Thursday, 13 February 2014

MAKE IT STOP!!!!!

....I am referring to the weather. It is getting a bit silly now, and not only in the UK. It is silly in parts of Europe and very silly in the US - so I've been reliably informed. Enough is enough!! I am very distracted by the weather at the minute and have become slightly obsessed.

Meanwhile, here is the promised view of Dartmoor from my dining room/studio:-



Click to make big! This was taken a couple of weeks ago in a rare sunny minute. Dartmoor is actually quite a way away to the south... I am lucky to be high up and away from the flood waters... although there is localised flooding.

In other news, I was quite cheered up when I stumbled across this:- a nice bottle of perfume with a lovely label.
I am very chuffed by this! I was asked by a designer to write some words... and then the word 'Freesia' wot I wrote in calligraphy turned up here!!! Seriously chuffed... and all down to the power of blogging!! I think this bottle of perfume would make a lovely Valentine's present.

Admittedly, I have been spending more time perusing Facebook than blogs recently - shame on me - But, through the power of Facebook I have discovered the following things about myself:-

a) That I am middle-lower-middle class, like David Brent from The Office.

b) That if I were a sex toy then I would be a pair of handcuffs. (Should that be 'were' or 'was'?)

c) That if I were a 90's Alt-Rock Girl then I would be Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth.

d) That if I were in a musical then I would be in Cabaret.

e) That I belong in the 1920's.

f) That I'm not Scottish.

e) That I am as British as Stephen Fry walking a corgi outside Buckingham Palace.

f) That if I were in Friends, I would be part Rachel and part Monica.

g) That if I were a philosopher I would be Sartre/Camus.

h) That I am 36% POSH.

i) That I am 74% Essex.

j) That I am 5% Northern.

k) That I am hated by The Daily Mail.

l) That I have wasted a fair bit of time doing Facebook quizzes.

Of course, it's all startlingly true.



69 comments:

  1. Crazy weather indeed. The temperatures in Austin have been colder than at Sochi! (Although the next few days will probably be warmer.)

    Terrific view! What kind of birds are those on the wire?

    e) I would like to be in 1920s Berlin to meet Marlene!

    h) That should be more!

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    1. Mr Lax: I have the occasional moment of pure slobbiness... and I haven't a clue about cutlery etiquette.... but I know how to position a pair of handcuffs correctly.
      Keep warm - this cold weather must be a shock to you... and the cats probably hate it.
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    2. "The birds are gathering"... are you doing a re-enactment of Hitchcock?

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  2. "elegant, fruity-floral composition", indeed. I am sure you are in your twenties, darling, looking just posh in your figure-hugging black existentialism-pullover with these dangling handcuffs.

    From all the listed qualities - what does "74 % Essex" mean - pure class I guess ?!

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    1. Blimey Mr Mags - I think I'm going to employ you as my style guru - that sounds like quite a fetching outfit.
      Erm - sadly I think 74% Essex means I have a wayward accent, dubious taste, and a liking for orange tanning products.
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  3. Cripes! That photo with the clouds looks like the Himalayas (liked him - couldn't stand her - old joke)
    It does look lovely but I feel your pain re weather.
    I'm always looking for a perfume I like. That sounds good. I like the one I'm using - Lola by Marc Jacobs but I can't smell it on me. But then I can't smell anything just now.

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    1. I know, Pat, the photo does look foreign!! It was a bright day. I'm very worried about the storm tomorrow... hopefully it'll all get better after this weekend.
      I will try the Freesia perfume, just for the sake of my ego - I have to, don't I? But, I've also got my nose on some Jo Malone scent. Just for a change.
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  4. Those Facebook quizzes are absurdly alluring, aren't they? A lovely label and the perfume description is delightful - I'll look out for it. What a pleasure it must be to see your calligraphy like that. It really suits the label, very attractive.

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    1. I must stop doing the quizzes, Z, plus they are US based, so sometimes I don't know what they're asking me!
      Having my writing on a label has been a long time ambition of mine... sounds like an odd sort of ambition, doesn't it?! My next goal is a wine label and then to write out a book title - so all budding authors, please keep me in mind!
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  5. Horrid weather!
    What a great view from your dining room/studio.I used to have an ocean view.Well, ocean glimpse.But the trees have grown.Now I have a leafy view.

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    1. Dinah, we have more horrid weather due tomorrow, so no view for me... I will be on Facebook doing weather checks.
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  6. How wonderful to have your calligraphy used by Crabtree and Evelyn! I would be giddy if I were you! Congratulations are in order, I would say :)

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    1. Hello Jenny!!
      Yes, I am a bit giddy to be honest! Thank you!
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  7. What a spectacular view you have. All I've got here is a brick wall on the back and another brick wall on the other side of a dirty cars filled street in the front. I'm SO JEALOUS! If I were (was) 5 yo. I wouldn't talk to you for a couple of days but since I've just turned 6, I won't talk to you until tomorrow only. Has your house been chosen as the set for a sequel to "The Birds"?

    I read about the perfume thing on your other blog. You mentionned there that you had it "copyrighted". So you must be making tonns of money right now. I'm so happy to be your friend, my dear... We are friends... aren't we? ;)

    Weather wise, we are being quite spared over here. But we are used to extreme weather conditions. Sure, there are always some who complain all the time. Well, "It's Qwebbeck, so deal with it!". We are due to get 10 to 15 cm of snow in the next 48 hours. BWAHAHAHAHA! As we say: "C'est un pet" (it's just a fart).

    I hope MJ doesn't hear about your Facebook escapades... You know you could be banned for life.

    (◠‿◠✿)
    Hugs
    Jon

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    1. Oh Jon! I wish I could see the view now - I had a glimpse of Dartmoor this morning... but it hasn't looked as good as in that pic for a while.
      Sadly, I sold the copyright! So still not a millionaire! But I am still very happy about it... maybe if it was something like the Coca-Cola logo then I would feel differently.
      I hope MJ comes back soon to tell me off. All this Facebook talk might lure her from her projects.
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    2. P.S And yes... there are a lot of birds here... so the sequel to The Birds would be fitting!
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  8. FB quizzes - I guess they are not as bad as the FB games. I find myself "old school" about games. A proper electronic game needs to be in a cabinet, have a large colored screen and require coins to be played. Better yet is the electro-mechincal type with pinballs. I doubt there will ever be a pinball wizard coming out of smartphone/facebook games.

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    1. Bill, I am even more old fashioned... I doubt anyone could have a proper game of tiddly-winks on a smartphone either.
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  9. I feel ya on the FB quizzes. :-) Have just discovered that I'm "Sandy" from "Grease".

    I'm as confused as you are.

    Pearl

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    1. Pearl - This morning I discovered that I am Baby Spice! No doubt she will be starring in Cabaret in a town near you, very soon!
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  10. As I said at your other address, congrats on the par-fume label. I haven't bought one yet but I'm still thinking about it.

    I'm not on the Facebook. This comprehensive list makes me wonder WHAT ELSE I'm missing.

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    1. Mr Pain - Today we did the 'How much do you really know about 'Love Actually' quiz, in betwixt a frantic poking session. I did badly in both.
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  11. Nice view.

    I only ever did one facebook quiz, it accused me of being posh so I declined to continue with them.

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    1. Andy - At least the Daily Mail doesn't love you.... does it?!
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  12. What a beautiful view.

    Being hated by the Daily Mail has to be good right?

    Nice graphics on the perfume bottle!

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    1. Mr Joey - Being hated by The Daily Mail is a very good thing and something to aspire to.
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  13. Be my Valentine!

    [mmmwwwaaahhh!]

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    1. Mr Lax - I believe I was fourth in line for this honour! I will think about being your soggy Valentine.
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  14. I love how you've incorporated all those Facebook quizzes! So therefore it was NOT all a waste of time at all. Genius!

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    1. Steve - I have since discovered that if I were a font then I would be Garamond. I am waiting for the quiz that tells me what type of quiz I am.
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  15. How's your storm today, MsScarlet ?

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    1. Mr Mags - It has started. Torrential rain all night and we are expecting the wind to increase in strength this afternoon. Ghastly footage on BBC News 24.
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    2. Oh dear ... I'll go for a walk soon and will think of you.

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    3. Snow on Dartmoor and pretty strong winds. Stay inside please, and I hope Mr. B. does not feel the need to cut trees right now !

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    4. No... he is clearing gutters instead!
      Sx

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    5. If there is some clutter it may be Mitzi's.

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    6. You could be right!
      The wind is outrageous... it's incredibly bad, and it's supposed to be worse further south. Not happy.
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  16. They have a Crabtree and Evelyn in York, I will have to keep a lookout for "Freesia by Scarlet" the next time I'm in there, and if the lady isn't looking, I'll slip one into my bag. The weather is becoming more and more unusual, I live in fear of every shower. Love the views, what an uplifting sight I bet you can't wait for the summer. Little comfort to anyone that's flooded but spring is in the air, when I was wiping bird shit off my living window this morning a ladybird flew onto my hand and the days are getting longer. One thing I can guarantee, they will be a hosepipe ban cum the summer.

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    1. Mitzi - I fantasise about BBC news reporters standing in the middle of cracked, dried out reservoirs speaking of hosepipe bans. I must find a clip on YouTube. It will be far better than porn.
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  17. Fantastic to see your work on something so desirable - it looks GREAT!

    BTW I did one of those quizzes and discovered that I am probably from New Jersey

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    1. I also did a muppet quiz and found out I was Miss Piggy. I quite liked that.

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    1. These are both alternative names for lady gardens!
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  19. Sorry i'm late darling but i've been rummaging through my drawers looking for Paddington's old coat, wellies and souwester to send to you what with all that precipitation you're having. It could be a lot worse, you could be sweltering in 40 degree heat and inhaling lots of fresh carbon from the recent bushfires and the 2 open cut coalmines that have caught fire as a result and that are now blanketing the whole state in thick acrid smoke...
    Fun times! Congats on your label!

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    1. Princess: I have decided to hide under my duvet until July... I would be grateful for a plate of marmalade sandwiches to keep me going.
      After a pleasant weekend the rain is back today.
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  20. Wow! Congratulations on the label! Your writing is a work of art! And your foto is very beautiful! Definitely postcard quality! Gorgeous view!

    Happy Valentine's Day to you, Scarlet!

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    1. Thank you Mr Swings! Not so gorgeous today... just a watery blur really...
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  21. You have the most beautiful floor tiles, a spectacular view, no flooding, your work on one of my favourite fragrances, use the subjunctive 'were' accurately, you're not Scottish and are 36% posh...I am leaving my husband and three children to come and live with you. Get the handcuffs ready!
    Axxx

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    1. Annie: I will make up the bed in the spare room! And I apologise about the weather in advance!
      Your comment has made me blush!
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  22. That's a wonderful picture with all the birds on the wires!

    Congrats on the calligraphy success!

    And yes the weather is beyond a joke. Luckily we're not flooded here, although some local roads are getting that way, but I do wonder when it will all end.

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    1. Ms Hedgehog: Well, it's not ending today! I am going to buy shares in rubber wear and boat making...
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  23. Now I wondering what the heck I am as have never seen a Facebook quiz. From very lower middle class Manchester, via Bahrein, then New Zealand then 15 year stopover in London and now Oakland California, makes me very Stephen Fry walking the corgis? That picture looks like a watercolour the greens are so heightened, how fantastic to see that out your window!!!

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    1. Jody: It's certainly covered in water today... looks like a watery grey smear... just wish this weather was as easy to wipe away.
      You need to go to Buzzfeed for the quizzes...!
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    2. Will do, I def want to be Stephen Fry doing something so may have to skew my answers

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  24. LOL I just finally got around to looking at my blog and now I see you've been having the same problem on that other social media site!! ;) xoxoxo

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    1. Savvy: You know full well what problems I'm having with the quizzes!!!!
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    2. QAA - Quiz Addicted Anonymous. First you have to fill a form, multiple choice ...

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  25. Okka, Petra, Qumaira, Ruth and Stephanie. No, they're not my friends but the storms that have already crossed South Sandwich in the last month, leaving floods, strong winds and high waves. I imagine what you're going through, so you better fill your pockets with stones!

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  26. Oh do you leave near Dartmoor, sweety? I have a good blogfriend who lives in a farm there. I have had a thorough look at your picture but I couldn't see his horses... what a nice place to be, the West Country.

    I will check in the finest shops to buy your Freesia perfume, dear. I'm sure it's a heavenly fragance. ;)

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  27. Talking of Stephen Fry being English though, I will be the pedant at the party and mention that I watched that "Who do you think you are" programme (an old one) and discovered he is actually Jewish immigrated from central Europe. I think he might have said something about how he has somehow got this label as being incredibly English. (Which I felt very cheered by, I hate the idea of Englishness being confined to people whose families never bothered to go anywhere or do anything. )

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  28. Darling Ms S,
    How wonderful it was to receive your comment and now to see what you are up to in the depths of the English countryside.
    The view from your window of Dartmoor is simply divine. Such a glorious landscape which must be an inspiration to you every time you gaze upon it. We have read of the unrelenting rain and can well believe how depressing and, for many, worrying this met be. But how green everything looks and with the lengthening days you must have great joy from being there.

    So good to be back and have a window into Scarlet World.

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  29. Dear Scarlet,

    yes, I too, or rather my legs, were in danger of being dislodged a few times recently. That comes from living near the coast. So don't blame the messenger (wind). Devon. My foot. Love it. Nearly moved to Exeter once upon a time.

    As to your g): Sartre and Camus are worlds apart.

    U

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  30. [unrelated, sorry]
    In the right column with new blogposts Mitzi shows up with something about "Zager and evans", marked as "t´Two hours ago". When I click it I am shown nothing - Mitzi's blog background, but not this post, only this message:
    "Sorry, the page you were looking for in this blog does not exist."

    A phantom post !

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    1. Mitzi is a rampant editor! She changes her mind a lot about what she wants to post.
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  31. " I am very sensitive about such issues at this time of the year."

    Oh MsScarlet ... is it ? May I ? Pisces, Ohdearohdear ...

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  32. Hi Scarlet, been a while since I have looked at blogs, and of course couldn't do so with a peek at yours. still as good as ever. Glad to see you are still writing. Alas I have not blogged in years. All the best Grump. xx

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  33. Pisces eh? I was thinking Taurus, but then again that might just have been due to the extra weight around your rump I've noticed of late. What? You expected anything less from your estranged lover? Och no.

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