Wednesday 16 November 2011


Today has been gloomy and grey, yet I have had a lovely day. It feels so good to have had a good day. I didn't care one bit about the greigeness (that's a blend of grey and beige, I don't know if it is a well known word or one I have made up). The house has been really dingy so on went the fairy lights and the lamps. And on went my completed ripple snood that I made for Heather and Lucy's ripple along.

The photographs aren't the best as I don't know what I'm doing with a camera and it was, after all, a grizzly day here in the southwest of England.

So this is my Ta Dahhhhhhhh post for my ripple snood. It reminds me of the colours of the sea off the Devon coast at this time of year.... even has a (sea)shell border.

It's made from Rowan Pure Wool DK in the following shades:
Pier 006, Frost 044, Marine 008, Cypress 007
and you can see the start of it here.

What with the twinkle of fairy lights and the snuggle of the snood everything has felt so good today. Perhaps it was because Mini slept through till 6.30am, the boys got dressed with out  fight and Little flew into preschool with out a care in the world. He usually wants to stay at home and whinges from 8am till I drop him off at which point he clings to me like a limpet. When I sneak back to check he's ok he is always (with out fail) racing about with a broad grin on his face. Such theatrics. 

I managed to tame the laundry pile for the first time since returning from New York too and Mini has been so chirpy all day. When he had his afternoon nap I managed 45 minutes of knitting and finally, after five false starts managed to get past the 7th row of these wrist warmers. I'm making them in navy yarn and it's a real pigger to knit with as I can't see the stitches very well.

Big is on top form and has been a joyous little beasty and there haven't been nearly as many scraps or tears after school tonight. In fact, as I type the pair of them are snuggled under a granny blanket together watching a bit of Cbeebies. There's no wrestling nor kicking going on. I can't believe I'm managing to put this spur of the moment post together whilst the rice boils for their supper. Normally I have to be referee. It's so nice. Very very nice indeed.

Maybe there's something in the air for Mr Grumpy Bus Driver acknowledged us with a wave today. We have encountered him on every school run home for the past year and I always smile and raise my hand as we creep past each other on the narrow lanes. Never has he even glanced our way. He just stares past us with the look of grump all over his face. I feel bad for him as he looks sad. But today he raised his hand in thanks as I gave way for him. I'll get him smiling before the Summer. That's my mission. I may have to do Love Actually signs.

I'm even feeling a bit Christmassy and will be starting my Christmas shopping online this evening. Which reminds me of another lovely thing to happen today. One of the PTA committee sought me out in the playground and said they'd had a meeting about the Schools Christmas Fayre last night and would I make some Father Christmas leg cakes like I did last year. That did feel rather lovely.

That's all for today, next time it'll be all about the trip to New York. I just wanted to freeze frame today before my poor memory forgets it. Oh and show you my snood!


Wednesday 9 November 2011

Flying visit

I'm back in good ole Blighty. Goodness me we had a suuuuuper time. It was truly a beautiful holiday. The best bit? Spending a proper amount of time with Rah. I've fallen in love with her all over again. Just as I did when I met her twenty years ago. Little wonder she is one of My Girls.

Anyway I am just flying in to say I'm back, I'm fine, I'm a bit tired, I'm drowning under the chaos of housework and washing, I'm cuddling the boys as much as they'll let me, I've been talking to my besties on the blower, replying to a zillion lovely emails from THAT post. You know, the usual back to life hubbub that occurs after being away.

So in lieu of a real post here's a photo of the wedding that took place a week ago in The Ladies Pavilion, Central Park, NYC.

I totally fancy the pants off Mr C in this photo. 

I'll be back next week with a proper post all about the wedding and the holiday. Also I have some crochet and knitting to Ta Dahhhhhhhh.....but I am a shade jet lagged so that'll have to wait. I can't believe I used to cross several time zones just days apart and still look glossy and groomed. Oh to be 23 again. You should see me now. I look sort of grimy. I'm certain Richard Branson would have to kick me off the crew if I was still a trolley* (as my mate affectionately calls me)


*translation for those who are over seas. We call cabin crew trolley dollies over here. It's usually said as a derogatory term but I've always rather liked it and never minded being referred to in this way. Probably because I am far from doll like in real life.