Gordon the Star

When I signed up on Swap-bot for an ATC featuring a photo of your cat I had a particular photo in mind of my beloved cat Itsy Bitsy half way up the stairs in our home in New Zealand. In between sign up date and start date I lost all my backup on my external hard drive, yes all my photos. Now we won't go into how I ruined the hard drive, as that is embarassing, but what photo to use now since we don't have a cat in the UK.

I took a photo of our concrete Meercats in the garden but then remembered Vanessa's cat Gordon. He comes to stay for short breaks. He's such a lovely poser!

Back to London and I'm a Winner

Friday night and we're back in London to celebrate Rebecca's birthday. We got a bit muddled with the underground and went in a bit of a circle but eventually we met everyone at the Restaurant for a super pasta meal, wine and lots of laughter. We do laugh a lot, our family. I managed the spaghetti with the spoon and fork technique quite well without slopping it down my front.

Here's Rebecca on what seems like the "blue" side of the table...the boys side for those of you who don't know about blue jobs and pink jobs.



And here's the "pink" side. I am so proud of all my family. They are wonderful young people and make me so happy.



I love my top. It's called the funeral top and will remind us always of Mum. I bought the top in New Zealand because I wanted something cheerful to wear to Mum's funeral. She would not have wanted me in black - she always called black outfits "widow's weeds" and hence never wore black herself. On reflection, I think I was not myself when I purchased the top....what was I thinking of? Might have caused all the lovely old ladies from the home who came to the funeral, to die of shock. Wisely, my girls would not let me wear it and I chose a blue number instead. However we all love my multicoloured top when I wear it now.

Today I found out I had won this twine in a craft giveaway. I'm going to have lots of fun making things with it. Too good to use to wrap parcels. Thank you Julie from http://notesonpaper.blogspot.com


London

Some things are just incomprehensible. We spent Sunday in London, riverboat cruising on the Thames. Lovely scenery. Peaceful, relaxing day.



Not knowing that Sunday evening would turn to this....



Then this...



It is ridiculous. There is no reason, no cause.....just thugs. It makes me so sad, angry, sad, angry......

Back to the cruise. We went as far as Windsor Castle and by this stage of the day it was raining so we were all inside the boat....(and there are a couple of good stories to tell about that!)

This is Windsor Castle....well you can't see anything can you? But I love the photo. Beautiful droplets of water.



Keep safe.