Sunday, April 30, 2006

K9, what a star.............

although we had a heart stopping moment when he was in that explosion. Minkey sobbed, and sobbed and sobbed, but was overjoyed that he was put back together again for Sarah-Jane.

We're all off to view a possible house today, quite nervous about the whole thing.

All orders from yesterday afternoon/night will be packed when I get back, no hurry as they won't go out til Tuesday cos of the bank hol.

Just finished loading up the new Flip-flop bits, they are really charming and in lovely spring colours. Would quite like some myself, but have to keep them in stock I think, as I am sure they will sell really well.

I will sort out Quote Sunday when we get back, and report on what kind of train wreck the house we're looking at is.

Galaxy Girl

Saturday, April 29, 2006

House for sale, set in c. 12 acres of orchard & paddock..






in the Kentish countryside at Ightham.

That was quick the agent has got the details on the site already http://www.equusproperty.co.uk/. He turned up yesterday to take some photos, and really they are quite good. Kitchen and conservatory are fine, just a shame about my drawing board in the picture of the conservatory. Yes, they really are as big as they look in the photos too. Our house is like the TARDIS, it really doesn't look that big, when is a different matter when you get inside, and people always comment on that fact.

We've been here for 14 years and love the place, and will be sorry to move on and the only reason we are doing so is to be closer to the Slave's gainful employment - he has a huge drive when he's in the office, and mega problems with transport to the airport when he jets off around the world fixing his equipment.

This weekend we are mainly househunting, with a bit of duck racing thrown in. Slave is topping the paddocks this morning, and I am taking Minkey to splash time.

On a TV note, K9 is back! How excited am I!!!!!

Shopfront: Flip-Flops by Paper Loft are in, all orders done and dusted.

Galaxy Girl



Thursday, April 27, 2006

Stress piled on big time by the NOTSOFASTWAY...

courier service today. Having been promised my delivery, by 4 pm it hadn't show up - no surprise their usual trick - so I phoned and ripped a whole in the bloke. Told him to make sure it was there by the time I got home, or I'd come a gunnin' to the Isle of Grain. Full marks to them by the time I got home it was there! As I got through the door their chap from the depot was rining me to say he was worried cos the courier seemed to have lost his phone this afternoon (ok, I thought another layer in the tissue of half truths and downright fibs this lot tell me on a regular basis).

Anyhooo, it's here now and go out to the lovely lady that is waiting for it. Also got some really lovely Art Institute glitters, charm embossing pads, spacer plates, and re-stock of butterfly dies. I really love the Fairie colours, and wish I had ordered more. Oops, forgot to mention the heat proof acetate. Unfortunately the stamps have been delayed, but am really looking forward to the new Fairie Poppets coming in.

Parental control, Smallest Minkey and I then shoved off to T/Wells to purchase football kit as she is doing afterschool footie from Monday week - yep, the French has been given the heaveho and replaced by running around and getting grubby with the boys - is this a sign of things to come?

I had been right in my assumption though, with Minkey it's all about the look/retail opportunity, and we have come back with red England shirt, blue England shorts, white socks with red and blue logo, silver shin pads and silver footie boots, oh and to round it all off a blue England windsheeter and a silver football. I managed not to have to buy the blue, red and white wristbands she wanted, or the fleece and long trousers and footie bag a drinks bottle and England flag - much to her disappointment.

Estate Agent is coming round to photograph the house tomorrow and I now need to urgently change our bed, clean all the bathrooms and tidy my scraproom. Downstairs is done though.

Right off to it, and when I'm done I will treat myself to a scrummyinmytummy Blackcurrant Sundae.

Cheerio blogetts.


Galaxy Girl

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

UKSTamper - Number 1 Challenge - Spring


not the easiest, or best picture, but actually taking painted canvass in the half light is not too easy, as you can see Slave has his shadow right across the middle. Here is my effort for the spring challenge, done with Jo Sonja's inks (All Girl and Seascape collections), then microbeads fixed on with diamond glaze. Tulips were stamped on acetate and then glittered with Art Institute glittering system (not sure which colours) and stuck and 3-d foamed on. Then small butterflies stamped (magenta). It actually looks way cooler in real life, and is for smallest Minkey's wall.

Will get a better image of it at the weekend.

Galaxy Girl

Well, finally taken the leap and firmly put our property...

on the market. Parental Control and I skipped over to Hadlow to sign the paperwork, the "for sale" sign should be going up tomorrow and the agent is coming over on Friday to do measuring and photography work.

In the end we have actually gone with http://www.equusproperty.co.uk/ - after a lorralorra discussion betwixt and between us, cos in this area and at the price if you have horses and therefore want land, they are the agent that people go to first. In the early days when we were hoovering in an undecided manner we had thought FPD Savills or Lane Fox, when we ran into the problem of people coming from London with plenty of money, but not a single clue about how big an acre is let alone the 12 we have. It's a relief now that we have taken the firm plunge rather than go down the route of letting it be know that it would be on the market if anyone was interested. There will not be a marketing campaign, stress beyond belief trying to make the kidlets/teenage weirwolf keep their areas tidy, and a certain scrapper keep her stash in order, but fingers crossed that we can get this sold off pronto and move on to life with no land, but plenty of cash to flash on stock and a decent office/workshop area for demo-ing.

Shopfront news: I have had a HUGE and heated [very actually because {excuse my language, look away if you get offended} they have pissed me off with yet again unbelievably bad service which impacts on my customers]!!!!!

Yet again having waited for one particular supplier to get their finger out of the backside and send off my order they have used the crapiest of crap poo pooey sh1T couriers known to man who don't even try to deliver, but simply tell you nobody was in when there was. ARGYHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! phew, calm breaving, apologies for the very bad language, attidude etc dearest bloggers.

Anyhoo, only this one Wizard left, which they assure me will be here tomorrow and will go off, with I have to say suitable recompense for it being so late, lovey preggies lady that is waiting for it. I am so, so, so sorry - as you can see from how wound up I have got, that I do care extremely about my customers and the goods they have shelled out their hard earned for and I am not a crappy retailer and I take it personally that they have such a dreadful customer service attitude.

All the other orders that have come in this afternoon (or were waiting for bits and pieces) have now been today /are going to be despatched at Post Office Earth tomorrow.

I have made a start on tidying scrap area, and am certain sure that I will finally get my accounts to the Accountant this week (ish)!

Good night dear bloggettes, and if you are in the market for a lovely 5 bed challet in 12 acres of Kentish paddocks and orchards with 5 stables, and foundations for 5 more, then I'm ya gal.

Galaxy Girl

Yeah, finished my Spring challenge for UKSTamp..

last night. Just need to get the Slave to take a decent picture of it tonight and then upload to the Gallery.

Got blahhhhhhdedahness of the Society to get through, but yeah it's Wednesday, so I leave at 2.45 to get Smallest Minkey. We will probably be decorating a plastic duck in readiness for the Annual Plaxtol Duck Race on May Bank Hols. I am wondering alcohol inks, flowers and beads.

Shopfront: just the pesky Wizard order waiting for the machine to arrive, and one that is waiting for the urgent re-stock of Biscuit the Cat, which should arrive today.

Oh well, finish my coffee, shower and head off to the Blandness.

Galaxy Girl

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Got a lovely note in the post today......

from a lovely lady called Norma about the Stamp Galaxy stamp/crop club, apparently she had been on a drive-by our address, but couldn't find us as I think she'd maybe been looking for a regular shop. Anyhoo, she would very much like to join our merry band, and hopefully will be coming to the June meet. It's great that word is slowly getting out, and I am now really glad that I sent details off to the Craft Stamper to include it in their diary. She also mentioned another lady she had asked for directions living right here in Ightham, and they swapped numbers so she might just bring her too.

I just love the way crafting brings the most unlikely of people together to make firm friends.

Been busy ordering items of craft to be captured by our troops today, and have Hampton Art and DCWV coming, along with Black Acid free permanent markers and White Milky Way Galaxy markers, MM knives and some dye ink pads in lovely colours, other bits too but just can't remember.

Slow supplier has fingers crossed given the giddy up to that Wizard, and it will arrive tomorrow so that order can go out, and the glass will be ready tonight for that order to go off.

Couple more Issue 3 Simply Stamping have been put in stock if anyone is interested (see link above to Stamp Galaxy) and from 6pm to 6am tomorrow we have got plain cardstock on buy 2 get 3rd free.

Right, really, must, must, must finish off the Spring challenge and get the accounts printed off and put in the relevant boxes to take to Accountant tomorrow.

Have a good even blogettes.

Kym

I'm a UKSTamper, give me a header challenge....

is now underway, with a closing date of 31st October. Yes, I know that it is sometime in the future, but at least it gives all who are entering (have to be a member of www.ukstampers.co.uk to qualify) time to register and give some thought/shopping to the whole process.

Seriously, give it a go, and also the everyday challenges we have got going on there. I'm just finishing off my contribution to No. 1 Spring challenge, which has to be done by 30th April.

I also need to put some thought into next challenge, which will be a quickee I think with a 1 week closing date. Even if people don't upload anything, hopefully it will be getting their creative juices flowing.

Shopfront news: OMGoshness, the world seems to have gone mad for the Nebbia del Mare (tumbled sea glass to those of you who don't read this often), it seems now to have made the best seller list on Stamp Galaxy, which means we have sold a lot. At the moment we have 2 orders pending - 1 waiting for more seaglass to finish (tonight apparently) and the other waiting for the Wizard to come in stock - gave the supplier the giddy up yesterday, yep, the usual slow of slow one, so fingers crossed it wil arrive tomorrow.

I need to do more stock shopping, as I am doing the Craft Expo in Bromley on 13th May in conjunction with my mate Jenny, so anyone up for a good chortle should come along as I will be demoing (I am currently a demo virgin by the way). The one this Sunday at Gravesend was a bit slow, and I am praying that this one will be better - possibly the reason behind it was that not too much advertising had taken place, and not that many people were in the know.

Got the usual blahness to look forward to today, and need to get the Minkey's passport photo signed as she has changed beyond recognition.

Right need to go, we have the Hound of the Baskerville howling downstairs and I need to tell him off!.

Galaxy Girl

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Craft Expo..................

today in Gravesend. It was great to catch up with Sarah and Karen from Scrapaholics as well as Helen Campling (gotta love that girl, she is so pretty and talented), and numerous other crafty broads!

Been asked to be on standby to demo at the next one in Bromley next month, just waiting for a confirmation phone call shortly on that.

Didn't spend much for me - just one Somerset Gallery and a Creating Keepsakes mag - oh and a spritz bottle. Artistic Stamper has some lovely new stamps out, and I will be putting in an order shortly.

Yesterday I helped load the skip, and do a bit of lawn tractoring - only problem was I had to give up after 2 hours as the steering had been pants since I strated - it turns out I had a flat!!!!

Galaxy Girl

Craft Expo..................

today in Gravesend. It was great to catch up with Sarah and Karen from Scrapaholics as well as Helen Campling (gotta love that girl, she is so pretty and talented), and numerous other crafty broads!

Been asked to be on standby to demo at the next one in Bromley next month, just waiting for a confirmation phone call shortly on that.

Didn't spend much for me - just one Somerset Gallery and a Creating Keepsakes mag - oh and a spritz bottle. Artistic Stamper has some lovely new stamps out, and I will be putting in an order shortly.

Yesterday I helped load the skip, and do a bit of lawn tractoring - only problem was I had to give up after 2 hours as the steering had been pants since I strated - it turns out I had a flat!!!!

Galaxy Girl

Quote Sunday.........

"Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over".

F. Scott Fitzgerlad

well, that just about sums up my fight with gesso then!

Galaxy Girl

Friday, April 21, 2006

Happy Birthday your Majesty........

an amazing 80 years old, and what a fab job she's done on the whole. One of the abiding memories I have as a child is seeing her open a Reservoir in Suffolk, standing there with all my friends waving a little flag and cheering.

Then later as we walked back to the coach getting a wave as the Rolls went past us.

Galaxy Girl

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Just a hint about what I've just been up to........



so heads up for some very desirable stamps and papers heading over from the good ol' US of A.

Galaxy Girl

Where oh where has my nodger gone, oh where oh....


where has it gone - swaying - where oh where has Kym's Nodger gone, where, oh where oh where?

Yep, why is it when you go to do something you never seem to have the right tools to hand - it must stop I tell you!

I really need to do the glittering on my tuplies for the Spring challenge on UKSTampers, but the black bit (nodger) that that screws on, and twixt one attaches the fine tip has done a runner. It is very, very difficult to get a fine line, or indeed stay in between the lines without one. I have ended up with the biggest blodge on one tuplip. CURSES!!!

I've only just sent anorder into the wholesaler too for a load of AI glitters, but didn't order any tool kits. Me thinks I will be ringing tomorrow to try and add them in - of course, you can bet your sweet l'il sockies that they will extraordinarly have done the bloomin thing toute suite.

Shop front:- My gollygoshness, you lot have almost cleared me out of the Sassafras Lass Nester stamps - a frined dropped into flash her bling - and got the last border set, and after a bit of arm twistin' (or not actually) some other bits. I only have 2 of the sew simple alphabets left. Urgent call tomorrow to re-stock if poss, and see the ETA on the Sassafras papers. We had a look this avo that them on their site, and they are lush and lickable/strokable.

All orders for today/afternoon have wizzed off, and nothing outstanding at this mo in time.

Well, having been cyboshed with the old tulip glittering I might have me an early night.

Oh, forgot to mention for the stampers reading this, UKSTampers challenge has been put up to find us a header for the forum. Closing date for entries is 31st October 2006. Hop on over to www.ukstampers.co.uk and have a butchers in the challenge section, pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeee.

Galaxy Girl

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Desparately seeking Donald {and Richard} Brown...

at the weekend family and I sallied forth to the Watsons' for lunch - and a lovely time was had by all.

Yummy Shepherd's Pie courtesy of David, and a huge old fashioned suitcase full of photographs (mostly black and white) courtesy of Carole. Apparently, years ago David rescued them from the bonfire at a nursing home - he just couldn't stand to see somebody's family history go up in smoke.

We have gleaned from sorting through that the main character is Donald Brown, and his Son Richard {Dick} and Daughter, who we think is probably called Helen {wife same}, also that they lived in Dry Hill Park in Tonbridge at one time, and also had a big Polish element in there as well - from the pictures they were obviously wealthy, had servants and lived in large houses both here and in Poland (we think pre WWII). Also to throw into this pot they were great photographers, we are not sure whether Donald or Dick were professionals/semi-professionals, but it points that way.

Absolutely fasinating to go through a whole family's history like that. I am going to have a whirl at trying to find out/trace them, as I am certain that there must be more family out there. I know if it were me, I would not want to loose precious family photos.

Slave has them in the back of his motor at the moment, but I will give you a glimpse of Donald - he looks a thoroughly lovely chap.

Galaxy Girl

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Happy Easter one and all............

I hope that you are not all racking up too many calories on the egg front.

Feel my pain, I have my parents-in-law coming over this evening for supper.

Galaxy Girl

Quote Sunday.................

"Sometimes love is all about the things you choose not to do, rather than those things that you may desparately want to do".

Galaxy Girl

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Just popping in quickly to say Hi, as..............

after I have done a quick rush to Post Office, we are off to the Big Smoke to the V&A Museum, well to be precise Parental Control and I are off there, and Slave and Minkey are going to do the nurd scientific bit nextdoor.

Drummer is being left to his own devices at home - fingers crossed that the gazillion Easter eggs will be intact when I get home.

I love the V&A, and currently am fit to be tied with the excitement.

Shopfront: all orders (those on hold) and from yesterday and today are going out this morning, only two new ones of holdover (Nesters) as courier was a fail to blimmin show up.

Galaxy Girl

Thursday, April 13, 2006

A piece or two of Nebbia del Mare anyone....



and having been tried and tested it's now in store on a regular basis.

For anyone who thinks I've gone stark starying made, Nebbia del Mare roughly translated is piece of sea fog - in other words sea glass - unevenly shaped pieces tumbled to give the look of being aged by the sea. Perfect for stamping on to or dhoric glass (a la the hugely talented Sid Haselden). It starts off life just frosted, and by the time he's done his jiggerypokery with a melt pot voila, something so beautiful it looks like a beautifully crafted sweetie (well, in my dreams I can eat it).

Galaxy Girl

Distressed, but with Faded Lipstick........


I'm beginning to feel brighter. Oh yes, indeedy, the new Faded Lipstick Distress Ink is in da house - and I love it.

I need to shufty round for a huge bunch of manilla tags, and go a brushless watercolouring, and spraying with my (1) colour as it was my own stash of Adirondak Wild Plum dye {note to self: get more dyes you stupid bint, why did you only get one}.

I've been poorly for a few days, but feeling a tad better this avo, so managed to drag myself off my pit and catch up a bit. I need a sleep now though.

I am just about to put a further Wizard order in as well as Art Institute Glitters, Faerie Poppets, transparencies and fashion flakes, as I've got a further add in P/C Essentials for May when they are doing the Poppets on transparency with glitter.

Also in the process of getting Paperwhite Memories paper in soon.

There should be a delivery of Primas and Sassafras Lass Nesters at some point this afternoon with a following wind.

Only the one sad order sitting in the pending pin for 15th, all the rest have been packed (by the Slaves this time as I'm poorly and whisked off).

Righto, coffee and sleepy time - as Parental Influence is taking Minkey to see Sooty (I was amazed he was still going myself).

Galaxy Girl

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Well that is defo. something I wouldn't make the mistake of doing again...

just finished my marathon of invoice printing this evening, and I am creamed asthe creamiest craker. Just filling in some of the early days fees that I hadn't put in (just laziness, and me a banker) and then accounts pretty much ready for the off to accountant.

Heavens alone knows what a mess some people get into with the whole malarkay - my own dear customers at the Society of Blahness are certainly evidence of that fact - you can never do enough bookkeeping to keep it all in peachy pie order ready for end of year - and I have learnt my minor lesson.

Just two orders being processed, all else launed to Earth.

Had a fiddle around with a bit of background gessoing tonight, whilst I was waiting for Minkey to get off the computer - not anyting I would be proud of, but improving you will be pleased to know on the gesso application front.

I have an earache - just thought I would tell you, and don't feel too hot - shame really cos I've been in remission lately. Fingers crossed for me that I don't have a flare up.

Big hugs for Hayley, unfortunately she failed her theory today - chin up lovely, I am certain that they thieving devils don't let anyone (or very few anyway) pass it first time due to quotas. I am sure you will pass next time, and not go on for a 3rd or 4th go like your boyfriend, my darling son.

They are off to the big smoke tomorrow for a mosey round Camden Lock, so have all crossed that the weather will not be quite so poopy.

Off to persuade my honey to make me a coffee, and attempt at least on article from Issue 3 of Simply Stamping - I have the will to read it, but fear the poor old bones will be asleep as they touch the matress.

Nigthy night all.

Galaxy Girl

My lovely tag made by Leandra..............



I really love the "Reference Only" stamp, and also the highway code doodads top right - which are ultra modern symbols, but work oh so well when stamped with the blended ink. The border at the bottom is a piece of german scrap border cut down and then swiped with Teal staz-on before being added. Check out the ribbons, they are from the new Paperartsy purple collection this year, and will be in store here at Stamp Galaxy very soon.

I also managed to codge a sploder or two to use with gesso, and fingers crossed that the laid on with a trowel look I have going on (and wrong) with gesso is going to be a thing of the past now.

These handy l'il things will also be in store shortly.

At the moment in store if you spend over £10 you get 15 gsm of fab glitter added to your order - just by way of it (apart from the snow yesterday) being spring.

Store front news: all orders yesterday (apart from the Nebbia del Mare which is tumbling away as I write) are being despatched today. Only one pending is the one due to go out on 15th.

Well, better take myself off to the Society of blahness, and take my accounts wth me to do - I just realised that I have made a tactical error and have all my invoices in the actual individual customer files, so I need to run off a whole set of SG invoices to go to the accountant (well dahhh, stupid girl I hear you cry, surely you would have realised that) - well no!

Galaxy Girl

Monday, April 10, 2006

White out........


omygosh, snowed overnight - we have a Wintery Wonderland Scene from the windown - not good, not good at all.

Kerrin has just emailed me from SA that she has been to the beach too!

Went to Ally Pally yesterday, and stopped by Paperartsy to say hi to Leandra and Mark - they are such lovely people. Leandra made me a tag to demonstrate just where I am going wrong with Gesso {its really lovely} and atopped with the new release of purple ribbons - they have gotta go in stock - so lovely and purply, twirly and shiney. I managed to pertain a couple sploders, and am going to start carry the little beauties. A dream for putting on gesso, paint, you name it.

Loads of new products loaded up yesterday, including a re stock of Barrel-o alpha and ATC reverse stamp. Also Jo Sonja stuff, including texture paste and the oh so yummy opal dust, which is seriously bling man. Try spolging on texture paste and going over with a covering of opal dust for snow.

One order awaiting despatch, but customer has said they don't want it posted till 15th anyway.

Have good days all you Blogettes.

Galaxy Girl

Friday, April 07, 2006

Quote Sunday..........

"Bring flowers to strew His way,
Yea, sing, make holiday;
Bid young lambs leap,
And earth laugh after sleep".

Unknown, Vintage Verse

Galaxy Girl

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Honestly, some people - or is it me?

I've just had a phone call that has left me a wee bit irratated {could be that the Society of Stinking Blah x Blah x infinity has been hard, frustrating and beastly today} and this woman has just compounded all my negative feelings, but I don't think so.

Scenario: we have a 24 x 15 ft polytunnel (you know the kind you see in garden centres) which has been redundant for some time now, and as we are moving we asked one of our friends is she would like it. She didn't, put put this woman in touch with us.

Bearing in mind she is getting it gratis, she seems to be making such a fuss/business of the whole thing with constant phone calls asking stupid pointless questions about how big {she knew already what the size was}; how long it would take her to take it down {who knows or cares frankly}; would it fit in a van/car/horse and cart {I said a car}, then what size car - you get the picture - on and on and on.

Then she went on about such and such van had let her down, and such and such person also, and would there be people there to help her.

Arrrrrrrrrrrghhhhhh, she's getting a £500 tunnel for free - all she has to do is take the plastic out of the ground, take down the hoops and go - in fact she doesn't need to do it one go she can take as long as she needs - but just take it without a fuss.

Okay, rant over. Sorry I had to get that off my chest.

Shop front news: all orders despatched and nothing pending.

On a less unhappy note I had a lovely converstion with Becks Fag (Assistant Ed) for Papercraft Mag, and oh mygoshness she is so lovely and nice.

** NEWS ** Nebbia del Mare on its way to a Galaxy near you. Watch the skys for news of sightings.

Galaxy Girl

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Mum and Minkey outside the Percy Arms....


admittedly, it's not the best of all pictures in the world, but here they are. My lovely, lovely bit of Parental Control and the one that I attempt to be parental control to - aren't they luverly.

Had time off this avo, but in name only as I've been catching up with some vital admin work - getting copy of to mags and sorting out {or trying to} logos etc.

I was hoping the Jo Sonja's paints would have turned up today, but no. For those of you who haven't had the pleasure, they are so creamy you could eat 'em, and colours so beautiful I fell in love with them instantly at Jane Dean's workshop earlier in the year. I am so excited that they will now be a constant stock item. Started small though, and will increase the stock I carry. Probably gonna go for an entire rack in July.

All orders packed and ready to go tomorrow, and there is a speccie. package for Sid - we have as they would say at the Society of Blahness "exceeded expections and made a difference" or "pushed the envelope" and come up with the first samples of seaglass for stamping/jewellery making ahead of schedule. I am nervous to find out what he thinks of our efforts.

Well, now advert copy is put behind me, I am gonna turn my attention to more pleasing things and read from cover to cover in minute detail the Papercraft Essentials that I have hither to only had time to skimm.

Never know, might even get a bit of crafting done later. Oh, and a random thought just for me really, I need a sqeedgy thing for paint techniques, must go on a seek and purchase mission tomorrow lunch.

Galaxy Girl

Monday, April 03, 2006

The Percy Arms and an encounter with Fidel Castro and his mates......


I think I briefly touched on going for Lunch at the Percy Arm in Chilworth at the weekend, but thought I would just mention it a bit more.

Mum, Minkey and I drove over to the Scrap Magic Retreat near Guildford on Saturday, to delivery Stamp Galaxy's donation of products for the Scrap Yourself Challenge that the incomparable Kirsty Wiseman has got going on.

It didn't take that long to get to {about an hour in all}, and we were so impressed by the venue, and I am seriously going to joint up for one very shortly. Very impressive manor house, in a beautiful setting.

I surprised Kirsty, as she had not been expecting me, but just wondering about my odd comment left on her blog - I think she just put it down to strange soft southerner behaviour. Dear Blogettes, from what I saw of the luncheon, the grub was first class top notch too.

We then set off for home, via the local village toy shop for a pressie for Minkey - she touched me from a 4:1 buggy for her bears, and decided to go back the scenic way and find lunch en route.

At Chilworth I spied a nice looking pub, "The Percy Arms" with lots of cars in the car park {always a good sign I find} and ventured in. We ordered ploughmans for Mum and I, and chicken burger for Minkey.

Well, the offering of the Chef in aforementioned establishment can only be described as a wonder - never before (and say I say it probably since) have we been supplied with such beautifully and tasty grubola. I will post a pic later, but I am afraid my photography truly does not do it justice (also I had been tucking in heartly for a bit so the display was not exactly how it arrived). Minkey's so called burger, was in actual fact a beautfully executed chargrilled chicken in a run with salad - not any of your old shabby McD type affair.

I would love at this point to comment on the pud, but there was no room left to finish our Ploughmans, let alone even consider one.

Minkey had a play in the lovely kids garden, and then we sallied round to the car park, to be greeted by the sight of about 10 Llamas - each with a natty little rucksak and bridle - being led by some kiddiwinks, having a high old time. One of said Llama decided to try and make a break for it, and with much laughter and shouting he was eventually retrieved, and they continued on their way.

It was a good Photo op, but the blighters would not keep still, so you will just have to content yourself with one of their official portraits - meet Fidel Castro. Apparently, it's a regular thing and you can book Llama Treks (http://www.surrey-hills-llamas.co.uk/meet.html) with champers to boot. I think this is a splendid idea for FIL's birthday, and Lydia and I am going to book it up. Which means that we can have a further go at the Percy's food, and fingers crossed room for pud too.

It took a whole lot longer to get home than it did to get there, but was much better than the M25.

It was lovely to finally meet Kirsty, and I also got to say hi to the lovely Mary Ann for UKS.

All in all, a brillo day by anyone's standards.

Galaxy Girl

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Quote Sunday...

Life is the acceptance of responsibilities or their evasion, it is a business of meeting obligations or avoiding them. To every man the choice is continually being offered, and by the manner of his choosing you may fairly measure him.

Ben Ames Williams

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Queen of the road, that's been me for the last ....

two days. Yesterday, we had to shoot over to the Medway towns to deliver something, and today a trip Gilford way to drop in at the Scrap Magic retreat and see Kirsty. Got the chance to meet Mary Ann in person too.

Exhausted? You bet your sweet bibby I am. I'm off to beddies now, but I will do a full update of today's trip - 1 hour there and over to get back.

Shopfront news: all orders have been packed and despatched, and nothing pending at this very moment.

Galaxy Girl