Monday, 5 December 2016

Winter project

I don't like these blogger changes - just saying!

I have found my camera or more correctly Mike found my camera this morning in a drawer. Mike has been signed off work because of his thumb and I currently have hum cluttering up the house and quite generally getting in my way. On a more positive note it's rather nice having him here. I'm enjoying our morning coffee before I go to work . Many thank yous for your kind thoughts and comments on his thumb I myself have been less than sympathetic. It was entirely his fault! 

Anyway less of my gabbing and onto - 

A finished blanket or a nearly finished blanket. It needs a border added and the ends sewn in. I've clever hidden the ends for photographic purposes. It's huge and warm and cosy. Full of dog hairs too as Rocky likes to share his freely. 

A finished hat. I finished it last night as I found the pattern. Erm the pattern was in the bookcase all along and this hat should've  been completed several weeks ago as it too me all of five minutes to do. It is a little to small for my liking but was made from local alpaca yarn. Knitted in the round too, clever old me!

Some of the blocks assembled for my quilt. I still have Novembers box to assemble and will be receiving Decembers box in a couple of weeks time. If I get a wriggle on I could assemble Novembers this week and Decembers the week after Christmas! January could then be spent sewing the blocks together,

New things -

I've been making project bags of late as I wanted to teach myself how to sew zips. They are not the neatest I think this is the worst one, I hope it's the worst one as there are several unlucky recipients of these bags for Christmas this year! They each contain a pocket too and in all honestly I'm rather pleased with them.

Finally for this month

The beginnings of a Christmas cushion. I went on a workshop yesterday, it was an early Christmas present from Mike. I didn't have time to finish it yesterday as there is a mistletoe design to go at the top and it needs stuffing.  I will finish it this week and do another post where I will add the links. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day. 

Right my dears, I'm going to link this with Jennifer's blog Thistlebear who kindly hosts the Winter Project link up party. I will then be searching through blogger to see if I can find blogs to comment on! x 

Monday, 28 November 2016

Well I never

Mikes thumb is healing up nicely thank you very much. He had a small operation last Tuesday which was supposed to be under general anaesthetic. Naturally I was a little concerned and packed him off to hospital with the instruction to phone me as soon as he possibly could after he had been brought back round. 

Three hours later I spotted a message on facebook from Mike alerting everyone that he was quite fine after his operation. He was having something to eat and drink whilst waiting to be picked up. I gave him such a telling off on the phone and plotted on ways he could make amends to me.

Mike sheepishly returned an hour later and he received adequate punishment - I made him watch three knitting podcasts with me!

With Mike still being off - bereavement leave, annual leave and his five day break we set off this morning to take Rocky for his morning walk. We waved to two neighbours and another chap with them as you do and were about to set off. We were called back, the chap turned out to a crime support person.

All the sheds and garages along the lane and surrounding estate had been broken into or at least attempted to. Mike checked and the side gate had been forced open and the shed broken into. They had got away with some of his fishing equipment!

Rocky hound I think spent the whole night snoring! 

Mike and the other menfolk rather excitedly let the crime chap take photos. The police have quite possibly apprehended the people responsible and recovered everything that had been taken. There is fishing equipment amongst the haul so Mike is waiting for a phone call. 

It is currently warm  and sunny outside,  it really is rather lovely. It could almost be a summers day but the hum in the air isn't lawnmowers in operation or the scent of BBQs - it's drills and the like as the menfolk of the lane have all bought new locks etc etc. The noise is rather deafening but does abide from time to time as the menfolk admire each others work or a new lock is adjusted. 

I'm on coffee duty and it is proving a little trying. There are a lot of puffed out chests and mutterings of 'this type of thing never happens here'. I've escaped for a while to play bloggy catch up = hope you are all well x 

Monday, 21 November 2016

There may be trouble ahead

Hello my dears, I've spent this morning trying to work out how to transfer photographs from my new work phone to my computer. It was a trying experience to say the least. My camera is still missing.

My mums funeral went as expected and no pigeons joined us this time. There were a couple of amusing moments which helped the proceedings.

1. We let Rob pick the music and in hindsight I perhaps should have paid more attention. He selected two Elvis Presley songs. The first 'The Wonder of you'. The live version was playing as we entered the crematorium. Mike, Rob, brother in law and nephew wheeled my mothers coffin in. Just as they reached the undertakers there was a round of applause coming from the CD which was playing. There were quite possibly a few whoops and cheers too, I'm not 100% sure as I was desperately trying not to giggle as I walked to my seat. I am more than sure that there were a few cold glares from my brother and sister. 

2. More desperately snuffled sniggers when the reflective music was playing. I heard my elderly aunts in the background discussing how long they thought they had left and were living on borrowed time.

3. Robs beautifully written eulogy. He also read the eulogy at my dads funeral last year. My wonderful son with his deep Welsh accent.

4. Rob had selected 'Always on my Mind' as the last piece of music. It was also played a little too loudly and while waiting for the undertaker to give the signal to leave I had no alternative but listen to the words. They were particularly apt.

5. My very favourite part of the day and a memory which brings me great delight each time I recall it. I was sat quietly sipping my gin and tonic. It was quite possibly a treble from my brother - he's a bit of a prat like that. All of a sudden my brother in law plonked himself down heavily in front of me. He can be pompous and overbearing 96% of the time.

"You can put the house up for sale in January and sort your mums affairs out"

"Excuse me" I replied sweetly peering over my glasses and at the same time keeping a firm grip on my glass as not to whack it on the table and then jab him with a shard of broken glass. 

" Get it all sorted and then divide it into three"

With more sweetness I replied along the lines with 'I will sort the estate out in my own sweet time, has nothing to do with you what so ever and to remove himself from my line of vision before I forgot I was a lady', Pompous pillock there will indeed be trouble ahead and not for me!

Excuse the photographs they were recovered from my phone, I really cannot find my camera. I've been making project bags and having a fine old time too. I have so much time now to do things for me.

Not sure why this is wider but look Poinsettias with glitter! I planted three in a ceramic pot. 

A final thought to make you all giggle.

I spent yesterday in A&E with Mike. He stupidly managed to cut through his thumb. He was sharpening a carving knife for the joint of meat. I don't tend to supervise this activity as Mike can gt a little too theatrical. I don't eat meat so was reading a book whilst waiting for my stuffed mushroom. I was completely engrossed in my book and missed most of the commotion.
 He let me unwrap the tea towel from his thumb (feel free to imagine the dead pan expression on my face) after dinner. I then ordered the pillock into the car. The prat had managed to nearly cut through one of his tendons! He has an operation this week to repair the damage but is happily sat at the table with his jigsaw as I type.  

Right I shall love you and leave you on this rather grim day. I'm pondering what variety of carrots to grow next year I might do the mixed colours pack. x 

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Winter link up project

Thank you for your lovely kind words yesterday and understanding. 

I'm asking for forgiveness too as these are last months photographs. My camera is hiding somewhere and I hope to find it soon. 

My hat is a little further on. Really I just need an evening free to finish it but I've misplaced the pattern and I have some swap gifts to finish off first.

I have pieced together the blocks for my epp quilt. The above box is actually Septembers. I managed to glue Octobers box and sort each block into little bags this morning. That will keep me busy next week. I'm actually off next week and Mike is too. Christmas shopping it is then!

I really need to find that camera, I've ran out of wool for my granny square blanket. For now you will have to imagine a huge granny square. I have used about 12 colours and doubled up the rows apart from two colours which are just a single row. I have followed this for three repeats and only have about eleven rows left. I shall place an order for the colours I'm running out of. I've really enjoyed making this blanket, so so simple, squishy and warm. I promise to put a proper photo up next month. 

Apart from several wips and swap projects that's me!

Joining in with Jennifer's Winter Project Link Party. Pop over and take a look x 

Monday, 7 November 2016

And breathe

Hello, goodness I really have been missing in action. 

After more than four weeks in hospital my mum passed away last Thursday at 4 am. Mike was with me. Just as well really as I ahem slept through the event itself. He said he tried to wake me with a loud whisper but decided to get a nurse before scampering back to wake me up properly. 

Even though they were hoping to discharge her to a community hospital for rehabilitation she took a turn for the worse last Sunday and after being summoned that morning it is where I stayed until she passed away.

While naturally I miss her I am greatly relieved to have my life back and I make no apology for that. Both my parents were deeply unhappy people, disliked each other, suspicious of other people, vindictive and very inward looking. They were however excellent grandparents who deeply and unconditionally loved their grandchildren and this love was returned back to them. 

It is this that I choose to focus on. I made the decision a long long time ago I never wanted to be like my parents. I know how lucky I am to have Mike and my children with the laughter and closeness which was lacking from my childhood. 

I have no grief as such, just a sense of sadness of two lives wasted due to choosing to fill them with unhappiness. 

I've often wondered where my strong sense of spirit came from. The ability to face up to what life throws in my way. I came face to face with it Wednesday evening when my ninety year old aunt barged her way through to the room where my mum was. There was no holding her back at 9 pm!

She looked at her youngest sister who was in a coma and bellowed 'Well the smoking never helped did it' Erm quite possibly not but it isn't the reason she is like this.  My aunt then proceeded to tell us about how she dismantled her mower that day as it wasnt working properly. It was a slightly surreal hour which I spent trying not to laugh. I did laugh after she left and Mike remarked 'I've just met you forty odd years on'!

So that my dears is me. I have an afternoon of sewing planned and some bloggy catch up this morning x 

Monday, 17 October 2016

Light at the end of the tunnel - I think!

It feels like I'm missing in action but I will return.

A small update I contacted social services over my mum a couple of weeks back. They were sufficiently concerned for them to meet me at my mums house within an hour.

A senior social worker and a crisis intervention nurse met me and were so concerned with the state of mum that they phoned through to 999. They are also putting in a complaint against the Dr I called out to assess my mum the week previous.

That has pretty much been my life for the past two weeks. At first the medical team thought she was suffering from early onset dementia but she didn't fall into any of the symptom categories. She has had nearly every medical test going and thankfully isn't suffering from anything sinister. She has caught a serious infection whilst in hospital (as you do) which has caused a setback. The team now think she was and still is suffering from delirium. Yesterday was particularly bad, even I was concerned and it takes a lot for me to get concerned. 

Thankfully she seems to have turned a corner and once she is medically fit will be transferred to the local cottage hospital for rehabilitation. 

Which I will be grateful for - the two and a half extra hours spent travelling and visiting are starting to take their toll. I do have Friday evenings off though. 

I will be back blogging within a few weeks I'm sure, fingers crossed I may be able to do a proper post at the weekend.

I've been reading your blogs in work where unfortunately I can't leave comments but I am still around. Take care xx

Monday, 3 October 2016

Winter Project 2016

Jennifer over at Thistlebear is hosting this lovely event again. I enjoyed taking part last year even though I'm pretty sure I didn't participate each month. 

It's a lovely idea where we share the crafty items that we are working on and runs from October through to March.

So this is what I'm working on - 

My winter hat. The first of many I hope but not in this yarn as it was quite expensive. The yarn is alpaca and is sold by my new local yarn shop. The alpacas are within a few miles of my house and the yarn shop and then the yarn is actually spun within 35 miles. As soon as I read about it I knew I wanted some. The alpacas are a family group and my hat yarn is from the daddy 'Diamond Geezer' I also have one yarn cake from the daughter 'Peggy'. I really want another of Peggy to make a cowl. The yarn is like knitting with a cloud,  it is the softest squishiest thing possible! 

My quilt - this is a monthly subscription box and I received my ninth box last week. It is an EPP quilt containing mainly Liberty fabrics. Its gorgeous! Hopefully this afternoon I shall cut the fabric into the appropriate sizes and glue them to the pieces. I then sort each block pieces into separate bags so I can assemble each block when I have time. A little production line if you will! 

Finally crochet. Mike bought me the attic24 Harmony blanket pack as one of my birthday presents. My siblings gave me some money as well as the promise of afternoon tea from my sister. Naturally I converted this money into more yarn. As if I didn't have enough of the stuff already! 

The harmony pack came with the pattern which is a granny square design. The yarn  I bought is from the new Paintbox range. I did dither between the cotton and acrylic but decided on acrylic as I wanted to make blankets and the dog sheds like crazy! I plumped for three colourways, Fallen Leaves, Wanderlust and Winter Frost. 

I'm thinking of a large granny square from the Fallen Leaves, solid granny squares from Winter Frost and I'm not sure what design to plump for from the Wanderlust. We shall see.

So I have plenty of Wintery projects planned. Hope you do too x 

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Putting on my big girl pants

Trousers actually. Fitted camel coloured ones. They are very grown up looking and quite fitting for a 43 year old head of department. I think they are the most grown up piece of clothing I own. I looked down on them when I wore them in the week and felt very old indeed. 

They were in the sale hence why I bought them, I was actually looking for boots. The boots are a different matter, I wasnt happy shopping for boots. Even less so when I found a pair I thought I might like and assured Mike in a stressed voice that I had no need to try them on that they would do.

Mike sensibly kept his opinion to himself when at home I tried to force my fat little trotters into them and couldn't squeeze them in.  He kindly and quietly took them back and swapped them for the next size up. I tried them on briefly and the zipper couldn't or wouldn't pull up over my leg. You know as your face is meant to sag as you grow older, I strongly suspect that the fat oozes down your body and settles below your knees. I shall try again after before I have a large portion of chocolate fudge cake with squirty cream.

I want to thank you all so so much for your lovely kind thoughts and postings on my last blog post. It is truly a difficult situation to be in trying to care for an extremely selfish person. I deal with it in my normal manner by taking charge and humour. My brother still lives at home and is completely useless and my sister finds the whole situation quite upsetting and can't deal with it. I on the other hand have 'a deal with and get on attitude' which suits me quite well. 

I shall focus on the plus points of my week 

Rocky hound escaped earlier on this week. Rob phoned me just before he was leaving for work in a panic. Luckily a neighbour found Rocky and returned him. Rocky has never run off before and I can only presume he saw a cat as Rob opened the front door. 

I called the doctor out to see mum during the week as she was taking a turn for the worse. Unfortunately mum was at her most lucid. I had hoped they would whisk her away to hospital but she was fully with it and had a lovely conversation with the doctor. The doctor to her credit is concerned and has ordered blood tests and chest x rays and understands the difficulties of dealing with a pensioner who has neither washed or changed for four weeks and cant get out of bed. 

I had the most nearly perfect birthday last Sunday and received lots of lovely presents. Including a bottle of Welsh gin from the dog. I spent the day under a quilt on the sofa with my presents interspersed with three visits to my mums.  

I had cause to remember the time Mike proposed to me. Emma from HandmadeEm recently become engaged whilst on holiday and blogged about it. It was a lovely romantic time for her, Mikes proposal to me wasnt.

I cast my mind back many years ago - we were pondering our future you know the next step Mike had already moved in with me and his house was for sale. I like looking at pretty things and while Mike is extremely generous thoughtful he isn't or romantic come to that. We were perusing jewellery shop windows in Chester and came across the diamond rings. I pointed out an expensive one that I liked. I learnt over the years not to point things out as Mike just buys them without any thought. Any way Mike bought this ring, a beautiful diamond trilogy ring stupidly expensive and I wore it for several days on my  right hand. I received a phone call a few days later from Mike he had realised just how expensive the ring was and perhaps it should be an engagement ring. He took the ring from me later on that week and I excitedly began to think about the big romantic proposal he had planned. Expect it wasnt, he walked into my office one morning with the ring, a bottle of champagne and a bunch of roses. I thought I'd get it out of the way he said - pillock! 

Jo over at Throughthekeyhole is hosting her Twelve days of Christmas swap again, the sign ups are closing on the third or the fourth of this month so sign up quick you might be lucky and get me! I do have a couple of hours of crafty time each evening. Also Jennifer from Thistlebear is hosting her Winter Project link party. I shall be linking up during the week with a quilt and hat I'm making and  quite possibly several blankets with the amount of wool I had for my birthday :)

Well I think that's me up to date no photos or other news I'm sorry oh apart from I have a lovely yellow coat for winter - it's divine - very happy looking. 

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Bits and bobs

I wont be on blogger much over the next few weeks. My mum is slowly passing away and it is starting to take its toll!

The toll being dealing with a mentally competent older person who is actually seriously ill but denies medical intervention. Actually denies there is anything wrong at all, in the fact that she knows there is something wrong but refuses to do anything about it. Bloody selfish really. 

My parents for newer readers were not the best parents, not the worst by a long shot but certainly not the best. They were exemplary grandparents and my main focus at the moment is helping my children deal with this. 

Apologies for any bad grammar or spelling mistakes I'm tired. Dealing with the above, errant siblings, GCSE exam revision (not mine), Mike working away etc etc work isn't too bad.....

Some funny's to brighten this post

I've joined Instagram, quite by mistake may I add. My eldest donated his old Ipad to me and I was messing around one evening. Honestly its that easy.

Mike and I were putting the garden to bed over the weekend. We were (I) cutting one of the shrubs back and discovered oodles of caterpillars on it! I forgot about them until yesterday until my eldest shouted me from upstairs. Please bare in mind that he graduated from uni with honours! Whats this on my bed? Erm caterpillars darling!!! pfft

Its my birthday at the weekend. We have put all major plans on hold no Yarndale or nice days out, Or meals come to that I shall be unjoying Kentucky fried rat at my mothers. She might eat some of it you see (she hasn't for the past 10 days) What the hell i'm going to have from there chips and corn on the cob possibly. I digress Mike has bought me lots of lovely presents I will be well and truly spoilt I've ordered a few of them (on Mikes say so) I placed an order at WoolWarehouse for a blanket pack, some extra wool and while I was at it a couple of Tulip crochet hooks. I wasnt paying, what can I say. Except one of the hooks I have placed in the blanket pack and the other has been squirreld? away with my extra yarn. Bad person Joanne Bad person.

I shall try and remember my blogger password so I can comment in work as it is where I am reading your blogs.

Hope all is well take care xx

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Swap update

Just a quick one as I keep on forgetting to post about the dishcloth swap I took part in recently. 

I've seen this swap for several years now and finally put my name down for it earlier on this year.

Kimberly over at CreativeChaos hosts an annual dishcloth swap. 

I was actually partnered up with Kimberely which was nice so I had a good search through my patterns and looked on raverly for the ideal cloth to knit. 

Pretty isn't it and was actually really quick to knit. Just as well really as I ordered the yarn especially for it and accidentally ordered from America! The yarn is Sugar n Cream and is really nice to knit with.

Along with the dishcloth you include some kitchen bits and some chocolate which I happily did so and off my package went to New Zealand. 

In return Kimberley sent me

The tea is divine, I drink a lot of herbal tea and I think I have three of these left! The sweets are unique to New Zealand I believe and are very different to Cadburys here. Now we all had a good taste and we think they are closely related to smarties. Quite possibly the fatter cousin! 

Right just a quick post from me as the boy was back in school yesterday and I'm still finding my feet. Not that I have a lot to do though to help him on his way though! x

Monday, 29 August 2016

A road long travelled

I'm back in work tomorrow - meh. Mike actually said I could leave if I liked but Harry is off to uni (hopefully) in four years and I like to save more towards that. 

Who knows though in seven years I could retire. Exciting possibilities ahead.

Apart from three years away I've always lived here. I bought a house just round the corner from my parents. Quite a few of my childhood friends did the same and now my youngest son is friends with their children. Some are also in the same year group at school which is nice.

I was very blessed last week as Mike did the majority of the dog walking. I only took Rocky out on Saturday as Mike was fishing. 

Rocky and I almost always take the route above, so close to my house I could almost touch it. The cut off for the primary school is just by the bend in the top photo. The school which my siblings and I attended and our children too. 

This road is still much travelled by us all. My sister lives at the very top out of sight just round the corner.  Harry wanders up and down it each day to meet his friends in the village. They've had a wonderfully idyllic school summer holiday. The group of them tramping up and down the lane and through the fields. It's also the route to and from secondary school if walking.  Similar to me at that age.

They are too old now to find old dens made in the hedgerows, explore the ditches looking for creatures or paddle in the shallow stream. I think they still visit the small wood of which there are two.

Times change of course. The farm is now a farm park, the small field where the best hedges for making dens was sold  and a few houses were built there about 20 years ago. 

Times might change but thoughts seldom do.

"Joanne, where do those little girls I see visiting next door live"?
"In those new houses at the bottom mum"

My thoughts were interrupted as Rocky and I returned from our Saturday morning walk. I spotted three young boys in the middle of the road by the houses. Naturally I knew the boys and how long their families had been living there. Bikes akimbo on the road as is the traditional position here often as goal posts. Never on the pavement and there is always a mad scramble when a car approaches. 

They were looking at something in the middle of the road and as I came into view they looked up at me.
One of the boys I know very well as he is the youngest brother of one of Harry's closest school friends. His father was a childhood friend of mine. This boy has chosen to call me 'Harry's mum'

'Harry's mum Harry's mum there's a frog in the middle of the road'

'Pick him up and put him in the hedge then'

'Ew' said three seven year old boys together then 'Oh no a car is coming, it's going to get squished' - mad scramble to remove bikes.

The frog wasnt squished and after the close escape one of the boys decided he would be brave and pick it up. Except the frog had enough by this time and was unnervingly to the boys hopping off. 
Now they were worried for their new friend so one made a grab for it but really did not like the feeling of the frog and started grimacing. 

I handed Rocky over and the took the frog to put in a place of safety. Rocky was rather exhausted by all this palaver so a short talk on frogs was given and the hound and I returned home for a much deserved rest and treat!  

This is my greenhouse frog - Francis x 

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Treat time!!

In lieu of a holiday away this year due to a mother faffing around(mine) and a reluctant teenager Mike and I have treated ourselves to a stay-cation. 

A whole week away from the office - how blinking divine -smiley face - smiley face. Admitting to the fact that I've cast more than one look at the emails on my phone because a) I'm expecting a couple of important ones from the police and b) one came through about a meeting in London which gives me time to wriggle my way out of it. Another smiley face or three!

We've been out for several nice meals, spent an exorbitant amount on Harry's school uniform. The cost was so scary I declined Mikes kind offer of a visit to Seasalt.  Honestly the cost of buying a uniform for a child who is in adult sizes. Harrumph!!!!

I did however visit the new local yarn shop. Swoony? smiley faces here!

Yarn o'clock is filled to the rafters with British yarn and is absolutely delightful to visit. I have a trip planned for next month. Anne the owner has a little corner where she sits and knits and is so lovely and helpful. 

My loot

The mustard yellow one is WYS 4ply because I have rather fanciful ideas of knitting socks. Ann the owner kindly showed me the magic loop method and after two days of blood sweat and tears have made a good start. 
The rather fancy caterpillars are yarns dyed especially for Yarn O'Clock by Fivemoons. The deep purple is a Tibetan DK is called Vampire's Tipple. Very soft and very squidgy and made from SW Merino, silk and Yak. I have this earmarked for some mittens featured in the autumn edition of  Pom Pom magazine.
The multicoloured yarn is a lace weight as I have even more fanciful idea of knitting a lace shawl. I really am getting above myself. The colours include shades of grey, black, purple, lilac, red and pink and is named Winter.
Can you see the two cream coloured balls or I think cakes are a better word. This really is special stuff. 
Cartref Alpacas is based a few miles away from where I live and a little closer to the shop. It is then spun about 35 miles away. So it really is locally produced yarn. 100% undyed alpaca. I got a little carried away when giving it a good squidge in the shop and picked up a ball of Diamond Geezer (the daddy alpaca and a ball of Peggy (a daughter). Before I visited the shop I knew I wanted to make a hat out of this yarn. Mike very nicely went back to the shop this morning and bought me another cake of Diamond Geezer.I'm going to see if we can visit the place after I've knitted my hat.

Don't feel sorry for Mike, he had a new fishing rod, reel and a tent thing. xx

Monday, 15 August 2016

A small harvest

I picked some runner beans Friday evening. Far too early really but there were two that needed picking so I rummaged through the leaves for some others at a nearly reasonable size. 

There are plenty more to come - thankfully! 

I eked out my pathetic harvest with two asparagus spears. The patch which the asparagus struggled to grow on has been sprinkled with a wild flower mix. So there was no harm in picking the spears this late in the season.

Both boys were out while Mike was making dinner. Duck in orange sauce with dauphinoise potato so Mike and I shared the runner beans between us. The boys weren't left out completely , they had their meal later on accompanied by sliced green beans from the freezer. 

Thursday, 11 August 2016

The greenhouse

I feel more on top of things now I've commented on quite a few blogs and because I enjoyed posting on my own blog yesterday I decided to give it another go. 

We have grown very little out in the open this year. The current design of the veg plot doesn't work very well so it needed to be redesigned. I hope to have the work completed during the next few months but in all honestly I cant see it being done until next year. We are having a new bathroom fitted towards the end of September and Mike has just decided that his car will need new front breaks. He was also muttering about it might need new calipers?? but to be honest I lost interest and have told him to take it to the garage at the weekend. I have a feeling it will be around £300 so no nice new sleepers for my new veg beds just yet.

We are very lucky in that we have a large greenhouse in the garden. Free too which is always nice.  It came with a weather vane, a table and a water butt. It came from just around the corner from where I live and I have happy memories of the kindly chap who used to own it. The poor chap is dead now but he was a lovely, cheerful fellow and I like to think we do his greenhouse justice. 

Mike enjoys growing a wide selection of chilli plants. No idea what he has in there I request that two of them be normal cooking types. The remainder are hot ones which he distributes between friends and work colleagues. 
The greenhouse is also home to a cucumber plant, the cucumelons, five or maybe four tomato plants and a peach tree.

No peaches this year, I accidentally left it out over the winter and nearly killed the poor thing. It has recovered surprisingly well and now resides permanently under cover. The fig tree will join it in a couple of months. About five years I've had the fig tree and the only fruit I've had off it was in the first year. I thought my luck was in this year as it had about fourteen baby fruit on it. Unfortunately they all fell off!

See the bike in it, flaming Mike! A whiff of anything free and he is there like a shot. He visited his brother the other week and noticed the bike had been put out for scrap. He asked if he could take it for Harry who incidentally already has a perfectly good bike. When I commented to Mike (through clenched teeth) why such a grotty thing was in my greenhouse he replied it was an expensive bike when it was first bought. I replied with 'I'm sure it was but your nephew is now in his twenties, it's been rotting at least ten years'! Grrrr xx

Monday, 8 August 2016

Bits and pieces

Oh I've been so busy of late, not the nice ' I've baked lots, gardened lots and made some crafty items'. 
No, busy at work that's me. I've found myself pondering more if I should have given up work when the boys were little like Mike said. Or if I had had my children later on in life instead. Or if I had a job where people likes me. For the record colleagues respect me but I'm not paid to be liked. 
Meh - excuse my miserableness I'm tired - really tired, work really has been overwhelming but we are off in a couple of weeks and have a few fun things planned. Including a visit to a brand new local wool shop!!! I'm excited about that one, Mike isn't. 

Anyhoo some photographs taken from my extended bloggy break when I was too tired to turn on the laptop at night, I am so behind with your blogs apologies, apologies.  

I sent my swap parcel over to Australia (nearly cried at the postage)

We have tomatoes in the greenhouse. I think these are 'Black Russian'. We also have Sungold of which I tried three! One after several glasses of wine, the second was a sober test to make sure I don't like tomatoes and the third was a tiny one the other day. I can confirm that I do not like tomatoes!

There are some courgettes somewhere in this photo. It's a trailing variety of which the name escapes me. I should google for you but I need to go o the local shop shortly and I'm still in my dressing gown. Harry requires his pocket money in cash and I require some breakfast pastries. Also some peppers for tonight dinner. 

Cucamelons, is that the correct spelling? See above for reasons for not googling the spelling. I love these, definitely on the list for next year. They rarely make it to the house. 

Goodness this is an awful photo isn't it. I was trying to capture just how pretty my runner bean structure looks. It is also entwined with sweet peas and borage. It really is very lovely in real life. Set against a background of raspberries. I nearly fell into the raspberries the other day. The Red Arrows were at Hawarden Friday and Saturday. I was stood on a garden chair trying to spot them. Alas I never did although I did hear them take off. That's when I nearly came a cropper. They flew over the house last year, quite low down in formation. I was all of a quiver I can tell you. The sky looks kind of blue doesn't it? It is actual steel grey, my walk to the shop will be fun!

Erm I finished my crochet cardigan thing from the first issue of Crochet now.

I sewed the first half up when I was nice and relaxed (what you see above is when I sewed the second half up)

I was tired not concentrating so sewed it up inside out. I've bundled it into the wardrobe until I can be bothered to unpick.

Please excuse the grubby walls, we are in decorating mode here. The Royal we of course. A new bathroom is being fitted next month too.  Oh what fun pfft!!!

Mike was perusing facebook last night and I was perusing possible treasures to buy as payday is coming up (for me).

He was giggling at a meme someone had posted of a 'bitchy resting face' he turned to me and remarked 'You don't have a bitchy resting face'. 'Thank you  darling' I said in return. ' No' he said 'You have a quivering I've seen something that somebody has and am busy searching Etsy, NotontheHighstreet, or wherever else to see if I can buy it after Mike leaves the house for work kind of face'

How rude! I was actually searching for gnome candles! 

Enjoy your day all she says hoping to catch up today! xx

Monday, 4 July 2016

This and that, that and this

The sun was shining yesterday with blue sky accompanying it. Honestly I'm not lying.
We celebrated by sitting in the garden with tea and biscuits. 

Admired the bees and flowers and unfinished patio I also ignored the dust and muddy floors in the house too. Mike is able to permanently ignore such things. 

Rocky hound had a nose over the fence into the field. 

I did a spot of crocheting and finished my knitted dishcloth for a swap

I've been scaring the neighbours by gathering soft fruit every morning for my breakfast shake. I add a sprig of mint too.

Tayberries, blackcurrants, strawberries, mint, spinach, banana, chia seeds and some strange cereal stuff from Holland and Barrett, It looks like pureed liver. 

Mike decided on a sort out the other week and sent me disapproving looks after stacking my craft bits in one place. 

Disclaimer golf clubs and ladder are not mine nor are the curtains - Mike is decorating Harry's room. I got more disapproving looks when he took delivery of more yarn. In my defence it was for a project. 

Mike mowed the lawn yesterday and went over an anthill. In all honestly the grass had shot up with all the rain we have had. I'm surprised he didn't mow down a tribe of pygmies. I spent a fascinating half hour kneeling on the lawn watching the ants move the eggs and repair the nest. 

I'm trying to catch up with your posts I have been avidly reading whilst in work so am up to date with your news.  I've mostly stayed away from the fall out after the referendum. It wasnt my choice to leave Europe but living in an area which has been overwhelmed with immigration the result wasnt all too surprising. Are you all well I do hope so. xx