Wednesday, 14 April 2010


1/ A train journey. Only an hour, but time to read and people watch (and listen!).

2/ A day spent catching up with an old friend. Lovely.

3/Sunshine after the clouds.

Friday, 9 April 2010


1/A great day out at Vogrie park. WAlk, play and picnic. Not to mention the frog spotting.

2/A visit to the library and some new story books for bedtime.

3/A little tidying up in the garden in the sunshine.

Thursday, 8 April 2010


1/the end of my working week.

2/Master T's new snakes and ladders game. A big hit.

3/a new magazine to read in bed.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010


1/the sun. What a difference to everyone's mood.

2/admiring the flowers appearing, slowly, in my garden.

3/a peaceful evening............bliss

Monday, 5 April 2010


It's been a while. Lots of ups and downs.

1/ A day off and tea cooking before 10am!

2/ Catch up with the chores, the ironing mountain, hand washing.

3/ Catching up with the Tropic of Cancer. A fab programme.

Monday, 22 March 2010


1~Finding Ada.

2~A short run which felt better than last night's!

3~Master T's two enormous bowls of pusgetti and green stuff.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Sunday and the weekend

1~Master T helping Mister T was the car - such fun.

2~ Master T helping Mister T in the garden - so messy.

3~ A baking bonanza and Master T demnding cakes in the garden.

4~Master T having fun at a birthday party.

5~A washing and cleaning frenzy.

6~First run for about a month. What a struggle. My cough didn't help!

Friday, 19 March 2010


1~sunshine and blue skies for a morning at the park.

2~Master T's new heaircut.

3~playing SNAP with Master T. He won!

Thursday, 18 March 2010


1~Creeping into Master T's bed this morning for a cuddle. That confused him he thought it was Friday.

2~Paying a cheque into our account!

3~Buying a magazine at the supermarket to brighten up the shopping experience, oh and 2 bunches of daffs!

Wednesday, 17 March 2010


1~blue blue skies when we got into town this morning. Such a pity we were going to lunch.

2~lovely lunch at an event.

3~fish fingers for tea! Not just for the kids!

Tuesday, 16 March 2010


1~getting back into the swing of things at work.

2~Master T falling asleep watching the wild things - so sweet.

3~My mini daffs and mini irises which are flowering in the garden.

Friday, 12 March 2010


1~Playdate on a sunny day.

2~clear views to the snow topped mountains.

3~that lovely merci stuff at Liberty. tres chic!

Thursday, 11 March 2010


1~Good news from the doc.

2~washing hung outside blowing in the breeze. First time this year.

3~pilates. First time in three weeks.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010


1~The snow covered hills in the spring sunshine.

2~My knitting project. Rest has given me the opportunity to get on with it.

3~Finding a lost book for Master T. He was supposed to get it for Christmas!!


1~Being told to rest by the doc.

2~Such a lovely sunny day.

3~A visit by an old friend.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010


1~Leaving for work in the morning and then leaving the office all in daylight. Still dark by the time we get home though.

2~Master T has been reunited with his appetite. Hurrah!

3~A little tidy up. Not sure it made a huge difference though!

Sunday, 7 March 2010


It's been a grim week - so much sickness. Hopefully we are all on the mend now.

1~A swift trip to the shops. Very swift in fact. I need to take a day off for a proper good look.

2~A trip to the seaside. Master t had great fun and it wore him out. Result!

3~Everyone eating a decent tea. Must be about two weeks since that happened!

Monday, 1 March 2010

Weekend catch up

We've been ill this weekend. Very grim! Not many nice things to report.

1~a browse in the bead shop - but not in the mood to buy anything.


3~ a tea that required no effort excpet heating up!

1~Master T eating a bagel for lunch.

2~carrot and orange muffins made by moi!. Not to foget teh cheesy crumble biscuits.

3~almost feeling normal by the time I went to bed.

Friday, 26 February 2010


1~a magpie in the apple tree on a very wet morning.

2~Master A meeting up with his chum for the first time in ages.

Thursday - late

A grim day of not feeling well.
1~my first mini iris flower. Beautiful colour.


3~coming home and going straight to bed.

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Wednesday on Time

1~snow - but it didn't come to very much. No chance of being snowed in.

2~Alfie's World by Shirley Hughes. Beautiful illustrations.

3~paracetamol is awonderful thing.

Late Tuesday

1~being given a 15% off voucher for a shop I very rarely go into. Perhaps I'll have to go back and make use of it.

2~managing to change master T's appointment without any anguish.

3~a nice wee tv programme about a doctor in the highlands.

Late Monday

1~my cheap pot of tete a tete daffs is flowering. Lovely white narcissi.

2~a cold run/plod by moonlight - lovely

3~a quietish day at the office

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Sunny Sunday

1~a day of cooking with streamed music. Fantastic!

2~snowdrop spotting, by the snowy and frozen pond.

3~a glass of red schloer!

Late Saturday

1~the excitement caused by a little snow.

2~meeting baby M.

3~sitting by the fire.

Friday, 19 February 2010


1~a lazy morning. So nice not to have to get up and be somewhre by a certain time.

2~messing around with trains, drawing, colouring.

3~a visit to the museum with Master T.

Thursday - my Friday

1~the last day of my working week

2~surviving without chocolate or crisps!

3~my new phone working at last. I am back in communication. Unfortunately my poorly thumb is hampering my texting ability.

Wednesday, 17 February 2010


1~The bank of fog up the Forth and across Edinburgh as we drove into work this morning. Beautiful, but eery from our sunshine.

2~My vase of pussy willow twigs. They have lasted for ages and are so soft.

3~My girlfriend is boyfriend is Max!!!

Tuesday, 16 February 2010


1~an interesting lecture about energy.

2~my tea cooked for me when I got home.

3~last day of chocolate for a while.

Monday, 15 February 2010


1~wearing my spotty/square coat to work. No point in keeping it for "good".

2~mummy I want to get married - who do you want to get married to? - mummy and daddy! So sweet.

3~chocolate. Lent starts soon!

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Sunday - on time

1~a run/plod this morning in the sunshine. It was lovely - I was too hot and the run was hopeless, but hopefully will be better next week. Such a fine weekend - weatherwise. Maybe spring is just around the corner.

2~lovely pink flowers from my boys.

3~pink prosecco. Lovely - thanks grandad!

Catch up Saturday

1~doing a few jobs in the garden without turning blue. A good job well done!

2~playing trains with Master T.

3~a lovely meal with friends. It's such a pity we couldn't stay out longer. Master T had a great time and was very well looked after by the restaurant.

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Catch Up Friday

1~First trip of the year to the farm with Master T. He had fun......

2~A couple of drinks out with a chum. Peace to blether.

3~Baking fairy cakes for Master T. They were much appreciated and went down very well.

Thursday, 11 February 2010


1~Ms M's fabulous fake fur coat.

2~Ms S's fabulous lemon cake. I do hope it goes well for her tomorrow.

3~Egg curry.

Wednesday, 10 February 2010


1~catching up with Mrs F for lunch - an ex work colleague - but now almost colleagues again.

2~recovering from the explosion on my way to work.......what exactly was it? A bus?

3~rice crackers and hummous - they filled a gap when I got home from work.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010


1~ A visit from Baby R to the office today. Maybe we should become a creche and all take our kids to work. It would brighten the day up - but maybe it would be just too stressful.

2~The shadow cast by the streetlight through tree branches - it was very beautiful. Almost worth struggling with my run.

3~A sandwich for my lunch from Rudi's. The best sandwich shop in town.

Monday, 8 February 2010


1~Cashing the cheque that has been languishing in my bag for ages at long last!

2~Bumping into my cousin who I haven't see for ages. It's a pity I had to dash back to work.

3~M&S flower topped cupcakes. So sweet. Anything to brighten up a grey, damp Monday.

4~Ms M's new furry coat. I like alot.

Sunday, 7 February 2010


The weekend is almost over.

1~Watching Master T watching M&C playing Super Mario on the Wii. He was most intrigued and even had a shot. He'll be wanting one soon enough.

2~A visit to granny and grandad's and even more food. Master T was very excited to show off his crocs with his new charms from M and his new lorry from M & C's grandad.

3~A taster of Mr T's Andrew Macpherson wine. Very nice!

Late Saturday

1~Snowdrop spotting on the walk down towen to get Amaster T some new shoes. He's very proud of them.

2~An impromptu lunch in "so much more than a cafe"! Quite delicious comfort food - macaroni cheese and chips. Not really what I needed after last night's curry, but at least I went for a run today, ~4.5miles plod in the rain.

3~Spending the night with friends. Good company, good food, good drink and a fab new music!

Friday Catch Up

1~ A trip to Dobbies with chums. Spent no money (apart from some lovely scones). Might have to go back when I am child free for a proper look around!

2~A takeaway curry for tea. Yummy scrummy!

3~A little bit of housework. The house is making me a little happier!

Thursday, 4 February 2010


1~My pilates class - I wasn't nodding off tonight.

2~Getting picked up from work - sheer luxury.

3~A sneaky chocolate biscuit - it will soon be lent!

Wednesday, 3 February 2010


An uneventful day with travel stresses.

1~Mango with my muesli.

2~Tasty tarts for lunch.

3~Reading to Master T after a HUGE fight!

Tuesday, 2 February 2010


1~Snow again. It was lovely to get up to the snow again this morning. Not enough to get snowed in though! Went for a run tonight (which was rubbish) and had to contend with frozen snowy pavements. Not such a good idea fter all.

2~An interesting day observing interviews.

3~Having my tea made for me. Great!!

Monday, 1 February 2010

Monday Again

A quiet day. Back at work after our weekend away.

1~Getting my shoes re-heeled for free. It shouldn't have fallen off in the first place. Shoddy workmanship.

2~Managing to run all the way up the hill tonight. Why couldn't I run up yesterday's hill. It's all in the mind.

3~Choosing three new books for Master T from the library. He was fast asleep in the carwith daddy. Hope he likes the one about pirates.


4~Turning over to a new month in the calendars.

Sunday, 31 January 2010

Sunny Sunday

1~ A lovely run on a crisp and frosty morning. Pity I lost it on the steep hill. Next time I will run all the way! This was followed by another walk by the river to the old station and the purchase of some lovely bread and biscuits. White bread - as I was told I necer buy white bread!

2~Another proper Sunday lunch.

3~The prospect of a good read, and the satisfaction of finishing two books this weekend. One was very short though - Ethel and Ernest.

Saturday, 30 January 2010

Sunny Saturday

1~ A beautiful full moon shining on the sea as we drove to grandma's in the dark last night. It was amazing.

2~A walk round Richmond in the sun this morning - cold but lovely. Great after my long lie and I managed to finish my book. I love AMS, but I didn't enjoy this book all that much. Popped into a few shops and bought a lovely primrose from the market. Also got a bargain in Oxfam. I just need to find the time to read it.

3~Master T in bed at 6.30pm. It's too good to be true - no tea and still fully clothed!. He is bound to be up later. I'm looking forward to a glass of grandad's pink prosecco now!

Friday, 29 January 2010

Friday already

1~ A visit to Almond Valley park with friends. It was great, but sooooooooooo cold. Look forward to visiting again on a warmer day!

2~Snowdrop spotting in the garden. There are some almost out. Will do some more spotting this weekend.

3~Time to catch up with the washing and ironing before heading to grandma's for the weekend.

Thursday, 28 January 2010


1~Seeing Master T playing catch this morning (he seemed so much better today). He loved being called butter fingers!

2~Lunch out with colleagues. My lunch came with chips!!! Hurrah!!

3~Master T fast asleep when I arrived at nursery. So peaceful. Unfortunately I had to wake him up :( He hadn't been himself today. Hopefully back to normal tomorrow for his playdate.

Late Wednesday

Can't believe this is late - I was at home all day yesterday and not even out of the house!

1~ An enforced day at home. Unfortunately Master T was not very well. He has still not found his scream.

2~Cuddles with Master T.

3~Time to make soup and bake cakes.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010


1~My first (and possibly last) visit to Bute House.

2~Master T's painted train. He should have been in bed rather than painting!

3~An interesting programme on TV tonight about water. Next one is about wind. Maybe I'll manage to see all of it!

Monday, 25 January 2010

Manic Monday

After a very slow and late start to the day...........

1~Getting to the front of the queue in Sainsburys because no one wanted to use the self scan tills. Why wouldn't you? The queue was huge and I felt very depressed on joining it, until I saw that I could walk all the way to the front and scan myself.

2~I've lost my scream daddy - said Master T this morning. He has a cough and possibly a sore throat - not that either is slowing him down.

3~A new magazine to take to bed.

Sunday, 24 January 2010


1~A long lie. Master T was very happy playing with his cousins and their toys. If only I could have been bothered to read.

2~A lovely Sunday lunch cooked by my b-in-law. Delicious!

3~A visit to here. Delightful. It closed at 4pm - which seemed early (and the cafe had closed at 3pm - very early). Master T had fun though and made an aeroplane. Would have been nice to have stayed longer.

Late Saturday

1~Texting all my friends during a long car journey - I wasn't driving!

2~ A late afternoon walk along the beach at Whitley Bay, with BIG waves crashing down. This was followed by a visit to a lovely little cafe where the kids had ice cream!!!!!!!!! It was far too cold for ice cream, but.......

3~Watching a very funny Peter Kay video. Just right for a Saturday night.

Friday, 22 January 2010


1~So many interesting talks at a seminar today. Fascinating stuff - but what are the solutions?

2~Glueing and glittering with Master T. How did I get covered in glitter?

3~Reading Master T his new book - Little Rabbit Foo Foo. He knows all the words and we had a great discussion about why he gets changed into a goonie and what is a goonie and why he bopped everyone on the head....... and the moral of the story is........

Late Thursday

1~A delightful dinner with colleagues, fabulous food and company.

2~A lovely gift of a rose schfer beetle - beautiful.

3~Learning so much at a meeting where I knew nothing. Wasn't able to contribute - but very interesting.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010


Has anything good happened today?

1~Was asked if I wanted to increase my hours at work. I immediately declined - though nice to be asked. I would have a nervous breakdown if I moved to full time hours and even less would get done at home (if that is possible)!

2~Wore my purple tights. I love them and have been asked by a complete stranger where I got them.

3~Going to bed with my hot water bottle and book.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010


1~Getting a mini cheddar from Master T (already sucked by him). That's good sharing!

2~Persuading Mr T to walk a little further with me this morning so I didn't slip on the ice. He was worried we would both end up on the ground!

3~Cakes at work to celebrate Ms S's birthday. Happy birthday!

Monday, 18 January 2010

Monday, Monday

1~My first run of the year - well my first run for months. It was more of a plod, the distance wasn't great but it did involve two significant hills. Have had a piece of my healthy fatless fruit cake as a reward.

2~Now that Christmas is over, my lunch hour was devoted to birthday present shopping. Still need another couple of boy presents for the end of the month.

3~Cheesey crumpets for Master T's tea. He devoured them.

Sunday, 17 January 2010


A weird day in many ways, possibly because I haven't done much except the hum drum chores. Why are there always so many things needing cleaned up?

1~The morning drive to the supermarket. On my own, sun shining, listening to the radio. It was only 15 minutes, but it was just me.....peace!

2~A quick wander round the block in the late afternoon sunshine. No one wanted to join me. I brooded, but enjoyed a bit more me-time before the next round of cooking and washing up.

3~A programme on Diaries that I found on the iPlayer. Self indulgent!

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Sodden Saturday

It started wet, but brightened up thankfully.

1~Planting some bulbs with Master T. He soooooooo wanted to help, but something went wrong as he needed to have his pirates with him and he lost one. It all ended in tears! Now they are in the dark cupboard off his room. I wonder how long they will last before he investigates?

2~A walk round Smeaton Lake, which was frozen. Spotted thousand of snowdrops pushing their way up through the snow and ice. A few were almost our. This was followed by a visit to the tea room for cake (and ice cream for Master T), and Mister T purchasing me a new (small) amaryllis. (Amaryllis 1 is about to bloom)

3~Doing a bit of cross stitch. Something for Master T I hope.

and an extra one today:

4~Watching Slumdog Millionaire. Reminded me of our trips to India.


1~Master T playing with his good friend J. It was going so well until he forgot about sharing.......... We enjoyed S's homemade scones regardless of the stress!

2~The sight of the grass again - just a wee bit, but it's a start.

3~A small bar of green and black's white chocolate...mmmmmmmmm!!

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Chilly Thursday

1~First pilates class of the year - but it was sooooooooo cold.

2~Relief that Master T was a good boy at nursery today after yesterdays incidents!

3~All the new and spring clothes in the shops - but we are freezing here!

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Wet Wednesday

1~My bulb collection. Some cheap tulips waiting to be planted – hope its not too late. My little irises just brought out into the light, my amaryllis shooting ever upwards with a flower on the verge of bursting open and my hyacinths, starting to go over.

2~This fab site. Need more time to look at it properly.

3~The amazing tea we had made with random leftovers including, veggie haggis, chicken, mushrooms & beans. Tasty comfort food for a cold night.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Chilly Tuesday

The snow is disappearing, but it is feeling colder than ever - the wind. Starting to see the garden again and the bulbs poking through.

1~ A meeting at work with such lovely people.

2~Master T being very brave getting his immunisations this afternoon. I did not have high hopes - but he was a little star *****. No tears and no screams. We went and had a rootle around the library afterwards.

3~ This fabby book borrowed from the library - along with a book on planes and one on robots- wool has been ordered!

and finally an extra one today:

4~The arrival of my friend L's baby - a little boy. Lovely news.

Monday, 11 January 2010

Monday - the start of the week

1~Being able to walk on the snow and ice-free pavement. Walking felt normal again.

2~Buying a couple of baby gifts. Decisions, decisions!

3~Peace. Master A was so tired out from yesterday he went straight to bed. I was at a loose end. What to do? I did some of Mister T's jigsaw - 1000 pieces almost done - hurrah!

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Sunny Sunday

1~The temperature has been in positive figures all day. What a nice change.

2~A lovely, lovely afternoon and evening with friends.

3~Dessicated coconut...........!! Master T has been singing it all day!!

and an extra one today..........

4~This lovely news.


1~Icicle spotting on my walk to the supermarket. The best are probably next door.

2~A gin and tonic made by Mister T.

3~A few sneaky Cartmel sticky toffee chocolates - a really delicious Christmas present.

Friday, 8 January 2010


1~The beautiful snow covered landscape all around. Wish I hadn't been driving so I could have taken a few photographs.

2~A kiss on the nose from Master T.

3~Fish and chips from the chip shop for tea. What a treat!

Thursday, 7 January 2010


A day off today - lovely. A bit os shopping and a bit of tidying up and chores at home.

1~Bright blue skies in a snow covered Edinburgh - magical.

2~ A look around some of my favourite shops and a couple of wee purchases from here and here.

3~ My amaryllis which is groing like a triffid. I guess it will be flowering soon.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010


1~ A short day at work. Having dug ourselves out we eventually got into work and before I knew it, it was lunchtime and then it was home time! The end of my working week. Hurrah!!

2~Master T with his little friend Master D. He ran into nursery late, showed Master D his leaflet about the Mallard and then gave it back to daddy to take care of while he was busy at nursery. Lovely!

3~The peacefulness (don't think of the stress) of driving to work after a very heavy overnight snow fall - well the first partof the journey anyway.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010


First day back at work. What a drag. Very quiet and not much was done, but only one more day and then my short week is over.

1~The fabulous tablet brought in my my boss (made by her husband). Think we should request a weekly supply.

2~The brazilian darkness chocs in Mr T's tin of Roses. There's a theme here which would suggest I have a sweet tooth. I don't really.

3~ I could say more snow - blizzard conditions tonight and everything has its new white blanket. While it was snowing I was encouraging Master T to go to sleep. Our little chat about nursery was so sweet.

Monday, 4 January 2010


1~ A walk in the snow and the little black cat sheltering from the cold.

2~My bowl of pink hyacinths which have started flowering.

3~The prospect of a week in Northumberland in the spring.

Sunday, 3 January 2010

3BT - Sunday

1~ More snow, a lovely deep and white blanket over everything. So clean and bright.

2~Grotty old mushrooms from the back of the fridge transformed into lovely mushroom soup for lunch. Yummy.

3~My pink cat tree decoration who very soon will be going into storage until next Christmas.

Saturday, 2 January 2010

Three Beautiful Things - Saturday

1~Watching Tom and Jerry cartoons with Master T in our pyjamas. It's so long since I have seen T&J.

2~My cupcakes. Made from my new recipe book. Delicious!!!

3~More snow...........................

Friday, 1 January 2010


Let's give it a go (

-1-Sitting in the kitchen chatting while looking out at my snow covered garden. Like something from a winter wonderland. Wonderful light.

-2-Master T (3yrs) making his new Peter Pan jigsaw (for 7yrs plus), with his two fave blokes helping him.

-3-The leftover key lime pie for tea. Must make an effort to go to Waitrose.

New Year

A new year - a new beginning, a new decade. What lies instore during 2010? The year has started quietly - things will liven up I am sure. What do I want to achieve? Perhaps I should make a list.

What have I enjoyed today? ~Breakfast- have not been eating breakfast over the holidays, so really enjoyed my healthy breakfast. ~Making the brown bear jigsaw! ~Leftovers for tea, especially the key lime pie! ~Looking out at the snow and imagining that we are snowed in. ~The peace and quiet.

What will tomorrow bring?

Happy New Year.