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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

February catchup

Hello folks,

Just a catchup to show you whats going on. I have a finished tadahh :) My cowl. Very pleased with how it has turned out. Initially I was not too sure of the yarn but I have grown to like it. It feels super snuggly, perfect for winter walks.





It just needs to be blocked :) The colours remind me of squirrals or foxes.

Happy valentines! This is a beautiful card my daughter was gifted from her gran, we have not opened it yet it just looks too nice.


Flowers have been adourning my home. These daffodils are faded now but still beautiful.



I also received these lovely flowers from my ever thoughtful mum.





The chinese new year has been celebrated and my eldest made these amazing chinese lanterns.


I have just finished this book, my spare room. My mum gave it to me a good while ago. Yes it is very good writing but very very sad but I guess quite honest. It is about a lady who lets her friend who has terminal cancer stay in her spare room for three weeks. It is very frank. I always think you learn a great deal from reading and this is one of those books.  It is from the carer/friends point of view and the enormous hard work involved looking after her friend. It also touches upon unscrupulous medics taking advantage, charging lots of money for treatments that are a fad. Glad I read it. It has made me appreciate my own MIL's work that she does in a hospice.



This is the book I am reading now ... hopefully will be able to review it for you next time.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the rest of your week .....Leah xxxxxx

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Year of projects - wk 29

Hi folks,

Well I really need to check in with this group but my creative endevours have been slightly on the back burner. House hunting has taken over my life right now and it has been very stressful. I know I should take stock but gee wizz I did not think it would be this emotional.  The Friday just gone saw me running around like a goodness knows what. I had to see the solicitor, then view house, then the excitement of putting in an offer, visiting estate agents, then being outbid, then coming to the realisation that you know what we would not go for it anyway, kind of a relief. It has left me exhausted to say the least. Any way onwards and upwards.

I remember speaking to a chap back in October who did our energy certificate and he talked about his own experience and the frustrations of it all, oh how right was he. At the moment we are at the point where we have an offer but we can't find anywhere so realistically we may lose the buyer but there you go. We decided that we would not move unless we could find a house, however there are no houses in our price bracket that are nice. We wanted to view a lovely property the other week but it got snapped right up and we did not get the chance to even view it.

Now we are on a waiting game for new properties to come on the market.

Anyway I am going to make it an objective to turn to my knitting and focus on that to try and chillax a bit. I have made a little progress with my cowl.



I have to say I am not overly enthusiastic about it because the colour choice is not what I would go for but I may change my tune when I finish it.

I managed to finish a spot of adult colouring, this has taken me the most part of a year to do lol.


I have finished this book...


I thoroughly enjoyed it. I like to know about the era my great gran, and my gran lived in. The lady who wrote these memoirs passed over in 1984 and my goodness look at all the changes she would have lived through. When reading this she was so down to earth in her writing I was quite shocked at times.

This is a bit of info ...

As a kitchen maid - the lowest of the low - she entered an entirely new world, one of stoves to be blacked,  vegetables to be scrubbed, mistresses to be appeased, and even bootlaces to be ironed. Work started at 5.30 a.m. and went on until after dark. It was a far cry from her child hood on the beeches of Hove, where money and food were scarce, but love and laughter never were.

My next book is this ...




Which briefly is about Helen who offers her old friend Nicola her spare room. I think it will be a very sad read as her friend is not well. I will let you know how it goes when I review it.

I also want to share with you our walk we took a few weeks ago around Worden Park...


It was a cold frosty day but my daughters had fun on the play things ...



We visited the duck pond ... I have to say that this has been an awful  sight to see for a long time as the council have had to dredge the pond. I am so pleased it is back to it's former glory and it has a new walk way to view the pond as well.



We spotted new plants trying to peep through the soil ...


We walked and scooted round the walled garden ...


We spotted a Mulberry tree and this tree is 150 years old, quite amazing. I wonder what that tree has seen and heard in it's time ...


We said hello to the scarecrow ...





And visited the animals in the pets area ...




Oh how I love this park, it is trully beautiful.

See you soon dear readers, Leah xxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 2 January 2017

Reflections

Hello New Year and to you dear readers,

I am optomistic for this coming year and yes there will be change. I am hoping this year is kind to me and my family but as with all ups and downs we will muddle through whatever life decides to chuck at us.

So  here is my reflections on the past twelve months, all the nice bits of course.

January

This saw me knitting socks and learning about sizing. Sock making is an adventure I will be carrying on this year. January saw winter walks in the rain and muddy puddles. My eldest Miss Ella was practising so hard with her ballet as well but later on in the year she decided to stop, I listened as she just did not enjoy it anymore.

February



Saw me baking lots of Banana Loaf. We had plenty of visits from my new niece. I finished my socks in time for mum's birthday and Miss Ella got creative too and tried her hand at knitting with a loom.

March


Saw an explosion of colour and gardening, I tought the girls how to grow there own. The stripey socks got gifted, Miss Ella got creative with the camera effects :)

April

Saw daffodils, visits to my mum's in Lancaster, finished baby booties and the beginnings of a crochet flower cushion.

May


Visits to garden centers, colouring, gardening, good books, visits from my niece and playing out in the garden.

June


Saw fun in the sun, surprise Lupins, my long awaited new side cabinet and pretty china cups. It saw art therapy colouring and new growth in the garden and fairy wings.

July


We had our holiday in Silverdale, Lancashire and had outings in the beautiful Lake District and Morcombe seaside beech visits. This month saw me get out my sewing machine and plan a cushion. The flowers in the garden truly exploded. We found time to bake and I started some purple socks .... still not finished these but will be done this year.

August

We combated The Tolkien Trail a good ten mile walk and managed not to get too lost. We set up camp and pitched up our new tent to trial it ... this year is the year we are doing a family camping trip instead of the usual caravaning, still up in the Lakes but a different place this time. We were dazzled by Chorley Flower show and all the exhibits. I learnt to wind a hank of yarn using the knee method.

September

We really got in to the walking malarky and I climbed a mountain, we did Helvellyn. Huge achievement for me, won't be doing that one again. I finished my first honey badger sock as mentioned above the second to be done this year. We saw the preparations for Haloween very early but most things are these days if you have noticed christmas preparations seem to start somewhere in October. We had my beautiful nieces christening.

October

We saw surprise flowers and unusual sunshine for this time of year. I watched the leaves slowly turn their golden colours a lot later than usual. I finished a pair of booties for an expected new arrival, I started my Shalom cardigan and a sock yarn blanket that will take forever ....

November

We enjoyed all the fun of bonfire night and the bangs of fireworks. We had the odd duvet day and cozy days when too cold to venture out.

December

And what's not to love about December, christmas walks and beautiful decorations, bouncing children. I finished up the Shalom cardigan and started a cowl.


So this is my round up of 2016 and my message for 2017 is I am ready and waiting, bring it on xxxx

 Wishing you all a fantastic new year friends xxxxxx Leah xxxx

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Post Christmas Catchup

Hello dear readers,

Well my house is chaotic, Christmas is done and a jolly good time we had too. The kids were not feeling their best as full of the dreaded lurgy and coughing all over the place, bless them but we made the most of it. We were sad that we could not do our usual visits as would not want to pass on the lurgy and we are really hoping that both girls can shake it off before New Years.

However Christmas Day really was lovely and Santa delivered to the little people on his good list.  I am now enjoying the days in between of quiet and rest before welcoming the new year in.

I am enjoying gazing at our Christmas tree and all the twinkling lights...




This was the sight when santa had been .... when all the little children were fast asleep...

I did not manage to do my cross stitch for the eldests christmas stocking as alas I ran out of blue floss, how frustrated was I ....

This is the point I am up to folks ...

I have plenty for the rest but just not enough for the blue. So this is going to be in next years christmas stocking instead.

My eldest received this beautiful sewing kit .... and storage box. I really have my eye on it but I am hoping this will encourage my eldest to have a go.



Eldest also received a knitting kit so going to try and teach her again. I tried teaching my eldest a few years ago and she was frustrated to say the least so now may be the time to try again ... if not we will try my other love crochet... I am loving the zappy colours ...
We will have fun I am sure ... maybe we could make a garland? ... watch this space ...


With this christmas break I have had the time to colour and have enjoyed spending time with both of my girls just sitting, chatting, singing (rather tunelessly) and colouring. I have nearly finished this one which I have been doing in bits when time allowes throughout the year.




I got to finish this book too ... The Watchmaker of Filigree Street...by Natasha Pulley.

There is a classic saying do not judge a book by it's cover and this is certainly one of those.Idid not enjoy it one bit. I thought it was one of the most dullest, boring books I have ever read. I found it very hard reading mainly because it was so dull. I had to re-read several parts at least twice over ... by the end I could not have cared less who had done what and I was relieved it had ended. It had such a pretty cover and I was looking forward to it immensely but alas not the book for me. Maybe you may have a different view to me but you have been warned ...

My next book is Below Stairs The bestselling Memoirs of a 1920's Kitchen Maid by Margeret Powell.

I have also inherited some books from my mother in law. Some of these I passed on to my mum but I kep three of them.


So my 2017 reading material is sorted lol ....

This time of year always sees me sorting and de-cluttering and I have managed to get a few bags together for donation ...

Further plans for this afternoon will be going through some more of the children's old toys and seeing what I can get away with giving away.

I am also working on a cowl for me ... just started it really.. but this is the progress so far.


Righto folks I am off.... Have a super lovely New Year!! Xxxx Leah Xxxxxx