Monday 22 June 2015

Life Lately at the Duckpond

Howdy, long time no blog it seems! You know when you get ill and then life gets hectic and then time just seems to run away with you (#bloggerclichealert - how is it July next week?) - well, yeah, that.

So life lately's included...

  • being ill and ending up with a week off work, which of course under any other circumstances would be great but spending a week sleeping and feeling sick wasn't exactly what I had in mind.

  • quite a good while afterwards still feeling tired and just "not quite right".

  • celebrating the wedding of two friends at their evening do (they had their big day with family on holiday in Cyprus!)

  • knitting a stuffed dog called Fudge which came as a free kit on the front of Knit Now magazine.


  • seeing another funnyman, Rich Hall in Salisbury (a gig which I saw Eileen (on her blog) went to as well - one day, we really must meet up!)

  • spending a weekend at our local heritage railway station where they were having a wartime-themed weekend and asked Andrew to take his lorry (even though technically it was built in 1952...)

  • getting out the old-fashioned candles during a mini (30 mins) blackout in our local area one evening.

  • packing in our ancient LoveFilm DVD subscription and joining the modern age of Netflix (tell me, what should I watch first?)

  • introducing the ladies in my office to the Only Connect connecting wall game online - resulting in a substantial reduction in the amount of actual work completed over the last few weeks.

  • spending one lunch hour online browsing and then buying some wool (to make a dinosaur with). Does that make me a grown up?

  • really enjoying 'No Offence' on C4 - it seems to have been a bit lost in all the TV mags and reviews but it's actually really good.

  • buying tickets for the shows we want to see at Edinburgh Fringe in August. This year we're there for 7 days and I've managed to shoehorn 30 shows into our schedule.

  • getting severely behind in blogging (Really? You hadn't guessed?). My drafts folder still has stuff from our Easter holiday in it and owe Bon Marche a sponsored post which is already incredibly late.

  • and buying a new car! Our good old Citroen C3 was getting a bit life expired (we'd had it 8 years) so we traded it in for a slightly bigger and newer car. I'm most impressed with the fact that in the new one I can plug my phone in and the music plays directly!

So...tell me all, what have I missed?


  1. Good to see you back! Hope you are feeling better too. Looks like it has been a busy time too.

  2. Hurrah, you are back! I wondered what happened what with BEDM and all that!!!

  3. Hope you're finally feeling all better!

  4. Really glad to see you back online. So sorry to hear you've been unwell but hope you're back to full health now.

    Did you enjoy Rich Hall? It was the first time I'd seen him but thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Yes, we must try to meet up sometime.

  5. Oooooh, I want #bloggerclichealert to be a real hashtag!

    Glad you're feeling better. x

  6. First of all, I'm super jealous of that music plug in your car - I just got one with a cd player (not had discs in years...) so I'm slightly behind the times! I'm glad you're feeling a bit better now. As for Netflix, I pay slightly extra for access to all the countries and it's bloody amazing - all the choices!!! There's a YouTube video on how to do it, it's super easy, and the Canadian one is full of good stuff :)

  7. I really hope you're feeling better!!! Super jealous of your new car too. Our 10 year old KA is giving up the ghost and we're too skint for a new one at the mo :(
    Miss Pond | Manchester Based Lifestyle Blog

  8. Hope you're starting to feel better! Luckily, I haven't been sick too much this year, when normally Belgium tries to kill me a few times in a year haha.

    Sounds like you've been a busy bee!

  9. Hey keep posting such good and meaningful articles.

  10. I hope you're feeling better - I had three weeks off work in January and didn't feel right for weeks afterwards.

    Lizzie Dripping

  11. Hope you're feeling better lovely Lou!
    Tommy Tiernen must have helped a bit, that guy is HILARIOUS!
    M x

  12. Sorry to hear that you haven't been well, Lou; hope you're feeling much better now, lovely! How is your little knitted dog coming on? I saw the pic you posted on Instagram and thought that you'd come on loads and loads if you were venturing into toys! Well done!!

    Also, loving that gorgeous old candlestick! Did you feel very Victorian with it? (I should actually look for one for powercuts. I usually end up with a tealight in a teacup which isn't terribly useful.)


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