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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.


Sunday Sevens #86

Welcome to another SSSS (South Somerset Sunday Sevens) – no. 86 or 87, I’ve lost track after this many weeks. Nat over at Threads & Bobbins came up with this idea to help you keep blogging in those less productive times. Pop over to her blog to see how you can join in, too.

As ever, I have failed to whittle it down to just seven photos (clue is in the title!) but HAVE found a way to make it less obvious that I can’t count – make a montage!

  1. Although we went away to London last weekend for our wedding anniversary, the actual date was mid week so, of course, we had to celebrate again on the day itself. We went to one of our favourite places for lunch, Holbrook House, which is the same hotel that we spent our wedding night in.

Anniversary meal

2. These giant 25mm knitting needles arrived in the post from Wool Warehouse along with some super chunky wool. I’ve been knitting with laceweight yarn on 3mm needles for three months solid and was desperate to do a quick knit.

giant knitting needles

3. We spent a couple of days in the garden at the beginning of the week as soon as the spell of good weather started. Pool was filled, gazebo drapes were put back up and the daybed was dressed for the Summer.


4. I cast on with the giant needles whilst keeping an eye on The Boys in the pool.

We had snow this time last week!

knitting outside

5. Knitting continued apace the following morning in bed. I love how quickly this has knitted up. In fact, the entire jumper is finished already – I just have to sew it up!

giant knitting

6. Talking of knitting, No.3 Son asked if I would teach him how to knit. This is the progress of his ‘scarf’. Well, a scarf is the first thing everyone knits, isn’t it?

boy knitting

7. Mr H-L’s red shorts are nearly finished. Waistband is going on – this is the inside and should make him smile every time he puts them on.

mens red shorts

8. No.2 Son declared that he needed some new shorts for Spain in a few weeks so, being the mother that I am, told him to go and make some.

An hour and a half later – voilà!

Like his father, his taste is not exactly conservative:)

Hawaiian shorts

9. Two more happy Stitch Academy students with their finished projects.

sewing students

10. Our first barbeque of the year!


11. Lunch with the girls made a nice change as we don’t get to do it as often as we used to.

lunch with the girls

12. Second barbeque in as many days! Last year we didn’t have a single one, so we’re making the most of the good weather while it lasts.


13. In fact, we lit the woodburner (every garden should have one) and stayed outside until nearly ten o’clock with family who were visiting for the weekend.

outside logburner

Finally, a big “thank you” to all your kind messages about the hens. They are all missed, but the new ones are getting used to us now, coming closer as they get braver and become more inquisitive. It won’t be very long before we find them wandering into the kitchen, I suspect.