Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Sun is Out!!!!

The bee’s head just emerging from the tube.

The bee has pulled himself out.

He has turned round and within a minute had flown off.
Well the sun has finally come out, but it won’t be with us for long.  It has been the wettest April since records began and we are due for more rain tomorrow, so the sun is very welcome today.
I posted a picture on another post of my bees and because of the sun today quite a few have been appearing.  I managed to get a couple of pictures of two of them emerging from their tubes.  These bees are really cute, they don’t sting and are great for the garden and we are being encouraged to give homes for them to increase their numbers across the country.
I would really love to have some honey bees (my grandpa had them and I used to help him with them) but as we have Treacle who does not get on well with bees and the boys I don’t think it would be right.  I would also like to have some chickens but again Treacle and chickens!  I don’t think so.
Susie x
 

Better Day :)

My new sewing box.

It opens out and then are places to put things in the top and then the bottom.

The glow are little led lights to make the inside brighter.  I love, love, love it.
Today has been a better day.  Girlfriend passed her driving test, yeah!  I got most of my jobs done, just need to finish them off tomorrow morning and a few pieces of work and I have caught up which makes me feel better.
Eldest brought home his project for his A’Level Product Design exam and it is a sewing box for me!  It is lovely and he made it for me! I have already filled it with sewing things and it is sitting next to my machine.  He then took pictures of it for his design folder and then said it has to go back to school tomorrow for marking!  Oh well I will get it back eventually 🙂  We are so proud of him.
The weather has still not been good, my garden has gone from looking quite dry to sopping wet.  All the plants look as if they have had enough water for the rest of the year, although they are saying that we are still in drought and will still have a hose pipe ban this summer.  I cannot decide whether it’s worth changing the plants in my pots and putting in any seeds for our little vegetable area, if we can’t water.  I will see how it goes.
Tomorrow evening I am going to be cutting out Eldest’s quilt and try and get some blocks done as well.   
Happy Thursday
Susie x
 

Miserable :(

I have been having another one of those weeks!  We have only been back from vacation for just over a week now and it feels like we were never away!  

Last week I had to go somewhere and a person where I was at managed, in very few sentences, to make me feel a useless mother!  I won’t go into the boring details but I came away feeling dreadful and then of course I started to think about other things and anyway one thing and another and by the end of the week, I felt completely blue.
Things are difficult with work at the moment too and then with the weather, rain, rain, rain and more rain, it is making me feel dreadful.  
Then I thought of Winnie the Pooh and his little black rain cloud and it made me smile 🙂 

I’m just a little black rain cloud
hovering under the honey tree,
Only a little black rain cloud,
pay no attention to little me.

Everyone knows that a rain cloud
never eats honey, no, not a nip.
I’m just floating around over the ground,
wondering where I will drip.

Then it made me sad again as I used to read this to my Boys when they were little and they are no longer little and don’t need me to read to them any more!  
Are you getting the feel of how I feel this week!  I think this weekend I need to do something for me.  Youngest is out on a two day camp this weekend where he and four other Scouts have to find there way to a camp via the train!!!  As you can imagine I am having kittens about this (there is a leader with them to get them in the right direction if they need it but…..) and Eldest is working on Saturday evening waiting on at a function at the Golf Club and The Girlfriend (who is lovely and we all love her a lot) is taking her driving test tomorrow and well that’s about it.
Sorry to moan but oh ………
Susie x

Nottingham Patchwork Group

Despite Monday last being the first full day back at work/school etc I still went to my quilt group in the evening.  The theme for the evening was antique and old quilts and several members had brought in quilts that had been handed down in their families, or they had acquired from thrift or antique shops.  
They were all fascinating, especially those with a history and one of our members has a fondness for Welsh quilts and had done a couple of workshops on how to create them.  I only managed to get a couple of pictures of the quilts she had made at the workshops, but they were lovely.
Susie x

Friday!

Our Ornamental Cherry Tree in full bloom

The Ribes now full out.

My beautiful wisteria just coming out.

These are the eggs from our friend’s chickens in Inverness where we stay.  They are great for baking.
Yep I spent Friday running around doing errands.  Eldest to school to work on one of his A’Level projects, Youngest went to the dentist, then on to the grocery store and then to the dry cleaners.  Lunch I hate to say was at McDonald’s (this was a bribe for the Youngest as he was getting to spend his whole day off school doing all the jobs with me!), the Bank, the Chemist and finally the Post Office!  I got home in time to unload the car and then go back and pick the Eldest up from school, again!
I didn’t get the cleaning or the washing done so that had to be done today!  As well as The Boys getting haircuts.
They are off to a swim meet this evening whilst I do the ironing!  I said to DH a while ago “Do you remember when we used to go out on Saturday night for dinner and dancing?”  now I spend the evening ironing and he is at the swimming pool!!!!!
I took some pictures of our garden as things are starting to bloom and if now looks like spring, despite the hail storm we had for over fifteen minutes earlier in the day.
Have a great weekend.
Susie x