Sunday Outing

 

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Went to an ‘open garden’ for charity on Sunday. We’d been planning to go for about two months when I saw it advertised on a website. The garden belongs to Emma Bridgewater (for those of you who don’t know, Emma Bridgewater set up the pottery company of the same name, go to the website here) and it’s in Oxfordshire, so we had a bit of a drive.

It was a great afternoon though, the boys loved it because there were loads of real tractors that they could sit on and they made the most of it. We walked around the garden and D was interested to see the veg patches and was great to get some ideas and inspiration for our own garden.

The best part, for D and myself was seeing a cabin just like the one D was planning for our garden. Here are some photos..

 

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This is actually a static caravan clad with wood and a verandah added. Obviously D is planning to build ours from scratch out of wood, no caravan is getting up our garden! So this is basically how we are planning ours. I love the verandah and am looking forward to sitting on it reading in the summer, the summer of 2020 perhaps but I am looking forward to it.

I took my new camera, that D got me for my birthday, which I realise I haven’t introduced you to yet, it’s on my list of ‘to do posts’ hopefully this week. Anyway here are some more photos of our day, you should be able to click on the photos to enlarge them if you wish, I was having lots of fun playing with my new camera…

 

Another photo I found while I was going through some old files was one of my horse Harley, he’s sadly no longer with us, he was a big part of my life and I had him for 10 years and I still miss him. Would you like to see the photo? Ok here it is…

 

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Right I’m a day behind posting this, I was trying to upload the photos yesterday and it was taking forever so I’ve had to finish off today so I’m sorry it’s been longer than I planned between posts and I’ll get another one out tomorrow. Hope you had a fantastic weekend and are having fun.

Take care E x

 

Week Catch Up

 

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This flower was picked for me by Little Man, he got it from our front yard, he was so loving and gentle when he gave it to me and it really made my heart squeeze.

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He picked me this one too, it was so tiny, I put it on top of my sewing machine so I could look at it while I was sewing away.

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I’m not sure where this last week has gone. The days were all blurred into getting the boys back to school (pre-school for Little C), being poorly and recovering, birthday celebrations and renovations.

Little Man went back to school last Tuesday (6th), we had no wobbles or sad faces, we walked down to the school (which is literally at the bottom of our lane, very handy!) and he kissed Little C and I goodbye and walked straight in.

Little C on the other hand had a complete melt down, he wanted to go to school and was letting everyone know about it. In the end I calmed him down by saying we’d go and see Grannie, tantrum ended and pestering began, ‘when are we going to grannie’s?’ (or ‘rannie’s’ as he says it) over and over until we left the house.

Later Tuesday after fetching Little Man I felt really ill, I think it was a migraine, I’ve never had one before but my head had been aching a bit all afternoon, I’d taken some tablets and it then got worse. I felt sick and any noise, light or movement was making it so much worse. Not great when you’ve got 2 noisy children running around asking for food, drink, tv etc. Anyway ?i ended up calling my mum and mumbling something about coming too look after the boys and she was here about 15 minutes later. I’m so lucky to have that support so close by, in situations like this I don’t know how other people cope who haven’t got family close to help out. I slept the rest of the night.

Thursday my head was better but I still didn’t feel 100%. I was excited though, D and I were off to the cinema in the evening to see a film for my birthday. We saw Jason Bourne, it was ok, I’m normally just pleased for the change of scenery and a night out of the house, so I don’t need much from the film. I liked the Bourne series but I think they may be taking it a bit far now. They should have stopped at the 3, this one was a bit far fetched and I’m guessing they’ll be more to come.

Friday was my birthday, but I’ll go into that a bit more on another post and show you my new toy.

I’ll tell you about the last few days activities in picture form, all I’ll say is it involved a hook and a sewing machine.

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Made some roses for birthday cards…

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Chocolate cheesecake – my birthday cake….

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D put the shower splash guard and rail up so the new shower can now be used…

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Bunting….

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Lampshade makeover…

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Not 100% happy, the band around the top needs to be wider and not as bulky, will probably be re doing it at some point…

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Patchwork…….

 

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Loving it…..

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I will show you some more of the patchwork tomorrow, hopefully, as I’ve done a border now and might be able to get another one done too. Not sure what it’ll be for yet, but I love the colours in the fabric and the patterns. Unfortunately not got enough of the fabric to make a quilt though.

Right off now, thanks for stopping by. I promise to stop sewing for long enough tomorrow to show you some more of the patchwork.

Take care, have fun E x

 

 

Be Back Soon

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Hi, sorry I’ve not been around for a few days, I’ve not been feeling too good, but I’m over the worst now (fingers crossed) and I’ll be back with some colourful posts soon. Just trying to catch up with some housework and tidying.

Hope you’re all having fun and back to school isn’t too stressful. Take care E x

Love, Love, Love it

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This gorgeous rose is in the front yard and has had a few buds on over the last few weeks. They don’t last long as it’s next to the wall right where the dog jumps up so she’s constantly brushing past and the petals end up falling off. But I got a photo of this one and actually it seems (fingers crossed) to be escaping the dog, so we might have this beautiful bloom around for a while longer. I think it’s called ‘Charlotte’ and was an offer in Country Living Magazine a few years ago from David Austin Roses. I think I will eventually move it up to the top garden, when that’s been sorted.

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Little Man got some packets of Lego from my brother the other day. He was so happy and made them all up by himself, he was playing with them all day and took them to bed. Next day he brought them all downstairs, carefully broke them all up and proceeded to re-make them. Little C was ‘helping’ and kept taking bits to play with, it all got a bit shouty and I had to step in (sometimes they can resolve it without my interference and I do try to let them do that a little bit). Little C had been playing with a certain Lego man and had now lost it and Little Man was very upset and was looking everywhere. I started helping, looking under sofa cushions etc. I asked Little C where he’d put it and he said in his welly boot, we went to have a look but nothing. We didn’t find the Lego man and Little Man was still upset and I couldn’t think of anywhere else to look. I then had a light bulb moment, I suggested he made a ‘missing ‘ poster. I explained that if someone loses their dog or cat they make a ‘missing’ poster and stick it on lamp posts, so people can look out for their pet and contact them if they find it. He did cheer up at this idea and I let out a sign of relief that I’d made the situation better. Little Man loves drawing and colouring and he got out his paper and pens and drew the Lego man and then asked what he should write, we can up with a simple message and it was stuck on the cupboard on the living room. I love it so much, I love his drawings they are so imaginative and I’m sure he’s got more talent than I did when I was 5.

Lego man is still missing, D had a good look when he got home and had no luck either, I just hope we find it before Henry (Hoover), because like I tell the boys, Henry really likes to eat Lego!

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This was yesterday’s project, I really do just have the biggest smile when I look at this, I’ve got to put it on display somewhere because it’s so good.

We went into our local town yesterday afternoon, I love just wandering around, popping into some shops, there is such a variety. The boys were pretty well behaved, I’ve not really done this sort of trip before with Little C out of his pushchair and it wasn’t too manic. Anyway I needed to get some cream cleaner from Wilkos so we were going up and down the aisles, (cause I couldn’t remember where it was!) and as I find it Little Man is calling to me from the end of the aisle that he wanted a wooden spoon. I walked back up and he is indeed pointing to a wooden kitchen spoon. OK I said you can have a wooden spoon, he picked one up and started chattering on about making something with it, unfortunately I missed most of it cause Little C had started asking me, in his rather loud voice if he could have a wooden spoon, ‘yes, you can’. I never knew buying them a wooden spoon each would make them so happy, if only I’d known sooner!

We got home and immediately Little C is out in the front yard with his wooden spoon digging up the sand and stones, as happy as Larry. Little Man on the other hand took his inside, he got out his paper and crayons and asked to borrow my scissors. Then he drew around the spoon and was cutting out the shape, it went wrong and he did it again, very carefully but again when he went to cut it he couldn’t control the scissors well enough and made a mistake again. He got very upset and I went over and got him another piece of paper, got him to draw round the spoon again and then cut it out for him. Happy again he carried on, I had to stop watching him at this point as I was busy doing house wifey things. Next thing he comes up to me and produces the finished spoon, I couldn’t believe what he’d done. I love that he’s taped the front legs on the front and the back legs behind and then the tail sticking out, with those stripes on it. I love the little ears and mouth he’s drawn and cut out to stick them on and I am so proud of him for making it and thinking about making it all by himself. I love that it shows how he’s growing up and my Little Man might not be that little for much longer, but I’m going to make sure I savour every minute and that’s another reason I love this blogging malarky. I love that I’ll be able to look back on this in a few years time and see that tiger spoon and remember the day that Little Man made it, I just Love, Love, Love it.

OK I realise that was a very waffley post and quite word heavy, I’m sorry, I hope you’ve not fallen asleep and you will come back tomorrow when I’m hoping to show you some progress on my wavy hooking and also show you some photos of a wonderfully, colourful, yarny delivery.

Have fun, take care, E x

Some Hooky Waves

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I can’t remember if I showed you the above photo? Or even told you about it in more detail than just a hooky project. Well if I didn’t, I’m sorry and I’ll make it up to you I promise.

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As you can probably see it’s a bit wavy, up and down, up and down, colourfulness. I’ve never done it before, the ripple. To be honest with you all I was a bit scared about it. I really, really wanted to give it a go last year, but I’d only done straight, straight hooky rows and I was a bit anxious about the waves. However, this year I feel a bit more confident and had been told it was easy, so I looked at the pattern (it’s HERE if you are interested, I LOVE Attic24 patterns) and I thought oh yes I can do this. So I got out my yarn stash and found some yarn left over from another blanket and set about working a foundation chain.

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Now it’s not really blankety sized, I didn’t have enough yarn for one but I also didn’t want to start another blanket as I’ve still got my big ‘Granny Square Blanket’ on the go. My idea is to do this until I’m out of the majority of colours and then do a very wide border, making it into a smallish throw to go over the back of a chair. No doubt it will get used for some snuggles by the Little Boys.

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I take these photos on the kitchen worktop next to the sink, which you can just see in the corner. The sun shines through the kitchen window at the front of the house and I love how it lights up the photos. The shadows are from the leading on the windows and I just think it all adds a lovely effect. I have run out of some colours now, but I’ve added in a few of the colours from my ‘Granny Square Blanket’ (tut tut), but I’m thinking that won’t take up the whole 100g ball, so I should be ok. I think it might be nearing an end though as I have another project I want to start and ordered the wool for it yesterday. I really should finish my GSB too though before I start something else. (I haven’t even told you that I have another blanket half done, that is for Little C’s bed. I’m terrible, I’ll have to get that out to and get cracking with it. So much for my ‘one project at a time’ rule!

I forgot to mention the first photo in this post. Seeing as it’s that last day in August, I thought I’d share with you the lovely calendar picture which I have hanging in the corner of the living room. I haven’t sneaked a peek at September’s photo so I will get a lovely surprise tomorrow. I’ll be sad to see this picture go though, I keep looking at it while I type and it really is lovely. A beautiful little posy of pretty summer flowers.

Righty-ho, I’m off… yes back to my wavy hooky. Well my excuse now is that I need to get it finished, I’ve not decided on a border yet, not sure what colours or how it’s going to look, I just know I want it to be really wide!

Hope you can call back in soon, take care. E x

Bank Holiday Weekend Walk

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Sunday we had some lovely weather, after a rather gloomy Saturday. So late morning we set off for a quick walk that turned into a 2 hour walk. We started on our usual route, but instead of turning up the hill and round our normal circuit, we carried on through the fields. I love the views over all the countryside, I kept having to catch up with the others as I stopped to admire the views and capture them with my camera (well my phone!) and got left behind.

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Just look at that dog, I’m thinking it was cooling her down, but she really did get right down into that muddy puddle! Luckily the rest of the walk, with some long grass and sun, managed to clean and dry her, so when we got home she was pretty much mud free.

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My view walking up this track, was a chatty, singing, very entertaining Little C. He was so sweet, he walks so well and never complained once in the 2 hours. Our daily dog walks have obviously made his little two and a half year old legs very strong.

Some lovely things to look at along the way. I love being out in the countryside and the sunshine makes everything look so much happier.

We then turned off the road and along a very narrow track, with walls of greenery up above our heads and then out onto a wider track which runs along the top of the hill that our cottage sits about halfway down.

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We could see down into the town that’s a couple of miles away from our lane, love how much green there is as well as the houses.

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Of course D had brought along blackberry picking tubs, so we stopped off to pick and eat some more. We had D’s daughter stay on Sunday too so had an extra mouth to feed with blackberries, but also extra hands to pick them. D’s got ideas to make blackberry gin!

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Back down the hill now, to find our little cottage. There are some hungry tummies, the blackberries not quite making up for lunch, some soup is waiting for us that D had cooking before we left. Yummy, yummy!

Well this was quite a photo heavy post, I apologise if it got a tad boring. Tomorrow I’ve got some colourful hooky to show you. My crocheting seems to have taken on a life of it’s own. I’ve got other projects waiting, scrap booking and sewing, to name a few, but I just can’t get enough of my gorgeous colourful yarn. So I’m thinking I’ll carry it on and along the way I might fancy a day with my sewing machine, it might be a better task for when Little Man is back at school perhaps. Wow that’s only a week away, doesn’t 6 weeks fly by!

Last day of August tomorrow, thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again very soon.

Take care. E x

Gloomy Rain Clouds

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The weather turned last week, it’s still not improved. The sun has gone away and taken the glorious blue sky with it. The boys have been going a little stir crazy, although we have managed a few quick walks in between the downpours, they haven’t been able to play outside like normal and the tv has been on far too much. I’m hoping for sunshine very soon!

The wet, gloomy, grey weather made me think of lighting our Rayburn again, it’s usually mid October, when it drops too cold in the evening, when we decide to light it. I looked over at the lovely red range in our kitchen and realised it was looking a bit dull and cluttered, so I set about on another tidying mission.

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Now imagine the before photo (which I forgot to take!) with pans being stored on the top and chopping boards leaning against the back, dust over all of it and loads of rubbish, things without a home, stuffed down the side. It was one of those things that justs get overlooked, “where can I put this, oh I’ll just put it down the side of the Rayburn for now”, the ‘for now’ obviously turns into forever! It’s been like that and getting worse since we stopped using it about May time. So something had to be done. I took everything out from down the side and vacuumed it all. Put things where they should go, the pans are in cupboards and a frying pan can live in the Rayburn oven while it’s not lit. All the paper we save for lighting it, I put in a bag and a couple of bits of wood neatly next to it. A pot with a cleaning brush and the poker hidden away at the back. Then I set to cleaning it up. Lots of elbow grease a steel scourer, toothbrush and black hands later, it looked like new (well nearly new) and I felt so much better for doing it.

Obviously you can tell there are a few things missing, things D hasn’t finished yet. A false ceiling needs putting in above the Rayburn and a spotlight putting in so it’s no so dark. Also need the plug socket and light switch putting in and a shelf in the gap next to the Rayburn, but we are so pleased how it’s worked out. I’ll show you more photos of the kitchen renovation in another post. I’m busy gathering all the photo’s together so I can get them all in order and take you through everything we’ve done.

I’ll leave you with a photo of my little hanging baskets, I want to add some trailing plants, maybe some ivy. But they add some colour for now, which is definitely needed against that grey, cloudy sky.

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Hope the weather where you are is better, but if not, lets make the most of staying inside more and hope the sun comes and dries us out very soon.

Have fun and take care. E x