Sunday, 18 November 2012

An addition and a Sockfest

Firstly I have to tell you about an wonderful addition we have welcomed to our family! She arrived in the post, somewhat wearied by her journey from France and her name is Mademoiselle Jardin du Printemps. Mademoiselle was made for me by the lovely Stephanie with a delightful blog, Millefeuilles. Do pop over and say hello and look at all her other lovely Mademoiselles on her etsy shop. Stephanie is a very accomplished needlewoman. Mademoiselle is adorned with beautiful embroidery on her ear and her ankle.

After her long and tiring journey she needed a reviving glass of rouge but she was much happier and more relaxed after she had finished it!

Come the summer she is anxious to go up to the summer house but for the moment she is happy to be with us in the house.

Recently I've had a lot of fun knitting socks - they're great for transforming my icy toes into cosy toes. I started off quite a while ago with this pair in a dusty pink -

The next pair are Roger socks that are knitted in Drops Fabel......

.......and lastly I have made these strawbs socks by coopknits   that turned out to be easier than they look. I do like a challenge!

I'm sorry the photos are net so good but the light was horrid and I dashed outside in a few moments of hazy sunshine.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Forties Weekend

This afternoon we decided to visit Hughenden Manor, Buckinghamshire, where there was a special event. The manor, formally the home of Victorian Prime Minister Disraeli, was requisitioned during the war and used as a mapping centre and so it has strong links with wartime military history. There were lots of exhibits to see and very enthusiastic and knowledgeable folk in period dress brought it all to life.

Such an interesting afternoon.


Sunday, 12 August 2012

Piccy problems!

I'm sorry - I couldn't work out how to import a photo and then I clicked on publish by accident. I've clinched it now so here's a recent photo of the littlest member of the family stealing our scone at a National Trust property. Little monster - he then played a new game of saying ouch and then hitting me with his fork. More fun for him than for me!!!!

Right - having got over the challenge of getting back to the blog I shall be back after next weekend. Hopefully I shall have sussed out how to change the template by then!! We're off to the coast next weekend to see our son and his family. Crossing my fingers that the weather will be good!

Well - I'm still here and after some very difficult months of back pain and surgery feeling like I can want to take up this record of events in my life again. Why blog? Well for me it's just so I can look back and see what I've been up to and additionally if I write down my goals it provides additional incentive to achieving them.

For the time being hubs and I are doing a spot of granny and grandad duty - looking after our 18 month old number 3 grandson when his mum and dad are both at work. He certainly keeps us on our toes. It's interesting how our attitude has changed since our children were small. We are far more relaxed - less stressed - and I think we enjoy him more for that and can really celebrate every milestone reached.