The beginnings of Spring and a love of stripes!



What a change from my last post! This was just the beginning of this week – we made the most of it, Little Miss H and I, and went to the beach after school. It was still chilly but we had a glorious time playing football, finding shells and admiring the dune buggies racing around. Although keeping Little Miss H away from them proved tricky! She is definitely an adrenaline junkie – already! So we retreated to the safety of the dunes.


Look at the gorgeous blue-as-blue-can-be sky with just a smattering of wispy clouds – does that not make you yearn for summer, or at least spring?

The other thing that I’ve been doing this week in any spare time that I could scrape together is making a delicious wavey stripey blanket for No 1 Son. We started by going to the beautiful wool shop. I would love to order wool online but I am a sucker for feeling it and being in a wool shop is my idea of heaven. We don’t have too many but I love the one that I go to – friendly people and an extraordinary selection of wool for such a small shop. Anyhow, No 1 Son chose some colours to go with those he’d already selected from my stash and here they are:



Wowzers it’s going to be bright! The yellow at the bottom is nearing mustard and the blue is the most perfecty perfect turquoise. So since then I have been crocheting like a mad thing!


Loving the ripply goodness of this blanket – so relaxing to crochet, a lovely rhythm of up and downness (aplogies as I am making up all kinds of words today!!) which is working up just beautifully – No 1 Son can’t wait for it’s completion. Unfortunately it’s just big enough for Little Miss H to snuggle in so wrestling it away to keep going on it can be tricky!


Here’s another shot of ripply goodness for you! I do love it so. And as No 1 Son says ‘There’s love in every stitch’ – he’s right, there is!

Twenty-nine stripes done of trebles and probably the same amount to go – when it is finished and it’s ripply glory is complete I will post a reveal – in the meantime I’m just gonna keep on rippling!

Hope that you are having a happy time wherever you are and that the weather is being kind.





Snow and a tah-dah!

Being billed as one of the warmest places in the British Isles we do not expect snow, we are not prepared for snow and quite a few of us panic at the sight of snow! So imagine our surprise when a ‘RED’ warning was posted for my little part of the world …. shock, horror … buy bread, buy milk, stock up. Well the snow arrived and looked like this ….DSCN0569

    Yes it was pretty. Unusual and very lovely for a Monday morning.

    No getting up for school, no lunchboxes to make … just playing in the snow.

And then it just carried on … snow where I come from does not just carry on. We get a day, we enjoy the day, the snow melts and life carries on as normal. Not this time!





  Nope this time it kept on snowing! This was Tuesday morning and

  a lull before the snow got going … again!






DSCN0593And this was Tuesday evening … still snowing! I love the way my solar power lights look like little toadstools!                        DSCN0654

As of Wednesday morning you couldn’t even see the chimena or the lanterns and there was a five foot snow drift at the bottom of the garden (believe me … I stood in it … and it was as tall as I was … getting out of it was, shall we say, interesting!)

Unbelievable, but it does extraordinary things to the landscape. Roads that were busy became silent. Trees that were bare became coated and looked beautiful.



A most beautiful view from our back garden … always special but this time breathtaking.


And in the midst of all the snowball fights, igloo making, snowman building and hot chocolate drinking a blanket was finished. Here it is – my granny baby blanket. I am inordinately pleased with it – bright but not too bright, girly without being too pink and with a sweet little edge that I found over at Attic 24. I love Lucy’s creations and hers is a must view blog.


Here is a closer look at the edge as well as a little look at a lovely mug that my gorgeous children bought me for Mother’s Day (I can’t believe that was nearly a week ago … where does the time go?)


And now from the sublime to the ridiculous! Comic relief day today and No 1 son decided he would be a dalek. Well as of Wednesday morning the dalek, it has to be said, was a box with a few bits stuck on it. That is until he invited me to help him … remodelling was the name of the game so we made it less like a snow plough, painted it grey, daubed silver enamel over it, stuck on plungers, paint roller cages and cardboard tubes and it morphed slowly (and sometimes painfully) into a dalek … Here it is in all it’s daleky glory – I wonder how long it will take residence in my lounge for?? Hmmmm, where’s a wheelie bin when you need it? No 1 Son is talking about wearing it at Halloween … Nooooooo!!


On that bombshell I will leave you! Another blanket has been started (this time it is a ripple and extremely therapeutic!) and I feel it calling me!

Til next time, have fun!





Woods, creating and progress!

Another mad week in the toadstool tales world. This week I was involved with ‘Art Week’ at the school where I spend my days. What a fabulous week it has been! I can’t find a way to do the mosaic montage thingie so we will have to do our best, choose only a few photos  and cope with scrolling through them.

I spent a gorgeous day in the woods on Tuesday and the children made dream-catchers out of willow ….



Then we decorated posts with things that we found in the natural environment (except for the string!) …


Many apologies for the very pale photos – this strange yellow thing that I’ve not seen for a while was in the sky … think it might be called the sun!

We also made fire – sorry no photos for this as I was too busy keeping small hands out of the ‘danger zone’ and making hot chocolate and toasting marshmallows! Then there was den building and also shelters. Plus making beads out of elder. What a fantastic day I had and thanks must go to the teacher that requested my presence.

I have also helped to make large willow dragonflies with the children … again a totally fantastic experience, as well as sketch, draw, marble and many other techniques. This week has definitely been one that I will remember for a long time. I have felt completely at home with all these glorious creative activities!

On the hooky front I am getting close to finishing the patchwork blanket for my friends little girl (due in April!). The dreaded Ends still need sewing in and I can’t decide if another row is needed. Hmmm, what to do?!


I do love the way the vibrant purple interacts with the paler colours – yum!


And one more … just because I love the apple tree that hangs over our fence and the ivy creeping up it. Not good for the fence but I do love it. 


Well I’m off now to decide whether another row is in order or to just leap into the stripey border without a care in the world. We will see!

Until next time I hope the sun is smiling on you.



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