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Hello! Happy New Year!  Wow, it is a long time since I did a post! hopefully 2016 will be the year I keep on top of my blog! We shall see :) I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, we did, and I have quite a few photos to share with you! So I think I had better get started!

Since it is such a long time since I last posted, I thought I would share some photos from the Summer first, as we did have a lovely Summer and enjoyed so many nice days out, we are very lucky to live quite close to a few different lovely beaches, so we can always enjoy days out there, whatever the weather, but it is particularly nice in Summer ( even though our Summers mean wearing coats to the beach, lol! ), Julia loves the beach!

Julia turned two in October, goodness me! Where does the time go! We made her a special cake for her birthday, a Little Miss Sunshine cake, as she is our Little Miss Sunshine :)

We had a day out at a nearby petting farm which Julia really enjoyed!

 

And she loved the dolly I made her for her birthday too, I love making things for my little one!

Halloween was wonderful! Julia dressed as a super cute clown, and we all went to the seafront, to walk along the promenade to watch all the beautiful lights, have chips looking out to sea, and then walking in the park directly opposite the beach to see all the magical lights, with a certain Alice In Wonderland theme going on :)

In late November, John, Julia and I all went to Beamish Museum, and had one of the most wonderful days out ever! Christmas at Beamish has just begun, so everywhere was completely magical, very old world Christmas, I love Beamish Museum, I could live there! Julia was dressed in her beautifully snug red winters coat, with her red scarf and bonnet ( which I crocheted for her ) on, and she just seemed to fit right in with Beamish wearing this ensemble! She would not keep her mittens on though, her little hands were perishing bless her, so whenever we could, we would wrap her right up under her blanket ( which I also made for her, by cutting down an old throw which was beautifully soft, hemming it and adding a crochet border, Julia loves this blanket! )  in the pushchair, to keep her hands warm, but after a while, the blanket would come off too! Here are some photos of our perfect day out at Beamish..

We had a lovely Christmas day, as I hope you did too! I knitted myself and Julia matching Christmas jumpers which we both wore together on Christmas day, here is mine ( I did wear mine but have not got a photo :) )

and here is Julia wearing hers at Johns mam and dads when we went for Christmas dinner

Julia enjoyed Christmas morning so much, opening her presents, seeing Santa Claus has been and ate his supper Julia left out for him and his reindeer before she went to bed, Julia loved the gifts I made for her, a baby doll…

and a crocheted tea set, which she was particularly taken with!

I made the little bag for the tea set too :)

At the moment I am knitting Julia a Peppa Pig jumper which I am really enjoying doing and can not wait to see Julia wear this, she loves Peppa Pig!

Well, that’s that for now, I really hope you enjoyed my blog catch up, I will try my best to keep on top of my blog this year, promise :)

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog, all the best for 2016!

Take care, bye for now :) xxx

I am being efficient! Only two weeks and here I am making another blog post! I will try to post more regularly :)

Well, as promised, here is part two of our Summer Days Out post, plus some pics of what I have been reading and making.

John, Julia and I all had a lovely day out at a local park, where we had a picnic, watched the swans and ducks ( or coocaws as Julia calls them ), and walked through the woodland, so peaceful and wonderful!

We all enjoyed a perfect ( if cloudy ) day at the beach with my dad and step mam, this was actually Julia’s first time on the sand, and oh how she loved it!

John, Julia and I all had another perfect day at Beamish Museum ( we love this place! ) Walking up to Pockerly Manor…

and inside the manor, talking to the doctor who informed us that he was waiting for the mistress to come downstairs to pay him, after his attempts to save her husband from small pox! ( his attempts failed apparently ) ……

Julia and myself on the Merry-Go-Round, which was Julia’s first time and she absolutely loved it!

 

We’ll be going back to our favourite museum in the very near future :)

The day after we went to Beamish, we went to a very old church quite close to us, to watch a Medieval re-enactment, which was wonderful! A battle, Anglo Saxons against the Vikings!

 

After the battle we walked around the church grounds to watch the medieval people in their tents, going about their every day activities, this lady appeared to be doing a form of primitive crochet?

 

This particular church and grounds was chosen for this re-enactment as the church was built in Medieval times

After the re-enactment, we all walked to the beach which was very close by, it was a lovely walk, finished off by a picnic, ice cream and paddle :) The pier is currently under construction

John’s mam loved her cardigan which I crocheted for her birthday! I really enjoy making things for others, here is the cardigan :)

I finished crocheting the baby doll for Julia’s birthday, which has now being put away until October

So come October, dolly in pink dress ( which I made for Julia last Christmas ) will have a play friend!

I am currently crocheting a popcorn hearts blanket for John’s mam and dad for Christmas, I am crocheting this in green and pink strips which will be sewn together, with a border added. I only work on this when Julia is up and about, as I can crochet quite easily with Julia running around and unexpectedly jumping on me, lol, and if Julia wants to sit on my knee, have cuddles or play, I can put my crochet down in the middle of a row and come back to it easily, unlike knitting! With knitting I have to finish a row before I can put it down, and can not knit with Julia jumping on me, so knitting I reserve for when Julia is tucked up in her cot asleep at night :) Anyway, here is the first strip of the blanket…

I crocheted one of these blankets for my dad and step mam a couple of Christmases ago, it is a lovely pattern which I enjoy doing. I am knitting a cardigan for Julia, which includes fair isle and intarsia techniques, and I am quite proud of this so far, since it is my 4th ( or is it 5th? ) ever knit, I started to teach myself to knit in earnest in February just gone, and I love it! So this is what I am working on in the few hours between Julia going to bed at night, and our bedtime, it is a pattern from Susan Crawford’s Vintage Gifts To Knit book… 

At the moment I am reading one of my new Alison Uttley book, Ambush Of Young Days, then I’ll be reading my other new Alison Uttley book, Carts And Candlesticks.

I am really pleased with these two books, which have been on my book list for a while now, they were usually so expensive to buy, like so many of Alison’s memoirs, but every so often I’ll check Amazon for these books ( and others by her ) and sometimes, they’re listed for only a few pounds, which really is excellent for these particular books, so I snap them up and add them to my ever growing collection of Alison Uttley memoirs of her country childhood, she is one of my favourite authors and to me, she and Flora Thompson have wrote the most wonderful memoirs of country childhoods that I have ever read (and I have read a few, lol ). The above books are in good condition considering their age, with the Carts And Candlesticks one having never been read by the look of it, so I feel very lucky to have acquired these wonderful books

Speaking of books, I have started buying ( already! ) books to put away to read, with Julia, over the Christmas Season. I love Christmas, it is my favourite time of year, I adore the build up to it, and try to cram as much Christmas into it as I possibly can, and that includes reading many Christmas books, and so, I have started buying Christmas books already. We already have quite a few, but there is just something so magical, so charming about Christmas books, that in my opinion, you can never have enough! I am trying to buy one a week, mostly from Amazon, so that come Christmas, we will have quite  a collection to read! This one arrived last week, and it is a charming story about the first Christmas stocking, I’ll be showing more of this book ( and others ) closer to Christmas :)

Well, that is it for today, I am going to ice our weekend cake, and print some photos out for the albums just now. Thank you so much for reading, have a nice day!

Bye for now x