Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Watercolour

I've had this watercolour set since I was probably around 6 years old so its over 20 years old now and it's still going. My mum became really keen on watercolour and watercolour pencils and I wanted to be involved so she bought me my own set. I remember it well, I loved it. Sadly I had forgotten about my love for watercolour and the pallet had been cast aside, but recently I have rediscoverd my love. It is simple and beautiful and the depth of colour is exuberant.

I'd like one of these

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Les Parapluies De Cherbourg

I watched Les Parapluies De Cherbourg recently after years of listening to the music from the film and having never seen it. I love it, it was better than singing in the rain. I found this collage of scenes on this tumblr.

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Melanie Bilenker

"The Victorians kept lockets of hair and miniature portraits painted with ground hair and pigment to secure the memory of a lost love. In much the same way, I secure my memories through photographic images rendered in lines of my own hair, the physical remnants. I do not reproduce events, but quiet minutes, the mundane, the domestic, the ordinary moments." Melanie Bilenker

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Sleep Furiously

I watched this the other day, a beautiful film with an equally beautiful sound track. Sleep furiously is a film which is both sad and uplifting, a sense of community and consciousness of a greater force of control and the realities of consumerism.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Formby point

Since moving back up north from Brighton, Formby Point/Red Squirrel Sanctuary has become one of my favourite places. I remember visiting as a child with my grandparents, we used to visit the Botanic Gardens too, take a picnic, Granddads home grown tomatoes with a little salt on a sandwich with nothing else on was my favourite.

Monday, 23 January 2012

lovely package

I received a parcel in the post today, a lovely dress from my very close, large breasted friend, George and a humourous note to go with it x

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Christmas present and home grown goodies

I had four tomato plants growing over winter, you know, just to see if they would grow. They all flowered but only two tomatoes grew. I'm also drying out some chilies for the seeds, to plant.
For christmas Chris' brother Jon made us a bookshelf from new and salvaged wood. I am utterly impressed, it is beautiful and now we don't have piles of books in our living room anymore.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

No Booze for 6 Months

Happy new year everyone!! After a very spectacular home fire work display on new years eve Chris, Gail and I went for a walk on Crosby beach, it was incredibly beautiful and a good start to our new year. A needed start to encourage our six months of no alcohol. Yes that's right, 6 whole months. For those of you that know me very well, you will know that I drink, a lot, too much, an unhealthy amount, unhealthy on my body and on my purse so the time has come to try life without the reassuring end of the day or sometimes afternoon alcoholic beverage that has been my friend for all these years. Its time to welcome an amazing collection of teas, all kinds of teas and tonic water with lime and imaginary gin in, yes, I have been imagining there is gin in it. I miss red wine, I miss an ice cold beer, I miss prosecco, I miss whiskey, I miss Guinness, I miss going to the pub and drinking something, anything alcoholic, but I'm doing it and I have now done 9 days when this day ends. The first few days (week) I had a headache, it seems to be easing off now, I think it was withdrawal symptoms. Chris and I went to the pub the other day, had a Becks Blue (ghastly things) we played battleships, it was pleasant, I feel I can get used to it. So Chris and I have given up and we are raising money for charity whilst doing it. I have created a charity page for you to donate to and we are hoping to raise £1000, half to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and half to Way Ahead Brain Tumour Research Campaign. We are joining our friend Gaz (A year sans beer) on his journey. You don't have to sponsor us much, Gaz has requested people donate the money they would spend on buying him a pint and Chris and I shall be asking the same, so if you can sponsor us and spread the word that would be great. Im sure I will keep you updated on how it's going and also check Gaz's blog out too, he has some funny experiences to read about.

Monday, 9 January 2012

Veg box 7 and 8

In box 7 were 1x bag of sprouts 1x stick of sprouts, sprout overload, 7x mushrooms, 4x apples, 7x bananas, 6x carrots, 4x parsnips, 7x potatoes, 2x onions, 1x leek and also included was an extra bag of christmas apples, how lovely. We took some of our sprouts to Chris' brothers house and ate them with pigs cheek.
Veg-box 8 (this is the one we're still eating) were 6x apples, 3x clementines, 14x mushrooms, 1x broccoli, 3x bananas, 2x leeks, 2x onions, 8x carrots, 9x potatoes. So far I have made a spanish omelette with potatoes and leeks, not sure what else we will have.

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