Tuesday, 22 August 2017


One of the quickest and easiest so far.
Today the actress Honor Blackman is 92 years old.
One of her most famous roles was in Goldfinger.

Monday, 21 August 2017

100 metres

'I find there's nothing better than starting your day off with a good run' is a sentence I have never uttered in my life before.
Nor is it one I am likely to be saying.

I'm not sure why I thought choosing Usain Bolt's birthday for today was the way to go but it certainly gave me and G a laugh this morning and having a bit of fun is what my year is all about.
G helped me mark out 100 metres in the long cutway behind our home, timed me running that distance and then acted as photographer as I did the Bolt pose.

I would also like to thank the neighbour who had thoughtfully painted their garden fence green so I was able to include the black, green and gold of Jamaica into the scene.

'Now for a sit down and a cup of tea' that's a sentence which is much more like my kind of thing.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Batch of Bunnies and a Beef Stew

I have deviated from my original plan for today.
We were going to watch the Amy Adams movie Leap Year, chosen not only because it's perfect for a Sunday afternoon but also because Matthew Goode is her co-star.  

Instead I have chosen 2 other things.
The first is in relation to tennis.
Bunny Austin is a name you hear mentioned each year when Wimbledon rolls around.
He was a British tennis player during the 1920s and 1930's.
His real name was Henry Wilfred Austin and he was born on 20th August 1906 and died on his 94th birthday on 20th August 2000.
Today I am wearing one of the bunny brooches I made back at Easter time pinned to (as Wimbledon rules decree) a white cardigan.

It's also given me the perfect excuse to show the gifts one of my sister's gave me for my birthday a month ago now, they are all bunny themed.
The mug and tea bag holder have been in almost daily use since she gave them to me. I love the bunny shaped dish, not only for it's pale blue colour but also for it's polka dot decoration.

The second choice relates to food for G and S's evening meal.
In about half an hour I shall be dishing up Hungarian Goulash as 20th August is a national holiday for Hungarians.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Bees and Honey

I reckon every day should be celebrated by eating cake and my waist line probably shows that I am partial to a slice....... or two.

If there is on day which cake should definitely be consumed then it's World Honey Bee Day.

Are you all honey lovers out? 
I don't eat it very often and when I do it's normally only at breakfast time on a weekend when I fancy a bowl of Greek yogurt with honey and fruit.

It wasn't breakfast time when we had today's honey treat though.
Sat listening to the football this afternoon G and I each had a honey cake in a mug.
Whisked up in a few minutes from this recipe and cooked for 90 seconds it really was super speedy to prepare.
In fact, so frighteningly quick and easy, you could indulge in cake every day.


Friday, 18 August 2017

No-one Puts Baby in the Corner

Absolutely no doubt what so ever.
The 18th August is Patrick Swayze's birthday.
There can only be one choice for our viewing this evening.
Tonight we shall we watching Dirty Dancing.

What would your choice be?
Maybe you'd favour the tear jerking romance of Ghost or perhaps the action of Road House would be more your thing. 
If it's a bit of comedy you fancy then the silly Keeping Mum may be just the thing to round off your week.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Cards and Cardigans

I don't think anyone who has been reading Jumble and Jelly over the years could be in any doubt about my love for charity shops and the bountiful bargains they have bestowed up on us.
So when I saw today was Thrift Shop Day I was thought a little outing to one was in order.

I know I mentioned not so long ago about how I try and buy most of my greeting cards from Barnardos. 
They always have a fantastic selection for both male and female birthdays and, even better, every so often they change the range and have a sale on the old stock. I managed to pick up a total of 14 for 49p each.

Another love of mine is the good old cardigan. Last September I had a sort out and tidy up and counted 50 of them. Since then a few have gone and a few have arrived. There are now another 2 new ones to add to the collection.
Couldn't resist the mustardy yellow one for £1.99 and the orangey one also had to come home with me as it was just 99p! Both of these colours will be perfect as we go into autumn. Well that's my excuse anyway.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Another Outfit and Some Shopping

They'll be having a good old knees up in Liechtenstein today celebrating their National Day with food, drink and a fun fair.
The flag was my inspiration for another outfit, nice and easy on what was supposed to be a work day.

As it turns out there was no work for me today, I needed to be at home as part of the school hols.
Up bright and early S and I took ourselves into town. We started by stopping for breakfast and then it was on to the annual task of school uniform shopping. It was completed in double quick time as just one new skirt and two new shirts were needed.

Seeing as I'm in shopping mode today I thought I'd post some photos taken on our break and mostly in Amsterdam of all things retail which caught my eye.

As sign on the outside of a shop.

A cute little saying in the window of a shop selling very smart raincoats.

I liked the splash of red.

A sign which made us smile.

This is a toy shop in Haarlem. One entrance for adults and one for children.

C&A has long since disappeared from our high street but is still to be seen in it's home country.

S wanted a break from all the walking when she spotted a Primark and I was very taken with the pretty interior decoration.

A stylish motif on the window of a vintage store.

Barbie sat inside a clog in the window of a shoe repair shop.

A huge wooden pair of glasses hanging in the window of an opticians.

We spent hardly any time going into shops as there was so much to see but there was one which I couldn't resist. Called Dille & Kamille (which translates as Dill & Chamomile) they are a homewares and gift shop. Stach are a chain of food shops and they sell the biggest and most scrumptious looking meringues. 
Having Stach meringues on display with Dill & Kamille goods made a very attractive sight.