Sunday, 22 April 2018

My Top 10 Quality Street

  • Caramel Swirl
  • The Purple One
  • Milk choc block
  • Orange cream
  • Strawberry delight
  • Toffee deluxe
  • Orange chocolate crunch
  • The green triangle
  • Toffee finger
  • Vanilla fudge

National Days for April - today is Jelly Bean Day

  • 1st April - April Fool's Day
  • 2nd April - Children's Book Day
  • 3rd April - Find a Rainbow Day
  • 4th April - Tell a Lie Day
  • 5th April - Caramel Day
  • 6th April - California Poppy Day
  • 7th April - No House Work Day
  • 8th April - Zoo Lover's Day
  • 9th April - Winston Churchill Day
  • 10th April - Sibling's Day
  • 11th April - Pet Day
  • 12th April - Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
  • 13th April - Scrabble Day
  • 14th April - Dolphin Day
  • 15th April - Rubber Eraser Day
  • 16th April - Orchid Day
  • 17th April - Bat Appreciation Day
  • 18th April - Juggler's Day
  • 19th April - Garlic Day
  • 20th April - Look Alike Day
  • 21st April - Astronomy Day
  • 22nd April - Jelly Bean Day
  • 23rd April - Lover's Day
  • 24th April - Pigs in Blankets Day
  • 25th April - Penguin Day
  • 26th April - Pretzel Day
  • 27th April - Tell A Story Day
  • 28th April - Superhero Day
  • 29th April - Dance Day
  • 30th April - Honesty Day

Saturday, 21 April 2018

My Favourite Holiday Pics - Black and White









National Days for April - today is Astronomy Day

  • 1st April - April Fool's Day
  • 2nd April - Children's Book Day
  • 3rd April - Find a Rainbow Day
  • 4th April - Tell a Lie Day
  • 5th April - Caramel Day
  • 6th April - California Poppy Day
  • 7th April - No House Work Day
  • 8th April - Zoo Lover's Day
  • 9th April - Winston Churchill Day
  • 10th April - Sibling's Day
  • 11th April - Pet Day
  • 12th April - Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
  • 13th April - Scrabble Day
  • 14th April - Dolphin Day
  • 15th April - Rubber Eraser Day
  • 16th April - Orchid Day
  • 17th April - Bat Appreciation Day
  • 18th April - Juggler's Day
  • 19th April - Garlic Day
  • 20th April - Look Alike Day
  • 21st April - Astronomy Day
  • 22nd April - Jelly Bean Day
  • 23rd April - Lover's Day
  • 24th April - Pigs in Blankets Day
  • 25th April - Penguin Day
  • 26th April - Pretzel Day
  • 27th April - Tell A Story Day
  • 28th April - Superhero Day
  • 29th April - Dance Day
  • 30th April - Honesty Day

My life in black and white

I love taking photos - I literally photograph everything, capture the moment and all that. Its not uncommon for me to take photos on every walk we go on, every task we accomplish, pics of family, friends, dogs, places, things, sunset, snow - I just love to have a lovely record of everything we do.

Most recently, I have really got into adding filters. This is a new phenomenon for me, as I've never really used them before. In particular, taking black and white pictures is my new love. You have got to love the technology we now have at our fingers.

Here are a few of my favourite pics of my life in black and white:











My Top 10 Sausages

  • British Pork and Sweet Chilli Sandwiches
  • Cumberland Sausages
  • Cider & Apple Pork Sausages
  • Aberdeen Angus Beef Sausages
  • Quorn Sausages
  • Hot Dog Sausages
  • Beef & Cracked Black Pepper Sausages
  • Sausage wrapped in bacon (pigs in blanket)
  • Chorizo Style Pork Sausages
  • Thick Pork Sausages Lincolnshire

Friday, 20 April 2018

Learning Spanish - This Week's Learning

Here is this week's learning:
  • banana - plátano
  • slow - lento
  • city - ciudad
And the rest:
  • avocado - aguacate
  • sky - cielo
  • sunset - puesta de sol
  • how are you - cómo estás
  • to the left - A la izquierda
  • knee - rodilla
  • sugar free - Sin azúcar
  • shave - afeitado
  • bacon - tocino
  • anything else? - Algo más?
  • twelve - doce
  • baked beans - alubias
  • promise - promesa
  • wrong - incorrecto
  • airport - aeropuerto
  • brunette - morena
  • and you - y tu?
  • smoke - fumar
  • Balcony - balcón
  • room - el cuarto
  • scissors - tijeras
  • lost - perdió
  • nails - uñas
  • street - calle
  • sugar - el azúcar
  • port - puerto
  • a bit more - Un poco más 
  • bad weather - mal tiempo
  • salt - sal
  • nice breeze - buena brisa
  • ankle - tobillo
  • closed - cerrado
  • late - tarde
  • exit - salida
  • soon - pronto
  • yes - si
  • eleven - once
  • toast - pan tostado
  • egg - huevo
  • Congratulations - felicitaciones
  • shampoo - champú
  • cinema - cine
  • noisy - ruidoso
  • storm - tormenta
  • necklace - collar
  • blister - ampolla
  • lighthouse - faro
  • hundred - cien
  • olives - aceitunas
  • pharmacy - farmacia
  • number - número
  • zero - cero
  • thankyou very much - muchas gracias
  • bracelet - pulsera
  • bruise - moretón
  • shark - tiburón
  • stupid - estúpido
  • skewer - brocheta
  • next week - la próxima semana
  • stairs - escalera
  • nice to meet you - Encantada de conocerte
  • jellyfish - la medusa
  • skin - piel
  • nap - siesta
  • meat - carne
  • shirt - camisa
  • pineapple - piña
  • knickers - bragas
  • live music - música en vivo
  • boarding - embarque
  • next - siguiente
  • roasted - asado
  • strong - fuerte
  • bank - el banco
  • noodles - tallarines
  • See you later - Hasta luego
  • mushroom - seta
  • I'm fine - Estoy bien
  • seashell - concha
  • biscuit - la galleta
  • open - abierto
  • a table for two - mesa para dos
  • ham - jamon
  • yellow - amarillo
  • married - casado
  • river - río
  • charmed - encantado
  • apple - manzana
  • name - nombre
  • red - rojo
  • sausage - salchicha
  • nice - bonito
  • orange - naranja
  • restaurant - restaurante
  • read - leer
  • salad - ensalada
  • leaving - dejando
  • nuts - nueces
  • grey - gris
  • dinner - cena
  • fifty - cincuenta
  • mother - madre
  • fish - pescado
  • reservation - reserva
  • when - cuando
  • chair - silla
  • nose - nariz
  • pasta - pastas
  • kiss - beso
  • smile - sonreír
  • onion - cebolla
  • friend - amigo
  • thunder - trueno
  • why - por qué
  • thigh - muslo
  • donkey - burro
  • warm - calentar
  • drink - bebida
  • what - qué
  • lemon - limón
  • garlic - ajo
  • forty - cuarenta
  • tree - árbol
  • teeth - dientes
  • father - padre
  • suncream - crema solar
  • milk chocolate - chocolate con leche
  • crazy - loca
  • girl - niña
  • happy - contento
  • steak - filete
  • sunburn - bronceado
  • horse - cabello
  • cough - tos 
  • head - cabeza
  • Summer - el verano
  • February - febrero
  • Pillow - almohada
  • Nine - nueve
  • Eyes - ojos
  • June - junio
  • key - llaves
  • dunes - dunas
  • home - casa
  • Stomach - estómago
  • Jump - saltar
  • May - mayo
  • October - octubre
  • Thirsty - sediento
  • Leg - pierna
  • Breakfast - desayuno
  • Six - seis
  • Hungry - hambriento
  • Moon - luna
  • Rice - arroz
  • Vegetarian - vegetariano
  • I don't know - no lo sé
  • Butter - mantequilla
  • Seven - siete
  • July - julio
  • Tired - cansado
  • Speak - hablar
  • Mirror - espejo
  • Small - pequeña
  • Amazing - asombroso
  • Sunglasses - gafas de sol 
  • Toilet - inodoro
  • Excuse me - disculpe
  • Tasty - sabroso
  • Mountain - montaña
  • How far is - que tan lejos esta
  • Waves - olas
  • Sandwich - emparedado
  • Roof - techo
  • Blanket - cobija
  • Eight - ocho
  • Forgot - olvidó
  • Woman - mujer
  • Night - noche
  • Another - otro
  • September - septiembre
  • Hands - manos
  • Flight - vuelo
  • Laugh - risa
  • Sing - canta
  • Can I have the bill - Me puede traer la cuenta
  • Spoon - cuchara
  • Black - negro
  • Bread - pan de molde
  • April - abril
  • Five - cinco
  • Sand - arena
  • Hot - caliente
  • Ear - oreja
  • Dark - oscuro
  • Like - me gusta
  • Sick - enfermo
  • Spicy - picante
  • Kettle - tetera
  • Flowers - flores
  • Sunbathe - tomar el sol
  • Feet - pies
  • December - diciembre
  • Cake - pastel
  • Fireworks - fuegos articiales
  • Rain - lluvia
  • Dress - el vestido
  • Year - año
  • Door - puerta
  • My name is - me llamo
  • Cooking - cocina
  • Four - cuatro
  • August - agosto
  • Massage - el masaje
  • Back - espalda
  • Purple - púrpura
  • Fork - tenedor
  • Knife - cuchillo
  • Three - tres
  • Dog - perro
  • January - enero
  • Stars - estrellas
  • Dancing - bailando
  • Brown - marrón
  • Two - dos
  • Spring - primavera
  • Crisps - patatas fritas
  • Friday - viernes
  • The Menu -La carta 
  • Bed - cama
  • Strawberry - fresa
  • Windy - ventoso
  • Can I have? - puedo tener
  • Bottle - botella
  • Birthday - cumpleaños
  • Green - verde
  • Ten - diez
  • Thursday - jueves
  • March - marzo
  • Umbrella - paraguas
  • November - noviembre
  • Autumn - el otoño
  • One - uno
  • Soap - jabon
  • Wednesday - miércoles
  • Cold - frio
  • Boat - barco
  • Hotel Room - habitación de hotel
  • Newspaper - periódico
  • Man - hombre
  • Walk - caminar
  • Shop - tienda
  • Running - corriendo
  • Cat - gato
  • Swim - nadar
  • What time is it? - que hora es?
  • Big - grande
  • Cloud - nube
  • Pink - rosa
  • Silver - plata
  • Pepper - pimienta
  • Omelette - tortilla
  • Shower - ducha
  • Tuesday - martes
  • Ice - hielo
  • Beautiful - hermosa
  • Awake - despierto
  • Love - amor
  • Shoes - zapatos
  • Money - dinero
  • Hat - sombrero
  • Monday - lunes
  • Glass - vaso
  • Water - agua
  • Sleep - dormir
  • Chicken - pollo
  • Sun - sol
  • Ice-cream - helado
  • Seat - asiento
  • Gold - oro
  • Sunday - domingo
  • Hair - cabello
  • Book - el libro
  • Garden - el gardin
  • Bathroom - el baño
  • Nude - desnudo
  • Towel - toalla
  • Sea - mar
  • What's your name? - Como se llama?
  • Cheers - Salud
  • Wine - el vino
  • Good - bueno
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Cheese - queso
  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco
  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • Swimming Pool - la piscina
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Winter - invierno
  • English - inglés
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Tomorrow - mañana
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

My Book of the Month for April - She Did It - Mel Sherratt

My book of the month for April is by Mel Sherratt with 'She Did It'.

This is the first Mel Sherratt book I have read, despite having once upon a time actually worked with the talented lady! Now I have read this one, I am ready to devour her every output. What a read this is!!

I won't spoil it for you, as its got some serious twists and turns, and the end - wow! What I will say is that the plot revolves around two main characters - those being Tamara and Esther. Set in London and its surrounding area, its about the present, but totally moving due to the past to an inevitable face down.

Its interesting in that despite being a rotten apple, one of the characters is revealed to have been treated very badly indeed in the past, and both have their share of skeletons in the cupboard.

Tamara may well have status, but her money is running short. In Esther, she sees a capable, enthusiastic new employee that opens up the career opportunites she needs. In Tamara, Esther sees a gullible woman, willing to employ her despite her fake references and hidden agenda.

Even within a setting where its clear that all is not going to end well, and the term friendship is perhaps not the most appropriate description of their relationship with each other, its still shocking how things develop.

This is a great psychological thriller, well written with a fabulous story arc and great twists. Highly recommend this and off to read more from Mel. Great read.

New Retro Single of the Week - Tracy Chapman - Fast Car

For my Retro Single of the Week this week I have chosen the absolute classic from Tracy Chapman - 'Fast Car'.

Tracy Chapman is an American artist, and whilst she has had other hits, and won accolades and awards, this is by far the stand out track from such a talented lady. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1964. She released 'Fast Car' in 1988, when she was just 24 years old.

'Fast Car' was the lead single from her debut album self titled Tracy Chapman. It reached number 4 in the UK singles chart, putting her firmly on the map. Her rich deep vocals, and the simplicity yet power of the track just appealed and caught the public consciousness.

This is one of those songs that has been covered by many artists, yet despite its age, young people know it and recognise it as great, and more than that, it still sounds amazing. Its an all time classic in that regard.

Its actually quite a sombre song, and its more than a bit folksy, but just plays beautifully. It has the right mix of catchy lyrics, pure vocal talent and a beautiful musical accompaniment that just takes it to another level.

So there we have it, my retro single of the week. Let me know if you love 'Fast Car', and if you want more music stuff then just check out My Music page here.

Three Degrees of Separation - Films #2

Heat stars:

  • Al Pacino
  • Val Kilmer
Top Gun:
  • Tom Cruise
  • Val Kilmer
Mission Impossible
  • Tom Cruise
  • Simon Pegg
Shaun of the Dead
  • Simon Pegg
  • Bill Nighy
Love Actually
  • Bill Nighy
  • Keira Knightley
Pirates of the Caribbean

  • Keira Knightley
  • Orlando Bloom
Lord of the Rings
  • Orlando Bloom
  • Liv Tyler
One Night at McCools
  • Liv Tyler
  • Michael Douglas
Falling Down
  • Michael Douglas
  • Robert Duvall
The Godfather
  • Robert Duvall
  • Al Pacino
And I'm back to Al Pacino. 







    My Top 10 Shark Films

    • Jaws
    • Deep Blue Sea
    • The Shallows
    • Jaws 2
    • The Reef
    • Open Water
    • Bait
    • Shark Night
    • Jaws 3
    • Malibu Shark Attack

    Three Degrees of Separation - how films are linked #1

    Casino stars:

    • Robert De Niro
    • Joe Pesci
    Home Alone
    • Joe Pesci (De Niro was first choice apparently)
    • Macaulay Culkin
    My Girl
    • Macaulay Culkin
    • Anna Chlumsky
    The Good Guy
    • Anna Chlumsky
    • Alexis Biedel
    The Brass Teapot
    • Alexis Biedel
    • Juno Temple
    The Other Boleyn Girl
    • Juno Temple
    • Natalie Portman
    Heat
    • Natalie Portman
    • Robert De Niro
    And I'm back to the start :) 






      Songs for April


      • The Jesus and Mary Chain - April Skies 
      • Deep Purple - April
      • Queen - April Lady 
      • Aretha Franklin - April Fools 
      • Simon & Garfunkel - April She Will Come 
      • Tony Bennett - April in Paris
      • Frank Sinatra - I'll Remember April
      • A-ha - Soft Rains of April
      • Nat King Cole - Lost April
      • Soul Asylum - April Fool

      Boofle goes on Holiday

      I always take my little Boofle with me, and we always start as we mean to go on.

      Now I realise it was 7am, and I understand that in normal circumstances its not the time for a pint. But its the airport, and its the start of the holiday, so here is Boofle having his first tipple of his hols last year:



      This was at Manchester airport, and let me tell you, this dog had a fabulous time. He is a lush though, and we couldn't allow him to drink alone, so we joined in. It was rude not to!! 

      Holidays in Gran Canaria 2017 - Looking Back V




      Last night and poses by the pool


      Final shots of the lighthouse Faro at sunset



      Watched the sun go down over the sea and sand





      Such a great place


      Such a great holiday


      We will definitely go back there


      If only for the cocktails!! 

      Holiday in Gran Canaria 2017 - Looking Back IV




      Freckles are starting to show after a few days 


      Cotton wool clouds in a blue sky


      Making the odd friend along the way


      Enjoying quality time together


      One of the best beaches in the world


      Writing in the sand


      Last beer under blue skies :( 


      Feeling the water between my toes - memories forever. 


      Holiday in Gran Canaria 2017 - Looking Back III


      Still red hot before sunset


      The turtles were out having an early evening sunbath


      Had to take Boofle 



      Arty shots as we strolled towards the sea front for the evening



      The palm trees silhouetted against the evening sky was dramatic


      Time for Tapas! When in the Canaries...


      It has to be Canarian potatoes


      Cocktail time - Long Island Iced Tea



      Live music - right up our street - good times