And on the 6th day, God created Manchester

13 05 2008

I have not been very chatty lately, mainly due to the fact that I have been über-busy and also I have an essay to write, due Friday (dun-dun DUUUN).

I fully intend to write about all the cool stuff we have been up to (2 weddings, a Christening, an anniversary, a 60th birthday celebration to give you some idea) but right now I should be working on my essay so no dice.  Well, actually, since it is the middle of the day, I should be working so I am off to do that now and will catch you all later.  In the meantime, during a trip to my favourite city, Manchester, after a family funeral (oh yes, I have been to one of those too), my parents and I were walking back to the car in the city centre after having colelcted the will from the solicitors and Dad noticed this unassuming little pub. 

It was where Mum and Dad first got together, some 40 years ago.  28th June will be their 39th wedding anniversary.


How times have changed

3 05 2008

Today is our 5th wedding anniversary.  I can’t believe it has already been five years – time flies when you’re having fun, I suppose!  Here’s a couple of photos from our big day:

You will have to excuse the quality – our wedding was pre-widespread digital photography use!! Can you believe that?!  Our official wedding photos were digital but we weren’t given digital copies, so these are scans of ones taken by friends or captures from our wedding DVD.

My cousin very kindly sent me some marital advice, which as someone about to get married herself, I hope she heeds (click for a larger view):

GTD? I would like that.

29 04 2008

OK. So today I am trying to be good and positive and productive.  My work to-do list is crazy long and my one for the house is not much better:

  • Finish shopping for anniversary present/card/paper etc for Ricardo – it is 5 years on Saturday
  • Sort out Dad’s present – his 60th is on Saturday also!
  • Clean the house.  It is a complete hole.
  • Sort out my craft corner – it is out of hand and no crafting is getting done there.
  • Study, study and more study.  I have to catch up on the reading and start writing my last essay.  I have a day school on 10th May (first one I am attending – I thought it was about time).
  • Work on my new website
  • Tackle the laundry / ironing mountain
  • Pick up dry cleaning ready for the wedding on Sunday (we have had A LOT on lately)
  • Buy some food for us to eat – our cupboards are pretty bare (and a bit grimey… need to clean house pronto)
  • Watch my stories

Phew.  Funny how no amount of reading Lifehacker or Unclutterer actually makes this list go down.  By the way, in case you were wondering what GTD means, read this.


28 04 2008

I was going to post all about my fantastic weekend but we had some very sad news today and now I’m just not in the mood. My 97 year old great auntie died a few hours ago. She was old and poorly but I am still so sad she has gone. She was strong, loyal, funny and sacrificed her chance at love to look after her sister. She was a lovely lady.

Handmade Mother’s Day

7 03 2008

Last Sunday was Mother’s Day and I was planning on making both mums something but both efforts went badly wrong.   I am still working on my mums gift but this is the last minute replacement I made for Rich’s mum. 


They are little quilted coasters from Joelle Hoverson‘s Last minute Patchwork & Quilted Gifts.  The book is great and I was dying to start making stuff from it after seeing it in Martha Stewart Living magazine.  Sorry the photo is a little blurry, I had to snap in a hurry.  The material is some of my favourite in my stash and so I hope she liked them!

I ended up giving my mum my first sewing project since I got my new machine.  If nothing else, it has sentimental value.

Happy Birthday Mum!

6 03 2008

Really?  No-one thought the Rick Astley thing was funny?  Am I showing my age?  Anywaaaaay.  Today is my mum’s birthday.  Yay Mum!  And so I baked* her a cake:


The scroll is a made-up gift certificate for the make-up session I am treating her to.  the card is, well, a birthday card! 

*Ok, I bought her a muffin that looks a bit lop-sided from the local shop.  But it’s the thought that counts, right?

OMG Cheekaboos!

21 02 2008

When I was a little girl and my brother was a little boy, we shared a very special love of our cheekaboos. One of us had the type made in Japan and one had the type made in UK (meaning one was spongey and one was beany) but we loved them just the same. Imagine my delight to see them for sale in the Japan section of Epcot (which I missed off my list below but very much loved and enjoyed).


I must email this pic to my brother! I didn’t buy one because a) these ones aren’t called cheekaboos so are not proper and b) we still have our original ones at our parents’ house.