Monday, 13 June 2011

A thank you and sharing some ramblings...

Hello there people who read this blog...what a lovely bunch of people you are.

Thank you so much for such kind thoughtful comments and messages
that you took the time to write after my last post.
I was touched, moved and grateful.

Writing something can be a cathartic experience and that last post and your responses made me realise
that I need to embrace my dual identity and not feel that I have to 'hold onto' my Welshness
at the expense of not enjoying my new life.
(I love this blogging....)

last Winter

I have had some thinking time here. My lovelies are away at the beach. Those who have read here before will know that the beach is not my favourite place so I stayed at home. I really enjoy this time, and have to keep re-assuring Neil and Sibs that I will be absolutely fine on my own. Yes, I miss them, but I also treasure alone time.

A year or so ago I met a man called John Tickell who told me something along the lines that everyone should make a promise to take 9 days a year off to themselves. (He's pretty famous in Australia, but at the time I had no idea who he was....back to that 'belonging' thing again!). Anyhow, I don't have a problem with this theory at all...

So whilst Sibs has been fishing, going on 8km bike rides, eating home made soup and bread and generally having a fabulous time with her Dad, uncle and cousin, I have been having an equally fabulous time home alone.

* I baked a few cookies...

I have to 'thank' Georgie from SJW  for telling me about this recipe. (she got it from here)
It's super easy -

500g butter, tin condensed milk, 1/2 cup of caster sugar, 5 cups of s-r flour.
Cream butter, sugar and milk, add flour and add any other ingredient you fancy
(in my case Chocolate chips and I used about 200g)
bake for about 15 mins at 180c.
They are melt in your mouth delicious!

* I admired my new mantle clock bought from The White Shed

just what I was looking for...
I have been looking for a small clock for ages and whilst blog hopping the other day I stumbled upon a header image that had just what I wanted. Upon investigation, the blog owner had an online store and a few days later I had my new clock!

* I tried out my new mop that I won courtesy of Natasha at 5 mins just for me blog.
This is the post that she wrote here that got me all excited over a mop!)
 (Is it normal to get so excited over a new mop??)

This mop is pretty cool - no more wringing out over a bucket of dirty water.
The water and detergent go into a canister and you just spray as you go.
The mop head swivels to wherever you want it to go too.
It's called a Rubbermaid Reveal mop

* I curled up on the sofa with the fire blazing and watched Jane Eyre....again.
I didn't move for hours...
I think the 2006 BBC version is spectacular. Ruth Wilson is just how I imagined Jane Eyre.

* I am making a lamb curry for the arrival of the lovelies home.
It's marinading away as I type....and I better get a move on!

So there you go, not a spectacular weekend, but one spent at my pace, doing my thing.

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend and if in Australia enjoyed the Monday public holiday.
(Dare I tell my UK friends that it's a day off to celebrate the Queen's birthday!)

7 Comments and thoughts:

  1. Sounds like you had a lovely weekend. Those biscuits look yummy and I just adoe your new clock. Letitia has some beautiful things in her shop. Your fireplace is beautiful - so cosy :)

  2. I am so happy that you have had some quality time by yourself;it sounds like a mighty fine idea that I might have to try myself. I am also happy to see that you spent your time doing things that make you happy...maybe apart from the mopping but isn't the mop brilliant! Glad you like it!

    Well, enjoy those cookies and that yummy curry. This is the perfect weather for a warming curry!

    Best wishes,

  3. Your last post was beautiful and heartfelt.
    I'm sure that just by being yourself your welsh connection will shine through and will be a part of her growing up that she will absorb and take for granted, and will always be there in her memories.
    Glad you had some time to be "you" here! Thats some batch of cookies!!!
    Gill xx

  4. Beth really really love reading your blogs. Your fire does indeed look lovely and cosy,something we are still doing here in June!?! Terrible weather. To say there is only Al & I, I can never manage more than half a day to myself and even then have to call at the builders merchants or make a sudden detour to some obscure place to pick up an "Ebay bargin"?? Very envious, Will ring soon, tried at wk'end but your were out, thought for Nee's birthday will try again. Love Wendy xxxx

  5. Love the beach collage and your mantle clock and I'd love a biscuit right now! I think your friend is so right about "me" time, I'd go mad if I didn,t get it. Love Linda x

  6. Hi Beth - thanks for stopping by to say hello, I'm so pleased to have found your blog and looking forward to following your journey here in Oz. All my English family are in Bath and Cornwall, and I long to visit Wales, hopefully next trip.

  7. "A few cookies" Are you kidding me? That's enough to feed an army!