Sunday, 30 September 2012
28 -A good thing - Home made Homity Pie
29 - Errand - a trip to the airport (in the pouring rain) to drop off Marion and Rosie.
30 - Me,then -a photo from Henfield C of E school days..
SO that's it for the September challenge.... now on to the October challenge, and if you'd like to play along just let me know and I'll send you the link, or the list for the photos...
Thursday, 27 September 2012
Marion (AKA Hatty -a nickname leftover from our childhood days) and Rosie arrived on Tuesday and are here until Saturday. We've already had a night out at Gilda's when they arrived, yesterday I gave them the guided tour of VnG, and today we've been into BCN for the day.
It's great to be spending time with them both as we haven't properly had time together for ages. WE are nattering almost non-stop and laughing and chortling through the day.
One of the funny things I've noticed is that we all have different memories of various shared experiences, or perhaps that we have simialr memories but that we each remember different details.
I wonder what memories we'll all be taking away from these few days together?
(Taken with my new camera -notice the improved clarity!)
which means that there are five daily photos to catch up with.....
23... Before Bedtime........ some delicious cocktails on the seafront.
24 - Three things..... I need to continue my final edit - the book, a pencil and my laptop....
27- Love/Hate - Love driving (even in the rain) - Hate Road Tolls (between VnG & BCN)
Tuesday, 25 September 2012
I haven't got round to uploading the photos from our hols as yet, but will plan to do so in the next few days. Also whilst we were away my new camera arrived -all singing, all dancing and a little scary if I'm honest. A little practice and I'm sure we'll be the best of friends. MY efforts will be on here as soon as I get round to it. It's a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ25, and looks pretty flash -even does 3D photos- not sure how that'll work out?
Today Hatty and Rosie arrived from the UK for a few days, so I've been up to the airport again and entertaining this afternoon. tonight we're all off for dinner at Gilda's again. Tomorrow they want a lazy day, which is good, so hopefully I'll get caught up with the 393 e-mails I've received -probably deleting will be the main option, and should get sorted with photos too, which will be god as I'm well aware that I'm a little behind (pun intended - see the entry for the 21st!), and will try to catch up with that too.
BTW did anyone read all the blog entries for our holiday- or was it just TMI all at once and overwhelming?
Saturday, 22 September 2012
Today is our last full day aboard. At lunchtime we will be arriving in Dubrovnik where there is a tender service to land.
Yesterday the show in the theatre was 'I have a dream'. A show performed by the staff from various departments who thougt they had a talent to share. Sadly they were wrong. Simon Cowell would have cried. Honestly I am sure there must be some better talent onboard.
The show was followed by our second gala dinner so we was boted and suited again and I have to say looking mighty fine. Although the food was 'pleasant' (Note the wording Julie!) It really wasn't gala. Cheese stuffed pasta followd by cheese stuffed profiteroles with salad and blue cheese dressing folloed by a plate of .. cheese. I think someone needs to have a word with the menu planner! Having said that we did have enough to eat and enjoyed our evening.
Today's photo prompt is 'up' . The first thing that caame to mind (you know me!) is not a photo I can publish here! So here's one I can....
Well when i take it that is... watch this space....
Yesterday after an interesting day out in Istanbul (yes there was plenty to look at....) we were treated to a great musical show. Why great? Because there was a lot of 80s music and of course some Abba.
Today we have been at sea all day with just the occasional island to break up the non-ending vista of ocean. Deep blue beautiful ocean I hasten to add.
Lunch was a disappointment - same veggie choice of pasta gratinada so I asked one of the maitre d's if there was another veggie option. He replied that Europe hadn't caught onto that fad yet. I begged to differ and told him it really wasn't acceptable. He offered to get me something specially prepared from the kitchen. Result I thought until one of the waitresses turned up with a plate of spaghettei in tomato sauce (Isn't that pasta?) And a plate of fish (I am veggie and had I wanted fish the buffet was overflowing with it) Once again thwarted. I settled for salad yet again.
This evening is our second Gala night. Fingers crossed it is better that the first.
Today's photo prompt is 'sometimes'.... and I'm still pondering this one.... maybe this evening will give me a clue....
Know what it will be but havent taken foto yet.... to be continued.
Sometimes you just see the things you dint really want to
Yesterday's tour around Olympia was interesting and enjoyable. For a change we weren't rushed around and had free rein looking around the site of the ancient games.
Returning to the ship for lunch was a mad bunfight aseveryone wanted to eat at the same time. Not an enjoyable experience at all.
The evening was the first gala dinner, preceded by the Captain's cocktail and a 'fantasy spectacle' in the theatre.
Unfortunately the gala dinner didn't live up to its billing and was the worst gala menu ever. I ended up with a small salad and was far from a happy bunny.
Today's photo prompt is 'underneath' and I've no inspiration at the moment. I shall wait and see if our trip into Ephesus will help.... and indeed it did... underneath 10 metres of soil this is what they found....
This morning we have arrived in Katakolon in Greece. It's only just 7am and we're up and breakfasted already.
Yesterday was a fantastic day in Bari. After disembarking we found some bike-taxis and jumped aboard to be shown round the city by a delightful Bulgarian girl who really knew her stuff.
In the first church we stopped at I saw the bones of Saint Nicholas - or as we usually say -Santa Claus.
Later on we saw a street lined with women making pasta by hand which was then left to dry in the sun.
Back on board for lunchtime and we set sail for Greece.
Last night in the theatre we saw Roberto Sinagoga. Another excellent, as was dinner.
Today we are off on an excursion to Olympia, details of which will be posted later.
Today's photo challenge is price.... it's given me a lot of food for thought. Price of the cruise.... a bargain. Price of drinks onboard.. usual good value. What price tourism... Venice protesters.. the price is right..... Price's shop in the high street where I grew up. So here's today's photo.... what price fame. Anyone any clue as to the photo reference?
I've decided I am going to write a daily blog post and publish it as and when I get free internet access.
Yesterday we boarded after hours of hanging around and queueing with the hordes. Cruising really isn't just for the elite any more. I guess we ourselves are proof of that, although we do try to maintain certain standards. There are some on board, however, that do not. Dress sense at dinner proved that once and for all last night! I mean, would one normally wear cut off denims and a megadeath t-shirt to a 'nice' restaurant. Yes, there we have it. The travelling snob in me is alive and well!
Our cabin is spacious and comfortable, comodious I guess one could say. And that's where I've left hubby happily snoring whilst I feast my way through a plate of hash browns and scrambled eggs, washed down with orange juice. And whilst on the subject of food let me just comment that although we did come straight (sic) onboard yesterday and grab some lunch, and enjoy a FULL dinner last night we are not hogging. Others, on.the other hand' are making the most of the availability of food and piling their plates high but sadly leaving them piled almost as high when they leave. The gluttony and waste is something I find remarkable on cruises, clearly as I have just remarked.
Today we are due to enter Bari. ( Fnaarr) We've not yet decided if we will get off (Fnaarr) or simply lounge around on deck. Quite frankly we're both a little jaded after the last few days of socialising, both here and at home in VnG so the later is a possibility. I shall apprise you of our decision later.
And today's photo challenge.. in my fridge:
Sunday, 16 September 2012
Waking up in a strange city - Venice. Waking up in a strange bed. Well it's not like I've never done that before.... oh for the crazy days of my youth.
Showering in a strange bathroom. It's so small (The bathroom!!) And is actully a wet-room.
Breakfast of a strange croisant. It already had the jam inside. Delightful and a sweet morning treat.
And later today onto a strange biat. Favulosa !!!!!
Today's photo prompt= strange. So here's that bathroom...
Saturday, 15 September 2012
After an uneventful flight we arrived in Venice safe and sound. Catching the waterbus we arrived at Ponte de Goglia an spotted the hotel straight away. As we got off the boat I mentioned that I needed some cellotape. Turning round there was a paper shop selling the very item.
After dropping off our cases at the hotel we went out to explore and I realused I had forgotten to bring a spare memory card for the camera. The next shop we passed was a camera shop which was having a sale on those very cards.
After a wandsr and a beer we found a nice restaurant with tables by one of the canals. As we sat down a small group of musicians settled down there too and inccredibly started playing our song..... it seems that magic is in the air today!!
And the photo for today's prompt .... the first thing i see.... this is the first thing i see as i come out of the hotel.
Friday, 14 September 2012
Today Jane and Amy are back in the house ready to babysit when we fly off to Venice tomorrow to begin our cruise of the Adriatic, and tonight we are all going out to dinner at one of our favourite places, with the wonderful Julie. This afternoon Tony will be having his new teeth fitted, so happily he will be in the holiday photos.
And to the photo challenge.
Yesterday's was Table: So here's one of the buffet's I have prepared over the past year (this one for the school's end of year party)...
'Gilda's' - Our favourite restaurant of the moment, where we will be dining tonight...
Wednesday, 12 September 2012
On Monday we went into a key-makers to get a copy of the car key made, just in case I should ever lose it -strange as it's never worried me before. After having made the key the keysmith found out he didn't have the right 'chi' to activate the key, so no spare was purchased.
Today I was about to rush out and went to pick up my car key off the hook - it wasn't there - "but it's always there," I cried. Turning the house upside down ensued, trying to retrace my steps, wailing and gnashing of teeth accompanying all actions. After at least half an hour of hell I found the key in Cuddy's toybox -how it got there is a mystery -but it was definitely a message from the universe - that what you consider will be delivered.
At midday the draw for 'The Magic of the Camino' prize book draw took place -All the names were put in a hat (all 98 of them) and I drew two for the prizes:
Tuesday, 11 September 2012
Monday, 10 September 2012
Sunday, 9 September 2012
Been working on the Website again today - enjoying the creative process of putting pages and idea together, but a bit scared about putting together the 'shop' part. Janey's agreed to be UK distribution for HoT products, just as well as there are already some on their way to Sussex.
Saturday, 8 September 2012
I've spent most of the afternoon working on a webpage for House Of TulStig. Happy with it so far, but adding techno gadgets to make it the best ever. Honestly this is just the front page and just the start:
Any comments / all comments muchly welcomed.
Tweeting during XFactor like a mad thing. Either going to get noticed or annoy everyone big time -but hey that's getting noticed too. If it helps sell even just one more book it's well worth it. Here's a selection:
Having had some great feedback for the first chapter of the book from selected readersI am very happy. One 'reviewer' read it to her young son at bedtime, and he loved it and wants more... so I'd best get writing.
and so to today's photo challenge - AT NIGHT:
Friday, 7 September 2012
This afternoon I spent a good couple of hours putting together a promotional video for The Magic of the Camino - [great idea from Nick] complete with background music and voice-over by yours truly. Then as I tried to save it I got an error message that it couldn't be saved. Slightly miffed, to say the least, yet I'm sure my next attempt when I return to this project will be even better.
I also spent a bit of time 'messing about' with the programmes to create a new website, but couldn't quite catch the creative urge. Project shelved until later.
And to today's photo challenge.
Thursday, 6 September 2012
After Tony's appointment and a bit of shopping I had a lunchtime drink with some of my chums from work, and even surprised Sue by holding Lilly and calming her down. It is well known I don't do babies!
This afternoon after a much needed siesta a little bit of writing.
So here are the updates for my works in progress and the published ones.
I now have the domain and have been playing around with building a website. I have to admit to having got a bit stuck. Not quite sure what I want it to look like, and want it to be right before I go live with it. This is possibly a project for after our hols ... any suggestions, helpful hints etc all welcomed...
The Magic of the Camino
I'm still promoting the book through Facebook. The school I work for has included a link on their page, and now I've well over a hundred 'likes' of the MOTC page. Next week there is a draw for two free copies of the book which has helped the promo no end.
The translation to Spanish is going well. Victoria is currently translating chapter 29. I'm hoping for a Christmas publishing date.
Sales are stalled at the moment, and I have to admit I've not down a lot of promotion, but intend to start a big push this weekend during 'The X-Factor' as suggested by Nick. It will be a twitter bonanza. If you're on twitter I'd love for you to join in and help with the push. Watch out for hashtags: #JoeyFischer #Winner #PopSensation all attached to the hashtag of the programme. I fyou are willing and able I'd be so pleased if you could use any of these hashtags creatively, and/or just retweet what I'll be putting out.
Watch out for a Facebook innovation too....
Michael is still busy translating this one into German. Publication date probably in the new year.
Still waiting on the proof copy to arrive in the post. Once it's here I'll be checking it thoroughly, revising what's necessary and setting up for sale. Then I'll be popping out the promos for that too.
Chapter Two is under way - And part of the secret is revealled as Aaron steps up at lunchtime at Nana's. Who knows where this story will take me, but I do have a good feeling about it.
So I guess that just about is a round up of my writing projects. One thing I do know is that there will be a blog-like page on the new website which will have all these updates.
Wednesday, 5 September 2012
Tuesday, 4 September 2012
This month I've joined in a photography challenge -To take one photo a day linked to a list of prompts as set up my FatMumSLim - a blog site written by a fun girl called Chantelle.
FOr the 1st of September the prompt was - Me now:
Sunday, 2 September 2012