Friday, 18 January 2013

Friday Round Up

It's been a long old week around these parts. My little heart-stopper on Monday seems a lifetime ago. I've been confined to barracks this week, my diary was pretty full and I was due to drive nearly 700 miles in total but the dangerous roads put a stop to that so I've been hibernating at home with the dogs. The roads have been a bit better later in the week but still, setting out on those types of long journey in these conditions seems a bit mad. I remember a woman I used to work with once got stuck in snowy traffic on the way home from Portsmouth for 13 hours. 13 hours! She'd had nothing with her to eat or drink, was freezing and dying for a wee. She said it was the most miserable experience of her live and from then on she carried a 'survival kit' in the boot of her car - bottled water, a blanket, packets of biscuits and chocolate. And a She-Pee. As I was due to go to Portsmouth yesterday, I was quite happy to cancel it, it's a nightmare journey at the best of times

It's nice to work from home when it's cold and snowy but I do start to climb the walls after a couple of days in my little home office. I'm looking forward to getting out of the house this weekend, even though I'll only be going to the other house to paint. Which is going to be FREEEEZING, no doubt. I've got my thermals at the ready!

Needless to say, the dogs LOVE the snow. It seems to send them into the type of frenzy that puppies are famous for, high speed figures of eight and that sort of thing, We've had some fun walks although we haven't left the village - it's been all about getting them to an open field where they can just let rip! Wilson found a tennis ball yesterday and spent ages throwing it in the air, dropping it so that Jessie would try to steal it, then picking it up and running away. The ball got covered in snow and became bigger and bigger, he carried it all the way home and had frosty little whiskers and eyelashes from all the snow he'd been flinging around!

Cold weather makes me long for warmth, cosiness and comfort food so I've been eating like a pig and baking up a storm this week. I made a Victoria Sponge on Tuesday and sticky gingerbread last night which I'm going to eat with double cream today. Actually, maybe I should lay off the double cream - I put quite a bit in our mac n cheese last night and it was so rich it gave us both tummy ache

I DID manage to see Les Miserables, thanks to Liz and her sensible car and was absolutely blown away. I keep re-living bits of it and I've been singing Les Mis tunes around the house all week! If you haven't seen it yet you really must. I thought some of the casting was inspired, some of it less so, some of the singing was a bit cringe-worthy but overall it was fantastic. Some of the camera work was incredible and seeing it as a film gave the whole story another dimension. I loved it

Have a great weekend everyone!



  1. Aww, your Wilson sounds like such a tease! I wish we had snow here but Edinburgh is snowflake free. Shame! Oooh I really want to see Les Mis- feel like the only person in the world who hasn't! This weekend, fingers crossed. Looks like you had a good week :-) xx

  2. When the trailer for Les Mis first came out I immediately said to myself 'I have to see that.' I'm a complete sucker for musicals, I really am. I've heard so many good things about it now as more and more people have been to see it, but what with so much schoolwork in the run up to exams and now all this snow I haven't managed to get any closer to seeing it yet! :(

  3. On a road near me some people got stuck for 18 hours once! To be honest I think I'd get frustrated with 1 or 2 hours, an emergency kit is a very good idea :) All I want to do is bake this weekend, but I can't drive to any supermarkets to get ingredients... xx

  4. I love all of the snowy photos you took!! Have a great weekend Rachael!! xo

    1. Lovely snow photos. Stay safe after your scare xx

  5. Hope you have a good weekend and stay warm! xx

  6. I'm going to see it this afternoon, am bracing myself for sobs....Just read about your icy road scare, glad you're ok!!! X

  7. I love your little photo collection, the snow looks beautiful there. x

  8. Great pics, your dog is so cute :).

    Sadie x

  9. Lincolnshire roads can be particularly lethal in the snowy conditions can't they!? Particularly as many of them are badly maintained in the first place!!

    I'm desperate to see Les Mis, really enjoyed the book a few years ago and the musical gave me goosebumps too. The fella and I ended up watch Django Unchained instead, bit of a different flavour to say the least . . . Ahem.

    Jem xXx


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