Monday, 26 September 2016

Week 39 .... The Week that was

Glamorous .... well, not all of the time.

It started out with the normal everyday to day routines.  Coffee with my neighbour and friend Moira at the garden centre; I had a couple of very snuggly bears, both have had stomach upsets over the week, but feeling better now.  Its certainly easier to carry Molly as she's smaller, but Bertie still expects his cuddles and he's a tad bigger and heavier lol.

Strictly, also started again, and I'm LOVING it.  At the moment, I haven't got a favourite yet, but I do like that judge chap, and Louise.

Also this week, I got hold of a few christmassy bits, well it is (as of today) 90 days to go.

We then got to the glamorous bit.  Simon is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Paviors. Their annual banquet is held at Mansion House, in London, and the Lord Mayor attends.  Its such a magical and beautiful venue, and its wonderful to see everyone looking gorgeous.

Here are a few photos from the evening.

There you have it friends.  Now back to the reality, which is usually just cleaning and sainsburys, but that's ok.  I'm still in full decorating mode, and I'll be back with a little post later to show you how it's going.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Catching up

Goodness, my poor little blog has really suffered with Simon being off.  So lets start with week 36, it was a Bank Holiday, and I caught up with lots of lovely friends.  So here's the run down;  The Bank Holiday itself, was super hot, and all the running around in the park that the bears did, meant that Bertie got very tied. This in turn meant that his daddy, had to carry him home. Much to the disgust of Molly, who likes to be carried at any chance she can grab. 

Something, I've been trying to get hold off, is one of the little drift wood houses, that are made by Shabby Daises.  Luckily for me, I was up early when it went on sale, and nabbed one. Oh I love it. 

I made a start on my christmas quilt. Not the one I had planned in the sew-a-long but one I'm happy with.  Also, this week, I managed to get some face time, in with my lovely friend Caroline and her gorgeous boy, Sergio.  Its funny, we're so similar and we often laugh and call each other our twin. I also met a lovely IG friend for coffee and cake.  I can honestly say, that I've met and made the nicest friends through blogging and IG.  Sarah was so sweet, as although I never said anything, she bought me a card and a box of violet creams for my birthday. How she remembered was amazing.  
As you can guess it was also my birthday, this week. Simon and I went out for a lovely meal on the Saturday night, just before my birthday.  On the Sunday, my actual birthday, we took the bears to a training class, and goodness, they were so good. After that, we went out to a little coffee shop in Dorking, and then home to an evening, where Colin and Maria came over to help me celebrate. 

Onto week 37 and the start of Simons two week holiday. The weather was absolutely gorgeous and we made use of it, by spending a lot of time at the little house.  On the Tuesday we went off to Margate. I really recommend it if you're looking for a little vintage shopping.  Such a lovely artistic place too.  Also on the Wednesday we watched the biggest demolition in UK so far. It was the fall of the Isle of Grain chimney.  It was amazing, and I've never seen, so many people in Queenborough to watch it.  Then home to Epsom, to start decorating our main living space.

We also had a lovely dinner at Colin and Maria's; I attended a crop and sat next to Jo, where I actually managed to get all my project life photos in my album and up to date. No pretty bits done, but its a start.  

So that brings us back to week 38 ... and Simon's last week off.  Again, the weather was amazing and actually, one of the hottest September days in over 100 years, and what where we doing? Decorating. We replaced the yellow walls with cool blues and soft whites, and I love it.  Sadly though, we lost our last fish this week, and we've decided to not getting any more just yet.  
My birthday present arrived too this week; Simon got me the boxed Carpe Diem planner, designed by The Reset Girl. Oh I love it.
We also took a quick trip to the little house, as one of Simon's Aunts wanted to visit it.  As you can see, the bears loved sitting on Simon's mum's lap lol.  Work on the Epsom house is going well, we've put a new worktop in the utility room and I got some new autumn cushions from Sainsburys.  The week ended with a friends 50th party, where she had a photo booth and I managed to get a photo of some crop friends, who were enjoying it.

There you have it, a little catch up. I apologise that I've not visited your blogs over the past few weeks. No excuse, I've been bad at blog reading, but I really hope to get my act together now.  I'm still trying to get the house back in order after the decorating, and have a few touch ups to do, but I promise to try and take the time to catch up with you all.  Thanks for sticking with me on this photo heavy post.

Monday, 29 August 2016

Weeks 34 and 35

oopppss, sorry I've been missing a few weeks of blogging, but I'm back now ... so lets see, what's been happening.  Well, lets start with week 34

The start of it saw me having to say goodbye to my dearest friend Sue.  We've known each other forever, or at least thats how it feels.  I met her straight after leaving school and she's been a big part of my life ever since.  We grew up together, if you like.  But she's off to pastures new, a whole new and exciting adventure in France. Yes, I know I should be oh so happy for her, but I hate the fact that she's not going to be down the road to me, or even within driving distance.  It was a very upsetting day for me, but I know its going to be quite some adventure for her, so I'll put on a brave face. 

Also this week, I went for coffee with Maria, and finally sorted out my planning and home organisation desk.  We then took off to the little house for the start of Simon's week off.  The traffic on the way was a nightmare, and when we got there, it was quite cold and windy but boy that sure  did change. 

Ok, now onto week 35

Simon had last week off, and we couldn't have been luckier with the weather.  Actually, we ended up staying longer at the little house, hoping it would catch the sea breeze and be cooler. No such thing, in fact, Kent was the hottest place in the UK.  

A quick rundown .... We took a car full to the charity shop. Took Simon's mum to sittingbourne for a look around, and the funniest of things happened while in Dunelm store.  A lady came up to me and asked if I was "Sandra" ... She said she recognised me from Instagram and even saw Simon walking around the store.  She was such a lovely lady, I'm glad I met her. 

As it was so hot, we put a washing up bowl down for the bears to paddle in. Bertie loved it, Molly wasn't so sure. I did some quilting; Although not easy with Molly on my lap.  The Great British Bake off started, and I'm already hooked. 

We then came home, as the bears had their 6 month check up at the vet. As it was National Dog day, we called into a little coffee shop with the bears, who behaved very well (Bertie, is going through a difficult stage, so may need to see a behaviourist).

Back home, we've decided to have a good makeover of our home, starting with lightening it up, so I've been looking at paint samples.  Saturday saw us go to the Farrow and Ball store to buy our paint, and of course stop for a coffee out. 

There you have it .... our past couple of weeks.  Simon is back at work this week, because of a mix up with one of his partners. Instead, he is now taking next week off and the one after that.  So hoping we can get on with using the paint and making the changes we have planned. 

I hope you've all had a lovely few week; and are enjoying the summer holidays.  I can't believe that today was the last bank holiday till Christmas.  Enjoy your week friends, and I apologies for not getting around to visiting your blogs. I'm hoping to have a little catch up over the next few days. 

Monday, 15 August 2016

Week 33 ....The week that was

spent getting back into my organising routine. 
Well the first few days were spent at the little house.  We had a long weekend there, and the weather couldn't have been better.  On the Monday, we walked the bears down to the post office, and stopped at a new B&B that had opened for a coffee.  They were so lovely and let us take the dogs into the garden, so to get away from the traffic.  We'll certainly be visiting again.

Then our neighbours came back, so my cat feeding duties came to an end, but I did get a lovely candle from SeaSalt as a thank you. The bears too, got a little holiday gift, from their Aunty Maria. 

My sew-a-long starts this week, so I happily got my desk all sorted. I think I may need a few other bits, but I may have enough to get started. 

The bears too, got a new toy and surprise surprise, its still in one piece. 

On Friday night Colin and Maria came over for dinner. I know I've said it before, but goodness, we're just so so lucky to have friends as our neighbours.  

I then made some bread for the first time ... ok, I think I need practice. It didn't really rise very well.

So there you have it, another week gone.  It's been a sad day for me today, I saw a friend who I've known for the longest time, and she's moving to France.  I know she'll be happy, and is great adventure, plus its not forever, but it was sad knowing we won't be in the same country.  

Have a great week friends. 

Monday, 8 August 2016

Week 32 ... The week that was

just for pottering around. 

I would like to have shared a photo of Sasha, who belongs to Maria, my next door neighbour. I was going in and feeding her, while they were on holiday, but sadly Sasha only makes her presence known to me in the form of empty bowls and a full litter tray lol.  I'm sure she knows my voice, which could be an indication of why she went into hiding, but I do love chatting with her, while I'm sorting out her amenities. 

So other than that, not a lot happened during the week
I enjoyed sitting on the new garden furniture in between rain showers and some new china that I ordered for the little house, arrived just in time for our visit.  

We have then spent a long weekend at the little house. Sadly Simon wasn't too well on Thursday evening, or Saturday evening. So it's been a very lazy chilled out visit.  I did manage to do some sewing, and in between bouts of illness, we took the bears walking along the sea wall.  

Not a lot planned for this week, but as its started off on a nice note, with an extra day being spent at the little house. 

Wishing you all a lovely week friends. 

Monday, 1 August 2016

Week 31 ... The week that was

For celebrating.

That's right, as it was our 28th wedding anniversary, last Saturday. It really doesn't seem possible. I can still remember the day so clearly, and all the lovely people that made it so special for us.
So also last week, we finally got some new furniture for our gazebo. We've been looking for ages, and finally found some online.  One of the boxes was too large to come through the house, but the chaps delivering it were so good, they unpacked it on the drive and bought it through. Even took the packaging away.

I also decided to get my hair cut, and it feels so much better ... also back to having blonde highlights again, which makes me happier.

That brings us back to our anniversary, where we took ourselves off to Cranleigh in the morning for a little wander around, and then back home to put the furniture together.  Simon surprised me with a beautiful rose bush in an Emma Bridgewater jug. I also got my first hogben pottery mug, and feel it could be the start of a new love for me lol.

I hope you all have a lovely week.  I'm doing a little cat feeding, for my neighbours cat, only she's being elusive in the photography department, but I'm hopeful.


Monday, 25 July 2016

Week 30 .... The week that was

Spent mostly at the little house.

We actually started the week at the little house, as we made a long weekend of it.  On the Monday, we had a bookcase delivered from Cotswold Co.  I'm in love with it, and although flat packed, it was really easy to assemble (ok, I was just the assistant, but I did that really well lol).

It was the most amazing weather, and we certainly made use of it, with lots of BBQ's and just watching the world go by.

Other things while back at home in Epsom, included me finding some bargains in the Laura Ashley sale, which are perfect for the Little House; a new cookbook, and as its been very hot, we got the bears a hard shell paddling pool, which Bertie loved.

Then on Friday morning, the bears had a visit to the groomers. They always take after photos of them, and usually its a theme photo ... This months it was a seaside one! ... Couldn't be more perfect.  Doesn't look like Molly was too happy, but my boy loves dress up lol.

It was then back to the little house for the weekend.  Well, you've got to make use of the lovely weather too, haven't we.  Who knows, how long it will last!

The town was all dressed for the holiday makers, and I picked up this lovely lobster print fabric from a new quilting shop, will be perfect for some cushions and maybe some bunting too.

There you have it, all back for a Monday.  Weather is still warm although a little cloudy today, but I am hoping it still stays dry and nice.

Wishing you all a lovely week, I've some creative plans running around in my head, so hopefully I can get a start on them this week.