Friday, 22 July 2016

Meltdown Month

July always sends me on my way to some sort of meltdown.

The end of the school year -
3 primary school plays
1 high school summer show
1 awards ceromony
1 sports day and a backup day
1 child on a three day trip to London
1 sponsored walk
1 sposored 'human water pipeline'
1 summer fair
3 family birthdays

I've also had a job/work interview, which was ok and they will send some work my way.
(being self employed means work is always famine or feast)

I'm in my second month of being dairy free, so all Birthday baking has been. . . . . different!!!

And today, after I finish making another Birthday cake I have a funeral to go to.
A very lovely Lady who always took time to chat when I had my children and I walked endlessly passed her house. Sometimes you really are lucky with your neighbours and even after we moved it was always lovely to go round for a chat.

So after a long week, I have a Birthday party for 10 years old on sunday. . . . ooh lovely and relaxing!!

We're still at school/work on monday & tuesday, then I'll do a mad /frantic pack on tuesday night to go camping on wednesday.

Ooh I think I need another cup of tea and maybe a chat with Agnes (above in photo) shes such a good listener.

This 'meltdown feeling' is nothing new, when I look back at my blog it just seems to be a normal July.  See here & here

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Getting a head start.

So last year we had a summer 'project' involving a family of little people (lego people). On our days out we would find a suitable position and photograph our 'little family' out and about.

This year I've  we've set ourselves a cycling challenge.

Printed out, and lurking behind the kitchen door is a map of the whole of the Lancaster Canal.

The aim is to cycle the whole length in easy, family sized chunks!!

In a bid to get a head start, we set off today to do a small section.

Starting near Woodplumpton at bridge 35.

Along a very over grown path.

Stopping for lots of snacks.

At this point the brambles, nettles and canal side plants where over 6 foot high and the temptation to leave up this inviting set of steps nearly got the better of me. But we ploughed on.

Carefully watching the path payed off when I spotted this beautiful moth.

With the promise of an icecream we reached Barton Grange Garden centre (bridge 47)

Then the cycle back to the car, cutting out sections of overgrown canal and opting for the footpath near a busy road. In total we did just over 10 miles.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Peeping through the gate

The sun was shining at the weekend (for some of the time!!)

So we visited the seaside. Can you guess which one?

Yes we had a walk around Lytham.

I would love to live in one of the pretty houses. . . . . . 

How I wish we could pop through the gate and have a good snoop around!!!

I also just happened to be passing the fabric shop in Preston!

Visiting with a small boy, you just have to buy a dinosaur!!

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Inspirational Rain

Its been a while since I blogged.
I've been struggling with the holiday blues. We had such a lovely week away, then we crashed back down to reality, work, school, washing, cleaning, wet weather, homework . . . . . . 

I had to be at home on Friday for a work related phone call, so it was either sewing or cleaning?

So the sewing machine was dusted off and taking inspiration from the weather. . .

I made a cushion front to add to a small collection.

When I feel inclined I will finish all the cushion fronts by adding backs!!!
But its not against any laws to have piles of unfinished projects, is it???

So the options for today are,
Sewing or
Getting out and about in the sun?

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Forrest, waterwheel, chapel and sea. . . . . . The End

Inland today, to Kirroughtree Forrest Park.

We didn't bring bikes, although hiring an electric bike did appeal to me!!!

Without the sea breeze it felt sooo much hotter.

Not hot enough for me to be tempted into the lake!!

After a looong walk, it was back to the visitors centre . . .

for some lunch (and free wifi)

Back onto the coastal road, down the coast to the town of Gate House of Fleet.

Hidden away, off the main street to the Mill on the Fleet

A lovely mix of .. . . 

a bit of history

a crammed book shop

a art gallery

a tourist infomation office

and a cafe.

Back to base camp . . . .

Ooh I do love the sea

Everything about it.

But the sea with blue sky is something you can't beat.

Well maybe sea, blue sky and a nice cup of coffee!!!

On our last afternoon we visited the little chapel on the hill, you can just see it hidden in the trees!

Up the winding path from the beach. . . . 

Soo peaceful, what a resting place. . . . .

Forever looking out over the sea.

Back across the beach, filling my pockets with shells as we go. . . . 

Yes its time to go in the sea . . . . . 

You have to go in, even if its just over your ankle.

Ooh how I was still by the sea . . . .