Thursday, 27 October 2011


Too tired to blog properly this week - I think it was the demands for the Darth Vader pumpkin that sent me over the edge....

Monday, 17 October 2011

Tomorrow... on a train journey, just me and the boys to see my beloved family in Newcastle - can't wait!

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Driving Home..

....On a beautiful late Saturday afternoon..

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

I See the Sea..

We are currently enjoying the first week of our 2 week school holiday up here in Scotland -So far, mornings have been spent mostly in pajamas and afternoons a bit more energetic out in the bright Autumn sunshine.  Today we took a trip to our nearest seaside town - Stonehaven. 

The boys couldn't resist a peep into the now 'closed for the season' lido (outdoor saltwater swimming pool)- usually a big draw for us during the Summer months, however sadly due to our abysmal weather this year we never visited it once.

Today the sun shone and the North Sea looked as blue as could be.  We played in the park for a while and then walked along the shingle beach and then back to 'Aunty Betty's' for an Ice cream...

...with the works...!

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Enamelware Special Delivery...

Look what the faeries left on my doorstep this evening! I am in enamelware heaven...

That little red teapot is perfection...

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Nadja Scarf

Don't you just love this time of year - so many crochet projects whizzing round my head: I'm thinking hats, scarves, blankets, Christmas decorations..the list goes on.  I finished this scarf (neck warmer?) at the weekend - I'm quite pleased with it and think I might make a few more in different colours for Christmas presents.

The ruffle around the edging and the tie at the front give a nice nostalgic look (Victorian?) when worn - I think it will look good and feel cosy when worn with a winter jacket.  I purchased the pattern on Ravelry (Nadja scarf )- a first for me, as I usually only search for the free patterns.  I was really impressed with the professional and easy to follow style of the pattern, and look forward to seeing more from this particular designer.

The body of the scarf was made using a 'Granite' stitch -new to me, it produced a nice texture and was easy to work. Wouldn't it be great to actually get ahead with gift making this year?  I think I will get started on Nadja number 2 this evening...

Saturday, 1 October 2011

2 days..

Whilst England is basking in sunshine with record breaking temperatures, Saturday has turned into a bit of a disappointment in NE Scotland with grey skies and rain for most of the day - mustn't complain, our Indian summer did last for 2 days!  Last night we all sat around our chiminea in short sleeves until well after 9pm - unheard of at this time of year but such a pity the high pressure didn't hang around for the weekend...
This morning I had a mooch around our local town in the rain whilst the boys played their Saturday morning football.  Every month the Townhall holds a second hand book sale and I don't think I have ever come away empty handed.

Today I came away with a handful of vintage books, including this one above from the 70's - the illustrations are amazing.

As I was about to leave, an elderly couple in their 80's arrived carrying a box of books for donation. I heard the man declare that some of the books once belonged to his mother as a child, so of course I had to have a look.  I came away with a couple of beautifully illustrated old books from around the early 1900's - I didn't want to be greedy, so held back and bought only two (50p each ) I have to say I  felt slightly disgusted at the man guarding a pile of around 30 original Beatrix Potter books, which he promptly bought in one fell swoop - obviously to make some money on - I hope they eventually make their way to a good home..