Thursday, November 28, 2013

Hey I'm stuck at home with a broken foot

Send me funny things to keep me amused please!

Or ask me any question.

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Just another day in the office / on Instagram...

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

NaBloPoMo 18 19

Nothing much happened yesterday. Had a busy day at work, sorting Christmas stuff and proof reading content.

Then in the evening, I'd thought about going shopping then to the PCC meeting at church, but when I got in I was so hungry, that I ate first, then went to PCC.

PCC was relatively uneventful, looking at some donations to the church and how to spend them, and voting for some new communion assistants. We've got some big decisions to take as a parish coming up, so I expect there will be lots more thought and prayer as we approach the new year.

Afterwards, I went shopping and bought bits for the week as I had no food. I have the ladies coming round on Wednesday after pilates so bought bits to make pizza.  Then I watched a little of the Kennedys programme that was on BBC2

In someways, the Kennedys get treated like the American equivalent of royalty, which is odd for a supposed meritocratic society, in my head anyway.

I also had a fab chat with my dad, as it was his birthday. He's been ill recently, and he sounded so much perkier which was good.

Today has been more proof reading and Christmas sound clips for radio ads, and tech support. I'm off to visit Tom's mum and stepdad tonight and tomorrow, to use up some of my annual leave.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

NaBloPoMo 17

Today, I have been very church wardeny, attending a service at both the churches in the parish and doing some admin.

I made a tasty chorizo risotto for lunch whilst Tom did his homework.

Then I finished one of my secret Santa presents, hemmed a pair of trousers for Tom and watched lots of trashy telly.

Tom has gone off to Brum for another week if college so I'm currently tucked up in bed with an extra duvet to keep me warm.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

NaBloPoMo 16

Today we got up late.

I pottered about making lunch, tidying up and needle felting.

Tom was upstairs doing his maths home work.

We then popped up to Portswood to see if the charity shops would yield some trousers for Tom. The very last shop we went in did.

It was off to Ikea next, to buy new bed slats and some bits for Christmas presents. We met up with Todd and Adam and Ian and Mel for coffee as Ian and Mel had come down to furnish their new house.

Dinner was courtesy of the early sitting at the Oink pop up at Peter Rhodes. Was very tasty.

You find me now in Hannah and Jon's sitting room, having been kindly invited here after dinner.

It's been a gentle domestic kind of day.

Friday, November 15, 2013

NaBloPoMo 15

Today I went to Stowe to run a training session. It was the most beautiful day, crisp, bright, fresh.

This evening I have feasted at the Gower Todd's. Here is the darling coffee cup of espresso and honey and seed fudge with which I have just been presented.

The London Jazz orchestra is playing in the background and I might have bought a fabulous dress.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

NaBloPoMo 14

Today, I had a planning meeting in Surrey. We got our team secret santas. With a budget of eight pounds I shall have to think hard about how to be creative.

This evening I made dinner. It turned out ok I think. Chicken, cauliflower and broccoli cheese, onions and mushrooms in red wine and carrots. I made mash for Tom.

We went off to bible study, where Tom was leading on the subject of fasting as part of our advent series. I'm feeling inspired to try some internet fasting, as I've not felt very close to God for a while, and I wonder if that's because I'm never still and alone.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

NaBloPoMo 12 13

Yesterday was a manic day indeed. Lots of work, but a fab lunch with my new friend from Church.

In the eve it was off to one of the churches in my parish with Tom, Lula and Andy so Lula could PAT all the electricals. They are coming this evening to do the other church. I'm so grateful for their help.

Today I have been at Slindon, training rangers on the website system. The drive up was lovely, all the autumn colours.

I treated myself to so Autumn Hued roses to practice my bouquet arranging. Very pleased with the results. Good practice for all the wedding flowers I'm helping with next year!

Monday, November 11, 2013

NaBloPoMo 10 11

I enjoyed Sunday. We got up gently, helped Rob and Louise best we could to finish a crossword, walked along Penarth sea front, lunched at The Fig Tree , walked around Roath Park and had ice cream at Joes.

Penarth pier

Roath Park

I feel like we sampled the best of Cardiff/Penarth. I'm very jealous of Penarth's pier that's currently being refurbished. It's going to have a cinema, bar, restuarant and function rooms, and is looking splendid.

We need to tidy up tonight as Tom's mum and stepdad are coming for dinner this evening. I may make a dessert. Such decadence.


None of the NaBloPoMo prompts are very inspiring to me this year. Grr....

Saturday, November 09, 2013

NaBloPoMo 8 9

Ok, so getting home at 830pm on a Friday night is not conducive to blogging.

I was working at Ightham Mote in Kent. STUNNING place. Just love the reflection of the timber beams in the waters.

When I got in, there were lots of people round my table, drinking and laughing. Just the way I like it. Tom had made chilli con carne, and we had a great time talking into the night.

Today, after having delivered my cake to the coffee morning, we've driven off to Wales to see Rob and Louise.

We've had a lovely afternoon chatting, and they've indulged my Strictly Come Dancing habit. I'm especially enamoured with the ice cream van that turns up Saturday night whatever the weather.

Roll on Sunday.

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1970 Netherlands

The Dutch have always been the best at floristry.

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Thursday, November 07, 2013

NaBloPoMo 5 6 7

Ok, so I suck at this already!


I went to work at our office in Micheldever Station today. I love working here. It's a barn conversion and it's peaceful, and has working phones and internet. And a willow sculpture of a bull in the garden you can definitely tell is a bull.

I also painted a picture for Tom's Dad's Christmas present. Tom and I think it's fab, hopefully he will too.


Today I worked out of the church office. On my breaks, I arranged poppies for Remembrance Sunday, had a cup of tea with a friend and got my set of church warden keys. In the evening I made geonese cake for the flower arrangers coffee morning on Saturday. This will need icing tonight, finished the painting and roasted pumpkin and peppers for Tom's lunchtime soup.


I've been in Surrey today, at our weekly planning meeting. I'm lucky to work with a friendly team. Sometimes our meetings are like group therapy! I've also popped into town to get some of Tom's Christmas presents, and spent an hour trying to get one email to send.

I can smell the risotto Tom is making, and Big Bang Theory is keeping company on the telly.

We're off to bible study tonight, and then I will ice my cake when we get in.




I am currently surprised at how intensely tired I am feeling. It's probably a combination of a lack of exercise, adjusting to the darker evenings, a lot of work and not enough sleep.

I'm also surprised at how intensely I'm missing friends - there are a few who I didn't see often, but I've not seen for a bit, and the longing to chat to them has crept up on me.


My last Google search was for Fast Food Review. I have a strange compulsion to read about the excesses of American fast food. Should I ever visit the US again, I'm going to try some of these odd combinations!


I don't currently have a mentor figure in my life, but there are a few people who I really admire. Some of the older ladies at Church are really inspiring. I think the people who give me the most support are friends from university.

Monday, November 04, 2013


Today I went to Osterley Park in London to help film some conservation work. It's all for something top secret, so I can't tell you what.

Then I came home, and published web content until Tom came back. We've checked the diary for the week, planned some meals and invited people round to eat on Friday.

We're planning to go to the Range to pick up some essentials like a food flask and a canvas for painting after dinner. As you do.

I don't have anything else to say today, but I'm here writing.

Ask me some questions to answer for the rest of the month!

Sunday, November 03, 2013

NaBloPoMo 1 2 3

Ooh I forgot about NaBloPoMo!

On day one I drove to East Sussex to run a social media training session with the Bodiam Castle team.

Every day I thank God for the chance to visit beautiful places like this and get paid for the pleasure.

On day two I laid in, sorted some banking, then drove to Leighton Buzzard for Jess and Andy's housewarming.

It was fabulous. Good friends, good food and lots of chatting.

I went to bed after 1am, a rare occurrence these days.

Today finds me sprawled on the floor of their living room floor, listening to the chaps trying to fix a broken warming plate. What a way to start November.