Sunday, 23 September 2018

It's been a while crocodile

Hello there!

How are you? Autumn has arrived, it has certainly got chillier. I have started to wear my hand knit socks over normal socks with slippers as my feet just get sooooo cold. I need to finish another pair so I have more of a choice. I love the fact that you can go wild with colour if you want to when it comes to socks. My socks are very colourful don't you agree?

Youngest daughter wanted her foot in the photo too.

This morning I went on a 10k run. I do this every week either on a saturday or a sunday. I also try to get out during the week and do 2 miles if I can. It helps my sanity and I always feel better after a run. I recently did Wigan 10k and have a couple more races planned in the near future.








Do you like my blingy medal? I am the one in the blue t-shirt and the other is my sister.

Other things going on have been visiting highschool open days for my year six eldest daughter. I had been absolutely set on a certain school but my choice has completely turned on it's head in the last few days and choices have changed. I am hoping the final choice has been the right one and daughter is certainly happier about it. I think it will be a better school for her. I walked around the open day for the school I was certain on and just felt it was not the right one, it felt off.

Sats for year six have also been playing a big part. I think they are hard. There I have said it. Oh my goodness it was nothing like it was when I merrily took the 11+. It just seems like tests, tests, tests and other areas of learning are squeezed out other than Maths and English. My daughter has other strengths such as art and it is a shame that the focus is just on certain subjects. I did not have a care at 10/11 years old and we were not even told about tests we just did it one day but now it's all about prep work for sats. I feel for my daughter I really do. I would rather she was playing and just being and not having to think about ongoing tests at such a young age.

So that is my life trying to help and support my year six daughter as best as I can.

I could go on forever so I will change the subject. This is the progress of my everyday scarf. I really have not done any knitting as such but every now and then I have picked it up.

I am hoping to finish it for christmas and gift it to my mum.

Also I have just started reading this.

I am definately this. Trying to juggle a million and one things daily....
I had started reading The book of M by Peng Shepherd which was an e book from the library. However I had to return it and someone else had reserved it so have reserved it myself to finish it at a later date.

Right that's my catch up. Off to make cottage pie for tea. 
Looking forward to watching the finale of The Bodyguard tonight. Anyone else been watching? If not I recommend a good binge watch. 

Thanks for reading and have a good week xxxxxxx


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

It's been a while crocodile

Hello there! How are you? Autumn has arrived, it has certainly got chillier. I have started to wear my hand knit socks over normal socks w...