Monday, 29 August 2016

Weeks 34 and 35

oopppss, sorry I've been missing a few weeks of blogging, but I'm back now ... so lets see, what's been happening.  Well, lets start with week 34

The start of it saw me having to say goodbye to my dearest friend Sue.  We've known each other forever, or at least thats how it feels.  I met her straight after leaving school and she's been a big part of my life ever since.  We grew up together, if you like.  But she's off to pastures new, a whole new and exciting adventure in France. Yes, I know I should be oh so happy for her, but I hate the fact that she's not going to be down the road to me, or even within driving distance.  It was a very upsetting day for me, but I know its going to be quite some adventure for her, so I'll put on a brave face. 

Also this week, I went for coffee with Maria, and finally sorted out my planning and home organisation desk.  We then took off to the little house for the start of Simon's week off.  The traffic on the way was a nightmare, and when we got there, it was quite cold and windy but boy that sure  did change. 

Ok, now onto week 35

Simon had last week off, and we couldn't have been luckier with the weather.  Actually, we ended up staying longer at the little house, hoping it would catch the sea breeze and be cooler. No such thing, in fact, Kent was the hottest place in the UK.  

A quick rundown .... We took a car full to the charity shop. Took Simon's mum to sittingbourne for a look around, and the funniest of things happened while in Dunelm store.  A lady came up to me and asked if I was "Sandra" ... She said she recognised me from Instagram and even saw Simon walking around the store.  She was such a lovely lady, I'm glad I met her. 

As it was so hot, we put a washing up bowl down for the bears to paddle in. Bertie loved it, Molly wasn't so sure. I did some quilting; Although not easy with Molly on my lap.  The Great British Bake off started, and I'm already hooked. 

We then came home, as the bears had their 6 month check up at the vet. As it was National Dog day, we called into a little coffee shop with the bears, who behaved very well (Bertie, is going through a difficult stage, so may need to see a behaviourist).

Back home, we've decided to have a good makeover of our home, starting with lightening it up, so I've been looking at paint samples.  Saturday saw us go to the Farrow and Ball store to buy our paint, and of course stop for a coffee out. 

There you have it .... our past couple of weeks.  Simon is back at work this week, because of a mix up with one of his partners. Instead, he is now taking next week off and the one after that.  So hoping we can get on with using the paint and making the changes we have planned. 

I hope you've all had a lovely few week; and are enjoying the summer holidays.  I can't believe that today was the last bank holiday till Christmas.  Enjoy your week friends, and I apologies for not getting around to visiting your blogs. I'm hoping to have a little catch up over the next few days. 

Monday, 15 August 2016

Week 33 ....The week that was

spent getting back into my organising routine. 
Well the first few days were spent at the little house.  We had a long weekend there, and the weather couldn't have been better.  On the Monday, we walked the bears down to the post office, and stopped at a new B&B that had opened for a coffee.  They were so lovely and let us take the dogs into the garden, so to get away from the traffic.  We'll certainly be visiting again.

Then our neighbours came back, so my cat feeding duties came to an end, but I did get a lovely candle from SeaSalt as a thank you. The bears too, got a little holiday gift, from their Aunty Maria. 

My sew-a-long starts this week, so I happily got my desk all sorted. I think I may need a few other bits, but I may have enough to get started. 

The bears too, got a new toy and surprise surprise, its still in one piece. 

On Friday night Colin and Maria came over for dinner. I know I've said it before, but goodness, we're just so so lucky to have friends as our neighbours.  

I then made some bread for the first time ... ok, I think I need practice. It didn't really rise very well.

So there you have it, another week gone.  It's been a sad day for me today, I saw a friend who I've known for the longest time, and she's moving to France.  I know she'll be happy, and is great adventure, plus its not forever, but it was sad knowing we won't be in the same country.  

Have a great week friends. 

Monday, 8 August 2016

Week 32 ... The week that was

just for pottering around. 

I would like to have shared a photo of Sasha, who belongs to Maria, my next door neighbour. I was going in and feeding her, while they were on holiday, but sadly Sasha only makes her presence known to me in the form of empty bowls and a full litter tray lol.  I'm sure she knows my voice, which could be an indication of why she went into hiding, but I do love chatting with her, while I'm sorting out her amenities. 

So other than that, not a lot happened during the week
I enjoyed sitting on the new garden furniture in between rain showers and some new china that I ordered for the little house, arrived just in time for our visit.  

We have then spent a long weekend at the little house. Sadly Simon wasn't too well on Thursday evening, or Saturday evening. So it's been a very lazy chilled out visit.  I did manage to do some sewing, and in between bouts of illness, we took the bears walking along the sea wall.  

Not a lot planned for this week, but as its started off on a nice note, with an extra day being spent at the little house. 

Wishing you all a lovely week friends. 

Monday, 1 August 2016

Week 31 ... The week that was

For celebrating.

That's right, as it was our 28th wedding anniversary, last Saturday. It really doesn't seem possible. I can still remember the day so clearly, and all the lovely people that made it so special for us.
So also last week, we finally got some new furniture for our gazebo. We've been looking for ages, and finally found some online.  One of the boxes was too large to come through the house, but the chaps delivering it were so good, they unpacked it on the drive and bought it through. Even took the packaging away.

I also decided to get my hair cut, and it feels so much better ... also back to having blonde highlights again, which makes me happier.

That brings us back to our anniversary, where we took ourselves off to Cranleigh in the morning for a little wander around, and then back home to put the furniture together.  Simon surprised me with a beautiful rose bush in an Emma Bridgewater jug. I also got my first hogben pottery mug, and feel it could be the start of a new love for me lol.

I hope you all have a lovely week.  I'm doing a little cat feeding, for my neighbours cat, only she's being elusive in the photography department, but I'm hopeful.


Monday, 25 July 2016

Week 30 .... The week that was

Spent mostly at the little house.

We actually started the week at the little house, as we made a long weekend of it.  On the Monday, we had a bookcase delivered from Cotswold Co.  I'm in love with it, and although flat packed, it was really easy to assemble (ok, I was just the assistant, but I did that really well lol).

It was the most amazing weather, and we certainly made use of it, with lots of BBQ's and just watching the world go by.

Other things while back at home in Epsom, included me finding some bargains in the Laura Ashley sale, which are perfect for the Little House; a new cookbook, and as its been very hot, we got the bears a hard shell paddling pool, which Bertie loved.

Then on Friday morning, the bears had a visit to the groomers. They always take after photos of them, and usually its a theme photo ... This months it was a seaside one! ... Couldn't be more perfect.  Doesn't look like Molly was too happy, but my boy loves dress up lol.

It was then back to the little house for the weekend.  Well, you've got to make use of the lovely weather too, haven't we.  Who knows, how long it will last!

The town was all dressed for the holiday makers, and I picked up this lovely lobster print fabric from a new quilting shop, will be perfect for some cushions and maybe some bunting too.

There you have it, all back for a Monday.  Weather is still warm although a little cloudy today, but I am hoping it still stays dry and nice.

Wishing you all a lovely week, I've some creative plans running around in my head, so hopefully I can get a start on them this week.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Showcase your photos

This is a post, I did a while ago for Friends Over the Fence blog, but I thought I'd share it here with you, I hope you don't mind.

How many of us have boxes hidden away with old family photos or draws full of those packets that we used to pick up from the chemist of our developed holiday photos?

Well as a scrapbooker and Project Lifer, I'm always conscious of sharing memories taken by us, but even those, are often put onto layouts and then filed away in albums.

So at the little house, I wanted those memories and especially the ones that were taken and made at the house all those years ago, to be available and accessible to all those that visit.

Firstly we contacted family members and asked if we could scan in old family photos, and then printed them out, and now keep them in this glass bowl on the side.

I can honestly say, everyone that comes to the house loves going through the bowl and reliving those family memories, and so often we find out new stories that we've never heard before. 

I've also asked family members to write down who is in the photo, so that we never forget.  Its a joy spending time rummaging through the bowl and looking back through old photos. 

I've actually decided that I'm going to print out some of Mum and Dad and include them in the bowl, even though they never got to visit the house, I want them to be part of the little house too. 

Monday, 18 July 2016

Week 29 .... The week that was

When summer finally arrived.  Although for how long, is anyones guess, but for now, I'm enjoying it.

Ok, so lets see what week 29 held.

I've been on a mission to clear out my craft room, not completely clear it you understand, that would take more than a year lol.  No, I just need to really take stock of what I have, so I started with fabric and now I've moved onto paper and embellishments.  Which handy for me, Jo has been on a stash ban, and not bought anything all year, so she got a rather large bag of goodies.  Which she came over to pick up and had a Molly cuddle at the same time.

My black eye really mad itself known.  Simon and I attended another Aga cookery demo day, although I think they must have changed it last moment, as it was meant to be summer time menu, instead basically another get to know your aga.  Still, I enjoyed it, and made some easy flat breads when I got home, that they made there.

Also this week, suddenly I heard a loud clatter, and our boiler front fell off! ... All wires too were just hanging.  Luckily Simon managed to fix it.

Maria and I took the bears to the park too, and they absolutely loved it. To be fair, I loved it just as much.

Also this week, we went around to Colin and Maria's for dinner. Oh my goodness it was gorgeous.  Then Saturday morning we packed up and headed for the little house.  The weather here has been glorious and we've had walks along the sea front when it's not been too hot, and we've had our first BBQ here too of the summer. Mind you, the bears are suffering in the heat a bit, but it doesn't stop Molly from grabbing her space on the sun lounger when she can.

We also had a major clear out of the garage.  I had lots and lots of stuff still of mum and dads, so I've sorted through and now have quite a few boxes to take to the charity shop.

There you have it, a lovely week for sure.  This week is starting out perfectly as we're having a long weekend at the little house and the weather is beautiful.