Friday, 12 June 2015

Five on Friday - end of a busy week

Well hello, I am back in the land of blog. I wasn't away or anything, just busy. I thought a Five on Friday would be a good place to start writing again. Please click here to find many more Five on Friday posts over at Amy's Love Made My Home.

Although it has been a busy week with plenty of excitement and a major crisis, it was not one of those weeks where I felt I was disintegrating with the sheer stress of it. Mind you, it is not over yet :-)

Here five things that stuck in my mind:

::  On our daily walks with Jack along the canal I have been observing this little moorhen nesting for a while now. Some days I can't find the nest, it is so well hidden. I have some reference bushes to locate it but not always successfully. I was finally lucky to get a good luck yesterday. Isn't she sweet? It is sometimes useful to have a powerful zoom. I can't wait to see the chicks.




:: I treated myself to a new armchair. I have been ogling this particular one for about 18 months now. It is an IKEA Sandamon chair. When I noticed that there is now a yellow version, I knew it had to be mine. It took another few weeks to brave it but there you are, my new most comfortable yellow armchair, complete with footrest.



:: Annie participated in her 7th annual ballet show. This year she was a Spanish daisy in a rendition of The Story of Ferdianand by Munro Leaf. It was written in 1936 and adapted as a short film by Walt Disney in 1938. Annie also was dancing to a Frank Sinatra song but which one it was escapes me just now. I was forgiven for melting one of the scarves I hemmed for Annie's class (I ironed it).

:: Today I witnessed my 14 year old son Sam calling up his bank. He lost his debit card and wanted it blocked. He competently answered the questions asked and even remembered a particular transaction he was asked to confirm as a security measure. I was surprised he knew our postcode. They grow up so quickly, don't they? This is the same boy who ten minutes later tried to dissolve a cut up long expired bank card in malt vinegar. He also found the lost card about two hours later. Seriously, it doesn't get any better!

:: The weather has been absolutely glorious and deserves a mention in this weeks Five on Friday! It has been a particularly miserable spring in Scotland and I am sure I have mouldy patches. Oh and the light. It is just amazing. Two nights ago I walked home at half past ten at night, in daylight, Mr Blackbird perched on an aerial surveying his territory, singing loudly. Pure bliss.

What has been happening in your life? Anything exiting? Or has it been an ordinary week for you? I quite like those actually, I like it predictable. In any case, have a wonderful weekend. Christina xx

21 comments:

  1. Hello Christina- just popped over from Amy's five on Friday. I love your armchair! Your daughter's ballet sounds just beautiful, and what an amusing story about your son! Have a lovely weekend
    Best wishes
    Alison farmhousetraditions.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. Your daughter's ballet show sounds lovely. They do grow up quickly. Both my girls did ballet when they were little, it seems an age away now - my eldest is about to finish uni and embark on a career as a physiotherapist. Love your chair and that little moorhen is so sweet. Have a lovely weekend. Jane xx

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  3. I love your new arm chair, Christina. Not only does it look super comfy it's also in yellow!!! I really like your colour choice. That mummy moorhen looks sweet indeed. Maybe you'll be able to see her newly hatched chicks soon. Well done to Sam for handling the bank phone call very well, although after all that he found his lost card anyway. Oh well! Annie's ballet show sounds lovely. I'm sure they looked wonderful in their costumes. Have a great weekend!

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  4. Missed you! Pretty ordinary week here until youngest son came home unexpectedly from Uni totally stressed out and unable to cope and we've all got a wedding to go to tomorrow which coincides with a teaching weekend away for me. I'm staying calm!

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  5. Love calling in for bloggy coffee on Fridays. I love the bank card story, it made me giggle! Jo x

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  6. I do love the light evenings and even the blackbirds singing late into the night and waking us around 4a.m. Your yellow chair is lovely:)

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  7. Beautiful chair, your son with the bank card made me howl! That is a good story to remember and re-tell to a future wife. Have a great weekend.

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  8. Yep, children grow up so fast. I can't believe my youngest just turned a teenager. I don't feel much older than one myself! Enjoy your weekend :)

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  9. Love the chair, looks so comfy. Your daughter's ballet sounds beautiful. Our daughter did ballet and was doing very well, but got bored with it and quit.
    Quiet week here other than doctor's appointments and thunderstorms.

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  10. Great looking chair! Your boy is practically a grown-up handling bank interactions like that! Where do our babies go??

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  11. Oh I love that armchair!!! It would be perfect in our lounge, just the right colour!!! I hope that you enjoy sitting in it and doing your crafty things!! The pictures of the moorhen are great aren't they, I hope you enjoy seeing the chicks. Thank you so much for joining in. I hope that you have a great weekend. xx

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  12. The story about Sam and the debit card was just adorable! Loved it! And, the moorhen is so sweet sitting on her nest! Also, love that yellow chair!

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  13. Ferndinand is one we read here, though not that often as I'm not a fan of even talking about bull fights, even though it has a happy ending. Interesting choice for a children's ballet.
    I've never heard of a moorhen - what a pretty face it has. Dissolving plastic in malt vinegar? I didn't do that science experiment in school!

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  14. I quite like ordinary weeks as well. It reminds me of that quote, I can't quite remember it completely but I'm sure you know which one I mean. Sam sounds absolutely brilliant. I love the malt vinegar idea. Lovely to see a post from you, and I hope you have a good weekend. CJ xx

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  15. I love a week where things go as planned and no one ends up in the hospital or in time out for fighting with each other. Boys grow up so fast, one minute they are hitting their brother and the next talking to a bank. As for lost cards I can't even begin to tell you how many my oldest has lost, it must be a million by now.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  16. What a lovely post! I loved the Mrs. Bird's nest and your photos of it! Your boy's story was just about the best... I most definitely smiled! Sometimes smiling just feels so good! :D Oh and that yellow chair... I am drooling, seriously! I'm afraid to look at how much it cost but it would look so perfect in my studio in just that color. If it goes missing from your house you will have to come all the way over to New Hampshire to find it... lol!
    Hugs for now,
    Beth P
    #23 Five on Friday

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  17. Hi christina, I hope next week is less stressful for you. Love the little moorhen, and the story about your son handling the bank issue so well. They can really surprise us can't they. The yellow chair is fab, I would never get away with that. I am amazed how light it is at night for you, 10.30!! In Australia in summer the latest it would stay light is about 8.20pm. Enjoy your summer weather :)

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  18. I love your new chair; how lovely! And the bird photo is so amazing. You must live so close to nature. I love to hear the birds sing in the trees in the early morning. Have a great weekend.

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  19. oh dear, the major crisis doesn't sound good......... we've had a ridiculously busy and exhausting week but nothing seems to have actually been done..........
    hope you get some time to relax in your new chair this weekend x

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  20. So fun to watch a nesting bird. The only time I use my big camera is when I want to zoom in on the birds. Otherwise I just use my phone for every day captures. Love that golden chair, it's a lovely yellow color and looks great in that corner. My 16 year old son isn't too good at figuring things out for himself. He always wants dear ol' mom to do everything for him. I'm trying to wean him. One more year and he'll be heading off to college. Have a good weekend. Tammy

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  21. Before I injured my foot, I was monitoring a pair of nesting swans along the canal on my runs. I keep wondering how they are, I think the babies will be ready to leave home by the time I am running along there again. I spotted 'Quilt Me' beside your (fabulous) new chair! Good, isn't it! x

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