Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Challenge Tuesday

I do love a bit of alliteration...don't you?

So here it is...not quite Challenge Anneka (for those British readers of a certain age)....more like something that stretches me a bit.  This is going to come in the form of a weekly chunk of German (I'm a beginner on a distance learning course). Not very reader friendly for those who don't speak German....actually, probably not that reader friendly for those who speak German.....The thing is, I never speak...mainly because I don't get the opportunity...but also now, because I'm tongue-tied....

Dieses Jahr, möchte ich mehr Deutsch sprechen.  Ich lerne seit 18 Monaten, aber ich kann nicht Deutsch sprechen.  Wenn ich versuche, kann ich mich nicht die Wörten erinnern.  Ich fühle mich böse und dumm!

Jede Woche, will ich ein bisschen sprechen.

Können Sie mir helfen?  Können Sie Deutsch sprechen?

Also, ein bisschen über mich....



Ich stricke sehr gern.  Heute, stricke ich ein Sockenpaar für meine Mutter.  Die Socken sind farbenfroh wie einen Regenbogen!  Hoffentlich, wird sie fröhlich sein.

Ich mache zwei Socken zusammen, weil ungeduldig ich bin.  Ich habe nur eine Socke, wenn ich stückweise stricke.












Sunday, 25 January 2015

Happy Friday - 23/01/15




Cheerful Chester.....often found showing his tummy off....never fails to make me smile!


Joining in with Planet Penny's Happy Friday

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Happy Friday - 16.01.15



Happiness is...........casting on...........

Nothing like a new project on the needles to make me smile (despite the fact the other* project is very much not finished).

Winding the wool to hopefully get some sort of match in the colours and now cracking on, with the toe done already.  Toe-up two at a time.

Why the sudden need for socks?  Well I happened to be looking at Planet Penny's homemade socks and before I knew it I was hunting for a ball of sock wall that I bought a few years ago.

Joining in with Planet Penny's Happy Friday....why don't you pop over there and take a look at everyone else's happy things too.

* if you are fooled that there is only one unfinished project I'm impressed


Saturday, 10 January 2015

Happy Friday - 09.01.15



Our old computer of recent has become an expensive light, sitting in the corner, waiting to crash at the slightest mention of processing something.  It has been unresponsive (apart from looking like its on.... and a computer) for a couple of months.  So finally yesterday, we had a new computer delivered with all the old files and photos taken off the old machine and put on to a shiny new one.  Briefly I looked through some of my old pics, and happened upon this one......Littlest boy...looking....well...happy I'd say!

Did it make you smile?

I am smiling as I type!

Blowing the cobwebs away

We've had a couple of beach days recently, where if there were any cobwebs about, they were well and truly blown away by the end!

I think the god thing about having dogs, is the necessity to be aired on a regular basis.

I don't often finish up a walk where I wished I had stayed at home.  More often than not, I more likely to be disappointed I didn't take my camera as I missed a great view.


The rock formations on this  beach are just amazing.  We visit here less often than the other beaches, and it has normally been when the day is sunny.  By the end of this walk,  we all had to totally strip off and change into dry clothes.


My camera is not water resistant, so it needed drying out after this venture!


Littlest boy never misses a photo opportunity!


 The wind was bracing so everyone just kept their heads down and plodded on!


This is a different day, a different beach....I love the way the rain drops on the lens distorted the view.


Out of focus, but can't you just taste the wildness of the day!  This is my in-laws dog who is holidaying with us for a few months.




And totally off topic, but it was at least worn in the above pics.  I made biggest boy a woolly hat, he chose the pattern from ravelry and the colours.  My first piece of stranded work, very simple but enjoyable....I would like to try something more difficult next time.




Monday, 29 December 2014

Six-month sprint

Six months in one fell swoop?  

The thing is.... that despite me not being here...... its all been going on still....so for my own sense of being up-to-date.....allow me a sprint through it all?



Blue bell woods at Ashridge, Herts.


Middle Boy's ninth birthday, chicken themed as you can see....and the main present?  Six hens with which to start his very own business.


Summer footie games with the cousins (actually, they were all out on Christmas day playing footie, so this is one for all seasons)





Summer days in my favourite formal gardens.


Pirate Day in our village, Big and Middle Boys canoeing.


Littlest Boy and  Mr. F kitted out to go



Middle Boy's trip to Birmingham Symphony Hall to take part with the school band in Music For Youth 2014.



Beach days



School sports days


Walking on the coast path


Dog walking



Dahlia....just because....


Painting commission of one of our local beaches


Biggest Boy starting comprehensive school


Being an early bird and beholding undisturbed beauty


Littlest Boy's sixth birthday


My first attempt at patchwork...


.....With a matching crib blanket for a new baby.


Mr. F's second marathon of the year in Chester....this boy is not just a pretty face, he shaved a huge 30 minutes off his previous time at 3hrs 43


Thomas hat for a first birthday.




October holiday to the Brecon Beacons




Taking the boys walking up Pen Y Fan and Corn Du


And at the top.... the mist was so thick I was slightly uncomfortable....but we made it to the top and back to the car before the heavens opened.





Red Kites feeding, an outstanding and awesome display!








The painting that went down so well, that it became three!


A bit of Christmas knitting thanks to Sarah, Crafts from the Cwtch


Littlest Boy's Christmas jumper for Save the Children


Christmas day magic


Boxing day in the rain and wind.....blowing all the cobwebs away......


So 2014, was a good'un!  Far more than shown here, lots of sunshine, happy family times, good food, giggles, knitting, painting, crocheting, music, baking, running (yes, me running!) German (my studies plod on) French another string to my bow with the Open University, reading, sewing

Gosh, looking at it like that, I can see why I didn't find time to blog.........

I wonder what 2015 holds?  More of the above I hope!

Here's wishing you a happy and healthy 2015 with new adventures and challenges, new skills to learn and experiences to be had!