Friday, 27 March 2015

Five on Friday

Now my life is presently back on an even keel (note the presently) I can take part in Amy's Five on Friday again.

1. Look sweet peas & broad beans, rather disgracefully plonked on the draining board. I need to move them sharpish.

2. Garlic in the garden, in my rather haphazard style! My more mischievous thoughts include inviting Mark to view my plot, who has an enviable neat plot which proves hard work gets results. In all fairness I tried really hard this time for nice neat rows, some haven't germinated. 

3. As my veg plants are being delivered via Rocket Gardens this year my windowsill propagator is full of flower seedlings. 

4. A nearly completed crochet blanket, pattern & instruction found here on the Attic24 site. I'm super excited by this as I really struggled to understand the concept of crochet. Knitting was & is far easier for me.  It's huge, far far bigger than I thought it would be. 

5. No photo but something to giggle at, well several giggles if you like. I walked to work yesterday & felt an unpleasant sensation, one that I had experienced several weeks back. My tights felt like they were slipping down, in fact it didn't feel like they actually were! I had to clutch the top of my skirt to stop them actually slipping mid walk. Luckily I was sat in the boardroom in a meeting all day & only had to clutch myself on my journey home. Said tights are now in the bin which is a shame as they were the perfect shade of black. I first felt this several weeks back at a staff meeting where I had to make numerous trips to the loo to hoik the buggers back up! 
Notice the new photos my dears, I purchased a new memory card as I still can't locate the box we keep them in. When inserting it into my laptop I ahem found the main missing one.

Enjoy your day all, I'm travelling to Sheffield today for work so will catch up tonight accompanied with a large G&T or tomorrow with a mug of tea xx

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Five days to go!

I have a week off soon & it's very much needed too!

I really feel like I've had no time for anything the past few weeks & once I get April out of the way life would have slowed down to a nice normal pace. Also that means we are in May which sees the first delivery of my Rocket garden veg plants.

Apart from some broad beans & soon to be sown white sprouting broccoli seeds there is very little in the way of seedlings here. Extravagant yes, almost certainly to be money saving & definitely time saving, I'm so glad Mike bought me this as one of my Christmas presents.

On a stroll through blogland several weeks back I came across this post from gillymakes which I thought sounded huge fun. I expressed an interest even though there was a doubt in the back of my mind as April tends to be a no go for me. Anyway I got an email back with more details & the more I thought about it the more I thought I wanted to go.

I mentioned it to Mike who responded with "Why on earth would you meet up with a bunch of strangers blah, blah, blah" Well my dears, my back was immediately put up! I retorted with "Oh I don't know darling, perhaps it's because I live with men, even the dog is male, I'm surrounded by men at work, none of my real life friends have any interest in crafts or gardening so it might be nice for me to spend the afternoon in the company of females go fabric shopping & have afternoon tea in the company of said females, also the train arrives at the station 20 minutes before everyone is due to meet, it is meant to be!" My eyes quite possibly flashed at this point too! I was busy going through the booking of train tickets when Mike rather bravely said you can't go on the 11th can you, you're working.

He was right, I most certainly can't be three hours away from the office on the 11th April, I can't tell you how blinking peeved I was! You see I'm Head of Security for a bookmakers & the 11th April is the National! See I've typed it so small so you can't see the real reason & I'm right slap bang in the middle of a large fraud case too so this week off is really much needed. Time in the garden & time for some crafty bits.

Anyway onto some fun things, my nephew has passed his driving test & his car has been parked on my mums driveway until he passed his test. My sister had phoned my mum to ask her for the registration number so she could get some insurance quotes. My mum is as blind as a bat so phoned me to go over to do it for her. Task completed I was on my way out of the door when my mum called me back. Now it is virtually impossible to leave my mums house without anything. I was sent on my way with - a tray of pork chops, pork & beef mince, crispy pancakes, bbq chicken, 4 cod fillets in batter , a large pizza & two pieces of salmon. I asked her & not for the first time why she buys so much & you do know food lasts in the freezer, to which she replied that she likes to have a selection of food & that she was quite aware of how long food lasts for in the freezer thank you very much I am 76!

I though I had made my escape looking like I had been on the cadge with my overfull carrier bag of food, when I heard a bellow behind me. It was my mother shouting to make sure I returned her bag & to come back Wednesday evening as she had a huge meat & veg hamper coming, it was far too much for her so I will give some to you. I am more than certain that in the close knit community we live curtains twitched as I did my walk of shame looking like I couldn't afford to do my grocery shop!

I will leave you with a shot of the garden which will have to make do for March & quite possibly Feb, the more eagle eyed of you will know it's one of the previous months shot. I do however have garlic & rhubarb poking it;s way through, god knows what has happened to the onions & shallots & I have some rather nice posh green paint to do my fences with, once I find the time of course. I might be hibernating next week as it's half term Yay! Enjoy your day all x

Monday, 23 March 2015

It's all go!

Gosh that was a bit of an unintended break! Purely unintentional but blinking heck life does get in the way sometimes!!!!

It has felt one great big merry go round ride lately & I don't see it stopping soon, my great big long to do list keeps on getting bigger & bigger.

However a few happy things -

I have a tray of sweet peas & broad beans coming through nicely.

The potatoes are chitting nicely on a bedroom windowsill.

I can crochet, I'm so excited about this as I could only do a granny square but now I nearly have a granny stripe blanket &  penguin shaped cushion for Harry.

Photos to follow soon, my nice new camera which Mike bought the other month had to be replaced as it stopped working. I can't find the box of memory cards or the cable to enable me to transfer straight to the laptop so here are some old ones to brighten up this post :)

Not that they are good enough to brighten up any post, but some random edible hedges shots. Old ones mind as they are now breaking into leaf. I know I have Hazel, Elder, Blackthorn & Wild Rose, I just hope that I have crab apple & wild plum too!

Toddle pip & enjoy your day all, I have some serious catching up to do x

Monday, 23 February 2015

A round up

Thank you for your kind thoughts & wishes for Friday. Dad had a lovely send off & the whole day went off without a hitch.

The pigeon was as expected! The photo does not do it justice, it really was the most extraordinary looking creation!

My camera decided not to work on the day, yes, my new camera I think it's broken so Mike will be taking it back this week. So I took the photo from my brothers facebook page.
To give you a better idea of size -  imagine your microwave. It was mounted on a board with a roofscape? painted on it, The board is larger than a microwave, along with the floral pigeon plonked on it, it was a sight to behold indeed!

I have no idea where it is now, it was placed at the back of the hearse so it was in my view on the way to the funeral & it was then placed at the front of the coffin while the funeral was taking place. I'm rather glad it is now out of sight!

It's still a bit too cold to be in the garden, given that I'm a fair weather gardener anyway. So naturally I have to occupy my mind in other ways. My fabric haul has been considerable this month.

After reading a post by the lovely lady who blogs at Countryside Tales  I spotted some rather lovely bird print fabric. Now you know when you see something & you really, really want it . Well naturally I asked google who couldn't find said fabric but directed my attention to 9 lots of fat quarters which I accidentally on purpose paid for as the site in question used paypal. This was the day after I ordered a selection of Liberty fat quarters for my hexie quilt, which was after Mike taking me out for lunch in Chester & a visit to Abakhan where I picked up three long lengths of fabric for crafty purposes.

Well as the fabric gods would have it CT kindly replied with the fabric shop website address & of course I placed an order for the birds fabric & some with bees & eggs on too! 

All fabric washed, ironed & stashed until I find the time to do something with it which believe me I'm very short of at the moment.

I shall leave you to it now I've confessed my fabric sins, I'm off to read up on your blogs as I've had a rather lazy weekend & have not looked at what any of you have been up to since Thursday.

As always, enjoy your day xx

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Fox watch with extras part 1

Harry & I would like to present Fox watch 2015 :)

I was gazing through the kitchen window on Sunday morning when I thought I glimpsed something of a gingery nature! At first I thought it was one of the rather large cats that roam the fields as the pickings can be quite rich here. Mice, frogs, birds, ducklings etc. But no it wasn't! It was a fox! I scampered past Mike with great excitement as I do like foxes you see & ran upstairs quite possibly sounding like a baby elephant as I knew I would get a better view from my bedroom window. 

I am beyond excited, I've asked very nicely for a pair of binoculars which no doubt Mike wont buy me as my fabric haul this month has been quite extravagant to say the least.

Anyway since Sunday morning always between the hours of 7 am & 8 am Mr or indeed Miss Foxie comes through the back field, enters the middle field & meanders by the hedges. I'm pretty sure the den is to the back of the middle field too! This morning however the fox & to be honest it could be a different one as this one appears a little smaller decided to try & play with one of the cats who haunts the field.

It was hugely funny to watch as the cat kept on chasing the fox away which is how they appeared so close to my back garden fence. I shouted for Harry to grab the camera & off I ran to try & capture a few shots, which I sort of managed but when I tried to zoom in more the fox saw me & ran off!

Rocky dog had decided at this point that he had had quite enough & started yowling for his walk. It was no fun to him as he couldn't see anything & was getting bored!

He also decided that has he had to wait for his walk he would not look at the camera at all, certainly not when there were lots of interesting smells & brambles to get himself tangled up in! He was eyeing up the pond in the bottom shot.

Now my dears I shall leave you with a giggle for the day!
It is my fathers funeral this coming Friday (no need to giggle at that part, but think of me on the day after you read the following)

It has been a long fraught process as my mother is now due to come into a large sum of money & of course the house etc, never having experienced this before. My parents had one of those deeply old fashioned relationships where my father was in charge of everything & it was all in his name accordingly. Regular readers will know this & the fact he refused to leave a will!!!!

My brother & sister are useless at sorting things out & my mum lives in cloud cuckoo land so you can imagine the sorting out I've had to do the last few weeks.

I had decided on a mahogany coffin as my dad liked dark wood lined with green fabric because  he liked nature & the garden. As it is a cremation (my dads wishes, only wish in fact) I decided on a nice simple floral display on the top of the coffin. White lilies & chrysanthemums as he used to grow both. A nice elegant send off if you like & it was all going swimmingly. 

I had a text from my brother late last night & a phone call from my mother this morning 'The lads from the local have ordered a wreath out of respect' 

Except its not a blinking wreath its a floral pigeon!!!! 

Many years ago my dad used to keep pigeons, that's where they got the blinking idea.   

All my thought process into an elegant send off spoiled by a floral pigeon. Can you imagine how monstrous it will look. I'm imagining yellow carnations for the eyes. I've had my eldest son & little sister in stitches on the phone this morning. I phoned both starting with the words 'What the hell was that dipstick thinking off, what the hell am I to do with a pigeon'

Think of me my dears staring at this pigeon on Friday with yellow carnations for eyes!

Enjoy your day all xx

P.s I had planned to put the tasteful display on my nan & granddads grave, I truly don't think that even they would appreciate the pigeon, I will take a photo quite possibly next to my deeply unhappy face & the majority of my family rolling in laughter looking at me! 

Monday, 16 February 2015

Shots of spring

Just to prove there is someone else in this world who takes worse photographs than me, I sent Mike into the garden yesterday morning for a couple of shots.

Spring is still an exciting prospect though is it not. Right I'm off, first to play catch up & second to clean the sofas & other less fun stuff. Enjoy your day all xx

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Ta dah -

I took part in a swap earlier on this year held by Tracy from Madboutbags. The swap was titled 'Send a little love' & I was partnered with Sarah

I forgot to take any photos of what I sent to Sarah so if you want to have a little nosey click on her name. 

In the parcel Sarah sent to me I found two balls of yarn & some seeds. What a great gift for a gardener who likes to knit! Also a handmade card, some heart shaped notebooks, a little garden scene cross stitch which I love, I might try & transfer it on my gardening apron thingamajig! A little necklace which has the saying 'I love you to the moon & back' which is quite funny actually & has come in quite useful.

Harry is a loving boy & is quite keen to tell me he loves me often, our daily conversations tend to go 'Love you mum', 'Love you to H', 'Well, I love you more' ' Are you sure as I love you most!' & so on & so on. I've been waving the necklace at him saying that I have physical proof now. I'm waiting for his loving nature to wear off now he is a teenager! 

Last but not least was a bag of chocolate caramel hearts which I ate & nearly saved one for Mike but he wasn't home that night so I ate it! 

I do believe that if someone has sent you some yarn that you shouldn't stash it but use it straight away. 
 The yarn Sarah sent was a self striping one which I am knitting a hat for me with on circular needles, its called knitting in the round & your work joins up as if by magic. Something I thought I would never be able to do! I'm trying some socks next.

Photos courtesy of my new camera from Mike Pike who was given very strict instructions on which one to buy for me! Without these instructions Mike would of gone for a far more expensive model with all sorts of fancy things. This would not do for me as a)I'm buying a fancy dslr one for his birthday & b) I only wanted a basic point & shoot which I can sling in my pocket. 

I have a Sony Cyber-shot if anyone was interested. 
Enjoy your day all xx