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Thursday, 18 October 2018

It's been all about the cake this week

I haven't really had the time or the inclination to write a post for the last month.  
I do want to keep this blog of mine going, if only for a record of what i'm up to as it's nice to look back on, so here i am again with a catch up of this past week.

Yesterday was Oliver sixth birthday and as he is into Halloween I made him a spider cake with Halloween sweets inside.



It wasn't perfect, I just winged it with the decorations after looking at some pictures on Google, but Oliver was well impressed,  but then, six year olds don't tend to look too closely for imperfections and mistakes do they?

We also had our Macmillan Coffee Morning at work on Monday, so my Sunday was spent mostly in the kitchen.



There was only myself and two other ladies who volunteered to make anything, it's surprising how some people suddenly become good at avoidance tactics when they think they might be asked to contribute something Isn't it?

I made the cupcakes, carrot cake and pastries, another made a Victoria sponge and the third made some bacon pastries, which went down really well, as you might expect.

We are still selling the coffee pods for the fancy coffee machine we have in the kitchen, and the game card is still running until Friday to guess the length of the veggie roll, I'm hoping to catch people to collect their change when they order their Friday breakfast sandwiches, again, getting people to make a small donation, even when it's for such a good cause is harder work than you think, but I'll be rattling the collection box at them anyway and counting our total on Friday lunchtime.

See you soon with another catch-up post :-)

Take care
-X-

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

In the making

Everything I'm making at the moment is at the 'almost' finished or 'needs to be fully finished' stage,  then there are the projects that have been started but were abandoned in favour of new starts, (most probably the ones that are almost finished!!).
 I suppose that's the downside of starting too many things.

Arthur's cardigan needs sewing up


Bonnie's cardigan needs the last bit of sleeve knitting


Dolls blanket about half done

Bonnie's Christmas stocking.
I really need to get this done very soon!
There is just the bottom border and her name to add to the top and the charms to add.


Two Christmas ornaments, one for my tree and Arthur's first Christmas ornament.
Stitching is all done on these they just need finishing into ornaments.



Projects put to one side.

A scarf I started early in the year
I still like this and want to finish it, scarves can get a bit boring though can't they?


My cotton summer top.
I still love this too, so do want to finish it.


Then there are the two pairs of socks I started



I really really want to knit socks and eventually these will get finished I suppose, I find them so fiddly though.

Then there is the Crofter blanket I started.
I found this out just a few days ago, I've done about 30 squares, I think the pattern calls for 80 square but I'm just using up the yarn I've got.


And the scrappy blanket
 (Although this one I can be forgiven for because I am using up scraps)


I could probably definitely find a few more cross stitch pieces in the drawer upstairs which I started and put to one side, plus, there are at least two pieces that are more than half way done that i'm almost certain I will never finish and what do I do with with those??

I don't want to carry lots of WIP's into next year, I would like to start the year with a clean slate, (realistically that's not going to happen!) but having lots of things on the go like this does make me feel uncomfortable and a bit overwhelmed.  

It's hard isn't it not to get distracted by new things to make, especially when there are so many lovely projects posted on blogs and Instagram, not to mention those on Podcasts!!

So what do you do?  Do you stay faithful to one project or just have a couple on the go at a time?  Or are you like me get carried away with starting something new?

-X-

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

The Birthday Girl

Last Sunday was Bonnie's 1st birthday.



Joanne made Bonnie's In The Night Garden cake herself

I think she made a really good job too :-)








She is so happy and funny, she is a joy and makes us laugh with her funny little ways.

She loves little Arthur


And isn't afraid to show it lol


And she melts my heart when she comes crawling to me saying "Nanna, Nanna"

Before we had grandchildren I used to imagine them running in shouting Nanna, and how good that would be.

But no amount of imagining could have prepared me for that feeling when it actually happens, no words can describe it, it's simply the best thing in the world.

-X-

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Fantastic views and a bike ride - Cornwall Part Four

Feeding the piggies on Thursday morning.  I must admit I've taken quite a liking to these pigs :-)

As well as the normal animal feeding on Thursday morning the kids got to groom and walk the pony around the field too.




After second breakfast, (for Oliver anyway) we decided to walk into Padstow.  It's about 2 miles from the farm over the fields and down the lanes and out onto the Camel Trail 


 Below, Padstow in the distance, the tide was out on our walk down


And was in by the time we were walking back again


Oliver enjoyed going through the kissing gates and over the styles







Oliver the scarecrow!


We had a quick stop off in Padstow for lunch and found the welly dog! 


Then we hired some bikes to ride the Camel Trial. 
Oliver can't ride a bike on his own yet so Mark had him on a hook-up.




 


I haven't got a photo of me on my bike, but I was right behind them, lol
We rode from Padstow to Wadebridge, 5 3\4 miles and It was such good fun, I don't know who had the most fun, me or Oliver, lol but I can tell you that It was me who ached the most after!

That day we walked 4 miles to Padstow and back, and rode 11 and a half miles, from Padstow to Wadebridge and back, both me and Mark clocked well of 18,000 steps not counting the peddling!!

Boy did we know about it by the time we got back to the caravan, but it was worth it for the experience, the fantastic views and the smile on Oliver's face.



For me this was the best day of the holiday.

-X-