Our first proper snow on the smallholding!!

So yesterday we had a good dose of snow and it kept snowing throughout the day!!!

Little man was sooooo amazed and excited by the snow!! And not to mention the husbands excitement tee hee!!!

Plus the garden wildlife are loving the lardy seed cakes little man made them late last week!!! Lucky little tweeties are gradually finding where we have hung all the treats!!

A busy few days baking and making!!

We’ve been in the throes of Christmas baking here getting cake baked and frozen for when we have visitors,

making pastry

and now mince pies

and so the wild birds don’t feel forgotten we have made them some seed decorations

for a tree near the patio doors so we can watch them from the lounge!

These pictures portray a lovely sense of domestic bliss!!! Ha ha!!! What they fail to show you is the flour covered spaniel, the flour covered floor, the cake mix in Sir’s ear and up his nostril!! The fact that whilst making jumbly cakes he got hold of and ate a sugar cube!!! All totally fab though….. and I’m totally thankful he didn’t try to eat the bird seed!!! Apart from the dog that shook and sent a cloud of flour over the kitchen!! Oh poo I’ll have to dust!!!

Whirlwind of a time

Well our whirlwind of a month and a half started back in June with Great Granny’s 90th birthday party!!!  Little man got all dressed up for the occasion!

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We have had a good few weekends at the farm…… some of good weather

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Some more ominous looking….

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The buzzards have been out and about at the farm and one landed on the nearby pylon!….. oh to have a long lens for the camera

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The small pickle has been poorly on and off for the last month and a half, as well as teething…..

He had a ear infection, requiring antibiotics, then was riddles with chicken pox….. then a cold…..

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But he soon recovered and resumed normal service now of climbing everything!!

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He has been enjoying “helping” daddy in the garden….

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We had a trip over to Tredegar House park with Grandma and Grandpa, where he learnt a new word….. “again”

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Somewhere in between all of this I have managed to find time to be full time in work, for the last few weeks of term, getting my resources packed up in my classroom, have two leaving dos (one afternoon tea with my team, one curry night) and I have still found a little time for crafting, yarn winding, pattern writing…… so hopefully now over the next few weeks there will be some exciting new things appearing in my shops on Etsy,  Ravelry and Loveknitting.

I hope to podcast now in the next few days….. so until then!!!

Happy New Year and some finished knits!!

Happy New Year everyone!!!

Towards the end of last as usual I wasn’t able to post any of my finished knits because they were all Christmas presents!!! Now I forgot to photograph them so I’m getting photos of some of them sent hopefully on/by the giftee!!!

Soooo….

We have two Sockhead hats!!!! A great easy knit by Kelly McClure on Ravelry!!


Modelled by the very lovely Owl About Yarn and Pinsandneedles at our little pre Christmas meet up to exchange presents!! Cheeky chops is enjoying opening his first gifts sat on Zoe!! Zoe’s hat is knit up in Rainbow Heirloom and Jennie’s is in hedgehog fibres!!! I have another skein of hedgehog fibres I acquired on the 2016 Great London Yarn Crawl to knit myself a Sockhead soon!!

A baable hat by Donna Smith designs on Ravelry


I sooooo want me one of these!!! I have the yarns in stash and will knit one this year!!!! And probably one for cheeky too!!

My Dad’s traditional socks for Christmas!!


These are knit up from a crazy zauberball I bought in Loop in London!! I am still working on poor James’ Christmas socks also in a crazy zauberball!! 

There are a few more projects to get images for (hint hint small sister!! Lol)

This year I am more determined than ever to be a bit more organised especially with young sir around!!! I am going an my projects and bag them all up ready from stash as far as I can…… There may be a bit of cold sheeting this year…….. So not so many acquisitions……

I am also determined to go through and finish all my many many WIPS!!! 

I am hopefully going to try my hand at a Wee bit of podcasting which will probably end up being monthly at least for the first half of the year….

And this is hopefully the year we make the move to the farm!!!!

To finish off this update….. Another end of last year knit is Chreky Chops’ hat!! Which he already needs another new one of!! He is growing sooooooo fast!!!!!! 9 months old on the 14th!!!

A Full farm update….

i.e. since William was born!!!!

We have been busy bees, painting, architraves, skirting….

James’ parents have been amazing and have done soooooo much painting and James and his Dad have done all the woodwork upstairs!!! Its nearly at the point of having carpets put in upstairs and painting started downstairs!!!!

So in Photo Format!!!

Phew thats a lot of photos!!

One last one!!

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A cheeky chops in just a nappy in his chair!!! Too hot for clothes that day!!!

 

Last weekend…..

….. We went to see a lady about alpacas, the animals, the upkeep, the costs etc etc

We met some amazing beasts and their babies!!! William was enthralled!!! And one of the alpacas Seraphima was utterly enamoured with James and kept trying to kiss him!!! She was however a little perplexed by William attached to my front in his sling!!!

   
    
    
   
And a gratuitous shot of cheeky chops and a rare one of me for you guys!!