Something For The Weekend #7.

Born from the original ‘5 Things On A Friday‘ started by James Whatley and still going strong here’s my version – Something For The Weekend.

There’s nothing clever about the title – I’ll never get into the habit of a regular Friday post and I can’t always find 5 things that I want to write about so it’s a weekly round up. I’ll post it sometime before Monday morning.  It’s a mix of the things that I’ve liked, noticed, bought, read, found interesting or just feel like mentioning this week. It’s also a good opportunity for me to learn more about using WordPress so I can do more on my self hosted site for my Wedding Photography business. It needs a complete redesign which is beyond my current WordPress skills so it’s a good job the love of my life is a (very patient) web developer

I started doing this back in 2014 which is why this is #7 (#1) but haven’t posted regularly for a while – it’s easy to let life get in the way of the things that you enjoy if you let it. I’m planning on working smarter, not harder this year and taking more time to enjoy life and the time I spend with the people I care about.

Can you say I do?

Even though we’re still cleaning pine needles out of the carpet the Valentine cards and associated tat is already in the shops reminding everyone that romance can be expensive.

Personally I don’t buy into the whole Valentines day card/present thing. We don’t bother with cards, I don’t need a card to know how he feels and it’s just a chance for someone else to profit. Don’t get me wrong I like a bit of romance, wining and dining always goes down well but we do that anyway, any day – there’s no need to allocate a special day for it (especially when eating out doubles in cost – what’s the Valentine equivalent to being a humbug?)

What if you don’t want a man/woman? What if you’re happy with life just the way it is, what if you and your Dog/Cat are all you need to make you happy?

Good news – now you can Marry your pet.

You’ve found your partner for life, only thing is – he’s an animal.
So what if he has an overabundance of legs, and facial hair is cool, right?
Go on, if you really love him and you’re in this for life, isn’t it time you married your pet?


Just pop over to and find all the answers you could ever need. Announce your engagement to the world, ask the resident agony aunt (Adrian) if he (or she? Surely it’s not just women who are this disillusioned with the idea of a human spouse?) is the one for you. You can get an Astrology based compatibility report and look at the gallery of happy couples.

It may be worth considering a pre nup, especially if you’re planning on married bliss with a cat – they are prone to wandering but, unlike a man, having them neutered is not frowned upon.

This Is A Thing, And It’s Wrong!

Wasabi Kit Kat anyone?


Or Geen tea maybe?


Or how about Baked Sweet Potato?


It should be Chocolate – Chocolate! Sweet, sugary Chocolate – any sort of savoury is not a KitKat, these are wrong. (Although I am tempted to buy one of them to see if they taste as bad as I imagine they do)

Hail Satan!

I know it’s not Christmas anymore (and I’m very happy about that) but we’re still ok for Snowmen right? If you’re having a bad day watch this – I dare you not to smile.


Pastafarian’ wins right to wear colander in driving licence photo



A man in Russia who identifies himself as a ‘pastafarian’ has won the right to wear a colander on his head in his driving licence photograph.

Andrei Filin is a follower of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster – a light-hearted United States-based faith which satirises organised religion.

Mr Filin said that the kitchenware was part of his religion. (source – BBC News)



Something For the Weekend #6

A round up of the things that caught my eye, made me smile, interested me, came in handy or taught me something this week.

It’s that time of year again.

Minimalist Posters for Horror Movies.

This one’s my favourite. The rest are over here.

Trick Or Treat.

Since moving to civilisation just over a year ago we can really get into the spirit (no pun intended) of Halloween. My Pumpkin was carved and placed on the garden wall signifying a stash of sugar, E numbers and chocolate  for anyone who knocked on our door. These were our first visitors and scary Dad is going to be the source of my nightmares for weeks!


Edible Pumpkins. When did we start growing food that we sell in our supermarkets that’s not fit for consumption? Actually now I think about it…..

So, back to Pumpkins and the best Pumpkin Soup recipe I’ve found (so far)

Mamta Gupta – Kuddu Ka Soup – it’s delicious and perfect comfort food for Autumn evenings.

Pumpkin SoupAnd finally….

Just because it made me smile.


Something For the Weekend #5

A round up of the things that caught my eye, made me smile, interested me, came in handy or taught me something this week.

I’ve missed the last couple of weeks, busy times, including…

A Wedding

I had a great day taking photographs for Laura and Chris at their wedding. We were really lucky and the rain held off until all the formal shots had been done and the sun shone. There’s still a little editing and processing to do but the finished photographs should be on their way to the happy couple very soon.


The Best News Headline.


Full story here.

Image Craig ONeal – flickr

Be Nice

I have a habit of forgetting to put my debit card back in my purse after paying bills/buying online. It’s not normally a big problem, I usually get as far as the checkout in the local Tesco and then have to ask the checkout supervisors to hang on to my unpaid shopping for a while I hurry home, slightly embarrassed, and grab my card.

It happened again this week. Only I wasn’t in the local Tesco this time I was in Sainsburys in Hounslow, miles from home. I’d grabbed a meal deal for lunch and got as far as the checkout when I realised I’d left my card at home again. I apologised to the cashier and explained I was going to have to leave my shopping because I’d forgotten to bring my card and had no cash on me. The man behind me in the queue (mid/late twenties at a guess) smiled and handed me a £10 note and said ‘take this, I’ll get it for you’. Was still embarrassed at having a stranger pay for my lunch and being stupid enough to forget my card but it was such a lovely thing to do and made my day. In a world where the news is always so full of gloom and aggression it’s nice to be reminded that there are still a lot of nice people in this world. With that in mind I wanted to post this…

50 Ways To Brighten Someone’s Day (Lifehack)

Please note number 26. It feels good to do something nice and I will definitely pass the Karma on, go on, brighten up someone’s day.

Christmas is Coming.

Looking for some festive gift inspiration – check out the Top 10 Most Bizarre Things You Can Buy On Amazon (Listverse) Uranium? Wolf Piss? Any takers?

On that note – until next time…


Something For the Weekend #4

A round up of the things that caught my eye, made me smile, interested me, came in handy or taught me something this week.

A little late this week but I spent most of Saturday catching up with friends (and having a few drinks) and Sunday working on my photography website/blog (but that’s a post for another day)

A Toffee Wonk from The Rusty Bicycle(The best Toffee Vodka you will ever taste)

Toffee Wonk Assassin Creed Kittens

What’s not to love?


(More) Kittens On The Internet.

Great name for a band and great song, and you can download for free (if you want, but it’s polite to pay something and you can decide how much)

DIY Projects For Home Junk.

Anyone who knows me will testify that I have a hard time throwing things away (and an equally hard time not accepting others people junk just in case it comes in handy) so I’m permanently decluttering our home (and my life!)

If, like me, you’d rather find a use for something than send it to landfill then these DIY projects found on Lifehack may provide some inspiration. (Image – Lifehack)



Speaking of decluttering, if you’re having a clear out instead of heading to the tip it’s worth posting on Freegle (Or Freecycle, personally I prefer Freegle, but they both do the same thing). Just let the community know what you want to get rid of and what area they need to collect from, wait for the emails to come in, then decide who’s going to get it. They come and collect and it’s one less thing to go to landfill – simple! (I should warn you that’s it’s also very easy to see things posted that you want yourself and end up with even more stuff cluttering your home but I have picked up some real gems over the years – another post for another day.


Our First Year Of Living In Oxford.

On September 30th The Man and I celebrated our fist anniversary of becoming full time residents of Oxford.

It’s been a great year with lots of changes and new adventures (but that’s a whole post in itself – coming soon) but safe to say it’s been one of the best decisions we’ve made.




Something For the Weekend #3

A round up of the things that caught my eye, made me smile, interested me, came in handy or taught me something this week.

Home Grown

It’s always nice when you open the door to a friend who’s visiting and there’s a surprise pile of fresh, home grown veg on your doorstep (Did I mention we have lovely neighbours?) This has happened a few times now and it’s becoming a bit of a cooking challenge. What can I make from it?

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Something For the Weekend #2

A round up of the things that caught my eye, made me smile, interested me, came in handy or taught me something this week.

A little later than normal this week, but it was a longer than normal weekend so it’s allowed. 

New Car Time.

I  drive a company car. I think I’m very lucky to not only have a company car but to be given the choice of some very nice cars. I know there will be lots of people who think that company cars are a bad idea because…

  • They are taxed (and the more expensive the car the more tax allowance you lose)
  • The tax you lose is money you never get back, if you were to have a car allowance at least you might own it at the end.
  • If you had a car allowance you might get more choice of what you drive (Might! A lot of companies still impose restrictions even if you are claiming an allowance)
  • There are sound financial arguments for allowance over fully paid car.


  • If I was paying for it I wouldn’t be driving something as nice as this and it is a very nice car. I have an older version at the moment and love it but the new model has all the toys – and toys are important when you spend as much of your life driving to meetings, and do as much business mileage as I do.

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Something For the Weekend #1

A round up of the things that caught my eye, made me smile, interested me, came in handy or taught me something this week.

Drunken Seagull

I'm Just A Soul Who Is Misunderstood


Councils across the country are taking action to tackle the “growing menace” of aggressive seagulls, fuelled by a diet of flying ants…    Read More

I like Seagulls. I know I’m probably in a minority but when you read this article it might change your opinion a little. There has definitely been some season creep this year in the UK with flowers blooming earlier and uncharacteristic weather for the times of year and one of the results has been flying ants swarming earlier than normal. Apparently the formic acid in ants is a bit like a Tequila slammer to the average Seagull so they’ve been celebrating spring and summer by acting like a stereotypical Brit on a booze fuelled package holiday – excited, loud and annoying.

Councils around the country are trying to take action against Seagulls by Bird proofing rubbish bins and all sorts of pest control measures but Seagulls still manage to get the upper hand in most cases –

“they are wasting money on this stuff because seagulls are just too clever.”

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