Thursday, 8 January 2015

Thank Heavens For James Martin

My mum was born in Bradford, so it has always irked me somewhat that I have trouble making Yorkshire Puddings.
 
 
Toad-in-the-hole ...nice sausages, shame about the stodge! Etc etc...
 
A 3-egg mix, Trex rather than cooking oil, (my bottle of aforementioned oil, oh, about 18 months out of date!), and these take my taste buds right back to being a kid and the Sunday Lunch.
 
2015? I'm cracking it already!
Zxx
PS James Martin is a Yorkshire man and a chef!


Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year 2015

 
Hope your Christmases were lovely and you received all you longed for!
 
Wishing you all the very best of health, a little (or a lot, if you must) wealth and a whole bucket-load of happiness.
Zxx

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Santa's On His Way

 
Giddy-up reindeer, nearly there!
 

My night-time photography skills leave a lot to be desired (!), but here is a photo of Santa flying overhead!
Actually, it is the International Space Station.
"Howwwwwaaaarrrd"
 
Happy Christmas all my lovely bloggy mates!
Zxx

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

& Modern

 
Our Christmas pressie from one of Mr Bs' past "angels", Chlo-Ro.

 
A pretty bauble found last year at Homesense.

 
Ditto the owl; but I daren't take him out of his case to hang on the tree, so this year he's on the window sill.
 
So, Christmas Eve tomorrow. Nearly done everything. Fresh produce and turkey crown to get tomorrow and my fave stuffing to make - sausage meat, prune and sherry. Oh yummy!
And mustn't forget to whip up some brandy butter.
Then ...done!
 (Or, is that all done in?!)
Zxx 
 


Monday, 22 December 2014

Vintage Deccies

 
The angel was probably the first decoration I bought for my own tree, that my dad made for me, in my bedroom.
Nearly 50 years old!
 
 
These baubles were one of the first things we bought on our first meeting of the wonderful Bryony who does our local vintage fairs. We met her on the steps of the hotel, where the fair was be held in Market Harborough, eating chips.
A lady after our own hearts and, she has found, over the years and fairs, a place in our hearts.
 
 
The other item we bought was a vintage meat safe.
Still, kept the baubles safe on the bus journey home!!
 
 
We bought these other vintage beauties from her as well.
 
 
 
She keeps a stall at Kibworth Antiques.
Hurrah for Bryony!
Zxx


Sunday, 21 December 2014

Winter Solstice, 2014

Lucky to be able to capture the sunset this evening.
The sky looks on fire!
And now we're going to get longer days.
Hurrah!
 
 
I celebrated by making my first batch of mince pies!
Zxx

Thursday, 18 December 2014

My Coca Cola Ad

video
 
The Coca Cola Truck paid a visit to Northampton yesterday.
 
 
I went to meet Mr B at the rail station and then we went off in to town.
 
They had the set-up in a different place this time, outside The Guildhall, (or Trumpton as Mr B calls it!), which was a brilliant setting for the fake snowfall mixed with the teeny tiny bubbles.
 
video
 
But the highlight for me was the small group of singers; they were fantastic!
Totally fabulous.
 
 
Thank you for your words of support on my last post.
Once I was out it was fine, it's just getting out of the house!
I dunno, mad innit?
Zxx



Tuesday, 16 December 2014

"Madonna" & "Child"

 
When Mr B comments on how good it is that I went out in the back garden the other day, you know things aren't as good as they could be!!
Zxx


Tuesday, 2 December 2014

On The Second Day Of Christmas...

...an angel delivered a sachet of Tanzanian Kibo Dark!
OK, a bit of a psychotic looking angel
To be fair I was in my jimmies and hoping that the bus wasn't going to go past As I stuck my head outta the door!
And I was having 'a bad head' episode.

It's all in the eyes, y'know!!

Check out my 'new' leaded windows. Neat, huh?
Zxx


Monday, 1 December 2014

On The First Day Of Christmas...


 
...Tabby helped me open my 'Advent Calendar of Coffee'.
 
 
25 different flavours of my favourite brew.
 
 
Todays flavour was "Peru Treasure of the Andes".
 
 
I bought this online from Imperial Teas (!) of Lincoln after reading a Facebook comment from a friend of a friend. So glad I did! A cafetiere of classy coffee every day for the next 25 days.
Heaven!
 
 
Zxx

Friday, 28 November 2014

Tra-la-la-la-laa La La La Laa

Not the most explanatory of titles, I have to admit, but I dusted off the old Chrimbo CD and have been warbling away ...
 

...whilst washing up.


Wiping up with this.


And wiping with this as well!
(Sorry, 'Vulgar Woman' is back!!)


The Coca Cola ad has been on TV since the 9th November. (Do you think that was much too early?).


This could be taken as a bit of Vix love; but I also had Prancer but he got put in the recycle bin last night, so I'm guessing it's just reindeer names!

I haven't been out shopping today, but when I do go I will take my dusted off M&S shopper.
Need to use it as much as I can in the allotted time.
(Tucked away again after Twelfth Night)
So, not very Christmassy yet, (have you seen that bloody awful weather out there?), but little touches are creeping in.
(Phone photos, so excuse the quality. Put my camera away somewhere safe.)
Zxx


Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Waaay Back Wednesday

My life is not particularly riveting at the moment and I haven't felt up to posting, so, when thinking about clearing the mantlepiece to 'Christmas-fy' it, I thought "let's scan my photo". 

 
Taken c1981 at a friends' flat on the seafront in Worthing.
(Yeah, I am in there somewhere!!).
 
It's fascinating to trawl thru' Facebook and the like to see what they are doing..."W", the lass in the centre in glasses, is the one person I have kept in touch with, a mother of 5 now!!
 
"N" made the Edwardian hat the POW wore on her trip to Canada, whilst working at Cosprop; "S" worked in the making wardrobe at Glyndebourne; "R" is no longer with us (RIP to the greatest bloke); "J" has more or less retired to the Isle of Wight, having been amazingly successful as a maker...The Roly Polys, David Bowie et al have worn garments made by him; "A", I believe was married to Ruby Wax at one time! (Tho' he wasn't actually a student, but the partner of one of us!).
picture from here, which has some really interesting info on the  Klondike dress
We were a mega-talented bunch, each of us proving that you can do a vocational  course and not have to do a degree course to be successful. So many ran their own businesses, as I did for some time, and still do; theatre set designers, product designers, costume and the like.
 
 
 came into my sightline.
 
I mean, 8 million quid....an hour!
I was almost frowned upon at school for being 'arty'; doing one year in 6th form, when I had very few lessons early in the week, but every thing 'art', (art, needlework, various dance classes etc),  all crammed into Friday and Saturday morning! Damned stupid that was! But see how much the likes of 'me' can contribute.
 
Hell, yeah!
 
Zxx