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I live on the south coast of the UK. I'm very happily married to Tim (who looks after me, cherishes me and works so hard) and we have 2 daughters and a cat, Floyd. I love Hello Kitty, crafting, reading, baking, playing on my Nintendo ds and exploring wild and beautiful places. I'm also, without doubt, a future crazy cat lady.

Me, Tim, April, Rosie and Floyd-the-cat :)

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Spring IS Coming

However damp and cold it still seems to be, Spring is on it's way. The evenings are lighter, there are daffodils in the churchyard (which delighted the kids and I on our way to the shops today), the birds are going frantic in the garden (we have blue tits checking out our nest box again!) ...it's just starting to feel spring-like.

So .....I've updated the website to a more springy look :)

I have seriously got into loom knitting in a big way now, so much so that I've started a knitting page on my website - separate from the main crafts page. I'm listing the patterns I create there so I hope you'll check it out if you're interested :) So far I have listed my ankle socks pattern and a toy snake pattern but hopefully there will be more to come soon.

I have 2 current wip's - a short sleeve, fitted sweater and this .... an empire line lacy camisole top.

This is the front piece - I've got to do the back piece, seam together and add the straps. I think it's going to be pretty! I did the top in tiny heart stitch (which you can't really see in this pic) and the bottom is ....well, it was meant to be mock crochet but it didn't turn out quite right so I think I've invented my own stitch :D It's nice though! I think I might add a tie under the bust too to finish it off.

 

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Categories: At Home, Crafts
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Irritated

This post ...I couldn't even think what category to put it in so I didn't put it in any. I've been stewing for a few days, being irritated and mildly fuming about something which, to be honest, I shouldn't let get to me, but I have. I was going to write a great big ramble about it but decided not to. What's the point ....it's only a Tim work related thing and that's not likely to change so ....hey ho.

Normal service to resume once I've got over my flunky!

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Bleeurgh!

Not been well the last few days, had a horrible cold. Getting better now but, at it's height, it was pretty unpleasant. Saturday night was the worst - I went off to bed really early but woke up just after midnight sort of making whimpery noises and burning hot and with a throat so sore I could hardly swallow. Tim checked on me and then went off and came back with paracetamol and hot honey and lemon which was bliss and I was soon back to sleep again.

Anyway, today was glorious and it did a lot to make me feel miles better! :) I cleaned the house from top to bottom and got a load of washing dry outside for the first time in aaaaages! Forgive me for being just a teensie bit excited about that :)

April's been carrying on with her bee lapbook....

 

Love this ....she wrote about the different bees and what jobs they do ...that last one - drones - they are basically used for mating and then, in winter, are kicked out of the hive to die. Nice. Got to love those pics though - bee love and a poor bee being kicked out :D

 

Posted by Sarah at 6:45 PM [Permalink]
Categories: At Home, Homeschool Projects
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

New Forest Walk

Yesterday .....beautiful. Look at that sun in the second picture! *sighs happily*

 

 

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

A Thought

So very true .....

 

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Nothing to say but ....

...will have a lovely dinner with my sweetie this evening....

...and hope everyone had a wonderful day and will have a wonderful evening!

Love xx

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Catchy-Upy

Hmmm... Tim finishes work today for a short holiday so a round up before then.....

Last Sunday was glorious, it was actually pretty warm in the sun! We all headed outside to do some garden clearing up - not actual gardening (although we did clear some previously cut down stuff that hadn't managed to find it's way into the garden bin yet!) but throwing out old toys, plant pots that sort of thing. We also moved the play logs around as we have to do this occasionally so the grass grows evenly - ditto the trampoline! Talking of grass, we also had to section off a fairly large area which had been run bare by April playing about on it when it was muddy, we need it to grow back!

Monday my lovely hubby treated us to a trip to Lush! Came home with a bagful of shower gel, shampoo, face powder, lip gloss (that tastes like candy hearts!), bubble bath and (mmmm!) a massage bar. Had a nice stroll along Poole harbour too and lusted after the enormous yachts.

Last few days have been mostly routine, housework and homeschool.

April has been sketching ......

...and deciding she wanted to study bees so began making a lapbook.....

Rosie painted this ....the character is called Edward and actually belongs to someone she knows on Deviant Art and she drew it for them .... but I had to show him .....that monocle and top hat and gotta love the way that little pinkie claw is stuck out holding the cup! Hilarious.

Oh, and just to prove I sometimes have too much time on my hands and like to totally confuse my hubs, witness this! I was trying to work out how to make hearts on my phone and send them to him! Apparently, entering certain combination of numbers works but I'm not great with these things..... behold his baffled question marks :D

...and his response! Ha ha!

Posted by Sarah at 12:15 PM [Permalink]
Categories: April's Art, Homeschool Projects, Places, Rosie's Art
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Saturday, February 07, 2015

Dinner Rolls

Tim's off playing the pianoforte this evening for a little concert thingy so I've been abandoned to have dinner alone and watch a dvd (Mr Darcy most likely ....) Tim did treat me to a bottle of pink sparkly wine though (a small bottle I hasten to add, not drinking a big one by myself!) which made me happy :)

Anyway, before I do that, I wanted to share my favourite dinner roll recipe with you ....why? Well, I made them today so it seemed a good idea!

They are utterly soft and light and delicious!

 

You will need:

500g strong white bread flour

40g softened butter

1 1/2 teaspoons salt (or a little more depending on taste)

2, 7g sachets of dried fast action yeast

300ml warm water

oil for kneading

Method:

Put the flour into a bowl, add the butter and rub in.

Add the yeast on one side of the bowl and the salt on the other. DO NOT let them touch directly or the salt will kill the yeast! Stir everything together.

Add half your water and, using the handle of a wooden spoon, start mixing the dough together. Continue to add water until everything has come together.

Put some oil on your worktop and tip the dough out. Knead for about 10 minutes by using the heel of your hand to push and stretch the dough out then rolling it back up, turning it and stretching it out again.

Place the dough into a bowl, cover and leave for about an hour or until doubled in size.

When ready, remove from the bowl, knock back, knead briefly and then cut into 8 pieces. Shape into rounds and place on a greased baking tray so they are fairly close together (so you get the nice "tear and share" thing going on!)

Leave to rise again.

Preheat the oven to 220c and when the rolls have about doubled, bake for around 30 minutes. They should should hollow when tapped on the bottom if they are done.

That's it!

PS - on a completely different note, we now have an appointment at the cardiac unit of Bournemouth hospital for Rosie to have an echocardiogram. She's going on the 18th March so hopefully we'll get to the bottom of things once and for all. Pretty quick appointment time to be honest, was expecting to have to wait much longer!

Posted by Sarah at 6:40 PM [Permalink]
Categories: At Home, Cooking
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Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Photo Post

Whilst we were in an anxious wait over Rosie, life continued on so here is a quick photo round up of some stuff!

Snow! We don't really get snow much in our little corner of the world so when we do it's cause for much excitement. I think our garden looks so pretty in the snow, Floyd wasn't sure though!

 

Crafting - loom knitting to be precise. It think this helped a lot when I was worried about Rosie, I just lost myself in the knitting and forgot for a while.

I finished Rosie's blanket - remember this? The scrap yarn blanket! I ran out of scrap yarn in the end so it's not very big but she can drape it round her shoulders or put it over her lap.

 

A snake

 

Ankle socks

 

....and I've started a new sweater now the loom is free of the blanket! I kind of made up a stitch for this one and it's quite pretty.

 

 

Homeschool - we've had spontaneous writing by the bucketload! Here are some little booklets I make April (just paper, folded and fastened together with paper fastners). She's finished one and started another. Sorry for bad quality - she was writing in bed in the evening and the light wasn't good!

 

Our continued botany study of beans/seeds. This is the surviving bean seed from our experiments a couple of weeks back - it's really sprouting! I love the fact that it's in a glass jar - the light is lovely through it and we can see all the roots (roots are next up in our study!)

 

We're also about to review grammar symbols (all parts of speech), commence some serious word study (whoops! bad mummy kind of neglected that a bit!), carry on our timeline of kings and queens and dig out the timeline of life - all using Montessori.

Posted by Sarah at 4:28 PM [Permalink]
Categories: Crafts, Homeschool Projects, Winter
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Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Relief

Well, Rosie had her ECG and there were no problems - her heart rhythm is completely normal and regular. Her blood tests also came back completely normal.

The doctor is basically happy that there is nothing seriously wrong but as she definitely does have tachycardia (overly fast heart rate) and a murmur they are sending her for a heart scan just to be on the safe side. They don't seem massively concerned though and did point out that there could be any number of reasons for a heart rate that is faster than normal - too much caffeine, too little exercise, stress ....the list goes on.

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