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!)
So on Saturday night my friends and I all went ten-pin bowling.
I went for a colourful foil base to give an almost retro look as the bowling alley hasn’t changed it’s decor in about a decade and a half. It’s certainly not for serious bowling, you can actually see the warps in the floor and goodness knows when the last time it was polishes, or the balls for that matter. And please don’t get me started on the shoes…. As horrific as it’s sounding, I doubt I’m placing it on your ‘to do’ list upon visiting Falkirk, I do hold a certain amount of fondness for the place.
So it’s my birthday on Sunday, hip hip hooray. As I’m going out for a ‘few drinks’ with friends on the Saturday night, my dad figured it would be safer to take me out for my birthday lunch today so I’d actually be able to enjoy the food without a hangover.
He took me to a restaurant that we’ve both been to before and enjoyed; it serves good food and has such a cozy atmosphere thanks for it’s wood burning stove and rustic decor, which is perfect for this time of year. It’s called the ‘Jam Jar‘ and is located in Bridge of Allan. Now it totally makes sense as to why I have a jar of jam on my nails right!
So every second Saturday of the month, there’s a great farmers market held in Stirling. It has a selection of hand-made gifts (for example soy candles, jewellery, knitted garments) as well as lots of fresh local produce; ethically reared veal, pork, chicken, a fishmongers, organic vegetables, cheese, eggs, wine and so on. It really is fantastic! This time I picked up pigeon breasts, a rabbit, 6 huge duck eggs, butter and some vegetables. The butter was gorgeously creamy and I’d never seen it in such a bright, strong yellow before to the extent that I actually commented to the stall holder that it looked so tasty. She explained that all the cows and ducks are still grazing outside because it’s been quite a good summer for growing grass. The better the grass, the better the produce (bigger eggs, better butter) – makes sense right.
Well guess what? One of the eggs turned out to be a double yolker! It’s such a lovely surprise, and even better with a duck egg as the yolk is just so good. I still have two to eat so I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Anyway, I’ve totally just blethered on more about yummy foodstuff than my nails, whoops… To be honest I could have easily summed all of that to the following “I went to the market and bought some eggs, they were tasty so I painted my nails in honor them”. It’s just a shame that my nails aren’t big enough to pay homage to the beautiful double yolker.
These we really fun to wear and paint. I used these strange ‘Bubble Magnifier‘ blobs from BornPrettyStore, and to be honest at the time of purchase goodness knows what I had in mind for them. I think it was a case of my subconscious nail supply
hoarder collector instinct taking over but I’m glad it did as they were just perfect for yolks!