Tuesday, 15 September 2015


Saturday saw our last uni open day, this time in the beautiful city of Bristol. The weather was a little unpredictable with rain one moment and glorious sunshine the next - I lost count of the number of times the raincoats were put on and taken off. Despite this, we had a good day and, more importantly, E liked it, so onto the UCAS list it goes. The architecture was lovely and I would have liked a bit more time to look round the city itself.

We did find time between talks and accommodation viewings to snatch a quick lunch at a Greek deli - I had a mixed platter of pitta bread and dips but it disappeared before I remembered to take out my camera!
I did manage a shot of their interesting light fittings though:
We came across this bit of graffiti and I took a photo thinking it was a Banksy. I did have my doubts, however, as the other works of his that I have seen have been covered to protect them. In fact, when I looked it up at home, it turned out to be the work of another artist - very similar style though.
Other happies this week:
'Good on yer Madge' traybake to celebrate Her Majesty's record as the longest reigning monarch:
 Harvesting some of our fruit. I gave up on the hope of the tomatoes ripening any more in the greenhouse and they are now in with the apples.
 Doing a few more rows of E's Dorset blankie. Just look at all those ends that need sewing in - I'm usually quite good at doing them as I go along but not this time!
 Making apple rings on the pasta drier:
 My bedside posy is still going strong: 
 I was lucky enough to win this beautiful scissor fob in a giveaway held by the lovely 'Josie Kitten'. 
 The 'borrowers' are always taking my scissors and failing to return them, either that or I manage to lose them  at the bottom of my yarn basket. Hopefully, this will keep them within reach! Thank you again 'Josie' - I love it.
 Look who managed to sneak into the shed and snaffle a load of the chickens' food! R caught her and the girls gave her cuddles and a load of extra food on the patio - that told her!
 Finally, using my memento from Barcelona - I no longer have to make paella in my wok!
 That's all for this week. I hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of autumn and that the start of term has gone smoothly for all concerned.
Toodle Pip. x


  1. Glad you enjoyed Bristol, it's my home town, and I used to live not far from where you were. It's a really vibrant city, lots going on, arty and fun, I'm sure E would love it there if she decides to choose it. Love the apple rings idea, I might try and make some with our apples later. Enjoy the rest of the week. CJ xx

  2. I am sure you will get to see a lot more of Bristol if E chooses that University. Bristol is certainly a vibrant city, a friend of mine went to Bristol and loved the life there. The Dorset blanket is coming along well, don't envy you those ends though. Have you ever tried crocheting them in - I usually crochet over them for about 3-4 inches and then just use a needle to thread them back to the end of the row (hope that makes sense). It gives them a secure finish that won't pull out and is a lot quicker to deal with. xx

  3. It sounds like you've had a busy yet lovely time. I still haven't sewn in the ends of my granny stripe blanket, slovenly creature that I am - I finished it months ago!! xx

  4. Glad E enjoyed Bristol - it's a very 'happening' place with lots to see and do, lively and very varied. I'm sure she'd like it there. I like your apple rings. I tried to dry them in the oven once, but it didn't go well. I'm trying to do lots of things with our own apples at the moment! Your blanket's looking really good, and I love your sweet little garden visitor!
    Cathy x

  5. I love Bristol, I lived there for a couple of years after leaving university. There is so much going on there. I am intrigued by your apple rings and will have to find out more about them!

  6. You've been busy! A fun day out and a lot going on at home.

  7. Looks like you had another nice day out. Love the light fitting! That paella looks yummy.

  8. I hear so many good things about Bristol and I'm sure it's a great place to be a student. That Dorset ripple blanket is looking beautiful. x

  9. Bristol looks great, I've always enjoyed my visits there. Love the apple rings drying and glad the duck was sorted!xxx