Friday, 29 April 2011

Kreativ Blog Award

The very lovely Elle and Belle over at Our Handmade Journey have nominated me for a Kreativ Blog  Award. This means I just link back to their blog and write ten interesting facts about myself.  I don't even know if there is ten interesting facts about me!! But here goes:





1.  I learned to play brass instruments when I was 7, starting with a cornet.  I then moved on to a tenor horn and eventually, trombone.

2.  When I was in Primary 6, I was on a radio programme called In The News.  We were asked to write a short statement about something in the news.  Mine was about how kids comics and magazines encourage unhealthy eating by giving away free sweets with their comics, and basically they should stop doing it! My entry was chosen and I got to read it on the radio.

3.  I broke my arm when roller skating down a big hill.  My friend stopped right in front of me and I swerved to miss her.  I ended up wrapping myself around a lampost.

4.  My mum then didn't think it was broken, and I had to wait til the next morning before she took me to A+E (she's a nurse, LOL!)  She felt really bad when they x-rayed it and said I had to get a plaster on it.  I thought they meant they were going to put an elastoplast on it!

5.  I had an imaginary friend called Bulk.  I watched SuperTed a lot and I think that's where I got the name from.

6.  I watch a LOT of TV.  I have an incredible memory for lines from TV shows and movies, and routinely quote them.  I'm aware that this is unbelievably annoying.  If only my memory had been that good when I was studying for my exams.

7.  I always wanted to be a nurse, from when I was very little.  When people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always said "like mum".  But I didn't do my nursing training until I was 19.  When I left school I went straight into a job at the local health centre, where I'd had a summer job. 

8.  I didn't really get many Highers, but I went back to night school every Wednesday for a year to get my Higher Human Biology.  I got a B.

9.  I married my first proper boyfriend.

10.  I learned to knit when I was about 7 or 8.  I now take my knitting almost everywhere, including work, where I knit on my breaks.  My colleagues all think I'm slightly mental, and tell me I'm old before my time.  I think they're just jealous ;o)


I now nominate Never Not Knitting, Tickled Pink and Go Knit In Your Hat.

Monday, 25 April 2011

The Gallery: Green

This weeks theme for Tara Cain's Gallery is green.  Green is NOT my most favourite colour, so I was struggling to think of anything I owned that is actually green.

But green is such an outdoors colour.  Green to me represents spring time.  Trees in full bursts of colour, fresh cut grass, new buds pushing through the ground.

I've been working in my garden since this good weather has made an appearance.  Hopefully I'll get to plant some new flowers this week. So my entry to the Gallery this week is a picture from my garden:



Why not check out the other entries over at Tara Cain's Sticky Fingers Blog?

Working in the Garden

What I love about this good weather, is being able to get out and do some work in the garden.   On Friday, it was like a scene from CSI as I killed many, many weeds!

The harsh winter seems to have killed one of my perennials, the pittisporum.  It's a shame, as it was a lovely plant, and was a wedding present to us from my mums colleagues.  Now it is just a skeletal bundle of twigs.

And now, these little blighters have moved in and made themselves comfortable:




Underneath all the weeds, these lovely flowers were beginning to come into full bloom.




But at least now the trees have been trimmed, the ground is prepared, I have new top soil ready to go down, and at the weekend I'll be heading down to the garden centres to get some little bedding plants.



Saturday, 23 April 2011

Silent Sunday


For more Silent Sunday posts head over to Mocha Beanie Mummy


Silent Sunday

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Nice Weather and Weight Issues



I have a love/hate relationship with all this nice weather we're having. 


Love that it's sunny.
Hate that it's too warm. I don't fare well in the heat.
Love that it makes everything look prettier.
Hate that I have red hair, and fair skin which means I'm prone to burning.

Love that it makes everyone feel better.
Hate that the heat gives me headaches


Love that I can do some gardening.
Hate that the garden needs so much done to it.

Love that I can wear spring/summer clothes.
Hate that my spring/summer clothers still make me feel fat.





I tried on a couple of tops this morning, ones I took with me on my honeymoon last year, and they were t i g h t.  That kind of tight way that you can see every lump and bump and over hanging bit.  Yeuch!

I'm currently only 5lbs heavier than I was on my honeymoon, but man does that 5lbs make a big difference!!  My goal is to get under 11 stone.  I've not been under 11 stone since about 3rd year of high school.  I'm currently 7lbs away from 11stone. 

I started Weight Watchers for the UMPTEENTH time at the end of February, and have since lost 12lbs.  I'm really happy with that.  But I'm still heavy, and my shape hasn't changed.  I need to get my butt in gear!!  The warm weather definitely gives me the munchies.  And with Easter this weekend, I'm being tempted by chocolatey goodies.  I know that exercise is the key, and I really need to motivate myself to exercise, but truth is I can't be bothered half the time.  I need an exercise that I enjoy doing.  I really wish our local swimming pool would hurry up and re-open as it's been shut since 2008! I used to go to the gym there, and loved it, but I've never found a new one.  I used to love going to the gym and for a swim.  I need to motivate myself to get out and even just walk for an hour or so, anything to get out of this habit of sitting on my ass!!

Because if I don't, I fear I'll end up like this:







Wednesday, 20 April 2011

The Gallery: My Blog



This weeks theme for Tara Cain's The Gallery is My Blog. 


I have really struggled with the theme this week.  What is my blog about? To be honest I'm not really sure.  I don't have a theme, I post little bits and pieces of everything.


But mostly my blog is about this:




I started my blog as a way of tracking my progress now that I've started to knit again.  Also as a way of passing time on my days off work. 
I know what my blog is not:  It's not geared towards one thing.  It's not organised, professional, or beautifully written. But it is mine.  My little place where I can go to rant about work, log my latest knitting project, join in with Silent Sunday and The Gallery, and moan when no one else will listen.




I'm aware that not a lot of people visit my blog.  Knitting isn't for everyone after all, and I'm not the best writer.  I don't have kids to write about, or a fascinating job.  I've not had an exciting life or challenging times.  My life is terribly ordinary.  But my blog is for me, and no one else.  Maybe it will one day develop into something a bit more meaningful, a bit more personal, full of life and personality.


But for now, everything is just wooly.



Check out the other entries over at The Gallery

Monday, 18 April 2011

Saturday Jaunts: Blair Drummond Safari Park

Since hubby and I are making more of an effort to get out and about when we have some time together, we're taking little trips on Saturdays.  A few weeks ago, we took a trip to Newcastle.  This Saturday we went to Blair Drummond Safari Park.

I remember going there when I was very young, I think it was on a Sunday School outing.  Hubby had never been.

It was well worth the £12.50 admission cost.  We didn't even get round everything there was to do! It is very much directed towards children, and we don't have children, but as Hubby and I are big kids we had a good time anyway!

The animal reserves are my favourite part.  We got to drive around the reserves and see the animals up close. 



I love how he looks almost cartoon-like!





Rhinos make me think of dinosaurs.  I wonder if they are distant relatives of the Triceratops?



Shhh! It's nap time in the Lions Den.





The babies are so cute


I love how old elephants look.  This one was walking backwards at the time of the photo, and he kept walking backwards all the way down the hill.  Maybe he just couldn't be bothered to turn round?






Taking shade.


We then took a ride on the boat round Chimpanzee Island.  There are three on the island, a mother and son and daughter.  They are beautiful.  Although, we did watch the male try to catch and eat a partridge! Man they are LOUD!






After Chimp Island, we took a little walk round the Lemur enclosure.  These tiny little things are so cute!



And there was even a grouse hiding in their part of the park!

We then headed over to the sea lion show.






We didn't have enough time to go to the Birds of Prey enclosure, or see the meerkats, and I can't believe I missed the penguins (they're my favourite!).  And I was really hoping to go and do a bit of a nosy and see what this big house was all about:



We can't wait to go back, as there is so much more to see and do.  There is a large barbecue area, picnic area, and adventure area which is TECHNICALLY for kids, but I was still tempted to chuck them all off the swings and have a go myself. 

Perhaps when the weather is better, we will go and have a picnic with some friends, and explore the rest of the park!

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