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Look what I’ve grown!

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I LOVE peonies, with a passion!  I planted this a few years ago.  The first year nothing much happened,  last year I had a few blooms but this year looks very promising!

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Here’s another bud, almost ready to bloom. There are another 12 or so like this!

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I’ve never grown Delphiniums or Hollyhocks before so I’m excited to see this in full bloom.

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And this is the first ever hanging basket I’ve ever had. Not a great shot but it’s BEAUTIFUL in real life.

Simple pleasures for simple minds!

Beautiful lillies

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My LOVELY friend, Megan, gave me these extraordinarily exquisite lillies as a goodbye/good luck pressie last weekend,  just before I started my new job.  I love them. The have made the whole of my downstairs smell divine. And they make me smile every time I see them.

Domesticity

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Marbles! Although they can get everywhere and are a pain in the bum when you’re trying to hoover, I can’t begrudge Paddy his collection because I remember how much I loved them when I was younger. He’s got quite a lot now and he had a quick play with them before school.

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I’ve had a lovely day today. Lily has been off school poorly (she’s feeling much better already) so I’ve been grounded at home. Which has been wonderful.

Very rainy day + a day off = pyjama baking! I love putting an apron on over my PJs, switching five live on the radio and baking something sweet and cakey.

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Today I made Marmalade Cake using a recipe I found hehttp://circleofpinetrees.com/category/baking/a-cake-for-the-weekend/re.

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Although the recipe calls for Seville oranges and (preferably homemade) seville orange marmalade I just used what I had in the cupboard. Good old Aldi’s marmalade. And the cake turned out to be very yummy indeed!

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I spent a couple of hours cleaning the house (boring, but necessary to keep up with my New Year’s resolutions) so felt I deserved to relax and enjoy my library book – Janet Evanovich’s latest Stephanie Plum novel…sheer bliss! She’s one of the very few authors that can make me laugh out loud.

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It felt good to be at home with the rain belting down outside, feeling snug and domesticated.

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I need to make sure I build more days like this into my life – with or without the rain!

Tragedy strikes!

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Mark bought me an amaryllis for Christmas (Our Christmas on a budget was THE BEST!) and I’ve been waiting with anticipation for it to grow and bloom.  Which it did.  And it was just beautiful in all it’s lush rednessey glory!  I’ve been really enjoying its progress and since it started to bloom I put it on the sideboard to take pride of place downstairs.  And one evening it toppled over, off the sideboard and landed, splat, on the floor breaking the longest stem in the process. WAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

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So instead, I lopped off the two blooms and they’re in little glasses on the coffee table.  It’s not the same though. Sniff.

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I found this 100% pure wool jumper in a local charity shops, bought ready for assembling my granny square cushion…

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So the sewing machine has been dusted off and the construction has begun.  And I think it’s going to look fab!

I think my sewing machine needs a name (don’t ask me why.  All my cars have names too!) and I’m thinkg…Jessie.  Or maybe…Tallulah!  I’ve always loved the name Tallulah.  And it sounds like a perfect name for a cute little machine that’s able to whip up cute patchwork and pretty little whimsies (assuming I learn how to use her properly).

Colourful.

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Making progress with one of my four projects and I am LOVING the colours! It’s great fun choosing each granny square and although the cotton is a bit splitty I still love using it.

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A fab display of threads.  And I managed to NOT buy any.

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Waiting with baited breath  for my amaryllis to  bloom…its going to be purtee!

Finding the positives.

I always find myself getting a bit downhearted when I have a set of night shifts looming. It can make me feel a bit isolated from the family and I hate that.  And, although I get to spend a little time with them in the evening before I head off to work, it seems really hard to feel connected with them.  I’m not the one doing the school runs, cooking the dinner, reading with them,  etc.  After entering the night shift zone on a Monday I feel like things can’t really return to any semblance of normal family life until Friday evening.

So to combat my poor me’s I decided today to actively seek out reasons to be cheerful. And it seems there are quite a few, despite the night shifts!

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#1: Some new fat quarters to feed the stash!  I’m thinking of trying my hand at making some colourful,  cheerful bunting.  I love a bit of bunting!

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#2: Glorious gladioli. Aaah, these are going to be BEAUTIFUL! 

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Good old Tesco were selling them for £3 a bunch, buy one get one free.  It’d be rude not to at that price!

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I love this Cadbury purple and the ones above are pink with darker pink tinged edges.  Bring on the happy!

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#3: While walking the dogs this afternoon we noticed the most gorgeous rainbow.  In fact, there were two as there was a smaller,  fainter rainbow behind the first.   Maybe we’re due some good luck?  A pot of gold wouldn’t go amiss either for that matter!

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#4: watching the big fella teach the little fella how to play chess. And being amazed at how quickly he’s picking it up!

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#5: Watching Autumn creep ever closer.  We’ve had some wild weather over the weekend in our neck of the woods. And although I’m constantly lamenting the end of summer I really love Autumn days when the sun is out.

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#6: My lovely friend is in hospital being induced RIGHT NOW! No news yet, but hopefully it won’t be too long until there’s a new little bundle to cuddle – it’s SO ECXITING!! I really must get a shifty on with the baby blanket that’s destined for him.

So plenty to stop me feeling too sorry for myself.   Well, that’s the plan anyway!