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Monday, 30 November 2009

Close encounters!

Hello all, excuse the very blurry pic but I was shaking with fear and the creatures were all moving too, but as you can see Wills was very brave and even managed to kiss Riley on the nose and survived to tell the tale!!

Have been so busy, no scrapping, no enthusiasm just loads of grief from the departed trying to sort out a few final details before we both move on. The numerous texts are beginning to really wear me down now and I have seen a side to them that makes me more sure than ever that I have made the right decision!

Having said that have just had a fabulous weekend with friends and dogs and fresh air and walks and Harry and Wills got to come too which was just fantastic! They are both doing well, and give me much love and joy! We have had some marvelous adventures as they explore the sofa and environs, and never fail to make me laugh. Wills has discovered my handbag on the chair behind and likes nothing more than to rummage in it for goodies - I have now discovered why as I found a packet of nibbled mints in the bottom of it!! Also after a particularly long play date I also discovered a few things that had been removed from it and hidden behind the sofa cushions for later!!!
There must surely be some great LO ideas in amongst there if only I could summon up the mojo??
P.s Thanks for all your lovely comments and awards that I have received recently. I will get round to adding them here and thanking you all.

Monday, 23 November 2009


Hey bloggers!

Please bear with me whilst I readjust to my new found freedom.

Work continues to be stressful, busy and frustrating but also very rewarding.
Unfortunately certain people in my life were not mature enough to support me in the line of my duty and we have parted company.

I have been very busy but not had a chance to scrap recently and have only made a few cards.

Normal service will resume shortly but I have enjoyed reading your blogs in the interim.
Hurrah for scrappers and crafty folk!!

see you soon

Sarah xxx

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Blown Away!

Except that luckily we haven't been!!

I was going to visit Grannywen this weekend but she predicted this foul weather earlier in the week via her crystal ball and advised me not to travel!!

I looked out this morning to see that the garden has a blanket of leaves again and any of the last remaining ones on the tree have now been blown right off iykwim!
It looks very bare and wintery all of a sudden!

Instead I have been a flurry of activity with the duster and ridden round the flat on my hoover (all very much needed and long put off). the downside to this is that I haven't yet made it into the Zone and that I will have to let Boris know that the Clapham bid to hold the Winter 2010 Dust Skiing Championships will now have to be pulled. I think I will wait until after his fireworks tonight so that I don't ruin his party!!!

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Casseroles and potty training?

So, what have I done today?
Not much actually!

I didn't manage to go into work so have used up a precious days annual leave to mooch around in my pj's again for some much needed ME time!

My copy of the last ever SI magazine arrived this morning - hugely impressed that it didn't take three weeks, and has been devoured already.

I have a lamb casserole in the oven which smells divine and a bottle of Blossom Hill cooling in the fridge. The warm spice candle is burning and it is dark outside at 5pm!!

Ooh I do feel all snuggly and Wintery if a little sad at life and its strange old ways.

On a good note the furries have been loads of fun today and I am a proud mummy that can report that Wills managed to leave his raisins in the litter tray today! He was jumping from me to his cage and then running up my arm when he ran back in and pooped in the tray!! Now I'm not sure if it's the first time he's done this , but its certainly the first time I've seen it. I thought the only raisins in the litter tray were ones I'd put in to try to train them (theirs not mine I hasten to add!!!) He was rewarded with a small segment of chocolate button for which he was very grateful and gave me a lick and a squeak to say so!

Harry on the other hand has no intention of being trained quite so easily and although has managed a few clean playdates with mummy, generally I have to have the emergency raisin spoon and tub handy for his little gifts for me? He is however becoming much less timid and although doesn't enjoy the crazy box maze mummy has made for him for extra playtime he is beginning to love his mummy!
I must try to take some more pictures of them but it is so hard as I am generally the wrong side of the camera and they move too quickly!!

Off to enjoy my cosy feast and more snuggles.

Update : Having eaten the casserole it WAS divine!!! And, being here on my own it means there is enough for my tea tomorrow too! Yummy!

Monday, 9 November 2009

From under the duvet!

Am pleased to say that I survived my working weekend relatively unscathed - on the work front at least. Not going talk about the rest of the raisinfest that my world has become!!

I took today off to recover, and after consuming a bottle of wine last night I was in bed by 9pm and didn't wake up today until nearly 12 o'clock. Even for a complete bed mole like me that's a long old sleep. Have to say that when I did wake I did just want to hide under the duvet for the rest of the day!!!

No chance of that though!!!
I have got to pull my finger out and finish making my Gogo Circle journal otherwise it won't be ready to post.
I've also got a birthday card to make and I want to try to work out how to upload pics from the Mac onto my Iphone. Add to that a couple of hours of furry fun and it will almost be bedtime again!!

As I mentioned the other day I did manage a couple of Autumnal pics - this is one of my faves, but now I think I want to rename the LO - "On Golden Pond" rather than just 'Golden'. May have a look at it today to see how to add the extra words.
Hope your weeks have got off to a better start. See you soon!

Friday, 6 November 2009


Or in real life ............it's all going to ratshit!!!

Thought I was in for an easy if not long week this week, but boy was I wrong!!
I have worked so many hours overtime I can't work out which day it is anymore and I can't even rejoice in the weekend co's I'm working that too!!

Oh, and don't get me started about how long it took me to get home last night - about two hours!!!! And I only live about 7 miles from work!!!

I was cold and tired and hungry and burst into tears when the furries greeted me with so much enthusiasm they they fell over each other trying to climb out of the cage to come out to play! Must have meant something co's even Harry managed a cuddle for an hour and didn't poop on me once - that's a first for him!!

What with grief coming at me from every angle at the moment my furries are a source of unconditional love and comfort and don't care what time I get in from work. Bless them!

I love this LO although it doesn't show the colours very well here - the photo of it looked great but I think blogger does something funny to it and it all gets kinda dull? I managed a couple of autumny shots last weekend and have managed three LO's with them which I will share - but this is defo my fave! Not sure if they are toadstools or mushrooms but who cares they were all fun-guys?!!!

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Late start to the week!

Well I made it into the Zone yesterday and managed four LOs I hasten to add - very pleased with myself indeed and have satisfied my creativity need for now!

I even managed to make a start on the the covers and my pages for my circle journal, although the idea I had in my head hasn't quite come out on paper iykwim??

Sadly it has all come to an end now as I have to brave the rain and head into work this afternoon, but I thoroughly enjoyed my long weekend.

Thought I'd share this as you've already see the photo of the pumpkin itself, of course it had to become a LO and I have an idea to scrap the last three years pumpkin pictures on one LO at some point? Will share some more LO's later in the week, but it is going to be a long one I fear.
see you soon

Monday, 2 November 2009


Well, if you count the ham butty I had in my pocket yesterday when I failed miserably to photograph stunning autumnal pics in Sheffield Park, then maybe.

Why is it that today the sun is out and glorious - just what I wanted yesterday!!?

No photos from me today, have done my chores (well apart from the housework) and am off into the Zone!

Will share later.
Have a good day!

Sunday, 1 November 2009

All Saints Day!

A little late posting these but was at the country nest yesterday and wasn't able to upload them. We went to some great local fireworks and did a quick trick or treat stroll afterwards, so these were a bit rushed otherwise I wouldn't have got any photos at all!

I spent the afternoon by myself today as the monkeys went of to watch some bangor racing, and so took myself out to Sheffield Park for some autumnal photography. Sadly when I got there it was closed but I did spend a few pleasant minutes chatting to some other photographers who had found some fabulous toadstools in the car park. I then went to Wakehurst Place and managed a few shots but the recent rough weather meant that most of the gorgeous golden leaves were on the floor and so came away disappointed.

My arrival at home was met with a frenzy of excitement from Harry and Wills who seemed very pleased that I had returned. A few minor tweaks to their cage and some raison scooping, a newly installed litter tray and a wheel and then they both fell asleep!

All in all a fairly quiet but pleasant weekend, but even better - I have got tomorrow off too so I can get some scrapping done - hurrah!