Well I'm supper happy today , the boys are back to school !! whoop whoop .
I know some of you may be shocked by my happiness at the deprivation of my children's company 24 /7 but this school holidays has been difficult on so many different levels . Don't get me wrong I welcome the summer holidays with open arms but this year by week 4 , I wanted my routine back and the boys back to school . I could go on and waffle on about my woes but I don't want to bore or depress you .
Essentially big age gap and keeping a 6 year old and 12 year old entertained for 6 weeks has been a real struggle on a budget of more or less zero , I know our family is not alone in being fiscally challenged . As the holidays have come to a close I have breathed a big sigh of relief .
But saying that there have been lots of moments and experiences which I will treasure about the holidays even over the last couple of challenging weeks.
One lovely thing we have enjoyed is spending impromptu moments with friends , on this occasion I had been baking scones to use up some of my homemade strawberry jam and clotted cream so I phoned a friend to see if she fancied visitors so the children could play and us mums could crochet , obviously who could refuse such an offer . It is so nice to live in close proximity to such wonderful friends that you can rock up to with baked goods and sit , chat , share and enjoy . Friendship is such a precious thing ! and I like to spoil my friends with my homemade goodies ( I don't think there waist lines appreciate me though ) .
In fact food has been a big part of our experiences this holiday , I do try and make sure nothing impacts on the quality of food we eat and getting the family to try new things is always fun . Particularly when the colours are unexpected , Red Carrots and Orange Beets what a mixed up world we live in ! My youngest , a big veggie fan did view the red carrots with a great deal of suspicion .
I thought the colours when I cut into the carrots were stunning and they were rather scrummy to eat .
I have been able to grab a few moments of relaxation on this occassion with a good magazine and homemade Butternut squash soup . These little moments when the boys have been occupied have been much appreciated . Over the last week I have been making lots of soup as I start embracing the slight change in the season which we are experiencing as we move towards my most favourite season , Autumn . Oh how I love Autumn , bring it on !!
In fact I could quite happily live in a wood , maybe I will run away and become a hermit !! : )
We've taken the boys to explore the local enviroment , children no longer explore and wonder as we did as children due to the social changes that have altered childhood over the last 30 years . I have many fond memories of summer holidays spent wondering with friends and exploring the area we lived in and it saddens me greatly to think my children will never have this experience as everything is under adult supervision ( and we do try to do it from a distance as often as possible ) .
But you can't beat a good ramble over yonder hills!!
We did manage to go for the day to York on Sunday , we like to go at least once a year and we had a lovely day .
We were a little saddened at the fact we couldn't go into the minster as they now charge £10 per adult to enter it . What a great shame this place of worship is now a socially selective attraction . We have always been happy to make a donation as we fully understand that this building requires a great deal of money to help with it's maintainance . We were not the only ones to turn around and mutter complaints at the astronomical fee to enter . My husband felt very strongly about the issue and has sent an email to the Minster , lets see if we get a reply . So as we couldn't enter we took our selves over the road to St Wilfreds catholic church , what a little gem with some outstanding religious artwork as well as beautiful architecture . Sorry I didn't take any pics but it would have been quite disrespectful , as it is a busy little church and people were poping in for moments of prayer . We sat and had a few minutes of quite refection and I lit a candle for all those we have lost and said a little prayer . I then put a donation in the box . A place of worship functioning as it should , for all those in it's community that wish to use it .
But our trip to York did mean that my much loved and new shoes got there first real outing , and oh how comfy they are !!! it's like wearing slippers . They are my shoes for Autumn , we all got new shoes for the return to school . They were from Schu and are by ' Red or Dead ' and were a little expensive but I was brought up to have buy good quality well fitting shoes and as I don't drive and walk everywhere I think my little tootsies deserve some comfort .
One very Happy moments was Monday as this was my first full day at the studio in a very long time and it is now my only job , I am now full time at Handmade Over Yonder . This is not only a very exciting and hopefully productive time but also a little scary as this is what I'm going to live off , arrgghh !
As you can see I'm in the thick of things getting ready for the weekend of Yarndale when the studio will be open . I am also just finalising the details of some rag rugging workshops that we've booked in for October and November . Details to follow in the next week .
Another exciting moment this week in the studio ( and were only on Tuesday ) has been the development of Mr. Fox . The tail took 3 attempts to get right and the eyes took 2 attempts . But it is always the way with the first one .
I'm quite pleased with how he's turned out he just needs a knitted scalf . But the only problem now is I've only enough fabric to make another 2 , I think I need to make a phone call tomorrow to see if the lovely shop owner will be able to order more in stock as I bought it a while ago and when I went a couple of weeks ago they didn't have any left , but Mr fox hadn't been created then !! oh bother , I hope they can get some more of this American Linen as it's perfect .
Ta ta for now and thanks for popping by . Tracy x