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.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Fruity Rainbow

On 14th August 1979 a rainbow shone for 3 hours in North Wales.
Rainbows can be so fleeting, to think one was visible for such a length of time is staggering.

Now there may be a bit of listening to Rainbow going on here later as they are one of G's fave rock groups and we may do a bit of reminiscing over that classic children's tv series with Bungle, Zippy, George and Geoffery whilst snacking on a packet of multi-coloured Rainbow Drops.

All will be good ways to mark the day along with my outfit today which marks the colours of a rainbow in a more subtle and lightly fruity way.

Here I have three of the colours represented in apple form, red in the apples on the dress, orange in the apple necklace and yellow apple earrings.
Green appears on the leaf of the necklace and also on the cherry stalks.
The final three colours of blue, indigo and violet are clustered on my bracelet.

To finish of this post I am including more photos from our trip last week. Sunday was the final day of Pride Week in Amsterdam and the LBGT rainbow flag was everywhere.

Sunday, 13 August 2017


Our viewing this evening will be the Alfred Hitchcock movie Spellbound.
There are two reasons for this choice.
 Today, 13th August, is the birthday of Mr Hitchcock.
Secondly, one of the co-stars of this movie is Rhonda Fleming and it was her 94th birthday on 10th August.

I hope she celebrated in style. 
We were busy ourselves on Thursday as we were making the most of our final day in Amsterdam.
I was so excited to visit this city and it certainly didn't disappoint. More photos to follow.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Got it Covered

G's record collection came in very handy for vinyl record day.

Also his leather jacket and guitar.

Something a little different.........

Go here to see other photos which helped to inspire our attempts.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Birthday Picnic

If there's one thing I have in common with Enid Blyton then that's the love for a good picnic.

She was very good at writing about them and I'm very good at eating them.

To make the most of the fact it was gloriously warm I decided to deviate from my original plan for today.

With ham sandwiches, cake (alas not provided by the industrious Aunt Fanny but the wonderful local Co-op) and our glasses full of lemonade we toasted Enid.
She provided T and G with many hours of happiness as the Famous Five were a popular choice when it came to reading together at bedtime. 
T was also a Noddy fan when he was very little, he enjoyed watching the animated version on Channel 5 and the theme tune became one of those G and would recognise as soon as we heard the first note!
The books were passed along to S but she never really took them and they eventually made their way to the charity shop.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Another Pudding

It certainly doesn't look too appetising but I am assured it did taste good.
I don't recall ever making rice pudding before and so for Rice Pudding day I wanted to try something a bit different.
This recipe comes from a Co-op food magazine.

Coconut Rice Pud 
150g pudding rice
400ml coconut milk
200ml semi skimmed milk.

Put these 3 ingredients in a saucepan, bring to the boil and then simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2tsp vanilla extract
2tbsp light soft brown sugar
and mix well.

Serve and enjoy.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Cats and Bags

On International Cat Day I give you our two beauties.
Melvin and Malcolm.

Sunday, 6 August 2017


Jamaica gained it's independence from the UK on 6th August 1962.

I shall will leave you with Harry Belafonte singing about leaving his little girl in Kingston as we go off on our travels for a few days.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

It's Pants

Does anyone else buy new undies to take away on their hols?
Recently when out shopping to choose new ones for me and S I popped an extra pack of these basic black pants in my basket to send off to smalls for all as my way to mark underwear day.
blogged about this charity earlier in the year when I had some bras to send off and I think it's such a wonderful organisation it deserved another mention.

Friday, 4 August 2017


I thought G would like to do the honours today.
After all International Beer Day is much more up his street than mine.
He was more than happy to take part and indulge in a bottle of beer this evening.

In other news, I have been lucky enough to receive some lovely things in the post recently.
The first was a parcel from Kezzie
It was a delightful surprise not least because it contained 2 more books by Jacqueline Winspear featuring her 1920's super sleuth Maisie Dobbs. The third book Kezzie sent because she had enjoyed it so much and thought I may do too. It's the Diary of a Provincial Lady and has the prettiest of covers. The final item is the sheep wreath which Kezzie bought with the seasonal changing of my mantle-piece in mind. So very thoughtful. Thanks again Kezzie.

My second piece of post was an envelope of hand made loveliness from Simone at Linden Grove. I was the lucky winner of her recent 1000th post giveaway. Simone is multi talented when it come paper crafting and that can easily be seen here in the wonderful array of goodies she sent me.
S has her eye on the wish bracelet and I shall be saving those gift tags for some very special presents. Thank you Simone.

The kindness and generosity of bloggers never ceases to amaze me.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Watermelon Day

Oh to have been able to sit in the garden enjoying a balmy summer evening whilst sipping on my watermelon drink. 

Loving my watermelon t-shirt the most.
I found this a couple of months ago and although I have been itching to wear it I thought it only right that it's first outing should be today on the official watermelon day.

So summery.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Colouring In

Hands up those who remember spending hours as a child colouring in squiggled doodles like the one below.
I would sit with my sisters and our huge selection of pencils and felt tips colouring in these random shapes to our hearts content.

Colouring in for adults has suddenly become a big thing these past couple of years with thousands of books out there to choose from. 
I am all in favour of this. 
I have never lost of my love for colouring in.
I enjoyed it as a shared activity with both my children when they were younger, trying not to get too bothered when they went outside the lines!

Last Christmas one of my friends gave me a colouring in book and some pencils.
She knows how much I value spending my half hour lunch break in the park as often as the weather will allow.
I really treasure the calming effect being outside brings and she thought an added stress busting activity would be for me to do a spot of colouring.
A really thoughtful gift.

With such a pretty book I had plenty of choice when it came to selecting a page to lose myself in on Colouring Book day.

Go and grab yourself some paper and pencils, you won't regret the time you spend absorbed in this most simplest of past times.

I have listed below my list of days to celebrate in August.

A couple may change due to other commitments and as of next week we are away for a few days so my posts may be a bit more sporadic, but it's all supposed to be a bit of fun and I don't want to get caught up in setting rules for myself about these things.

I hope you can join me as August unfolds and if anyone chooses to join in on any given day please let me know, I would love to hear from you.

We've already had

1. Yorkshire Day
2. Colouring Book

and ahead of us is 

3. Watermelon Day
4. Beer Day
5. Underwear Day
6. Jamaican Independence Day
7. Raspberries and Cream Day
8. Cat Day
9. Rice Pudding Day
10. Rhonda Fleming's birthday
11. Pakistan Flag Day
12. Vinyl record
13. Alfred Hitchcock's birthday
14. 3 hour rainbow seen in North Wales in 1979
15. National Day in Liechtenstein
16. Tell A Joke Day
17. Thrift Shop
18. Patrick Swayze's birthday
19. World Honey Bee Day
20. Amy Adam's birthday
21. Usain Bolt's birthday
22. Honor Blackman's birthday
23. Gene Kelly's birthday
24. National Waffle Day
25. Sean Connery's birthday
26. Alison Steadman's birthday
27. Bat Night
28. Bow Tie Day
29. Mary Poppins movie released in 1964
30. Toasted Marshmallow Day
31. Burger/ Eat Outdoors Day

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Blue, Green and White

When I was researching the daily activities for my year long challenge some days lent themselves to more than one idea .
Take Yorkshire Day today. 

Say Yorkshire to me and the first thing I think of is Pudding.

So an evening meal with Yorkies was certainly my favoured option but with G and S off to Salisbury today to visit grandma and eating lunch out I wasn't going to come home from work and set about cooking another meal.

The Yorkshire flag is a white rose with green leaves on a blue background and so I used these colours in what I wore today. 
My white flowers are more daisy than rose and please ignore the wet spots on the front of my cardi from where I splashed myself when I was doing the washing up! I didn't realise they were there!

The other nod to Yorkshire is my choice of brooch.
Both G and I love cricket so of course I needed to wear a Dickie Bird.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Never Eat Shredded Wheat......

.....was a mnemonic we used at school to remember the points on a compass.
That and Naughty Elephants Squirt Water.

Let's not get sidetracked though as this post is all about the cereal as today is Shredded Wheat day.
It's not a cereal we usually eat so I had to buy some especially for today's recipe of shredded wheat and raisin custard.

I can say with some certainty it proved to be less popular than the cheesecake and although it was good to try as part of my yearly challenge, it won't be baked again. 

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Say Cheese.....cake

My dad would have loved today.
He enjoyed eating a good slice of cheesecake so Cheesecake Day would have been a winner in his book.

This one was quick and easy to make, like my favourite kind of recipes are, thrown together whilst listening to a little bit of vintage comedy on the Radio 4 extra Iplayer. 

The base was made from digestive biscuits and melted butter and on top of that was spread a couple of teaspoons of jam. The topping consisted of cream cheese, icing sugar and Greek yogurt flavoured with a dash of vanilla essence. To finish off fresh strawberries were sprinkled on top.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Tigers and Lipstick

Not a combination you see every day.
International Tiger Day just had to be something we recognised. 
You see ever since we became a family this has been one of the nicknames we have had for our T.
 He shares his name with the Frosties Tiger and when, a couple of years ago, I found this glass I just had to buy it to pop in T's Christmas stocking as a bit of fun.
So it was the perfect receptacle for my breakfast orange juice.

To stay with the tiger theme I went for orange and black in my choice of clothing today. A black shift dress with an orange cardigan to keep out the chill of another cooler day's weather.

I don't wear makeup and so wearing lipstick was out. Instead I went for the easy option of a piece of fun jewellery in the shape of a brooch.

I haven't done any cross stitch for a while and I enjoyed whipping up this quick and easy lip motif. I am either going to turn it into a card or use it as a gift tag for a friend at work who goes nowhere without first making sure her lippy is looking good!