Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thanks to blogging.......

My friend Auntiegwen from http://auntiegwensdiary.blogspot.co.uk/ has just driven away from my home after a very sweet but fleeting visit. It was so lovely to see her. We both work and we both have misters and family and lives, but as today she had a work meeting in my neck of the woods she was able to pop in (with cake... what a woman!) for a quick catch up visit.
The fact that we know each other at all is thanks to blogging....how lovely is that?
Twas lovely to see you Auntie.....until next time when we can all get together x

Monday, August 24, 2015

Too good to be true.......

Y'see I was beguiled by tales of how quick and easy it was....how any old piece could be made to look wonderful...and all done so quickly too! with no preparation !.........yes I'm talking painting old wax furniture with chalk paint. When I mentioned it to the plumber who did the bathroom recently he pulled one of those faces and said 'oh yes ..chalk painted furniture....get an old table or chair..buy the paint and the wax....do the job...look at it................then put it on the bonfire'.
So I should have listened, but no I was determined to give it a go. There are 4 pine wardrobes in my spare room...all sorts of sizes and all in use but all that horrible piney colour. So as the spare room is more or less our dressing/ironing room now I thought I would make it look great (well better than it is now) by painting all the wardrobes. I imagined a peaceful light room with ordered wardrobes and a calm feel.
So far so ok.
 I had an idea of  what colour I wanted but when I looked at the paint choices I was flummoxed by 'cream/antique white/off white/chalk white/dying breath of poor little frozen baby seal...' and after that I then saw the price of the brushes etc., and almost had the vapours.....so I visited the cheap shop around the corner for a version of the paint and wax and brushes and therein maybe lies the problem.
I started on the smallest wardrobe and as I hate painting I made a deal with the mister.....I would iron all his shirts if he painted for me..deal done.
Two coats of paint and much muttering from the mister later we both agreed that 'maybe it will look better when it's dry/waxed?'
Well I've waxed it this morning and unless tinkerbell waves a magic wand full of fairy dust over it while I'm not looking it ain't great...
What I wanted was a pale painted wardobe with a decent finish......what I didn't want was a wardrobe so distressed it's almost suicidal.
Lesson learned.....decide what finish you want...use the proper tools.........or wait for bonfire night.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

A bit of wet water won't stop us.......

Yesterday a friend and I went to the Shrewsbury Flower Show/Festival. I am a flower show virgin and now that I have been and had a splendid time I think of it as a smaller version of a combined Royal Show/Chelsea/Trelawnyd. There were all sorts of goodies to see and lots of lovely accents to hear....particularly Welsh and Shropshire and there were wellies and white suited older gentlemen with posh ties. Lots of cake and lots of flowers and all kinds of interesting stuff......this hat in the WI tent won first prize and it was absolutely beautiful....





and I was a very good girl and didn't touch it...which was what I was longing to do. I also wanted to pick up handfuls of the fabulous fruit



 but I suspected and alarm would go off somewhere and I would be strongarmed out of the marquee by two wiry but strong farming types in check shirts.......actually that might have been fun...ahem. So I was good and just oohed and aahed over the giant cabbages and the beautiful flowers and the bunting and the steam train and choir and the fabulous food and  had a really smashing day. I drove there on the motorway in rain that was torrential and quite made us wonder why we were carrying on to an outdoor event.....but as my friend said 'a bit of wet water won't stop us...we've got tickets and brollies and macs and I'm sure it's going to clear up later in the day...' and of course by the time we parked we were down to a drizzle only. Of course I bought a few things....some posh crackers and some allium bulbs and had to have this gorgeous hydrangea......
I really do hope I get to go there again next year....and I really do hope I don't kill the hydrangea.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Heaven on a stick......

No matter how great the holiday there is nothing as lovely as your own bed on that first night back is there?  Croatia is lovely..we had a really fun time - the sun shone - the house was beautiful - and now we have photos and memories. From today I will be catching up with blogs and from next month (because starting mid month would just be weird..) I intend to blog/comment on blogs much more frequently.....I don't tweet or facebook or whatever the newest thing is so I do want to continue blogging..........I'm going to try not to let it slip. Hope you have all had a lovely Summer x
view from the pool

Must work out the heating........

I left for work at 7.50 this morning - no heating on - left work at 5.15 and then went to choir - so have just come in and the house is COLD...