Wednesday, 24 September 2014

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Sunday, 21 September 2014

Crafty Makes For Autumn

We've had some lovely Autumn sunshine today, I took these two photos on my lunch time walk today.

Because we have had very little rain the leaves are lovely and crisp.


I spotted these mushrooms on a grass verge.


I've been getting my garden ready too with some Mums and Pansies,purchased from Aldi last week




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I hinted a couple of posts ago that I had been working on something for Autumn, I'm so pleased with this, do you want to see?

Pompoms!!


As you can see, it's now hanging on my front door and It makes me smile every time I see it :-)


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I came across this next Autumn decorating idea a few weeks ago while browsing and thought it was lovely.


Quick and easy, the hardest part was finding an orange candle!
very simple but effective :-)
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I'm pleased to say that my hospital appointment with that camera last week went well, doctor said he thinks its a case of IBS but will do a scan of the right hand side just to make sure everything is ok there too.  I will probably have to wait a few weeks for that appointment to come through.
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That's all from me today, next week we are on a count down to our holiday, I will try to get a quick update in before we go as I seem to be on a roll with posting at the moment :-)

Thanks for visiting me today.

Until next time

-X-

Sunday, 14 September 2014

A Week Off Work

This past week I've been on annual leave from work, we haven't been away, it was just nice to spend time at home.  The first two afternoons I had Oliver as Jenny was at work, on Wednesday I had a lovely day in Cheltenham, DH had to go there for a meeting and I spend the day looking round the shops. It's a nice town with a lovely variety of shops and, I managed to find a wool shop, Budget Wools.  Lots of choice, and of course I came out with a bag full of goodies :-)

As the day worn on on Thursday I developed a stinking cold, sneezing, eyes and nose streaming, it came out of the blue as I felt fine until lunch time!  Not what you want when you have time off, so by mid afternoon I was tucked up on the sofa feeling sorry for myself.  

I bought tickets for the Great British Food Festival many months ago now and Saturday was the event day at Ragley Hall.  We had a lovely day out, there were lots of different foods to try and things going on.

A Man V Food Challenge

Some delicious cakes and fudge (all of which we resisted!)

There was a 'Cake Off'
Bake a traditional Victoria Sponge cake, 50% of the marks from judges and 50% for the general public.  I so wanted to enter this but really didn't feel up to baking a cake the day before, perhaps next year I will enter.


 Some interesting burgers on offer.

Later we took a walk round the lovely gardens

 We took Oliver with us for the day, he had a great time running round the large grounds.


But didn't know quite what to make of the statues, lol




We had afternoon tea on the terrace

Where there was a very cheeky peacock, which Oliver insisted on running round after and calling a chicken, lol

The view from the terrace, (DH and Oliver on the steps)

Our afternoon tea also gave us entrance to the State Rooms

I LOVED the library, what a wonderful room!

You couldn't actually go into this room, just view from the doorway.


Ragley Hall is still a family home to 9th Marquess and Marchioness of Hertford and their 4 children,  we were told that some of the rooms are used by the family therefore there are personal things like family photographs in most of the rooms.




We should really visit more stately homes, it's wonderful to see how the other half live!

I have one more day off work, and to hopefully get rid of this dam cold, then back to work on Tuesday.  On Wednesday I have a hospital appointment, to have a camera in a place where the sun don't shine,  :-0 ......I think that's all the information you need on that, lol.  Needless to say I will be glad when it's done.

Thank you for taking the time to read my ramblings. 
Until next time
-X-

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Crochet, Garden & the Beginings of a Pantry

How time flies, can you believe we have been in our new home a month now?  I have no idea where those weeks went.  We have unpacked most of our stuff, but as we have a few jobs to do around the place there are still things in the garage, some things I might not have room for or need, this house is a bit smaller, still large
for a semi but it's from the 1950's rather than 1901, so totally different in respect of room size.  On the whole I like it, it's easier to keep clean / do house work and keep warm, but there are some things that I'm not getting on with too well.  I miss my old kitchen and my cooker,  and the bath is small, it's a good job none of us are on the larger side otherwise we would be in danger of getting our backside stuck, lol but that was always on the list to be changed anyway so we just need time.
On the plus side we now have a drive to pull onto instead of fighting for a parking space :-) and the garden is nice, and I have a nice view of it from the kitchen window :-)


Our bedroom is in the process of being decorated, well, I've stripped the wallpaper at least, we decided to have new windows so it may be a few weeks before that can be finished, and this week we have started to give the pantry a make over.  The pantry might seem a strange place to start but I wanted more space for food storage and shelves put in, (there was a very old wall cupboard in there which was absolutely no use at all) so hopefully what we have done will make it a more usable space.

Here's some'Man at work' photos

Pantry in progress


The shelves will be painted white, and you know who will have that job, right? lol


Mark said, 'oh my god when he saw the wall paper :-) I wanted to see something pretty when I opened the door, lets face it, Mark won't go into the pantry that often!

So while Mr Fix It was busy doing his builder thing in the pantry I offered to do the lawns and tidy the garden up.
Usually he is responsible for the mowing and I will take care of the planting (i.e. the harder work, lol) but today I got to play with the 'big boys toys' :-)
I haven't really had a lot of time to spend in the garden, there are lots of different plants and bushes some I have absolutely no idea what they are, others need cutting back and there are probably plants that are yet to show, so I don't want to go digging around and clearing too much until we have seen what comes up, I'm just going to clear / pull up what I know for certain are weeds and deal with anything else next year.

The garden is split into patio then two lawn areas which are separated by a deep boarder, I was concentrating on the second lawn area furthest from the house as this needed some shrubs cutting back and weeding.

Looking better after the tidy up

Looking very green!



This is looking towards the furthest end of the garden from the lawn nearest the house, this boarder needs a major clean-up.

And this is the lawn nearer to the house, with the left hand boarder cleared but again the area to the right needs a good old clear-out.


There is a huge Pieris in the centre of this lawn, well over 5 foot tall, I'm hoping it will be a glorious red when it starts to turn :-)


I tell you, when I got up this morning I was aching in places I didn't know I'd got from all that garden work yesterday! Better than any gym workout :-)

I'm still enjoying crocheting when I can sit down for a while, It's so much easier to pick up and do a bit rather than getting all the equipment out needed to stitch and, looking round at charts I'm  not getting the same feeling as I used too, It's a phase, I know I will stitch again, just not at the moment.

So this is what I've been crocheting:
A blanket for my great Nephew.  He saw a blanket that my sister (his Nan) had done and he asked if he could have one too.  She had just started one for my mum so I said I would start one for him and perhaps Nan would carry on with it.  He's only 5, he must have taken a shine to the bright colours:-)


More bunting made too, this one is for someone who expressed an interest in the last one I made and wanted some for her camper-van and  maybe will want more to sell in her shop.  I've still got to put this one together and attach the pompoms.


Trying out some circles, I have plans for a cushion...eventually


And some new yarn purchased, I love Cath Kidston and was trying to put together something that would resemble CK colours, I would appreciate your opinions on how my choice works, I'm trying to be more colour aware but it's hard, for me anyway.


Do you think it needs white? or any other colour?

I've also been playing around with pompoms and making something that I'm absolutely in love with, it's autumn related so I'm going to keep you in suspense just a little longer :-)

Thank you for visiting my rather long catch-up :-)

Until next time
-X-

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

We're On The Move :-)

At last, after many months of waiting we are finally on the move :-)
We got notification late yesterday afternoon that contracts had been exchanged.

We are all packed up and ready to go, tomorrow morning at 8am the removal van will arrive and load up all our belongings. 
It all feels a little un-real still after waiting so long, we sold our house right at the end of January and never thought it would take as long as this to move.

Still, it's happening, and after all the low points of last year.  

This time last year was a particularly bad time, and there were times when I didn't think I would get through it, but I did, we did, and if anything it made us realise what we had, what we still wanted and what we didn't want to loose.  

We have already made so many changes in the last 12 months, good things, this move is just the topping and we are both so excited to be making a new home together.

-X-

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Good News and Sweet Kitties

We may be able to complete the house sale/purchase on the 22nd.
so yayyy the end is in sight.  the first one in the chain is going in to sign his contract tomorrow and fingers, (and toes) crossed that the solicitors can do their thing and make it happen.

I'm sure you will all be glad when i stop banging on about house sales and post about something more interesting.  Unfortunately there is not a lot interesting going on except packing, phone calls and endless talk of moving!  I was awake at 3am this morning with house stuff going round in my head....not good.

Another thing you will be glad of is the last of my holiday photos, just indulge me this last time, they are cute kitties so I hope I am forgiven  :-)
Santorini Cats











See ,told you they were cute :-)
Until next time
Goodnight
-X-

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