Wednesday, 29 February 2012

leap year

ladies can propose marriage to gentlemen today

it would be lovely and silly to propose to andrew mccarthy/martin fry/russell brand/your choice of crush past or present etc but all they are to me is empirically attractive and it got me thinking

when considering a lifetime commitment the packaging isn't what it's all about

it's a soul you are dedicating yourself to

and if that soul is beautiful then how pretty it's outer layer is, aint so important

we all get old/wrinkly/incontinent/saggy/lose limbs in tragic accidents/get long-term illness, but the soul remains the same

so ladies, choose wisely

oh the joys of cardboard!

special delivery!

it's a lottie!

another parcel?

no, it's an ellie!

surely the postman hasn't been again?

nope, it's a mummy!

this is just getting silly now...what did i order from ebay this time???

a beautiful puppy!!!

doodle dudes

one whole pound sterling which is great pocket money price

create your own dude

and he's reversible!

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

an explanation

when you are a family of extroverts, it is difficult when into that family an introvert comes...
if you have never known an introvert, it is difficult to understand them (mainly because they don't tend to hang around extroverts)...
but when you HAVE to get to know each other (because they are a member of your family), you make damn sure you do discover what they are all about...
i still struggle with the ways of the introvert as they are the polar opposite of my ways...
but i respect this new personality addition because it must be awful to be placed in a group where you are the only one...
most people still don't get lottie: only because they have never experienced an introvert (by the nature of their personality, introverts aren't 'out there' so finding one to spend time with, must be limited)

so for those who would like to get to know inside lottie's head (and i'd like to think they would rather than criticise what they don't understand), i have found this:

Myth #1 – Introverts don’t like to talk.
This is not true. Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and they won’t shut up for days.

Myth #2 – Introverts are shy.
Shyness has nothing to do with being an Introvert. Introverts are not necessarily afraid of people. What they need is a reason to interact. They don’t interact for the sake of interacting. If you want to talk to an Introvert, just start talking. Don’t worry about being polite.

Myth #3 – Introverts are rude.
Introverts often don’t see a reason for beating around the bush with social pleasantries. They want everyone to just be real and honest. Unfortunately, this is not acceptable in most settings, so Introverts can feel a lot of pressure to fit in, which they find exhausting.

Myth #4 – Introverts don’t like people.
On the contrary, Introverts intensely value the few friends they have. They can count their close friends on one hand. If you are lucky enough for an introvert to consider you a friend, you probably have a loyal ally for life. Once you have earned their respect as being a person of substance, you’re in.

Myth #5 – Introverts don’t like to go out in public.
Nonsense. Introverts just don’t like to go out in public FOR AS LONG. They also like to avoid the complications that are involved in public activities. They take in data and experiences very quickly, and as a result, don’t need to be there for long to “get it.” They’re ready to go home, recharge, and process it all. In fact, recharging is absolutely crucial for Introverts.

Myth #6 – Introverts always want to be alone.
Introverts are perfectly comfortable with their own thoughts. They think a lot. They daydream. They like to have problems to work on, puzzles to solve. But they can also get incredibly lonely if they don’t have anyone to share their discoveries with. They crave an authentic and sincere connection with ONE PERSON at a time.

Myth #7 – Introverts are weird.
Introverts are often individualists. They don’t follow the crowd. They’d prefer to be valued for their novel ways of living. They think for themselves and because of that, they often challenge the norm. They don’t make most decisions based on what is popular or trendy.

Myth #8 – Introverts are aloof nerds.
Introverts are people who primarily look inward, paying close attention to their thoughts and emotions. It’s not that they are incapable of paying attention to what is going on around them, it’s just that their inner world is much more stimulating and rewarding to them.

Myth #9 – Introverts don’t know how to relax and have fun.
Introverts typically relax at home or in nature, not in busy public places. Introverts are not thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. If there is too much talking and noise going on, they shut down. Their brains are too sensitive to the neurotransmitter called Dopamine. Introverts and Extroverts have different dominant neuro-pathways. Just look it up.

Myth #10 – Introverts can fix themselves and become Extroverts.
Introverts cannot “fix themselves” and deserve respect for their natural temperament and contributions to the human race. In fact, one study (Silverman, 1986) showed that the percentage of Introverts increases with IQ.

This morning, the City of London Corporation and St Paul’s Cathedral have dismantled a camp and displaced a small community, but they will not derail a movement

Monday, 27 February 2012

salt crystals

take a kit

follow instructions

does what it says on the packet

lottie loves lorraine pascal

take a large glass jar/trifle dish
put a layer of madeira cake slices then half strawberries around the edge
crush almond butter biscuits and add them on top
whisk double cream with vanilla and icing sugar and plop a layer in
put a layer of grated white chocolate

keep doing this until you have filled the receptacle

then try not to eat too much in one sitting

oh lord

Sunday, 26 February 2012

and those places can get you into trouble
but they also get you to places you will never regret

feelin the love

had a visit from the canadian one yesterday and am feeling all cozy and warm and full of joy...
he is as wonderful as ever, grown into such a MAN, no bitterness in his bones and gives the best hugs (previous best hug-giver has to resign first place...sorry)

safe journey home brother, i love you x

Saturday, 25 February 2012

delia's recipe for oaty syrupy cinnamony fruity cookies

i used to make these all the time back in 1999 when i first found the recipe
yesterday, ellie got very excited that it was making a comeback

i guarantee you can never eat just one

4oz butter
4oz sugar
1 tbsp golden syrup
heat in a saucepan until the butter just melts

teasp cinnamon
4oz oats
4oz sr flour
4oz dried fruit
add melted mix to all this dried stuff and mix together

roll into balls about the size of golfballs
place on a baking sheet then press slighty on the top of each ball

bake 20mins 180c

snow, snow, quick quick, snow

take packet

add powder to water

mix to get snow

smear on doors

and windows

Friday, 24 February 2012

see? i told you they were real!
(what i did not know is that they are so tiny when firstborn but who can explain magic?)

Thursday, 23 February 2012

bouncy balls

one kit from fun learning

add powder to mould and tap until powder settles

hold submerged under water for 1 minute

leave to set for 5 minutes

remove mould

lottie learnt that non-spherical balls don't bounce straight up and down...they bounce off in another direction

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

science of slime

kit from yesterday's haul


add powder to container

add water

mix for 10 mins

you get this

but if you keep altering the volume of water and powder, you can get stretchier slime or flobbery snot


potting time

they wanted to grow bulbs this year

lottie chose these as they are also called the candy corn flower

nice new wellies lottie!

ellie chose these because they are grandma's favourite flower

shrove tuesday

the attending of church prior to lent to receive absolution "to be shriven or shrove"

our pancake party

a stack of american pancakes, raspberry coulis, apple sauce, syrup, nutella, butter, blueberries, banana, great pot of tea in our vintage 50s teacups and saucers

tomorrow is ash wednesday
from the practice of covering your head in a sackcloth and then ash to express sorrow...a time of penance for contemplating the sufferings and temptations of jesus as he fasted for 40 days in the wilderness

we have all decided to give up swearing for lent

what are you giving up?

Monday, 20 February 2012

lottie and i found this amazing store in brighton

loads of experiment/craft stuff at really great prices
(and anyone who knows me knows, if i say it's a good price, hell it must be good)

Sunday, 19 February 2012

my beautiful, charming, talented, truck-loving, sensitive baby brother is back on english soil!

only for work commitments but just knowing he is in the same country is a lovely feeling

Thursday, 16 February 2012

cherry pie with lattice top

is there anything better?

Pie, pie, me oh my,
Nothing tastes better, wet, salty and dry,
all at once – oh, well it’s pie.
Apple and pumpkin and mince and black bottom,
I’ll come to your place every day if you’ve got ‘em.
Pie, me oh my, I love pie

(is there a better film?)

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

every february we have christmas day

we get together with family we didn't see in december and exchange pressies around the tree, play the sticker game, go for a bracing walk and eat too many sprouts

merry crimble to us (again)!

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

st valentine has been!

and a certain puppy seems to think those chocolate hearts are for him

pink pancakes, pink raspberry coulis, red strawberries, pink apple and raspberry juice
(ellie had to have butter and syrup as well which are not pink or red and therefore not a componant of valentines breakfast)