Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Snow days

On a day like this...

the only thing to do is stay in and enjoy these...

and these!

Even though Blogger is turning this pic upside down again.

Campy magic!

Went to see the new Harry Potter film on saturday and loved it, even though it was scary. They kept truer to the book than I expected, very few points where I thought, thats wrong. It was a lovely surprise.

I managed to get some bits of sewing done as well, nothing quite finished yet so I won't show but at least I felt I did something.

Yesterday in celebration(!) of getting another year older I went for the full on camp experience and went to see Priscilla the musical up the west end. Alf from Home and Away is in it! How funny is that? Bless him.

And then this morning, we have snow. Proper snow on the ground, in London, in November! Doesn't look good for the rest of the winter. And my builder is supposed to come today ... to do some work on the outside of the house! Fat chance of that I'm thinking!

Friday, 26 November 2010

Favourite Things Friday

More FTFs over at Mrs P's blog http://fairybreadmusings.blogspot.com/2010/11/favourite-things-friday_26.html

This week its all about the feet. No! I do not have a foot fetish, but I love a foot massage.

I remember the first time I had reflexology at a spa day and it was the most wonderful thing! I am very ticklish and didn't expect to like it at all but I always try out a variety of treatments and Oh My!

I don't have it as often as I would like but if I'm at a spa its the thing I must have. I once had the most amazing man at Henlow Grange and I remember floating back to the room and telling my friend I wanted to marry Roger. All because he had done such wonderful things to my feet!

I'm not sure about the health benefits its supposed to have, I just love the feeling. I nearly always end up dozing off and I think drooling a little bit but I try to pretend that doesn't happen.

Unfortunately with the good comes bad and I've had one bad treatment. I was at a resort in Turkey for a week a few years ago and spent most of the day in the spa, it was far too hot for me at the beach. Well the guy doing it was a Russian Grant Mitchell (soap character for those that don't know Eastenders) and it was so painful! I was whimpering and trying to pull my feet away from him for the whole hour while he yanked them back.

Yet despite the pain, I didn't want to say anything! I didn't want to make a fuss! I know, I'm a pratt!

In spite of that experience it is still the best treatment I've ever had, I must get my act together and go and get a session booked soon.....

ps. not my foot in the pic, random image from the web.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Favourite Things Friday

Welcome to my FTF this week, for more head over to Mrs P at http://fairybreadmusings.blogspot.com/2010/11/favourite-things-friday_19.html

Now let me take you back to the summer of 1977. Even though I was only 7 I loved reading and was onto books well about my age range. I remember seeing this book in a local newsagents and somehow my Mum bought it for me even though it wasn't a special occasion. I read it outside in the tiny square patch of grass that was our garden on the old sleeping bag we used as a picnic blanket. I was hooked.

Then - the film came out! Looking back, I still don't understand how I got the book before seeing the film but thats what happened. I loved it, but I had one weird moment that took me years to understand. At one point I had to pop to the loo, I was very young and at the end of the film I thought of a scene in the book that I hadn't seen, it must have been on when I went to the loo. I was a rational young lady. When I saw the film again (which I have many many times) that scene still wasn't there! It finally dawned on me that a film and book aren't always the same. What a shock, it felt like a big part of my childhood innocence fell away with that knowledge!

Anyway, back to the film. As I said I've seen it too often to count in all its various formats and re-issues. I've been back to the cinema fto see it and I've bought loads of versions on video and dvd. All the follow ups too, although no of them made such an impact on me as the first one.

I may be a bit of a dreamer, a fantasist or just plan geeky but I've never fallen in love with any other film like this.


Saturday, 13 November 2010

Freeform Crochet

So my lack of oomph continues and nothing of interest is being produced here, however I was having a sort through some drawers and found my experiments in freeform crochet from over 5 year ago. Yes, they have been stuck in the drawer all that time!

I had lots of tiny bits of wool left of various types and plys and used to browse a lot of websites for inspiration. My favourite before the quilting obsession hit was http://www.eject.com.au/e-motive/prudence/gallery.htm, she produces the most amazing things.

I have a vague thought of making a wallhanging out of this lot one day, but in the unlikely even it ever gets finished I don't know how I will hang it and its bound to be a terrible dust trap!

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Bonfire Night

Thank you all for your lovely comments about my Aunt on Fridays post, I was really touched.

After the sadness of friday, came the fireworks. Friday was 5th November, but most organised displays take place on Saturdays and one of the best in London is on Blackheath. Now as my Mum lives about 200 yards for one corner it is ideal and off we toddled to enjoy it. Thankfully, although it got cold it was dry and clear and as usual we really enjoyed the display.

I also finally got a bit of sewing done and put my scrap wonky stars together. All the points in the stars are from scrap and I've been piecing them throughout the year. I really love how they look together, there was no rhyme or reason to the layout, just put them together as they fell. The only thing I did was make sure two cream stars weren't next to each other. I know it would drive some people mad to have more of them in one half of the top but I just thought sod it. True randomness isn't even.

Friday, 5 November 2010

Favourite Things Friday

Head over to Mrs P for links to more FTFs at http://fairybreadmusings.blogspot.com/2010/11/favourite-things-friday.html

Today, I want to share with you some of my favourite people. When I was a child my Mum didn't have the easiest time of it, she was a single parent with me and four stepchildren who all raised merry hell (them not me).

My Mum is from a huge family, she was no 11 of 13 and a lot of her sisters lived fairly close. My Auntie Kathleen and her husband Martin were always a wonderful sanctuary for me and I used to spend quite a lot of time with them, with my Mum and without.

I didn't really have many positive male role models around, but my Uncle Martin was the best man I've ever known. He was a quite, gentle man but strong in his convictions and values. I was always really happy to spend time with him and he always treated me like a person not as a nuisance. My Auntie Kathleen taught me to bake and always made a place for me in her home.

The picture above is me with them at one of their favourite places, along the river Thames near Sunbury. We often went for a walk down there.

Unfortunately, Uncle Martin came down with bowel cancer and died when I was 17 and he was in his early 60's. He was the first significant person to die in my life and I still miss him dreadfully. Auntie Kathleen carried on and never had any major illnesses until a few months ago when she had a stroke. She hadn't been able to talk, eat or really walk since.

Today, she was buried in the same grave as Uncle Martin and for the first time in 23 years they are together again.


Thursday, 4 November 2010

Another Quilt from Scraps

I'm still being very unproductive, with work and other stuff I'm not getting anything fun done so I thought I'll show you another one I made last year.

This was made from scraps left over from my Loony Limerick Ladies Quilt and I used them up in this Quilt which of course doesn't have a name. Its about 40 x 40 inches.

This cream osnaburg (I think that is what it is called) was the only solid I had and I like the way it went, it has a rusticy feel to it. I just sewed the little pieces together and the bigger pieces and then layed them out in a fairly similar way to make it look like I had actually designed it!!!

I did random straight line quilting all over which went quite wobbly in some places but when its on the wall its not very noticeable.

The binding is a batik that I used on the back of the Loony Limerick Ladies quilt and it looks like a solid, machine stitched as usual!

Even though they aren't my favourite colourway, I was really pleased with how it came out and it is hanging up on a bedroom wall.