Monday, 30 November 2015

Goodbye November Hello December

I'm afraid I have not been very good at keeping up with my blog during November.  It's been a busy month at the office leaving home in the dark and return in the dark makes me feel a bit like a mole. 
I cannot believe that we are already at the end of November, which means eek we are fast approaching Christmas once more.

So what have I been up to during November.  Well apart from working and trying to keep up with household chores, I managed to complete two of my WIP's.  First one being my large Elmer blanket which I have christened Elmer's Story-time blanket.  It is already to send off to a lovely little boy by the name of JJ who is expecting a new baby brother in the New Year, so Elmer's blanket and his story book will come in handy for sharing before bedtime don't you think.  I have at last completed the second of my cross stitches from the Fantasy collection.  I have now completed The Fairy Queen and The Dark Sorceress which means my next cross stitch project will be The Earth Goddess which I will start over Christmas. 

My return to childhood read this month was The Borrowers, those little people that live in our walls and under our floor boards and who borrow all those little incidentals that we can't find. You know the sort of thing, the odd cotton reel or a bodkin needle to name but a few. Out of all the books I have managed to read this month my favourite has been Kristen Hannah's Firefly Lane which isn't a new release but has been sat patiently on my kindle for sometime.  It tells the story of two best friends who have known each other since childhood but as adults have very different lives but when one of them becomes terminally ill their tight bond is still very much there.  Quite a tear jerker in places and very good.  There is a sequel called Fly Away which is now sitting patiently for me to get to soon.   

Of course we also had Remembrance Sunday.  I still wear my poppy I made two years ago and it's lovely to see so many of my colleagues who bought them over the last two years wearing them. I still  put a donation in the charity box.  

On a rare free evening I did get to go and see the new Alan Bennett film The Lady In The Van starring Maggie Smith one of my favourite actresses.  D isn't a big cinema goer so I jumped at the chance when a work colleague asked if I would like to go and see it.  It was definitely worth it. I hadn't realised it was based on an almost true story and that Alan Bennett really did have a lady living on his driveway in her van for 15 years.

Like a lot of you in the UK we have had  storms during November and there were times when I woke up wondering if I was still in the Fens any-more and that the roof was still intact.  With the storms came the cold, wet weather which is when the boiler decided to pack up and the cottage was freezing. Fortunately we have the wood burner as a back up and all the four paws made the most of lying in front of it at some point.  I love this time of the year when we get to put the wood burner on. D finds it a bit of a faff but I think I'm with the four paws there is nothing nicer than snuggling up in front of a real fire. 

I must confess I haven't been able to keep up with everyone's blogs recently but I will try and catch up even if I don't get a chance to comment. 

Till then take care one & all