Well these two Basic Grey collections have arrived - 2 weeks before the expected date. That has to be a first lol.

I don't know how they keep churning out these collections but I have to say some of the papers are reminicent of older collections. But again these are double sided papers which does give an option.

Oliver is mostly dark reds, blues and greens witha couple of the papers with trains on it and others with monkeys and other cartoony animals and plaids, stripes and dots.

Olivia is pinks and greens and blues. Quite flowery but again with stripes and dots.

 I only now stock the collection packs as lack of room limits what I can stock But if you are interested in them and you haven't already got yours you can find them on the site. Just look in Whats new for speed lol
Several years ago, after a holiday in Madeira, I bought a Strelitzia plant (Bird of Paradise) as I was so taken with them on the island as they were everywhere. I put it in the conservatory but to my disappointment  it never did much until last year when it produced a flower. This year it has produced 3 flowers and I am over the moon. Sadly the flowers don't last that long and they seem to be secreting a sticky substance as if they are crying - but they are still beautiful

Richard had to go and look at a job in Kent during the week so we thought we would carry on and go to Howletts Park. I like Port Lympne much better, but it was very quiet as we got there in the early afternoon and we could have been the only people there as we saw very few pweople.
There wasn't a lot to photograph but I did get these pictures of a little baby elephant. She was so cute.
We went to our local restaurant last Wednesday and Anita Dobson came in. She was appearing at the Devonshire Theatre. Helen, the owner, was beside herself and said to Richard 'Look, It's Angie' 'Angie who?' Angie from Eastenders' Richard said he would be nmore impressed if it was Brian May. lol Anyway she is really tiny, not as big as she appears on TV.

The next night we were fast asleep when the phone rang at 11pm. It was Helen saying that Brian May was in the restaurant with Anita Dobson and would we like to come for coffee with them. We declined politely but the next morning she said that she had Brian May's autograph for Richard.

He found an old photo frame and I downloaded a picture of Brian May and gave him some cardstock and he chose a paper from the DCWV Rockstar pack and with a little bit of guidance came up with this. I think he was quite pleased with his achievement. Perhaps a scrapping convert after all of these years?

The downside is that we took it to show Helen and she wants me to do some for her as she has signed photographs.