Saturday, 7 July 2012

I Can't Wait

Well the tickets have arrived and i'm getting a tad excited.

I've been trying to think exactly what it is that I love the most about festivals.  Finding your spot to pitch your tent is important, a good view and a landmark are always good - especially for finding your tent late at night which can be a challenge after one or two obligatory Pimms.  Once the tent is up and you've unpacked your few essential belongings, repacked and then unpacked again (just me?) , it's time to sit down with a wine and pass the nibbles. This also serves as a great time to paint your nails, plait your hair or just blow bubbles whilst you plan your days.

Is it the fact that we don't cook, that our meals are ready to be purchased at any moment hunger strikes and washing up becomes obsolete?  Is it the amazing feeling you get from lying on the grass and watching clouds sweep across the sky, making shapes as they go? 

Or is it that no matter what's going on in the big bad world, I can't do anything to help?  I'm busy, away, incommunicado (mostly!), out of the loop.  I can't do anything constructive apart from look at the views and ponder about existence and being and stuff....

Oh and then there's the music.  I almost forgot the music.

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Listography - Top 5 things that make Christmas Christmas.

Well here's my maiden voyage into the world of Listography and what better a theme...

1.     A full nest.
All my brood are home, the house is full and noisy.

2.     Food
Never is my fridge as stuffed as it is at Christmas.  The only thing is it stays that way for a week as we painstaking make our way through it all.  I never learn but I don't think i'm on my own.

3.     Seeing family
Christmas is the time the wider family all meet up, exchange summarised stories of what we've done since last Christmas and say the usual 'we mustn't leave it till next Christmas till we see each other again'. Never happens.

4.     Comedians
Santa always brings DVDs and always a comedian for us to watch Christmas day evening.  That moment when you are so full that you think you will either explode or fall asleep, the comedian comes to the rescue. Last year, John Bishop. This year Peter Kaye.

5.     Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve is my favourite day of the year.  It involves a good film, some nibbles and a couple of glasses of sparkly in the evening whilst waiting for the brood to get home.  Then I know I can lock the doors and go to bed knowing that Santa is ok to visit now.

Right if you haven't already, pop over to Kate's and check out the rest...

The Ultimate Christmas Meme

My favourite Christmas song of all...

You can't go wrong with a little bit of Chris Rea and Driving Home for Christmas.....

Hot chocolate, egg nog or mulled wine? 

Well a couple of weeks before Christmas I went to the Manchester Christmas markets with the lovely @Greeny_bird and we tried and tested the mulled wine.  Cherry and Blueberry to be exact.  Here's the proof...

When do you put your decorations up?
Usually a week before Christmas but this year it was 2 weeks and the tree is still looking good.  We always choose a big tree, it's compulsory.

What are you having for Christmas dinner?
We had Nigella's glazed gammon.  Turkey has been off our menu for many years and as I don't eat meat I let the brood choose.  So gammon it was.  We had garlic and chilli sea bass for starters, gammon and all the trimmings and then lemon cheesecake and cream to finish off.  There was also sticky toffee pudding but no one could manage it and it's currently sat in the fridge shouting my name.  I shall resist for now...  Later in the evening when guests came I put together a cheese board.  Sadly I've overdone the cheese buying and there are wedges upon wedges sat with the sticky toffee pudding that have still not been touched.  Does cheese freeze?

What's your favourite Christmas tradition?
Christmas Eve has always been my favourite day.  I like to enjoy it, sit back with a good film and nibbles and let the excitement of what's in store build. 

Have you ever gone Carol singing?
Yes as a child but never since.  My singing sounds pitch perfect in my head but to others, and I quote 'sounds like singing when you've got your hand stuck in the toaster'.  I think that explains things well enough.

When did you discover the truth about Santa?
I can honestly say that as far as I can remember I've known the truth.  Mum says a boy down the road told me when I was little. That's boys for you!

How do you decorate your Christmas Tree?
Well when the brood were knee high our tree would be adorned with the fabulously creative decorations they'd made at school.  Now, it's baubles, chains and a little tinsel. The picture doesn't do it justice and the top of the tree isn't in the picture as it's quite tall.  See above, compulsory.

All I want for Christmas is...
A full nest, Lobster and Fiorelli.  All achieved and lots more.  Thanks Santa :-)

Thanks to Kate over at The Five Fs Blog for the blogging push.  Appreciated *nods and winks*.

I'd like to tag two lovely people.  They haven't been asked so I hope they don't mind. 

Firstly my twitter friend Kate at Wit Wit Woo.  Kate took on the role of my blogging big sis recently and was a source of knowledge and inspiration.  Thankyou!

Secondly my lovely far flung friend Amanda @mulledred on twitter. Amanda crocheted her Christmas tree decorations and I still haven't seen a picture.  Maybe she'll blog them...

Feel free to join in and take part too. 

I hope you've all had a fabulous Christmas and here's to a healthy and happy New Year.

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Rewind Festival

Last weekend we (me and 6 other girls) trekked off to Henley on Thames for the Rewind Festival (80's music).  Yes I know what you are thinking, my brood have mocked me at regular intervals on how I should try a proper festival.  This is our second year of going and it is brilliant - try it...

Well we arrived early (we were excited...) and joined all the other early birds in a field waiting for the car park (another field) to open.  We then formed a queue, a very orderly and civilised queue as we all pitched our chairs and cracked open the wine and nibbles.  This is arguably the best queue I have ever been part of.

Best queue ever....
We then pitched our tents and adorned them with bunting and fairy lights and celebrated this fact with another wine, chocolate and crisps (you may notice a theme to the weekend).

There was the Silent Disco, wiggage and more 80's band than you could shake a rubiks cube at.  There were so many artists, too many to mention but UB40 were amazing, I wasn't particularly looking forward to this but what a session - absolutely brilliant.  We saw Bananarama who were great but I so hoped they would be wearing highwaisted jeans and sporting very big hair - alas they came out looking lovely but very 2011.  Toyah on the other hand came out in an amazing outfit, Billy Ocean was brilliant and looks amazing with his white hair and beard.  Holly Johnson was entertaining and the award for the band who still look youthful goes to Brother Beyond!



 We only got rained on for a short spell and then the sun shone.  We had a fly by (which was amazing) and wore wigs and glow bands and danced until dark.

Now here's to starting the plans for next year....

Silent Sunday

Silent Sunday

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Glorious... Goodwood

Although I've been to the races beofre I've never been a big fan, never got the buzz that other people seem to enjoy.  So when my lovely friend from my college days (yes we've been friends a few years) asked me to go and visit her to experience Glorious Goodwood and to bring my boys with me I jumped at the chance. 

Well we enjoyed every minute of our 2 days in the Richmond Enclosure (members only).  As you can imagine, dresses, shoes etc were on my mind for several weeks before.  Having not been into the 'posh' bit of the races before I was unsure as to what to expect and how far to go with my outfits but eventually decided on a couple of outfits though I think I would be more adventurous next year.  My boys were suited and booted and looked absolutely gorgeous.

Sara was filmed on her way in looking gorgeous in this red dress. We were filmed and crews asked whether we would be choosing Frankel or Canford Cliffs, alas we did not make the cut however we saw several people being filmed who did either for their (more strategic, scientific or accurate) reviews or for their fabulously gorgeous or elegant outfits.  Next year you'll find me in a big hat or red dress.  That's all I'm saying...

We had a table on the edge of the course, fabulous spot.  We drank champagne and Pimms, ate seafood platters and were surrounded by gorgeous dresses and amazingly elegant hats for the ladies and linen suits teamed with panama hats for the chaps. 

Here I am at the edge of the Richmond enclosure, the weather was fabulous.
Here is a pic my sons took, the racing - yes we went for the racing...
We had a brilliant time and Sara has already invited us down for Glorious Goodwood next year.  I have to say, I can't wait... Now then, I need a big hat....