Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Fizz Time

It's been a slightly testing evening, so now the kids are calming down (and me!) I think I'll settle down to a little glass of fizz...even if it is only Tuesday.

Sunday Snow!

 I had to write a post about the snow the Midlands had on Sunday because no kidding, I can't remember the last time I saw such persistent snow, but also how deep it was...
...probably when I was a kid in the 1980's, but that aside, my kids have had a ball, including the snow days from school, but as much as I love the wintry scene from my kitchen window I will also be happy to see it disappear for all the obvious reasons!

Rock n Roll Onesie

No one rocks a Christmas onesie like this one.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Dachshund Through the Snow!

As a little shoppers treat this month, I bought myself this cute storage pot from Poppy Treffrey. I intend to use it to store some of my make up to tidy things up a bit. 
If you haven't stumbled upon Poppy yet, please use the link to have a browse. Everything is handmade in Penzance, Cornwall.
When we lived in St Ives, I often pottered in and out of her shop on Fore Street, and just because we don't live by the sea anymore, it doesn't mean I don't appreciate the inspiration, and it seems Poppy doesn't either because take a look at the tag that was attached to it -
Stitched by the Sea...(with a nice cup of tea!)
Don't you just love it?!

Christmas Consverse and Dachshunds

So, my kooky taste in all things lead me into buying these super cute Dachshund socks from Tesco today, simply because I thought they'd look rather dapper with my favourite Converse pumps, and since they're silver, I figured it gave a little Christmas flavour to the day.
See, super cute.
And just damned right super cool.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Starbucks Comes to Town!

OK, so folk must be wondering why I'm so excited about having a coffee and muffin at Starbucks, see, the thing is, this Starbucks is actually in my small home town, a place when I was growing up, that didn't know what a coffee shop was, let alone Starbucks.
OK, so maybe I'm being a little hard, because my town is and has undergone a huge amount of development and investment over the past few years, and yes, we do have other coffee shops (especially some fab independent ones), but there's something cool and vibrant about finding a Starbucks in my town; it is a big deal in the way of putting us on the map; finally.
Anyway, me and the husband popped down yesterday and I indulged in a Gingerbread Latte and a Lemon and Poppy Seed muffin, and had a thoroughly great time doing it.
Incidentally, possibly the last time I went into a Starbucks to sit down was in Manchester about 9 years ago (see above), I can tell you now I won't be leaving it that long again.

Christmas, Roderick Style

OK, so I make no apology for this explosion of Christmas trees and decorations in the Roderick house this year.
So, this is Tree1 - in the living room.
Some decorations by Cornwall based artist Sophie Harding.
My new Cath Kidston 2017 collectors bauble, purchased after a few glasses of fizz at the German Market - but worth it!
My Emma Bridgewater, Portmeirion and red Cornishware Christmas collection is unearthed for the next few weeks!
Family Room, yes, Magic Xmas is playing on the radio!
Even the bedroom gets Christmassed!
My very lovely pine smelling tree in the dining room, complete with 1980's coloured retro lights because I've been feeling a little sentimental lately about my childhood.
We're entertaining this Christmas Day so I wanted the dining room to feel and look as Christmassy as possible without trying too hard.
My gorgeous M&S berry wreath on the front door.

Enjoy the next few festive weeks!

Birmingham German Christmas Market

A couple of weeks ago, me and the husband took the train to our nearest City, Birmingham. With the kids at their Grandparents, we got off the train at Grand Central and tripped straight into 'Fizz' bar, where we enjoyed a few glasses of Prosecco, and that was before we'd even left the station.

 By now, we were keen to eat, so stopped at The Botanist, where I can honestly say I had the best Vegetarian food I've had in a long time.

 And of course a few more beers and yes, more Prosecco.

Um, and more.

It's the first time in years I've been to a Christmas Market, and although it was still 'only' November, it felt so festive it could have been Christmas. 
Birmingham Christmas Market

 Even as the temperatures dropped and our feet became tired, we stomped on until late, finally crashing out on the train home.
What a brilliant day.


I absolutely love this album - 'Tourist' by Athlete.
It reminds me of being pregnant with my first boy, Parka, who is now 12 years old. I was also writing pretty intensely at this time too, a story that I've recently revived and revisited, which is really exciting - set in Manchester, a City which will always be close to my heart.

Our Crazy Animal House


Millie and Macbeth (aka Maccy B)


Hetty, Mary and Olive

Told you it was crazy


 So, I'd been admiring this gorgeous wallpaper for weeks before I finally decided to just get it.  Then, it sat in it's packaging for another few weeks before the husband and me plucked up the courage to make our first attempt at putting up wallpaper.
 And I'm absolutely thrilled to bits! OK, it's not prefect, and a little rough around the edges, but it looks amazing, and sets off the grey walls brilliantly.
The wallpaper is 'Chalk Blue Dungeness' which I bought from Mini Moderns, and now it's up, I can't stop looking at it.
Well worth the wait.

Fizz Time

It's been a slightly testing evening, so now the kids are calming down (and me!) I think I'll settle down to a little glass of fi...