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!!!

Episode two and Some additional crafty updates

I recorded and uploaded episode two last week!! 

Show notes….

Farm update in brief…

Knitting: socks, deco mat, daydreamer, plans

Acquisitions: sooooooo much fabric!! Then some more an some more!!

Sewing: pj trousers, curtains and plans plans plans…..

Shop update: new pattern

Guest appearance! 

Since then….

I am making great progress on the Daydreamer sweater by Jennifer Steingass!!! loving the pattern!!! Hope to have a photo of little man wearing it soon!!

I have not knit a bit of the deco mat….. Bad me….. Must try harder

A gratuitous photo of the finished the socks!!! Just need to wind the yarn for my next pair now!! Tomorrow I will find a moment!!

I have sewn the hall curtains and now the utility ones too… Just need to add curtain tape and get the curtain poles!!

26 books

Aka one book for reed two weeks of this year!!! Sooo before Cheeky was born I read a bit of a book every night without fail…. Since he was born I have not picked a book up….. So now that he is starting to sleep some more in his own cot not the cosleeper…. I’m going to try this challenge!! 

  
Here are some of the books that have made my potential list this year!!

   
    
    
   
 Some are in print some are on kindle!!! Admittedly some I’ve started previously and all bar Game of Thrones will be restarted, I’m on about book five of seven there…

I also have two Tara Swiger books to read, map your business and market yourself….

So far I have read The start up guide….To completion! So that could fall under female Author or book to improve an area of my life…. 

I’ve started to read Duane Elgins Voluntary Simplicity… So let’s see how I manage!! Baby… That thinks sleep is for the weak….. Returning to work… Sorting the smallholding… I think I can manage  a book every two weeks!!!

An update on all the building work at the farm!!

Well since my last post was tiling here goes with a photo montage of all that’s happened!!!! Which I warn you is a LOT!! 

   
Front door has been weatherboarded 


Electricians have finished most of their work

  

We have upstairs steps and are no longer walking the planks!!  
 
James and his Dad have turned into amazing carpenters and have fitted window ledges!!

   

Shower enclosures installed

    
Showers installed

  

Balcony glass installed

 
  Stairs fitted and glazed

  
Amazing light fitting installed in the hallway and the kitchen units and utility units are installed and tiled round

   
 
Plus we have a smiley cheeky chops!!

  

The amazing reason for my absence!

Well for those of you that don’t follow me on any other social media, here is the little reason for my absence from blogging for the last two months!!

   
    
    
    
   
William was born way back in April….. 10 days late, after I had had to stay in hospital being induced for four days!!!! Upon our arrival at hospital he turned…. Having previously been in perfect position for delivery he swivelled back to back and then decided to come out face first, oh yes and he poohed before he “left the building” so he was born with green hair!!!!

He is gradually getting the hang of sleeping… he most definitely has the hang of feeding having gained 3 pounds in six weeks…. He has started water babies swimming…. He has met family members…. He has visited the farm a lot….. He loves his music, particularly Ed Sheeran and has basically rocked his Dad’s and my world in so many amazing ways!!! 

It’s tough on times, even harder initially when you feel like crap, have stitches on stitches or so it feels like because you can’t sit straight, and you are leaking left right and centre.  Sleep deprivation is a b***h, purple lansinoh cream is a life saver when it feels like he is using broken glass to hack off my nipples, colic is hideous, but ameliorated by an elevated Moses basket/gripe water/carbo veg and Colitwinkles!!! (The last two being homeopathic remedies) 

BUT those smiles!!!!!

That little tigger like hoo hoo hoo laugh…..

The fact I’ve managed to breastfeed!!!!

The hilarious comedy huge burps and nappy rumbling farts!!!!

That baby smell!!!!!

Makes everything worthwhile!!