Friday, 3 August 2018

Summer Holidays

Hello lovelies,

I am coming towards the end of my two weeks off work. We have had a staycation. We had planned this anyway even before DH's accident as we wanted to do some jobs on the house rather than money going on a holiday.

I have been very much pottering, taking life in the slow lane. We have had a couple of day trips. We had to have a seaside trip, so off we went to Fleetwood. I really like that beach. There isn't anything there but the beach is just the perfect tonic. My two DD's had a fabulous time running in and out of the sea.





We also had a trip to Rufford Hall. I do love old houses and the gardens were beautiful.


Sadly not many photo's were taken.

I can show you my knitting progression.


I will work on this today. I have also started a new book.


Will let you know how it goes.




Do you like my birthday flowers? The colours remind me of late summer.

Right just a quick visit today. We have had some rain at long last which is helping my garden.

Have a good weekend xxxxxxxx

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Hello

Hello Dear readers,

Well where have I been? I was pretty good at doing weekly sunday posts then my life got manic. Way beyond anything I could have imagined. I started my full time job which has been busy to say the least but then my husband had a crash. He is a mad keen cyclist and crashed head on into a car. Husband was going at 40 miles per hour and broke his hip and has a badly damaged knee. This was four weeks ago now. He was in hospital for a week. I have felt pretty much thrown in at the deep end. I am not ashamed to say that it has been a very difficult time but we are getting there. Husband is slowly recovering and taking small steps. I am releaved the visiting has died off a little so we can all have some normality and rest. Luckily for me and DH my work is only round the corner so I am able to pop home and we can have lunch together. I have slowly adapted to this new pattern of life and what I found hard to begin with has become routine now. I an so so thankful the accident was not worse and I still have DH with me. I would be lost without him. Luckily for DH he is able to watch the football/worldcup and the Tour de France.

Anyway I thought I would do a book review. I have just finished Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.

Honestly I did not enjoy this one. I endured it. I was bored by it and uninterested in the character. The ending was very predictable. I was surprised it won 2017 costa book awards. Most people absolutely love this book so I am very much in the minority so please don't let my review stop you from reading it. I think I was disappointed because I expected a humorous book but it is very very sad. It is about mental health and loneliness from a young 30 year old. There were snippets of humour but nothing to laugh out loud about. It is basically about Eleanor who works all week, goes home and lives alone and does not see a soul until her return on Monday morning. She gets through her weekends drinking vodka. The book slowly reveals her past, which has been awful, abused by mother etc and fostered, which is why she is how she is. All in all a very sad book and if I had known all about it would never have chosen to read it.

My next book is going to be this one. Friend Request by Laura Marshall.

I heard my work friends chatting about this and how it is flying off the shelves. So when I found one copy in Tesco I had to get it. I have read the first chapter and so far so good. It looks to be a good thriller.

I took my girls to our local festival. MIL came too and it was fantastic. Great community spirit. I am proud to live where I live. Here are a few snippets of our festival fun.





My apple tree has lost it's beautiful blossom now and has started to grow apples. It was hanging in the wrong direction so FIL gave it a haircut the other week.



My roses are looking lovely as well. Really pleased that I bought this plant earlier in the year.


No knitting has happened at all these last few weeks although I intend to do some today. I did get a little further on my scarf/shawl.


Oh and I also won some scrummy yarn from instragram.

It's a lovely colour.




Right I am off, thank you for reading and have a lovely week xxx

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Hello

Hi dear readers,

I feel in a very strange transitional stage at the moment. I had my leavers do at work on Friday. Needless to say I was not fit for purpose all day yesterday. It was a lovely do and glad that people made the effort. We had a few drinks and a giggle. It's a very strange feeling moving on with your next stage. Odd saying goodbye and not seeing people that have been in my life for fifteen years. I have a couple more days to work next week and that will be that. Will I stay in touch with anyone, sadly no as never really made friends with anyone as so busy with my family. Had nothing in common other than work sadly to say. That sounds quite bitter but it really isn't,  it's just life I guess, almost like leaving school but I was there for an awful lot longer than I should have been I might add. Anyway reflection over, looking forward to meeting new people.

This week my apple tree has trully blossomed, gosh I love this time of year.




And just look at that sky, stunningly blue. This bank holiday is right weather wise.

I have finished the cuff on my second sock.

And I could not resist a knitalong on Ravelry. In the beginners knitting group there is this project ... https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/workday-scarf  Workday scarf by Sue Flanders. I was going to use a combination of colours like this ...

But have decided to stick with the plain purple instead.

This will probably be another gifted gift to my mum, we shall see xxx

Right enjoy this lovely weekend folks xxxxxxxxxx


Sunday, 29 April 2018

Good Morning!

Hello,

It is a lovely sunny morning here today. Later on I am taking the kids to the park to take advantage. There is also a market at the park today so we will grab a bite to eat whilst there as there will be a few foody stalls.

For now I am having a cup of tea, having done my ironing prep all ready for tomorrow.

I have got over my second sock syndrome, whoopeee! I had to unravel a plain sock I have knitted with the same wool several years ago. I made a mistake with that sock where the foot length was only 5 inches. Far too small for an average lady's foot. So that had been sitting in my knitting supplies just waiting for me to start another pair. I now have three balls of bits which I am sure will be enough to complete another. I do hope so any way.



I do love the colours in this wool. Don't you? And I have cast on!

At last ....

Yesterday I was pottering in the garden with my youngest. I bought three olive trees at a really reasonable price of £15.00 each.



At long last my apple tree is starting to blossom. Spring has finally landed. It took it's time.



I have started some mint off. I have used old egg boxes to start my seeds off. I have also started an experiment with my youngest and have gathered some seeds from a red pepper and have sewed them to see what will happen.





My seeds each have a sunny spot on my window sills so fingers crossed. 

My eldest has been growing this bean for a competition at school, I think? Will have to ask tomorrow and then take it in but it has really done well.


Right a book review.

I really enjoyed this. I never expected I would. It is very much a fantasy but so so good.

From the blurb at the back.

Cherry has a hidden talent. She can see things other people can't, and she decided a long time ago to use this skill to help others. As far as the rest of the town is concerned, she's simply the kind-hearted young woman who runs the local bakery, but in private she uses her gift to add something special to her cakes so that after just one mouthful the townspeople start to feel better about their lives. They don't know why they're drawn to Cherry's bakery - they just know that they're safe there and that's how Cherry likes it. She can help them in secret and no one will ever need to know the truth behind her gift.

And then Chase turns up and threatens to undo all the good Cherry has done. Because it turns out she's not the only one who can see what she sees ...

This book is trully magical and is book 9 in my #18readingchallenge over on Instragram. I think the writer could easily go on and turn this into a series if she wanted to. I will certainly be reading much more of Carrie Hope Fletcher.

My next book that I have just started is this.

Which is quite ironic with the issues in the news lately. It is about Jamaican settlers in Britain set in 1948 just after the war. It was a TV drama back in 2009 apparantly but I never saw it. So after I have read the book I will try and get hold of a copy to watch it.

Right that's my snippets of news. Have a lovely Sunday and week ahead xxxxxxxxx

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Quick Sunday post

Hello Dear readers,

Just a quick flying visit today as busy watching the London Marathon. I am in awww of every single one of those folks who try and do this. Absolutely blinkin amazing!

Off to make some Tuna sandwiches for lunch after my eldest has done her homework.

Yesterday I sat out in the sunshine and enjoyed a visit from my niece and my in-laws. It was lovely watching the kids run around playing in the garden.

I bought some lovely daffodils again, you can't argue with 99 pence for a bunch and just look at them.

Going to try and finish this book whilst hubby and DD's have a Harry Potter film session ... I am really enjoying this book, it is just so different.

We were treated to this lovely sky this week too ....

No crafting was done at all this week ... hopefully next week.

Have a lovely week xxxxxx

Sunday, 15 April 2018

GOLD

Hi Folks,

Wow Gold for our girls in the Netball. Absolutely Fantastic! I watched the whole re-play of the game this morning. I was so on edge. What an exciting match. To win against Australia as well, just amazing. Hopefully this will inspire young girls up and down the country to have a go and enjoy this brilliant sport. I certainly loved netball growing up and have fond memories of the game. I actually was asked to play for a match in my late 30's a couple of years ago. I went along and the players and standard were out of this world and that was just my local league. They had a regular player that showed up but still let me play for ten minutes, even though I was not very good, having not played for about 25 years since highschool. Oh but it was so much fun. Here's hoping both my young girl's get into this sport but only if they want to.

I took my youngest DD to her first swimming lesson yesterday. Very proud of her as she just went for it and joined in. I want her to be able to swim as it is so important. I did not do swimming lessons with my eldest but concentrated on dance and dance alone which I regretted. Eldest DD ended up not enjoying dance and had to learn to swim with school instead.

Today I am having chill out sunday and a PJ day. Don't have to be anywhere or do anything so I am not. It feels great to say that. I think once I go full time in a few weeks I will need schedule in me time like this as I will just be a frazzled frizzle.

I finished one of my socks whopeeeee! Here are some pics.




Zigzagular socks. Not going to start on the second today as secondsocksyndrome but I will next week.

I plan on curling up with this book I am reading and maybe watching an afternoon film. This book is so quirky and different, l am almost half way through and looking forward to reviewing it.

I have been watching the birds in the garden this morning. The finches (I think) are so fast but my eldest DD managed to take a photo. If you look very closely you will see one pirched on our apple tree.

Yesterday I dud a de-clutter of DD's clothes that I don't want to keep for my youngest. So now I have a bag full of clothes to donate to the charity shop. I love a good de-clutter and spring clean.



I have also been gathering egg boxes to start off some seeds. May or may not do this today as feeling very lazy today.


Right lovelies I am off to make lunch for the troops, not quite so lazy after all lol. 

Have a lovely week ahead xxxxxxxxxxx    

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Later Sunday post than usual

Hello dear readers,

Well this week our Easter break has been a bit of a wash out. Lots of rain, rain, rain.



Even the Easter bunny got in on the action and had a peek out.

And so what's a girl to do but be dressed up as Miss Princess Poppy by my DD's and eat lots of chocolate of course.

I found some time to work on my socks. I am at the toes!

I finished reading book 7 of #18ReadingChallenge over on Instragram. My book 7 was My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout.


This is taken from the blurb at the back.

Lucy is recovering from an operation in a New York hospital when she wakes to find her estranged mother sitting by her bed. They have not seen each other in years. As they talk, Lucy finds herself recalling her troubled rural childhood and how it was she eventually ended up in the big city, got married and had children. But this unexpected visit leaves her doubting the life she's made: wondering what is lost and what has yet to be found.

I found this to be deeply disturbing at times. Although not unsurprising to how I imagine life could be in some parts of rural America. The total poverty and cruelty the main character was subjected to as a child goes beyond belief but very believable. At times I found my mind wondering in certain chapters as the author rambled and I didn't quite get it.

All in all the writing was very powerful and the author very talented. However I did not enjoy this book. It was just so so sad, but this book was never meant to be any kind of happy. This just was not my kind of book but please don't let this put you off as it trully is fantastic writing.

Right that's my book review done. Have a lovely week xxxxxxxxxx


Summer Holidays

Hello lovelies, I am coming towards the end of my two weeks off work. We have had a staycation. We had planned this anyway even before DH&...