Monday, 30 August 2010

Notebook Monday

Friday sees the start of National Organic Fortnight

-Its almost September!!

September facts:

Gemstone: Sapphire

Flower: Aster

The name September comes from the old Roman word 'septem', which means seven, because in the Roman calendar it was the seventh month. The Anglo-Saxons called it Gerst monath (Barley month), because it was their time when they harvested barley to be made into their favourite drink - barley brew. They also called it Haefest monath, or Harvest month. 

The Romans believed that the month of September was looked after by the god, Vulcan. As the god of the fire and forge they therefore expected September to be associated with fires, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.

The Gregorian calendar is the one most used nowadays. It is named after Pope Gregory Xlll who introduced it in 1582. There is a leap year every four years (or more precisely, 97 leap years every 400 years). This means that the year corresponds closely with the astronomical year (365.24219 days) so that it is just one day out every 3,300 years.
The Julian Calendar
Up until 1753, the calendar we used in Britain was the Julian Calendar. It was based on the solar year, the time it takes for the Earth to rotate around the Sun, and thus was less accurate than the Gregorian Calendar.
The Julian Calendar was 365.25 days long, which was fractionally too long, and the calendar over time fell out of line with the seasons.
All change - "Give us back our 11 days!"
In 1752 Britain decided to correct this by abandoning the Julian calendar in favour of the Gregorian. By doing so, 3 September instantly became 14 September - and as a result, nothing whatsoever happened in British history between 3 and 13 September 1752.
Many people believed their lives would be shortened. They protested in the streets, demanding "Give us back our 11 days!" 

To find out more about September visit here

-Inspiration for the week:

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
-- Reinhold Niebuhr

It's not what you do once in a while, it's what you do day in and day out that makes the difference.
-- Jenny Craig

Life is a big canvas, throw all the paint on it you can.
-- Danny Kaye

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, gifted ability, or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace from that day. We cannot change our past, we cannot change the fact that people will act in certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing that we can do is play on the one string that we have and this string is, Attitude. I am convinced that life is ten percent what happens to me and ninety percent how I react to it. And so it is with you....We are in charge of our Attitudes.
-- Charles Swindoll

And lastly.....

Wear was my son hiding???  Behind the Tower Forge sign!!
Well done to those that took part.
-Winner of my little comp
 is......Cupcakes and biscuits!!!

Well done, a little something will be on its way to you soon xxxx


Thursday, 26 August 2010

Experimenting/buys/something for you

I was experimenting with sepia and black and white images whilst at The Kent and East Sussex Railway and Bodiam Castle.

What do you think?

My buys from our holiday:

A new book from a Charity shop, some lovely vintage postcards. A flower fairy pencil, a little Frys chocolate tin, a pretty summer postcard and a lovely card that my hubbie bought me.

Here are the scans of the postcards:
Please feel free to use for your own personal use.

A beautiful handpainted card - 1910


Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Our Lovely week away

We have just returned from a week in East Sussex.

We stayed in a lovely Bramley and Teal house in Camber Sands.
 (Not too keen on Camber Sands town, but the beach is lovely and the house was great)

We were so lucky with the weather, and spent alot of time on the beach.
It was my youngests 3rd birthday while we were away, we took him to see Toy Story 3 (His first first cinema experience) We all loved it.

We visited the lovely Rare Breeds centre, The boys loved the indoor play area, the piglets, tractor ride and they both held a snake.

We took a train ride from Bodiam to Tenterden. My eldest has always loved trains. It was a lovely trip. We were very excited to find out the train was being filmed by helicopter (see below pic) for the opening scenes of a new ITV programme coming in the Autumn 'Downton Abbey'.

Tenterden was a lovely town.

On our return to Bodiam, we took a walk around the lovely castle. It was about to close so we decided we would return another day.

The ship Inn, Rye.
What a beautiful restaurant! I thought of you lot while i was there. It even had Cath Kidston boat wall paper in the loo's!!

Another lovely day at the beach:

Rye is a pretty little town with a lovely array of teashops and little giftshops.
We had a lovely lunch at Cranberries of Rye.

My eldest made me put this pic on here. Are you ready for a little game?
Its called 'Spot the child'?
If you can spot where my son is hiding in this picture (below), let me know in your comment and you will be in for a chance to win a little something. My son will pick a winner on his birthday at the weekend, (Yes, 2 kids birthdays in August, it's an expensive month!)
And it is not the lady walking under the Arch.

This little shop on the right was so so pretty, right outside the lovely church. Inside was all higgledy piggledy. Don't you just love shops like that??

Pretty little pub:

On our last day we went back to Bodiam castle. The boys had a great time!

We also visited these lovely places:

Apothecary coffee house in Rye
Simply Italian in Rye
The Lodge in Winchelsea for dinner
This farm shop for gorgeous biscuits and chutney.

All in all a lovely holiday