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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. ūüôā

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Days 107, 108, 109, 110 and 111

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Good evening everyone!

I know, you could accuse me of ignoring you for the past few days, but I have not stopped crafting; Promise!

I have also been spending rather a large amount of time in the company of a man called Mr Grey. I am not sure whether you are familiar with the phenomenon that is Christian Grey. I had heard about it through friends and media. Apparently the book is selling faster than Harry Potter. As a huge Potter fan I was really  curious to read what all the hype was about, and what could possibly be a better series. So I toddled off to the local book store and bought a copy of the first book.

“Would you like to take advantage of the buy one get one half price offer?” The assistant asked me. I explained that I was only buying the first one as I was curious about what it was all about…..I also wanted to be able to know what friends were talking about. I refused the offer and scurried home with my purchase.

I can honestly say that it took me quite a while to get into the story. There had got to be more than this. Oh there was! I was definitely blushing in parts. So that was why it’s been flying off shelves. What is wrong with a¬†dot dot¬†dot? I found that as I read through the book I was missing certain pages out as the graphic scenes didn’t add to the story at all. The story itself is quite fast moving, I was exhausted by the end of the book, as it was like a¬†whole years relationship taking place¬†¬†in a three week period. It also finished leaving lots of questions about the main character. Do I agree with the hype? Well sort of….but I’ll just read the second book and let you know!

So as far as crafting is concerned I have pootled¬†and pottered and seemed really unfocused over the last two weeks. The rain is still with us; of course it is, it’s Wimbledon fortnight! It has been really humid too. The grass is growing really long, but it is too wet to mow, and we wake in the morning and simply don’t know what to wear. British summer time! Don’t ya just love it!

The above is what the conduit over flow usually looks like at Redmires¬†reservoir. We have had so much rain however that at the moment the over flow looks like this……

In fact the first day I saw this the water was steaming over the top. I just didn’t have my camera with me. The actual reservoir is certainly full to bursting too.

On Thursday ‘blast it’ sort of got my attention. I spent a long time doing household type things. I eventually sat dawn late in the evening and managed to do a few rows. I will get there!

In between the showers I have been popping in and out of the garden. I have still got to take my after photographs so you can see what I have been up to. Unfortunately DH has still not had chance to mow, and the grass is getting really long. Our little organic mowers, The Guinea pigs, have really got their work cut out this year…that’s when we can let them on the grass.

On Friday I decided that I needed to make lots of different meals to use up the contents of the fridge. You know what it is like, food is bought in for the week, and the days are planned. The only problem is making sure that the food is cooked by the use by date. I spent a rainy afternoon cooking coque au vin, lasagna and lamb casserole. The house smelt gorgeous!

Unfortunately with all the delicious smells we still couldn’t decide which one we were going to have for tea!

Saturday brought a little welcome relief from the rain! Hurrah! Boo was at a rally, and so the rest of us and Mr and Mrs H went out for a walk.

No this is not the Lake District…this is our¬†own beautiful rolling hills of Yorkshire.¬†Aren’t they gorgeous!

Sailing………

¬†Cricket…..not sure how much they managed to play as the day turned into a wash out later, but hey ho!

I just love the colours of the country side. The greens with dry stone frames. Fabulous. It’s days like today when I really appreciate where I live. I am so lucky. Good company and gorgeous scenery. What more could any girl ask for?

Sunday and today had a ‘blast it’ focus. I hope to be able to show you my efforts very soon. Who knows it might be worth waiting for.

I am going to be more on the ball this week as far as the blog is concerned too. I need a focus, and I have to admit to missing writing everyday. I really enjoy writing. So my promise is that I will try to blog everyday for the next week.

See you tomorrow.

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Day 46

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“Do you want to come on a day trip tomorrow? Your Auntie M and I are going to Wiltshire to a craft centre. It’s with the Towns Women’s Guild, and somebody has dropped out. We thought that it would be a nice day out, and get you out of the house.”

Mum was in persuasive mode.

“We are leaving at 8.30 tomorrow morning. If you want to come.”

So it was decided that we would be meeting outside the local Wesley Hall.

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The morning was in its usual chaos when I left.

“Where you goin’ mummy?” Roo¬†was in inquisitive¬†mode, rolling around the floor while Thomas, Annie and Clarabel¬†chuffed happily around Sodor Island. Usually when I am leaving there is the ‘Can I come too?’ chorus. Not today.

“I’m going to a craft centre with Grandma.”

“Oh! OK. See you later!” Not a backward glance as I left to face the rain!

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A jolly bunch of ladies of a certain age were there waiting for the minibus to arrive. I reduced the average age somewhat!

“Are we all ready to go?” The group leader was already counting heads, and looking anxiously for the bus through the rush hour traffic. “Oh wait Here we are!”

The bus approached, and, with macs and walking sticks settled, we set off.

It was as we travelled through the rain…with nowhere to run…when I found out the full story of our trip to WORCESTERSHIRE (Mother!). Apparently the local Towns Women’s Guild is partnered with another group that comes from the south. The trip was arranged to allow the two groups to meet up half way between the rolling hills and the south.

OK! This was not going to be a problem. I was after all a guest of the group and could be having a look about the craft centre while they were meeting up. This would be fine.

Then I was handed a green and purple rosette.

Apparently these were the suffragette colours….where the Towns Women’s Guild began. These were to show that we were part of the rolling hills group for the Southern Group. Why was I given one?

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On arrival at the Jinny’s Ring craft centre, we saw what appeared to be converted barns surrounded by gorgeous countryside

So there we were… the thirteen of us… waiting for the other group to arrive, rosettes in place. One of us were wondering what on earth they were doing there, when a 52 seater coach arrived.

Now. Have you ever been in a situation where you have to pretend something? Like pretend to know about a subject….when you haven’t got a clue.

Today I was that person!

As the other group of ladies of a certain age clambered off their bus, they seemed to home onto the fact that there was one of the rolling hills group that still had dark hair………so young! (I’m nearly 40!) Question after question came. All were very friendly and very pleased to join up together. Was I really going to lie to these ladies?

I tried silence, allowing others of the group to speak; but then questions were aimed directly at me! (Rabbit caught in headlights time!) What did I like about the Guild? What groups was I part of? How many members did we have? Were there any younger members like myself? What could I do! How could I let my smaller group of rolling hills comrades down?

Let’s just say I’m off to confession tomorrow!

Thinking on my feet…not ever having being part of any ladies group apart from weight watchers, I drew on the next best thing. What did Mum do at the UCM (Union of Catholic Mothers for those who don’t know)?????

Just so you know for future reference Rolling Hills Comrades; We do bazaars, Knit, do teas and Coffees for events, , have guest speakers and days out….which you have to bring back presents for your expectant children, (many memories as a child). Just bear these in mind if you ever have a meet up in the near future.

After the preliminaries were over we had a wander about the centre.

A cane topper tree! This is outside the glass blowers. Let’s look inside……

Gorgeous, colourful loveliness.

A toenail was just about over the threshold….when the next wave of Southern questions introduced themselves. Dratted purple and green suffragette rosette! It was unceremoniously hidden under my cardigan!

Honestly though….I had a lovely day. I met some fabulous¬†ladies from the South and the rolling hills, and had a gander through some lovely shops. Giggles and laughs all the way! Thank you for inviting me.xxxxx

Looking up in the glass blowers this is what we saw……

Obviously this was something that I could create in the conservatory at home.

What do you think?

I know…rather a damp squid. But a lovely flower all the same…….

See you tomorrow!

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