Hello, hello. Sorry I'm a little late in getting here this week :: I was away from home all day yesterday, and today I've been feeling a little droopy and my brain has not quite been up to speed for writing. In fact, I don't feel quite my normal self today. I think I am OK, just tired after quite a lot of driving, shopping, tea drinking and gas bagging yesterday when I drove the 40 miles over the hills to visit with some very good friends in my old home town. Ahhh how lovely it was to catch up with one another, how reassuringly familiar and easy it was to chat the day away over tea and cake while our 14 children played together just as they always have done ever since they were babies. It was a wonderful day.
The shopping part of my trip was mainly concentrated on the Little People who were desperately in need of new footwear and new clothes. New colouring books too. But I did treat myself to some lovely new red crocs which were on sale at less than half price. I am quite in love with them, although they do look slightly brash when worn with my pyjamas.
So me and my red crocs went out to inspect the back yard this morning, and after quite a heavy fall of rain during the night everything is still very drippy wet out there. I wanted to show you my passion flower which I planted in this big pot at the end of June. When I bought it, it only reached as high as the kitchen windowsill to the left of the picture there and it has really grown loads in the last month. The flowers are beautiful, and remind me of my childhood :: I remember being totally entranced by these exotic looking flowers as a child. Well to tell the truth, I still am.
I was a little late with turning my calendars this month and only remembered to do it yesterday. So it's August now then, and supposedly we should be wilting in the heat of high summer doing lazy outdoor things. Beachy things by the looks of it. I don't suppose we should be contemplating lighting the fire then.
Look see, even the Bossy calendar is telling me to go to the beach and do summery outdoorsy things.
As it happens, we are home during this week and next, and then we will be seeking beachy outdoor activities as we will be off on our jolly-hollies. We are spending the first part of our holiday fortnight with my folks in Dorset, then for the last week of August we will be back up north to stay in Craster (Northumberland) again. Just like last year, in the same little harbourside house. So yes, I am hoping very much to enjoy some end-of-day moments on the beach, although we'll probably do it with blankets rather than furniture. Bit too tricky to balance furniture on rock pooly rocks.
Todays August view from the Attic :: brightish, grey sky, not summery exactly, but it is dry. No rainfall. And that has to be a good thing.
A little bit of a hooky update :: I've finished my 18 inch Granny Square cushion cover...
...and have started on making another one from tiny 2-round squares joined in the go. I am already loving how this is turning out even though I've only done one row (9 squares) so far and still have 8 more rows (72 squares) to go. I've yet to search my local charity/thrift shops for a suitable woolly jumper to back these two cushions, but am hopeful the right one will be hanging there just waiting for me to to turn it from an Unwanted Garment to a homespun Thing of Beauty.
And talking of homespun things of beauty...see my new bedside reading book there? Ahhh I have so badly wanted this book, so badly desired this book for what seems like an age and a half, and now am positively thrilled that a copy is finally mine all mine. My lovely Hubby was ordering some geeky computery things from Amazon last week and decided to treat me to two books from the top of my wish list. This is one of them, the other I shall share with you a little later on when I've got past the sniffing and stroking stage of loving it. I do SO adore getting new books:: very, very high score on the Pleasure-o-meter.
And finally before I go, a little note about BB. I think, possibly, maybe, hopefully, fingers all crossed that i may have finally managed to take some photos to share with you. About half an hour ago, whilst I was writing this post, I noticed a weak, late afternoon sun was shining it's way through the back windows of our house. So I rushed upstairs, did a quick tidy of the bedsides, and took some pictures, click click click. This is the fourth attempt, and I am hoping they are waaaaay better than the other three attempts, which were pants. I hope so. I am fairly badly desperate to do some ta-dah-ing!!!!
So all being well, I'll be seeing you all tomorrow for you-know-what.
Edited to add ::
6.27pm AUGUST-ish weather OR WHAT????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!