Monday, February 10, 2014

Confessions of a bento addict..

Hello my lovely readers and welcome to this instalment of my little life blog!

Things have been busy at Bramble Cottage, hence the lack of posting....The fact that my pictures are all on my ipad and i still can't seem to post from it, isn't helping.  

So what's going on?  Well, the kitchen windows are finally in and I noticed a difference in temperature immediately.  It is too hot now.  I'm often in pants and a tshirt as it's sweltering in my little kitchen.  My neighbours are grateful for the kitchen blinds.  

Bento-mania is in full swing.  Here is a little selection of my latest ones - 

As you can see, some lunches are healthier than others, but salad just doesn't stay fresh when I flying all over the place, even with little ice packs in the cool bag.

My cousin and his wife have had a baby, so I leapt into quilting mode and made this for baby Max!  Of course, I posted it off to Germany, before I took a picture of the finished quilt.  You get the idea from the picture though!

I bumped into 3 people at work this morning who all commented that I haven't posted my blog in a very long time, so here we go! It's nice to be missed....

I treated myself to Netflicks for Christmas.  I'm not a huge fan of TV, but love watching films, so for £6 a month, I thought, why not? The trouble is, I'm addicted to RuPaul's drag race!! 12 drag queens compete to become America's next drag superstar.  It is tacky and bitchy and I love it!  I've watched all 5 series now and feeling down until series 6 starts up. 

Work is.........well, work.  Until my dream of becoming an international recording artist (can hold a tune, but it's not going to happen), an infant school teacher (more probably), or a fabulous drag queen (I have the lips, cutting wit & facial expressions, apparently),  flying will pay the mortgage on Bramble Cottage for a bit longer. Plus the thought of 'tucking' is slightly off putting.  *offyouallgotogoogle

Just done a lovely trip.  A day in Frankfurt with good food and great company, plus an afternoon in Sweden for a spot of fabric shopping!  Need I say more?

The hens are fine, only the two new girls, Oona and Myrtle are laying.  Oona is still completely bald on her back, no feather pulling that I have witnessed, but she is fine.  She can always be found in the middle of the chicken scrum in the Eglu, so I'm not worried about her being too cold.  

The wonder dog is fab. We are still going to training on a Monday evening when work allows. I am seeing progress and he seems to enjoy the classes, although it could be the extra treats that he looks forward to. 

In his special Christmas bandana - 

Just look at that face! 

Time for me to head off to bed now.  I'm up at 2.40 for work tomorrow, yes, that's 2.40 AM.  Not happy, but the public need me to serve delicious (vom) snacks and deliver the best customer service at 37,000 feet.  Clearly they haven't met me.  
So, with 3 alarms set, I'm off.  Sorry it's been so long, but I've been busy and well, erm, nope, no other excuses really.  My next blog post will be about my kitchen windows, a saga, and  my mortifying experience of lying on the cold marble of the Sheraton hotel lobby in Brussels, surrounded by overweight and ancient United airlines stewardesses.  In ugly shoes. (Them, not me). Bet you can't wait! 

C x x x 


  1. Brilliant as ever! Lots more please! XXXX

  2. Lovely to hear from you again. Your lunch boxes make me laugh out loud. SO artistic! Milo looks as though he is putting on weight...Bad weather so not getting the exercise? Hope you are dry and the floods are no where near. Where do you find the time for all your crafts. Max will have his quilt for ever. Lucky chap.
    Much love to Mr Milo and you C
    from the depths of the Vendee

  3. No, Di, he has always been a stocky lad, but the picture does make him look like is owner. He had his check up in January and the vet said he was fine. He gets about 6-8kms a day when at 'Grandad's' and 10km + a day when here, come rain or shine. I should be stick thin. I'm not.

  4. Ooooo - FINALLY another instalment! So lovely to hear what you have been up to Christian. Can't wait for the next chapter


  5. see, I also thought Milo was looking a little erm, portly!! must have been a bad camera angle! nice to see a blogpost Christian, we miss you elsewhere too!

    Leanne x

  6. You know us so well - had to look up "tucking" - must admit sounds painful - glad I'm a gal. Now theres a stampede for eveyone else to google it too. Glad you are back. Ali
    (aka Alis girls) PS arent you modding anymore?

  7. Yes Ali, I'm still modding, but the forum doesn't seem to need as much tinkering anymore!

  8. Soooo glad you're back in bloggerland, and sorry it has taken me so long to realise. Lovely quilt - wish you'd make one for this baby Max. Now I have finally made the move from Surrey to Scotland, I've followed your lead about dogs, whoops, and found myself a rescued companion; nobody's sure but they have a feeling he's Irish too. A delicious mongrel - like me - and wonderful consolation when the day isn't perfect.
    Take very great care of yourself.


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