Friday, 30 September 2016

So long

 Didn't mean to leave it so long between posts.  Summer has gone and Autumn has definitely started.  I love it though, the changing of the seasons.  The leaves changing colour.  The amazing skies first thing in the morning and last thing at night. It is also the time to start getting the woollies out and also my needles get a bit busier in the run up to Christmas but I love the feeling being creative gives me.

At the moment I have a Brake cowl on the needles which is designed by Donna Smith and in some lovely yarn (Town End yarns Alpaca with Merino)  I picked up from Wild and Woolly on a trip to London with some knitty friends.  It is very soft and silky.   The yarn is not really the pinky colour in this picture, it is more of a red/pink but it seems to be a difficult colour to picture.  

Friday, 24 June 2016

Cotton Wool head

Terrible photo. it is a picture of some doodling I have done recently.  I seem to have lost my creative spark at the moment.  I guess sometimes it goes like this.  There are good and bad days but I just feel that recently I haven't really been very creative.  Yes I have had knitting on the go but I am following a pattern and not diverting.  I feel I am not using my creative side as I would like.  Problem is I can't see a way forward at the moment.  My head feels as though it is full of cotton wool.  Have you every felt this way?  And what did you do about it?

Friday, 17 June 2016

So Long

It is so long since I have put anything on here, it is not for having nothing to put but just that I couldn't think how to put it.  Does that make sense?                                            

During the Easter holidays we went as a family to Rome and had a brilliant time.  We packed so much into the small amount of time we had there.  We stayed in a airbnb apartment 10 minutes walk from the Colosseum and was perfect for our stay.  It had everything we needed and the owner met us there and gave us a few pointers to make our stay the best. 

On our first day, we had a guided walking tour of the Colosseum and the Forum.  This tour was 3 hours and a little bit long for J.  But after some much needed sustenance we felt much better and also went and looked at the Pantheon.  We also managed to squeeze in a little bit of traditional food while there - pizza and pasta.

Day 2 saw us visiting St Peter's Basilica and the Vatican City.  We spent a lot of time looking up at ceilings or looking at mosaic floors.

We seemed  to walk for miles but we did also use the metro as well which J enjoyed.  After spending most of our second day at the Vatican city we were all starting to flag and headed back to the apartment to make yet more pasta .

Evenings were spent either sitting on the balcony drinking wine, beer or juice, running along the balcony (J - five floors up was a little worrying) .  One last visit we did was to see the Colesseum lit up in the dark.  J was very happy to be allowed to stay up late but was a little grumpy and tired the next day as we had to be up very early to catch our flight back to the UK.

What a memorable trip.  There is so much to see and take in that maybe another trip in the future is required. 

(This is only a small amount of the photographs that were taken, I think in the end I took nearly 200 and A took nearly 1000! So may memories made that we still talk about it now.  For ease and to try and avoid too many queues we booked tours and tickets before we left the UK)

Friday, 11 March 2016

Still Here

It is so long since I last wrote on here, it is not that I have not had anything to put on here but that I just haven't.

Life has just been plodding along.  Josh has started at a small village school about 5 miles from home with only 65 pupils in the whole school.  At the moment he is in a class of reception, year 1 and year 2 but there are less than 30 pupils.  Next year he will go into a class of year 3 and 4 and there will be 20 at the most.  He seems to be settling in very well with only 1 or 2 wobbles so far.  So that is good and he is generally happy to go to school each morning which is such a relief.

Craftwise again life is ticking over with both sample and test knitting happening.  But also leaving me enough time to knit myself things.  Hopefully I might get around to posting some pictures soon.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Books, books and more books

Joining in with the Year in Books.  This is my book for December.  I last read this when I was doing my exams at school.  In fact it was the book that made me fall in love with the classics of Jane Austen.  I have read most of Jane Austen's novels and enjoyed them all.

It has been a while since I really blogged about a book that I have read/been reading so I thought it was about time I did, sometimes other things just get in the way or I am just too tired to read - especially as most of my reading is done in bed just before falling asleep.  I have really been enjoying joining in with Laura ( ) for 2015 and plan to join in again next year.  I may not have joined in every month but it is the sort of thing you can dip in and out of.  Also once a month we have a chat about books over on Twitter ( and have added to my want to read list so much.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015


Not long now and we will be talking about winter.  The leaves have fallen off the trees.  We have  had a few frosts.  I do like this time of year, well parts of it.  I love it when the leaves are changing colour.  I love the sunrises and the sunsets.  I think the majority of my recent pictures on instagram have been pictures of sunrise or sunset.  They are so beautiful.

In home life change is also happening.  We are reconsidering a different school for little one, he is not happy or are we.  He relaxes Friday night but then by Sunday he is very anxious again.  Not good for one so young (he is 6).   I  told school about 2 weeks ago that I would not be able to do casual supply as of January and I am going to start persuing my creative side - I think I need this break as well.

Roll on the Christmas Holidays when we can all relax a bit and enjoy spending time together.

Monday, 26 October 2015

So long

I can't believe it has been so long since I last wrote on here.  It is not that I have been that busy, well no more than usual.  I just have not been sure what to write.

Recently I have been doing a bit of cycling and it has been lovely to venture a little bit further than I would on 2 feet.  On Saturday a friend persuaded me to go out with the local cycle club (all very serious), it did mean getting up really early - 6.30am early!  Something I am not accustomed to at the weekend.  It was a lovely cycle despite the rain but I think I need to get in some more practice with big hills before I go again.  I have also made the decision to try and get my running back on track rather than being very ad hoc as it has been recently.  I need to set aside some time each week when I know I will go for a run.  I would like to try and alternate a cycle and a run if I can.  I am hoping that once I have got this under my belt I can then get back into doing some races.  Mind you perhaps I ought to book the races to provide me with the impetus to get out.  Oh well, here goes, let's give it a go.