Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Really been ...

... side-tracked these past couple of weeks or so.  Photo book of Florida has really been taking me away from everything else, apart from the normal things like laundry, shopping, housework etc, although even that has suffered to a certain extent.  The OH and I have made a bit of time for 'tourist at home' type things and a trip to the cinema.  Ben Hur last time.  Never been to the cinema so much.  Think, in the 30+ years we've been married we've been 4 times until recently .... a war film (one of the Telly Savalas ones - first date), Ghost Busters a couple of weeks later when we got engaged and a few years later ... Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves.  He thinks we've been more since then.  If we have I don't remember and why would I remember them 3 and nothing newer???  We've seen several films lately and all thanks to those blooming meerkats - LOL!

Anyway, I think I've finished the photo book.  Not sure entirely as there's some I'm not completely happy however, there's a deal on a voucher for a heavily discounted print.  I'll buy the voucher then I'll have a month from date of purchase to complete and order the book.  I'll buy it on the last day of the offer and then I'll spend time going through it a few times to tidy it up and try to become happy with the pages I'm not too pleased with.  A few days break may help.

I was awake at 2:30 this morning.  Got up at 4:30 because I got fed up of laying there with brain refusing to shut down.  By the time the OH had got up I'd sorted out all my recipes and rehomed them.  Completed my Microsoft daily challenges and completed the photo book which I'd left with a few pages and a couple of days of the holiday to do.  To that end, here is what it is at the moment.  It may change a bit but most of it will stay as is .....

http://www.photobox.co.uk/creation/4398163425

It's been a while since I've done one.  Not even sure how to get it on the blog other than a straight forward link.  May have to go look at previous ones - ROFL!

UPDATE: 22/09/16 - it seems all my other photo books have disappeared from the blog.  Have a job to put links on now and update the relevant posts.  Thanks Google 'cos can't see any other reason they'd have disappeared other than Blogger no longer accepting how they were put on *sad*

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Monday, 12 September 2016

Arrghhhh! ...

... slipping behind again *shock!*

I keep getting side-tracked.  I'm trying to do a photo book for the Florida trip I did with some of Clair's workshop members back in May.  It's easy for it to take over everything and before I know it the 10 minutes I was going to give it has become a few hours.  I'm working on day 7.  I've got to day 7 reasonably quickly and easily but day 7 is Disney's Magic Kingdom day.  Lots of photos and, although most won't make it into the book and not even been selected to download to the Photobox album, there's still lots to go through and be selective.  When I started doing these photo books the largest book had 100 pages.  The last one I did they'd increased that to 120.  I notice that it's now 160.  Initially I didn't think I was going to get to the 100.  Without Magic Kingdom and Epcot (which is still to be done) I don't think I would have.  It now seems, I may need the full 160 *wow!*

I do have things to blog - another tourist in my home town trip out and a different workshop.  Photos have been uploaded for one, photos of results still to be taken of another and ... a birthday!  Our little grandson was 8 on Thursday.

I'll try harder to leave the photo book and catch up here .... perhaps *LOL!*

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Monday, 5 September 2016

Workshop ...

... first of Clair's in September.  Rolled flowers.  I'm not a fan of rolled flowers.  Have tried to love them.  Have tried to like them but they just don't do it for me.  The card is pretty but it would have been as pretty using different flowers.  I finished the base card in workshop - and a few of the flowers were rolled.  I didn't finish them there.  I took an old paperback book with me.  The sample card was grey, pink and blue flowers.  I fancied a few book page ones.  Initially wasn't going to use any pink but the pink lifted the other colours so pink was used.  I like the book page flowers.  Should have used a different book though.  The pages of this one were a tad too thin to make the flowers effectively.  It'll make good background paper though and I'm sure there are other ways it will be used.  I'll use thicker book pages for flowers in future.  So, here's the card ..... will have to think about who's likely to be receiving this one.  *grin*

Workshop was interesting this week. A sing-song began.  Can't remember how or why but what started as a sing-song pretty much became a full scale choir.  Strangely it sounded really good - and was fun!


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Sunday, 4 September 2016

Doctors, nurses ...

 ... nothing much more interesting except we've had a day looking after this little one.
This past week we decided to be tourists in our own town and take a boat trip from the Marina. Just 45 minutes along the coast, from the Marina, out past the Palace Pier and on to the West Pier ruins and then back again.  On buying the ticket the guy said it was choppy and we may get wet.  'Tis only water!  It was a tad choppy but I was able to stand when I wanted - and we didn't get wet.  Well, one spray hit us but that was all.  Kids were loving it - just like a theme park ride was the general concensus.  I thought it better *LOL*
The West Pier will never be restored.  There's a new attraction where the entrance to the West Pier used to be.  It opened towards the end of August.  The i360 or i-Sore as some have dubbed it.  Have to say it's a weird looking thing.  The pod looks so tiny compared to the pole it travels up but it's supposed to carry 250 people.  I've not been up in it yet.  I'll wait until the novelty has worn off then go and register as a resident and get the ride half price *grin*.  I'll go up once, to say I've done it.  Doubt I'll bother again.  I've heard complaints that it's not a long enough ride.  I'm lead to believe it's 20 minutes in total.  The complaints I've heard about say you don't get long at the top (which isn't the top but quite a few meters below the actual top of the pole) - not long enough to take everything in, anyway.  Guess half price might be as much as anyone should pay???  I'll find out when I do it.  It did look as though it spends longer at ground level than 'up the pole' *LOL!*
On the way back to the Marina I got some shots of the coast the other way ... Rottingdean, Saltdean, Peacehaven and beyond ... Newhaven, Seaford
The only other thing of note that happened ...
The OH drove for the first time in over 2 years *YAY!*  My car is booked for it's MOT and should be back on the road at the end of the month - over a year since it has been.  Just hope it doesn't need major works.

Nothing crafty to show.  Workshop card from last week hasn't been finished yet.  I've flowers to roll - or replace.  Not decided yet but will at some point.

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Monday, 22 August 2016

Excited ...

... much!  2 holidays booked in less than a week.  One for a week in October with the OH and one for a 2 week cruise in August next year with a friend.  

The October one will cover the week that includes our 31st anniversary.  We're going to an area of the UK we've not been to before.  Well, not to investigate anyway.  We've been to take part in an archery tournament (an intercounties one) many years ago but no sightseeing was done.  This time it will be sightseeing all the way.  We're doing a caravan holiday.  We couldn't seem to find an hotel that could accommodate the wheelchair and, even one that said they could then asked us what we meant by wheelchair accessible *shock*.  Didn't give much confidence that their advertised wheelchair accessible rooms would be, even if they hadn't been closed for the week we wanted.  Caravan park couldn't have been more helpful and we've an adapted caravan booked giving us a massive saving to put towards days and eating out.

The August cruise .... a bucket list item being marked off - twice!  First the cruise and second, the destination.  Norway!  Ideally I'd love to do Norwegian fjords in the winter but cruises at that time of year are in short supply and seem to be extra expensive when found.  This one is a bit more than that though in that it crosses the Arctic circle.  We leave from Southampton and cruise, calling in at different ports on the way, up to Honningsvag.  Google it.  It's right round the top of Norway, in the land of the midnight sun and nearly in the Barent Sea.  Looking forward to it immensely.  Just need to decide which excursions we'd like to do - and the other one of the 'we'?  Wendy, my roomie from Florida.  She gave me a couple of brochures to look at last Thursday at workshop.  I opened one and it fell on this page and, for me I didn't need to look any further.  Lucky for me Wendy was up for it as well and Friday she booked it.  Job done *grin!*

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Sunday, 21 August 2016

Adrenaline Rush ...

.... well, it wasn't for me but the 'boys' entered a local Adrenaline Rush event (an obstacle course race) yesterday at Stanmer Park.   It was the first OCR that the youngest had done and it's the first time they've done anything together in years  It was good to see.  The OH and I went down to watch and arrived not long before they came into sight for the last few hundred yards.  Now wish we'd gone earlier, for the start, as it seems there were more obstacles further into the park so we didn't really get to see much but weather was a bit iffy.  Fine for the participants, not so good, if it turned nasty, for spectators.  As it turned out, us waiting to see how the weather was developing was the reason we missed so much.  If they do a spectator friendly one again we'll be there a lot earlier!
The OH and I have been glued to the TV/red button for the past 2 weeks .... archery, shooting, cycling, rowing, canoeing, gymnastics, diving and so on but not a lot of athletics.  Yep, we've been watching the Olympics from Rio.  Athletics tended to be on very late at night into the early hours but, to be honest, we're not as interested in that as we are in the more minority sports.  Definitely archery and shooting as they were/are our sports so we know what we're looking at.  Doesn't stop us thinking we can spot things that aren't quite right or exceptionally good in other sports though  *ROFL!*  We're now watching the marathon, traditionally the last sport of the games.  We won't be watching the closing ceremony ... well, not live anyway.  It doesn't start until past midnight for us.  We haven't actually seen the opening ceremony.  Perhaps we need to go onto catch up and see what we can find .....  Now for the Paralympics - so much more inspirational and again, of special interest to us.  Just hoping we get some decent TV coverage.


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Saturday, 20 August 2016

Workshop on ...

... Thursday.  A very different card to normal but a fun one. Really cute and I have a recipient in mind *LOL!* MFT You're Super stamp and dies were used. Everything was hand done, including the background matt. My image and WOW plaque were coloured with Prismacolors. The image is actually a lot brighter than the photo shows. The 'WOW' is really 'MOM' but used upside down.
This week the OH and I had another trip to the cinema following a lovely lunch at Las Iguanas. This time we saw Pete's Dragon. Nothing like the old animated one but very enjoyable and ... we had our first full experience of a 3D film. 

A slightly different perspective of Brighton Marina .... Stitched in a panorama program again, hence the ghosting of the launch and jet ski.
The weather was glorious!


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Monday, 15 August 2016

We made ...

... it to the movies.  Star Trek Beyond.  Excellent film.  Not only was the movie entry fee a good deal but we also had lunch out on a good deal as well *grin*.  A new pizza place opening in the Marina was doing staff training prior to the official opening. The day before we went they were doing free pizzas (youngest got that deal with the not-so-littlies). We got an everything half price deal.  Hadn't intended to eat there but 2 pizzas, a large bowl of salad and 2 bottles of ginger beer for £14?  Don't mind if I do.  A meal out and a movie for £21 for 2 - not complaining - *LOL!*  Took this pic from outside the new apartments and restaurants.  It's actually 4 photos stitched together in some panoramic software.
... and this is where the above photo/s were taken from ....

At the weekend eldest had a BBQ.  Good to catch up with his in-laws and have a few of our family together, including spending some time with our little great-granddaughter.
Eldest grandchildren ... 
... and their Dad, our eldest ...
... our youngest son ...
... and his son, our youngest grandchild with our little great-granddaughter
Bella found it all very tiring * lol*
Camera was hi-jacked .... and they say I'm weird!
Hmmmmm!
Us and our boys *LOL!*
Movies again this week, fitted around nurses visits, optician appointment exercise class, workshop and general rubbish like housework and cooking - Pete's Dragon is the plan and in 3D!  We'll see ....

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Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Workshop cards ...

... from last week.  The die used for the white matt is from the Avery Elle, Finished Frames set.  The stamp set is Avery Elle Berry Good, stamped and heat embossed then hand cut.  I borrowed Clair's Tim Holtz Distress Crayons to try.  So glad I didn't 'go with the flow' when the rest of the workshop ladies were buying these - while we were in the US and over here.  I don't like them at all.  Difficult to blend, even using a baby wipe to moisten the finger.  They didn't blend well at all, having a definite line between some colours.  Reckon I've saved myself a bit there - lol!  Love the simpleness of these cards though and, using a different colouring method they could be very useful.


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