Thursday, 28 April 2011

Easter hols catch up

We certainly had a fantastic time over the Easter holidays and were so lucky with the weather - just the one thunderstorm, which was quite spectacular (although we were just on the edge of it) and the garden definitely benefited from the rain that came with it. As mentioned in a previous post, we had a day trip into London which involved buying fabric, a relaxing lunch, a cab ride (always a winner with my youngest) and a quick peek at Buckingham Palace. Our main reason for going was to visit the Doctor Who Experience in Olympia. We only told the kids that we were going over lunch and they were so excited. I remembered to bring my youngest daughter's sonic screwdriver so she was pleased. It was a great little trip and it set us up nicely for the start of the new series on Saturday - we enjoyed watching the first episode, sonic screwdriver at the ready whilst eating jammie dodgers. The Doctor loves them you know!

As you can see above, some progress has been made with the chevron garden blanket. It is slow going though - all those tiny stitches on a 3mm hook, when will it end? I really only have about another 8 inches to go on this blanket and it shouldn't take too much longer so I really should pull my finger out and just get on with it!
 A fair amount of dancing occurred during the holidays too, courtesy of Just Dance on the Wii. Much amusement watching our friend join in - I think he was quite worn out by the end! At least the kids slept well.
 The patio furniture needed a good spruce up so I sanded and oiled it this last weekend. Luckily only the chair arms and table top are wood so it was quick and easy to do.
 Meanwhile, my husband oiled the decking tiles. Everything is looking a lot tidier outside now.
A fair few books have been arriving through the post recently, mainly courtesy of ebay and mainly for the kids, but I did manage to sneak a bid in for something for me. I love these baskets - very reminiscent of the 1960s and 1970s. I managed to buy a child's version in a charity shop last year and have been on the lookout for one for me. I was very lucky to get one at such a bargain price and in such wonderful condition. Can't wait to use it.

I really hope you have all been enjoying the school holidays as much as us. We are looking forward to a street party tomorrow. We only live in a little close and there aren't many of us so we are going to a neighbour's house for a buffet and lots of bubbly. We are all making something to take along and I am making a potato salad and a strawberry and rhubarb fool (I made this last week with some of the rhubarb from the garden and it was delish annd very easy to do). The met office says that it will be dry and partially sunny tomorrow so hopefully we will get the chance to sit out and enjoy some sunshine.  Enjoy tomorrow, whatever you are doing. x


  1. Your patio looks fab and so do the tables and chairs - well done Matt!

    Blanket is looking spectacular too.

    Hopefully see you next week.


    PS enjoy your street party.

  2. Okay, I have huge basket envy. I need one! Do they have a specific name? Like Boat Basket? Or something less silly?

    Blanket is looking excellent!

  3. Cuckoo, you were close with boat, they are actually called gondola baskets - there is a brand new one for sale on ebay at the mo. But if you are patient and look under used shopping baskets, you may be lucky and get one cheaper. Have a great weekend. x

  4. Sounds fab - I love a thunderstorm!

    The blanket is gorgeous - very Missoni :)