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Friday, 22 October 2010

Friday Favourites

I certainly seem to have touched a nerve with my Christmas Scrooge post! I thought you might say what an old misery I must be not to mention a tightwad too, but no, I was amazed to see how many of you agreed with me. Thank you all so much for your comments including those new bloggers who visited - it's good to meet new friends.

Having enjoyed
Helsie's Favourite Things Friday post I decided to join in and post some of my favourite things on a Friday - won't promise to keep it up for ever or even to do it every Friday but now and then at least! If you fancy joining in pop over to Mrs Pyjamas here

First up - favourite flower fotos (couldn't resist the alliteration there!) My all time favourite flower is the primrose as seen here....

and a little later comes the apple blossom whose perfume is a favourite.

Today I had a Friday facial - now I was under no illusions that it would leave me looking like the picture (and indeed it didn't!) nor that I would actually leave with velvety smooth, youthfully radiant skin (and I didn't!) but I thought half an hour of pampering for £15 - redeemable against any purchase made - was a good idea especially as as I have had a cold which left me feeling in need of a pick me up. Well it was lovely and I enjoyed it no end.

Speaking of faces - here is favourite face - she has a scratch on her nose but isn't she beautiful and she doesn't have facials either! She was sitting at the table during lunch today and it was fishcakes so that explains her wistful look!
Finally Favourite quotes - thought as it is getting to that time of year I'd share this with you:
1 Thou shalt not be perfect nor even try to be
2 Thou shalt not try to be all things to all people
3 Thou shalt leave undone some things which ought to be done
4 Thou shalt not spread thyself too thin
5 Thou shalt learn to say "No"
6 Thou shalt schedule time for thyself and thy supportive network
7 Thou shalt switch off and do nothing regularly
8 Thou shalt be boring, untidy, inelegant and inattentive at times
9 Thou shalt not ever feel guilty
10 Especially thou shalt not be thine own worst enemy but thy best friend
And Thou shalt not take life too seriously!
If we can all keep these commandments over the next couple of months maybe this year Christmas will be better for everyone?!!!
Have a good weekend


  1. A great post!
    I'm sat at home with my lovely kitty Pickle, she is trying her best to type with me! Ha! Norty kitty!

    I like the new commandments.....makes sense....perfect sense!

  2. Those new commandments sound pretty good to me. Loved all your favourites too.
    Pleased you joined in.

  3. I love the primrose picture too, and the apple blossom. Your facial sounds so relaxing, it's lovely to have a bit of pampering. I like your list - I do actually practise much of it already - maybe I'm rather self indulgent??(Or is that breaking commandment number 9?)
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Helen x

  4. Have just caught up with your last posts and have to say how lovely your last one was about Christmas and what a brilliant idea. Also love your commandments from this one :-)
    A x

  5. Oh I really like those commandments Jane!!
    Such a pretty face to have across the table at lunchtime!
    Have a great weekend. :)
    Vivienne x

  6. I agree whole heartedly with your
    Julie xxxxxxx

  7. Sorry - it should read I agree whole heartedly with your commandments!
    Julie xxxxxxxxxx

  8. I love the apple blossom photograph, it is beautiful.
    Good set of commandments, lol. I could add one or two of my own.......

  9. Welcome to the fun! The flowers are lovely (also one of my favorites) and your kitty is just beautiful (yes, I'm a cat person). Got a real kick out of the Ten Commandments for Reducing Stress. Lots of good points there.

    That was a terrific first FTF post. :-)

  10. Another lovely post Jane. There is something wonderful about the primrose - full of promise for the spring. Love your ten commandments, definitely worth keeping.
    Have a lovely weekend, Jill

  11. I love primroses too, they signify the start of Spring for me. Couldn't agree more about the ten commandments (especially this week!). Must read your previous post about Christmas - I'm all behind this week.
    Have a good weekend.

  12. I think I need to print those out and pin them up somewhere!

  13. Just stopping by to wish you a lovely weekend! Loved your pics from France, made me dream about future holidays!
    Anna x

  14. Your cat is beautiful, did she get any fishcake? The commandments shall be copied down and put somewhere where I will see them everyday!

  15. I love the commandments - we could all do with a lesson on those. Lovely photos and gorgeous one of your cat! I love black and white cats!

    Glad you enjoyed your facial...always good to have a pamper of oneself every now and again.

    Thank you for your comment, I did indeed have a wonderful day today.

  16. Thank you for sharing your friday favourites, your puddy cat is a cutie!

  17. Hi Jane,

    Thanks for popping over and joining FTF this week. Welcome!

    A facial sounds like just what I need at the moment. Your apple blossom photo is gorgeous! Primroses are such cheerful flowers arent they?

    I'm taking those commandments on board. I have feeling I'm going to need them over the next couple of weeks. Lots of change at Casa Pyjamas.

    Drop by anytime, it was lovely to meet you.

  18. What a fantastic post. Those ten commandments are just what I needed to hear. Just love you kitty, she is soooo cute.
    Enjoy the weekend,
    Anne xx

  19. Your cat is adorable! I love the commandments (and I think I must be doing something right because I'm practicing at least a few).

    The primroses are beautiful!

  20. THe commandments are fabulous, I need to remember them! Lovely cat too, you can never have too many cute pet photos. Facials, you can never have too many of them either, I wish.

  21. Isn't that just the cutest little cat?!!!?

    That list of commandments makes a lot of sense.....

  22. Lovely photos of the primrose and apple blossom! I love primroses too, remind of when I was wee, not sure why!
    Love the commandments too! :) x

  23. Thank you Jane for your warm and understanding comment at mine yesterday. I agree, the loss never goes away and we have to accept it the best we can ... go with it until it passes. Feeling better with each day, hope you are too.

    It's joyful to see your primroses and apple blossom - two of my favourites also and your sweet kittie photo.


  24. Home made xmas again for me this year. I will buy for littlest fairy, but everyone else will get a garland or some such pretty whether they like it or not. I am already half way through, so the pressure is off a bit for now. Love Hector dog to bits, but he is soooo naughty. Your pictures of France are beautiful. Dev x

  25. I have just found your post, i love the gifts, they are fab, and much nicer than a store bought one. The flowers were so beautiful, i too love apple blossom, our gardenias are flowering now, they are gorgeous! and France looks so wonderful your photos and posts were very interesting, im hoping to go there soon, hope you keep up the FTF !

  26. Hi Jane, just come back from France myself so I enjoyed exploring your part with you. I must tell you you've given me a little chuckle with your last two posts - eco warrior for sure and your handmades are better than anything shop bought!!
    Kate x

  27. Hello Jane, just popped across from Alex (Pink Feather Paridise). Primroses are a favourite of mine too, they remind me of the walks I use to go on with my dog when I was younger. The lane behind my parents house was always full of the not so sure now as there is a big housing estate there such a shame.
    I've also read your post about Christmas, looks like you stired up a big hornets nest there is not surprising that a lot of people fill the same way I know I do. I have three young children and so want them to know that Christmas is not just all about the presents.
    Every year I spend hours shopping for that perfect gift for my husbands family who if I'm honest have more money than I'll ever have but I do it then Christmas day arrives and they look at the gifts like I'm out of my mind, "not sure what I'll do with this" kind of thing I tried the handmade thing a couple of years ago and his Auntie was so rude about the apron I had made "you actually given people handmade gifts, is money really tight" is what she said to me.
    Life has really changed for me over the last few months and even more so over the last month from now on I'm going for Simple Abundance and I don't care what anyone thinks.
    Fantastic post loved it.
    Joanne x

  28. Apple blossom is absolutely beautiful isn't it? It always looks so delicate and pretty.
    What a great photo of your cat at the table - it really made me smile :0)

    Jill x

  29. A wonderful list and look at that gorgeous furry face, scratched nose and all - did you give in?

    Have a grand day,

    Nina xxx

  30. Another lovely post. That Kitty is soooo adorable. I find I cannot shoo Morty away, so he is rather spoilt, ... and arrogant!
    Love the flowers.

  31. Oh, Jane! I love your ten commandments! While (finally!) reading through them I thought: 'I want to talk about these with this fine lady over tea and cake'. I should work on numbers 7 and 9.
    The apple blossom picture is fantastic!

  32. I love your photos of the primroses and your lovely cat!
    Lucy xxxxxx

  33. Of course I love the flowers, kitty, and the words, but especially love the commandments, which I plan to print out and hang in my studio. Hurrah!

    From the road and not taking life too seriously,


    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island


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