Archive for September 2006

Cobwebs and Cream Teas

September 30, 2006


This is one of my favourite books, I’ve read it many times. Its a true story by the wife of a National Trust House ‘Houseman’. Chris ran a house in Norfolk called Felbrigg Hall.  Mary was gradually roped in to being a general dogsbody! Basically, its a summary of the day-to -day running of the house. The reason I’m so fond of the book, is that it reminds me very much of a place up in the Scottish Highlands which we managed for a season, before the House was sold. Certain parts of the book are very similar and made me laugh. I’m reading it again!

James Blunt

September 29, 2006


I’m not friends with Robbie Williams at the moment, so I’m promoting the musical skills, good-looks and pure genius of James Blunt. I’m listening to ‘Back to Bedlam’. I never tire of any of the tracks…..

‘Goodbye My Lover’  is my personal favourite track. Click on Back to Bedlam  for his website. The pics are scrummy! (Sound up)

Here for loads of info and then here for the best video ever! 

Would ya V?!!!

The Robster

September 28, 2006


  Rob, you dissappointed me…..BIG STYLE. I kept my ticket in all good faith, you told me you would come up with the goods later this year. The panic attack?  Methinks not……

A Cooks Tour

September 26, 2006

A Cooks Tour

  I read this book last year and found it a very good read. Anthony Bourdain will eat anything!

 Imagine my delight when I turned on the T.V. last night, the book is being televised on UKTV Food! 

Click here for more…


September 26, 2006


HalloweenKidsA%2Ejpg Spooky!

  I found a couple of great websites for kids at Hallowe’en. Costumes, makeup, games etc. I’ll try a few of these with the children, they are already looking forward to Hallowe’en and have decided what they want to dress up as!

 Wh-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-0!  ttghost.gif


No Such Luck

September 23, 2006

bin.jpg  Rumour has it, that Bin Liner is brown bread……… whatever !


September 23, 2006

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream–and not make dreams your master,
If you can think–and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ‘em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings–nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And–which is more–you’ll be a Man, my son!
–Rudyard Kipling


September 21, 2006


 I have a ticket and pass for The Ryder Cup today. My husband was invited first, but has no interest in golf! So, he handed it to me and said, “Go!”. What he neglected to remember, was the children…. 

  I have my ‘Adopted’ one from 8.15am until 5.50pm, not mention the school runs later! Then, Drama class followed by Irish Dancing…..

  Is he doing this on purpose to torture me?”  I ask myself.

 The event is being held at the K Club in Straffan which is 15 minutes from my house. I am not a golf fan by any means, but these tickets are gold dust, they really are. This ticket is a ‘Full Corporate Package’, which means, Champagne all day, Morning Coffee with Danish pastries and muffins, a five-course silver service lunch with a selection of wines. Complimentary bar and Gourmet Afternoon Tea. So, whatever the outcome of the tournament, the experience alone will be very memorable.

 However, it’s not to be. So I will keep the ticket and I.P. for prosperity.


So serene…

September 19, 2006

I’m such a softie!

September 17, 2006


 I’m listening to one of my favourite tracks of all time, on one of my favourite C.D.’s of all time. The C.D. ‘The Best Irish Album in the World…Ever’   I cry every time I hear the song, ‘Carrickfergus’ sung by Brian Kennedy. His voice is so passionate. He represented Ireland at this years  Eurovision Song Contest. 

 And Sharon Shannons ‘Songbird’ brings back very happy memories of being with Mum and my bestest friend…