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How long a list?

Thought i would share my list of to do’s as it seems unchallenging yet long….and I don’t seem to be getting anything accomplished since Manon decided she wanted to learn how to walk!

  1. Order saucisse fraiche vacumn packed for Welsh friends
  2. Order 10 litre boxes or Merlot from Cambriel’s
  3. Pay VISA bill – YUK!
  4. Write Autumn newsletter for Lunes (change from monthly version)
  5. Continue with final touches to new Euro Clay Carnival France website ready for launch 1st october
  6. Send jewellery Lily Series to Mme Devaux in Yvelines
  7. Send dichroic cufflinks out
  8. Pay advert for LABBS convention
  9. Finish earrings for Mlle Andrieu
  10. Complete turquoise layers for bracelet ensemble order
  11. Book UK crossing for October
  12. Update nominee questionnaire for NPCG elections
  13. Phone Céline Cassiède – potter to arrange lunch
  14. Finalise display for open-day at Maison des Jeunes 6th Sept
  15. Return bottle of Fernet-Branca
  16. Check babysitters for Saturday
  17. Share new logo for Euro Clay Carnival
  18. Share a lovely family photo with you

Mmm now where shall I start – I know… at the end! The best is always last…..

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Diane over at Much of a Muchness must be bored with the summer sunshine! She has tagged me to reveal four things…so here we go!

Four jobs I have had

Worked in a sandwich bar near Wakefield Market (Saturday job)

Waitress (Golden Cock, Farnley Tyas & Three Acres, Shelley)

French Teacher (Hatfield High School, Doncaster)

Head of Modern Languages (Vermuyden School, Goole)

Four movies i could watch over & over

7 Brides for 7 Brothers

Pretty Woman

Inn of 6th Happiness

Un indien dans la ville

Four tv shows I love


Hells Kitchen

The F Word

Dragons Den

Four places I’ve vacationed


St Lucia



Four of my favourite dishes

Oyster kilpatrick


Steak (cooked by hubby)

Parillada de poissons

Four blogs I visit every day (Google Reader!)

Polymer Clay Daily

Daily Art Muse

No damn blog

French word a day

Four people I’m passing this on to





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Beauty in the murky waters

I thought I would share a photo of one of my favourite creatures with you.

It’s amazing iridescent colours amongst the murky étang at Gruissan was a beautiful site.

I came across one of my favourite blogs this morning, Art & Tea has been on a meme mission and I have decided to join in. It seems a while since I did one of these! So off we go…..

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?

Wow – 10 years ago I was working at Hatfield High School in Doncaster. I had just been promoted to Head of French and Acting Head of Languages. Jewellery played no part in my life other than what I wore. I lived in my own house in Edenthorpe and had a colourful social life!

2. 5 things on today’s to-do list:


Ensuring the notice boards & shelving get finished in the studio

Mopping the floor

Making a to-do desire list of polymer clay

Preparing the marinade for tonight’s bbq

3. Snacks I enjoy:

Worcester sauce crisps



Can I include wine? Lots?

4. Things I’d do if I were a billionnaire!

Not sure – perhaps have a round the world holiday and treat my Nana!

Help out in a local village school in Africa & donate educational material

Buy a Maldivian island

Arrange Polymer Clay Lessons with some of my favourite artists!

5. Places I have lived:

UK – Yorkshire: Huddersfield, Doncaster

France – Paris

France – Aude: Luc-sur-Orbieu

6. Peeps I want to know more about

Now where do I start…..I’m leaving this open to all!

Anyone who would like to play along!

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Plants, piments, poo & polymer clay!

What a weekend – I spent two days exhibiting my polymer clay creations at the stunning Abbey of Fontfroide – it was hosting it’s 5th Festival of Plants.

The weekend was a great success in terms of visitors, weather and polymer clay sales. It was really strange however to notice that Saturday’s visitors bought mainly polymer clay objects (salad servers / bottle stoppers etc.,) and Sunday’s crowd focused on my polymer clay jewellery. Two designs were so hot off the press that I never even managed to photo them before they were sold.

We bought some Piments plants – Bresse and a Hungarian one (can’t remember the name….) and of course some Basil for my homemade tomato sauce. The quality of the plants were excellent. And this leads me on to the fertiliser which was free.

So today, I spent part of the afternoon, bagging 30 litre bags of horse manure – great! So romantic as you can imagine! At least we’ll have the best veggie patch in Luc-sur-Orbieu!

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Knowing me, knowing you….do you?

Colin of Life has been at it again with his wonderful tagging! This one like he says goes on and on forever! But I must admit it’s fun and also reveals alot about the person….well reveals what you want them to know! So here goes…..

KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOUCopy this entire list of questions and change all the answers so that they apply to you. Then tag and pass it along to other blogging friends. Let’s see how well we can get to know one another!

1. What is your occupation? Jewellery designer & linguist

2. What color are your socks right now? Bare feet

3. What are you listening to right now? James Blunt

4. What was the last thing that you ate? Chocolate mousse

5. Can you drive a stick shift? What’s one of them?

6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Orange

7. Last person you spoke to on the phone? A woman called Frances who has just rung me for a tarot card reading!

8. Do you like the person who sent this to you? Like him? Il est adorable!

9. Favorite drink? At the moment white wine from Cambriel’s vineyard down the road.

10. What is your favorite sport to watch? Ice Hockey

11. Have you ever dyed your hair? Of course!

12. Pets? Dog – berger des pyrenées and 4 wooden cats!

13. Favorite food? Depends upon the time of year, seafood, steak, spice & salsa (nothing plain boring English…..)

14. Last movie you watched? I wouldn’t have a clue…..we don’t go to the cinema and as for a dvd…..perhaps Casino Royale yonks ago.

15. Favorite Day of the year? Everyday is my favourite

16. What do you do to vent anger? Stomp about, rant on and then sit and have a glass of wine

17. What was your favorite toy as a child? I can always remember a brown & yellow bear I won at bingo inFiley, not sure what happened to him but have fond memories.

18. What is your favorite, fall or spring? I love all the seasons but I suppose if I have to choose one Spring

19. Hugs or kisses? Hugs

20. What kind of pie? Savoury – meat & potato

21. Do you want your friends to email you back? Yes, it annoys me when I take time to send news and they don’t reply – so I should ask myself if they are friends after all….. If you mean e-mail about this…well no I’ll just read what they write I hope!

22. Who is most likely to respond? All of them I hope!

23. Who is least likely to respond? The one who doesn’t receive it!

24. Living arrangements? Yes – wonderful…..renovated barn…lots of space, light & love!

25. When was the last time you cried? Last week watching Emmerdale!

26. What is on the floor of your closet? Does closet mean toilet or wardrobe?

27. Who is the friend you have had the longest that you are sending this to? I haven’t had many freinds for very long…..I have known Susie the longest BUT she didn’t know me at the time!

28. The friend you have known the shortest amount of time that you are sending this to? What a strange question….obviously struggling at this point to get to 30…..

29. Favorite smell? Baked bread from the boulangerie

30. What inspires you? Life (no Not Colin!) but Life in general

31. What are you afraid of? Losing those most precious to me

32. Plain, cheese or spicy hamburgers? Spicy of course and hot!

33. Favorite car? Fast, convertible and totally impractical

34. Favorite cat breed? Toffee (my old moggy )

35. Number of keys on your key ring? I don’t have any keys….

36. How many years at your current job? 2 years

37. Favorite day of the week?I’ve answered this already…I’m bored now & ML is waking up!

38. How many provinces have you lived in? Provinces….can I have a GB translation please? This is my 2nd county if that helps!

39. How many countries have you been to? Loads – far too many to mention. Most eye opening was Ethopia, exotic Maldives, wet Mozambique, cold Canada, enriching France!

I am going to tag:

Diane of Much of a Muchness, Susie of No damn blog & Lisa of Polka Dot Creations

Sorry girls – but would be really interested in what you all have to say!


    And now my little one is wide awake so must go and play mummy!