Catastrophic, Colleen’s Diary, Part 13

Hi everyone,

Oh dear, Georgie the Cat is not at all happy with me today. 

Apparently it was bad enough that his lifelong enemy, Hetty Hoover had been hanging around for most of the day, instead of being securely impounded, in her cell next to the bathroom (for creating a noise nuisance and deliberate harassment against cats) but on his further inspection, the favourite hidey holes have been filled with boxes and suitcases and other unpleasant items!


To show his full  displeasure, instead of contentedly snoozing in his Ikea “cat basket” or streching out contentedly on the rug like he does every night without fail, he’s squeezed his rather large frame onto the tiny footstool and is currently clinging on for dear life, with one eye occasionally flicking open of course so he can see if I’ve noticed his disgust.

Poor Georgie 


On the plus side Mcfee has cleaned his TV (aquarium) so when he’s stopped sulking at least he’s got something  pretty to watch, if he ever gets over himself.


Our apartment is looking rather homely again now though. 

I’ve reinstated my seaside themed decor and it’s really quite uplifting… makes me long for long hot Summer days and trips out.

Todays weather has been rather gloomy and overcast so we stayed home, the Bluetits were quite active at the window feeder which was rather lovely to watch close up.

Tomorrow  (Monday) is a bank holiday in the Uk so that is almost a guarantee of rain, 😉 hopefully though. we will get out and stretch our legs somewhere. If not more housework  is on the cards.

A feature wall to display our favourite prints is the next thing on the to do list.

I do hope you all have a great week,



Away with the fairies, Colleen’s Diary, Part 12

Hello everyone, 

I’ve had a peaceful week of house cleaning, cupboard sorting and WORLD BUILDING. 

On our trip to the Island recently, I discovered something entirely  brand new to me. I hadn’t known it existed, it was almost  like a parallel universe.

We’d found ourselves drawn to a stunning shop window display containing…


Yep, lots and lots of tiny fairies.

Some sitting on lichen covered logs, others appeared to be happily living in plant pots with an assortment of tiny friends and accessories. 

There were toad-stools, fairy doors, unicorns, magical smoking trees and shiny twinkling fairy caves!

“Mcfee and Me” wandered inside and I spent an absolute age choosing which of the tiny miniatures to take back home with us. 

Now, we don’t have a garden or backyard even, to make a ‘Proper” fairy garden in, but I figured I could rustle up a pretty plant pot similar to the ones I’d seen in the store.

That was my inspiration.

So a small plant pot with maybe a length  of  lichen covered log, a couple of toadstools, the unicorn, the little smoking tree the fairy door and of course the beautifully petite fairy  with a Ruby coloured gem stone (my birth month is July).

When we arrived back home though, I got a little caught up,

I looked on Pinterest, 

I Googled fairy house images,

I checked out blog posts,

I looked for even more Fairy accessories on Amazon…

I got confused for a few days with all the lovely fairy gardens that I could copy, some were shown hanging in ornate glass baubles others alongside live plants in pretty terrariums.

It was looking like it could turn out to be rather more expensive than I first imagined, then it dawned on me, I’ve already got lots of things to make fantasy worlds with right under my nose.

This is what I’ve ended up with, it’s not exactly what I had in mind when I bought the tiny little fairy but I think she likes it,

I love it!!!

It’s brought together all our little ornaments and seashells, along with old holiday souvenirs collected from over the years and photograph frames and re-purposed them into “themes”,

I’ve added fairy lights that I had lying around, as well as the grass rolls, to the fairy scene. 

I’d bought those a few weeks earlier thinking Georgie, my cat may like them, but he doesn’t seem to mind that I’ve “borrowed” them, 

And it seems that parallel universe that I thought I knew nothing about… I’m already in it!!!

Who knew 😉

I do hope you’ve all had a great week,  


You get more of what you focus on, Colleen’s diary, Part 11

Hi All, It’s been rather peaceful and relaxed since I last wrote.

Tuesday Afternoon

The weather in the South of England has been fine and dry on the whole, so yesterday “Mcfee and Me”  took a trip out to the New Forest

We didn’t have to venture too far before we saw these famous

New Forest ponies.

We managed to get some nice pictures with Mcfees new camera.

I’d  packed a picnic and it was so lovely and peaceful, just  sitting by the riverbank, enjoying, egg and cress sandwiches, cheese sandwiches, lemon cupcakes, fruit and crackers, washed down with some lovely strawberry and banana smoothies,

We gave a group of hopeful seagulls a treat with our leftover crackers, in return for some airborne modelling work, but felt a bit sorry for the beautiful swan having to paddle in the murky looking water, so I didn’t make him work too hard for his crackers!

Wednesday Morning 8 am

I’ve been sleeping so much better the last few weeks.

After 5 years of night shift work I truly thought I’d never break the pattern of staying awake till 6 am then sleeping through most of the morning, but I’ve been going to bed earlier and earlier trying to get back into a normal routine and it appears to be working.

I feel a little more relaxed and calmer nowadays, though I still have my moments when it’s all a bit much but at least I can class them as “moments” now, not long days or weeks in auto pilot mode like it used to be.

Local Camera Club

This week, I’ve also joined an online camera club local to our area and the pictures that the other members post, of familiar landmarks and local beauty spots and the way they are presented has opened my eyes to the way other people perceive the things I can see on a daily basis, so I’m trying hard not to focus on the bad scary bits of my area.

They say you get more of what you focus on, so I’m just going to look out for the pretty things, 

I do hope you’ve all had a peaceful week?

Bye for now,