Sunday, 29 March 2009

Sun And Fun .....

The past few days have been just awful weather wise, absolutely freezing, very windy, sleet , rain . you name it - just horrible. Last night the clocks went forward an hour and lo and behold today the weather has changed too. Glorious sunshine, blue skies just lovely from the get go.

The boys body clocks were all over the place so because we were up early we took Hub to work and then went for a short drive. I love early morning Sunday driving when there aren't any other cars on the road . I was told about a Bluebell wood not very far away so we went for a look , but although we saw leaves , there were no actual flowers yet - so that's marked in the ' where to go ' diary for a week or so's time..
Then we dropped in to see my parents before going to Sainsbury's for a few odds n sods before coming home for dinner.

G went down for his nap but he was having none of it, Milo and I were in stitches listening to the conversations he was having with his monkey George through the monitor. Eventually I just went and got him up.. There was no way we were staying in on such a gorgeous day so we jumped back in the car and went to the " crocus park ". All the crocus have just about gone now but in their place there are carpets of Celandines mixed with daffodils and more leaves of bluebells yet to come. ( If you enlarge the first pic you can see them )

Milo has never been to this park before and it was only my second time so we were over the moon to find a little playground .
G was haring around like a little maniac ( nothing new there ) shouting GUMP GUMP , he can't say J yet.

Whereas Milo was taking things a bit easier and being adventurous - for him anyway ..

My favourite local park is closing in August for between 12 and 18 months, slap bang in the middle of the school holidays, to do a few million pounds worth of renovations. Hopefully I'll get to see the baby woodpeckers and maybe see the kingfisher again before it closes. I only saw the kingfisher for the first time a few weeks ago and have been on the look out for it ever since. It's the first time I've seen one of these in the wild in the UK. as for the woodpeckers , I discovered their nest last year and was so pleased to see them back there the other day.

I don't know if I've mentioned it or not before but I'm a bit of a birdie . I love watching birds and pointing them out to the boys. Today I saw a treecreeper, which I haven't seen for a few years and I also had a first - I saw a nuthatch , now that , along with the sunny weather really made my day. It almost made up for the fact that this morning I had to unblock the toilet as ' someone ' decided to use half a toilet roll !! Not mentioning any names............

So although this park is about a 30 minute walk or a 10 minute drive away from where we live it's definately a contender to take over from my local one when it closes..

The boys definately had fun.................

Thursday, 26 March 2009

A Bit Of Chas And Dave !!

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit, sorry I couldn't resist :-)

Are you ready for a bunny overload ? I hope so as these are what I've been knitting over the past few weeks,

Billy Scrappers was an attempt at my own design, and you probably guessed , made from scraps of wool I had left over from other projects.

as was his sister Jemima. I thought the design was okay but nothing special.

Then I found a pattern on Etsy that I just couldn't resist , I love making these little girls, each one coming to life and having their own personalities

This is Lulu who sold on Etsy in a couple of days.

and this is Jessie , with her coat

and without - she sold in a couple of hours

As did her sister Annie - - how pleased was I ?

Then what did Julie go and do , yep , she put a pattern for a rabbit egg cosy up for sale. This was so quick and easy to knit I think there'll be a few more before Easter, and I've just realised he hasn't got a name yet ...

Now before you start getting bored of my bunnys I'll show you something else I managed to get done..
You know when your son comes home from school and announces he's going to be the gingerbread man in the school assembly and you have to provide an outfit. The school recommends orange top and orange trousers!!!
Now I don't know about you but I don't know many orange gingerbread men so I managed to whip this up for him

It looks a bit ' chinesey ' but I was quite pleased with it.. The buttons down the front have got gingerbread men on them too... Milo and his teacher were pleased with it and that's the main thing.

Now back in February before I took my break Jackie gave me an award

Thank you so much Jackie and I'm sorry it's taken me so long to post about it..

I was going to show you the back yard too but have just realised that I don't have any ' after ' pics and seeing as how it's raining I can't get any - maybe next time.

So I think I'll go start knitting a boy bunny..... humming I Am A Bunny Knitter to the tune of I Am A Cider Drinker by The Wurzels ..

Sunday, 22 March 2009

A Lovely Weekend..

The weekend is always so much better when Hub isn't at work, and it can only get better as the weather improves and we can get out and about and visit more places.
On Saturday we had to go into town , I really dislike going into town on a Saturday as it's just far too busy ,but this was a necessity. Not wanting to waste a day we went for a walk around the park in town. I sometimes wander around the duck pond but today we went right to the back of the park where we were greeted by these daffodils all smiling brightly in the sun

We also found this ' magic ' door ,

which is set right into the rock face.

G was happy trying to climb the little hills, especially as how Hub was up there making the most of the sunshine

He was soon joined by his best mate !

Sunday was my choice seeing that it's Mothers Day . I chose to go to a place called Waldridge Fell, it's a place I've never been to and is only about half an hour drive from where we live. The weather was much different from yesterday , it was bitterly cold and very windy, but that didn't matter I was in my element. I am so definately a " woody " person .

The dead looking bracken was only just starting to show signs of life

and the heather was coming into bud.

The gorse bushes stood out being bright yellow.

Deeper into the wood we went...

I just wanted to follow every little path and peer into all the nooks and crannys , I love distorted branches

G likes little sticks .

As we started walking back to the car I just knew in my heart of hearts we would be coming back here and I can't wait to see it with a little bit more green ..

So I'll say bye for now and in a few days I'll be back with either a) the front of the town park, b) the crafting I've been doing or c ) what's been happening in my back yard!

Hope you all had a lovely weekend and please click on the pics to enlarge them , they look better when they are bigger, plus you'll be able to see Hub waving in the last one.

Jade Goody R.I.P

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Enjoying Spring.

Thank you all for waiting patiently during my longer than I intended break.. I think sometimes you just need to take a step back and take time to appreciate what is going on around you rather than whats on the computer screen in front of you...

So what have we been appreciating the past few weeks ? The arrival of Spring and the glorious colours it brings with it. Walking through this park
and seeing its millions of crocus's made my heart sing - it was so beautiful .

Signs of new life everywhere you look

Aren't these gorgeous?

For some reason the words are just not coming today

maybe next time ......