Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Thursday, 25 August 2011
BTW, this afternoon I spent a leisurely hour pruning the shrubs/trees behind the veg patch. I now have another big pile of garden waste to get rid of! x
Sunday, 21 August 2011
So, any pear recipes you can recommend??
Thursday, 18 August 2011
Anyway, last week we pootled down to Somerset for a couple of days, and we stayed at this little place in Axbridge.
Another rainy day here but the kids won't mind as they have the Playmobil out. I love listening to them making up different voices and scenarios. I will be ploughing on with my Mollie Makes blanket - haven't really touched it for over a week. We are hoping for another trip out tomorrow (if the weather behaves), just a wildlife park or farm. Next week my nephew is coming round to help clear the veg patch at the back. I cannot tell you how happy I will be once that patch is turfed and looking neat and tidy. And if it stops raining, maybe the weeds won't grow so quickly before it's turfed! Have fun, whatever you have planned. x
Monday, 8 August 2011
But then, these tree surgeons were on a mission to destroy this hedge and just kept getting closer and closer to the nest (didn't know exactly where it was as the hedge was so dense, but we could see the wasps coming out from a certain area). In the end, they were cutting through branches and quickly stepping back to make sure they weren't stung. There were a couple of moments where they were running away from the hedge at super quick speed! In the end they decided to just set fire to it to smoke the wasps out. It turns out the nest was in the ground so it was quite a display to watch - safely from inside the house!
Friday, 5 August 2011
However, there was one image in the third issue that I kept going back to for another peek. It is such an incredible blanket, obviously made a long time ago using up odds and ends of yarn from a multitude of previous projects. I think the charm of it is that it does look old, well loved and the imperfections add to that charm. So I pondered over whether I could make a blanket just like it from new yarn, without having odd colours here, there and everywhere and for it to somehow come close to matching the charm of the original. I decided to take the plunge and have a go, no harm in giving it a try is there, especially as I had a bag of yarn sitting in the wardrobe, waiting for a project that I have not yet worked out a pattern for. I think that project may not get made for another year or two. Nothing like planning ahead!
Having looked closely at the image in the magazine, I worked the pattern out (roughly the same) and started making. Another reason for wanting to make this blanket was that the squares are one colour only - the thought of making a blanket with several colours in each square fills me with dread at the moment. Sewing in ends is not fun, as all crocheters know.
The inspiration for the colours came from this:
Not a great photo, only one I could find. I love this picture and as you may have guessed already, I bought it from the charity shop! I managed to get most of the yarn colours as close as possible and added a few more, which tends to be my way. I'm really enjoying making this blanket, it's quick and easy to make the odd square in a spare moment and also very mobile - I was crocheting squares whilst waiting for a doctor's appointment yesterday. I think the joining of the squares may be where the difficulties start.
My husband has the next two weeks off from work so we have lots planned. We are going to Somerset next week for a couple of days and we also plan to have some day trips out. Looking forward to relaxing and having fun as a family. We've also got some friends coming over at the weekend for a BBQ. Let's hope the rain holds off. Hope you all have some fun things planned for this weekend too. x
Monday, 1 August 2011
Last week, we had a visit from some lovely people from John Lewis, who fitted a venetian blind to our front lounge window.
Today I rang the tree surgeon and they are coming next Monday to start chopping down the mammoth hedge. If I remember, I will take photos - exciting! x