Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Ten on a Tuesday

So I'm so far from being a regular poster, but I aspire to.  Partly, I can put it down to a lack of time.  Somehow, I've managed to be away three weekends running.   This week is Cornwall, but after that, I'm home for a weekend (then away for two more!!).  I'm going to work on getting some things out there that I want out there. 

Reading some of my favourite blogs, they have regular features.  I'm not 100% sold on that for me, especially whilst I work out what I want from this blog, but one that I'm going to pick up on today is Ten on a Tuesday from the delightful Roots and Rings

So here is my Ten.  Feel free to play along and link back to Roots and Rings, as well as here (via comments).

1. What are you going to be for Halloween?
Tired but relaxed and smiling I imagine.  Oh, you mean costume? Whilst it is bigger here in the UK than it is at home (Australia), it isn't something I think about.  I'm heading down to the south coast and won't be celebrating Halloween.

2. Have you ever been on television?
Yes, on regional BBC.  We (old friend N) and I were interviewed after getting of the ferry from Dun Laoghaire (near Dublin) to Holyhead (Nth coast of Wales) on 2 January 2002, just after the Euro had been introduced in Ireland.  Given how rough the ride had been and how we were still suffering from a double NYE, we were realy quite coherent.  The intro of the Euro as a currency was super helpful for us as we backpacked around Europe. And that is what we told the BBC.

3. Do you have a toilet paper preference?
I have preferences and needs.  I prefer it rolls over, not under.  I prefer it to be white.  I prefer it without prints.  I prefer it folded.  I need it to not be scratchy.

4. When you’re pregnant, will you find out the sex of the baby? (Or if you’ve already had babies, did you find out the sex?) Why or why not?
Depends.  I would like to think so.  It would make the planning etc (esp names) easier.  That said, if my eventual baby daddy has good reasons to not want to find out, then I might be persuaded not to.  To be honest, I haven't given it much thought.  I don't think they're in my five year plan.

5. What are three items that every kitchen must have?
A coffee machine. Like an espresso machine, not a percolator, dripolator, plunger or stove top. No, one of these babies please:

Secondly, a whizz stick/immersion blender/bamix. They go by many many names but I like a powerful one with full attachments.

Thirdly, well hard to pick, but I would say a scanpan wok. I spent my first post uni full time paycheck on a scan pan kitchen set and I still love them to this day (yes, it is currently a long distance love but it is only making me appreciate them more and more). I say the wok because they can be so versatile, with deep sides etc.

6. Do you enjoy Christmas shopping?
Yes, more so now there are some kids in the family.  My niece and nephew are delightful to shop for.  I struggle for the rest of the family to find the perfect gift but I give it a good go.  I love the wrapping/giving side of it just as much.

7. What is your go-to recipe? (The thing you cook more than anything else because it’s easy and mindless.) Please share the recipe.
Lentil bolognese.  Follow any bog recipe you have, substituting partly cooked lentils (or tinned) and you will be sure to please any vegetarians at the table. It is a fab winter dish.

8. Do you sleep on your back, belly, or side?
All of the above, based on how I wake up but to go to sleep, I have to be either on my back or on my left side.

9. How do you feel about Tom Cruise?
I'm a vegetarian, and I sure as heck would pass on a date with him to stay in for lamb roast.  (see Australian lamb add, circa a long time ago

10. What books are in your “books to read” stack?
Ruin Air.  I've read Ryan Air so now I'm getting the other side of the story.
Jane Eyre.  A friend back home was shocked and disgusted I hadn't read this.  It didn't get better when I tell her the view from rele's place out of Howarth has views to Top Withens, part of the inspiration for the Bronte Sisters. Oh, yeah, I've seen all sights of Bronte Country, I just haven't read any of them!!
Lonely Planet Guide to Great Britain - seeking inspiration for the weekend ahead.

So that is my Ten on Tuesday.  What's yours?

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Free Photo Print Poster

I love things for free.  I also love things that aren't quite free but bargainish enough to get me to do something I've been meaning to do for a while.  Take this for example - a free 12" x 18" poster print from Tesco.  Ok, so postage and handling is £1.50 but still a bargain, or you could collect the print in store and save that too.   I checked against other sites and £1.50 is def. a bargain. 

So, here is what I'm getting printed (the b&w)

It is me in NY (duh) last July. I went through a phase of taking pics with just my feet in them and the backdrop. This is one of the favs. I cropped the original totry and centre it. I went b&w so there would be no clash with my decor etc. The corners are burnt because I can. I like doing things for that reason

Those cons were bought earlier in the day.  Now every time I wear them, I think of NYC.
It was less than a week after I'd left home, moved to London (literally dumping my stuff at a mates) and heading stateside for a holiday.  That week spent solo in NYC was one of the best times in my life so far.  Staying at the delicious looking Gershwin Hotel really added to it I think.  I'll be sure to post pics of the poster once hung

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Place for my postcards

So my previous post was abouth the joy of one of my dearest friends being my pen pal.  Such important postage deserves a special place!

I used my lunchtime wisely today, picking up these cute little pegs and silver string.  Never mind these are intended for Christmas cards, they will be perfect for my postcards. 

For £1.50 a packet, I picked up two packets, but on reflection, I might just go and get a few more.  I may even want to use some come Christmas time!!

Wilkinson's never lets me down so whilst I was there I got a few more frames and what not for a few others tasks.  More on them soon. 

What are you fail safe home needs stores that put a spring in your step?

Monday, 12 October 2009

A new tradition

I've just returned from a flying visit home (Australia) and am now back home (London).  Both places are home and whilst I always plan on returning to grow old in Melbourne, London is home for me right now.

Part of the joy of being in Melbourne was catching up with friends and family.  There were a few group shindigs which made it easier but then there are a few friends that I wanted 1 on 1 time with.  I'm reluctant to use the term best friend because I have some brilliant friends but there are 4 girls, who all fit the bill.  They all know each other but largely through me.  It's not a group friendship - all of them are separately and equally my best friends for different reasons.  One of my best friends, K, moved north to Sydney a few years ago when her boyfriend got his dream job up there.  It was quietly devastating to say goodbye to them.  We were flatties and had been through a bit together - she was my go to girl for advice, and mid afternoon drinks, and chic flicks and lots of things.  She was like a sister I guess.  I don't know why our paths crossing through primary school and high school, it was only at the end of school we found our rythym.

Now, she moved north in 2006.  I've seen her a handful of times since - when I could wing a work trip there, or more often, when she dutiful returned to Melbourne.  Being the girl she is, when I told her I was flying into Melbourne but wouldn't have time to get to Sydney, she arranged to fly down to hang out.  Anyway, after non-stop chatting, we had a slightly rushed goodbye and after saying I'll call/email/write, we decided we would send postcards. 

To me, these postcards are not in place of our usual communication, but as an add on.  I love receiving snail mail - and thinking someone has gone to the time to chose the paper/card etc and write it out.  I am super excited about this new tradition so this week I bought two cards (could have bought a zillion but want to find some more as I go) and 10 postcard stamps to get me started.  I've sent the first one and can't wait to send another but will wait for a reply.  I even bought a new pretty colour purse sized pen.

Not that I need inspiring but something like this is the perfect way to display K's incoming postcards along with other odds and sods I pick up along the way.



Sunday, 11 October 2009

Time for a fresh start

Gone is the grey and teal colour scheme. I loved it, but not any more. I have been ridiculously hapzard with posting on this blog which is not at all what I wish for. I think the ugliness of it didn't help inspire me. That, and I seem to be so time poor.

I'm back from a trip home (half way around the world) and am keen to do the things I say I will. So, welcome aboard, let's begin again...