Thursday, August 25, 2016

Top Ten Thursdays - Rules

It's top ten Thursday time and this week we're talking about rules - are they sensible, begging to be broken, ridiculous, or just ones that you live your life by. This was a tricky one, as I could go on and on about rules/laws that are outdated and cause discrimination, but decided instead to go with rules that we live by. They're in a random sort of order except for numbers two and one, as these are where they should be.

Rule 10: My husband has created a cake club which only has two members, us! If you've seen the film Fight Club or even seen any clips of it then you'll understand where these rules come from. The first rule of cake club, never leave cake! The second rule of cake club, never leave cake! My husband lives by this rule to the point that if I leave cake he will finish mine off as well (that is unless it's ginger cake as he can't stand ginger). Another of my beloved's rules is that vegetables have no place in a cake - he has a bit of a thing about this.

Rule 9: Never make eye contact with a crazy person, such as a man dressed up as a bandito at a Sydney festival. This is a rule that when I forget has got me into some awkward situations in the past - I've even had a marriage proposal on a bus when I stupidly made eye contact with someone. He didn't care that I was already married, that was okay as long as I married him as well.

Rule 8: Books make a home complete and you can never have too many. Even though I have a kindle and tend to read most of my books on that now, I still buy proper books and they join my piles of ones to read. Also, you have to buy proper poetry books, as electronic poetry books are just not the same. 

Rule 7: Relationships take work and sometimes you have to remind the other person how special they are to you, so before we were married I came up with the Laws according to Pamela J. I would write out a law on a piece of paper and leave it for my beloved to find, and over the space of two years they gradually built to the twenty you see below - note there are silly one's in there as well as that's very important too. I had a photobook made for my beloved a few years ago and I typed up the laws in the book for him even though he still has all the original laws somewhere.

Rule 6: If you're going on holiday be careful who you get to look after your home or belongings for you. The picture below is of my brother's lounge room which my friend Shaz and I decorated with newspaper and toilet roll. I think we did a fantastic job, as what you can't see in this picture is that we took pictures off the wall and papered under them so that it looked really lovely for them when they got home. Don't feel bad for my brother, as before we did this he had looked after my CD collection whilst I was in the Middle East and when I got them back not a single one of the 200 discs was in the right case - it also included the occasional note such as, are you having fun yet? 

Rule 5: If you're going to take a family Christmas photo that involves cats then be prepared to be scratched (and to have lots of people think you're a little crazy). I love all our Christmas photo attempts but especially the ones with Bertie in them as you can see in his eyes that he's not very impressed with the hat or having to pose with the brats who both look a bit demonic.

Rule 4: We came across this sign in the historic house of Highfield in Stanley, Tasmania. I love how polite, to the point, and totally Australian the instructions are.

Rule 3: The best way to hide your chin(s) in a photo is to pose like your contemplating life - my beloved has this rule down to a T. Now I'm meant to exclaim loudly, double chin, what double chin - he has a chiseled jaw line that rivals the models on the catwalks of Milan.

Rule 2: This is a quote by the great Maya Angelou that I have tried to live by for many years. I don't know how well I've achieved it but I will keep aiming for this outcome. I think if more people lived by this then the world would be a much better place (sorry, I'm starting to go off on a tangent now).

Rule 1: If you are lucky enough to find your soulmate to spend your life with, then treasure everyday, knowing that sometimes you'll have bad days and sometimes you'll annoy each other, but even more you'll have wonderful days and you'll share so much together. None of us are guaranteed another dawn so live in every moment and be grateful for every memory and hold them in your heart forever.

Why don't you pop over to Tamara's blog, CONFESSIONS OF A PART-TIME WORKING MOM to see what my fellow bloggers have come up with for their rules.

Until next time, be good, stay safe, and take time just for you this week.

Pamela & Ken

Monday, August 22, 2016

Nairn Highland Games

On Saturday we went to the Nairn Highland Games which were first held in the late 1860's. Despite rain being forecast it was a glorious day which was wonderful for the spectators but not so good for the people running the half marathon. They had track and field events, highland dancing, piping competitions, and of course the heavy events such as throwing the caber.

We had prime seats to see the arrival of the massed pipe bands which were amazing to see and hear.

There was a big expat contingency at the games representing all the Nairnites who have lived oversees and have come back or who are visiting for the games. The lady carrying the Aussie flag was having a few problems with it wrapping around the flag pole - the one behind is the New Zealand flag.

There were loads of different tartans amongst the band members and their outfits were great.

Below is the Nairn stormtrooper and friend - he is a gentleman that dresses like this regularly for local events to help fundraise for charity.

The crowds enjoying the action in the sunshine. We even got to meet our local MP as he was collecting signatures to prevent the closure of our local army base at Fort George. He seemed very nice and he had his kilt on so was getting into the spirit of the day.

Highland dancing - these girls are so fit as they are constantly bouncing and twirling for the whole number.

We watched the big men throw the shotput, but a bigger shotput than I've ever seen.

Men in kilts checking the distance of the throws.

Next to the Highlands Games was a fairground with all it's wonderful colours. If I'd thought I had any chance of winning this beautiful pink unicorn I would have had a go, but I usually win the boobie prizes.

Love Candy Floss (that's fairy floss to all the Australians reading) and have to resist buying lots of bags.

 A selection of the rides for both adults and kidlets. We didn't go on any as I'd much rather people watch than be tossed around.

Took this picture more for the guy standing with the pram - trendy kilt and spiky mohawk.

After the games we went to some local woods to take Brambe for a walk. It's a beautiful spot with very tall, majestic trees.

My beloved with the little monkey that is Bramble.

Bramble playing her favourite game of hiding in the long grass until her daddy gets really close and then shooting off to find another patch of long grass.

The lovely purple heather just starting to come out.

On the way home we met this gorgeous couple of donkeys - they were over the other side of the field when we stopped but as soon as I started talking to them they came over for a chat and a nose rub.

That's it for today, until next time be good, stay safe, and take a moment to think of all the wonderful people in your life that have helped you be the person you are today.

Pamela & Ken

P.S: Final picture is my beautiful friend Elaine who left this world last week - way too early for the rest of us. This photo is from 1992, the year we met and the year she introduced me to my beloved.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Top Ten Thursdays - Things to know about me

Top ten Thursdays and the topic this week is things to know about me to make knowing me easier!! This really stumped me at first, but once I came up with number ten it was plain sailing from there. Just to add that the list is in no particular order apart from number one.

10: There is only one Aussie Rules team in my world and that is Carlton, the mighty Blues who are one of the original teams for the Victorian Football League that later became the Australian Football League. Carlton began in 1864 and are the best team ever and if you think otherwise then you are wrong - just saying. Especially if you support that awful team that plays in black and white (Collingwood) who are our arch enemies. I've supported the blues since I can remember and even though they are going through many years of being towards the bottom of the ladder, I still support them as they are a part of who I am - click the arrow below to hear the fabulous theme song but just remember the music is from 1898 and the lyrics were written in the late 1920's.

9: I was one of those aunts that made her too cute for words nephew (who is now in his 20's) wear the t-shirt that said "if you think I'm cute you should see my aunty" I'm sure I bought him more than one size of this - I'm so sorry Jake. Is it wrong to think that if I could get one of these t-shirts now in his size I'd still make him wear it?

8: Whenever I see beautiful dresses in the disney shop, like the one below, I always ask Ken if he thinks they do the dress in my size - my inner princess is crying out for a pretty, sparkly, pink dress. I'm sure this is the dress that Penny wears in the episode of Big Bang Theory where the girls go to Disneyland and dress up as princesses.

7: I love coffee!! It is my wake up feel happy potion and my beloved delivers it to me of a morning with appropriate reverence. I love latte art that you get in nice cafe's as it adds to the whole ritual of drinking the magic beans (it also helps if you have a sweet treat alongside). I don't like it too strong and I really don't like it too hot - I know, I can be a bit fussy when it comes to coffee but it's worth it, as if you get it right you'll have a very happy Pamela in your presence.

6: I am a little obsessed with cats. I read a great t-shirt once that had the slogan "one cat short of crazy" and I think that is probably me. We're very lucky to be parents to two adorable brats, Cookie and Muffin who have shared our lives for twelve and a half years. So when you come to visit me be aware that there will be furbies roaming around and there will be fur on the furniture.

5: I never used to be a dog person but my beloved totally converted me years ago when he brought home police dog Bertie, who with one look of his soulful brown eyes won me over. Our precious Bertie Boo died two years ago and we have finally opened our hearts to an adorable cocker spaniel called Bramble (Jelly Sassy Pants). If you ever see me without animal fur on my clothes it probably means that I've stayed the night somewhere else.

Bertie and Ken
4: I love rocks and probably have way too many around the house but I can't help myself. I read an article years ago about how rocks travel around the world through natural movement - I personally think it's because of people like me who pick them up, take them home, and then eventually return them to the wild when they seem to be taking over the house.

3: I believe in fairies so please don't scoff and roll your eyes when I talk about them or when you see the fairy doors in my home. There are fairies throughout our home and I was lucky enough to go the the New Forest Fairy Festival in 2015 to commune with like minded people.

2: I used to wear glasses that were incredibly large and took over my whole face. Also, they had plastic inserts so that you could change the colour of the rims - that was me, high fashion. Please don't ask a person with glasses if they've thought about having laser surgery as it implies that you don't like their glasses and besides, who wants a laser in their eye? I have it on good authority that my beloved really likes my glasses and that's all that matters.

Me and Hazel
1: The one thing that I think everyone knows about me is that I'm married to my best friend and the man of my dreams. I am grateful everyday for the life I get to lead with my beloved and I will tell you how wonderful he is on a regular basis.

So there you have it, ten things about me. Why don't you hop over to Tamara's blog, Confessions of a part-time working mom, and see what my fellow bloggers have come up with in their lists - click HERE to visit.

Until next time, be good, stay safe, and take time today to think of all the wonderful things that make you uniquely you.

Pamela & Ken