Sunday, 23 July 2017

Lazy Sunday afternoon

It's been a very quiet weekend, Mark has had to go into work so I have had the house to myself.

Joanne and Gavin asked me round to have lunch with them this afternoon and I have just got back and put the kettle on to settle down with a cuppa and some knitting and perhaps a catch up on some podcasts. I have no problem with my own company :-)

I found some white yarn out the other day and thought I would try and knit one more small blanket before this baby arrives.  They don't recommend having larger blankets folded up over baby anymore so I shall just keep this one big enough for a moses basket, it's just a plain knit from corner to corner with a YO at the beginning to give a pretty boarder

I have got one more cardigan on the go to but only the back is done so not worth a photo.

Last Sunday I also cast on a sock!
I know I've been banging on about socks for so long and I have tried with various needle methods but I just wasn't feeling it.

This time I tried magic loop and I think I like that best.

This is how far I've got.

(I have no idea why my camera want's to show this yarn blue, it's more turquoise)

I did get almost as far as this with the other sock I cast on but I just wasn't happy with how the stitches looked.  This time, although it's not perfect I'm happier with it.

And in true sock knitting fashion of course it had to have a project bag.
Not an expensive one though, this one I picked up in the £1 shop, lol

I like it, and it does the job :-)

Next weekend I'm hosing Joanne's baby shower, I must admit that I'm starting to wonder what I've let myself in for and wishing we had hired the church hall or something.  I've got my fingers crossed for fine weather :-)

In preparation for that I tried out a scone recipe in the week.  My scones usually turn out more like rock cakes, but these I must say looked the part.

They passed the taste test too, although I will probably not cook them for quite as long next time.

I would like to make these ahead of next Sunday and it does say you can freeze, but can anyone tell me, do I make them up and freeze them uncooked ?  or could I make the dough up on Saturday, leave in the fridge over night and bake on the Sunday morning?

I would like them to be as fresh as possible so I would love any advice.

A very quick catch-up this week, I'm off for that cuppa now

Until next time, I hope you all have a lovely week


Sunday, 16 July 2017

Cottontail Rabbit and the cheat

Hello again, these Sunday post do seem to come round quickly.

The weather forecast for today was hot and sunny, but there is drizzle in the air and a gentle breeze  so I've taken the opportunity to get though a pile of ironing this morning, a thankless task at the best of times but when it's hot it's a job I tend to put to the bottom of the list, so i'm glad that's out of the way.

A few months ago I came across a free knitting pattern on Deramores, Cottontail Rabbit by Erika Knight.  I thought it was so cute and it reminded me of a little red knitted teddy that my sister used to have when she was a baby.  I already had some Stylecraft Classique cotton 4ply so I cast it on right away, but then I ran out of stuffing, so it was put to one side until I could (remember) to get more.

I'm quite happy with how he came out :-)

The green velvet ribbon was just some I already had and I was going to change it for a little knitted scarf, but for now i think it looks ok.

I just love the little pom pom tail :-)

Joanne thinks he is cute so he will be going to live in his new home in the nursery now he has has his debut.  :-)

On Friday it was the sports day at Oliver's nursery so I popped along with Jenny to cheer him on.

He took part in 3 races, hurdles a balancing-a-bean-bag-on-your-head race and one where there was a series of hoops which they had to stop and put over their body before running to the next one.

Yayyyy, he won the hurdles :-)

Mmmmmm, he cheated on the bean bag, held it in place and just ran.
Not surprisingly he won this one too, lol

He also ran right past all the hoops in the hoop race so was the first a t the finishing line again little monkey :-)

I think that's all for this week, while I've been tapping away on the laptop the sun has slowly made an appearance so it looks as though the rest of the afternoon is going to be much brighter.

I hope you all have a lovely week, until next time

Sunday, 9 July 2017

All the knitted things and the mum-to-be

I hope you are all well on this fine Sunday afternoon and making the most of this wonderful weather?

It's been beautiful all week here which means the tubs and baskets need watering every night, a bit of a chore but worth it when they reward you with such lovely colour :-)

I'll share some photos later, but first I wanted to show you some of my knitted finishes.

I have been in a very knitty mood lately, finding it much easier to pick up and do a bit when i don't have time to sit for long, and these little cardigans don't take long at all.

The first two cardigans are the Puerperium cardigan, a free pattern which you can find on Ravelry .

I knit both the long sleeve and short sleeve version, personally I prefer the short sleeve, which is showing up more blue in this photo than the duck egg colour that it actually is.

This one is also a free pattern, JAY Baby Cardigan, again from Ravelry

The ones above were all knit top down.  I'm a new convert to top down knitting, it's so quick and easy, and no seams to sew up!

These other two were done a while ago just form a basic baby cardigan pattern (and before I discovered top down)

I've been trying to use stash yarn, hence the same yarn colours and you might have noticed that I have yet to sew any buttons on.  Despite having a ton of buttons I hadn't got any that were really suitable for baby cardigans, so a trip to the shop is planned this week and I can sew them all on together.

And here is the mum to be :-)

Only 6 weeks left to go.  Poor thing has been suffering in all this heat.

We went out on Saturday and she caught sight of herself in a window and said, I forget how fat I am until I see myself in a mirror.  Awwww, bless, she not fat is she, she's blooming :-)

The bite on my ankle has healed, well all except for the part that has scabbed over that is.   
Thank you for the get well comments on my last post, it seems that quite a few of you suffer the same sort of reaction when bitten, I feel for you, it's not pleasant.

I've avoided doing anything except watering in the garden this week.

Here are some of the things that are looking good out there at the moment.

I hope you all have a lovely week
Until next time

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Of course I believe in fairies, don't you?

A few weeks ago I decorated a couple of fairy doors to put in the garden, I only just got round to putting a coat of varnish on them so I can now put them out.

I didn't realise until I put it on that the varnish was gloss, satin would have been much better, but they're done now so there is not much I can do about that.  

 There has been much eye rolling by Mark, but I think they look rather cute :-)

It's not been a great week for me as while I was doing some garden work on Monday something bit me, again.  Seriously, I just shouldn't be let outside!

It was quite a bad one, on my right ankle this time and my foot and ankle was quite swollen and It was really painful, I could only walk on tip toes for two days.
  I ended up going to the doctors and getting more antibiotics and today the redness although not gone completely is better.  It went into a blister and that is still quite sore. as it hasn't healed over yet.

I think it's wellington boots for me from now on when i'm doing anything outside!

Hopefully the coming week will be better

As I was feeling sorry for myself, I bought a lovely bunch of Peony's to cheer me up,
aren't they pretty?  And a bargain too, £3 from Aldi, I haven't seen them in Aldi before and there were only 2 bunches left, so they must have been popular.

They have opened up a bit more today, such a pretty flower 

I have a very quiet week planned, Mark is working away and Stevie is on holiday, mmmmm, what will I do with my time, lol

Until next time, have a lovely week

Sunday, 25 June 2017

The holidays over, time to share the snaps

Well our holiday got off to a great start, we were enjoying a drink at the bar after we arrived and the earth shook, literally, yes, there was an earthquake, a 5.6.

It was quite funny really, there were about 6 couples sat there, all talking and I don't think any conversation stopped, we looked at each other but it wasn't until it stopped that we said, was that an earthquake??  It lasted for 10 - 15 seconds and you could actually hear the rumbling and you could see the bar top shaking, but we all just carried on as though nothing happened lol

We went to a little Greek Island called Lesvos (or Lesbos), a place called Petra, which gets it's name from the rock (petra) that stands in the middle of the village.

On top of the rock is a church, Virgin Mary of the Sweet Kisses. 

Cobbled street leading up past the rock

View from the top

Some of the cobbled streets in Petra

View from just outside the village

I just missed the sun going down on the last night, but I did get the lovely red sky

The next photos are of our visit to Skala Sikamininas

The little harbour in Skala Sikaminias
This is the place that made the news some time ago, where there was a surge of refugees, do you remember?
There are only 100 people living in this tiny village and they helped save refugees from sinking boats as they tried to make their way across.  Sadly the news put tourist off and the village suffered badly as a result.  There is not much to see, just a few taverners, a pretty church and a couple of gift shops, but it's totally unspoilt and so tranquil.

 We hopped on the land train into Molyvos, it was about 15 minutes or so from where we were staying in Petra

Looking back towards Petra from the land train

Molyvos, possibly the prettiest place we have ever been in Greece

There are beautiful little cobbled streets

Every little house has made the most of the little bit of space they have, making steps and patios pretty with plants and pots

I loved the one below, not much space but wow, it looked beautiful!

And I loved the little windows

And the shutters

We walked up to the castle on the top of the hill, the views were amazing

Unfortunately after trudging up the hill we discovered the castle was closed for maintenance work, so we were unable to go in, we did meet a little donkey though :-)

We walked down to Molyvos harbour via the pretty cobbled streets and enjoyed a well deserved drink.
While we were there the owner of the taverner caught an octopus right there in the harbour, i'd never seen one in real life before

The weather then suddenly changed, it looked like were in for a storm

Lucky for us it passed over with only a few spots of rain and then the sun came out again.

We hired a car for a day to get to Skala Skaminias and just to enjoy the beautiful scenery round about really, but we had heard about a little Turkish Bath so we found that out too and enjoyed an hour alternately dipping in cold and then hot water, supposedly it helps with aches and pains, I can honestly say that it's made no difference whatsoever, lol, but it was something different :-)

The holiday was not without it's problems, as usual I got bitten, whether by mosquitoes or something else I'm not sure but I had quite a lot on my feet and ankles and my foot started to swell up so I had to visit the doctor in Petra.  I came away with antibiotics to take for 10 days, antihistamine, take for the same time, 2 lots of cream to apply to the bites and some cream to stop getting bitten again!  Mark did have a few bites this time too, but mine seem to get infected, it's no fun.  This is one of the reasons we only go away for 7 days at a time now, once I start to get bitten I just want to come home, It stops being a holiday and becomes a battle of the bites!

Lesvos is a beautiful place and it's a shame they have suffered with all the bad publicity that the refugee thing bought on them, on the other hand, the fact that not many people are visiting makes it a great place to go, it's Greece as it used to be in the late 1970's and early 1980's, very laid back and friendly with none of the commercialism. 

I know I've shared a lot of photos, I do like keeping a track of things I've seen and places I've been on my blog, It's nice to look back on.   I hope that you like seeing them to.

I'll leave you with just one more

Greece is known for it's cats and Lesvos is no different, in fact I think there were more here than I've seen in other places.  It's very tempting to feed them, but you can't feed them all, (and Mark tells me off), although I did see evidence that some villagers do put food and water out for them, which is good.  We came across a mum with her kitties when we were walking and this one was just to cute to ignore.

Look at that little face!

Seeing how they have to scavenge around for food makes me so sad, 

On the last night I did save some of my dinner and we went back to the place where mum and kitties were so we could leave it for them, so I did manage to do my good deed.

It's back to business as usual tomorrow, we caught up on some of the garden work today, everything seems to have shot up and greened up in the short time we were away, but Stevie has looked after my plants well and everything has survived :-)  The majority of the holiday washing is done and put away, the rest I will do in the week, just some food shopping to do tomorrow, I feel a salad week is called for after the indulgence of Greek food and more bread than I ever normally eat, I'm guessing the scales won't be kind to me on Wednesday when I weigh in :-(  Looks like going back to basics to get back on track.

Until next time,
I hope you all have a great week