Wednesday, 1 September 2010


Why is it that buying new school shoes for a teenage girl is so stressful?  I don't think I am old fashioned. I am happy to pay up for good quality. But they just don't seem to have designed the shoe that Grace wants.
If someone can come up with these.........

and these.........

and this pair......

and this pair......

why does no shoe shop in Oxfordshire have what she wants?

She goes back to school on Friday. It is now up to her to find them. I resign!  She also needs a new school bag but I want no part of that shopping trip.

I am taking part in Shimelle's new class, which you can find out about here

I hope to be blogging about it as much as possible.

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Love Your Pictures

I have decided to give myself a little summer treat and signed up for Shimelle's latest online class Love Your Pictures  We are not away during the summer holidays so I thought the daily prompts would give me a challenge each day.

On Shimelle's blog this weekend she asked us to do something with a photograph that we hadn't scrapped or displayed yet. Well I finally purchased a mount and a frame for this picture. I have had it enlarged to 8x12 and it looks great. It was taken in a coffee shop at Borough Market. I just loved the colour against the rainy sky. I think I am going to hang it in the bedroom. It look boudoirish!

Hope you have had a good weekend and enjoyed the tennis and the golf.
Joy xxxx

Monday, 7 June 2010

Cupcake Passion

Duncan and I had a little trip over to Swindon to a lovely shop called  Cupcake Passion.
These are our creations. We had to drive home quickly with them as it was really hot. The car temperature guage said 31'C.  We put the air conditioner on full blast!

We also called into Sparkle Dreams Duncan spent some of his pocket money on a kit to do some layouts of our Brighton trip.  He is just getting into scrapbooking and he has been taking lots of great photographs.

Saturday, 5 June 2010

We have been on an elephant hunt!

The London Elephant Parade 2010
These are all the elephants that we saw yesterday, including the elusive Cloudia. I will add in all the names when I work out which is which!

We will need to go back to London to hunt some more!

Thursday, 3 June 2010


We had a little trip to Brighton for half term. We had a real mix of weather but did see some brilliant sunshine on Wednesday.

My big boy and my small boy chilling on a deckchair.

I wonder what goes on in that complex mind. He is probably planning some naughtiness!

I love old fashioned deckchairs.

Duncan showing off on the trampoline.
I did take pictures of the other three but they were all trying to look cool and actually they just looked grumpy!

Monday, 24 May 2010

New York, New York

Sorry, just a few more for you to view!

Central Station was like a cathedral. It knocked the socks off King's Cross!

This ball originally stood between the Twin Towers. After they cleared Ground Zero it was found in the rubble. Parts of the metal are ripped open and some of it is bashed in. They decided to put it in Battery Park as a memorial. An eternal flame burns at it's base.

Tmes Square was bright with lights. The new Sex & The City movie was opening just after we left.

Another view from the top of The Empire State Building.

A view from the Staten Island ferry.