Friday, 16 December 2011
Thursday, 8 December 2011
Tuesday, 8 November 2011
Friday, 28 October 2011
Friday, 21 October 2011
Wednesday, 14 September 2011
Monday, 12 September 2011
Friday, 2 September 2011
Thursday, 1 September 2011
Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Monday, 29 August 2011
Thursday, 25 August 2011
Sunday, 14 August 2011
Saturday, 30 July 2011
Saturday, 23 July 2011
Tuesday, 5 July 2011
Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Monday, 27 June 2011
Sunday, 26 June 2011
So, how did I get back into my more usual frame of mind? I did a bit of crafting of course. This time it was crochet. Just lately I've enjoyed doing things other than embroidery and one of those things is crochet. One of the reasons I love the internet so much is because it is a constant source of inspiration. No matter what your interests are there is something on the web about it. This crocheter/knitter has some lovely things to try and I have just spent the last two days making a tea cosy. It took me two days because I'm very slow and also did other things in between crocheting...
Friday, 24 June 2011
Tuesday, 21 June 2011
Saturday, 11 June 2011
Sunday, 29 May 2011
Before I went I shaved my legs and under my arms, something I tend not to do as often as I should. Anyway, there I was clean shaven and wearing a skirt and top, something else I tend not to wear very often, usually I’m in trousers. I walked in and the assistant asked if she could help me. I told her I was looking for a day dress. She immediately said that they don’t stock day dresses. There I was, willing to pay about £75 for a decent dress and feeling terribly disappointed. “Sorry” she said and walked into her office/stock room.
I was so certain I would get a dress easily. Aren’t they all the fashion this year?
So, what did I do? I visited Bonmarche. Now this shop is considered cheap. I looked up the French interpretation of Marche (sorry, can’t put the accent on the e with the computer) and it means cheap or market. But who cares, I actually got a dress. In fact I got two dresses and a little cardi thing…
And it fits!!! The cardi with the above dress was from Sainsbury’s.
This is the other dress and cardi, both from Bonmarche
It has got shiny bits on it but the aren’t too noticeable. And wearing the cardi hides the fact that it is a strappy dress, which I don’t like.
Altogether I spent just over my £75 for two dresses and two cardis.
Why is it so hard to find normal dresses? Most of them look as though they are party dresses, or sun dresses. I don’t want to walk around looking like a tart that’s past its sell by date. I want to look neat and tidy and feminine. I used to make all my own clothes but these days I want to be able to buy ready made. I do find that dresses tend to be too short (above the knee) or too long (right down to the ankles). They are also too frilly, I want to look feminine not tarty. Most dresses don’t have nice little sleeves, a must in my opinion as I get older. They are too low, I really do not like to see t**s on display, especially older womens'. I could understand not finding anything if I was grossly overweight, but I’m a standard size 14 (UK) and sometimes a 12. I also still have a waist.
I HATE SHOPPING!!!
Saturday, 28 May 2011
The short break in Weymouth was lovely because of the beautiful weather we were having at the end of April beginning of May. I did a lot of walking and even got a bit of a sun tan, and I don’t tan easily so really I just ended up with a very red face! The hotel we stayed in was ok, though the room we had wasn’t exactly nice. It was clean and the bed was comfortable, the en suite bathroom only had one of those tiny hand basins in it but, as I said, it was clean. The food was fine, proper dinners (meat and two veg) with a very nice starter and dessert, and full English breakfast if you wanted it as well as the usual cereals and fruit juice. The bar lounge was very pleasant too and there was entertainment every night.
I really enjoyed my stay in Suffolk as well. As usual we were made very welcome and enjoyed my SILs always excellent cooking. We had two outings, one to Lavenham, which is a very interesting old town with a lot of Tudor buildings, and a full day in Bury St Edmonds, a really fabulous place with lots of proper shops, not your usual high street chains (these were tucked away in a new shopping precinct).
At home I’ve been doing my usual sewing and trying to learn to hand knit. This knitting lark is a bit of a struggle for me! I’ve knitted a couple of dolls things and a tiny teddy bear. Today I’m having a go at crochet.
In the garden we now have the polytunnel up and running. So far I’ve planted tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli, broad beans, peas, beetroot and carrots. Only a few of each, enough for the two of us. There is still enough room left for some successional sowing, I’m hoping that I’ll be able to extent out harvesting season by doing it this way. Outside my strawberries are doing well, if the weather would pick up a bit we could have strawberries soon. After such a lovely April it’s disappointing that the weather has turned cool, dull, rainy and very windy.
I’ve been doing my usual amount of baking. This week it was almond and apricot cake. It should have been almond and orange cake but I forgot to put the butter into the mixture and it turned out so rubbery it was inedible, the birds and fox got this, it disappeared quickly so they must have enjoyed it!
Thursday, 21 April 2011
Saturday, 16 April 2011
Monday, 4 April 2011
Don’t they look comfy? They have two velcro strap closures so if my feet get a bit hot I could loosen them. Perfect for wearing this summer.
While I was in the shoe shop I chose a pair of slippers too. My previous slippers had to be thrown away, the soles were dropping to pieces. These are what I chose………
Lovely, comfy, warm slippers! These are made by http://www.dbshoes.co.uk/. I was going to buy some of their sandals but I preferred the look of the Hotter ones.
So, that’s me set up with footwear for a while.
Saturday, 2 April 2011
For quite a few months now, I've come to a bit of a standstill with my blog. I've been doing the usual things, sewing, baking, cooking etc but no gardening. The baking I've done is my usual type of thing so nothing new to report there.
Today, for the first time for ages, I had the urge to check on my veg plot. I also went to the nearest garden centre. I was going to buy seed potatoes but when I saw the queue at the checkout I put them back! Everyone must be in the gardening mood, the place was crowded. The other thing I noticed was how much prices seem to have gone up this year.
Back at home I started mulling over what to do in my plot, mainly because of the problem we had last year with the fox. It ruined a lot of my veg even though I'd put protection around the raised beds. I like that there is a fox around, some people dislike them but I think they have as much right to be here as we do. So, what to do? I did think of getting a fruit cage and having it for an area with the veg that the fox seemed to like trampling. Then I thought a bit further. The weather can put me off going into the garden if it's wet and cold so how about a polytunnel. This would mean that I could protect my veg, be out there in all weathers and grow the more tender varieties. After a bit of research and discussion my DH and I decided on an 6 ft x 12 ft tunnel. Yes it's a bit expensive but the garden is our summer hobby and we enjoy our fresh veg so we ordered one.
I'm hoping that this year is an uneventful year. I don't handle stress well and the last few years have been horrible, like last year it was the MIL being ill and dying, my dear little dog being so ill then dying and then my DH breaking his wrist when he fell. The year before that my DH was very ill in hospital then taking months to get back to normal. Please let this year be boring!!!
Friday, 18 March 2011
Saturday, 12 March 2011
This is a trial post from my computer to my blog. There seem to be a lot of extras on Windows 7, and on Microsoft Office. May as well try them out.
This is a little quilt I’ve almost finished. It’s called Friendship Star
The picture really shows up the contrast between the different fabrics, made me notice that one block is not quite contrasting enough. Should get this finished tomorrow – I hope.
Well – it worked and was very easy to do (the Windows Live Writer that is).