I chose a simple quilting design as I was running out of time. I think sunglasses might be required!
I've just been to the airport to pick Steph and John up. They 'popped' over to Spain for the weekend to search out wedding venues. They are going to get married in this country - just them and their witnesses is the plan at the moment. The Spanish trip will be a blessing ceremony or whatever it's known as. They are hiring a villa for everyone for a week. 20 - 30 people. Some people are staying the whole time and making a holiday of it and some are just staying a couple of days. They've found a villa in the mountains about an hour from Malaga Airport with views of the mountains and sea, safe for the boys and other little ones and pretty enough for a wedding celebration. June 2018 is the probable date. Plenty of time to lose some weight and get fit - apparently it's very steep!
I looked after the boys on Thursday night as they needed to get up at 4am for the flight out, took them to school and nursery and then went to work. Steph's mother took over on Friday afternoon and Saturday while I was at work. ( I think I had the easy stint!). They had to get up at 4am again this morning to get the flight back which arrived in Newcastle at 9am. It was the first time John has driven and it sounded like a baptism of fire as the roads in the mountains are primitive to say the least!
Unlike Steph and John though, I'm having a lazy day finishing things today:
I can feel some gingerbread designs coming on and they really don't look good in duck egg blue or pink or whatever colour the marketing departments say are 'on trend' (how I hate that expression).
A lovely drive around my beloved Northumberland last weekend culminated in lunch at a farm shop near Corbridge. (Brocksbush Pick your Own Farm) Home-made pie and salad for lunch - yum. Some lovely bread, cheese and fresh picked strawberries provided a lush breakfast the next morning.
and some jam for the Victoria Sandwich Cupcakes I made for the Thursday Night Quilt Class
Actually there is a lovely farm shop less than 10 minutes from work. I discovered this on Friday when I went to get a strimmer for the garden. I've been there before, but from home which is 35 mins from work. The Milkhope Centre has gorgeous shops, home decor, a kitchen shop, a garden tools centre, gallery, clothes store and a restaurant that makes quiche to die for. Junction 80 on the A1(M) if you're in the area. All the shops are in converted farm buildings with a walk through the woods next to them. Especially needed to work off the calories taken on board in the cafe. Try the local cheeses and vegetables grown on the farm if you go there. They don't get more fresh and local.
It's Yarndale this weekend but in no way could I justify the cost of going down and buying more yarn, much as I would have enjoyed it. I have so much to be getting on with. Now the Autumn Equinox has passed I will be doing more yarn work as this is easier to do in the darker evenings.
So now I must go and do some household chores. I might just have forty winks first though, or come to think of it I might pull out me yarns and see what is left to finish and what is waiting to be started. Squeak - that sounds like a good idea. Household chores - what household chores?