Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Saturday night - The Limelight

Saturday night found us at the Limelight. We were staying at Kerri's apartment and it's just around the corner, so it kind of made sense we go there. We weren't even the oldest people I could see, I was impressed! The Limelight is very much like the Doors in Jo'burg, just spread out on one floor and with no roof top retreat. Same music, same people, just different accents. 
It was fun, but that doesn't necessarily mean I want to do it again. Within half an hour of being there, our table was crashed into, all of the glasses shattered and drink poured into my lap. Lee's hand was bleeding, Carri-Ann wanted to go home, Aidan was being himself and I was damp and ratty*.  

*Lee reckons you can tell from the pictures.

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Belfast Peace Wall

We spent some time with friends in Belfast this weekend. While Lee and Aidan drank ale and Guinness at the Garrick, Carri-Ann played the tour guide and took me over to the peace wall over in her neck of the woods...in the Shankill.

We spent some time there, taking pictures and giggling and feeling like tourists while Black Taxis waited for real tourists on the street. Then we tea-timed at Avoca in the city centre. Avoca is so pretty and neither of us could believe it was our first time there. I had a fruity tart and tea.

Avoca fruity vanilla custard tart
More of our weekend to come, as soon as I get my hands on the photos...

Wednesday, 23 March 2011


Today the sun is shining and the cars thermometer read 11 degrees this morning on the way to work.

I didn’t bring a coat today.

And I’m wearing a t-shirt.

The daffodils have started to flower and there are small buds forming on the branches of the trees.

Daffodils on the Deane - Hambleden 2009
I’m so excited. It feels as though winter has lasted for years.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Old diaries [remorse]

This morning I lay in bed late with the cup of tea that Lee brought up to me and his book of Roald Dahl short stories. I love lazy Sunday mornings.

We had our Sunday lunch at the Spinning Mill and when we came home, and he was settled in his spot in front of the telly, I went upstairs to potter a bit. 

Then I was reminded that I'd wanted to get my old diaries out and put up some of the funnier entries, 'cos surely, there are some really funny entries. 

But no...instead of cringe-y humour, they are filled with the biggest load of self absorbed rubbish anyone could ever have spewed out on to paper.

I'm so embarrassed. 

And think I really ought to apologise to my ma and pa for being such a horrible young person. I can only imagine how annoying I must have been and how many sleepless nights I caused!

There're five A5 books covered in green paper and filled with too much detail on boring day to day events and nights out. Poems, and letters never posted and notes scribbled on bar receipts in pubs.

Maybe it's all still too fresh and maybe, when I'm sixty, I'd regret burning them, as I'd like to.

All I can hope is, that I wont look back on my blog, and feel the same way.

Saturday, 19 March 2011

The Giants Causeway [image heavy]

After breakfast this morning, Lee, me, his mom and dad and Benny and Tina got back into the car and visited the Giants Causeway. I was there last in December 2009, the day after the night I'd met Lee. I was unimpressed then...but it was freezing and windy and I was alone and tired and feeling fairly sorry for myself.

Today, however, it was warm(ish) and the sun was shinin' and I had a husband and family and the dogs with me and the promise of some Guinness and a warm meal on our return.
Lee and I shared a cheddar and pickle baguette...and I tried on hats in the gift shop.
And tonight, I'm going to eat Dominos pizza and do some more knitting! I may even convince Lee to watch The Secret of Nimh with me...or the Neverending Story. 

Much excitement :)

Friday, 18 March 2011

Newcastle on a day off

Lee had to work on St Patricks day, but I had the day off, and so did his ma and pa. So the three of us, along with the dogs, went to Newcastle for the day.

Lee's ma and I walked the dogs while his dad did a painting of the Mourne mountains. We drank Guinness in the Slieve Donard and talked and talked. 

 It was cold, but the streets were full. Young folk with their green afros and shamrocks painted on their cheeks. 

We ate Irish stew and drank tea in a cafe.
I was off today as well. But today, I only cleaned and ironed and cooked burgers for our dinner. Also, I got to sleep in late...and that was wonderful.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Le Voyage

I've been listening / watching videos on youtube lots this week. It started with Regina Spektor and then turned in to Smashing Pumpkins...which then led me to George Méliès short films. 

Clearly, I've been really productive in work! 

I used to (still do) love the Pumpkins 'Tonight, Tonight' video...the one with the rocket, clouds, moon and shooting stars. I'd just thought they were so creative and clevah. But they'd got it all from Mr Méliès and his Trip to the Moon. 

Monday, 14 March 2011

Some more Oktomat

The first of the successful rolls of film from my oktomat. They're not brilliant, but I had fun with the camera. And that must count for something.
Silly self portraits
Port Stewart, a few weekends ago
Belfast City Hall on Sunday
Outside the Spinning Mill in Ballymena, a few Sundays ago
Belfast City Hall, on Sunday
Belfast City Hall
I'm tired after our weekend away. But I feel like I'm so behind on everything and I'm putting pressure on myself to do more than I really feel like doing. 

So I'm going to do some knitting and then put myself to bed.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Back to Belfast, for the weekend

We stayed in Belfast this weekend. We took Lee's parents to St Georges Market for a wee dander and a cup of tea. Lee and I went to Direct Wine Shipments for another wine tasting. Probably my favorite so far.
Silly glasses. I'm concerned that I look better with them.

It was great being back in Belfast and seeing the familiar sights. And Sunday lunch at Mourne Seafood Bar, my favorite restaurant in Belfast.
 Mourne Seafood Bar 

I got more Oktomat film developed too, I'll add some of those pictures sometime in the week.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Pannekoek or...Pancakes!

I made pancakes. I don't care what Lee calls them...they are pancakes. Even Wikipedia agrees and include a whole lot of pictures of what I made this morning.

"...They are traditionally prepared by the Afrikaans community on gas stoves, and called a pannekoek in Afrikaans, eaten on wet and cold days. Pannekoeke are served with cinnamon-flavored sugar..."

I told Lee I was a proper *plaasmeisie.

*Afrikaans farm girl.

Sunday, 6 March 2011


We attempted to make macaroons tonight. The result wasn't pretty, but they tasted really good!

We laughed lots and had so much fun, that even though they turned out a total mess, it wasn't a wasted exercise at all.

*Could also be titled maca-mess or maca-wrongs

Going for a drive

Our search for a new car took us to Swatragh, in county Londonderry. It proved to be unsuccessful and so we're still car-less for another week. 

I liked the country roads and all the sheep in the fields along the way.

Friday, 4 March 2011

Weeks recap

The week has gone fast, pretty much like all the weeks before it this year. It was better though. Everything seems to be coming right again. And thank goodness for that!

I was back to my fitness class on Tuesday night. Even that went better than usual and didn’t leave me feeling broken and trembling. Swimming on Wednesday was also enjoyable.  I really look forward to Wednesday nights at the leisure centre and don’t even think of it as exercise, just because it’s so much fun.

We’ve been to look at cars for Lee, and hopefully, we’ll find the right one, either tonight or this weekend.

We even went out on a week night ‘date’ last night. Thursday nights are ‘curry club’ nights at the Spinning Mill in town. We both managed to have a meal and drink for less than £10. The portions are big and all the curries come with poppadoms, naan and mango chutney. Cheap nights out are pretty great.

With us doing something most evenings this week, I’ve hardly had any time to do any knitting. But, I’ve started on my red wool and think it’s such a lovely colour.