Thursday 8 October 2009


I returned home from work today to find my giveaway prize of "Allure" perfume by Chanel had arrived all the way from Venice, courtesy of the delightful Michela. It smells wonderful, and as predicted, the dancing queen already has her eye on it!! Many thanks Michela - I am overwhelmed!!
I keep thinking that "this" will be the last bunch of sweet peas from my garden, and then I find I have enough for another!! (sorry to rub it in Rosie). They are losing their wonderful scent though. (Don't you just love the un staged photo featuring the washing line and the bin in the background!! You don't get that with Elspeth Thompson or Ros Badger!!)

After drenching myself in Chanel, I insisted that we went for a walk to catch the last few rays of the day. We ended up at the garden centre - the colours are turning from summer to autumn very quickly.

I don't know what this plant is, but I admire it every year. I'd love one in my garden.
I can report that the HUGE and very swanky looking new tea rooms are looking almost finished. I shall of course be testing this when they open - for blogging purposes only you understand!!
The "Allure " must be working because the worlds most handsome man found me a heart shaped stone for the collection.
The other day, Nina tagged me to name five things that I am obsessed with lately, so these would be:
1. (Don't hate me!!) Getting my Christmas present list finished - I think I have got everyone's now - apart from the kids and hubby. My philosophy is that come Christmas, I just want to eat, drink and be merry! and you can't do that if you have to be in the shops - plus I make a lot, and sale shop a lot through out the year so it doesn't hit my purse as hard!
2. Longley Farm Hazelnut or Rhubarb yoghurt - I am addicted
3. The Peep show with Mitchell and Web - I didn't see the first series, but I am loving the new series(but its naughty!!)
4. X Factor - and I cry every week. I cry when people's dreams are crushed, and I cry when people get to realise their dreams, and I love to hear beautiful singing voices - which I'm sorry to say that the Irish boy duo just don't have. I'm tipping them to be first off.
5. 3D Cinema. We got free tickets this week to see the latest Disney film UP . No matter how young or old you are, you must try and get to see it. It made hubby and I cry (twice) but made us laugh lots. It is a really beautiful love story. I highly recommend it.
I'm supposed to pass this on, but I hate piling the pressure on, so please feel free to pick this up if you are passing and reveal all.

Edited to include National Poetry Day - My favorite poet is a very local chap - "The Bard of Barnsley" Ian McMillan. I really admire the work he does, especially introducing school kids to poetry and making his work enjoyable to the masses. I have attached a link to his website, have a look and tell me your fave - I love the poem about Yorkshire Puddings and also the one about the internet:


Michela said...

..Spray Allure one more time and what I've predicted you will become true! ;-)
Glad it arrived safe and sound! you look like an Italian, speak Yorkshire dialect and smell like a French! Your hubby won't certainly get bored with you, darling! Just kidding!xxxxx

Lisa said...

Well done you winning the posh bottle of scent, you'll have to keep an eye on it so it doesn't go walkies!
Those tea rooms look very smart, I'm sure a few visits will be needed to form a fair opinion of them.
Lisa x

noelle said...

oooh X factor my fave too, can't wait to see Robbie at the weekend, drool, drool,i do like him !!!!!

Sue said...

Your Garden Centre looks pretty cool - where is it?

Have a great weekend Diane :-)

Rosie said...

Oh, Sweet Peas - can you pop down and plant mine next year? You must have the magic touch:) Glad your perfume arrived safely - enjoy wearing it. The garden centre looks wonderful and we will expect a full report of how good the cafe is when it opens. Like The Bard of Barnsley especially 'Connected' and 'Bard of the Button Tin' :)

sarah-jane down the lane said...

I am very partial to Pam Ayres "I wish I'd looked after me teeth" as well as Walt Whitman and countless others! I will check out your link, the Yorkshire Pudding Poem sounds brilliant!

Love Sarah x

Jennyff said...

I'm eeking out my sweetpeas too, though not whilst wearing swanky perfume. Thanks for the poetry link, I like his work very much.

menopausalmusing said...

Sweetpeas AND sunshine......... harumph......... (time to move north I think!). Enjoy your perfume. :O)

A time to dance said...

where is this garden centre - not for the plants but the most handsome man in the world....I love the smell of sweet peas...and I collect heart shaped stones too...infact I collect hearts...hope you are well...H

A Bun Can Dance said...

Hi Diane
the plant / bush you like is called "callicarpa" and you can find them in lots of garden centres. I used to have one in my previous garden, and the berries last for such a long time. When I moved house we planted it in my Mum and Dad's garden and it is still thriving happily!
Denise x