February 2009

a lovely bit of sun

By Alice on Friday February 27th 2009 at 17:23

I’ve been seeing lots of horses these last few days - and they’re all full of the joys of spring!

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full of NOISE, pancakes & chatter

By Alice on Wednesday February 25th 2009 at 16:24

After a lovely relaxing weekend, so far this weeks been VERY busy. I’ve been filling in forms, deleting LOADs of old emails, doing new designs for my next show (Progressive Greetings Live, in May), visiting Zoe, Guy, Brenny and their new baby daughter called Chloe (who is very sweet!), taking library books back… This is the last page from Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver - I like it a lot…

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a sunny weekend of fun

By Alice on Sunday February 22nd 2009 at 18:49

Albert and Jemima and I enjoyed the last of the sunshine on Friday afternoon…

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Then Mark and I went to give blood and then had a chinese takeaway and tv night…. and laughed lots at the Flight of the Conchords - love them!

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yo, yo….cruising

By Alice on Friday February 20th 2009 at 11:14

yey for our new car! it is really very nice (very, very nice) to have a car again. Yesterday afternoon Katie and I enjoyed a cup of tea, a catch up and some sweets that you just can’t stop eating - these are the Natural Confectionery Co’s Forbidden Fruits with no arftificial colours/flavours (and I’ve just remembered there’s still a few left,  for me to eat right now!)... I’ve just had a quick look at their website - which is pretty cool too…

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...all in a morning’s walk

By Alice on Thursday February 19th 2009 at 11:17

On a walk this morning, I fell in love with this tree!

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...different, unique & special

By Alice on Wednesday February 18th 2009 at 09:15

...this is how someone described Alice Palace greetings cards to me yesterday whilst placing an order. I’m obviously in agreement! I’m very busy at the moment finishing off all the breakfast cereal in the house - i have a fun mixture of three. Normally this is something i would avoid - but this morning i thought i’d give it a go and it’s actually really nice - and as Katie would say, fast release and slow release foods!! 

Slow release carbohydrates are found in those foods which slowly raise blood sugar levels once eaten. Quick release carbohydrates are the opposite. Foods such as canned baked beans that are made with high sugar content, white bread, water melon and well-cooked pasta are all quick release foods. These can cause spikes in blood sugar levels which are then followed by slumps. These slumps lead to shakiness, hunger, tiredness and other undesirable symptoms. Slow release foods are valued for their ability to deliver sustained energy over a longer period of time. Porridge oats are one such foodstuff. This explains why marathon champion Paula Radcliffe is so keen on making porridge for breakfast on race days. A chart of different foods which rates the relative speed at which they release sugar into the bloodstream has been devised. It is known as the Glycaemic Index and versions are widely available on the Internet.

wooooooooooo-ho - go find yourself some energy!

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(I found this cool image on the internet too - it’s A creative journey to active and energise girls in schools)

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taste test

By Alice on Sunday February 15th 2009 at 21:24

We decided to have a taste test evening for valentines. Mark picked 3 starters and I picked 3 puddings.

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HAPPY Valentines day!

By Alice on Saturday February 14th 2009 at 12:22

We just went for a quick walk with Jemima to get some more dog food and walking through town was really funny as everyone was carrying flowers!! Last night (whilst watching Snow Monkey on tv) i ate a pomegranate, and I’d not had one for ages and it was really yummy…

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The pomegranate (Punica granatum) is a fruit-bearing deciduous shrub or small tree growing to between five and eight metres tall. The pomegranate is native to the region from Iran to the Himalayas in northern India and has been cultivated and naturalized over the whole Mediterranean region and the Caucasus since ancient times.

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Brimming with vitamins A, C, E and iron, the pomegranate has been cultivated since pre-historic time and pomegranate juice contains the highest antioxidant capacity compared to other juices, red wine and green tea, and they’re really fun to eat! If you’ve not had one for a while, you’d best go and buy one! If you’ve never tried one - then you must go and buy one!

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Snow Monkey was really good - I loved it when their faces went bright red because they got so hot in the natural hot-springs!

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cluedo @ the close

By Alice on Monday February 09th 2009 at 16:11

On Saturday we set off to look for a new car - but didn’t find one. We ended up going sledging instead!

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Then on Saturday evening we had Mum, Tony, Liz and Charlie over for a game of appropiately dressed Cludeo!! We sent out some very cool invites last week…

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A Spring Fair to remember!

By Alice on Friday February 06th 2009 at 12:35

Well… Spring Fair was definately eventful this year. On the good side, I met with exisiting customers and found some nice new shops too, had lots of lovely helpers, some very nice neighbours, ate lots of food and managed to enjoy the snow… On the bad side, we had our car stolen on Monday morning, my mobile broke, and Mark cut his head on the bathroom wall in an attempt to get some soap!

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