latest photos on my phone

it friday baby!!!

it is such a FANTASTIC day here in london, that it is a shame that i have to sit indoors.  london is having this freak heat wave (indian summer) at the moment with whopping temperatures of 29°for today.  hopefully it will last until after the weekend, so that we can fully enjoy the heat & sun (since we didn't get a chance to do it this summer).
in today's the times newspaper they had this (see below) old photo of 1895 when the temperatures was last this high for autumn.  also have a look here at the dailymail's article to see what london gets up to when we get a bit of heat & sun.
{i'm so glad i don't need to wear ALL that clothes in this heat}

this is the latest photo's on my phone:

1&2:  dinner with my friend willie
3:  lovely clouds; 4:  autumn is here
5:  wayne on the train; 6:  my dad sent me this one of katinka & sister janine

have a WONDERFUL friday & have LOADS of fun this weekend!!

little gift i made

pop on over to my sister, janine's blog & check out the little gift i made for her.

i LOVED making this for her & was surprised (and glad) that she got it in one piece - since the mailing system in SA isn't that great or even very reliable.

the weather here is FANTASTIC at the moment (i'm sad that i can't enjoy it, since i'm sitting in the office at work)! today is even warmer that any of the summer days we've had this year!!  hopefully it will stay like this until the weekend!

enjoy thursday!

Book: Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer #1)

this is the first book in the series about Cassandra Palmer written by Karen Chance


Touch the Dark is the first novel in a new series, featuring Cassandra Palmer.  Cassie is a clairvoyant, who can see visions of the future as well as communicate with the spirits of the dead.  And following the murder of her parents, was brought up in a vampire mafia family.  Then se ran away.  Tony, the un-dead godfather of the vampire mob, is looking for her, along with other interested parties.  This forces her to turn to the vampire Senate for protection.  But the price they demand may be more than Cassie is willing to pay. 

In addition to vampire clans, the book also includes human mages, demons, were creatures, ghosts, pixies and allegedly elves. 


My review:

i’m a bit conflicted with this one.  it’s very good, but at the same time, i had some issues reading it.

my first issue was that it’s a bit like a history overload.  from dracula’s brother, rasputin, rapheal (the artist) and even jack the ripper pops up in this book.  this makes it feel very cramped. 

i don’t know if it was because of this, that i felt a bit confused at times or, just because the scenes changed somewhat abruptly in the book.

the book does end suddenly and was left opened with a lot of questions but luckily i can go onto the next book (that i heard was even better than this one).

the good things in this book were that the story felt unique and different.  the main characters are very enjoyable and fascinating, so that i cant wait to read the next one:  Claimed by Shadow.  the action in this book is fantastic.  violent but fit in quite well in this violent world & also the storyline.

this book definitely has some down points but yet, i wanted to keep reading.  i wasn’t disappointed with karen chance’s first effort.  this book is unique and establishes her place in the world of urban fantasy.  so all i can say is:  bring on more cassie adventures!

i made this: leather kindle cover

for this week's i made this i want to show you the AWESOME (i think it is - and i'm very impressed with myself) kindle cover i made for my kindle.  it is made with faux white leather & felt.  it was easy (even if my sewing machine complained a bit) but still a bit difficult to get the needle through the white faux leather & felt.  i still have leather left over, so will try to make a laptop bag with the rest, just need to get thinner felt for that.

see - i LOVE it! i even made a little strap & stitched on a big button.  i am not too sure it will stay this white in my handbag though.  (i got the idea from here)

around the big www, i saw the following ideas that i would LOVE to try:

this very clever & easy heart envelope:
{this clever tutorial is on this website}

go here to see the tutorial for this leather leaves hairpieces.  perfect for this autumn.

have a fantastic crafty wednesday!!

our weekend in oxford & movie tuesday

we took the 1hour & 25min train to oxford over the weekend for a little visit & walk around in the lovely town.  we LOVE oxford it’s so green & relaxing (and not london).  we haven’t been there in a while so this was so lovely!  oxford is know for it’s university & a bucket load of bicycles.

here is a few photos from our trip.  i took a massive amount of photos so i will try not to overload you:

harrods bus on the left & wayne doing a ballet move like tinkie, here & here.

at london paddington station for our train to oxford.

on the train

old buildings, walls & book statues in oxford

loads of old doors & doorknobs & even old doorbells.

and some more.

wondering around town, you see a lot of OLD buildings, bicycles (even ones used to advertise a restaurant); a very old (sadly, not working) water pump & boats on very green ‘mossy’ water.

we even saw this peace sign statue & big grinning statue.

and this freaky looking statue with teeth.  check out the small potato statue someone made next to it – even with teeth.

autumn is really here now.

the tree on the left’s leaves have grown against the whole front of the house & look quite spectacular.

there is loads of ducks, swans & birds – waiting to be fed.

we really LOVED this small hidden alley we found – it made us think about, and miss, venice.  all over town these little butterflies was sprayed on doors and walls (not sure why).

we had such an awesome time in oxford – and can’t wait to go back again.

for movie tuesday – we went to see Jurassic Park in the cinema.  they digitally enhanced it for the cinema  - like they did with back to the future earlier in the year.  it was absolutely fabulous to see this on the big screen.  i missed it when it came out the first time around.

hope you all had a fantastic weekend!!  wishing everyone the best for this week!!

it’s thursday…


since i only finished defiance (book 4 of the strange angels series) a couple of days ago and i’m still busy with my current book; i’m not going to post a book review this week.  i did update my strange angels review to include defiance; go and have a look here.

i’m so glad it’s thursday today – this week was just waaaayyyyyy to long for my liking. 

have a happy thursday & remember…

tomorrow is FRIDAY!!!!

an old photo of us – taken the first time he met my family in 2005 (i love this photo).

i made this: LOVE poster

awhile ago a saw a picture in a magazine of a LOVE poster made by a well-known artist (not too sure, actually can’t remember anymore, the artist name or the magazine name – so unfortunately i can’t provide a link).  so i decided to make my own, and this is my attempt – and i LOVE it!

i LOVED making this! it wasn’t the easiest diy i have ever tried but it was actually easier than i thought it would be.  no i just need to attach it to one of our walls.

i also saw this cute apple cozy on the web:

here is my one:

i think this is so cute & the positive thing about this is that my apples won’t bruise in my ‘overstuffed’ handbag anymore. 
this was also so easy to make & didn’t even take me an hour.
have a happy crafty wednesday!

movie tuesday: friends with benefits and The Pirates!

let's start with friends with benefits
While trying to avoid the clichés of Hollywood romantic comedies, Dylan and Jamie soon discover however that adding the act of sex to their friendship does lead to complications.


Will Gluck

my review:
i think that it's a cute film (i know wayne won't agree) but it doesn't fully reach its potential.  it didn't quite rise above the romantic material it mocked but it still was funny and adorable.  
in the first half of the film it had plenty of laugh out loud moments but in the second half when they realise its more complicated than they thought.  the film gets predictable and too dramatic to fit in with the beginning half.  
don't get me wrong i did enjoy it in the end but it could have been so much more. 

we were lucky to see a sneak preview screening of this film on sunday (as mentioned here).  i am not allowed to give too much away about the film, so i will tell you the plot & our experience since it was the first time for us to view a film as a sneak preview.

A hapless band of pirates compete for the Pirate of the Year award. (via:  imdb)


Peter LordJeff Newitt


Gideon Defoe (book)Gideon Defoe (screenplay)

the guardian newspaper released this world exclusive trailer - go and have a look.

our experience:
and what a strange experience that was.  we got our 2 tickets & showed up at the cinema on sunday.  at the door you had to hand in your mobile phone, cameras & anything that can record.  they also gave you a questionnaire that you had to fill in afterwards to let them know what you thought of the film & what you would change.  
before the film started, they explained to us that it is still in production, so not all the scenes are completed.  some were drawings, some with green screens attached & other scenes still need to be 'cleaned-up'.  it was quite weird to watch a film like that.
i must admit i enjoyed it and it was funny, cute & had a heart felt story to the core (like most children movies should have).
i can't wait to watch this again in march 2012 when the official release date is! i would love to see if they changed anything & what the complete film looks like.

weekend re-cap

this was another rainy weekend at least we got to see a rainbow, not JUST one but TWO! one on saturday and also one on sunday.

saturday's one
sunday's one
we had breakfast at our favourite place, the pantry.
 saturday evening we had a lovely pancake dinner with friends.  (i took photos below, while sitting in the bus - on our way to their flat).  left - old tooting sign & street lights.  right - old brewery in wandsworth.

sunday we were lucky enough to get invited to a pre-screening of the new The Pirates In an Adventure with Scientist movie that will only be released in march 2012.  i will tell you more about this in my movie tuesday post, later today.

on our way the movie theatre.

i hope you all had a wonderful weekend & wish you all a fantastic week!

books: strange angels series

this is a series with 5 books and written by Lili St Crow.

strange angels (book 1)

plot:  Dru Anderson has been “strange” for as long as she can remember. She travels from town to town with her father, hunting the things that go bump in the night and eat the unwary. It’s a weird life, but a good one–until it all explodes and a zombie busts into her new house.

Alone, terrified, and trapped in an icy town, Dru’s going to need every inch of her wit and training to stay alive. Can she trust the boy who is just a little too adult–and just happens to get bit by a werwulf? Or the strange blue-eyed boy who tells her she’s heir to a long-forgotten power? Can she even trust her own instincts?

Because Dru is not the first in her family to be killed by the darkness of the Real World. The monsters have decided to hunt back–and now Dru has to figure out who to trust, who to fight, and when to run. And not incidentally, she has to figure out how she’s going to get out of this alive.

And she has to do it by sundown, or it’s all over…

betrayals (book 2)

plot:  Dru Anderson’s parents are long gone, her best friend is a werwulf, and she’s just learned that the blood flowing through her veins isn’t entirely human. (So what else is new?)

Now Dru is stuck at a secret New England Schola for other half-vampire teens like her, and there’s a big problem—she’s the only girl in the place. A school full of cute boys wouldn’t be so bad, but Dru’s killer instinct says that one of them wants her dead. And with all eyes on her, discovering a traitor within the Order could mean a lot more than social suicide.

When murderous vampires start showing up and the body count begins rising, Dru has to figure out who to trust and when to run–or tonight might be her last…

jealousy (book 3)

plot:  Dru Anderson might finally be safe. She’s at the largest Schola on the continent, and beginning to learn what it means to besvetocha–half vampire, half human, and all deadly. If she survives her training, she will be able to take her place in the Order, holding back the vampires and protecting the oblivious normal people.

But a web of lies and betrayals is still closing around her, just when she thinks she can relax a little. Her mentor Christophe is missing, her almost-boyfriend is acting weird, and the bodyguards she’s been assigned seem to know much more than they should. And then there’s the vampire attacks, the strange nightly visits, and the looks everyone keeps giving her. As if she should know something.

Or as if she’s in danger.

Someone high up in the Order is a traitor. They want Dru dead–but first, they want to know what she remembers of the night her mother died. Dru doesn’t want to remember, but it looks like she might have to–especially since once Christophe returns, he’ll be on trial for his life. The only person who can save him is Dru.

The problem is, once she remembers everything, she may not want to…

defiance (book 4)

plot:  Dru Anderson has always been a good listener. She listened to her dad, but had to gun him down herself when he turned zombie. She listened to the Order, but got nothing but lied to in return. She listened to Christophe, and lost the only friend she had left.

Time to buckle up, boys and girls. Dru Anderson is done listening. From here on out, she’ll face the King of the Vampires on her own terms. And if the Order has a problem with it, they can kiss their sweet little svetocha goodbye…

reckoning (book 5)

plot:  The fifth and final Strange Angels book arrives in November 2011!  Nobody expected Dru Anderson to survive this long. Not Graves. Not Christophe. Not even Dru. She’s battled killer zombies, jealous djamphirs, and bloodthirsty suckers straight out of her worst nightmares. But now that Dru has bloomed into a full-fledged svetocha – rare, beautiful, and toxic to all vampires – the worst is yet to come.

Because getting out alive is going to cost more than she’s ever.

my review:  the reason i started reading this series was because of the comparisons to one of my favourite tv shows supernatural.  to clarify, this is NOTHING like supernatural. 

the plot is a bit slow even with all the action (trying to kill dru).  the reason i think this is because certain parts went on forever and some went by too fast, so that you don’t really get the action scenes. 

dru, for me, is a bit annoying.  her inner dialogues irritated me sometimes, especially how se repeats things OVER and OVER.  an example of this is how good looking graves is becoming.  oh my word, i read that MILLIONS of times, especially in the first book.  there is also way too much description of things rather than dialogue. 

i am currently still busy with jealousy (book 3) but it is already better than the first one.  the over all plot of the books are actually good and i think the books have potential but the author got a bit lost in the repetitive and annoyingly long dialogue from the main character, dru.   most of her conversations take place with herself in her head and like i mentioned before it makes her a tad annoying. 

let’s hope the rest of the books get better.

UPDATE:  (16 Sep 2011):  i’ve just finished book 4 (defiance) of this series.  and i’m either stupid or a sucker for reading this far in the series.  like i said above, the idea of the story isn’t bad at all it’s just the writing that is HORRIBLE.  and i personally think it’s getting worse.  for a character who is meant to have been hunting with her dad since she was little she’s very fragile, she cries a lot and she overthinks EVERYTHING. the author keeps referring back to feelings that was mentioned in chapter 1,2,3 etc etc. you feel like saying ok we get the picture!  no need to tell us another ten times that you miss graves sleeping on the floor for example. there is also no need to go over already covered things. Its like the author thinks that we need to be told 100s of times as we are so stupid not to take it in. if you go through this book you will notice there is not a lot of talking between the characters just dru thinking about things and feeling sorry for herself, even when christophe talks to her directly you get about 10 paragraphs of thinking before she reply's. for example when anna sends her a note you had to wait a page and a half before you actually got to see what was in the note.  stop over analysing everything.  the only positive thing in this book is that she stood up for herself & there is also more fighting scenes in here.  

unfortunately i’m the type of person that once i picked up a book, i HAVE to finish the book even if it is bad.  i was  actually wishing the pages away.

but all moaning aside, it would be a great book if it had more dialogue & character interaction so that we could actually get to know the characters. will I be buying book number 5? yes of course I will, I need to find out what’s going to happen – but that’s the ONLY reason.

i made this: flower fairy lights

awhile ago on this post (more on my diy list) i loved the idea of using a paper towel holder for all my bracelets.

  sources {here & here}


here is mine:

i also wanted to ‘jazz’ up the fairy lights on the fireplace in the dining room.  so i cut out paper flowers (felt like about 100} & stitched it to the fairy lights and this is what it looks like now:

this is the next crafty task i would LOVE to do:

{source:  martha stewart}

have a lovely crafty wednesday!

movie tuesday: cowboys & aliens

plot: A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way. {via: imdb}

this is such a difficult post to do, because i’m not to sure how i feel about this movie.  when we left the cinema, wayne asked me what i though and i don’t know – i still don’t.  i don’t like daniel craig that much, so i’m wondering if that’s not my issue with this movie.  and that i was looking forward to it, having james bond & indiana jones in one movie, who wouldn’t like that idea!

i think i was just BORED!  the romantic scenes (or trying to be romantic scenes) was just unnecessary.  harrison ford was funny & i really liked him in here but his scenes was way too short.  and i really disliked daniel craig in here, he is definitely NO cowboy.  the story is even weak and doesn’t really make sense because they don’t explain really anything.

all in all i was disappointed, this could have been a lot of fun, with a lot of laughs and action.  instead, we got a boring western/sci-fi action/adventure film that is trying to be too serious.

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