Murder on Tyneside

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Sunday, 29 April 2012


WOW! I found I had lost 2lbs when I stepped on my scales this morning. I have been stuck for the last three weeks, but today I had moved two whole pounds down. I should think so, too. Enough is enough. I have been really, and I mean really carefull over the last week, so I think I would have tossed the wretched scales out of the window if they hadn't shown at least a glimmer of weight loss! Perhaps that's why they relented this morning. They probably got the message that I really meant it this time!

I think I would like to lose another two punds and then I will call a halt - I don't want end up with a scrawny face and a neck like a turkey :)

On Wednesday I met my sister and my cousin for a natter in Newcastle. It is always good to see them both and of course it is doubly good because I get to go to Newcastle. Again, after our chat, I took a quick look around the shops. It wasn't quite so busy this week. So it was much easier to get around. I guess the M&S sale on Per Una clothes has finished :D

Apart from that it has been a quiet week. This means I was able to get back to my novel, I have been doing a re-edit, before deciding where I am going to take my ladies next. I sent the opening chapters to a networking friend in the USA to read through and she seemed to think it was fun to read, which is exactly what I am aiming for, so I appear to be doing something right.

Tomorrow, I am meeting some writing friends at a hotel in Kelso for coffee. We usually have a natter about everything and nothing and, sometimes, we even talk about writing. But is it good to hear about what other writers get up to, while they are struggling to find new ideas for their stories.

Well, I think that is me done for the moment,

Whatever you are upto, I hope you enjoy it.


Thursday, 19 April 2012

A Trip to the City!

I spent a lovely few hours in Newcastle yesterday. I travelled down there on the bus and I think everyone had the same thought, as it was packed. However, no one had to stand, so that was a plus.

After meeting my sister for coffee I checked out as many stores as time allowed, though I didn't buy very much. However, I did treat myself to a bottle of Jimmy Choo perfume. If you haven't tried it yet, then do so when you are next in one of the larger stores.  There, you can even sample it before buying.

I also bought a shirt for my husband, as I didn't want him to feel left out.  Then I had a lovely glass of white wine at M&S food hall cafe before rushing to catch the bus home.  It sort of gives you a rosy glow for the journey home.

All in all a rather nice day, which cheered me up a great deal, as I have been feeling rather low lately.

Take care,


Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Wretched Scales

I didn't lose any weight last week :(

I really thought that things were looking up when I lost a pound in weight Easter Sunday after a spell  of not losing anything at all.  But that wasn't the case. I went onto the scales full of hope, yet they displayed the same weight I was the previous Sunday. I stared down at them in dismay. Yet they looked up and me - and grinned.  Okay, they didn't really grin. But they might just as well have done, because they weren't helping me. I almost felt like taking the battery out to show them who is boss!!

Ah well, I guess I will have to plod on with the diet for another week.

Nothing else to tell you at the moment, so I'll simply sign off and say,


Saturday, 14 April 2012


It is almost two weeks since I last posted anything here. I was hanging on in the hope that something wonderful would happen, thus giving me lots of news to write about. Unfortunately, I waited in vain; nothing happened at all.

I did find I had lost one pound in weight when I jumped on the scales on Easter Sunday and we did go to the Cross Keys for lunch that same day, which was lovely. But apart from that it has been very quiet indeed. I'm not sure what I expected to occur over the Easter Break. But whatever it was, it didn't happen. Not to us, anyway. Then I lost a filling out of one of my teeth. This is nothing new. The dentist does a repair job and them a few months later it falls out again. It has become a sort of ritual now.  A battle of wills between me and the tooth!!

Since Easter I have made an attempt to get back to my ladies in They have all gone very quiet on me, too. I guess things haven't been too exciting for them either :)

The only good piece of news so far, is that when we had our boiler serviced, it passed with flying colours. The poor old boiler is getting on a bit now, (a bit like me, I suppose) however, it is still bravely waving the flag. (again, a little like me)

Ah well, that's all for the moment. Hopefully, I will have lost some weight again when I jump on the scales on Sunday, but I am not going to put any money on it.

I really hope your week has gone better,


Sunday, 1 April 2012

The Large Cloud Over Our House

A large cloud descended over our house this morning. No, I don't mean the lovely weather we have been enjoying has come to an end. What I mean is, this week I haven't lost any weight!! The lovely pound I lost last week hasn't been matched this time around.  Therefore, the big sunny smile that usually finds its way to my face on a Sunday morning, has deserted me this week.
So it means that I will have to get back onto the Wii and do a few more exercises. I was forced to give up a couple of weeks ago when I tore a calf muscle. I could barely walk two steps, let alone leap on and off the platform like a maniac possessed. But obviously it was helping me to lose weight, so back to the aerobics this coming week - poorly leg or not!  It has been warned!!

Last Tuesday we went to the Barn at Beal for lunch. It was a beautiful day and the views across to Holy Island from the restaurant are really stunning.   If you have never tried The Barn at Beal and find yourself in the area, you should give it a whirl.

Tomorrow evening I am going to the Cross Keys to listen to a talk given by Sally Magnussan. I gather a few others from the village are going, so it should be a fun evening. I'm sure a few glasses of wine will be involved in the proceedings.

Apart from that, I think it is going to be another quiet week. However, you never know what is likely to turn up. I could win the lottery, or the premium bonds. My turn must be coming up very soon, so why not next week??

I hope the sun is shining down on you,