Monday, 24 October 2016

Half-Term Break

It's half-term week and I'm stepping away from the blog ...
in order to make memories to scrapbook and blog about in the future.
{You'll be able to see those memories being made via Instagram
I'll be back on Monday, 31 October and hope to see you then.

Friday, 21 October 2016

What Caught My Eye #1

In March of this year, I wrote about discovering that Mum and I shared a habit.
I created a weekly series to showcase what had caught her eye
and shared 31 entries here.  The series ended last week.
A few readers suggested that I might like to now share
my own collection of things that have spoken to me.  
"In matters of style, swim with the current;
In matters of principle, stand like a rock."
~ Thomas Jefferson
I've yet to decide whether to run another weekly series,
or to share on a more ad hoc basis.  

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Bedroom Upgrade

The Boy Child's bedroom was last decorated in May 2014
and I had hoped it would last more than 2.5 years.
However, The Boy Child is hard on his surroundings; 
cracks in the wall needed to be addressed, underfloor soundproofing needed to be fitted
and his bed was in dire need of a new mattress.
I decided to start from scratch once the walls and floor had been attended to.
Fresh paint on the walls.
{paint is Pale Powder from Farrow & Ball}
New carpet, curtains and blind.
{two doorstops; one to protect the wall from the door handle
 banging against it and one to hold the door open}
New bedroom furniture.
New narrow shelves.
 {to avoid hammering tons of nails into the walls for photos and the like}
I love the finished room so much, I keep going in there just to admire it.  
And take my shoes off before I go in.
{The blind is still to arrive}  

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Snap #34 | Autumn Light

Helena has a new photographic theme for 2016:
Snap, a visually linked group of 2 to 4 images.
The light in our local park was so inviting yesterday
that The Boy Child and I made a detour to walk home that way.

You can see more Snap images here.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Exciting and Worrying in Equal Measure

Our niece, The Colombian, has been expecting twins.
A pair of little brothers for Cachirulo.
They were born a week ago.
Unfortunately, they were born at 27 weeks. 
We're calling them Pequeňo Uno and Pequeňo Dos,
Spanish for Little One 1 and Little One 2.
They're going to be in the NICU for a few weeks yet,
so I'd appreciate any positive thoughts or prayers you could send them and their parents. 

Monday, 17 October 2016

Positivity and Kindness

The Boy Child came home from school on Friday with a sweet note from a classmate.
During their PHSE lesson, the children had been directed to randomly select a name from the hat
and then write a short note to that child.  The message had to be kind.
I don't know the child who this note, but I love them!


Friday, 14 October 2016

What Caught Her Eye

I've come to end of sharing what caught her eye.
That Smythson notebook is now on a shelf,
and within easy reach for those times when I want to feel her close to me.   
I've shared 31 entries of sayings and quotations,
things that resonated with her.
I hope at least one of them might have resonated with you. 

Thursday, 13 October 2016

A Random Purchase of the Best Kind

This bound copy of Handel's Messiah caught my eye recently.
Oxfam sold it to me for all of around £1.99, if I remember correctly.
I've no idea how old it is, certainly pre-decimalisation.
I bought it simply to admire.
 Back during my Middle School years, aged 11-13,
I was in both the school choir and orchestra.
So at some point in my life, I could sing and read music. 
I can still sing, after a fashion, but I've definitely lost the art of reading music.
No matter.
I often use Handel's Messiah as background music when I dust and vacuum
and sing along loudly.
That I sang the line, "and we like sheep ..." as, "the big white chief ..." is hearsay. 

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Snap #33 | Dawnosaurs

Helena has a new photographic theme for 2016:
Snap, a visually linked group of 2 to 4 images.
Last weekend, we attended our first Autism friendly event
at the Natural History Museum in South Kensington.
In order to make the 8 am start time, we actually got up earlier
than we do for school/work.
It was worth it though.
That huge space and hardly anyone in it.
 On Instagram, I said it was like Night of the Museum
apart from it not being night time and the exhibits not coming to life. 
But, you know, apart from that ...
 The Boy Child enjoyed it, although we could have done with
a few more exhibits being open.
Oh, and Dippy is leaving home.  From early 2017, he'll be off on his travels 
and the Blue Whale will be in the Great Hall.

You can see more Snap images here.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

A Little Shelfie Action and The Art of Positive Affirmation

The Boy Child has a new ladder shelf in his bedroom.
Unfortunately, it had been been damaged in transit
and we are waiting for a replacement part.  
 In the mean time, I am having fun switching things in and out,
 and adding framed prints or postcards in the hope 
that he will absorb their positive messages.
That little box was made by my sister and opens out flat 
to display a collection of photos of our parents. 
I'm also adding family photos, such as the one of my nephew from 2008,
as well as a few of his favourites. 
All the frames came from Marks and Spencer and are very reasonably priced.
The Russian dolls came from the Royal Hospital Chelsea and remind us all of Grandad P.