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30 June 2014

Gardening - June beauty


With all the knitting lately, I have been neglecting the garden.  The flowers happily run riot but the veg patch is sadly overshadowed by the trees this year even after our recent major pruning efforts.  I think we will need to rethink the positioning of parts of our garden in the autumn.  

Hopefully we will get some benefits from the work we put in.  The courgettes are coming along, as are the various bean varieties.  The birds have almost finished off the peas before they got started!  Salad leaves and spinach are going to seed and need a cut back.  Onion are doing fine.  Our tomatoes we have in the greenhouse and also up by the house in tubs, hoping that we stay blight free this year.  Potatoes, well we didn't actually plant any, but they seem to be coming up all over the place, I'm thinking that there must have been a few left behind and they got distributed about when the rotavating was being done.









Until the next time, have fun in the sun and enjoy the garden

24 June 2014

Weekend - almost forgot

I was reminded this morning that I hadn't done a round up of the weekend.  It was busy one.  Grandchildren, Festival, Party, Visitors of all kinds.

In no particular order












Party at the Yard in Stamford - brilliant venue for a children's party and great coffee and cake for the adults. They even have Sunday papers.








Knitting - Sunshine & Spots

Updated 25 June to add another hat

A little girl can never have too many hats, so to that end, I have knitted Miss J another one.  This time its a canary yellow number.


Gingham yo-yo with butterfly button

Garter ridge brim


This may just be my favourite of the three, what do you think?



As before - pattern is Fun in the Sun by Angela Turner - with modifications.  Yarn Rico Design Essentials cotton DK

25 June - added 



21 June 2014

Knitting - Red Delicious

Whipped up another little hat yesterday.  Same pattern, but I changed the brim for stocking stitch (I forgot it was supposed to be garter until nearly the end!!), though I like the effect.


Yarn - Rico Design Essential Cotton DK

Pattern - Fun in the Sun Bonnet - without hat band

19 June 2014

Knitting - cuteness warning

Yesterday Rachel and I tried to find a sun hat for Jess that actually fitted her, that wasn't pink or white.  She wanted something bright and cheery.  As I had lots of cotton yarn left over (ok I ordered too much) from the cot blanket and cushion,  I decided to knit one.

In this months' Love Knitting for Baby (June issue) there was a cute hat pattern - Fun in the Sun Bonnet by Angela Turner.  This is my take on it.  I left off the hat band and added my twist to it.  Hope you like it. I actually shed a tear at how cute she looks in it.




 
I now have 3 more to knit to go with other outfits!  Its a very quick knit so its not a problem and I am more than happy to do it

18 June 2014

Family - 4

Rufus 

today we wish you a very happy 4th birthday.  

Its hard to believe that 4 years have passed so quickly.

I was there when you made your journey into the world, 
unfortunately not as you took your first breathe; 
but to hold you for the first time moments later was magical for me.  

We have watched you grow into an independent little boy and are so very proud of you.

Our love goes with you on your continued journey in life



Have a wonderful day love Granny and Pops x x

17 June 2014

Knitting - On the needles

Knitting is going very slowly right now.  I have another Ten Stitch on the go and a sweater which I cast on yesterday at Monday group because I couldn't be bothered to drag along the blanket.



Pattern is Georgie from Patons Play Days



On Saturday it's our Gala Day at the Village Festival.  I am entering the Village Craft and Produce Show, with 3 items of knitwear and 2 jars of jam - 1 Cherry and the other Blackberry & Apple (Granny jam as Ru calls it).

These are my entries, I guess I stand as good a chance as anyone so it will be fun to enter.  I'll let you know how I get on.





16 June 2014

Weekend - round up

Its a week since I blogged, I've been busy with family and stuff, not too much knitting done either.

Friday I went with our eldest to the Gardeners World Live Show at the NEC Birmingham.  I took a few photos, then realised that I had left my spare battery at home so not too many pictures to share.

Allium

Iris and Lupins

Foxgloves

Geum
Verbascum Album 

We listened to a talk by Monty Don, presenter of Gardeners World and owner of Long Meadow.  A very interesting talk and he was very open about his life and work.

As the boys were staying with their Nana and my son in law was away, I stayed over night and we went out for dinner to the Mad Turk in Stamford.  Lovely meal in a quaint surroundings, we ate in the garden which was great and it was lovely to share a meal and talk in peace.  All in all a lovely day out.

Saturday we collected the boys and came back home, leaving Pops with the grandchildren and then went into town to get birthday presents for Ru who will be 4 this week.  Time is going so fast and its hard to believe he will be starting school in September.

Miss J - Hi I'm 16 weeks old already and finally fit into my dresses
Going for a hat vibe this weekend....

not sure Mummy is happy with the motorcycle gear!
doesn't everyone wear a hat with their breakfast?

I am working on a Ten Stitch which has been claimed for Jess, really must get some photos posted of that.  I cast on a sweater for Laurie this afternoon too so plenty of items to work on.