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Sunday Sevens #164

I did actually upload these photos on Sunday, but haven’t had chance to sit down until now!!

  1. There was a blip at the start of the week when the tumble drier broke down – a minor disaster when you have a week full of B+B guests ahead of you. Luckily, Mr H-L used to be an engineer so was able to find and sort the problem.

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2. Another annoyance when you need lots of eggs for guests’ breakfasts is when the hens lay in the field in a patch of metre-high stinging nettles instead of in their nice, easy-to-get-to coop.

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3. The week got better, however, and we were in for a spell of hot, sunny weather.

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4. The Elderflowers are nearly ready to harvest for cordial.

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5. We took No.3 Son out for supper one night as he had an Inset day at school before breaking up for half term.

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6. After another sunny morning, the skies turned black and we had the most amazing thunderstorms for a couple of days.

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7. There are lots of baby rabbits in the field at this time of year and they spend a lot of time in our garden. Can you spot this one?

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8. Our local farm shop was having an open day, so we took The Boys along. This fabulous yarn-bombed car was the first sight to greet us!

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9. I had a nice chat with the equally colourful Tamsyn G who is a Master of yarn art.

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10. Look closely and you will see an antique sewing machine that has been transformed into a light complete with dimmer switch in the form of a cotton reel! If it wasn’t £185 it would have gone home with me there and then. I may have to use some of our B+B takings to go back and buy it…..

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11. We all had some of the hog roast that was on offer. No, it wasn’t the slightest bit cold, but apparently wearing a beanie whatever the weather is cool when you’re twelve.

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12. I had a go at some simple flower arranging in the form of a flower crown.

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13. No.3 Son put my efforts to shame as his was MUCH better than mine!

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14. Together, they made a pretty table decoration for a few days.

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15. Craftwise, this week I made some keyrings for the school fair.

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16. Finished! These socks are now blocked and ready to send to New Zealand just in time for the colder weather.

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See you next week!


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Sunday Sevens #163

Sunday Sevens is a weekly blog series showing your week in photos as devised by Nat at Threads & Bobbins.

1. Last Sunday, No.3 Son and his partner took part in another dance competition, this time in Portsmouth.

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2. They did even better this time, and achieved 3rd in Waltz and 2nd in Jive!

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3. Monday was spent sewing but, as our internet has been virtually non-existent for the entire week, I haven’t been able to blog about it yet.

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4. Look at the size of these scallops!

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5. We only needed one each, which is just as well as they were £5 for the two.

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6. While we’re on the subject of cooking, this is one cake that looks much more appetising BEFORE it’s cooked.

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7. Continuing on the theme of medal success, No.3 Son’s school won the inter-school cross country event for their age group….

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8. ….and No.2 Son was awarded Player’s Player Of The Year at his football presentation evening.

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9. Tess had her now weekly treat of a doggy Full English Breakfast.

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10. We ‘had’ to try out the menu at another local pub to see if we could recommend it to our B+B guests. It was lush, so we did.

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11. Hmm, all that extra B+B bedlinen ironing has taken its toll on the ironing board cover, so we bought a new one. I hadn’t realised it was so bad!

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12. After our B+B guests left in the morning, Saturday saw us dressing up in red, white and blue for the Royal Wedding celebrations in our village.

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13. Unfortunately, I tripped in a pothole outside the village hall and broke my toe on the way IN – before any alcohol had passed my lips! I did the typically British thing and carried on regardless, only taking my heels off five hours later to walk home in No.2’s flip flops.

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14. The village showed the wedding on a big screen in the hall, which was followed by a fabulous hog roast.

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15. Three out of the six kids came with us and joined in with the patriotic colour scheme.

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16. After hobbling home in the early evening, we invited some friends around for a barbecue.

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17. We had blocked out the night on our B+B calendar, so some of our friends stayed the night and it was already warm enough by 10am to have breakfast outside.

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18. One final photo for Pauline – progress on her socks!

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That’s it for this week – see you next time!


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Sunday Sevens #162

Linking up with Nat at Threads & Bobbins for another edition of Sunday Sevens.

1. I cut No.3 Son’s hair as we were due to spend the Bank Holiday in Newhaven with one of his sisters and the forecast was hot hot hot. Now he looks like a different boy!

2. We all went to have a barbecue with another sister in Brighton in the evening sunshine.

3. Posing for the camera with his niece!

4. We spent a brilliant day at Newhaven Fort. No.2 Son walked through the shot just as I was taking a panoramic photograph:)

5. There were exhibits from WWI and WWII as well as showing how ordinary people lived through the war. The Boys were fascinated with this recreation of an Anderson shelter that many families had in their gardens and that acted as protection from bombs.

6. We actually still have an old Anderson shelter in our garden which is currently used as a wood store. I think it is now going to be restored back to its original form for The Boys to play in!

7. The Boys had SO much fun doing boy stuff, like climbing on the cannons…..

8. ….handling the rifles…..

9. …..deciphering the Morse codes….

10. ……and dressing up in camouflage gear…..

11. ….while we played silly buggers with the ‘Spy Disguises’…..

12. ….and stripping off to blend in with the Neanderthal display:)

13. On the three hour drive back, I managed to get quite a lot done on the current sock project.

14. Cock welcomed us home with an ear-splitting crow.

15. The husband had company from the hens as he made further progress on rebuilding the wall that they have systematically destroyed over the years.

16. Not bad for a city boy!

17. Meanwhile, I prepared all the food for another barbecue.

18. No.2 Son had just enough time to wolf it all down before heading back to boarding school that evening.

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20. Building work has started on the barn in the field behind our house. It’s far enough away not to impact on us in any way.

21. See, scaffolding is up!

22. We took Tess out for what has become her now once-a-week treat of a doggy Full English breakfast.

23. Another day we tried a new café for the first time – Marnie’s Vintage Shop and Café in Ilminster.

24. My sister and her husband came to stay and we also had two separate lots of B+B guests this week, so LOTS of washing and cooking.

25. Craftwise, further progress was made on those socks.

26. Last week’s teaser became these cards for the school fair.

27. I was going to make a load of these for the school fair but, as they’re double-sided and take two hours each to make, decided……no.

Well done if you made it to the end – more next week!


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Sunday Sevens #161

Apologies to those who missed my Sunday Sevens last week (yes, I actually got told off by several of you!), so here are two weeks worth of photos.

1. I was driving through Burrington Combe when some free-grazing cattle slowed me down. Makes a change to sheep or goats, I suppose!

2. The recent spell of hot weather has allowed for more barbecues with friends. I never say no when The Husband suggests a barbecue as it means he does all the cooking.

Mind you, it takes me an hour or two to prepare everything for him to cook….

3. Mum and I went out for lunch at a new Mediterranean restaurant near her home.

4. Very nice it was, too – the sea bass fillets were enormous!

5. I finished and blocked the socks for my brother in good time for his birthday at the end of May. For those keen-eyed amongst you, yes, these blockers are a larger size, as I find I’m getting lots more requests for men’s socks now, so I bought some XL ones.

6. I also ‘treated’ myself to a Socker’s rule with UK Imperial on one side and European Metric on the other. Handy-dandy indeed.

7. Whilst waiting impatiently for some yarn to arrive, I found myself casting on more socks with wool from my collection.

8. It pleases me greatly to use coordinating stitch markers!

9. Or just plain cute ones:)

10. A few nights later, they were cast off and blocked.

11. The new yarn arrived and will soon become another pair of socks, this time for someone in New Zealand.

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12. A pint and a bag of crisps went down well whilst out in Mere. Well, you’ve got to do your part in keeping the pubs open, haven’t you?

13. The irony is that there are so many other houses in this street….

14. No.3 Son and his partner entered their first dance competition as a couple.

15. Out of four dances, they reached the semi-finals in Ballroom with the Waltz, and came fourth in the finals of Latin with a fabulous Cha Cha Cha, winning themselves their first trophy!

16. We harvested our first crop of homegrown rhubarb which became jam within the hour.

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18. I also made some Marmalade for the upcoming school fair.

19. Talking of the school fair, I spent an afternoon making some bookbound journals from some leather pieces I had lying around.

20. I’ve made a start on more things for the school fair – hopefully these will be ready to show you next week.

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21. Seeing as I’ve spent many hours making things, I forced myself to tackle a few of the tedious sewing jobs that I’ve been putting off for far too long. Sewing on a button, repairing a seam and taking down the hem of a pair of cricket whites all took a total of twenty minutes, yet they’ve been hanging around for weeks being scowled at every time I glanced at them on the ‘to do’ pile.

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22. I’ve obviously spoiled him too much because, as I was dishing up supper one night, Hubby made the priceless comment “If it’s not worthy of a photograph, don’t bother serving it up”!

This is what he got.

23. It was our 5th wedding anniversary this week.

24. Bearing in mind the cheeky comment he made the previous night, I was sorely tempted to put this in front of him….

25. ….and this in front of me.

But I’m a nice wife, so I cooked enough for us both…

26. ….and we went out for brunch the next day.

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27. Even Tess had a Doggy Full English.

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Linking up with Nat at Threads & Bobbins, Sunday Sevens is a weekly blog series showing your week in photos.

More next week! x

 


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Sunday Sevens #160

Sunday Sevens is a weekly blog series showing seven-or-so photos of your week outside the blog. I’ve been participating for over three years now and you can join in if you want! Follow the link to Threads & Bobbins to find out how.

1. It’s hard to believe that just a few weeks ago temperatures were registering -7C when this past week it’s been 23C – that’s 30 degrees warmer!! We soon admitted defeat and sought shelter from the heat inside the pub.

I’m wearing the lace cardigan that I made a couple of years ago.

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2. This little enamel pin arrived from Helen at Yan-Tan-Tethera Yarns – perfect for a sock knitting addict like me and I love it!img_5150-1

3. Excuse the hair – I’d just got out of the shower and the sun was out so we had brunch outside for the first time this year.img_5137

4. That same night we also had our first barbeque, determined to make the most of the warm weather while it’s here.img_5158

5. My sister sent me some photos of her painting holiday – aren’t they brilliant?img_5131

6. She’s kindly agreed to paint some Exmoor scenes for our b+b when we move.img_5132

7. At Knit ‘n’ Natter, Hugh brought in his fair isle cardigan that he’s been working on for six months. You can clearly see where he’s going to do the steeking for the sleeves – a technique that leaves me full of admiration.img_5145

8. That makes my socks look a bit less impressive, I must admit. Still, I’m on to the second one so should easily get them finished in time for my brother’s birthday next month.img_1534

9. I took Mr H-L to Pip’s Railway Carriage, a unique tearoom in Watergore, as he hadn’t been before and I often wax lyrical about it.img_5153-1

10. Using the sun-dried tomato sauce and pumpkin seed pesto that we bought from the tearoom, I cooked supper for some friends. Polenta, hot-smoked salmon and halloumi, with pea shoots, in case you were wondering what on Earth it was.img_5162

11. Pudding was this dark chocolate mousse cake brushed with edible gold – lush!img_5161

12. Our latest b+b guests were able to enjoy breakfast in the garden.img_5163-1

13. Finally, I took The Boys shopping for some Summer clothes. Don’t you just love how they each embrace their individual styles?!img_5164


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Sunday Sevens #159

Linking up with Natalie at Threads & Bobbins for another edition of Sunday Sevens – a weekly blog series giving a glimpse of your life beyond the blog.

1. This b+b lark is keeping us busier than we ever thought – we had to turn people away who wanted to stay an extra night, because both rooms were fully booked! The laundry though……we would definitely explore the option of a laundry service when we move to a ‘proper’ b+b.

2. Supper made from leftovers – no reason leftovers can’t look pretty!

3. We walked to the local pub and just ordered a prawn cocktail. The landlady had run out of prawns, so came out with this huge platter of breaded seafood instead!

4. Yep, we all needed a lie down after eating that lot:)

5. We met up in Wells to give my sister her birthday present and had a little wander around afterwards. Wells is such a lovely place for a meander.

6. Aside from my sister’s birthday presents, last week I also cast on some new socks, this time for my brother’s birthday next month.

7. I rescued this beautiful cross stitch from a charity shop and will reinvent it into something useful.

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9. Knit ‘n’ Natter on Thursday coincided with one of the ladies birthday and we all had cake.

10. Hubby and No.3 Son spoiled me with breakfast in bed on Sunday morning.

11. Apologies if you’ve already seen this on IG, but here’s the latest make for the doll I’m dressing for the school fair. Yes, I made the box, too:)


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Sunday Sevens #158

Linking up with Natalie at Threads & Bobbins for another Sunday Sevens…..

1. Week two of the Easter holidays started with us taking The Boys out to Hauser & Wirth in Bruton. No.2 Son looks bored, but he assures me he was just concentrating on the art commentary.

2. Afterwards in the bar…..serves me right for asking them for a nice photo for the blog!

3. We spent a day clearing some 8ft high undergrowth, helped by some appropriate refreshment.

4. A good day’s work!

5. Found this little nest amongst the brambles – don’t worry, it wasn’t currently in use.

6. Just a cute pic of my boy and a spoiled Tess!

7. There’s nothing like a bone to help you get your appetite back.

8. We have been fully booked for seven out of the last nine days with three different lots of guests, each booking both rooms. Our last guests were celebrating a birthday and were over from Belgium, so we surprised them with a traditional English cream tea – homemade, of course! They were delighted:)

9. After the rooms were cleaned and the washing was on, I sat down for the first time in what felt like days and had my own private cream tea whilst The Boys were at football.

10. Then it was back to our normal healthy eating.

11. The Boys enjoyed their second knit ‘n’ natter and can’t wait until half term when they can go again.

12. No.2 Son (in his new hat) bought some new yarn and has started making himself another crocheted blanket, this time in a more pre-teen colourway of blue and grey. Meanwhile, his little brother had picked up his blanket again after a long break.

13. She doesn’t read my blog, so I can show you the fingerless gloves I made for my sister’s birthday today. They match the socks I made her for Christmas with those see-through wellies. Free pattern is here.

14. This little knitted outfit was finished for the doll I’m dressing for the school fair in June.

15. Cardigan, hat, leg warmers and fingerless gloves, a paid for pattern by Knitting Nanny-Mo on Etsy.

16. Isn’t it cute?

17. I shall leave you with one very happy clucking hen!!