Friday, 17 September 2021

Friday Chat Day

 Hello friends

Happy Friday!

Sunshine and rain...rain again tomorrow.
I think that is how the saying goes?
What a mixed up weather week it has been.

Now if I start a blog post talking about the weather you can
pretty much guarantee I've got slim pickings for you.
Compared to my previous weeks of photo heavy posts,
in stark contrast I have barely any photos this week.

Garden:

I do have some garden pics - a dahlia that I grew from seed.
I gave Mum quite a few and hers are doing far better than mine.
Mum and I were wondering if it possible to harvest the tubers for next year?


Every time my rose flowers I just adore the pink.


I have masses of this and it is super tall.
I need to (a) remember what is, and 
(b) whether I have to do something with it for Winter.


These few snaps make my garden look colourful, truthfully
a lot of the colour is disappearing now and I can see Autumn beginning to take hold.

Oh yes, I do have my new little shed.
Whilst I was away Mitchell put it together.
It's very cute and I like the colour.
I've yet had a chance to fill it and undecided what should go in that little top section.
Aldi were selling these in natural wood but if you fancy a coloured one,
I bought mine here.


Crochet:


I have finished the back and front of a cushion (one down four to go).
I'm going to join and have a go at putting in clear plastic press-studs/fasteners
so that a cushion pad can be inserted/removed.

The design is pretty simple and uses tried and tested granny squares
but I think I may actually have a go at writing this pattern up.
Something I haven't attempted before - actually writing a pattern.

Telly:

Again, very slim pickings this week on the telly viewing front. 
I've been going to bed way earlier than normal - 
commuting back to London is tiring.

I did catch a new Disney+ TV release - 

Only Murders in the Building 
Three strangers share an obsession with true crime and suddenly 
find themselves wrapped up in one.


Starring Steve Martin, Selena Gomez and Martin Short.

Once I got over the fact how much older both Martin Short and Steve Martin look
(of course they do, in my head everyone still looks like they did in 1990!),
it was enjoyable - as the story unfolds there is little surprises and twists.
Just two episodes in and I'm eagerly awaiting more.

Cooking:

No recipe I'm afraid, in fact going to ask you lovely people
for some tips on healthy quick meals.
When I finish work (especially on my city days) there is so much temptation
to eat snacks instead of dinner and/or a takeaway.

I'm trying to get organised to batch prepare/cook meals.
I pretty much live on a diet of salmon fishcakes, jacket potatoes
and a bag of steam veg to tick the healthy box.
I'm not a meat eater apart from some chicken.
Any tips/recipes gratefully received.

Other stuff:

Work this week has been interesting in that my team of lawyers
had to come down to Kent to visit a company.
One of them needed to do a webinar literally minutes before the meeting
so he did it from my front room before we dashed off to the meeting. 
It felt a little surreal seeing my boss standing in my house,
bit like when you was a kid and saw your teachers outside of school.
I reckon I've earned a few brownie points.

This weekend - well, as I type this I'm imagining just sleeping through it
but I know I won't - I've got a long list of things that need to be done.
I'm going to hopefully get some crochet time.

I do hope you are all well and wishing you a lovely weekend.
Take care friends.

Friday, 10 September 2021

Friday Chat Day


 Hello friends

It's Friday again and I have another photo heavy blog post to share.

Time Away:

My sister and I had a wonderful time at St Margaret's at Cliffe, near Dover. 
Such scenic spots and just on our doorstep, well about an hour and a half away.

Our first stop was to St Margaret's Bay and a walk along the seafront,
to marvel at the cliffs and also at Noel Coward's home called 'White Cliffs'.
Interestingly, Ian Fleming bought the house from him in 1951.




There is a tea shop and museum here called Pines, unfortunately it was closed
which was a bit of a blow - their cakes are amazing.


After recovering from no cake (!), the next day 
we took a trip to Sandwich, an historic little town full of 
sweet little shops and cafes.
An interesting name for a street - 'No Name Street'.




Sandwich also sits on the edge of a beautiful park.
We were blessed with such good weather, just one overcast day.


On Sunday we drove up to the National Trust - White Cliffs Experience.
We chose to visit the cafe and take in the view down into
Dover docks, seeing the ships come in and out - 
it takes a lot of precision to 'park' one of those. 




As we drove away I managed to get a glimpse of Dover Castle.


We then went back to the bay and managed to get a seat in the pub garden
for a roast dinner and this was our view - perfect. 


On our last morning before driving home we took a trip to Walmer, 
again another beautiful town. 





It was blissful to get away and do very little, we watched lots of films
in the evenings and did crochet - oh we know how to party! 
On our last night we took a walk to watch the setting sun.
It was so nice we intend to go back soon.

Crochet:

I've made a start on the crochet cushions.
Each one needs 25 squares and a granny panel for the reverse.
 I had thought about doing all the squares at once but considered
I would get pretty bored with that - 125 in total.
Instead I'll work on each cushion individually and break it up 
with other projects.


Telly:

When heading off on my little holiday I planned to take the 
Fire Stick to be able to watch Netflix, Prime etc., 
but there's always one thing you forget when going away isn't there?
(Or is that just me?) 
Anyway, yes you guessed it - I forgot the Fire Stick. 
A quick trip to the charity shop to buy some DVDs (5 for £1)
and we were sorted with viewing.  
Here's just a few of the films we watched, 
quite a diverse choice!

 
 

Charity Kit:

Can I just say how super impressed I am with Jane ordering this month's charity kit 
just hours before her daughter was getting married! 
Thank you Jane, that's kit dedication.

It proved to be very popular this, as I type this there is just one kit left.


If you missed it please visit the blog post here.
This month's chosen charity was Happy Pants Ranch and you 
may have seen them in the news this week regarding their planning application.
Here is a link to the BBC News article - goodness red faces all round! 


Back to the office:

This week saw my return to the office, first time in over 18 months.
I admit to feeling quite nervous, I am out of practice with the commute 
and generally being in London.
I am pleased to say it was fine, my coach commute felt safe
(I had to pre-book my seat and there is plenty of spacing).
Once in the office they have gone above and beyond to make things feel
comfortable and reassuring. 

I'll be working 2 days in the office and 3 days at home for the next
couple of months and then it will possibly switch to more days in London.
It was incredibly nice to see colleagues again in real life instead of 
Zoom/Team calls.
Also whilst I've been away the loos have been redecorated
and the kitchen area seems ultra white and bright. 


If you've followed my blog for some time you'll know I work
in a very modern building.
I get to sit on the 12th floor, thankful for the lifts!


And that was my week, far more eventful than usual.
I hope you are all well and wishing you a lovely weekend.

Take care friends.

Sunday, 5 September 2021

Charity Kit Day - September 2021

Hello friends

Happy Charity Kit Day.


Thank you for stopping by and taking a look at this month's kit. 
Each month a donation is made to a different charity and this month it is 
Happy Pants Ranch which is a safe haven for over 100 
unwanted and abandoned animals.


To keep track of charities there is a tab at the top of my blog here.  
It details the 2021 chosen charities, clickable links and 
there's general kit info over there too

And here is this month's kit:
It's a sweet little cottage. 
I had fun making this project and discovered the hessian card
works so well for the roof pieces.
You can alter this to create a little gift box by affixing only one side of the roof
and/or make a small hole in the roof for a hanging tab.


Included in your kit:

Die cuts – Build a House  including roof pieces x 2 – hessian card,
house base x 2 – dark card,
house pieces x 4 – patterned paper (may vary from photo)
door x 1, windows x 3, small heart, small squares
Full instructions
(Items you will need: adhesives, distress inks)


The kits are packed in recyclable paper bags and sent in a 'do not bend' 
envelope so they arrive in pristine condition. 
To make up the kits you just need a basic craft kit, all pieces are pre-cut.

The kit cost this month is £4.50.
that's the total payment - inclusive of postage and packing.

Payment is via the PayPal link below.

£4.50
If you wish to purchase but would prefer not to use PayPal, please email me:
hope-chances@live.co.uk
I'm happy to help with alternative payment arrangements.
It is possible to purchase multiple kits,
there's an option with PayPal for that too.


If you would like to support the kits but do not need one right now,
there is a 'Ko-fi' button', at the top of the blog, it's not really for coffee...
all donations enable me to purchase card blanks, envelopes, the paper bags,
sticky labels etc used each month.
It is truly a great help each month with Ko-fi donations,
so lots of thanks to those who donate.


Please note I will be posting kits out on on Tuesday/Wednesday,
a very small delay due to being away.

Take care friends, as always - huge thanks for your support
and have a wonderful Sunday.
 

Friday, 3 September 2021

Friday Chat Day

 Hello friends

Hope you are all well and welcome to a photo heavy Friday Chat Day.

Last week we celebrated Elliott's birthday with a trip to 
Huckleberry Woods Farm near Faversham, Kent.

It's a charming place, not commercial at all with a variety of animals,
alpacas, donkeys, chickens, turkeys, geese pigs and sheep.


As mentioned, we had booked a 'walking Teddy Bear Sheep experience'.
From the website we had sort of expected little lambs - 
what we got was great big sheep!



I hope this photo makes you laugh as much as us, 
Elliott's sheep had a mind of its own and as for mine, it refused to walk.
I didn't mind I still got to walk with Elliott's.


I loved all the different breeds of chickens,
they were so smart, obviously used to visitors with little pots of seed.


One of the two donkeys who competed for our bags of carrots.


A trio of Teddy Bear sheep.


Another angle of the farm, it felt very homely and a step back in time.
There was an area for tea, coffee and homemade cakes which we 
made sure we visited.


All in all not quite what we expected but we loved it and we would go back again.

We then took a drive to Herne Bay, goodness it was blustery.
We walked along the pier and had ice cream in the bandstand - how British is that!
It felt good to be at the coast and we agreed it was like a little holiday in one day.


Crochet:

Thank you for the lovely comments on last week's crochet cushion.
I've been commissioned to make 5!
Prior to starting those I'm finishing a WIP - joining squares, 
this is my coastal themed blue blanket which I've 
decided to call Sea and Sand.
Right now it is just about Bella size, quite a few more rows to do.


I will have more time to complete this project than normal as 
I'm going away today for a long weekend.
Actually going away!
My sister booked a trip to St Margaret's Bay near Dover and I honestly cannot wait.
We're taking all the essentials -
crochet, chocolate and wine! 
Work has been full on and stepping away for a couple of days
will be the perfect tonic... oh yes that reminds me - need to take gin too! 

Telly:

I've gone from being able to watch so much telly to just an occasional film.

The Current War - Amazon Prime

Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse, the greatest inventors 
of the industrial age engage in a battle of technology and ideas 
that will determine whose electrical system will power the new century.


Mr Cumberbatch plays Thomas Edison.
(Does this man ever sleep? He seems to be in everything!)
So the technology side got a little confusing but I did enjoy the film
and, if it is even half way close to the truth, then what a 
fascinating and possibly scary period it must have been.

Charity Kit:

I haven't forgotten it is Charity Kit Day on Sunday,
I'm scheduling everything before I go away.
It will be live on the blog 7am Sunday.
And here's a little sneak peek. It's something different this month.


Oh yes, I will be sending the kits out a day or two later because of being away.

No garden news this week because it looks quite scruffy
and the weather has been dull and grey.
It feels like we have plunged into Autumn and yet it is still Summer.

So that's my week, wishing you all a lovely weekend.
Please stop by on Sunday to take a look at this month's kit
and I will be back next week with my weekend away pics
and a whole new lot of waffle.

Take care friends.



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