Friday, 28 February 2014
Thursday, 27 February 2014
Tuesday, 25 February 2014
.. as I drove out and about this morning, delivering Kate to the bus and then popping past for the girls so I could help by dropping them to school... only to discover preschool was closed as one of the staff were sick.... which raised the Q what if the parents were working, for example in the health service, and if I was heading off to work somewhere (not at home) ...
Luckily we all work for ourselves... but childcare is such an underestimated stress..
.. and at times of stress think of holidays and snorkeling.. and Clams.. 'S' shaped clams.
Monday, 24 February 2014
Sunday, 23 February 2014
Friday, 21 February 2014
I am off to Truro this afternoon with Lyla and maybe Zac.. maybe some more Cornish traditional windows to add then..?
Zac has slept the clock round, sorted our computer in the kitchen and eaten lots of meals.. and we have enjoyed having a good catch up.. looking forward to the weekend, i think I am cooking roast 'Christmas' dinner, as in 'all the family' together..
Thursday, 20 February 2014
We always had sash windows in our house when I was a kid. I wanted them in my house but when we moved in 17 years ago they were wood and rotting and in some cases they would not open.
So we replaced them.. with PVC ones but they are sash and also open and flip so I can clean the outside from the inside. they actually look good and from outside they could be wood.. but with so much less maintenance.
Some of you may have seen these pictures before. Kate modelling for Jordan and then Jordan photo shopping a beach scene outside.. I wish it was High Res and I would have it on my wall.
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Tuesday, 18 February 2014
Well I decided to feature a controversial place to picture for this prompt...This new Sainsbury's store us built on the site of the Penzance Heliport .. There was much ado about the demise of the heliport and many of us felt it was part of our heritage, part of what Penzance was about and a landmark to drive past with a whaft of aviation fuel if the wind was in the right direction. The decision to close was really about the viability of the route to Scilly and also poor support from local council and poor business on the part of the owners but we were sad to see it go..sad also it had never really been given planning permission to develop a proper site and be a proper terminal.
So I was all set to not like the new development but actually I have to admit I like the look of the building..It has a wave like curve and faces the bay with a cafe upstairs so it is giving people a feature and also I think paying tribute to the fact that it is a landmark site and has style.. certainly a lot prettier than the Morrisons and Tesco stores a stone's throw either side.
So that's my large building windows.. but wanted to share another view of Newlyn and all its many and varied windows..taken from the Quay where barely a handful if boats remain..The rest have pushed out to sea to make the best of a few days respite ..x
I used to live in the road into Mousehole as a teenager and loved that we could watch the world go by from our bungalow raised up beside the road.
You would see cars below but expecially nice was seeing boats thing and frying from Newlyn. In bad weather the Penlee Lifeboat would launch from about 200 yards away on the slipway and for some years my step-father and later my brother were on the crew. Mum and I never worried as they were much experienced local fishermen who knew what they were doing and where they were going even in shallow inland water.
I am a day late posting this view through a window but it reminds me of that view from my teen years ... .It is taken from my hairdresser's window and looks down on Newlyn Bridge and the life that comes and goes ... not so much this week as it is half term..
Sunday, 16 February 2014
Saturday, 15 February 2014
Well I have been absent a couple of days. We went on a Business Growth Day in Exeter on Thursday and stayed over for Valentine’s eve..It was really nice..We stayed in an aparthotel so had a kitchen and.loungs so I took some snacks and breakfast and it was almost like a holiday..just days too short!
The weather in these parts was terrible again on Wednesday night and again yesterday, it is hard to believe some of the videos and pictures showing on Facebook..I should get some linked to here so in the future my family can link in to them. There are many pictures of the sea damage to the promenade in Penzance..my temptation is to say it is an improvement ;-) .?in that maybe now the impetus and funds can be managed to really make a difference and regenerate our sad town which has fallen by the wayside where development and trendiness have been bestowed on the lovely St Ives and other towns.
We got back to the office and there was some catch up..but even the phones seem quiet with so much of the country distracted with weather and network disruption.
Today April and I have had the two girls and they are sleeping over ..baby is with the other Gran..divide and rule being the plan whilst there are 3 under 6 years old!
Colin came with us to the park..everyone's favourite if they are under ten years old! I pondered how to find an oval or sphere several times and offer a cartoon zebra head..Apologies if others found this prompt hard ..!
Hearts come easy as I share with you my Spring Valentine's decoration of the seasonal branch...lots of heart jewelry and also a gift from Kate 'Best Mum' .
Oh and I couldn't let the chat pass without a few pics of the girls. .and of Annabelle when she was here in the week..
Wednesday, 12 February 2014
Lilly came by after school as she has a film night there at 5 and it saves lots of coming and going home.. she is wearing her second favourite onesie and we found some triangles but we thought it would be nice to show Lilly making triangles too!
Tuesday, 11 February 2014
What goes around comes around. .This Duplo must be 25 years old! It's Tuesday and me and Lyla are playing for a while..though I have plans to do cleaning and make lasagne...All before 4pm. .
I won't ask you to count the circles in this picture!
Monday, 10 February 2014
Ooops...I just posted this in Lucky Snapping by mistake!!
Loving these tea light holders Jordan brought downstairs last week during the power cut.
Amazing how squares and rectangles appear in so much home decor..
(Our Zac called this evening and Ross had a long chat with him...everyone is getting excited to have him home next week...Col is going to visit a few customers and them meet him at Heathrow..me, I am keeping the home fires burning..technically Ross does the fire lighting but I am keeping things busy here ..)
Sunday, 9 February 2014
The wind was promised to return yesterday so we put off a trip out and Lisa and the girls came by, it was very chilled and nice to have them all here. The big girls are sleeping over next week so I am sure Colin will get busy on all the outdoor jobs that day! ;-)
On catch up I have been thinking about Adverts.. I love them and hate them.. I like to avoid them on TV, but I do appreciate a good ad.. Lidl's with the lady who advertises tea but then says she hates tea and loves gin! Ads are always good if they can be related to someone you know!
My pet hate is the ad in food stores where 3 or 4 different formats of a product make you do so much mental maths it's like a GCSE refresher course.. take these 3 ads for beans from Tesco just after Christmas... I picked up 4 single tins at 50p each, then 6 for 60p each .. but wait a mo.. 7 for £3!! I was cross enough to photograph the options..
....as for my Blog story, it began about 6 years ago as a supplement to my Scrapbooking, telling the stories behind the pictures I had used in layouts.. kind of online journalling..then I joined some challenges and the rest is history. t
Today I write as a diary and to keep in touch with our Zac who is often away as he trains to be a navigation officer in the Merchant Navy... and whooop! he is home in 10 days!!
Final thought for the day.. Digital or Print..?
The jury is still out for me, I have a magazine each month in print but have failed to read it much the last few months..maybe online issues would be more portable?
I love to take a book on holiday but do like to have the book on my shelf afterwards.. but instead of 4 books maybe a e-reader would be good.. no sun oil on it, sand in the pages and leaving it in the pocket on the plane which was the fate of my last book.
I don't read newspapers really but when I do see online articles it is because I looked it up and not because I am browsing a whole edition..
So as I said, jury is out.. I am going back to Tenerife in March with the 3 youngest and Col, maybe I will be converted then (reading does make me quite anti-social though and as Col is not a great reader (he is a fab researcher though... when on a mission to find a new car / tool / application for manufacturing..) and I hate having my head in a book while he just sits pondering..
Thursday, 6 February 2014
Well I almost forgot to post today.. and I haven't got anything I have to watch at the moment but probably I like Comedy ..think Gavin & Stacey or Men Behaving Badly...and also good Drama especially if James Nesbitt is in it like Murphy's Law ..
Currently the only thing I record is Hostages and Col and I watch it with Kate on Sunday evenings. It has Tony Collet in it and some good looking guy.. and it is similar to 24 in that it has lots of twists and turns.
Last year I was a big stand up comedy fan and watched so much I think I have maybe had just about enough ..Al Murray and Rhos Gilbert are just my favourites. .X
Colin loves airplane and some war programmes and Kate relaxes watching reality rubbish which I sometimes peek at to keep her company! Jordan likes Dr Who and unusual stuff..super heroes she said!
The pic shows some of the crazy mix we have recorded in the past couple of weeks...and for a moment I forgot I have a whole new series of Stella with Ruth Jones to watch soon..x
Wednesday, 5 February 2014
..for my memorable piece of sculpture I have been thinking of a lovely statue over at Newlyn and wondering how it has borne the horrendous weather the last week or so...
..then a minute or two ago I see this picture on facebook.. Fisherman
Adam Gibbard (Site) has taken some amazing images the last week or two, he must go home soaking wet every day but has surely chronicled the weather in Penzance / Newlyn in a unique fashion..
Tuesday, 4 February 2014
Monday, 3 February 2014
Even when I was setting this challenge this is the picture I knew I would choose.
I bought this for Colin quite a lot of years ago..I think I have always liked it best, you know when you get to the point when you just don't know what to buy your husband so you choose something you'd like instead...
I have it hanging in my scrap room but think I will bring it down to be in our new living room / kitchen as it is cream and has a.nice beachy feel with our fish ornament and the seal..more reminders of them as the week goes on..
Sunday, 2 February 2014
We laid in for a bit and then headed out west to see our favourite spaces...Small lunch beside a coal fire at the Logan Rock and some good pics at Sennen.