Sunday, 18 March 2018

Sindy's a Parka Monkey

 As people close to me will know, I love a good Parka; I even called my first born after the super cool coat, and yes, it's even spelt with an "a" definitely not "er".
 Anyway, since I own a fair few Parka's myself, I thought Sindy might appreciate one too, what with the "Beast from the East" surge again, I figured she'd need to stay warm, and thanks to the absolutely brilliant Sewist53, she can.
Now she can join the rest of us Parka Monkey's.
Happy Sunday y'all

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Wonderful Whitby!

 So, during the February half term, we packed our suitcases and headed up North to Whitby, North Yorkshire. It's a special place for me and my family as we've spent important family occasions here together, so I apologise now for all the photo's.
 We lived in Cornwall for almost 7 years and seagulls became part of our daily routine, as annoying as they can be at times, I miss them.
 The boys waiting for their ice cream in 1 degree weather, eldest even got his legs out!
 Beautiful Whitby by night.
And why the hell not!
Eerie Whitby.
Where's Dracula?
Abbey ruins
 Whale bones and boys.
 I love a great sea view
 199 steps and knackered!
 A Winter's evening
 I still like chucking the boys on the beach, even when it's bloody freezing!
Goodbye Whitby, see you again soon

Spring Sindy

 Forget the weather today, my lovely ladies are well ready for a bit of Spring.
 This auburn haired lovely is preparing for a little shopping to fill her wardrobe, but is currently quite happy with her new denim tunic and Converse boots.
This flame haired lady has chosen boardies and a sweater ready for the holiday's.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Vegetarian for life not just for January

Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie 

 I've been a vegetarian for 30 years this year. 30 years! I'm damned proud of that actually. My boys are also vegetarian - they have been vegetarians from the moment of conception (husband is pescetarian). They have never eaten meat or fish in their lives (eldest is 13 this year, youngest is 10). They are both really cool with this. OK, there have been times when youngest asks about burgers, but, like me, the cruelty associated with the meat trade outweighs any desire to actually eat it. Saying that, I have always been very clear that once they are able to decide for themselves, then I have to respect their choice whether I like it or not. But I can't hide the fact from myself I hope they will always be vegetarians, it's such a wonderful, rich diet to have - guilt free.
Vegetarian Chilli

Anyway, after I got on the scales after Christmas I was mortified (as expected), so I've been trying to make tasty, attractive food that's low in fat; using Quorn and other meat substitutes, actually makes this easy, especially when feeding the kids; we are vegetarians that enjoy meat alternatives. We do not eat meat because of animal cruelty, not because we don't like the taste of meat, but I know this varies for individuals.
And talking about kids, because if I had a pound for every time a meat eater had tried to "lecture" me about the dangers of babies and children not having meat in their diets (often these people don't have children themselves), my boys are strapping rugby players you would not want to mess with!
So, give it a go.
Even if it's Meat Free Monday, or Fish Free Friday. Linda McCartney, Quorn and various health food shops sell some amazing food products!
Happy Wednesday.

Sunny Days and Flowers

 Just thought I'd post a couple of photos of flowers on a sunny day.

Spring Wardrobe

 Like most of us, I'm pretty hacked off with the cold, wet weather. I know it's still winter, but honestly, snow and plummeting temperatures are bringing me down, and not to mention a hideous bout of flu last week that laid me up for the whole week.
Anyway, in the midst of winter, we have booked a few says away for half term with the kids; 4 days in Whitby, Yorkshire, and I'm so excited.
See, although I don't miss living by the sea (we had almost 7 years in St Ives, Cornwall), I do miss seeing the sea, and this time of year is the most amazing time to witness the ocean at it's most ferocious.
The other thing I like to do on the cusp of a new season is to start thinking about clothes. Now I know there's still a while before I can get my flip flops back on (apart from in the house of course), but a bit of freshening up is always a good thing.
Roll on spring
Clothes: (top picture) top - Joules. Dungarees - Fat Face. 
(Bottom) - Top - Orla Kiely. Pinafore - Jack Wills.

Sindy Doll Glamping

 So, last week my Sindy caravan arrived and I'm absolutely thrilled to bits with it.
 Considering it's over 30 years old (ouch!), it's in very good condition. I say "ouch" because I had one exactly the same when I was a young girl; how time flies.
 So, complete with new summer dresses from Jolly Dolly Shop, wine glasses, tea cups, plates, cutlery, TV and laptop (eBay), and not to forget authentic 1980's Sindy bedding (also eBay), my lovely ladies are ready for a bit of nice weather so they can go camping.
Emphasis on "nice weather" - please!

Monday, 15 January 2018

Waiting for Spring

Like so many of you, I'm fed up with this dank, dark weather, so to cheer myself up I bought this lovely bunch of daffodils and put them in one of my favourite vases from Fish Pye Pottery in St Ives, Cornwall.
Here's hoping for brighter skies tomorrow.

Tutu and Tiara

So, it's now 2018 and my lovely ladies have had a new year make over.
 Inspired by several Sindy dedicated Instagram accounts, I purchased the legendary pink tutu skirt and pumps and teamed the outfit with a denim waistcoat and tiara.
Still loving those Sindy Converse boots though!

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Happy New Year 2018

I'm not a huge fan of New Year's Eve (Christmas is my thing), but I do get excited about looking forward into a new year with promises of positivity, fresh starts, and good health.
I'll be having a fairly low key evening with the husband and our boys, a bottle of VC Champagne and Jools Holland.
Have a great evening whatever you are doing, and Happy New Year!
Here's to 2018.

Too Cool for Skool

This is my new Sindy.
A re-rooted auburn haired lovely to go with my first auburn haired lovely!
As you can see, the two of them are now firm friends and dressed ready for the New Year Celebrations!

Sindy's a Parka Monkey

 As people close to me will know, I love a good Parka; I even called my first born after the super cool coat, and yes, it's even spel...