Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Summer Holidays week 5

What else do you do on a cold wet Monday in August?
Bake bread that your other half thinks you've popped to the bakers and bought, compliment in their somewhere I'm sure, and what else would you have with fresh baked bread but soup.
This is my vegetable soup that I usually hang on to make until September but as it was so cold and autumnal  there was nothing else for it. 

Recently I've heard of two very talented ladies who have sadly passed away.
Wink from a creative being blog back in June and Sarah from Yarn and whatnot blog only last week.
Both these ladies were only young and Sarah leaves a husband and five young children behind.
It is at times like these that I think about my own immortality and I start to think about all the things I still need to do for my children. I have a list of things I want to do so that they will always have a part of me with them long after I'm gone. I really need to start and tackle the things on the list as I am once again reminded that none us knows what's around the corner.
I am a bit of a hoarder of notebooks I have them for most things, keeping a record of the books I read, one for my crochet, knitting and cross stitch projects and there is even one in my handbag for shopping lists. 
These two however are to write down recipes I use. All three of the big kids can cook but I still get asked how to make a particular thing every now and then. This got me to thinking that I should start and write them down.  
Today I have made a start.....


Sunday, 23 August 2015

Summer Holidays Weeks 3/4

From time to time D sends me these little ditties on my email, he obviously doesn't have enough work to do, but sometimes they are just so me.

This one in particular is definitely me.  
Last Wednesday I was convinced it was Thursday and even when he had told me it wasn't I still asked which bin needed to go out in the morning for the dustbin men. Our bins are emptied on a Friday so quite clearly I was still a day a head of myself.

It's getting to that time of year again when the combine harvesters are out and hay bales start appearing all over the landscape.  I love them but they mean one thing to me and that is that although we are still in August, Autumn is just around the corner.

This week I had another sneaky day off to spend with D and number 3. 
We took ourselves off on another train ride, this time up to Durham.
I have never been to the City before, even though my grandmother was from County Durham. 
She came from a small mining village called Wingate and her father and brothers were all miners.
My grandmother and all her siblings (she was one of seven) moved away mostly down south so there was never any need to return.  I did return to her village about 10 years ago but it was nothing how it would have been when she was a girl. 

Durham was a beautiful place. The Cathedral was stunning.  

Unfortunately there is no photography inside so I've had to borrow an image from the internet to be able to show the Miners Memorial.

I know I made my anniversary cake this month but keeping up with my make or bake I have also had ago at making chocolate mousse.
It took a lot of egg whites that for sure but it was yummy.
The recipe is a Raymond Blanc or should I say his mothers and can be found here

A quick update on the Fairy Queen is that she now has her wings and I am now back to working on the rest of her dress.

Today being Sunday therefore cross-stitch Sunday I will be putting a few more stitches to her later on today.

It's actually been more like cross stitch any day of late.
I am still working on a couple crochet projects which I will update you on next time, but for the most part I have been working on a gift for my friend who is a Quilter and makes the most amazing things on her sewing machine.
I saw this cross-stitch for Quilters at the Festival of Quilts and very sneakily bought the chart so that I can make it for her either for her birthday or Christmas depending how quickly I can get it completed, her birthday is also in December so no pressure really.
Since taking this photograph yesterday whilst having a lazy day in the garden I have almost but not quite completed all the stitching along the bottom with just the border to go.
So one month in from the festival and I will have completed the bottom half of the chart. If I can keep up the pace I should get it finished in plenty of time.

So what are you going to do with your Sunday?
As for me it's another cuppa before deciding what to do with the rest of the day.
The sun is shining so it may mean another day of pottering around the garden it's looking a bit like an undiscovered rural aspect in some spots out there, still the butterflies, bees and birds are loving it.

Have a great week one and all.


Sunday, 9 August 2015

Summer holidays week 2

This week I have had a couple of days away from the office.

On Thursday I had a lovely day out with friends when we took ourselves off to the Festival of Quilts at the NEC Birmingham.

I rather fell in love with the mummy and her puppy quilt.
The Mad Hatters Tea Party just reminded me of our house when all the kids were at home.

As you can see there were lots of fantastic things to see in the exhibition

and of course I did come home with one or two purchases, well it would of been rude not to don't you  think.

Friday D, number 3 and I let the train take the strain and had a trip to Harrogate. I had never been before but had heard what a lovely town it is and it is all true.
Everyone I had mentioned our trip to had told me we had to go to Betty's Tea rooms. 
Unfortunately it was fully booked but we still had a lovely lunch at Hoopers. 
Number 3 was fascinated with this little door.

This week D and I have also celebrated being together 15 years
so inspired by the fact that the Great British Bake Off is back I decided I would
endeavor to bake a cake.  Cake baking is not my forte but I did manage to pull it off
with my version of Lorraine Pascale's I can't believe you made that cake, cake.
I've had lots of lovely comments already which is very nice but believe you me you can
hide an awful lot of imperfections with butter cream icing, a packet or two of Cadbury's fingers and a packet of Maltesers.
And suffice to say it did taste rather delish too.

So exhausted was I from my culinary exploits that an afternoon sitting in the garden with a cuppa, and some crocheting was most definitely in order.

I had been waiting for some news  from friends who are going to be grandparents for the second time in the New Year and this is what they sent me. 

So now I know exactly what blanket I will be making for this little one.

Right time for my second cuppa of the morning.

Have a lovely Sunday one & all.


Sunday, 2 August 2015

Summer holidays - week one

What have you got up to in the first week of the school holidays? For me it has been meetings, meetings and let me think. Oh yes  More meetings. 

Number 3 and D on the other hand have had a busier week with Number 3 meeting up with friends, an uninterrupted date with his X-Box and when he could find a free slot in his social diary he and his dad went up to York by train. Number 3 has two obsessions at the moment Churches/Cathedrals, he likes the architecture and the stained glass windows, and trains.  

With York approximately an hour away by train instead of three by car it seemed to make sense for them to let the train take the strain, to cut down on travelling time and the strain on D's back and it meant number 3 got to travel on his beloved trains.

Whenever we go to York number 3 asks about going up the tower at the Minster.  In the past we've not always had the time or there hasn't been any free slots.  On Friday they must have timed it just right as there were three slots left and so at long last number 3 got his wish.  D sent me the pics whilst I was at work with a message that said I've made it to the top but by the time we get down again you could be a rich widow. After a spot of lunch and a chance to recuperate they took themselves off to the Railway museum before getting the train home.  It was the first time they had gone to the museum but D said it was fantastic and definitely somewhere we will have to go again when we get the opportunity to go together.  Quite happy to visit the museum but as I don't do heights I will leave it to them to venture up the tower again even if the views are spectacular.

So that's been our first week, what have you all been up to?   

We're off into Peterborough this morning for a spot of breakfast, a bit of shopping and probably a visit to the Cathedral whilst we are there.

Have a restful Sunday and enjoy the forthcoming week.