Tuesday, 19 May 2015

all things Chelsea (Flower Show)

This week the world will be watching the Chelsea Flower Show and all things flowery are the hot topic this week. One step ahead of the UK bank holiday weekend and the weather as usual is very unpredicatable for Chelsea week. As you know I am off to see it for myself on Friday with my lovely husband Ian - can't wait!

Here are just a few of my flowery photos of things that I love at the moment. And of course some granny squares, a bit of lunchtime catch-up.

Links of London Daisy charm

favourite floral hand creams (hand bag size)
joining granny squares, maybe a new cushion?

my Cath Kidston work mug, 1 pint!


Monday, 18 May 2015

Bye bye blue, hello sassy red

A few weeks ago I did something maybe classed as a mid-life crisis! I went to test drive one car and bought a different one, a sassy red one. I don't buy cars that often, who does? I'd like to say I spent ages on my decision but the truth is I really only made my mind up to the night before prompted by yet another male driver flashing me whilst I was overtaking a slow lorry on a busy B road, when I was in actual fact doing just a tad over the speed limited. Fed up with agressive drivers making KA drivers life a misery I longed to be above the other drivers, in a high up driving position in a little fun crossover. I've driven the same style car for 13 years, it was time for a change, a grown up car with a quirky side to it. Well last week I did just that, I bought a Nissan Duke in Magnetic Red. I've had one fun week driving her, I've named her Daisy Duke! Monday morning last week driving to work was the best Monday morning drive ever, I couldn't stop grinning. So a week later I can reverse and the car is a lot easier to drive (and much more fun) that I could have imagined. Here she is parked at my in-laws last week when I collected her.

Daisy Duke

So what else have I been doing? Some gardening, sowing dwarf bean seeds (which germinated this weekend) Megan's crochet blanket is getting bigger and about another 14 rows to go (which is good news so that I can finish mine) Looking forward to RHS Chelsea Flower Show this Friday, it runs from 19 – 23 May. Normally I would be at the Press Day today but I wanted to share it with Ian this year, we have more fun going along together with a pic-nic, listing to the band, Ian talking to the Chelsea Pensioners whilst we wait to go in at 3pm, and some sight seeing in the morning. The last two visits have been fun on one hand but lonely on the other. You want to say oh did you see that ... but can't. And to be honest you see so many celebs its hard not to trip over someone you recognise!

You can find the garden information here over at the Galloping Gardener, Great photos - go and have a peek

We had a lovely family walk in Cobham Woods over the bank holiday weekend, sunshine and so many blue bells, such a lovely sight and smell you just can't beat it. I made some sandwiches and we had breakfast then a long walk back to the car, Moss was exhausted and slept the rest of the day, I think we were all tired. I read recently that if you find wild primroses in woods, it is an ancient wood. How every true of Cobham Woods in Kent. We love it there, you enter and your worries are left behind at the gate, three or so hours later you feel refreshed and stress free.

wild primroses

bluebells in the sunshine

Monday, 4 May 2015

Gardening and bargain finds

Salad leaves have germinated in the garden
Bargain box 2 or £20 in Morrisons
Bay tree from Aldi last year £15
half price herbs
grasses from my sister
trying to keep the birds off the salad

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Busy doing nothing much

I had a lovely quiet day on Saturday. Not much housework as lucky for me Ian had the day off on Friday and did most of it. After cleaning the kitchen I decided the window needed some colour; and an hour later some new bunting was in place. I was on a roll and made some more, this time for my Folksy shop. It made a nice change to be sewing, I always seem to be making granny squares at the moment. It's a long process my granny square blanket but more about that when I've finished it (I'm way behind but catching up). That's what I like about sewing, you can see the finished piece a lot quicker.

So here are some photos taken in my garden this afternoon before the rain came down.

photo shoot
And the custom bunting for my kitchen window. It worked out perfect, 7 flags all hanging perfect. 

customised bunting for my kitchen window

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

I did it! (Swimathon 2015)

I took on the individual 1.5k Swimathon challenge and on Sunday, 19 April - I swam along with 9 other keen swimmers at Swallows Leisure Centre. The Sittingbourne Leisure Centre hasn’t held a Swimathon event for many years; Charlie the swimming coordinator was keen to host the event this year. It wasn’t very well attended this year which is not surprising; only ten people took part on Sunday, I’m not sure how many attended on Friday, 17 April. I’m hoping that Swallows host it next year and make it a bigger event because it’s my local pool. This didn’t put me off because it was a nice atmosphere and meant that most of the swimmers could get in and start straight away at 3pm. I’ve been training for three months fitting in swimming around my job and family life, averaging at two swims a week. I’m so pleased I did prepare because my time was great for my first event, 51 minutes and 50 seconds. Not bad for someone who only took up swimming again last July after a 16 year break! I think on the day I was nervous and the adrenalin took over, I’ve never completed 1.5k in training in such a fast time. I also managed to raise £550 for this year’s chosen charity (Marie Curie) doing something I really enjoy. Now the aches are wearing off I’ll be back in the pool this week.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

time to get sowing

I did it, I finally banked enough time to dig over my veg patch and start sowing. I think I went a bit mad, this is what I have started with in just one bed, with room for raddish and something else! Sunflower Topolino (to attract the bees, we love bees); Broccoli Raab (that I bought last year or was it the year before?); Beetroot Boltardy (I've never had success with Beetroot so third time lucky); Carrot Cosmic Purple (left over from last year); Kohl Rabi (another packet from last year and something new); Chard Bright Lights (a favourite in my veg patch) And in two large tubs the Bearded Dragon's salad leaves (oriental and salad bowl).

my little veg patch

A nice little mixture to get me started, all covered to stop my inquisitive Springer Spaniel from looking! I haven't thought about toms and cues and courgettes but I do have all the seeds ready. One small step at a time. I feel so much better, something about digging around in the earth and being in the open air makes you feel so much better.

seeds sown today

I have spare seeds, fancy a seed swap anyone? This is what I have to offer, all in date and mainly Thompson & Morgan :

Butternut Squash
Salad Leaves
Beetroot Alto F1 Hybrid
Herb Basil Purple Ruffles
Pumpkin Mars F1 Hybrid

seed swap

I popped over to TK Max yesterday with Ian and Jack and found a new compost caddy, I love the colour, shame the camera couldn't capture it properly. If you want to seed swap please leave a message or email me thehurrells@hotmail.co.uk

new compost caddy

Oh and some crochet in the sunshine, slowly but surely its going to be finished this month and have learnt some important tips along the way.

granny square blanket

Thursday, 9 April 2015

What's in my yarn bowl

My lovely yarn bowl (Little Wren Pottery England)

Last year I was lucky to receive a yarn bowl, not any yarn bowl but the one featured in Simply Knitting. My son, Jack remembered that I loved it and kept looking at the page saying "that's clever I need one of those" Well he remembered and bought me one for mothers day last year. It's perfect for small projects like the Birch Trees scarf pattern I originally blogged about here. That very blog post has generated over 400 clicks?!  It just goes to show that a good title and adding to Pinterest and being featured in Simply Knitting for my WIP scarf can generate a whole lot of interest in blog land. I never did finish it because although the pattern is very straight forward I managed to get it wrong and have tried to get back to where I was before it went wrong and couldn't. So I decided last night to start again but this time in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino tomato that I had in my stash.
Anyway if you haven't been given one of these yarn bowls you need to start hinting. Made in England, beautiful hand thrown pottery at its best. I keep mine on show in the lounge when its not being used, actually its there most of the time because its too lovely to put away.

P.S. I'm not endorsing this product just giving my opinion of a lovely, practical knitting aid and sharing my thoughts.

Spring has arrived in my garden
Spring has finally arrived in my gloomy back garden. Signs of new shoots are appearing and I really must catch up on some gardening jobs including finishing off digging my veg patch and to get sowing, I'm way behind where I normally am at this time of year. Not much motivation when its cold and swimming has kind of taken over with my Swimathon just around the corner. Enjoy the rest of your Easter holidays and sunshine.