….a whole lot of fun for one little girl.
I’m struggling with a stinking cold at the moment, this one seems to come with a sore throat and ears for good measure, so I’m going for the easiest forms of childcare.
Feeding the ducks worked very well altho’ it could have done with lasting just a bit longer – it would help if it took longer to get there but since our street runs down to the river and Islay can scoot pretty fast it only takes about two minutes to get there.
So next we had a little potter about and looked at how pretty the mummy mallards are::
Tried not to get any closer to daddy (I think?) swan::
And had a look at where mummy (probably?) swan was sitting on the nest::
I did a bit of experimenting with a couple of squash we bought at the farmer’s market on Saturday. I made a lentil slush with onions, herbs and cheese and then cooked it inside the squash. John and I loved it and the kids did eat it but weren’t too impressed. I think I’ll be trying something similar again soon but should try to make it a bit more child-friendly.
I’m feeling slightly under pressure sewing-wise just now. I still haven’t finished my poor mum’s birthday present, altho’ it is now started, I’m part-way through an apron for my sister-in-law’s birthday (which is tomorrow), and have yet to start a picnic blanket for my wonderful cousin’s wedding present plus a dress to wear to his wedding (plus a mock-up first coz I can’t bear to waste my material with a stuff-up).
So – if I can get Nessie off my material the plans are as follows:
1. Abandon mum’s present for now as its already late
2. Make the apron for K – tonight
3. Make a practice version of the dress for A’s wedding (and hope it works and I like it!)
4. Assuming the dress-rehearsal went well make the picnic rug next
5. Make the dress
6. Make mum’s birthday present
7. Attend wedding in a composed and unflustered manner
What’s the chances of all this working to timescale? I’ve got until the end of May so I’m hopeful. If it all goes pear-shaped I can abandon the picninc blanket idea and buy something but I’d really like to give them a handmade present if possible.
And do you know what I’d rather be doing just now? Following Charlie’s example::
P.S. Just realised that you may notice that Nessie only has one eye. The other had to be removed years ago after she was beaten up by another cat. She was quite young and disappeared for a few days ….[I was very very upset as I got her as a rescue kitten who wasn’t supposed to be tameable. Because she was so wild, even after a few weeks in the centre she couldn’t be handled, the rescue lady was planning to find her a farm to live on where she’d get fed but wouldn’t need to interact with people. Anyway I fell in love with her and said I’d try and tame her – which I managed after a month of sitting beside her pen for hours every evening (I was single at the time!), and eventually holding her food on my hand etc etc. After that first month she has been the most trusting and friendly little cat ever (I can worm her single-handed as she never thinks to struggle)]….she crawled back eventually with one eye punctured and a few other scrapes. But the lack of an eye hasn’t caused her any problems.
Sorry for that huge story, it kind of came out of nowhere…..she’s just a very special little cat