Saturday, 29 August 2009

My niece is here!

Darcy arrived yesterday morning; 6lb 14oz and 51 cm long. Just so cute xx

Friday, 21 August 2009

No more tulips!


This was going to be my first job when we moved into our Victorian-but-made-to-look-modern home three years ago but other, more pressing, jobs and life changing events came along. However, when I realised that people probably thought I liked our little stained glass flowers I decided they needed to go. So much more light!
I can't imagine we will ever afford to have wooden sashes back but we are now wondering whether to have just plain glass in each window - the faux leading is just so not us.
We were back at the hospital this week to have Scarlett's eyes checked - her eye is no better so they have recommended a patch on the good eye for two hours a day over the next two months. It is traumatic. She really can't see out of that eye so becomes distressed and claws at her face like a mad thing. We managed five minutes today with CBeebies as a distraction but, perhaps as a consequence, she has become hyper-sensitive to her glasses which are now more off than on.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Just so much to catch up on

Where have I been and what have I been doing?
Well nothing much, but I haven't been feeling very creative or vocal so I have been to ground for a bit but hey, I'm back (just in time to mention my wedding anniversary tomorrow - five years!)

I had to admit defeat on the bread basket, look at how awful the base is. That would never lie flat. Just so disappointed.


Instead, I have created my very own vase (well, it's an empty jam jar with a crocheted cover) that I will try to photograph before I give it to it's rightful owner.

Scarlett (aka The Loon) is so much fun I can't wait for her to wake up in the mornings - yes honestly. She is chatting away: 'that one', 'veef' (teeth), 'no' (nose) as well as the continual chant of 'dooooh' (dog). Sometimes she makes me laugh so much I think I might forget to breathe. Sometimes I can't believe we have made someone so cute and lovely. Sometimes I look at her and just want to cry.

She's such a little character; she likes nothing more than sitting in a corner reading her books whilst wearing a hat ..


The allotment is keeping us busy and happy. For supper tonight I made a ratatouille using courgettes, tomatoes, onions and garlic grown by us and an aubergine grown by a work colleague. Lovely (and oh so good for the diet - 6 pounds lost so far).

Here are some shots I took today.


This is a globe artichoke - I know, amazing!





She won't thank me for the long white socks if she ever sees this photos when she is older but after the bites her father suffered in this environment they were precautionary!

On the gambling front - not so good. £2 down and looks like it will be £3 in 30 minutes time as Ipswich losing to Crystal Palace TWO nil as I type (the bet was Ipswich to win 3-2 but I have to be realistic).

Monday, 10 August 2009

Five pounds lost

One English: Ipswich lost two - one.
Four imperial: the scales don't lie.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Gambling is a mugs game ...

... or is it? I walk past a bookies at least once a week and am always intrigued by the 'Ipswich to win, 2-1, Counago to score, you win £300' or some such. So this season (which starts in ten minutes, I'm so excited) I am going to place £1 on each of the recommended window bets at Ladbrokes and see how I get on. I will lose no more than 40 something english pounds and I might even win a few bob.
So... Ipswich to beat Coventry, 2-1. Odds 8 to 1. £1 bet placed (and yes, I did need help filling in the form).

Thursday, 6 August 2009

I won't be beaten



During our stay in the West Country, I was avidly crocheting the bread basket from the Rowan Knitting and Crochet Magazine each evening but when it was finished a) it looked awful and b) bled badly when I washed it - more fool me for putting other clothes in.
I am starting again - unfortunately the birthday this is intended for is now only 13 days away ...

Monday, 3 August 2009

Enough is enough

I have been trying to live by the principles of Beyond Chocolate , not worrying about my weight and only eating when I am hungry. I love these principles and they have helped me in many ways but today I stepped on the scales and was sad to see that I weigh as much as I did the day after Scarlett was born fifteen months ago.
I eat too much and don't move around enough - there, I've said it out loud.

Saturday, 1 August 2009

My day so far ....

The thought of going to the allotment first thing was tough when I woke up this morning, but once there it was just wonderful and I was so busy that now I feel very pleased with myself.


Here are (just a few of) our beetroots.


After a period of intense weeding, I found this beauty.



It looks as though we will have a glut of runner beans...


... and will be busy making green tomato chutney if we don't get some sun soon!

Some much-needed fuel once home (and a chance to browse the new Boden catalogue).



Then Scarlett and I walked to Portman Road with one of my favourite roses and laid it at the feet of our local hero who passed away yesterday.