Tuesday, 29 March 2016

I'm back with news of another Stupendous Swap.

Hello, dear Peeps!

I think that things are getting back to normal now...40 Acts is over (although I haven't really finished, and will be continuing with Acts that I missed in the last couple of weeks), we have been away (twice!) and the Easter weekend is coming to a close. It's been rather sparse over here at Fat Dormouse, so I apologise for that.

I will tell you about all the lovely things that we've been doing - either here or at The Teapot - but first I want to tell you about the lovely swap that I did with Busy Little Chicken. This was "Share Your Country" organised by Creative Chaos.

As usual, I forgot to photograph what I sent Busy Little Chicken, but you can read her blogpost about it over here. The one thing I did photograph was the Zentangle chicken that I sent:

I was sent lots of delightful things in return:

Some pamphlets and information about Norfolk, where BLC lives, and some proper "English" teabags ! I can enjoy a cuppa while improving my mind!

Some lovely scented Norfolk lavender - it's on my desk, and every now & then I give it a squeeze and breathe in some relaxing lavender scents!

A personalised recipe book!! I can slip the cover off & add it to another book if I wish. I may actualmly use this for my weekly menu planning instead - I haven't quite decided.

CHOCKLIT! Always popular! Unfortunately, Mr FD saw this so I'll have to share! No adding it to my Secret Chocklit Stash!

A dinky cat-lovers charm, which I've added to my handbag.

and a bag and postcard showing landmarks local to BLC. The bag has already been used many times for carrying my art supplies on our various mini-holidays.

I have had two lovely swaps from Busy Little Chicken and Rae. Thank you both very much for being such generous swap partners...You have almost wiped away the memory of the failed New Zealand swap from a couple of years ago. Thank you! 


Sunday, 13 March 2016

Lost a bit of interest

Hello Dear Peeps!
I hope everyone is well and not too chilly. The temperatures have risen here, but my study still feels chilly - the old stone house takes a while to warm up.

I meant to update this blog on Tuesday but couldn't be bothered - how rude! Trying to keep two blogs goping is a bit time consuming, & I want to try to continue with the Teapot because I'm blogging about 40 Acts. Even so, I had to do a mammoth catch up on Friday as I'd let that slip too.

Mr FD has been in the UK collecting a car which we have been given.  He left on Wednesday and is due back later today. I've quite enjoyed this little break being by myself., although I've been lazy about food...
WEDNESDAY evening I picked up a pizza from the van as I came home (no dancing tonight). I ate half.
THURSDAY: I ate the half pizza from yesterday with HM coleslaw
FRIDAY: Jacket potato with beans & cheese.
SATURDAY: bought pasta sauce, jazzed up with extra veggies & bacon bits

On Thursday I had an opthalmologist appointment in Clermont, and saw that "Room" was being shown in VO at the cinema. So I treated myself to lunch out - goats' cheese salad & a beer - and then went to the pictures!
I'd already read the book, but even so, I found the tension almost unbearable. An excellent film which I thoroughly recommend.

The rest of this week's menu planning looks like this:

TONIGHT: Confit de canard, roast potatoes, green beans
MONDAY: Spicy roast vegetables with rice.
TUESDAY: Mary Berry lasagne
WEDNESDAY: Casserole from freezer.

Next weekend we're off for 5 days with the Cyclo Club to La Londe in the south

The cyclists will be cycling. I may do some gentle walking, but Sylvie and I are also thinking about sneaking off for a day at the Thallasotherapy centre nearby. I'll also take some drawing stuff and my Kindle - must pop a few more books on there!

Thank you for your comments, as always. I'm sorry I've been so lax in blogging recently. I'm afraid it will continue over the next few weeks because of Stuff Going On (good stuff though!)

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Stupendous Swaps!

I love swaps!! Even though I have had one bad experience - I sent a rather hefty package to a swapee in New Zealand and got nothing in return! - I am always optimistic...And when I joined in Mad About Bags' Send A Little Love swap I was right to be!!

I was paired up with Rae, and although I think Real Life got in the way, as it does sometimes, and the parcel was a little late, it didn't matter, as she was incredibly generous. Thank you so much, Rae, for all the lovely things you sent me...

This package was waiting for me when I got back from my weekend in Liverpool...But I couldn't open it until I'd recharged my camera battery!

Inside was an interestingly bulging bag

Filled with an array of goodies!!


A camper-van eggcup & creme egg!!

                                                  Glittery gel pens and heart shaped confetti!!

 Ribbons, and flowers and glue to be crafty with!!!

Four catnip mice - one each for the Very Bad Cats!!!

A handbag/phone charm and a lovely star hanging ornament!!!

    Lovely pink earrings!!! And some Rose bubble bath (which I've forgotten to photograph!)

Thank you so much Rae, for your generosity! This was a wonderful parcel to open, and I'm extremely grateful. You have been a wonderful swap partner & I hope you like the things I sent you.