Monday, 21 November 2011

I believe this....


via here

I love what I do - just not where I do it right now.  So I am not going to settle I am going to look but not jump - walk with consideration and confidence.

I love what I do, so I'm adopting this:


Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Window Shopping

There are a number of websites I like to browse to waste a little time - its a kind of window shopping; I very occasionally buy but mostly I just dream and ooh and ahh.

My current faces are www.williams-sanoma.com where I am coverting this Personal Embosser - I don't need it but I like like like it:



Sister company to Pottery Barn, I have been known to spend time browsing there too.

However, after seeing Liberty London Girls tweet that Crate and Barrel were now shipping to the UK I have spent a disproportionate amount of time here.

Particular fave are:



And this:


But then I'd need this too:



hmmmm wonder how much the international shipping would be........

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Home is.....



I need to make some decisions.  I love my little house but I have never really made it my home. I've been here 11 months and haven't really moved forward.  I'm still paying for two houses and  still have half my life in Yorkshire at my old house.

I have choices, and have options - people I love and who love me have asked me to move in - but it feels scary.  Here I am comfortable, I am close to work, in my home town and have my space; I rarely feel lonely and enjoy being here.

But I could save significant amounts of money moving out - and that would make life a lot easier.....a lot easier.

I need to see what happens in the next few weeks and months but I need to make some decisions.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Getting something I wanted

Earlier this year I blogged about things I wanted and well I didnt get the exact shoes I got some similar what I did get last week was a tattoo.  The pics aren't great and I will paste better ones but for now here she is:




Singapore Orchids

When I went to Singapore for CP & JP's wedding I spent a few hours in the botanical gardens the next day (which is where they got married) - the orchid garden was worth the ticket and was beautiful:














The Happy Couple the day after:


Me and the beautiful bride (CP) on her wedding day

Monday, 29 August 2011

Flying Away

Next weekend I head away for the month, I'm both excited and scared by this.  I'm traveling with/for work and will be in Boston, Sao Paulo & Philadelphia.  In between I will visit Provincetown, have my tattoo in West Chester and hopefully get to either New York or Washington.

My concern at the moment is packing - I need to pack for a month.  For work and play, casual, smart, dressy, relaxed; the whole kit and kaboodle.

But of course, in my usual trying to fit it all in I have booked myself to do far too much between now and my leaving.  Something's going to have to give......unfortunately it looks like it may have to be my social life which sucks.

Think I better make a list, or two and get packing planning...

Friday, 5 August 2011

What if?

The one that left came back - will the confused mist clear and the answer be there?

How late is too late - or when is just in time?

frak

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Excited

I'm sooooo very very excited and I can't tell you why.  Good job I'm off to The Hill The Breathes on Thursday for a week as I am not sure I would be able to keep my trap shut otherwise!

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Work shoe challenge

A work colleague and I both love our Shoes, so this month we have challenged each other to wear a different pair of shoes to work every day.

We started yesterday  - and she raised the game today with a fabulous pair of teal patent platforms.  I only have half my shoe collection down here with me so this is going to be interesting - I'll need to raise my game.

This is how I started the challenge yesterday (please excuse the dodgy work carpet):




I'll add today's later - when I get round to taking a picture.

Fancy taking up the challenge?

Monday, 9 May 2011

Gealgum Cottage



I'm just back from a weekend in Northern Ireland at the lovely  Gealgum Cottage just outside Derrilyn.  The cottage is a beautiful small thatch with a great caravan that acts as the second double bedroom.  Booked through www.underthethatch.co.uk which has a great range of properties to choose from.

The cottage sleeps 5, with two doubles and a single and is filled with vintage and retro touches.












The soda bread and jam were a nice touch - and the milk in the fridge too.  Unfortunately the promised fuel for a fire was not there and the cottage wasn't as clean as it could have been (the dishwasher smelt so fusty when opened it made me almost sick - also we had to clean some of the crockery and utensils before using but these are really really minor niggles in what was othewise a lovely cottage).  The underfloor heating made the place cosy - but if you're over 6ft be careful in the kitchen.

The cottage is slanting - my friend took a bit to find his sea legs and felt quite queasy until he got used to the fact that the cottage runs down hill (the bed in the main bedroom is on blocks on one side to level it out) but this just adds to the general quirkiness.

The caravan was lovely too, with it's own wood burner to keep it cosy





The setting is beautiful, the only sounds you will hear are the birds and farm animals - and it gets properly dark which was so restful.  Its a short drive over the border into Ireland (we went for a pint one afternoon) and only 12 miles from Enniskillen - where the Buttermarket is worth a pottle for the indpendent galleries and craft shops and great cafe.

Close by the cottage is Gealgum Quay - which is described on the website as 'your own private beach'; it isn't.  It's about half a miles walk away down a leafy road and has picnic tables with metal plates on which to place your bar-b-q (genius).  The picture was taken as the clouds became quite stormy but the predictive constant rain never came.



All in all I had a lovely weekend (topped off by a visit to Stormont Castle which I shall share the photo's off in another post) and the neighbours were a pleasure - here they are saying hello:





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