Monday, 20 July 2009


This morning when I flicked on the hairdryer there was a bit of a smokey, metally smell - just for a second - and in my head space where I should have been thinking "oh dear is something burning, do I need to turn this off and grab a fire extinguisher" I actually had the complete image of us as children playing with gun caps in those silly little plastic rocket things that you throw with great force nose to the ground to make the little cap go bang.......but often it doesn't so you do it again and again to give it another chance then take it out and squash it with your foot to make it finally crack, then comes that smell.

It's amazing how smells can bring on such graphic memory images:
- pipe smoke = dad sitting for ages creating his own blend of tobacco,
- burning rubber = me at 10 years old lying on a hospital trolley being anaesthetised for my tonsil op.

Can't actually think of any more just now........but when I do I'll report back.

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Not just name calling....

You know how sometimes you can't help calling someone a right "pain in the arse" - well today that's me. No, it's not that I'm being awkward or horrid to anyone I really have a pain today and yes it's my arse!!!

It started after our day on the park last Sunday, but today it is definitely worse. I think I may have pulled a muscle at the base of my spine, just where I bend so walking around is just about fine but sitting down hurts then standing up hurts again.

All drug-free suggestions on how to make it feel better will be gratefully received.

Saturday, 11 July 2009

No sale, no worries......

OK so I didn't sell any of my paintings but I didn't expect to, so it's not a problem. The main point of the day for us is to try to get new members for our art group and we did get a lot of interest so maybe we'll be lucky.

Best thing for me was the cheesy foot - my daughter had been to the event with the children but unfortunately they had to leave before I got there, so they left me a cheesy pastry foot.....I'm such a lucky grandma :o)

Friday, 10 July 2009

Happy events make a happy blogger.....

So sorry that I haven't written for a while, haven't really got into the habit of blogging yet and must have obviously been busy enough to forget.

There have been lots of social events which is really enjoyable, especially during the day when the sun is I don't miss going to work one little bit :o)

I went with my darling daughter and three grandchildren plus a friend of the girls to an interactive art installation for children. It was called The Cloth Place and everything there was made of fabric and the children were told to explore and play freely. So the three girls worked their way through the farmyard which included almost half size cloth cows, pigs and more. For some reason they thought the rats were dirty enough to gather up and put in the washing machine then peg out on the line by their tails, very funny!!! Upstairs was the cafe with yummy cloth cakes and by the hot counter they cooked and served me material bacon, eggs and chips. Then they donned hats and served behind the butcher's, greengrocer's and fish counters. All this kept them totally entertained for a couple of hours, some of which I spent with LittleOne, just finding our own space to sit while children charged around noisily. A great day out.

Met up with the ex-work team for a lunch at our favourite riverside pub and it was so nice to catch up with their news. We've already written the next meet-up into our diaries.

Spent a Sunday at our largest town centre park for the annual summer Music Day, this was also with my darling daughter and all four grandchildren as Sool was performing there.

I've done some gardening this week with the help of Olympian and Comedian, think they worked harder than I did though!

Today I finally finished sorting out all the 'house clearance' stuff and it should all be gone to the various charities by the end of next week.

And tomorrow I'm at another of the parks for another summer event where I will be exhibiting some of my artwork and helping to man the stand run by the art group I go to........hope the rain holds off!

This isn't everything of course, but I've run out of time to write anymore as I've another pair of baby trousers to make out of the sleeves of a no longer needed jumper, so as you can see I've been busy and it's all been relaxed fun - just the way life should be :o)