April 2011

There’s no escaping red, white and blue this week as the nation is decorated to celebrate the wedding of Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton in Westminster Abbey tomorrow.
I don’t like to be left out of these things and I’ve added a bit of decoration to my garden too, of course in red, white and blue!!

My knitting also had a red, white and blue theme this week. With the help of my graph paper (I had to get it right) I designed and knitted a Union Jack bag.

I also had to get my souvenirs of the big occassion and as I don’t plan to do much cooking tomorrow as I will be in front of the television all day at least we can have tea and biscuits! 🙂

The bunting is up and we are ready to celebrate!!

I would like to send my very best wishes to William and Kate and I hope they have lifelong happiness. I hope that after the ‘big day’ apart from official engagements, they will be left alone to enjoy their marriage in private and that lessons have been learnt from the past.

I’m sure you will join me in a toast to the royal couple.
To William and Kate!!!!!

Enjoy the day! 🙂

I thought it was time to take another walk in ‘my park’ and no better time to do it than now, when the bluebells are in bloom. Of course you know by now that it’s not my personal park (I do have to share it with others) but I like to think of it as an extension of my garden as it’s only a 10 minute walk from my home and it’s a place we use often.

When it’s bluebell time the park is covered with them especially the woodland areas.

This year bluebell time is earlier than usual. It’s usually mid May before the park looks like this but the weather has been so good lately that the bluebells have decided to join us sooner than they normally do!

They really do put on a beautiful show!

I love how from distance it looks like a blue carpet.

Of course I couldn’t admire these pretty little flowers without having a go at making some of my own bluebells !!!

I do hope you all had a lovely Easter and a good start to the new week. We all have a wedding to look forward to this week, how exciting, I can’t wait!!! 🙂

Have a very happy, chocolate-filled and hopefully sunny Easter Sunday !!! 🙂

N.B. Knitted egg from Little Cotton Rabbits you can find the pattern here.

The Easter tree is up, well it’s really a decorated bunch of pussywillows!

All the little bunny and egg decorations have been hung on the branches and others have been displayed around the house.

I love Easter, it’s my favourite holiday season of the year. Now it’s quite like Easter in my house all year what with all the rabbits about the place (and the chocolate 😉 ) but Easter is a good excuse to get a few more bunnies on display!

Over the years since my children were small we have collected quite a few Easter ornaments and of course add some new ones every year.

This little green rabbit lavender sachet arrived in the post this week. I bought it from the lovely Etsy shop Mooncalfmakes, it is so pretty and it smells wonderful. Mooncalfmakes also has a lovely blog which you can find here.

I managed to get a bit of Easter baking done as well, some more bunnies in there too.

Well that’s it, decorations up, baking done, nothing left to do but eat the chocolate now, it’s a hard life! 😉
Hope you too are enjoying some Easter preparations and treats!

One of the prettiest sights of the moment is cherry blossom!
In gardens and parks, it’s everywhere and it’s beautiful.

The colours vary from white to various shades of pale pink right through to the deepest magenta.
My cherry tree produces gorgeous white blossom which when pictured against the blue skies we’ve been fortunate to have of late is simply stunning.

So with all this beautiful blossom about I’ve been inspired to make another little bag which you have had a few glimpses of in recent posts.

This is my cherry blossom bag knitted in an alpaca/cotton mix yarn in what I can only describe as cherry blossom pink.

I have lined it in a pretty little pink floral fabric and …..

….. have given it creamy white crocheted cherry blossom flowers and knitted leaves.

The little Easter bunny parade seem to approve!!!

Happy Monday everyone and as always thanks for dropping in! 🙂

Hi everyone, just popping in to wish you all a wonderful weekend!!

I treated myself to a nice bunch of gerbera today to bring a bit of sunshine into the house, although today has been quite nice, sunshine has been in short supply around here this week. Hopefully the weekend will be sunny and bright.

I have no idea where this week has gone to, I haven’t got half the things done that I wanted too.
One thing that has been finished (thanks to my husband) is my raised bed. It has been put in place and now we just need to get it filled.

I did manage to get some seeds planted in the greenhouse for veggies that I want to grow in the new bed. I’ve got onions, two types of carrot, courgettes, beetroot, spring onions, peas and beans all sown.

One of the things I didn’t manage to get finished was this bag, hopefully I’ll get round to some knitting over the weekend.

Anyhow I had better love you and leave you and get on with some more things that I need to do before dinner, as you can see from the above photo it’s getting a lot like Easter around here!!

Hope you all have a wonderful, sunny weekend!!! 🙂

A spot of knitting.

Receiving and loving not one but two scented hearts, thanks Emily and Val!

The beginnings of a new raised bed.

Deciding what I’m going to grow in the new bed.

Cooking sweet potato, red onion and goats cheese lasagne for dinner.

Still enjoying spring!!!

There were other things such as tidying up, washing and ironing, cleaning windows, a trip to a builders yard and B&Q but no one wants to see those things, do they!

Have a great week everyone! 🙂

These pretty little forget-me-nots are out in bloom all over my garden and in both my next door neighbours’s gardens too!
They do like to spread themselves about a bit!

They are such a sweet little flower and such a beautiful shade of blue or purple, I never can decide which it is.

As quite often happens I get inspired by flowers and I’ve made a little bag using these lovely forget-me-not colours.

I crocheted some little flowers in a bluey-purple shade and used a nice mossy green for the leaves.

The lining is a floral pattern in toning colours.

I sewed small yellow beads in the centres of the flowers to echo the real flowers.

Well as I said in a previous post April equals Easter and Easter equals bunnies! So this little bun and I wish you all a wonderful weekend and thanks as always for ‘visiting’! 🙂

Yesterday we went horse riding, when I say we I mean my daughter went riding, her dad and I watched. It’s a few years since she has been, she started riding at 14 years old and continued doing so every week until the age of 16 when ‘A’ levels got in the way and there just wasn’t enough hours in the week to fit everything in. Riding then had to take a back seat but she always said she would go back to it one day and seven years later, yesterday was that day.
We had kept all the horse riding gear carefully packed away and she was delighted that it all still fitted!
Going to the riding lessons was always a pleasure for me, although I don’t ride myself I loved being around these beautiful animals and it was great to be back.

Happily it all came back to her and she was so pleased that she could still do it, I think it’s one of those things that you never forget. She spent some of the lesson in the arena practising her rising trot and cantering and generally getting used to getting back in the saddle. Then they all went out down a little country lane for a hack. Something so nice about watching people on horseback in the countryside.

This is the very beautiful and gentle Belle who was Lyndsey’s friend for the day!

And this is Tilly, who was Lyndsey’s pony when she was riding here 7 years ago. We asked if she was still at the riding school and they brought us to where she was stabled. At the moment this photo was taken she was pawing the ground because she knew I had a packet of polo mints in my pocket, happily this gorgeous girl hasn’t changed a bit. Needless to say she had half a packet of mints before I left her!

We all really enjoyed ourselves, such a lovely way to spend some time and guess what we’re all going back again next weekend! 🙂

I hope all you mother’s out there are having a great day!

I have been very spoilt by my family with lots of lovely things but having them all in the one place at the one time is the best bit.
To D, S & L, lots of love to all three of you and thank you so much for all the lovely gifts! xxxxxxx

Happy Mother’s Day ! 🙂

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