Saturday:: After another stressful and tiring week in a busy inner city primary school, and endless performances of The Jungle Book with my Year 6 children, who I am incredibly proud of, what a wonderful way to relax with a bit of retail therapy with my good Friend D. We enjoyed Starbucks Refresha drinks, shopping for shoes, then Coffee ala Cafe Nero, then shopping for summer dresses, then Ice cream ala Thorntons, then shopping for work night out outfit!
I did spend a small fortune, but the things I got are very wearable, mix and match and will last me aaaaggggeeesssss! At least that's what I'll be telling J! Why do we do that? We all need to buy clothes but maybe its because we feel extravagant, doing it all in one go, out and about with girlfirends or your Mum, sister etc. It feels like covert operations! I have shown J all my lovely purchases and he approves - honesty is always the best policy. ;-)
So that just leaves Sunday. What an amazing day!! Shopping sorted and organised ready for lovely salad for lunch, garden station set up for the tennis watching, and a lovely chat with my Mum in our sunny garden. Wimbledon Mens Singles Finals. Go Murray!!
So with the beautiful weather, hottest day of the year, I decided to enjoy a bit of outdoor hooky by sorting my granny squares into blocks of four and edging them with their self colour for now. My Mum came over to watch the tennis, from my outdoor vantage point (TV adjusted in the kitchen to accomodate the outdoor blanket position), and have a good chin wag.
I have reached a bit of a dilemma now: which ones to put next to each other, and how the overall blanket will look at the end, dark to light, alternate colours, grouped similar colours or totally random? I do love these bright sunshine colours, having looked carefully at the pallette to start with. I have identified a couple of the squares that I think have worked really well, colourwise, and have some ideas of the 6 coulrs I want to use in my next project, a ripple blanket.
Having laid them all out, it is easier to see how many more I need to make and also the distribution of colours.
WOW! GoRgEoUs aren't they? I'm so happy with them and feel very excited about getting nearer to finishing them off. They do make me feel content. They are going to make an amazing Sunshine Blanket. I've been admiring the fruits of my handy work a number of weeks ago when I was planting and potting up ready for the summer months. I planted these dianthus and was a bit unhappy with them to start with as they didn't look like they were going to amount to much, the wind and the rain had battered them so much. But look at them now! BeAuTiFuL!!
So next was the fruit salad ready for tea, and Aga-Que, ooooooo. Some gorgeous sausages from the local butchers, burgers, homemade coleslaw, couscous, marinated olives.... ooooh yum yum! Not to forget the lovely little new potatoes my friend gave us from her early crop.
With meringues, cream and strawberry sauce - it was delicious!!
What a lovely weekend, such a change to be relaxing and enjoying the simplest of things with my lovely family. J, E and little J all happily cycling, eating, talking and playing football together.
I even got a lovely bunch of Sweet Williams today, they look lovely brightening up my kitchen.
I have had such a traumatic time at work recently, with one thing and another, but my amazing family and good friends have always been there to support, nurture and hold me when I've cried through the difficult times, and I know I'm a very lucky person. What a lovely little life. x