Saturday, 27 March 2010

Lasagne Recipe

I love this picture, as a cat owner it made me grin.

Fortunately there was no cat to remove when my youngest daughter decided to cook lasagne for us this week! Under my 'guidance' she produced a very scrumptios dish, all plates cleared, everyone approval given and hubby did the washing up! Result!

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Staying Dainty

While perusing all sorts of paraphenalia hoarded by my darling Daddy he presented me with a copy of a Canadian Home Journal dated September 1953. The reason he had it was because his twin cousins, then aged 15 years old featured on the front cover and it had been sent through the post to him by his Aunt.

There are a few articles in there that caught my eye and I may read sometime soon, but it was the adverts I found amusing and this particular one below astoundingly funny!!

I have typed the advert for you but had to include the whole advert picture LOL!

"A peck-on- the-cheek from a distant husband is a mighty poor substitute for the warmth a loving wife has a right to expect. But - do you have that right? Have you been really careful about personal daintiness lately? (Daintiness?? What??) It's a shame to let neglect spoil your married happiness...when effective help is available today, with "Lysol" in a simple douche. It couldn't be easier!

"Lysol" will not harm delicate tissues. this proved germicide, used in a douche, completely cleanses the vaginal canal - even in the presence of mucous matter. (Do they happen to mean lovely lady juices? Or God forbid ......semen!!) It kills germ life quickly, on contact. Yet "Lysol" is designed for freedom from caustic or irritant action when used in feminine hygiene.

You need never again be guilty of offending - even unknowingly. Remember that complete internal cleanliness is the way to counteract unpleasant odour. "Lysol" does this; helps keep you dainty!

Get "Lysol" today at your neighbourhood drug store."

I hope you're all paying attention ladies!! I would just hate anything to 'spoil your married happiness'! And from the look on his face she must have some extreme problem with her 'daintiness'.....

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

A Little Bag of Spring

I met my friends on Saturday for brunch, we dont do it often, maybe 2/3 times a year. We always promise to arrange it sooner, not leave it so long next time, make it more regular, but inevitable we leave it another 5 months or so!
My lovely friend always brings a tiny gift for us, the other 2 of us always forget. This brunches offering was a tin brown bag with a dear little primrose inside, it now resides on my kitchen windowsill! My little bag of spring!

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Icon and Flatirons

A recent visit to a showcase theatre in the centre of my city (where my youngest was taking part in a fashion show wearing the garment we had the panic over for her A level piece) found me standing in the queue, clutching my ticket and waiting to be allowed in.

As I looked back at the street behind me this building captured my imagination. I have lived in the city all my life and I know this wont have been the first time I have viewed it, but it reminded my of the The Flatiron Building, or Fuller Building as it was originally called, located in Manhattan. When it was completed back in 1902 it was one of the tallest buildings in New York.
The neighborhood around the building is called the Flatiron District after its signature building, which has become an iconic.

Of course this little building is only 3 storeys high but it made me smile as I looked back at our own little icon....

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Hope Springs Eternal

I adore daffodils. Their emergence from the cold damp winter earth heralds the start of warmer weather, of spring, of hope and new life. Their colours bright and smile-inducing against still grey days they beam their sunshine coloured faces at all who pass. I adore the daffodil.

So imagine my disappointment when my dear Mum told me today that in fact this year due to our colder than average temperatures there is a 'shortage' of daffodils in bloom for Mothers Day this weekend. And I suddenly noticed that it is the middle of march and as yet the glorious blooms have still yet to bud in their usual abundance on wide grass verges near our home! As yet I still havent had a vase full of bright hope on my kitchen windowsill! Oh hurry spring and warmer days and bring colour to my world!

"I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze"
Daffodils - William Wordsworth

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Messing About On The River

When I was a little girl my Dad made river craft, beautiful timber hulled boats that were his pride and joy. He had his own business with my Grandpa and my Uncle and he worked long hours at a skill he had a passion for, wood, creating things, perfection.

Later on the hulls were made from fibre glass and by the time I was in my teens he had all but stopped making the boats and merged into other glass fibre products and manufacturing.

I have happy memories of accompanying my Uncle, along with my brother and cousins, while he delivered the boats taking the route along the various local canal networks to meet their new owners. We helped open the locks and tied the boats the the moring posts for picnic lunches. We scrabbled about on deck without life jackets and harnesses (and we all survived!) and once safely at our destination we were packed into the old Bedford van that my Dad had driven to its arrival point and driven home.

My brother has recently joined a boat-lovers forum and has discovered that there amazingly are still a few of the timber hulled boats in existence, something my Dad is rather thrilled and astounded at, these boats are now around 40-50 years old!

The picture above is one of them, not quite as sleek and pristine as I remember them but still brought back many memories of simpler, childhood times.