I've had a lazy few days blogging so a quick update:
Georgina had a bad fall from some playground equipment on Thursday and has a 6" square bruise on her leg, it looks awful and it's obviously very painful.
We managed two sessions in the outdoor pool before the bank holiday rain set in, I hate the cold weather and I'm desperate for it to get hot again.
My Mother came home from hospital after a huge spinal operation where they managed to accidentally cut the casing around the spinal cord which caused leakage and a second operation. They managed to accientally numb her leg during a lumbar puncture so she's waiting to get the feeling back before she learns to walk again.
We went to see Pirates 3, nowhere near as good as the first two but we still enjoyed it.
Steve and I have watched the entire Life on Mars series 1&2 and thoroughly enjoyed it all, an excellent series and a brilliant ending.
We've been summer clothes shopping (just in time for the rain and cold)
I can't stop thinking about Welbeck school and hoping for a place for Alexander, if he gets through this paper sift he will go for an assessment in mid July and we find out if he has a place after then. Still a long way to go and our hearts are set on it so much that it would be devastating for him now not to get through.
Lots of stash shopping over the last couple of weeks so I have a huge box of brand new goodies to play with this week and judging by the horrid weather forecast there wil be plenty of time to play.
We drove for 9 hours yesterday to take Alexander for a visit to Welbeck, the boarding school he has applied for. I wasn't sure if it was tempting fate to look round before he has been accepted but after seeing the college he is even more determined to achieve his goal. The school is amazing, the buildings are only two years old and very impressive. We were given a guided tour of the complex by Duncan, one of the lower sixth, who was a credit to his school and his family, I can only hope that Alexander will be doing the same next year. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for him, there are still several stages of the selecton process to go through, a paper sift, an assessment weekend and the right results for his GCSEs but we are positive that he will achieve one of the prized places in a unique school.
We've been busy with family time over the weekend, Steve celebrated his 50th birthday with a family meal in one of the sea front hotels. He was given some lovely presents, Georgina gave him boxed sets of "Life on Mars" series 1 & 2, we have enjoyed watching a couple of episodes each night and I love it. It's the best TV drama since Judge John Deed, some great one-liners and some of the characters a bit close to the CID I knew when I joined the Police in the early 80's! I have comissioned a gold ring for him with the family coat of arms engraved and enamelled but it will be another month until it is finished.
We are off to Welbeck tomorrow to take Alexander for a visit, I wasn't sure if we should go, it would be awful for him to see what's on offer and then fail to be selected for a place there. He does need to see it though, if only to make sure that's where he wants to go.
Some scrapping news - I was delighted to be invited to teach at Scrap-Trap and Scrap Camp along with Kirsty Wiseman,Teresa McFayden and Maria Grace Abuzman. I love their work and hope to be able to take their classes while I am there. I had another invitation this morning out of the blue but I can't say anything yet, it's something in the international pipeline.
It's my Grandaddy's birthday today, he died nearly five years ago and I still think about him every day. I miss talking to him on the phone and I miss the letters that he used to send me, he was the biggest influence on my life and I still try to follow his examples. I used to miss him when he was alive, the miles between us were many and it was difficult to find time and money to visit but I wish I had tried harder and more often to see him. I know he is with me and that instead of having to write or call him I just have to think of him and he knows what I want to tell him.
The postie brought me a lovely parcel from Gill today, she brought me some goodies back from Florida. Thanks Gill, I love it all. I always buy ME notelets when I go to Michaels, I love these ones and used one this morning for a note to Georgina's teacher (she has an itchy spot so I sent a chicken pox warning), I got some sliced shells, seaside embellishments, some lush ribbons, a wooden flower hanging thingy by Provocraft and a Hello Kitty tin. Thanks Gill :)
Alexander has his Army interview today in the next stage for the military school scholarship this morning and the first of his GCSE exams this afternoon. He had his last full day at school yesterday and is now on study leave, I just need to convince him that studying is best done without the XBox360 contoller in his hand.
I have a lot of bags and totes, mainly Artbin but nothing suitable for air travel. I am not a jetsetter by any stretch of the imagination but I do fly up to Newcastle for crops and recently flew to Ireland to teach at Crafteire. I wanted something I could check in but would survive baggage handling so I searched for something suitable. I love my sister's Mimi bags but they are canvas and I though they would be difficult to clean if they were marked in transit.
After much searching I decided to splurge on a set of Making Memories runway totes in pink. I bought the wheeled tote, the shoulder tote and the wristlet at a cost of about £170 - not a cheap buy. The name 'Runway' suggests that they were designed with air travel in mind and the description ""Made from faux leather that is water, tear and puncture resistant" would lead one to believe they would stand up to baggage handling.
I used them twice, one return flight to Newcastle where the rolling tote was wrapped in bubble wrap and shrink plastic but still managed to have two hole through the 'faux leather', the pink covering, sorry, 'faux leather' ripped away when the check in lady stuck the airport label on the handle then pulled it off to change it and a scuff on one of the corners.
Still, not long to Ireland and no time to sort it out. I didn't wrap up this time because good old Ryanair decided that I needed to take 4kg from my rolling tote and carry it on instead (what does it matter if the combined weight is the same?) so I had to remove the protective wrap. My luggage came home from Ireland ruined; piping worn away, holes punctured, scuff marks, 'faux leather' coating rubbed and ripped, it looks dreadful.
So I emailed my disgust in a polite letter to MM customer services and had a reply telling me that it was not recommended for air travel and it was " water, tear and puncture RESISTANT" not PROOF so they couldn't help me!
I was so angry that they ha just brushed the whole complaint aside that I called them in the US and asked three different people from different departments if their Runway collection was suitable for air travel and was told 'yes it is', 'I believe so' and 'I have never seen anything to say that it isn't so I would say yes'
Nowhere on their website does it say that it is not recommended (why did they call it Runway?)
So, I complained by telephone and asked to speak to somebody in charge, not possible, nobody was available. I emailed again, saying that I wasn't happy with their lack of customer care and was eventually promised a replacement.
I had a FedEx parcel this morning, my new tote. I can use this one for car and train and keep the battered one for the flights I make. I was very happy to find more goodies at the bottom of the box some MM goodies and they are lovely. I haven't seen this line before and I know I can use it all.
Thank you MM for eventually sorting my complaint but I am still on the lookout for luggage I can fly with and will look smart at the end of the journey - any suggestions?
Cheryl spend a couple of hours yesterday taking some photographs of Steve's eldest son, Billy. He is an actor and model, presently rehearsing for the lead role in an outdoor Shakspeare play and he needed an updated portfolio. She was amazing as usual, we had so much fun and Billy was singing her praises for the rest of the day, he was amazed by her professionalism. He said she was the best photographer he has worked with and as a result her photographs were fabulous. She is working on a slideshow so I will post the link here as soon as it's done.
Georgie is away for the weekend on a school trip and it's very quiet without her but very tidy too! Steve and I are planning an afternoon and evening, possibly in London to spend some time together.
no, needed. Patience.
Georgina has been working in a scrapbook project and asked me to help. Except that she didn't want help, she just wanted me to tell her how well she was doing. She did let me cut the paper to size but would she let me help choose what she used? NO. Would she let me advise her what embellishments would look good and where to place photographs? NO
To be fair she doesn't make a mess of things but she annoys me when she strops, I dared to add a sticker to a page overnight and she went mad when she saw it, the colours 'weren't right' and it 'stuck out' so I had to remove it.
I would love to sit and craft with my daughter, I had this picture of us in my head, where we sat in the conservatory, with late evening sunshine lighting our hair as we sat and scrapped together and chatted. It rained, she didn't like any of my ideas, she lost photographs and found them when it was too late, she didn't like the papers I gave her so chose her own and we argued. Every time she asked for a photo to print out she would shout through to me to ask me something, like I have the ability to be in two rooms at the same time to look at what she was doing and do something else for her somewhere else. I had to leave the room a couple of times to mutter to myself but I went back, I smiled sweetly (with gritted teeth) and told her how wonderful her project was.
I love her dearly, I love her company but I think it is best that she crops with her friends and I stay in Mummy mode, supplying stash, food, drink and praise then tidy up afterwards.
since I blogged, sorry, I just haven't felt like it over the weekend. I've had a really lazy time, no running around, no panics, just trudgey sort of days.
Still, I got lots of scrapping done, all for the magazine or the DC so I can't show but here's some sneaky peeks
Not brilliant photos but they are with my little compact camera. I am seriously thinking of going for a digital SLR, I love my little camera but I keep looking at CJs photos of Georgina and comparing them to ones I took at the same time. I dont know if I could carry a huge camera about with me though, I love that this one pops in my pocket and I can take sneaky photos of Bryan Ferry in concert and in shops like Avoca where it's not allowed.
Also, Steve has a Nikon that's good but it's heavy and I don't find it comfortable to hold, it's a lot of money to spend.
We have booked a week in Crete, back to our little village and our friends there. It's not until July but if I had a new camera I could read the instructions that week and learn how to use it....
Laura is having a fab time in Florida, check out Gill's blog to see a brilliant photo!
I am trawling through housework and assignments, I had a great idea ths morning and went with it but it's all gone horribly wrong and I need to start again.
I'll try to post some sneaky peeks later
Meanwhile - check out the DC blog for some National Scrapbooking Day challenges