Friday, 26 February 2010

I'VE BEEN A NAUGHTY GIRL !!!! ...............

Oh, woe is me....I have been a very bad blogger. I have broken the code and will probably be ostracized from the blogging community, stripped of my awards and sent to blogging Siberia !!

I have agonised ..........

.......... wept ..........

.......... thought of running away to sea ..........


.......... living in a wood, where no one can find me ..........

.......... where , with so much time on my hands, I would descend into deep depression
..........
.......... and, why, you ask..........
Well, a long, long time ago, I was kindly given quite a few awards and, on my last post, thanked two of the lovely girls who so kindly bestowed these on me. But my crime was that, two other such lovely ladies did the same thing and I forgot them !! Left them out !! Treated them like dirt!! Didn't mention their names or their blogs .... and now I will be thrown to the blogging dogs , sent to Coventry and cut off without a follower to my name !!
I will try and make amends and thank them all now..........

I was also given the Kreativ Blogger Award by the lovely Mimi @ Bonjour Romance and from Clarity @ Clarity in Wonderland both of whom have wonderful blogs.
Mimi shows us around Paris, where she lives, with such style and elegance and you will want to jump on a plane or a train and get to Paris as quickly as you can because her photographs are a joy.......... and Clarity just takes you inside yourself and makes you think, ponder and reflect with her beautiful words and contemplations.

Then, I was given the Sunshine award from two other wonderful bloggers. First from Pam @ Red Ticking and then from the lovely Jeanne @ Collage of Life . Pam has the most wonderful blog full of the most delicious furniture and home furnishings you ever did see. I could have each and every piece that she shows, in my home. It is gorgeous..... and Jeanne is an expat, living here in the U.K. after living in New Zealand, Australia and the States. Her blog is filled with interiors, fashion, cooking, books....... oh, everything you can think of and she is so kind and loyal, always giving lovely comments...... oh, and by the way, she is having a giveaway at the moment, so pop over and see her, comment and you could win a terrific prize.

............ and then, I was given the 5 Diamonds Award by Julie @ Being Ruby
and by Luiza @ Luiza's Feeling's
If any of you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know that Julie and I are great blogging buddies. Julie's was one of the first blog's that I came across and we have been friend's ever since. Her blog, Being Ruby, is an absolute joy, filled with her beautiful photographs and wonderful text. Luiza is a lovely Swedish girl from Stockholm and, as soon as Sweden is mentioned, then you can tell it's going to be a fantastic blog. Filled with her clever photography and lovely things that she makes, it is a lovely place to go.
Many thanks to you all for giving me these awards and, if you don't want to disown me or throw me into the fires of Hell, for my tardiness, then I'm most grateful and I will try to be better in the future !!
I'm supposed to pass these awards on but, as this post has taken me forever and I want to get it up so you all know how sorry I am, I will pass them on later.
Have a rewarding weekend !!!!









Sunday, 21 February 2010

YET 7 MORE THINGS ABOUT ME !!!! ..........

Dear Susie @ The Mill House kindly gave me the Kreativ blogger award, as did my dear friend Luiza @ Feelings , ages ago and it has taken me so long to get round to doing my 7 things about me so, many apologies for the delay, Susie and Luiza. I have done this a couple of times before and, not wanting to repeat myself, I am scraping the bottom of the barrel a bit here so, bear with me ..........

First of all, funny things happen to me....for instance, the other week, I was going out to lunch with my friends . After my shower, I was in the bedroom deciding what to wear. In our bedroom we have solid wood two tier shutters and I always leave the bottom set closed and have the top ones open, so covering my modesty from the prying eyes of passers-by or the people in the houses opposite. Well, I sat down on the bed to put my tights on, stood up to pull them up, facing the far wall and, to my great dismay, shock, horror,........ when I turned around, there was the window cleaner staring through the window !!!! Aarrghhh. Oh God, soooo embarrassing. A little later, I went downstairs to pay him. He told me that it had only happened to him once before and hoped that I was O.K. about it. I told him that, at my age, I was passed caring !! Well, at least I had my knickers ON !!




Next, I think that I've told you before that I love black......but, it's got to the point where I don't even entertain another colour. I do try. I take something that I like into the changing room in all of the colour options, including black, of course. I try them all on and always decide on the black one because it always looks the best. I'm just an old rock chick at heart !!

I love old houses. The house that we live in was built in 1890 but, the one that we lived in before was built in 1648. It is so amazing to me that the Great Fire of London hadn't happened and King Charles 1 was on the throne.

I love hats. Top hats are my favourite but I do like bowler hats as well. I don't wear them often enough really and would like to wear them on a regular basis but, you don't see many old women in the supermarket in a top hat do you ?






I am a bit of a dreamer and fantasise about, Pirates, Mardis Gras, Masked Balls, Princes and Princesses. I'm sure that, to have lived in the times of swash buckling pirates, the intrigue of Henry VIII's court or life in Venice in the 1700's was not as romantic as we like to think it was, but it's fun to pretend.
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As you have all probably noticed, exclamation marks feature heavily in my posts. I find that I can't help using them. After a particular sentence, my finger automatically and quite naturally is pulled by some force of gravity, to the top left hand corner, where that exclamation mark key is. I know that it is 'par bon' to use them. They say that, if you have written the sentence properly, you have no reason to use them. I apologise to all of you brilliant writers out there. I'm sure that you would never dare to use an exclamation mark. I'm afraid that I will continue to use them as I feel that they put my point across without the possibility that something that I've said could cause offence without their use !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I have highlights ! Yes, it's true. These beautiful blonde highlights are not the result of the sun, kissing my hair with golden glints but 3 hours of BLOODY boredom, sitting in a chair and reading the escapades of celebrities and who's cheating on who, and who is three sizes below zero and how many of those tiny dogs they can fit into their £10 million handbag EXCLAMATION MARKS TO INFINITY.



Now, the rules are that I have to pass this award on but, an extra thing that you didn't know about me is that I don't like disappointing people so, this time I am going to give it to each and everyone of you. Please take the award and show us all some more in depth things about yourselves...... and, please go over and see Susie as she has a beautiful blog, lives in a most wonderful part of England, shows us around the area where she lives, and gives the most wonderful comments so, it will be worth your while !!........... and, you must visit Luiza. Her blog is a beautiful journey through photographs and all things Swedish. She is the kindest girl and loyal and generous so, please pop over to see her as well.
Have a great week and, make sure that you do things that require exclamation marks !!!!
Jackie












Tuesday, 16 February 2010

RIPE, RICH, ROYAL, RUBY RED ..........

O.K.... I'm going completely 'off piste' (topical!) today by posting about the colour RED !! Somewhat up the colour scale , hitting a very high temperature, as I'm normally down in the white, beige, grey, cold area.... but, I've decided to live dangerously and, that's happy and good, I think ! I might need a few tranquiliser's and a lay down in a dark room afterwards but, I'm sure that I will survive !!



This is what Mr. Home did for me on Valentines Day !....no, he didn't really but I know he would have wanted to if we hadn't been going out on the evening of the 14th !! haha

What I wouldn't give for hair like this ..........

Murano .... and the gorgeous, colourful painted houses....would you dare to paint your house red ? Even if you would, it wouldn't look quite the same as it does in the wonderful setting of Murano.

This is probably as far as I'd go when it comes to decorating with red !!

Although I wear LOADS of black, I could be persuaded to wear a red cardi !


Have you been watching the Winter Games in Vancouver ? I have. I love the luge, the skating, the biathlon the skiing and as a bonus, you get such wonderful scenery to look at.

Very 40's red. These ladies do look as if they have lampshades on their heads, but they still look pretty stylish in their swimming cossies.


I really do like dark nail varnish and, I have been known to have red fingernails but, I can't wear red lipstick. If I do, I look as if I should be standing on a street corner, sporting fishnet stockings, white scuffed high heels a really, really short leather skirt and smoking a fag !!!! How about you ? Can you wear red lipstick ?




I could definitely find a space in my wardrobe for this Christian Dior number., and, one of my hobbies is standing on tables so....... perhaps the House of Dior would like to send me one ?





I would fall off of these and end up in hospital for a week if I wore them , lovely as they are.... just a tad too high but, it might suprise you to know that I do have a pair of red high heels.


Yes.... I can do that ( very easily )

Have you ever been in a hot air balloon ? I have. It was a really nice experience but, being a lover of roller coasters, I thought that we would be whizzing along, dipping and weaving amongst the clouds but no. It's nothing like that. It's quiet and serene. the silence only being broken by the occasional blast of hot air. It was still a lovely experience, my favourite part being the landing which was quite exciting .... and the champagne !!


This is for Simone .......


.......... and finally, a beautiful vision of red hair loveliness.
Wishing you all a right, rosy red week.
Jackie



















Saturday, 13 February 2010

TO RENEE.....HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY RENEE
daughter ..........

mother ..........

friend ..........

lover of horses ..........

designer ..........

A bouquet of your favourite tulips ..........



a favourite birthday song ..........


and finally Renee, something to help you with that particular person at work !!!!!!
Have the most wonderful day, Renee and I hope that it's filled with love and laughter, flowers and frivolity and copious amounts of champagne !!
sent with love.
Jackie