Month: March 2012

Weekly Photo Challenge – Arranged

This photograph was taken last weekend at Tredegar House in Newport, South Wales. It fits the theme perfectly.

Not only have the stones been arranged by hand to imitate an ancient setting, but it was as though the young lads had arranged to sit on the altar stone at that precise moment, especially for my ‘shot’.  It was the combination of old and new – they were playing on their computers, seemingly in the middle of nowhere!

For full details of the challenge, and for more entries, take a look here

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I’ve been quiet….

I’m exhausted!  Far too tired to blog.  Isn’t that silly?  Blogging doesn’t really take any effort.  I’ve pictures of Things to post, and things I want to tell you, but they will have to wait.

Back soon.  Just need a bit more sleep….. In the meantime, there are and have been a few scheduled posts here.

I need lots of energy for next week.  More in a day or so.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Through

A walk through the gap ahead will take you to our local nature reserve.

For further details of the current challenge, and to find lots of entries take a look here.  Sorry I didn’t manage to fit any links in last week.  I’ll do better this time.

For full details, and even more entries, take a look here

Vanity, thy name is…….

….  I’ll let you decide!

For reasons that I’ll explain later today included a visit to the hairdresser!  As always it was a time of pampering and relaxation.  Soothing music, expert attention…… you get the idea. I couldn’t wait.  It doesn’t happen every week, so I intended to make the most of it.

However, life doesn’t always give you what you expect………!


The problem was that I had to spend a lot of time sitting in the chair.

Leaping around to keep them under control was difficult

so, as you can see, they had the time of their lives!

They even tried to phone home!

So many bottles, so much temptation for inquisitive creatures.

So many implements, too, as you can see Thing 1 couldn’t wait to dive in.

In spite of everything Claire managed to remain her calm and cheerful self.

And why was all this titivation so essential?

TV tomorrow (Wednesday)!!  10 pm and Midnight on Ideal World

More information here

No Time for Customers!

Yesterday I told you how ‘helpful’ the Things were when we went to one of our selling venues.  Today we visited another, somewhere we go regularly, and I had expected them to take part in a similar fashion.  How wrong could I be?  Firstly, the weather was much too good to stay inside for long.  Unlike the rain of our day in the Chilterns yesterday, Wiltshire was balmy and sunny.  So while we got down to the business in hand our little blue haired friends were adamant that they wanted to investigate.

Of course, it was my fault!  I began by showing them where we made the tea and coffee

They loved the colour of the teabags, and then they spotted the clock

It is very old, and they were truly excited, as you can see.

Before I could blink, they were off.

They nipped into the Craft Shop, studying the pictures

and some of the handmade jewellery that was on display.

However, they were desperate to go outside, and before long they had left us to deal with customers and went off on  a mini adventure.  They were surprised to see the Green Man

and wanted to take him home with them, but I don’t think he’ll fit into an envelope.

This isn’t an instrument of torture (which is what they thought), it’s just something to use on the cricket pitch!

This definitely won’t fit into an envelope, I had to be really firm with them when they asked.

However, they loved the view of the back of the house

almost as much as the view of the front.

All in all it was a good day, and the best bit was that they even managed to keep quiet while we viewed a secret visitor from afar

So, that was our day at Urchfont Manor.

Customers, be warned

This is a little late for those at Missenden Abbey, but I had decided that this was the weekend to introduce The Things to our customers.

Some of you know about our mobile shop

Today we set up in the Reception Area at Missenden Abbey.  Although mostly rebuilt in the 1980s following a fire, it is an area steeped in history, and the wall at the end is one of the originals.

We were no sooner set up than our little friends were demanding a tour.

Sadly it was a dismal day, so the lighting in some areas was abysmal.  The original stained glass are always an attraction, though

Things were very impressed!

They liked the newer windows in the bar, too,

Sadly I think the fact that they were in the bar went to their heads, this photograph is decidedly ‘off’, in spite of the fact that they were apparently stone cold sober…..

They really wanted to go outside

But frankly, it was almost too wet even for ducks.

Now I have to be honest, I’m not sure if they were more interested in the games or the biscuits.  I think it could have been the latter because…..

from there they went straight to the coffee cups.

Finally the tour was over, and all they had to do was make sure the change was ready for the customers.

I tried to encourage them to help by packing the customers bags, but they were more interested in hiding IN the customers bags……

The highspot of the day?

Why, burying themselves in a large bowl of candy that was sitting at reception.  (They’ve asked if we can go back tomorrow to find some more, but tomorrow is another day and something else is planned…..)

Weekly Photo Challenge – Unusual

It’s the thought pattern behind this reminiscence that appeals to me.  I don’t think I’d want to tell if it was my secret….

If you must see the original you will have to take a trip to Blackpool, however, it’s the only thing worth seeing (in my opinion…..)

More entries to the challenge, and full details, can be found here

It’s only good manners….

…. to meet a new friend on their own territory.  (Or should I say IN their own territory?)  So why was I surprised to see the Things here?

Where else would you expect to find a snowman on a sunny day?  In the freezer of course.

I managed to persuade them that refrigerator was a much more suitable place, for short time, anyway, then it was back to the freezer for Mr Frosty, and the Things went to warm themselves up!

Etsy Goodies

Just Snaps

It’s Just a Journal

365 Days of Colour

All quiet on the Western Front

Well, to be truthful, that should be ‘the Northern Front’.  I decided that today had to be a quiet day, so I have taken our visitors in hand, and we have spent time in the garden.

It was warm and sunny,

so, where better to be than the garden?

First, we checked the new bronze growth on the tree heather.  It’s coming through nicely, and shortly will look stunning.

Next we looked again at the Viburnum.  It’s been flowering all through the winter, but it still looks fresh and pretty.  (Sorry about the lines)

It was important to  make sure that the standard rose had been properly pruned, too

Lastly, we made sure the birds had eaten their seeds before we gave them some more.

All in all – a quiet and peaceful day. :)

I should have known better…..

You know that we have visitors at the moment.  I should have known that it would be dangerous to invite them to a dyer’s house.


This was the view that greeted me this morning.

Somehow, those feet look very pleased with themselves.

and judging by this photograph it wasn’t just the feet that were having fun

I don’t usually mix threads and viscose in the same container, but I made a mistake of doing so, and guess what…..

I really should have known better

They love the garden, though

I’ve discovered that they see it as a means of escape.  But why?

Well, I should have guessed something was up when I found them playing with the beads

but that did not prepare me for what followed after their trip over the hedge.

  They had hoped to ask our neighbour to teach them the dance of the seven veils!