Archive for June, 2007

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stunning wedding

June 17, 2007

So Scotty and I went down to Southampton on Thursday, the journey was long rainy and a bit stop and start but we made it there fine. Popped in to see his parents and went back to the hotel. Took it easy the next morning and slowly got ready.

The whole event was delightful, classy and gentle, we went to Scott’s parents house to start with and I made a cuppa for his mum, the groom (his brother) and the best man, introduced to me as Fooksey. I straightened ties and pinned on flowers. Then off to the church. Amazingly the groom was entirely composed and not even a bead of sweat crossed his brow. Bret and Clare were married with their daughter Freya clinging to their legs, so very cute. Scotty has put some pictures up:

Click on image to go to photo set on flickr.

After the simple classy service the weather broke and some blue sky and sun turned up just in time for photos outside the church. We sloped off back to the hotel to get a cab to the reception at the golf club. The room for the reception was lovely, light and simple wooden beamed room. The food was fabulous, as was the atmosphere, quite a few small children kept the atmosphere lively and fun and relaxed. I met some more of Scott’s family which was great. As most weddings should be, fun was had by all. I like many consumed way too much booze and had trouble trying to sleep it off.

Saturday morning was spent mostly asleep with a brief visit to the free breakfast to make sure I was sober enough to drive. The Journey back to Norwich was 5 hours with more rain. Overall a wonderful break and great to see folks. Spent the rest of Saturday recovering from driving.

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just spent

June 13, 2007

a wonderful afternoon with the twins. They are such bundles of fun, great to play with and always in to something. I met Mum and Dad at my brothers house and mum trimmed my hair. It needed it.

I’ve not mentioned this yet here, there has not been a place for it but my mum is going through chemotherapy for cancer. She’s had a wonderful life but it appears to be hereditary and although she had a mastectomy 2 years ago ish, the cancer came back and she has a few more treatments left. Mum copes so well but we had to have a good chat about things. The latest news is that it will come back even after this treatment. Her quality of life now is fair to good, although the doctor has said she should expect only 2 years of remission before it all has to happen again. Because of this she did say today, if you are going to get around to getting married please do it sooner rather than later so that she can enjoy it properly. I agree, I need to get things sorted, sooner rather than later. The dawning that every lifetime is finite is something I’ve avoided for many many years having nobody that close to me die since I was 6 years old, they were my grandads, both of them within 6 months of each other. I still remember it. I was sensible about it then amazingly, mum reminded me that I had wise words for her then, saying that her father was in a better place, and not suffering. Goodness knows how I had such a sensible head at such a young age. I’ve always been the sort to be more level headed about life and knowing its an experience that will end. Although this will still not stop me maybe having a small part of my heart break for my mum because she does not deserve this. At least she can fight for her life and have a good time remaining no matter how long or short it is.

SO Please everyone now, think of someone you love, everyone has someone, and make sure they know it. Don’t leave it life is worth taking by the scruff and enjoying to the full.

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well the weekend

June 12, 2007

floated by and now I cant even remember what we did. Oh we bought some more worms for our wormery and I bought some Kaulund Enchante 100% silk. I wanted to see if I could run off a quick silk lace scarf before the weekend but it’s not to be. I’ll blog it at some point.

I’ve got the whole week off so yesterday was spent with my old mate Ian. We chatted lots and realized that we’ve been friends for 9 years! I do like getting back in touch with old friends. We had a quick route around tescos for the weekly shop and then home to play on the wii. I think we played too much because today Ian hurts 🙂 I told him to mind his bowling technique.

Today I gathered some of the finishing touches to my outfit for this wedding we’re doing soon. I’m not saying when because anyone can read this and many know where I live. 😉 nothing like being cautious. Anyhew,  I got some false nails and makeup. WHAT? me? wearing makeup? I don’t think I remember how to apply it. I tried the false nails this evening. I’m not too good at it. Now my arms ache from loads of knitting and driving Ian home last night. I’ve got a big drive to Sotton (sarfampton to the innocent) soon so I’d best take a rest for now.

Erasmus has taken to sleeping in between  our arses on the bed at night. His arse faces up and we back in to him. It’s like arse central in the middle of our bed. Most cosy.

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I’ve been published!

June 7, 2007

well sort of.. not exactly published as such but I do host some photos at SXC and on flickr too (link bottom right of this page). These have been picked up by several people and they have requested use of my photos on their sites and or documents. I of course say yes and the only thing I ask for is my name on or near the photo to say either where it came from or the fact the image is by me. Its a standard thing that most people ask as part of copy wright.

I was going back through the items I have had used and I thought it might be nice to try and gather them all on this blog, so here goes, a list of items of where you can find my images that have been used. (that I know of, if you know of any please send me a note)
1, Aloe Vera originally placed on SXC here has been used by makeupmoxie.com

2, Erasmus stretching was placed on SXC here and has been used by healthy critters

3, An old friend from b3ta and 4rthur days (one day I may explain it all) runs a news letter on cats for the ArisoCat rescue charity. Erasmus featured in the March news letter and may appear in future mewsletters. (arf). Pictures are taken from my flickr account on these. Click here for low quality PDF and here for high quality pdf.

4, a german brochure. I wish I knew more but I do not speak german. I think its something about family and kids. The PDF can be found here. They have used This image in two parts stored on SXC.

5, www.countryreports.org requested use of some photos but have not given any more details. their site is subscription based so if anyone out there has a subscription and do not allow picture copying from their site. They used 5 UK and 2 Spain photos.

6, The science meusem of minisota requested use of my worm photo from flickr. They placed it up here in a great article about rain and worms.

7, The last one I found was for Morston Hall. I’ve never been, although it is somewhere close to where we live that I would just love to go for an 8 course meal. The only issue is so far they have not creddited me for the photo of blickling hall found here. I sent them a message today about this requesting they credit me or take it down. I do love having my stuff published, but what is the point if you cant show that its yours?

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confidentiality at work..

June 7, 2007

Yesterday I was trying to fix something for a colleague. A PowerPoint document, something a bit squiffy with the fonts. Although on first look I could not find the problem. Like most IT staff, I don’t read documents as I try and fix them, there is no need and its information that is basically not assimilated.

After a moment I noticed the name of the company. It was the company that my man Scotty works for. This left me in a slightly awkward position. As I am a contractor to a large auditing firm who consult on business as well as audit. I could not fix the file, it would leave me open to seeing information that would mean I have to keep secrets from Scott. Anyway the file was ok, it was fixed by a colleague and now that I know people in my office are providing services to the company Scott works for, I will be able to aviod infomation on that company so as not to place myself in a privacy and confidentiality situation. I’ve signed the forms before, I know the rules, it was just rather a shock to be in the position where I was not allowed to do my job.

The team members involved were also very good about it and fully understanding about my position in this. Just shows even just being a support bod, you can be placed in the most difficult of positions when dealing with other peoples data. I am always cautious and try my very best to make sure they have suitable support for their needs. Hopefully this is the most detailed I will ever have to get with blogging items about work. Again something all bloggers should be wary of.

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facebook, my space etc….

June 5, 2007

What qualifies as spending too much time on-line and what also qualifies as too much of a net presence?

well I’m all for the “net” and using it to the best of my abilities. I find it an invaluable tool to keep in touch. I did loose touch some time back with many friends and I intend to do something about it. So a while back thinking my-space would help, it didn’t. I now use my my-space page to host erasmus’s web presence. Who’d of thought a cat needs a web page. One day I may even sign him up to catster.

Yesterday I signed up to face-book and within 30 minutes I’ve got 10 contacts, by the end of day I’ve got 20. half work, half old net friends from way back. I was wary that it could be a reason to run away and hide again but not this time. I’m amazed at how well interlinked it is for finding people. So here’s a cheer to finding old friends, making new friends and keeping in contact with those who give you their friendship.

Oh and one last thing, the buzz at the moment is about the 2012 Olympic logo, I’m yet to see anyone who likes it. WHAT WERE THEY THINKING? Plus you tube have got a video of the alternatives that were sent in. One has been removed from the BBC site due to it being reference to offensive material. If you’ve spent too much time on the web I bet you can identify it in this clip.

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cant beat a sunday bbq

June 4, 2007

especially when its mighty sunny. Scotty and I had a mad rush round yesterday morning giving the house a quick clean up. Mum and dad popped over to give us a hand with the loft ladder and a blind for the bedroom. Now we can get up the loft with no problems and we have a new slatty blind in the bedroom which means I can get dressed of a morning without worrying that i’ve just pulled a moonie at the neighbours. Infact it was so dark this morning in our bedroom I was wondering if it was still the middle of the night. Except the alarm went off and reality hit, damn.

Anyway I was talking about yesterday. My parents are always great at helping out, I try not to ask too much of them but as they have already done the same for my brother and sister they feel obliged and who am I to refuse help in doing the DIY I loathe. This is why we bought a new house instead of an old one. Best investment ever.

So after DIY dad came to the rescue we all headed over my brothers house for a bbq. It was warm, sunny and all the kids were running around. Idylic. Managed to eat WAY too much. To the point that the starter which was mighty tasty of spicy butternut squash soup decided it disliked me. I’m very very glad my brother only lives around the corner from me at the moment. I did not drink but my tummy was very upset from the chilli in the soup. I’m fine now, not sure quite what went on but I did the olympic toilet dash once the door to our house was open. Thank goodness for a ground floor loo.

Most memorable moment of the day: Izzy and Tommy sitting in their high chairs eating soup and garlic bread.  “dip dip dip” they said together as they stuffed their faces. Followed by “yum yum yum” once eaten. How come small kids can make the simple things seem the cutest.

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What a lovely day. So very hot and sunny.

June 2, 2007

Woke early but took it easy getting up, completed all the weekend ablutions like taking a mower to my legs. Then we went in to town to have lunch and get Scotty some clothes for smart. He now has a brown shirt and brown chino style trousers. I’m going to call him catalog man when he wares it because he will look super smart and sexy.

We went to the Belgian Monk for lunch and they do fabulous fish dishes and the best cherry beer on tap. Amazingly I have no hang over from last night and the hair of the dog seems to have worked. I’m not normally a drinker but if you gave me a crate of that cherry beer I doubt it would last a week.

Then we headed home and I’ve just spent over an hour re-potting in the garden. All the plants look happy for the extra root space.

Here’s a worm in our wormery:

and our first big flower in the garden

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*hic*

June 1, 2007

I was going to write something productive but…. then we had first Friday of the month after work drinks *hic* which were free *hic* although I’m not a big drinker, two glasses of rose (input accent here, I’ve no idea how to do it now) and a G&T I’m surprised I can still spell. So its takeaway and big brother on the telly for the evening.