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Tuesday, 24 December 2013

MERRY CHRISTMAS ONE AND ALL


Following the dreadful weather last night of Gail force winds and lashing rain causing much disruption on the roads and railways this was the sky tonight. 



Isn't it just magnificent. I love coming out into the garden as the sun is setting to see such wonderful colour.




It has been a hectic few days with family arriving and last minute shopping to be done.  But that's it all shops are closed so what you don't have it's not worth worrying about.  By now I hope you have all started your Christmas celebrations.

Tonight we kicked things off with a family meal that included a favourite of Steak & Ale Pie enjoyed by all.



With finishing on Friday for the holidays I have already started enjoying a bit of R & R so much so that I have managed to finish my latest book 'Christmas at the Ragdoll Orphanage' by Suzanne Lambert and you can as always find out what I thought about it here.



So here we are with less than 30 minutes till midnight, the meat has been collected from the butchers and the fresh veg from the farm shop. D has bought enough food to feed the village and the traditional triffle has been constructed by yours truly and Christmas Day will soon be upon us.

Therefore it just leaves me to say a big thank you to everyone who has visited my blog and for making feel so welcome over the last six months, I am certainly looking forward to making even more friends in blogland over the next 12 months.  


Merry Christmas to you all however and wherever you will be celebrating the holiday season this year.

Mx





Wednesday, 18 December 2013

A Christmas Gift to ourselves.....



Just take a look at these two handsome boys....   A while ago and before Buster joined our family we commissioned an artist AJ Turner of Cavacast to paint a portrait of Romeo and Monty. Ms Tuner is a very accomplished artist but also is an owner of Cavaliers herself and therefore knows the breed very well.
 We are so very pleased with the result.  
This photo doesn't really do it justice in reality it is much sharper and she has really caught the personalities of both the dogs.  
I was so pleased with it that my immediate thought was that I would have to share it with you all in blogland. 

This is our little Christmas present to ourselves.

Now we have Buster too we are thinking of commissioning her again to make a sculpture of the three boys next year unless of course three has increased to four if D gets his way and finds a little Ruby Cavi that needs a home..... to complete the set. 
I'm just glad it was Cavaliers we went for and not Cockers as there a lot more variations in colour and I'm not sure my little cottage would be big enough to accommodate them all.

At The Willows we are on count down now with just two more days before children start arriving home for the holidays.  D has been to the supermarket this morning and I think he thinks we are feeding the entire village again this year by the amount he has bought and that is before we collect the meat from the butchers and the veg from the farm shop. 

Let the madness begin!!!!!


Mx

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Countdown to Christmas

The Christmas countdown has arrived at The Willows.  With family starting to arrive next Friday the BIG clean has taken place this weekend and all beds have been made up in readiness.  I have been so far behind in my preparations this year.  The only thing I have managed to do ahead of time was to get Number 2's parcels sent off the week before the deadline.  Up until today not one card had been written or one present wrapped. This is so out of character for me, being such a control freak when the children were younger come the 1st December all cards were written ready for posting and the Christmas tree was bought and decorated.  Therefore I can only blame my children for growing up and leaving home for tardiness.  With just over a week to go I have now got all my cards written and sat on the table ready to go to the post office tomorrow.  All work colleagues cards are now written and presents wrapped and will be going off to work with me tomorrow.  This will just leave me D's Number 2 and Number 3 sons and my daughter's to wrap.  But come Christmas Eve all will be good.  The BIG shop is yet to take place but D has taken over this role this year.  We are very blessed with an excellent local butchers and two local farm shops that have the best produce.  


I have also been up against it to get this jacket finished in time for Christmas 


and  



I finally completed it and added the toggles on Friday night.

Thanks should also go to my fellow crafter Karen for modelling so that I could take some photo's. She was full of a cold and really wasn't very well.

Product DetailsProduct DetailsOn the reading front I have now completed these two and you can see what I thought of them here




Continuing on the Christmas theme of books I am now reading Christmas at the Ragdoll Orphanage.  

This is the first novel of Suzanne Lambert and although I am only part way through already I would say it is well worth a read.







Well we have an XFactor winner but I won't spoil it for those of you who haven't seen it yet but a deserved winner is all I will say. 

On that note time for a cuppa.

Enjoy your week whatever you may be doing.  

Mx

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Christmas has arrived at The Willows




Christmas has arrived at The Willows.  Number 3 has been desperate to put the tree up all week but then he has been poorly with a nasty chest infection and has been too ill to think about it.  But now he's feeling much better and the first thing he wanted to do was... you guessed it wanted to put the tree up.  We finally dragged the tree out from  the garage this morning and sorted out all the ornaments and lights.  Why is it no matter how careful you are at putting the lights away each year come the next one they are always tangled.





B
Thank you to everyone who left comments in helping me decide what design to make with my squares for the Coming Home from Afghanistan Afghan.  It would appear that the majority of you like design B which is good because this was the first design I had come up with way back when I started this little venture.  We are now up to day 55 today which means he is 55 days closer to coming home. 

Up until putting up the tree it hadn't really dawned on me just how close to Christmas we are The next couple of weekends are going to fly by in a blur.   Number one son is coming over for the weekend before Christmas and daughter will be home for the holidays so it will be nice to spend the weekend together and have a mini Christmas celebration before he returns to Manchester on Christmas Eve, I am hoping that Number 2 will be able to get to a telephone over that period as it would be great for us all to be able to say hi.  

Midwife on Call


This week I have completed two more books and you can find out what I thought about them here.

As I an now getting into the Christmas spirit I have started two more books with a Christmas theme.

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A Christmas Wish is another Kindle Edition book by Amanda Prowse and see's the continuing story of Poppy Day. This time Poppy is another 10 years older and has two children Peggy and Max and Mart will be on tour in Afghanistan at Christmas.  Will young Peg get her wish and have her Daddy home for Christmas.

A Dog for Christmas tells the story of Joshua Michaels who finds himself looking after a neighbours dog only to find that the dog in question is pregnant and about to deliver a litter of puppies.  Having never owned a dog before this sends poor Josh into a state of panic but on hand to help is Kerri who works at the local rescue centre. 

Will let you know in due course what I thought of these two festive reads.

Have a good week one and all whatever you may be getting up to.

M x

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Kindle App

Now I may well be teaching you all to suck eggs here but I recently discovered something about Kindle and therefore thought I would share this little bit of info with you all.

I bought a Kindle HD back in August and have been enjoying it's rewards ever since. What I hadn't realised is that you don't have to have a Kindle in order to read Kindle Books.  It was whilst on amazon looking for a book for my son that I then saw in a little box how you can download the Kindle App to your ipad, tablet or even your phone.  This was really useful as I currently have a son serving out in Afghanistan and he is obviously limited to what he could take with him and what he would be able to bring back if we sent him anything.  He has downloaded the Kindle App and has been able to buy and download books to read in his down time and it has proved to be invaluable.  Since then my daughter and my other son have also downloaded the app and even D has now downloaded it to his ipad and is currently working his way through all the Jeffery Archers.  If you normally buy amazon vouchers as Christmas gifts you still can as when you purchase any books for your Kindle you still have the opportunity to use any vouchers you may have to purchase. 


If you would like to know more information then simply click here.


Happy reading one and all 



M x

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Decisions, Decisions

Over the past month and a half I have been duly making my one square a day for my 'Coming Home From Afghanistan' Afghan.  This coming week will see the 50th day of my sons tour and therefore 50 squares. I am now at the stage where I need to decide what combination of pattern to join my squares and I am having a little trouble deciding.  With this in mind I decided to turn to my fellow bloggers to help me to decide.

Below are 4 photographs marked A - D and I would be grateful to any of you out there who would kindly leave a comment with which design you prefer  even if it's only the letter of your choice or maybe even suggest one of your own, I am sure there will be a combination that I haven't thought of.

A

B

C

D

Once again I would like to thank everyone who has emailed or left comments since number 2 left to start his tour.  I have had some lovely emails especially from those from forces families or have a family member in the forces and have been in the same situation I find myself in, trying not to worry but as his mum unable to do much else.  Your words of advice and encouragement on how to get through the next few months have been much appreciated.

Meanwhile life at home continues and here we are on the 1st of December and out in the garden the plants seem to be on a bit of a rebellion.




Up to now we have had such mild weather with only one or two frosty mornings that  my poor little garden is in total confusion and quite a few of my plants especially the fuchsias think it's time to bud up and flower again.  I don't remember seeing this before in the garden at this time of year. I'm hoping this will prove to be a good omen and that we will be given a mild winter this year. 


Have a good week one and all whatever you may be doing.

M x


Sunday, 24 November 2013

A little bit of Christmas on route to Afghanistan

First of all I would like to thank everyone who left comments or emailed me over the last few weeks especially from Kim over at Little White Sewing Shed, Jo over at Through The KeyholeSusanne over at Forget-Me-NotGail over at Amongst the WoolTash over at Vintage Pretty and Lisa over at Jumble and Jelly. to name but a view and I apologise if I have missed anyone out.   I have been amazed by the support and good wishes I have received whilst my son is out on tour.  It has been much appreciated.



This week I have spent pulling together number 2's Christmas presents to get them sent off in plenty of time before the last posting date to the BFPO of the 29th November.  I don't know about anyone else but November just seems to of flown by and I can't believe we are now only about 6 weeks away from the big day again....   I boxed up foodie treats and wrapped his presents yesterday and delivered 5 parcels to the post office by yesterday afternoon to ensure they will get to him in plenty of time.  Number 2 is an ardent Manchester United fan and I have been sending him footie magazines and music magazines but when I saw this little Christmas tree with it's little Manchester United baubles it was a must have. I'm not quite sure what  he will make of it but hopefully it will bring a little bit Christmas sparkle to his and the other lads Christmas. 



 On the progress of the Coming Home From Afghanistan Afghan we are now 41 days in which means that we are  41 days nearer to him coming home.  Again thank you to everyone who has commented about this project.  It means a lot to me and is growing daily.









This week I also had a bit of a disaster when I broke my mobile phone.  Now as far as my children are concerned my mobile was a bit of a dinosaur but it worked, made phone calls and sent text messages which to me was the most important thing.  



I now have a new fangled windows phone.  


So far I have managed to send a text, make a phone call and take a photo.  I'm sure I will get used to it but if anyone phones and I accidentally cut you off please do not take it personally. 



On the reading front I have now completed Philomena by Martin Sixsmith and The Night Rainbow by Claire King and you can find out what I thought of these two over at Tea and Biscuits and a Good Book.  





Well think that's me done for this blog hope you all have a good week.


                                                                            M x


Saturday, 9 November 2013

Gone But Not Forgotten

For The Fallen



With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.


They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

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This year above all others will be a more poignant Remembrance Day for me. Whilst so many have been lost,  including  another soldier from Mercian Regiment just this very week leaving a wife and two small boys, my own son aged just 22 remains on active duty in Afghanistan.  Whenever the phone rings unexpectedly my heart leaps with every ring. So far he remains safe and well and I can only hope this will remain for the duration of his tour.  For those who have lost loved ones I would like to say I can appreciate the pain you have suffered but I cannot begin to know how it must feel and I pray to God that I never have to.



Mx

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Charity Fundraiser Poppy Update


Just a quick update on the  Charity Fundraiser Poppy.  All the poppies that myself and my colleague have made over the last 10 days have now sold and we have a raised £75.00 which will be going to our chosen charity  Help The Heroes.  We have been absolutely amazed at the response and the demand for them.  And thank all those who so generously bought them.

One thing we have learnt from this experience is that we need to make an earlier start making then  next year instead of staying up to the wee small hours making them and who knows how much we will raise then.

I have never followed a crochet pattern before, give me anything to knit and I'm your women but I feel very proud of myself in the fact that not only did I follow and understand the pattern but they have turned out so well that people have been prepared to give up their hard earned cash to buy one to help such a worthy cause.

Have any of you made any of these either for your own personal use or to sell for charity I would love to hear your stories.

M

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

When Son Knows Best


Recently I have been reading Torey Hayden's Beautiful Child I had got to within the last 50 pages and was desperately wanting to finish it.  So on Sunday night I came in from the Den and had a lovely roast dinner that D had cooked (well why keep a dog and bark yourself), after which I decided to have a nice leisurely bath. Off I went cuppa in hand with my book.  Whilst running my bath number 3 appeared at the door and asked what I was doing. 'Running a  bath' I replied. 'Why have you got your book then' he asked. 'Because I'm going to read it whilst I'm in the bath'.  'Oh you can't do that'  he said  'your book will get wet.'  'No' I said 'I will be very careful.'


So off he went and with the finish line insight there I sat reading my book whilst enjoying a nice warm bath.  A while later I heard D ask number 3 to let me know that Countryfile woud be starting shortly.  So out I got dried off and put my PJ's on.  I collected up my things when number 3 appeared at the door to tell me that Countryfile was just starting, just at that moment I had lent over the bath to pull out the plug when my book slipped from my grip and went splash into the water. Quick as flash I retrieve it fortunately it hadn't quite sunk to the bottom and was only a little damp (ish).  You can imagine the look on number 3's face. To say he was not amused would be an under statement. ' See' he said 'I told you your book would get wet'.... 

Off I went into the bedroom and quickly got the hairdryer to work on drying the pages.  All in all it had survived it's ordeal.  I went downstairs book in hand and wet hair.  'Oh' D said 'I thought I heard the hairdryer' at which point little Jiminy Cricket pipped up 'she dropped her book in the bath and I told her not to take her book in there otherwise it would get wet and see I was right.'



Hope you're all having a good week so far....

M


Saturday, 2 November 2013

Secret Revealed...................................

I hope not too many of you were affected by the storm. Here in Lincolnshire we had been told to expect it to be quite bad. We even had a task force/incident room set up. Fortunately even though we are on the Lincolnshire/Norfolk border we managed to come through without any damage across the county. It seemed to mainly hit the southern part of the UK.

Back on my September blog I was telling you I had a secret that would be revealed in November. Well here we are in November and I can now reveal to you what my secret is.  Whilst reading other bloggers blogs I have sat green with envy at the lovely hideaways that some of you have whether it be a spare bedroom, purpose built extension or a garden room to call your very own crafty hideaway. For sometime now I have been hankering after a craft room a little place to call all my own where when I want a pair of scissors or a needle there they will be exactly where  I expect to find them and not no where to be found because someone has borrowed them and not put them back. But of course it must have been the ghost because no one else has touched them. 

Well at last I have my very own little craft room which has already been nicknamed 

'The Dragon's Den' 

I can't think why.



We came across this little garden room whilst at a local garden centre.  They were selling off some of their ex display rooms this being one of them.  It was ideal for me to have as my craft room and meant that I could spend every spare moment down at the bottom of the garden with the fairies. 

I owe a big thank you to my neighbours who very kindly allowed us to remove a fence panel and let the guys cross their garden as the sections were too big to get through the gate to our garden.  I also owe a big thank you to the guys who installed it for going that extra mile as I believe that each section is incredibly heavy especially at the front with all the glass.  I have spent the last two weekends painting the inside and a very good friend of ours gave up his time to put in the carpet and put up my tables and blinds.  The carpet was an end of roll piece from United Carpets and the Sales Assistant very kindly rolled it and put in the car for me. .  The tables and blinds came from IKEA. The tables  fix to the wall and fold flat as you can see in the photo above giving more floor space when needed.  The Lloyd Loom and Bedding boxes I already had so they have been recycled.  I need to recover them but that is a job for the spring.  So here I am writing my blog nice and snugly warm even on a cold, wet & blustery day like today.  I can sit and knit, crochet  or sew or even get back into researching my family history without interruption. 

On the Crochet front I'd like to thank everyone who has sent me such lovely comments about my 'Coming Home from Afghanistan Afghan'  I have been very touched by the support and good wishes received from blogland  for a safe return of my son. We are now on Day 19 and all is well. Still receiving messages from Number 2 every few days usually containing a shopping list or just to let us know he is ok.  We have sent him out a couple of parcels over the last week and I sent off some footie magazines this morning. It will certainly feel strange not having him at home this Christmas. I think being able to make up and send him out parcels  will give me a purpose whilst the Afghan will help me count down the days till he is safely back on British soil. 

  A colleague of mine has a son in the forces who has just returned from tour.  She does a lot of fundraising for Help The Heroes and has had me crocheting Poppies for an event next weekend.  I myself had a stall at a craft fair this week. My plan was to take the wool and my crochet hook with me to sit and make some more but would you believe no sooner had I completed one people were asking to buy them.  I was absolutely staggered.  I completed six whilst there and all six were sold  raising £15 for Help The Heroes.    That said I will now be spending the rest of this weekend making more for her to take next week.  I am not sure what I will do with my Afghan once completed, number 2 is not the arty crafty one of my sons. He will appreciate all the effort and hard work but it would not have the same meaning to him as it does to me. As far as he is concerned he is just doing his job. One suggestion being with so many of our services personnel having been injured during this conflict to donate it  to a Help The Heroes charity event to be auction off.  I think this would be very fitting as if I complete my Afghan it will mean that I have been one of the lucky ones who have got my son back unscathed when so many do not.

Hope you all have a good week what ever you are getting up to.


M





Tuesday, 29 October 2013

It's been a funny old day ..........................

As Arkwright would say it's been a funny old day starting with the little Medilink bus not turning up that takes me from the car park up to the hospital where I work.  There had been an accident and the buses were unable to get through.  Having stood around for 40 minutes before this information filtered through myself and another lady decided we would walk.  Now don't get me wrong I am not opposed to walking, well you can't be when you have three dogs, and as the children would tell you we walked everywhere when they were little if the sun was out.  But as I keep telling them I was in my mid 20's to 30's then and not in my 50's as I am now.  I was surprised that it only took us about 20 minutes thus proving that I am not quite as unfit as I thought.  But I was certainly ready for a cup of tea by the time I got through the office door.   



Whenever we've had a lot of rain we 
always seem to get a lot of toadstools around the garden.  I have to say I love them. I used to tell my children that they were the pixie and fairy houses when they were small. These little beauties were all over my next door neighbours front lawn.   



We don't always get a good mobile signal in the cottage and I always tell people that I have to go down to the bottom of the garden with fairies in order to get a signal. . 


I hope you all managed to get through the storm unscathed yesterday.  It seemed to hit mainly the south of the country.  We had been forewarned that it would be coming our way as we are on the Lincolnshire/Norfolk border and although the wind was whipping around the cottage at around 4.30am and it lashed down with rain it was nothing we haven't experienced before so I think all told we got off pretty likely, having seen the news last night. When the big storm of 87 happened I was expecting my eldest son and I had slept through the whole thing and was quite surprised when I switched on the news the following morning.   


We've had some pretty impressive rainbows about recently, usually when I haven't got my camera to hand, I missed an absolute beauty that was a complete rainbow so I was really quite cross with myself.  I have been making a baby blanket for a colleague who is expecting her first baby and has chosen not to know whether it is a boy or girl, which is lovely but makes choosing a colour a little challenging unless you go for the traditional, white, cream, lemon or green.  This photo doesn't show the colours off very well but it is all the colours of the rainbow and therefore will befit a little prince or princess when they arrive.  I made it with Jarol New Arrival Random 100% Acrylic produced by Woolcraft and the colour is  305 Angelica.  


As you will know from my previous post I have a son who is now out in Afghanistan and I wanted to do something to mark the time he will be out on tour.  I couldn't see me keeping up with marking days off a calender so having seen mentioned on other blogs about a square a day I decided that I would make a 

'Coming Home from Afghanistan Afghan'.  



I am working with three colours using Faircroft Junior 500G DK again produced by Woolcraft and the colours are 030 White, 7134 Airforce Blue and 132 Cardinal to represent the colurs of the RAF.  I took this photograph on Sunday when we were at Day 13 I have now completed Day 15 this morning.  By the time he finishes his tour he will have been away some 200+ days so still quite a long way to go.  It may well  be big enough to cover a single bed by then. I am still considering what combination to go with but I quite like the one above but I still have time to decide. 

In the meantime I am still making my poppies, I have made 5 so far and my target is 10.  
When I'm not making squares for my Coming Home blanket I am still making my Autumn Leaves squares.

On the reading front I am just about to finish Siri Hustvedt's 

The Sorrow of an American 

It's been a funny little book but I will tell you more about it when I have finished it.

Meanwhile I hope you all have a good & productive crafty week.


M x

   
















Sunday, 27 October 2013

Charity Fundraiser Poppy








If you are looking for a crochet poppy pattern that takes no time at all to make you'll find one here.  Created by Wendy Poole to be used for personal use or to be sold  as long as the proceeds go to charity.  



Having never followed a crochet pattern before I found it really easy. These three plus any others I and several colleagues  manage to make before the 10th November will be on sale in aid of Help for Heroes at a Charity event being held after the Remembrance Day Service at Wiltshire Barracks. Some of the service personnel  have just returned from Afghanistan and as my son is currently out there I wanted to support such a great cause. 

Till the next time

M




Monday, 21 October 2013

And then there were three



This last week has been one filled with mixed emotions.  It started with number 2 leaving for his first tour of Afghanistan with his regiment.  We have known for months he would be going but as you can imagine when that day finally comes it fills you with both trepidation and pride.   I am immensely proud of all my children and the adults they are slowing turning into but I am especially proud of  number 2 at this moment.  I am not sure I could have endured the training and of course it goes without saying that as his mum I will be worried about his safety and won't be happy until he and the rest of 58 squadron are back on British soil safe and sound.. He has been able to send me messages every couple of days which is very reassuring but I suspect this will become less frequent once they get in to a routine over there.  This will be the first time he will not be around for Christmas or his birthday and I think that will be difficult.


Now this next bit is mainly for Jo over at  Through the Keyhole who like me has a love for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.  We've had Monty our Blenheim Cavie since he was 14 weeks and he is 5 years old now then last year we took on Romeo our Black & Tan at 10 months when his owner could no longer look after him and he will be 2 in December.  Now for most sane people 2 dogs would be enough but then we're not most people and it possibly questionable as to whether we are sane.  So just over a week ago now in our madness we have now taken on this young man.  This is Buster and he is a Tri Colour Cavalier King Charles and he will be 3 in April. His family found they could no longer afford to keep him and decided it would be fairer to Buster if he were to be re-homed.  I sometimes wonder if we have a little star shining above The Willows for little dogs that need our help to follow. As anyone who has a knowledge of Spaniel breeds they have very furry ears that need regular grooming otherwise they become matted.  This was the case for our poor Buster.  In the first photo although you can't see his ears too clearly they are very matted and extremely heavy poor little chap so the bottom photo shows him after he had been to the dog groomers and had his ears shaved so that the hair will grow back properly.  It also became apparent then that he was suffering an ear infection which then meant a trip to see nice Mr. Nigel at the vets and a course of antibiotics..



Then a quick update on the Autumn Leaves Afghan my 100 circles have now transformed into squares and I'm now in the process of putting the edging to them Once all 100 have their edges then I will decide what sequence they will go in to form the Afghan and decide how to best finish it off.  This may take some time as I have two baby blankets to complete for colleagues at work having babies who are due to finish soon so I need to get a wriggle on to get them finished. I have also started another project but I will reveal more about that next time.

Till then

Hope you all have a lovely week whatever you are getting up to.

M

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Autumn Leaves

Having been confined to barracks all last week I have discovered in that time that not only is it just getting light when I leave for work in the morning but it is dark before I get home most nights.  This is a clear sign that Autumn is well and truly with us.

I felt I had to get out to enjoy the  fresh air and to take in all the beauty that Autumn has to offer. The colours of the leaves are wonderful.



Not to  mention all the fruits appearing in readiness to help our wild life as the season changes from Autumn to Winter.




With this in mind I got an idea for another project and immediately set off to the wool department in Oldrids Downtown in Grantham.  The Sales Assistants, Angie and Julie and their colleagues, are always happy to help and always inquisitive as to what my next project is going to be.




And this time it is going to be an Autumn Afghan inspired of course by all the colours in our woodland and surrounding countryside at the moment. As I have mentioned before I am still very much a novice at Crochet and having mastered a basic granny square some time ago I decided I wanted to move onto something a little more technical.. This has been made possible by Heather at Little Tin Bird  with her free tutorials.  So thanks Heather I will keep you all updated as to how the project is going.  So far 100 multicoloured circles have been made and now it is on to phase two. Going from a circle to a square. 



On the reading front I have just completed Susan Elliott Wright's 'The Things We Never Said' and you can find out what I thought about it here



And lastly the slow cooker is out again today as daughter will be home for the weekend and tonight's creation is Cornbeef Hash. This was one of the children's favourites when they were growing up especially on the nights they had been to gymnastics or swimming and were as always starving when they got home.  They may not do the gymnastics or the swimming anymore but it seems they are always still hungry when they come home. 

So a slightly more productive week than the previous two.

Hope you all have a good week and enjoy the remains of the sunshine.


M





















PS - I should tell you that the only problem with knowing what lovely deliciousness you have awaiting you when you get home is that you cannot  think about anything else all day and boy does that make you feel hungry.......