Sunday, 24 November 2013

Reasons to be cheerful

Ok so now that Ian Dury and his Blockheads are earworming your head in its good to count your blessings.
This week I have been thankful for the following:

  • a big solid wood John Lewis wardrobe bought on ebay for £50 and now in pride of place in guest room
  • my BiL & Step dad for putting up said wardrobe
  • A daughter who is so happy in following her dream its a joy to see. This has meant late nights every night this week when I have to do a 30 mile round trip to pick up daughter post Christmas show but to see her face. you guessed it its worth it.
  • 10 hours sleep in 1 go. This is unheard of in my house, well for me not the teenager. That's a typical weekend
  • 2 runs in 1 week. I haven't managed this for ages plus I also got to the 4 mile milestone I had set for myself a week earlier than planned. I hated every step of the way and really have lost my running mojo but somehow still got my butt out there
  • getting the rarest hot roast beef sandwich with rocket at work. Normally it is so tough and chewy but this week. Ta dah!
  • for sticking with Homeland - its finally coming together but so little of Brodie
  • a clean fridge. Sad I know,. There was  strange smell. I had to find the source. We have 2 fridges side by side each looking a guilty as the next. The integrated bastards. I hate them. Source found. Source exterminated.
  • buying not 1 but 2 Christmas magazines at great expense, Ideal Home & Homes & Gardens if you want to know. Then having the audacity to veg mid afternoons and read them . The audacity I know!
Small pleasures...

Silent Sunday

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Tagine, taxi and bush trimming

Just a typical week for me that I thought I'd share in the hope that someone says "snap, me too"

Work is very very busy. I don't talk about work on here in case they are watching. I know they are watching. I am have become  regular with the taxi company for early morning lifts to train station. Sadly I still get a kick  out going to London as if it's my first time ever. It is  FAB.U.LOUS city and I love it. I do not love the train in front breaking down on way back leaving us stranded for 2 hours outside Peterborough. And yes the only thing for it was to have gin and crisps for tea

The ironing pile has gotten so huge that it could be listed as a newly discovered Munro. Care to scale it anyone? I am sorely tempted to investigate getting a lady what does in. However as I equate everything back to how many shoes I could buy with same money I think I can turn a blind eye a little longer.

The shower ceased to work during the week and I managed only by keeping my finger on the on/off button for the whole time. You should try early morning contortions you really should. One dismantled shower later and it seems to be working.

The builders are still to finish painting the outside of the house and also most of the ground by he looks of it.

There has been little laughter this week and I miss it. It keeps me up, keeps me going. She-ra spends most of her time in her room "studying" ( knowing wink)

The dog has hardly been walked due to my over extended working days and is either sulking or waking early for revenge.

Finally I hired a mahoosive van to collect an equally mahoosive wardrobe won on ebay. No body messes with a lady in a van I can tell you! At least that's guest bedroom done ( as Gordon Ramsey would say)

My Sunday will be filled with being teenage taxi, beef tagine maker and bush trimmer. And scaling a large ironing mountain.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Probably the best Banana cake in the World

I don't often do recipes, But you know when I do that it has to be a good one. I give you Banana & Ginger Cake....

 175g caster sugar
   25g dark treacle
300g bananas
125ml sunflower oil
4 eggs
75g chopped ginger - we used crystallised stuff
200g wholemeal plain flour
3 tbsp baking powder

Line a 20cm cake tin. We used a loaf tin and made 1 large and a baby one out of this mixture

Put sugar and bananas in a bowl. Mash to smooth
Add treacle
beat in oil, eggs and stir in ginger
Add flour and baking powder
Stir well
Put in tin
Bake at 170C or 150C fan for 50 - 60 mins
We then iced said cake with a butter icing

I am not a fan of banana cake,preferring its carrot cousin but this has gone to number 1. I will deliberately not eat the bananas now so we have enough to make this


Saturday, 2 November 2013


Face creams I love you. I am in search of the best lotion. One that could roll back the years or hold them still for a wee bit anyway. I think I am blessed with reasonably good skin but still lavish cream on morning and night. That said it's no Creme de la Mer here. Think more Palmers Cocoa butter (£4). The really thick stuff. However I find that a bit too thick for a day cream and for the past year or so I have been trying out these.

Liz Earle Day cream - pot (£20)
I love Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. I have also discovered her make up and am in lipstick heaven. The clay mask is also a hit. However I wasn't over impressed with this cream and it didn't last that long either. Maybe I need to go a level and go for full strength superskin?

Biotherm - Blue Therapy Serum (£38) and Biotherm Skin.Ergetic Anti-Fatigue Concentrate Serum (£27)
Skin,Ergetic Serum was pretty good, leaving skin feeling lovely and radiant. Gets my vote though a bit pricey for my pocket.

Healgel (£37)
Sent to me to try out, unlike the others which were funded from my own pocket. I have been applying this gel to eye area, forehead for those attractive wrinkles and generally anywhere else where I feel I need Healgel.Does it work? I'm not sure. It tingles when you put it on, it smells fresh and absorbs quickly into the skin. I've been using it a month and I still have frown lines but  its pretty reasonably priced. It also works as a primer. I was in Space NK the other day and found it stocked there too. The staff all swore but it but then I find Space NK staff swear by every product in the shop.
The blurb says
"Apply HealGel Intensive to any area of troublesome, unbroken skin, two or three times daily. When used sparingly, this hard-working skin care essential also acts as the perfect base for make up. Originally developed to improve the appearance of scars and relieve bruising and swelling, diminish redness and irritation, HealGel Intensive addresses and resolves a whole host of common skin complaints, such as rosacea, acne, eczema, psoriasis, sensitive skin and sunburn too. It’s also a great emergency repair for stressed skin or when you feel your complexion needs a little extra loving care to restore its radiant glow. HealGel Intensive is a true multi-tasking medicine and beauty cabinet essential."
Would I buy it again? Probably

Boots No.7 Protect & Perfect moisturiser (£23)
I love their serum not so much their day cream. I would probably opt for Liz Earle day cream given the choice. The serum is great as is eye cream

Olay Day Total effects 7 in 1 moisturiser ( varies as often on offer approx £10-15)
I have been using this one most recently and think its ok for a day cream. I don't look like Thandie Newton yet but give me time. It does have a slight iridescence to it which if I don't rub in properly ( happens regularly ) it looks like  slug has danced across my face.

If anyone has a top tips beauty regime please do tell. I also refer you