I recently spent a lovely day out with these two lovely ladies…
…Karen & Hilary. We enjoyed a fabulous lunch at a Thai restaurant just outside Cambridge & then Karen set about working her magic with her camera!!! For someone who a short time ago proclaimed that she wasn’t technically minded & just wanted to shoot good pictures, she now knows her way around a camera & all it’s knobs & buttons like a pro…which to my mind is what she now is! She talked non-stop (no change there then!!) about ‘f-stops’ & ‘ISO’s’ & ‘over exposing’ & ‘catch-lights’…but boy! Does she ever take a mean photo!!!
At a time when my self esteem is at a low ebb & I’m struggling to lose weight I’d like to say a huge ‘THANK YOU’ to Karen for making me look this good…& how fabulous is the photo of Hilary’s smile?!! See what I mean about magic!!
After our lunch & impromptu photo shoot, we headed off to a secret location!!! It was somewhere I’d never been, but can’t wait to get back to again!!! A small collection of old farm buildings that have been converted into a range of unique shops! Here’s just a taste of what was on offer…
I managed to pick up a few small Christmas gifts, but my favourite purchase of the day was an original copy of ‘Woman’ magazine, from April 1960 (the year I was born). I think I may have got my love of polka dots from being born at a time when they were obviously so much in vogue!! Check out the offer of a complete ready cut out shirtwaister dress for just 21 shillings & sixpence!!! That’s £1.07 in today's money!!!
I have had great fun reading through every article, advert & short story! It is so politically incorrect by today's standards…the letters page alone had me in fits!! Some of the articles still apply…look at this one about creating workspace within the home for all the family…could that be a scrap desk do you think?!!!
Forgive me, but I’m going to share a few more double page spreads with you…they’re just too good not to! Do you recognise any of the products in the ads? How young does Angela Lansbury look in that photo top right (below)?!!!
…what an amazing cast! It is the first time I have ever been in the cinema & there has been utter silence…not a rustle or a cough!!! This story just grabs from the start & really brings home how fragile human life really is!!
Amanda didn’t even give me the usual goodnight peck on the cheek when we left to go home!! How funny!! Go see it!!!
To finish, a bit of scrapping!!! I’ve been playing along with the ‘Summer Sense-ational’ contest over at Soul Scrappers & this months challenge was ‘Sight’. The criteria for extra points was to use handcutting, 2xPP’s, a banner (bunting!!) & a two word title! I saw Dawn use a technique at the ‘3 Jolly Scrappers’ crop that I really wanted to try, so I did!! It’s the circular frame with the punched border edge…
So that’s me for today! It’s Mum-In-Laws 80th birthday this weekend, so we’re back to Hereford to help her mark the occasion. She recently had surgery to replace one knee cap, so it will be a quiet affair, but will be so nice to see her.
Before I go, I’ll ask you to pop over to Karen’s blog & leave some love!! She goes in to hospital for her back operation on Monday & although she’s being all big & brave, I’m sure all the moral support you can offer will be appreciated!! She’ll be out of action for quite a while, but if I know her she’ll find a way to blog her experiences & keep us all updated!!
Thanks for stopping by & come back soon!! :)