Happy New Year. Better late than never! I’ve been busy as usual. Busy sewing, Busy crafting. Busy going to the gym Shock! Horror you might say. But to be honest it’s needs must! After spending last year conquering my addiction to chocolate I can now move on and maybe get addicted to the gym. I’ve not eaten chocolate since March 2018 and I truly was a chocoholic. The only solution was to go cold turkey and it worked. I don’t even WANT chocolate now so gym stand by your treadmills.
I’ve also been busy preparing for an imminent trip to India. Lots more about that to come.
I have always been a chocoholic- until now that is. When my children were young I traditionally bought each of them a Selection Box for Christmas. One particular selection box was in the shape of a Christmas stocking covered with nylon netting.
Now for the confession, and not a lot of people know this! One Christmas I carefully un picked the end of the stocking and slid out the Mars bar. I, of course, ate it! This meant that I could buy a new bar of chocolate and slide it into place. I fastened down the end of the stocking and happily gave it to the intended recipient.
I am no longer a Chocaholic. In fact chocolate has not passed my lips for ten months. My halo is chocking me!
I do find this time between the old year and the new slightly odd! Everything feels as though it’s on hold. Paused awaiting 2017! I’m still busy working on cruise projects as it’s only three weeks tomorrow before we sail. Whoo Hoo!
In between this time and that, I have a weekend away to celebrate middle child’s 40 th birthday. How on Earth have I got children this old? Glad and grateful that I have!
Well I’ve got to get back into my “little” black dress for the next cruise so I’ll just eat up the Christmas cake left overs and After Eight Mints then I’ll start the diet. Oh mustn’t leave the chocolate truffles or the luxury croissants!
Off to cut up fabric! See you soon💃
I wonder if you’ve missed me? Probably not! Who can blame you? I’ve taken a short hiatus from blogging as we are away in Damnvan1 AGAIN. We are in the Lake District AGAIN. It was Hubs birthday so it was his destination choice and, what a surprise, we are at Castlerigg Hall Camp site AGAIN. Not that I’m complaining you understand. I love it here as you might have noticed!
This is the view from my Campervan door. What more could you ask for?
This is the view from my Campervan door!
It would have been rude to refuse. It was Hubs birthday after all.
We have had wonderful weather AGAIN. We have walked and shopped. There are so many “outdoor” shops all selling hiking, camping, climbing, biking and wine. A girl only needs so many pairs of hiking books and “wick away” Tee shirts. However a girl can always use another bottle of wine or maybe more chocolate!
Catch up soon. Cheers!
I had a FANTASTIC weekend! Did you?
I went to the Lake District,Cumbria with four girl friends. We’ve been weekending twice a year for eighteen years as a group. We’ve seen marriages, lovers, losses, divorce, grand children, tears, laughter, chocolate and much wine. I love them all and love our girly weekends.
This time we stayed in Keswick where we shopped in the rain.(always a shopping opportunity!) We walked along the shores of Derwentwater in sunshine and hail! We explored Grasmere discovering William Shakespeare’s grave -you know the guy! The poet of “wondering lonely as a cloud”
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
In my guise as Granny Lush
I took Lush bath bombs for my friends and I to have super relaxing baths after hiking through the woods.
I enjoyed a yellow bath using a bomb called “Honey Bee”. Lush describe it as “sweet, soothing and cleansing” and it certainly was that. Yummmmmm. Such a treat.
It all started because I am going away with girlfriends this next weekend. We’ve been going away twice a year for the last 16 years. The formula works. We rub along together each with their own tasks be it driving, shopping or washing dishes. We enjoy each other’s company, oh and we enjoy copious amounts of wine and chocolate. For the past many years I have taken photographs, lots of photographs. In my wisdom I decided to gather together all the past pictures of our group and maybe sort them out and have a giggle whilst we’re away. I didn’t realise (naively) how many various locations these pictures were in or how many there are. To get to the point this is why I am surrounded with piles of old pics. They go back to the late 1940s and are a fantastic social history of my family and many are truly vintage.
The big question is what am I to do with them all? I have started by throwing out all those pictures of waterfalls in locations I can’t remember, and unforgettable sunsets that I’ve forgotten about. I’ve sorted a few to pass onto daughter. I am thinking that I might make an album just of my Mum and Dad. I have spent the afternoon what I can only call wallowing in nostalgia! ( and I’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg)
The collection for our girly weekend has grown, but sadly the last 5 years or so are all digital images and not prints. I think that this is really sad as how often do you trawl back and enjoy digital pictures? Bring back old fashioned film I say or at the very least print the best off. After all the young generation will not have a biscuit tin full of pics to enjoy on dark evenings in the winter.
I’ve got a couple more days to continue seeking out our “girly weekend” pictures. But I’ve also got to make a Lemon Drizzle cake as a contribution to our afternoon teas, pack, get hair done, clean out my car (urgent) and leave Hubs ready meals in the fridge. ( The last task is a joke!) if you’d like to know we are off to Chatsworth House Christmas Fair -great joy. We are staying in a lovely cottage with a hot tub. There might be one or two photo opportunities!
Yesterday I had a great day out at The Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts show in Manchester. The venue is great for me and my daughter kept me company. We tried Decoupage,watched a fashion show and learned about the art of Zentangle. I enjoyed every stall and could have bought lots of stuff. I did buy one or two ( ok more!) new projects.
I bought some gorgeous wool fabric to make a Winter skirt (and ordered the pattern on line last night)
I found a lovely stall selling French style Shabby chic textiles. See http://www.naturaleigh.co.uk Here I purchased some fat squares to make a secret Christmas present.
I bought a lucky dip gift bag, which amongst lots of other stuff, contained a HUGE Lindt chocolate treat. Diet? What diet?
One of my favourite stalls was Rachel John-extreme textiles! who created using mega! massive knitting needles and very multiple ply wool.
I also bought buttons, trimmings, craft magazines (note the plural!) rubber stamping stuff and quite a few cups of tea!
We returned home poorer financially but happy and tired.