Has it really been a week already? Where does time go? It hasn't really been an easy week for my little family and I have had to call upon all of my 20 years (nearly 21!) of mothering experience to get me through - but I still seem not to make things better sometimes. Exams, auditions, university interviews etc the pressure is on in this house and it's awful being so helpless.
But that's what I signed up for all those years ago..but crikey dick (as my sweetest father-in-law says in his NZ accent) who knew it was going to be so hard as they got older! Not me. I thought the sleep deprivation for 12 years was pretty bad but worrying about their future happiness...well.
But enough of that now let's talk flowery Pip Studio towels shall we? Can you spot my new one? I was naughty and bought another on Saturday as we need to replace some of our towels but I don't think Anth was quite thinking Pip Studio...hmmm!
It's the white one. The pink one was my Mothering Sunday present last year. I do love it again better than the Cath ones.
I was given these wonderful booklets at school last week at our Ash Wednesday service and I was most impressed. They contain over 40 small things to do over Lent - so instead of giving something up you can do something meaningful instead. Read more from the website here www.livelent.net. We are doing some as a family.
Each daily action is one of 5 catagories - a home or family action; a workplace/school action; an environmental action; a community-focused action; a global action; and an action to encourage you to take time out for prayer and stillness in the week. Simple but effective.
My coathanger love is still much in evidence. This one was finished last week
I'm not following a particular pattern (for Maggie who asked last week) I just make a foundation chain of about 10 to 13 stitches depending on how wide I want it. Then I either double crochet or single crochet (US terms) the length of the hanger. Be warned. Simple but addictive. It's a very portable project as well. I love that too.
Bird news this week...very exciting..probably even better than last week really...this Sunday in the bird hide we saw a Great Spotted Woodpecker and some Nuthatches. I was so thrilled to see the Woodpecker though. The bird hide seems to be our weekly date. I get teased about it. As I don't drink and my ideal date at the moment is the bird hide in the local woods you can imagine I get a lot of leg pulling about it! Thing is Anth loses interest after 30 minutes but I could stay for ages. Come to think of it, I think it was the lure of the rugby on Sunday! Unfortunately, all is quiet at my feeders at home, I think it's the pesky magpies (we've got 4 of them) shooing everything away.
Another recent charity shop purchase I'm loving is this vintage woollen pink blanket all the way from Scotland.
It's just what this girl needs as I spend 99% of the time freezing. My feet actually make the bed cold! Anth thinks it has a slight hospital look to it but needs must.
Well, it's that or have my feet on him...and I know what he would prefer.
Until next time xxx