Monday, July 17, 2006

Weekend Wishes xxx


Well, as I'm stuck at work I wasn't planning on blogging today, however, at around 11.30 this evening, my colleague and I were standing in the beautiful hostel garden, taking in the last summer-scented swirls of the warm evening breeze, when we both looked to the heavens just in time to see a shooting star skip along the skyline! How magical is that?! Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera handy (and nor do I possess the skill or equipment to have captured the blink-of-an-eye moment anyhow), but a quick Google search has enabled me to share with you our very own magical shooting star moment. Make a wish my friends! :)

Now I'm here though, I may as well tell you about my weekend!! Spent Friday evening with the rowdy Family Housing crew toasting my fabby buddy Alison a fond farewell (crikey - the cliches are really rolling off my tongue tonight!). Seems my reference did the job - of course we'll stay in touch, she often speculates that the only good thing she's got from her two years at Family are making good friends in myself and one of our other colleagues. I should say so anyway, after I rescued her from certain DIY death last summer. I was at her house rectifying her attempt at wallpapering until gone 2am for a whole weekend!!

Spent yesterday with our fabby friends Amanda and Stuart on the Gower. First of all we went Strawberry picking at Beynon's farm (another image courtesy of a google search; well I am stuck at work and I did forget to use my camera yesterday - I was so caught up in the moment, man! If anyone out there lays claim to the image of the juicy fruit - put it in writing to my lawyer *lol*). It was the last day of the picking season (already?! :( ), and we nibbled the most succulent and deep red berries as we wandered through the field adding them to our basket. We bought the hugest basket of strawberries, for the grand sum of .........£1.64! We calculated that the same amount would have cost close on £8 at Tesco (erm, and any other highstreet supermarket of course), plus we didn't have the displeasure of getting them home and finding they were already mushy, squished and wearing little white beards.

Then we went down to the beach for a BBQ. We actually got on the beach at Oxwich, but then drove right across to the Nicholaston end, it's far quieter and even more sandy there. We did have some quite odd looks from our fellow beach goers as we drove the Freelander through the surf along the coast (and Amanda and Stewart actually sunk down in the seats so they could not be identified in a police identity parade, should it come to that), but I just gave them my best Pammy Anderson style smile and wave and I think they presumed we were life or coast guards or something!! Pinched this picture from the Welsh Tourist Board, figured they won't want to sue me as I am kinda promoting what lovely things we have to offer here in Swansea!! Anyway, spent the rest of the afternoon sunbathing (no tan to show for it though, as usual!), and frolicking in the waves! The water was lovely - it's so clear, and there were shoals of tiny fish which were so cute, although I did find myself backing off to the shallower water as I was counting more and more Jellyfish, as pretty as they were! Amanda and I sat on the shore for ages, with the sun on our faces, the wind in our hair and the waves lapping about our legs, I'm certain we looked nothing short of sea-goddesses. Well, we didn't sink any of the expensive looking yachts that were in the bay anyway!!

Came home that evening to a grumpy dog - he must have smelled Oxwich on us - it's his favorite beach to frolic on! If we hadn't have been strawberry picking we probably would have taken him with us - although the thought of him weeing on all the strawberry plants and an unhappy farmer Beynon chasing us off his land kinda put me off. It would have been a bit hot for him on that sand as well, to be honest.

Finally received all my BOB prizes over the last few days. Got my lovely set of alphabar letters and the new sizzlets (the tiny tags and the Hawaiian flower set) that I ordered with my Ellison voucher, although not had time to play with them yet. My Docrafts prize arrived too, the best bit being the 12" Xcut guillotine, just what I need as I relegated my fiskars trimmer to scrapbook heaven a long time ago. I was fed up with the fortune I was spending on blades; every couple of cuts was a fluffy one that I'd end up trimming with a scissors. Also got some letter tiles, metal rimmed tags, some of the Seedee stamps (which contain some handy doodled flower looking ones I'll have to have a play with), some ribbon, handmade paper and a colossal paper pack which, although not quite my style, I'm sure will be used, even if just for the white side (already used a piece as a base for a LO made just from PP- the Buddha Buddies page in fact!)

So that is that. Hope to get on with some scrapping in the next few days, not to mention a birthday card for a certain little sisters' 21st birthday, so hopefully will have something creative to show you next time!

Thanks for listening my blogeroonies! Love to you all, as always xxxx

5 comments:

Di said...

What a fabby weekend hun. Last day for the strawberry picking eh! Blimey where is this year going!!!

Chrissie said...

We were down the beach Saturday too...but the one next to Langland, whatever that's called. Ain't life grand near the Gower eh?

Now...I am thinking...Fiskars...those blades have been doing my pretty(?!) little head in too. I had a Carl for 2 years and then just this year swapped to a Fiskars cos my Carl was NOT cutting straight or measuring correctly...Fiskars does that but I too have fluffy bits.

Mmmm...

Gaye x said...

Sounds like you had a cracking weekend, the beach does look gorgeous

glad you finially got your prizes

Good luck with the SI sketch challenge, will keep an eye out for that too :) you are a busy girlie

~*Gems*~ said...

Mmmmmmm strawberries! And even yummier fresh strawberries!
This weather has been way too hot! Too hot to really take Ash out. The furthest we have been in the garden! She gets way too hot in her little car seat and by the time we get to wherever we're going, she's soaking! Bless her! The hot weather just makes her sleep lots really.
Glad you enjoyed your night out too.
Anyhoo I'm gonna sort out some tea as I'm starving! :o)
~*Gems*~ x*x*x

Cee in SF said...

That's more activity than I do in one month! I envy the strawberry picking. My beau would love to do that except his girlfriend is deathly allergic.