Last week, we had our family holiday. This year, our destination was Northumberland, a place we were keen to visit for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it was somewhere neither of us had been, secondly it is the home of Alnwick Castle (which was Hogwarts in the first two Harry Potter films) and thirdly we…… Continue reading The ‘extra short’ short break
This afternoon, I decided to use up some raspberries by making a batch of jam. Everywhere I looked, it said raspberry jam was ideal for the amatuer jam maker as sets quickly and is really easy. Perfect! Following my last jam making episode, where I failed to make it pass the wrinkle test after 2…… Continue reading Chewable Jam
It’s only been a fortnight since my last post, but it feels like ages. Things here are incredibly busy-the decorating is still in full swing and almost every spare minute is taken up with a little job. The allotment is also very much a work in progress! I’ll start off with a little decorating update.…… Continue reading Long time, no see!
I posted a long time ago about my phobia of the dentist, and yesterday things stepped up a gear as a day I was both dreading and looking forward to arrived. I have been waiting a long time for a tooth to be extracted, as it had cracked after being filled and was beyond repair.…… Continue reading In the dentist’s chair-the ‘high as a kite’ sequel
Today, exactly 10 weeks after the builders arrived at our house, the baton was passed to us. They have finished the basics of our extension-the walls are plastered and woodwork is in place, so now we begin the mammoth task of decorating. Upstairs we have a bathroom to decorate, as well as our daughter’s room…… Continue reading Let the decorating commence!
For her birthday, my daughter was given a knitting set. It had in it a pompom maker, a french knitting doll and some knitting needles, as well as a lot of yarn. She was very keen to get started, so I suggested trying the french knitting or the pompom. She, however, was insistent that she…… Continue reading A Mini Knitter
Our daughter turned 5 last week, and for that particular birthday we celebrate with a big party, where we invite all of the children we know inside and outside of school. For a party this size, a larger venue than our house is required (especially since the house is literally a building site!) so we…… Continue reading An Almost-Magical Party
Despite the title, this post has nothing to do with our house extension, and everything to do with a post I wrote around a year ago about single use plastics. By chance, I came across some information about eco bricks, which are an increasingly popular way to deal with some types of plastic. Basically, an…… Continue reading Bricking it!
It is a very exciting week in our house as building work on our long-awaited extension has begun! You may remember it featuring in both my 2018 and 2019 guidelines posts, so it really has seemed like forever since we were in the planning stages. I went to work yesterday and missed all of the…… Continue reading So it begins…
Actually it was 3 last week but I didn’t have time to type a post in between doing jobs to prepare for building work! I didn’t realise until WordPress reminded me, however it was a pleasant surprise. The idea that I dreamed up 3 years ago, and which was named in the multi storey car…… Continue reading Craftandothercrazyplans is 3!