Sunday, 7 December 2008

Words, no pictures

So this week I've been doing things and not taking photos.
  • Sewing secret Christmas presents for special people
  • Visiting the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum
  • Admiring the new paint on the stonework on the outside of our house (who knew that watching paint dry could be so satisfying?)
  • Showing C how to bake mince pies (the results were way too tasty to photograph them before eating)
  • Putting the finishing touches to Christie's Holiday Traditions parcel

So no photos means that I must tell, not show. The opposite of what I mostly like doing.

It gives me a good reason to finally get round to doing this tag that Driftwood passed on to me. What photos am I going to find to go with any of this?

7 things to do before I die

  • Go back to America. Take my children with me and show them all the places I love there. Explain to them why they were nearly called Austin and Virginia in a burst of hormonal nostalgia.
  • Walk up some Alps
  • Knit a pair of socks
  • Finish the dratted monster fence rail quilt
  • Have a holiday here
  • Have grandchildren
  • Visit Iceland

7 things I do now

  • drink far too much coffee
  • blog
  • fret about the need to move house versus the imploding economy
  • daydream about spending all my time sewing (not at all compatible with need to move house and imploding economy)
  • go for walks to clear my head
  • buy sewing books
  • get up just that little bit too late in the morning

7 things I can't do

  • be nice to anyone before I've drunk a cup of coffee
  • iron (yet mysteriously I seem able to press seams really rather well - sssshhh - don't tell G)
  • enjoy swimming - urgh, chlorine up the nose - urgh
  • argue
  • remember which way round repos and reverse repos work
  • listen to G singing without wincing. Sorry, I do try, but I can't help it. I know its mean of me, but I think its some kind of instinctive reaction.
  • stop fretting about the need to move house versus the imploding economy

7 things that I find attractive in the opposite sex

  • enthusiasm
  • working for a company that gives you free books
  • big, soulful eyes
  • the ability to iron so beautifully
  • not singing, unless its perfectly in tune and a song that I like
  • tolerence of pre-coffee grouchiness
  • nice, chunky arms

7 things I say most often

  • Have you got your lunchbox?
  • I'll do it
  • Sshhh - its the Archers
  • Lord, I need a coffee
  • Lets go for a walk
  • Don't interrupt!
  • Morning girls! Who wants some nice cabbage leaves?

7 celebrities that I admire

  • Erm....
  • Writers and cooks mostly
  • Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver, Clare Chambers, Sarah Waters, Shirley Hughes, Nigel Slater, Dorothy L Sayers

7 favourite foods

  • coffee
  • butter
  • toast
  • parsnips
  • pie
  • smoked salmon
  • plums

I'm off to find my camera now. I'm forgetting what it looks like.


  1. LOL Just chuckling like you wouldn't believe - reading the list out to Mark. He was amused by the Austin / Virginia names. Love the chicken greeting... hahaha :)


  2. urgh water up nose, I have to wear a nose clip for swimming, makes me look ridiculous but oh boy it's worth it!

    with you totally on the house move vs economy, although we're finding we have no control over the decision.........

    men iron ? I did not know that!

  3. We went to Aberporth and stayed in that very railway carriage a couple of years ago, I think it was due to be upgraded at the end of that season so it may be a bit "posher" now. It was great especially the "sun porch" which ran the whole front of the carriage - a perfect place to sit in the evening looking at the view with a glass of wine and some knitting, or a glass of wine and a book, or just with a glass of wine! I would definitely recommend it, nice beaches in the area for the children too.

  4. Cabbage leaves? greta set of lists.

  5. Oh parsnips! They are one of my favourite foods as well. Although I don't know how well they go with cabbage leaves.


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