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Flora, Fashion & Fish!

On Friday whilst I was out & about I decided to pop in to Oxfam & check out their books section on the off chance that I might find a well-illustrated children’s book. What I walked out with were three beautifully illustrated books… Fashion Illustration, The Fresh & Salt Water Fish of the World & The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady.

The three books totalled £15 & I’ll be using them for inspiration & to practise my drawing skills. The Edwardian diary is amazing. It is the publication of a lady called Edith Holden from the year 1905! It’s her written, drawn & painted observations of the surrounding nature during that year. Sadly some of the species she describes are rarely seen in England any more.

Whilst out thrifting I also bought myself a maxi skirt for a £5 which I’ll be donning as soon as it stops raining again!

DB & I found out yesterday that we can hire a houseboat next week Wednesday to Friday & we’re very excited! I’ve never been out on one before despite living next to a canal lock for 8 months.As DB texted me ‘It should be an awesome adventure!’





Daydreaming…

Work yesterday was long, tiring, frustrating & done on three hours sleep. Today was better but I can’t help dreaming about having my own place… my only little shop. I’m even looking at figures…

Anyway here are some pics of the type of place I would love to have one day…

(all photos found at www.flickr.com)

I’d sell handcrafted goodies, secondhand books, vintage finds, crafting supplies (especially wool… can’t get enough of it!), cupcakes, tea…. *dream*….

If you had a shop what would you sell?
BTW I haven’t made a perfect cupcake yet but I have eaten it! Marks & Spencers Luscious Lemon Cupcakes. Lovely light sponge, beautifully done lemon icing & then… lemon curd inside. Oh my gosh! Divine!

Before I’m 33…

So I added some new *wishes* to my Before I’m 33 Wishlist… Rereading my favourite childhood book(s) should be fun. I remember quite vividly from when I was quite small Phoebe & The Hot Water Bottles & The Wishing Chair by Enid Blyton. Two favourite series were The Chronicles of Narnia (which I have since reread) & Anne of Green Gables. It’ll be nice to revisit my childhood this way. So I adapted this & the next one from www.learningtoloveyou.com there are 70 very random things on there you should check it out! No.27 on that list is to take a photo of the sun. So I’ve added it to my list as I think it’ll be intriguing.           

Wearing an entirely red outfit for the day I think will be an experience! I don’t wear red. I’ve had red hair on many occasions & I do own a pair of red high-heeled shoes that I can’t walk in at all! So I’ll be keeping my eye out for either red skinny jeans or a lovely red dress with red tights. I used to own a red coat but not anymore… & I may even venture as far as red lipstick!                                                                                                  Donating blood is quite a biggie for me.. to be honest it scares me! Aaaaagggghhhhhh! I hate needles & am a baby about having my blood drawn for a test. Which is why I’ve put it on my list. I’ve got to do at least one thing that scares me!                                                                                                                                  Going to a castle with Mr J. In 2008 we went to Warwick castle & had a lovely day out. Mr J loves castles & we haven’t been to one since! We didn’t do much last summer (the weather was awful & I put in a lot of hours at work) but this year is definitely about making more time for us so to another castle we will go! Another thing we are quite rubbish at is going to the cinema. The last film we saw at the movies was the latest Harry Potter some time last year. This year I’m going 12 times!!!! At least. I’m also going to treat myself to the ballet. I haven’t been for absolutely years but I work next door to a theatre & this year I will be going. My other new addition is to go to Scotland. I’ve never been but Mr J has & so many people tell me it’s beautiful… Fingers crossed 🙂                                 


HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

It’s my birthday today (32) so happy birthday to me!!! I’m meeting a friend in an hour or so & then out for dinner with Mr J tonight.. I’m very excited! Anyway here are a few birthday wishes… cake! … a polaroid camera…. a Blythe doll (maybe one day x)… a book by one of my favourite authors… a gorgeous wreath from KnockKnocking


Which Classic to read first?

Have you read any of these? i’ve randomly picked these five from the Penguin 100 classics list as the five ‘classic’s I’m going to read before I’m 33, but which to start with? I’ve not read anything by any of these authors…..
Any comments on these books, whether you liked or disliked them, whether you couldn’t put one down or whether you found one completely unreadable… & you can join in the poll on the right for a little bit of fun… which one should I read first??!


Bargain Hunt



1. Amusing show with the orange TV presenter… David Dickinson!
2. Immensely satisfying shopping trip! On the latter today I bought the above two books for the grand sum of £1.90. I love having local charity shops. I am a vicarious reader but I don’t like paying out for books brand new as they are fairly pricey & unless you’ve already read it you don’t know if you’re going to like it or not.
I bought One Hundred Years of Solitude as it’s meant to be great & A Year In Provence because I love reading anything about Brits moving abroad. Living vicariously too I guess!
I also got a gorgeous pastel ball ofwool for 50p. Mixed colours, baby pink, blue & white.
Last but not least I got an owl shaped money box. He is huge, brown & very regal & I need to hide him from Mr J as he hates ‘tat’!