Good morning, how are you? How was your weekend? Ours was good, full of the necessary sort of laziness that flops in at the end of a busy half term. I feel so relieved that half term is here, that homework, timetables, packed lunches and sports kits can be dumped to one side for a week. I am relieved that we've got a break from the strict get-out-the-door-at-eight-fifteen morning regime. I don't care for the start of our school days much, no matter how hard I try I generally find them stressy. But with three Little People all at different establishments I don't think we do too badly really. We are only ever very slightly late, and I only ever shout loudly when absolutely necessary.
The weather here has been (and continues to be) dire, as is the case across much of the UK I think. There has been the odd fleeting chink of blue, but mostly grey, blustery and wet-wet-wet. Perfect hunkering down at home weather. I nipped into town on Saturday morning to run some errands, stopping on an impulse in one of my favourite feel-good shops to buy myself a new candle. I mentioned these little "Pintail candles" last week as I was given one for my Birthday, they are so lovely! Eighteen hours of burning time, and fragrances which make the room smell beautiful without being overly artificial or overwhelming. Even my scent-phobic husband made a surprising mmm sound when I asked him what he thought of the candle smell in the room. I can see myself accumulating a modest stack of candle tins, so that I can choose different fragrances for different weathers, seasons and moods. The festive ones sound especially appealing...Cinnamon & Orange, Warm Gingerbread, Cranberry Spice, Spiced Ginger & Lemon Thyme........mmmmmmmmmm!
No self respecting Hunkering Down weekend would be complete without a bag of gorgeous yarn to play with, and I certainly had that covered. This is Drops Big Merino, the most beautiful scrummy, squidgy, soft aran weight yarn.
I've picked out nine colours to start making my Autumn wreath base. I wanted to capture something of the Autumn skies, moss, fruit and berries as a background to all the brightly coloured leaves and flowers I'm making.
This yarn is seriously delicious to play with, it works up so beautifully on a 5mm hook. I keep finding myself daydreaming about wrapping myself up in it. A shawl perhaps? Or a big generous cowl/scarf type creation? But mustn't get distracted, must stick with the wreath for now. It would make a great blanket too.....;o)
I put my apron on over my pyjamas and baked yesterday morning, when a late breakfast/mid morning coffee accompaniment was needed. I made apricot and apple muffins using my no-fail Easy-peasy muffin recipe.
Best eaten while still warm, these muffins are seriously yummy, and ridiculously easy to make.
Whilst slurping coffee and stuffing warm, moist muffins into my mouth, I simultaneously crocheted up some florals for my wreath. Sunflowers to be precise. I adapted a pattern I found online here, changing the middle bit to use popcorn stitches. I would love to write up the tutorial for this, but am waiting to hear from Cindy first as the petals are her design and I don't want to use it without her blessing. Will keep you posted, as it did work out really well and I would love to share.
J is home this week with us, I love that he takes the half term holiday weeks off work so that we can enjoy family time in the different seasons ( February, May and October). We opened a bottle of my favourite tipple last night, and sat chatting round the fire with the Little People which made such lovely change from the television/internet. Flame-gazing is just soooo pleasurable and mesmerising, and we have some of these Colour Changing Fir Cones too which add to the fun. I love our fire so much, it really is the heart of our home.