Sunday, 22 September 2013

Not enough hours in the day.....

There are times (more often than not) that I think there just aren't enough hours in the day.  This week has been very busy workwise and I was looking forward to a quieter weekend.  Unfortunately this wasn't to be. Number two son arrived home on leave. He will be off for his first tour of Afghanistan in two weeks. Like so many parents across the UK today, my daughter returned to Uni to start her second year.  For all of you who have delivered your precious children to Uni for the first time, I remember the feeling of trepidation oh so well, but they will settle and they won't starve and they will learn how to operate the washing machine.  You will see a completely different young person when they return home. 
Fortunately as I tend to read at night I have managed to complete 'The Reason I Jump' and a favorite of mine 'The Secret Life of Bees.'
On the crafting front I am very pleased with myself and also very proud.  I am still very much a novice when it comes to crochet.  I can make granny squares and granny square blankets but I wouldn't be able to follow a pattern the way I can a knitting pattern.  But like all things the more you practice the more accomplished you become.  Last week I showed you the wool I had bought to start a new project.  Well here we are my very first cushion cover in crochet.  

It is double sided and I have to say I am extremely pleased and as proud as punch. It's 22" and is made from Sirdar Country Style 4 ply.  The colours are Silver Cloud 434, Parchment 404, Camel 392 and Cream 411.  I have now started on a second cushion cover.  They are part of my secret to be revealed in November.

Speaking of which I have spent many hours this weekend cutting back my Buddleia, I know it may be a little early and I have tried to leave some for any butterflies who are still visiting the garden, but in order to make way for my secret it had to be done.  And from past experience they will grow back and possibly even bigger and better than this year. 

And lastly having had steak and ale pie for dinner followed by a leisurely bath I am now sat relaxing finishing off this post with a glass of wine and chocolates to hand waiting patiently for the clock to strike nine when of course

Downton Abbey will return to our screens.  How will poor Mary cope with the loss of her beloved Matthew, and will Tom ever cope with life at Downton without Sybil and will Edith ever find the love she deserves. 

And of course I will have a little crafting on the go whilst watching if I can concentrate. 

Hope you all have a good week.....


Sunday, 15 September 2013


Here we are at the end of week two and suddenly the glorious sunshine we had last week has now deserted us here in my part of the world.  This it has to be said is not all bad.  The colour of the leaves are beginning to change and the conkers are teetering on the horse chestnut trees ready to drop soon.   The numbers of butterflies have already started to dwindle but the moths are still visiting the garden.  Of course Autumn also brings the return of such programmes as the Great British Bake Off and Downton Abbey. But best of all it means the return of stodge.  There is nothing better on a cold wet evening than to have something ready and waiting when you arrive home. From out of the pantry the slow cooker makes it's appearance...   it can contain such delicacies as home made soup, chillie, conrnbeef hash but best of all beef stew and dumplings.    YUM....

In the garden things are starting to slow down. There have been one or two  last second flourishes before sleeping through to spring. I have been busy planting out the daffodil bulbs which are currently hiding beneath the Viola's.  

In recent weeks my crafting has definitely taken a back seat to my reading of books.   I have a secret that I will be revealing in November and I am very excited about it, but more of that later.  In the meanwhile I am preparing for when my secret arrives.  I saw this Sirdar 4 ply wool and it reminded me of colours the pebbles down at the beach. I have a picture in my mind of how I want to use the colours it is now just a case of getting theory into practice.  Will keep you posted as this progresses.

Lastly, I am currently reading 'The Reason I Jump' as recommended by Julie from Little Cotton Rabbits. Both Julie and myself have sons with Autism. For anyone who lives with autism or has a family member with the condition it can be very hard for us neuro-typical to know how they perceive the world. It was quite a surreal moment, having read Julie's post I got home all ready to tell D about this new book available and there he was sat reading a copy.  Apparently his uncle had heard the radio broadcast about the book and had immediately ordered us a copy. I have been waiting for D to finish reading it and have now got my hands on it to read myself.  So far there is a lot within the book that we can relate to our own son and I certainly think it is going to be a worthwhile read.  I have asked D not to tell me what his thoughts are until I have finished reading it so that we can then compare notes.  

Ok that seems to be all from me for now.  I think there is just a little time to spare now for a little more crocheting.

Hope you all have a good week whatever the weather.....


Friday, 6 September 2013

Autumn has arrived..........................

Here we are in September, the children are back in school and mothers everywhere breath a sigh of relief.   I expect most of us have been enjoying the warm summer weather of the last few weeks and were hoping that just may be it would last just a little longer into September.  Well in my part of the world it has to be said this has been very true.  We have had brilliant sunshine and it has been so warm even at night that the windows have been open to let the fresh air in.

Unfortunately it is also 'nellyshag' time or what's better known as a Crane Fly  or Daddy Long Legs, although I realise in other countries Daddy Long Legs are also a type of Spider. The last couple of days I've had to keep rescuing them from around the cottage and taking them back outside.  As number 3 would tell, it is also 'Spider Season' because as the weather gets colder and wetter here the eight leggers do tend to try and get inside for the warmth, which in our household is not good as none of us likes them.  Nothing personal you understand but they just make my skin crawl. Probably something to do with the way they look and how fast they move.  Didn't help finding one in my bed when I was about 8  or 9 years old.

Yesterday I woke up to a thick mist from the sea and driving into work was more than a little interesting.  It amazes me how many stupid people will drive at ridiculous speeds in such conditions and with no head lamps on.  Just look at the accident that happened down in Kent.  For those of you abroad reading this we had a 130 vehicle pile up in such conditions. It was a miracle that nobody was seriously hurt or worse still killed.  

Anyway that's me off my soap box.............

So what else can we look forward to in Autumn in the UK, which I have to say it is my favourite season.  I love the smell and the colours of Autumn. Of course it also means for those of us who are dedicated crafter's who make beautiful gifts each year, your attentions will be turning to what you can make for family and friends for Christmas this year.   Oh I'm sorry did I just say the 'C' word I do apologise.  That said I did go to a local garden centre last week whilst still in the month of August and there they were putting out Christmas cards and wrapping paper etc...... and the children hadn't even returned to school here in the UK at that point.

For those of us who are 'Downton Abbey' fans, the long wait will be over and series 3 will be on our screens.  I know it is now shown in other countries but I don't know what series you are up to and therefore I won't spoil your watching by referring to anything that happened in series 2 or the Christmas special from 2012. But as per usual it was all very dramatic.

Have a good week one and all .................