Wednesday, 21 September 2016


We're decorating the lounge as our new suite arrives on Monday - hooray!  We sold our old three-piece suite within 1 day of advertising it and have been sitting on garden chairs ever since (around three weeks). Fortunately they are nice garden chairs with big cushions but even so, we can't wait to get our new suite.

Today hubby was painting the walls whilst I was trying to work out how the spaghetti of cables behind the TV would work if we moved said appliance to another wall.  Sadly, it looks like we can'nay do it, we're going to need more cable Jim (Star Trek reference).  Of course when we had our Sky box installed, it seemed unnecessary to have a spare 3-4 metres of cable behind the TV so the installers cut it off so it fitted nicely.  Thus, we need more cable (hubby's job for tomorrow along with painting the last two walls).

I'm really looking forward to having more space in the lounge, even though we've ordered a corner unit. I've replaced 3 Argos DVD/CD shelves with a new bookcase from John Lewis to match the one we already have.  As you've gathered, they aren't for books.  The girls are really excited about the 'love seat' swivel chair we're getting. There may be a fight over who sits which side.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Spring bulbs,wine and...Halloween?

The teen and I headed down to Longacres today to pick up some spring bulbs. I know, summer is just about over (so the weather tells me when I look out of the window) so I thought it would be nice to prep the flower pots for spring.  Some of my summer plants are dying off a bit already which is a shame.

As usual, there was so much variety I thought it would be a tough choice but then the teen said "Look mum, flowers the colour of my soul" holding these up. Decision made.  I got three different colour packs of these.  I have to say that I'll be curious about how black they look when they come up.  I've never had black flowers before.

It seems that Longacres is totally ready for Halloween as well. They have some pretty creepy displays there that you can put outside your house.  I may even have to get something more for our house.  I normally go crazy with just a pumpkin *grin*.

As you can see, I also spotted the ideal wine glass for my sister (sorry Kate!) LOL.  Gives a new meaning to 'just the one' doesn't it.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Cyprus Conference

I've just returned from a conference in Cyprus that I attended as a doctoral student (MCIS 2016).  It was a wonderful opportunity to get feedback on my thesis and also to network with some amazing people.  Lots of connecting via LinkedIn and emails were exchanged.

View from terrace of the Aquamare Hotel & Spa
However, the hotel (Aloe or A _ _ E as the sign said) was...err...a bit of a joke.  Sadly the conference organisers assumed the 4* rating was true (I wonder if they looked in any rooms?). The conference hotel - the Aquamare - was indeed a 4* but none of us could get into it as it was fully booked. However, we all booked in to the 'alternative' hotel or found our own accommodation. Let's put it this way - I'll read TripAdvisor before booking any future conference hotel *grin*.  Here's my review of it on TripAdvisor.

The weather was glorious but it was a hot 20 minute walk from one hotel to the other, although coming back in the evening along the beach walk was just stunning.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Cake, more cake and meat

The girls and I popped over to Longacres today as my hubby absolutely loves the lemon drizzle cake that they have there.  It seems nowhere else is comparable so, as I'm away at a conference this weekend (boo...first time away without him and the girls since we met!), I thought I'd buy a few bits to keep the three of them happy whilst I was away.


N's choice was lemon drizzle cake (and a cupcake she couldn't resist) and S chose a Victoria sponge. Both are yummy - well, I had to try a piece of each for quality testing you understand.

I decided to get some meat from Bevans Butchers.  I love the idea that they have pre-marinated foods there so I chose some gorgeous looking lamb skewers in a Mediterranean sauce and some fresh chicken goujons for the girls.  That's dinner for the 3 of them sorted tomorrow then.  I liked how Bevans bag their foods with a little machine that seals around the edge of the 'paper' they use.  Not seen that before.

I did resist one thing though.  The girls wanted one of those round 'huts' that are outside with the dining set, lights and heater in. With the cheapest being around £5k, I said no to that one (if I hadn't, my bank would have anyway).  I also managed to say no to this swing seat...although I do like it and it is a bargain.  Perhaps I'll chat to hubby about it after he's had his yummy lamb?