Monday, 31 May 2010

Cath Kidston Sew bag finally!

I have a confession, I love to sew but I am terrible at it! Blood, sweat and tears went into this bag, most of it is hand sewn after my machine broke down half way through; it's the first bag I've ever made and the fabric was precut with the book and I have no excuses for how bad it is or all the corners I cut, but it's finished at long last! I have to say for a first attempt it's not that bad, but as the granddaughter of a fantastic seamstress I should be better at this!

(Apologies also I appear to be suffering from shaky cam!)

I returned home from a rubbish day all the way to London and back to Newcastle for a one hour meeting to find these beauties in my living room, my Mam walks Toby most lunchtimes so these were a more than welcome surprise from her front garden.

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Des Macarons...the prettiest of all the cakes?

Oh my goodness, today I spied some Raymond Blanc macarons in Waitrose, at £6.50 for a box of 12 they're not the cheapest Saturday treat but they are just to die for, melt in the mouth and are the most gorgeous pastel colours, I wholeheartedly recommend them! Not Laduree but a close second!

Saturday, 22 May 2010

A perfect day

Today has been just beautiful, this weather really brings out the good in me, it's supposedly the warmest weekend of the year and we've really made the most of our Saturday. Mr TTC took Toby out this morning when the sun was at its brightest and warmest. Then a quick trip to the shops for picnic food, and a cider and sandwich in a new found quiet spot down 'the path,' our favourite walk. When we first moved here people said this was God's little acre, I like that, and it was true today! Finally we ended the day on a last walk out with Toby, the final rays of the day glinting through the trees. You can track our wee terrier's mood in the photos, hot so having a lie down and a rest, sniffing and nibbling on the grass and then a big yawn at the end of a long day!

Monday, 17 May 2010

A wet and windy Monday and a ramble

Hello again, thanks for your lovely comments after my extraction op, I'm not yet fighting fit owing to antibiotics but I definately look a lot less 'chipmunky' than I did over the weekend! As I'm not back to work until tomorrow I'm having a fairly lazy day, I headed out with the hound and my Mam along my favourite path, it was wet and windy but just what we needed to blow the cobwebs away and it's so nice to see bluebells and forget-me-nots at this time of year that the weather hardly matters!

Now I'm settled down with said dog and another mug of soup for me and a bag of Bob's sweet potato french fries for him (healthy dog treats). Did you know that sweet potato makes dogs drowsy and half a potato is good for bonfire night for calming scaredy dogs? Not sure about these treats mind, he seems awfully excited about them! I'm a real geek for health and food facts and regularly watch medical shows like Embarrassing Illnesses so that I can offer my diagnosis before the doctor gets in, a secret calling perhaps? Or just a good pub quiz team mate that spends too much money on women's magazines!?

A tip for CK fans, this month's Easy Living mag has a rather nice plastic CK freebie bag which I used as a jolly hospital bag and have since been carting my meds round in!

No decent pics from the walk because of the rain, however I did get a couple of bright beauties last week from Mr TTC's Mum's garden:

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

My wise teeth are gone

Wisdom teeth were removed successfully, but possibly the most painful thing I've ever experienced, apparently I'm gonna wake up looking like I've gone a few rounds in a boxing ring, so that's something to look forward to! I'll post again in a few days!

Saturday, 8 May 2010

The black hole of time

I have found a new way to lose whole hours, The Sartorialist is one of my new loves and is very good for distracting the mind from this awful toothache that kept me awake all night. Roll on Wednesday 12th, extraction day!

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

A lovely surprise!

I was very excited to have won Laura's giveaway at her lovely blog Bugs and Fishes I returned home today to find this fabulous brooch waiting by the front door! I've had a rubbish few weeks with niggly wisdom teeth and I'm not looking forward to my extraction next week, but this cheered me up no end, there's nothing like a big red poppy to raise a smile! Here is it on, thank you so much Laura!

Monday, 3 May 2010

Bank holiday weekend

I had a busy week last week, I ran my first ever training day which went well and had better than anticipated outcomes, a lot of productive meetings, and a meeting with my work mentor which has given me a real focus. All this work has meant a very quiet weekend, time to look at the Varde kitchen we want from Ikea and time to see a friend's brand new labrador puppy, adorable! Today was also the day of our local fayre, I have a huge slab of gingerbread in the kitchen and a new tea towel screen printed with Swallows hanging up as evidence of a good day out!