A winters morning

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Well for the first time in a few years we woke up to a covering of white on everything, unfortunately it’s not the fairytale dusting of snow that makes you think of the joys of winter such as you would find in a bad Hallmark movie, no, we have a layer of hailstones! It’s not quite the same really, though for the Little Lady it doesn’t matter, there was many a line from a certain cold inspired Disney movie recited on the school run! (I feel sorry for her teachers today, the class is mostly girls)

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But we made it to school without any mishaps and as you can see the city is looking picturesque for the moment, though all we need is another few centimetres to fall then the usual chaos will ensue!

Return of the blog!

*return of the blog! Return of the blog! Do do do!* Sorry having a bit of a flash back there! It’s been a while since I’ve posted, sorry I’ve been distracted by Ripples-Stripes-and-Squares / 561137543933722 yes I decided to go out there with my skills! (I’m thinking there may have been wine involved to start with!) But it’s not been too bad, I’ve had a few commissions ๐Ÿ™‚ but I’ve also been thinking for a while I miss this as well ๐Ÿ˜ฆ So I intend to change…

Hate, but for what reason?

Today the Winter Olympics started, yes I know that until the flame isn’t officially lit, that it doesn’t start till later, but as it has become so big but the timeframe is always the same so some events need to be held earlier to see who qualifies before hand. I don’t find that a problem, what I am finding a problem is the political haters!
The original Olympic Games was set up that all of the city states of Greece could set aside their differences to compete in the eyes of the gods. The torch run represents such, the call to compete, the call to leave all prejudices behind, it was a time of truce no matter what you believed in. However such seems to have been forgotten by all in these modern days, most of those athletes who have given up their lives to compete in such don’t want to be confronted by politics! Indeed the Olympics is one of the few occasions that participants from countries such as Iraq, Iran, Syria and others are allowed to compete.
Are the Olympics about Sport or Politics? I would like to believe that they are about achieving the best that you can be, rather than fb and twitter pages full of boycott this and boycott that, because you don’t agree with the political stance of the country that’s hosting the games that’s okay, that’s your right, but don’t insult the sportsmen and women who have lived and trained for such, they’re not the ones to blame!

Winter blues

I haven’t been good and keeping this blog up to date lately, naughty me! But it’s not that I don’t have much to say or show, indeed I have the saga of the fish tank! (trust me, it is worthy of the title of saga!) The latest crafty news (I’ve learnt new techniques and really fallen in love with making hats!) I’ve discovered the arts of making chutneys and such like which I’ve really enjoyed, but the fact of the matter is I don’t like the weather. I don’t know if it’s SAD (seasonal affective disorder) or just Cumbria weather in general, but I’ve had no motivation in anything really these past few months, to quote Buffy “I’ve been going through the motions”.

And relax…

After eight long weeks the little darling is back at school, woo hoo! Party time! Seriously though it has been testing for all of us, even the little darling was asking when she was going back to school by the last few weeks. I remember a while back now there was talk going round of altering the length of school holidays as the traditional reason for many of them, going back home to work on the land for planting, lambing time and harvesting etc… doesn’t apply to the majority of people anymore, but nothing came of it and so for the first time we faced the annual problem of the boredom of the summer holidays.
I don’t think we did too badly though, there were crafty days

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And decorating days

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And the usual baking days

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We even went to the zoo

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Though being a typical four year old her favorite part of that day was the “monkey weeing!” ‘sigh’
Then there was the fish tank! But as that story isn’t quite finished yet I’ll save that for another post, I bet you can’t wait!
One last photo for you

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This is what I got up to, my first paid commission is finished!

Summertime cont…

Well it’s still all go, go, go at the mo. The back yard is finally painted

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It was all hands on deck to get it finished as there was a very busy weekend coming up, the little darlings’ birthday!
On the Saturday was The Party (fanfare please), which turned out to be a great success! Much to the surprise of everyone involved, twenty 3/4yr olds for two and a half hours with just old fashioned party games for entertainment would seem these days to be a recipe for disaster. However the little darling loved it, her friends loved it and their parents seemed to enjoy it, well you’re not going to turn round to your host and say it was c**p really but what feedback we’ve got so far would suggest that our place in the school gate pecking order is still secure.
The Sunday however was the real big day, as it was not only the little darlings’ birthday but my stepdads’ as well!

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So that involved as ever with our family beer and a BBQ! Please note the hubby doing his ‘man thing’ by closely watching a small bucket full of charcoal burn while drinking beer!
However there has been no rest as we’ve all now headed over to the North East for the yearly family BBQ at the parents house. Which so far has involved lots of being outside in the garden for the little darling

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And a family day out by the seaside as well.

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Whitby is a beautiful town, even if it can be a bit touristy at times, you can need the patience of a saint to walk around the sea front at times but it’s also one of those places where memories can be made.

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What can’t be seen very well in the photo is the little sand eel she found or the crab the little darling rescued from from a sea gull, with help from daddy, that she raced across the beach to show me and that were released into a rock pool to keep safe

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Then not a few minutes later the same happened again with a little hermit crab, granted she had dug it up thinking that it was a shell, but again we had to release it in a rock pool to keep it safe

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It was the first thing she told my parents about when we returned. I can see this tale doing the rounds for a long while ๐Ÿ™‚

Summertime

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What could be nicer than making rainbows in the sunshine? I’m really enjoying the weather at the moment but I’ve always been a bit of a sun worshiper, not to sun bathe though, but to just being outside and enjoying the rarity that is a British summer.
The sun has been a blessing in many ways, the little darling has broken up for summer from school and I was getting worried about keeping her entertained for eight weeks, yes, you read that right, she has eight weeks off! But so far, touch wood, she’s quite happy just playing in the sunshine with her toys while I work on my current project which is trying to make the back yard into some sort of presentable and usable space!
So far the knackered wood work and table has been painted

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My wonderful stepdad has cleaned all the walls ready to be painted and we actually have some plants now! With the little darling having fun painting old plastic bottles

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Which are the first step to a hanging herb inspired by pintrest

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Things are slowly coming together, I just hope that the summer lasts long enough to enjoy the yard when its finished!
As for the rainbows, well that’s a commission work (yes I do take them ‘nudge nudge, wink wink’!) the pattern is the Groovy-Ghan by Winkieflash (see post ‘Monsters’ for link) and its wonderful working with the bright colours in such lovely sunshine ๐Ÿ™‚