11:12 AM Monday, June 28, 2010

A life without love is like a year without summer
~Swedish Proverb~

Summer has definitely arrived and it has been lovely to be outside in die sun with lovely temperatures, cooling down in the paddling pool, get some colour, have barbeques, go for walks and just enjoying the lovely weather.

I’ve been quite busy with house things at the moment and have not had that much time doing my little bit of creative things lately.

Over the weekend we did some decluttering, or well we set out he weekend to do a few things around the house, but have not managed all that well, with this weather.

This afternoon I just had to pour myself a lovely cold elderflower drink and sat outside for a wee bit to crochet a few rows on the baby blanket. Really need to finish it very soon. Have got my cushion cover to finish as well – still searching for the right buttons to go with it, so will reveal soon.

Have a good week.


It’s not what you know, it’s what you do with what you know

Such a lovely present that I received from my brother the other day and I am so frilled with the book. Has learned so much about my camera that I did not know! How sad is that! So in between the crochet, I've practise some of the things Bryan is talking about, but will refer to his book a lot from now on.

As he said, you can take great photographs with any camera!

My brother has recently bought himself a Nikon D5000 and has already taken beautiful pictures - have a look Well done you!!!

Enjoy the rest of the summer weather in this part of the Northern hemisphere.


Book lovelies

7:27 AM Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Happiness is a grateful spirit,
an optimistic attitude,
and a heart full of love.


Received this lovely recipe book earlier this year as a birthday present from a lovely friend of mine ... she just knew .... one of the best presents!

I've baked a few things out of it already and can't fault any of it .... the banana loaf, baked chocolate cheesecake, pound loaf, carrot cake, cupcakes they are all winners.

Definitely going to do some baking from it again this week.
Have a lovely week - seems like we have a week of summer!

Growing rapidly .....

11:19 AM Tuesday, June 15, 2010

"Look at each day as a chance to invest life into life.
A chance to share your experience and deposit it into someone else's conscience.
Each day is a chance to work miracles in the lives of others."

~Jim Rohn~

Just did not previously have the time to blog about the kid’s excitement this year in planting their own vegetables. Not a lot, as we don’t really have the space, but they are so keen and just want to harvest already. Not long to go for the carrots and strawberries now.

Unfortunately some plants did not survive - the sunflowers (someone had a big munch into them, so we’ve got sticks left) and the tomatoes (no seeds germinated). :-(

Whilst on holiday, the plants went on holiday too and had a lovely time at some lovely friends of ours. Ever heard of plants going on holiday – crazy, but after last year that we went away during summer, nothing survived and the kids was devastated.

So here is a little progress ...

Have a good week.


9:01 AM Friday, June 11, 2010

"You come to love not by finding the perfect person,
but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly."
~Sam Keen~

Got spoiled by hubby earlier this week. Just love the COLOURS!

We're back...

8:09 AM Wednesday, June 2, 2010

"Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it.
No idleness; no laziness; no procrastination;
never put off till tomorrow what you can do today."
~Lord Chesterfield~
It was sort of a roller-coaster holiday, with all sorts of things that was different to what we will call holiday, but through everything I still had time to do what I love to do .... take some memories to look back onto.

The drive down south was not bad at all. The kids was amazing in the car and the roads was fine. So no worries there. We just stayed on the high ways so did not see that much of France's beautiful towns, hills, but we just wanted to get to our destination. But saying that - I'll do the drive again with the kids!

The first few days the wind was just terrible and enjoying the seaside was almost impossible. We thought if this is going to carry on for the whole time we're there, this is just not going to be nice. My husband's parents joined us after a few days. The wind still blowing. His dad did not feel well and was taken to hospital with chest pains and after a few hours, ended up getting 2 stents fitted. It was quite nerve wrecking to not understand the language well and not knowing what exactly is going on. So we ended up having hospital trips for the first week. I was glad that I had my crafty bag with me, so the time was well-used waiting in the car with the kids.

The kids enjoyed the sun and swimming pools a lot and we had a few nice leisuring days around the park not doing much.

The next few days after his dad got back home with us, we took it easy and we had a nice time around the pool and ventured a bit further to a few local towns.

Canet, was the beach on the otherside of the marina from where we were. 5 minutes drive. There was a lovely vibe and markets and it reminded us of one of the coastal towns where we grow up.

Perpignan was about 25min drive from where we stayed. We did go there on a Sunday, so not too much going on, but still beautiful along the canal.

So sad we only descovered this little fisherman's haven, Collioure (30 min drive) almost on our last few days, but it was lovely and such a splendid day out there. Beautiful market, lovely sceneries and it was just how I imagined coastal France would be.

Read about this castle before we went to France and it was on my must-see-list. Glad we did go and see some of its glory. We could not stay long and only had a few hours there. Would have loved to walk along the river and see more of Carcassone itself, but maybe another time. La Cité reminded me of San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy, which we visited a year ago.

On our journey back, we visited friends in the Midi-Pyrénées area near Laguépie. The last 30 minutes of the journey towards where they stayed, was just amazing. Windy roads through vineyards, farms and beautifulness. We saw a part of France that we'll definitely go back to. Wish we had more time to just discover and enjoy, but next time.

I just fall in love with the lovely French windows ....

and all the colours .....

but did not managed to finish my projects, but hope that I will be able to get some time next week, when the kids are back at school and I got rid of my cough and cold.

For now there is washing piles that needs my urgent attention.

Hope to get them sorted soon.