Friday, 24 June 2016

Five On Friday - The Brexit

Oh dear, I'm barely able to cobble together a post these days, I know I'm a slack blogger and if you bogged off and didn't read my infrequent scribblings ever again I wouldn't blame you.  I'm quite sure you won't find this post riveting but I felt it was time to put in an appearance.  Here's a snapshot of my life recently.

1. Winchelsea

After working five shifts back-to-back, (60 hours) I had eight days off last week and was invited down to Winchelsea one day, where a colleague was staying in her static caravan. It was an ideal opportunity to look around at static vans and site facilities as, until this morning, I had a dream of buying one in France. (....now this plan will be placed on a back burner for a while)  After sniffing around several luxury vans and a few priced more modestly we strolled around Rye Harbour and ate freshly caught fish with chips in this pub.


On our way back to the van site we had to stop abruptly whilst two extremely inept shepherds tried to move a herd of sheep into a new field a hundred yards up the road. 
   It was chaos... everywhere sheep ran amok.   Eventually a farmer in a Land Rover arrived and heated words were exchanged...it almost came to fisticuffs.  The tailback of traffic was colossal. 

2. Stool

I finally got around to recovering the jumble sale stool I bought a year ago...I don't like to rush 
 these things you know.

 A few weeks ago I found a remnant of material in a posh interiors shop for a couple of quid and as it resembled what I'd had in mind, I didn't hesitate. After respraying the legs with some radiator paint I already had, I covered the seat re-using the forty year old foam, added a pom-pom trim bought in Walsall on a bloggers day out (how I wish that market stall was nearer) and covered the staples with some upholstery braid.

There's enough fabric left for a few other projects but no doubt I'll leave those to another year.


3. Craft Fair

Last week I attended a craft fair hosted by Clarity Stamps and the very talented Barbara Gray.
The venue was Crowborough Rugby Club and it was packed out with middle-aged women and a few husbands who seemed resigned to their lot.  There were lots of demos taking place but unfortunately it was too busy to see them very easily.  I did however manage to get this snap of Barbara in action.

 Of course I was powerless to resist a few purchases.

4.  London to Brighton Bike Ride


Now don't get the wrong idea here!  I could never attempt this annual event, I am far too unfit, but every year the British Heart Foundation organized bike ride is routed through my village.  I felt I should go and show my support and admiration to the riders along with other villagers.  This ride, not for the faint hearted, is 54 miles long and takes the cyclists up nearby Ditchling Beacon one of the highest points on the Sussex Downs. Hats off to all who took part, especially those in fancy dress.

5. Brexit


How could I post this week without mentioning the British referendum on the European Union?  Yesterday was an historic day.   After weeks of listening to politicians, economists , businessmen and celebrities (WTF?) pontificating about what would become of Britain if we left or remained in the EU, the nation has spoken. 

I was on night shift last night and without a telly, was glued to the online news whenever possible...I even made a cake with Brexit and Remain flags for my team.  The referendum result was not what I was hoping for and the future will be uncertain for a while but we must now get on with building a different Britain, hopefully without the mud slinging of recent weeks.

Linking to Amy's Five On Friday
Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend!  

Friday, 20 May 2016

Five On Friday.....The Dresser Reveal

It's been a while hasn't it?  I've been so busy lately that my blog has been neglected but I recently finished tarting up my dresser and thought it was worth documenting along with a few other things.  I'll be linking to Amy's Five On Friday.  

I am beside myself with excitement at the moment as I have managed to get tickets to this man's forthcoming Electronica tour.

Image result for jean michel jarre 2015

I discovered musician Jean-Michel Jarre in the seventies, a pioneer in the electronic genre, I instantly loved his music.  I bought his first LP's and remember playing them over and over in my bedroom....his melancholic melodies accompanying whatever teenage angst I imagined I was going through at the timeHe was so handsome back then and even now at the age of 68  I reckon he's still a bit of alright.  He's well known for his impressive open air spectacles featuring lights, lasers and fireworks, check out Youtube to see his stunning millennium show at Giza. 

Although it is cold and wet as I write, the weather has taken a turn for the better recently and I've been able to get out and about on my bike with my camera.  In case you've not quite seen enough pictures of bluebells in blogland lately...here's mine.

 The fragrance, as I cycled up the track flanked by swathes of bluebells was wonderful.
The fields of rapeseed have been photo worthy also. 

Regular readers might remember that old Dutch dresser that I bought a while back?  My intention was to transform it with chalk paint...however the makeover was not without it's problems!  But thanks to perseverance and advice from Paint Guru Emma Kate I can now reveal it... in all it's glory.
After chalk paint and dreadful wax job
try again and....Ta dah!

After all my graft I wasn't sure I liked the colour, but I think it's gradually growing on me.  Anyway I'm certainly not painting it again...not this year anyway. 
I painted it with eggshell the second time, added some cup hooks and gave it a light distressed finish as I thought I was bound to scratch the paintwork sooner or later...lo and behold I managed to do this whilst attempting to reunite the top and bottom.  Oh well, just as well I'm no perfectionist!  I've dressed it with an incohesive collection of my nan's china, jumble sale bric-a-brac, and junk shop finds. 

You'd think I would have had enough of revamping furniture but recently round at an elderly friend of mine I saw a Lloyd Loom ottoman in her garage and remarked how useful they are.  The next time I spoke to her, she offered it to me, saying that her son will 'only throw it on the tip after I'm gone'  
I couldn't turn it down could I?

It needs quite a bit of work but I've got a few ideas,  I just need to find some fabric at a jumble sale....  and get rid of a few dead spiders.

 Right, I'm off now, a huge pile of ironing awaits but I'll leave you with the marveilleux Monsieur Jarre.  Enjoy!  

Monday, 25 April 2016

Instagram Colour Lovers Photo Walk

There was lots going on last week.  Not only did we celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday, it was also the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth, St George's Day, Earth Day and the 13th World Wide Instameet, which I'd signed up for a few weeks ago. (even though I'm not even on Instagram... shush, mum's the word!)

I've been reading photographer Xanthe Berkeley's blog for some years now and when I saw she was organizing a colour lover's photo walk, I jumped at the chance to take some cool, vibrant photos in hip, happening Shoreditch. 

Lots of like minded ladies and I met at the Hoxton Hotel for a quick cuppa before heading off around the local area which is awash with colour and street art.  Most of my fellow photographers were professional bloggers and Instagrammers equipped with the latest phones and cameras and to be honest I felt a bit of a fraud tagging along with my trusty ancient entry level Nikon.  Lots of techy jargon went straight over my head... 'boomeranging' and 'stride by's'...what the hell were these?  But by the end of the walk I was beginning to understand. 

 Xanthe provided some amazing colourful balloons as props and these featured heavily in the shots taken...... we created quite a spectacle for passers by to observe!





  It was a fun morning and top marks go to Xanthe, so dedicated to her craft that she stoicly removed her jacket, in what felt like sub zero temperatures, in order to showcase her gorgeous pink frock for the snaps.  Me, I kept my hat, coat and gloves on!

  Are you on Instagram?  I'm deliberating about getting involved.  I don't do facebook or Twitter, do I really need another account?  Is it easy to manage? (...for a luddite like me)   I'd appreciate any thoughts on it below.

pic courtesy of Kat Molesworth (@thatkat)

Thanks for looking and have a great week!

Friday, 1 April 2016

Scavenger Hunt - March

I've been more organized this month and with the exception of two, all photos have been taken  for the March hunt, instead of raided from my archive.  Thanks as ever to Greenthumb for hosting the challenge.


My local



 A Tudor residence in a nearby village,  Lindfield, West Sussex


Street art

 A groovy hoarding in East Grinstead...not sure what's with all the specs.
   Maybe a new opticians is going up behind?


Rock stairs

Not exactly rock, (mostly concrete by the looks of them) but they probably were when the bakery in Lindfield, was established in 1796.


 Mine was under Bacofoil a couple of weeks ago.


Preparing the sauce for sticky apple puddings for lunch with a friend.


 The Bay of Biscay...taken in France last autumn.  Le large in French means the open sea.

For one

 Scraping the barrel hereI usually take a home cooked meal into work but sometimes when I can't be arsed I take a meal For One.


 I featured this view last month.... this was taken six months later.

Thanks for looking, pop over to Scavenger Hunt to see other interpretations.
Have a great weekend!