Monthly Archives: November 2013

Juliet (Oscar) Bravo


Growing up in a small village everyone knew everyone.  It wasn’t until years later that I realised that old Bill the local bobby was a) actually not that old and b) I’m not even sure he was called Bill.

Whether I was influenced by old/not old Bill/maybe not Bill I decided I wanted to join the Police.  I didn’t apply as I was only about 7 at the time.

Years later a friend, who was a bobby on the beat, said I wouldn’t be able to join as I was too short and my eye sight wasn’t perfect.  I shelved that idea, took a secretarial course and worked in an office.

Anyway after getting contact lenses and not growing much more I did eventually join the Police and when I left I was given an award.  It was all very jolly and I didn’t cry!

Yesterday I heard that Lewis Collins had died and I instantly remembered the theme tune, the flares, the collars and the handsome charm.  He wasn’t my favourite though because I loved a young John Nettles.

I posted a link of The Professionals to You Tube on Facebook and then giggled as I read the replies!  One friend said he wanted to be Bodie when he grew up and I said I wanted to be Juliet Bravo.  Same friend said you probably were and you knew it!  Of course I knew it!

I was tempted to write a reply but the phone rang and I was distracted.  Here is what my reply was going to be – with a nod and a wink to the crime dramas I grew to know and love, which may or may not have stood me in good stead!

Yes I know I should have been Juliet Bravo! I was a Cracker, I never spoke in (Morse) code, I always had the Gentle Touch, I responded to jobs in a Heartbeat, I preferred cycling or pounding the pavements over (Z) cars fitting the Bill of high vis foot patrol, much like The Chief when she first started. Whilst it was cold and sometimes lonely out on my beat I kept warm and it was only in some situations there was a Touch of Frost. I once had an interesting outcome following some tag art (bit weak I know) graffiti resulting in an assistance shout which resulted in a mass exodus of Dixons from Dock Green or Sunhill.  I’m sure I was the friendly face of the Thin Blue Line and when I got home I enjoyed a glass of Bergerac, safe in the knowledge that I worked with some fabulous Professionals!


Everything in its place



This week has been really manic and trying as I am not only trying to work from home but we are in the midst of decorating the kitchen and sorting out the storage nightmare.  I have taken everything out of the kitchen and it looks fantastic, so much space – however the dining room looks like a bomb has hit it and I am literally falling over everything!  How come I have accumulated so much stuff that I don’t use?

When the kitchen is sorted, with the useful everyday and use-often items back in their places on newly painted shelves there will be a glut of kitchenalia that needs a home.  This is where I get excited and start measuring up!  I love storage solutions and shelving!  I have my eye on some storage items at Pedlars Place and some shelves from a new Twitter follower Shelfstore.

That Shelfstore website is fabulous, it is so helpful and visual and I can picture where the shelves are going to go!  Not only that but on the Living Room Furniture Ideas page it says these magic words  ……. “Make best use of space by shelving over doors, under windows and around corners – you can even build a room divider if needed”

Those words are music to my ears!

Christmas Market at the Racing and River Boat Museum, Lower Basildon


On Saturday 30 November 2013 between 330pm and 730pm The Old Tithe Barn which houses the Racing and River Boat Museum at Beale Park in Lower Basildon will be full of lovely stalls and smiling faces. 

The elves have been busy creating a vintage grotto and there will be a festively themed pop up tea room selling mince pies and hot drinks.

I will be there with gorgeous gifts and must-have homewares as well as the luxury skincare range Lubatti.

It will be lovely to see Denny and Stella & Dot, Kelly from The Little Print Co and Sandy Ebdon-Jackson again.

Fiona Saunders will be there with the Jamie At Home range, which is great as my kitchen is almost finished and I love all things kitchen!

Bette & Barb from Somerset will be tempting everyone with their handmade vintage inspired Christmas cards.

I have just bought a handbag but it doesn’t stop me browsing, oh look there’s Sampson & Christie!

As well as RNLI, Shane Miller Photography and Daisy Chain Candles there will also be stalls offering seasonal silk flower arrangements, handmade soaps and beauty products, wood turning, homemade jams and chutneys, Barefoot Books,  Aloe Vera health & wellbeing, handmade appliqué cushions, knitted scarves, shawls, fingerless gloves and handmade fabric bags, kids hair accessories, deco patch items, sock monkeys and other animals, handbags, New Age gifts from Phoenix and Eagle, Christmas decorations, plus you can pre-order your Christmas tree and wreaths from Berkshire Plant Nursery.

Entry is free.

If you do come along then do come and say hello!

What’s not to like?


I like nothing better than finding a shop or website that grabs my attention and makes me want to look inside! 

On one of my daily hourly checks on Twitter I found @2Littlebirdz with a lovely website showing lots of lovely things that I would like to buy, give away or keep for myself.

How can anyone resist this bio “Two Little Birdies are purveyors of lovely stuff old & new for the modern vintage home.  An inspiring online emporium filled with home decor & accessories”.  Clearly I couldn’t.


 I started with the photo frames, because it’s Christmas coming and there will be family needing presents, memories being made and places needed for cherished memories.  (Christmas this year will be more special because this year my step sister and her 2 children will be in the UK and I’ve not seen them for 10 years since we spent Christmas Day in Coffs Harbour – but that’s another story for another time!). 

I now have this frame on my bedroom wall with a very old photo of my lot, but it’s a fabulous photo and the the frame does it justice!



Of course I was also going to be drawn to the ribbon, every well dressed present needs to be finished off with ribbon – especially as it has Labradors on it!

The very lovely thing about Two Little Birdies is they are based in Wokingham and said they could deliver to me the next day, that’s what I call the personal touch!

At the appointed hour there was a knock on the door and the normal stampede to see who it was and who could open the door first, I think I won that round!

My shopping was so beautifully wrapped and presented that seemed wrong to unwrap it!  Froths of crisp white tissue paper tied up with string.  What’s not to love.

Of course you don’t have to just take my word for it, you could go and look at the website and drool for yourself!  Or you could sign up to their newsletter and follow them on Twitter, then you will know when their next open house is and you can see for yourself and meet my new friends!

Talking of their open house has reminded me that I must nip back with a bottle of wine and my credit card to pick up those bits I put by!