Bessie’s travels

As we prepare to begin our final outing of the year in our caravan I thought I should update you on Bessie’s travels over the summer. We first went to Bridlington.











Then we went to Alnwick with the most gorgeous beach – Embleton Bay







We still have a trip to the lakes booked. Bessie is going to be one well travelled dog!!


A Horrible Week

It has been one of those weeks. It started off so well, I just knew it couldn’t last.

On Friday I woke up in a great mood. Has some very positive emails. And more importantly my husband was on his way home from work in Saudi. I hadn’t see him since August.

Although I was looking forward to seeing my hubby it was all tinged with a little sadness too because he was coming home a week early to see his Dad. He had end stage dementia and it was basically come home now before its too late.

He saw him on Friday afternoon and again Saturday morning. Then sadly his Dad passed on Saturday afternoon. So since then we have been sorting out things for the funeral which will be on Monday.

During this time I have managed a little knitting but only light things that don’t require much concentration. The one time I did try something more involved I did it all wrong and had to unpick it the next day.

We had a pitch booked in the Lake District from Sunday with The Camping and Caravanning Club. We can’t go now, hat with the funeral being on Monday. So I rang to cancel and despite our very valid reason for cancelling on such sort notice they refuse to refund our deposit. Shame on them!

I think we will be sticking with The Caravan Club in future!

Here is to a fabulous Father-in-law. Goodnight, sleep tight and God bless xx

World – I am back!

Well hello one and all! It has been such a long time since we spoke you have probably forgotten who I am!!

A quick update on my life over the last few months. I have been doing some supply teaching at my friend’s school, to cover maternity leave. Once again, I loved the children and the teaching but the bureaucracy was getting in the way of the teaching. So I am now unemployed. I am much happier being a stay at home mum and maybe doing the odd day of supply here and there. Maybe.

I have signed up to do City & Guilds Level 3 Hand Knitting. My first task was to knit 6 swatches using different cast on & cast off methods. Bit of a major panic at first as I only knew a couple. They are all knitted and displayed now though. I especially enjoyed the picot point and the Icelandic cast off.

20131017-230433.jpg. Some examples ready for assessment. I am currently writing detailed notes on all the swatches and that will be task 1 finished. On to selvedges in task 2. I bought some lovely yarn to knit the next batch of swatches from!


I am also taking part in a test knit of a pattern. I signed up for this through Ravelry. I am sent the pattern for free and in return I knit the garment and feedback to the designer. It is a lovely cardigan, knitted on circular needles, top down and seamless. I have just taken the sleeve stitches off the main needles and placed them on waste yarn whilst I carry on with the rest of the body. The yarn is lace weight and knitted on 3.25mm needles so it is taking a while but it is looking gorgeous.

I promise I will keep you all up to date with my exploits more often in future!