Tuesday, 26 May 2015

I've been a BAD, BAD Blogger !!!! ……….

O.K….. there's no getting away from it ….. I've been a very, very bad blogger lately !!!!!

I have been going round in circles as far as blogging is concerned and getting nowhere !!

 I could tell you that I've been writing that novel that's in me somewhere …..

or decorating …..

Gardening ? ….. perhaps a little ….. but not any of the above really …..

There's been more idle gossipping …..

Eating …..

Drinking …..

Reading …..

Going out and about seeing friends and family and, of course …..

Grandchildren ….. ahwwwww !!

We did buy an old rusty bench and put some distressed shutters on the wall so, that's a plus !! As soon as May is over and there is no more fear of frost, I shall fill those stone urns with Euphorbia ' Diamond Frost ' which is coming on nicely in the greenhouse so, you can see that I haven't been totally idle !!

I hope that mine will look like the above !

I think that I'm back to my old blogging self now so please forgive my lack of posts and comments and I hope that you are all still out there !

Can you just say ' Hi ' so that I know you are there ?!!!!!!


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Tuesday, 14 April 2015


Our By Invitation subject for April  { APRIL ….. ARGHHHHHH !!!! } is Life's Luxuries.

But, what does luxury mean to you ?

….. would it be a castle ? …..

….. or a cottage ? …..

….. caviar ? …..

….. or cake ? …..

….. hot tub ? …..

….. or herbaceous border ? …..

….. would luxury for you be a Patak Philippe watch ? …..

….. or a week in Provence ? …..

….. a Lambourghini ? …..

….. or laughter ? …..

….. shoes ? …..

….. or sunsets ? …..

….. fashion ? …..

….. or friendship ? …..

A couple of years ago,  the Daily Mail conducted a survey on modern life's little luxuries. Amongst other similar things, top of the list was an after work pint or glass of wine, a weekly take-away and tucking into a box of chocolates ! Researchers found that everyday activities like having a soak in the bath and watching a box set as luxuries.
The survey showed that buying flowers for one's self was also a luxury.
Affordable items like magazines, thick toilet rolls { !! } and new lipsticks and nail varnish were classed as luxuries, showing that it didn't have to be something lavish and expensive and that the things that make you smile can be fairly modest.

What luxury is top of your list ?

For luxury in abundance, Marsha has all of the links.

Wishing you all a luxurious week, whatever it may be.  


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Sunday, 5 April 2015


Favourite TV programme of the moment ? ……….


Thank you Aidan Turner ….. you are making an old woman very happy !!!!!


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Tuesday, 10 March 2015


Our By Invitation subject this month is Flowers and Fashion …..
Flower Power is back and, sad to say, I was in my late teens / early twenties when it made it's first appearance !! 

I was a mod and spent hours in Biba and went down the Twiggy route rather than the hippy, flowery one.

….. but, even Biba entered into the flowery spirit of it all with  strong pigmented make up with flowery names …..

….. and subtle, ditzy florals in dark browns, burgundys and purples.

For a more Edwardian, feminine look, there was Laura Ashley. You could match your dress to your sofa, to your curtains to your wallpaper if you wanted to !!!!!

….. and now, in 2015, it's all back again.

Not being the biggest fan of florals when it came in in the 1970's, I don't think that I'll be buying into it this time.

I'll stick to reading about flowers …..

picking them …..

….. and growing them !!

I am paying homage to the florals by wearing my new perfume, Maison Martin Margiela Replica Flower Market ….. it really does smell like a flower shop !

Were you wearing florals the first time round { I bet some of you men out there had some flowery trousers !! } and will you be wearing it again this year ?

For more flowery frippery, the other By Invitation contributors will be putting their own take on it so, as usual, Marsha has all of the links.

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