Wednesday, 28 September 2011

The Gallery - Home

The word home conjures up happy and warm feelings for me. I had a happy childhood surrounded by a large family...lots of Brothers, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. We also had lots of friends that were like family to us and when Mum was alive everyone would congregate at our house. It was a big, warm, busy house and I have many fond memories of Home.

As an adult I've become a real 'home bird' and love being surrounded by my family, cosy cushions, warm throws and photo's of my memories. I guess the word 'Home' means cosy and that is the feeling I am trying to create in our house. Not just in the house though I am working at creating a cosy garden too. In the warmer months I spend a lot of time outside...It is a big part of our home.


I love my lounge and it is a work in progress as I am working my way around the room adding photo's, pictures and more book shelves. I have my own corner where I watch corrie, write my blog and crochet. The chilly months of the year we stoke up the fire and drink lots of tea.

My kitchen is full of kitsch luvliness as I have a real thing for kitchenalia...I know, I know that sounds really kinky but I struggle to resist vintage kitchen stuff especially cups and pyrex. Its a bit of an obsession really.

I love my home...Its my retreat from a sometimes harsh world. I know at the end of the day I can close my front door, put the kettle on and relax with the people that matter...My Family and Friends.

Linking up to The Gallery

Monday, 26 September 2011

Magpie Monday - Swans and Jelly


Today for magpie Monday I'm sharing some gorgeous retro tumblers. I think they must be 1950's/60's and I simply Love the kitsch white swans and golden rims. They were a bargain at £2 for the four.


Then as I was leaving the shop I spotted a tupperware style jelly mold. It was the vibrant, bright red colour that called to me, another bargain for £1. The kids will love jellys at christmas made in this mold. I can't wait to use it.
Linking up to Magpie Monday

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

#Healthworkers and what they have done for me

Most of us have been looked after by a health care worker at some point in our lives and for most of us it began before we were even born during our Mothers antenatal appointments with her midwife. I know I probably wouldn't be here today without the care and attention I have received from a health care worker at various times throughout my life.

When I was expecting my first child twenty two years ago I received news that without medical attention I would probably have died. During one of my antenatal appointments I was told that my pelvis is too small to give birth and that I would need a Cesarean section for this pregnancy and any future children I may to choose to have, oh and that it was probably best I stick to no more than three children. I actually went on to have four kids and every day I give thanks for the outstanding medical care I received during each and every one of my C-sections.


My children all arrived into this world safely thanks to my doctor, nurses and midwives without them I would have been in real trouble. We constantly take for granted the almost instant appointments we can arrange with our doctors, dentist, midwives, health visitor or that we can visit the A&E during times of emergency. A service I have used many times with four kids for asthma attacks, a broken arm or stitches. Other countries are not so lucky.

In Africa 8 million children die every year from preventable diseases, they die because they are too poor to receive medical treatment. They die in a country that only has 3% of the worlds doctors, nurses and midwives. It is truly shocking, sad, wrong and we can all do our bit to help raise awareness and spread the word.


As we speak fellow blogger @ChristineMosler is in New York with @lizScarff attending the UN General Assembly on behalf of Save the Children. They are aiming for 60,000 signatures before Tuesday ready to present to David Cameron at the meeting.

To help spread the word @helloitsgemma and @michelletwinmum want to get 100 bloggers linked up before tuesday so please take 30 seconds to sign the petition that will be presented at the UN meeting. It really is quick, so simple and will help towards saving lives.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Magpie Monday - The Silver Jubilee


Can you cast your mind back and remember how you celebrated the Queens Silver Jubilee back in 1977?

I remember it like yesterday. My Nan made me a red, white and blue dress from crepe paper that I wore to a street party that I attended with my Cousins. The day holds lots of fun memories for me even though I didn't win the fancy dress competition. So while I was in my local charity shop today I spotted a couple of original silver jubilee mugs that I nearly tripped over to get my hands on.
 

Then on another shelf hidden right at the back I spotted a silver jubilee plate in perfect condition.


No chips or scratches, simply perfect.
 

I'm such a Royalist and love the Queen so I'm so happy with this weeks Magpie finds and even happier that they only cost me £4 for the lot.


Linking up to Magpie Monday

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Magpie Monday - Enid Blyton and Groovy Pyrex

I'm a day late with my Magpie Monday entry this week, Sorry but I've just had a lot on the past few days and just didn't have time to blog.

I had a very lucky week at my local charity shop this week although as I first wandered around the shop I thought I was going home empty handed but as I approached the front doors to leave I spotted a basket full of old 1970's children's book.


It was one of those moments when you know you have spotted something really exciting. The books are mainly Enid Blyton but there are a few other authors mixed in amongst them.


I love the colourful kitsch book covers and many of them I recognise from my childhood. I got the whole basket for £10...I'm thrilled to bits with them.


I also spotted some 1970's Pyrex tumblers. This design was very popular back in the day and I adore the bright funky colours. These were five for £2.50.


Pop over to Lizzie at Me and My Shadow for more Magpie Bargains

Friday, 2 September 2011

Reasons to be cheerful

I had a bit of a dodgy start to this week and by the time we got to yesterday I was feeling really low. I felt as though certain people were trying their best to grind me down. Every little thing seemed to get to me and I felt a bit weepy. It is so unlike me to let negative thoughts creep in but I know why it is.

Apart from a few irritants that usually I can easily shrug off with ease our Nan was moved to a hospice. Even though she is getting on a bit now it doesn't make it any easier and I feel really sad that we are facing the possibility of losing our strong, funny and wise ole Nan. We are also approaching the week we lost our Mum and I always feel really anxious as we get closer to the anniversary date.

So joining in with this weeks #R2BC over at the lovely Michelles place is just what I need to remind me that I still have a lot of good things going on in my life.

Firstly, I ordered new garden tools and lots of lovely plants for the garden makeover competition that I've been asked to take part in. I feel so lucky to be part of it and it really has kept my spirits up during a difficult week.

Also I am so blessed to live in such a lovely place, with lovely neighbours who Papa and I have become good friends with. We have only been here two years and during that time everyone has made us really welcome. We have lived in places before where the neighbours are not so nice so I am really grateful to my fab neighbours for just being fab.


I am so grateful for my hardworking and supportive husband. Whenever I feel down in the dumps Papa puts things in to perspective for me. He shows me that some things are just not worth feeling stressed out about. He often reminds me that ife is too short to feel anxiety about things we cant change. He then makes me laugh until my ribs hurt.


Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart

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