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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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Deckchair-Striped “Coco”!

Click on the link to head on over to the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network and read all about this month’s make :-

Deckchair-Striped “Coco”!


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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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Handmade Birthday Presents

It was my sister’s birthday on Monday and she had previously dropped a heavy hint for some more fingerless gloves, as hers (also made by me) had seen better days.

You may remember the knee length socks I made her for Christmas…..

….well, I had enough left over wool to make a matching pair of fingerless gloves – so I did!

I had also been inspired by some handbag charms by Tamsyn G on Instagram.

I absolutely love these and decided to use up some bits and bobs to make one for my sister. It was a totally organic process with no plan whatsoever, and this is what I ended up with.

Where Tamsyn G makes her own buttons, I used one from my button box.

The large end bead is from a broken necklace.

This fabulous ‘safety’ pin was in my Stitching Santa parcel, as was the ‘handmade’ tab.

Some hand embroidery on the surface adds extra texture.

Here it is on my bag, to give a sense of scale.

And here they both are on my sister/bag:)

I know, it’s utterly pointless but, as pointless things go, it’s bright and cheerful and I wouldn’t mind one on my bag, so I may cave in to the urge to make another.