Tuesday, 29 November 2016

A trip over Blubberhouse Moor.

On Saturday, we took a trip to Harrogate for the Knitting and Stitching Show.

The day was glorious and the drive over full of chatter.

I didn't take many photos because its just soooo busy. 

But I did make a few purchases, no fabric for a change!!

In the lovely handmade paper bag is the beautiful Knitting book below.

Soo all I have to do now is find the time, in between all my painting, to locate the wool and needles!!!
Our other trips to Harrogate are here, here, here and here.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Sand, paint, repeat. . . . .

It feels like forever since I posted on my Blog.

Over the last few weeks I've been mainly sanding and painting.

The hallway was first, it was very stressful, gloss paint takes ages to dry and could ruin a school uniform in seconds!!!!

Whilst sanding, previous layers of paint began to show through, orange and green!!!!
Wow I can hardly imagine our small hallway with orange or green woodwork.

The sitting room was next, all the furniture moved and the woodwork painted.
For the last few weeks I done a lot of shouting 'wet paint'.

Then the carpet was removed, hallelujah, bye bye pink carpet!!

Having had weeks of no paid work I've thrown myself into the DIY, so on Wednesday I was pleased and panicked to finally receive a small amount of work. Pleased for obvious reasons but a bit panicked as I've got loads more painting to do . . . . . 

So we had a day with no carpet, keeping our fingers crossed the carpet fitters didn't cancel.

Then on Thursday, after moving the last of the furniture into the kitchen (what a squeeze) they arrived. 

So we know have beautiful new carpet in the sitting room and on the stairs and landing. After years of old carpet it feels lovely. The next room to receive new carpet will be my daughters room which needs a full repaint!!! (She wants a different colour)

Our little Bugsy has been slowing down for a few weeks, he seemed happy enough just not as quick to run down stairs for his breakfast. Sadly this week he passed away.

Friday, 4 November 2016

Happy Half Term!

Half term arrived at just the right time for me. I have no work (see previous post) at the moment so I was able to spend the week trying to entertain the children!!

Saturday was just me and my son, we visited Beacon Fell Country Park to meet up with some friends.
Walking through the woods, just the two of us and he's saying how with all the mist about, someone could easily jump out on us . .. . . 

We've carved our pumpkins, its so much easier now the children can be trusted with a sharp knife.

We decorated outside ready for the 'trick or treat' children to arrive, we had a grand total of four children, six if you count my two!!!

The pumpkins moved indoors for a few days, mines in the middle with my sons on the left and my daughters on the right.

On Wednesday, after eating lots of Halloween sweets, we had a visit to the dentist.
After a scrape and a polish we went to the Michael Foreman exhibition in the Harris Museum.
It was well worth a visit although it s only on until the 6 November so you'd have to be quick!!

Shopping often features in our school holiday days out.

On Thursday we headed to Lancaster. 

We park outside the City so we can enjoy the walk in to the shops, do a bit of shopping then enjoy the walk back.

The canal is beautiful, the leaves are still falling and the colours are amazing.

The shops have packed away the Halloween stuff and are all getting ready for the Christmas season.

The shopping didn't take long, Fimo clay, bird food and a yoga mat, then back along the canal to the car. 

Today has been a slow day, lots of washing, a small walk and a bit of school uniform shopping.

I put out some bird food today and thought I'd share a picture of my Cosmos. Isn't it amazing, still covered in flowers and buds, sadly one or two frosts and it will be gone, but then it is November!!!