Half Term Fun.

Well the half-term week has come and gone with a quite a lot of evidence yet to be tidied away!!

It was good to see Josh getting his playmobil out again, it’s been a while, it’s sad seeing him gradually grow out of his toys.  Dry days are okay, he loves being outside but the rainy days are getting harder to find things to occupy him so I was grateful for a mostly dry week!  There is some serious tidying to be done now!

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The main outdoor activity involved a lot of digging!  It started with a hole dug as a hunt for clay to make pots with, resulting in rather a lot of muddy bowls and buckets left in the garden.  Actually, this is Josh’s version of tidying, they were right outside the back door!  Hmmm, a few more lessons needed here!

 

A few days later a bit LOT more digging took place as Josh dug deeper and wider to make an army trench!!  This then had to be photographed to make an ‘army’ card for his cousin who has just started chemo for Lymphoma.  (He is 14 and we would really appreciate your thoughts and prayers for him.)

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The following day the hole was dug even more and Josh had an amazing game with 2 of his cousins in there.  In the evening Josh proudly showed his Dad for the first time, you should have seen his face!!!  (The hole is over 1 metre/yard deep).

Poor ole Hubby, he had just started to think that the garden could be kept a bit nicer as Josh grows up, but he was very good and didn’t voice what I could plainly see on his face until he came indoors!! It took my mind back to this post and what is really important in a garden!

Some days we spent quietly, pottering, crochet for me, playing for Josh.  Then we went to stay with the in-laws for the weekend.  It was my Sister-in-law’s 40th (it doesn’t seem possible that its nearly a year since I wrote about my 40th and here!!).  Her Husband, Matt, had arranged for a meal at the Shuttleworth Collection.  We had the conservatory to ourselves which was lovely .

The tables all had little packets of love hearts.

After a lovely meal it was time for the cake.

Matt lit the 40 sparklers,

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but the flowers on the top were silk and soon the cake was on fire!!

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after various attempts to extinguish the fire Matt carried it outside to burn itself out.

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Thankfully only the top layer was affected.

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Next we were all given tickets for the Swiss gardens which even in winter were beautiful

with little houses and huts tucked here and there,

one with an amazing ceiling crafted from pine cones,

a little greenhouse with stained glass windows, a domed roof and rocky entrance and exit,

bridges and windy paths,

and a rather camera shy peacock!

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I managed to get some lovely pics of Abi and her boyfriend.

Then we were taken on a tour of the collection.

It was mostly old planes, some looking far too dangerous to fly and yet all except two out of 6 large hangers are still flown!!

There were also a few cars and bikes, a bus and a charabanc (an open topped bus)!

It was just lovely to have time to spend to together especially as it is their boy who has the cancer.

A cheery pic to finish with, spring really is on the way!

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I hope you are all having a lovely and creative week.

Sharon xx

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Vintage Embroidery

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and if you have children in the UK, a great half-term holiday.  I have some bits to share with you about that later in the week but for now I just have a few photos to share of some embroidery that my Grandma did.

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I love this tablecloth and I can picture it now on a little tea table in her lounge.

When I asked Mum if I could borrow the tablecloth she also sent round the cloth I had embroidered for Mum and Dad’s 25th wedding anniversary so I thought I would share a couple of pics of that too.

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Do you have anything special that was made years ago?

I hope you all have a lovely and I hope to be back soon with a general newsy post.

Happy Crafting

Sharon xx

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Enjoying the Hols and a Calmer Sea!

We are halfway through the half-term holiday already!  It has been a lovely week so far. Lots of chilling out, a bit of creativity and a trip to the sea.

It started as a trip to Eastbourne to try to find some glasses that Josh would like enough to wear, yes, at 11 years old he is starting to get incredibly fussy, I think having an older Sister doesn’t help!

After that ordeal we headed for the ‘old fashioned sweet shop’ where out of all these gorgeous colours

Abi and Josh bought themselves some candy floss.

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Having said that, I did snaffle a little bit 🙂

After getting a couple of other bits we needed we headed for the beach, this time was quite a contrast to the storms of the previous week.

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We sat for a while then Abi and Josh headed down to the sand and enjoyed themselves there

while I took rather a lot of photos!

Oh and I couldn’t leave out these Gull footprints!!

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As we headed home Abi decided to take a detour and go up and over Beachy Head and then on to Birling Gap.  We saw the old Bell Tout lighthouse

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that is once again precariously near the cliff edge after having been moved back some years ago.

We passed some horses grazing on the cliff top

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and then reached Birling Gap where we stopped again and Abi and Josh went down to the beach below while I again too photos.  There we could see the ‘seven sisters’ to the right

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and to the left the old coastguard Cottages that are gradually disappearing into the sea.

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If you look at this link you can see when nearly two years ago they had to demolish some of the cottages and to the bottom right of the picture below you can see the remains of these cottages.

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The colours were amazing, I love the blues,greys, greens and browns of these photos.

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After some time we had to head back home back looking back over the town as we descended.

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I love simple unexpected trips like this, it was a day to treasure up in my memory.

Are there simple things that give you a lot of pleasure?

I hope you all enjoy the rest of the week and Happy Crafting!

Sharon xx

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Blankets for Refugees

Back at the end of last year Sheila from Sewchet was collecting knitted/crochet squares for blankets for refugees.  I was not able to do anything at the time but every year my friend and I get a group of teens together to make something for charity.  There are other get togethers throughout the year but this is the one where it isall about something for others instead of for them.

In previous years we have made blankets for the homeless, shoe boxes with handmade stockings, sleighs, cards etc filled with Christmas goodies for the local food bank and handmade cards and letters for the Open Doors charity that supports persecuted Christians around the world.

When I saw Sheila’s post I knew that this year had to be another blanket making year so we finally managed to get a date at the end of January to suit all the regulars.

It was a great, fun afternoon as always.  The blankets are very simply made.  You lay two pieces of fleece material one on top of the other. We used 1 1/2 m length.  You then cut a 6″ square out of each corner.  Along the four sides you then cut 1 1/2″ wide strips 6″ into the fabric.  These are then knotted together to secure the two layers together.

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We laid out three tables and with a few competitive teens we soon  had three groups competing to see who could do the most!

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The blankets looked so colourful all stacked up after they were completed!

Everyone had brought along a picnic and after eating there was a very lively hour of games!  The only quiet time was when they were in groups with a banana cut in half, four cocktail sticks and two elastic bands trying to work out the strongest way to rejoin it.

While they did that a couple of us sat and stitched labels the teens had signed onto the blankets.

 

It was such fun and great to be a part of 🙂 I am hoping that they will add a beautiful splash of colour and brighten someones day a little.

I hope you are all having a lovely and creative week! The weather is gorgeous here today, it’s great to see some sunshine, perfect for getting a few photos taken!

I’ve some gorgeous embroidery that my Grandma did years ago to show you soon.  Until then enjoy your creative moments.

Sharon xx

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Stormy Seas!

On Monday the South Coast of England was very stormy with gusts recorded up to 95mph.  Abi didn’t have to go to work until the afternoon so we took the opportunity to go to the coast and get some photos.

When we arrived Abi had forgotten her camera!! Thankfully I had slipped Hubby’s little camera in my pocket and we both had our phones and managed to get a few pics before the batteries ran out!

As the winds increased I found it hard to stand up at times so I sat on the breakwater while Abi took photos! The best of the waves were a bit later after our batteries had run out but here are a few of the photos we managed to get!

 

The noise was incredible as the waves broke and there was a lot of spray

The waves were just so high and were almost touching the bottom of the pier!

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It was incredible to just stand and watch the power in those waves, it made you feel so small and in total awe of the power of God.

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It was so beautiful when the sun came out!

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It was just such an amazing morning, so beautiful to see!

 I have lots of things to share with you but it’s finding the time to blog them at the moment but I hope to be back soon 🙂

I hope you are all having a lovely and creative week,

Sharon xx

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Cheese and Bacon Puffs

I have just made some cheese and Bacon puffs and I thought I’d share the recipe quickly with you for the weekend!

This a family favourite, something I have been doing for years and a must at Christmas. They can be frozen uncooked, just get them out when you need them and pop them straight in the oven giving them an extra 2 to 4 minutes in the oven.  They can also be frozen cooked, just defrost and eat cold or warm them for a few minutes in a hot oven.

Cheese and Bacon Puffs

Ingredients

1lb (500g) pack of puff pastry

8oz (250g) Bacon

300g strong Cheddar cheese – grated

A little milk

Method

Pre-heat oven to Gas mark 7 (200c fan, 220c conventional, 425F)

Roll out the pastry to a rectangle about 1/16th” (3mm) thick and cut in half.

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cover one half with strips of bacon and cover the bacon with just over half of the grated cheese,

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lay the other half of the pastry on top of the bacon and cheese and press down firmly with your hands or a rolling pin,

Brush the top with milk and sprinkle with the rest of the grated cheese,

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press the cheese down firmly and cutting through all layers cut into squares.

I wanted bite size this time so mine were only about 1 1/2″ (3cm) square.

Place onto a baking sheet and bake in the middle of the oven for 7-10 minutes until the cheese is a deep golden colour.

Remove from the oven.  If any of them topple over just lift the top and replace it while they are still hot.

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Transfer to a baking tray to cool.

Keep in the refrigerator.

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Enjoy!!

Happy Baking!

Sharon xx

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Do You Remember?

It seems a long time ago now that I first seriously thought about knitting socks and set a challenge!  Eventually I started and I wrote this rather excited post last Autumn when I had completed my first pair.

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The challenge was one I agreed with Jane from Rainbow Junkie, she had mentioned that she had never crocheted a pair of sock and I had never knitted a pair so I said that if she crocheted a pair I would knit some and we did.  She made hers in the summer and waited for me to complete mine. I finished and blogged about mine in the Autumn, letting Jane know so that we could link but due an email getting lost Jane has only just posted about hers. They are lovely, you can read all about hers here!

I think now that my next pair of sock may just have to be crocheted!!

I hope your week is going well as we head to the weekend.

Happy Crafting!

Sharon xx

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