Friday, 17 July 2015
Five on Friday
It has been a while since I managed to put a Five on Friday post together. Holidaying is such hard work! I am utterly exhausted and can't quite remember who I am. My days are busy and my nights are broken. I have been entertaining the offspring, keeping the chaos and mess in the house at bay, walking the dog and cooking meals and whatnot. The teenager is night-active, getting up multiple times during the night, noisily so. The local foxes are going mad at night, too. I have listened to many radio programmes during the night. Alas, I do try and smile even though at times, I feel more like hiding under the kitchen table.
I am joining Amy at Love Made My Home for a lightening fast roundup of news.
:: Packing. We are off to Cornwall later today. I am so so exited. Tomorrow I will be putting my feet up outside our caravan and enjoy the views. Weather permitting. The kitchen table in the caravan is too small to hide under anyway.
:: Choosing a crafty project to take away with me. I was going to do some hexagon paper piecing (as seen here) but I can't face cutting fabric in a rush. I am going to knit instead. I am taking a cardigan WIP I have been working on for ages and a bag of dk remnants to make a colourful stripey raglan pullover for James.
:: Helping Annie sew a top. She used the same pattern I have used three times myself, the Fancy Tiger Saylor Top (here and here for example). The fabric (blue with small white anchors) was a disappointment, it faded in places during the pre-wash. It also feels a bit stiff and it was not easy to push pins through. Still, the top looks lovely and I am well pleased for Annie. It suits her very well. I was going to take a photo but I am in the dog's house just now for one or the other thing I have done wrong.
:: Booking accommodation in London for the October holiday. I left this to Richard because he used to live in London and knows his way around. We wanted to go to Turkey to meet my aunt and mum but the airlines do really know how to make a family of six unhappy. I do so hate it how holiday companies make a huge profit on those who have to travel during school holidays. Flight prices are sky high one week before and after the holiday, just in case. The big kids are exited to go back to London (the little ones haven't been).
:: Walking down Byres Rd in peace and quiet. Sam was entertaining the little ones in the park so the girls and I could indulge ourselves for a few minutes of window shopping. I did wake Sam up today. He lost a day he says. Tuesday apparently. He couldn't believe it was Thursday today. We met up at Nardini's for ice cream. The biggest dilemma was deciding on two ice cream flavours. Amaretti cherry? Wild strawberry? Lemon cheese cake? Bananrama? Kiwi sorbet? Belgian chocolate? Sharing is not an option because for some reason my children are obsessed with germs and the necessity for absolutely not mixing individual germ faunas. Sharing would require two dozen plastic ice cream spoons at least...
Some housekeeping: I have been meaning to change my blog header for a while. I finally did. I am not sure if I like it as much as the last one but it might grow on me. I also added a Twitter button in the side bar. I have tweeted 16 times in three years but you just never know, I might tweet a little more in the future. Do you use Twitter?
I have a few 'canned' posts ready for you and I hope to publish those while we are away. Enjoy!
Finally, a very warm welcome to all my new followers! I am glad you found me here. I'll try and visit your virtual oasis over the next few weeks and say hello. A great big thank you also to all those of you who list my blog on your blogroll. I really appreciate it.. When I get back, I shall overhaul my own blogroll. I will.
The photos by the way are from a recent walk around the Loch Ardinning Nature Reserve near Glasgow.
Cheerio for now! Christina xx