Tuesday, 28 June 2011

yul = swoon

because it's tuesday and the sun stopped shining,
here's Yul.

Well he brightens my day!
yul tumblr

Monday, 27 June 2011

lumps + bumps = scared

Last week was so tiring. I found another lump in my breast and have been beside myself with worry. So on tuesday I had a consultation and an ultrasound scan.
They were 'convinced' it was a large oedema, which was probably caused by radiotherapy. However, 2 days later they called back having reviewed the scan. They're keeping an eye on it for a week as it's in a new place.
Mmmmmmmm is this the same eye they kept on me for 4 years and I still got cancer??????
It's extremely painful and very tender.
OUCH!!!! I've also done my back in and as I stumbled into the room she remarked on it. So on wednesday I've got to go for a bone scan and MRI. Apparently I'll be radioactive, so if you see a glow it'll be me, the readybrek kid!
All of this has left me tearful and scared.
All I want to do is move on and get on with life..............

This Bloody disease sucks!

Friday, 24 June 2011

U2 at Glastonbury - Achtung Baby!

Sitting watching U2 on stage at Glastonbury
(from the comfort of my sofa)
is just amazing.
Memories and big, big songs!
This was THE band of my teenage years.
I still rank War as one of my all time fave albums.

Achtung Baby is TWENTY years old!!!
Oh my life where have all the years gone?

Is it really 18 years ago I went to Wembly (twice!)to see Mr MacPhisto perform his magic on the Zooropa stage.
(I've still got my Zoo Ecu money somewhere, haven't you Wend?)

He's still got it, even though that leather suit of
his might need a wash!

I wish I was at Glastonbury.............

Thursday, 23 June 2011

I need one of these

This is such a simple, yet genius idea.
If, like me, you start reading your book in bed, then nod off and forget where you got up to and re-read the same page over and over every night. Then this is just the thing for you. A book mark with a finger pointer to pin point the word you last read..........

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

loving radio 2day

I am loving Radio 2DAY today!
'A 12-hour on-air celebration of everything the UK's
favourite radio station has to offer'

What a great idea showcasing all the interesting mixes of programmes Radio 2 has to offer, including those late night slots which some of us never get to hear.
Obviously my love for Chris Evans shall continue but hell Janice Long's live show from the Maida Vale Studios was exceptional........ Ron Sexsmith and Chris Wood singing 'Dark Eyes' has to be the highlight of my day! And Imagine Village were FAB!
I also loved Julie Fowlis on
Bob Harris & Ken Bruce's slot.
(Not looking forward to kids coming home from school and demanding radio be
re-tuned to Capital.......arghhhhhhhh!)

Oooh can you do this again please Radio 2?
Radio 2 - 2DAY
roberts radio

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

pattern love - jenni rope for marimekko

These printed dresses by Jenni Rope for Marimekko
are just stunning.

I really really really really want one.
jenni rope

Monday, 20 June 2011

Friday, 17 June 2011

i likeeeeee - map cushions

I'm a sucker for beautiful old maps.
Where would my travels take me?

These organic cotton map cushions by My Bearded Pigeon
are totally unique.

..........Europe or British Isles???
lay your head on one and dream of an exotic far distant country?

my bearded pigeon

Thursday, 16 June 2011

nee naw nee naw

I had to rush my large-haired eldest to the hospital with another asthma attack on tuesday night (his 3rd in the past month). Once again we found ourselves in the human soup waiting room of Urgent Care. This time we overheard a bloke telling his missus about life 'inside', another vest-wearing chap shouting about an overdose and a poor sobbing child who's mum had just been put in an ambulance and driven off with flashing lights.
He had a nebuliser and is back on steroids which make him very whizzy and twitchy. He's off school again today as he's still not great and is very tired.
He's got to come along to my hospital appointment with me today. I'm sure those nice nurses will make him feel welcome........
I've been flat-out with a big work project and all in all I'm knackered. If only mr sunshine was out, I'm sure that would help.
Think I need to sit down and book a holiday!

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

slippers that would make dr suess smile

Oh how much do I love these soft sole knitted slippers?
They look so comfy and they'd make anyone smile


Tuesday, 14 June 2011

brilliant photography - vivian maier

Vivian Maier died in 2009 and she left behind thousands of negatives.

Her work was discovered by chance at an auction and it was only then that her most amazing photographs came to light. She photographed everyday life on the streets of America in the second
half of the twentieth century.
Her candid style provides us with a fascinating insight into life during those years.
Every image has so much personality
and we are able to view life through her amazing ability to capture the mundane,
funny and poignant moments of the everyday.

There is an exhibition of her work
at the German Gymnasium, Kings Cross
from 1st - 24th July

london street photography festival
images via vivian maier

Monday, 13 June 2011

out and about.........

some recent photos from a little run out to lewes

Sunday, 12 June 2011

sacre bleu!

I'm contacting French customs as my lovely son has been
replaced by
a blinged up boy!
He came back with a WHITE baseball cap,
a watch the size of BIG BEN,

a MASSIVE silver peace medallion,
a gelled up mohican, NO voice,
ONE bar of choc and
several autographs
(including one on his arm)from the FOO FIGHTERS,
who were on
their way to the Isle of Wight
(jealous auntie Jackie?) and a plectrum!
School trips were never this exciting when I was twelve!!!!
I missed him so much as it was soooooooo quiet but have no fear
normal service has resumed and bickering and general bish bash boshing
once again fills the house!

Friday, 10 June 2011

school trip

i'm picking up my large-haired eldest tonight from his
week-long school trip to France and Belgium.
They were visiting the trenches and cemeteries of northern France and
attending the Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate.
The highlight of their trip, however, has to be the
chocolate shop visit and the theme park.
He's going to be VERY tired.................
It's been too quiet in the house all week.
I wonder if he's changed his clothes or had a shower?????

Thursday, 9 June 2011

smelling fresh............

Boy did these old fellas need a twirl in the washing machine!
Now they're smelling all fresh and clean

keith lemon (testing trampolines)

Wise words from a head-cam wearing Mr Lemon today
on his Consumer Clinic slot.
'Before you go trampolining make you sure you've been t'toilet first, otherwise you'll let out some tommy squealers'
Thanks Keith I'll bear that in mind next time I go bouncing!
Brilliant tv

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

i likeeeeee - ismay map brooches

these lovely lovely map covered letter brooches
need the whole alphabet

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

vintage book love - composers

more lovely books from my groaning shelves
such beautiful illustrations

Monday, 6 June 2011

lovely old bangers!

I'm a complete sucker for an old banger!
mmmmmmmmmm the smell of the leather seats (no seat belts required)

the massive central arm rests and having to wind (yes manually) the window down for air con......
If money was plenty I'd buy a citroen ds19 (sigh!),
a volvo 121/122s (double sigh!)
and a chumbly old humber.........
lottery squillions be mine!

classic and performance car

Saturday, 4 June 2011

just like new.......

today I have been mostly washing my old converse.
I can't bare to chuck them out,

so they've had a stint in the washing machine

and they're smelling fresh........er

Thursday, 2 June 2011

vintage book love - observers

just look at these lovely colours.........

guilty pleasures - keith lemon (testing paddling pools)

Today's consumer clinic saw Keith testing paddling pools for inflatability and the fun-factore........
What can I say? Nice pink trunks and soooo much wetterage!
I aspire to
owning the 'beckham-family-bouncy-castle-but-it's-not-a castle-it's-an-inflatable-and-it's-more-expensive-than-Keith's-flat' £329 number

(can't wait ill next week........)
image via google