I set to trying to make a dent on a pile of half done picture that I'd created for Christmas cards - this was my desk!

Hubby decided he want to get on and do something as well, so he set to putting in the quote on the wall that has been missing since we redecorated at the end of last year! 

On Saturday afternoon he brought home not one but two dozen red roses as an early valentine's gift - so I had fun photographing them and playing with more filters.

I promised said 16 year old I would make him a shepherd's pie for tea - one of his favourites, he polished off half on Saturday and the remainder on Sunday, it was fun to cook him the meal! 

Said 16 year old's doorstep sandwich - cutting bread made us giggle! 

The weekend six nations - fab stuff!  

Coming home from work early and finding sun on the front garden and the fact there was a sheltered spot for me to enjoy a coffee

Tuesday was hubby's birthday and my Mums, popped in to see Mum on the way home and then had a lovely evening with hubby enjoying an M&S Valentine's meal for two - the soundtrack by the way was hubby's new Disturbed album! 

We even managed a selfie!

Wednesday was a very long day at work - I didn't get home until 8.10pm so there aren't any photos or anything exciting to talk about for Wednesday. 

Thursday a day off, waiting for a parcel to be redelivered.  I stayed in PJ's didn't see the point in getting dressed.  Spent several hours of my first day off doing work - not sure how that works if I'm honest.

Parcel arrived about 11 - which serious upset the day as I'd psyched myself up for being stuck in all day.  

I attempted to finish off a few more Christmas cards, but I think I'd lost heart a little bit - so shockingly I did a scrapbook layout, now if only if I could find the foam dots I might actually be able to finish the layout! 

And my final positive for the week - said 16 year old coming home all enthused about the NCS project that he can apply for over the summer holidays.  I'd already had a brief discussion about it, but he was a little reluctant to join, however, a school assembly means he has come home all enthused and is signed up - Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope you've all had a great week and that you've got some positive moments and silver linings to look back on. 

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Friday, 10 February 2017


Good Morning lovely people, tis Friday (again - already) and its time for 

First up on the list is 6 Nations Rugby, thankfully still covered by the freeview channels, it is a sign of February when 6 nations arrive and it always makes me happy as it usually means a little more crafting time! 

Hubby finishing off a second set of angel wings at the weekend, now to find them somewhere to live, they look fabulous, but the couple of places that we've tried up to now mean that they aren't quite right, so we shall continue our quest to find the perfect place for them. 

Catching up with my Mum, sister and niece last Friday, this time rather than garden centre we did shopping centre and enjoyed a chat over a cuppa at Starbucks putting the world to rights.  We then had a little mooch around the shops picking up things we needed, a fun time was had by all. 

Monday arrived all too soon and a day split between two jobs meant that I worked from home in the morning, the joys of a good workplace.  Meaning that I also managed to get in to see the Doctor again.  I walked around and enjoyed a rather brisk cold morning, I loved how pretty the world looked covered in frost, in the sunshine it was lovely, in the shade it was bitterly cold.  I enjoyed the walk nonetheless. 

A very wintry sun low in the sky on my way there. 

A favourite place to photograph of mine, I love seeing this tree in its different cycles through the year. 

And the sun peeping over the hillside was lovely! 

Oh I forgot to mention being evicted from our house at the weekend by said 16 year old. 

He wanted to ask a friend to be his prom date. 

He went to a lot of trouble to ask as you can see. 

You'll be pleased to know the answer was yes, they are really good friends and wanted to go together on this special occasion - which I think is mighty sweet! 

We were eventually told we could return to the house!  

Tuesday night saw me and hubby on a date night, we went to the cinema for the encore performance of The Tempest from the RSC.  It is such a strange play, the first part of which can be deemed tedious as it is so wordy!  I must admit to dosing in the first half (as did hubby), that's what a very busy day at work will do for you.  Thankfully the second half was much more lively and we'd had a coffee in the interval so the caffeine helped. 

We didn't get home until about 10.30pm - but both agreed it had been a lovely evening! 

They are doing the Rome season at the RSC so we might have to happen along and see another play later in the year. 

Thursday saw said 16 year old going to Science Live at the City Hall.  There were only 25 students that went, which is a shame because it was a chance to hear from scientists (including Professor Robert Winston) and hear from the exam boards about how to revise and hints and tips for the summer!   Said 16 year old came back very enthused and said it had been a good day! 

And that my people brings us to Friday, where I find myself looking at snowfall outside the window - not helpful when I have to get to my second job for a critical meeting with a grant funder - wish me luck! 

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Friday, 3 February 2017


Good Morning lovely people - tis Friday - the first Friday of February and it's time to see what's 

First up is my Mum, she is an amazing lady at the best of times, but she doesn't half make me chuckle, here she is in the butchers.  As she is watching her weight she wanted to know if they did chipolata sausages - as the butcher didn't have any she got him to make her some!  Like I said amazing! 

It was lovely to catch up with my sister, Mum and later on my niece last Friday.  We put the world to rights in the coffee shop before heading into the garden centre to have a wander.  We enjoyed smelling all the scents from the scented candles.  I'm not one for having them in the home, but enjoyed seeing if they did actually smell like freshly cut grass!

Here is the three of us outside in the garden, me and my sister having to bob down as my Mum is only 4 foot 10 inches! 

The gardens at the garden centre are beautiful, part of the historic gardens of Wentworth Woodhouse, I love gates and loved this one in particular

My Mum had a new coat and my sister tormented her by putting up her hood when I was trying to take a photo - hence the blurry shot we were laughing so much!

My Mum was not amused!

Eventually I did manage a decent one of them both

We spotted deer in their enclosure

And the first signs of spring - I love snowdrops! 

We giggled at this deer who appeared to have his head on backwards

And these two were being naughty when we got to the bear pit

I loved the tones on the day - really beautiful but so very very cold.

Saturday found us in Sheffield, searching for a new guitar for said 16 year old, there is a second hand music store that me and hubby had been in previously.  He found two he liked and finally picked one that fit the bill.

We spotted them taking down the Grosvenor Hotel which used to have the Wapentake club underneath, famous for all its rock music and an old haunt of hubbies, sad to see a landmark go. 

On our way back up we spotted a Chinese Dragon dance taking place as part of the Chinese New Year Celebrations

At home I set up with plenty of paints with said 16 year old, he was working on his art book and I was working on my Wanderlust pages.

Here is one of my finally finished Wanderlust pages - it took long enough but I was happy once it was done. 

I received mail art from Donna

Tuesday I was on a course in Sheffield on Employment Law, it wasn't very interesting so I needed a good start to the day as it were, a strong coffee did the trick!

Wednesday I got home to fabulous post from the lovely Chris, I put out a plea recently on our group on UK Scrappers and on Facebook to see if anyone knew where I could buy reasonably sized fabric letters.  There were a few ideas but nothing that made me jump for joy as it were, until the very lovely Chris - yes that's the lady who sent  me the gorgeous journal before Christmas, sent me a message to say she had dies that were about the size I needed and could she send me some - so this fabulous parcel is those letters arriving including the negative which I'm sure said 16 year old will be able to use - Chris - thank you, you are a star! 

Hope everyone has had a fabulous week and looking forward to the weekend, if you fancy joining in pop a post together pop back and link up and we shall come and visit.