Sunday, 18 December 2011

Photo-a-Day Day 109

Environment.... took a pic of the cold environment outside!

Photo-a-Day Day 108

Map.... map of part of one of Tia's walking routes (we set off from home and make it a 9 miler) around Fauld Crater (info about the crater is here Fauld Explosion 1944)

Some photos from one of our walks there:

Photo-a-Day Day 107

Sport - my old muay thai boxing gloves... all the way from Thailand... alas I stopped doing Muay Thai years ago when I moved house as there were no classes nearby at new place :(  (These also signify my love of martial arts movies!)

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Photo-a-Day Day 106

Something you can't live without... this isn't just Tia, I can't live without a dog.. when my old boy Buster died at 14 1/2, I was so heartbroken I actually thought I couldn't go through the upset again... 2 days later I realised I didn't have any reason to get up in the mornings (no walkies to do, no food to prepare, no cuddles etc)... so I was straight onto a Rottweiler rescue and a few days later Tia was brought to my house for a home visit... she stayed :)

Tia looking as chuffed as ever at having a camera shoved in her face

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Photo-a-Day Day 105

Technology..... Noise Reduction headphones - with these little babies I can turn them on and drown out any noise around me... even if I haven't got any music playing...... its heaven!

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Friday, 9 December 2011

Photo-a-Day Day 100

Wooohooo I made it to 100 days of photos... I guess its 101 really as never counted my halloween special..

Today's rule is something you bought in the last week... I've bought so much this week, since I did all my Xmas shopping, but not everything has arrived yet..... but this did... fairly certain that the person this is for won't read my blog...but as I type I was thinking maybe I should have took a pic of something else instead.... hmmm :/ least the photo isn't too self-explanatory!

Friday at last

Woohoo the weekend.. well as good as....

Reasons to be cheerful.....

I've finished my Christmas shopping...

Its the weekend...

Only one week left at work before I break up....

Overslept today (wasn't a reason to be cheerful when I woke up just as it was getting light, thinking hmm thats not right..... but meant I had a great sleep... and Tia got a daylight walk in the week, which makes a change, normally we're stumbling around in the dark fields coz I can't be arsed to take my torch!)...

It hasn't snowed yet, in fact its milder again...

I think I've about finished writing my Christmas cards... done in a haphazard fashion, of one or two a day when I think of the person.. as opposed to making a list and being organised!  But hey I will go though my phone and make sure I haven't forgotten anyone...

Christmas Eve menu planned for my little party with family....

And the bestest thing... Game of Thrones book box set that I purchased last weekend for myself when I should have been buying xmas pressies..... Already read the first one last month, nearly half way through the second.. damn its good... and every book has lots and lots of pages... its like book heaven
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Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Monday, 5 December 2011

Photo-a-Day Day 96

Free choice but must be in the lounge....

Tia in wha she has decided is her own personal armchair!!  It was actually so I had extra seating when I have guests (since I only have a two seater sofa, and Tia always tries to sit on guests' knees!)  So after she claimed this for her own I threw an old quilt cover on it to keep it hair, drool and pawprint free!!!

V sleepy Tia

November Books

Since I always... and I mean always ... have my nose stuck in a book, I saw this idea on and thought I'd review the books I read each month....

November's reads are as follows:

The Abduction by Mark Gimenez

Brilliant thriller, the geeky dad was a little annoying in that his thought processes didn't seem too realistic, same for his kidnapped daughter too actually.. or maybe its just because I'm not American!  But the childish way they thought/spoke didn't affect the story.  Excellent thriller, lots of twists, kept me gripped, its a huge thick book and I read it in about 4 days

3.5 out of 5

The Haunted by Niki Valentine

Set in the Scottish Highlands, a couple on a second honeymoon leave their fantastic hotel for a weekend in a remote bothy, where the husband had spent some time as a child, signalling the end of his parents marriage (so, why it seemed a good idea to relive it on a second honeymoon is beyond me in first place!!).  Anyway, there is a presence that can't be explained and they are haunted.... they go from wanting to leave but not being able to, to being able to leave but not wanting to... its all a bit tedious really, was very disappointed, it is very easy reading but all a little pointless really.

1.5 out of 5

Netherwood by Jane Sanderson

This book is brilliant, I love my history and think part of me wishes I'd grown up either rich or poor in the late 19th century.  Stories of above stairs and below stairs always fascinate me, this book is brilliant, couldn't put it down.  It tells the tale of Eve the wife of a miner and also the story of Lord Netherwood and his family, who own the mine where Eve's husband works.

5 out of 5

The Game of Thrones by George R R Martin

OMG this book is so brilliant, I loved the TV Dramatisation too and was very surprised when I read the book how closely the TV series had followed the book.  Have had to go out and buy the full box set of books now..... will get book 5 soon too, its in hardback at present - over 1000 pages of book heaven!  Just started book 2, I can't put them down.
 An easy 5 out of 5

Defending Jacob by William Landay

I got this book free from Waterstones, on their read and review program... its not actually out in the shops yet, I had the uncorrected bound proof.  Its a good book, I couldn't put it down, but I think I would have liked it to reveal a little more information rather than relying on the "court transcripts" to tell a lot of the story.. however it was a still a riveting read with a twist at the end.
3.5 out of 5

Book of the month - Game of Thrones

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Friday, 2 December 2011

Photo-a-Day Day 93

Free choice but must be in kitchen .... this is the best garlic crusher ever!!!!!  When you've crushed it, you rinse the crusher under the tap and sort of wash your hands with it to remove any smell of garlic... and it looks gorgeous too (I think I have a weird kitchen gadget fixation!)

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Photo-a-Day Day 92

Free Choice but must be inside.... well I did take this inside.. but its looking through my bedroom window at the house opposite.... too early and a bit too OTT me thinks...although I guess I've seen worse!  Best of it is the bloke who lives there is a right grumpy git.... I mean the least likely person you would expect to spend an afternoon decorating the outside of his house!... He lives with his old mum, maybe its for her...