Friday, 18 April 2014

Frog spawn, bug hotels, spider webs, rabbits...... Happy Easter!

A few weeks ago we visited some friends and came home with some extras!!
We had gone prepared with our bucket and luckily there where no spillages on the way home.

The frog spawn was checked daily.

And over the Easter break it hatched !!

Also out in the garden this week we have been making a bug hotel (also something we saw on our visit to our friends - thank you!!)

We manage to get hold of an old pallet and then just had to saw it up!!
Easier said than done - wet wood + old saw = very long job.

Most of the gaps have something in ready for some bugs.

Next to our Bug Hotel, I updated the 'canes and string' used for my sweet peas, with a spiders web. We just need a fake spider now to sit on it (no real ones, I cant stand them!!)

And lastly Happy Easter to everyone. 
Our very own Easter bunnies, Agnes and Margo got there first taste (this year) of fresh grass.

 There was definitely a spring in there step as they chased each other round, that's why my daughter is standing on some bricks (like you do) out of the way of there sharp nails!! (I did say 'put some shoes on') 

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Bolton Abbey'

Today we had a day out at Bolton Abbey.

Last time we visited my little boy was in a pram!!
This time he was often well in front, running in his wellie boots.

The priory is beautiful, even on a dull day and the stone work is amazing.

Do you like a nice door? 

One of the popular things to do at Bolton Abbey is to walk across the river on the stepping stones.
The photo below shows the stepping stones and was taken from the website

I suggested we all walk across for a bit of fun, never again!!
My little boys legs are not really long enough, we didn't fall in, but came soooo close.
The water in the photo looks calm, it was a lot faster flowing today and surprisingly deep in the middle.
We may try again, but only when the country suffers from a prolonged drought!!

We did a circular walk, so avoided the stepping stones on the way back.

Look at that, you would almost think they where chatting!
I told him 'If the duck follows us all the way back to the car, you can keep it as a pet', it didn't thankfully. 

To steady my 'stepping stone' nerves we called in at the fabric shop on the way home.
I felt sooo much better.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Early morning walk.

This morning as everyone was still snoozing, I headed out for a walk.

Over the last few weeks I have tried to walk a couple of miles a day.

Around a local reservoir this morning.
Past a few dog walkers and even a tent complete with campers!!

The view is amazing, all you can hear early in the morning is a few birds.

The speck of black on the water above is a Great Crested Grebe, not dirt on the lens!!!

(The photos where taken with my phone, maybe next time I will take my camera.)

Monday, 31 March 2014

Mothers Day cake!!

Mothers Day for lots of people is very commercial. 
At our house its always been about home made gifts.

This year its cake, boiled fruit cake!

This was done in between making my Lego cushion.

I completely forgot to take a photo of the cake before decorating began. . . . . 

The pan above is replacing one of those lovely cake decorating turn tables !!!

Red food colour mixed with white sugar paste = blood bath in kitchen as the excess dye squirts out.

Ready, just in time for a trip to my Mother in laws on Friday. Then just keep the kids away from the other cake, which we delivered yesterday.

Hope everyone had a lovely 'day of rest' on Mothers day (I personally think it should be Mothers week!!)

Friday, 28 March 2014

Lego red.

Taking on-board advice from Amanda at Rabbit House Lane I logged onto Pinterest!!

Several hours later . . . . .I decided to buy a (lego) red pillow case.

My inspiration was close at hand.

The sewing machine was dusted off.

So there you have it,  one happy little boy and hopefully no more dust on my sewing machine.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Melancholy . . . .

My sewing mojo has deserted me.
I can't think of anything to make. 
I don't want to sew.
I feel a little melancholy.

What shall I do?

Drag the family to the beach!!

Don't be fooled by the blinding sun - It was cold!!

The tide was in, but hadn't brought any sea side treasure with it, just pebbles.

Onto the promenade, the rain came, then the hail.

Just to the glitter ball, then back to the car.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Do you know the Muffin Man?

Do you know the Muffin Man, well actually the muffin thief ??

The last muffin . . . .

It's a good job its a quick receipe!

No burnt fingers, we will just have to wait. . . .