Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Snowdrops, the seaside and sewing


Half-term here has come and gone. The girls had ten whole days off school
and I think they've enjoyed themselves and have rested and recuperated. They
kept me busy most days. I had felt tired and frazzled at times and had craved
for some quiet time on my own during the day, but that was all off set by lie-ins
in the morning. the alarm clock not going off at 6:30am (hurray!), and doing fun
things with them like going to the cinema and meeting up with friends. It was nice,
actually, the whole half-term, and now that they're back at school, the house
has felt unusually quiet this morning. I miss them.





The weather was mostly rubbish throughout the school break. We were
looking forward to the sunny and mild days that were forecasted but what
we got was rain, grey skies, cold weather and on Thursday, the storm Doris.


When the sun did make an appearance, we tried to make the most of it. The girls
played outside and we went for walks down in the woods. We were on the look out
for any spring flowers on the ground and were disappointed to find only one clump
of snowdrops in bloom. Maybe in a few weeks there will be more of them flowering
and other flowers will appear, too. What we saw, and we keep seeing, are brightly
coloured crocuses in front gardens and we're a bit jealous. If I get myself organized
this year and have some bulbs planted in the autumn, we'll also have some colourful
blooms in our front yard next spring. Hopefully.


Tuesday last week was one of those rare dry and sunny days and we decided
to go on a day trip to Whitby. We love a day at the seaside, even if it's just
a short one. We played crazy golf, had fish and chips on the pier, mooched around
the Shambles and bought some kippers which we had for breakfast the next day.


Mostly, we stayed at home and pottered. I showed the girls how to sew one
rainy afternoon. They were very keen and were quite stoic with needle pricks
which surprised and impressed me.





It was Markie who first wanted to learn to sew and she specifically wanted to make
these felt birds. I was happy to oblige. I learned to sew when I was about her age, from
watching my mother, and then we were taught in school when I was about 8 or 9. It
pleases me that they're interested and they're both actually really good. Lulu, who's
four, now knows running stitch and straight stitch and 'gets' how buttons are sewn.
Markie pretty much did most of it by herself, including the buttons.


They're planning to bring their finished birds to school this week to show their teachers
and classmates. I'm all for it. I think they did a great job and should be proud. I'm
looking forward to making them pancakes for tea later. We'll have sweet and savoury
toppings, although I have a feeling Nutella, their latest favourite, will be most
in demand.

I hope you enjoy your pancakes too, if you haven't already. Thanks for reading
and for the lovely comments on my attempts at tapestry crochet. I have made progress
with the second pattern and I'm looking forward to showing you next time.
Have a great day!

13 comments:

  1. Your girls are just so beautiful. It sounds like a wonderful holiday, I always wish the school holidays could be longer and don't want them to end! What good jobs the girls have done with their birds, so cute xx

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  2. What a fun half term you had. A bit of indoor time, walks and then a day out. A pretty winning formula I reckon. Fish and chips and then kippers, that has made me hungry despite being full of pancakes!
    Your girls are absolutely adorable and they should be rightly proud of their magnificent birds.
    Lisa x

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  3. Wow, your girls did very well!!! Give them my compliments please!
    Lovely pictures by the way. Too bad of the weather, hopefully springtime will come through very soon now.
    Take care, Sigrid

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  4. Your girls must take after you with their lovely stitching, their birds are beautiful. I am sure your daughter's teachers and friends are very impressed with her work. It is a shame the weather was poor during the break but it looks like you had fun despite it.

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  5. I love that you are teaching your girls these traditional crafts. You are really giving them a life long gift of self sufficiency and inner contentment, a true gift indeed X

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