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I can’t believe it’s days 100, 101 and 102!

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Good evening!

I know I said I was going to post first thing this morning……but the internet was down! Honest! We were all awake at stupid o’clock too, for reasons I will go into later.

I have decided that I won’t post about today tonight. We have had a fun packed day, and I need to write a special post about it. You will understand when you see tomorrow’s pictures.

Day 100!

This is the view that we have had of the rolling hills for the past few days. How miserable!

Today we went to Royal Ascot! Not literally, you understand, but it was ladies day and it was throwing it down. Today we decided to ‘make’ the most of a rainy day. How creative could we be? Well; Auntie M decided that we would bring Ascot to the rolling hills, out of the rain and with the best view in the house to view the races.

It was ingenious. We started with a buffet lunch, complete with cucumber sandwiches. We decided that as there were five of us we would do a sweep stake for each of the races….just a bit of fun! I can honestly say that the hours wizzed by. I didn’t win any races..it just shows that gambling doesn’t pay ! The afternoon was rounded up with Champagne and strawberries. Yum!

Absolutely gorgeous!

Day 101

Can you remember me  telling you about the new addition to our family? The truth is that this ew addition is 8 weeks early. An absolute little miracle. This really got me working out how my regular patterns can be adapted for a very tiny baby. Well this is what I came up with…….Now these are a new pattern for me. Even so, I needed to make them a little smaller the pattern said. Quite a bit smaller in fact.Have a look…….Can you see the fifty pence? Hopefully this gives you the perspective of how little these shoes really are!

Day 102

Well a new baby needs to keep warm. So to go with the shoes is a teeny tiny hat. Two sizes smaller than the ones I normally make.

Fit for our little miracle.

See you tomorrow.

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Days 98 and 99

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Good evening.

I can’t believe that two days have passed since I blogged. The reason is that for the past two days we have had summer. Yes summer! For those of you that blinked, it happened, now the rain is back again. I am currently in the conservatory feeling miserable again as the rain pitter patters down on the roof. For two glorious days Mr Sunshine has made a few appearances lulling us into a false sense of security, the cheeky monkey. Never mind; Wimbledon starts soon…..so get your macs out again.

I decided that as I was feeling more up to it, that I would try to tackle parts of the garden. Most of the garden is my domain. The grass cutting and barbecuing is DH’s. He doesn’t cross onto my domain, and I don’t cross onto his. As I have been out of circulation, the garden looks dreadful!

Gardening is something that I have always been interested in…even when it was not cool I did it secretly. My Grandad loved the outdoors. He grew tomatoes in his attic, (in pots 🙂 ), and I remember my Grandma sending him out to dig up the potatoes for tea. If anyone knows where I can get a Whisky Mac rose, please let me know. This was Grandad’s favourite…it  has a fantastic smell. This is also the only rose I would ever contemplate putting in my garden. I also associate the smell of geraniums with my Grandad. Pots on window ledges in empty margarine tubs. All the things I remember when I potter about in the garden. 🙂

After my day weeding on Monday I have to admit to being a little sore and frustrated. I know what needs doing, but I just haven’t had the energy or the physical capacity to do anything about it. For months I have just been drawing the blinds so I couldn’t see what was happening out there. Now I was at least ready to have a little potter, the work I was facing was immense. It has really made me think how lucky I am. At least I know that there will be an end, eventually, to my current situation.

I set out to look at the damage with a really critical eye. The rain had taken its toll, and everything looked washed out and unloved. Where was I going to start? It didn’t help that the neighbour’s garden looks perfect. I thought to myself that the easiest place to start would be with something I could do without injuring myself and setting myself back a few months. I took stock first of all. What did I need to do? Make a list! The list turned into a shopping list of everything that needed replacing….the winter had certainly taken its toll.

Purchases made, I set about renovating my favourite thing in the garden……my deck chair.

As you can see it has certainly seen better days…..but I couldn’t possibly be without it. Where would I sit and snore in the future?

So what to do? Plan made I moved on to look for other projects.

The garden seats really looked like they had seen better days. Must sort them out too!

Lunch time in the garden is always an event. But today it was definitely a tea day again. Ham and tomato sandwiches with mustard and tea in a tea-cup, a giant one, but a tea-cup. Complete with Cactus tea cosy, milk jug and sugar basin. How English! Well we are in an English summer.

Second cup of tea over, and it was on to work. I have to admit that it was quite nice sitting and painting while the washing machine whirred. I had decided that all the deck chair needed was a lick of paint and the canvas dying. Eventually………

Tadah! Actually this is not quite how I was expecting this to finish up. The actual dye I bought was Olive Green, much darker. I didn’t notice that the canvas was polyester however; not a chance of taking the colour, so it turned out much lighter. But even so I think it looks much better than it did. I also have some calico that I can use to make a new seat. Oh the possibilities.

What next? Oh yes the garden chair.

Tadah! Much better. Oh we are getting there. Slowly and surely, just like the tortoise. I have to admit that when I set out yesterday morning I was very deflated. My gorgeous garden that I have worked very hard to transform from a wasteland into a place to relax, grow food and enjoy the ever-changing weather. But I have managed to claw a little of it back from nature over the past two days. I am aching. It is amazing how many muscles you use sitting down and painting, but it was worth it.

I have pottered on other little bits too, and I have taken before pictures for you to see. Unfortunately I was unable to complete my potters before the weather broke. Hopefully I will be able to finish these little jobs tomorrow and show you the before and after pictures.

It is Ladies Day at Royal Ascot tomorrow, and I have been invited to Auntie M’s for afternoon tea. I will try to get my jobs done before lunch.

I need to say a big congratulations to Cousin B on the arrival of a new baby girl. Well done, and we are thinking of you all…and saying lots of prayers. I feel the knitting needles coming out tonight! 🙂

See you tomorrow.

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P.S.    DH. The grass needs cutting. 🙂

Day 63- A time for reflection

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Good evening folks! I hope you are all well, and that the sun has been shining for you too.

It has been a bit of a funny day really. As I posted earlier, DH let me sleep in today. I think he thought I needed it. I have to admit to running on empty for the past few days. As a friend said to me when I started this blog…now that I have time to relax I have set myself a whole new set of deadlines! I can’t help it. I normally lead such a busy life, so for this to stop so suddenly I find myself all at sixes and sevens. This is why I have thrown myself into making.

As you know I am much more philosophical about my weekend. I have a few regrets, but everyone who was there as a trader seemed to struggle. I decided that today I was going to make something frivolous and silly. It didn’t actually turn out like that however, but today’s make really makes me smile!

I have done an awful lot of improvisation, and designing my own patterns and creations. I have always seen things that I like and wanted to make them, or make them a little bit different to the original design. As soon as I started to use a needle and cut fabric I have not always stuck to the pattern. Sometimes my ideas flop….sometimes I win. A bit like the peg bag….it didn’t look right the first attempt but I got there in the end. Today has all been about creating a prototype for ideas that are simply swimming around in my head. No pattern, just me, yarn and a set of double pointed needles. Want to see?

Here you go…………

Cute isn’t it! Well I think so. There are things that I need to adjust, but I absolutely love it! A Baby Cupcake hat! I haven’t seen anything like this around, so I can call it an Ickle Ed original! 🙂 It will soon be ready to join the ranks of the Baby Berry Hats.

Talking of the Baby Berry sets, I have news on that front too. Last Friday I was contacted by Folksy to say that I had sold the Gooseberry set. I was very excited as this was my first sale. Unfortunately after my disappointing Saturday I arrived home to a disappointing email. The buyer no longer wanted my cute little set. 😦 Today however I received an email from a college in Lancashire that want to sell my Gooseberry sets. I’m not sure what I am going to do. I need to think about it, talk it over with DH and read all the information they have sent carefully. It made me feel a little happier knowing that somebody actually likes my work.

I have been asked why I chose such an unusual berry. A lot of thought has been put into it. When I was deciding to branch out my lines of berries from Blueberries and strawberries, I made a long list. It occurred to me that the little people who would be wearing these would be babies. And where do babies come from? From under the gooseberry bush of course! And so the gooseberry hat came to be!

Well after a very funny sort of day, I am off to bed! Decadence! Bed at 9.30pm!

See you tomorrow!

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Day 16

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Good evening 🙂

I am posting earlier tonight as a friend, who shall remain nameless, was disappointed last night that her bedtime reading was not there. I have therefore been given strict instructions to make sure the day’s blog appears before 10.30pm GMT, so she can snuggle down with her hot water bottle and ovaltine! So following orders………..

After yesterdays monster tidy up I awoke this morning feeling that rigor mortis had set in. Muscles that I had not used for a few weeks had seized up, and I rolled, rather than sprang out of bed. Moving slowly I managed to get myself organised.

Owing to the unusual weather we are experiencing, I found it necessary to get the fake tan out, and rummage for my Birkenstocks from the bottom of the wardrobe. What’s all that about? Fake tan and sandals in March! Nevertheless, it felt marvellous to snuggle in my favourite sandals. I must be getting old as I definitely go for comfort over fashion these days!

I had a full day. Visitors and visiting! In between the comings and goings I had decided that I was going to finish lots of different little jobs that had been started. I was also going to attempt driving too for the first time in 5 weeks. But I was thwarted by DH as he needed the car. 😦

I had a delicious time over lunch with friends. Home made soup, bread and cake- Scrummy! I want the recipes for all so I can be Mary Berry too! I probably wouldn’t be able to make all three for the same meal however, I would have to cheat somewhere.  Excellent company – very comfortable and uncomplicated. I could seriously get used to this not working lark!

The evening was spent pottering about just getting little jobs done. And here is one of the finished items……….

Really cute aren’t they- but fiddly to knit! Can you guess what they are to accompany?

Tadaa………….

These little cuties are adorable on. I recently made a strawberry set and a blueberry set for a friend who had twin girls. They do look cute in them, even if I do say so myself!

Well! I have not got much else to report today, so I will love you and leave you as it is nearly my 10.30 deadline and I still have lots of other things to finish.

See you tomorrow. XXXXXX