Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Latest Projects

I made a small quilt for a friend who left work last week. 


I'm sure someone gave me the fabric which I used for this ... Ann?


Last December I made two blankets for my nieces using the Spice of Life pattern.

Both used the same colour yarn but placed differently.





Aubrey decided she wanted a single bed size blanket so I have started the Seaside Ripple
Its not as wonky as it looks!



I have wanted to challenge myself with crochet, it can get a bit samey, so hows this for a challenge ..Mandala Madness




There are so many different types of stitches, I'm finding the pattern difficult to follow so am relying on the video so I can understand it better. 
I just hope no-one ever counts the stitches, 
I think I have the right amount and then poof I don't anymore and I have no idea what I've done. However, crochet blankets are quite forgiving.

Friday, 1 July 2016

A year in a post





















From bottom to top
(It's been far to long!)
Bath with Grandma
I drove us all to Naples, Italy
Love a bowl of muscles and noodles
Capri
Ice caves in Austria
Knole House, Seveboats
I am crochetting up a storm two blankets made for last Christmas.
Chatsworth House in a very cold December 21st, Manchester.
I've nearly completed my 2nd year of my MA Education
Still doing science experiments at school
Rachel keeps running
The boys being extras from Peaky Blinders
Paris in May - we were there when everything was closed due to flooding!
The first photo, Versaille, Connor threw up in there!

A very quick catch up from last May to this May. 




Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Leeds Castle

We took the entire family to Leeds Castle for Rachel's 11th birthday ( how did she get that old!)
Definitely one of the child friendly places (although mine have a good time at all the castles) there is a huge maze, huge children's play area and ice cream.


I'm very happy with this photo  I took of walking up to the castle.


Entrance to the castle.




That is a dog collar!
It was for a hunting dog to protect its neck against wild boars, it was huge!


My family, I know my sister has her eyes closed but it was the best photo out of about a 100.


Now that's a better photo of my sisters, we ran away from the children into the maze and lost them!


My favourite room in the castle, the library about 3000 books in total.
The sofa was an amazing blue colour ( I sat on it and got told off whoops!)


Cards anyone?


One of the bedroom views.


 Four of mine, four nieces and a great niece.


I want a willow that big!

It was a lovely day out, we had an enormous picnic, the kids loved the play area and all seemed really interested in the castle and its history. As its not National Trust or English Heritage it was quite expensive to enter, but the ticket is valid for a year and with it only being 1/2 hour away a great place to spend the afternoon with a book, blanket and kids entertained.

The kids have suggested a star rating for each place, one for them and one for me.
Mum rating 4/5 stars ( I wanted bigger formal gardens to wander around and it to be cheaper to enter)
Children rating 5/5 stars ( The play area being the deciding factor and mums carrot cake!)


Thursday, 31 July 2014

Sissinghurst Castle

As with a lot of castles in Kent not so much a castle, but beautiful gardens and with the weather being close to perfect. It was a perfect day to visit.


Quite windy at the top of the Elizabethan tower.


 Views of the garden.




The Elizabethan Tower, the oldest part left standing.





The orange garden




Does anyone know the name of this flower?



 I didn't know you get more than one flower on a stalk for sunflowers.



The kids enjoyed it, as in they could run down all the little alleyways, going from one 'room' to another, seeing what was beyond the next wall. 



The tower.




There are two lakes at the bottom of the gardens, which were lovely to walk round.





A fairy door


I'm going to assume these are family pets, probably dogs?



And to finish the day off, as were only 35 minutes! away, a trip to run into the sea in their undies.