Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Autumnal bits and bobs

It's been a bit of a misty, moisty morning hereabouts and I've been flicking back through my camera to see a few happies from this week. No new things, I'm afraid - I really must get myself organized or I won't get through my 50 before the big day!

Anyway, here are a few things which have made me smile recently:
Doing a bit more hooking in a welcome patch of sun:
I have actually finished all but one square of this picture now. Unfortunately, the kit wasn't complete - it only contained 18 colours instead of the necessary 19. Number 16, grass, was conspicuous by its absence. I emailed the company and they are putting the necessary thread in the post, so my picture is on hold until it arrives. 

 A trip to Oxford at the weekend. These pictures were taken whilst walking through Christchurch Meadow:

Lunch was taken here:
 ..... and very yummy it was too. Our real reason for going, however, was to see this at The Playhouse:
 Yet another WWI book on E's reading list. It was very good, although it did seem to stray from the text a bit, especially in the second half. Things which were only implied in the book were gone into in greater detail and given more emphasis than was possibly the case, but it was still enjoyable.

A dog walk in the woods with a friend.

I loved all the dewy spiders' webs:

 ... and took a sneaky picture of this gorgeous thatched cottage:

Showing the difference between waterproof and non-waterproof boots. My feet are decidedly damp at this point!

Back home to warm up with a bowl of lentil and tomato soup:

More treasure found at TKMaxx: 
I actually snaffled up 2 of these mugs - one to keep and one as a Christmas gift  for E's piano teacher.

Finally, my firstborn, beloved daughter is 21 today! I normally don't post people's faces on my blog, but I think this one is probably suitably anonymous by now.
I can't begin to tell you how immensely proud I am of my baby (and she'll always be my baby no matter how old she is!). There is not one single thing I would change about L - she is kind, funny, clever, the most fair-minded person I know and the best big sister in the whole wide world. So happy birthday, my darling girl; I love you to the moon and back. x


  1. Happy birthday to your daughter! I love the look of your hooked rug as well as your soup. Stay warm! I hope you're having a good week.

  2. A lovely trip to Oxford, always a treat to see a live performance.
    Aw happy birthday to your daughter, mine is also 21 and I actually call her 'baby girl'.
    21 eh, where does time go.
    Enjoy the celebrations

  3. Happy birthday L, I hope she's having a lovely day. Lucky you going to Oxford, it's one of my favourite places. I really like your treasures from TK Maxx, well found! CJ xx

  4. Happy birthday to L, 21 is a special birthday! I loved reading about what you've been up to - lots of autumnal things, and a lovely day out too. Excellent finds in TK Maxx, by the way! x

  5. What a gorgeous post! Your dd is gorgeous! Wow 21! Doesn't time go fast? x