Oh dear, I really didn’t intend to be away so long. We’ve had a month filled with nasty bugs, lots of time off school and not quite enough sleep to keep me on an even keel, and lots of other things on the go too. But I really miss popping in here so I thought I’d make a start by posting a few snapshots from the last month or so – and hopefully get back into the swing of things from now on.
A lot of our winter weekends have been dominated by cross country running (and rugby, but that still has a fair few more weeks to go – the last cross country race is tomorrow). The boys absolutely love running and enjoy the thrill of competing. Islay is only just old enough to have started athletics club, which she is enjoying, and isn’t old enough to compete yet but our club arranged a ‘tiddlers’ race at their event in the North District series – she managed to overcome her nerves, take part and even have fun in what proved to be the most classic cross country weather of the winter………..driving wind, mud, ice, and sleet which turned to snow as the day went on. We were all there and had such a good day out as we’re beginning to know more people – there was a lot of muddy washing at the end of the day!
I have squeezed in a fair but of sewing too. Some of it secret unfortunately – you’ll get to see it eventually – but I can show my completed Traveller Bag (pattern by Katy at The Littlest Thistle). I enjoyed the chance to use some gorgeous fabric and make a very practical bag which will be put to good use in a few weeks time. I have also finished a Caravan tote – this was a real indulgence…..I think it deserves a post of its own!
We have had so much wind, I think this is a windy part of the world but I get the impression it has been worse than usual recently. Still, we have had some lovely walks including one with my brother and sister in law when they popped up for a visit. We do so enjoy having people to stay.
And finally, but certainly not least, today it really feels as if spring is on the way. I heard my first skylark last week, I’m seeing pairs of oystercatchers in the fields and there was a little warmth in the sun this afternoon. I am very excited to have a garden to play with. The garden is very raw, being a new-build house, and it is a little daunting to know where to start. I’m trying not to overstretch myself – both in terms of time and ability. Over last summer I dug a few beds at the front of the house, with the help of my parents, and I have started laying out the bones of the back garden – we are so lucky to have much more space than most people do in a modern garden. So far there is a row of raspberries (six each of three varieties for a good long season I hope), gooseberries, redcurrants and a blackcurrant and I have a couple of raised beds which were sown with a green manure over the winter. My seeds have arrived, all from Sarah Raven as I had 20% off and decided to simplify things with just one order. I’d love to play with heritage varieties at some stage but I don’t think this is the year for that. Mum and dad’s Christmas present was a propagator and it will shortly be put to good use………let the growing commence!
Can you tell how excited I am about my garden?! It is something I knew I missed in our last house, but luckily didn’t fully appreciated how much until we moved. I’m so pleased to have my own space to play with and the children are still young enough to take it for granted that they’ll join in which is wonderful.
How about you? How have things been? Have you seen or heard many signs of spring yet? I’m very much looking forward to catching up.