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Shopping this morning in Aldi. I picked up two bunches of daffs for 95p - one bunch in the kitchen and one bunch in the living room. I am waiting for them to open and give a pop of colour, I love daffs, such a happy flower. (I made the vase cover before Christmas!)
This afternoon I finished my book "The Afghan" - I enjoyed it although the end seemed to have too many coincidence's.
Also today I made a ginger cake for pudding with the additional of crystalised ginger, it was yummy, will definatley make this again.
I also made another owl.
Here they are together...........
How can I tell them apart?
The owl I did yesterday I made the back using the aran mottled wool. I didn't have enough of the wool to do the back of the owl today in all mottled aran (it didn't go very far) so I had to do the back the same as the front white aran AND mottled aran.
The mottled aran was from a wool shop in Burnham in a "bargain bucket" for 30p for a brand new ball. The cream aran was off Elaine.
Family film for tonight was Disney "Planes"
Saw and liked this today.......
I still didn't feel 100% this morning so booked myself a doctor's appointment. I have another UTI and am on antibiotics for another week. It is no-where near as bad as it was at Christmas as I was in a lot of pain then, now it is more discomfort :-(
I hung Anais' swimming things on the line this morning while it was sunny to have to run out an hour later as the heavens had opened, washing got soaked and I got soaked :-(
This afternoon I sat in the warm conservatory reading my book until it started hailing and I had to come in the house as I thought the roof was going to come in! Now 75% of the way through "The Afghan".
Also this afternoon I thought I would crochet an owl (pattern here), isn't he cute!
Mark took Roman to his swimming lesson tonight, me and Anais went shopping to Asda.
Now off to bed to read more of my book xx
Another lovely day today, most of it spent reading in the warm conservatory. 53% of the way through "The Afghan" now and really into it.
I also crocheted another bunny (pattern here), this one is called Roger and is brother to Peter, Jessica and Thumper!
Anais finally had a swimming lesson today after the pool has been closed for a few weeks. She got to swim with her clothes on which she had been looking forward to.
Early blog post now off to bed to read my book as tired and not feeling 100% xx
It has been absolutely glorious today like a proper spring day. First day of the year the washing has been hung up on the line, it dried too though I put everything through the drier to fluff it up.
A very boring day today comprising of doing lots of cleaning and housework (dusty house after a week away and I was out yesterday) and sorting out Anais' wardrobe.
This afternoon I sat in the conservatory which was lovely and warm and started reading Frederick Forsythe "The Afghan" which so far I am enjoying.
Anais had orchestra today and Roman's club was back. He said he drew me a picture but left it there.
Good news today, we thought Mark only had one day holiday left which had to be used by 31st March. HR e-mailed him today to remind him he had to use his last TWO days of holiday by 31st March! Turns out he had two days of holiday left not one so we have to sort out two days in the next four weeks he can use them.
Not a good start to the day when walking Roman to school I noticed that his trouser's seemed to be extra long. I stopped him to have a look at the label in the back and saw that he had on Anais' school trouser's aged 9-10, they must have been put in his uniform draw by mistake oooops! Luckily Mark hadn't gone out to his meeting yet so I had to phone him to ask to bring Roman's trouser's to school and get him changed before the bell rang! Very embarassing but at least his teacher laughed about it! When he came home from school and took his shoe's off he also had two odd socks on though I don't know how as all of his socks are balled up into pairs.
Anais was off school today because her school was closed for teacher training. I had promised her that I would take her shopping to buy her some new clothes, Jordan and grandma came too.
We ended up with quite a haul from Primark and had a nice lunch in McDonalds too.
Anais had two pairs of pyjama's two dresses, one pair of black jeans, a check shirt and a pair of new slipper's. She picked everything herself.
She also had four pair's of earrings from Claire's Accessories, a ghost pair (for Halloween), a pair of bow studs, a pair of stiletto's and a pair of clock's. (She says "thanks grandma" for two pairs!)
For Roman I picked up a pair of jean's, a T-shirt, a long sleeve Buzz Lightyear top, a jumper, two shirts and some new slipper's.
We stopped off at Sainsbury's on the way home for a small pot of cream and Anais whipped the cream and spread strawberry jam inside the sponge cake Roman made yesterday. It was yummy!
Roman brought this finger mouse home from school, he said it is called "Fireblade".
Everyone came for tea tonight, we had gammon in the slow cooker, roast potatoes and mixed veg followed by the yummy cake Roman made yesterday and Anais filled this afternoon. Now off to watch an episode of "Breaking Bad" on Netflix, we have watched episode's 1 to 5 so far and there are 62 to get through in total! xx
This morning we went with Jenny to the cinema to see "Free Birds" which was very funny. It was an early start though as the film started at 10am instead of 11am. Thanks Jenny for picking the tickets up in the week.
Jenny came back for lunch and we had a nice afternoon talking about crafty things, holidays and decorating. Anais and Roman played "Minecraft" on x-box.
This afternoon Roman finished his homework which was to do a character description of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny. He didn't want to do it while we were on holiday but wanted to do it when we got back home so he had the books to refer to.
I made a last minute decision to bake a cake tonight for tomorrow night, I used this recipe. Roman asked if he could make it and Anais asked if she could ice it tomorrow. Here is Roman making it.
I made one of these flower's last night and finished the other today. The colour's match the conservatory perfectly so I can put them on something to make it pretty.
I put the 15 balls of wool on the wool shelf in my crafty shelves. I am still after pretty boxes and/or basket's to keep things in which I will look for when I go shopping tomorrow.
We are home after a fantastic week away in The Lake District. We stayed at Quaysider's, Waterhead, Ambleside. I have updated the holidays tab with a review.
Before we left this morning we went to the lake to feed the ducks and swans.
We were finally away for 9.45am and got home at 12.45pm, almost three hours exactly. Although it is lovely to go on holiday it is always lovely to come home too!
When we came home we had lunch and then unpacked which didn't take long. We had NO washing to do when we got home as we did it all throughout the week and did the final few things last night.
Mark's tree trunk for chopping logs for Fred is in its new home in our back garden!
It was lovely to come home and light Fred tonight.
Roman started going through the book "The Tale of Samuel Whisker's" to see if he could see the things we saw at Hilltop!
The rugs on the floor are exactly the same still, runner's on the landing and brown with a red edging in the reception room. The green wallpaper in the reception room and the grandfather clock on the landing. The curtains and balustrade on the landing are also still the same. The front door is the same and so is the cupboard in the reception room with blue china plate's on it.
Pleased to see "Homemaker" magazine had been delivered while we were away, I was pleased to see this project in it to try...........
Anyone remember I borrowed this book from the library in November last year and had a go at making the pretty blue bird? My bird didn't look anything lik this bird, Mark said it looked like it had crashed into a wall mid flight! Now I have the pattern I can have another go.
Anais and Roman have been playing X-box "Minecraft" since we have been home and also watching various things on Netflix. I made lemon drizzle cake with a Betty Crocker kit which is currently on offer in Asda for £1 per box.
8.45pm - now going to see what film we can watch on Netflix and relax for the rest of the evening xx
It is the last day today, everyone has said the week has gone so fast.
It was raining heavily this morning so we stayed in the apartment and packed some things up ready to go.
We then took a drive to Grasmere to get some more gingerbread to take home. We were lucky to be able to park right outside the shop so we took the opportunity to take a quick wander through Wordsworth Daffodil Garden.
We had lunch in the apartment and by then it had stopped raining so we grabbed some bread for the ducks and walked to the lake to feed the duck's and swan's. It started raining again so we had to run back.
It has rained again all afternoon so we took the kids swimming very early today and then had a crafty afternoon. Mark and Roman built more of the train and Roman started to paint it. He wanted to do it blue, black and red, the same as the train we saw at Haverthwaite Railway yesterday.
Anais finished her final hanging heart, here they are together. She also had this cross stitch jewellery set for Christmas so she started to make one of them though she has struggled a lot with this.
Tonight once Anais and Roman had gone to bed we watched "Changeling" DVD.
It wasn't raining when we got up this morning so we took the opportunity to walk into Ambleside. We stopped at Bridge House which is National Trust to have a snack which we took with us. The water wheel in The Glass House restaurant was working today. On the way home we stopped off at Hayes Garden Centre.
We came back to the apartment to make a picnic lunch and drove to Fellfoot Park (National Trust) at the foot of the lake. I LOVE Fellfoot Park, it is breathtakingly beautiful. Lots of happy memories here too - in Whitsun of 2009 and the summer of 2010 we came and spent the day here. The kids spent almost all day on the park while we sunbathed. We hired a rowboat one summer, Roman was only a toddler at the time and kept trying to stand up and take the oars off Mark "me do it, me row the boat!"
We tried to feed the duck's here today but got chased off by a very aggresive swan.
We then took a drive to The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway. A train had just come in and we wanted to watch it steam off but it started raining so we went to the Engine Shed to see some of the trains in there. When we came out the train had gone. It gave Roman some idea's about what colour to paint his wooden model train.
On the way home we stopped off for a walk around Windermere which is such a pretty little village.
Ask no question's and I'll tell no lie's! All I will say is we did have permission to take this big chunk of tree trunk and it is coming home with us! Mark has been after one for a while to use as a chopping block to chop up the logs smaller to go on Fred. We saw it and Mark went to ask permission and got a very strange look but they did say yes so he was pleased with himself! Strange souvenir to take home but functional and a nice reminder of holiday!
We had some odd chocolate's left and piece's of shortbread so after tea we melted the chocolate and spread it on the shortbread. We made shavings of chocolate with an odd Cadbury's Rose that was left and made these for pudding, yummy!
This was Nicolette's idea, she asked me last night to make a crochet pouch for Lexi as she has a wobbly tooth. I thought it was a great idea and said I would make one for Roman too as he has had a wobbly tooth for week's now.
While the kids went swimming this afternoon Mark was surfing on his tablet, I took a ball of wool and different sized crochet hooks and just sat crocheting until it looked right. It is basically a crochet rectangle with the side's sewed together. I did it in single crochet to make it dense and make sure the tooth wouldn't fall out in between the stitch's. I brought the buttons from a charity shop in Windermere today for just 2p each as I knew I would make this my project for this afternoon/evening.
By coincidence before tea tonight Roman started crying and getting distressed, he said his tooth was wobbling "so much" and he didn't like it! Mark had a look and it just fell out - he lost his first tooth! He was pleased with the little pouch, put his tooth in there and went to bed hoping the tooth fairy is going to leave him 5p tonight - he made us all laugh!
This evening, I made Lexi a baby pink pouch too, hope she likes it!
I brought these today - a giant silicone cupcake case from Lakeland which was reduced to £1.50.
When we were on our way back from Ambleside this morning and we stopped off at Hayes I picked this cupcake corer up for £3. It takes the centre out of cupcakes so you can fill them with surprises - fruit, sweet's, jam, chocolate spread, buttercream icing.......... I was intrigued but thought I could also use it to place "surprise's" inside larger birthday cake's too.
Tonight we borrowed "Robot's" from the DVD library. I made Lexi's crochet tooth pouch and then blogged.
Anais started to make the last felt heart..................
...........and Mark and Roman did more work to Roman's model train. Poor Mark, he brought a model car to make on holiday but has only had chance to look at it once, on Sunday. Every day he has been helping Roman to make the model train and with 140 piece's to assemble it is taking longer than he thought.
Tonight when the kids had gone to bed we watched "Vanilla Sky" DVD. Neither of us had seen it before and it was one of them films I didn't understand though Mark enjoyed it. xx
I am Michelle (41), mum to Anais (17) and Roman (12), been married to Mark (46) for 18 years, stay at home mum.
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