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monica
England
Interests: knitting, reading, sewing, crochet, quilting, embroidery, cinema. travelling
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Hellooo!!! Still here? We are, still surrounded by decorators and contractors of various kind but not everyday... And more and more rooms are ticked off the list... And the number of boxes has declined sharply, which is nice. I'm still... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at {quilt} while you're ahead
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I had to try the new oven... All clean and shiny... I gave the honour of 'first cake' to a recipe passed down from my grandmother to my mother and now to me: a traditional Italian crostata. Delish!!! To tell... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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And we're. And we love it. Still no wifi, still surrounded by boxes and tradesmen, still waiting for some furniture and some light fittings. Still no pictures on the wall. But we love it and feels like home. The kitchen... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Home. Still jet lagged after three days. Up at the crack of dawn and in bed with the chickens (as my grandmother used to say), it would be fine if the rest of the family would sort themselves out. They... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Wet days And elefant days Days that slip by too fast. Posted with Blogsy Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Relaxing days Oh... and a snake skin... Urgh... Posted with Blogsy Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
... it added dramatic effect... she wasnt bad, youre right! enjoying Ireland? Monica
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Lazy day From beginning ... ... to end. (I gave myself a pedi... Does that count?) Posted with Blogsy Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Another steamy Bangkok day... We'd ticked off temples and Buddhas, Royal Palaces and stinky dried fish markets, football and monsoons... It was the perfect time to face some snakes, right? Yup in the middle of one of the busiest cities... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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A long taxi ride took us away from Bangkok to a famous floating market. We knew it had become a real tourist destination and not much was left of the original produce market... But still, if you squinted and skimmed... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Hot hot hot. And oh so humid... Not the best weather to wear long trousers and long sleeves (me), but that was the dress code for the Grand Palace and we had no choice. The boys coped brilliantly. My travelling... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Change of scenery ... We left a not so warm England for some good old fashion Asian heat. A few days of sightseeing... then the beach. We'll deserved by all. Posted with Blogsy Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Random frazzliness. Yes, that is a word. From now. We're still trying to get the house ready... the workers have finally started and I've never been happier to see total mess and destruction. This was the before: I love that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Still at the planning stage. We're making progress on the house front, we're really are, but there are so so many decision to make all the time, at the same time that some evening I feel like my brain is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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First of all let me tell you... what a night we had... I mean, seriously... so please indulge me. I want to write it down to remember it all. The story goes like this: last Friday night Mr M and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Cool summer nights. Windows open. Lamps burning. Fruit in the bowl. And your head on my shoulder. These the happiest moments in the day. Next to the early morning hours, of course. And the time just before lunch. And the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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And just like that I'm 45. Seriously now... 45? I remember when my dad turned 40... I was 14 and thought he was ancient. He wasn't. He still isn't. He also seemed so responsible and strong and 'sorted'. Yes, I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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(It's sunny!! hurray!!) So... the house prepping is still going on (furiously, I'd add) in the background. Mr M and I spend every night debating lampshades, flooring, furniture... it's fun... but it's slightly overwhelming. And I'm back and forth from... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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First of June. WHAT?? Ok, let's pretend I don't turn 45 in a week's time, that my hair is not turning gray and running doesn't seem to be uphill all the time.... Let's just talk about the lovely weekend I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Meet Pish. Pish is approximately 14yrs old and was born in Key West. We adopted him early September during our first holiday with No 1 who was 6 months at the time and the cutest, most droolingest child in the... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
oh Lord, don't go there Manda. I have three boys who argue CONSTANTLY. It drives me insane.... BUT weirdly... when we're out of the house all is well, holidays are always fun and they seem to forget their differences ... I might have to hire a feng shui expert ...(a part from the car. don't go in the car with them EVER).
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A couple of nights ago (when I wasn't watching cricket or attending a school concert...) I went to an internet safety talk organised by the boys' school. I learnt a lot. I also learnt that my kids are not internet... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead
Yesterday was 'one of those' days... for me... I dropped things, bumped into things, forgot things. I should have gone back to bed and closed the door to the world. I simply couldn't so I messed up my way through. Such is life.
Toggle Commented May 22, 2015 on When artists dates go bad at the scent of water
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The big circle of life. Old house new house Clean clothes dirty clothes Eating cooking waking sleeping ... and another cricket game... Sigh. Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at {quilt} while you're ahead