Saturday, 26 September 2009

mad dogs and Englishmen

Hmmm, maybe that should read 'mad Englishmen and a few dogs'
George and I went down to Newnham on Severn several weekends ago (infact it must be nearly a month ago I wrote this post...crikey!) to watch my mad brother-in -law attempt to ride the Severn Bore for Josies charity. We stayed in my sisters old farmhouse with five insane dogs and 18 other people including my eldest sister and her family from Northumberland and my other sister who lives in Thailand, all to witness the big event. Madness I tell you...but a good sort of madness...

The Severn bore was meant to be the biggest it has been in twenty years.(photos from google)
We could spot Jim quite easily from high up on the river bank amoungst the serious surfers and canoeists in their black wetsuits, after all, it's not often you see a large built man in a Spiderman costume in a bright yellow rubber dingy with his equally well built policeman companion in a Captain America suit.

It was quite strange to see this wave suddenly come rushing the wrong way down the river , turning the flow of the water and making the river rise several metres.Something to do with full moons apparently .
I think the wave forgot it was meant to be the biggest in 20 years.More of a fast flowing 'ripple' if you ask me...

It was mightily entertaining chasing them along the river from pub to pub with the hoards of other people who turned out on a sunny Saturday to witness this strange phenomenon.

Until they disappeared that is.
We waited. And waited.Still no Spidey came past...

A couple of hours later and a few miles down river, two very wet and exhausted superheroes finally appeared to much cheering.

They raised quite a few quid .Over a thousand pounds in the end.

nice 'muscles' spiderman

Spidey told us later that the 'little wave' looked pretty big when it rushes towards you at a speed of 20 knots. Ok we'll believe him. He is, after all a 'superhero'.
Spiderman poses for the bemused kids
(we think he had been eating lots of pies since he made his last movie.)

Thursday, 10 September 2009

talking Japanese

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOh how I wish I could speak Japanese. wish ,wish, wish I could.
This lovely parcel of vintagey fabulousness arrived today.
Eye candy indeedy.
Fans of Paumes books will already know what I'm talking about but I was, until 5 o'clock this afternoon, a Paumes virgin.
Oh my, what have I been missing?
...I'm so excited I might have to have a poo at Paul's house. (I'm sorry but that advert makes me laugh SO much!)
Anyway, take a look vintage fans.
You may need a sit down and some hot sweet tea after taking in all these lovely images ....Now this little book seems to sum up everything I love.
Fifties stuff, vintage stuff,pretty stuff, shabby stuff ..STUFF in general.It is just Fab.

If you are already hyperventilating and feel the need to get one too, go directly to the Paumes site, you can pay by £'s in paypal who convert it from Yen. Mine arrived very quickly all the way from Japan for about £16 including postage.
I rather think a new obsession has arrived don't you?This page must be dedicated to Julia!...
p.s Betty says thanks for all the egg appreciation, it shocked her so much laying such a whopper she decided to loose her feathers early (it's molting season) so the hen run now looks like an exploded feather pillow. (Her big massive egg made a lovely spinach and red pepper frittata though..yum)
I have so much to tell and never have time lately...I have been away to watch 'spiderman' ride a wave,(more on that one later) A first visit to a massive local fleamarket where I got some brilliant finds (including that lovely vintage paper lantern in the photo above) and next week I have two whole days off as my mummy is visiting me from France.Whoopeeeee!!
No doubt girlie shopping, cake and copious amounts of tea will be involved...roll on Tuesday!!

Wednesday, 2 September 2009


Betty, the oldest chicken in town, laid this MASSIVE egg the other day...

Ouch.. It had THREE yolks. One for the family album there Betty!

Thanks for all the nice deckchair comments by the answer a few questions, I bought the crochet blankets from a lady who makes them on eBay quite a while ago, the keep calm one from eBay too, but more recently and the spotty fabric, Jane from Worcestershire, is indeed from Dunelm Mill! (I think you and I must have been there at the same time!)
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