Thursday, 31 December 2009

A Christmas gift for Lesley!

You might remember from an earlier post that I made my friend Lesley a cake for her 'special birthday' in October, and No1 Angel decorated it beautifully for me!
Unfortunately Lesley did not have a cake stand to put it on!!
So I decided to buy her one for Christmas!!
I didn't want to send it empty so No1 Angel made these lovely marzipan fruits and flowers to fill it!!!
She's a very clever Angel!!

I loved them and so did Lesley!!!
Kindest wishes and love

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Thank you boys!!!

Shortly after we completed our Christmas stocking swap, hosted by Bekimarie of
I received this very sweet note from the 2 little boys of LissyLou and the 2 little boys to thank me for the gifts I sent them!!!
They drew me this lovely picture too!!

How kind of them!! I was so pleased to receive it!!!

Thank you boys!!

Kindest wishes and Love

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Christmas Wishes!!!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous new year!!
I hope Santa brings you everything you wished for!!
Kindest wishes and love

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

My weekend jaunt!!!

On SaturdayMr Angel I had planned to go to France for the day with some friends!!

We booked to go on the Channel Tunnel!!
Some of you probably heard that it was not running on Saturday!!
My friend called the information line, and the recorded message said that there were 'delays'.
As it happened, this turned out to be a slight understatement!!!
Anyway, to cut a long story short we didn't go to France for the day!!
But we did drive round Kent and Sussex, had a wonderful lunch in an hotel (somewhere!!!) and saw some beautiful winter scenery!!!!

We headed home for an early dinner!!

The men then decided that they wanted mince pies and custard!!
What could we say!!!

Bon Appetit!!!

Kindest wishes and love

Friday, 18 December 2009

Secret Santa Swap Revealed.....

I recently took part in the Secret Santa Swap very kindly organised by Kelly of Kelly's Recipes for Life and Victoria of Florence & Mary!!!

I had no idea who my Secret Santa was (well that's why it's called secret!!!!) and I was so excited when I received a large box!!

When I opened it I found.......


I couldn't wait to delve further into the box!!!!

This was getting too exciting!! Look how beautifully they were wrapped!!!

Then I found out who my Secret Santa was....... it was the lovely Sophie from Chez Sophie!!

Then......... the best bit of all!!!

What can I say, but thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!!!!!!

What fantastic gifts!!

To start I found the Wonderful Home Sweet Home hanging plaque that you can see in the centre!! Followed by the beautiful floral notebook with a pink ribbon bookmark with some gorgeous pink beads on (I hope you can see them!!)

Then there was the very pretty spotted drawstring toilet bag!! How did she know that I wanted one of those!!!! To go with that there was a tablet of Cath Kidston soap!!

Then a lovely little tin of Merry Cranberry lip balm - which I love!!! I also found some wonderful rose scented candles, some spotted tissues (never to be used as they are so pretty!!) a really cute wooden tag with the word 'Joy' on it - this is already on my tree!!

Last but certainly not least some scrummy white chocolate coins and a delectable box of Belgian Chocolates!!!

What generosity eh!! I have been totally spoiled!!!

Sophie - What can I say: but thank you so much, and I hope Santa spoils you as much as you have me!!!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend ladies!!

Kindest wishes and love

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Christmas Stocking Swap!!

I have to begin this post with a very, very big 'Thank You' to LissyLou of
LissyLou and the 2 Little Boys for the wonderful Christmas stocking and to Bekimarie of the ramblings of an everyday mummy for hosting the swap!!

The Stocking and the gifts that came with it were gorgeous! LissyLou had gone to the trouble of making the stocking and the lovely gingam heart decoration 'specially for me!! How kind is that - she has two little ones!! I know how time consuming they can be! I really appreciate her kindness and hard work!!

As you can see from the photograph there were lots more goodies too! The beautiful angel decoration I have already put on my tree along with the very pretty little plaque with the Christmas scene painted on it and the candy cane!!! The lovely pack of Christmas tissues are so pretty I can't bring myself to open, let alone blow my nose on them!!!
Erm - there aren't quite as many chocolate coins in the photgraph as first arrived!! Well they were white chocolate - my absolute favourite - sorry!!
The Yankee Candle 'Sparkling Snow' tart is going straight in my tart burner to use over the yuletide period!!!

The card that LissyLou put in was hand made too and so pretty!! It matched the paper that the parcel was wrapped in!!

Sorry about the quality of the photo - but I was so taken with the paper that the parcel was wrapped in I wanted to share it with you!!

Anyway once again - Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity LissyLou!!

Here is what I sent to LissyLou

And the 2 Little boys!!

I hope they like them!!

Kindest wishes and Love

Monday, 14 December 2009

And the winner is.........

As promised here are the winners of my Aussie holiday give away!!!!!

I engaged the help of Mr Angel to pick out the winners - well coersed is actually a better word but he did it more or less willingly for me!!

And the first winner is..... Coco Rose Textiles!!!

The second name he pulled out was Della from Della Grace's Life!!

The final choice was Susie from Itch2stitch!!

I really hope you like your gifts girls!!! Send me an email with your addresses and I will post them to you as quickly as I can!!

Thank you for sharing the fun with me!!
Kindest wishes and love

Thursday, 10 December 2009

What a week!!!

What a week I've had - I have not stopped!!! It's been all go at work. I've bought and written my Christmas cards!!! I am even writing this as I am waiting to go out with my lovely astrology friends for a Christmas meal!!

Tomorrow is my office Christmas Party!! We are going to a fantastic place in London called Guanabara!! It's a Brazilian restaurant and bar!! It's very lively and a lot of fun!!

As I have to work all day tomorrow, I don't have time to come home so Mr Angel is kindly taking my bag into work for me tonight (he is a night worker!!). So I've been getting ready to go out and packing a bag for tomorrow!!!

Anyway, what I also wanted to say was, this is your last opportunity to put your name down for my give away!! It closes at midnight: Don't miss the fun!!!

I will reveal the winners on Monday 14 December: when I have had a chance to breath again!!!

So have a lovely weekend ladies!! Speak to you on Monday!!!

Kindest wishes and love

Monday, 7 December 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy!!!!

Hi all, sorry I haven't been around again, but I have just had the most fantastic weekend playing host to some friends from Italy for the weekend!!

They arrived on Friday and were staying till Sunday, so we had no time to waste!!!!

Friday was spent on a whistle stop tour of London!!

We went to the Tower of London, London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Horse Guards Parade, Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery!!!! Phew!!!

On Saturday the men went to the Imperial War Museum Duxford for the day, which was thoroughly enjoyed by them, and the ladies spent an enjoyable (if not hectic) few hours in Harrods!!!

Sunday was spent more leisurely with us all enjoying a typical Christmas lunch together before our friends left for the airport!!

That's it for now!!

Time to visit my lovely blog friends!!!

Kindest wishes and love

Friday, 4 December 2009

Big Thank You and Give away!!

Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my posts while I was away on my holiday, I really appreciate your kind words and good wishes!!

I am trying to catch up on all your brilliant posts that I missed as quickly as I can!!
As I mentioned in my post on Tuesday, I didn't forget you while I was away!! I bought some pressies back to share with you!
So I have decided to hold my first 'give away'!
If you would like to enter please leave a comment on my blog by Thursday 10 December!!
There will be three winners, and they will be revealed on Monday 14 December!!!
I hope you will all join in!!!
Kindest wishes and love

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Back home again!!

Well, that's it, we are home again, and my wonderful holiday is over!! I'm quite sad as we had such a fantastic time!!!
Still, if we don't come home.... we can't go away again!!!
Although I'm still feeling a little 'shell shocked' with all the travelling: and Mr Angel and I are still on Aussie time!!!
Anyway normal service will be resumed shortly!!
By the way, I brought some presents back for my bloggy friends, but more about that later!!!!!
Kindest wishes and love

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Homeward Bound!!!

It is with much sadness that we say goodbye to our friends and say goodbye to Perth!!! We have had a fantastic time! The whole of the Perth area is so beautiful and the people are so warm and friendly!!

So till next time....... byeeeeee!!!

Kindest wishes and love

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

The Perth Mint

Today we decided to take a look at The Perth Mint

It stands right in the centre of Perth and is open for visits! Visitors are given a little of the history of the mint and of the gold rush that happened in Western Australia!!!

During the tour of the mint it is possible to see a gold ingot being made!! The same gold can be melted down and made into an ingot every day for twenty years without losing any volume!!!!!

Not bad eh!!!

Kindest wishes and love

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Go directly to gaol!!!!

Today we decided to visit Fremantle Prison

We have visited it before and took two of the four tours!! They were so entertaining, informative and actually really funny too!! We decided to go back and visit again but this time take a tour that we missed before!!
Kindest wishes and love

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!!!

Today we are off to the beach!! Here in Western Australia there are some absolutely fabulous beaches!! They are all so beautiful!!

Some deserted!

Some not so deserted!

All of them are beautiful!! Soft white sand! Crystal clear water!!

Gorgeous!! Don't you agree!!

More soon!! Have a great weekend!!

Kindest wishes and love

Monday, 16 November 2009

Out for the day!!

Today we went to a beautiful town 90k in land from Perth! To get there you have to drive through the wheat belt!! Last time we went there we drove through a swarm of locust!! Not today though!!!

The town is called York and it famed for it's typical Australian architecture!!

Look how empty the streets are!!! It's possible to stand in the middle of the street and take photographs!!!

It is so pretty! So quiet with only the sounds of crickets and the lovely smell of eucalyptus!!! What a wonderful day!!
Kindest wishes and love

Friday, 13 November 2009

Throw another shrimp on the barbie!!!

When we went to Perth 3 years ago we met a fantastic couple who had just emigrated there!! We have kept in touch with them ever since! When we let them know that we would be in Perth, they immdiately invited us to a barbeque!!

Their house is in a really lovely suberb of North Perth not far from the beach!!

Here it is!!

It is near a really great shopping mall too!!! It's in a place called Whitfords!!

As you can see from the link it's on the Sunset Coast and it is truly fantastic to drive along the road right by the coast, the view are so beautiful!!!

We had a brilliant time with our friends who are so warm and welcoming! The bbq consisted of snags and tinnies!!! Sausages and beer to the rest of us!! Well there was some of that stuff, but loads of other stuff too!!!


A very good time was had by all!!

Well that's all for now!! Till next time!!

Have a great weekend!!!

Kindest wishes and love

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Armistice Day in Perth

Today is Armistice Day. Every time we have been to Australia it has been at this time of the year!

I have always been very surprised impressed with how the Australians remember this day as they have their own day for rememberance called Anzac Day which is on 25th April and comemeorates the anniversary of the day that Australian troops first set foot on Gallipolli!!

Armistice day is very well remembered in Australia!!

Here is a photograph of the memorial in Kings Park!!

I didn't want this day pass without acknowledging the great sacrifice some families made for their country!!

Thank you and blessings to all of our fathers and grandfathers - whoever they were, who fought for our freedom!!!

Kindest wishes and love

Monday, 9 November 2009

Landed down under

G'day - we're here in sunny Perth!!! Well it was a long journey, but well worth it!!!

We are staying in a fantastic spot, 2k from the centre of the city, but Kings Park

is right behind our hotel, it's so beautiful and well kept!!

Our hotel is called Mounts Bay Waters Apartments it is really lovely and very convenient for anywhere we wish to go!!!

In front of the hotel is the Swan River, so the spot is perfect, wonderful views wherever we look!!

I don't want to bore you, so see you soon cobber!!

Kindest wishes and love

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Up Up and away

It's time to go!!! We are ready!!! Our bags are packed.....

We have our passports and our money!!!

See you all soon........!!
Where are we going???
Oh, ok then.............. we're going
'Down Under'
Keep in touch!!!!!
By the way...have a great weekend all!!
Kindest wishes and love

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

I Love to go a wandering.......

Well I have to tell you, that, Mr Angel and I are off on holiday!!! I am very excited!!

So that you can have some fun too: I thought you may all like to join us!!......I will keep you all up to date with what we are doing and where we are going, but as I don't have the means to log on while I am away - I have decided to go virtual - I hope that's ok with you all?!!
The sad thing is that I won't be able to comment on your lovely blogs while I am away!! I'll miss you all!!!
But first of all I need to pack!!!!!!!
Do you think I should cut down a little??!!!
Kindest wishes and love