Wednesday, 15 April 2015


 This is a very timely post title this week as I have just started a new, temporary post at the school that Joshua attends.  So far I have done my allotted hours this week and there are parts that I really like and parts that I am still unsure about. (But I am going to work on those. )  The job is only until the summer at the moment.

Thinking of other beginnings before writing this post I came up with the fact it is the beginning of a new term at school and all the tiredness and grumps that brings in this household.

I also started thinking about the beginnings of so many knitting projects I would love to start but really need to get what I am making off my needles before casting anything else on.  I really don't want to get back into the habit of having projects that just languish about.

Also this time of year is good for thinking about new beginnings with plants and trees starting to blossom and bloom and a bit more colour coming into everything.  When I took the dog for a walk this morning before school the blossom on the trees in the fields is amazing but I forgot to take the camera with me so I am going to have to remember to take it with me tomorrow.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Beautiful Weather

This week we have been spending a lot of time outside, doing some gardening, playing, having coffee and lunch and of course knitting.  I'm sure I should have been doing something else but why not spend some time doing what I love to do and making the most of the weather by being outside in it.

(Just in case you are wondering what I am knitting it is Kate Davies' Catkin - but I am doing a shorter version knitted in Baa Ram Ewe's Titus yarn - not really the right time of the year to knit this but it will hopefully be useful in the evening if we go camping this summer or for colder autumn evenings.  I promised myself at the start of the year I would only have one thing on my needles at a time so this is it until it is finished.  I have various ideas about what to make next but that will be for another post soon I hope. )

Monday, 6 April 2015

Love your blog challenge - Interactions and Community

I have decided to join along on the Love your blog challenge in the hope that I may fall back in love with my blog and not feel that my life is too boring and no one would want to read it.   So I have joined in with Kate over on her blog 'A playful day' and lots of other bloggers who read her blog.

Whan thinking about the first challenge of Interactions and Community I first thought I am not entirely sure what this really means to me but as I thought about it more there are so many communities we can be part of  and there are so many interactions that go on in those communities.
A big part of my life is my knitting and so Ravelry is such a big part of it - from getting inspiration for garments I want to make to getting help with knitting problems and meeting others albeit online.   Also this has led me to go to a knitting night and again interaction with others have been a big part and friendships have been made especially as knitting can seem quite a solitary hobby.

(I leave you with this picture above which was taken today, Easter Monday while walking the dog in the fields around our house, our local community where we interact with other dog owners and walkers while enjoying the scenery and surroundings).

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Crafting Mojo

The last few weeks I felt that I had lost my crafting mojo but after finding the blog wtitten by Lapinblu ( in which she made these cute rabbits I knew I had to make them I love making things with pompoms  and as it is Easter decided we needed some Easter bunting.  I actually made 3 rabbits but Joshua has one on the wall above his bed as once I had made the first one asked if I could do him one.  Lets hope the crafting mojo has returned as I have missed it.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

A year in books

Sorry terrible picture but wanted to post before the end of February.  For my February book I read The Miniaturist.  It is an excellent book but I was a bit disappointed.  I don't want to say too much about it as others have chosen this as their next book to read.

For my next book I am going to read Miss Carter's War by Sheila Hancock.  It looks quite a good read and this month I decided to go back to a good old paper copy book rather than reading on my kindle to try and persuade our little on to read a bit more.   I shall let you know how it goes.

Saturday, 3 January 2015


2015 - Well I wonder what it will bring.

2014 was a good year in some ways, hard at times and busy as usual.

What would I like for 2015.  I would like to occasionally slow down a bit, spend time together doing lots more fun things, simplify our lives a little bit more.   I think that might be enough to start with, maybe as the year goes on and we accomplish some of this we can add things to it but I don't want to start the year bogging it down with lots of things I know probably won't be accomplished.  I want to start small.

I would also like to think I will blog more but again I don't want to put pressure on myself to do so.  I am trying to make things easier on myself so I can spend more time with those who I love.

Monday, 27 October 2014

So Long!

I know it is ages since I wrote on my blog.  These were taken the day after my birthday in September!  So what have we been up to - can't really remember but I am assuming lots has happened.  Knitting has happened as usual, Christmas gifts have been started and finished.  Still have lots to do though.

When Joshua started back at school in September I promised myself I would get back into my running!  Some weeks are good where I go out several times others are terrible where I don't get out at all.  I have now decided that I really need to do more,  maybe not just running but throw in a bit of cycling and some swimming as well.   I have been very good doing runs at the start of the week but by the end it has fizzled out as I have been volunteering at school.  One of the days I was helping out on will be free so hopefully some more free time to get some exercise in.  Now just have to get some exercise in over half term going out in the evenings when it is dark (not my favourite).  Oh well it is only one week and it is a lovely time to spend together.  In fact we might even go swimming!  And lots of dog walking to see what we can find!  Mud, leaves and climbing trees!