Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Chessington World of Adventures

Roller coasters, fast trains, up and down, let me off!


Extreme rides, long lines, peals of laughter and screams of joy.


Overnight, stay up late, card games and soda pop.


Early to rise, picture surprise, and off we go again.


Sunday, 22 August 2010

Family Holiday

It's family holiday time and if DH is to have any uninterrupted time off I need to take him away. Tomorrow we go to Chessington World of adventures where we will spend two days enjoying the "Roar and Snore get away".


Then we will go to DM and DD for two days in the tranquil countryside.

A very old pic as DS is now as tall as me.

Then we will head up to Llandudno, Nth Wales where my Dear Uncle lives.

We will have four days of glorious weather at the beach, exploring the historical sites, and eating at roadside cafes. (at least that's our prayer!) Update you later. Now where is that suitcase!

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Nature Detectives


This is a quick post to tell you about Woodland Trust's Nature detectives http://www.naturedetectives.org.uk/ What a fantastic site. They have loads of seasonal downloads for kids to do outdoors. They have lots of free downloads as well as a membership that will deliver weekly challenges to the kids. They are all excellent quality.

Look at this weeks wallpaper.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

What would you take to a Pot-Luck?


If time permitted I would take a main and if a little less time or food in the house, I would prepare a nice salad. It doesn't even enter into my mind to bring a dessert and with good reason. I'm just not that good at it!
My Mum didn't bake and so it doesn't come naturally for me to bake. I am sure I could master it if I took the time but life is just too short right now. I would love to be one of those women from a long line of bakers that can throw together the good ole' British Victoria Sandwich without a recipe, but sadly, I am not.
Recently my husband was approached and asked if we could bring dessert to a Pot-Luck and he dutifully responded with, "generally she likes to prepare a salad or something like that", "oh don't worry tell her to just bring a dessert" came the reply. JUST dessert I thought. Oh No!
I took the challenge and decided I'd give it a try rather than admit defeat. I made my cake batter for 7 inch pans only to discover my pans were 8.5 inches. Horrors! Then I forced them into my 15 x 15 inch oven and forced the door shut. Needless to say they cooked on a slant and when they came out looked a little tipsy. (well allot tipsy to be honest) But hey! I am a scrapbooker and we waste nothing. So if you make a mess you cover it up with something pretty. Here it is. Move over Delia Smith. It was so beautiful they chose it to wish some one happy birthday and they didn't seem to mind that it was somewhat imbalanced.
Your turn. Have you had any food blunders?

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Good Read

Not much to report today so it's a good day for a book report. I was feeling unwell today so DH kindly took DS to work with him. I spent most the day mourning about the things I could be doing if feeling better but I did force myself to relax. (I have a problem, I know!)
Through the year I spend so much time reading text books and reference books that I like to relax a little in the summer. My summer reading tends to be fiction based on real events. (don't get carried away Lorraine!)
My summer read is a book by Annie Murray entitled, "Family of Women". This is the first of Annie Murray's books that I have read and I chose it because she is known for her depiction of historic Birmingham. I grew up not far from Birmingham and left when I was 19 never yet to return. My immediate family have all left the area and my extended family, if not passed on, are getting on in years. I have suddenly realized that my heritage may soon be left behind.
This book is about the lives and experiences of three generations of women and covers 1927 - 1960. Although I didn't live in that period my extended family did and it helps me understand what life was like for them. Even growing up I remember some of the types of housing that she describes and the traditional British customs she mentions. It's been a good read and keeps me coming back for more.

Monday, 16 August 2010

Strawberry Shortcake


A pic from our hols in Virginia Ester 2010. DD put together a wonderful picnic of strawberry shortcake and took us up to the trailer to enjoy the sunset. Ooh! could stay forever.

At Home


It's been an exciting day Mum, lets put the clean sheets on and go to bed.

Craft in Progress


This is the 6 x 6 room my family have graciously given me to house all my craft paraphernalia and have some Mum time. A nice open window, a warm radiator at my back and Lilly's bed lies under my chair. What more could a girl ask for...except i am wondering if DS might like a change of space Hhmm!

Smile


Look at this beautiful smile! I love it. BF and new daughter.

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Literature


This is my sons latest read. It's fun to hear him snicker from behind the pages.

Night Lite


I love the ambiance of a candle, especially if they are my favourite smelly ones. Occasionally I catch my men enjoying them too. Fave smells are Dune Grass and Autumn Leaves.

Portrait or Candid


My DS has discovered fast food chicken. His latest discovery is that he can get a meal for as little as 2 pound.

Reflections


Sunshine! Lilly and I actually got to take a walk today without the fear of getting caught in August showers!

Get in the picture












I rarely see a decent photo of myself. Not one that I am happy with anyway. This was a fun challenge. So, this is me in my own photo shoot.


Below the Knee


Child at play. My DS's size 7.5's. Soon to start high school and he is less than half an inch shorter than me.
As part of my 'spending more time with DS' goal this summer we had a fun day out. No, not the park or even the movies but the shopping mall. He used to detest shopping malls so this is a big change in his life. These shoes were quite significant too. He really had to have them and since getting them home has kept them pristine! Hmm, I remember my first pair of shoes that I chose, they were Burgundy coloured lace up wedges. What!... Well it was the 70's!

Nature



Wild Tomatoes? These guys grew from under a plastic garden sack which was covering fresh compost I had taken out of the bin. Seeing as they have made it this far without me I have decided to let them go and see what they do. Who knows we might have a wheelbarrow full of tomatoes.

Add a Laugh


Lilly, before her new do!

Up Above


Went for a BBQ with friends yesterday and ended up cooking under a Tarpaulin being shielded from the rain. British Summer! I think I can see sun up there behind the clouds.

I saw the Sign


God gave me a little help with this one. Look at the special lighting effects!

Up Close

Would love to use this as a 12 x 12 paper. I find these trees a great thing of beauty and they defy me to peel them layer by layer!

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Learning Something New

My 'learning something new' goal for this summer was developing my blog skills. As a result this blog was born. I've been a bystander for many years but the teacher in me wants to throw herself out there and tell everyone about the great adventures I'm having and motivate others to get involved. Shimelle's, online tutorial, "Blogging for Scrapbookers," was just the vehicle I needed to get going on my own journey with the Cyber World.

This weekend she did a Cyber Crop (scrappers lingo for project challenges posted online) see here:- http://www.shimelle.com/paper/777/welcome-to-a-weekend-of-scrapbooking/

I haven't had a chance to respond to any of the challenges yet but keep watching this space!

However, I have loved looking at the photos she posts and learning from all her tips. One lovely gleaning today was discovering Picnik an online photo editing site. Fantastic. I went on today to look around and you can do some great editing for free. It does all the edits I've always wanted but could never afford, like photo tinting and word art, just to name two. Check it out. http://www.picnik.com/app#/home/welcome

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Counting my Blessings



















A tradition I like to keep with DS when we have an extended holiday is to make a list of things we would like to do. One activity on my list this summer was to get my teeth into a juicy Scrapbook project. Inspired by Shimelle's free project, "This Year" (a mini-book about cherished experiences right now), http://www.shimelle.com/classes/413/this-year-finishing-notes/ I decided to do a mini book about the blessings we had experienced as a family over the past few years.
I used a baby board book and sanded the edges to remove any dirt. I matted and covered with a pad of co-ordinated papers that were two sided. I covered the picture side of the book with one side of the paper and used the contrasting back side on the opposite side to journal. I inked the edges of the board book and papers. I then placed all photos and wrote comments on 3 x 5 card stock which went on facing page. I stamped, in light ink with large letter stamps, single words love, joy, peace etc., on the journal cards so that they were barely legible. I then took a paint brush and used white gesso to stipple any colour of the board book that could not be covered by coloured paper such as the center of the book. I continued to stipple around the photos to soften the edges and bring uniformity. Then I embellished with vellum quotes, number stickers and flowers.

Monday, 9 August 2010

Come on and Celebrate!


Yesterday we had the privilege of joining the congregation at Abbey Road Baptist Church to celebrate their first official service since finishing their renovations. Despite it's location, (made famous by the Beetles) Abbey Road Baptist Church has a remarkable presence all of it's own. Nestled between buildings on the high street it boasts two beautiful towers and an entrance that shouts, "All welcome!". However, the real life of the Church was to be found inside. In a two hour worship service we celebrated what God had done as He lead the Pastor and a small group of believers through an incredible 5 year journey to restore the building. The history of the Church dates back to 1863 when the Church was started by Rev. Stott. Like a lot of Church Buildings of it's time it had become tired from use and badly in need of repair. It has long been the desire of the congregation that Abbey Road will once again be a place where they can be a light to the community and an open door to all who may enter.



After the service we continued our celebrations with food and fellowship. Not hidden in the bowels of the Church, however, but spilling out on the front of the Church as an invite to the community, "Come one and all!"

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Today is the Day!

Today is the day I start a blog that I intend to keep going. Yes, I am a frustrated blogger. Why? because my life seems so segmented that I feel schizophrenic when it comes to blogging. What do I write about, who is my audience, and should I go public or private?





Until I could answer these questions it all bewildered me and I was completely panicked. I have finally figured out that most people blog for themselves. A web log is simply a way to record ones journey for posterity. Now I have answered the question about who I am blogging for the content will be easy.



I am an avid journalist and photographer, not professional(let the reader understand), just for myself. For years I have been journaling and snapping pictures. I have even managed to put some of the pics and journals together in the form of a Scrapbook. However, I lose a lot because the whole process is time consuming and not very portable.



So, today is the day I follow the first prompt of my "Blogging for Scrapbookers" online course, (and if I can figure out how to put a link I will) http://shop.shimelle.com/store/product/blog4sb

Prompt one:- create a blog post with your intentions.

Day one completed.