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Five on Friday

Now that I am a lady of leisure I find that the weeks are flying by and sometimes I wonder what I did with my time. So for the first time I thought I would join in with Five on Friday a way of capturing five things that have happened to me during the week.
Blog Logo Badge Design Fiverr
Blog Badge Design
Following on from my blog revamp last month, I have had a blog badge/logo created, which is already in use on my Facebook page. I am currently debating whether to replace the photo of me (on the right of your screen, just there do you see me) with this lovely logo. I will then move my photo onto the About Me page, which seems more appropriate.  I should say they I do not have the skill to create this little beauty myself, I used a website called Fiverr. Where you can commission work from creative people from all of the world, starting from £5, although mine cost me £25 from a lady in Canada. 

Narcissus Bulbs in bloom
Narcissus Bulbs
A good friend brought me a vase and pebble set complete with some Narcissus bulbs for a Christmas present. The bulbs were already sprouting green when I opened them. By Boxing Day they were in the vase with water, and few weeks later 2 of the bulbs put out roots but the other 2,  nothing. Six weeks since Christmas and one of the bulbs is exceptionally tall and in flower, with a delightful scent. The second bulb is exceptionally short and just starting to bud, quite bizarre but equally beautiful. 

Knitting work in progress
I am currently wrestling with my latest knitting project, a scarf, which is proving a little tricky. I am too embarrassed to include a photograph, as I had to unpick around two evenings worth of knitting. I think I had become distracted by the tv, and repeated a row twice. It has lots of taking the yarn forward and slipping stitches, so when unpicking the knitting  you soon lose where the yarn forwards are. The only solution was to strip it back and start again. Never mind, I can only improve my knitting from learning from my mistakes.

TV Fire
Fire
Some of you may already know that I am a conservation volunteer at the National Trust property 'Sunnycroft'. Today the Thursday volunteers went out for lunch to a local pub hotel. In the bar and restaurant area they had some lovely warming fires. Well that's what you first think, but once you approach them you soon realise they are television screens! But don't they look realistic, they even had the crackle sound a fire makes. Very convincing indeed.

Opera La Traviata
I'm typing this having returned home from watching my first ever opera. La Traviata performed live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden but broadcast live to thousands of cinemas around the world. I thoroughly enjoyed it, the singing as you would expect was excellent and the costumes exquisite. Sang in Italian but with subtitles allowing viewers to truly understand the story. When the performance breaks for intervals, those of us watching at the cinema get to enjoy behind the scenes interviews, as well as a chance to get that all important ice cream. One of the huge draws to watching this at the cinema, it only took me 10 minutes to get home. My nearest main theatre is at Birmingham and it would of taken me that long just to make it out of the theatre.

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25 comments:

  1. I have more time on my hands too now that I'm working part time but do you know I think I got more done when I worked full time! it's a shame when your knitting goes wrong especially when you have to pull it all out and start again I must admit it does happen quite a lot with me especially if it's a lacy pattern. That fire does look very realistic I love the tiles in front of it. Have a great weekend. :)

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  2. What a lovely 5 on Friday post and I love your cute logo. Have a nice weekend.

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  3. I love your new badge/logo. So sweet :) I hope you can stop by:

    http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2016/02/tea-time-birthdays-and-tea-parties-2516.html

    Colletta

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  4. A lovely post, your narcissus bulb has stunning flowers. I am now semi-retired and wonder how on earth I had time to work full-time. xx

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  5. A great 5 on Friday. I was intrigued by the Opera at the Cinema I must look and see if that is possible locally, what a joy.

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  6. Being retired for 5 years I now wonder how I had the time to do all the things I love to do and also work full time :)
    Keep working away at your knitting, even unravelling what you have done is a learning experience. Opera is something I have never been too, so glad you enjoyed yourself. Your new logo is lovely.

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  7. Your logo is very pretty as are the narcissus flowers. The fires do look real don't they? I have visited Sunnycroft a couple of times so it was interesting to know you volunteer there:)

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  8. Five lots of fabulous!! That fire is incredible isn't it!!! I thought it was real!! So glad you enjoyed the opera, what a wonderful experience for you!! Sounds amazing!! Your new badge is great, you could always have the badge and the photo in your sidebar! Thank you for joining Five On Friday, happy weekend! xx

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  9. Hello. I love your new blog logo as it's so pretty with the colors it features. I too planted some paperwhites and only three of the bulbs flowered. The other three have lots of leaves but no buds :( I understand your frustration with your knitted scarf. I just recently finished a scarf that had been in the WIPs basket for two years. I was so happy to complete it and get it out the way. Have a lovely weekend, Pat xx

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  10. Sounds like you had a happy week
    Clare x

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  11. We sometimes put the fire app on our television if we have company, I swear I saw my husband warming his hands once ha! I love your new badge, its a shame you can't have both on the top of your side bar. Have a lovely weekend xx

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  12. It's good to meet you Angela. Your blog is very interesting and well presented. The logo is pretty and I like seeing your friendly face on your page. Your interests are those that I also enjoy although I'm new to crafting. Have a lovely weekend whatever you're doing.

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  13. What a lovely week :) I envy your knitting skill... My mom has tried to teach me (I would also love to learn how to crochet) but I am all thumbs and I can't follow a pattern. Happy Friday! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  14. Welcome to 5 on Friday. Everyone here is so friendly. Wow. So much in your post. Glad you mentioned Fiverr I have been wondering about using their services too. Goodness me the plant has grown exceptionally tall. And I love that you loved the opera. It's one of my favourite things to go and watch x

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  15. Someone else's blog that I read, the author Robin McKinley, also attended one of the La Traviata performances and I read her review of it too. Sounds like something I would enjoy, my husband not so much.

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  16. Five on Friday is a lot of fun i find. It is interesting to see what people have put up. I enjoyed your five today and think that was a great way to see an opera for the first time. and so close to home.

    Diana

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  17. Five on Friday is a lot of fun i find. It is interesting to see what people have put up. I enjoyed your five today and think that was a great way to see an opera for the first time. and so close to home.

    Diana

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  18. What a lovely Five on Friday! I love your new blog logo - I want to get my logo updated too. I hadn't thought about using Fiverr before. I will take a look at the site later. Xxx

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  19. Your badge is lovely and that white narcissus a beauty! Have a nice weekend.

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  20. Your new blog logo is very pretty. I really like the design and and thanks for telling us about Fiverr, I'll have a look at their website later. The narcissus is gorgeous. Happy weekend!

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  21. Your narcissus made me smile - I planted three in a container before Christmas. One bloomed on Christmas Day, the other followed a couple of weeks later, and the third starting shooting up a week after that and never bloomed. So odd. The fireplace does look realistic, but alas, it would not be cozy and warm. Enjoy the knitting.

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  22. Those narcissus are just beautiful - and a sure sign that spring is on the way. Yay!

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  23. I'm in New Zealand and we go to all those operas and ballets screened from Covent Garden!
    You're a lucky one to be there in person!!!
    No - a TV screen impersonating a fire - what next!
    Love your post.
    Shane

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  24. Angela, I am a bit late for your 'Five on Friday', so I apologize for that. We have had the most glorious bit of warm, sunny weather and I have been outside every day wearing myself out! Now it is raining and cold and I am catching up with all my blogging friends and I am so glad to have you as a new one! I love your new badge, it is very sweet and reasonably priced. I grew some paperwhites for the holidays but they bloomed too soon :), although I did enjoy them myself. Tricky to get the timing right! I would never have guessed that was a television screen, although the little bobbles in the front did worry me, being so close to the 'fire'! I have always wanted to attend the opera. My son goes with an older client of his, regularly. I might hitch a ride sometimes......Thank you for visiting! I will put you on my sidebar so I don't miss your posts. Hugs xo Karen

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  25. Love your logo & great idea for a post, loving that fire & the tiles ! I lived in Shrewsbury for 2 years great place. Nice to met you

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Angela x

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