Monday, 24 July 2017

Summer Break

Dear friends,
Summer holidays are here and we'll be off on adventures, near and far.
Making memories for me to share with you
and to scrapbook, obviously.
I'll be posting occasionally during August and will be back with 
more of my usual schedule early in September.
As well as making those memories,
I'm going to use this time to work out how I see the future 
of my small space in the blogosphere.
Maybe I'll change a few things, maybe I won't.
But whatever I decide, I'll see you back here soon. 

Thursday, 20 July 2017

The Little Things

There are a number of things in my house now that were once in Mum's house.
A piece of furniture, an ornament or two, this and this.
But which thing of hers brings me most comfort?
This key ring.  
Once Mum's estate had been wound up, I remembered to ask
 if I could have it, and it arrived yesterday.
When my siblings and I left home in the 1980s, 
Dad said we could keep our house key until we got married.
I don't believe he ever imagined that I would be well in to my thirties before that happened for me.
The day before The Brainy One and I were married, we hosted an Afternoon Tea
for the bridal party - parents, best man, bridesmaids and ushers.
We gave out the traditional gifts and I threw in a surprise for Mum.
I returned my key on this self-same key ring, packaged up
in a box and a big bow.
She used it everyday for the rest of her life.
And see that Yale key with the green cover?
It opens Mum's front door.  I borrowed it during the time Mum was ill, 
and I was back and forth, somehow forgetting to leave it behind.
When I did eventually come across it (in my jewellery box, for some reason),
I asked if it was needed for the new owners and was quietly pleased to learn that it wasn't.
I can be trusted not to startle the new owner by letting myself in.      

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Design Your Life 2.0 | Week One

Design Your Life by Cathy Zielske is up and running,
and Week One introduced the idea of symmetry and asymmetry on scrapbook pages.
    The first assignment was to produce a symmetrical layout using a grid design.
I used recent photos of The Boy Child to tell a story from over 
twenty years ago. Isn't it great when a photo from today sparks  
remembrance of a story from yesterday?
Clicking on the first image should allow you to read the story.
{Look up Cockney rhyming slang if you're not sure of the title.}
Assignment two was, as you've probably guessed, to produce an asymmetrical layout.
Hybrid and a ton of white space is not my usual style but I think it works.
My text could be better spaced and larger, but those will come with practice.
This isn't the sort of layout I would usually put together,
so I feel I've already put a tick in the box just by attempting this assignment. 

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

What Constitutes a Scrapbook Page?

When you're done with sticking down photos, adding embellishments 
and composing the journaling in your head, 
does it still count as a scrapbook page if and when you realise
 that you haven't added any patterned paper?
 I have photos and (will have) words.
 I have plenty of colour on the page.
And I have a dog.
So, I'm going to say that yes, it counts as a scrapbook page.
What say you? 

Monday, 17 July 2017

This Weekend I ...

As the weather this weekend was cooler than of late,
we chose to spend a little more time inside,
with a visit to the National Army Museum at the top of our list. 
 It reopened in March of this year, after a major overhaul of the space, 
 and like the Design Museum, the space has clearly been well thought out
 and the whole museum appears to possess a layer of peace, 
two things autism-parents are always on the lookout for.
 You can combine your visit with a stop at the Royal Hospital Chelsea next door,
home of the much loved Chelsea Pensioners.  We had lunch there.
The museum is free to enter, so coming and going is not a problem.

As Sunday saw much brighter weather, we were back outside
and catching up with old friends.
Last Summer, The Boy Child's best friend, The Good Friend, moved with his family to Spain.
Something requiring much more planning when we want to meet up.  
And I may, just may, rounded off the weekend with making a start
on week one of Design Your Life
How was your weekend?

Friday, 14 July 2017

What Caught My Eye #11

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, 
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel."

~ Maya Angelou

Thursday, 13 July 2017

The Summertime Jane Austen Book Club #2

I've finished it.
Which surprises me, because I initially didn't find Sanditon an easy read. 
But having become reused to the language of Austen,
I found that I became invested in the characters
and wanted to know what would happen to them.  
Even though I knew where The Other Lady took over,
I didn't notice a discernible change in style of writing.  
 Which I suppose was the original aim, no? 
I found the plot to be classic Austen,
but as it was a plot that had served her well, why would The Other Lady risk changing it?
There were several chuckle out loud moments in the narrative,
and there was a unexpectedly good twist towards the end.
All told, I was happy with how the story wrapped up.

Have you joined us for the Sanditon-along?
It's running throughout July, so you have time.
How are you getting on?

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Traveler's Notebook | Marrakech

I love, love, love how my first Traveler's Notebook turned out!
So much so, I'm prepping TN2 for our next adventure. 
We are fortunate to have friends who have holiday homes abroad,
and this Summer, we have been invited to Marrakech in Morocco.  
Like last time, I wanted lined cards for the journaling elements
and settled on 4x4 grid cards, which I then embellished. 
 The cards are from the Project Life range and the embellishments 
came from a range of sticker sheets accumulated over the years.
(I think they're mostly from Echo Park
I backed the cards with patterned paper, cut to 4x3.
And, again like last time, I'll add a few Instax Mini photos 
while we are away, and then add 3x4 or 4x4 (trimmed, most likely) on our return.   

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Anyone for Tennis?

The Brainy One and I had a tremendous day out at Wimbledon last Friday.
 We saw three matches: Scott Johnson (US) v Marin Cilic (Cro),
 Johanna Konta (GB) v Maria Sakkari (Gr)
and Naomi Osaka (Jpn) v Venus Williams (US).  

Even though I took the Big Lens with me,
I found it difficult to take many action shots that were actually quite good.
I was very aware of not disturbing play or disturbing my fellow spectators.
But no matter, I'm pleased with what I have,
and there's enough for a double scrapbook page.
So, you know, there's that.   

Monday, 10 July 2017

This Weekend I ...

I was fortunate enough to enjoy something of a 3-day weekend.
On Friday, The Brainy One and I had a marvellous time 
 {Our day out was such fun, its got its own post coming up shortly.} 
As for the weekend proper, we continued with the theme 
of being outside as much as possible.
Saturday saw us visiting the the Serpentine Pavilion in Hyde Park,
something we have made an effort to see over the last few years
{see last year's here}.
And the weekend was rounded off with a BBQ in the garden.
We invited some friends round, which made things interesting,
as one of them is vegan ...

How was your weekend?  

Friday, 7 July 2017

Design Your Life 2.0

A regular readers will know, when it comes to scrapbooking,
I am a fan of Cathy Zielske's style.
I've taken a number of her online classes over the years,
and they've all been excellent value.
Yesterday, Cathy announced that she was running an revised and updated
Design Your Life 2.0 class, beginning in the middle of July 
and running for four weeks.
She is currently offering a $5 discount for early bird bookings,
and if you are an alumni of the earlier DYL classes, she is offering a $15 discount.
In order to qualify, you just need to send her proof of participation.
I sent her this image, and within minutes, she'd replied with a lovely comment about it.
Hmm, there I go again, blowing my own trumpet ...  

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Pesto and Sun-dried Tomato Pasta

This recipe is perfect for a summer salad at a BBQ or on a picnic.
And what's more, it's so easy to put together,
and it tastes delicious. 
450g pasta,
120ml basil pesto,
90ml Greek yogurt,
2 tbsp olive oil,
100g feta,
12 sun-dried tomatoes
and handful fresh basil leaves (if desired).

1) Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions and drain.
2) Mix the pesto, Greek yogurt and olive oil, then toss this
through the pasta to coat.
3) Cube the feta, chop the sun-dried tomatoes and the basil leaves,
add everything to the pasta and mix well.
Refrigerate until you're ready to go.

This recipe is in the current edition of The Simple Things magazine,
and I made it twice last weekend.


Wednesday, 5 July 2017

And So It Begins | The Summertime Jane Austen Book Club

Officially, reading of Sanditon began on 1st July.
Let's begin with a confession, shall we?
I forgot that Saturday was the 1st.
Right up until I went to bed early that evening in order to read.
I ended up putting my selection of magazines aside and made a start on the first few pages.
Which, again in the spirit of honesty, on Sunday, I couldn't remember reading.
Sunday afternoon, before tackling the ironing mountain, I had another go.   
I find that cake and a mug of tea always help the reading process, don't you?
As this post goes live, I'm in the middle of Chapter 7,
and while I won't give away any spoilers, I'm finding one character particularly annoying.

Were you able to find a copy of Sanditon?
Are you reading along with us?
Don't forget to share; see here for details how to do exactly that.
Happy reading! 

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Month in Numbers | June

There was plenty of joy to be found in June;
let's take a look at some of it:
20,132: the highest number of steps I achieved 
on a daily count during the month.  I continue 
to be astonished at how much ground I can cover
on any given day.
74.6%: the turnout to vote on Election Day 
in our constituency was high.
The sitting MP, nursing a slender majority,
was returned with a much bigger share of the vote.
Her tally of votes cast rose by 16.5%.
33C: the highest temp of the month.
12: the number of scrapbook layouts I created.
Once: the number of times I drove the car.
I drove it for all of 100 metres, probably less,
and then reverse parked it.
But, hey, I did it.
Twice: the number of times a photo of mine appeared in print.
One locally and one nationally.
Month in Numbers is the brainchild of Julie
and you'll always find a warm welcome over at her place. 
 Not to mention entertaining posts about a varied list of topics.
Go on over, stop by and say hello.
You can see my previous Month in Numbers here.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Memos: Mail: Me

An abundance of Happy Mail this week: three fabulous magazines 
and a postcard from friends. 
As for the weekend, we were blessed with some more gorgeous weather,
and is our wont, we spent as much time as possible outside. 
We hosted our Annual BBQ, and although I completely forgot 
to photograph the actual event, I did capture some images for this year's
      I also tried out a delicious sounding recipe from this month's 
(Which I'll share later this week, although if you click on the image above,
you may find you can read the recipe clearly.)
And I rounded off the weekend with making a start on Sanditon ...
are you joining in the Summertime Jane Austen Book Club?  

How was your weekend?

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