I was sad to hear that Nora Ephron had passed away this week. I love her books and films and she made my life a little brighter by them. I often make the dull task of ironing better by watching "You've got Mail", "Julie & Julia" or my absolute favourite "Heartburn". The scene in which Meryl Streep is at the hairdressers, 7 months pregnant and her hair half done when she realises that her husband is cheating on her and she dashes home to find the "proof", ties my stomach in a knot every time (and I have to put down the ironing at this point too!). Heartburn was of course autobiographical and I love the way she used the book and the film to get some sort of revenge on her rat bag of a husband (played brilliantly by Jack Nicholson).
Thursday, 28 June 2012
I saw on the news this morning, a debate about street art/ grafitti. Some people don't like it. My opinion is that if permission has been gained, and in the right place, it can look fabulous. We have some great street artists in Sheffield. It amazes me that they produce such stunning, detailed works of art that are only going to be temporary.
Faunagraphic. Always stunning.
Phlegm and Kid Acne.
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
With the young man just a year away from starting university, we are undertaking the task of visiting some of his choices. I had forgotten just what an exhausting and expensive task this is.
I have been amazed at how I have pre conceived ideas about places and pleasantly surprised when I am generally proven wrong!
Final three pictures are of Leeds University.
Boys - Coal Miner, Steelworker, Building Trade
Girls - Office, Shop Work, Nurse
My how things have changed. I think if I had told Mrs Benson that I wanted to be a Volcanologist, she would have given me her standard reply - "I don't have any forms for that I'm afraid"!!!
My babies are both growing up!
Monday, 25 June 2012
...my day just got better. We decided it was such a lovely evening, so we would follow the torch into Sheffield. My it was busy. But it was all worthwhile when we bumped into the wonderful, inspirational and totally beautiful Jono Lancaster - one of my hero's. He kindly let me take his photo. He had carried the torch earlier in the day.
So, unlike many place, we managed to send the Olympic Torch through South Yorkshire in a blaze of glorious sunshine.
Friday, 22 June 2012
I was invited by email (totally out of the blue - I think someone must have read my blog!) to attend an event nearby highlighting plans that Yorkshire Water and The Environment Agency have the the River Don. My email said "to someone who has an interest in the local area" and I do love a walk along the Don. I missed a lot of the talk that they were doing, and I couldn't stay for the later one, but I gathered from the latter end of the talk that Salmon are now returning up the Don from the North Sea and trying to spawn, but the chemical composition of the river water (because of what is currently poured into it still) is not conducive for spawning. They are aiming to remedy this. I think that this is very exciting!
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
One of the things I love about holidays, is the chance to read - a past time I rarely find time for normally.
My first book was by one of my favourite authors - Adriana Trigiani - "Queen of the big time". Most of Adriana's books pull from her family's Italian/American roots and stories. I loved this book. It was heart warming and nostalgic. I would love this to be made into a film - but I always think that about her books.
Petite Anglaise blog - purely by accident back in 2004. I found myself drawn in by the real life adventures of this Yorkshire girl who was living and loving in Paris. I couldn't wait for her to post her daily doings (anonymously at the time) and followed her love life, her family life and work life avidly. This was one of the first blogs I had read and I was gripped.
Tuesday, 19 June 2012
The Dancing Queen couldn't join us on holiday for the full week, so she travelled down by train to Plymouth where we went to pick her up. We have stayed in Plymouth before a couple of times, and so we headed down to the Barbican area as we knew that this was an interesting place with lots to see. It had been a bit windy the night before, and at first, I thought that this was an escapee bouncy castle that had gotten itself wedged! But I found out that it was The Red Ball Project - an art installation that is travelling about in the south of the UK.
Monday, 18 June 2012
After work one night last week, hubby and I decided to go for a walk before tea. We chose to stay near home and have a walk around Ulley Reservoir. Ulley Res was built in 1879 to provide the good folk of Rotherham with clean water as their existing supply was contaminated. It is no longer used for water supply, but used for sailing, fishing and as a nature reserve.