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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. 😦

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. 🙂

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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)

•Tell 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.

•Comment 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.

•Don’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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Day 138- Give away Launch

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Good morning, afternoon, evening. How are we all? Are the flags out? Things are hotting up in the rolling hills. Literally 1 and 1/2 hours to go before the opening ceremony. DH returned home with olympic posters, flags….you name it. To say he is excited is an understatement!

Anyway folks; down to business. An Olympic themed give away.

I decided to launch the giveaway as the deadline, which I will tell you about in a moment, will collide with the half way point of my 365 days. So to celebrate with all of you that have tuned in to read my witterings, I put my mind to the task of thinking up something that would be easy to do, but then would also give a lucky winner a reward.

So what do you have to do?

Well for those of you that have tuned in for a period of time, you will know that I am a sports widow. Since the 6th of July 2005, this summer has been planned…in DH’s head anyway. The Olympics has been growing in momentum since then and it is nearly upon us.

I know that some of you will not be bothered about this particular world sports day…but spare a thought for those of us that have to be bothered whether we want to or not! The give away is for you too….promise.

I decided that as this is a creative and making blog, then what you have to do should be along these lines too. There are therefore three ways you can enter, all doing nothing more than commenting under this post.

You will have two weeks and three days to enter. The giveaway competition will begin today and last until the closing ceremony.

After the closing ceremony all names will be entered into a hat and a Rooster will pick the winning name.

But what do you win?

Tadah! Feather filled, 100% cotton patchwork Union Flag cushion measuring 30 x 25 cm approx.  I love it so much I have made a large one and small one to adorn my sofa.

So what do you have to do?

  • Tell 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.
  • Comment 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.
  • Don’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.

Good Luck xxxxx

Days 135, 136 and 137.

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Good morning, afternoon or evening. Enjoying the sunshine? We have basked in the sun for the past few days, but today it is rather cloudy. I must admit that it is a little of a relief as it means the temperature has dipped a little, and I can get a few household chores done.

Well the summer holidays are in full swing. After the past few years where I have had children following me around wanting to be entertained, I decided this year that I need a time-table of events. We are taking this one week at a time….but making sure we get out for a run around to wear these boys out! Trips out are carefully planned so that cost will not become an issue, and picnics in the lovely weather. I have a bag full of ‘stuff’ for indoor days, but hopefully we won’t need it!

Crafting has become a little bit more of helping the boys express their creative side. Roo in particular, who likes making, but finds it frustrating when it doesn’t quite go his way. PVA glue, scissors, tissue paper, paint and fabric scraps really come in useful. Can’t wait to show you some of their creations.

Unfortunately the patchwork is rather slow going as it always is when it is done by hand. I am currently sewing the first patches of white, and the red are ready to go, so hopefully I will have loads to show you in a few days.

I haven’t been sitting idly watching my boys with their craft however…….

As you can see things have had to be tended in the garden, ready for harvest. The rain has really helped the garden this year and everything is lush and green.

The potatoes are doing marvellously too. I love digging up potatoes. It’s like a lucky dip to find the hidden jewels in the soil.

The salad and lavender certainly are making a fine display this year. And what is this peeping under the foliage?

…..The first of the raspberries. Mmmmmm! My absolute favourite fruit. I normally have to fight Dad for the first ones!

Further up the garden we find the most glorious display…..

I wish I had sound-o-vision, then you could hear the half-dozen bumble bees collecting nectar. Finally….better late then never we find the first strawberries of the season. (A month late!)

Can you see them hiding? Let’s pick a few…………

I can’t wait for tea time. Fresh fruit….yum! I have to admit to completely neglecting the garden this year. Rain, pain and craft have taken over. The little bits that I have done seem to have had a bit of impact however…..and if this is what happens when the garden is neglected, Fantastic!

Anyway, monsters are now baying for food, and my camera needs charging, so I will sign off for another day.

See you tomorrow……..START OF THE OLYMPICS! WOO HOO! (I have to admit DH, it is catching!)

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PS. I will be entering the spririt of the Olympics with a give away. Details will follow tomorrow. 🙂

Days 126-134: One patch at a time.

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Good morning/ afternoon/ evening! How are we all? We are all fine here, in fact we are getting rather excited as Summer is upon us…..Hurrah! Yes the sun is shining and we are all in our summer gear that has lain for many a month at the bottom of the wardrobe.

I can’t believe that it is actually a week since I last posted. Naughty me. Last week went so fast. as the last week of term always does. Concerts, assemblies, collective worship, own clothes days and disco’s all seemed to fill my days. I sat in the evenings with my crafting project, (which you will see in a minute), and wondered where the time was going.

And so the holidays are here. Children are baying to be entertained. Honestly I do not know how they would cope without a TV! When I was younger the children’s programmes finished at 10 am and we had to amuse ourselves throughout the day. Boo asked me if I was born in Victorian times when I explained that there were no such things as videos let alone DVD’s, I player or Nintendo WII’s when I was his age! Cheeky monkey!

We have had a Fab day today in Konk! I have to explain that this is a pet name for York. Roo has trouble with some words and he knew there was a K in it somewhere. When asked where he was going some time ago, he replied with ‘Konk’! The name has stuck.

The sun shone all day for our stolen excursion. We had a gorgeous lunch. Visited Jorvik viking museum, leaving with bows, arrows, daggers and a sword. (Heaven help us!) Then it was a boat ride on the Ouse. Always a lovely treat when it is not raining. Finally the Castle Museum. This is a particular Favourite of mine, as I remember visiting for the first time with my Grandad. I also remember snagging my tights on a seat in the Edwardian pub! The smell of the sweet shop in the Victorian street brings back memories of me waving to Grandad through the window as he peered inside. Bows, arrows, daggers and a sword were firmly placed back in carrier bags for this visit. Then back home, on a delayed train, to be met by DH who had to work today. (Hence the stolen excursion!) Hot, tired and ready for a cup of coffee, we enthused about our day…..to a grumpy DH!

So I am just catching my breath and revving up for the make of the day.

You will no doubt remember the organising that I was doing last week in preparation of the next big project. Well this has certainly gathered pace.

I have begun with the blue as this is the largest colour. I wanted to make sure that I had divided the different patches equally between the eight blue sections. This meant that I had to share the patches out, bag them up ready. Talk about faff!

I set to, to make the first section of the blue. I’m not sure if I told you, but I love patchwork! Seeing all the colours working their magic together is fabulous. It soon became apparent that I needed to start on the white and red too. Having completed the first blue section, I want to make sure that it fits together like a jigsaw. I don’t want a repeat performance of ‘Blast it’! So I set to again with the scissors.

White, red and more blue patches ready to be made into hexagons. I have also cut more card templates ready for covering. It is definitely full steam ahead. And I am loving every minute of it. I hope I will be back very soon to show you an update.

See you later.

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PS. DH has read the above and told me off for calling him grumpy. So I will put it another way…….perturbed at not being included in the trip to ‘Konk’, as he had to work, DH was quiet and a little disinterested at our enthusiam for our stolen day out. (Is that better DH?)

Days 119,120,121,122- A third of the way there!

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Good morning!

I cannot believe that I have made it through a third of my journey already. So much has happened. I have looked through all of the photo’s that I have collected so far and I have a real sense of pride over everything that I have achieved.I feel quite optimistic about the next two-thirds of the journey now.

March

The beginning of my journey.

I hadn’t got a clue where my journey was going, all I knew was that I had to do something to keep me occupied while I was off sick. I started simple and with things that I knew how to do……….

The first bread basket and coffee pot set. I have made at least 20 more of these sets since! I first made these a couple of years ago. They were popular then and they still are.

April

What a month this was! sewing, knitting, crochet, cooking, gardening…….phew! From berries to tea cosies.  A brief impersonation of a Towns Women’s Guild member, and………

……….who can forget the first craft fair.

May

Continuing the success was my determination at the start of the month. Two more fairs…with mixed success. This is turning into hard work and it is supposed to be fun! We also had snow. It was this time that the topsy turvy weather reared it’s head.

We also began getting Jubilee fever.

June

Holidays! Hurrah! Also breaks from daily blogging. Rain. Rain. And more rain! Floods. Cancelled events….and more rain!

But we did have a very happy event too………..

…..a little miracle born two months early.

July

Rain! Rain! …..and more rain! This month is shaping up to be a wash out too. Dabbles in forgotten past times……….

…and planning for the future.

So what’s next?

Well I am squirrelling away red white and blue materials already. I will be rumaging in Mum’s and Ter Lou’s stash too. The hexagon cards have been dug out and are being covered, and the needles are being threaded. Hopefully I will have things to show you very soon.

Just before I go. I discovered this and it really made me laugh……….

….it’s true you know! (She says tongue in cheek!)

See you tomorrow.

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PS. I have had really huge problems with the internet this week and last. I do intend to blog everyday but it has not been possible.

Rain! Rain! Go away! – Days 112, 113, 114 and 115

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This should have been posted on Friday. I think it was atmospherics but it would not allow me onto the internet on Friday night.

Pitter. Patter. Pitter. Patter.

And so another day begins……another washout! In fact we were issued with a flood warning as a months worth of rain is falling over the next 24 hours. 😦  When is summer going to start? If you are travelling to the Olympics…remember to pack your umbrella! 21 days to go by the way….or three weeks today!

I have to start today with a little apology…again! Mr Grey has taken over my life!Have I done much making? I have to admit to doing some making……but not as much as usual. I also have to admit also to enjoying the pressure of completing something everyday being off for a little while. But now with book three finished it is refocus time. And just in the nick of time, guess what arrived!

Yes! Mollie Makes is here again! Hurrah!

I am definitely in need of inspiration after my last week of craft. What have actually been working on?

‘Blast it’!

Yes I have really tried to make headway with this dratted cardigan this week. Having had to unravel the two fronts and back…leaving me with two sleeves……I just want it finished now. Unfortunately I am getting bored with it and just want it done. It has been really monotonous. You know what it is like when you are making a garment for yourself, you have visions of what it will look like on and this spurs you on to finish it. Knitting it over again……….boring!

Well this is what I have so far……..

……..a back, two sleeves and a front. All matching. Only the right front to do…the problematic one! Hopefully this will be finished over the weekend….being as it is going to be a rainy weekend for all of us!

See you tomorrow

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