Wednesday, 30 April 2008

today.

I came home today to a lovely little present from a lovely housemate:



This week has been slightly crazily busy, filled with admin jobs, looking after babies and children of varying ages, running, not sleeping and organising kids' work for another church's weekend away this coming weekend.

Today, I had a lovely time childminding. We cooked fajhita's together, which was the first time they'd had them - they loved them. Then we ate some homemade ice cream that we made together a couple of weeks ago during the easter holidays, but got forgotten about. It was delicious. I love food.

Tuesday, 29 April 2008

introducing...my sunflower babies

I thought I'd take the opportunity to introduce you to my sunflower babies. Some of them are definitely healthier than others. Just in case you were wondering why they all have pink bows tied round them, it's not an attempt to make them look even prettier, but an attempt to teach them to grow upright, rather than at a 90 degree angle, which was their preferred stance. Ah babies, you'll learn in good time, don't worry.



The picture below was taken on a run I went on last week when I was away at training in Bracknell. This lovely shelter was in Lily Hill park, which was very cool and beautiful, especially on the misty, rainy morning that I went there.

Monday, 28 April 2008

hello.

I just thought I'd sign in as I'm signing off for the day. I've missed blogging recently, but at the same time, I haven't. I've wanted to write a little bit more in depth but also about the little things in life, like how much my sunflower babies have grown, and how proud I am to be a 'mum' to so many babies that demand very little of my attention. (I also have aloe vera babies and gazonia babies). But I have struggled to reconcile the two, and so writing nothing has won out, which is not the outcome I had hoped for.

Right now, I am oh so very tired, having been awake since 6, or perhaps even earlier - I now start rousing from sleep as the sun rises which is pretty early. I was going to write that my eyes feel like they need to be propped open with matchsticks, beause I am struggling that much to keep them open, but instead, I have given in to the heaviness, and am typing with my eyes closed. It is surprisingly therapeutic.

Life is so full at the moment that I have had to resort to making lists about anything and everything that passes through this skittish little brain of mine to save me forgetting then desperately trying to remember. This is my attempt to be organised. The only problem is, I keep putting my post it notes in different places, and forgetting where I have left them, so my attempts at being organised are not being overly effective. In an attempt to try and resolve this problem, I have started sticking the post-it's into my diary, which is now bulging in a big way. I feel like I need someone who is actually good at being organised to show me how to do it - surely that would be far more effective than myself, a slightly unorganised all over the place person trying to bring order. It doesn't quite work as I would like it to.

I'm sorry that this has not been a particularly informative post - I will try and rectify that tomorrow on my day off which holds the exciting task of CV writing and visiting the careers advisory centre in the hope that they will do just that - advise me.

Friday, 18 April 2008

a liverpudlian lilt

This week I've had the pleasure of having my beautiful sister come to stay with me. She's so grown up and mature these days. The thing that amused me the most was the way she's picked up a hint of the Liverpudlian accent, after spending a weekend with the cousins in Liverpool over Easter. She even speaks German with a Liverpudlian accent. Apparently I speak German with a Scottish accent. Ho hum. Poor Sarah was privy to just how awful my sense of direction is. We ended up on the wrong section of the M5 again and nearly ended up in Wales again - this is becoming quite a habit for me. But hey, I always manage to get where I'm going eventually - it just tends to take slightly longer than it does for the average person. I need someone to teach me to navigate and map read.

All of my plants that I am growing are coming along nicely, although it's been dawning on me that I am going to need a whole lot more pots to plant the rapidly growing seedlings into, especially for my sunflowers. I am having a competition with Andy, a guy from church who lives just down the road with his lovely wife Kate. Our sunflowers have the potential to grow up to 9feet! So far I have 12 sunflower babies. If they all flourish, my little patio is going to be festooned with sunflowers - how exciting!

A few pictures from my walk to the office today...




There are some pretty amazing graffiti artists in Bristol.

Saturday, 5 April 2008

a couple more photos



And in response to your question John, yes, the green is from cross processing.

Friday, 4 April 2008

a few more photos


..looking super cool...


funny angel lady...


...cool Spanish men..


...cool Spanish guitar man...


...good lips...

a most excellent host


I had the privilege of spending the first half of my easter holiday in sunny sunny Madrid with my big brother. He summed up pretty well here what we did in the five days I spent there. We had fun reminiscing about our childhood and the way we used to play monopoly in a manner that meant nobody ever one, due to Mum's indifference / dislike / missing gene (???) with regard to winning and competition. Ah the days when we used to fight over 'doggy-doggy-woof-woof' - the name we gave to the metal dog that was one of the monopoly pieces. In our reminiscing it was interesting to see the different things we both remembered. The odour (not unpleasant at all) of the stairwell leading up to John's apartment reminded me of the house we stayed in in the Netherlands all those many moons ago.

It was great to meet some of John's lovely friends, and see the sights, sounds and smells of another country. It's been a long time since I've been somewhere where I have absolutely no idea what people are saying. The last time I went abroad, was my last trip to Uganda, and 95% of people speak very good English. It was also funny to be in Europe yet feel very, very white, and very very English. There are very few fair haired freckly people in Madrid who wear flipflops in Spring. I don't think I've ever been so aware of dozens of people staring at my feet. I felt slightly silly as I sat in the blazing sun in the park, slapping on suncream wearing summer clothes, whilst the Madrileno's walked around with winter coats and scarves on!! It's all good fun, seeing how different cultures can be.

John was a wonderful host and did a fine job of showing me some of the city and educating me, and ordering my food! Thanks again John, you're a legend.

Thursday, 3 April 2008

some of my lovely family

A chunk of today has been spent scanning lots of photos from Christmas and the first few months of this year. Here are just a few to keep you going. (I'll upload to flickr and facebook later.)


The one who keeps us all in check

Bilingual (nearly) big brother

Ludicrously clever little brother


The one in charge, and bringing up the rear

Sadly, there aren't any photos of beautiful little sister from this trip as she decided not to come. But here's one just to complete the set.


Beautiful, intelligent slightly nutty little sister

signs of life

I got very excited earlier to see some of my little seedlings have started sprouting!

a few collages

I know these are by no means professional or perfect, but I like them...There were a couple more but I couldn't get the images to stay rotated to the right orientation without using photoshop. I know it's a very simple procedure, but I'm very hungry and fed up of scanning and burning images which I've been doing for the last two hours, so I'll just leave you with these. (Reflections on Madrid to follow...)