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Hello Everyone! Long time no post! We’ve had quite a lot on lately. in just one week my dad, John and myself all celebrated our birthdays, and my birthday pressie from John was a wonderful day out in one of my all time favourite places, Beamish Museum. We had a great day! This was Julia’s first time at Beamish, and she loved it! We took quite a few photos, so lets get stuck straight into them :)

The first thing we did when we got there was crack open our picnic, we were so hungry after our journey there! As you can see above, Julia is enjoying her choccie chip muffin!

We then went to the colliery village, to look in the pit cottages, these cottages were actually real miners cottages, where the miner and his family lived, and these particular cottages were taking down, brick by brick from Hetton-Le-Hole ( a place not far from us ) and re-built in Beamish, fixtures and fittings included! All the builds in Beamish were actual buildings once in use, whether they be homes, shops, schools….., this truly is a living museum!

Firstly, the office where miners collected their wages, before heading home after a long shift down the pit. There is a coal mine you can go down in the colliery village, but I think we’ll wait until Julia is a bit older for that. I have being down this mine quite a few times, and it really touches a cord as my dear grandad was a miner, he suffered in later life from working down the mines from the age of 14 until he retired in his 60′s. He had arthritis, a very bad chest, and he lost his little finger in a mining accident. In his gnarled but tender hands, I could see soot trapped in his veins, reminders of a life crawling on hands and knees in the dark depths of the mine.

I imagine my grandads childhood home was like these pit cottages..

A miners widow knitting socks for her lodger, the mine bosses let her keep this cottage as she still had a son down the mine…
Now we head over to the school, Julia’s first time ever in school!
And into the village hall, Julia loved it in here!
We then leave behind the colliery village, and make our way up to the 1940s Farm. I love it here! We stopped at the farm cottages first and had a cosy chat with a land girl, who was wearing the most fabulous hand knitted jumper!
I love this cottage! Everything about it is so cosy! I particularly love the cream and blue enamel range, I could happily live in this cottage!
We then went into the farm house, which is just wonderful! This farm house was actually already in Beamish, an original building, with an original range!
We went to say hello to some of the farm animals, including these beautiful cows, who were either in calf or had recently given birth…
We then walked into town, paid a visit to the sweet factory…
Peeped into the town houses…
And did a spot of shopping in the iron mongers….
the haberdashers…..
and the grocers……
Before heading too Pockerly Manor, another building which was already at Beamish, and which Beamish have incorporated into the museum. The oldest part of this building dates back to the 1400′s, but we could not access this part with the pushchair, though I have been in the 1400′s building many times and it is fascinating! Pockerly Manor in the following photos date’s from the 1700′s….
And that was our day in Beamish, saying bye bye, until next time :)
In my next blog post I’ll write about my knitting, and the fabulous knitting books I got for my birthday which I just love! I can’t wait to show you them!
Right now I have a poorly Julia lying asleep on my chest, she has a nasty cough, cold and is teething, all making her feel quite unwell poor bairn. This is the first time she has been poorly, and it is awful to see, I wish I could take it away and it be me who is poorly instead.
Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by my blog, I hope you all have a lovely Easter weekend :) xxx


Hello Everyone :) I hope you are all keeping well and are enjoying the weather whatever you are getting at the moment, here it is quite sunny and mild today which is lovely, I can see soon I’ll be hanging the washing on the line to dry again instead of drying it in the tumble, I do like line dried washing. I have been quite busy of late, let me tell you what I have been busy doing :)

Busy looking after this little beauty :) I had her booked in to get her fringe trimmed to stop it going in her eyes, but had to cancel the appointment as something came up, so I’ll have to make another, she will not leave bobbles or slides in her hair while at home, so her fringe is constantly falling into her eyes!

I finished crocheting Julia’s basket weave jumper but it was too small ( even though I followed the pattern for Julia’s age ) so Julia’s teddy bear now has a lovely new jumper :) I’m now crocheting Julia another jumper, hopefully this one will fit! I have also just finished crocheting this teddy bear…


to give to Julia on Valentines Day, I shall wrap it up and she can open it Valentines Day morning, it is such a soft, squidgy cuddly teddy bear, I think she will enjoy snuggling this one :)

I have been busy baking all kinds, I made bread

cheese and tomato pinwheels


ginger shortbread with ginger icing made from a National Trust recipe book

and more bread, and a ginger cake with ginger icing for Sunday tea :)

I’ve been reading my Miss Read books again, I love Miss Read, she is definitely my favourite author! And I’ve been browsing some of my crochet books and looking at the stunning photographs in my English Cottage book, and watching the wonderful My Uncle Silas

I’ve also been watching the wonderful BBC series Wartime Kitchen and Garden with Ruth Mott and Harry Dodson on Youtube and really enjoying it! The full series is on Youtube.

Julia’s bedtime stories of late have been Beatrix Potter, we are both really enjoying reading these together, the books were mine when I was a little girl, the little books my dear grandad gave me when I was very young, maybe about 6 years old, and the larger book of complete tales my grandad gave to me when I was a little older, I treasure these books and am finding it wonderful that Julia is enjoying them too. We read the little books first and are now making our way through the bigger book

Well, that’s about it for now, thank you so much for reading, take care, bye for now :) x