Parklife, country life

Today we enjoyed a little bus ride and went along to the big parks project park in Peacehaven.

We really like this one – it’s such a wonder. We haven’t really had a proper explore because Rose is a bit little for a lot of the park, but the toddler area has some lovely things -little climbing rocks, lovely natural wicker tunnels, and a pretty treehouse. One thing we found very amusing was a little trail of bricks in the grass that led us round and round in circles.

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In the big park there is a wonderful looking acorn tree house, and some most amazing looking swings. Everything is lovely and wooden and it’s a nice place to be.

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Last week was really quiet at work as it was still the Easter holidays, so I found myself binging on radio 4 to keep me company and am now a bit hooked. I had seen in the news there was a bit of a gripping storyline happening in The Archers and as I do love a soap opera, I started as far back as iplayer would allow me and am completely sucked in now. I have been getting the podcast to listen to while I’m cooking. A nice daily dose of country life (and DRAMA!!!!). I subscribed to Women’s Hour while I was there too which has been nice with my knitting at bedtime (grandma!) I am really enjoying the radio at the moment, especially because it has had a wonderful effect of making me switch off my screens, and I feel I am much less interested in them at other times too – I think a habit is broken – I am very happy with this effect. I tried to get Rose involved with the Sarah and Duck podcast but she was just a little bit confused at the moment.

I hope you have had a good week too.

Woolapple Easter Break

Last week I had some time off of work, and Rich did too, and we had some lovely days (mostly near the seaside).

We went along to Eastbourne on the bus, which is a nice easy journey for us, although we don’t really seem to do it very often. I do like it there though. Rich wanted to visit the Towner Gallery which was a really grand one. There is a room there of Ravilious pictures which are really lovely ones of our local area. Rose was not very interested in looking at the pictures though but we very flukily had arrived just as a toddler arts and crafts drop in session was starting so Rose and I make some pictures and read some books while Rich had a proper look about the art.

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After the pictures we had some chocolate cake at the cafe and we enjoyed some lovely seaside sunshine that day too. I also managed a little fabric shopping while Rose took a little nap (a rarity these days!).

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Then at the end of the week, Rich and I had a whole day off to ourselves. We went to Brighton and drank coffee and ate cake and had lunch and sat down and looked at the sea. It was a real treat.

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Back to work for me next week, but maybe just take it easy, put the kettle on etc.

I hope you are enjoying the spring a little too.

Knitting friends and knitted friends

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Today I had a grand afternoon, going on the bus and doing some cafe knitting with the greatest company, Snowy and Debbie. You can see some of Debbie‘s knitting in the background – a grand project she has in progress! Snowy has a pet cloud called jungle – a knitted cloud! Here is a picture of him sitting on a rock in canada:

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I had the best seat on the bus on the way – front row. When I got on the bus was empty too which was strange but nice. I had a funny encounter with some people on another bus who we kept overtaking and being overtaken by. They kept waving to me – I think they thought I was much younger than I am (it might have been the doll that did it). That was quite friendly, but I felt a bit awkward. The scene was so lovely on the coast road though, the sun was shining and the sea was so calm.

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On the way home it was the opposite of empty (full) but I carried on my knitting for a while and ignored the hustle and bustle around me. I managed to do such a lot of my knitting I was so happy. I am knitting a red cardigan – it has been a work in progress for about 2 years now, but I have a June deadline to meet. It is easy for me to get distracted these days but I think I am going to try to do a row a day from now on.

There is no romance in this post, but I did manage a little valentines themed craft this weekend which I will share once it’s dry! Also this weekend I have been doing a lot of clothes folding – phew!

Happy valentines day if you have celebrated this day of love. x

Little Apple on the bus

Here is a new friend I have made. Her name is Apple! She looks like me. Here she is on the bus.

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Yesterday we went to Brighton for a bit of a shop and to catch up with my very dear friends.

Shopping was funny for me – is has been a long time since I did any of that really except for a quick nip into our little shops. I am not sure if I really liked it, I think I felt a little bit lost. I tried on 18 things in Topshop altogether (not all together) and found most things don’t fit me or look nice. I saw one denim dress I thought would definitely be a grand wardrobe staple, when I put it on – I can’t explain it but if you saw me I would be embarrassed. Maybe I am a bit old now, or a bit Mum.

The next place I went to was Boots and I had a lot of fun in there. Most of my make-up has dried up because it was about 2009 when I last bought any new make-up. I told this to a lady who was working on the L’Oreal counter in Boots and she looked at me like I must have been in prison or something.  I asked her for a peach blusher because that sounded like a nice thing to have and because I didn’t want her to think I was suspicious, but there were only a choice of four blushers so she tried to persuade me that a bright pink blusher was peach… I pretended she had convinced me but I didn’t buy it.

I did buy some nice things though and had a lot of fun in the process. I like to do eye-shadow at the moment – I think it will give me the edge.

Also in Boots I noticed a lady putting things in her handbag and dropping things on the floor. I hope she paid for those things. I gave her the benefit of the doubt.

Then I went to Tiger as I was looking for a twenty minute egg timer to help Rose tell the time a bit better and notice when we are running out of time before we need to go out, things like this. Unfortunately there were none of those left, and the lady said they weren’t really a priority to get back in, so that doesn’t sound very optimistic, but I did find some amazing giant wool and bought a couple of bundles of that! I will show you this soon, it’s amazing like giant blue udon noodles.

Then I got another bus and visited my friends Deb and Ben at their house and my dearest friend Snowy came too and also Mary cat, the sweetest cat, was there. We had a really really great catch up while Ben was chopping firewood and Mary was eating the plant. Lovely tea and macaroons and a chocolate coin for the road. Thanks Deb!

Then I got the coaster bus home to Seaford and ate a banana. I was pleased to have such a grand day out, but it was nice to see Rich and Rose when I got home. Rich had made a great pizza but instead of tomato puree on the base he used ketchup. It was, in the words of Rose, ‘alishus’.