Well, I think it is just a quick round up for this blog post.
Half term has been and gone. We offered daughter a choice of activities/short breaks but
she chose a staycation - for her at least. Husband and I had a night in York while she had
friends (all female!) round for a sleepover.
Husband and I travelled by train to York, my favourite mode of travel, offering the
chance for a coffee, a read of my book and a few rows knitted on my socks.
We have visited York several times but this was the first occasion in a long time for us to
visit without children, an indication of how our life is changing as the children grow up.
We felt in need of exercise and despite the rather grey skies and occasional
shower of rain we decided to shun the museums and just walk.
And we walked the city walls - something I have not done before but the walk took
us through some interesting parts of the city and the heights of the wall gave a slightly
different perspective of the city too.
On the way home from York we stopped in Sheffield and had lunch with 2 sons and one girlfriend. The meal wasn't great but the company was fantastic which is the main thing isn't it?
I didn't take lots of photos while away as I just wanted to walk and enjoy a wind down.
York was a bit of a welcome break from this.....
Umm.... stripping wallpaper from the hall, stairs and landing. We haven't decorated these
rooms since we moved in 15 years ago - we always knew it would be a big job and so
kept postponing it but we decided we could do this no more!!
Underneath we have revealed a variety of paints and I quite like the rustic look we have
on some parts of the wall. What do you think? I have tried to persuade the family that
maybe we don't need to decorate, we can leave the walls like this but I'm not sure they
are so convinced!!
And please don't expect a "ta-dah" revealing a beautifully decorated halls, stairs and
landing any day soon - it all needs a lot of preparation so this is definitely
a slow-burn project.
(The picture is one I cross stitched years ago for younger son.)
The weather has been bright recently here in the Midlands and I have made the
most of it in between stripping!
These photos were taken on a now-regular walk of mine round the wood at the
back of our house and across to the science park.
I have made a few of these recently - yes toss-in-fruitcake, mainly for daughter. These are
so easy to make. As the name suggests you literally toss everything in a bowl and mix!
A friend recently gave us a typewriter.
Only a few weeks ago I had mentioned in passing how I thought daughter would like one.
It was very kind of her to remember my words when she found one in the back of a
wardrobe while having a sort out. Daughter thinks "it is sick!" and has even been typing
up her physics notes.
The rhythmic sound of the keys tapping, the ping of the bell as the feed roller
passes the margin and the sliding back of the feed roller is almost musical.
We have been watching more ladies football matches. Brrr, it was cold yesterday but boy
was it a nail biting cup match. Sadly our local team lost 2-1 in extra time. But the crowd of approximately 100 was testament to how far the team have come this year.
And the chilliness continued this morning, a very sharp frost with a hazy sun filtering
through the mist gave the hill behind our house a warm glow.
So nothing very exciting to report. Just a round up of recent events.
Has the sun been shining for your recently?
Do you feel like spring is on its way?
Wishing you a good week
PS. Thank you for the lovely comments on my socks in my last post!