Tuesday, December 17, 2013

It's beginning to look a lot like Nerdmass

Last year Chris & I decorated the office with Star Wars snow flakes - of which you can find templates everywhere but they were a pain to cut out. This year I have answered out faculty's call to add decorations to the Christmas tree in Stoke with some glittery, googly-eyed Pacman & Ghosts (naively assuming everyone else in the school of art & design was going to go nuts with glitter glue & craft supplies, they hadn't). I can't make the faculty Christmas party so I hope they are still there but here's some proof anyway...


... and I've added Teenage Mutant Ninja Baubles to the tree in our office, (more googley eyes this time- I stole this idea from Pinterest, although green baubles are harder to find then you think they might be)


We're hosting the family Christmas this year, so our tree doesn't feel left out I've also added a TARDIS to the top of it, to complement the blue & white LED lights I'd forgotten I'd brought..


I'm pretty sure this won't be the last of it....

Sunday, October 20, 2013

A spot of light gardening

On the right of the picture below you can see our only harvest from the year - some sad spring onions, despite having a wonderful raised bed. Since we are rubbish at gardening, but good at planting herbs and letting them get on with it, we decided to forgo planting veg and just dedicate the raised bed to a culinary herb garden



By my calculation We have to drink another 50 or so bottles of ale or cider before I can finish my edging...

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Let's all go to Cwrt-y-Cadno (stout walking shoes required)

Someone positing a picture of a taxidermy fox's head on facebook reminded me of a similar grim specimen hanging up in the hallway of Cwrt-y-Cadno, my old school, Ysgol Gufyn Rhydfelen's outwards bounds center - where we were sent to at various times of the year for character building.

I remember it as being huge, in the middle of nowhere and hours and hours away. Turns out I was right on the middle of nowhere bit - but it looks very small and sad on street view now.
Street View Link
I'm guessing the school, now Ysgol Gufyn Garth Owlg, on a shiny new site with a slightly modified badge still own it - I can't find it for sale of anything so I'm guessing they've mothballed it, or forgotten about it. If anyone does know please drop me a line.

UPDATE:- It would look like the land has been acquired by the National Trust

Talking of Street View, there's an interesting juxtaposition where the satellite data is of my old school, pre being burned down (and it's a shame none of Twm's photo of that are still online) but the street view is of the uninspiring identikit housing estate they've built on the site.



Monday, May 06, 2013

It's sunny out there =D


I've spent the morning sorting out and re teak oiling garden furniture, hacking away an annoying, snail infested spiky thing from the front garden, sorting out the hanging baskets and planting some lavender and bedding plants.

Which means I feel my can of alcoholic ginger beer, listening to Radio 4 and flicking through The Lady were well deserved.

I the raised bed we've got a classic herb garden on the go and some salad leaves on their way.

I need to go make the dough for some flatbreads in a sec - but I'm very happy with how lovely the very low maintenance garden at our new house is =D

We've also got Spotify working in the kitchen - so I've been listening to   lot of summery music of late - and this is currently on of my fave playlists!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

When life gets in the way of blogging...


I'm not entirely sure how it came to be April, the first quarter of 2013 has gone a bit quick. I suppose some updates are in order:

  • We're all moved into our new house - there's a whole gallery of pics up on my Facebook  but we've given up the keys to the old one in The O.G., got our deposit back and settled into our lovely new house.
Thank you to everyone that sent cards, house warming presents and good wishes to us, and thank you to the gods of buying houses and moving furniture that they smiled down upon us (well, taking a small sacrifice of the glass in the cocktail bar, but it will rise again)
via Boing Boing



  • We finally have Internet again - ok, we've had it for a few weeks, but it took a month to sort out, and I think this is the first spare minute I've had to write anything. while we didn't have any internet - it naturally knocked out my Steam collection for a while I reaslied I was only 2 expansions away from completing my entire set of Sims 2 stuff - and since I'd been meaning to reinstall it for a while this was the perfect opportunity. It's also cemented in my head Sims 2 is better than Sims 3 - and no, I still haven't got SimCity - bt I don't think I'll have time to play it till I come back from the states so it will be a July purchase.


    • I survived the week at the NEC helping out with the Make Something Unreal Live Comp at The Gadget Show Live - a good time was had by all. I did learn that I value having a coffee first thing in the morning enough to warrant buying a kettle..
    The Staffs Games Design team (more of less) at the NEC
    Playing Express Risk - I might even have won 


    Not much else really - or there probably is but it doesn't come to mind - roll on May for Fdg2013 and the last meeting of the Able project then NOLA2013 in June!

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

    Happy Valentine's Day


    I didn't buy it, I just saw it in Sainsbury's and it made me smile...

    also, I know I haven't posted anything recently - I've been a bit buys - I'll explain why soon.

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

    Snowball Fight?


    This gave me a bit of a fright - I'm pretty sure this is an (impressively thrown I might add) snowball that just hit my 2nd floor study window. I'm not entirely sure where they threw it from - I didn't even think there was enough snow out there yet for a snowball fight.

    I hate snow - have I mentioned this?