Saturday, 26 January 2013

Over this past week

I have managed to spend a bit more time on line which is a good sign and shows I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things.
Which is a good thing.

Lets' go back to last Saturday when we all went out into the back garden for a snowball fight. No photos of us outside showing me being pelted from both sides by T and G, so unfair, or G using the rake to get to the snow on top of the shed for extra ammunition, or S ignoring us all and trying to make a mini snowman.
But there is a photo of the hot chocolate we enjoyed once we were back indoors and which helped to defrost us.
Thank you to Michela for sending these over to us at Christmas. Topped off with whipped cream and marshmallows it was a real treat and there are still some sachets left for another day.

S kept busy making things at the weekend, she had lots to chose from from all her recent presents and one of the things she made was this snow globe.

Fast forward now to Thursday and whilst popping out to the Post Office I nipped into the nearest charity shop and came out with this book. It was worth every penny of the 20p so that when G came hone from work I was able to pick it up and sing (badly) to him 'Julian, Dick and Anne, George and Timmy the dog-og-og-og.' Anyone else remember the theme song to the TV series?

 Flicking through I found this story, I wonder if it was before his TV a.m days?!

My second purchase for £1.49 were two bags, which I think may have originally contained a bedding set, one of which is being modelled by the very handsome Melvin. They are destined for S's room for her to keep her winter woolly tights in.

I have been baking too. Made the simple cinnamon cake from the December issue of the Sainsbury's magazine. The photo from this angle somewhat disguises the big bump which rose up in the middle! Not to worry though as it tasted ok.

Original plans for yesterday were a day trip to London for me and G but they didn't pan out so we went to Basingstoke instead. No real reason, just that we've never really been there apart from training courses for work and it's on the main line to London and easy to get to. It was lovely to spend some time together, just the two of us wandering and chatting and then stopping for lunch, with some charity shop browsing thrown in for good measure.
As we travelled away from Southampton we noticed more and more snow was still in evidence over the fields and back gardens and although there was no snow on the roads and pavements in Basingstoke there was still some left on the roof of the train station

and nestled in with the hardy and pretty primulas.

A couple of other things which caught our eye was this very languorous lion

and these fruity carvings outside the theatre.

Finally I want to send out BIG

to all my friends and visitors to thank you for still popping by during this intermittent bout of posting. xxxxxxxxxxxxx


  1. The OH was at Basingstoke yesterday with work - you could have both passed each other without realizing it! Have a great weekend.

  2. Hi Lisa,
    Hope you and all the family are well.Just catching up after my bloggy break.Our snow has all melted now and we have lovely sunshine today..hooray! Have a fun weekend.
    Love bellaboo X

  3. Hey Lisa,

    looks like you guys have had some great winter fun. Nothing like a hot choccy on a cold winter's day.

    It sounds like you had a lovely time in Basingstoke together. I think when you have children you really savour the couple time you have together, as much fun as it is spending family time altogether of course.

    Wishing you a great weekend.

    P x

  4. Love coming right back atcha! I have family that live in Basingstoke! They defected from the north! I'll hopefully have some news at some stage over the next 2 weeks as I should have completed all my tests, but I am feeling a lot better than I did - so fingers crossed xxxxx

  5. Lovely winter warming post with snowballs, hot chocolate cinnamon cake and lots of goodies - lovely.

  6. Lovely round-up post Lisa, hot choc has to have whipped cream and marshmallows on top!
    Cinnamon cake sounds (and looks) lovely too.

  7. I am now tunelessly singing the Famous Five theme, and have already been told to shut up by Will!!!!

  8. Hello Lisa
    I don't think I"ve been to Basingstoke. It sounds as though you had a nice day out together. Just to wander and have lunch is all it takes, isn't it?
    Loving the look of the cinnamon cake - I love anything with a cinnamon flavour, so this would be a hit for me!
    Thanks for popping over to my place today. I've also sent you an email - the tapes arrived :-) Thank you!
    I hope you have a good week,

  9. I am loving S's Snow Globe!

  10. It sounds like you've all been having lots of fun, especially in the snow. The cake looks delicious, making my mouth water now.

  11. Aww you're such a sweetheart, Lisa!
    Glad you find the perfect cold day for enjoying a mug of hot chocolate :)
    I hope you're all ok, I do find very hard to blog lately :(