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My week

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It’s all quiet in the house at this precise moment, its a Saturday morning and I can hear Hubby snoring in the room above (I know I said quiet but that gentle sound makes everything seem good in the world, but only when I’m not hitting him over the head cos I CAN’T GET TO SLEEP!!!!!) Son and heir is at work and Shopaholic is also asleep after Hubby and I picked her up from a hen party at 1am this morning those girls sure looked as though they’d had a great time!

I’m not sure but I seem to have had rather a busy week, do you know the feeling you have when you seem to have achieved loads but don’t really know how it all got done?

I continued on my upcycling mission and managed to finish this…….

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Yes I know the picture is upside down, but you get the idea this tray was one of my charity shop finds a whole £1.50 was paid!

And I got quite a way with this…….

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I think its really starting to look good, I need to treat it with something to protect it but don’t want to change the colour so a little web surfing is in order. It did cause me a little bit of concern as it was M-I-L’s pride and joy but now I can’t wait for her to see it when its finished.

By midweek I was on a roll and decided to start on a yarn bombing project…….

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I love these little hexagon flowers, I want a sort of 3 dimensional feel to the project and found this pattern over on Karen’s blog Colour in a simple life they are so simple and quick to do and I have a bag of yarn that I’m taking with me everywhere I go so that when I get a few minutes, like when waiting for Shopaholic on various outings for her floristry appointments (I will point out that she has written he car off so I am her taxi until she gets another car) I can do a bit of quick hooky.

As the summer break from college draws to a close I thought I’d have a little wander across the road, follow the public footpath and do a spot of blackberry picking……

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I meandered along with my little bag looking in the hedgerows, I think I had been beaten to the ripe fruits as they were few and far between, then I happened upon this wonderfully summery sight!

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I wandered a little further taking in the surroundings and still hunting for blackberries

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Can you Brinsley Headstocks peeping through the trees?

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finally along the path home I spied some ripe fruits and began to pop them in my bag and realised that they were nestling alongside a beautiful but potentially poisonous plant Deadly Nightshade!

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I have to admit my haul was pretty poor!

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We have an expectant mother in the house, Emily our Red Pyle Bantam has gathered together a clutch of eggs and has now been sitting on them for around 21 days….

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As the time for hatching is imminent we have her in a box in the house, she’s very intense and seems trance like, not even moving from her position of keeping the eggs warm, there are 10 eggs in total but only 2 are Emily’s (see the small white egg) the others belong to various members of our brood.

The Dark Destroyer is fascinated by proceedings!!!

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Its a hard life for a cat!

It was decided that we needed chocolate cake to keep our strength up for the lengthy wait.

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A HA the chocolate cake! I tried this recipe but added a little Amaretto to the ganache and sandwiched it together with cherry jam, satisfied with my creation I popped it in the fridge, a while later in comes the Dark Destroyer demanding his daily quota of milk! OH NO! the cake was stuck to the fridge door! and as I opened it out it shot! but with the reactions of a ninja I managed to catch it, yes I was covered in chocolate ganache and I had to do a bit of patching up and scraping some ganache of my arm but no one is any the wiser. I found the little jelly mould on one of my little mooches round my local charity shop (I was dropping off some stuff so just had to have a little look)

Vinnie is losing his feathers and being the kleptomaniac that I am I’m picking his beautiful feathers from all over the garden….

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Shopaholic bought me a pressie I was soooo thrilled how much of my stash can I get in this?

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I see a little bit of a crochet decoration for this too!

 

The Art of Barter!!!

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Its been a few weeks since my last post, I’m not sure where the time flys to! but trips to the beautiful seaside town of Bude to see the inlaws seem to be taking up many weekends.

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I’ve been watching The Roux Scholarship over the past few weeks while Hubby dutifully sits pretending to watch, making lots of oohing and ahhing noises in almost the right places, while simultaneously watching clips of eighties pop on you tube, I’m engrossed in a particular episode of fondue making when hubby pipes up (bearing in mind on this culinary journey we have visited several Michelin starred restaurants) “ooh I’d love you to make some of that! you have surely got one of those fondue gadgets in your office somewhere” (my office being the kitchen according to son and heir)

“No its one of the few things I don’t possess” is my reply, a little flurry of activity on his laptop and Hubby is ready to purchase said item from amazon, I explain that maybe on one of our little jaunts to Bude perhaps we can pop into a few of the charity shops and hunt around to see if there is one lurking from the 1970’s that will be a lot more economical and fun to do (plus it will give us something to do when its tipping it down with rain) so this is hubby’s mission! He’s in and out of the many shops, explaining to the old dears that are volunteering what he is after fluttering his eyelashes, asking if they need any help having a look in the vast mountains of stock hidden in the backs of these shops, let me say he now has a following of lovely old ducks waving at him across the streets of Bude because of this venture! but its unfruitful the holy grail! “Oh well we’ll have to keep our eyes peeled for a little longer there’s no rush”

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He is easily consoled in one of the local bars The Beach Hotel

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Then again in The Brendan Arms

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And finally the poor thing is placated with a heavenly chicken shish kebab from KJ’s!

Although the search is not forgotten.

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The in laws have hired a beach hut for the summer on Summerleaze beach, its a fantastic base for them to sit like 2 little Meerkats watching the emmets

The views are spectacular

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On one of our many trips around the shops I’ve spotted something I rather like and keep doing the sighing thing when peering in the shop window at my object of desire.

I gently mention to Hubby how luuuuuvly said items are “yes luv” is the reply, but my fortune seems to change on our second spin around the town, we stop outside said shop once again with me drooling over the gorgeousness of said object, “come on” says M-I-L “lets go in, I want to treat you” “Oh no you couldn’t possibly its waaay toooo expensive” is my a little too enthusiastic reply!!

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Soooooo we look, which one should I have? I don’t know! I can’t choose! we need a little more time and another spin around the town!!! (I must add Bude has very small quaint interlinked shopping streets) A cup of fruit tea later and the choice is made and is now safely nestling in my in laws guest room!

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Oh I know!

I send a photo to my daughter (The shopaholic) her immediate response “Is that for me?” We all laugh and then M-I-L announces “ask her if she would like one for her birthday” a flurry of texts confirms shopaholic would very much like one for her birthday! Oh no which one to have!!! 2 days later yes 2 whole days later shopaholic decides on her choice, the red with the blue spots – perfect!

Meanwhile the Hubby is still in search of the holy grail.

Our week is drawing to an end the weather has turned a bit muggy so we have a wander down to the Bude Canal its beautiful down there, on the way back to the apartment Hubby starts to sing at the top of his voice “look what I can see” M-I-L and myself are used to these outbursts but can only see a few flea market type stalls in the middle of a grassy triangle, he is now marching over to said stalls saying “can you see it can you see it?” We are in hot pursuit, what on earth could this be? Hubby then stops dead and does a funny whispery thing behind his hand whilst pointing at what he has spied, THE HOLY GRAIL!!!!! OMG!! Hubby saunters over, has a little flirt with the two female stall holders whilst M-I-L and I nonchalantly browse the stall with the focus being the holy grail, oh the art of distraction we don’t want to look to interested we want a bargain! its too late Hubby is in there with his “How much for the fondue set?” The two women look a little surprised that this dusty relic from a previous decade is truly looking like it wont have to be carted home! A quick conflab “£2 would that be alright?” I can’t believe my ears but my instincts tell me I should barter them down just a little for my own satisfaction, but before I can open my mouth Hubby produces his wallet rummages around pulls out a fiver and announces “I’ll give you a fiver, how’s that?”  I’m flabbergasted the two women are beside themselves and offer to “gift wrap” it, a bit more cheeky flirting from Hubby and they are going to hang on to it for him while he does a bit more site seeing and shopping!

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So with a spring in his step and looking extremely pleased with himself Hubby heads off back up the hill for his pasties with me trying to get my head around his topsy turvey bartering skills!

The end is nigh!

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I will soon be finishing my first year at catering college and I seem to have been bogged down in exams and deadlines for assignments, but its half term and I am on top of things and the delicious thought of only 3 weeks left after that is spurring me on!

I haven’t written of the antics of myself and my fellow students yet and the scariness of being in a crazy busy kitchen on a lunchtime service that can wait until September when I will be back for my second year!

My true love is baking I’m not keen on the endless vegetable chopping side of things I like to make people happy with a gorgeous desert.

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This was the result of my penultimate exam and I was deliriously happy when I was given a distinction! I would have cartwheeled but for the fact I’m a little unfit and slightly overweight!

I will, I promise write more about being a mature student surrounded by teens, my eyes have been well and truly opened!

 

Easter sunshine

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I’m back to the blog after a few days of what I can only describe as a combination of writers block and a lack of faith in myself. It’s the Easter weekend and as myself and hubby no longer have little people in our lives (our children now being 22 & 23) it seems a little like the world has stopped and we are aimlessly wandering and wondering what to do with ourselves. It’s a very rare moment that I feel stuck to what to do so whilst hubby has ensconced himself watching War of the worlds I have returned to the BLOG!! I had a plan of action for what to do today but as I had a very long lie in after going back to bed after letting the chooks out and topping up the ‘Dark Destroyer’s’ supplies the plan has been shelved!

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The sun is doing its best to shine and my girls are happily rootling and tootling in the garden.

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List
Bake bread
Bake cake
Do crochet birdhouse- a cute little pattern I downloaded from Etsy
Finish off the happy flower.
Clean out chooks
Make dinner
Well the list is not exhaustive as you can imagine so I’m off to make a start.

Hello World!!

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Well this is a new experience, it was my daughter’s idea and after a few weeks of thinking whatever would I write about I am finally putting fingers to keyboard. After signing up to a blog spot I dutifully read through all the tips – What’s your blog going to be about?, what is your passion? Are a couple of the questions posed umm I’m thinking to myself I have so many passions but I’ll narrow them down I thought, so in no particular order I compose a list – family, crafts, gardening, reading, chicken keeping (my girls & Vinnie), my contrary cat, cooking, baking, crochet, knitting the list seemed to go on and on…..