Sunday, 18 March 2018

Here We Go Again !!!

 You know how it is when you have a few things that just want finishing off but you can't seem to settle to them. You browse through pictures that you have saved thinking "one day"

Well, that day came to pass. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

I spotted a quilt done in blues and creams and thought how good it would look in scrap colours - so off I went and cut some of the 800+ squares needed for the HST's. I haven't counted them yet but I may have done a few too many ๐Ÿ™„

 I then spent several hours marking the diagonal on the light sqaures
 Only to remember that I have a 'gadget' to save this step of the process ๐Ÿ˜ง
Hey Ho!  I've started so I'll finish - more pressing is required and then I can start the construction of some of the blocks. 

And I won't tell you about the box of ready made HST's I came across when tidying up ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿคฆ 

I went off to my Crochet Class with a new project in mind and it may have taken me
 ALL MORNING to get this far, I am thrilled that it looks just as it should do so it seems that I may have learned something after all ๐Ÿ˜‰

 We were due "down south' on Saturday to oversee childcare whilst Mummy and Daddy went off to London for a treat. However Little Miss O had been poorly all week with a raging temperature, so we went a couple of days early to cover whilst Mummy went to work.

Best way to get a temperature down?

Why a paddle in the sea of course!!
 It was such a beautiful day we spent several hours on the beach with a picnic lunch

Nourishing bag of Monster Munchies and a rest
And then of course the obligatory Ice Cream
 Before heading back home for tea
I told her not to get her trousers wet!!
 There is much discussion amongst my offspring regarding the merits of my Childcare .  DD says she does not question their safety but has doubts regarding their dignity ๐Ÿ˜ฒ
 Anyway, we had a lovely day and all bugs have been banished.
It was a bit of a shock the following morning to wake to sub zero temperatures and some of THIS!! 

What a difference a day makes !!

 And talking weather.....  
Remember me telling you what fabulous weather we had on our January stay in Portugal?  

Well earlier this month, Little Miss E took her first flight to the same destination  

Well to say that their experience weather was not as favorable as we had experienced

They arrived just after a terrific storm which took the beach from this

to this

The sand has started to return slowly - hopefully this idyllic beach will return to its former glory before we return later in the year.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Rejuvination Required

 So we headed off to a little village in Portugal in the hopes of seeing a bit of blue sky instead of the awful grey that January usually brings

 But we certainly did not expect it to be so warm !!!

Many miles were walked

 and many hills climbed
 with maybe some indulgence at the end

 we did have one morning of rain, but that cleared by early afternoon so we decided to take a trip down the coast to Sagres (known as Sagres -The End of The World) to visit the fort there. This fort only has one wall, as the towering cliffs on three sides provide a very natural fortification. 
through the Fortress gates
 A fabulous walk of probably a mile and a half around the cliff edge 

Standing atop the Wall toward the rest of Portugal

to the west the waves came crashing against the cliffs, making so much noise it was hard to hear yourself speak.

There was a pretty little church perched upon the cliffs, built by Prince Henry the Navigator  in 1459

 There is not much else in Sagres, but it was well worth the visit to the Fort. And a really cheap afternoon at €4.50 entry fee for the two of us!

Because of the good weather I didn't get much of the planned knitting done
2 weeks worth!
But I did read 5 books

And after thinking about it for a few days
I decided to take the plunge and went swimming in the Atlantic!!

It was wonderful, and I'm sure it was just as warm as when we visited in September. 

Back home and a Birthday treat for a friends "Special"birthday

 These little beauties happened upon whilst out walking

 This beauty greeted our return. I had thought that it would have been and gone by the time we came home.

 And can you see the second spike peaking through?

 I did at last get on with my Mini Mania Challenge which was to be revealed at the end of February.
A Medallion quilt this time.
 The centre square measures ¾" and I admit is somewhat wonky, I found it was too small to hold onto as it fed under the machine foot!
But I carried on regardless and my finished mini masures 15¾" 
 I have made some samples reday for the workshop at my LQG in March
 24 of the Drainage bags made and delivered to my local Breast Cancer unit

 started and finished an Aran jacket for Little Miss E ready for her holiday this week (though I fear we may have used all the sunshine up ๐Ÿ˜ฆ)

 The snow that has been coming in fits and starts (we may have missed the worst of this) didn't stop a (rather long) train journey down to Gatwick Airport to catch up with Sister 3 who was in transit from America to France. A short reunion but it was so nice to suprise her

waiting on the train at Blackfriars station with Tower Bridge in the distance.
 The snow has arrived so I MUST get on with something productive.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

2017 Round Up

 It's not that I have been idling my time away during the past 6 weeks

Had some Christmas sewing to finish up

Started these ..... ages ago
 Then there was the Birthday cake for little Miss  and 12 dozen Mince pies (in the first batch!!)

 And a Santa painting session with my girlies

 Some Childcare commitments down 'Sarf
 Where Pooh Sticks is always a favourite

 And then the un-damming of the stream because the sticks got rather large ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ

The receipt of my Designer badge from the Brownies ( for my work in repairing and remaking the dress for Big Duck )
So proud๐Ÿ˜Š
A lovely surprise parcel (that you know is going to be good when the first thing you see is a box of Betty's tea) from a friend made over on Instagram 

 Never actually met this lovely lady but looks at the goodies that she sent!

 The opening of this years Advent Calendar sent from my lovely baby sister

And then four extra adults and three children (under 4) spent 5 days with us, just before Christmas !!

It was lovely, noisy, exhausting and lovely.

When they all went off to the in- laws on Christmas Eve,  a quick blitz on the house and a couple of hours just staring at the walls ๐Ÿ’†before a quiet Christmas day for us.

Boxing Day saw a jaunt over to Naseby to view the Civil War Battlefield

 A cold but beautiful and very interesting day that is right on our door step!

 Then a sorting of fabrics for a gift for Sister 2

Then we were at New Year!  More childcare whilst the young 'un's partied
and a visit to the coast to return said littlies
 A lovely meal on the sea front
 with desert of course
 And then a nice walk on the longest pleasure pier in the world
 half way!!
 But we made it to the end, despite the changeable weather

 As a child, I was always afraid of waking on a pier. I was terrified that I would fall through the gaps and have many pictures of me clinging to my Dad's neck.
It still makes me nervous!!!
 Then back up the promenade and home for a cuppa
the Pier in the distance

We live about as far away from the sea as anywhere in the UK but water featured a lot during another long walk this season
The river running very high
and some flooding

And the sewing?  Twin bed runners. All done and dusted

All using scraps

 Both with pieced backs

A sort out of more scraps to be sent off to a friend
tidies my box up a bit ๐Ÿ˜‰

 And the runners all wrapped and in my suitcase ready for delivery ....... soon.