Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Vintage photos - part 6

More vintage photos of my family, this time relating to war...

One of my Dad's relatives, in his World War One uniform

Then we go to WWII, and this fellow is related to the man above (can't remember if it's his son, or his nephew)

These two young chaps are from my mum's side

as are these fellow, who I believe are relations who moved to Canada (all looking very smart)

My Poppa's (mum's father) WWII Identify Card from 1943 - I've mentioned him before in my Wartime Farm post, as he was one of the men who was asked to stay at home and farm for England

and his wife, my Grandma, with my Mum as a baby in 1941

My Dad and his sister and cousins, in the 40's

and finally, again mentioned briefly in my Wartime Farm post, my Dad's father, who again, was asked to stay in England and continue in the war effort - he was an engineer.  I love this picture, taken during the war, and it's a great example of women in the war effort, as this engineering factory only has 16 men left!  My Grandfather is in the white coat, bottom centre, on the left.


Monday, 28 January 2013

Snow today, gone tomorrow

Well, it was all gone by Saturday thanks to lots of rain and a balmy day, but I loved the snow whilst we had it.  I adore snow so much (so does Dusty), and we hardly ever have it to speak of, so I tried to make the most of it while it was with us.  Here are a few of my (many) favourite photos...

Dusty leaping to catch a snowball


Dusty covered in snowballs (he likes to snuffle through the snow)

This little fellow was helping himself to some horse feed

I love this little dock and chair - where someone sits during their lunch break I assume, though it looks rather rickety to me..

The houses alongside the canal are always interesting - this one has it's own hideaway/bar :)

Another canal-side garden, complete with Bill & Ben the flowerpot men, partaking in a spot of fishing :D

Dusty all bundled up, thawing out

If you had some, did you enjoy the snow? x

Monday, 21 January 2013

My to-do-list for this year, and what was accomplished last year

So you may have noticed that I've updated my 'To Do' page for this year.  If not, here's a quick update on what I managed from 2012's list, and the new additions for 2013...

2012 list - Ok, so once again, not many accomplished, but I’ve spent lots of lovely breaks in Suffolk with Hubby & Dusty, and time just seems to fly by.

2.  Have more mother/daughter days - Managed a few whilst Mum in country!  To be continued.
4.  Go bowling - Received bowling vouchers from friend for Christmas so def soon J
6.  Discover new bands
      January - Emmy the Great, The Like
      August – MANY (see Summer Sundae posts) inc. Dan Mangan, Twilight Sad, etc
      December - Elizabeth and the Catapult (thanks to Anne Hathaway for this one)
7.  Teach the dog to stay, heel, leave… JGot the stay, wait, leave it (for the most part), just need the heel & come back! Since getting a harness to stop pulling, the heel is getting there J
8.  Make a handbag - Tote bags made, but a proper handbag still needs making!
10. Go to Renegade London - For the second year in a row, lack of funds meant no visit L
11. Get new glasses!  - Done, finally!
12. Brush up on my school-girl French - Started by using the vintage “teach yourself French” records found
19. Stay up all night staring stargazing - Ok, so it was by myself rather than with Hubby as planned, but made the most of it (heard an owl ALL night long & some odd nature noises)
23. See more of Great Britain
      February – Brighton
      March – Harrogate, York
      September – much more of Suffolk
25. Paint & draw - Started carrying a little notebook & sketching as the mood takes; just need to paint now
33. Leave 10 anonymous, positive messages - started leaving some at work
42. Go roller skating - Tried and failed on first attempt – they didn’t have any skates in my size! L Trying to find a cheap pair ever since (appears to be difficult!)

So, on to 2013 and some new additions ...

1.      Take many more long (dog) hikes when in Suffolk
2.      Make cute pj bottoms
3.      Teach the dog to come back! (near-on impossible)
4.      Decorate the hall and landings
5.      Buy a giant map canvas for wall & add pins showing all places visited
6.      Make some lino-print cards
7.      Paint a canvas
8.      Paint the ensuite shower room
9.      Buy a silkscreen and print my own fabric
10.  Point up the house where needed with lime mortar (eek!)
11.  Get custom-made bookshelves built
12.  Go to a Christmas market (yes, I have some time to wait J )
13.  Give away those clothes I haven’t worn in over a year & am unlikely to
14.  Carve a pumpkin for Halloween (haven't done this for years)
15.  Go late night shopping
16.  Make personalised fortune cookies (felt or real)
17.  Buy new shoes (believe it not this is actually a big thing for me as I find it really hard to find ones I love that fit)
18.  Get television mounted to wall so room can finally be organised
19.  Get inherited armchair re-covered

There's then quite a few that once more have been carried over,and some which I've classed as continued self-improvement:
See more of Great Britain
Once a month, cook something new
Spend more quality time with parents
Leave 10 anonymous, positive messages
Learn to say no and not feel guilty!
Don’t beat self up when can’t do everything!
Continuing to discover new bands
Have more mother/daughter days
Have proper date nights (concerts, trips, dinner, etc) at least once a month


Sunday, 20 January 2013

2012 in pictures (finally)

Well, Safari seems to work for me (thank goodness), so long-overdue, here is my 2012 in pictures...















I haven't posted for weeks because of the problem that Blogger seem to be having - the upload button for the photos has disappeared! 

Finally today I have found a forum chat where it appears lots of us have this problem, and Blogger say they're working on it (though it appears it's STILL a problem several weeks in).

So, for now, I'm going to give their suggestion of using Chrome rather than IE a go, but will have to see I guess as this hasn't worked for everyone! GRRRRRRR. x

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

That was Christmas

I can't believe it's all over!  It seemed to take ages to get here, then it disappeared in a minute.  It was a good one though, and for once I avoided the lurgy that everyone else seemed to get...

Dusty dog had a GREAT day, he had more pressies under the tree this year than we did :D
sniff, sniff, I smell something good
Hmm, what should I open next?

He loved each pressie that we opened for him, until we opened the next one :)  and he soon ferreted out his favourite one - a rawhide chew - he didn't need any help unwrapping that one, ha ha!

Nom, nom, nom

The in-laws put on a great feast as usual

and the MIL made her delicious trifle, though sans-sherry unfortunately :(
and I made my classic cheesecake but with a salted caramel & chocolate top, it was delicious if I do say so myself
I had some lovely pressies, including from Hubby a couple of fantastic LPs (A Charlie Brown Christmas and Moonrise Kingdom score), my favourite perfume, metal jewellery book, Agatha Christie's notebooks book, TinTin on bluray, and many more...

including this thoughtful gift from my parents-in-law...

a basket full of fat quarters, felt square, ribbons, buttons, pins, etc and the Liberty book of sewing.

I hope you and yours had a great Christmas x