Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Busy blah blah, excuses blah blah :)

Busy due to school holidays, frantic thinking about the new house, frantic thinking about how we managed to get this much stuff into this house and how it's all going to fit into the rooms we have ready in the new house, Country Living fair prep frantic thinking (not long to go to get lots of stock made!) oh and did I mention that it is school holiday so I have two extra helpers??

And breathe!! Things always work out in the end don't they? And to keep you happy here are some pictures of the lovely Ben Wishaw (he was Q in Skyfall) Well you can't have a picture less post now can you ;)

Friday, 19 July 2013

So we went to an auction the other day....

.....and bought a new house :) Well I say house but it's actually a church that is partially renovated!

Yes that's it!

Yes it's all of it and yes there are some gravestones that will be in our garden (the rest of the graveyard doesn't belong to us) There are two bedrooms, a kitchen/diner, bathroom all to one side and a snug to the other side that are all finished so that we can live in it while we do the rest of it up. The liveable bits also have doors so that the unfinished bits/dust/dirt can be closed off :) It's about 20 minutes from where we live at the moment and is back in Yorkshire (just!)

We get the keys at the end of August and are beyond excited!!

Questions welcome - I'm adding them into here :)

Louisa - yes we will be keeping most of the nave as full height but the sides will have two floors as well as there being a gallery at one end. We have access to the tower but that will be the last thing we do - the plans have a floor up there with double staircases going up to it!

Say It - it's partially renovated at the moment so we have their plans to go from so not as scary as it seems and yes, I will have a much bigger workroom than the one I have at the moment!

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Garden tales

So the good weather has been here for a few days now and the garden is springing into action like mad (those bloody weeds!)

This is the view out of our front door down the steps to the gate - there are lots of plants packed into that space!

These are on the left as you come out of the front door - beans, many carrots and tomatoes.

And these are on the right - peas galore, more tomatoes and some beetroot too.

The front windowsill/floor/bench - millions of radishes, garlic, onions (I have just pulled some and they are drying in the sun right now!) spinach and chard.

The raspberries are looking better and new growth is coming on the ones I thought had died! I have high hopes for these in years to come!

The courgette seems to like it's pot and is growing well although the pumpkins that I planted out ready to grow up the trellis have been eaten by slugs :(

And the strawberries are doing well - the ones I bought from the garden centre that is. The wild ones I'm growing from seed finally have some small green shoots so they may be planted out later in the year depending on how they look.

How is your garden growing?

Friday, 12 July 2013

Hexipuffing away!

My hexipuff quilt hasn't grown much since the last time I shared it's progress (you can see the start of it's story here) but I am making more of the hexipuffs themselves.

When we were away at Camperjam last weekend the girls really wanted to help so I gave them the task of stuffing the hexis. They thoroughly loved that and Anya even sewed one up on her own which she was mightily pleased with (hey, it might grow quicker if I have a helper!)

And here are a selection waiting to be sewn onto the quilt itself. That '10 years until it's done' prediction isn't looking as silly now!

Thursday, 11 July 2013

This time of year

There must be something in the air at this time of year re blogging and feeling crappy/tired/distracted by internet and having no motivation. I wrote my brain vomit post at this time of year last year and others have also mentioned motivation/distraction issues too. I think the correct term for it is end-of-term-itis! So to cheer everyone up here is a picture of old man Harry dog in a very cute tweed hat :)

Isn't he cute? He doesn't like wearing it though so it will only be for photographs!

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Life blah blah

I'm not going to apologise for not blogging much at the moment but I will say I want to come back to regular blogging soon. But my excuses are;


End of school term soon


Wholesale orders

Wasting time on the internet Oooops I mean research :)

Panicking about how much stock I have to make for Country Living but not actually making any of it!

A very messy craft room which means I can only just about get to my sewing machine.

Anyway, here are some pretty pictures to cheer up this post - oh yes I'm still pinning (see 'research' excuse above!)

Monday, 1 July 2013

52 books, 52 weeks - part 6

Hey, look at this - it's the first of the month and I'm already up to date with my book list :) Go Lynsey!

This is the second time I have read The Scarlet Letter and I must admit it dragged a bit on second reading. I'm assuming it's because I knew what happened and I was just waiting for it to get to that point. I first came across this book when a customer in the pub I worked in in my home town (I was 18/19) was reading it at the bar one day and he encouraged me to have a read!

I got about 6 chapters into this book and realised I'd read it recently (maybe late last year) but I carried on reading anyway. I love one of the main characters in this book and the other I dislike immensely and she doesn't come across much better second time round! Good book though and very readable.

Another thriller and this one was a bit meh. There were likeable characters but it seemed to drag on quite a bit without revealing anything of interest and then suddenly bam, all the information came at once. I have a couple of other books by Tami Hoag so I will see how I go with those.

I got this out of the library (and it's actually a bit late back as I forgot to take it back with the others!) and it's a very good read. I was drawn to it because of my recent obsession with vegetable gardening and for a factual book it was very easy to read. There are quite a few numbers in there but it shows how  well war time efforts to grow your own food worked.


I hoard books but something snapped this weekend and we sorted out 120 books to go to the charity shop without really thinking about it/sorting properly. Oh and that's only off a few shelves in the study. Imagine what would happen if I went through each book, one by one! Maybe I should stop going to the library as much and read the books I've got!