Sunday, 9 January 2011

Happy New Year

It's a bit late I know but better late than never. I hope you all had a lovely time at Christmas. We had all the children home, all together which doesn't happen very often these days. It was lovely to have everyone here. We had an extra member for part of Christmas day, third born child and her partner have just adopted a rescue dog. She is a three legged staffie cross and she's beautiful. Very friendly and very well behaved and she's called Tango.

New Year was very quiet, we don't go in for celebrating it's arrival. We did watch the television coverage of the firework display in London, I think it was the best I've ever seen. We also did the usual text messaging which was surprisingly easy this year.

As you will have noticed there are no photographs in this post, this is because I have a new camera (my Christmas present from my lovely husband) but the computer is sulking and it won't let me upload any photos! Hope to sort this out sooner rather than later. I thought I'd do this post anyway just to let you know that I am still here. Hopefully the next post I do will be accompanied by some of the photos I took when we went up to Norwich after Christmas.

Well, I will love you and leave you and I will hopefully be back soon.

Sue x

Friday, 24 December 2010

It's (nearly) Christmas

It's been the usual pre-Christmas madness here added to which I've had the lurgy for the past week, I am starting to feel more human now, thankfully.
I just wanted to pop in and wish everyone a very Happy Christmas, I hope you all enjoy yourselves however you celebrate it.
Also wanted to say a big thank you to everyone one that reads my blog and for all the lovely comments you leave.
I have all the children at home, which is lovely and after Christmas we are hoping to go up to Norwich for a few days, weather permitting, so normal blogging will be resumed in the New Year.

Once again,enjoy yourselves and I'll see you in the New Year.

Sue x

Monday, 6 December 2010

Splash of Colour for December.

Here is my contribution to the splash of colour started by siverpebble.

I tried really hard to find something that wasn't red and Christmassy. Not sure that I could live with this myself!
Despite saying I didn't want to use red I couldn't resist these

not something I would wear myself but they were too hard to resist.

Enjoy the rest of your week,

Sue x

Sunday, 5 December 2010

New Town

As you can see from the picture below, the new town is not as picturesque as the old.

This part started to develop after the arrival of the railway in 1906. There are some of the original buildings left

this is now an estate agent.

These three are banks.
When we moved here we had this

a small theatre which also doubled as a cinema. We took the children to see a couple of pantomimes when they were small which the local amateur dramatic society used to put on.
The town is pretty run of the mill but it does have one famous attraction

Bekonscot Model Village. It's very popular during its open season, you can read a bit about its history via the link. The children used to love going here and now my daughter takes her godsons when they come to visit.
It also had one famous resident whose house used to stand here

nothing left of her house now, just modern sticky boxes in its place.

As I said at the beginning, not as pretty as the old town but we are surrounded by the Chiltern Hills so we have some beautiful countryside on our doorstep, so not too much to complain about.

Hope you enjoyed the tour and I hope all your Christmas preparations are going well.

Have a good week,

Sue x

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Nothing Exciting.

As nothing exciting has been happening here apart from the usual Christmas preparations and as you are all doing the same thing, I didn't think you'd want to read about mine. So I decided to take you on a tour of my local town.

The town is split into two parts old and new, I'll tell you about the old one today and the new one next time.

The town is very old, it is first mentioned in 1185. It was granted a charter to hold a weekly market in 1255 and in 1269 it was granted another charter to hold an annual fair, this still takes place in May.

As you can see there are some lovely buildings. The white building in the middle of the last photo has been used in some episodes of Poirot. Some of the buildings are being renovated and while this is going on you can see how old some of them are.

Not a very good picture but it was through a dirty window and you don't see this sort of thing very often.
It has a large parish church.

The first vicar is mentioned in 1210 but the church that is here now dates from around 1869.

The town is on an old coaching road so there are lots of pubs! Probably a lot less than there used to be.
There is The Saracen's Head

this is thought to date from about 1194 and there are written records of an inn from1242. It is supposed to be haunted.
There is the White Hart

there are records relating to it dated 1624.
Then there is The Greyhound

this is down one of the Ends, as the main roads are called. I've only mentioned this one as it's where Husband and I had our first date and it hadn't been "improved" then.

Just on the very edge of the town there is this house.

This is where G.K.Chesterton lived for a time. Not sure how old it is but I don't think it's as old as the rest of the town.

Hope you've enjoyed the tour, I'll tell you about the New Town next. It's certainly not as picturesque as the Old Town.

Enjoy your week.

Sue x

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Family Gathering

This weekend the family was at home, except the youngest member as she was away for a much needed break.
The reason for this gathering was the 30th birthday of eldest daughter. How did I get to have a daughter that old?!
She didn't want a big celebration, she just wanted the family together, along with her partner.
On Friday night we sat round chatting, just enjoying being together. Oh and some alcohol was consumed!
On Saturday we had a party lunch. This was made up of all the things we used to have at birthday teas when the children were small. You know the sort of thing, all the unhealthy stuff you don't let them eat the rest of the year. In the evening we had a take-away and some more alcohol was consumed, although not to much.
The thing that she enjoyed most I think was the birthday cake. I had asked her if she wanted anything in particular and she said she wanted the same cake that she had on her 3rd birthday.
So I spent Thursday evening baking it and Friday morning icing it, this is what she wanted.

He tasted really good, a piece was saved for youngest to enjoy when she gets home and the rest that was left after we had all tried it went back to Norwich. Bet he doesn't last long!
We had a lovely weekend and we will all be together again in a few weeks time for Christmas, minus the hedgehog.

Have a good week.

Sue x

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Winter Colour

I've been inspired by an idea in a post on Marigold Jam which she got from a post on silverpebble. The idea is to find colourful things to photograph throughout the winter months and so make things a bit more cheerful. So here is my contribution

the display outside the local florists. Lovely on a grey and damp day.

Have a good weekend

Sue x

Sunday, 31 October 2010


On yesterdays post Jee asked me if I had bought any books in Hay, silly question, of course I did. Although not as many as I had hoped. I'll show you what I got,

two Alice Thomas Ellis, I've already finished one.

some embroidery books. I'm not really impatient when it comes to sewing but I don't have a lot of free time and the things in this book are quick to make. The middle book has some quite big projects in, may have to wait a while to get round to some of those.

This was published in 1978 when Elizabeth Craig was 95 and still working. I've got lots of her books mostly dating from the 30's and 40's.
I only managed to find a couple of vintage books and one of those isn't that old. This one

which is from the 50's I think. At least I know how to do the washing now!
This one is a gem

the shop had it marked as being 50's but I'm pretty sure it's from the 30's. It's mostly recipes but it also has a section on modern! kitchens

and a bit on basic first aid

which looks pretty scary to me, the poor child looks really fed up.

So, there you go, my finds, as I said not as many as I had hoped but more than enough as far as husband is concerned.

Enjoy the coming week,

Sue x

Friday, 29 October 2010

Hay on Wye

On Tuesday we went to Hay on Wye, it's a pretty little town right on the northern most tip of the Black Mountains. It has the ruins of a huge castle.

The view from the car park is pretty amazing

but the main reason for visiting Hay is the bookshops.
I love books and any excuse to add to my collection cannot be passed by.
We visited several, some better than others. Hay on Wye Booksellers was one of the better ones, they had a huge stock and the lady running it was very friendly. We also visited one which is housed in the old cinema, Hay Cinema Bookshop. This is also very good, there are thousands of books but the staff are a bit offhand, still worth a visit though.

We didn't spend all our time in the bookshops, we had a wander around the town. This picture is by the side of one of the shops

he looks a bit furtive to me, maybe it's something to do with the books he is reading!
This plaster work is very pretty

pity we don't take as much trouble now with our buildings.
This shop is very eye catching

it used to be a butchers, all the tiles on the pillars have animals on them.

We came across this while walking round

very confusing. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that Hay is right on the border of Wales and England and they still haven't decided who has right of way!

We had a lovely time , I hope to go back soon, you can never have too many books after all!

Hope you enjoy your weekends.

Sue x

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Forest of Dean

We got back yesterday from a few days in the Forest of Dean. It is a beautiful part of the country, lots of trees (obviously, clue in the name ) and rolling hills.

We stopped off first in the small town of Coleford. It's not a very pretty place, so no pictures but we needed some lunch and as the saying goes "any port in a storm".
After lunch we headed of to a local arboretum

it adjoins Forestry Commission land. The arboretum itself is quite small so after walking round there we ventured further afield into the wider forest. The weather was glorious, bright and sunny, so I got a few photos like this.

The sun shining through the leaves but I won't bore you with them all. We walked down paths like these

as we headed for this lake

which we waked round, it was very peaceful. Then it was back to the car and off to Ross on Wye where we stayed. We had a stroll round the town, no pictures this time because the light was going and I always end up with out of focus pictures when the light is bad. On Tuesday we headed over to Hay on Wye but I'll tell you about that tomorrow.

Sue x