A day at Capstone Park…

Posted in So what shall we do today Liz...? with tags , , , , , , , , , on 17 April 2014 by misselisabethuk

Hey all, just wanted to share with you my little trip to Capstone Park today for an Easter Egg hunt.  Although not really an Easter Egg hunt more of a walk around the park, deciphering clues and collecting ‘brass rubbings’ (there’s probably a more official name for this process maybe relief rubbing?!) of animals.

To make this trip a bit more enjoyable I was armed with my Panasonic Lumix camera, ready for an hour or so of point and shoot action.  Here are some of the results from this:

 

birds in flight blue flower heron tree stump white blossom

Pretty Freak by MissElisabethUK

Posted in So what shall we do today Liz...? with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 6 April 2014 by misselisabethuk

Music is very subjective, not everyone likes everything – for me it’s about the process, creating something new, experimenting, the challenge.

Please check out my latest offering (and, of course, my YouTube channel)…

 

Dirty Fracture by MissElisabethUK

Posted in So what shall we do today Liz...? with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 1 April 2014 by misselisabethuk

In case you were wondering what I have been up to – check this video out on YouTube, it’s all my own work…

Week 43… cakes and biscuits…

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , on 26 October 2013 by misselisabethuk

I have been trying out my cooking skills this week, so thought I would share some of my efforts with you…  Happy baking!

Cup Cakes Ahoy

Watch Out Biscuit Men

Watch Out Biscuit Men!

Skulduggery Pleasant… that was week 42….

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , on 19 October 2013 by misselisabethuk

Week 42, well what can I say…  Instead of writing on my blog again another thing I have been doing is reading more.

I’m usually more one for reading self-help books, instructional texts and obviously, financial publications, but this week I picked up a book that I really couldn’t put down.

As an infrequent reader of fiction, I’m probably not very refined or credible in my views on it stories and do not really have a lot of literary works under my belt to probably have an opinion worth much to some, however, this book was entertaining and absorbing and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes….. I’m not even sure what genre it would be classified as – so I will resort to a quote from the Blurb..

“Meet Skulduggery Pleasant: wise-cracking detective, powerful magician, sworn enemy of evil.  Oh yes.  And dead.”

It was a quick read, even for someone such as myself with a slow reading technique (notice I used the word technique there, as though it’s a deliberate slowness on my part).  It was action packed, the story moved quickly so you felt you were on the journey with the characters.  It also had some very witty scenes and good rapport building dialogue between the two main characters, who were very likeable - although one a little unconventional.

I am now compelled to read more of Derek Landy’s work and note he has written more books in the Skulduggery Pleasant series, in fact Skulduggery has even got his own website!

http://www.skulduggerypleasant.co.uk/

I would say it’s probably aimed at the younger ‘Teen’ market but hey what’s wrong with being 12 again.. eh?

Let’s get ready for Halloween….

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , , on 19 October 2013 by misselisabethuk

Ok, so, Halloween is a little way off yet but as I am usually the wizard of last-minute organisational wonders (ok chaos at times) I decided to break the mould this week and plan for Halloween.  I know this really is a scary thought!!  Week 41 enter at your own risk… MWUHAHAHAHA.

Last year was a complete disaster resulting in an evening with the lights switched off, earphones in, blinds closed and the battery being removed from the doorbell – I know extreme but also very embarrassing, however, the trauma obviously still set in my mind I set to work organising a Halloween tea.

I designed an invite which in my opinion was a fair attempt in the time I had to rustle one up and emailed it round close family and friends.  I’m a bit of a perfectionist at times so to create something quick and get it out there was another big step for me.

My costume has been ordered and if you have read my previous post ‘Investments, Networking and a Witch’* I took my inspiration from a character I played once at school.

so for Halloween Matthew** I am going to be………… a witch!

There are actually loads of ideas out there for Halloween but I’m not going to sit here and tell you what you could do if you are holding our own party, however, for any party you need good food, good company, a bit of fun and an element of surprise – so that is what I am working on achieving!

Hope you have fun too on Halloween (if you celebrate it) and remember make sure you (and your kids) stay safe when Trick or Treating and if someone hasn’t got anything in their windows to show they are celebrating Halloween, save them the embarrassment and don’t knock!

Until next time…..

* (http://misselisabethuk.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/investments-networking-and-a-witch/)

** This is a reference from a UK show, Stars in their Eyes, presented by Matthew Kelly where members of the public who sang like well-known popstars would be made up to look like their popstar hero and appear through a smoke-filled doorway revealing their transformation.  They would then battle it out with others to be crowned sing-a-like of the year – or something.  The winners would then go on to have a glittering career performing in pubs, clubs and on cruise ships, forever trapped in the body of their popstar icon.

A stitch in time saves….

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 19 October 2013 by misselisabethuk

…nine, or so the saying goes.

But where does this originate from, I hadn’t a clue so I Googled it…  Meaning:  A timely effort will prevent more work later.

Now I am quoting from http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/a-stitch-in-time.html

” The proverbial expression was clearly meant as an incentive to the lazy. It’s especially gratifying that ‘a stitch in time saves nine’ is an anagram for ‘this is meant as incentive’.

The Anglo-Saxon work ethic is being called on here. Many English proverbs encourage immediate effort as superior to putting things off until later; for example, ‘one year’s seeds, seven year’s weeds‘, ‘procrastination is the thief of time‘ and ‘the early bird catches the worm‘.”

So there’s a starter for ten…. I thought I had a good work effort but after the thought of Autumn cleaning my back room took hold, I’m not so sure – I adopted the little and often approach, mostly to stop me from getting bored!

The point to the above and the stitch reference is that I started a new project this week (Week 40).  I decided to take on a sewing project and well, it’s not quite finished but it scratched an itch so to speak.  I will share the finished article with you as soon as possible but as always my life is time constrained so I have to flit between all the things I love to do around full-time work, so this may take some time.

I have learnt a lot on this project though.  I have learnt that material is expensive so I have been investigating ways of procuring this cheaper and that the kinds of material you work with can be so different, giving very different results!

I started my project with quite a heavy material and found that the hems were bulky and that I had to double turn the hem due to the fraying nature of the material, as a zig-zag stitch on the edge didn’t help (there is a technical term for this stitch which eludes me right now – remember I am a novice!).  Although some time has been wasted, getting the right result from the material, and probably a fair bit of thread, I navigated my sewing machine reasonably well and the results so far have been pleasing.

My last thoughts for this weeks blog are that it is important to find time to do the things you love to do and to do the things you’ve always fancied having a go at.  There is always something to be learned, enjoyed and remembered from these experiences so I would encourage you all to pursue these activities.

Now stop procrastinating and go and do something!!

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