16. September 2014

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Leaps of faith

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Anyone who knows me, and many who don’t, will understand that the lure of chocolate is STRONG. And I mean STRONG. I eat it more or less incessantly, I often wear the colour and, for goodness sake, I’ve written a novel about it. So when Cadbury’s offered to send me a little gift, it was more or less as though the gods themselves had popped down from Mount Olympus to give me a pressie. There was just one problem. When I opened the mysterious, purple-ribboned box, most of what I saw was tiny elastic bands. Yes, there was some chocolate, some lovely, lovely Cadbury’s chocolate, but it was definitely mostly elastic.

Cadbury’s had, in fact, invited me to take part in a challenge. It was a competition to recreate their rather adorable froggy mascot, Freddo, in loom bands. There is even a YouTube film of one doughty fellow doing exactly this.

Normally, I would swing into action immediately and get the thing done asap. I don’t mean I would actually do it myself, of course. I would force a nearby child to do it instead, while I sat by and watched admiringly, probably with a cup of tea. But, most unfortunately, the Cadbury’s parcel arrived at an unprecedented moment in DD Towers. Child One is now officially an adult, not a child, and is about to go to university just as soon as she’s spent all my money on industrial quantities of teabags, toiletries, mugs, duvet covers, Egyptian cotton towels and luxury bathmats. She certainly does not have time to weave me a frog.

freddo

A professional frog-creator

Child Two, on the other hand, has never been much into artsy crafts stuff and has just been swallowed up whole by a new school and her ASs. I literally only see her for about fifteen minutes a day now – five minutes in the early morning, when I’m half asleep, five minutes in the afternoon, when she’s half asleep, and five minutes during supper, which she wolfs down so she can devote more time to her voracious studies. She isn’t hanging around to make frogs out of elastic, either.

Looming marvellous ...

Looming marvellous …

I would usually now turn to Children 3 and 4, my dear TL’s little ones. At 9 and nearly 8, they are at a perfect looming age, and even have the infrastructure already in the shape of various looms, poky little sticks and eleventy-bazillion loom bands, which are great fun to pick out of the innards of the vacuum cleaner (not). But alas, TL is off in Australia on a business trip. Yes, he’s on the other side of the world. So I can’t borrow his children and set them to work give them a lovely, fun activity to do.

Ok then, so it’s just me and you now, alone with the loom bands, the pictures of Freddo to copy and the strange poky sticks. So I’ll just send the whole lot over to you to finish, then, shall I? Sorry, what’s that? The chocolate? Oh. Er, well, that’s gone. I had to have something to munch on while pondering the logistics of all this, didn’t I? Thanks, Cadbury’s, the Freddo choccie frogs were scrummy. And you’ll have the finished Freddo  in loom bands …. soon. Just as soon as all my nice readers have finished it.

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16. September 2014

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Leap of faith

Leap of faith

Sponsored  Anyone who knows me, and many who don’t, will understand that the lure of chocolate is STRONG. And I mean STRONG. I eat it more or less incessantly, I often wear the colour and, for goodness sake, I’ve written a novel about it. So when Cadbury’s offered to send me a little gift, it […]

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12. September 2014

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It’s not you, it’s us

It’s not you, it’s us

The whole issue of Scottish independence is like being involved in a slow, bitter break-up – with someone you didn’t even know you were having a relationship with. At first, I felt pretty indifferent. Scotland was complaining again. So what else was new? But that’s when I assumed that Scotland was just having a tantrum, […]

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3. September 2014

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It’s raining nudes

It’s raining nudes

Am I the only person in the world who doesn’t have naked pictures of myself on my phone? Not that I think it is wrong to take nude pictures if you want to, or that it is ever right to hack and publish someone else’s pictures. But why would you want to pose in the […]

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9. August 2014

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A lot to conceal

A lot to conceal

It’s probably having teenage daughters, or maybe just because I’m getting older, but these days I am increasingly enjoying buying and trying make-up. I’ve always been a complete sucker for the idea of ‘hope in a jar’ – the excitement of lovely packaging and extravagant promises ….usually followed inevitably by a remarkably unchanged (but poorer) […]

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5. August 2014

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Paint them black

Paint them black

What a tragic story this week about black cats being abandoned because they are less photogenic than other types. It’s true that sometimes, our own black cat can appear as an amorphous blob in pictures, but mostly that’s because of the quality of the photographer (ahem), not the subject, and does not make him one […]

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1. August 2014

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Pram Glam

Pram Glam

Sponsored post Even now the girls are pretty much grown-ups and have a far more complex social life than me, there are still days during the summer holidays when they are milling around aimlessly. At just such a moment, an invite pinged into my inbox from those lovely folk at Persil. ‘Come and meet stylist […]

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29. July 2014

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New York, New York

New York, New York

I loved New York as soon as I first stepped out of a yellow taxi in 1990. So it was a huge joy to take Child One and Child Two and share my passion. For me it’s all about the architecture, the huge wide avenues, the vertiginous cliff faces of the office blocks, and the […]

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16. July 2014

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Washday blues

Just before I whisked the girls off to New York (and more of that another time), a nice PR asked me to try Comfort’s new ultra-swish scenty range of fabric conditioners. Of course I said yes, though I didn’t let on that I have a little secret these days about laundry. I make my own […]

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24. June 2014

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Someone needs a holiday ….

Someone needs a holiday ….

Thank goodness, we are entering calmer waters. The exams are over, my stomach seems to have stopped burbling, and the summer unfolds. But, naturally, it’s complicated. As well as four adults who seldom agree on anything, we now have two trainee grown-ups in our midst who have Made Their Own Travel Plans. So, no sooner […]

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