Saturday, 30 April 2011

The Day After...

… and Charlie loses his tail. He is not amused!

Not really!! It’s tucked underneath him, honest!!

Well Katie’s wedding dress was just lovely, the weather behaved, I have a massive hangover and I hope y’all have a great weekend!

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Labels and Champers

Bloggie friends!

There’s a reason why, on some clothes, the label instructs: “Hand wash only”.

Putting said clothes in the washing machine and then setting the programme to “Delicates” does NOT constitute the same thing. Ahem.

Charlie says: I am liking the sun on my belleh.

Would you believe it but the one day this week where the weather prediction is for lots of thundery rain for London is tomorrow – the Day of The Wedding?!?! Oh dear!

But I still got my champers chilling in the fridge though! Yay!

Cheers to everyone!

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Lazy Hazy Dayz

Bloggie friends!

I could show y’all the hot cross buns I baked and the simnel cake too but I’ve eaten them, so here’s Charlie to show you his new cat collar instead!

I’m still on holiday – but I have submitted some writing to two competitions that I just know I won’t win so to avoid me the embarrassment, I ain’t telling you which ones! LOL!

See y’all before The Wedding!

Sunday, 24 April 2011



Charlie says: I roll around under the Easter sun!

The new series of the amazing Dr. Who started yesterday! Filmed in Utah, "The Impossible Astronaut" was mind bogglingly brilliant!! Me and Charlie highly recommend y'all watch it!


Thank you!

Friday, 22 April 2011

A Little Mystery

Bloggie friends!

About a month back, I bought a pack of very sad and uncared for miniplug plants from a hardware shop.

The label only said “plants for hanging baskets”.

So here they are after a month of growing! What they will grow into, nobody knows - but what is life without a little mystery?!?!?!

Charlie says: I zap the giant indoor triffid plant with my laser eyes!

It's a four-day Easter weekend!! See y'all real soon! Have a good 'un!!!

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Deja Vu Again!

Bloggie friends!

It’s happening again!

Last year my course tutor kept referring to me as “Benita”.

This year, my lovely, elderly and very chatty neighbour keeps calling me “Belinda”.

Which begs the question: What is it about me and this near cloned B name?!?! Answers on a postcard please!

Charlie says: I dream of a world without flashy things and pawparazzi.

As for being called Belinda, I don't mind really. She's such a lovely woman and maybe I remind her of a Belinda she used to know. I'm sure there's a story in all this that I can tweak out and create!

Happy Thursday, everyone!!!!

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Showing off!

Bloggie friends!

For the first time in SIX MONTHS,
I was able to wear a SKIRT and SANDALS to work!

AND show off my pedicured feet!

The heatwave is BACK in the UK!! Yay!

Charlie says: I think deep and meaningful thoughts.

Here's hoping the sun's rays reach y'all real soon!!

Tuesday, 19 April 2011


Sometimes, bloggie friends, you just have to give in to your urges!

Mine came at 11pm yesterday.

And here it is all ready to eat at 5 minutes past midnight!

Yep, I had the urge to bake me a banana cake with dried fruit before bedtime!

Charlie says: I had the urge to sleep in my box with my toys.

Cheers everyone!

Monday, 18 April 2011

Sweep for my sweet!

Bloggie friends!

I hope you had a great London Marathon yesterday!

It was a work day for me but I had the privilege of sharing the train commute with excitable spectators and participants!

In the meantime, Charlie did some gardening.

He says: I sweep the patio with my tail.

To all our bloggie friends in America – we hope you are safe and ok after all that mad weather!

Peace and love as always!

Friday, 15 April 2011

Great book and film. Shame about the musical.

Did you know that in 2008, I went to see Lord of the Rings – THE MUSICAL?

Here is the proof!

It’s amazing what one discovers stashed in the pockets of one's handbag!

Charlie says: Must run to next door quick before they leave!

Thank you all for your get well wishes!! You are all beautiful colours of the rainbow! I'm so back on my feet like nothing's happened!!

Woo-hoo! Have great weekend!!!!

Thursday, 14 April 2011

One in Six

Bloggie friends!

I got my innoculation against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR ) last week as we’ve had an outbreak of measles where I work.

My doctor warned that 1 in 6 people may get a high fever after 7 -10 days.

Guess what’s happening to me now? LOL! I have never been one to beat the odds!

So while I sleep and sweat through this fever, here’s Charlie to entertain y’all!

Oh ok, maybe not! LOL!

I’ve written off catching up with y’all yesterday – but I hope to catch up today, if not tomorrow!!!!


Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Diggin some Diggles

I was most creative over the weekend bloggie friends!

Not with words though – but with an egg, some flour, a little butter, a bit of sugar and lots of blueberries!

Et voila!

Blueberry Diggles!! LOL! (From Phil Vickery’s Favourite Foods cookbook)

I over-baked them just a tad though - but they were still moist and soft and yummy!

Yes they were!

Charlie says: I’m in the cat house.

The heatwave is over!! Here comes April Showers!

Monday, 11 April 2011

An Arachnid's Amen

To the spider Charlie ate
I’m so sorry I was too late
To save you from your fate
As he grabbed you with his claws
And put you in his jaws!


Charlie says: I stare out of the window innocently

What a beautiful sunny weekend just gone!! More please!

Friday, 8 April 2011

It's a Date!

Bloggie friends!!

Yay!! Finally!! 100Stories for Queensland will be out as an ebook on the 3rd May 2011! More details here as and when things happen!

If you look very closely, my name is 7th line down, 3 names in with my surname just covered up!! Yay!! LOL!

Charlie says: I too busy sunning myself to look.

Tis official!!! The UK is having a "heatwave" i.e. temperatures up to 20 degrees centigrade. Sizzling!!

Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Spring has Sprung, ooh ar!

Bloggie friends!!

Thar be a heatwave ‘pon the southeast of ye olde England!!! Oooh-aaar!

Yep! Worst pirate accent EVER!

True anecdote: There I was thinking I captured the London slang of my youth in one of my very early stories only for my tutor to comment “what region of North England is this person from?” LOL!

Charlie says: I bask in the glow of the sun too.

Spring has sprung, bloggie friends!! Hallelujah!

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Quizzical dates

Bloggie friends!

This is an honest to goodness competition question – the prize is £700 worth of shoes.

When was Valentine’s Day this year?
a)12 Jan
b)14 Feb
c)14 March

I kind of like the way the question adds ".. this year"! LOL!

I won’t say which mag this competition is being run cos I seriously *wink* want to increase my chances of winning this. Ahem.

Charlie says: I don't need more shoes just more snacks

Half-way to the weekend!!!

p.s. It's in Woman's Weekly!

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Tasty Lent

Bloggie friends!!

Meet my new discovery!

Chocolate with MANGO!

Real mango!!! With real chocolate!!!

And Thorntons are donating some of the proceeds of the sale of this chocolate to Save the Children. Yay!

Charlie says: This does not smell like tasty snack.

Happy spring everyone!

Monday, 4 April 2011

The Labour of Typing

Bloggie friends!!

Not only do I have a fetish for shoes but I also have one for calendars!! The more unusual the better!

Here is a snap of one of my more exotic calendars from Israel:

The theme of April is “Typewriter” and I quote “In 1794 Henry Mill in England filed the first patent for the typewriter. Its development went through many labor pains, and industrial production started in 1874 in the US”.

Who knew such revolutionary equipment could have “labor pains”?!?!

Charlie says: Me and mousie guard the shopping.

We hope y'all well and happy!

Sunday, 3 April 2011


To all you adorable mums! Me and Charlie salute you!

Today is not only Mothering Sunday but traditionally the time for Simnel Cake! Mine (well the fruit cake) has been soaking in Drambuie since November and should be ready by Easter!! My mama will be most proud!

Speaking of mums: Mamma Maggie over at Love & Hissess has finally given birth to 6 adorable tabby kitties!! She kept us guessing and raised over $500 for Challenger's House - a no kill animal shelter! Hooorah! Yay for Robyn and Fred who are currently fostering mamma Maggie!

Take care y'all!

Friday, 1 April 2011

Gratuitous pic

Charlie says: Shopping is tiring. Off I go to get more snacks!

Have great Springtime weekend everyone!