Friday, 29 January 2010

Awww Diddums!

My Brave Little Soldier!

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Lacking a Little Zeal

Lots going on here at the moment, not all necessarily good I'm afraid. Life throws these little flurries of anxiety from time to time, doesn't it? I won't bore you with the details but wish me luck for tomorrow, or more to the point, wish Mad Child luck with her little op.... (she doesn't know yet!)

Meanwhile, anyone fancy a bit of lemon tart?

Where there's cake, there's hope.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Feeling Pleased with Myself

I started this at least two years ago with some leftover wool from knitting a toy, Kipper the Dog I think, and more leftovers from a school jumper. I found it in the cupboard, half sewn together. when I eventually got around to turning out MY CUPBOARD over Christmas:-
Didn't it look tidy back then? Ahem.
Anyway, I digress. It looked a bit sad and inadequate (the crochet, not the cupboard). Too small for a blanket and although there was some wool left over, I couldn't remember what crochet hook I had used for the squares. So I finished joining it together, and carried on around the edge until there was no wool left. It's still a bit small for my liking, but it will make an OK lap/travelling blanket.

I feel pathetically pleased with myself having finished a project that has been littering up my house and mind for so long.
Only another 500 unfinished projects to go .....

Sunday, 10 January 2010

What I've Been Up To

The snow is still looking beautiful, at least it is from indoors, which is where I have stayed as much as possible lately!

I sent Marathon Runner out with the camera. The first few shots were interesting. This is the only one I can actually make out what it is!

His feet. Hmm.

This is Honiton High Street last week.

I fancy this snow creates rather a lot of washing.

Meanwhile, indoors

Marathon Runner and Mad Child have started a 1,000 piece jigsaw! They've been at it for days and have only done the edge! Not sure I can cope with an extra table in the dining room until Easter, which is how long I think it's going to take.

There's been a bit of experimental baking from a new recipe book received at Christmas. Not 100% successful, hence no picture! Worth persevering with though, I think, lots of lovely ideas in there.
Decided to make some old favourites, coffee buns and date slices instead! I can do them with my eyes shut and they don't use a whole pot of peanut butter!
There has been another sign of spring, even if it is indoors!

Today I made myself a microwavable rice pillow. I am hoping it will help with my frozen shoulder, which I seem to have had FOREVER. Not something you would wish on your worst enemy. I added a few lavender buds and used up the brown rice that nobody likes!

I've also been playing with making badges out of material. (Not sure where I am going with this but thought I'd give it a try.)

Hopefully the little darlings will be back at School tomorrow (please). There have been rather a lot of tweens and teenagers here over the last few days, all wanting fed of course. Not sure how many more toasted cheese sandwiches I can rustle up without inserting said butty into one of the recipient's orifices!

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Let It Snow!

Hope you're all enjoying the snow!

See you soon when I get rid of all these children!

Friday, 1 January 2010

Happy New Year and So Long Doctor!

Crunching through the garden today, I found one sign of life! Couldn't find any snowdrops, but they don't seem to like our soil, or perhaps the mice eat them, because every year I have to replant. It was too bloomin' cold to stay out there long so I just de-iced the bird bath and took a few shaky (I was shivering!) photos. There is a little bit of colour on one of my camelias but I was shivering too hard by this point to get any good photos! I think perhaps a camera tripod should have been on my Christmas List!

Marathon Runner has been using his time off work well and has been practising his knotwork.

He's back to work now, poor thing! (Phew!)

So what did you think of David Tenant's final episode in Dr Who? We loved the way he went back and visited everyone. He didn't go willingly though did he? No, siree, he ranted a bit first! A few tears were shed (mainly by me! It's that blimin' Bernard Cribbins that does it!) Mad Child is wild about The Doctor and no doubt she will be dissecting this episode for weeks! She remembers every single detail; I don't know how she does it. But then, I guess her brain isn't full of whether her sister's favourite purple top can go in the tumble drier (label's faded), what's for tea tomorrow (have we got enough potatoes left?) and have I apologised to everyone I forgot to send Christmas cards to (no).
Well, Happy New Year people and here's hoping we all have a healthy and craftily productive one!