Life in the Slow Lane

Tuesday, 27 January 2015


Today saw me making my first visit of the year to FONTILLES....between the sore foot and other commitments, I just hadn't managed to get there.

This lovely old gentleman is a resident in the Geriatric Unit ...a Scot like myself, so we always manage a good old 'blether'...he didn't know what had hit him today as my friend Lyn (visiting from Scotland) was with me and was intent on finding out as much as she could about him  (genealogy is her 'thing')

The weekend? was a house-tidying (for my houseguest arriving), food-buying (for my houseguest arriving), curry-making (for my houseguest arriving), wine drinking, laughing , exchanging news and watching 'call the Midwife' (when my houseguest arrived) kind of weekend.

Waving to everyone....especially SIAN, whose great idea this meme was.

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx

Tuesday, 20 January 2015


....of my FIVE FAVOURITES for December:

The photo itself wasn't the best quality, so I printed it in B&W which helped a little

I have to confess to this being practically a total 'lift' from THIS layout by NATHALIE over at AN OUNCE OF CREATIVITY

It has occurred to me that I didn't share the second layout from my Five Favourites. so here it is:

I have to say that I am impressed that I have managed to get these three completed....can I get the other two finished before the end of the month?'s certainly my intention- let's wait and see.

Hoping all's well in your little corner of Blogland

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx

Monday, 19 January 2015


Today has seen our first day of rain since the beginning of is much needed, so I don't REALLY object, but I did decide to have a day in and catch up with some jobs that got ignored whilst resting my foot (as advised by the doctor last week......and it really HAS helped!)

After the boring stuff like dusting and cleaning the floors, I caught up with some cardwriting

.....and then some Scrapbooking- though by the time I got my layout finished the light was awful, I will photograph it tomorrow in the daylight.

The weekend? was a panto-attending (Oh yes it was!!), having a meal with friends, watching Season 5 and the Christmas episode of Downton Abbey (bought with an Amazon Gift Voucher received at Christmas- thanks Elaine!), cooking a few meals to put in the freezer (all Slimming World friendly of course) and elevating my foot kind of weekend.

Hoping you had some high points in your own weekend and that you have some good things to look forward to this coming week!

Waving at all the other 'Monday Wavers' and especially to SIAN, whose brilliant idea 'ME ON MONDAY ' was.

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx

Wednesday, 14 January 2015


Playing along with HELENA's weekly photographic meme, PAIRS...this week I've been in the garden:



The same plant (an of my favourite plants) 

Why not pop over to HELENA'S BLOG to check out what other PAIRS have been discovered this week?

Thanks for dropping by!
take care of you
Alison xx

Monday, 12 January 2015


Today sees me sitting in the sun, resting a sore foot (guarded by my trusty hound!)

I think I'm going to use this photo for the "shadows" item in THE WINTER SCAVENGER HUNT

I have no idea what I've actually done to it...just that there's a nasty pain running from my little toe to my heel...I have a doctor's appointment for later in the week, but I'm certain he'll just tell me to keep taking the painkillers!

The weekend?...It was a worrying about daughter in Paris (she's just fine by the way), resting the foot..... which led to some book-reading and scrapping, a little sitting in the abnormally hot for this time of year sun and having my first al fresco lunch of the year!

Waving at SIAN, whose brilliant idea it was to start this meme.

I do hope your own weekend had some good moments...and that the coming week does too!

Thanks for dropping by!
take care of you
Alison xx

Sunday, 11 January 2015


I'm back with another few items for THE WINTER SCAVENGER HUNT


Christmas lights whilst visiting mum and dad

7- someone dressed for the season

I reckon dressing up as Father Christmas is fairly seasonal!


The favourite of my nativities

This is the full list:

1. Reflection in water
2. Someone wearing a funny hat
3. Ornate door knocker
4. Breakfast
5. Something that is over 100 years old
6. Winter weather
7. Someone dressed for the season
8. A fish
9. Festive lights
10. A letter shape in nature or in an object
11. Polka dots
12. Silhouette
13. Stained glass window
14. Partly built new building
15. Bunting
16. A collection (of anything)
17. Texture
18. Shadow
19. Street musicians
20. Nativity scene - compulsory and can't be substituted

 If you find any of the above hard to get you may substitute one or both of the subjects below, except No. 20 which is compulsory.  Bearing in mind that you may be living in the southern hemisphere, you may also substitute summer weather for winter weather.

Alternative A - new life
Alternative B -  a decorated tree

I will be keeping my eye out for the others over the next few weeks- what about you?

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx

Saturday, 10 January 2015


 Joining in with ABI's monthly meme

She is in Paris.....we gave her wings to could happen anywhere, at anytime...stay safe Kirsty Bubba xx

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx