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Endings and Beginnings

2010 has gone so fast. I can't believe that it is nearly the last day of the year and we will be saying goodbye to the old year and entering into 2011.

I'm not sad to say goodbye to 2010. It started with our belated honeymoon to Florida which was fabulous but is ending with the knowledge that things are definitely going to change in the next year and there will be periods of uncertainty. (When I'm in a position to let you know, I will tell you the reason why).

This year has been quite stressful for AJ and I. We finally sold AJ's flat after being on the market since the start of 2010. After 6 months we had an offer in which was less than we would have hoped, but had to accept as it was the only decent offer we had and needed to sell. After nearly 17 weeks after the offer, we finally exchanged contracts after much stress and anxiety and fighting between AJ and I. I never believed until now that selling a house is one of the most stressful things. It has totally put me off …

70th Birthday Memories for Dad

Today would have been my Dad's 70th Birthday. I didn't want to forget the day even if Dad is now longer around so my brother, AJ and I are having a celebratory tea tonight in memory of Dad. We have already visited the crematorian to lay flowers for both Dad and Mom and we are spending the evening together as a family.

I miss my Dad and Mom every day and I am sad that we can't celebrate for real. My Dad wouldn't have wanted the fuss but I would have bought a cake and either taken Dad out for a meal or cooked a lovely meal. I would have bought him his favourite malt whisky and possibly a nice glass as Dad loved glassware.

It has been nearly seven years since Dad passed away. The time has gone so quick. Today was a milestone I was dreading but I don't feel too bad surprisingly. Maybe because my Dad wouldn't want me to wallow in sadness. That today is about celebrating his life - not mouning his untimely passing.

So here is to my Dad Cliff. I love you and mi…

Christmas Wishes

Just wanted to say Merry Merry Christmas Hope your Christmas is Wonderful and full of magic Seasons Greetings from Pickle Land Love Lesley, AJ, Kiwi and Willow xx

Baby - It's Cold Outside

How cold has it been the last few days or so. I don't ever remember it being so cold. I absolutely hate driving in this and even worse walking in it. I waddle like a duck at the best of the time and I'm even slower in these conditions. I know it looks so pretty but I can't wait for the snow and Ice to go away
I can't believe it is only 4 days until Christmas, and I still haven't sent all my cards, wrapped all my presents and unfortunately I don't break up until 4pm on Christmas Eve.
I am so looking forward to having a whole week off work to do crafty stuff and relax and spending time with family and friends. It seems ages since I've had time off and I really do need to just take time off and chill for a while as I've been quite stressed the last few months and it has really affected me emotionally and I've been so tired and un-creative of late.
I did however, make a batch of cards that have been well received by my friends, and I've created little…

It's been way too long

Just a small post to say I haven't gone away, but I just don't seem to have found the time to blog lately. I haven't had the best month or two which hasn't helped either.

Things, you will be glad to know are on the up now. Christmas shopping has began and the presents bought so far have been wrapped. The Christmas tree is up and looks nice. I've still to make some Christmas cards but luckily they are for people I will see before Christmas. Those that I need to post will get shop bought I'm afraid. I'm on major catch up with Journal Your Christmas, but I've a week off at Christmas so will do then. Looking forward to having the break off work too as really could do with some time for myself.

I will promise to try and get back into the swing of things and share what I have been doing lately soon.

Good Evening from Pickle Land and hope to speak very soon

Lesley xx

We will remember them

Photo taken at the National Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, October 2010

A few weeks ago, I went to the National Arboretum with my brother to do an assignment for the Photography course we are both doing. This is a picture I took that sums up the meaning of Armistice Day and Rememberance Sunday. I also want to remember today all the brave Service Men and Women currently serving around the world, and those that have been injured and maimed in defending our freedom. We will remember them Lesley xx

Never to Old to Learn

This is the second time I have tried to compile this blog post as for some reason my work has been lost.

I have finally completed by LSNED book for 2010. I am so pleased I have finished it as I wanted to be done before Shimelle's True Stories and also be ready for Journal Your Christmas which is not far away either.

I haven't posted the layouts as I have done previously as I tried that last night and four hours later nothing to show for it so I thought I would just post the layouts for you to see and one explation for each day. Hope you don't mind

19th September - We tried Gordon Ramseys pasta sauce today but AJ and I decided we much prefer Loyd Grossman sauces

20th September- Learnt all about the Kindle and have decided I want one. On the luxury list at the moment though

21st September - My prize from Humel arrived today. The photo is a selection of the lovely items kindly sent. Thank you Mel xx

22nd September - I started a college course today - Photography course at the loca…

Grandad Reg

Yesterday AJ's Grandad Reg passed away. He had been ill for quite a while but it still came as a shock to the family.

Reg, I think was 85 and had lived a good but hard working life. He was a Commando in WW2 and saw things that no one should ever have to witness, and throughout his life he was a Master Butcher.

He married Jean and they had three children; Susan, Karen and my father in law Nigel. In the late 1970's they moved to Blackpool and his children and grandchildren all have the fondest of memories visiting them. A trip to Cleevely's still brings a smile and laughter to AJ and the rest of the family.
About 6 or 7 years ago, Reg and Jean returned back to the West Midlands in happy retirement until Jean's untimely passing in 2008. They had been married over 60 years. Now they are reunited.

Reg was a big, strong, handsome man in his time. (My FIL and husband both look like Reg- unfortunately I haven't a photo at hand to post). He was also proud and a real fighter- ri…

Happy Birthday to my wonderful Husband

Today is my husband AJ's 33rd Birthday

Happy Birthday and love forever xx

Listening to music to Internet Shopping

Photograph taken 1st October 2010 - Lesley Guest

Still catching up with myself at the moment, but have managed to do 7 of my LSNED layouts
September 12th - Listen to Music

Lessons learnt today:

It's been a long time since I have listened to my cd's

Spaghetti Bolognese is still one of my favourite meals

That time really does fly - I've had four days off and it has gone in a blink of an eye. Unfortunely it is back to work tomorrow and the time is bound to drag
I'm really fed up with my house at th moment. I sometimes wish I could completely empty it, get rid of everything (not including my husband in this so don't worry AJ) and start again fresh with new furniture and everything
September 13th - Still clock watching


Lessons learnt today:
I'm still clock watching at work - bad thing to do as makes the day go twice as slow
That the buyer of Adam's flat doesn't want to purchase the furniture so we will need to get rid of it. Where on earth am I going to put it, our …

Time flies

It seems ages since I have blogged and the last two weeks have just gone in a total blur.

I haven't actually been enthused to do much lately and hence I' feel I haven't done anything to really share on this blog. I'm actually not feeling too guilty about this though, as I think most people have periods in their busy lives when they feel exactly the same, and I've had alot on my plate lately

However I do feel I can share the following

On the work front, both AJ and I are experiencing unsettling times. We both work for local government and impending central government cuts means that budgets will need to be cut and jobs may go as a consequence. Being as we both work in the same building, this doubles our risk of one or both of us being made redundant in the very near future. It is worrying for us both as currently we have two mortgages (we are in the process of selling AJ's flat) and two lots of bills. If one of us is made redundant we probably will just about manag…

These are my girls

In the absence of children, these are my girls. Just wanted to show off them as they have been really cute lately and I like these pictures of them







Good Evening from Pickle Land Hope to speak to you soon Love Lesley xx

Clock watching to chick flicks

September 6th - Clock Watching



Journalling reads:

Clock watching serves no purpose. It just makes time go much slower

Lessons learnt today are:

That I seem to be clock watching alot at work. At the moment work is getting me down and don't exactly want to be there and I wish it is 5.10pm at 9am. Clock watching, however, serves no purpose as it just makes the time go even slower
It is nice to catch up with a friend I haven't seen for a few weeks
On reflection, I haven't seen alot of my friends for a while recently and I really need to rectify that
That I have become insular lately- not always a good thing
It is National Payroll week( I even get spam e-mail at work) - which coincides with the Tax Office saying that mistakes have been made and some people may owe tax. Hope that isn't me or AJ

I attended my Lifestyle assessment and learnt that I weigh less than I did when I started the programme. However, I personally feel that I haven't done enough and I should have lost alot…

Layouts Days 1 to 5

I have finally done my layouts for LSNED days 1 to 5.

They are all quite simple - like me!!! I've tried to keep certain elements for each day the same. Such as adding a small embellishment on each page, number for each day, title for day printed in black

September 1st - Roast Dinner




Journalling reads:

You can't beat a meal out after a hard day at work, especially if it is a roast dinner

September 2nd- Omelette



Journalling reads: I make a mean omelette

3rd September- Paint toenails


Journalling reads:

Why paint your own toenails when you have a wonderful husband to paint them for you


4th September- Creative




Journalling reads:

I am more creative than I give myself credit for

5th September - Love




Journalling read:

All you need is love




Lessons learnt today

All you need is love

My husband got me a lovely Boofle Anniversary card and "Anniversary" Willow Tree Figurine

That we have some lovely friends and family that have sent us cards and texts wishing us all the best. We even had a text all th…

Our First Wedding Anniversary

On 5th September 2009, AJ and I got married in the beautiful Lake District. I can't believe it has been a year already. It really only seems like a few weeks ago
We had a very small yet intimate wedding - including AJ and I, there was 22 of us. This was because AJ and I are not centre of attention people and we really didn't want a big affair. We only wanted our closest friends and family to be there. It was a perfect day - apart from the weather which was very dull and drizzly. My brother gave me away (unfortunately both of my parents have passed away) which was very emotional but I am glad that he was able escort me down the aisle on behalf of my Mom and Dad. My friend Jo who I have known my entire life was my maid of honour, and AJ's best mate Dave was the Best Man.
We got married at 12.30pm- which was earlier than I wanted but now am glad it was early as I was really nervous and just wanted to get ready and get the ceremony over and done with as soon as possible once I w…