Showing posts with label high days and holidays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label high days and holidays. Show all posts

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Our Welsh Wonder!

Happy St Davids Day From Meirionwen, our Welsh beauty!

  



  

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.
Are they not perfection?
The way he looks at her ...
*sigh*


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Monday, 19 December 2016

Birthday Girl!

Today is my birthday!

First came yesterday though, with a surprise visit from our friend Loren, who had remembered it was my birthday today and brought a card. Then a visit to Meirionwen followed by a visit from my mother and step dad with gifts for today.
Gifts! Yay!
In the evening we watched Bad Santa, nice bit of Billy Bob Thornton goodness to start proceedings 🎔

So, to today. A day spent on my lonesome, as Andy is a postie and working. Booo! He did pop in to wish me a happy birthday though 😍 Even though he left for work at 6.15am, I don't expect him back till 5pm.

As I do, I like to spread the birthday doings, so opened my cards first over a cuppa. There were obviously flamingos and bunnies amongst the cards! My friend Tara sent me a Wrendale hare card! Wrendale artwork is so beautiful, I love their ragtag portrayals of British wildlife and her card made me melt a little bit as the hare reminds me so much of my lovely boy Bob.



Then I slowly, at regular intervals opened my gifts.
I have two beautiful Lindy Bop dresses from Andy, one damson in colour which almost exactly matches the shirt he wore when we got married.




The other is emerald green.


He also got me a beautiful vintage diamante necklace and a wee dolphin brooch.




The bunnies got me a bunny brooch:



and a couple of faux fur collars to pop on over jackets and coats, one dusky rose and the other leopard.




My sister got me a wooden flamingo brooch, so pretty! Do you know, I didn't have a
 flamingo brooch until now.
Also in the box, nestling amongst the packing was a teeny wooden hedgehog brooch 🎔


She also sent me a little Jareth figure, hehe, so funny! Lordy I love the film Labyrinth so, so much, so much that I wore out my first VHS video tape of it!



My mother and step dad got me a charm bracelet complete with a starter charm.
It's incredibly pretty.



My brother in law and his girlfriend sent me the matching purse to my flamingo handbag! How fab is that!



And sweet Kezzie sent me a beautiful brooch. Flower? Starfish? Not sure, but it is so pretty. Thank you Kezzie!


I have been utterly spoiled! Such lovely gifts. I feel all warm inside 💝

So far, between eating bagels and opening gifts, I have been amusing myself with Christmas tunes which means I may play my favourite Michael Bublé Christmas song. Over and again.
I was doing just this on Saturday and managed to irk Andy who was trying to talk to me.
Conversation went thus:

Me, proffering my little Bluetooth speaker cube in his general direction: I can happily play this over and over and over!

Andy: Okay. So ...

I am at this point blissfully bouncing around in my seat listening to said song.

Andy: Are you listening?

Me: Bublé!

Andy: Would you just listen?

Me: Don't buy me Bublé if you don't want me to listen to Bublé!

Andy is peeved and likely rueing the day he got me both the CD and cube speaker.

I really don't care if no on else shares my love of this particular album, I absolutely love it!
Live and let live says I! 
It is though, my only album by him.




We also have, in direct contrast, Bob Dylan's Christmas album. It sounds exactly like a drunken soul staggering home drunk on Christmas Eve, singing festive songs. The only thing that would make it better would be Tom Waits joining in. Now that would be quite something.

This evening I have Pizza Express pizza and garlic bread to look forward to. And, National Lampoons Christmas Vacation! Chevy Chase! Woo hoo! Just so you know, the loft ladder scene makes me laugh so much, I shall in fact be rewinding on repeat just to watch that bit again and again!

Monday, 31 October 2016

Of Halloween Costumes


What would your dream Halloween costume be?
Have you ever done it?
Are you dressing up this year? 


Mine is Carrie.
I feel for her so much. Bullying ruins lives and even hearing the names of the girls that bullied me for four straight years, makes me seethe with anger.
It's probably a good job we didn't have proms when I was at school, as I may have had my own Carrie moment!

I am not a fan of remakes, so when I heard they were remaking the film, my heart fell, but I was very pleasantly surprised. Truthfully, I preferred the Chloe Grace Mortez version of Carrie, she is far more vulnerable.
That's not to say I don't think the Sissy Spacek version has merit.


One day I shall do this costume, it's just for me, there are never opportunities to dress up for Halloween.


In the UK, Halloween is all about scary and even if we were to get any trick or treaters here, I wouldn't want to scare them by answering the door a bloody mess.



"No! No, come back!" I would be shouting, as I chased small children dressed as witches down the street, "I have sweets for you! Look, sweets!"


"Run children, run!" their mothers would be shouting, as the small children caught their feet in the hems of supermarket purchased costumes. They would glance back, as I paused confused, the words ungrateful and wretches bouncing around in my head.




"I got them specially!" I would protest forcefully, lobbing fun sized chocolate bars at them. "Where are you going?"


"Don't look back children!" the mothers would sob, grabbing small hands in theirs as they pick up speed, the pumpkins ablaze on peoples doorsteps, children tripping over their own feet.


"But I only wanted to give you sweeties and participate in Halloween," I would say mournfully, giving up the chase.


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Which version of Carrie do you prefer?

Monday, 30 May 2016

Motoring Monday: The Birthday Trip

On the 21st of May, it was Andy's birthday so we set off to Somerset and the Haynes Motor Museum. 


Teapot dress was worn.
Andy mistook it for shop bought! Oh I preened over that mistake, hehe! 
Newly dyed hair by the way :)



Fun was had.
Fins! Oooooh!



Cars were coveted.



In this area I was quite overwhelmed. No matter where I looked, there was a car which made me giddy. "Where are we now?" I asked Andy. "Melanie Land," he replied. 

For now, just these, but more to come.


It was huge!
 


The birthday boy in one of his gifts from me, a cord cowboy jacket :)





What I Wore:

Red chiffon hair scarf - vintage nan me down
Pink flower earrings - Fur Mothers Day gift
Black jacket - gift
Black cardigan with daisy trim - retail and customised by me
Aurora borealis brooch - vintage
Teapot dress - made by me
Black belt - hell bunny
Petticoats - eBay
Ballet Flats - retail
Flamingo Handbag - gift