So today is my Grans 90th birthday! We’re planning on taking her out for the day to South Queensferry (it’s a picturesque harbor village) where we’ll have tea and cake, before going on a short boat cruise of the River Forth to look at the bridges. I’m going to get her one of those massive birthday badges to wear, if I can find one for 90, because I think it’s quite an impressive age to reach. Maybe a 9 and a 0 side by side would work if push comes to shove…
So you may or may not already know that I work as a swimming teacher. At the weekend we held a fun swimming gala for everyone. (With emphasis on the fun, everyone got a participation medal regardless, but also place ribbons in their race.) For the beginners there were noodle horse races and the more advanced swimmers swam either widths or lengths of proper strokes. It was a really good day which ran smoothly only because there was a lot of preparation and thought went in to it (kudos to the boss).
All the swimmers seemed to love it too. It was a nice taster to the competitive world for some of the older children who maybe hadn’t thought about club swimming before, and a pat on the back to all the children for working hard at lessons.
So, confession time who out of you lot can/can’t swim?
Here’s the nails that I wore, they were greatly admired!
So if you happened to see my Instagram story on Saturday you may have guessed that I was dining at Nandos for dinner!
What do you guys think about Nandos?
For me, it’s a little over-hyped if you listen to the people that say it’s ‘amazing’. The food is okay, but nothing spectacular and I would say it’s potentially over-priced for what you actually get. But for a meal out every now and then it does the job, but to be honest I would rather go somewhere else. I have to be in the mood for a Nandos, it’s not my ‘go to’ restaurant. So why was I there then, well it was for my dads birthday meal with my brother and he loves Nandos. (It was either that or McDonalds…)
I decided to paint the peri-o-meter, even though I never dare touch anything above ‘extra mild’ because I’m a big scaredy-cat when it comes to heat. But there was no way I was going to be able to cram the words ‘extra mild’ in to that tiny space, so ‘Hot’ was my best option. Of course I also had to paint the Nandos Rooster (or rather ‘Barcelos Cockerel’) as it is their logo, and went with writing Nandos on my thumb. I enjoy painting lettering as it’s quite satisfyigin, even although I messed up the ‘S’ as I had sort of ran out of space whoops!
So which came first – the chicken or the egg? I really fancied doing something hand painted today as I haven’t done so in a while. They were inspired by this cute little chicken shaped stapler I have on my desk. None of the office supplies are sensible, so I’m glad I don’t actually work in an office; my tape dispenser is a dachshund, my highlighters are snails and I have dinosaur pens.
So it’s a sad world when you need to have a disclaimer at the start of posts which state ‘these nails were just for fun, not for practicality’ but alas it is the one we live in. Please note, these nails were just for fun and not for day-to-day practicalities. I genuinely think some people (trolls?) get a kick from pointing out silly stuff like ‘how are you going to wash the dishes with nails like that?!’, it makes for some really boring reading and fortunately doesn’t bother me apart from wishing to rant about it every now and then!
Believe it or not, but this design does count towards my ‘use the unused’ campaign. I had kept some quality street wrappers from Christmas as I thought they’d make for some cool broken glass designs, but today I thought of something else. I wrapped them around some pearl beads and created these tiny sweeties, keeping them true to their origins! Pretty cute huh? But how am I going to wash the dishes, darn…
So I had a few ideas for ditto, such as having him transformed mimicking other pokemon the only tell tale sign being the beady eyes. But then I thought it might be quite fun to make him in to a repeating pattern, and I think it turned out quite well! It’s a totally wearable design, right?
So this was a very rushed, poorly executed idea as I didn’t have much time to paint anything today and I also just wasn’t in the mood for it. It is fun though and the cogs, gears and watch mechanisms are all pretty cute ae? (Unfortunately they came straight off after the photos!)