IMG_3025I may be a sad singleton living alone with a furry stalker (my rescue bengal cat) but I am lucky enough to have a group of very lovely friends.

Some of them are really creative on top of being great mates and seem to cram a huge amount into one day.

One such friend, Claire, has sent me a couple of parcels lately – which I’ve been very grateful to receive.  As well as having two small children at home, she manages to find the time to bake and sew, as well as keep a blog about it.

The first parcel I received was a jar of this year’s batch of marmalade (despite what the label says) which is delicious, and a small bottle of damson gin.  I haven’t tried this yet.  I’m not usually a gin fan, but this smells gorgeous so I will try it very soon.

My second parcel arrived this week.  I had been to visit Claire recently and she’s got back into sewing whilst being on maternity leave.  We’d spent some time pottering around town and went into a local shop where lots of different people could sell and showcase their crafts.  We both bought some bits, and Claire picked up some ideas of things to make, including dribble bibs and mini baby change pouches.

I remembered I had a lot of fabric at home that I’d got for some previous craft projects that I’d not continued with so the next time we met up I passed it over.  Claire promised to make me a few things out of it and she was true to her word!  She said they were only samples and needed some work, but they are really well made and look perfect to me.


I received a cat-head shaped sleep mask (made out of a fabulous foxy fabric, that she’s also made her two year old daughter a skirt from) and two zipped and lined pouches.  These are both from fabrics I had donated – one a great starry cow print and the other a Cath Kidston-esque shabby chic rose pattern.

They are all fantastic and I have no idea how she finds the time but I’m very glad she does.  I have given her a few more ideas of things to try to make (all fired by self-interest!).  I think she should definitely make them to sell or at the very least as gifts for friends and family – the kids bits are really great and practical – the latest creation is a crayon holder and is a brilliant idea (and would be good to store make-up or grown-up art supplies or just pens and pencils).  My eye mask and pouches are really useful – and I’ve offered to be the guinea pig should she decide to make a sample Kindle cover.  How nice of me!

Rebel rebel

I have a tumblr blog that I sporadically post on. I only have a handful of followers but I like posting odd bits & pieces. Each post can be liked or shared by other users; these are called notes.

If my posts have notes it’s only one or two. Apart from one which has received over 16,300 likes and shares. Don’t really know why this particular image resonates with people or how it got picked up and has so many notes, but I thought I’d share it with you.

Yes it’s those Moomins again, with Snufkin leading them off into mischief. Perhaps we’re all just rebels at heart!

Feeling Sheepish

To Sleep Perchance To Dream - Globe Theatre

“To Sleep Perchance To Dream” – Globe Theatre

Today I decided to get some proper exercise (I hate the gym) and go for a walk.  There are currently a number of differently decorated Shaun The Sheep statues installed around London, curated into four trails and then some odd ones scattered around.  I knew I couldn’t do all of them in one day, so decided to try to complete two trails which weren’t far from each other.

I found all the Shauns on both trails – 27 in total, and walked 10 miles on a rambling – but circuitous route – starting and ending at London Bridge Station.  The trail started at The Shard (with a Tatty Devine themed Shaun), across Tower Bridge to The Tower of London, up through the City via Fenchurch Street and Bank and up to Liverpool Street/Finsbury Avenue Square. The first trail ended there, so I walked across to The Barbican to pick up the second trail.

Looking across the Millennium Bridge to the Tate Modern

“Sheep Shape & Bristol Fashion” – Looking across the Millennium Bridge to the Tate Modern

From the Barbican this took me down to the Guildhall and then along Cheapside to the New Change development and through to St Paul’s Churchyard and Paternoster Square.   It then took me over the “wobbly” Millennium Bridge to the Tate Modern and Globe Theatre.  My favourite Shaun was here – the Shakespeare themed one shown above.  There are more pictures on my Instagram feed.

I had intended then to go to Southwark to get the train back from Waterloo East, but I went wrong somewhere and ended up back at London Bridge.  Overall I spent about five hours wandering around London in the sunshine walking my 10 miles (clearly not at a very fast pace!)  In my defence I did stop for lunch along the way, and to admire the architecture and views – and to photograph each sheep of course.

I’m not a big Shaun fan (although he is sweet) but it seemed like a good way to have a walk with a purpose – so much better when you’re walking alone.  The statues are interesting – all decorated by different artists and celebrities – and they will be auctioned off in support of Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity and The Grand Appeal, supporting children in hospitals across the UK.

It also gave me the chance to see bits of London that I wouldn’t normally see.  On the most part it was fairly quiet, particularly through the City – although there were usually a few others also on the Shaun Trail taking photos at each stop.  The parts of the trails around St Paul’s Cathedral and the Southbank were the busiest but all the statues were easy to find – the phone app and map were really useful too.

The statues are in London until 25th May, when they relocate to Bristol.  I will try to see all the other London-based ones before they leave. It could also be a good excuse to get away to Bristol for the weekend.  A cunning plan could be brewing!

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Who’s best?

Some eBay bargains arrived this week.  I am looking forward to spending some time this weekend reliving David Tennant’s early tenure as Doctor Who.  I did love the whole Doctor/Rose storyline (yes, I admit I shed a tear at the end when it was first on the TV).

It’s only co-incidence that it’s another charming chap in a suit.  Honest….

Monday Monday

Back at home after a weekend away in Wales with some very dear friends.  We kept forgetting to eat so drank far more than was strictly necessary.  Some drunken texting to CSG and a very old flame ensued.  Oops.  At least they both replied…

Today has been very domesticated; laundry, housework and gardening keeping me busy.  I am now rewarding myself by watching Skyfall.  As you will have gathered, I am rather partial to a man in a well-cut suit!  CSG had family commitments so we weren’t able to co-ordinate diaries.  Daniel Craig is having to stand in for now.  Hard life 🙂