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Sunday Sevens #124

1. We took The Boys to Yo Sushi in Bath and they loved it. We got through 23 dishes between the four of us!


2. Packing suitcases for The Boys school trip ….. spot the stowaway.


3. The Boys are in the same class at school so were both going away on a school trip for the week.


4. Mr H-L bought me these glorious tulips to prettify the coffee table in the lounge.


5. I figured there would be a lot more time for relaxation without The Boys around, so I treated myself to some long overdue new slippers.


6. Hubby booked us both in to the spa for the day where we also had a couple’s massage and lunch. I didn’t take any photos, so this is one from their website.


7. Fifi is in season and Tess is confused – hence the bald patch appearing on Fifi’s back!!


8. We had a nice quiet dinner á deux in Matt’s Kitchen. Just a guy who opens up the lounge in his house three nights a week as a restaurant.


9. Isn’t it cosy?


10. A friend came around for lunch and I was feeling creative. Just in case you can’t tell, the main ingredients are Sea Bass on Dauphinoise potatoes.


11. We had to pick No.3 Son up a few hours early from his school trip so that he could take part in the football county finals. They came third out of the whole of Somerset!


12. Afterwards, we took them for lunch out at Tambourino Village to celebrate.


13. The next day, The Boys had two friends round for the day so we had fun making pizzas for lunch.


14. They ate every last scrap and were very pleased with their efforts.


15. After lunch, The Boys went out to play and we sat down to watch ‘Déja Vu’ – I’d forgotten what a good film it is. I managed to finish the first sock of the second pair I’m making as Christmas presents, and cast on the second sock. Yes, it is a little long on me as they’re for someone with bigger feet:)


Sunday Sevens is a weekly blog series whereby you share sevenish photos of your week. Linking up with Nat at Threads & Bobbins.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


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Sunday Sevens #123

This week’s Sunday Sevens is actually two week’s worth so may have just a few more photos than usual….

1. First week of the Easter holidays saw us spending some time on Exmoor as the warm spell continued. Mr H-L took a week off work so we decided to make the most of it while the weather was nice.


2. Tarr Steps is classified as an ancient monument and has a lovely circular walk starting and ending there that is one of the ‘must do’ walks every time we go to Exmoor.


3. One of the picturesque scenes for which the West Country is so famous.


4. This surely is the original chocolate box image?

5. The Boys had fun honing their stone-skimming skills.


6. No need to carry water bottles when you can drink water straight from the spring!


7. All that fresh air and exercise gave us an appetite for a cream tea.


8. Another day found us at a wetlands and willow centre on the Somerset levels.


9. A blustery selfie during the walk.


10. Tasty lunch back at the café afterwards.


11. Exhausted boys on the way home.


12. Closer to home, this picture was taken whilst walking the dogs in the next village. Don’t you just love the fields of yellow at this time of year?


13. Another day, another walk, this time featuring some inquisitive steers.


14. A pub lunch after the walk – it was so nice that we ate in the beer garden.


15. Plenty of opportunities to have the roof down in the last couple of weeks.


16. It’s not ALL been fun in the sun – the builders have finished the messy work so I spent a couple of mornings painting the sun room. 


17. Back to the fun stuff – another barbecue.


18. Mr H-L took us out for lunch as he was going away on business for a few days.


19. The closest I got to doing any sewing last week was hemming the mister’s new suit trousers. Like most sewers, I loathe alterations of any kind and couldn’t even be arsed to change the overlock thread, so white it is.


20. The Husband looking dapper in The New Suit. Can you see the chain hanging from his waistcoat?


21. You know the way all the pockets in new suits are sewn up and you have to unpick them, well, as I was opening the smallest one we found a pocket watch sealed inside! Has anyone else ever found this before?


22. First night on my own was craft night at mine with the girls. I didn’t do much actual knitting as I was at the stage where I needed to concentrate on decreasing, but a new pair of socks has been cast on.

23. I gave The Boys a much needed haircut!


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25. No.3 Son needed new football boots and chose some gold ones. No surprises there, then.


26. Whilst he was at goalkeeper training (he’s made it into the advanced squad) I took No.2 Son out to a nearby pub for pie and mash.


27. Hubby bought me a lovely gift in duty free…..


28. …..my favourite perfume.


29. Meanwhile, I had been meaning to buy another blender since ours gave up the ghost a few weeks ago. This KitchenAid one was half price – bargain!


30. Quick drink in the pub after working up a thirst playing football in the playing field behind. 


31. Progress on the socks went well as I relented and agreed to let them all watch Rogue One, the latest Star Wars film, in which I have no interest whatsoever.


32. My latest piece of sewing has been a real challenge this week. I’m making a denim-style jacket out of some sequinned, pearlescent leatherette. Yes, really!


33. I told you it was a challenge – before I’d even got to the sewing bit, I had blisters from cutting out!


34. A good friend stayed with us this weekend and we went out for Easter lunch today.


35. I was saved a job this year as the hotel put on their own Easter egg hunt after lunch and The Boys were happy to join in. I reckon the Easter Bunny would have been sweating his n**s off in this get up!


Linking up with Natalie at Threads & Bobbins for a somewhat extended version of Sunday Sevens.


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Sunday Sevens #122

1. Last Sunday, 26th March, was Mother’s Day in the UK, and I was given these beautiful tulips by my children.


2. They came in this lovely jug with a rustic heart motif on the front which, unfortunately, hasn’t photographed very well.


3. A lovely Sunday roast with the family at our local pub.


4. I’m ferrying No.1 Son to and from his physio appointments since his knee op. Progress is good and he should be able to drive again in a week or two. Luckily, his job allows him to work largely from home otherwise he would have had to take six weeks off.


5. Did you spot a dog curled up on a cushion in the photo above? Apparently, a soft velvet sofa isn’t quite good enough for our two Yorkies. They prefer to fashion individual nests out of the feather cushions. 


6. Mr. H-L choosing something appropriate from the wine menu to go with his fish pie and my blade of beef when we went out for a pub lunch midweek.


7. Friday night was my nephew’s 18th birthday and it just so happened that a band was playing in their local pub.


8. The day after the night before……pie and mash to soak up the previous evening’s excesses. 


9. I went in to buy three 50p sheets of felt and then saw this set of garden furniture in the garden centre…….


10. ………yep, quite happy with the way it now looks in our garden!


11. Mr. H-L put on his best pinny and did himself proud with a barbecue.


12. The perfect way to christen the new furniture – invite some good friends around to enjoy the barbecue with us!


13. You may have noticed the lack of anything crafty in this week’s post. In fact, progress on the socks went backwards as I had to frog a whole evening’s work back to an earlier mistake before picking up the stitches and trying again – infuriating.


Linking up with Natalie from Threads & Bobbins, Sunday Sevens is a weekly blog series showing your week in seven-ish photos.


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Sunday Sevens #121

1. I always love a good rummage through the box marked ‘fabric scraps’ in charity shops. This week I was lucky enough to find some good quality, unused lengths of upholstery weight cotton drill…..

2. ….and some black denim, which I’m thinking of turning into a classic denim jacket for No.2 Son – for just £1.00!


3. Looking ahead to Ascot Ladies Day, I’ve pretty much decided on View B, but in navy and cream instead of black and white.


4. Midweek, we had lunch out at one of our favourite haunts, Holbrook House.


5. Usually it’s me taking the photos, but I managed to sneak on the other side of the lens as well, this time.


6. Carpaccio of venison – yum!


7. The Boy’s school presented their biennial production. This is the enitire school on stage for the finalé!


8. The teachers are good sports, too – here’s the headmaster and the reception teacher doing their bit.


9. No.3 Son’s football team won 5-4 in an exciting match. We took them out for Fish and Chips on the harbour at Weymouth.


10. Spring arrived on Saturday and the whole day was spent tidying the garden. Hubby did the first mow of the lawn and we flung open the French windows to let in the sunshine and warmth. Lovely!


11. After supper, we popped down to the pub for pudding! Even though it’s warmer now, there’s nothing quite like a cosy fire after the sun’s gone down.


Linking up with Natalie from Threads & Bobbins for Sunday Sevens – a weekly blog post showing your week in seven-ish photos.


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Sunday Sevens #120

Time for another Sunday Sevens – a weekly blog series showing your week in photos. Linking up with Nat at Threads & Bobbins.


We had my four children, two step-daughters, all of their partners, and our gorgeous granddaughter to stay at the weekend, and took the obligatory annual photo as proof!

1. While most went to watch The Boys play football, I took two of them and The Baby to Sherborne for the morning – here they are outside The Abbey.


2. Of course, we had a coffee-and-cake stop in a café. Do you think she’s enjoying her first taste of a jam tart?


3. No.1 Son bought these chocolates for me. I don’t like anything sweet as a rule, but these were amazing!


4. As many of you already know, I share a birthday with my daughter. We spent the day together at our favourite place, Summer Lodge.


5. A full body and head massage was the BEST way to while away an hour and a half, followed by leisurely morning using the spa facilities.


6. Hubby also treated us to the most incredible three-course lunch. Smoked duck breast with various different forms of apple, all steeped in alcohol anyone?


7. Mr H-L and I also managed to sneak a little lunch out on our own later in the week.


8. But……most of the week was dedicated to building work and, at last – decorating. The Koi Carp wallpaper went up in the downstairs loo!


9. I also finished gilding the mirror that will add the perfect touch of bling to the already-quite-bling wallpaper.


10. Did I mention that we are having our en suite done at the same time? Oh, the dust…….


11. It’s also well under way.


12. Do you remember that I mentioned I was searching for some mirrors, specifically the frameless type from the Forties? Well, this is what I had in mind – a wall of mirrors above the sink unit. Although the en suite isn’t quite finished, I was desperate for hubby to put the mirrors up and he kindly obliged. It was no mean feat, taking over two hours to get just right, but I already love the overall effect. En suites are modern by the very concept, and the old mirrors tone the modern-ness down a bit, especially as most of them are chipped or rusty in part.


13. I’ve still managed to squeeze in a bit of sewing which is a miracle. It’s actually for a Minerva blog post and is overdue, so I must try to finish it today.


14. I’ve completed the ribbing on the socks, too, but still need to sit down and google “see-through wellies”!!


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Sunday Sevens #119

1. Progress in the downstairs loo is rapid and, in an effort to get the loo fitted in time for the weekend, we had to lay and varnish a wooden floor overnight so the plumber could get on with it the following morning. I did all the sawing to length and Mr. H-L did the actual laying of the floor.


2. Oh, and fit and paint the panelling, which meant getting up at 6am to put a second coat on before they returned at 8.30am.

It wasn’t decorated, but we did have a functional loo in time for the weekend when we had a houseful of guests.


3. Having been forewarned by the electric company that there would be a temporary disruption to services, it was an excuse to go out so I popped to Wells one morning. I often have lunch in The City Arms, an historic old former jail dating from the 1500s but, as it was only 9.30am, I went elsewhere for breakfast.


4. Un-dyed smoked haddock with poached eggs in André’s Café – delicious!


5. When in Wells I make a beeline for Sew Vintage in the Craft Quarter. It’s in a lovely old building – can you see the hand-cranked sewing machine on the wall?


6. It’s stuffed full of quirky décor and haberdashery items and I spend ages just browsing.


7. They sell mainly Tilda-type fabrics for crafts rather than for dressmaking, and yarn.


8. I came away with some lovely Regia sock yarn and a pattern for knee high socks – the first of my handmade presents for next Christmas!


9. I also made a stop at Wells Trading Post on the hunt for vintage 1940’s frameless mirrors and managed to find two that were just the job for my vision.


10. Back home, the electricity was off until about 7pm but that didn’t stop The Boys from playing by candlelight.


11. Cake fail – I made a fabulous carrot cake…..then dropped it on the coffee table. 

It might look awful, but it tasted amazing and didn’t put my lot off and they made short work of it!


12. Cheeky relaxing lunch out with the Mister at The Sparkford Inn before a busy-but-wonderful weekend entertaining family.


Linking up with Natalie at Threads & Bobbins, Sunday Sevens is a weekly blog post showing bits of your life outside the blog.


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Sunday Sevens #118

1. The wallpaper for the downstairs loo arrived and is even better than it looked online. Can’t wait for it to be finished!


2. The obligatory pancakes were served up to the family on Shrove Tuesday. 


3. This half-finished lampshade has been picked up and is well on the way to being completed at last – only a year after I first started it and it’s been sat on top of the piano ever since, reminding me!


4. Hubby took me out for lunch after the disappointment of having to watch him eat last week when I was recovering from a bug.


5. We also managed to pop out for breakfast one morning in between some marathon sewing sessions.


6. If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen lots of posts recording my progress on our fancy dress outfits last week. My sister had a Glastonbury festival themed 50th birthday party, and I made all of our costumes.

The Boys were Shirley Bassey and Freddie Mercury.


7. We went as Dolly Parton and Tom Jones.


8. I tried to recreate Shirley’s and Dolly’s outfits as closely as possible to the ones that they wore when performing at Glastonbury. It was also 80’s fancy dress, so I decided to make Freddie’s most iconic look. Mr H-L grew his goatee like Tom’s and we even sprayed his hair to make it more evenly grey.


9. My dear sister snapped this pic of me the morning after, looking the worse for wear after a BRILLIANT night.


10. Cooked breakfast, roast dinner AND a Chinese takeaway in the evening was what it took to make me feel better!!


Linking up with Natalie at Threads & Bobbins, Sunday Sevens is a weekly blog series showing what your life is like outside the blog.