Advent day 11

Whatever can it be?

And whatever can it be?

It’s either a mini nail brush, a mini shoe cleaning brush or possibly a mini clothes brush. Or multi-functional and all three.

Advent day 9

Whatever can it be?

It’s some more cocktail stirrers, this time featuring some grapes and a pig. I wonder what said to the manufacturers of the cocktail stirrers that pigs and hedgehogs were the perfect animals to go with your pina colada?


Advent Day 7

Whatever can it be?

I think it’s a snowman cookie/icing cutter. It would also work as a film noir detective cutter though if I was making a cake about a small-town murder and some gangsters with a hero detective who has a mysterious past and whisky in his office drawer and spends a lot of time huddling in the rain.

Advent day 5

Whatever can it be?

It’s another fancy icing tool – you squish the icing in and fancy shapes come out. I never see them being used on Bake Off, they should give them a go instead of their weird sludge-coloured landscapes. Joandi could win Bake Off if we could enter as a team. But probably not on our own.

Advent day 3

Whatever can it be?

And again, whatever can it be?

It’s one of those puzzles that drives you mad where you have to take some things apart and even once you’ve done it you never know how. Argh!

Advent is back!

Joandi have many advent traditions – e.g. watching trashy Christmas films, being some of the only people we know to still send Christmas cards, and of course the daily helenandjo advent update. Like a helenandjo advent calendar with one of us leaping out from behind every door.

Once again this year we are sharing my mum’s advent presents with you and here’s the first one:

Whatever can it be?

Hmm, it seems to be a dead bird, possibly caught by my tiny hunter cat Northey. Or maybe a harmless Christmas decoration. Probably the latter. Very cute.

Eventual more major victory

As Jo mentioned below, I had to return two pairs of jeans to high-street clothing store H&J recently because they had sent the wrong size due to a kerfuffle involving the store changing all their sizes to match the sizes that people actually are.  Finally they sent a third pair in the correct size.  Hooray, I though.  But my victory was short lived and they turned out to have a flaw in the dye, so they had to go back as well – argh!

I had to order the jeans online because they didn’t stock them in my local branch of H&J, but did click and collect from the store (so it too six trips in there to be left with no jeans – three pickups and three returns).  I got to know one of the people behind the counter pretty well after all that.  But I was pleased to see that on my last visit there, they had a whole rack of the previously online-only jeans – I managed to buy an unflawed pair in my size at last!

I have come to the conclusion that it is entirely down to me that they are now on sale in the Northbampton store.  Their algorithms must have picked up a sudden surge in internet-orders to be collected from that store and kicked into action to stock them as standard.  Their belief would have been further compounded when I bought a pair on almost the first day they were in stock.  But the rest of the jeans will probably now languish there forever until jeans are no longer fashionable (are jeans fashionable?) because in truth, I am their only customer.

Clever cat

Here is a video of my cat.  She has trained this human to play with a ball.

My other cat is asleep in front of the fire.

I think I have held the iDevice the wrong way round, Webmaster Matt will probably tell me off.

The Christmas Jo

I arrived home to the H&J on Tuesday 21st November to find that Jo had put up all our Christmas decorations on the Christmas Twig.

I suggested that this was a little early, more than a month before Christmas, but Jo pointed out that my worries were groundless because, although she’d decorated the twig, she hadn’t switched the lights on and so Christmas wasn’t officially ‘launched’.  This is a bit like how places like Oxford Street put up their lights but it doesn’t count until a celebrity switches them on.

I don’t know which celebrity is switching our lights on, or when the official ‘launch’ will be.

Helen’s pet photography

Here is an excellent photo that I’ve taken of one of my new cats.  I have just acquired TWO cats which is one more cat than I planned on getting.  I would show you a picture of the other cat but I can’t always tell them apart so just look at this one twice.

The cats main hobbies are sleeping, playing on the stairs and trying desperately to get into my bedroom where they are not allowed on account of me being allergic to cats and needing somewhere to hide from them (I didn’t mention to the FAR.S.P.C.A. that I am allergic to cats).  It is their dream to get through any door that is closed.

The cats have many special beds and boxes to sleep in but so far like sleeping on a chair and a window sill.