Saturday, 31 May 2014

Ups and Downs

Hello friends

First I would like to say thank you to everyone who commented on my last post and I have taken your pionts them on board and will leave the frame as it is.

I know it's been a few weeks since my last post. This past week has been half term for us (the two weeks prior I was doing some GCSE exam invigilating, very busy).

Up - Saturday, last week, L was in Churchtown Gala (near Garstang) and the weather was fine and not too warm as we walked along to the, beautiful and old, ST Helen's church for a short service before waking back for the crowning of the new Rose Queen.
Down - It rained on the walk back but luckily we had umbrellas with us. It continued to rain lightly though out the crowning.
Up - My friend lives across the road from the gala field so we popped over for a brew and a natter once the crowning was over.
Down - It was pouring down, after leaving my friends, so M collected the car from the nearby field whilst we waited in a sheltered spot.

Down - Sunday's weather was not so good and there was no archery on.
Up - we got to spend some quality time together as a family

UP - Monday the weather was great and we went to watch the Garstang Children's Festival Gala then had a picnic lunch before going to Fleetwood  to do some shopping at Freeport.

Tuesday - Well that depends on how you look at it as I had a lot of thing to catch up on and preparations to do for the following day and call in to mum and dads and making sure L was ok  doing her own thing ect. ect.

Up - Wednesday was a big day for me. First I delivered fourteen twiddlemuffs to he hospital ward that mum was in just before Easter. I made twelve and two were made by members of the Thursday craft club. (More are being made for me to decorate and will be donated to another ward) The ward sister was delighted with them and will keep the muffs on the ward and take them home to wash as and when needed.
Down - After making the delivery I made my way through the hospital to the eye department because I was having another injection into my left eye. It was a different one this time as the last one didn't work and has left me with Glaucoma. It was quite unpleasant and I've to have two more. Hopefully this will work but if not the next line of treatment is laser. My eye felt uncomfortable for the rest of the day and I was feeling quite sorry for myself.

Up - Thurday and my eye felt much better although it was a little blood shot. L came with me to craft club and there was a lot of catching up to do as I'd been missing for two weeks. Then we went off to Blackpool to visit the Illuminatia at the Winter Gardens. Local resident got a reduced price during May so we took advantage of it. It was fantastic. All the exhibits were made of silk over metal frames. They were bright, colourful and just amazing. I took so many photos that really they deserve a picture post of their own.

Down - Had to some housewifey stuff in the morning.
Up - Played on the Wii all afternoon with L and tea was late.
Down - Forgot to turn up at the Gala Queens mum's house to sort the float sides out for next week end, oops. I did phone to apologise. I just had too much fun in the afternoon.

And today. M and I dropped L off at the train station because she was off to Liverpool Arena with the Guides to watch the Big Gig. It's a concert of various artists (no 1D unfortunately, they're in Manchester tonight) and the arena is just full to the brim with girls and their leaders. We've done some holiday shopping (one pair of linen shorts and long trousers for M so far) and I've done some gardening and later M is taking me out for tea to a new pub that's recently opened, The Iron Horse. Then we'll pick up L, from the station at around 7pm. She'll be so full of excitement, well she was last time, and it's so lovely to listen to her. As I'm a unit helper for the Guides I also could have gone to the Big Gig but L didn't want me there which was fine because I didn't want to go.

Well I better go and get myself washed and changed ready for my date. It's like going on a date as we so rarely go out on our own.

See you soon



Sunday, 11 May 2014

Wedding Gift Dilemma Solved

Hello friends

Hope you are all having a good weekend and not getting too wet.

Welcome to new follower, Jeannette, Hope you enjoy my ramblings of everyday life here at Spring Cottage. I will drop by your blog soon and see what you get up to.

L and M went to archery at lunch time and I made a roast chicken dinner for when they came back and whilst I had the oven on I made some biscuits which taste quite nice but are too cakey and not crispy. I'll not make them again. I also made a pork and mushroom casserole ready meal for for the freezer for when I don't feel like cooking.

Ok, the wedding gift dilemma I had was that my friend daughter is getting married in July this year and we've been invited to the evening do. On the invite it suggest that presents were not needed as they have already set up home they had all that they needed and that money would be much appreciated.  I don't like giving money for two reasons. 1 - Money gets swallowed up into every day expenses and then there is nothing special to show for it and, 2 - How much/little do you give? what is an acceptable amount? and we didn't want to look like cheap-skates by not giving enough.
After racking my brains for a few days I came up with an idea but I had to buy the right colour of embroidery thread and then I got M to do some artwork as I'm not very good with a pencil and drawing. I then transferred his artistry onto a piece of cloth and did this:

I'm not a great embroiderer either, but I wanted something that was personal to them and I chose this colour of blue to link in with the wedding colour theme.
When I'd finished it I pressed the embroidery on a folded towel covered with a flat, non-textured cloth so as not to flatten the stitches and then cut it to size. 
Want to see it finished?   OK then

What do you think? I'm now thinking of sticking some, blue/silver, gems around the edge to make it a bit more glam. I would really appreciate your ideas and input.

Twiddlemuff update - The ladies at the craft club I go to are helping to make some muffs for me and have engaged some of their friends too. The library were the craft club is held are having the Alzhiemers society come and set up an information stand and asked me if I would also like to have a stand with the muffs. I agreed and some of the other ladies are coming along and doing some knitting. The support has been wonderful. Most of the ladies knew my mum from when I used to take her, and often ask about her, so I don't know if that has made a difference to the support they are giving me. I have seven muffs completed so far.

Looking forward to reading your comments.


Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Heroes, Villains And The Village Bike

Hello friends

How was your bank holiday week end? Do anything exciting?

Yesterday we had a family day out and went to a village called Wray, on the other side of Lancaster, to visit their Heroes and Villains scarecrow festival. It was our first visit and was absolutely brilliant and hope to go again next year. It was more popular than we realised with fields being used for visitors to park. Afterwards we made our way to another village, Scorton, for their Bicycles and Barrows festival. There were less participants here than in Wray but the talent and imagination was just as brilliant. I will leave you with a few of the many photos that we took.

Please click on the picture to make them bigger for easier viewing

Hope you enjoyed them


Saturday, 3 May 2014

Mum's Virtual Spring Fair

Hello friends

I'm liking up with Mum with her Virtual Spring Fair. Thanks for organising it again this year.
Welcome and come on in. We are inside today as the sun is not shining and the breeze is bitter cold.

Would you like a cup if tea?

or some non alcoholic sparkling wine?  

We have some little orange flavoured cakes. Don't worry there are plenty, I've been baking all morning. (Note to self - must borrow my mum's cake stand next time)

Or how about some chocolate scones. Plenty of these too but they are going fast so might have to whip up some more. Recipe at the end of the blog if you like them.

The little bunch of flowers you can see are wild garlic and bluebells, both from our garden.

We have a few visitors in the garden today. Some are a little shy and some are on guard.

I hope you have enjoyed yourselves and please visit the other stall holders and don't forget your recipe on your way out.


Chocolate Scones - makes 4 large or 6 small

8 oz (225g) Self Raising Flour
pinch of salt
2 oz (50g) Butter or Margarine
2 oz (50g) Caster Sugar
1 Medium Egg with milk to make 1/4 (150ml) of Liquid
instead of using milk you can use chocolate custard, chocolate milk, drinking chocolate (and use less sugar)

Heat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6 and grease a baking tray.
Mix the flour and salt and rub in the fat.
Stir in the sugar and mix to a soft dough with the egg and milk mix. Reserving a little milk mix to brush the tops.
Press lightly on a floured board and either divide or use a cutter to make 4 or 6 scones.
Place on a baking tray and brush with the egg milk mixture and bake for about 10-15 minutes.

To decorate I split the scones and spread with chocolate spread and topped with whipped cream and then added a chocolate button. If you have any fruit that would be nice too.

Busy May

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