Saturday, 30 June 2012

And so it begins...

I have been served notice of redundancy along with everyone else I sit next to in my office - most are departing during September dependent on the service we've completed. However, some were made redundant in last years restructure and are starting to leave now.

For my very good friend mark I whipped up a chocolate sponge (no filling) and smothered it in White Chocolate Ganache with Dark Chocolate Ganache decorations. Mmmm loving the Ganache right now!

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Orbic..


My latest 'own design' piece Orbic, will need to be reserved for colder months it's so lovely and toasty - knit sideways rather than bottom up, it features short rows and buttonholes to make it a little different from the rest. I've almost got all the instructions written up and I'll publish them on Ravelry shortly. Couldn't wait to share it with you first. It's really adaptable to different head sizes, ages and a little change to the kinds of buttons you use makes it unisex too. One for all I hope! A one skein, aran weight make x

Monday, 25 June 2012

Proof...

We have had a day warm enough to get in the paddling pool!

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Dreams FO...


Shawlette number 2 complete, again in just about a week. I've just ordered three more colours to make the other four. I hope to be finished by the end of July so that as my colleagues notice period is up I can gift them whilst we're all still together.

I've gone for Dusky Pink and Navy, and Mint with Silver - hope they look ok, because I have a reasonable yardage left from the two I've made so far and I plan to make myself a version with all the colours instead of just two!

Again, sworn to secrecy please if you happen to know my colleagues directly x

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Up the hill...

On a whim, we decided to enjoy the dull but dry day by taking a stroll up the hill. It's 5 minutes from our door and is the pre-cursor to the famous Coopers Hill I posted about a week ago. It's a popular spot with dog walkers (we love to see the dogs and say hello to those who are happy to meet us too, just wish all owners could be more more vigilant over the icky stuff) and great in the winter when it snows as it has a good slope to it higher up.

Here is our trip in picture form:

Long Meadow Grass...
Spot the child...
Not even half way up yet...
Now we can have a breather - half way...
Been to the top and nearly at the bottom again, helping out his little brother (who'd really had enough of walking by then)...

Friday, 22 June 2012

A bigger Challenge...

After finishing a great run last night I decided that after my 10k next weekend I needed to focus on something else to keep me going.

Sooooo, I've signed up for the Cardiff Half Marathon on 14th October, I'm nervous but feeling motivated to do it.

Any advice would be gratefully received as this is my first event at more than a casual distance (for me anyway).

Feels like I'm ticking things off my 'I turned 30, must do stuff this year' list!

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Cherry & Almond Muffins...



Cherry and Almond Muffins – makes 18

8 oz Plain Flour

8 oz White Sugar

8 oz Butter or Stork (baking fat)

5 eggs (medium)

2 oz Ground Almonds

Sliced Almonds to sprinkle on top

6 oz Glacé Cherries

1tbsp Baking Powder

Muffin/Large cupcake cases

Chop up the GlacĂ© Cherries into pieces of your own choice – I tip them all out on a board and just keep going until I have none whole anymore.

Put all the ingredients with the exception of the eggs and cherries into a microwaveable mixing bowl and zap on short bursts until your fat is almost runny

Next add in your eggs and really beat everything to get lots of air into the mix

Sprinkle a little flour over the cherries then fold these into the mix too

2/3 fill each of your 18 muffin/large cupcake cases with the mixture – don’t be tempted to make more than this but continue to top up the 18 with the remaining mixture

Sprinkle over some sliced almonds

Bake on the middle shelf for 10 minutes at 180 or 160 if your oven is fan assisted, turn the tray and bake for a further 10 minutes – after which gently press the top to see if it will spring back indicating cooked through

Enjoy x

Monday, 18 June 2012

A little challenge...

In a week or so I will be running the Race For Life again - this year I'll be going solo and I've also opted to do the 10k version for the first time.

To help me prepare I've recruited Trish from Fab Female Fitness and she's been training me fortnightly for the last few months. It's been a great experience and Trish has kept me so motivated throughout - Thank You!!! I'm trimming up and getting faster.

I'll be running at Cheltenham Race Course, come up and say hello if you're there too, not sure who'll be coming with me this year as it's normally just me, Mum and Sisterro. Do my best to get a before and after shot for you too.

Saturday, 16 June 2012

All fired up...


...well it wasn't but I still loved holding my lovely colleague; Jo's, Olympic Torch! Jo completed her stretch in Hereford and made it into The Sun newspaper as someone snapped an amazing shot of her torch flame resembling her own running pose at that moment!

Thanks so much Jo for sharing your amazing moment with us too x

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Crochet catch up...

It's been too mild to sit and work on my Granny Stripe but it's getting there on the odd really cool days....
Progress thus far:

Hope to have it done by September so that we can all enjoy it Autumn onwards.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Winner Yay...

I went to read my blog lists the other evening (as you do) and discovered to my joy that the lovely Armida of Fairytale Knits had chosen me to receive a pattern of my choosing from a choice of designers on Ravelry.

I chose the very talented Veera Valimaki who unbeknownst to me I already had stored a free pattern to have a go at.

I have chosen the light tee called 'Frost Thread', pop on over and take a look at Veera's designs, they're beautiful!!

Let you know how I get on... Thank you so much Raili!

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Unnamed FO...


Whilst on holiday in Cornwall I visited Helen Sandersons Dressmaking and Wool shop in Wadebridge and picked up some StyleCraft Life Chunky and designed my own winter warmer, finished it when we got home, just need to find some buttons now and block it all out.

This is my own pattern so hope to get it written up and shared with you all soon x


I really should clean my sons mirror - not the camera lens this time eurgh!

Friday, 8 June 2012

Wild winds...

... always bring about the most amazing evening skies!

On the needles...



I can't show you all of this but I've been really busy the last month and have finished knitting several items - the last of which has about 6 rows left to go.

I'm planning to make 5 of these for my colleagues at work, all of whom due to a restructure I won't be working after the changes are made in September (thankfully a little time to get the other 4 made!), if you know these people please don't let on ;) Thank You,

Sorry its blurry, just checked my lens and it has a great big fingerprint on the edge! Light also continues to be awful.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Jar of Love Swap...


I've joined in, will you? x
Click the picture to be taken to the swap post.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Double Gloucester Madness...

We have the privilege of living in the village where most of the nutters who like to run after big cheeses come from!

This year in the UK, the end of May Bank Holiday was shifted to a week later and you will be forgiven for thinking that the only thing going on was the Queens Jubilee. Alas no! People came from far and wide in albeit smaller numbers than we're used to but they were there and DH and I decided that this would be the year we actually saw the cheese rolling down the infamous near vertical Coopers Hill.

Out into the back garden we went at 11.55am and from Mid-day onwards caught most of the races with the exception of the childrens uphill. It was a murky day and the pics are incredibly zoomed in but we saw the cheese and the running/falling mayhem that ensued.

Here's the evidence:

Tiny white spec 1cm down from people sat at top of hill is said wheel of Double Gloucester Cheese...
They're off and tumbling...
Almost half way down now...
And at the bottom where the local rugby team and St Johns Ambuance await to catch them...

Later that evening we got on the bus to visit friends and there were many revellers covered in mud and bruises! A lovely pair of young men moved to make way for our buggy and asked which stop was the hospital - their friend who was on crutches slipped whilst climbing the hill to view and fell down injuring the shoulder and another friend was also there with a broken collar bone, I hope no-one was more seriously injured and that those that have been are recovering well.