March 28, 2007

Bliss…

What a fantastic afternoon it was yesterday!  I rushed home from work got a bolognese on the go and hot footed it up to my allotment.  I didn't have anything particular to do but I just wanted to be outside and 'be'.  I played around in the muck and dirt pulling at haphazad weed growth and scavenging the hedgerows for stuff.  It was really warm, the sun was shining and I stayed up there until 7pm, got home, had a shower, spag bol was ready accompanied by a glass of wine - bliss 

March 27, 2007

Fog Lights….aaaaarrrgh!

I know this has been said a thousand times, not least by me at least 999 times, but why do people insist on using fog lights when there is a tail of about 20 cars behind them - we can see you with your normal lights you know!!!  I accept the point that they may have driven from somewhere where there were no cars behind them and so were taking correct precautions but by the time they reach a major road with plenty of cars behind them they should be more aware and switch the damn things off instead of sitting in their little tin box listening to some crap radio, oblivious to the fact they're burning a hole in my retina!

Then on the opposite side of the coin, there were at least 2 cars this morning that didn't have lights on at all and were completley unaware that they appeared as strange dark shapes suddenly emerging out of the gloom.  Idiots is what I call them - all of them, foggers and no-lighters = idiots!

Well  that seems to have set the mood for the day...


March 26, 2007

Spring – reminds me of tigger

The clocks have gone forward and it really does feel like Spring now.  I spent a few hours up the alltoment yesterday with my new toy- a Mantis rotavator.  I thought I might have a bit of trouble getting it statred because it's a pull thingy (like they have on boats...) but it started first time and I was off!!  I managed to get 3 of my beds rotavated and now the soil resembles cake crumbs and is ready for whatever I choose to plant.  I had to have a quick check over the seeds I've bought to see what should be going in when but I think I might start them all off in the greenhouse first and then plant them out a bit later on.  That will give me plenty of time to continue making sure my soil is just right!  Oh the joy of an allotment and what's even better is that I can start going up after work now as it's lighter in the evening yippee!

On a different note the bedroom is definitely taking shape, HP is working hard on stripping the old bed and revarnishing it ready for some magical woodwork and then it'll be back to sleeping in comfy bed again - that calls for a 2nd yippee!

See lots of things to be bouncy about - tiggers (Spring) are wonderful things!


March 21, 2007

Memories

I've finally mananged to get round to adding some New York photos to my memory stick and then add them to this blog.  Just going through them and choosing which ones to upload brought back all the memories of what a great time we had, all thanks to HP! 

If you're interested check out the pics


March 14, 2007

New York, New York so good they named it twice!

So true!  Back from NYC now and I have to say it's better than I imagined it.  It's a fantastic city with so much to see.

Here's a brief itinery of what we covered in 3 days:

Day 1 (arrived at hotel 2pm) : Empire State Building, Grand Central Station, Beer in Cheers-like bar, shopping 5th Avenue

Day 2: Times Square, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, walking around financial district, visited ground zero, ate a pretzel from street vendor, HP insisted on a trip to Tiffany's where he had cleverly pre-bought me a beautiful pair of diamond, yes I said diamond, ear rings! (such a lucky girl) Dinner with HP's aunt in a 1930s New York apartment on 79th street

Day 3: Brooklyn Birdge, China Town (ate chinese out of a cardboard box), Little Italy (had a cappucino in an Italian cafe), more beer in Cheers-like bar, Museum of Modern Art (including Pollock, Monet, Matisse, Lichtenstein, Van Gogh and many more) Macy's, Rockefeller centre observation deck, dinner

Day 4 (Until 2pm): Central Park, this included; the Dakota building, John Lennon memorial, Hans Christian Anderson statue, Alice in Wonderland statue, De La Corte theatre, Metropolitan Museum and just general wandering around.  This park is huge and a great way to spend a few hours. Topped off with a trip to Bloomingdale's.

We certainly packed in as much as we could and our feet and legs were really aching by the time we'd finished.  It's a great place and the more you walk around the more you see.  You know you're going to see the classic buildings like the Empire State but as you start looking there are so many great pieces of architecture.  It's not just the buildings though, the streets aren't crowded, I didn't feel as if I was getting hassled and jostled like I do when I go to London and the people were brilliant.  They weren't over the top with their 'have a nice days' but when you wanted help with directions or anything else they went out of their way to help.

All in all it was a perfect way to spend my 'significant' birthday and I'd happily go there again - might do more shopping next time though!


March 05, 2007

Cold enough for you?

Well it's 3 days and counting 'til we go to New York and now I'm really excited.  So excited in fact I thought I'd check out the 5 day weather forecast....the day we arrive it will be -8C!!! sinking to -15C at night; that is bloody cold!  I know there's colder places out there and I have experienced some pretty cold times, Pendenis castle is legend amongst a certain group of friends and C and A will recount the bitter cold of Cologne on a Christmas shopping trip. The latter involved copius amounts of Gluhwein which I'm not sure helped keep the cold out but certainly made us try on and buy more shoes than was strictly necessary for a 3 day trip! 

In fact as I remember my birthday trip last year to Hampton Court with HP had to be curtailed beacuse of the cold. We managed to get around the palace but decided to leave the gardens because it really was taters, so we found the nearest pub and got some red wine down us while we watched the six nations on the pub TV. 

But none of these destinations was as cold as -15C so I'm seriously considering a hasty shopping trip to stock up on thermals!

HP has done a great job this weekend and stayed off the wicked weed!  He has been laughing in a maniacal way and shouting at the TV more though, which he puts down to a chemical imbalance...it has been highly amusing though!  I'm even more proud of him now and I'm sure he's going to crack it x


March 01, 2007

This time next week…..

It's official!  I can actually start to say the magic words....'This time next week I'll be on the plane to New York!"  Yippee!!!  HP's life will not be worth living over the next week as I quickly ramp myself up into a fever pitch of excitement that I'll probably burst!

Though I do tend to do this wherever we go as I like to feel that I'm getting my money's worth, and I feel it's all part of the 'going on holiday' experience.  As a good friend once said to me 'it's better to travel than to arrive' although I like the arriving bit too :)

HP's taking a big step today, he's giving up the wicked weed to enter the clean and (almost) wholesome life of a non-smoker!  I'm very proud of him and I know he'll be fine x


February 27, 2007

Human conditioning….weird

We moved into our spare room and bed last night as we're about to start decorating our bedroom and the bed that HP made years ago is having a face lift by his good self!

Now I was quite excited by the move, the spare room has already been decorated and is effectively my dressing room with my wardrobe, chest of drawers, all my girly stuff like make up, jewellery, straightners etc. etc and I thought it'd be nice to be surronded by all this niceness.  Well, when I actually whent to bed it was lovely.  The bed was comfy, we had a king size quilt on a double bed so no possibility of losing most of it to HP in the middle of the night and I was enveloped in all my girly things but I had the worse night's sleep ever I just fidgeted and fidgeted and was constantly waking up.  I can't believe that we're so conditioned to being in certain surrondings that even when we move to an equally familiar environment (i.e. a room I use every day!) that we can't relax enough to sleep properly.  It wasn't just me HP was in the same boat and the cat was not too chuffed either, seeing as that's normally her bed and she gets to have it all to herself!

Anyway I can only hope that I get used to it soon enough otherwise I'm going to be particularly miserable over the next couple of weeks and then we'll have to do it all again when we change back to our newly decorated room..harumphh!  :(


February 22, 2007

I wonder….

Across from my office I can see into a lecture theatre and on the screen is the title 'Gay Masculinities' I wonder what that's about?  I have to say the students look fascinated, I'm trying to read the rest of the slides but not getting much more insight into what it all entails.  I might google it but I'm a bit concerned about what might appear...

February 21, 2007

Doesn't it look lovely?

More pictures of my allotment, if compared with the earlier ones you can really see how it's coming on.  See if you can spot the first rhubarb plants....

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