Friday, 17 April 2015

Stitching, Knitting, Crochet, Garden & Cats, Phew!

DH has been at home all week, his latest job, a holiday park is finished and there is nothing starting again just yet.   Me, I've been at work in the mornings leaving him having a lie-in.  I think his days have consisted of a walk to the shop to get the paper, tea and toast, reading the paper, more tea and generally waiting for me to come back home at lunch time, lol

I must admit that I'm ready for some alone time, having him around home all the time is not what I'm used too.

The weather has been glorious and we have tried to make the most of it by getting in the garden.  We bought a new patio set, so hopefully the weather will hold out long enough for us to sit out and enjoy it.


We made a trip to the garden centre and bought a couple of new plants for tubs and came across a tiered planter on sale so that came home with us to.




And Mark cleaned the shed out, got rid of all the junk we had accumulated in the short time that we've been here and gave it a spruce up, and of course I had to 'pretty it up' by hanging some bunting :-)



We have plans to get rid of this shed next year, we have been looking at summer houses but need to get inside the house finished first.

This is looking from Stevie's bedroom window.
Please excuse the green garden bin, I really should find
somewhere else to hide it.


It hasn't been a week for starting new projects, but I did finish the last of the PS Redwork Santa's last Sunday....Yayyyy, three are already made up, all I have to do now is make the last three up.  It could be a while before that particular miracle takes place ;)


I finally finished the granny stripe blanket which I had abandoned in favour of something new.  I'm pleased with how this one came out.



The cable blanket I was knitting for a work colleague has been finished and gifted, she seemed happy with it :-)
(excuse the crappy photo, it was still being blocked here)


And something new I started a month or so ago but had forgotten to share.
A blanket for Autumn.  I know, I know, we haven't even had summer yet, but I'm thinking It may just be finished in time for Autumn  if I started early enough :-)


The lovely weather has bought more life to the garden, I'm really enjoying seeing all the different plants and shrubs coming to life.  I've been having difficulty settling into this house to tell the truth, I know I will feel better when we have put more of our stamp on it, but for now the garden is making me feel better :-)

The Pieris has really come to life



The Camelia is flowering lovely



Hostas, Mark hates these plants, I love them, if you have been reading my blog a while you will know I have 2 giant tubs of these and I LOVE them.
(Unfortunately so do the slugs and snails)



Millie, wondering if she can climb that tree :-)


Molly, who has no interest what so ever in anything
as energetic as climbing trees :-)


Well that's my weekly round up, there is a nice glass of wine with my name on it so I'm going to put my feet up.

Until next time
-X-

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

A Lovely Easter

Well the Hen Party date rolled round pretty quickly, you think you have ages to get something done then wham! you're there!!

Friday night was the Greek meal night, all but one person turned up so that was a relief.
With Stevie's help I managed to get all the part bags sorted, I put her in charge of decorating them while I finished off the brooches, which, if I do say so myself turned out ok :-)


They ended up taking far longer than I expected, and I was so glad when they were finished and the bags were filled.


It was a typical Greek night, the food was fantastic and there was dancing and plate smashing thrown in too, the restaurant is only small and has a really nice atmosphere, the staff get everyone up and dancing and joining in so that it becomes like one big party.



Saturday morning we had to be up bright and early to get the train to London.
The trip wasn't without it's dramas, Joanne is our drama queen, always has been and we really didn't expect to go the whole weekend without one, thankfully she got it out of the way on Saturday evening so that we could enjoy our afternoon tea at the Savoy :-)





Finger sandwiches for the first course, scones with jam and cream second course, plates were re-filled as soon as they were empty, as was your tea cup :-)


There was a choice of afternoon tea or high tea.
Jenny and Joanne opted for afternoon tea so the third course consisted of a selection of French pastries


 Me and Stevie had the high tea, so our third course was brioche with salmon and egg, OM Goodness it was so lovely!!


 The final course was yet more cake, this time a choice of one of their signature cakes, I had rum & raisin and the girls had carrot cake, again both cakes were to die for.

We had to go in the M&M shop of course!


This bus made me feel old, I remember going to school on a bus just like this, lol


And the most beautiful bridge in the world, (well I think so).



I love everything about London, every time I go I am always amazed.
The old blending with the new


We walked from the Savoy all the way to Saint Paul's passing St Brides in Fleet Street on the way, did you know that this building was the inspiration for the tiered wedding cake?


The blue chicken in Leicester Square has been replace by a dinosaur.


HMS Belfast.

Old and new again

We walked so much this weekend but it was worth the aching legs :-)

Easter Monday was a beautiful day, the warmest this year so far, t shirt weather :-)
and the garden is finally showing signs of life, this is the first time we have seen the garden at this time of year and I'm pleased to see so much yellow.



And lots of purple too, this is sprouting up all over.


Some things are almost in flower



And some things are well on their way



The prickly one I almost dug up because I don't like where it is has the most beautiful and unusual flower


A little closer, they look like sprouts, lol


 I treated myself to this miniature rose last week, I like to have flowers in my bedroom and I thought this was a perfect alternative to keep buying fresh flowers, I think once it's finished flowering I will be able to put it in the garden too


The flower head is beautiful, and I do prefer this or yellow roses to the more traditional red.

As the weather was so good on Monday we had a little Easter egg hunt in the garden for Oliver


He had fun looking for the little bunnies I had hidden around the garden, and once he discovered that where there was a bunny there was also a chocolate egg there was no stopping him, lol




I hope the weather has been kind to you too and you have had a blessed Easter.

Until next time

-X-

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