Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Ah. Hmmmmmm.I didn't think this one through did I?
Slight hitch with the transport - no blimmin' getaway car.
Oh well, I wouldn't thrive in jail - I can't see them letting me have my stash, rotary cutter sewing machine, gin etc..... So that idea was a non starter.
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
To put it right is going to cost a lot more than the car is actually worth..... My 'Eco' self says just pay the money and keep the thing on the road. My head says, it's just throwing away the cash, so scrap it and buy another.
Our savings are about to be spent on replacing all the failing and failed double glazing, it's all already on order too - so we cannot back out, without losing a large deposit. So we would have to take out a loan to buy a new car, which I am loath for us to do. Argghhh.
Sometimes I hate being an adult - way too many important decisions need to be made and I have to live with the consequences.
Monday, 28 September 2009
Mini hair bands: I thought these'll be good for putting round bobbins to stop 'em unravelling.
HUGE hair clips: (I've put some 'normal' size ones next to them for comparison). I think these might be good to use when folding binding down around quilts. I also found a calculator for 57p!!!!! No batteries needed either. Showing my age here, but when I think back to my school days - calculators cost a comparative fortune. I even had to save up pocket money to buy one.
Saturday, 26 September 2009
Here are three possibilities of using the fabric - I can't decide between them yet.....1)
I took a photo of each square (5"), imported it into EQ6 (the fabric background looks rather grey, but is off white really). I then found some toning fabrics in my stash, half a metre of turquoise, and a fat quarter each of peach and tan. Obviously it's not going to be a big quilt! I may well need to play some more in EQ6. Any suggestions are welcome....
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Monday, 21 September 2009
Last November I bought us two tickets for Coldplay (if I'd bought four, I could have sold the spares to the numerous touts outside):
The support acts were: White Lies, Girls Aloud and JayZ - what a diverse bunch eh?The stadium filling up.
We have now seen JayZ twice in eighteen months! Though I have to say, he seemed more bearable this time.... Oh nooooooo - does this mean I'm actually getting to like his music?
Coldplay were amazing (my photos though, are not, sorry!)
'Life In Technicolor'
'In My Place'
'Yellow' (with hundreds of yellow balloons bubbling up through the audience.)
'Glass of Water'
'Cemeteries of London'
'God Put A Smile Upon Your Face'
'The Hardest Part'
'Postcards From Far Away'
'Viva La Vida'
'Trouble' (With Simon Pegg joining them onstage to do the harmonica part)
'Death Will Never Conquer'
'Viva La Vida (Remix)'
'Lovers In Japan' (with multi coloured confetti butterflies blowing through the audience.)
'Death And All His Friends'
'Life In Technicolor II'
We had fireworks for two tracks, but I cannot remember which ones. Coldplay finished just before 11pm, after telling us we would all be given a free CD to say thank you. It's a good cd too (nine, live tracks)This is part of the huge arc above the stadium:
We stayed with our lovely rellies in Ruislip, who completly pampered us for the weekend.
The following morning we went to Alperton High Street to wander around the Indian shops. We went past a new (Hindu?) temple nearing completion:
I think it looks very exotic and somewhat incongruous nestled amongst the rather tatty pre-war houses and scruffy looking shops nearby.
Lots of glittery and shiny polyester fabrics in this shop, but I did find some loose woven 100% cotton fabric (turban cloth) in both plain black and white which was just what I was looking for. The white fabric went into the washing machine last night and I'm going to iron it now and see how much it has shrunk by, I'm expecting the shrinkage to be considerable, which is why I bought plenty!
Saturday, 19 September 2009
We had lunch at the Green Dragon, Cowley. Delicious.
This is part of the churchyard at Painswick: The churchyard had lots of beautifully manicured yew trees.
Then in the evening Chic Girl, The Whizz Kid and Lanky Boy came over and bought lots of different curries with them for our dinner, Chic Girl had also bought a bottle of champagne. Curry and champers is a bizarre combination, but tasted delicious nonetheless - we were all stuffed to the gills.
Friday, 11 September 2009
We bought a map listing where each pig was and had a great day seeking them out, with a few stops to take in refreshments.
Here are some of the pigs we found:
Chic Girl had thoughtfully bought 'decent' clothes for them both, so they were off to eat, drink and generally be merry. Well done to all, I'm proud of 'em.
Today they were going to be doing a spot of sighteseeing. Hmmm, am quite envious, Paris is a really lovely city and so much to see and do.
Thursday, 10 September 2009
This morning Lanky Boy and The Whizz Kid had their first breakfast of the day at a McDonalds (??!!) but only because it gave them free WiFi, something not on offer in the cheap hotels/hostels they are saying in.
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
Lanky Boy and The Whizz Kid stopped for lunch at Etaples: They made it safely to Amiens at 9pm - local time.
Keeping everything crossed, but it looks like they're going to get to Paris. Hurrah. I have no idea how bad Lanky Boys knee is as I only got this info via two text messages.
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
Still, tomorrow is another day..............
EDIT: The Whizz Kid mending his second puncture: The white cliffs of Dover:Lanky Boy on the phone to me and enjoying a beer on the ferry:
Supper had to be in MacDonalds - the only place still open at 10pm on a Monday night:Here is the Whizz Kid eating a "Croque McDo"
Decided to add some patchwork squares and make some A4 size 'Little Gems' these will make nice gifts I think. I know it's only September, but it's never too early to think of Christmas!!!!
Think I might have to design some of my own Matryoshka now.....
Monday, 7 September 2009
Lanky Boy and The Whizz Kid left Bristol at 7.15 this morning to cycle to Brighton, the first leg of their charity bike ride to Paris. 150 miles - phew, that's some cycling. Heard from Chip Girl that the boys stopped for curry 'n' chips in Winchester (where we used to live)...... Then this evening heard that they arrived safely in Brighton at 10pm, but Lanky Boy's knee is hurting him:-( That's not good. I suspect they will not be trawling the fleshpots of Brighton tonight};-p
EDIT: Lanky boy came off his bike ten miles outside Bristol and fell into some nettles - ouch
This was the view from their dorm window at Brighton (Youth Hostel)