Sunday 16 November 2008

Poppy, Bubblecow & Christmas Presents

I couldn't believe it when I found this in the garden earlier today, doesn't it realize it's mid-November? So pretty though and cheerful in a border with little other colour on display.

Thank you to everyone who wished S a Happy Birthday. I'm relieved to report that the sleepover went well. I can't believe how much these (skinny) teenage girls can eat.

They came home by bus, stuffed their faced with various nibbles that I'd bought and several cartons of fruit juice, changed, ate three courses at Pizza Express in St Brelade's Bay (my sister, Rach and I sat well away on a table of our own, which was great fun), then we came home and they ate more food, and settled down for the night. Well, they were up half the night, of course, but all enjoyed it.

I haven't done nearly as much writing as I'd like to this weekend, but I have entered a brilliant competition on Caroline's site for a 'free in-depth edit and report' at Bubblecow, well worth having a look.

If you're looking for ideas for Christmas presents, or simply want to spoil yourself - like me - then why not buy a copy of DJ Kirkby 'From Zaftig to Aspie'. You can look here to read more about this fascinating book. DJ writes about, "Growing up in Canada during the 60’s and 70’s, with a hippie mother and an undiagnosed Autistic spectrum 'disability'". Somehow I know this is going to be a fascinating read.


Jayne said...

The sleepover sounds like a lot of fun!!! Oooh I so wish I could eat pizza and be skinny, that would be lurvely!!! Off to look at the comp now :o)

HelenMWalters said...

The poppy was hanging around for Remembrance Day.

Lane Mathias said...

Glad you survived the sleepover. They can eat their body weight and then some, can't they:-)

DJ Kirkby said...

That poppy is amazing, one of my favourite flowers. Thank you so much for the mention of my book in this post. I am honoured. xo

Jenny Beattie said...

So glad to hear the sleepover went well. I have to find a huge amount of self control to leave them alone re bedtime! 'So embarrassing, Mum.'

Pat Posner said...

Glad the sleepover went well.
The weather seems to be confusing plants and animals. One of our honeysuckles is flowering again and I've seen quite a few frogs out and about when they should be hibernating.

Troy said...

I can't begin to imagine my house full of 14 year old teenage girls on a sleep-over - can think of little worse. However I'm beginning to imagine a sleep-over involving lots of 20 year old college girls so may need to take a cold shower!

Kerry said...

I would like to request an invitation to your daughters Birthday next year please - it sounds amazing! Clearly you are gunning for best mum ever!

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

mummy - you and me both, although, to be honest I did have pizza the other night, but I can't be described as slim :)

helenmh - I think you're right.x

lane - they certainly can, I was astonished.

dj kirkby - your book sounds fab, I can't wait to read it. I love poppies too.

jj - I have to as well, and always have a lecture from S before they all arrive.

pat posner - it's so true. R was pleased to see the leaves finally coming off the trees here yesterday.

east anglian troy - lol!

kerry - thanks, that's a lovely thing to say. You're more than welcome.

Melissa Amateis said...

Glad the sleepover went well!

I remember those days as a skinny teenager when I could eat anything I wanted...sigh...I really miss those days!

DAB said...

Sounds like a fun weekend. Methinks DJ's book is going to be very good indeed TFX

Word verification is README !

Fiona Mackenzie. Writer said...

Please adopt me.
Your parties sound like great fun.

Zinnia Cyclamen said...

Best of luck in the competition - such a great prize!

Flowerpot said...

what a beautiful poppy - we saw bramble flowers this weekend!

Carol said...

Ooohhh gone are the days when I could eat my bodyweight in chocolate without putting on a pound!! *Sigh*

I can't wait for DJ's book to come out...I have my name down for a copy already!!!

C x

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

melissa marsh - I know how you feel, I miss those days badly too.

tom foolery - it certainly is.

fiona - you're more than welcome to come to any that we have.

zinnia cyclamen - thanks, it's fabulous, isn't it?

flowerpot - bramble flowers, amazing. I suppose it does go to show that the seasons are changing.

carol - mine are long gone!

I can't wait too, it's going to be a fab read.