31 March 2013

Happy Easter everyone

Did you remember to put your clocks forward in the UK? Looking forward to the lighter evenings? I know I am.

The perfect combination for this weekend is knitting and cake.  I still have my head cold, though feeling heaps better than Thurs/Fri so its just as well the weather has been rough as I've not felt like being out in the garden.  Peter did get the grass cut yesterday afternoon during a sunny spell and assures me we are trimming hedges today! Looks too cold out there right now.  We keep getting the odd snow flurries, this was one brewing yesterday whilst we were in town. Luckily we were in cafe Nero at the time (photo shot through glass).

Dark skies over the Senate House - Cambridge
I had a whim to make a Simnel Cake after watching Mary Berry on TV the other evening, so here is my effort.  I didn't have enough marzipan to complete the decoration as I'd eaten a quarter of the packet already.  This won't win prizes for its decoration but hopefully will taste good. Its also supposed to be round but I only had an 8" square tin.

As mentioned the other week I have started the Frilled Dress.  This is the back ruffle section, very interesting construction.  Yarn as on the link.

Whilst at knitting group recently I was given a part knitted child's sweater and a ball of yarn and asked if I could finish it.  Always up for a challenge (no pattern) I thought I would give it a go.  On closer inspection the ball of yarn given was an Aran weight whilst the sweater was DK, so wouldn't do.  I trawled through my stash of white yarn, picked out what I hoped would match but after a few rows it was clear that it was the wrong shade of white. What to do?  Frog it and knit something else, which is what I ended up doing and here is the result,  all that's left is a small amount of the pale pink yarn.  These will go in the charity bag at Medway Craft Group.  Patterns are Sublime - Rosy Posy Hat and Sugar Plum Cardi

That's it for today hubby is awake and wants a cup of tea. Enjoy the rest of your Easter and stay warm.

26 March 2013


My neighbours gutter is leaking over our Cotoneaster in the drive, it will be interesting to see how big this gets if the weather stays as cold.  At least the snow has gone..... for now.

Easter weekend is looking cold with maybe a few snow showers on Friday.  We have so much clearing up in the garden still to do and we had hoped that the 4 day Easter holiday would break the back of it.  Not much fun working outdoors in freezing weather though.

8 week 2 days to go...........

24 March 2013

How quiet it is when he's gone

Just back from dropping Rufus home from his weekend with us.  The house seems very quiet, just me and hubby.  We had a great time, tired I won't lie there, but he is so much fun.  The weather helped too.

We had light snow all day Saturday, just wet and miserable. After Friday I thought the boxes would be redundant, but  they spent the whole of Saturday afternoon playing with them.

Pops became a climbing frame....

Snow started in earnest around 5pm and started to settle even though everywhere was very wet. We woke to this

 Auntie Rachel came for breakfast and had to take a turn in the box

We then went out into the snow

 We were out for about 40 minutes then came in for a warm up and dry clothes.  Chill out time under the finished orange blanket, watching Winnie the Pooh

Then it was time to take him home as we were invited for Sunday lunch.  Rebecca and Laurie are both full of colds, but Laurie could still manage a few smiles.

So here we are just us two and a weekend full of photographs (around 300 of them) to look through.  I hope you enjoyed your weekend as much as we did.