Isn't she the prettiest?
I took almost 140 pictures to get a handful of ones I could savour; she was not in the mood. I hate that I have had to use a low aperture with an iso of 200 for these pictures - its freaking pitch black here during the day. Its worse than the north pole.So.
We got her up at 7.30 to open all her gifts and cards. Along with her bacon butty she had chocolate and coffee. She loves this day so much for the choc brekkie, im sure!. I couldn't wait for her to open her pressies but she is such a slow caoch and opens each one gingerly. Rip em open, dammit!
She got a hat and fingerless mittens from Eddy, socks, slipper socks and smellies from us plus her iPod plus I got her some of these cute "bra's. I term that loosely as they really are for the younger kid (aged 7-8) who just wanna pretend. Well, they were her best present. And she knows they are not the real thing (she is far from that stage) but my goodness, her face was pure delight. Forget we just spent big bucks on an iPod. Monkey!
Talking of monkies, my generous, thoughtful friend Sharon dropped off this handmade gift for her tonight. Ellie is a massive Marmoset fan (her fave monkey's actch) and although this could be stuffed on a shelf for her room as decoration, belle does loves her cuddlsomes and Im not kidding - she fell mightily in love with him (she has called him George after her fave to win the Jungleness). This picture is not staged, this is how she was with him. I don't care that she should be hanging about street corners and getting up to horrible teenage stuff - this only child (who are often lonely children) loves cuddles be it from man, beast or cuddly. Thanks Shazzer........ it was the most thoughtful present for her.
Anyway, belle gets in from school yest and we were invited to go to her Nanna's so she could open her gifts from them. Our house is a stinking, messy pig sty right now (with the decorating etc etc) so it was a breath if fresh air to go somewhere clean, dust free and tidy. I miss being tidy in the house, its killing me. Only when we got through the door and into the kitchen, the table was set up like you would for high tea. Cups and saucers and a cake (made from meringue, ellie is not a cakey cake girl). I didn't have my camera and anyway, its too frigging dark for one plus as you may/may not know, I hate flash photography at the best of times). It was so civil and dignified sitting there drinking from poshy cups and saucers and Ellie opened her gifts and delighted at them all. Her most treasured one was a book on Origami. Ellie does like to fiddle with paper now and again but Origami is something that fascinates her. She was a happy kid yest; loved it myself actually. Which reminds me to thank you for such lovely comments that some of you left yesterday. Ellie does often quite feel the superstar at times, so anyway - THANK YOU xx
Well I have to hit the hay. I have got the crappo job of wallpapering with his nibs tomorrow. Anyone that knows Mark will know he has bugger all patience and I can see the day panning out to be a spell in A&E after I have wrapped him up in wallpaper and painted his head. I feel so sorry for our neighbours for the impending rows. OH! Can anyone settle this argument because Mr Know-it-all-stinky-pants is convinced he is right.
When wallpapering a wall with a recess, in our case a chimney breast - is it best to start with your first roll of paper central to the chimney breast (like I KNOW you are supposed to) or do you start either the left or right edge of the wall (like he thinks even though I know he is wrong).
For the love of god, will someone give me confirmation that i am right and if I am wrong I will admit defeat (but rather much stamp my feet and trip over my pet lip in the process).
And also - do you moisturise? Not the walls, I mean your face?
I bid you adieus.