Sunday, 28 April 2013

Another busy week

Yes it has been a very busy week, a family birthday I made a yummy birthday cake.  We had two days up at home one for my mum's birthday and the other to get the car MOT'd and for my other half to help my dad laying flags.  Me and Little L had a look at G and G's new chicken's.  There are actually three but they are very shy and not used to being outside.  They are battery hens saved from the chop and given to my mum and dad hhhhmmmm thanks, they are a bit scabby and bold but their feathers will come back.
These are the other hens they already have
Little L loves looking at the hens (she doesn't yet know that the one of the cockerels likes to chase her cousins down the field)
I have had a productive week Ebay wise and have sold quite a bit, old clothes, a purse and some chairs.  Not quite an ebay millionaire but I am trying.  I have also been busy glossing woodwork (not easy with a big hairy dog) and going to playgroups.  Today we had a house full with my parents and one of my sisters and her family.  We managed to do this walk and bonus the icream van was at the top of the hill.  And I took delivery of this cupboard which somebody gave my sister.  The intention was to renovate it a bit and then sell it on Ebay but I am starting to like it myself for in our living room??
It is a lovely old pine cupboard at the bottom and then glass doored display shelves at the top.  It is badly stained in a few places and has quite bad mildew.  But there is potential.
 Any must go for now and do some knitting, my friends baby is due very soon and I need to get some pressies made

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Free garden furniture and a walk

The other day was sunny and windy so we headed out with map and backpack to a nearby village for a walk.  We haven't done this walk but having driven a similar route many times we expected a hard slog uphill.  But it wasn't too bad,  all off road on bridlepaths through woods and then uphill.  I didn't have the extra two stone of toddler to carry uphill though.

A lovely view from the top
And then down the canal
The walk was less than two hours and we were back home for lunch.  And then I managed to finish painting my new garden furniture in time for the sunny weather.There are two benches and two chairs plus a huge table but I don't think we will keep the big table.  I don't really like eating outside, its never warm enough for me! 
And then just time for a spot of baking.  Yummy rock buns, we used to have these as children and the ones with a blob of jam in the middle hhmm I think I'll make them next time.

Bye for now hopefully I'll be back soon with some projects I have on the go

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Finished Cowl

I cast this on last week because I just couldn't decide on what to knit next.  So an easy and quick  knit was called for.  I used some leftover wool from my swing cardigan and I found the perfect pattern on Ravelry for this cowl,  I love the weave effect (think its called basket weave) and it is reasonably snug so easy to slip on under my coat. 
Knitting this in the round on such short needles was pretty hard on my hands though.
This weekend we have been outside a lot as it has been a bit warmer and sunny.  We have been walking down the canal, been to the park and done some gardening and general pottering.  This morning though my other half was busy collecting our free set of garden furniture.  Three trips were involved and we now have two benches like this
Two chairs like this
And one huge table.  I will paint them all and if I get fed up of any of them they can be added to our wood stack or put back onto Freecycle.  
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