The Muddley Drawer!


CharlieHello, hope you're well!

I was listening to Steve Wright in the afternoon on Radio 2 recently and they started talking about the muddley drawer… I've never heard the expression before but I think most of us can relate to it.

It was very entertaining radio and they were talking about those drawers in our homes that are full of random, but better keep incase, items!

I think most of us have a drawer like that. In fact we have two in our house. One in the kitchen, actually, two in the kitchen and one in the sideboard in the hallway. So that's three altogether!

Just about everything imaginable is in the muddley drawer from paper clips to rubber bands, bits of broken toys to an old stop watch, some unopened letters, a few pebbles and an old cassette case! I recently came across this old photo of me… I once had curly hair!

The lesson learnt was to not 'over fill' the muddley drawer and then pop a book on top of the pile. The book crammed on top can sometimes jam and prevents the drawer from opening meaning the muddley contents can't be easily accessed… The strangest thing I've found in a muddley drawer is a remote control to which I have no idea what it controls!?

Onto less muddley matters… I've a few days off now. We're not heading anywhere, we're staying at home (I think staycation is the term!). We've some lovely local walks we're yet to try with the puppies (not so small now at 6 months) and there's a big tub of emulsion with a roller staring at me which I'm determined to open… but I may find an excuse and have to go for another walk!

Constellation pendantMy next Destination Gems show is on Tuesday 16th April… When surely, spring will have truly sprung!

We'll be focusing much of our attention on emeralds throughout the hour and we will also see the popular return of the fabulous Zodiac pendant, of which I bought the Pisces option for my Mum.

Congratulations to those who won one of the signed Sooty photos, it was fun reading your favourite memories! Thank you for entering.

The winners are Jasmine, Suzanne and Mila – your prizes will be winging their way to you soon!

Ok, better sign off, the puppies are itching for a walk around the block… I've a feeling the leads are in one of the muddley drawers… Hope it isn't jammed!

Take care Charlie x

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  1. Mila March 28, 2013 at 3:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie, you look so cute with the curly hair. Can’t believe I actually won something from QVC. Thanx.
    Hope you have a great Easter and I won’t say chocolate free Easter either!
    Take care x

  2. Suzanne Hobday March 28, 2013 at 9:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie, I’m so excited to have won a signed Sooty photo, thank you so much! I have lots of muddley drawers – it’s amazing what turns up in them! I love the photo of you with curly hair, you look so angelic! Thank you so much again. Suzanne x

  3. Jasmine Gardner March 28, 2013 at 9:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie,
    I just wanted to say a huge thank you for having my Sooty memory entered into your Sooty competition. I was just reading your blog and was ecstatic to discover that I was one of the lucky three winners! You really have made my year; a signed Sooty picture is the best thing I ever could have asked for. Thank you ever so much,
    From Jasmine

  4. Jasmine Gardner April 3, 2013 at 7:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie,
    I just wanted to thank you again, as the signed Sooty photo and other QVC goodies have arrived today! The signed Sooty photo will soon be framed and placed pride of place upon my desk. I also wanted to thank you for your signed picture too and the lovely message on the back. It is all very much appreciated and I am very grateful!
    Thank you very much,
    From Jasmine 🙂

  5. Sarah April 6, 2013 at 7:41 am -  Reply

    Charlie… preserve your staycation and enjoy time rather than be drawn to the emulsion and roller you tube Michael McIntyres – Man drawer…….. Another version of the muddley draw. Have a good break

  6. Charlie brook April 11, 2013 at 8:03 am -  Reply

    Hello Sarah, thanks for your reply… I know the sketch well. I’m a huge MM fan! Oh, and I haven’t touched the emulsion and roller and I don’t feel guilty!!
    Take care

  7. Charlie brook April 11, 2013 at 8:05 am -  Reply

    Hello Jasmine, Suxanne and Mila! Thanks so much for your replies. I’m so glad you’re all pleased with your signed Sooty prize! Well done! Im sure the picture ‘won’t’ end up in the Muddley Drawer!

  8. jan April 14, 2013 at 4:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie
    Just look at you,(what a little poppet),my hair was just the same as yours, as was my youngest daughters,we both have still got the natural wave,how about you?.
    I have a very close up photo of myself in black and white on the dinning room table, and everybody says when they see it that I look like Shirley temple,it’s the only time I’ve looked so adorable so it’s staying where it is.(Big friends fan)
    as I know you are too.
    JAN xx

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