Sunday, 5 February 2012

My weekend

It is the end of a lovely snowy weekend.  I am sitting by the woodburner, toasty warm and reading blogs - a very nice way to spend a Sunday evening.

I was supposed to go to work today, but it was closed because of the snow, so instead I took the children out on their sledges and made snowmen - a far nicer way to spend the day!

Readers snow pictures: Snowpolarbear in Vicky Park. Whoever made this: I love you
I wish I had made this snow polar bear! (Guardian website)

Yesterday was spent at a craft workshop, making bags out of tweed jackets.  It was a lovely day, surrounded by gorgeous fabric and pretty things.  It was held by the lovely Louise Preseley in her studio, Hope and Elvis.  Now, I am not much good at sewing and can about manage a straight line with a sewing machine, so was amazed that I made a bag, and that I will actually use it!   I am quite tempted to make some more.  (these are not mine by the way)

   Tweed bag

101 Challenge Update - 

I am starting on number 16 - Learn a new language and use it.  
Later this year we are going to France with old university friends and their children, so I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to learn French and make use of it.  I will be using the Michel Thomas CD's (these can be got from the library).  I have had a go with them before and they are really good - I just have to keep going with them.  

In the spirit of all things Frugal - tonight's meal is being cooked on the woodburner.  We have a woodburner in the kitchen, and this is the room that we spend all our time - it has a sofa, a 6 seater dining table and lovely big bi-fold doors that open out onto the garden - it is this room that sold the house to us and I love it.  In fact, I haven't sat in the lounge for months!  So we thought as the woodburner is going most of the time, why don't we cook on it.  So this evening we have a bubble and squeak merrily sizzling away.  

SFT - I did indeed get my belt.  It went really well and couldn't stop smiling for days!  I am now Green and White, still another 2 or 3 years away from achieving black belt, but I am enjoying the journey.  

Saheen - I did try and post on your blog, but not sure it worked.  I hope the move goes well for you and you get down the allotment soon.  I have really been enjoying reading your recipes - we are making Chickpea and Rosemary soup tomorrow.


  1. What a great goal to achieve and use on your holiday. Learning a language is fantastic!

    Congrats on the belt too, that's brilliant news!

    Sounds like you have a wonderful kitchen, the heart of the home.

    Sft x

  2. Oh how I wish we could have snow! We sweated it out at 32 degrees C today and it's still hot tonight.
    Lovely bags! I'm a hopeless sewer:)
    I love languages. My husband and I are going to learn a bit of Italian in preparation for our trip in August.Where in France are you going?