Buddies, wool and otherwise…

What a wonderful few days I’ve had. After the fun, family and food of Christmas the holiday continues for me with a few days of indulgent crafty-ness. No1 daughter gave me this brilliant needle-felting book, DownloadedFile

and I’ve had a splendid time making a couple of the characters from it.

Small gifts that were given as thank-yous to FT, KC and AW when we met at FT’s yesterday for a lovely catch-up over a scrumptious tapas tea.

With a slice of FT’s delicious Christmas Cake and helping of AW’s indulgent trifle to finish.

Still as everyone knows, nothing has calories in it over Christmas! Does it?!

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‘Tis the Season to…

say Merry Christmas everyone!

Oxenholme Station put on it’s Glad Rags to cheer travellers on their way.

‘Tis the Season to…

spend cosy time in with our doggie friends, especially those that had their 13th birthday on Christmas Eve!

‘Tis the Season to…

be with family and enjoy a wonderful Christmas lunch this year beautifully made by No.1 daughter and gratefully eaten by moi and No.1 son. It was delicious.

‘Tis the Season to …

make a small gift for a special little girl,

create a couple more Forfar Birdies for two friends with birthdays, and

felt a small green (ermmm in the early morning light I confess I thought it was grey…) ‘thank you’ penguin.

But most importantly of all, ’tis the season to tell my family and friends that I love them dearly and wish them the best of all New Years.

Sociable Saturdays

Hi All – I am still here! Life is hectic so thank goodness for the railway and time for hooky.

Lovely to use yarns from the stashes of others. Wonderful to incorporate the pale brown Patons 3-ply wool that had belonged to JGs mum. It is really delicate and inspired me to use an adapted Victorian circle motif to make a light-weight scarf. Chunkier yet beautiful in its own rustic way, it’s……

Comfort Blanket Part 2! Comfort blanket 1 was getting too weighty to take on the train then I had a brainwave (I know, me? have a brain? and a wave to wash through it?!)…the blanket could be made in panels! Now my daughter has a chance of seeing it before the end of the decade.

Its amazing how much you can get done while sitting on a train. Crochet and audio books play a large part in my commute. Cumbria Library Service have a free audio book download service. Its great. I have in-train entertainment and a good story on the walk home all through my library membership and a few clicks to download a Clipper book onto my iPod. Ann GrangerI listened to Ann Granger’s atmospheric Victorian murder mystery, jumping at every shadow on my misty, dark early morning commutes. I never learn. Now I am listening to Susanna Gregory’s marvelous medieval murder mystery the Tarnished Chalice…Susanna Gregory

I love her characters and some of the dialogue is very funny.

So far so self-contained. What about these sociable Saturdays? Since I’ve been working away in the week the only chance I get to see my friends is Saturday (sorry Sunday but you are chore and a snooze day) and what a lovely few weekends I’ve had.

Last Saturday began with meeting up with JG. She came over to help me clear rubbish out of the house and take it to the tip. I know that doesn’t sound promising but it was funny and what would have been an awful chore turned out to be easier and quicker because I had a fantastic friend to help me with it.

I spent the afternoon at KC’s with FT and AW having a good old chin-wag and eating a delicious salad-y lunch finished off with one of AW’s creations a berry cheesecake:

let’s catch that again… 20131123_151826droooooool.

Delicious though the food was we were really there to meet the latest addition to KCs family,

Hello Kiciek! What a friendly and courteous cat you are, gorgeous. Kiciek a rescue cat has obviously settled into her new home. She sweetly said hello to all her guests and spent time with everyone. The perfect hostess.

Yesterday kicked off with a Latin catch-up with AH. Unbelievably we reached the end of Book 4. Whoowhooo… and its only taken us 4 years!

But you know what this means? BOOK 5!!! Next time we meet for Latin AH and I will embark on the last (yes the last) book in the series. Then what will we do? well, with an average speed of a book a year I don’t suppose I really need worry about that just yet, maybe this time next year.

Yesterday was rounded off with a relaxed evening of chat and shared best books (Ken Follett and Henning Mankell at the mo’), best TV (loving ‘Borgen’ and recommended ‘Legacy’, must watch  Alan ‘Imagine’ Yentob our guilty fancy…), radio, film (live stream of Richard II with David Tennant sounded excellent), you name it with JG and AJ. With all that cultural input all I could do was  curl up in bed with a good book, H Mankell

look forward to the next one, DSCN0935

and drift off to dream about projects to come…

Have a good weekend.