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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Someone's Knocked Me Wall Down.

Hi Folks!

I've been a bit awol of late, school has reached that manic time and the extension progresses at a rate of knots.  Coming home to a dusty building site is no fun, even if your builder is great.

With the door arrival the builder knocked through from the kitchen 
and things started to get very dusty.
The underfloor heating was laid

and a screed pumped on top.  

When I arrived in from work I was greeted with this sign ~ the dog had to sleep elsewhere.
The room was then boarded with plasterboard and the plasterers could set to work.  He was very stable on the stilts!  
At the moment we have the underfloor heating on  ~ yes I am aware it's summer ~ to dry the screed enough to tile.

It's not all been building however, a few weeks back Mr Clicky and me went to a local music festival.  It was Mr Clicky's first festival and he really enjoyed it.  

There was a huge variety of bands through Friday night and Saturday on three different stages.

There were several local beers,  including Stroud Brewery (yum!), the bars being run by the local Scout group.
Mr Clicky loved the silent disco on Friday night.  If you've not come across a silent disco before and you get the chance, go for it!  There are two channels and everyone wears wireless headphones, so half of the crowd is singing and dancing to one track and the other half the other.  It's great fun! 
Main stage, Saturday night.
The view from the campsite?  Beautiful, down towards the River Severn, South Gloucestershire and into Wales in the distance.  The festival is run entirely by volunteers, all the profits go to local charities, the local school, pre-school, scout group etc.  
We will definitely return.

So, last few days of work, there still are a thousand things to do but we'll get through it.

As always have fun..............Clicky Needles.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

The Doors arrived.

Hello All!

I'm pleased to day that our patio doors did arrive, not on Monday as promised ~ apparently some glass was broken in the factory, make of that what you will ~ but on Thursday.  Installation went well and work on the rest of the build can now continue.
The next day the lovely builder removed the old patio door and window from our current living room, this will become a cave snug.  The gap at the top is for a window.
Mr Clicky and me painted some more of the old fence, which was looking very faded.
What do you think now?  The rose ~ about the only thing in the garden at the moment is in full flower.
It's called Geoff Hamilton ~ a name known to UK gardeners ~ and is a real stunner, with a beautiful delicate scent.  When a man arrives with a digger next week, to level the garden and dig soak aways I will make sure it is protected.
As with the rest of the country we have experienced a real blast of hot weather, getting up to 31 degrees which is reflected in the purplish colours in the temperature blanket.
Now I love heat, mainly when I'm lying next to a pool with cocktail in hand, but even I think for working in, it's been too much.  We've had all the doors open at school trying to get drafts through, and there are wafts of suncream as children as slopping it on.  Don't even get me going on night temperature and lack of sleep.

Master Clicky continues to play cricket at the weekend, so is developing 'farmers arms' ~ brown on the bottom, white on the top.  I was bemoaning how hard it was to get grass stains out of cricket whites to another cricket mum at school and she suggested Swarfega.  I bought some and as soon as I opened the lid I was transported back to my childhood on the family farm.  We used to have a massive pot under the sink, to transform oily hands and arms to normal.
I gave the offending stain  a scrub and walloped the whites in the washing machine.
Result:  I'm pretty pleased with that.
That's me for now, as always have a good week............Clicky Needles.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Progress ~ or lack of it.

Hello there.

Half Term came and went and the weather was fabulous.  

Our build had come to a halt due to waiting for the patio doors.  We have been promised dates by the company which haven't been fulfilled.  Everyone was getting cheesed off, the very lovely builder went off to another job for a few weeks.  Until we have the doors we can't progress by knocking through the kitchen and our project should be finished by now.  The builder popped down and had a beer, and we decided that he could get on with making the new fence between us and next door.  I had spent hours a lot of time on Pinterest looking at fences and gardens and as we have the opportunity to get exactly what we want we went for it (there will be fence panels on the other side of the posts too, so you won't be able to see through.)

Now, I know it's only a fence but it was just perfect and when I saw it for the first time, I cried and gave the very lovely builder a hug.  He was bemused.
After he had finished we painted it black.

We're going for a strong look in the redesigned garden, because with the huge doors we're having ~ 5.5 and 3.5 meters ~ the garden will be very much part of the house and it's decor.

The doors are at last, coming on Monday, it's been a long wait.

I've managed to catch up with my Temperature Blanket.  I was about a month behind as the Wedding Blanket took priority.   You can see the rise in temperature (and sun) over the last week or so, the two reds being my favourite ~ 20-23 degrees (the bright red)  and 24-27 degrees (the dark red.) 
I love how it is warming in colour from the 12th January when I started, with snow (white centre) and 2 degrees (grey outside) although we could do with less apple green 10 - 12 degrees, a bit chilly.

 I'm enjoying colouring in my notebook too.
As one Granny Square is not going to keep me busy of an evening I have embarked on another project.  It is called Bonnie Bolero ~ a pattern from Purl Alpaca Designs which I got from Wonderwool in April.  I am, however,  not using wonderfully squishy and squooshy Purl Alpaca Yarn, I have some shocking pink sock yarn from Tiger.  I'm using some straight needles which was all I could find.  I've packed my Knit Pros away in anticipation of the kitchen wall being knocked down soon and I haven't a clue where they are.  After all the crochet of late, it feels good to be knitting again.
That's me for now, hopefully ~ fingers crossed ~ I'll be able to show you some doors next time!
Have a good week.................Clicky Needles.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

The Wedding

Hello All.

As my last post was about the wedding blanket, I thought you might like to see the wedding too.
No posts of people, just the lovely day we had.  It was held in a field just over the border from Gloucestershire, in Worcestershire.  There was a stunning marquee which had been decorated in magical way.

This was very much a handmade wedding, 150 meters of bunting had been sewn and the marquee was festooned along with lights.

Our godson and his dad had made a dresser from pallet wood, which held sweets and games to play.
They also made the bar, which had self serve beer, larger, wine and soft drinks.
Tea and coffee were also available.
The flowers on the table were arranged in wellies (we were told to bring our wellies just in case!)

 This theme was carried on to the church.
As the venue was only half an hour's drive from home we set our tent up the day before, here it is complete with bunting and lights.  
The church was a 10 minute walk from the field but (oh joy!) a bright shiny decorated John Deere was on hand to ferry us there.
It was driven by one of the Bride's brothers.

The trailer was decorated inside too, and there was an iPod playing music to get us in the mood.
The church had a lovely lychgate.

I loved the signs all around instructing us on what to do!

The service was emotional and the beautiful peel of bells made me think of our own wedding when our 2 year old godson was present.  Fast forward 23 years and here we were going to his! 

We walked back to the field where some people made use of the blankets provided.
There was laughter and photos and we sat down to a picnic tea.  There were hampers on every table containing, cheese, ham, pate, sauces, homemade pickles and coleslaw and bread followed by scones and when it got darker, a hog roast.  The marquee looked amazing and we danced to a Ceilidh band and then later to a disco.  
The cake had the bride and groom in a tent on top (they are both scouts) with lemon and chocolate layers.  I can confirm both were good, and I had some for breakfast the next morning too.
It was a perfect day ~ the bride and groom oozed happiness and I have to say one of the most relaxing weddings I have been to.

See you soon...........Clicky Needles.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Wedding Blanket Ta-Dah!!!!!!!!!

 Wow, this became a bit of a marathon at the end.  

Mr Clicky was away on business the weekend before our Godson's wedding so I had a Netflix Binge on The Killing Season 2 (Danish Version.)  This was my whole Sunday, all 10 episodes.  I've crocheted long enough now not to have to look constantly at what I'm doing and the English subtitles are most definitely shortened from the actual dialogue.  What a good series, I gasped out loud a couple of times with the twist of the plot.

I am incredibly pleased with it, the pattern, Circle in a Square, is sometimes called Flowers in the Snow and you can see why.
It's the first time I have used white in a blanket, I usually go for darker colours, but I love it.
 I had enough colours to make sure that no 2 squares were the same.   
 Had I more time I would have added some more green to the border.

 There were an awful lot of ends to sew in!

 I finished it on Thursday evening, gave it a rinse through with fabric conditioner, dried and wrapped it in tissue paper with a bottle of fizz.
I'm pleased to say that the Bride and Groom were very happy with the result.  

I used a 4mm hook and Marriner Double Knit acrylic which is available from Shaws the Drapers.  

Phew, now that it's finished I can think about another project, it really took everything over!

See you soon......................Clicky Needles.