Monday, 31 October 2011
Saturday, 29 October 2011
Tuesday, 25 October 2011
I wouldn't say I was 'proud' of them, but I am proud of my effort. I look forward to improving over the weeks/months.
Sunday, 23 October 2011
The lunch was very nice, with a good selection of children's choices too. Afterwards we allowed Oscar explore the building. He has been to the galleries before, but it was about last year at this time, so he does not remember. This time, he thoroughly enjoyed the paintings (and especially the ones with little phones beside them, explaining the work), and the display cases, with artifacts from all ages, including a viking longboat and an Egyptian sarcophagus, right through to 1970's fashion. The bones of a whale hang from the roof in one of the rooms, and I remember as a child being in awe of them myself. Oscar was no different, and it was lovely to know some things never change.
There is a Cecil Beaton exhibit running just now, and in honour of it, a family photo workshop was open. Oscar was able to draw pictures of us, look through old photo's and finally have his photo taken in (a weird mish mash), costume of his choosing.
The Mcmanus Art Gallery and Museum is free, and we spent much longer there than we had anticipated. I would highly reccommend it to locals.
The following photos are a bit blurry because they were taken on my phone, but I thought they were worth posting anyway.
Friday, 21 October 2011
This weeks colour is orange, but due to a combination of rain and wind (so not getting out) and living in the city (which is mostly grey), we haven't managed to collect many orange themed images. So I give you.............Mama's Little Beats squash collection.
Thursday, 20 October 2011
Tuesday, 18 October 2011
Monday, 17 October 2011
Sunday, 16 October 2011
Saturday, 15 October 2011
Friday, 14 October 2011
Thursday, 13 October 2011
Inspired by Pixie Mama, the A to Z of me. If you do your own, be sure to leave me a link so I can check yours out!
- A: Age - 41 :10
- B: bed size -Double, and its not big enough for Duncan, Me and the starfish toddler.
- C: Chore that you hate - Washing Dishes.
- D: Dogs - I had a doggie as a teenager who I bought for myself, but I had to leave him with the family when I got married.
- E: Essential start to the day - Tea
- F: Favourite colour - Green
- H: Height - 5'7"
- I: Instrument you play - None, although I played trumpet at school, and having a husband who is a base guitarist means I have had a few guitar lessons.
- J: Job - Domestic Goddess
- K: Kids - 3 - Christopher 22, Aimee 20 and Oscar 2.
- L: Live - Scotland
- M: Mother's name - Dorothy
- N: Nickname - Valdree
- O: Overnight hospital stays - A few, most serious being a heart condition/surgery and a thrombosis - happiest was having the children.
- P: Pet peeves - People who say 'you know me' and proclaim themselves 'crazy'
- Q: Quote from a film - Couldnt think of one, but this one is from True Blood "I am so over Sookie and her fairy vagina and her unbelievably stupid name, F*** Sookie'. - Pam
- R: Right or Left handed - Right
- S: Siblings - 1 sister aged 39 and twin brother and sister aged 36.
- T: Time you wake up - Between 6am and 8am, depending on Oscar.
- U: Underwear - Big uns mostly, with some nice ones for the right occasions ;)
- V: Vegetable you hate - None
- W: What makes you late - Having plenty of time
- X: X rays- I have broken my right arm twice and left arm once, under the age of 20.
- Y: Yummy food that you make - Nigella's Anglo-Italian trifle, the most expensive triffle in the world to make, but so bloomin good. Trifle Recipe (For non dieters)
- Z: Zoo Animal - Not sure, not a real fan of the zoo. I saw panda's in London Zoo when I was a little girl, and was smitten.
Monday, 10 October 2011
Daddy found a whole box of the old computer paper at the back of the garage, so Oscar was able to do plenty of drawing.
And they made a bed for some organic bulbs and seeds I have on order (autumn planting garlic, onion and broad beans). But mostly we hung out together. So when I woke this morning with a whole day of house cleaning ahead of me I was fairly unexcited. Then I remembered about a poem I saw over at Betty's Bletherins.
Mother, O Mother, come shake out your cloth,
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
Hang out the washing, make up the bed,
Sew on a button and butter the bread.
Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.
Oh, I’ve grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue,Lullaby, rockabye, lullaby loo.
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peek-a-boo
The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew
And out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo
But I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo
Look! Aren’t his eyes the most wonderful hue?
Lullaby, rockaby lullaby loo.
The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
But children grow up as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.
- Ruth Hulbert Hamilton
Friday, 7 October 2011
Thursday, 6 October 2011
Eventually the wind did get the better of him though so we walked along Riverside until we found the penguins. And when you find penguins, you usually find a pirate ship.
By then we were both a bit wind swept and tired so we headed home (via Tesco for a wee, toilet training going so well, some organic snacks and a pumpkin).
Oscar was pooped when we got back and so was I, so he slept and I did some knitting. Its a good thing I had my new hat pinned on though because it was gale force out there and it would have been gone with the wind for sure. Are you guys still having a heatwave?
Tuesday, 4 October 2011
On Thursday and Friday of last week you could find me nursing a sick child in a heatwave (by Scotland's standards anyway). I was back to cotton dresses and the oscillating fan was on full blast. By the weekend the sun had gone although it was still warm-ish for October, and by today its back to wind and rain. Its no wonder we are feeling out of sorts, it seems wrong to have pumpkins and ice Lolly's at the same time.
I guess that's it though and we can go back to sweet potato curry, leaf and chestnut collecting and coats. I look forward to Autumn, it means my favorite season, winter, is just around the corner. I don't mind the odd bit of sunshine in the rain, because with it comes rainbows, but on the whole, I like to pick a season and stick to it.