Friday, 17 March 2017


Good Morning/evening/afternoon lovely people 

tis the 11th Friday of 2017 

So time to check out the positive moments, silver linings etc that made the last 7 days more manageable

First up is having some crafting time, actually setting myself some time to craft, I decided to have a play and had a fun morning it has to be said.  

Friday afternoon I managed an impromptu catch up with my sister, but alas - again no photos - ARGH - I really do have to get my act together on this now! 

Next up a jaunt out with hubby, we went in search of a large frame for said 16 year old's final art piece - alas we didn't find any - we came home with a mirror (a potential but definitely not what we set out to get), a metal wall hanging (again a potential but not what we set out to get) and the second series of Gossip Girl which said 16 year old has been binge watching when he's downed tools from his revision escapades!   

When we ventured into town, we found they'd painted up this beautiful part of town, unfortunately the footfall in town is simply not what it used to be!

Saturday evening spent catching up with the Six Nations - oh how we yelled and shouted as is the norm with me and hubby, we've officially won - now to see if they can do a back to back grand slam!  We shall see! 

Sunday saw us having a jaunt out to Yorkshire Sculpture Park - one of my all time favourite places to visit.  A new exhibition, blue skies and good company (we even managed to prize said 16 year old out of the house for some fresh air). 

The exhibition is by Tony Cragg - I loved this one reminded me of a giant tooth!

Managed a selfie with said 16 year old 

And hubby!

Giggled at the Highland Cattle hiding behind the post!   I did tell him on the way past that we could still see him! 

The underground gallery was full of more sculptures and we had permission to take photos! 

And the sun was still shining as we headed back towards the centre having hit 10,000 steps on the fitbit! 

Inside there was great debate on how he had cast this!

I loved the laminated wood sculpture

And the dice sculpture - how many board games did he have to buy to make this! 

Some of the sculptures were huge!

I loved the vibrant colour of this.  Hubby said the work reminded him of ants nests. 

I also loved the smaller sculptures 

And his sketches

this was a favourite - hubby thought it looked like something out of Alien

But when we read it - it said Church, which initially confused us 

Until we saw it from a different angle - do you see it?

Other happies - blue skies and sunshine make for happy flowers apparently 

This morning I was treated to a beautiful sky as I put my make up on! 

And my flowers that hubby bought are lasting so well

So there we have it, positive moments and silver linings, I hope you've had a fabulous week too, if you fancy joining in pop a post together come back and link up and we shall come and visit, leave me a message so I know to come and check out the link! 

Friday, 10 March 2017


Good morning/evening/afternoon (delete as appropriate) - hello lovely people - 'tis Friday which means it is time to see what's

First up a re-paint - courtesy of hubby (and a little bit of my time).  He made these Celtic knots out of wood an age ago, they've been cream in their time and then cream and red, but with the change in decor in the TV room last year we decided to go for a neutral colour but still wanted to show the two different strands in the central knot, so we've opted for grey and black and here they are back over the TV in the TV room and I have to say I'm really pleased with them!

A fab catch up with family on Saturday - the downside, so busy chatting we never got any photos - this is becoming annoying so I must remedy when we next catch up, but needless to say it was me, hubby and said 16 year old, my Mum, my sister, my niece, my brother and my brother's girlfriend, we put the world to rights for quite a few hours - which was bliss.  I drove so hubby could have a pint or two (or three or four - we were there a while)

We enjoyed watching Deep Water Horizon which we'd bought recently and the Art of Getting By, I've also enjoyed Broadchurch which is superbly acted as always, we have attempted to watch the first episode of Legion - no idea what's going on but may attempt a couple more episodes before we give up on it!

Next happy this week, was an away day at work, we couldn't get the meeting room in the building we are based in, so we had to book a venue nearby, which is a church, how beautiful is that window! 

I also loved the sculptures either side of the windows, in metal work

Next happy is the flowers in the front garden - in full bloom - look how happy these looked when the sun shone earlier in the week!

We've also started ordering items for said 16 year old's final art piece - here is the mirror foil fabric we ordered which arrived this week

Next up - impromptu flowers from hubby - just because he knew I was having a hard day - they certainly raised a smile! 

Said 16 year old finally getting his NCS pack through the post (the original got lost), he seems to have a busy year coming up on all sorts of fronts.

Thursday night, the week had been long and hard work and we seemed to have done a repeat mode of wake/work/eat+clean/TV/bed - repeat - so hubby decided to break the cycle and asked if we fancied a bar meal out - not something we do very often. 

We are blessed to have a fabulous pub only about a mile away that serves fantastic food.  

So off we toddled

I love the decor inside - the lights create a fabulous pattern on the ceiling

And hubby managed to grab this photo of me and said 16 year old

And likewise - the view from our side of the table - hubby and that all knowing look he gets, I swear he can read my mind sometimes! 

The rest of the week as I've already mentioned has been hard work, a little bit too much work and not enough down time and creativity, however, I've been banned today from cleaning by said 16 year old and hubby - so I'm going to craft - the question is what - with time on my hands that can often prove quite difficult if I'm honest! 

I hope you've had a fabulous week, if you fancy joining in, pop a post together, pop back and link up and we shall come and visit! 

Friday, 3 March 2017


Good Morning lovely people - tis Friday - means only one thing around this blog these days!

Wow what a week - so have I wall to wall photos to share - absolutely not utterly shattered after the week I've had - but I've arrived at Friday which makes me smile! 

So positives for the week! 

Tete a tete daffodils in the front garden - a sign of spring and seriously cute - I mean - seriously cute! They always make me giggle because they track the sun, so from the house they always have their 'backs' to me when the sun is out! 

I've got plenty of spring colour arriving in the garden, could really with a blue skies day to appreciate them a bit more! 

Next up new glasses for the entire family - I've had to relent and get varifocals - these eyes are seriously struggling with VDU and reading these days - sign of getting old - insert various swear words here because the word not happy comes to mind.  Suffering with vertigo means a change in lense and the distortion you get from varifocals has left me more than a little giddy this week!  Said 16 year old has had to have some too to help with concentration! 

Other positives this week has been some decent music whilst working out, I've found it makes the time go faster and is far more enjoyable, I'm loving Ed Sheeran's Brit performance - of Shape of You, I'm also loving the Kaskobi remix of the same track, the speed helps with working out if I'm honest.  Rag N Boneman - Human and Perfectly Human - My Name is Human is fabulous (although apologies for the swear words in that one if you go and seek it out). 

I go through phases with music I love a good beat, I love knew music - loving Linkin Park's new track completely different to their last album, although I've only heard the one track - hope there are a few heavier tracks on their new album as well. 

So if you haven't discovered anything knew music wise for a while go seek some - it is good for the soul, I'm listening to the Brits Ed Sheeran track now and am typing to the beat - most bizarre.

Anyway midweek, I was pretty low and wasn't sure how to lift myself up a bit, I was grumpy and snappy - thankfully a chat with my Mum on the phone put the world back on an even keel and I felt a lot more positive once I'd had a chat, my Mum is truly amazing and I felt so very grateful and positive to be able to have a natter with her - feeling blessed - very very! 

So I thought I'd share a layout I've done recently of my Mum and her two grandchildren.  This is actually New Year's Eve 2015 - said 16 year old has grown a little more since this photo was taken - if that is at all possible!   I love the expression on my niece's face - all amazing people!!!

Other positives this week, hubby putting up with me being grumpy - he is a star! 

Said 16 year old really applying himself on the revision front, he really is working his socks off at the moment!  

Great British Pot Off - aka Great Pottery Throw Down - I love this program I did pottery at school and loved it loads, never thought to continue after my schooling career. 

We also had a weekend full of 6 Nations Rugby - although I'm not sure what game Italy turned up and played but it didn't resemble Rugby if I'm honest, thankfully after half time England decided to turn the tables and sorted the game out - it was a passionate afternoon of screaming at the TV - but fun nonetheless. 

The rest of the week has been work, work and a bit more work, but I've enjoyed chilling on the sofa in my PJ's at the end of a busy day and looking forward to catching up with some family and friends over the weekend. 

I hope your week has been a positive one, if you fancy joining in pop a post together, pop back and link up and we shall come and visit. 

Friday, 24 February 2017


Morning lovely people - tis Friday which means 

First up - a trip to Center Parcs at the beginning of the half term week - this is the new style supermarket sign that greets you when you get in there!   I love all the wood

As said 16 year old didn't finish until late on Friday, we drove down and got straight into the villa - we were greeted with this little chap outside the window on the first evening

It was a birthday treat for my Mum and because we had room my sister and niece also managed to come down for the weekend.  We decided to divide up the meals for the weekend - however, we forgot to converse on the milk front - so 16 pints for the weekend! 

We didn't do anything major, we managed a few games of badminton and a couple of games of table tennis as well as swimming! 

Even my Mum managed a game!

I really needed the open spaces and the fresh air if I'm honest and Center Parcs had it in bucket loads, we also managed a dry weekend weather wise! 

I always love the lakeside walk with hubby 

Said niece asked my Mum to put her hair in plaits - she was unaware of how curly it would turn it and wasn't happy with the results, but I thought she looked amazing! 

She also looked beautiful on Saturday night when we went out

We did manage a couple of beautiful sky shots on Friday when the sun was peeping through the clouds

And it gave us this stunning sunset

It was fab to see the hedgehog house again, but there is a lot of building work occurring at the moment and it is hard to see how this won't affect the nature in the surroundings. 

We had a fabulous weekend and arrived home on Monday utterly shattered but very happy, I was even more giddy when my fitbit stats arrived to confirm that I'd been a very active person over the week - thank you Center Parcs

However hubbies stats put mine to shame! 

We also arrived home to find that spring had sprung in the front garden, I can't tell you how happy this made me. 

The rest of the week has been a bit odd, we've spent a lot of time at home, hubby at work and we've had the delightful storm Doris to deal with.  We almost ventured out on Thursday but it was far too windy, so me and said 16 year old watched 8 Mile, a film he hasn't seen before, a hard watch, but he enjoyed it.

Friday will see us all back to work and school despite the half term; revision for said 16 year old and I should be having a staff training day, instead, it looks like I'll be working from home as I'm suffering a bit at the moment and not 100% which is a shame as I was seriously looking forward to the away day! 

I hope you've had a fabulous week, if you fancy joining in pop a post together, pop back and link up so we can come and visit!