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Tuesday 29 November 2011

The Simple Woman's Day Book

FOR TODAY, Wednesday 30th November 2011...

Outside my window...Its rather early in the morning and quite dark due to heavy thunderclouds rumbling by. There's a light drizzle too but the temperature is 16 degree's so the windows are wide open. It was 32 degree's yesterday so its very pleasant to be a little cooler.
Everything looks so much greener and lush with the rain.

I am thinking...how long will Muffin stay here before heading under the bed as each rumble comes closer? Like most pets she's not the bravest when there's a storm brewing.

I am thankful...for the first cuppa of the day that my OH always makes and brings to help start my day.

In the kitchen...I'm going to have a thrilling time cleaning out the fridge and freezer.Yay... I'm checking the jars and dates on everything... {I'm checking it twice ~ whoops sorry I got caught up in the moment}.....The Christmas prep work has started.

I am wearing...It should be my wellies {or gumboots} but as I haven't ventured outside yet I'm still barefooted.

I am creating...Ideas for decorating the house for Christmas. We've not had a Christmas in this new house so it's a clean sheet.

I am going...to get wet walking Muffin as soon as I post this. Needs must and all that!

I am wondering...how to make this Christmas special and join all the other wonderful memories.

I am reading...The Stephen Fry Chronicles ~ An Autobiography

Thirteen years ago, Moab is my Washpot, Stephen Fry’s autobiography of his early years, was published to rave reviews and was a huge bestseller. In those thirteen years since, Stephen Fry has moved into a completely new stratosphere, both as a public figure, and a private man. Now he is not just a multi-award-winning comedian and actor, but also an author, director and presenter. In January 2010, he was awarded the Special Recognition Award at the National Television Awards. Much loved by the public and his peers, Stephen Fry is one of the most influential cultural forces in the country. This dazzling memoir promises to be a courageously frank, honest and poignant read. It will detail some of the most turbulent and least well known years of his life with writing that will excite you, make you laugh uproariously, move you, inform you and, above all, surprise you.
About the Author...
Stephen Fry is an award-winning comedian, actor, presenter and director. He rose to fame alongside Hugh Laurie in A Bit of Fry and Laurie (which he co-wrote with Laurie) and Jeeves and Wooster, and was unforgettable as Captain Melchett in Blackadder. More recently he presented Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, his groundbreaking documentary on bipolar disorder, to huge critical acclaim. His legions of fans tune in to watch him host the popular quiz show QI each week.
I adore listening to Stephen Fry and always seem to learn something new every time. He uses such wonderful words that renders me spellbound. Strange but true.

I am hoping...that our magic Christmas Elf finds us in this new house. The Elf usually appears every year on the 1st December until Christmas Day when his job is done.

I am looking forward to...just over two weeks....YEEHA...my daughter will be arriving!!!! I know you're probably sick and tired of hearing it....BUT I'M EXCITED!

I am hearing...wow a huge thunder clap......that's it Muffy's disappeared. I just love thunderstorms. That is until it wipes out the Internet. Then I'm not a happy bunny.

Around the house...its quiet and peaceful other than the music playing quietly in the kitchen.

I am pondering...although I'd really like some chooks I think bee's might be more appropriate. We eat a staggering amount of honey in this house. I don't mind the idea and there are bountiful amounts of lavender, flowers and general pollen that I'm sure we could sustain quite a happy hive. The only trouble is I don't fancy dealing up close and personal with them. I'd need a volunteer to help and when I mentioned it at the breakfast table....as they say....some fell on stoney ground! They just like to eat it!

One of my favorite things...having my daughter join us so that all my chicks are in the one nest. Perfect.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
I've got post to write and sort in order to reach the four corners of the world, so a trip to the Post Office will be required during the next week.
I've just been to the Dentist yesterday so that's one good tick off my list.
I've also got to shop obviously to round up more pressies and essentials to help with the celebrations.
I'm probably missing lots more but my minds a little fuzzy....need a cuppa I think to help clear it.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing:
This photo was taken when we lived in Brunei. If you think you're having a tough day....think again!
The team of ladies ~ yes woman, would walk along the sungi and dredge. Clearing all the debris and plants blocking the drains dug on each side of the road to allow the tropical rain to run off the road and drain away quickly. It was a never ending job with unbelievable temperatures.
I'm not sure what the function of the guy standing to the side was...but he never seemed to get his feet wet!!!

I have to smile to myself because my husband used to say to our daughter, if you don't do your school work you could end up doing a job like that. Does that constitute to child abuse I wonder?
It worked though...she now has a Law Degree!

And that's it for this week . . . my day book. Don't forget to pop over to the Simple Woman to check out the other day book entries : D


  1. Loved your day book entry Neesie. How exciting that you lived in Brunei! I am sure Santa will find you just fine. He always finds everyone! I have always liked Stephen Fry. How can anyone not like him. He is so honest. Did you see the series where he drove across America in a black taxi? Fabulous stuff! xxoo

  2. Hi Marie, I've just read over the blog and realised that I didn't finish what I am thankful for...what a numpty! I rushed off to meet a friend and never noticed. Sorted now though.
    We left the UK when my son was only six months old to live in Brunei and stayed for over six years.
    Yes we did see that programme of Stephen driving the black cab. It was so entertaining and thoroughly enjoyed it. We also saw the wildlife series 'Last Chance To See' which were brilliant. I have to laugh everytime I visualise the Kakapo programme (a flightless huge green parrot from New Zealand ~ just in case you didn't see the series)
    He's also just been on QI here tonight too. xoxo


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