Friday, 5 May 2017

Five on Friday - miscellaneous 'news'

It has been a long while since  I last joined in with Five on Friday, no particular reason, just felt like writing other kinds of posts. Five on Friday has now moved over to Tricky's F.A.S.T. blog, which by the way is immensely enjoyable. So much joy de vivre, it is a delight to pop over and tank up on positive energy!

So here's my five completely random collection.



Sam was able to vote for the first time ever in yesterday's Council elections. The voting age in Scotland has been lowered to 16 for Scottish and local government election. 'We' are a progressive country. Sam has voted thoughtfully and no doubt many other teenagers will do so, too. Sadly, he won't be allowed to vote on the 8th of June because the British voting age remains 18. I doubt this going to change this anytime soon as I am sure the political landscape would change quite a bit if younger people were allowed to vote. Wouldn't that be great? If you care to know, I have given my first vote to the Green Party.




Sewing: I have made not one but two t-shirts last week. I have used my favourite slouchy t-shirt as template. I've had this for years and it has so many little holes in it that it could be called revealing. It is a kimono style t-shirt, sleeves are integrated in the main body. Front and backs are identical. I made the first version to use up fabric from previous projects. I used white and blue knit fabric. You can see only the top half here. The white neckband is mirrored a with bottom half of the t-shirt. For the second plain black version, I made the sleeves a little wider (the original has very snug sleeves).  I like those slouchy t-shirt very much, they are forgiving and quick to make. I have quite a stash of plain knit fabric.
I didn't feel like modelling either and you just have to believe me that they look nice on me.








The weather has been glorious all week here in Glasgow.  Spring at its best! I wouldn't say it is very warm but pleasant enough. The garden is starting to look lush and vibrant all of a sudden. I am looking out of the window now, the sky is a beautiful shade of blue.




Jack is turning into a confident swimmer. Jack Russells are not known for their love of water but ours  has recently developed a liking for the cold wet stuff in our local river, the Kelvin. It must be his profound love for sticks. He can just not let go of one. He happily swims across the width of the river to retrieve a stick, unless the current is too strong for him to get there. Jack usually carries a stick home or drops it next to the car boot, if we walk further afield.  Jack is funny with his sticks. The other day he found a gigantic one in the undergrowth and got stuck in the thick of it because he wouldn't let go of the treasure but couldn't move forward or backwards. He makes me laugh a lot




And finally, today is my Birthday. I think everybody should get an extra additional leave day on their birthday. Sadly, I am not. Richard and I are going out for dinner, a rare treat. As tradition has it, we started the day with cake, coffee and presents. The cake is a baked continental cheesecake with lemon curd topping. It tastes as good as it looks.

Be sure to check in with Tricky over at F.A.S.T. to wish him and Carly a Happy Wedding Anniversary.

Thanks for stopping by and saying hello. xx

35 comments:

  1. Happy birthday Christina hope you have a lovely day. My son can vote next yr. Gosh how time whizzes by. Love your photos your dog looks so happy. Your cake looks yummy. Cathy x

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  2. happy birthday!! The cake made my mouth water... ;-)

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  3. Happy birthday!

    Love the pictures of the dog, that's a good sturdy stick.

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  4. Happy birthday-hope you enjoy your outing with your husband. Catriona

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  5. Happy Birthday! You are speaking my language with a lemon cheesecake!

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  6. Happy birthday!!

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  7. Happy Birthday to you! Hope you are doing something fun.

    Your photos look wonderful. So many signs of Spring.

    Thanks for sharing your Five on Friday!

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  8. Happy Birthday Christina! I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating. Dinner out sounds lovely. Your t-shirts are great. I've been making t-shirts as well, using the Lark Tee pattern from Grainline studios. I haven't gotten brave enough yet to self draft a pattern using one of my shirts. :-)

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  9. Happy, happy birthday Christina, enjoy that meal out!
    I'm not sure I agree with 16 year olds voting, hopefully those who aren't well informed won't bother and it will be those who know what they're voting for/against who do.
    I was still a child at 16.
    Love the pictures of your dog swimming.

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  10. Happy Birthday, the cake certainly did look good. Sadly for the first time ever I think, we were not registered in time to vote in this election. Love the T shirts. Enjoy your meal out.

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  11. Happy birthday. I enjoyed seeing your 5 things this week.

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  12. Happy Birthday! Voting is so important -- no matter the age. Love your pup with his stick. Your garden is lovely -- so much color. Happy Friday!

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  13. Hey Christina,
    Happy, happy birthday!!!! I hope you have a wonderful night out with Richard!!
    Leanne xx

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  14. Hope you're having a wonderful birthday. The cake looks utterly divine, lemoncurd is one of my very favourite things. CJ xx

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  15. Birthday cake and presents in the morning to start the day off? Now that's the way to celebrate. We always do evening celebrations and cake, but I'm declaring we are changing to your tradition as it sounds so much more fun!

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  16. *H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* and I hope your dinner out was magical! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  17. I hope you had a lovely birthday, Christina. That cake looks good! I'm glad Sam was able to have a say in the local elections. My Kate very cross she is not able to vote in the General Election, being just a few months short of her 18th birthday, while some of her slightly older less politically aware friends are.

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  18. Looks like you had a great week and to end with a birthday celebration is just the lemon curd on the cake! Happy Birthday.

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  19. love your swimming dog. hope summer comes quickly so my dog can go swimming too.
    happy birthday

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  20. Belatedly, Happy Birthday! How wonderful to begin a day with cake, especially one so yummy - I do hope dinner was equally good. I completely agree with you about the voting age; perhaps young people's needs would be considered better/more by politicians if they were allowed to vote. Well done Sam on making his vote count.

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  21. HappY bIRtHDay!!! Nothing like a positive blog, I am heading over there now. Love your new T-shirts so useful and practical. I just ordered the Grainline studio Scout Tee pattern which was so expensive but I am sick of swooning everyone else's! Jo x

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  22. Hope you had a beautiful birthday.. your springtime photos are a teaase... here the leaves are turning and the garden is slowing down. Its great that Jack loves the water... we live quite close to the beach and lakes, and our current aging dog has never been interested sadly. I love watching dogs playing in and near the water.

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  23. Happy belated birthday! I'm only just catching up on blog reading, quickly before inlaws and my mum arrive for lunch. My jack russel female loves the water and will jump in for a swim whenever she can but her brother is the opposite, he will cool his feet but that is it. xx

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  24. Happy birthday Christina!B.

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  25. Happy birthday Christina! I love the story of your Jack and his sticks - it reminded me of my in-law's Jack Russell, who would insist on dragging sticks the size of tree branches around when we took him to the park or woods, honestly it was so funny!

    Also, I really appreciated your comment over Easter about your dog experiences and concerns. I can't remember if I responded at the time - I certainly meant to, but my head was all over the place - but I did appreciate it a lot. I think your Jack is delightful. We are missing having a dog terribly and I do love to hear about what other's dogs are up to. xx

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  26. Happy birthday, Christina! I hope you've had a wonderful day. I loved seeing all your five things. Jack has gotten so big. It was great to see him swimming so confidently. I used to have a dog who was half Labrador and had inherited the webbed feet but was terrified of water! He wouldn't go near it, no matter what. I'm very impressed to hear that Sam voted, both that 16-yo's are allowed and that he was interested enough to do it. I don't know many 16-yo's here who would be both informed enough and interested. You're raising him (and all of them!) so well.

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  27. Belated birthday greetings Christina. I hope you had a wonderful day and a lovely meal out. I wish younger people could vote in the UK election... It might actually shake things up a bit.

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  28. Happy Birthday, your breakfast cake looks delicious x

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  29. Belated Happy Birthday! I hope you had a very lovely day. Gosh, my 17-year-old would love to be able to vote. It is quite ridiculous that they can't and I agree that the political landscape would be quite different if they could. Jack sounds like such a lovely dog. S x

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  30. Happy belated birthday, I expect by now you haven't got any cake left and no doubt Jack has been brining you stick presents all weekend. I think it's great that in Scotland voting starts at 16 years. When my son went to vote for the first time, our local MP was standing outside the Polling station and I introduced my son, as "here's a first time voter", of course my son had a look of rabbit in the headlights, especially when the MP asked him of he had any questions! But following the "oh Mum, I can't believe you did that" conversation, he told us he voted for the Guy who shook his hand!! We have all seen what can happen when people take voting too lightly, or don't bother...

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  31. Happy Belated Birthday! Starting the day with cake.. I can see that becoming a new tradition in our house too.. yum!

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  32. Belated happy birthday wishes. Cake for breakfast sounds like the very best start to a special day.

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  33. Sorry I'm a bit late, but best birthday wishes. I always believe in celebrating for at least a week anyway. Hope that's the case with you too. B x

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  34. Happy Birthday, Christina! I hope you are still celebrating and that the year ahead is especially good for you. I haven't gotten back into Five on Friday yet, and somehow missed this post Friday. Cheers for your sewing success! It is fun to see Jack in the swim of things :) xx

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