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Sunday, 4 January 2015

Lazy Sunday

Today is Sunday 4th January 2015 and I declare it a lazy day!  No work till tomorrow, do not intend to go out anywhere which I don't mind that but I do mind not seeing Frank today.  It's 11:20 am and I'm still in my pj's and drinking my second cup of tea.

I'm waiting for the shopping to be delivered by Asda and then Ross and I might do some baking.  That's if he wants to otherwise it's a crafting day for me.  I started another big project last night, a Gypsy Queen Throw which has 252 squares and yes, I am mad!  I do hope I keep to it and get to show it off in a few months.  Here's a photo of one square I did last night which took about 20 minutes..

I had a really good lay in today and woke up at about 9am to a foggy day.  Do you ever get those thoughts that say 'if I was off work for a day I would do so much with my day' but then when you get a day to yourself, you feel low and miserable and don't know what to do.  Well, that's me today !!

Hope you all have a good Sunday and will be back soon.

Saturday, 3 January 2015

The Sail at Liberty, London

We popped along to Oxford Street today to go to John Lewis because they have a yarn sale on.  However, before I show you my presents from Frank, we did go to Liberty's shortly after because I wanted to see if I could get Ma a Purple Liberty Bauble.  I didn't get the bauble but I did get a great picture of the Sails in the front area when you walk in.  The entrance is through the flower stall and you walk right into the gorgeous Liberty Print scarves and if you look above, there are the sails.  We walked up to the top floor and I  took a couple of photo's for you to see.

I couldn't get the bauble that I wanted which was my fault, I should have gone there before Christmas but at least I know what to get as a small gift this year for Christmas 2015.

We got the train as usual to Oxford Street and the weather was atrocious!  It had not stopped raining the whole time.  We went to the habadashery department and Frank wanted to show me some bargain packs of yarn that they had last week on sale and he was hoping that they still had the yarn that he thought I would like.   They did!   Wow, only £2.79 a ball and here it is....

Frank bought me 10 balls of the autumn orange colour and 7 balls of the green colour.  It's Viscose & Alpaca and is called Rowan Frost.  There's only 82 yards on each ball and it recommends a size 5 needle but I'm not sure I want to use that size.  I am thinking of a beautiful large shawl for me to wear in the summer but am not going to rush into it just yet!

Frank took a photo of the Habadashery Department in John Lewis Store....

After a walk around the Electrical Department we came out of John Lewis and it was chucking down with rain.  That's when we decided to go to Liberty quick and then we went to McDonald's for a bite to eat.  We then got on a bus and train and went to Essex Road in Islington because I really wanted to get the Walnut & Sultana Bread from there.  It was still raining so we headed back to the station to head home.  

Frank took me to Barking and we said goodbye and when I got home I felt quite low.  I had some of the bread with a cuppa and decided to get my acrylic yarn out and spread it on the bed.  I want to crochet a blanket from one of the books Frank got me so I decided the colours I wanted to use and have started it.  I have made one square so far and will post a picture of it later on.  All I have to do now is make another 251 squares.....I must be mad!

Oh well, there's crap on the tv and it's past 9pm so I am going up to bed and maybe watch a short podcast.  Night night all.

Friday, 2 January 2015

Danson Park, Welling

Hi, I went back to work on the 29th December and it was hectic to say the least.  I was so glad when 5pm came and I could go home and relax.  I still can't get rid of this horrible cough after the flu and it has turned into a chesty cough.  On Tuesday morning it was so frozen outside that I had to resort to a thick wooly jumper, my winter scarf and a very warm grey hat that I knitted.  It was so cold and frozen that the floor was quite slippery and when I got to the park this is what I saw...

The birds were quiet which was strange but as I walked round towards the lake, they were all in the middle by the island because as you can see from the photo below, the lake was frozen.

Directly behind me is a large grassed area with trees and shrubs so I turned my back and started throwing pieces of bread and the geese flew directly above me and made a lot of noise with their wings and anyone who doesn't like birds flying near them, would have screamed.  However, I felt like they were putting a show on for me.  There must have been around 100 of them. The only one I didn't see was Billet!  I always check to make sure no one was around because I start talking to them like they listen and it probably sounds.

When New Year's Eve came I had to work and Frank met me outside and we went home, collected Tammie and then we went to Frank's Mum for New Year.  We couldn't stay up late and by 10pm went to bed.  I got loads of text messages through the early hours but I was too tired to reply.  I had a good lay in and then while Ma was cooking the beef,  we went for a walk that ended up being almost two hours to Danson Park in Welling.  It's such a big park and there's Danson House, a Rose Garden and so much more.  The big lake was partially frozen and I saw my favourite tree,  here's a photo of it.

There's a fence around it and a plaque because it was planted in the 1600's.  It is so gorgeous when all the leaves are on it.  I would have loved to have gone over to it to get closer but it was so muddy over there that we stayed on the path.  We then walked around to a small tea hut and then walked around the lake for a while.  

We then went back to Ma's starving and had a lovely roast dinner with family.  I fell asleep on the sofa for a while and Frank read. We had supper and then Frank's brother and girlfriend brought us home.  Frank came back and stayed the night because I had a hospital appointment early this morning (Friday) which wasn't pleasant and then we had a look around Romford for a while and came home.

I spent the afternoon tidying up my bedroom and then felt a bit rough so I ended up having a two hour nap, Ross did too!   I got my plaited cowl out to sew in ends and it has turned out really really good.   Here's a photo..........

I didn't knit the plaited part the whole length it should be and I'm glad I didn't.  It wraps double around my neck and I still have a whole ball left of the yarn so I have started a ribbed hat to go with it.  

Finally, after a crap 2014 I wish it goodbye and all the troubles and pain that has come my families way.   I want to be stronger, calmer and happier.  If I can have that for the people I love, then I will be happier than ever.