26 March, 2011

Feng - what?

I do like a bit of Feng Shui. As with everything I take bits of what I like. i do believe a clean, tidy home makes a comfortable home. I'm not sure about the relationship/wealth corners thing though. I read that you shouldn't have compost heap in your prosperity corner of your garden. Why not? Compost is good for the soil and makes things grow, it nourishes. Wouldn't it be good to have that anywhere?

24 March, 2011

Times change

Flicking through the channels I caught thirtysomething. I love that show! It was first aired in the late 80s. In those days I was young and had a social life of sorts, so I didn't catch every episode. back then we could video stuff but some one had to be there to press the record button, and it was all a bit of a faff. Then I was in Australia in the early 90s, I saw a few episodes.
What stuck me as I watched it was - no one has a home PC, there are scenes of Hope typing on a typewriter. There is a scene where Elliott uses a public phone box. the houses seem huge to me still, but now I noticed how cluttered they are. Something else I didn't notice before was how Michael and Hope's house needs work done to it. And the dangling earrings the women wear!

21 March, 2011

Little Dudes

We had the Little Dudes staying over the weekend . Although as you can see from the photo, they are not so little anymore.
We played a lot of PS3 Fifa football - they whipped our butts!

20 March, 2011

Book Festival

March is Southend Book Festival month. I have been going to the author events for the past few years. It is held at the library and each event costs about a fiver. At the evening events they serve wines and canapes and at the afternoon events, tea and cake.Yesterday me and Mum went to see Sara Paretsky. I have been reading the VI Warshawski books since the 80s, and she is part of the select group that I would pay out for the hardback for. Of course now I got my kindle, I suppose that means I would buy her books just as soon as I could. Sara was funny, bright and affectionately took the pee out of the crime genre. She was also very elegant, she had these lovely gold drop earrings and Mum liked her jacket.
It was a shame it was so poorly attended, I'd say there was about 50 people there, if that. I don't know if this was because it was on a Saturday afternoon. On Wednesday evening we went to see Barbara Erksine and that was packed.
I love the Book Festival and I hope that it keeps going and will not be affected by the local government cuts.

12 March, 2011

Royal Wedding

I a bit too old and cynical to be caught up in Royal Wedding fever. I was 13 when lady Di and Prince Charles got married and I thought she was beautiful but felt sorry that she was marrying such an old man and wondered why she didn't marry Prince Andrew instead. However seeing the photos of William and Kate at some official visit- I thought that girl looks like she is having the time of her life. Kate Middleton was absolutely beaming. And I thought : good on you girl! Mind you I don't know if she was glowing because she is in love and getting married, or if she just likes all the attention...

08 March, 2011

I think I'm a Carole

I've just finished reading Bones Under the Beach Hut by Simon Brett., which is the latest instalment of the Feathering Mysteries.
I love these books, they are my favourite comfort cozy , but the books do have a dark under tone and I like the way that Simon pokes a the British class system. When I first started reading the series back in 2000 I identified more with Jude. I thought I was laid back, grounded, live and let live kind of person. However I am beginning to think I'm more of a Carole - neurotic, paranoid, shy and judgemental. I don't know if I've changed, or just got to know myself better!

07 March, 2011

I heart blogger

I have been keeping this blog since 2006. I've enjoyed blogging - making blog friends, and feeling that I've made a connection.
I do my best to keep it light - I have a special diary for all my worries and weird feelings (now that is a name for a blog!) that I keep private. I don't blog as much as I used to , but I like knowing it is there and if I feel the need I can type away. Blogging is still my favourite social network. Face book is too public for me, and although I do like reading Twitter, 140 characters is not quite enough.

06 March, 2011


I'm starting a new job tomorrow, same organisation, same office but different section. I'm looking forward to it and as the hours are 9 to 5 I can get up later!
Was going to write more but Steve is playing Guns and Roses and I meed to get away from the noise...