Sunday, 26 November 2017

Where I am

I'm in Australia! Flew via Hong Kong into Sydney. Seen the Blue Mountains. Travelled the Great Ocean Road and now on to Melbourne.

Normal blogging service and a holiday blog(s?) will resume on my return to the UK. (12th December jet lag permitting)

Thanks to my son and DIL for house sitting.

Can't work out how to add photos here on my mini iPad but check out my Facebook page for better updates.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge - 1/11/17

Wednesday's Hodgepodge is brought to us courtesy of Joyce at
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1. What does/did Halloween look like at your house this year? Did you decorate? Pick pumpkins? Carve pumpkins? Expect trick or treaters? Wear a costume to a party or event? Make a costume? Feel glad you didn't have to come up with a costume? Cook a Halloween themed treat? Eat all the leftover candy?
Our house didn’t look any different from the day before.  Halloween is still very low key here in the UK compared to the USA although it does seem to grow each year.  So no pumpkin for us and it seems that deterred any trick or treaters knocking at the door.  There were quite a few posts on social media warning them not to knock on doors that didn’t seem welcoming or have a pumpkin outside.  So I bought treats in case anyone knocked but now I have to eat them although hubby and the (grown up) kids are clearly already helping!
2. What are you waiting for? Elaborate
Waiting on a couple of bits of news and of course taking off for our Australia trip. 8 days to go!
3. Do you wish you were friendlier, braver, more creative, more athletic, or something else? Explain.
I definitely wish I could be most of those things but I’d settle for a bit more confidence.  At my age I don’t feel the need to be athletic and I can be creative when I put my mind to it.  But confidence to talk easily with strangers or just tackle situations would be good.
4. When it comes time to paint are you a do-it-yourselfer or do you hire someone? What was the last paint job completed at your house? What room most needs painting now? How do you feel about wallpaper?
A mix of both.  We’ve painted our two spare bedrooms ourselves as they’re small and had been recently replastered so were easy to do.  The hall and stairs need doing and we will get someone in to do that.  I like wallpaper but paint seems easier to change.
5. What is one specific thing you felt gratitude for in the month of October?
Reconnecting with friends I hadn’t seen in a while.  I usually wait for a call to join in with a get together but this time I took the initiative and invited them here.  We had a good evening catching up.
6.  Insert your own random thought here.
I might not have been Halloween ready but this little munchkin was:

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Review: Before I Let You In

Before I Let You In Before I Let You In by Jenny Blackhurst
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I found this book quite confusing. Written in several POVs it was hard to follow at times. The characters weren't particularly likeable and although that's not vital for me to enjoy a book I didn't feel invested in any of them.

Some events weren't covered in enough detail and some things just didn't seem plausible. The ending wasn't a great surprise but should have had more depth. It didn't live up to the hype.

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#SoCS - 28/10/17

It's Saturday so it's SoCS time hosted by Linda.

This week's prompt is: “which/witch/wich.” Start your post with the word “which” and try to fit the word “witch” in somewhere if you can. Bonus points if you use a word that ends in “wich.” As an added rule this week, you will lose all the points you’ve ever earned if you type “which witch is which” anywhere in your post. Have fun!

Which brings me to the subject of halloween or rather witch.  It all leads to the same end.  A night of madness.  Sorry to my friends the other side of the pond.  Halloween is still not a big thing here in the UK although every year it seems to get bigger.  It's easy to buy a pumpkin and many stores will be selling costumes and other paraphanalia.  I don't get carried away with it at all although I usually stock up on some halloween inspired chocolates or sweets so that I can reward those who are brave enough to come to the door to Trick or Treat.

It will probably provide another excuse for fireworks.  We've recently had Diwali and next week of course it's actually Bonfire night.  Personally I'll be glad to see the back of all the fireworks.  I don't mind an organised display - our local council kindly organises one just over the other side of our common so we can see most of it from the bedroom window or just by walking out on to the common by our house.   We just can't make plans to go out in the car that day as it's almost impossible to come back and find a parking space despite those attending being encouraged to travel on public transport.

I'm tired today, it's been a busy week, but I have the luxury of being cooked for by my son and DIL  We'll miss that when they move out shortly but at least today we won't be resorting to a sandwich for dinner.