Friday, 31 January 2014

Flashback Friday - Willo The Wisp

Willo The Wisp

It was just another ordinary day in Doyle Woods when suddenly.......

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Witty Wednesday - duct, duct tape

This made me chuckle, soo sooo often we kid about buying some duct tape... hope it brightens up your Wednesday.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Tuneful Tuesday - Stevie Nicks - Landslide

We heard this the other day .... I was singing along..... the boys were singing along (we have my glee albums on quite a lot).... my husband looked at us blankly as if we were mad.  In fact my husband had not even HEARD of Stevie Nicks.... shameful!!

Here's the lyrics, and a you tube video incase you need to educate anyone ...........

Monday, 27 January 2014

Trains, Busses and Event City

Don't you hate it when a lovely day out turns into a nightmare thanks to public transport .... you know the same public transport that we are always being encouraged to use.

Readers may have seen some of my Tweets on Saturday - for you to get the bigger picture I will start from the beginning......

Saturday we had arranged to pick up our Merlin Passes from Legoland Discovery Centre in Manchester.  Following this we were going to the Sealife Centre next door.  We debated staying overnight but the train fare would have doubled and there were no bargain hotel rooms so, as we only live an hour away by train from Manchester a day trip it was.

We go up, got the boys ready (it was a surprise right up until they got to the desk at Legoland) and packed a picnic/ provisions to fuel the day.

We boarded the PACKED East Midlands train to Manchester at 9.45 am, taking our place on the floor / pull down seats (it was hard to decide which was comfiest) outside the drivers cab.

Raspberry and Dark Chocolate Flapjack

WOW a completely different taste from the raspberry and white chocolate we made a few months ago. Still far too sticky tho, but this was because we didn't have enough oats (and yesss I put in too much golden syrup again). But the most amazing taste when the mixed spice hits.

It's a fantastically easy recipe for the kids to help with as well.

Friday, 24 January 2014

Flashback Friday - Knightmare


Welcome, Watchers of Illusion .....
...... to the Castle of Confusion

Whether you watched it way back on ITV in 1987 or as recently as last weekend on Challenge TV Knightmare will never get boring.

I grew up with it, and now that it's being re-shown my boys get to grow up with it.

Knightmare was a fantasy adventure game show created and produced by Tim Child. More recently a capmaign to bring it back has led to a one off new show created for YouTube's "Geek Week" and a live show.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Cross Stitch Crazy Review, March 2014 issue 187

Please note that I get this magazine on a UK subscription so free gifts/ charts may differ from those in the shop/ overseas subscribers.

Free Gifts

Teapot chart (sorry no pic as I forgot to take one).

This is a smallish chart (44 stitches wide x 44 high) of a blue teapot with flowers.  It's certainly different.... not my cup of tea (if you'll excuse the pun) but I can see its wider appeal.


I loved this notebook and immediately got my (sadly lacking) stitching bug back by turning it into my Blogging notebook.  There are designs further through the magazine tho if you'd rather use a ready made pattern.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

tuneful tuesday - Copacabana (At The Copa)

A great song to cheer you up after Blue Monday...... Barry Manilow's Copacabana (At The Copa)

Monday, 20 January 2014

Silver Foil Rocket

One of Ben's books this week from school was "Silver Foil Rocket".  In it Biff, Kipper, Chip and co. build a large rocket out of oil drums and silver foil for the carnival.  This gave me a fantastic idea for a Make..... a silver Foil Rocket.

We saved the toilet rolls this week (I MUST make that junk box I keep meaning to) and had some lids left over from when I used the silver foil trays for Rocky Road.    Here's how we did it....

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Ursula Michael's "Lets Trick or Treat" - Progress Update 19th January 2014

Progress is slow on this piece as I am rather addicted to Lego Marvel on the PS3 and spend most of my spare time playing that when I'm not blogging.   I am, however, trying to dedicate 1 night a week to stitching.

I am itching to get this piece finished tho as I want to crack on with the boys DC superhero afghan that I started ages ago ... tho I really ought to see if I can find an Iron Man, Spiderman and Hulk to put on it as they are the favourites in this house at the moment.

Friday, 17 January 2014

International Book Giving Day - February 14th 2014

What better way to show your love for a child than by joining in with International Book Giving Day.

International Book Giving Day is a 100% volunteer initiative aimed at increasing children’s access to and enthusiasm for books.

In 2013, International Book Giving Day was celebrated by people in Australia, Canada, South Africa, France, India, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, the Philippines, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, Nigeria, Nicaragua, Brazil, Egypt, Poland, Greece, Portugal, Mexico, Macedonia, Malawi, Hungary, Malaysia, Israel, Denmark, Thailand, Indonesia, Jordan, China, Puerto Rico and Bulgaria. We hope that people around the world will think about the best ways to help children in need in their communities.

Flashback Friday - Muppet Babies

Muppet Babies

When your world looks kinda weird and you wish that you weren't there 
Just close your eyes and make believe and you can be anywhere 

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

tuneful tuesday - Sk8er Boi

Tuneful Tuesday - Avril Lavigne "Sk8er Boi"

This song always takes me back to Saturdays working in Boots and my a friend who kept me sane for 3 years (sadly we lost touch when I left Uni).  We used to have a radio in the stockroom and this song would always get us both running to 'find an item' (aka dance around singing loudly) ........ you can only imagine what we were like when it played on a night out.

For those of you who have never heard here it is, the lyrics for Avril Lavigne's "Sk8er Boi".  
If you have a song that holds memories or that you simply want to share with other people let me know, I may just feature it.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Silent Sunday 12.1.14

Weston Park and The Ponderosa

Weston Park Museum and The Ponderosa 

We took a little break from the set downloadable walks this week (due to it being freezing and very wet) and went to Weston Park Museum instead.  We do this maybe every couple of months and, only at the end of last year, realised we could walk 3/4 of the way home by going through the Ponderosa.

It's really easy to get to.  You can get the tram to the University Tram Stop and walk (10 mins ish) or get the number 51/ 52 bus which stops outside the door.   You can drive but it has no designated car park, the area can get really busy so it's not guaranteed you will be able to park close by.

Friday, 10 January 2014

My Bookshelf

I have decided to make better use of my Bookspot tab so am going to keep my ongoing list of what is on (and off) my bookshelf here.

Flashback Friday - The Poddington Peas

The Poddington Peas

Down at the bottom of the garden,
Among the birds and the bees.
There live a lot of little people,
They're called The Poddington Peas

There's Cre-Pea, Black Eye-Pea and Dum-Pea.
Keep it a secret now please.
Theres Zip-Pea, Hap-Pea and there's Sweet-Pea
And all the Poddington Peas!

The Poddington Peas!

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Tuneful Tuesday - Alanis Morissette "Ironic"

Tuneful Tuesday - Alanis Morissette "Ironic"

I loved Alanis' songs, the majority that were out in my mid tean years (late 90's) were such feel good happy songs that you couldn't help but join in with and sing along.

We were watching "The Internship" the other day that starts with "Ironic", I cannot hear this song without singing it.

For those of you who have never heard here it is, the lyrics and a randomly selected youtube video for Alanis Morisette's "Ironic".  

If you have a song that holds memories or that you simply want to share with other people let me know, I may just feature it.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Easy Cheesy Muffins

Although I have loads of chocolate in the house that really needs eating up I just could not bring myself to make chocolate muffins (but guess what i now REALLY want sat here writing this post?!).  Instead we turned our attention to Cheese Muffins.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Art in the City

Art in the City

Continuing our weekend walking we headed into the city centre this week for a spot of culture, and to pick up my new diary from John Lewis :) .  It's amazing how you can live in a city and not even realise what you are part of.  How many times have I walked past the Winter Gardens and not noticed 'walking man'?  How did I not know the silver balls outside the Winter Gardens were actually a commissioned piece called 'Rain'.

This walk is taken from the website (which you can sign up to for free).  It allows you to download walks based on your postcode which makes life MUCH easier for someone like me who barley knows one end of Sheffield from the other.

Route in hand (detailed below but available to download here I made the boys their 'treasure map'.

Maps and route in hand we set off for the tram and headed into a very busy, sunny, city centre.

First stop...... Town Hall.

Friday, 3 January 2014

Flashback Friday - Pigeon Street

Pigeon Street

The Programme that got us talking about Flashback Friday wayyyy back in 2013 - Pigeon Street.
So here's a bonus Flashback just for you @IHaveCards and @jessikart.

If you lived in Pigeon Street,
Here are the people you could meet,
Here are the people who would say
Hello, Goodbye, Hello, Goodbye
Every day

Flashback Friday - Raggy Dolls

Raggy Dolls

It's not much of a life when you're just a pretty face,
Just to be whoever you are is no disgrace,
Don't be scared if you don't fit in...
Look who's in the reject bin!

I used the love the Raggy Dolls in the 80's and 90's (and still do as we have some of the DVD's).  Following the adventures of rejected toys from Mr Grimes' factory and their adventures.    It taught children to respect people who were different.

The Raggy Dolls consisted of 112 animated episodes and ran from 1986 - 1994.  Each 5 minute episode was produced for Yorkshire Television.