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I’ve been tagged by Dunn over at Simply Dunn. The picture above gives you a clue to the theme of the tag (or the theme of the meme, I suppose) Can you guess what it is yet? (My best Rolf Harris impression).

It’s ‘Four’. I have to answer each of the following questions with four answers. So here we go.

Four jobs I have had

  1. Manageress of a fashion ’boutique’
  2. Civil servant
  3. Maths teacher
  4. Worked in an art gallery

Four movies I could watch over and over

  1. Singin’ in the Rain
  2. Cinema Paradiso
  3. You’ve Got Mail
  4. Amelie

And here’s a clip from one of these, Cinema Paradiso – Italy, cute children, dishy Italian men, gorgeous scenery, it has it all.

Four TV shows I love

  1. Heroes
  2. Doctor Who
  3. Torchwood
  4. Francesco da Mosto in anything

And for those of you who don’t know about this last one here is a clip from his new TV series. It has everything, Venice, dishy Italian men, gorgeous boats what more could you want?

Four places I’ve vacationed

  1. Thailand
  2. Barbados
  3. Los Angeles
  4. Italy

Hmmm, I see a theme emerging….

Four of my favourite dishes

  1. Pad thai
  2. Liver and bacon, mashed potatoes and onion gravy
  3. Lobster tails with lime butter
  4. Anything Italian

Oh dear, here we go again…

Four blogs I visit every day

  1. Fuel my Blog
  2. Daddy Papersurfer
  3. Diary of a 70’s teen
  4. The Struggling Writer

No Italian blogs I notice…I must remedy that :-)

The last time I was in Italy was with my good friends Claire and Julia, we did a wonderful tour, starting in Rome moving on to Siena, Florence and ending in Venice. It was a fantastic road trip, although I am very grateful that I was the navigator/tour guide and didn’t have to do any of the driving (which was hairy to say the least!) The soundtrack of our trip was Julia’s own song from her album ‘Concrete Love’.

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This is us in St Peter’s Square in Rome after watching Pope John Paul II give his weekly audience to the huge crowd. We could really only saw the Pope on a large TV screen as the crowds were pretty large, but we did get chatting to a very friendly chap called Brother Clay – a priest/monk (can’t remember quite what he was) from the USA. One of the things the Pope does at these weekly audiences is bless newly married couples. They put on their wedding togs and line up to be blessed. I took this photograph after the ceremony, I have always loved it.

Here are some more images of my favourite country.

Now four people I am passing this on to

  1. Astrid
  2. Teresa
  3. Kylee
  4. Jenny

Before I go, I just wanted to show you this photgraph. I was sitting in my garden, enjoying the sunshine, when a movement in the trees caught my eye and I saw a bizarre sight. I rushed to get my camera and took this.

Can you see it? The world’s first flying tractor!

Keep off the grass

This is another of those plastic coated cotton fabrics. It’s really fun and waterproof and wipeable. Which I found to be quite useful when I spilled a glass of juice over my work area. Oops.

It’s all very odd. I was checking my stats and for the last couple of days I have had a huge spike in page views. Everyone seems to be reading a post I wrote in September last year called ‘Back to the Drawing Board‘ – 1107 page views yesterday. It was all about an album I made for my (then) boyfriend’s son and was also the post where I first tried out the woven binding – which I repeated using foam a few days ago. Very odd indeed! Today, there is another spike, this time for another post in September called ‘Double the Fun‘. I don’t quite know why these old posts are suddenly so popular but I’m not complaining!

I’m going to a dinner thing tonight. As usual, I have been trying every item of clothing on in my wardrobe looking for something suitable to wear. It’s black tie so I need something dressy. My only problem is that I have put some weight on since Christmas, which I have been trying half heartedly to lose. When you have no will power, it’s hard, believe me. I think I have found the solution though….

Now that’s my kind of diet. Maybe I should exercise more but then there’s always the danger of this…..

….instead of this.

Now that’s what I call exercising to music. Very cool tune isn’t it? Well, these guys think so…..

Busy, busy, busy – and dancing

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I have been sorting out a bedroom upstairs to use as a workroom. I bought a plan chest which is huge (A0 size) which has the added bonus of being just the right height to use as a work surface. I bought some spotlights to replace the overhead light in the room and now need to sort out some storage and probably shelves. I have loads of CDs in stands which I am going to get rid of – any of the music I still listen to is in iTunes on my laptop and on my iPod, so I don’t really need CDs anymore and they just take up room. Not sure what to do with them – maybe sell them on eBay, surely someone still wants them. I have to have a book sort out too – got far too many.

I have decided keeping busy is the way to go. That and loud music. And dancing! I played this track several times today, in fact I made myself a ‘boogie-ing on down’ playlist full of disco classics and danced the afternoon away, in between chores. Good for the weight loss and fitness levels too, I guess! Comfort eating is not a good thing especially when combined with holiday season excesses. And if I am going to be getting back out there I need to be looking my best – slim and svelte, not a fat lump! So let’s have a dance to this, Earth, Wind and Fire, I defy you to sit still….
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I have a Nabaztag rabbit. (No, not that kind of rabbit! Although, maybe…..no, don’t go there!) It is a rabbit who connects to my computer wirelessly and he can be made to read emails and messages, give weather forecasts, news and traffic reports or send messages to other Nabaztag rabbits. (For several months, I kept getting very enigmatic music sent to me every Sunday from a rabbit who lived in Paris called Gaatoo. My rabbit is called Roccorabbit and periodically he says very random remarks and does tai chi – his ears rotate and he flashes with different coloured lights. Today he told me he wasn’t feeling well as his ears felt heavy. Bless. He also plays this track as an alarm call every morning. I love it and never tire of hearing it. Two giants of the music world, John Lee Hooker and Carlos Santana.

Christmas wishes…

My lovely blogging friend, Kiwipulse, sent me this video in her comment yesterday. I enjoyed it so much I thought it deserved a wider circulation, so I am posting it here. Kiwipulse’s blog is always full of amazing things, it must take so much work to find all the weird and wonderful things she writes about. In fact, she wrote my first ever review and featured a lot of my books when I was first starting out (you can read that here).

As for the video, well this is just what it is like at my house when I am making a book……..not! I love the way she just gets on with it and produces what looks like it is going to be a gorgeous book – what a shame we don’t get to see the finished book properly, that spine looks interesting.

Both my boys are home now and we are expecting a guest for a few days over Christmas, so I have had to switch into mummy-mode. Today, we are decorating our tree (yes, I know I’m late but I haven’t been in the mood ….) and I’m not sure I will be able to make many books for a while. I shall still write here when I can and I’m sure I won’t be able to resist getting back to the books but it will be sporadic at best! I am going to make an new photograph album for our guest as part of his Christmas present, mainly as we couldn’t think what else to buy him (we all know men are notoriously difficult to buy gifts for) so I shall try to post that when it is finished.
Here is a little Christmas greeting to you all from me. Have a very jolly Christmas and the very, very best of New Years.

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I must also draw your attention to this wonderful article By Mark Bittman in the New York Times, ‘101 Simple Appetizers in 20 minutes or less‘.

Yummy, quick, delicious, easy…. the man is a genius.

Double inspiration

Two friends of mine have a lovely shop in Dorchester called ‘On the Table‘ which sells the most gorgeous, contemporary kitchenware, tableware and furnishings and a range of yummy foods too. It is always my first port of call when I need to buy a gift. Today, I bought some beautiful glasses for a 30th wedding anniversary gift (I’m off to a party on the 8th) and as usual, I couldn’t resist buying myself a little something too and I also saw this wrapping paper. It’s by Emma Bridgewater who makes really funky, fun kitchen and tableware. It has the spots on one side and the stripes on the other. I couldn’t decide which pattern to use on the outside of the book and so I made two :-)

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So if you were to buy these books, you could also have the matching mug, teapot, bowls, plates, cake tin, biscuit barrel, oven gloves etc etc…..

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You could also buy this tea towel while you are at it…cue the gratuitous Daniel Craig photograph.

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The other news of the day is that my ex has turned into a rock star! His album, called ‘Songs for Sale‘ by GTA, is now available for download on iTunes, which is very exciting!

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My bit of glory came a couple of days ago when I was ‘Blog of the Day’ over at ‘Fuel my Blog’ You will have noticed that I now have a little widget-ty thing in my sidebar and every time someone clicks it, it is recorded as a vote over on the Fuel My Blog website. Well, I was for a day or so, top Art/Design blog and then I was ‘Blog of the Day’ and was sent this little badge to display…

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Well, that’s my 15 minutes of fame :-)