Monday, 25 January 2016

Socks, cakes and decorating

Goodness another 2 weeks disappeared in a flash and what have I got to show for it - well as the blog title says 'socks, cakes and decorating'.
First the socks - I had this from Christmas from Nina

Sock wool and a round needle (which arrived later). I fancied trying my hand at sock knitting and by using a 70% wool yarn hopefully they might keep my feet warm!! My starting point was here - Winwick Mum's sockalong, which has very clear instructions for people like me who are beginners, and I'm not doing too bad. I'm over half way through the first one and am pleased with it. I hope to get more done when we go away in the caravan later this week (pictures when I finish!)

Cakes - a lovely Saturday morning baking

  toffee chocolate brownies and treacle and walnut cake

Cappuccino squares - (well they will be once they are cut up!)

All very yummy! and just in case you were worried about how much cake David and I eat - I froze nearly all of it in small portions to be eaten as and when.

Decorating - well that's not really me doing that but I have been making new curtains

As always I end up cutting out on the lounge floor, but with very few seams to sew I have finished them apart from the hems, which I'll do once the curtain rail goes back up and I can measure the length. The result of the decorating will mean that with a bed move out of Charlotte's bedroom and into the newly decorated bedroom (which belonged to Jonathan) I can at last, have a proper sewing room!!! I CAN'T WAIT. I have had my Gran's old pine kitchen table for at least 30 years, waiting in the garage for a point at which I could use it, and that time has at last come. So watch this space ......

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Back to normal

Finally I feel we are back to normal - I guess you probably feel the same. We have had a lovely Christmas down in Cornwall with a lovely lunch in The Basement, Padstow.

Followed by a walk on Harlyn beach, not forgetting to send a message to the member of the family who was not with us

Christmas morning and a baby under the tree

A visit to the Cornish Arms before lunch

More walks this time on cliff tops on Boxing day 

Ending up at Treyarnon Youth Hostel for a hot drink.
The following day another windy walk from Treyarnon to Constantine Bay and back

Home and work for 2 days and off in the caravan to Cambridge for New Year.

Having never been to Cambridge I was looking forward to visiting it and wasn't disappointed

Cobbled streets and beautiful buildings - we never got to the colleges or the river, running out of time.

New Years Day saw us in Thetford - the village made famous by the filming of 'Dad's Army'. As David is a Dad's army fan he was keen to find the bronze statue of Captain Mainwaring, which I have to say took some finding, but find it we did.

A solitary figure on the riverside.

From Thetford we went over to Ely, which was lovely despite the cold dull day.

A walk down to the canal took us through Jubilee Gardens

and then along the canal side

I have to say that although I enjoyed the walk I was glad to get back to the warmer car!

And now after a week at home the caravan is back in storage, the washing is done, food is in the fridge, I've finally finished Nina's cardigan,

 and things are back to normal!