Saturday, 3 December 2016

December Photo Project :: Day Three ~ Long Distance

I'm a bit late to the party this year and for a split second even wondered whether I would actually join in!  Old habits die hard however and this will be my eighth year searching and capturing the memories around the darkest and yet most hopeful time of the year; so without further ado here is my photo of the day:

 Pip talking to her big sister, Sr Emma Maria SHM, in Spain.  This baby of mine talking to our firstborn who has only ever seen her twice in her life, once at her Christening when she was five months old and too young to remember and two year's ago at Sara and Tom's wedding.  Today they were chatting like they had never been apart.  

Precious x 

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Planes, Trains and Dodgy Automobiles

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sara and Tom have spent the day with us and although their journey did not necessitate a plane or a train, their automobile conked out!  Thankfully they were only twenty minutes from our house and so whilst the last of the food was cooking in the oven I went to collect them :-)

Sausages and bacon, turkey and stuffing, sugared sweet potatoes, broccoli and wild rice baked casserole, all topped with cranberry sauce.

Caramel apple pie.  I switched up the pastry to a paleo based option consisting of ground almonds, butter and an egg.  The pastry formed a really good dough that was easily pressed into the pan.  All the recipes were courtesy of the Pioneer Woman, The Holiday Cookbook.

We are currently watching "Planes, Trains and Automobiles", hence the title of this post.  Dave and I first watched this film many years ago when it was first released and it is still just as funny :-)

In other news my website and shop is up and running:

Most of my time in between the home schooling I have been up in the loft room sewing:

One Christmas Rosie Rabbit lovingly handmade by me :-)

A knitted hat and poncho with a crochet trim, a blouse and pantaloons made from cotton and a bag that could easily hold a teeny tiny letter from Santa :-)

Felted Baboushka Dolls.

Lavender Gnomes.

The green and pink one on the left made an epic journey all the way to Idaho!!  A lovely friend that I got to know through a you tube channel and Instagram account saw them and ordered one straight away.  She then shared its arrival on her social media and someone else has enquired from over the pond :-)  Dave has announced that I'm in the export business, if only ;-)

I have missed popping by to catch up with friends but now that we seem to have settled into a better routine I'm hoping to be around more often ... here's looking at you, Ros!

Thankful for family, friendship, food and shelter x


Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Halloween :: Heysham Head

Yesterday the kids went trick or treating with another family for the first time ever and came home with an insane amount of sweets and chocolate:

We don't normally eat sweets apart from jelly babies as a hypo treatment so the 5LB weight of goodies is totally crazy.  I reckon this lot will tide them over to Easter and beyond!

We travelled on a new link road from our home which will make certain journey's around our area and the wider environs a touch easier:

Blue Skies on the first day of November.

 Benedict reading and me sewing.

 "Put that camera away!"

 "Yes!  I did it!!"  Benedict managed to scale this steep embankment in three leaps, naturally it took Pip considerably longer but nevertheless she made it to the top :-)

Seaside sewing finit!  An upcycled small flap pouch bag for a friend's youngest daughter.  We could not go empty handed for the little one since Pip had made an upcycled bag for the older sister and her best buddy from school.  We spent the afternoon with them and the two older girls performed a music and dance show, totally priceless:

Happy All Saints x 

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Making Days

Pip and I have been busy crafting and creating:

 Making "Oog" the glove monster.  It was an upcycling day and Pip rescued a long forgotten lonely glove into a rather sweet cuddly toy.

 Weighing and mixing.

 A hug in a mug courtesy of the recent Sainsbury magazine, a bakewell tart sponge in a mug and baked in the microwave oven.

 One toy + One Dessert = One very happy Pip :-)

 Onto the next upcycling project for the day.  Take a worn out pair of jeans and turn into a very respectable bag.

Pip really enjoyed the use of the sewing machine.  I will have to take a photo of the finished item.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Remembering Uncle Bernard

On the run up to All Souls, we made a trip to the Birkrigg Stone Circle where Uncle Bernard's ashes are scattered:

May your Eternal rest shine upon Him and may he rest in peace, Amen.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Homeschool Happenings

Since returning home form our trip to Northumbria, we have motored through the last two weeks of homeschooling hence my absence here :-)  By the end of each day I am worn out.  It is a combination of the usual health issues in addition to ensuring that both kids are remaining on task.

I had a sick day today but as a result of planning the week's lessons we were able to hit the main essentials and I know that if the week had not been planned the kids would have been ratty and bored.  We even managed a short trip to Aldi for the weekly shop and the kids had fun in the Halloween aisle!!  Benedict found some cute mini coloured bowls for serving nuts and popcorn, I tell ya if that kid doesn't end up working in the catering industry he would make a great party planner!  Give him a holiday to plan and decorate for and he is away.  Pip has been invited to go "trick or treating" with a family from Brownies and so she found a lovely pink top with a black halloween scene on the front and a cute bat headband to wear.

Here are some random pictures of the past few weeks:

 A rare moment the two of them actually working at the same time and in the same place!

 Benedict's Lego model of a Ziggurat.

 Pip practising her spellings using the Rummikub tiles.

 Moon and Star biscuits for St Francis Day.

 Making a start on a coil pot for her Stone Age study.

 The finished piece.

 Benedict's trademark clay slabs part of his Ancient Mesopotamia study.

 Saturday afternoon Lego building whilst I worked in the loft room on a commissioned sewing project.