September 2007

Gift wrap holder

Couldn’t post this till yesterday … this is one of the problems inherent in your mom/dad reading your blog – you can’t post pics of any of their pressies till after you’ve given it to them!!

I can’t really take the credit for the idea, i saw the basic principle elsewhere, however, i did think i could make one easily enough. its basically a cardboard box – i used those plastic beer things (that every responsible person should cut up before putting in the bin) – on the inside to create “holes” for the gift wrap to stand up in, and then made a cotton “bag” to go around the outside with pockets to put ribbon and things like that in. I did decide to put the pockets only on three sides, because i know they have a space issue, and the flat side will enable Mom to stand it against a wall. Some ribbon threaded through the top to enable her to pull it tight will keep the tubes from falling all over.. the more tubes of gift wrap there are in there, the better it will work.

It was funny yesterday though. I went to wrap it on Friday night around 1am, and realised the little bit of wrapping paper i had wouldn’t go around it, so i gave it to her as it was, and said to her: “i defy you to actually work out what this is for”. Mom was stumped, but dad, being a lateral thinking engineer, with a few hints, managed to work it out. She was impressed with it though, and hopefully (hint, mom, hint) she’ll send me a photo of it in situ, in use. And yes, i’ll post it here!

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more photos of what, so far, is turning into a lovely autumn..


achivement 28-09-07

Its been a very… very long day.

For one reason or another i put myself in a position (foolishly, and it was my own stupid fault) where i had to make up pickled onions, strawberry preserve, a christmas cake, a christmas pudding, 2 lots of flapjacks and a batch of bread.. all in one day. And clean the house. (my parents are visiting tomorrow.) Most of this is for Mom and Dad to take home with them, well, the christmas cake/pud and flapjacks (and some of the bread). The pickled onions and strawberry preserve is for us. However, i foolishly didn’t take into account the fact that both pretty much needed to be done as soon as i got home … i.e. started yesterday. Silly me.


the week’s funny search terms that’ve showed up..

“I CAN HAZ CHEEZBURGER” …. you must’ve scrolled down a fair way to get to me – I know i don’t have as many hits as they do!

“garden homemade cloches” … no i don’t know how to make em either. If you find out, let me know!

“evil penguins” … what is it with evil penguins? this search term comes up again and again..

“sounds dci gene hunt” … i love “life on mars” as much as the next person but what kinda sounds does Mr Hunt make?

“cute evil” … how’dya know Michiel, whoever you are?

“carried prawn recepie with celery” … er, i think you mean curried

“Stuffed Penguins” …. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! what is it with stuffing penguins?

“chocolate sponge pudding with sauce on” … my kinda search 😀

“”jamie at home” recipe duck” … i know Mr Oliver can be a bit of a lame duck at times but wanting to truss him up and cook him.. that’s a bit far now..

“”Country music is rubbish”” … okayyyyy. if you say so…

often the biggest puzzle with these search terms is how they ever found this blog with them.. i mean.. take the “i can haz cheezburger” one – the original is here, and they must get thousands of hits, they’re regularly on wordpress’s front page as their no 1 blog. i’ve blogged about this site once, and someone finds me through it? hmmmm. [and a quick look at the original, where the “haz” is spelled “has” reveals how they possibly found me. hm. i hope they found their way to the real place!]

I’ve been out and about, taking more photos of autumn..


Tomatoes and Peppers

now i know how allotmenteers feel. We had a glut today, although not one from the garden.. I’d popped into an asian food shop not very far from where we live today, and they had a great offer on: a huge box of red peppers for £5.99 and a big box of tomatoes for £2.99. I couldn’t resist, snapped em up (along with a bunch of other veg), and lugged em home.


yes. you can. (behind the cut) * in honour of our favoritest site.


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