Monday, 22 September 2014

Another Room With A View

 
Panoramic view from our hotel room window. (That's why there's 2 trams in it!) it 's Media City, where all the BBC and ITV programmes are now being made. Mr B is working at The Lowry which is just behind the crane, which was for bungee-jumping nutters at the weekend!
 


Same -ish view at night .
 
 
The Lowry is the round tower behind the red building.
 
There has been beautiful sunsets; we may not be abroad, but the sunsets have been worthy of somewhere more glam than Salford!!
Zxx

Saturday, 20 September 2014

And...

...so the week in Manchester begins...

Friday, 12 September 2014

Travelling In Style

Tomorrow Mr B and I will be travelling in style.
 
 
A vintage bus to the Vintage Fair!
 
 
The old buses are run over the weekend as part of the Heritage Open Days, which is held across the country; lots of places not usually open to the general public are opened specially.
 

 *****
 
Been rather 'bleurgh' recently.
 
But, on a plus point, I got to Birmingham, on my own, to see an osteopath who has worked with me before when doing his final training. That last visit was 2 years ago I guess, and now Geoff has his own practice!
 
The top cervical bones are a bit 'dodgy', for want of a better term, and it is this that caused my 'migranes'. They are if fact 'cervicogenic headaches'. But whatever name they are given, I wouldn't wish it on any one!
 
I have wallpapered the third wall in the front room! (2 years and counting, possibly?). Just who thought it'd be a good idea to put the central heating water pipes along the top of the wall???
Arrrgh!
Just the wall with a door, pipework and a window to paper around left!!
But it'll look lovely when it's finished!
 
Whatever you are doing this weekend - have a good 'un!
Zxx


Monday, 1 September 2014

All The Nice Girls Love A

 
 
Rosy, from Sewingadicta has been, in conjunction with other bloggers, hosting "Share in Style" this summer.
I am very behind, I know!
 
But fresh from the joys of "PlaidUrDay" organised by señora Allnut I did rather fancy joining in again with this too.
 
These bloggers are the ladies who I never felt quite brave enough to follow or converse with. Sassy, amazingly dressed and all with that indefinable quality - style.
 
Maybe I'm just getting braver!
 
So, my 'sailor' style comes and goes over many years. I have an original pair of sailor pants from when I was a student and slim enough to fit 'em. I made a slightly bigger pair in London. Bright red cotton seersucker with brass buttons for the fold-up frontage.
But the picture I choose is from when my mum still lived on the South Coast and I'd taken Mr B down for a visit.
 
 
My stripey 'deckchair' dress, already old when gifted to me from a mate when we were at college together, (my, it must've been big on me then!!), and still comes out every summer. Patched with zigzag machine-stitching where it ripped under the arm, but, other than that, still going strong. And worn with the bestest of 'sailor' deck shoes, which, if memory serves me well, (and believe me, that seems to be getting less and less well!), were bought from Red or Dead when still running as a stall at Camden. Those I think have ultimately hit the refuse bin! (But not before I removed the laces!!).
 
So....let's party!
 
A little starter, or 'dish of the day', Crayfish and avocado salad.
A Nottingham special
To take care of the drinks-side of the party, may I offer up this...a rum-based cocktail.
 

Old Cuban1.5 oz. Jamaican rum
1 oz. 1:1 simple syrup
¾ oz. lime juice
6 mint leaves
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 oz. chilled champagne or dry sparkling wine

Shake all ingredients—save for the champagne—with ice in a cocktail shaker.
Double-strain into a chilled cocktail glass and top with two ounces of champagne.
Garnish with a small mint sprig.
 
 
Eve: Here ya go, one champagne cocktail.
Adam: Oh, thank you.
Eve: I thought only hookers drank those things?
Adam: Well, I know mom sure likes 'em.
 


(check out the mannequin legs 'table')

The band, as it is now, a mix of old and new members, (sons of an original member), can be booked for your party or function here.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Facebook Has A Lot To Answer For

First off I don't really 'do' Facebook.
But when I spied Vixs' link to 'PlaidUrDay', hosted by Senora Allnut.  Well, I  just had to gate crash, didn't I? 
 So, let me see...if you like something on Facebook, you give it a big thumbs up.

 
If we're going to a party, well, you need music. A very old copy of PlaidUrDay, PlaidUrDay, PlaidUrDay Night's All right (for fighting dancing), still with its' Oxfam price tag!
 

Forgive the twist on the lyrics, Elton &Bernie!
 
image from Google
I also thought I'd bring some food...Madras Curry of course!
 
But Mr B looked at me 'quizzically'...umm, Madras check! Doh!
 
 
I've spent the day waddling around in my Betty Boop/Eeyore PJs that Mr B bought me back from Target(USA).
But I had already scanned my new, yet to be worn, shirt from New Look, which, with the autumnal weather, I think will be getting a lot of wear.
 
Happy PlaidUrDay!
  
 
Zxx 

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Vintage Birds

To tie in my last quilty post and to bring things more up to date, but still 'old'...
 
 
 part of a 'group quilt' by the East Midlands Modern Quilt Guild, called 'Where We Live'.
 
 
The real McCoy seen a week ago when we were at the Umbrella Fair and they were a few miles away at Sywell.
They were hoping to have the last 2 airworthy Lancaster Bombers flying too but it was too windy for the planes to be able to take off from Lincolnshire, which was such a shame.
That would be such an amazing sight to see...they have flown the second plane over from Canada(!) for the summer to have the 2 together to commemorate Bomber Command; there have been several flights - Eastbourne, Newcastle and Ireland I think. I hope some of you got to see them.

 
Fast forward to this Sunday and we knew there was going to be a fly-past at the local boys brigade rugby club but no idea at what time.
Umm, about the same time as Mr B popped out to the local shop on his bicycle!
 
 
 Then, totally unexpectedly, we caught sight of this beauty, walking into the village for a pub lunch. My beloved Vulcan Bomber. I guess you know I'm a bit of a plane geek?!

But possibly the best 'vintage bird' was the one that Mr B went to watch on Friday night.
  
OMG! It's Beki Bondage
I keep saying to him, "You've seen Beki Bondage!" in that 'I'm-in-awe' sort of way!
It was actually Vice Squad with BB. Yeah, huh?
There is Youtube footage here, with Mr B dancing with his pint on the side lines!!

*****
So, I guess I've been a bit noticeable by my absence?
Blame it on the MIGRAINES!
Oooh nooo...don't let me turn into my mother(!), who suffered terribly with them basically all her life; and consequently was quite hellish to be around as a kid growing up, not knowing how awful they really were.
So, in honour of the weirdness that is 'the migraine' I am changing my header to a migraine-inducing neon-y number!
Zxx

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

East West Kaffe's Best

 Maybe I'll get to see Kaffe Fassett next year.


ooo..lovely, lovely books!
But this year I 'made do' with sitting in his throne!
 

What caught my eye on the other side of the stand?
I first found out about him when I was a student, (but I don't want to make him feel old!), in a book of all sorts of things to make to wear, including one his knitwear designs.
 
I never made it but just used to revel in the lushness of the colour and design.

just how many fat quarters does one girl need?
 
 
Only a week before I took delivery of a 'few' balls of wool, including some Kaffe-designed Rowan yarn, which I've earmarked for some socks.
 
Now, that should be a laugh...fine gauge yarn, four needles and one of those Japanese knitting patterns.
I could be gone some time!!!
Zxx


Sunday, 10 August 2014

Friday, 8 August 2014

Willkommen! Bienvenue! Welcome!

Spent the day at The Festival of Quilts.
 
 
Never been before; it was fantastic.
 
So desperate to post the giant colour rush, but am too knackered.
 
More to follow...


Thursday, 7 August 2014

A Grin Without A Cat

 Oh, hurrah!
still smiling
Managed to bite down so hard on my bite guard on Saturday night that I broke a piece off it! Which then entailed another visit to the dentist.
The original one was made by the Max-Fac dept at the hospital; but having phoned them they said to contact my own dentist.
I have no idea what flavour the crisps were...other than disgusting!

 It was so much more fun going with Mr B.


 Lunch at the Park Café.
He had plum tomato and basil soup...in a warm French bread roll and I had a Coronation chicken sarnie. Yummy!

 
 
Mr B photographed this little beauty.
 

She was buzzing around the pond where we see the 2 cats.
Only one this time...Marmite went into a rescue place as she was pregnant; after 24 hours labour she had 6 kittens, which sadly all died.
(Yes, I cried!).
 'Cat' as he seems to be called, (who's not the father, as he's been 'done'), was rehomed to a house a couple of roads away; then escaped and made his way back to the park!! But there is someone lined up to take him when the office closes in September, who comes in at 7am every morning to feed him a sachet, just to build up some rapport, so hopefully that'll work out fine. And I am so pleased to report that his mange has practically cleared up and his legs are much better too. Didn't get a photo yesterday, as he got all comfy on my lap and then he shot off when he heard the office door being unlocked, which equalled FOOD!

'Cat' on the left, Marmite on my lap

I do love a dental visit

And we get the chance to go back again next week to collect my new guard.
Oh, hurrah!
 (yippee)
Zxx
 


Tuesday, 29 July 2014

You Know The Saying...

...'I saw this and thought of you.' 
 
 
Umm, guess who I thought of when taking this hasty snap whilst stationary at the bus stop?
 
"Across the world Vix transforms the way people connect."
 
"Vix presents at Resource Village Operations conference."
 
"Stagecoach selects VIX as technology partner."

"Bus and Coach Buyer, January 2013. Not only is Vix on the Cover of Bus and Coach Buyer's January edition it also features a 3 page article. "

I know she's been busy with Kinky Melon, but boy, this girl gets around!

Vix Technology is an Aussie-based company that, in this case, was probably working on the Real Time Passenger Information board.
 
 
Our Vix, she's a star!
Zxx

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Get Yer Baps Out!

Following on from the 'bra post', how could I resist?
(When does a roll become a bap?)
flour-dusted, pine nuts, sunflower & pumpkin seeds toppings
mini loaves ready to bake
ready to eat

 I am still loving my bread maker and this is the first 'brown' bread I've made and is definitely my favourite.
 
It was just the recipe on the flour bag, so nothing fancy.
Just delicious! 
Simple Wholemeal Rolls makes 8
7g sachet easy-blend dried yeast
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
175 ml tepid milk, plus extra to glaze
175 ml tepid water
 
Make however you usually do - by hand or in a bread maker
 
Bake at 220C, gas mark 7 for 12-15 minutes.
 
They seem to last for several days, (I was on my own at the time of baking), or they will freeze for a month.
 
Mind you, if there's more than one of you, I don't see them kicking around long!
Enjoy!
Zxx