Thursday, 30 December 2010

Best of 2010

Well, what a year it was! After a whirl of gigging and crafting and working on the allotment, it's hard to believe that 2010 is over already.

The year will always be remembered as the first for our little garden, I never realised how much of our time it would take up; from March to September we were there practically every day. And the related activities too; reading allotment guides, preparing seedlings, researching pest control, and of course cooking and eating our delicious yield!

I hope you've all enjoyed reading about it.

The year was also filled with craft activities. After learning to crochet last winter, I've kept myself busy with various projects, a toy fox for Jonathan, a puppy for Nina and my favourite; a tiny Slytherin Head Girl for Chloe (See below). I'm currently creating a blanket of granny squares, to give a rustic look to my bedroom.

And as usual, there's been an awful lot of good music. Top 5 to follow.

Seeing as I like doing lists, here are a few of my favourite things this year...

Fave second Hand find: Beautiful Aran Jumper in Beyond Retro
Fave second hand bargain: £1 crochet jumper at Brighton Craft Fair
Fave second Hand Book: 1st Edition of Mrs Harris goes to New York
Fave eco friendly discovery: Composting Loos
Fave politician: Caroline Lucas, whose election to MP for Brighton Pav was the only good thing to come out of this year's poll
Fave Gig: A drunken Caitlin Rose at the Latest Music Bar.
Fave surprise: Marie visiting the UK in June.
Fave Game: Yellow Car
Fave cookery Book: Primrose Bakery
Fave food/drink: Hemp Hot Chocolate from the Jolly Green Cafe.
Fave recipe for allotment gluts: Creamy Courgette Lasagne
Fave shop: Urban Outfitters, which finally opened in Brighton (thank goodness now that I can't shop in Topshop anymore)
Fave bar in Brighton: Lucky Voice (Finally! A karaoke bar)
Fave feature Film: Whatever works
Fave docu film: Food Inc
Fave TV: Misfits
Fave TV moment: The Glee performance of Bad Romance (must've watched this around 20 times)
Fave theatrical performance: Before I sleep by dreamthinksleep (yes, even better than The Hoff in Panto)
Fave non fiction Read: Waste by Tristram Stuart ( a last minute entry "Teach us to sit still" comes a close second)
Fave fiction Read: Norwegian Wood (closely followed by Good Morning Midnight)
Fave thing ever: Ending 2010 as the only one of us in the pub still in my 20s.

Okay, that's enough. I understand that this is only of interest to me.

So to end, here are some pictures of my favourite craft project of 2010.
From left to right: Ogling Mister Schue during the Glee finale, drinking Cava on a train to Norwich, being cuddled/ squished by Celia.

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Christmas cheer

I hope everyone's had a nice Christmas.

Sorry for the lack of posts. I've been busy, then poorly. And now I'm busy and poorly which is not a good combination.

I realise I haven't even posted many Christmassy things, so here's a pic of a house opposite the Park, the window is filled with hundreds of toys and it makes you feel all festive and cosy when you stop to have a look on a winter's night...

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Obsessed with bunting


I've spent the last few weeks doing lots of craft projects, many of which involved making bunting.

Vanessa and I spent hours sewing around 20m of the lovely stuff for her birthday party...

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Christmas wrapping

I put Home Alone on last week and set to work wrapping the first of the presents!

Monday, 13 December 2010

Glam twigs

Here's my Christmas tree.

Anna and I found the branches by the allotments at work and I've decorated them with ribbons, baubles and some tiny bunting I made from last year's Chrimbo cards.

Saturday, 11 December 2010

An unusual sock

I bumped into my school friend Steve in the Three and 10 last night.

Was nice to see him after so many years. We discussed the fact that we haven't actually spoken properly since school although we roughly know what the other is up to through the facebook news feed.

We're intending to meet up for coffee next time he's in town.

In the meantime, here's a photo he took of a lamppost on the street where he lives in Portsmouth.

I love this. Yes, someone has knitted a sock for it!

Friday, 10 December 2010

Strange Weather

The weather here has been strange this year to say the least.

Snow to start, a scorching early summer, rain through most of August and a very warm Autumn.

So warm in fact, that the leaves have only recently started to fall from the trees and were covered with a blanket of snow last week.
Like I say, strange.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

A Christmas wrapping concept

The December issue of Neet Magazine is out!

My new favourite hobby is making granny squares since I learnt how to make them a few weeks ago but I'm not quite sure what to do with them yet.

Neet makes a clever suggestion. Maybe I'll use this next year, I've already come up with an idea for this year's wrapping. Watch this space for a sneak preview.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Facebook Activism

As much as I try to avoid facebook, I do find myself checking it almost every day. This weekend, I’ve been watching as more and more people switch their profile picture to their favourite cartoon character and eventually was faced with almost a whole page of childhood memories. It was interesting to see what everyone had selected; a character with the same name, a similar haircut or a childhood pet giving an insight into how we picked our favourites.

The idea behind this was part of a campaign by the NSPCC to stop violence against children. It’s nice to see so many people supporting the campaign but I do question in what way this helped the NSPCC. Raising awareness is the first step, but people need to take action to really benefit these charities, by donating either time or money.

Malcolm Gladwell wrote an article for the New Yorker about Facebook and social activism a month or so ago which made for interesting reading and caused a ripple in the media. He reinforces a benefit of social networking in that it’s our acquantainces, not our friends, who are our greatest source of new ideas and information.

But he also makes the following point:

“The Facebook page of the Save Darfur Coalition has 1,282,339 members, who have donated an average of nine cents apiece. The next biggest Darfur charity on Facebook has 22,073 members, who have donated an average of thirty-five cents. Help Save Darfur has 2,797 members, who have given, on average, fifteen cents. “

He emphasizes that social networking encourages people to sign up to causes by not asking too much of them (or in a sense, asking nothing of them), or in his words:

“Facebook activism succeeds not by motivating people to make a real sacrifice but by motivating them to do the things that people do when they are not motivated enough to make a real sacrifice.”

The NSPCC are currently not recruiting volunteers but it’s worth keeping an eye out over the next few months to see what roles become available and in the meantime, we can each send them a fiver. It took me about as much time as it took to google “Mysterious Cities of Gold” and change my profile pic.

Friday, 3 December 2010

Snow Day

We've been snowed in!

Because Brighton is made of hills it means that most of us are completely stuck. You take your life into your hands just walking anywhere let alone driving so we've had a couple of days off work.

Today I stayed in to do some work and felt a little bit Bob Cratchitt typing with my fingerless gloves and trying to keep warm in my flat by hugging a hot water bottle.

But it was pleasant enough. I had 6 music on the radio and got to look out across the sea all day and see this beautiful sunset.