Oh my life has changed!


Well it’s official I am teaching myself to crochet with the help of YouTube. The flower above is my first ever attempt at crocheting and it’s really quite easy.

Let’s see what else I can find to make.

Any suggestions of great items to make? Let me know share your suggestions below.


This weekends challenges

This weekend I am at home!

This may seem like a weird quote but I feel that for weeks I have been everywhere else but at home. Tim is working so I can do as I like ‘Yippee-ki-yay’ as Bruce would say in Die Hard. Anyway I seem to have digressed already.

The plan for Saturday:
1. Pop to the allotment to see what’s going on there and see what needs to be harvested as we haven’t been for weeks.

2. Make some chutney from the gherkin glut and whatever else I can find at the allotment.

3. I need to go shopping for a coat, a commuting coat not too heavy but something smart.

4. I need to find a new fridge freezer. Will I find what I want, what I really really want? Who knows we will have to see tomorrow!

5. Stock up on foods to make slimming world week easier. Guess I will be doing a bake sesh for this too

Let’s see how far we get!

What are you up to? Do you have any great chutney recipes you would like to share?

Enjoy your weekend
Elaine x

Stain Removal – Vanish Gold Powergel – This stuff is magical

I am not a big reviewer of washing products as none really impress me and I think they are all much of a muchness. I am sure people will disagree but I can’t be bothered to get excited about it. If my clothes are clean and smell nice that’s a bonus for me.

But this magical Stain Remover nearly has me lost for words.

We were at the seaside for the weekend and they boys had ice creams, Leo being Leo had to be different and opted for a bright blue lolly – Mr Bubble or something it was called. Anyway needless to say he had dribbled it down him arm, across the back if his hoodie even in his hood. How he managed to get this lolly everywhere I do not know. Last time he had one of these blue evil lollies he ruined his T-shirt.

This time his hoodie was practically new so on the way back to the holiday home I stopped in Asda and picked up some stain remover not expecting it to work at all.

I followed the instructions and left for a few minutes to let the product work into the fabric and put in the washing machine with some normal washing powder on a normal 40 degree wash, crossed my fingers and waited.

The machine finished and I opened the door expecting the stains still to be there but by the magical power of Vanish Gold Powergel all the stains had gone.

I am so impressed I am on the hint for other stains now too see if they can remove older stains. I am annoyed I didn’t take pictures before to show you just how blue this lolly stain was.

Give it a go it’s definitely worth the £4 I paid!

The Very Yummy Michel Roux Jnr

This week I was lucky enough to meet the lovely and very smiley Michel Roux Jnr.

I caught the train into London and made my way to Devonshire Square with my colleagues Carly and Anna. My other colleague Judy we were meeting there. After a bit of palava on the central line we just arrived in time.

We settled in our chairs as Chef Michel made his entrance. He did a demo and chatted to us about his cooking.

He chatted to us about his recipes and showed us how to compiled three recipes from his book.

I was a bit worried about going as I didn’t want to shatter my illusion. But, he was smiley, chatty and a bloody lovely man. Though I do regret not asking for a recipe to use up my glut of courgettes and gherkins.



Ideas and Pipe Dreams

Ideas and Pipe Dreams

I love it when us girls get together we always have a giggle and at some point the conversation will turn to our ‘Delboy Millionaire Dreams’ moments.  Do you have these?

We will sit and think of all the things that we would love to have in our lives.

I think our current list is about 6 or 7 different business ventures that could potentially be big earners in our dreams.

Every time I think about these ideas I get a little bit sick as about 7 years ago I wanted to open a ‘soft play type area’.   Now we have one in town and its not ours.  To be fair its not quite the same as our ideas.

Then, today, on my drive home I have just noticed that a vintage, preloved shop has just opened, so that’s another one to cross off the list .  However, mine  also consisted of a tea shop serving tea in mismatched china, with massive Victoria sponge sandwiches and cupcakes then in one corner we would host vintage crafting sessions like crocheting, knitting and needlecraft too.


Which one will I cross off next?

Possibly,  the idea’s are too big which is why they will never get off the ground and we should think smaller?

Maybe it’s time to go back to the drawing board and reassess the list of potentials and actually bite the bullet and have a go or are they all just ideas and pipe dreams.


My Top Ten Favorite Films

My Top Ten Favorite Films

  1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Gene Wilder
  2. Steel Magnolias – Olypmia Dukakis, Shirley MacLaine
  3. Stand by Me – River Phoenix
  4. National Lampoons Christmas Vacation – Chevy Chase
  5. Practical Magic – Sandra Bullock, Stockard Channing
  6. The Lost Boys – Jason Patric, Corey Haim
  7. The Italian Job – Micheal Caine
  8. Breakfast at Tiffanys – Audrey Hepburn
  9. Meet Me In St Louis – Judy Garland
  10. Forrest Gump – Tom Hanks

These are mine in no particular order but they are always easily to hand for those 4am mornings when I can’t sleep or Sunday afternoons.

What are yours?

Shirkers and Workers – Just for fun….. or is it?

Shirkers and Workers

This has been sat in my waiting to post queue for a while so today I will bite the bullet and post it.

In every work environment there are the ‘workers’ and ‘shirkers’.  It seems that these days the shirkers out way the workers.

Shirker Alert!

Och Eye :

Tendencies of the Och Eye:

  •  Make appointments in the middle of the day and apparently that means cannot come to office before or after meeting.
  • Pretend not to have lunch but disappear from desk for long periods of time
  • Takes three or four attempts to dial a number ( number dyslexic always a possibility given the Och the benefit of doubt )
  • Always expressing how busy they are and how much there is to do though never actually does any of it
  • Any excuse for a work at home day or  a lunch out on expenses


Tendencies of the Ditherer:

  • Can’t make a decision
  • Can’t retain any information shared with it
  • Very pleasant and everyone has a soft spot (or sympathy spot) but people skills are severely lacking
  • Cringe worthy telephone manner.  I sit as my desk and over hear some of the conversations and just am sometimes left astounded at the conversations I hear.

Worker Alert:

The Baker:

Tendencies of the Baker

  • Generally all round pleasant person
  • very very rarely looses temper
  • always goes out of way to help everyone else even if busy
  • sharer and feeder – great cakes and savouries

The Moaner:

Tendencies of the Moaner

  • Has lots to say about everything
  • Hard working and always strives to do the best for the customer and actually usually delivers the best service for their clients

I m sure that there are these people in all organisations.  I challenge you to spot yours?