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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. 🙂

Days 91,92 and 93

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Good evening.

I have to start with an explanation. You have probably noticed that I have not blogged for the past couple of days. The fact is, I am trying to slow down a little in preparation for my return to work. It is really difficult to squeeze in a make and a blog on the same day. If you look at the times that I have been posting sometimes it is 12 or 1 am and I have to be realistic. I cannot possibly continue to do this and prepare for lessons too. I hope you don’t mind. My blogging may be a little erratic over the next few weeks until I have found my new rhythm.

I can promise you that the making has not stopped however. I am still going to be making….or continuing a project everyday.

For the past three days I have washed and washed and washed!  We have a mountain of washing in the shape of Mount Everest that we brought back from holiday. By the end of this week I know that I am going to need another holiday!

I was determined not to have to face this washing drama again this year. I was prepared. Look above and see what I took with me! The plan was to use the campsite facilities and warm weather, do a couple of washes and bring back some clean clothes. The weather however,  was definitely against me. We had a glorious few days at the beginning of the week when we had clean clothes….but we left in a monsoon. So Mount Everest was faced again. 😦

Ho hum! We also are sitting in the tropics now as we have to have the heating on to dry it all. Dang! British summer time is here again.

I have got to admit to losing my ‘making mojo’ over the past couple of days too. End of holiday blues? Or is it that I need to refocus again and get looking for inspiration? Who knows! Whatever it is I have to admit to being a little lazy over the past three days. This is coming to a close…I am determined. Now, I am not admitting to sitting doing nothing over the past three days however. Oh no! I do admit to not being as productive as I was before my holiday, but;

…….I have done a bit of this on Monday (day 91)………..

…….and a bit of that on Tuesday (day 92)………….

…….and finally started on this today (day 93)…………

So I have not taken my eye completely off the 365 day target!

The problem is I am feeling really lethargic and cannot put my mind to something completely to finish, so we can have a tadah moment. But I am determined that we will have one tomorrow. I just need to make about another 20 of these little flowers.

I also have this lined up ready for my next make………

I love working with this yarn, I never get tired of using it. Unfortunately my local JL store doesn’t stock it at the moment. Boooo!

Anyway, I need to make some more little flowers for my tadah tomorrow! I will post tomorrow…promise.

See you then.

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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