Monday, October 30, 2006
Friday, October 27, 2006
Speaking of gems of Nottingham, I found the Oxfam bookshop last weekend, and I'm thrilled! I can't believe I never found it before! It is a gorgeous shop, huge and airy with wooden floorboards and a chesterfield sofa. Just how bookshops should be (there's never anywhere to sit in Waterstone's!). They have books (including such titles as 'Reinforced Concrete'), videos, a few clothes, CDs and even fairtrade food. Awesome. I found a great pressie for James' birthday. I have a sneaking suspision he reads my blog, so I'll tell you about it later... I also bought a brand new hardback Jodi Picoult novel for Karen, for £2.99. Brill.
Avrienne, I hope this is nostalgic for you and hubby!!
Thursday, October 26, 2006
I feel a bit sorry for Daphne, she's quite needy of her sister, who's just bonkers. Daphne was doing a nice job of cleaning out the inside of Velma's ears the other night. She then lay in front of her Velma, ear first as if to say, 'my turn now'. Velma just got up and walked off. All that revolting effort, for nothing! Poor Daphne!
They're very chatty at the moment too. They don't stop mewl-ing! They have been doing a very good job of keeping me company this week, whilst J has been away. He's on a course for work ths week (otherwise known as a great-exuse-for-a-piss-up!). I made the mistake of watching an ITV drama called 'Bon Voyage' on Tuesday night and it frightened the living daylights out of me! It was about this freaky guy in a caravan who kidnapped children. At least I had two thirteen week old cats to protect me. Did I watch part two last night? No I did not.
Friday, October 20, 2006
There is enough for a lovely hat to keep my head warm on the impending visit to NY. On small needles I'm hoping it will be nice and warm and squoshy.
Speaking of heads, yesterday, a crow dropped a conker on my head. It really hurt. I wasn't anywhere near a tree, I was washing horse dribble off my hands at the yard tap. You can imagine my shock to be bashed over the head with a conker from a great height! Owww...
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
I've finished my version of Icarus, to be known as Little-Icarus.
Friday, October 13, 2006
I apologise if it looks a bit topsy turvy in the forthcoming weeks. I'm trying to get to grips with HTML (I don't even know what it stands for!) and make it look a bit more interesting and unique. The website that helped me changed the colours (colour schemer) reminded me of these.
When I was little I used to go with dad to the paint shop and watch the paint mixer spinning around. I was clearly an odd child. I also loved these little cards. I used to come out with handfuls. And picking these up on Tuesday, still has the same effect. How sad is that!? These were my suggestions for the front door. Although I asked my architect dad what colour Victorian front foors would originally have been painted in a street like ours. Apparently, unpainted. Unless you had extra dosh and you may have afforded brown or neutral coloured paint. So not green then. And apparently definately not blue. Blue pigments were impossible to make then. Interesting huh? Well Ok, maybe not.
And this, this is a Kitty Theme Park equivalent. They race at a million miles an hour up the stairs then launch themselves off the top stair. Again, hours of fun. You'd think they'd need a nap after that. I wish.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
However, since I forgot to put it away this morning, it maybe a big chewed kitten-spit mess when I get home...
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Anyway, I had a great trip Hobbycraft last night. I managed to pick up four balls of RYC cashcotton at 30% off, three in a lovely leafy green and one in a kind of lilac. They're going to at least be some mittens. So soft! This pic doesn't do the colours justice, the colours are a lot less acidic. Hobbycraft has a new range of novelty yarns, which usually I wouldn't be a big fan of, but they had some great colours and interesting textures. I didn't buy any but I did also get some handmade paper and a sheet of card printed with buttons all over. I was feeling crafty yesterday.
As for feeling craft, I wanted to show you this, some beautiful fabric by a company called Hoffman. It is from their Kimono range. I love it. I wish I could buy a whole bolt and have it all around the house! The waves are actually quite small, and it's more subtle than it looks here.
I have a tiny remnant, (I lined Karen's christmas bag with it last year) that I want to do something special with. Any ideas? Anyone know a sewing knitty equivalent? They also do it in gold and cream colourways. I'm going to get three Fat Quarters, one of each, from an eBay seller I've found and cover some small wooden frames and hang them on the wall. You know, as 'art'. :0) Then I can look at this fabric all the time!
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
I was very excited to find this in the University Bookshop the other day. Mma Rawotswe makes me happy. I have to admit, and I'm slightly ashamed, that I am not a massive fan of literary fiction. I like to read, but I like my books to have obvious stories about people. I struggle if you have to try and elucidate a deeper meaning. I hate finishing a book and not having a clue what it was about. Perhaps that's to do with my scientist's mind. I'm not a thinker. It's a bit embarrassing, my sister has a drama degree and my mum is a writer, they're big readers of good books. Although, mum has always said, it doesn't matter what you read as long as you do read. I must admit to agreeing fairly frequently, although not always, with Richard and Judy. So, The Number One Lady's Detective Agency Series, I love. Easy reads, with great stories. And I've just spotted this too, also by Alexander McCall Smith! It is the third in the 44 Scotland Street series, the first of which I loved, and the second not so much. And this one will be next (although buying hardbacks is naughty so it'll have to wait til next month). Adriana Trigiani is ace, and silly as it sounds, reading Big Stone Gap was life changing for me. I really should re-read it. This latest one is the fourth in the Big Stone Gap series. Her others in between kind of tailed off a bit. Anyway ramble ramble ramble, I recommend all these authors!
Monday, October 02, 2006
Although they're litter trained (what a relief!) they are very timid, and are not keen on coming out from under the sofa!
I love the little spot she has on her nose, it's just like Miranda's! We think she may have been the runt, she's smaller and perhaps a bit weaker. I think she may have a mild infection in one eye and walks a bit stiffly. Our lovely neighbour Laura is a vet and they're going for a visit to her practice later this week, so we'll get it checked out.
They don't have names yet. James likes Enzo for the tabby (after Enzo Ferrari - typical), and I like Blossom for the girl. However, it would be nice to give them a pair of names. James' family have always named their cats in pairs. Nut and Bolt, Whisky and Biscuit (I don't quite get that one) and Tom and Geraldine. Although baby James couldn't say Geraldine so he called her Jelly Bean.
We'd love to hear your suggestions, answers on a postcard.........