Sunday, 26 February 2017

Penny's Grand Day Out

Today Penny had a grand day out.


We had an 'uneventful' car journey.
 (On Penny's first journey in the car, alone in the back, she had multiple accidents)


Although the wind was biting and we all felt the cold, Penny loved the sea!!


She is very busy and had no time to pose for photos!


After dipping her paws in the sea we headed for the sand dunes


My son loves the dunes and always has a roll in the sand, filling his wellies full of sand.


I had thought I'd need to carry Penny back to the car, thinking she'd be exhausted but no!
She set a fast pace.


Back home for a mad run around outside and a quick pose for a photo!


Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Meet Penelope

Just before half term, after the children set off to school, my partner & I set off for a day in Wales.
No site seeing, we went to see a puppy!!


We paid our deposit and arranged to pick her up in half term.


The journey there was full of excited chatter but on the journey home we tried to stay quiet and calm!!!


Meet Penelope!!!


Its a steep learning curve. . . . . 


At first she was a bit timid. . . . . 


But she's soon settled in.


Shes even made friends with BB8 (our Bunny)


Well that's it for today, shes had a little snooze, now she needs my full attention!!


Monday, 30 January 2017

Busy accomplishing very little!

January is nearly over and its been a long month.
I've been very busy but I haven't completed my task!!


I've spent a lot of time emailing, researching, telephoning and waiting for replies.


I have managed to do more walking but as soon as I get home I'm checking the phone hoping I haven't missed an important call!!


For several months now I have been attempting to buy a Puppy. 
Then just over a week ago I found just what we wanted and we organised to go and visit on Saturday.


So last week we bought a bed, lead & feeding bowls. 
We ordered a dog crate.
I tidied the garden, made it puppy safe (inescapable)
I even made some beds for in the dog crate!!


The excitement was growing.


Saturday came and we travelled to see the puppy.
On opening the door I was told the little girl puppy we had 'reserved' was no longer available!
Come in have a look at them and do you want a boy instead?


So as we go into February, we are still a dog-less family!!
I do however still have the cardboard dog my Daughter gave me for Christmas!!


Sunday, 15 January 2017

Breathe in the salty sea air . . . . .

 So Week 1 of the school year is complete.


The Christmas holidays seem so long ago.


I don't know who feels more shell shocked, me or the children?


First week back and we have LOTS of homework.


Another SATS workbook has appeared.


Saturday was fine and sunny, so we headed to the beach.
(Leaving the homework for another day)


Breathe in the salty sea air.


Fill your pockets with sandy shells.


And calculate how long before half term . . . . . . . 


Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Happy New Year

So Christmas has been and gone. (It was lovely)


The decorations are coming down tomorrow, to be packed away for another year.
(Always makes me a bit sad and the house look boring)


My new year resolutions are made.
(Very similar to last year, all about losing weight, getting fitter and being more organised)


And today we had a lovely walk around Beacon Fell Country Park.


I collected a few 'things from nature' (more of that another day)


And when I got back home into the warm I got an email saying
'Happy New Year . . . . oh and have you got the drawings I asked for?'
I think that means I'm back at work!!!!!

Sunday, 11 December 2016

DIY Decorations

It all started with a stick, found in the garden, washed and drying on the radiator.


It's another Christmas decorating idea 'on the cheap'

Whilst my stick dried I had a look at some of my other DIY decorations.


My star garland, made with white card and a lot of cutting out.
I thread the stars, with a needle, onto sewing cotton. Then after Christmas remove the cotton and store the stars in an envelope ready for next year!!


Next my twig. Found a few years ago and attached with garden wire to the mirror.
All year round we have things hung on the twig but at Christmas its got to be Baubles, bright cherry red.



Another easy decorating idea is paper snow flakes. We all make a few and slip them under the plastic cover on our dining table.  


Painted pine cones. I think these are from last year.
(Maybe I have time to add some PVA glue and glitter)


Candle jars that we use all year, once again paper stars held in place with copper wire.


Back to the drying twig. Add a little sewing cotton, some red snowflakes, a little stick tape and garden wire for hanging . . . . . 


I think its maybe a little too 'understated'


But light a few candles and the shadows flicker with the heat from the flames.


Tomorrow is a shopping day but on Tuesday I think I might try making a door wreath. 
(I've already spotted a tree in the garden that requires a prune)


OOh I just remembered Dominic, he started out 'just for Christmas' but he stays up all year!!!

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.