Merry on the Downs today - getting chilli!
Friday, 22 November 2013
I have been a terrible blogger over the last few months, with absolutely no blog action, but I've been having a brilliant time! By simply pleasing myself and doing things I love to do, I have been... socialising, joining my local WI, joining the committee, designing their new website and new logo too, illustrating daily, making friends, walking with Merry, obsessing over Pinterest, making cakes, having the loveliest time with Mr Peene as always, resting lots (although it doesn't sound like it!) and most importantly, getting better and making plans. The WI has been amazing, and the new friendships I have made have been invaluable to me. It all sounds terribly uncool but ours is a fabulous group of lovelies, united in drinking wine and eating cake.
Saturday, 11 May 2013
Wednesday, 8 May 2013
...eating delicious Whelks at a Bulot festival. My absolute favourite
and so different to snails.
|Our Vide Grenier booty|
|Beautiful Carteret beach|
|La Petite Motte - My Mum and Dad's lovely home|
Wednesday, 17 April 2013
|Table set for Sunday lunch|
|My beautiful acorn bracelet from James|
|Wooden birthday house from Hus and Hem|
|A fabulous framed Gayle original destined for the gallery wall|
|Superb dachshund cake slice (right) from Beth. Spooky!|
Today is my birthday, and that is plain brilliant. I'm having a restful sort of day, pottering about and watching Margaret Thatcher's funeral(!) and will shortly be enjoying a birthday cuppa with Nadine and super brilliant niece Lucienne, then later with my sister, Lizzie. On Sunday we were joined by friends Steve, Gemma, Beth, Gayle and Ivan for a celebratory lunch. The very best way to spend a Sunday. Many thanks to all for my lovely cards, messages, gifts and flowers, but especially to my husband, present giver extraordinaire, for my fabulous bangle. Thank you Mr. P, I love, love, love it! x
Wednesday, 3 April 2013
|The annual egg tree|
|My simnel cake - Thank you Mary Berry|
|A hive of activity at the Peene dining table|
Easter Sunday was going to be a sedate and relaxed kind of affair with all my family over for afternoon tea. However, James and I thought a spot of egg decorating and consequent, egg rolling would be in order, as suggested by my lovely friend Beth, and fun and hilarity ensued.
Wednesday, 27 March 2013
Nice day for a white wedding?!! The spectacular view from my hotel
window with snowy mountains in the far distance
The Waters Edge Hotel, a noah's ark of a place with the sea on the
other side of that huge window
|Beautiful formica snapped in a loo cubicle at Belfast International Airport|
|Merry exhausted after her weekend away with new dog sitter, Liz|
At the weekend I flew to Ireland for my cousin Will and his lovely bride Claire's wedding. Unfortunately James couldn't make it so Mat, Nadine, Baby Lucienne, my Nana and I, all flew out together from Gatwick on Thursday morning for a weekend of eating, drinking and nuptials. The weather was quite biblical with snow thrashing down all around us, but despite the cold we all had a fabulous time. I'd never been to Ireland before and unfortunately I never left the hotel, apart from the small interruption of the actual "I do's." But I figured that with the fabulous views, hospitality, food and warmth, I could experience an excellent slice of what Ireland had to offer from the comfort of the hotel. A huge thank you to the wonderful Will and Claire - a thoroughly brilliant weekend was had by all.
Wednesday, 20 March 2013
|A beautiful tiled floor in Jamie's Italian, Guildford|
|A new biscuit recipe attempted for afternoon tea at my brothers...|
And a banana for lovely Lucienne who is new to solids
|My first book for book group - a true baptism of fire|
|Who's been sleeping in my bed?! - Merry where she shouldn't be|
It's been 2 whole weeks since I posted on the blog. I'm ashamed of myself, although I have made an allowance that in order to live a brilliant life you have to do brilliant things. In the last 2 weeks I have rushed off my feet living life and doing lots of stuff but nothing particularly brilliant, or so I thought. But reflecting on this I realise that as well as the mundane I've joined a book group, found a new dog sitter, made a new doggy friend for Merry and a new friend for me, tried out 3 new recipes, enjoyed a lovely Mother's day lunch, bought new shoes, and on Saturday we went out with the glorious Glendennings. All brilliant stuff.
Sunday, 3 March 2013
|The winning ticket|
Yesterday we enjoyed a great bingo night with our lovely neighbours, the Moon's, at our local community centre. It only took 15 minutes to explain the rules to everyone - how very Surrey. Unusually rock and roll for us, but absolutely hilarious and I did particularly well, see above. Overall winnings - a soap, a chocolate Freddo and an Airfix model. Bingo!
Thursday, 28 February 2013
Monday, 25 February 2013
Monday, 18 February 2013
Sunday, 17 February 2013
|Snowdrops papped in a Pewley Way drive|
|And James got creative in Steamer Trading|
It's been a very busy week. So busy, I missed pottery and Illustration Friday, but well worth all the cooking and cleaning for the great weekend spent with Becky and Paul. But last week between entertaining, the cinema, general house stuff, and a lovely Valentine's meal, I managed to take in the first whiffs of spring whilst walking with Merry. Unfortunately the snowdrops I snapped above whilst crouching in someones drive, looked like they'd already been got at by the slugs.
As well as this, my lovely friend Beth came over and we made birthday marmalade for my mum, with Saville oranges being in season and all over the supermarket. It was a perfect afternoon spent chatting and cutting up orange peel, and after six hours hard at it, we'd made 10 jars. We used a recipe found on Nigella's website, and although the method is slightly unusual, boiling the whole fruit first, the result was brilliant and the newly named Marmaladoo has been a huge success, in our house anyway.
As part of my brilliant year, I've made the list I promised to do a couple of weeks ago, and I'm marking off the successes, or failures, as they happen (see my blog, right). The list is laughably unambitious and lists stuff I've never got round to doing, but being totally achievable I might actually get them done. Pilates and now marmalade making - boxes ticked! But I couldn't find a tick on blogger, so a strikethrough will have to do.
Wednesday, 13 February 2013
Tuesday, 12 February 2013
We had a lovely weekend, and Sunday afternoon was spent at my sister's to celebrate my nephew Jossie and my Mum's birthday, with delicious cake and a spectacular game of Lego Pictionary. Outstanding results all round on the Lego front, with the star of the show being Rob and Mat's superb bunny above. Truly hilarious. Happy Birthday Joss and Mum xxxx.
Monday, 11 February 2013
Thursday, 7 February 2013
Tuesday, 5 February 2013
As demonstrated here by Merry's ears, it was very windy on the downs today, and freezing cold. Apparently meeting people is so easy when you've got a dog, but we've not found this and have made few friends on the downs (dog walking central in Guildford) and Merry's social skills get steadily worse. This year I'm determined to get more doggy friends for her, and hope the snappiness stops when pooches approach for a sniff.
I was thinking about this and the other things I want to do as part of my brilliant year - things I've always fancied doing but never actually done. So I'm devising a check list (I love a list) of things I want to achieve and checking them off on the blog. I'm listing the mostly achievable stuff for this year like making ice cream and revisiting yoga, but making another to do list for years to come such as seeing the northern lights and becoming the second Mrs Hugh Jackman - James won't mind loosing me to the Wolverine. I've asked, it's fine.
Saturday, 2 February 2013
Thursday, 31 January 2013
Illustration Friday. It suggests a new topic for illustrators each friday (hence the name) and invites you to upload your response, then all the submissions are exhibited on the site. A simply fantastic idea. This week's topic was 'Wings', and I submitted the above - a terrifying ride if ever there was!