Sunday, 28 February 2010

I'm in love!

We went to London this weekend for our friends engagement party, and also to go to The Conran Shop - we wanted absolutely everything, but decided to treat ourselves to one of these..

(Partly because they had 15% off!)  I've wanted one for a while now, excited for it to come!  And its not Ikea, which is good, because most of the rest of our house is!

I also treated myself to some Herme macaroons - they are incredibly delicious (except the rose flavoured one) and very very pretty, but also expensive - I could only afford 7!

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Is it spring yet?

Well, obviously not, the north has snow.  These are some pics from my inspiration folder to help with the gloomyness outside.


Source: danske

Source: Homayoun !

Sunday, 21 February 2010

I love my husband

for looking after me when I'm on nights, cos I know I'm no fun.
He makes me strong coffee and cooks and gets into bed with me for a cuddle when I get home at 10am and am cold.

(silly old photobooth pic - today I actually look like the living dead)

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Today I watched...



Top two were amazing, and I wish I could have been there live, especially for the Fashion for Relief show!  I first heard about the White Ribbon Alliance through Million Mums at Bestival and have supported them ever since, they do an amazing job!  Please sign up!  Bottom one.... having lived in Swansea for 4 years, I'm not sure about its portrayal of the city - yes it has its problems, but it is nowhere near as bad as the film makes out it is.  Really!  But everyone who has lived in Swansea knows of the bad press it gets.  Now watching "My big fat gypsy wedding" - pretty random collection of TV!

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Finally, a day off!

The 13 hour shifts in the critical care unit are breaking me!  I'm really not sure how I'm going to cope with 6 months of them!  I'm enjoying the job but it's pretty intense and full on, and obviously very emotional.
So I need to make sure I make the most of my days off, instead of just waiting to go back to work.  Today I slept late (much needed!) and went rummaging in my favourite antiques shop, Langfords.  I got an old Singer sewing machine for a very good price - it needs quite a bit of cleaning up but I love it!

We just watched the Blur film.... well, hubby watched it and I read Heat and glanced up at it occasionally.  Some lovely footage of Glastonbury.

My evening will consist of:


Thursday, 11 February 2010

I'm ready for summer

Here in Southsea, we have a beautiful few days but once again it is bitterly cold.  I drove along the seafront but it was too cold to get out and have a walk.  I'm over winter now and very ready for spring.  I want to be able to walk along the beach without having my ears frozen off, to have picnics on the common, to sit out in the garden for hours, to have barbecued salmon......  I guess I won't want to knit when its warm, but that will be okay - I'll crochet and sew instead.

Images from We Heart It

Bye bye winter, I'm ready for you to be over!

Wednesday, 3 February 2010


I started a new job today - on critical care.  I'll be there for 6 months which will be pretty intense.  Think it's one of those jobs where I will have to plan my time off well, so I actually have a life!  I do my first shift tomorrow and work straight through to Monday.  I'm hoping I'll make some friends in the unit - it was pretty hard to make friends in anaesthetics as we were all in different theatres with only a few people in each.  It was one of my new years resolutions to make more friends this year so this is my plan!

Yesterday I went to a sewing class at The Make Room - it was a beginners class and taught me how to use my sewing machine properly!  Some of the things I had been doing were a bit stupid!  We made a little pin cushion at the end of the class - my husband even thought it looked good, although he had to ask what it was!!!  Ellen, who runs the classes, has a beautiful craft room - lots of bright fabrics, jars of buttons of different colours, it was heaven!  I definitely will be doing more of her classes in the future!

Today I had dinner with Alexa of  Curlywiggles which was lovely.  I then spent the evening attempting to teach myself to crochet..... I failed.  Shall try again another day!

Ooh and I bought this jumper last week - love it!


Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Long weekend in Amsterdam

We went back to our original plans for my week off, and spent a long weekend in Amsterdam.  I have wanted to go for years - it is an absolutely stunning city.  We spent the days wandering around, looking at the beautiful canal houses, wanting to go in everyone to see how it was decorated.
It was pretty cold and snowed every day, but this made it more beautiful!

Our favourite area was the west of the city, an area called Jordaan.  We found a few lovely brown bars (very different to coffee shops!!!) and spent a good few drinks drinking beer in the warm, cozy pubs.  There is a dutch word - gezellig - which doesn't have a proper translation - its kind of intense coziness, and the brown bars really have it.  They have dark wood interiors, no music and serve just beer and plates of cheese.  The perfect place to be when its cold outside!

We did a few touristy bits - we went on a canal cruise, visited Anne Frank's House (always very much wanted to go - but was a little disappointed) and went to the fabulous Katten Kabinet - a very small museum in a grand old canal house with a floor devoted to cats - art, posters, pottery, a cat pinball machine and even 4 real life exhibits.  You even have to ring the bell to get into the museum.  Quite bizarre but I loved it!  Phil took photos with his camera so I'll have to post them at a different time.

We ventured up to De Wallen, the red light district a couple of times.  It really is quite surreal - rows upon rows of red lit windows with girls inside coaxing the men in, mixed in with bars and 'coffee' shops.    I'm not really sure what I think about it - I know the women are all there because they want to be, and they are legit, pay taxes, etc, but it felt wrong.  I guess its a lot better than places like Thailand, where most of the girls have no choice about getting into the business, and no choice about the men they are with.

Anyway, back onto our trip - Sunday we went to a brewery in a windmill called Brouwerij't IJ which has a small bar open for 5 hours a day.  It sold 5 different beers ranging from 5 to 12% - we enjoyed quite a few beers there, they were absolutely yummy, and I'm not the biggest beer fan!

On Sunday evening we managed to find ourselves in another brown bar where they had an open mic night - we got chatting to an English guy who was singing and stayed drinking Amstel 'til closing time!  So we had pretty bad hangovers on Monday when we came home!

It was a really good trip though, very relaxing.  I'd love to go back again, probably in summer so we could sit outside and enjoy the beer terraces!

On another note - I am becoming a horrendous flyer - think in part to some bad flights in and to Thailand (7 in 2 weeks!) - the flights to and from Amsterdam were good flights, but I was pretty much scared stiff and hated every second.  I need to be able to fly! I want to go to Tokyo later this year!  Any thoughts on ways to overcome this?  Hypnosis?

Haiti update

Just realised I never wrote what happened about Haiti.....
Well, the week before last, I was in touch with a charity who have a hospital in Northern Haiti.  They were expecting many refugees and so were asking for doctors/nurses/etc.
I was put on hot stand by to go, and was told maybe within a few days.  The charity had placed ads on various doctors websites, etc - I took all this as a sign I was likely to be going, so had all my jabs, got malaria prophylaxis, got myself mentally prepared.....
Then on the Thursday evening (when my 10 days of annual leave started), I got a call saying right, you're going - but leaving in a weeks time, for 2 weeks.  This would mean I'd have to take another 8 days off work, plus I start a new job on the 3rd Feb - this being the NHS, I would not have got extra leave and it wouldn't look very good it i missed the first week of my new job!  So, I had to tell the charity that I couldn't go.  I was absolutely gutted - for hours I couldn't speak to my husband!  However, I was still on stand by to go at another time in the next month or so, when I could arrange annual leave to fit.
We went away to Amsterdam this weekend, and on return I had an email from the charity saying they no longer needed doctors - they didn't have so many refugees and there are plenty of doctors in Port au Prince.  So it looks like I'm definately not going.  I guess I may be able to go out later, say in the next year or so.
I'm happy I tried - but I so wanted to go and help, and those 10 days of leave seemed like the perfect opportunity.