Friday, February 27, 2009

16 things about me

I read this on Ali Edward's blog recently and thought I would have a go! I have been thinking about what to write while out on my dog walk! Here's the latest picture of me, ice skating! Lucy and I went iceskating last Tuesday on Worthing's very own temporary ice rink! It was great fun. And we had a gorgeous lunch afterwards - quality time with DD, fab!
So here are 16 things about me right now:

1. I have been very happily married for over 30 years! YIKES!
2. we have 2 fab kids - Right now I am just loving watching them turn into independent young adults.
3. The dog is being annoying right now! Spring is very definately in the air with him, and he is a bit of a nightmare out on a walk - he pulls soooo hard!
4. I am still cleaning and volunteering. Right now I do Mon - Wed early mornings, then Wed evening for a 'quick clean', Thurs pm is volunteering, then stay on till 8pm cleaning. Fridays off!
5. I am loving scrapbooking best of all out of my hobbies.
6. I am looking for a new challenge for this year.
7. I am spending too much time on the computer!
8. I completed my first quilt and now am in limbo not knowing what to make next!
9. I still have coffee on a Friday morning with my 'best mates' Angela and Sarah, but we don't manage every Friday these days.
10. I am spending quite a lot of time with Mum, and still worry about her far too much!
11. I have made time for a bit of family history this year, and am beginning to research my paternal grandmother's family.
12. I did get out my old cross stitch again the other day to finish it as a priority, but haven't doen very much yet!
13. We are going to Rome at Easter to celebrate my 50th birthday.
14. I have organised a dinner at the Black Horse at Findon for 24 friends and family to celebrate my 50th birthday.
15. I do eat quite healthily, abeit a bit too much! (Really want to lose 7lbs before my birthday)
16. Right now I am very happy!

Monday, February 23, 2009


Nicholas came home for the weekend. I have just dropped him off at Worthing station for his journay back to Bath. I can't believe how excited I get when he comes home!

Nicholas always says he misses Merlin more than us, and he certainly spends loads of time playing with M when he is here! I bet Merlin misses Nicholas too!

It was absolutely gorgeous on Saturday, so we took Nicholas for lunch at the Cricketers - the pub where Lucy works as a waitress - and then a very long walk on the beach right along to the pier. As it was a beautiful sunny day we all took our cameras and took loads of photos. Here's Maurice and Nicholas foing 'artyfarty', and Worthing pier reflected in the pools of water on the sand. And finally, my attempt at 'artyfarty' with the pier structure.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The garden is awakening -slowly!

Just these last couple of days, there has been a definate change in the air, a smell of spring! The mornings and evenings are rapidly getting lighter too. So I went out with my camera to see what I could find in flower - not much I am afraid, but some snowdrops and a mahonia bush.

Of course Merlin always has to come out in the garden with me to see what is going on!

Last autumn, Mum came over once a week, and we did lots of gardening together. We have made quite an impact on the lower garden, but it has been too wet, too cold or too snowy lately to do anymore!

Here's my garden last week!! That's not a pond, that's a humungous puddle!!

Friday, February 06, 2009

My favourite snow pics

A little tiny snowman on the beach! Don't often see the beach this colour! LOL

I just loved this bare Christmas tree decorated with rope found on the beach! Jenni has suggested suing it as this year's Christmas card, what a fabulous idea!LOL

This gorgeous snowman was about 6 feet high and was built in Marine Gardens on the pitch and putt course! Love him!

Monday, February 02, 2009

Snow day!

Loads of snow today! We woke up to an overnight snowfall of about 2 inches, which is a an awful lot for us! I cycled to work, Ok in the fresh crunchy snow! And as it got light a magical winter wonderland unfurled! Gorgeous!! I walked my bike a fair bit of the way home because the snow by then had been crushed to ice by loads of tramping feet! Maurice was at home,- he couldn't get to work (transport completely up the spout), and Lucy was excited! During the day the snow mostly melted, but as it is getting dark it is beginning to freeze. It will be like a skating rink in the morning. Another casualty of the weather is my sewing class tomorrow. it has been cancelled, even though we are supposed to be making a snow scene picture LOL! I have more photos in my camera from our walk down the beach this afternoon, but here's Merlin doing his snow dog angel in the back garden!