Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Revamped Pin Boards

I've finally got around to revamping my pinboards after my daughter picked up a roll of vinyl wallpaper, for fifty pence, at our local charity shop. It didn't take long to do and I think they look rather pretty.

My nephew, from Milton Keynes, came to stay for the weekend, which was very enjoyable. He's almost a month older than my daughter, and it's lovely to see that they get on so well together. Our evenings were spend playing wii party games and having a right laugh trying to hit the correct notes on Singstar.

I have just finished reading Fallen by Lauren Kate, which I'd already read about a year ago, but it was such a brilliant read that I couldn't resist reading it again. I need to get the next book in the series.
The story begins when Luce, the main character, arrives at a new school under mysterious circumstances and meets a boy who she is drawn to and who she is sure she has met before. Although this book is aimed at the teenage girl who's into dark romance, I'm in my 40's and still thoroughly enjoyed it.

Hope you have a wonderful week!

Thursday, 11 August 2011


Words cannot fully express how I feel about these riots. It has sickened me to see the news of innocent people attacked, stripped of the clothes on their back, robbed when already down and losing everything they have worked hard for.

I live five minutes walk from Clapham Junction and it is heartbreaking to see all the damage that has been done by mindless idiots. It was bad enough that they looted and wreaked businesses, but to set fire to them with no regards to the many families who live above or next door to theses businesses!!?? Why? So many families have now lost their homes and livelihood.  

From my window I watched groups of teenage girls laden down with handbags and clothes laughing away, and boys/young men carrying huge sacks of loot. I watched one male boasting on his phone to his friend about the shop he had just robbed only to be mugged by three men dressed as ninjas. Seriously, head to toe in black tight fitted clothes.

My daughter couldn't get home after work on Monday night, which was a very scary experience for me, thankfully her uncle lives near her work, so she had somewhere to stay for the night. Thank you to my wonderful neighbour who had offered to help get her home that night.

I live in a one bedroom flat on a council estate with my teenage daughter. Yes, we get angry about our living situation but we would never dream of looting or damaging people's business/property. Nor do we go around whinging about how hard our life is. We have had to learn to make do with what we have and be grateful.

I don't want to get into any political arguments. Both the Government and parents have to accept some responsibility. Children and adults, both young and old, need to learn manners, self respect and self discipline. There are many topics/issues which need serious addressing and great changes need to be made, but sadly they are not going to happen over night.

My heart goes out to all the innocent people who have been affected one way or another by the riots and hope for peace in our communities. I applaud all the good people, both young and old, who helped to clean up the mess which those idiots left behind. I didn't want to write this post to begin with, but it has been churning in my head for days alongside a migraine. I haven't said all I wanted to say, putting my thoughts into words is not a strong point of mine. But, I do feel a little less weighed down by the stress of it all.

Keep safe!!! xx

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Busy Start To My Summer Holiday

There's me thinking that now I'm on summer holiday I'd have more time to blog. Yeah right! My ten year old nephew came to stay for nine days. My daughter had travelled down to Bournemouth to pick him up and bring him up to London. I'd forgotten how busy a ten year old could be, so the first week of my holiday was spent getting up early, planning meals for regular times and entertaining. It was lovely to have him stay over and I totally enjoyed his company. Hopefully he had an amazing time and would like to come back and stay again.

My daughter was totally in charge of his daily activities and had planned lots of exciting things for him to do, including the Natural History Museum, Southbank and her favourite place, the Victoria and Albert Museum, as well as pancakes at My Old Dutch, where apparently they do the best pancakes ever!!! Sadly, because I'm gluten intolerant I couldn't vouch for that, but they do look ridiculously delicious. Oh how I miss pancakes.

After running back and forth to the launderettes over the past few months I have finally got myself a new washing machine and believe it or not, I actually unplumbed the old and plumbed in the new all by my little self. Aren't I the clever bunny! My neighbour had shown me how to do it ten years ago, that's how long I've had my old one, so it did do me well. It was heavy work pushing the washing machine into it's space with only millimeters to spare. And no floods.

I bought this dining table in a charity shop for twelve pounds, so no more eating off laps. It even has fold down sides which is perfect for my limited space. I'm now on the look out for a lace table cloth or old lace curtains. The chair came as a pair for ten pounds and are very sturdy and comfy.

The Giant Begonia has grown quite a bit since May, but it still won't flower.
The smaller begonia, which was given to me by a friend, keeps producing the most amazing flowers.
If you look carefully you will see a little round green thing. It's a tomato! I'm a little disappointed this year.
The plant shot up to over six feet, gave loads of flowers but no tomatoes. I've found two, so fingers crossed there'll be more. I have a new cactus plant which was quite tricky to repot, those needles are blooming lethal. The chillies, below, are looking promising so hopefully I'll have better luck than the tomatoes.

My daughter has been featured in the September issue of the online Asos Magazine.
Mummy is ever so proud! And, I can now say that I'm a published photographer, as I take the majority of her photos. If you haven't seen her blog yet, do go and have a peek, you might be inspired.
Enjoy the rest of your week and have a fab weekend. Hopefully we'll get a few more summery days.