It's been a quiet weekend; I felt like staying home and drinking tea and reading and relaxing and watching films, rather than braving the wet and wild conditions outside.
So that's what I did.
I passed up a jumble sale and a vintage fair. What's wrong with me?
Actually, nothing. As much as I like to browse, I knew I wasn't in a position to buy anything, and it felt quite liberating to let these events go on without me.
I need to get selling again on Ebay before I can consider buying, and I never bother with January, it's been horribly slow in previous years.
We watched Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with the kids; I can't remember when I last saw it, it must have been when I was a child. I have to say I don't rate the songs much, but the kids seemed to enjoy it.
The real movie joy this weekend was watching The Great Escape with the Seldom Seen Kid. The girls weren't interested, but it was great fun to watch such a familiar movie with someone seeing it for the first time. Simon and I kept saying ooh, this is a good bit, and asked him to guess who gets away (he was right about Danny, Willie, and Sedgewick, but gutted that he was wrong about Hilts.)
And we had a discussion about our favourite characters. You can keep Steve McQueen as Hilts the Cooler King; it's James Garner as Hendley the Scrounger all the way for me!
We are compiling a list for future film nights; SSK has quite eclectic and grown-up tastes, so we can extend the range beyond kids' films and action adventure movies. Some classic thrillers might be good, and not-overly-horrific horror and sci fi.
In culinary news;
I've tried again to make decent shortcrust pastry, always a challenge for me; Eldest (a fan of The Great British Bake Off) criticised my soggy bottom...
Homity Pie. Tasted good, but I think my hands are too hot for pastry.
Minnie watched the rain from the safety of the back of the sofa, and tried to catch the raindrops.
1950s tweed jacket, cardigan, tights, scarf, beret and bangles - charity shopped
1970s dress - vintage shop (heavily reduced because it needed repairing)
Boots - Ebay
Leather gloves - gift
These photos were from earlier in the week, a day when the sun put in an appearance.
On this week's agenda;
Littlest joins Cubs, there's a PTA fundraising cake sale at school, a parents' evening for Eldest, a night out for Tracey's birthday, and a sleepover at the weekend as a belated birthday treat for Littlest.
It's going to be busy. Hope my cakes turn out better than my pastry.
See you later!