Sunday, 10 July 2011

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Blimey !!

I have been away this long .......

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Home Cinema Update

I can't believe it has been 5 weeks plus since I last posted !! Where does the time go?

In these past 5 weeks I have watched, courtesy of Cinema Paradiso, 'The Time Travellers Wife' and 'The Girl Who Played with Fire'... I have now waiting in my lounge 'Inception' and 'Lovely Bones' to be viewed.

My Teen bought me 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' for my birthday so I had to watch that before the 'The Girl Who Played with Fire'  I watched them back to back... a fabulous Sunday 'chillaxing' viewing :) .. I have not done 'back to back' viewing since 'The Matrix' and 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy. There is something to be said about watching sequels in one go, you become so immersed in the plot...  much better than waiting a year for the next instalment !!
'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest' is out on Blu-ray on the 11th April.. that is so added to my account.
The final installment of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy, following The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest finds Lisbeth Salander fighting for her life in more ways than one. In an intensive care unit and charged with three murders, she will have to not only prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce the same corrupt government institutions that nearly destroyed her life. Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now, Lisbeth Salander is fighting back.

'The Time Travellers Wife' was a great film .. I got more than past half way through the book but due to my only reading on the train into work it got sacked as it is so complex (with the time travelling and needs more than a 15 minute read) but what an achievement to write a book like that.. very clever indeed .. the film sorted out the book in my head albeit I know it has cut out loads of detail.

The service from Cinema Paradiso has been superb, no sooner have I posted the DVD back then another returns and they send you an e mail to say what film is on the way ... liking this and may well stay on beyond the 3 month trial....

I did promise myself to view the last 2 DVDs this weekend ,,, however, the sun is shining and my £20 greenhouse arrived (I bought it off a friend up the road and it was delivered for free)

part of my garden I giving over and sharing with my friend 'up the road' this is the beginning of a raised bed

I have moved the greenhouse this morning and planted on the left.. onions/ peas and beans ... on the right Delphiniums, Hollyhocks, Lupins, Lavender and Daisies ... blimey I have just become a grown up ;)

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Home Cinema

Anyone who has followed my blog for the past 4 years (blimey almost 4 years... medals will be given out for those who have stuck with it! mwah xx) will have read about the many films I went to see in the 70s ... Jaws, Towering Inferno, Close Encounters, The Great Gatsby, Murder on the Orient Express (which I thought was rubbish apparently) to name but a few. It seemed I was always at the pictures ... I can only think they were a lot cheaper 'back in the day' than they are now for me to have gone so often!

I am not a great TV viewer but about 9 months ago I treated myself to a large flat screen TV and a Blu-Ray player as now-a-days I love nothing better than curling up on the sofa with a good film.

So when I saw that those lovely people at FuelMyBlog were looking for volunteers to test drive for free for 3 months an online DVD rental site I jumped at the chance.....  and thank you so much for selecting me :)

The online site is Cinema Paradiso.

I followed the instructions sent to me and I was really happy it was so easy to sign up. I had to enter my card details but I was assured that no money would be debited from my account during the 3 month trial.
The selection of films is great, there are less films available on Blu-Ray but I expected that anyway. It suggests that you select around 10 films for your play list .. I chose just 7 but will be logging in shortly top up.

As part of the trial I am allowed 4 films per month, which is fine as I probably couldn't get through more than one a week. Oh and just to mention there are no 'late fees' unlike DVD rental shops and the postage is free....

So after signing up and selecting my films 2 DVDs arrived 36 hours later..... The Time Traveller's Wife and The Girl Who Played with Fire. I fully intended to have a cinema fest this weekend but time has run away with me ....

Just looking in my diary for when I have a free evening this week, so I can order in the pop corn :)

Monday, 17 January 2011

New Year New Start .....2!!

I am not being hostage to the cause but I am trying to eat less and exercise more [although the Wii is a no go area as I don't want my 'mini me' or the Wii itself to groan under the strain of the extra pounds I have gathered over the Christmas fest].

 I have cut down on bread and cheese and and and and ... and am feeling the benefit of that ..... now don't laugh but I have started a 'class'.... I could have done pottery, DIY, mechanics for beginners along with a plumbing course.. but no I have chosen belly dancing
My first attempt was last week .. and I was handed a waist scarf full of jingly coins. I learned a 'routine' where I was okay with my feet doing it but add in hands it was a disaster.
At the end of the session the instructor said 'have you done this before?'
I replied 'no'
she said 'but you have such good isolation'

Translated that means the top half of my body moves and the bottom half doesn't and visa versa  ... apparently in belly dancing terms this is good... I put it down to having a bad back .. 
so I thought yeah I am on a winner here!
Got talking to some gals at the class and asked how long they had been doing this?
One gal replied '6 years' ... SIX YEARS !!
OMG She was as round as she was tall!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, 3 January 2011

New Year New Start .....1!!

One of my good intentions this year was to take up above the ground and fly to places .... after seeing this I reckon I should strike this location from my list of first flights.....

Sunday, 2 January 2011

New Year New Start ..... !!

I am not really someone who does resolutions (despite my list in the last post) ...I have more of a head full of good intentions. Those good intentions I have decided not to think about until I go back to work on the 5th Jan. Although I have already bought  my Special K so I can get into that (or any) skimpy red number in the coming months.

Well here we are in 2011... I was reflecting on 2010 yesterday and the most prevalent thing that sprung to mind was the speed the year passed by and the fact in the 12 months we had almost 3 months of snow, around 2 months of sun so the remaining 7 months must have been 'nothing' weather days. 
This year I am going to keep a written diary again (due to the fact I have been bought a gorgeous one by my teen)... so when I reflect on 2011 I can be more accurate in my assessment of the year.

I was surfing around the interweave earlier as one of my 'good intentions' is to get visiting blogs on a regular basis again (I know I have been rubbish).... and I came across an interesting 'ickle image of me in a side bar of someone's blog ....
I so love it ... thank you GitWizard and your timely nudge has spurred me on to include in my blog going forward  'Knitting pattern of the month'.

Here is January's ... and every couple should have these......;)