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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




7 Responses

  1. #1
    Pom Pom 

    The books look very good! Well done crocheting such lovely gifts! The beach looks wonderful!

  2. I love reading & seeing what you have been up to & seeing sweet Julia in her darling dress.
    I have never seen those books so will look online for them, Miss Read is next for me.
    Your knitting is fantastic, I am not brave enough to do a pattern like that, I just wonder what to do with the coloured wool? Do you cut after every use or keep it on the ball, it all looks so difficult. Your blanket is beautiful too, I love the green.
    I am having a clear out & have sold a lot fo stuff on Ebay so we are in a bit of a mess in the hall, tidy up day for me today & also going to bake a fruit cake as it is raining.
    Fondly Michelle

  3. I forgot to say I am collecting more Christmas books too & have also started buying Christmas gifts as we have so many children! It makes Christmas a little less busy doing it this way.

  4. #4

    Hi Pom Pom :-) the books really are wonderful, I love reading of people’s lives in the country in times gone by! I love crocheting for others, it makes me very happy! Yip, we all love the beach and feel very lucky to live so close to it x

  5. #5

    Hi Michelle :-) I am pleased you enjoy my blog! I love dressing Julia in pretty dresses!
    Alison Uttley wrote some truly wonderful memoirs of her life in the country in the late Victorian period, so full of detail, I love her writing! I’m going to get her children’s books for Julia too. I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts on Miss Read!

    Thank you, I am enjoying knitting this cardigan for Julia. YouTube has some wonderful tutorials on fair isle and intarsia techniques, with fair isle you leave the wool on the ball and carry it across the back of your work, with intarsia you use separate small amounts of wool for each colour section.

    Good luck with the clear out and ebay selling! We need to have a clear out too! Yum, fruit cake! I baked a lemon cake with lemon butter icing :-)

    Oh wonderful! I can’t wait to see the Christmas books your collecting! I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one starting Christmas early, lol! I love Christmas, so it is never too early for me!

    I hope you have a lovely Sunday x

  6. How silly am I, we have loads of Little Grey Rabbit books & some from my childhood. I have just seen a Christmas story one to read to the girls before Christmas.

  7. #7

    Yes, those are the ones I want to get for Julia :-) I saw the Christmas one too, looks lovely! Xx

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