Monday 26 March 2012

March Mish Mash

The second half of March is speeding by. At the moment we are having glorious weather - the last two days have been the hottest March days in Scotland on record with temperatures of just over 22C (72F) being recorded, the typical March average is around 8C (46F).

Unfortunately I've not managed to get out on my bike recently. On Saturday I was helping out at a nursery car boot sale instead. To compensate for the lack of cycling time I did buy a few goodies.

My favourite acquisition is this needlework owl in its suitably kitsch yellow plastic frame. It was on a stall of a fellow blogger - Habbietot, and was made by her. It was a snip at 50p (though I do think she undersold it, too kind!). I'm sure she'd love if you popped over to say hello as she's just starting out on this blogging malarky. Watch out for the yummy looking chocolates she makes, mmmmm.

A's favourite buy is this cuddly cat, now called Poppy, who accompanied A on her first sleepover at a friend's house that very night. N's favourite purchase (no photo) is a giant inflatable squeaky hammer which which he likes to wallop everybody he can reach, he likes it so much it even ended up in bed with him last night.

The boot sale was just a small one but it's given me the bargain hunting bug again (not that I ever lose that) and I want to go to another one now! However, I did manage a couple of other bargains earlier in the week while charity shopping...

The baking book is from the first Bake Off series (£1.25). I don't really need any more baking books, but this is a nice one with lovely recipes and it's very well produced, as most baking/cooking books seem to be these days. I also got a little dish (£1) which I imagine could be used to serve bon bons in (or perhaps some of Habbietot's chocolates...). Underneath the baking book is a little crocheted something I have started. Talking of crochet...

...I am usually required to photograph various buiding projects before they are demolished, in the background of this one can be seen the (unfinished) daisy blanket and it's looking rather at home on the back of the sofa. It wasn't where I'd planned to put it, but plans can be changed.

I wish I could change my Nutella eating habits though. I bought this jar to make Simone's yummy looking biscuits. It didn't happen. I tried once more and bought a second jar (well, they were on special offer in Asda), and I have just finished scoffing the Nutella straight out the the jar again. So, no more Nutella for this house I'm afraid.

An Easter bunny picture by A, she draws far better than I do now, I'm so out of practice.

Yesterday evening we went for a little walk after tea. Up to the field to see the ponies (there was one pony there but he wasn't for coming over to say hello), then a little further on to see some diggers and trucks parked in another field (for N) and the sunset (for me).

Isn't it wonderful to get the washing dried outside again after the winter. I love hanging out washing, especially under such blue skies and amid the Spring birdsong.

More ladybirds are appearing.

The best photo of MollieTheCat I've managed to take for a while. Last week she brought a balckbird into the house (dead), she wasn't popular that day.

Snake's head fritillaries. I only planted these last year and had forgotten I'd done so, so it was a lovely surprise to see them. I think I'll get more.

The bronze sometimes flowering ornamental cherry type tree has decided to blossom this year. The pale pink flowers look so pretty against the blue skies.

Unfortunately the blossoms are quite high up so it's not possible to take close-up pictures, it doesn't stop me taking loads of photos though, I'm sure the neighbours must wonder what's up there that's so fascinating.

After school today A decides to decorate some of the little pebble stones in the driveway area of the garden. N has a go too.

One is for her to keep, and one is for me.

This is mine, amn't I lucky. I'll need to keep it somewhere safe.


Rosangela said...

Que coruja mais linda.
Venha ver minha manta ripple, e me seguir.
Linda semana.

**Anne** said...

Such a lovely blog post about everyday happenings and spring emerging in the Northern hemisphere. I love the Snakes head frittilaries, I've not seen them before and will do some investigating to see if I can get them downunder. The pebble drawings are gorgeous, your little one sure can draw.
Have a wonderful day,
Anne xx

Mrs. Micawber said...

I like the "buy if you can't ride" thought.

Fantastic castle on the coffee table, and beautiful sunset. Those fritillaries are amazing and the cherry-type blossoms lovely. And the pebble is perfect - aren't you tempted to varnish it to preserve the talented artist's work?

VintageVicki said...

All this sunshine in Scotland - how are you all coping?? ;)

Your daughter is turning into a great little artist :)

Anonymous said...

What a great way to spend some time, drawing on some pebbles on the drive. Have taken note and will equip the children with the necessary tools to some doodling here. Your snakeshead fritillaries are super - next year you will have lots more because if they are in a shaded damp spot, they will naturalise like mad, mine did :-)

Rattling On said...

Love A's bunny picture, really good drawing. Great weather here as well but the blossom isn't out yet!

Anonymous said...

Gosh A is getting to be so good at drawing, what a talent she has.

Aren't the Fritillaries gorgeous?

Simone said...

A really lovely post. The bunny picture is excellent!!! x

Lyn said...

I like posts like this, full of lots of different things. I love the Easter Drawing....she has talent!

Habbie tot said...

I love A's drawings a sure winner for the local show this year! thanks for all the links, I have more chocolate coming your way!

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