Friday, 30 December 2011

New Colour Scheme

I just can't make up my mind - so this colour scheme is on trial for the day until I make a decision.

Great Expectations concluded this evening and even though I know the story and how it would end, the ending still had me in tears.  What a great story.

A Tale of Two Cities goes slowly not because the story is slow but because I've been busy.  I thought at one time that I had read it but I now know that I have not read this book but have seen the film!  Aah, enlightenment.

I've been busy having a good clear out - eldest daughter has excelled herself in de-cluttering her room, but there are so many bags for the charity shop, and with rubbish day tomorrow the recycling bags are stretching way up the street!  I'm trying to make space for new kitchen equipment - pasta machine and electric steamer - yet  where I have been ruthless in clearing clutter I seem only to have made everything much more tidy and regimented but not created space - why does this happen?  Tomorrow is the turn of the understairs' cupboard - who knows what lurks in the depths.  I could be gone for quite a while.

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Just Playing Around ...............

I'm trying to either re-design this blog for the new year or scrap it completely and just go with my other blog L'heure du the - can't decide ................ so this may change several times this week ......... that's if there is anyone around to read it.

I'm fiddling on the computer whilst trying to also watch the film Charade - I just love this film, Audrey Hepburn is so stylish and beautiful and so well suited to Cary Grant.

We watched the second episode of Great Expectations this evening - as a family - it's not often now that there is a programme we all want to watch but this has been rather good, I'm surprised that the girls like it so much.  Watching Great Expectations has prompted me to pick up A Tale of Two Cities which I have had on my shelves for years and have NEVER read.  So far, so good.

Downton Abbey - oh how I had been waiting for this Christmas Special and it did not disappoint.  So much better than the second series - not that I didn't enjoy that because I did.  I read an article in the newspaper today which said that servants would not have been this clean and their relationship with the family of the house would not have been as it is in the series.  Isn't that what works of fiction are all about?  Does it matter that it's not 100% accurate?  Isn't it enough that it is entertaining?  Do we really want to watch authentic looking servants who (apparently) stank!

Speaking of stinkers - the husband wanted to watch Ben Hur on Channel 5 - three and half hours of tv with ad breaks - not me thank you very much - just as well we recorded it.  It didn't last long though, there was the one scene being highly unsuitable for children and, to my mind, completely unnecessary.  The husband was all for telephoning Channel 5 to complain - we cancelled the recording and deleted what had already been recorded - good riddance to bad rubbish, can't tell you the relief that I don't have to sit through that.

I'm contemplating New Year's Resolutions (you notice I have used capitals) and I think after all the Quality Street I've been munching over the past few days, not to mention trifle and mince pies - I had better start with losing weight.

Saturday, 24 December 2011