We have actually seen the sun today! Yeah. It does make such a difference to the day when the sun is out, even Treacle likes it although she is panting as she has her wooly coat!
As it is #TBT I thought I would find some pictures of Spring. Below was the sun setting the other day when the sun was out!
I am waiting for my Primroses to flower this year, they always make me smile.
A tale of two Scottish Easters, depending upon which month Easter falls in. Above was a late Easter in April and as you can see the wonderful blue sky. Below was an early Easter in March and we had a lot of snow!!!!
Yet another Easter and this is Loch Ness in the early morning and as you can see quite misty and ethereal! I just love all the different pictures you can get in Scotland. We were hoping to go to the cottage this Easter but it looks like that will be out as travel is not authorised until after the Easter holidays. We shall have to wait and see.
Had to have a #TBT with DH and the Boys on the boat when we cruised up Loch Ness!!!
I hope you are having a Thrilling Thursday, It’s Friday tomorrow, yeah.
So our PM has outlined how we are going to get out of what seems a permanent Lockdown with various dates and what we can and can’t do and when closed businesses can open including restaurants, hairdressers, beauty spas etc. Supposedly by June 21st, the day after my Birthday (!) we will be able to go about as normal without restrictions. Of course this is all dependent upon whether the R rate stays low and we don’t get any more spikes. We will be keeping our fingers crossed.
There was an article in the Daily Telegraph yesterday however which was really funny, entitled “The 16 Worries of Post Lockdown Anxiety” by Shane Watson (you can read the article here
Here are the 16 points :
Now we’ll have to see everyone. All of them. How can we not see them when we haven’t seen them for the best part of a year and there’s nothing stopping us any more? We’re going to be hurtling up and down the country, in and out of front doors, waving bottles of fizz, arms aloft, every other day. We’ll never again be tucked up at home.
No more being at home watching TV. We have – in between bouts of rage and weeping – quite liked being at home watching TV – what if that becomes taboo post lockdown? “You’re what? Watching a David Niven film on a Saturday afternoon? You’ve had a year to do that.” You can see how it might go.
Now we’ll have to be more than just doing fine. We’ll need to be on terrific form when we reconnect with all the people we care about. There will be no room for an off day or feeling a bit anti-social. We’ll have to have clean hair too.
No more compulsory locked in time when we were forced to get things done. For the first time in 20 years the house is quite tidy and we know where things are. No more idling time, either, which some have been using to learn Italian or play chess while others spent it looking at wallpaper online, or holiday villas.
Now we’ll have to join in the Guess The Right Holiday Date dame. This has already become the test of a switched on, post-coronavirus human being. Should you go ahead and book the place in Greece in September… or risk going earlier? Weighing up all the factors around holidays is always stressful and this is much worse.
No more being able to WFH in the back garden while wearing a sunhat with our feet in a bucket of water.
No more time for marinading.
No more always being in for the delivery that they would previously claim you weren’t in for and automatically redirect to the post office.
No more not having to worry about when exactly the plumber is going to bother to turn up.
No more being able to justify the fancy cut of meat from the butcher and the £3 more than usual wine from the wine shop, because we are doing our bit for small retailers.
No more being greeted by our local shopkeepers like long lost friends.
No more early bed even on a party night.
No more meeting a friend for a socially distanced walk in the middle of the day and discovering that you will get more said and sorted on a walk than in any other situation, with the possible exception of a long car journey.
No more not having to spend money on hair, make up, waxing, nails, or grooming of any sort.
No more never rushing like a maniac to be somewhere and then somewhere else. Pant pant no time to talk! Just arriving! Just leaving! There was none of that in lockdown.
No more fantasising about all the many things we cannot wait to do, just as soon as we’re able to……..
I have to say that I agree with quite a lot of these. Now the end is possibly in sight I must admit I am a little anxious of going back to how it was in 2019 with most weekends being busy with activities and then having to try and fit in doing jobs and things for ourselves between all of it. I have rather liked getting jobs done at home, especially the garden last year, but also having a weekend of not doing anything at all except for chilling. Also spending time with DH, Eldest, Youngest, Girlfriend and Treacle. I do think that going forward we will definitely have a plan of what we want to do and what we do not want or need to do! Also I like being up to date with work and home jobs as well which doesn’t always happen in a normal year.
The weather here has been a lot warmer over the last few days so Treacle, who is getting quite wooly, is going for a spa day on Friday and whilst she is there I will do the grocery shopping. The weekend is due to be nice too, if a little cooler (!), so we will be getting into the garden to do some tidying after the Winter.
I hope you are having a Terrific Tuesday, it will soon be Friday!!!!
Well last week passed in a blur and Friday I was busy grocery shopping and doing other jobs which I meant I missed this post!!!!!! Any who here we are.
If you have followed me for a while you know that Clive Cussler is one of my most favourite authors and if I ever want a good book then I turn to Mr Cussler. This one does not disappoint as it is a Kurt Austin adventure where he is trying to explain why the world’s oceans are rising and it is not due to climate change. It has to do with an ancient Japanese sword and a plot by a Chinese business man!!! They get up to all their usual antics and amazing escapes and it is a great book to escape into! I have almost finished it and I will then be on to this book next.
I got my first book from my subscription with Heywood Hill!!! It is great to receive parcels like this in the post. I normally get to open all the mail as I am at home of course and mainly it is bills and work so it is really nice to receive this through the mail!!!
As you can see it is wrapped really well and with a pretty ribbon too.
This is the book inside! I will review it for March. It is perhaps something I would not have chosen for myself but that is the whole reason for doing the subscription to find new authors. Can’t wait to see what March will bring. I may get a bit behind with the books depending upon how much reading I get to do with work and everything else but I will catch up at holidays!!!!
We had a lovely evening on Saturday but I forgot to take pictures of the food!!! I started cooking at 8.30am and finished by 4.00pm and we ate at 7.30pm by which time I was quite tired but it was worth it, they all loved it.
It has been a busy old week again with work which is great but not a lot else is happening!!! I think because of the lockdown I am falling into the trap of oh there will be lots of weeks to do things in and yet we know that eventually when things do get back to anywhere near normal it is going to be manic with things!!!!!
Anyway as it is Thursday I thought I would have a look through our photographs for some throw back pictures, they always cheer me up, although it does remind me that I have a few jobs to do with them!!!
The Boys at The British Library in 2005
On the London Eye in 2009
Visiting Churchill’s War Time Bunker 2009
Thought you would like to see Chatsworth Library not at Christmas!!! This was taken in March 2018
The Boys dressed for Red Nose Day March 2005
Ralphy at Crufts March 2020 just before our first Lockdown!
A view from the cottage in The Highlands in 2016.
I hope you are having a thrilling Thursday. It is home jobs day today and tomorrow I am actually going out to do the grocery shopping, yeah!!!!! Saturday I am doing a big family dinner on Saturday night which I will have some pictures for you next week.
Over the last few weeks it has been very cold here and I do not like the cold but if you follow Mom and I you will already know that! However this week the temps have gone up and I am loving being outside in the garden, so much so that Mom cannot get me in sometimes!!!
Whilst it was cold I spent a lot of time in my basket next to Mom’s desk. I now have these new quilt covers and they allow my quilt to be more open and folded so it is really squissy and comfy. When it was really cold Mom covered me up with part of the quilt and I was lovely and warm.
The snow drops are starting to come out and last week they actually had snow around them. I keep chasing the blooming squirrels away so they don’t eat Mom’s bulbs but they have got a lot already!!!! Hopefully Spring will be on the way soon.
I hope you are having a wonderful Woofy Wednesday.
Even though my wrist has been healing I was able to do a little bit of sewing and quilting over the last couple of weeks. I got some material to make some new curtains for our kitchen. Lots of people say you should not have curtains in the kitchen but I like them!
This is the material I chose and it has stags on although the Boys said they look like reindeer!
As you can see they are behind our sink.
I think they look great. They are a little darker than what we had before but I could not get the same material or anything similar and especially in cotton which can be washed!
These are part of my 2021 Stitching ResolutionsAims. I also decided to try a different style of quilting rather than the meander that I usually do. Three are completed and I have two more to finish and then put the bindings on.
The final two Christmas parcel table mats to quilt and bind.
I also got this small lap quilt sandwiched and quilted and just now need to add the binding to this.
I have another small quilt to do and bind and then that is quite a few of my UFO’s completed. I have a King Size quilt which is for Eldest to finish, I need to add another border to it and then quilt and bind it although as it is so huge I am debating whether to send it out for quilting. I still have a memory quilt to do and I have now been asked to make another quilt which is great, but I still have a few that I want to make for us but we shall see how it all goes.
Today is Shrove Tuesday so it will be pancakes after dinner. I have another basket of ironing to get done as well as trying to get mushed marshmellows which are well and truly stuck on, off a hoody and Youngest’s bedding!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is why I have not been blogging over the last week or so!! I managed to re-sprain my left wrist again! It was just back to normal when I did it again and it was so sore but obviously as I use a keyboard all day I was trying to work in the morning and rest in the afternoons!! It is getting better again and certainly not as painful as it was last week!
I missed Book Club Friday last week so will move it to this Friday. We are still in Lockdown (!) but there is talk of some of the restrictions being lifted on March 8th but very slowly so the rates don’t go up again! It is getting quite wearing as we are all just working and being at home and as I work from home I don’t go out at all!!! I know it is the correct thing to do but oh boy…..!
“Why does February feel like one big Tuesday?” ― Todd Stocker
February does always feel like it drags, I really don’t know why!
How about this for a Library. Isn’t it cute and in fact I could also see a cute little quilt shop here too!!! It dates from the 1900 and is from the University of South Alabama Archives. There is not a lot of detail regarding the Library but I am sure it served the Residents in the local area. (https://digital.archives.alabama.gov/digital/collection/usa01/id/179).
I will be back tomorrow with some pictures of the bits of sewing and quilting I have been doing.
Happy Valentine’s Day you Lovely Lot
Had a lovely day yesterday doing not a lot! And also to my Valentine of thirty five years:
Punxsutawney Phil yesterday saw his shadow; Six More Weeks of Winter!
February 2nd 2021
But how many more weeks of Covid Phil? Not answering that question!!!!!
February 2nd is also Candlemas when Christians would take their candles to Church to be blessed for use during the year and in remembrance of Jesus who was Light of the World. February 2nd also ends the Christmas & Epiphany season. Most of us take our Christmas decorations down by January 6th but some Christian countries leave their decorations up until February 2nd. We always have a real tree so if we left our decorations up until yesterday I think the tree would have been bald by now!!!!
So thank you Phil for your prediction but it was not surprising in the current situation that we would be having six more weeks of Winter!!!
Treacle will be here later with her Wednesday Wag, although at the moment she is in her basket by my desk fast asleep!!!!!!
I did get a bit of hand sewing done over the weekend, which counts towards my “some sewing/quilting each week right”? Anyway this was one of the first quilts I made at a workshop, Snail Trail although I know it is called other names too. Well the original binding I put on was dreadful so I finally got around to taking it off and putting a proper one on and it needed just sewing to the back.
The workshop was in the November so I used Christmas fabrics and I had some star Christmas fabric left over from another project so bound it in that.
All sewn down to the back.
I will be doing some different sewing tomorrow as I am making new curtains for our kitchen! I have not made any for a few years but the ones that are up are quite faded as the window gets a lot of sun during the summer months. It has taken me ages to find a suitable pattern in a washable cotton fabric and I have finally found it and will show you them when I have done. I hope I can remember how to sew ordinary square things?!!!!!!
The above picture shows Her Majesty The Queen Knighting Captain Sir Tom Moore last year. Captain Moore became a national hero during our first Lockdown by walking around his garden 100 times, as he was celebrating his 100th Birthday, to raise a little bit of money for our NHS. He thought he would raise around £1,000. Well his story was reported by the local news, picked up by the national news and by the end of his fundraising he had raised £35m!!!!
Sadly he went into hospital at the weekend with pneumonia, which he had been fighting for a while and died there today at the grand age of 100.