Monday, 31 December 2012

Happy new year

Why hello there 2013. Lets see what you have in store for us

I've not had chance to do a proper post with goals etc for the new year because I wanted to go back to last year and see how many goals (if any) I've managed to achieve. My husband had surgery today so I'm rather behind with a few things.

I also have a couple of projects I want to try and stick to in 2013 so I'll be back with details of those soon. One of them is a yarn project based on a 365 thing I saw last year. I only decided to do it yesterday and I'm waiting for some yarn goodness arriving.

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Introducing The Dog To The Allotment

I introduced one of the dogs to the allotment earlier this month. It was a very frosty morning and I did question myself many times walking up there with a dog who, despite being nearly 6 years old, still pulls like a puppy on the lead.
Anyway we got there without any mishaps of the slipping kind.
Crazy hound decided he would roll himself over and over on the frosty grass in our plot. Screw loose I think!

Linking up to Camera critters

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Monday, 24 December 2012

Jack Reacher and Tom Cruise

Now as much as I think Tom Cruise is fantastic in the role of Ethan Hunt in the Mission Impossible films, and indeed any other role he plays, I am having a lot of difficulty seeing him in the role of Jack Reacher. 

I recently discovered the series of books by Lee Child about Jack Reacher and had almost finished the first one when I found out there is a film released this week with Tom Cruise taking the role.  When you read a book and the author gives the description of the main character as a thirty something 6ft5 blond Tom Cruise is definitely not somebody you envisage in that role.  I had in my mind somebody along the lines of Dolph Lundgren or Arnie in their younger days with maybe a bit of Daniel Craig thrown into the mix not a 50 (albeit fit) year old dark haired 5ft7 actor like Tom Cruise.

I just don't buy into it at all. I still have that original mental image the author gave in my head when I'm reading the books. I'm now onto the third one and I honestly don't see Tom Cruise in my head at all.

However, having thought about it, I do want to see the film so my minds eye is going to have to just accept it or treat it as something totally separate to the books.

What do you think?

Higgledy Piggledy Fence

It's higgledy piggledy and what started off as going to the allotment to attach those two fencing panels I mentioned the other day actually turned into quite a few more.

We went from this

to this (excuse the thumb in the top of the shot) down the side.

There are still a few panels to play at piecing together but that's a job for another day. Not enough for the whole length but we will cross that obstacle when we encounter it.

The top is now enclosed on our side apart from one gap which will eventually have a gate (yes very higgledy piggledy). The neighbours have yet to make a start on theirs.

I also put string around the remaining sides to mark it off and what a difference it made to be able to see the proper size of the plot and know that it is ours to do with as we choose.

The littlest one was a great screw and nail holder looking very festive in his TEXT SANTA hat

We are almost the same size in the shadow haha

and one of the two of us (jeez that double chin needs to be history!)

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

First Planting

I can't believe I forgot to blog our first planting at the allotment.
I ordered an apple tree from Kitchen Garden magazine called Lord Lambourne and since the ground wasn't frozen on the weekend it arrived I decided we would plant it.

We also put some snowdrop, bluebell and tulip bulbs in the hole.

I need to investigate which sort of apple trees it needs to pollinate it. I am told a crab apple within the vicinity will work.

Girl Power

Girl power at the allotment.....I dug the hole on Sunday and this morning, with the help of my daughter, we fitted one panel of the allotment fence. Yes it's only one and it did have a fence post already attached but we concreted the post in and nailed the fence to an existing post.

Next step is taking the drill up there and putting some pilot holes in so we can add another panel at the side of this one and try a game of tetris with other panels on the other boundaries. I love that they are snagged freebies from the workmen in the estate who are replacing loads of the stuff from the council houses. Gotta love a freebie.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

December 2012 Glossybox Review

First of all I want to mention the November glossybox and my dissatisfaction with it. Glossybox promised an extra product in this month's box. That extra product has put them right up to the top of Santa's good list - Dr Jart Beauty Balm. I got a different one of these a couple of months ago and I have used it at least 3-4 times a week so I am over the moon to have another.

Now onto the actual December box. It is a silver box with black tissue wrapped in silver ribbon and the shredded nest the products sit on is silver aswell this month. Very festive.

The contents list is a huge fold out sheet this month

and the contents piccie

So each individual item.

Milk_Shake conditioning whipped cream - this is a leave in hair conditioner with milk, wheat germ and casein proteins. 200ml/£14.79 and this is 100ml so about £7.84 ish.

I am looking forward to trying this. My hair is rather frizz prone so anything that promises conditioning properties appeals.

Anatomicals what a complete and utter glosser. i never fake strawberry milkshake. fruity lip gloss tube 10ml/£3.49 This is a full sized product

What can I say? It's a lip gloss and it smells and tastes of strawberries

Seche Nail Lacquer. I don't know how to tell the shade name of this but it's a gorgeous coppery sort of shade. Absolutely perfect for me. Full sized 14ml £9.95

This one is a bonus product apparently - glossybox blusher in Glossy Rosewood - again perfect shade for me

Rituals Magic Touch Body Cream in cherry blossom and rice milk 200ml/£15 this is 70ml at about a fiver.

I love this. It is really thick and soaks straight into my dry skin with the added bonus of smelling divine.

Sleek Makeup i-Divine True eyeshadow palette. This one is called Oh So Special 658. Full size £7.99

The first thing that struck me about this is how similar to the MUA Undressed palette it is but I use that everyday and am almost out of one or two shades so I am very happy to receive some almost identical ones.

So to sum this box up - perfectomondo :)))))))))

Every single thing in this box I will use and not just to try it like some of the things in the past. The makeup colours are perfect, the other items are things I will use. Ten out of ten this month glossybox.

What did you get?

Friday, 7 December 2012

Scrapbook Layouts

Despite the title of my blog I haven't got around to putting any scrapbook layouts on here for some time so here are just a few of my recent ones