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Happy Birthday Darling

I love this picture of you taken in St Johann in Tirol, Austria.  You look so happy

Happy Birthday AJ.  Wishing you a lovely day

Love Lesley

Autumn

The Autumn has to be my favourite time of year.  The colours are absolutely beautiful.  I love all the reds, oranges, purples and brown.  I love that I can start wrapping up a little bit, it is Pumpkin Spice Latte season (I had my first yesterday along with a Walnut, Apple and Cinnamon muffin), and my birthday is in September also.

The only gripe I have with Autumn is that it leads to Winter and I hate Winter.  Lets hope that we have a really long Autumn which leads straight into Spring (my second favourite season of the year).

Happy Fall from Pickle Land

Love Lesley xx

August Round Up - very late post

I'm really late in doing my August round up, so I will be really quick

August began with a cricket meeting and a cricket quiz and curry night which was much fun, and also an away visit to watch our Sunday league team play cricket. 

We had a fabulous weekend away to Windsor for our friends 40th Birthday.  We had a great time having a four hour boat trip along the Thames and then fun games and a BBQ in one of the parks in Windsor (Not the Great Park, but cannot remember the name of the park we was in). 


AJ and I also went to see the MotoGP at Silverstone and was made up that Valentino Rossi won the main race.  Go Rossi !!!!!  We also popped in to see my brother as he only lives about 5 miles away from Silverstone and he made us a Sunday lunch and trifle yummy.


 I visited a few friends during the month and my brother came up for a couple of days during the month.

One of the Saturdays I ended up going to my local hospital as AJ had a cricket ball smashed in his face and as a precaut…

Wedding Anniversary

I cannot believe it had been six years since AJ and I got married in the beautiful Lake District.  The 5th September 2009 will always be a special day.  It was the day I married my best friend.  It is the day that family and friends gathered to celebrate our love.

As both of my parents had died I wasn't looking forward to my wedding day without them.  I never could imagine actually getting married at all.  I thought I would be on my own forever.  AJ came into my life after being on my own for a long time.  I had created a life for myself that I was fairly happy with but I knew that I was lonely and wanted to share my life with someone special.

AJ and I met on a blind(ish) date.  We both worked for the local authority at the time but in different departments on different floors. A mutual friend of ours played match maker and suggested to AJ that we should meet up and see how we would get along.  AJ was brave and e-mailed me who to him was a total stranger.  I knew who he was but w…

My go to Bloggers

I'm my previous post on depression I mentioned that I love reading blog posts as part of me immersing myself in a creative life to help me cope with my depression.  As I have many hobbies and interests such as scrapbooking , art and art journaling, reading, cooking, photography, decoupage, up cycling, flower arranging, anything Disney related and interior design, I visit a wide variety of blogs and bloggers, listen to podcasts and watch YouTube videos.  In terms of blogs, I have a set of blogs that I bookmark and visit on a regular basis.  Below are listed a few of my current favourite blogs/bloggers.  They are as follows and are in no particular preference order

*  A Beautiful Mess (Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman)
I have been following Elsie for quite a few years and has seen A Beautiful Mess go from a small personal blog to the very successful Branded blog it is now.  Elsie and Emma have worked really hard to make it into the venture it is now.  I like the fact that it covers a lo…

Depression and my creative journey

I am not ashamed to say I suffer from depression.  I have suffered for about fifteen years now to various degrees.  It is not just a case of feeling sad all the time (which isn't the case).  To me, it is deep rooted, sometimes totally immersive and often comes with feelings of stress, anxiety and doom.  I used to think it was because I was single and felt lonely.  But meeting my husband didn't stop me having periods of depression and if it was just a case of being lonely that would have ended surely?
I also used to think it was part of grief and the fact that both my parents have died and that I missed them dearly. and though it may still be a factor, it is not the sole reason why I get depressed. 

I do think, however, it has a lot to do with me feeling like I haven't truly found my purpose in life, that I don't know who I am and what I want to do and that I feel sometimes that I am stuck in a rut.  (I definitely know that is true in terms of my employment.  I desper…

July Round Up - Hooting Around , Feelings of Self Doubt and The Magic Art of Tidying Up

July like the previous months has flown by.  This year is just whizzing away and I truly cannot believe it is August already

The weather in the UK hasn't been too bad this year and has mainly been sunny.  There has been rain at times but this year has been a better year than previous years. 

July began for me with a visit from my brother R for a couple of days.  As always it was really nice to see him.  We had abit of a clear up in my conservatory and chucked bags of accumulated stuff that we have been holding onto for years.  It feels so good to begin starting having a sort out.

On the clearing out theme, I read The Magic Art of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and I am on abit of a clearing out mode at the moment.  This best selling and Internet sensation has a huge following, and I came across it via Jamie Ridler of Jamie Ridler Studios who highly recommended it.  It was actually a very quick read and it took me about four hours altogether and the premise is, that by getting your ho…

Willow - A Special Bond

I wasn't always a cat person.  In fact, if asked I would always say I was a dog lover.  But since getting my own two cats I am definitely a cat lover.

I got Kiwi and her kitten Willow from the local Cats Protection shelter seven years ago in September.
Each cat has distinct personalities.  Kiwi (Black and white Tuxedo cat) is quiet, thoughtful and serene.  She very much likes her own company, is sometimes nervous but is very loving (on her own terms of course).
Willow is a force of nature.  She is naughty, boisterous, adventurous, funny but most of all Mega Cute.  She is extremely loving and is never far from my side.

Though I love Kiwi and Willow equally, I do have a very special bond with Willow and I treasure what I call "Our Love Fest".
After I have a bath, I lie on my bed with a towel wrapped around me and Willow will climb up on me purring so loudly and then she settles down and lies down on me- often high up on my chest and falls fast asleep still singing her bea…

June Round Up

Again another month has flown by before my eyes

June was abit of an unproductive and quiet month.  I had my front and back gardens done as they were in such a state and is now looking like it did about 6 years ago so cant wait to start using again and enjoy what is left of the summer.  My MOT on my car was due and passed (thank goodness as was worried it would cost me a fortune).

AJ and I met up with some of our friends in Aldridge, Walsall for a lovely meal at an Italian restaurant.  The food as always was lovely and we had a lovely time as it has been a while since we have seen them.

AJ and I enjoyed the company of AJ's dad and partner when they came to visit up.  I cooked lasagne and Eton Mess and we had a great evening.  We don't get to see Dad and his partner as often as we would like and it was just so nice to see them looking so well and happy.

My friend Sue and I had a lunch date at Jimmy Spices in Sutton Coldfield and we had a bit of a shop.  So nice to have a girly…

May 2015 round up (posted 26th)

May has just flown by so quickly.  I can't believe that we are almost half way through 2015 already.

This month's highlight was my holiday to Rhodes in Greece.  AJ and I decided almost last minute that we both were exhausted and needed to get away from our daily grind for a week.  So I went to a travel agent and asked them what deals they could get us for a particular budget and the date we wanted to go.  We managed to get a fantastic all inclusive deal for the Olympic Palace in Ixia in Rhodes.

We had a fantastic time and it definitely was the break we needed.  We didn't do much whilst we there other than sleep, read and general relaxation but we really enjoyed ourselves and would definitely go back there again.

Whilst I was there I managed to read four books, Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult, The Oyster Catcher by Jo Thomas, The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan and Solomon Kitten by Sheila Jeffries.  Reviews to follow.  I was so pleased I read these whilst I was on holiday a…

April round up

April came and went in the blink of an eye.  It began with a meal to celebrate my step father in laws 60th Birthday on Easter Sunday.  On Easter Monday my friends Rob and Sue came round ours for a meal.

I went to Ashby de le Zouch with my friend Chris and we had a lovely lunch in a a cafe found up an alley and it was lovely to sit in the sunshine and have a catch up.  I also went to Lichfield with AJ for a couple of hours and we had a lovely meal and I was able to take some lovely photos.

I completed my book My Husband next door which I enjoyed and I need to review here.

On the craft front I have actually done some Project Life pages a day also participated in Jennibellies Art Swap.  My first swap was with Francine from Colorado in the US.  She sent me a lovely piece of art work which I will treasure.   Again I will have to show on this blog when I get chance to photograph it and load up on this blog.  I MUST MAKE TIME TO DO THESE THINGS, I shout at myself.

Other than that I have had…

Round up of February and March 2015

I cannot believe it is April and I haven't posted anything since 31st January.  My aim of doing regular blog posts have been shot out of the water.  I am quite angry with myself for letting this slip as I really wanted to keep up with a regular schedule and make good on a promise to myself.

Anyway better late than never, my round of February and March

FEBRUARY

February began with a presentation evening from the local Rotary club.  A few member of the cricket committee that I am on did a Santa walk before Christmas which enabled our cricket club to raise some funds.  The presentation was for the cheque presentation of the monies raised.

It was Valentines Day and AJ and I had a very understated evening.  We are not ones for going over board on Valentines Day.  we believe that you shouldn't have to wait until Valentines Day to tell someone you love them.  We did, however, exchanged cards and he bought me some lovely red roses. 

It was also Shrove Tuesday AKA Pancake day and we …

January Round Up

January is always a non event month for me.  Dark mornings, dark nights, cold weather, feeling kind of crappy with a head cold ( I always seem to come down with a cold in January).  In truth I sometimes wish I could hibernate the winter months and wake up in Spring.

So in rounding up my January, I feel I haven't really done much or gone anywhere, but here goes.

January began with me having to go to work on New Years Day.  How crappy was that!!!
I made a few resolutions/actions for the coming year.  These being * start being more healthier and making better choices when it comes to food, * let my creativity soar in whatever format that takes, * be more sociable and connect with my friends and family more, * look after myself better and start putting myself first sometimes and lastly to not let the turkeys get me down which pertaining see to not letting work and other things get on top of me.

My brother came up two of the weekends in January.  We went out for a meal to the Tall Chi…

Book Review January - The Broken Man by Josephine Cox

Josephine Cox is not an author I would normally pick, but I received the book as a present from my mother in law.

The main theme is about the consequences of domestic abuse.  It tells the story of Adam, a young boy who had to bear things no little boy should ever see, and also the tale of Anne who was abused by her husband.  Though the theme was about domestic abuse, it was wasn't graphic or gory which I was glad about.  The tale weaved between Anne's story and Adams story which interlinked, and was a fairly easy read.  I was slightly disappointed with the ending of the book and thought it hadn't fully ended the story of Anne and didn't even mention how she would have felt about finding out her husbands childs link to her best friend.  I also found the aforementioned coincidence too far fetched.

Overall it was an OK book.  Not my favourite book of all time, but very readable all the same.  As the first book I have read of hers I don't know if this is the usual ty…

Happy New Year 2015

Wishing you a very Happy New Year and hoping that 2015 is a very special year full of Joy, health. Love, art, scrapbooking and Project Life.

With much love from me in Pickle Land
Lesley xxxxx