Life in the Slow Lane

Monday, 17 April 2017


Another week has flown past...most of it in a flurry of dust here!

 You may remember that I mentioned we are having a bedroom and ensuite shower-room refurb and this week has been the demolition part of the process:

and I have spent my evenings resembling Cinderella on a bad day!!

I did however find time to help organise an Afternoon Tea in which 1000 euros was raised for our local Charity:

...and of course, now I'm home for a while it's time to get the garden up to scratch so this weekend saw a visit to a Garden Centre to buy this little lot:

I managed two scrapbook layouts;

I found the sketch on PAPER ISSUES

....and THIS sketch over at STUCK?!

As for mail?......the box of scrappy goodness I mentioned last week did indeed arrive:


Waving to SIAN and the 'Mondayers'...hoping you have all had a lovely Easter weekend and that this week brings good things for you!

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx

Monday, 10 April 2017


Hello again blogland!

As I mentioned in last week's post I have been 'gallivanting', as my Gran would have the North East of England this time, to visit my girl and her boys (one human and one of the four legged variety!)

The weather was sunny but cold for the first few days, but by the weekend if I had closed my eyes I could have been at home.....such a pleasant surprise!

We had an afternoon in Durham..and fitted in lunch AND Afternoon Tea:

I caught up with old friends and dog-sat the the four-legged boy:

There was some retail therapy and a visit to the Cinema to see this:

.....and loved it!

While I was away I read this book:

....finishing it on the plane on the way home.....a slow starter but a real tear jerker by the end (always embarrassing whilst sitting on a plane!)

By last night I was home and, as yet haven't had time to check my mailbox for any mail...I am hoping there is a notification to go and pick up a box of scrapping goodness!

Waving to SIAN and the other 'Monday-ers' and wishing everyone a good week

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx

Monday, 3 April 2017


I've missed it.....and I'm dipping my toe in again blogging I mean!

I'm making no promises- to myself or to anyone else - that it will be a regular occurrence, but I thought that I might start by joining re-joining SIAN and her 'Merry Mondayers' in the first instance.

So what's been happening in the slow lane this week?

I've managed a little bit of scrapbooking:

I'm sure I saw the sketch for this on FB but can't remember where

I happened upon this sketch on FB and used it as my starting point for this:

A little bit of reading:

I have made time to join a Reading Group and this was this month's (April's) choice....I quite enjoyed it even though it's not my favourite topic...the Cold War and espionage, but it examines the effects of wrongful accusation on a family (think The Railway Children written from the adult's perspective) therefore was more enjoyable than I had expected it to be.

Craig was here for a few days and we managed to get a few jobs done, had dinner out for our Wedding Anniversary ...and also had a day (well it SEEMED like an entire day!) looking at shower trays, tiles and vanity units for our shower room, which is just about to be re-decorated, along with our bedroom:

....and lastly the mail. It's been a Good Mail week:

a postcard from the lovely DEB, a Mother's Day card from Kirsty and an Anniversary card from our bridesmaid (the only other person apart from ourselves who ever remembers..thank you Morag!)

Have a good week and hopefully I'll be back next week...the coming week involves travel and catching up with Kirsty and with old friends for me...hope your week holds good things too!

Thanks for dropping by!
Takecare of you
Alison xx

Monday, 10 October 2016


....I said I wouldn't be blogging anymore....and I'm not really....this is a BLOGHOP post, following on from my recent weekend spent with a bunch of like-minded people at the RAU in Cirencester.

you may recognise some faces here

As always, it was lovely to meet up with old friends and to meet new ones!

As has become the norm, the lovely JULIE organised  PASS THE PAGE (the scrapbooking equivalent of Chinese Whispers) prior to the event and we all duly turned up with our's always amazing to see how the page differs by the end, but also to see what elements stayed the same all the way through.

To see the starting point go to the first page on the list (Julie's) and then go on to visit everyone else's blogs.

This is the page I made after receiving JACKY'S:

To find out what happened next, go to JEMMA'S blog...the full list of participants is below

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

THE TIME HAS COME...... face up to reality.

You may have noticed that I have been MIA for the last few months...the reasons are varied and I have been putting off the inevitable.

I have just read with great sadness but total understanding, my friend DEB TURTLE'S post explaining that she is bringing her blog (as it is now) to an end.

On reading Deb's final post, I realised that it was time for me to to be upfront and honest too.

My life is no longer lived in the slow lane, and in no way am I complaining about that; my involvement with the local charity has increased greatly over the last year and my commitments mean that my time is more limited and the time I DO have I want not be worrying about not writing a blogpost.

I have loved my blog...most especially for the friendships I have forged and for which I will be forever grateful....I will continue to look out for you all on FB and INSTAGRAM (and may even leave the odd comment on your Blog).

An appropriate picture to end with.....we were singing 'Start Spreading the News.....'

As always
Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx

Monday, 2 May 2016


Hello my friends!......the calendar tells me it's the first Monday in May but my brain finds it difficult to believe!

Being Monday, it's time to consider what 'firsts' might have occurred in the last few days and to try to remember if I learned anything new...all at the behest of the lovely SIAN.

No first time doing anything for me this weekend......BUT the first cherries are beginning to ripen on my net-covered tree 

I also said farewell to my first houseguest of the season....I've had a lovely week with my friend Lyn; it does however mean that I MAY have over-indulged on the eating and drinking front:

just ONE of our outings!

I suppose I could say that I've learned (though actually it's  RE-LEARNED) that after a week over overindulging, the body most definitely needs a bit of a detox! it's been lots of fresh fruit and water today sensible head is most definitely attached!

Wishing you all a good week....

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx

Monday, 18 April 2016


It's time to check in with SIAN and her merry band of 'Monday-ers' before yet another Monday has passed me by.

No 'firsts' this weekend.....all 'repeats': a hospital visit to check on some friends,another trip to a Garden Centre to buy this little lot:

.....then of course I spent some time planting them! 

Sunday saw me a Street Market in a neighbouring village, helping run a Book Stall for JVH (the Charity with which I'm involved):

....followed by a rather nice dinner with friends!

What did I learn?......that sometimes it's worth paying someone with the right tools to do a job!...I have been snipping away at a Honeysuckle which was well past it's 'sell by' date with my secateurs for about a month, and was getting of the local lads got rid of the thing in less than an hour with some sort of electrical implement!!

Enjoy your week my friends!

Thanks for dropping by!
Take care of you
Alison xx