Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The Misfits

Arthur Miller and Montgomery Clift were both born on 17th Ocotober. 
Miller was born in 1915 and Clift in 1920.
Their professional lives crossed in 1961 when The Misfits was filmed. 
Arthur Miller wrote the screen play and Montgomery Clift played a rodeo riding cowboy.

It wasn't a happy film set.
Marilyn Monroe was battling her addiction to prescription painkillers and her marriage to Miller was falling apart.
John Huston was the director and there are stories of his gambling and drinking have an effect on the whole production.
Within a couple of weeks of the film's completion Clark Gable had died and his widow placed the blame firmly at the feet of Monroe.

I had watched this movie once before many years ago and couldn't remember too much about it.
It;s not the normal Marilyn Monroe froth and fun movie and makes very uncomfortable viewing at times.
Each of the main characters carry their own sadness and disappointments and have been damagd by them.
G had never seen it before and said he found it a hard movie to watch but he would definitely watch it again. I think it probably needs a couple of watches to understand all the varying relationships and undercurrents.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Marie Antoinette

In 1793 Marie Antoinette was tried and convicted in a swift trial in the Palais Du Justice.
Although it is frequently quoted she uttered the famous phrase 

there is no evidence she did actually say it.

As you can see I have a fabulous letterbox red mixing bowl embossed with those 4 words and I used it this afternoon to mix up the batter for these chocolate yogurt cupcakes in readiness for chocolate cupcake day this coming Wednesday. So I've covered two days in one.
These cupcakes are made using greek yogurt and I can report they are absolutely delicious.

Looking at this week ahead and what I've got going on I'm not sure I'm going to have time to bake them on the day so I thought I would grab a head start when I did have the time spare. 
I also have another (no time required) little idea up for sleeve for Wednesday.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Mighty Matt Le Tiss

Matthew Le Tissier played for Saints for the entire length of his professional playing career and is much loved by the fans of Southampton FC.
Today is his 49th birthday so we stopped by the boardwalk to snap this photo.

Friday, 13 October 2017


World Egg Day.
I could celebrate this is many ways.
Boiled, scrambled, fried, poached, would do me.
I love eggs.
Meals at the end of the week need to be super speedy due to getting S to dance.
Muffins filled with bacon and egg are tasty and super quick especially since we learned how to cook the eggs in the microwave.
How do you like yours?

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Status Quo

Whatever your taste in music happens to be I defy anyone not to enjoy a bit of Quo.
Songs from Status Quo are guaranteed to get people up and dancing at Christmas parties and leave you with a great big smile on your face.
Today would have been Rick Parfitt's 69th birthday.
As a tribute G and I will be partaking in what is known in our house as Quo-ercise.
We'll be exhausted from the exertion and probably the giggles as well and for that we thank Mr P and the rest of his gang.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Three October Days

Monday 9th October would have been John Lennon's 77th birthday.
Whilst researching his life for something I could do to mark the day I found out he liked to indulge in a bowl of cornflakes and cream.
My week day breakfast is almost nearly always Weetabix but I thought ringing the changes and kicking off Monday morning with a bowl of cornflakes (with milk, couldn't stomach cream on them!) would be the way to go.

That is had I remembered to buy any.

They were on my shopping list when I went grocery shopping on Saturday morning and it wasn't until I went to make breakfast on Monday morning did I realise I had omitted to pop a box of them in the trolley.

As it had been G's birthday on Sunday and I were off together on Monday it was his choice as to where we went for the day. He chose Chichester as our destination as there is a vinyl record shop there he likes to visit every now and then.
By a happy co-incidence one of the other shops we nipped into had the radio on and what song happened to be playing but Imagine by John Lennon.

Tuesday was World Homeless Day and for this I asked permission from my boss to set up a donations box in our place of work. This was for anyone who wanted to support an organisation called The Homeless Period by donating feminine hygiene products. 
A packet of sanitary towels or tampons could make such a difference to a woman living on the streets. I found out there are a few collection points in the city where I live and from here they make up care packages to be given out to those in need.

And so to today. 
Wednesday 11th is Coming Out Day.
The rainbow flag is synonymous with the LBGTQ community and so I chose to represent this by wearing my rainbow coloured button necklace.
You can't see all the colours in the photo but I promise they are all there.

Sunday, 8 October 2017


This first card is one of many G received today because it's his birthday.
His mum, sister and family friend J all came down from Salisbury.
T picked them up in his car from the train station and drove them to the local pub where we were meeting for lunch.
Then it was back home for birthday cake.

The second card is one I made for World Card Making day.
At Christmas time there are two adults and two teenage children to whom we give money.
I could just go and buy some money wallet style cards and pop the dosh inside, but I like to do something a little different as seen here and here.
This is my first attempt at sewing a felt stocking onto card. I plan to pop the note inside along with a small bar of chocolate.
I only have 4 to make and I thought a little forward planning now will help me towards plumping for the final design.