Friday, 22 July 2016


Good Morning one and all it's Friday which means 

So first up on the list of happies this week - are the Sheffield Herd - if you haven't heard about them (forgive the pun).  There is a website (and an app)

These elephants are dotted around the city and include large ones like the photos below and smaller ones decorated by local Sheffield schools

Said 15 year old appearing as if by magic in this photo! 

Next up - live Theatre, I've said it before and I will say it again but you really cannot get any better than live theatre.  This particular production named "Dream" and performed by the Sheffield People's Theatre - the first time we've had chance to see them - and ooh my were we in for a treat!  

A mash up of Shakespeares romances - we had them all - starting out in a gig and ending up in the Northern General hospital - apparently with 80 actors in total - 80 and the hours flew by - the audience was in uproar at the hilarity and the utterly compelling play that appeared in front of us! 

All I can say is that I wish we'd booked for a second show! 

Said 15 year old and hubby - enjoying the pre-show drinks, the play was at the Crucible which always has a great atmosphere!

Overnight oats - always a lovely refreshing breakfast and the gorgeous summer fruits that are out and about at the moment - fabulous! 

So some of you may remember me mentioning my gelli printing session the other week, well I was stuck with lots and lots of backgrounds.  Those of you that follow my blog may remember that last summer I generated lots of A5 art using the Summer of colour inspirations, unfortunately, the summer of colour is no more so I thought I'd have a go myself, however, I had no idea what to do on them this year (I exhausted sea creatures last year).  But then the Sheffield Herd was launched and I thought what finer way of celebrating it than creating elephants! 

Then Monday saw my niece turn 17 - 17 years of age - you can see she looks shocked LOL!  We had a meal out at a local pub which was lovely and not too expensive.  It was a really warm night so afterwards we headed outside (not that it was much cooler).

My sister organised (in organised she asked my Mum to source whilst said 17 year old niece had facials, hair cuts and catch ups with other family)

And my Mum managed to ring my Uncle - no idea how she managed it - it was a crazy conversation! 

My sis and niece both looking beautiful as always! 

The rest of the week has muddled along, lots of work, said 15 year old finished school.

I had my hair cut.

The weather has finally cooled down, some of the evenings it was stifling 25 degrees at midnight in Yorkshire is what can only be considered crazy madness! 

So there you have it people the week that was, I hope yours has had some silver linings and positive moments - if you fancy joining in do a blog post, mention this blog, pop back and link up and we can come and visit! 

Friday, 15 July 2016


Good Morning lovely people and as we wake yet again to difficult news from around the globe, it is at these times that we realise how important it is to celebrate the positives and realise that there are some amazing people in our lives and that we are truly blessed for each and every day.

Last weekend was one of those that was going to merrily trip along without much achieved if I'm brutally honest, the world was still rather wonky without the tablets, with the tablets it was OK, so we decided to try and get a few jobs done around the house.  Our enthusiasm for this is never at its peak if I'm honest but I aspire to get lots of things done, so we decided to actually get on.  

This involved sorting the office, no simple feat because it was in a mess, two desks rather than one, work office spilling into home office, the filing cabinet at capacity - you know what I mean. 

There were also other tasks, a new shower curtain to put up, a new handle to sort out etc, so we were mighty busy for a good few hours.  Once done there was definitely a sense of achievement and so we popped to the pub so hubby could have a pint. 

Sunday we popped to my sisters who'd invited us to a Wimbledon party - she'd been very busy as had my Mum to create this lovely spread! 

My sister even let Loki - aka Ginger Monster into the main room - he doesn't get along with the other cat so this is a rarity, the hope is to try and integrate them in the long run, so we had to make sure he didn't find where Boo (the other cat) was as she certainly wasn't impressed!

These two were watching the game intently - me I was a bag full of questions as I didn't have a clue what was going on, so many games, some stupid scoring system, advantages, disadvantages, sets, difference in sets - I was somewhat bewildered - you can imagine how happy I was when he managed to win in 3 straight sets - yay!  I'm so pleased he did and I'm glad I saw the match - but I'm still bewildered! 

Ah just found a photo of the 'tidier' office.  I still have to go through the box on the floor, it has additional hobbies in it - no idea where I'm going to put the contents, but I think I might try and sort it today to finish it off fully! 

For a Father's day gift I arranged for said 15 year old to go with his Dad to the Sushi School at Yo Sushi, I arranged for them to go this Tuesday so they were both looking forward to the evening.

It started at 6pm and they finished just after 8.30pm.  They were taught by the head chef and had a great evening! 

This is what they brought home - you can't imagine how giddy I was when I saw the bag! 

They did the course with another two people, strangely enough another Father's day present, but this time Father and daughter!  They were kind enough to get this photo of Mischief 1 and 2 for me - these two know me well - "she'll want to scrapbook this - better get a photo"!

And this is the contents of the goody bag and yes before you ask it was absolutely gorgeous, I really enjoyed it and both of them feel confident they could recreate at home without an issue.  So a new skill learnt!  I can highly recommend if you like sushi, want to learn a new skill and fancy buying a present that is an experience.  They also tried the miso soup - which was apparently free flowing - the only statement about this was that it was salty and green tea, which apparently said 15 year old liked! 

The rest of the week has seen me manage to get back to work, which is good as I had sooooooooooooo much to catch up on and didn't do a first day back for one job but two so I'm thoroughly shattered today as you can imagine! 

We've got a play to look forward to this evening ooh and we managed to see Now you See Me 2, we all enjoyed it although it hasn't been given the best of reviews, mind you we tend not to read them as we often like the films that the critics don't!  

Said 15 year old has had his final sports day, he finishes next year so won't be at school when sports day occurs as it were.  He's got a full day of CV writing today, although I think it is somewhat pointless, firstly because its a task they've already done and secondly none of them have qualifications or work experience to put down, but hopefully he'll come home having learnt something. 

He has two more days to go next week before the long summer holiday stretches out in front of him. 

My Mum also started her treatment this week, fingers and toes crossed it keeps the cancer isolated and not progressing and hopefully that she doesn't suffer any significant side effects.  Time will tell but your thoughts and prayers are very much appreciated. 

Right lovely people that's my round up of the silver linings, positive moments that make my life all the better, if you fancy joining in pop a post together pop back and link up so we can some and visit. 

Sunday, 10 July 2016


Travelling over to Holy Island aka as Lindisfarne really is fairly magical, we've been twice now, enjoying visits to the ruined Abbey and the Castle, but I'm always drawn to the beautiful church next to the Abbey always so peaceful! 

On our last visit we captured the beautiful stained glass and the amazing textile artwork.

Saturday, 9 July 2016


This layout was based on a brilliant sketch 

found over on the Scrapthology blog click the link below for the post in question. 

I honestly didn't think I'd get the sketch to work - so many photos required in such a tiny space, but I must admit it was brilliant at using photos that were less than perfect.  You know the ones you've had printed and aren't quite sure how you are going to use them as there are objects and unknown people in the way! 

I usually have my photos printed almost 5" x 7" so you can imagine how much 'cropping' has been done to get these to work, but it was also a great summary of the day and what we'd seen! 

The layout documents our day at Alnwick Gardens last summer - such fun and so beautiful! 

Friday, 8 July 2016


Good Morning/Evening/Afternoon

Tis Friday which means

It has been something of a mixed week if I'm brutally honest but hey - sometimes that's what life throws at us! 

First grateful is said 15 year old arriving home safe and sound from his trip to France last Friday, he arrived back mid-afternoon, thoroughly exhausted, however, his first port of call when we got back home was - well I'll let the photo do the talking! 

We should also have been at Chatsworth for a Garden Party last weekend, but alas the weather was decidedly naughty, so we had a gathering at ours to have a catch up instead!  

As usual me and my Mum thought we were feeding an army, making far too much food which then fed us well into the weekend! 

Sunday we finally got the grass mowed at the back of the house, said 15 year old and hubby had gone to the shooting range for an hour so I thought I'd do a quick mow, anyway quick mow turned into mow, strim, hedge trim, mend fence etc - you know how it is. 

I did manage to get the table clean though and took this fab 'reflection' photo once we'd done and were having a cuppa!

Monday was a work from home day and I was starting to feel a little 'wonky'.  By the end of Monday my wonkiness had turned into dizzy and I was bouncing off walls!  Sigh! 

I had no idea what was causing it but felt pretty dreadful so went off up to bed at just gone 6pm on Monday in the hope I could sleep it off.  Alas it was not to be, but I'm grateful that I managed a Doctor's appointment who confirmed that he didn't think it was anything too serious and was probably viral, possibly middle ear, so he sent me on my wobbly way with some tablets. 

The world is just starting to steady itself again, keep your fingers crossed that it continues. 

Next happy is said 15 year old being put forward for an award in Art Textile - he got an attainment award, which I always think sounds a bit well - plain, we've renamed it the best of the best of the best award and I got a photo to scrapbook - so happy Mum as you can imagine! 

He's had a funny old week at school, he went on Tuesday despite the national teachers strike, lots of teachers missing but he just got on with work bless him! 

He's arrived home today to tell me he was off syllabus this afternoon - I couldn't fathom out why, but apparently all the children who have had no behaviours against them got invited to a barbeque.  Apparently there were about 60 in attendance out of 850 odd pupils, which makes it sound like there are a lot of naughty kids in school, but they can get a behaviour for not having the right equipment with them, forgetting a book, not having the right uniform, not doing their homework etc.  Said 15 year old has actually never had a behaviour against him in the last 4 years, something that we are all mighty proud of!

And here we are on Thursday evening, the world is slightly more level than it has been but I'm still sleeping a lot.  Said 15 year old came through the door having made profiteroles in school so that was definitely a positive today and he has provided ample hugs since he arrived home last Friday, I had truly missed them. 

I hope your week has been positive and upbeat and full of silver linings, if you fancy joining up pop a post together, pop back and link up and we shall come and visit! 

Thursday, 7 July 2016


Sometimes it is good to stop and smell the roses.  Picture taken last summer at Alnwick Gardens, the rose garden was breathtaking beautiful and filled with the most exquisite perfumes.

This particular rose was my favourite as the colour was so rich and vibrant! 

This was one of those layouts that I wasn't sure would work.  The paper was from a cheap range at the local discount book store and whilst it was beautiful in its own right, it didn't quite do it for me.  Hence adding the less than perfect (but that's OK) hand stamped border and then 'colouring in' with a sharpie pen to make it a little more detailed. 

I added the little rose embellishments, hand stamped the title and noted where we were.  A simple layout to document a great day! 

Friday, 1 July 2016


Good Morning tis Friday - what positive silver linings moments have graced your week this week, I hope it has been a good one 

Well Mischief 2 - aka said 15 year old is currently away, he went on thursday last week (and it has to be said that the house has been mighty quiet since he left, nothing has been obliterated, shot or evenly slightly maimed on Xbox since he left - like I said - mighty quiet!).  As me and hubby very rarely get chance to escape on our own, I decided to book us some time reminiscing about the 'good old days' - you have to bear in mind that I'm only actually 44 years of age!  

However, we decided to book a hotel for a couple of nights, grab a couple of tickets and explore some old haunts in Stafford for a couple of days.  We were all for dropping in and catching up with people but I don't think said 15 would have been happy so we didn't - we just enjoyed our own company and reminisced.

On our way down we visited Amerton farm, somewhere we took little man to when he was - well a little man - rather than the strapping 6 foot young man that presents himself these days! 

It was a beautiful sunny day, the chickens were still wandering around, the bakery smelt beautiful and all seemed as if we hadn't been away, the craft barn - lacked well crafting which is a great shame - they obviously make far more money from the deli and the play barn than actually having any decent craft items to buy.  But we enjoyed the nostalgia nonethless. 

We booked for a Premier Inn (nothing fancy but you can guarantee a good nights sleep), there was a fab pub next door that sold lovely food and nice beer - so win win!  

We enjoyed a slap up meal and then sat outside to enjoy the rather warm barmy summers evening!  I loved the chicken wallpaper on the walls inside and how pretty it looked from the outside, despite the pub only being built a few years ago! 

We enjoyed a trip into town but were disappointed to find most of the car parks have been built on, making parking a nightmare.  Lots of the shops had changed hands, the angel house that sold beautiful statues is long gone, sigh.  But we did giggle at us reminiscing. "That's where Our Price was - I remember buying an album from there.   This sweet shop was where we bought our first Myth and Magic dragons all those years ago" - you know the one! 

We found the 'quaint' country lane with the Stafford soup kitchen on, always a beautiful walk.  

We got caught in the rain, but found the Picture House and enjoyed a half whilst chatting about where we had been and what we had seen.  We also remembered taking my brother and sister to the Picture House to see Jurassic Park when they were younger and them hiding behind their coats as they were so scared!  The picture house is amazing as a pub and they have retained some of the seats at the back where we sat (I don't think they retained them because we sat there, but you get the meaning).  

We got changed for tea having booked a table and grabbed a selfie. 

We discovered they had a deal on a bottle of prosecco on a Friday night so - well we enjoyed a bottle (or two) - it would have been rude not to! 

On the Saturday we had a brilliant walk around Cannock Chase, people were out in their droves enjoying the mountain bike trails.  We came across people on horseback and segways of all ages! 

The sky remained blue whilst we had our walk - which I was grateful for! 

The lake was lovely! 

And we spotted these baby geese as we wandered!

 Then we headed off to Shugborough Hall, owned by the National Trust but leased to Staffordshire County council.  It was the home of Lord Lichfield and really is a delight to walk around.  

However, being Chatsworth members it really doesn't compare but we enjoyed the trip nonetheless.

The gardens are still pretty, although the oriental bridge in the background could do with a coat of paint.

We found this amazing 'shrub' (I use the term loosely given the size of it), it was covered and I mean covered in a gorgeous white flower! 

As we weren't sure on what we were going to have for tea and hadn't booked a table and were due at the Castle for the play we decided to have a bar meal at one of our old haunts.  Now this place really hasn't changed, the Holly Bush Inn at Salt, still delivers a fabulous bar meal at a fabulous price in a gorgeous environment! 

After we headed back to the hotel, the staff were great and booked us a taxi in advance so we 
weren't stressing!

So we headed to the pub for a quick drink - here is Mischief 1 - being well mischievous!

The play was fantastic, we were technically under cover (we were front row - so when the rain arrived we knew about it)! 

The actors were fab and the play was great, the fact that Emilia and Desdemona managed to pretend to be sunbathing on the sand in part of the play as the rain absolutely bounced down is beyond me! 

The set was great and blended beautifully with Stafford Castle in the background!

Afterwards we had been told to just call the taxi firm that dropped us off, you can imagine our faces when they told us a 75 minute wait - can't you!  We tried pleading with the taxi drivers in the car park and tried another firm to no avail, in the end we rang back the original firm and explained our predicament and that they had promised that we could get a taxi easily if we phoned when it finished!  They came to our rescue in minutes so a big no a MAHOOSIVE thank you to Aerobright taxis of Stafford you were awesome! 

Sunday arrived and we had decided to enjoy a trip to Chatsworth on our way home, firstly to break the journey and secondly to enjoy Florabundance a floral spectacular in the house - we were not disappointed! 

This was my favourite! 

 Up close the flowers were beautiful!

and it looked totally different from the other side!

We left via my favourite sculpture next to the doors at the exit, the sleeping lion! 

We got home and enjoyed a quiet evening before the working week began.  The week has been crazy busy but fun, even though I'm officially shattered and not a hundred percent! 

Thursday has arrived and after a busy day I'm thinking about said 15 year old who is on his return journey back to us, he's been in Lourdes for just over a week, I was thankful to receive a couple of photos of his journey over there.  Here he is with his pilgrim whom he has been helping this week - the word proud doesn't come close as you can imagine!

And to finish this post off, I've received a letter from school indicating that he's been put forward for an award!  Awards evening Tuesday - very very proud Mum! 

I hope you've had an awesome week, well done if you are still with me on this post, sorry it is so long!  If you fancy joining in then pop a post together, pop back and link up so we can come and visit!