Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Half Term Holiday in Haworth

With hubby off on his first trip to Qatar last week (don't mention Qatar), I decided that Izzy and I could go off on holiday without him and booked a lovely cottage in Haworth, Yorkshire for us and my mum and dad:

Izzy was delighted that the cottage was on an Equestrian Centre and the stables were literally oustide her bedroom window:

While we were there we visited the Bronte Parsonage, the Bronte Falls, the National Media Centre, where Izzy read the news ....

.... Skipton Castle.....

.... and Salt's Mill at Saltaire where we saw Hockney's pictures:

However, the rest of the time, we relaxed.  

We watched DVDs, we played games, we had lazy breakfasts and lazy dinners and we lazed about.

We were able to have a lazy, relaxing holiday because we didn't have hubby making us do stuff every minute of every day.

And best of all, when we got home he'd cleaned the house from top to bottom, made us curry and cake for tea and said that he'd missed us.

Perhaps I should go away without him more often?

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Victorian Costume Update

Do you remember back in April I said I would try to make daughter a Victorian costume?

Let me remind you.  

Daughter wants a Victorian lady's costume for Victorian Day at school this year.  Not an apron and mop cap as I was going to make.  Oh no.  Apparently, if you go as a servant the teachers pick on you.  No, not for my daughter the servant's outfit.  She wants to be a lady and then the teachers have to defer to her.  (Delusions of grandeur?)

Well, I decided to have a go at making one and after purchasing my new sewing machine (see here for details) and a general pattern for costumes ......

....... I realised that I may have bitten off more than I can chew.  

Especially when she announced that she wanted a costume like Clara's in Dr Who:

(I did point out that this was a barmaid's costume and not a lady's)

Well, I dragged daughter off to Leon's where we purchased the cheapest black and red fabrics we could and I began my challenge.

Let me tell you, a five foot nine year old does not fit any standard pattern so a lot of altering ensued.   Also a lot of adapting, mocking up, measuring, unpicking, recutting, trigonometry (well, I am a mathematician) and a little swearing (not in daughter's hearing).

Anyway, I've finally finished and here's the result:

Please tell me that is the end of the costumes........

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Turning Back Time

This weekend daughter is away on a school holiday.  

This meant a child free weekend.

Just being able to stop the clock and relax has made a pleasant change from all the bad stuff that seems to be going on in my life at the moment.  My parents are suffering serious health problems and I've been struggling with asthma type symptoms since my cold two weeks ago.  Two inhalers have had no effect and now I'm on mega steroids to try to help me to breathe.  It's been getting me down.

So this weekend I have pottered about doing various little jobs, I have made a batch of maple and pecan fudge from a new recipe, two of our family favourite Pumpkin Cakes with the new season's pumpkins and best of all, yesterday morning, I just picked up my handbag and left the house to do a bit of shopping in the Trafford Centre.

No "We're going out in 10 mins" warning, no "You'll need shoes, not canvas pumps, it's raining" or "Yes, you do need a coat, it's raining" and then 10 minutes of waiting for Tilly Floss to put said shoes and coat on inbetween whinging and whining.

I just picked up my handbag and left!

I browsed around John Lewis, I bought myself "Mary Berry's Christmas Collection" in WH Smith and I treated myself to some Autumn chocolates in Hotel Chocolat.


Then, last night hubby and I went out for a meal to a local restaurant.  We walked there and back, had a relaxing meal and a glass of wine and a chat, to each other!  It was like turning back the clock 10 years!

Friday, 4 October 2013

Pudding Pilferer

I have a bit of a running battle with daughter over school puddings.  

You see, school lunches are compulsory at her school so I can't control what she eats.  The menu has lots of lovely healthy options such as homemade soups, jacket potatoes with a variety of fillings, a lovely salad bar, a selection of sandwiches including wraps and bagels, a homemade hot course with vegetables, that's fine.

There is a lovely selection of fruits they can choose to make their own fruit salad with toppings such as yogurt, granola and fruit purees, but the trouble is she just can't resist the syrup sponge with custard, marble cake with custard, cherry crumble with custard............ you get the picture.

Anyway, one day we were coming home from school when I asked her what she'd had for lunch.

"Chilli and nachos with sweetcorn", she replied.

"And for pudding?" I asked

 "Syrup sponge and custard and guess what, mummy?"

"What?"  I asked.

"If I stand on tip toe the dinner lady gives me a bigger portion!"

She seemed so proud of her deception.