52 weeks of happy (39 & 40)

And so another two weeks disappear at a rate of knots without a post. The last wee while seems to have been a bit strange to be honest. I have a new camera which I haven’t quite got to grips with yet so my photos have been a bit pants which has left me a bit discouraged. Plus I always seem to think about taking photos after the event. In some ways that is good as I am enjoying the here and now but it really isn’t much cop if you want to blog about something! I must have a stern word with myself.

There have been happy moments though. Ones that I didn’t manage to photograph (I blame my greedy gene for this!)

  • The best beef and ale stew. Oh it was so good. The recipe is here and I served it with giant yorkshires and extra green veggies.
  • Freshly stewed plums with vanilla served with cream. Recipe here.
  • Blackberry and apple crumble and cream. Recipe here.

Clearly Autumn is not a low calorie season. Yikes! Thankfully I have just started running again after a month off and it feels good. Sunday morning was particularly gorgeous as it was a perfect Autumn day. I can confirm that I still find it very hard to run in the evenings though. I am definitely an early bird.

Other things that I did manage to photograph are all the gorgeous colours of Autumn.

A dahlia in my Mum’s garden.


A beautiful red vine.

red vine

My michaelmas daisies.

michaelmas daisy

A shaft of sunlight after a cloudy day. I looked like a nutter (I know, I hear you, no change there!!) running round the car park trying to find something to take a photo of as this beautiful shaft of light suddenly appeared.


A walk in the park on a sunny afternoon.


And of course my gorgeous boy.


Joining in with Jen at Little Birdie to celebrate the small, happy things.

52 weeks of happy (37 & 38)

Oh my goodness, my poor blog has been thoroughly neglected for the last couple of weeks. Not really sure why except that life has been a bit mad really.

There have been loads of happy things. Some I have photos of and some I don’t…….

Entering a few bits and pieces into the local produce show and managing to win some silverware (much more by luck than judgement :-) )

village show

Watching the Tour of Britain hurtle up a hill near me. It was all over in about 10 seconds but I was still proud to be there. Needless to say they were moving so fast that all my photos were blurred!TofB

The police and outriders seemed to be having a whale of a time as they whizzed past at speed honking their horns and sounding their sirens!

I have a new point and shoot camera so have been playing with that. I even read the manual. Yikes I must be getting old! The roses in the garden are having a a final fling before winter and look totally gorgeous, smell divine and make great models for my very inept photo taking.


pink edged rose

I bought some very cheap alstroemeria from a market stall. They turned out to be a fabulous bargain as they flowered for ages and ages. I wish I could find more as I love the colours.


There was a fab 70′s party where we all dressed up in our best 70′s flares and frocks and ate retro food. Never understood why prawn cocktail, fondue, chicken kiev, black forest gateaux etc went out of fashion. Bring ‘em back I say :-) . It was just girls and we had absolute scream as we pranced about in wigs and danced along to the movie Mamma Mia.

There was a wonderful 60th birthday party which was all posh frocks and black tie, yummy food and much dancing to an amazing guy on an acoustic guitar. Brilliant.

I have been working like a demon on all my WIP’s and have ideas for new projects as well  which makes me very happy. (I will share those on another post).

Much though I am already missing the long, warm and light evenings I am also enjoying the urge to hunker down in the warm, eating comforting food  and being cozy.

My small hound, as ever has been a complete joy. Here he is all tucked up as we were without heating for about a month just when it was a little nippy in the evenings.

all tucked up

I love this one even though it is out of focus. He had just enjoyed a blackberry and was sticking his tongue out for more!

sticking my tongue out

Joining in with Jen at Little Birdie to celebrate the small, happy things.