Showing posts from January, 2016

Craft Clubs

I have been going to a couple of crafting clubs in different villages over the last few weeks.  I enjoy spending a couple of hours working on my own projects but having a coffee and a chat with other ladies and seeing what they are working on.  This is how you learn and get inspiration to create other things.  
One of the classes has young mums and its lovely to see their little ones playing and colouring and all the elderly ladies enjoy the company and have lots of stories to entertain us.  Homemade cakes or biscuits are sometimes brought in too.  Sometimes community projects are worked on such as sewing knitted squares together to make lap blankets to give out to anyone who needs one or attends a talk on tips to keep warm in winter.  
 Recently i have been working on my crocheted rug (pictured above).
It is made out of t-shirts and it seems to take longer to cut them up into continuous strips than the actual crochet.  The last red row was a whole t-shirt, sleeves as well and it didn…

Bargain Buys this week

I always look out for yellow stickered bargains when i do a food shop but i rarely get many and i don't buy anything that i wouldn't' normally use just because its going cheap.  I was very happy this week to get these items belowThe joint of pork was half price and the mature cheese blocks were reduced to £1.50 along with a bag of grated cheese for £1.  Cheese freezes very well so i was glad to get these.  I have been trying to cut down on the amount of meat we buy.  I wouldn't find it hard to cut out altogether myself and i eat a lot of veggy meals anyway but OH loves his meat.  I have been buying smaller packs of minced meat and padding it out with a handful of lentils instead and this has worked very well as although OH knows about this, it doesn't change the taste of the overall dishes.  Son is already virtually a vegetarian indeed he has never eaten much in the way of meat except for sausages and burgers so i buy plenty of quorn or veggy substitutes.  This wee…


Wow it was cold yesterday evening.  I huddled in my fleecy polo necked top next to the stove last night but still felt cold.  The temperature was expected to go down to -8 degrees. It probably feels colder as i have spent the last 5 days down in Gloucestershire where although it was chilly, the sun shone and it felt quite spring like.  It was lovely in my mums garden,  daffodils in bud and snowdrops in bloom.  Mums house though was too warm as unfortunately they are both unwell but the heat just made me sooo tired and lethargic. Anyway i am home again and we banked up the stove last night so i just put some wood on it at 6am when i got up.
This is the view out the front of my house this morning.  Look at the blue sky over in the West.
In the side garden the snow hasn't been touched not even by little cats paws.  So tempted myself to walk over it and leave my footprints!
Photo of frost covering the hedge.
Talking of another kind of freezing,  i thought it was about time i found out exact…

Happy New Year

Hello, I am back with a little catch up post after Christmas.  We had a lovely time spending it with the Grandkids and with three boys plus one girl it was busy and full of superhero's! It was so sweet when at 1o'clock in the morning GS aged 6 yrs woke his sister aged 9 yrs and said he could see something red outside the window and it must be Father Christmas!  I was in the bunk below so told him he must be bringing us presents but we had to be asleep so we did manage to last out till 4.30 am to get up.  I love that in his imagination he really saw Father Christmas outside.
Unfortunately by the big day Son had got the lurgy and by Boxing Day I came down with it too.  I have to say that it knocked us both for six and it was a shame because I really could not join in with the kids and my throat was so sore I couldn't  talk much.  We travelled home on bank holiday Monday as the weather looked the best for the journey.  I was too ill to do any driving so OH and Son drove.
I got t…