Monthly Archives: January 2014

Crochet Mood Blanket – Week 4

Crochet Mood Blanket 2014

Good evening all, Tuesday’s here again – time to join Hazel’s link party and update on my Crochet Mood Blanket. Boy is it getting big! Already longer than I am and still 4 more triangles to attach. Hey ho, it’ll be a weighty finished item. I always like to veer on the side of caution as I worry things will be too small – this is why I do not sew!

I am looking forward to some sunny Spring snaps so that you can see the true colours as they are much more vivid, but also softer, than these images imply. I love the fact that I would not choose these colours for a blanket but they work so well. I do miss my yellows and browns but I do not feel ‘yellow’ so it cannot appear in my mood blanket. As I have discovered that the weather affects what colour I ‘feel like’ on any given day, brown may start creeping in during the course of the year.

Crochet Mood Blanket 2014

It has been a revelation that I feel so pink for positive days full of family and friends, whereas the working week tends to lean towards various shades of purple depending on stress levels. Beige and greys are for those dark, Winter days, although they do not necessarily imply a dip in mood, just weather conditions! The blues come out when the sun is shining and my mood soars – finding myself outside for at least part of the day definitely lifts my spirits, even if it is just for P.E.. My moss-green day stands out as when I felt most connected to nature this year at the Birmingham Nature Centre (read about it here), though I envisage more green creeping in as the trees begin to leaf. The colours definitely dulled to match my mood towards the end of last week so I am pleased to see the brighter shades return as I regain the spring in my step.

If you are taking part in the Mood Blanket 2014 party, please leave a comment so that I can see how yours is coming on.

Back soon! x



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365 Catch Up

Turquoise Ring
Well good day my dears. Thank you for your kindness in response to yesterday’s post. The haze has cleared a little and things are feeling a little calmer, thank goodness. It therefore seems like a good time to catch up on my 365 project and post my chosen snaps from the last week or so. Above you can see today’s offering which is me admiring my turquoise ring whilst hooking up today’s square for my Mood Blanket 2014. It was a Christmas present from my lovely hubby and makes me smile every time I look at it.

I am really enjoying this project. Many of the photos are less than brilliant, taken on my phone in bad light of an evening, and there is a certain repetitiveness in some of the subjects (I admit, my evenings are not buzzing in variety – I return from work, eat, play and work – limited opportunity for awe-inspiring photography). However, I love looking through them and seeing my life bob along merrily. If I have three days in a row where the highlight of my evening is something scrummy to eat whilst crocheting, hubby sitting by companionably and the Little Man asleep upstairs then I am happy with that.

So here goes…

Key Lime Pie

Saturday 18th January – The day of my party. I admit that I was useless at snapping the food that we served. There was cleaning to be done, food to be prepared and a little one to be entertained. There was no time for step by step snap for making brioche buns, coleslaw or the Key Lime Pie above! Never mind, it was all delicious and we had a marvellous time.

Birthday Picnic

Sunday 19th January – A perfect day. This day deserves a post all to itself and I hope to get round to it very soon. We had some family time at Winterbourne House and Garden, enjoying a picnic of soup and sarnies followed by cake and strawberries. Sunshine and laughter, so much happiness. I love this picture.

Frosty Morning

Monday 20th January – A frosty start to my birthday. Another lovely day. I am so lucky to have such wonderful family and friends.

Tuesday 21st January – At my parents’, crocheting another day’s square after enjoying a celebratory Chinese take-away. Find Tuesday’s Crochet Mood Blanket update here.


This may be a strange picture to post but it fascinates me. The sky was full of a weird, ethereal pinkish glow which captivated me and so it will stay!

Key Lime Pie

Wednesday 22nd January – Finishing Saturday’s Key Lime Pie whilst admiring my Granny triangles. They make me so happy!

Birthday Cake

Thursday 23rd January – And today it was time to polish off the final slice of birthday cake!

Settlers of Catan

Friday 24th January – Welcoming in the weekend with a game of ‘Settlers of Catan‘ with my lovely sister and brother-in-law.

First Granny

The evening was made extra special by some yarny excitement as I taught my sister to crochet. It was a proud night for one and all when she completed her first square!


Saturday 25th January – A truly miserable day weatherwise, it was a blessed relief when the clouds cleared for a short time to let the last of the day’s sunlight poke through.

Soup and Soda Bread

Sunday 26th January – I have already written about my soup and soda bread adventures here.

Jigsaws with the Little Man

The rain was pretty incessant so we enjoyed an indoor sort of day. The Little Man has recently discovered jigsaw style puzzles and I love the concentration on his little face as he attempts to complete them.

Little Man reading

Happily his passion for books continues and he can entertain himself and us for many hours as he explores his favourites.

So, there we are, all sorted and up to date! Thank you, as ever, for stopping by. Your company is much appreciated. 🙂


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Seeking Comfort


Good evening all! I hope you are well. I have been missing my regular postings and did not want to end the weekend without popping by. If I am honest, this last week has been rather difficult, stressful and exhausting. Things have been getting on top of me; my work seems to have become unmanageable and housework just non-existent. There has also been rather a lot of guilt as I have felt rather ineffectual as a wife and mother, even staying late at work a couple of evenings. All in all, I am seeking some equilibrium and intend to get things back on track.

Little Helper

Stage one of the recovery plan was some theraputic domesticity. Providing healthy, homemade food for my family makes me feel good and, as we do not keep in many ready made options, last minute baking is a regular necessity (especially when meal planning has gone somewhat awry). Today’s cooking was especially exciting as, not only did I have a little helper to test the ingredients, it gave me the opportunity to test my birthday new book – Paul Hollywood’s ‘How to Bake‘. As lunch was due on the table in under an hour, there really was only one choice of loaf – soda bread. It is amazing that four simple ingredients (wholemeal flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and buttermilk) can combine to create something so delicious. A great success and I look forward to trying more Hollywood recipes in the near future.

Soup and Soda Bread

The bread was served with my take on the traditional Brocolli and Stilton. As we had no brocolli, it became pea and courgette. Not wholly sure that this was an improvement as these ingredients do lack the flavour of brocolli but it was cheap, healthy and was enjoyed by everyone so no worries.

Anyway, I must dash now but I am ending the weekend with positive thoughts for the week ahead. I hope that you are managing to keep life balanced and are concentrating on the positives. Back soon! 🙂


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Crochet Mood Blanket – Week 3

Crochet Mood Blanket

Good evening all, lovely to see you here. It’s been a busy, happy weekend round here so blogging has slipped. I’ve got a few photos from the 365 Project to catch up on but will get around to all that soon.
Today, however, is time to update on my Crochet Mood Blanket. I am linking to Hazel’s Tuesday Updates in the hope that this should keep me on track throughout the year. It will be wonderful to have a record of how the project develops week by week.


Awful as these pictures are (daylight would help) I have to say that I am loving how this blanket is coming along. I am so proud of the those diamonds joining together my little triangles. Eeek! I cannot wait to see it in a month or two.


Tonight’s square was hooked whilst eating an amazing shortbread buttercream biscuit baked by my lovely mother. They were made on request in lieu of a birthday cake for yours truly and were as incredible as ever. Yum yum!

Well I must love you and leave you as it is past my bedtime. If you are also creating a Mood Blanket, please leave a comment with a link do that I can see how it is coming along.

Take care! x


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The Weekend’s Calling!

Sunny Tree

Just as the last of my children were leaving, I looked up and saw the sun illuminating the branches of this tree. I breathed a sigh of relief. In a few hours the weekend would be here and I would be able to enjoy those precious hours with family and friends. Time to recuperate and take a moment to breathe before it all starts again! We’re having a mini party tomorrow so I shall be back with our chosen menu tomorrow.

Happy Friday to one and all! 🙂

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365 Project – Day 16

The Little Man woke up before I had escaped this morning so it became my duty to bundle him off to nursery. The result was that I became horribly late, dashing out of the house at 7.45 and arriving at work only 20 minutes before the children. On the plus side, I got to enjoy cuddles and a natter with my gorgeous boy and was able to spend a moment enjoying the peace and quiet of sunrise.


Speed through to sunset and I am staring out of a window at work, wishing that I was overlooking my lake at this moment. Such a lovely colour; the water would have been beautiful in this light. Ah well. 🙂

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365 Project – Day 15

Day 15 cuppa

Enjoying a cup of tea with a piece of Baklawa whilst watching Sport Relief Bake Off. Because sometimes that is just what you need. 🙂

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Crochet Mood Blanket – Week 2

Crochet Mood Blanket Week 2

Hello and welcome, it is Tuesday Tally Time! Today’s post will update you on the progress of my Crochet Mood Blanket. Hazel over at Hazel’s Crochet is creating a link party for people to share how they are getting on so I am going to post how it’s going every week (to join or have a nosey, check it out here).

I am still loving my enforced crochet every evening.

Crochet Mood Blanket Week 2

I especially enjoy choosing which colour I will be hooking that evening. Having not assigned a colour for each mood, I just rummage inside my bag and pull out the colour that I am feeling that day. Wouldn’t want to end up with tired/stressed for Monday-Friday every week! Crochet Mood Blanket Week 2

I love the way that the triangles are already beginning to tell a story. Moss green for Saturday as I was feeling relaxed and going ‘back to nature’ with out trip to the Nature Centre (read all about it here).

Crochet Mood Blanket Week 2

Pink for Sunday as I was buzzing after attending a wedding fayre for my lovely friend’s upcoming nuptials. Beige for today as we had a Victorian School Day today and I was seeing the world in sepia. Such fun!

As I did not have a pattern to go by I had to botch together a plan but it seems to be working out okay. As this involves turning the triangle each row I will do the same with my granny squares – it adds pattern and texture, okay?! After a couple of days I decided to change the yellow centres to cream. The look of the yellows with the colours did not look like it did in my mind! As you can see, I still have the maroon triangle to redo. Other than that and a couple of stray ends, I feel we are relatively up to date on progress.

Crochet Mood Blanket Week 2

Yes, I am loving  my granny patches. There will be 14 triangles to make until progressing onto the squares for row 2. 26 rows of 14. This blanket should be some size!

If you are making a Mood Blanket, please add a comment so I can come and see how yours is getting on. 🙂


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365 Project – Days 12 and 13

Lake at sunrise
Evening all! I hope you had a marvellous weekend. Apologies for yesterday. Missing a day had to happen soon but we shan’t panic too much. I did remember the project though and captured a few images whilst feeding the ducks before breakfast.

Lake at sunrise

These are the moments that are special in life. Standing there with my Little Man it was still, peaceful, and very chilly with a frost over the ground. The slight pinkness across the sky slowly faded to be replaced with sunshine.

Morning Lake

Definitely the most beautiful part of the day.

Little Man

Day 13. What today’s picture lacks in quality and skill it makes up for in cuteness factor. This afterall is my life and there are limited photo opportunities on the average week day. My Little Man amusing himself with a book whilst I changed the sheets just melts my heart. He really is just wonderful and today’s picture is for him. x


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Watch Out, Crocs About!

Steel Crocodile

Hehe, isn’t he wonderful?! We found him lurking in the bushes whilst noseying around Birmingham Nature Centre. I love this place. Being one of my mother’s favourite go-to activities for entertaining children it brings back such happy memories – we took every friend I ever had here! Now it is definitely proving a hit with the next generation.

As it is a nature centre not a zoo, the inhabitants are not easy to photograph so I don’t have many animal pictures to share, steel crocodiles aside.

Red Panda

The red panda did manage to sneak into one of my sky-gazing snaps (can you see him crawling about in the top left?)…


…and I did capture Mr Robin Redbreast as he joined us for lunch. Other than that, I will just have to assure you that the tamarin monkeys were beyond adorable and the meerkats were especially entertaining.


Of course, I have the obligatory picnic snap for you. I do enjoy looking back on these – I think that family picnics have to be one of the best things to have come out of motherhood. Today’s offerings were somewhat healthier than last week’s. We enjoyed the last of hubby’s Sweet Potato and Pear Bisque with my latest loaf, the perfect food for\ a chilly January picnic, and finished off with a couple of dark chocolate and stem ginger chocolates. (Little Man adores ginger). Delicious!

Puddle Splashing

Altogether a very successful outing. The Little Man had a marvellous time and was so exhausted that he was asleep by the time we left the car park.

Lake at sunset

The beautiful weather today has been a real tonic to the soul after being cooped up at work all week so when the light levels began to dip this evening I just had to capture the colours splashed across the sky and dancing over my precious lake.

Lake at Sunset

I am so happy to have reconnected with these views since returning to Rosy Hill this year and I thank you all for letting me share these special moments with you. x


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