25 October 2013

Here we are, Friday again and we’re all anticipating the things we’ll do with an extra hour, let’s not worry about how early it will get dark.

Just a few things to share;

The first is the beautiful house we stayed in last weekend in Newcastle’s Gosforth area.  Our pals have not long moved in to it and it is an absolute cracker.  It was built in 1910 and has lots of original features left.  You enter the house via the gorgeous and unusually shaped front door, then you’re hit by the  wood panelling painted white – it really works.  The floor in the hall and the other rooms downstairs is breathtaking too and when you look more closely you notice the inlaid detail round the edges. I was so inspired by the wooden hall that I have had (yet another) sanding floor company round today.  Just cannot decide whether to go for dark or pale boards.  Any advice gratefully received.

floor detail
floor detail
front door
front door – note the built in hatch
tiles in upstairs loo, would be black and white wouldn't they
tiles in upstairs loo, would be black and white wouldn’t they

The other thing that strikes you about the house is the windows, so many bays with the original glazing.  it was hard to capture how stunning they are and how huge!

check this front room's bay, complete with Skylanders, of course
check this front room’s bay, complete with Skylanders, of course

Next thing,

Earthy was looking very seasonal today when I popped in, lovely to see the Halloween thing without hideousness (is that a word).  I’ve never seen so many different types of pumpkins and squashes.

Earthy, Canonmills
Earthy, Canonmills

Lastly, there’s a new place to eat in Edinburgh and here’s the cover for the menu, designed collaboratively by two girls I know.

hope the food is as attractive
hope the food is as attractive

Remember to let me know whether you prefer dark or light wooden stripped floorboards, it’s beginning to get on my nerves that I cannot decide.  Have a fabulous, autumnal weekend. xx

p.s. still no idea what the enamel item from yesterday is


Day Forty-Two

Well, today has been one full of emotion.  I woke up to find the garden white and gorgeous.  My Mum always said that it snowed on the day she took me home in Glasgow, all those years ago, so it’s not the first time we’ve had snow when it’s meant to be springtime.

snow  for my birthday
snow for my birthday

It has been a very sad day because I said goodbye to someone who has known me since that time and has been in my life ever since. His funeral was today and my love goes out to Sister Agnes and family.

When we got home from the Toon my lovely family cheered me up with a very funny cake.  Not our usual style but very well received.  Back to house news tomorrow.

cake 001

The Smiths


The Smiths are a big deal in the bungalow.  They are a constant point of reference for us and quotes were used from them at our wedding. Morrissey is my husband’s musical hero and I have been (dragged) to see him several times. The best bit is always watching the diehards ripping his shirt to bits when he throws it into the crowd. I did put a rose on his car once in Perth when we were waiting for him to leave the building. Very intimate that performance in the Perth City Hall.

Anyway, follow these instructions from the man himself (husband not the Moz), can you see him? Look for his auburn locks.

Freeze at 0.51 and I am centre screen just below Morrissey’s left arm. The clip is from April 1987 on the Tube in Newcastle and this was the last time EVER that the Smiths performed live.

I have no idea how he came across this clip, I think I have spotted  him in the mosh . Pretty cool eh!