Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Gwithian Beach in January!

I was MSNing with Sally-Ann this morning and she asked if I wanted to go to Gwithian with them in the RV to give it a run before their trip in February. The dogs could have a run on the beach and we could blow the cobwebs away in the sea breeze.

H was a good boy and travelled all the way there in his travel cage, whilst Fred sat at my feet watching in envy....

The weather was beautiful - like a Spring day with just a light breeze.

The boys headed off along the beach to enjoy themselves....

Then watched on as Mike collected muscles for lunch.....

When we arrived home we had a lovely gooey piece of coffee cake (with squirty cream of course), whilst we watched Neighbours on the TV - sad to some I know - but perfect to us!!!

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Card Crafting

I've had a couple of use 'em or loose 'em days to take from work holiday wise, so I decided to build up my card stocks again, - it's always good to stay ahead of the game and keep your birthday list to hand to ensure that you have enough to get you through the next few months...

Puppy dogs are the theme of the day......

Are you getting the idea that I like dogs yet?.....

I love this one - it's just like Fred racing around the garden, barking and wagging his tail!

OK - running out of variations on a theme now!

Saturday, 24 January 2009

Bonzer Burn's Bash

Saturday finally arrived. We headed off at 2.45 to meet up with Sally-Ann and Mike at the car park on North Country so that we could drive up to Pelynt in convoy, and arrive together for the Burns Night celebrations.

We arrived and were shown our rooms - really large, with a dressing area and separate bathroom, a king sized bed and a separate single bed - Fred would be ok when he came to go to sleep - he'd have his pick of the beds, or our heads to lie on!

We got ready, and as you can see from above picture, the wrap that I made worked quite well, with a little help from the lovely celtic brooch that Alison loaned to me.
Even Fred has his bow tie, that I fashioned for him - he wowed them in the pub when he paraded through with Hamish, also in his bow tie!
Paul's pocket handkerchief that I made worked quite well too - shame the suite was now 2 inches to small on the waist (he only wore it in June for Sharon's wedding and is now decidedly aware he needs to go on a diet!).

We all met in the bar before hand and walked over the Fiona and Denis's cottage for pre dinner drinks, then back to the Inn for our Burns meal.

Pete the chef walked through with haggis, whilst Charlie the landlord read out the address to a haggis, with much frivolity from us all.....

Then came the toast, with malt whiskey of course, followed by a huge serving of haggis with neeps and tatties - yum!

We all had dressed in some item of tartan - some gents in waistcoats, dicky bows, ties, handkerchief's the ladies in wraps or skirts, and even the tables had a small item of tartan on them.

The following morning we decided to drive home via the Bodinnick Ferry , as the morning arrived with beautiful blue skies....

As we waited for the ferry, Sharon realised that we were all in order - a MK1, a MK2.5 and a MK3 !!

The ferry arrived....

and the crossing went without a hitch.... - no titanic moments sorry!

All in all a really nice weekend - roll on next year!

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Facelift time

New backgrounds...

I've been all through the free backgrounds on the 'cutest blog on the block' (see link on side bar) and decided this really is cute.

It'll do until the next one, and anyway, I like owls!

Burns Night is coming....

It's Wednesday, and the fated Burns Night will soon be upon us.
Yes, I did make the tartan accessories, and yes they worked out really well - you'll just have to wait for the pictures - it's only a few days away - I'm sure you can manage!
Fred is going to be bathed and primped (he is truly very very smelly at the moment) and the case will be packed up with all of our finery.
It's soooo exciting - lets just hope that it all goes to plan, and everyone enjoys themselves.
Fingers crossed.

Saturday, 17 January 2009

A Must Read

My friend bought me this for Christmas and I only got around to starting it last week.

This morning, I was awake at 6.30am. reading it as I was so gripped. By 8.30am it was all over and now I am despondent.
Its all about Egypt, and Archaeology and murder and intrigue and trying to decipher various glyphs and make them fit some extremely well known situations.
I don't want to spoil it for you - but read it!
This is actually the writers 2nd book and his first is referenced during this story, although it does not matter if you have not read it.
I shall be buying it though i think!

Checkin' out a holiday spot for friends

We have some friends coming down this way in April - it'll be great to see you guys - and they are stopping here or here abouts - How lovely eh!

and what a view - this is taken from the spot where the first picture was taken just with me turned the other way - Doh!

Saturday, 10 January 2009

Jack Frost Nipping at our nose....

We awoke this morning the a really heavy frost, which is highly unusual for this far south, but it did look lovely - these were taken at 6.15am before most central heating systems came on, so the roof's still look sparkly!

and in the distance, the Castle and Carn Brea monument look down over us...

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

My Boys

Couldn't resist as they looked so cute together.....

Monday, 5 January 2009

Burn Baby Burn

OK, who's idea was it to wear tartan for the Burns Night I'm organising - What Me? Never? Oh Really? OOOPS
I have spent the last few weeks trying to find some sort of item of tartan clothing (preferably that doesn't make me look like the back end of a bus, or a refugee from a comedy sketch) and have had no luck at all - I wonder why!?

I gave up this afternoon and bought a metre of Cornish Tartan fabric, and will cover an Alice band, make a scrunchie, cover an old tie of Paul's and make him a fake kerchief for his jacket and a throw thing for my shoulder. If there's anything left I'll make a covering for Fred's collar!

Keep checking, I'm sure you'll have a good laugh when I post the photo's of the end results!

And now all I have to do is try and remember how to use the sewing machine - it hasn't seen the light of day for 12 months!

Thursday, 1 January 2009

Happy New Year for 2009 :)

Happy New Year to all of my friends, family and blog readers.......

Today started the year off nicely. It was very brisk in freezing coold terms, but it was dry and sunny, and we had a five run to enjoy around the Roseland Peninsular.

We met on the Tesco's car park at St Austell - 11 cars in total, picking another couple up, that were running late, en-route out of the car park.

Mike and Sharon had not actually set a run, as this was to be around their own back yard so to speak, and Mike knows the roads well enough to 'wing-it'.

I've no idea where we were at this point, I think it was Portloe? but the cars just appeared in full view ahead and behind, so I could not resist the snaps, below:

The plan was to do a 2 hour drive, stop in St Mawes for lunch and then do a bit more on the afternoon.
As we did not take Fred with us we decided to return once we stopped for the lunch break.

We left everyone in St Mawes and headed back via the King Harry Ferry ....

Now I'm ready for my dinner! A lovely start to what will hopefully be a great year.