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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!

 

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Unfinished Business

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Last week I made a little promise to myself, I gathered together all my unfinished knitting and crochet projects and had a stern chat with myself “you really MUST get these finished” I told myself, I thought about why I seem to leave this things unfinished and realised that its the stitching together that mostly seems to be holding up proceedings, closely followed by the desire to start a new project that is sitting calling my name, like most crafty people I have magpie tendencies when it comes to ‘stuff’ I just LUUUUUVE it!!! So I set about completing everything that is outstanding I promised myself that I WOULD NOT start anything new until these were finished and sat it their rightful place.
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Granny square blanket (just awaiting lacey edging) Bavarian stitch something or other (a cushion cover maybe) another granny square cushion cover (needs a back) a scarf of leaves and flowers (I’m just not sure why) an amigurumi cat (I only just started this so doesn’t really count), a large knitted owl (just needs eyes and beak)

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A happy flower from Lucy’s blog Attic24 which I adore (I need to stitch together and add beads), I tiny birdhouse (again just needs stitching) a little sail boat (not sure hat I’m doing with that) several flowers and leaves that I hope to make into a broach (you guessed it needs stitching!)

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and this is just a bunch of stuff that quite frankly I just don’t know what I’m going to do with, its things I make when I have a spare few minutes when I know I have to really be getting on with something else!

All started well

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Cute little birdie house got finished, shopaholic loved this and immediately a home was found!

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The Happy Flower Decoration this is destined for my bedroom

And that’s when I come to a grinding halt!! I’m distracted, its not hard, you see I suddenly have divine inspiration in the form of Kirstie Allsopp do you remember this little lot?

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Well I did this! I have since found better handles so will be swapping them.

Then I couldn’t stop so started on these………….

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I’ve given them all a coat of undercoat and am about to give them a top coat and a few finishing touches, in the meantime I decided that I would clear out the room which is at the front of our house which we don’t actually use, the primary reason being its a dumping ground! Further inspired by Kirstie and her TV programme Fill Your House for Free I decided to part with a few items that I really don’t need, so I made signs stating I’m Free Please take me! So at 8am I placed the stuff outside on the drive in view of passers by and waited, first to be go was a little pink chest of drawers that belonged to Shopaholic that were in perfect condition but really needed the owner to be about 10 years old! then things seemed to go quiet and I thought I would be fetching the things back in and taking them to the charity shop! but on my next sneaky little look through my landing window the wine rack  Had disappeared! woohoo!! Just as Son and Heir returned from work we saw the light fitting winding its merry way down a little jitty a few houses down from me! This just left a coffee table feeling alone and sorry for its self, Hubby arrived on the scene laughingly saying he wouldn’t mind that coffee table where should we put it? (ever the comedian) during the aftermath of feeding everyone and discussing fetching in the little table and setting it out again in the morning a knock came at the door, it was a young man wishing to thank me for the coffee table he was thrilled with it!!! and I was thrilled that I was able to give some of my unwanted stuff new homes, it really made me want to do it again, but alas it is raining today so I won’t be setting up a little stall, but maybe by the weekend I will have gathered more unwanted items to give away!

I did start to clear the room and together with Shopaholic came up with a master plan! so I feel that I can justify my broken promise to myself! (for now)

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This is the room after we have cleared of some of the junk (I see at least 8 more unfinished projects!)

The Doll’s House is on a whole new level of unfinished business, this project has been on going for at least 15 years!!!! one day it will be finished maybe in time for my grand kids!

 

Chickens can’t keep secrets!

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Over the last 18 months of my new venture ‘Chicken Mummy’ I have been amazed at the cunning of my little flock, I as many others I would say thought these creatures to be of low intelligence, however they surprise me daily with their antics!

Over the last few weeks a Gwalice has realised that there are easy pickings in the kitchen in the form of ‘The Dark Destroyer’s’ food bowl.

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But for the last couple of days a couple of my girls seem to have stopped laying eggs, this is not unusual so I wasn’t too bothered as they don’t lay everyday but it seemed 2 eggs from my 7 girls just didn’t add up! They have a tendency to not bother with their lovely nest box in the coup, you see they like to make things difficult and lay them in the lovely homemade nest in the pampas, but this was empty or just the odd egg in there.

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What could be wrong? I had a little search round under the nettles and various other places but nothing.

It wasn’t long until Prudence let the cat out of the bag though! Today being my day off college and having a house totally empty of offspring and Hubby all was quiet until the familiar sound of one of my girls announcing that she has laid her egg for today AHA!!!!

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Prudence has given the game away!

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Just the other side of the pond I find their little stash!

To say that the other girls were not happy could be an under statement as I made off down the garden pursued by my little flock all complaining bitterly at Prudence not being able to keep a secret!

The Birds!

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There’s never a dull moment where my girls are concerned each one seeming to have its own little foible!

Gwalice is a fan of the cats biscuits and will come into the kitchen and raid his bowl with no fear of Monty who will sit sulkily watching from the top of the stairs (I have yet to capture this on camera).

Phoebe well where to start with her, apart from being the instigator of great escapes she will frequently sit on the window ledge watching TV!

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But today the Blue Tits from the neighbouring garden fledged! Oh they are so cute 4 little pieces of very noisy fluff who are still shouting to Mum & Dad for food

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They have moved quite far from their nest box and 2 are now sitting outside my lounge window in the wood store, there is one in the tree above and I’m not sure where the other is but he is making himself heard! Hubby, The Son & Heir and myself along with a steady stream of neighbours children have been oohing and ahhing over these 4 little mites all day, I’ve carried the cat down to the bottom of the garden so he doesn’t “interfere” with them carefully watched by Mummy Blue Tit. But then disaster struck! Phoebe! yes Phoebe! as quick as a flash grabs one of the little fellows and is running off down the garden with it! I’m galvanised into action chasing her round with the garden fork closely followed by Hubby and a very bemused Daughter who has just arrived home from work to her mother frantically chasing a chicken round the garden shouting and brandishing the garden fork, Phoebe tries to give me the slip several times and Vinnie is weighing in with his “two penneth” chasing all three of us along with Phoebe around the garden! finally cornered Phoebe parts with her prize and I rescue the poor little mite, it’s not looking good he’s very distressed! After several moments he seems to come round but he is looking very dishevelled.poor mite

I think his wing is broken but can’t be sure, it’s so heart breaking, Hubby is beside himself and thinks he should stay up all night on predator watch! The chooks are now safely ensconced in their run where they are now complaining bitterly!

We are taking it in turns to check on them but as I said they are noisily shouting for food outside the window so all seems well for the moment.

Fingers crossed they survive the night nature seems so cruel.