The blossom on the peach tree is beautifully blooming. This little lovely lives in our conservatory, and last year bore us two juicy fruits which Adam and I shared, half and half, just incase one was better than the other! I am hoping it’s going to put some real effort in this year and there’ll be fruit for everyone!
We went to see an awesome band on Saturday night. The highlightÂ for me was when the hardcore, screaming, frenzied vocalist stopped between songs and said, ‘Hello Karen! Are you alright Karen? Are you enjoying yourself Karen?!’ There was a small bit of ‘Karen!’ chanting and then they carried on! Totally surreal, most embarrassing, really fun! My friend Derek said it was clear proof that I am utterly fabulousÂ… I like that, that would be my favourite explanation in most situations!
The band are called The Projectionist, they hail from Cambridgeshire and will rip your face off with their music! You’ve been warned, now check them out!
From hardcore metal bands, to super sweet treats! Have you tried Speculoos? I think it is my favourite thing. I describe it as caramel biscuit butterÂ and I eat it straight from the jar! I love this stuff on pancakes, but I reckon I am going to have to come up with some proper Speculoos recipes soon!
I have been super busy working on a film project with a group of 12 awesome young people creating a mini documentary to promote Youth Services. It has been such fun, I’ve made some great new 10 year old friends. Part of the film is going to be animated, so we drew some pictures of things that represent the activities they do together.
I got to explore some old DEFRA buildings earlier this week too. This is a tractor workshop and I LOVE it! Does this remind you of a bad theme pub?!
Back in January I was one of three judges on the panel to select the work for the South Holland Open Arts Exhibition. This is the third year I’ve been involved, I know what I like when it comes to art, but I really enjoy selecting work for other people. We had a wonderful crop of submissions to pick from, and I felt this was the best year yet.
Unfortunately I missed the private view, but I popped over to the South Holland Centre to have a look at the selection and see how itÂ came together once hung on the walls.
I wasn’t disappointed. I do think this is the best year yet and I even skimmed through the comments book to validate my opinion with those of the hundreds of visitors – yes, there was an overall consensus.
I was equally happy when one of the artists arrived to show someone around. I couldn’t help but overhear their enthusiastic conversation as I walked ahead of them. I’m often amused by earwigged chatter. I wanted to close my eyes so I could fully tune in to his talking, but that would have been a bit weird when viewing visual arts! My favourite bit was when he stood before his own painting and exclaimed,Â “You can see the freedom of expression!”
That particular artist doesn’t feature in my favourites selection,Â but for some other random reasons, these ones do.Â I’ll let you decide what you think of them…
From the top:
Mo Teeuwe -Â Breakfast Time (detail).
Edward Wheatley -Â The New Girl (detail).
Ian C CoxÂ -Â Sunken Track.
Valerie Tyler – Winter, Penny Hill.
Steven Williams – Everymans Faith.
Jerome Hunt – After the Rain.
HM Kempton – Going for Gold.
Rocky came to visit. We explored my favourite church and had lunch at The Hare Arms. I do love the carpet in their conservatory – great colours, that turquoise, yellow and coral combo – nice!
Do Â you remember when I helped Rocky to take a picture of her bag in London last month? It was for a competition, and she won! Not only did she receive a chunky leather travel bag, the company were so impressed with her submissions that they asked her to do some product shots for them. So, she hot-stepped it up to our house to use it for her shoot.
I picked up these beautiful vintage box files last week. They are about 40 years old. The Dymo labels have made me very happy!
We’ve been cracking on with the DIY, again! The carpet is on the stairs and the hall floor is varnished. All of this has been fuelled by Â white hot chocolates andÂ pancakes. We’ve now got a small extra repainting job to do in the kitchen where Adam got over zealous with his flipping skills and stuck one on the ceiling!
One of the lovely young people I work with gave me a small stash of vintage teacups. I came home the other night to find them on the doorstep, it was a heartwarming surprise. We are pirates, hoarding and sharing the best and most random treasure.
Hannah and I went for a wander around Stamford and looked at pretty things. We dressed for practicality and 90’s grunge. I like how this colour coordinated householder has also matched their refuse sacks to their window box. Â That sounds a bit weird, sorry about that!
Hannah got me a Kinder Surprise, and surprised I was, to find something I actually wanted inside! The last good thing I found in a Kinder egg was a small clear plastic chicken (the ghost chicken) with the number 6 on it’s chest and a tiny yellow dice inside. That was most useful.
I picked up this amazing bookÂ ‘Kittens in Japan’ Â for my friend Emma fromÂ Letterloves.Â It’s supposed to be a surprise. SURPRISE Emma!