Friday, 17 October 2014

I won't be around for the next two or three weeks unfortunately Mikes father passed away last night. Not totally unexpected but we didn't realise it would happen this soon. As devastated as he is is Mike is out making arrangements as I type, playing the big brother as he is with his youngest brother.

We spent a surreal few hours together this morning, Mike received a phone call at midnight along with his brother saying he needed to get to the hospital. Sadly they were minutes too late & his dad passed away just as Mike was running through the hospital to get to the ward, he was minutes behind his brother. They spent some time with their dad which was a comfort to them both.

The surreal part came when Mike returned home & we sat up together drinking coffee & watching Christmas movies. He insisted on opening one of the curtains in the sitting room as he recalls after his mum died she looked through the window. Mike believes in that sort of malarkey you see, he saw my granddad in his bedroom when he was younger after he died, many moons prior to us getting together that is. It was an interesting story when I put two & two together after our third date that his parents lived next door to my grandparents.

We have also inherited his dads dog. I told Mike last week if the lady who was looking after the dog was unable to keep him we would be having him. I couldn't see him shipped off to a dogs home, his dad rescued him as a puppy you see after he had seen him being mistreated. I don't think I can have any chickens though with him, I shall have to see!

 The staff on the ward have been absolutely fantastic with the boys over the past couple of weeks genuinely caring & concerned. I don't think you realise until you are in that situation just how hard they work & the whole range of skills they need. The chaps on the same ward have also been a good bunch, the boys are popping in this morning to say their goodbyes which I think is one of the sweetest things ever.

Anyway I shall return in a couple of weeks or so, once the hound has settled down & the funeral out of the way. I shall post some photos, of the dog that is! - I am busy googling pet insurance.

Thanks for your comments on my last post, you really are a super bunch - take care xx

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Wooly bits & bats

The beauty of having a birthday at the end of the garden season (to me, my garden is a summer pursuit) is I can purchase lots of wool & books to see me through autumn & winter with my birthday funds.

Also we are in the middle of Wool Week   which gave me the perfect excuse for some British wool buying - a selection of wool (10 balls to be exact) from Jamiesonsofshetland & Jamieson and Smith to have a go at some Fair Isle cuffs found here
I also added to my stash because -
A) I have an addiction, B) It makes me happy C) I used a discount code & D) It never actually cost me anything as it was birthday money!! Would you like a closer look?
A total of 18 balls of 4ply yarn in three shades. I have a super easy cardigan pattern for this wool. As it's 4 ply it is taking me yonks plus I'm a slow knitter anyway. I think I only have 5 more shades to buy then I will have the cardigan in every colour way, in about 23 years that is as I am still on the first cardigan! Three balls of red chunky yarn because I liked the look of it
Three balls of sparkly yarn with a book to crochet snowflakes & last but not least

a selection of nice yarn which I collect a few balls of each month for when I am a proper knitter. Hopefully by the time I have grandchildren which in all honesty is at least ten years away I shall have lots of this lovely stuff stashed away, possibly in the walls if Mike gets his mitts on it!

Would you like to hear a funny story - I had completed my wool & books buying purchase with birthday funds & further additions from Mike. I came across this post  for a cardigan knitted in an aran wool. Oh I thought I like that & naturally investigated shades. I decided on three shades & happily transferred funds out of my savings account into my current account. Except I actually transferred the money into Mikes savings account & he won't give it me back until next month to teach me a lesson!! I was too peeved to buy it after that!!

I shall be back later on in the week with my books, Mikes dad was taken to hospital at the weekend & Mike & his brother were both called in last night. Thankfully it wasn't as serious as first thought & he should be out by the weekend. I'm getting a little peeved at what this last 18 months has chucked our way but am being positive as I feel my posts are getting more & more morose of late & I am trying hard to be positive because in real life I am a positive person. I need to play catch up again. Enjoy your day all xx

Wednesday, 1 October 2014


I feel I am being a miserable old crone of late & I need to snap out of it quick! I have no reason for such negativity so I am turning myself round double quick!

My return to the office went just as I suspected yesterday, one not in & the other popped into my office to say it wasn't them. I pointed out that I knew exactly who was involved & that they had started on the wrong person, I'm known not to take things lightly. I have also heard on the office grapevine that the other person has said she didn't mean anything! Like I said severe back tracking I shall leave it at that until it raises its head again or they start on anyone else. We have a couple of new starters at HQ out of the shops & I'm sure it can be quite scary for them. I don't like bullying or unfairness in any shape or form I am more than happy to step in if I see anyone else suffering!

Anyway drawing a line, positive thoughts, positive thoughts! I had the most divine Sunday & Monday, I have gone back to my two days off, I've done my fair share, I've kept my department up & running & to be honest I'm whacked. My second in command (I hate the word assistant) is due back on the 24th of this month, oh how I can't wait.

On Sunday the lovely Mike moved some of the fruit trees. Due to the garden being fairly small they are kept in large pots. I now have myself a little orchard of sorts.

It looks better in real life, I assure you! Can you see the higgledy piggledy concrete fence? This area was earmarked for Mikes new shed. He replaced the fence panels with these concrete ones, no maintenance you see when the shed was up. He though the higgledy piggledy look would be fine as you wouldn't see it. We spent a weekend preparing the base, mixing up concrete, laying it & I helped with the mixing I will have you know! Mike went shopping with his measurements for a work shop type shed & found his ideal one at a joiners who makes them to order. There was a ex display one you see, much larger than the space Mike had dedicated but much, much cheaper. Naturally Mike went for that one, which had to go in the seating area due to its size which also means I can't have a new conservatory where I wanted it so will be stuck with a smaller one at the back of the house. Plus I have higgledy piggledy concrete fences on show which I will have to cover with something! Mike is super happy with his new shed though & has all his work benches up with tool type things to make items with & I can have chickens in an orchard! Breathe Joanne breathe!!

My lovely day on Monday, my first day off to myself since the middle of July & what did I do. I knitted, I did some crochet, I received a delivery or two, I read, I polished, I hoovered, I eventually got round to planting wallflowers & sweet williams & I also prepared beouf bourguignon for dinner. A proper one too, not just ingredients flung in the slow cooker first thing in the morning & we had fresh potatoes & carrots with it from the garden.

Thank you for your comments on your my last post, it surprising just how often work place bullying occur. I can't really say it was work place bullying as I'm in the position to be able to stop it happening to me, I would also do my level best if I found anyone else in the office in the same position. Would you mind awfully if I didn't reply to your comments, I'm trying to find a proper balance with work, home & blogging & sometimes well often I struggle to post comments on your blog posts as well as reply to the kind ones you leave on mine. I know you wont mind, but I suffer from a severe guilt complex at times, I'm still feeling it from last week when Harry asked if he & a friend could play upstairs. The awful child knows he shouldn't ask if I'm working from home as naturally I need to concentrate & two boys on an x box doesn't allow me to do that! It doesn't stop him from asking & I normally give in to him, not this time though & I had puppy dog eyes all night.

I'm recovering slowly! Right I have rambled on enough already, enjoy your day all xx