Thursday, 3 November 2011

Prima's November Colour Palette


I am totally addicted to Prima at the moment - in fact have been for some time and their colour palette for this month is just totally amazing - I love the reds, terracotta and they mix with the teal blues so well - a big wow from me!!

Ciao
Sue
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Book Review - Twilight by Stephanie Meyer


Have watched the films with Jamie and thoroughly enjoyed them and so am now working my way through the books.  Enjoyed it very much - who doesn't now know the story of Bella and Edward, the town of Forks and the vampires and werewolves.  A good read - looking forward to reading the next one too and looking forward to the next film which I think is now only a couple of weeks away.  Personally I prefer Jacob, RPatz doesn't do it for me!!

Ciao
Sue
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DVD Reviews - Mississippi Burning and A Clockwork Orange


Mississippi Burning has to be one of my favourite films, as everything about it is excellent - except of course the time and story which it depicts but it tells that story so effectively that you can really appreciate the tension and hatred of that time.  The film is set in early 1960's Mississippi, where two FBI agents go to investigate the disappearance of civil rights workers, it is based on a real life case which happened in Neshoba County in 1964.  It is a tough film both in its content and to watch as there is a lot of violence but it reflects the time in which the story is set and the story it is telling.

The relationship between the two FBI agents - the northern, liberal and idealistic Ward played by Willem Defoe and the older, southern, pragmatic and very wily Anderson played by Gene Hackman is at the core of the film and the acting of the two men gives the film a strong story to base the factual story around.  I pretty much think anything with Gene Hackman in is worth a watch - he has grown in stature for me over the years - a fantastic actor.  This film is really well worth a watch.

A Clockwork Orange is also a violent film but it seemed so much more gratuitous - I have to say I didn't enjoy this film at all - not worth a watch for me and I really just wondered what all of the fuss was about.


Ciao
Sue
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Sunday, 2 October 2011

Recently Enjoyed! Jimmy Carr - Telling Jokes

Something new - just a few lines about something which I/we've recently enjoyed.

DVD - Jimmy Carr - Telling Jokes
 

I hadn't really been that keen on Jimmy Carr from what I'd seen on television of him but this DVD has converted me.  A master of the one liner, yes he's rude but it's clever too, he can point out the absurd with just a few words which I like.  A master at putting down the heckler too.  Lots of extras on the DVD.  His search for the most offensive joke ever was interesting, still unlikely to watch the game show stuff he does but likely to give him a watch on any of the comedy shows.  Enjoyed it.

Ciao
Sue
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Reading challenge 2/21- currently reading Katherine the Virgin Queen by Jean Plaidy

Book Review - I is for Innocent

Beware Spoilers



Reading a Sue Grafton is always a great pleasure and this was one I had been saving for a holiday or the gaps between her new books.  I read this one on holiday and it was brilliant - sat in the sunshine, on the beach, under an umbrella, drink in hand and the sea for a quick cool off when required - lovely.  Her new novel V is for Vengeance is due out in January (or earlier if I order it from the US which I have been known to do - but this time I may be patient).

Kinsey had just started working out of the office of Lonnie Klingman and due to the death of his usual investigator Kinsey gets  brought into the investigation of the murder of Isabelle Barney, six years previously.  Klingman is working as defence attorney for the ex-husband of Barney and it appears relatively simple of Kinsey to co-ordinate the statements and depositions.  But the case, of course, turns out to be much more complex than that and the investigations end up bringing Kinsey into some of the greatest dangers she has been in for some time.

Kinsey Millhone is the heroine of Grafton's alphabet series and is much loved by the fans of these books, she is a traditional gum shoe in the days before extensive use of computers and mobile phones and yet the stories do not seem dated.  Kinsey is very much a woman of today, capable and comfortable with herself, her home is the converted garage of her landlord with whom she has a great friendship and will admit to being slightly in love with Henry.  In this book she also gets drawn into the story of Henry's brother William who is in Santa Theresa (a fictional version of Santa Maria) for a short stay and gets involved with the wonderful character who is Rosie, the Hungarian who runs Kinsey's local bar/restaurant.

Ciao
Sue
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Reading challenge 2/21 - currently reading Katherine the Virgin Queen by Jean Plaidy

Monday, 19 September 2011

Arrangements for the School Fair (July)

Jamie's school's summer fair came around again, and I made some flower arrangements for them - 2 fresh and 2 artificial - I don't know who won any of them this year but here are some pictures of them.  I didn't have a lot of materials to work with but did the best I could with some basic resources.  Very very simple all around designs - the first two are the artificial and the second two the fresh.







I had quite a few gerbera left but nothing else so I made some very minimalist modern designs for home with the leftovers.



      

Ciao
Sue
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Reading challenge  2 of 16  - currently reading Kidnapped and Other Dispatches by Alan Johnston

Book Review - The Death Chamber by Sarah Rayne

Beware Spoilers



Wow, I really could not put this book down, which is why almost nothing at all has been done for 2 days!!  This is one of the best books I've read in some time and will eagerly be reading the other books by Sarah Rayne - although I may have to save them for holiday times because if they are as good as this one nothing will get done again!!

The story is based around Calvary Gaol, just on the edge of the Lake District which was for some time the execution prison for the north of England.  Now disused Georgina Grey heads to Thornbeck to find out more about her great grandfather Walter Kane and to play her part in the winding up of the Caradoc Society into Psychic research to which Walter had left a bequest.  Walter was the Doctor at Calvary Gaol in the 1930's and Georgina get drawn into the story of Walter and the Gaol.  Also interested in Calvary is TV film maker Chad Ingram and his team who are planning on carrying out experiments in the Gaols execution suite.

Sarah Rayne has woven a complex set of stories together with great ease making it an enthralling experience for the reader to jump between the stories of Lewis Caradoc and Nicholas O'Kane in 1917, to Walter, Neville Fremlin and Elizabeth Molland in the 1930's and Georgina, Chad and Vincent Meade in present day Cumbria.  Rayne has given us a real sense of what the jail must have been like and drawn some characters which it is so easy to like and admire and others which are well drawn in their viscious natures or vanity.  She has created a plot with some amazing twists and turns, one or two I had an inkling may have been coming and others which hit me like a sledgehammer.  A brilliant book and I really can't wait to read more of her work.

Ciao
Sue
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Currently reading Kidnapped and other dispatches by Alan Johnson

Twycross Zoo

Twycross Zoo (visited in July)
Our closest relative in the ape world

Daddy Gorilla on Patrol
One of our first jaunts of the summer holidays was a trip to Twycross Zoo, it has been on our to do list for some time.  The first revelation was how easy it is to get to, for us just a trip straight up the A5 - just about an hour from MK.  The other bonus is that it is only a couple of miles from Bosworth Battlefiled Site so there is a full day of activities within a short distance.  We've been to Bosworth before and there is about an hour and a half of activity to do there.
Baby Meerkat

Sleeping Prarie Dogs
Twycross Zoo is a centre for primates, which made it very appealing as we were going to see everything from the biggest apes to the tiny tamarinds and primates are so very appealing.  Easy to find and lots of parking, we had also prepared a lovely picnic and so had our elevenses when we arrived and then packed our lunch to enjoy whilst we were walking around.  A quick visit to the loo on arrival presented an unusual treat which was leaf ants behind glass near the hand basins - watching them doing their work, whilst washing hands was amazing.
Giant tortoise - this picture in no way indicates its size

Emperor Tamarind
HUGE sea lion
We saw a variety of primates the Orang Utan, Chimps, Gibbons, Bonobo (our nearest relative!) and the magnificent Gorilla, Lemurs, monkeys, marmosets and tamarinds.



An unusual ape - the Jamie!!

The elephant area is worth a wander as it is a recreation of their natural home in Sri Lanka.  We saw a variety of other animals - Mike was blown away by the Giraffes, I liked the Dholes (similar to our fox but the Asian equivalent), the meerkats and prairie dogs were popular with us all too.  Sadly we didn't see the Snow Leopard as it was pretty warm and we think he didn't want to come out!!
Love the meerkats




Do the Funky Gibbon






These made Jamie jump as they jumped out of the undergrowth near him!!

Baby Gorilla

A sleeping Dhole
There were also one or two big surprises such as the giant tortoise and the male sea lion which was quite simply enormous and most certainly not to be messed with and the real treat of the day was the baby gorilla with its Mum whilst Dad was on patrol.  A brilliant day.

Ciao
Sue
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Currently reading Kidnapped and Other Dispatches by Alan Johnson

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Guitar Ensemble - End of Year Concert

Jamie has been going to his guitar ensemble for 3 terms now and this week (July) we had his end of term concert.  This may be his last time as we are not sure what his timetable will be when he starts at his new school, but hopefully he will be able to continue.  This term they have been working on Mr Blue Sky by ELO.  The performance was lovely and it sounded great.  It's interesting to hear it all put together as a whole with everyone else's part.  They sounded fantastic - here is some video of the event mostly focused on Jamie - doing his stuff!

video

Ciao
Sue
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Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Jamie @ MK Dons - Playing for Success

Jamie was very lucky to be chosen to be part of a group going to MK Dons Stadium as part of Playing for Success on a Monday straight from school to do some learning as part of MKDons work with schools and in the community.  He went for several weeks and then in May we had the presentation event where we also got the chance to go to the stadium.  Below are a couple of photos from the event, where Jamie got the chance to meet a couple of the First team players (I couldn't tell you who they were!!) who presented the awards so Jamie was delighted.  He really enjoyed the whole experience and loved the opportunity to have guided tours round the stadium and meet up with several of the names who play there.  There certainly seemed to be a fantastic atmosphere around the event and the people working with the children appeared to be very interested and dedicated to supporting and encouraging the children.

Sadly for Jamie he struggled to get onto the stage as he was at that time on crutches!! (but more of that later!!)




video


Ciao
Sue
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Monday, 11 July 2011

Detox or Diet?

Mike and I decided that we would really get to grips with our health and well being and as a couple of his pals at work had done the GM diet and had lost well on it we decided that we would give it a go.  It was going to be a challenge.  This 7 day diet or detox as I have preferred to call it, as it is only something that can be followed for short bursts, is the starter of us seriously trying to get fit and loose some weight.
There are a couple of difficulties with us for this we love cooking and eating,  we like to eat out, we like to eat as a family and we like to eat with friends and that has of course told.  There are other issues, I am very much an emotional eater and that is something I have been battling with now for some time, and we each have our favourite things which are not good for us!!
So here we are on our HAWB (health and well being) programme, I prefer to call it that as it sounds so much better than a diet.  This first stage the GM Diet (which is really the cabbage soup under another name) is aimed at giving us a really good start and focusing our minds on what we want to achieve.  The diet promises that you will loose from 10 - 17lbs but I am keeping an open mind, as I have always found it very difficult to loose weight  So on Sunday we made sure we had all of the bits and pieces that we needed for Monday.  I even cheated and got us some pre-prepared melon to start the day so it was ready and waiting when we got up.  Everyday we have to try and drink lots of water up to 10 glasses or around the 2 litres mark which will be good for us regardless.  We both have our favourite drinks to wean ourselves off, me, my coke and Mike his coffee.

Monday - Day 1 - consists of all fruits except bananas. Your first day will consist of all the fruits you want. It is strongly suggested that you consume lots of melons the first day. Especially watermelon and a loupe. (all italics from here)

We had 3 melons (water, honeydew and cantaloupe), apples, strawberries, pineapple and pears to keep us going.  I made up a huge platter of fruit so it was there for us to pick at - at anytime during the day.  I also made up a huge pan of soup, which we put in the fridge and then took a little out and watered down and heated up whenever we wanted soup.

The day went a lot better than I had expected, clearly preparation is everything.  I cannot say it wasn't boring, it was, the soup is only just bearable and I don't think I managed to drink all of the water I needed to - but we got through it.  Day 1 - done.

Tuesday - Day 2 consists of  all vegetables. You are encouraged to eat until you are stuffed with all the raw or cooked vegetables of your choice. There is no limit on the amount or type. For your complex carbohydrate, you will start day two with a large baked potato for breakfast. You may top the potato with one pat of butter.

I hadn't been looking forward to the idea of a jacket potato for breakfast but Mike put them on and after Jamie went to school I quite happily sat down and tucked into mine for breakfast and it was lovely.  The rest of the day was very difficult as it is only vegetables.  We added some to the soup but even that didn't make the soup that palatable.  Mike was doing ok, but by about 4pm I was really struggling and was sick and had a vicious headache and had to take to my bed.  Mike tried to wake me later but there was no point,  I was falling asleep as he spoke to me, I did then sleep for about 18 hours.  I had had a small amount of food and some tea earlier to see if that helped - it didn't!

So the big question was would I make it to day 3, well surprisingly I did and woke up raring to go again - it must have been all of that sleep.

Wednesday - Day 3 - A mixture of fruits and vegetables of your choice. Any amount, any quantity. No bananas yet. No potatoes today.

Day 3 seemed a little easier as we could have fruit again, which made a big difference and we managed to make the soup a little more edible with the addition of carrots (lots) and peas (not as many) so that helped enormously.  Day 3 passed much more easily than day 2 and even Mike confessed to struggling on day 2.

Thursday - Day 4 - Bananas and milk. Today you will eat as many as eight bananas and drink three glasses of milk. This will be combined with the special soup which may be eaten in limited quantities.

Now this was a strange day - the milk was a joy and we both enjoyed a tea (me) and coffee (Mike) and I love bananas so that wasn't really a struggle, I think I had 6 through the day and Mike probably 6 or 7.  We didn't have any soup, we couldn't face that without the additions of carrots and peas but we made it.  The glasses of milk were lovely.

Friday - Day 5 - You will eat beef and tomatoes. Eat two 10 oz. portions of lean beef. Hamburger is OK. Combine this with six whole tomatoes. On day five you must increase your water intake by one quart.

Personally I don't quite know how hamburger would fit the description of lean meat but so be it.  We chose lean beef slices and steak .  Increasing the amount of water I'm drinking is not easy as I'm struggling to drink 2 litres as it is, as I write (at 5.30 I reckon I'm just over the l litre mark).  Mike took beef and tomatoes into work to snack on, I had tomatoes for breakfast and then did us steak and tomatoes for lunch.  We are having steak for tea (Jamie with some chips) - although I've eaten all of my tomatoes for the day.  We haven't managed any soup either so a fresh batch to be made tomorrow.  I think we both feel that we are almost onto the home straight now.

Day 5 done - 2 days to go, the final corner approaches - although feel I've had far too much red meat, of which we don't really eat an awful lot and there is more tomorrow whereas I am craving fruit.

Saturday - Day 6 - Beef and vegetables. Today you may eat an unlimited amount of beef and vegetables. Eat to your hearts content.

Starting the day with beef is unpalatable for me, I haven't been able to manage it, so its tomato and water (yummy).  Although hard we have both lost some weight so far (fingers crossed and hope this doesn't jinx it).  I think today is likely to consist of beef and soup, maybe a steak and beef salad.  The thought of so much red meat doesn't fill me with longing (I think for next time we may try to find an alternative version that maybe has chicken instead of beef or even a more vegetarian version for me).

Quite a hard day today, made a beef and mushroom stir fry, with beans, broccoli and mange tout for lunch which was yummy but really hungry now - have done well on the water front today and have managed my 2 litres with much more ease - so I guess that means I'm getting used to the quantities of water I'm now drinking and that is one thing that I want to continue from this detox.  Have had to come and have a little rest doing this as I am feeling quite yucky just at the moment, but it will pass.  I am planning on making soup, beef and cabbage for dinner (yum yum).

Dinner was pretty nice actually and that was Day 6 done and dusted, so it will be hooray for day 7 and the final day!!!!!!!

Sunday - Day 7 - Today your food intake will consist of brown rice, fruit juices and all the vegetables you care to consume.

The fruit juice is great, really refreshing after so much water but the soup I decided to make with the addition of the brown rice was BAD(!), so bad that I really struggled to eat any of it at all, but I had had plenty of calories with the fruit juice so that was going to be it for the day - well at least it is the last day.  We have both got ourselves into a mindset and the fact that we had to cook dinner for Jamie and his Grandma, after we had a busy day more of which in another blog, that we weren't bothered or even picked at what they were eating which was Shepherd's Pie and Cheesecake.   

So writing this I am now on the last 3 hours or so before I go to bed, 2 hours if I get to bed by 9pm and read a book, so I can now say that I have almost completed the week, brilliant, and I feel pretty good.  We have planned our menu for tomorrow so we won't go mad, well except we have to take Jamie out for a celebration meal (again more of that in a later blog) but I think we both feel very determined with what we still have to achieve and the careful and positively healthy choices we will make from the menu.

WE DID IT!!!!

Conclusion

So after all that the most important question must be well how have we done - well we've stuck with which feels great and we have lost weight which makes it worthwhile.  Yes I think we will make some changes next time, alter the soup composition slightly, have chicken and cottage cheese instead of so much beef, but we will do it again - I think in around 2 months time and it will be hawb all the way between now and then.

Mike lost a whopping 21lbs which is brilliant and I lost  13lbs which is amazing for me to loose so consistently - and that my friends is just the start.  So my conclusion is the diet is not fun, its hard work, but it is doable and for us it worked, it gave us the kickstart we needed for the next two months of healthy eating and hopefully some more weight loss.  I guess the crucial factor now will be does that loss stay a loss when we go back to a more normal (although modified and healthy diet) - I will let you know!!
Ciao
Sue
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Saturday, 9 July 2011

A couple of photos of my spring garden, sadly they don't look like that now, but as Mike has a few days off next week, I think we will get some work done on planting up my flowers arrangers garden at the front of the house.  The weather has made it almost impossible with being so dry, and the soil here when  dry becomes impenetrable, so as we've had some rain, next week (fingers crossed) maybe the time to get that job done. 





Nothing spectacular but they do brighten up the January to April!

Ciao
Sue
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Friday, 8 July 2011

New Reading List!

So completing my reading list, means time to draw up another list, which in itself is always fun.  This list will of course take a long time to complete, as I read books from the library and have other books on the go too by my favourite authors, but its useful to have a list to go back to when I can't decide what to read next and it also keeps me focused in reading some books which really need to be moved off the shelves where they have gathered dust for some time.

Jackie Collins - Drop Dead Beautiful
Possibly the last one ever, and only read-ng it because i-ts part of the Lucky Santangelo series which i have read and enjoyed.  I haven't enjoyed her books quite so much for some ti-me, although at one point she was a guilty pleasure, but this is one of those gathering dust and taking up space on a shelf so its on the list it goes.


Simone de Beauvour - The Blood of Others
One of those that I feel I need to read, an antidote to the above in many ways.   I've read some Albert Camus so I am guessing this may be in a similar vein, although I have a feeling this may be hard going.  Set in Paris during the German occupation, this is the story of a love affair told as one of the lovers lays dying and asks all of the fundamental existentialist questions, who am I, why am I here etc.

M J Hyland - Carry Me Down
I can't remember why I bought this one now, although I think it may be set in Ireland, so that might explain it, a regular foray into Ireland in all its glories.  A new author so unknown territory, which is never a bad thing.

Jean Plaidy - Katherine the Virgin Widow
I love these, real escapism - I've started the Tudor series from the beginning, despite reading many of them before but now I will have no gaps.  Holiday reading for me and pure relaxation.

Alexander McCall Smith - The World According to
This was a handon from a friend, I've heard a lot about this author, so am looking forward to seeing what he is about.  This book appears to be part of a series so I'll give it a go although I'm not really looking to get into another series of books at the moment as I have several on the go.

Katie Fford - Going Dutch
Another handon, chicklit I think and a summer read for sure.

Campbell Armstrong - Jigsaw
I read the first part of this, Jig, years and years ago, terrorism, counter-terrorist expert Frank Pagan, picked this up in a second hand bookstore and it has sat on the shelf for some time, so I wonder if its as good as I remember.

Andersens - Fairy Tales
Always worth another read, and on the list purely because it was near Jigsaw on the shelf, and I hope to encourage Jamie to read it after me.

Louis De Bernieres - Capt Corelli's Mandolin
One that I really ought to read, as we also have the film sat here waiting to be watched.  As a return trip to Kefalonia is high on the agenda this year (well it is one of the places we are thinking of) this really would be the right time to read it - or do I save it for there - the sounds, sea, smells etc would really bring it to life!!

Agatha Christie - Murder on the Orient Express
One of my favourite films and as I've suprisingly never read an Agatha Christie, this one sounds like a good summer read.




Charles Dickens - David Copperfield
A true classic and one I've been meaning to read for a long time.

Alex Kava - Whitewash
One of my favourite authors who I've got a little behind with, not her usual character Maggie O'Dell but new characters and a new setting.

Mike Tucker - The Nightmare of Black Island
The final Doctor Who novel of our box of 10, this allows me to get my hit of David Tenents doctor and Rose too, a quick but fun read.

Lisa Appigananesi - A Good Woman
I can't remember where this one came from, but it has been on the shelves quite a while so time for it to be read and gone, another new author to me so may be interesting.

Alan Johnston - Kidnapped and Other Dispatches
I bought this for Mike, but it is only a short book and will be interesting to read about what happened to this BBC reporter, and it clears more shelf space.

Steve Strange - Blitzed
As I'd just read Midge's autobiography, I thought this would be good follow up, get SS perspective on Visage and read about the 80's which is always fun.

Les Dennis - Must the Show Go On
Another of Mike's books, and more space to be cleared, but Mike said this was a really good read, so I'll give it a go - it is more of a challenge for me reading about people I'm not very interested in but I'll take the hubby's recommendation.

Imperial War Museum Duxford
The guide book, but has lots of reading in it and it will fill in some gaps from the visits.

Michael Pennington - Hamlet A Users Guide
Mike and I are going to see Michael Pennington at MK Theatre in Sept, and I've read one of his other books, so this is one I want to read, I had planned to read it before we saw Hamlet but I never got around to it, so here goes.

William Shakespeare - Hamlet
Rather like the one above, sames worthwhile reading the text the book is talking about at the same time.

Gael Lindenfeld - The Positive Woman
Another self-development book by one of the very best in her field.
I'm not really setting a time for this list but I would like to do it in a year but maybe that is a little optimistic!!

Ciao
Sue
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Currently Reading -

Flower Club Quiz Night

Mike and I had an enjoyable evening at the flower club quiz night, with some of my friends S, L, and M who along with Mike and I made up our team, and we were equal first and then were pipped on the tie-break.  Really enjoyable evening though, a ploughman's supper and I worked my way through a bottle of rose, so was very happy all evening.  Definitely on the calendar for next year!!
Ciao
Sue
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Book Review - Kathy Reichs 206 Bones

Beware Spoilers
I am a fan of Kathy Reichs novels and enjoy them very much and this was no exception.  The plot was a little similar to a plot of a Patricia Cornwell (can't remember which book around Black Notice/The Last Precinct time) in which someone close to Temperance Brennan was trying to sabotage her and her reputation.  This book is set in the lead up to Christmas and Brennan is anxious to get back to North Carolina from the cold of Quebec to spend the holiday with her daughter.

The central crimes of the book are the murders of 4 elderly women, and its nice to see a different victim to the norm of many other similar books as it gives the story a different edge to the usual young attractive woman or child.  Tempe has to work with on/off love interest Andrew Ryan to solve these crimes and to work out who is sabotaging her in the forensic laboratory.

The story is largely told in flashback, as Tempe is trying to escape from her capture and incarceration in somewhere not too pleasant.  There are of course some clues along the way to the identity of the saboteur, some subtle and some not so.  I enjoyed the book and read it in about three sittings which is back to my usual form for Kathy Reichs, so I am now looking forward to the next one.

I have got a little behind with Kathy Reichs whom I usually read as soon as the next book was out,  so I think I have a couple still to catch up on  - Mortal Remains, Virals (which I believe may be aimed at a teenage market) and Flash and Bones (which is published in September) so fingers crossed the library has one of the first two on my next visit.

Ciao
Sue
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Reading challenge 16/16 - COMPLETE!!
Currently reading  - TBC

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Guitar Grade 3 and A Guitar Competition

Jamie competed in a guitar competition at Thornton College recently, he did well and played his piece,   really well, with a couple of minor mistakes.  He got some great feedback from the judge but he was up against some much older competitors with lots more experience so he did himself proud competing.  Well done Jamie!!

He also took his Grade 3 exam and passed with Merit, so he did much better than Grade 2 when he got a pass.  We are really really proud of him so now he has started working on his Grade 4 - as his guitar teacher keeps telling him - he has some real talent, he just needs to keep practising and focussed.l  WELL DONE JAMIE!!!!!

And he was part of the MK SMS end of term concert with his guitar ensemble where they played  and this was great fun to see him participating with some of the friends he has made.  Next term they are learning to play Mr Blue Sky by ELO.

I was sure I had some photos to go with this but can't find them at the moment ......I am being rather forgetful lately!!

Ciao
Sue
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Stampin' Up Party 2

One of the girls from the crop had a stampin' up party so we all gathered again to enjoy some great company, to have some fun making things, have a good look at all of the lovely Stampin' Up goodies and have a generally great time.  This time we made a 'Thank-you' card doing some stamping and cutting out, personally speaking in crafting straight lines are very much overrated (well they are for me!!)

I bought a couple of items, I have been so impressed with the cardstock, that I decided to stock up and bought a selection of the 12x12 to keep me going scrapbooking for a while and this cardstock can be seen in some of the upcoming posts of pages I've done.




I bought a range of colours which I hope will keep me going for some time, everything from brights to neutrals and some lovely rich jewel tones in between.




I also bought a stamp roller to allow me to put some images onto the card stock and play around with a few ideas for layouts - a big swirly pattern - because I like big swirls!!

I also bought a set of stamps (I love the way they come in the DVD case, makes them so easy to store and find when needed!) and these were the ones used on the card, they have some lovely delicate images on, damask pattern, flower, butterfly - all really useful images.  And they were on special offer too, so were a good price.  I think these can be used to create backgrounds on layouts and little added areas of interest too, I might even use them if I go for the card making at Bucks County Show again!!
A great fun evening, a fantastic cake from N, thanks for the doggy bag for the boys they loved it, in fact Jamie was waiting up to see if there was any cake, and made it downstairs in about 0.5 seconds to devour it - he wasn't waiting until Saturday!!

Ciao
Sue
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