Monthly Archives: August 2012

Days….. from my last post to today! (I will work it out later)

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Good Morning, afternoon or evening. ūüôā Long time no see? Many apologies, but I intend to address my cyberspace absence in this post.

Have you ever noticed…those of you with children, and those of you without…..how the days just seem to roll into one during the summer? I started this project ready to dedicate myself to making or contributing to a make, everyday for a year. The pace of things seem to have slowed down over the past few weeks, although despite my absence from posting, the makes have continued even if it is only sewing a patch on the mega patchwork.

I am guilty of lots of things over the past few weeks these being……

  • spending time with my children and neglecting my makes
  • starting new child friendly project everyday¬†with not a hint of guilt about ignoring my crafty ones
  • forgetting to write my blog, even though I have taken hundreds of photographs to show
  • Having lots of new inspiring experiences, but not sharing them with anyone on the blog

Am I to be court martialed for being absent without leave from the blog, because I am enjoying time with the little people in my life?

To answer that I have to think about the priorities in my life. What is most important? As this is my blog, therefore it makes me judge and jury. How do I feel about not blogging everyday?

Personally, selfishly,¬†I have missed it; but as a mother, do I put my electronic child before my organic ones? Definitely not! The time that I have spent with the monsters is precious and only happens once. How can I justify spending time at the laptop and sewing machine when there are adventures to be had? I’m glad you agree!

So what have we been up to? Have a look at these………

Home grown potatoes ready for the pot…..

Beetroot coming on nicely!

Potatoes ready for roasting with rosemary.

We then had a little visitor. Mr ED!

Now I have not had a hamster since I was 13 years old and I had forgotton what a racket they make at night! He is really a cute little fellow..just noisy. We got to 1.30am when DH could stand it no longer and had to remove the wheel form the ‘hamster palace’, the sound of which was reverberating through the floor¬†to our room from the sitting room. (We have put it back in again this morning though Mrs H!) Eddie didn’t seem to mind though, he just spent the rest of the night running through his tube and up and down his stairs. I’m sure we will get used to it though. It occured to me why are we spending so much on wind farms when we could have hamster farms with wheels attached to the national grid? It’s a win win situation….they get exercise and fun, we get light!

Unfortunately the monsters now want a hamster!

Back to the garden………..

More rhubarb and ginger jam to replace the diminished store!

And a visit to the latest Sheffield tourist spot…………

Then we had visitors to our road. Roo was loving seeing all the monster trucks come and go. He sat on the garden wall inspecting what was going on for nearly a week.

We had to drive up and down the road a bit to check it out….just like Lightening McQueen.

After all of that Moo decided to have a go a baking……….

Gorgeous cakes…..shame about the state of the kitchen when she had finished!

An eventful¬†two weeks¬†so far¬†I think you’ll agree. I’ll be back tomorrow to show what craft I have been up to.

See you then.

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And the winner is……..

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Good morning, afternoon or evening.

How are we all? I have to make a huge apology……I haven’t given the results of the give away!

Time has simply run away with me, and here we are the middle of the week again.

So here we go……..

I included all the names of people who have emailed me or left a comment about the Olympic give away. (There are quite a few of you who are dreadfully shy!)

These were placed in an appropriate container……….

….and Roo picked one out.

And the winner is………

Congratulations Julie. Please can you email me with your address details and your prize will be rushed to you.

Thank you to everyone who commented or emailed me with your Olympic stories.

See you later.

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Give away reminder

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Good morning, afternoon or evening.

Where has the time gone? 16 days ago I started the Olympic giveaway, and here we are on the final day.

Just to remind you it is not too late to enter all you have to do is to comment¬†on any of the posts that I have made since the giveaway launch about what you viewed and where you were in the world¬†during the olympics, ¬†how you celebrated the Olympics, or how you avoided it all. It is your chance to win this…….

 

One of my Union flag cushions.

All names will be placed in a hat and the lucky winner will be drawn from a hat tomorrow evening. (We thought this would be better as it allows for the time difference around the world.)

Someone has got to win so have a go, and good luck.

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Days 147 and 148: Home again!

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Good morning, afternoon or evening. Hope you are all well.

Well, after my last post I think I will mention Jess Ennis in every single one from now on, as I have had more visits from different countries than any other day since I have been posting. Hoorah!

Today saw us heading back north after our Olympic Holiday. ūüė¶

DH has to go back to work tomorrow, so it is definitely end-of-holiday-itus¬†in our house tonight. We had a great break. The monsters were upset we were not going to France this holiday, but¬†we explained to them that the Olympics was our holiday this year. They then set to, as they do when we go on our Summer holidays,¬†thinking up different things that¬†they wanted to do when we were not watching sport. Moo decided she wanted to see as much of the Olympics as possible, Boo wanted to see castles and Roo¬†wanted ice cream! We tried our best to accommodate them……

(Ignore the man taking pictures of the ducks.)

This is Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII. As an avid fan of Horrible Histories, Boo was desperate to see Tudor life all for himself. ¬†Having been up to London two days running, and being on my own, we opted to go to the leafy lanes of Kent, rather than the Tower of London.¬† Fantastic time was had….especially in the water maze, where the monsters ignored my warning of avoiding getting wet and got soaked through to their underwear!¬† Luckily we went there last….and then three of the four of us squelched their way back to the car!

This is the Belgian television car that was filming us getting soaking wet watching the Ladies’ Marathon……

Notice the soggy microphone.  Yes we all got slightly damp!

These girls deserved the clapping and cheering. They were running through torrential rain….I know! I was standing in it.

Luckily we were close to an ‘M¬†and S’ so we nipped in there to buy¬†Moo a new T shirt….she had ‘forgotten’ her coat!¬†Although I can’t talk as I went in my bag for my umbrella at the first spots of rain….not there! GRRRRR! We all squelched our way home!

Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of Roo’s ice cream. It didn’t last long enough for me to get my camera out!

Sights seen, sports spectated, history lessons taught, meals and laughs shared, fine wine poured, teams cheered on, patches sewn,¬†mini Olympics seen (on the in¬†laws¬†back lawn), car packed…off we set homeward. Boooooooooo!

Never mind. Back to reality and the piggies, who have been in their own hotel since we have been away. I know what I will wake up to tomorrow…..

‘Mum. What are we doing today?’

See you tomorrow. ūüôā

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Day 146: GOLD!

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Good morning, afternoon or evening.

Just wanted to drop in to say……..

Jess we love you and well done! I was screaming at the television during the 800m, after not being able to watch all day…just in case I was a jinks! Loved it and so proud of ‘Our’ Yorkshire lass!

Also well done to Fly Mo and Greg Rutherford…a fantastic night for Team GB.

For those of you who are wondering what I am talking about……

Jess Ennis: Heptathlon Gold (Pride of Sheffield)

Mo Farrah: 10 000m Gold

Greg Rutherford: Men’s Long Jump Gold

Not to mention the two rowing golds and the Velodrome Gold. All today.

Fantastic! Oh I’m getting into this! Very, very proud! Up early tomorrow for the ladies marathon.

Have been sewing lots today too…not much to show, just more patches!

See you tomorrow

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Days 139- 145: Olympic Fever!

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Good morning, afternoon or evening.

So how are you? Enjoying the Limpicks? I have to admit to something. I am actually watching it all…even without DH being there!¬†Shock! Horror!

Our celebrations continued last Saturday with an Olympic BBQ. We didn’t see much of the nephews who visited….they were firmly ensconced in front of the TV watching the first days events.

This week began with a trip down to London. What for I hear you ask? Well what do you think! ‘Limpicks!’

Wednesday was our anniversary, and so we put the Olympics aside and took a trip up to town. London however is definitely in an Olympic frenzy however…even Nelson’s getting in the Olympic spirit

Leicester Square sported Olympic medals…….

But Shakespeare remained un-amused¬†and undecorated. It took a pigeon¬†to use it’s initiative to try to decorate him.

Carnaby Street and China Town also showed their patriotism…..

See what I mean!

We had a fantastic day….without having to drag tired monsters about the sights. A visit to the National Gallery to see lots of grand Masters, soaking up the atmosphere in this very international celebration, and a long ago promised fulfilled with a meal in China Town.

We also saw the man who has cycled here all the way from China…..

I have to admit to having very sore feet at the end of the day, but this was very welcome………

Then we went to the Olympics!

Don’t believe me?………….

We were there! DH was very excited!

Before the match started…hence all the empty seats.

Holland verses China. Holland won.

Watching the big screens……trying to get on telly!

And the Royal Barge. Moored just behind the BBC centre.

We had a fantastic time, and I can confirm that the Olympic park is brilliant! Just wish we could go again. Ho Hum!

Well time to revert to the giveaway that is up for grabs. It’s not too late to enter.

What do you have to do? (A reminder)

‚ÄĘTell about a creative way you are celebrating throughout the olympics.¬† EG. An opening/ closing ceremony party, an event BBQ (eg Men’s hockey final), rejoicing in a gold medal win of your favourite athlete etc.

‚ÄĘComment on where in the world you are watching the Olympics. Telling the event that you are watching, and the time that you are watching…I know some of you may be up in the night or very early morning to see.

‚ÄĘDon’t like the Olympics? Tell us about the creative ways that you are avoiding it all. Have you booked a 2 week cruise down the Nile? Decided to climb Everest?

You can include a photo if you want or email it to me at ayearonthemake@gmail.com and I will post it for you.

After you have commented, sit back and relax.  The winner will be drawn on Sunday 12th August 2012.

Just drop me a line.

See you tomorrow.

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