Snow Day

“Morning !  Lovely day for a walk. ”


“Yes, this indoor park is nice and warm but have you seen what the weather is doing outside  ?! ”




“I think the dogs would like to stay indoors today and get to sniff each other for a while. ”

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“Ok, well, I’m meeting the others outside…. I’ll see you out there. If you dare 🙂 !! ”



“It’s really snowing !!! Can we make a snowman ? ”


Caleb’s busy making a snow angel….

“I might have known you boys would start a snowball fight, ….. ”


“What me ? There’s nothing in my hand …..”


…. “well this one’s for you !!”


“OOps, sorry, that was meant for someone else 🙂 ”

“Where’s Spot…. ? Your little legs are too short for snow this deep.. “”



“Fido will dig you out, won’t you Fido .. ”


“I’m out !!”

“Come and see what we’ve made !””

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“He’s borrowed one of the boys’ hats and a scarf and Mum gave us a carrot and some buttons for his face. I’m not sure he has a very happy face. He’s probably just cold. ”


“Our hands are like ice now…I think it’s time to go in, say good bye to Mr Snowman, Spot.. ”

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“Bye Mr Snowman. I hope you like the cold. You’ll meet birds and squirrels today and they might just try to eat your nose so watch out !””

And so everyone came in for cocoa and there was a scramble for best place on the mantelpiece 🙂


We can’t remember when we last had so much snow so we made sure to take lots of photos to share with you. Hope you liked them 🙂



New kids who’ve joined us in time for Christmas

Until they huddled together for their photo I hadn’t spotted a pattern but now I have 🙂

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These three girls joined us recently and made friends very quickly.

First is Hazel, re-rooted by Pam Winter Turner and now turning heads with her fabulous tresses.

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Then Maisie, a 1968 girl, again re-rooted (I’m not sure by whom) and given a fringe, more of a tomboy this one,  and already at home on the allotment…

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…and then little Baby Cinnamon, a 1980’s baby completely re-imagined by Kelly McCrea Wenarsky…..

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and a new sister for Baby Shiloh who joined us a few months ago..


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Now we’re all looking forward to seeing who comes to live with us next year…we’ll all have to shuffle up a bit but there’s always room for one more 🙂

Merry Christmas from the new kids xx 

Click here for their jigsaw

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Latest knits …

These are some of the knits I’ve finished in the last few weeks. I’ve had to squeeze in some baby things and some Christmas knits but now I’m back to knitting for Sasha and Gregor.

This was for my friend’s grandson….mary's grandson

based on this pattern –

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I just changed the colours a bit.

I’m almost a Grandma now too so as well as blankets and booties I’ve made this little jumper for a little Sheffield Wednesday fan whose Mum is a Harry Potter fan.

IMG-20170920-WA0000It seemed like a good compromise 🙂

Christmas baubles are fun and quick to knit and I’ve made a few this month as personalised Christmas presents.


Then, of course I really enjoyed having fun with Christmas knits for Gregor….




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and some more just to keep them warm and cosy..

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There are more on the needles (always 🙂 ) and tomorrow I’ll post a long overdue update of all the new family members who’ve joined us recently.

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In the meanwhile, this recent adoptee would like to wish you all a Very Happy Christmas and hopes that you all find something special under your tree xx

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The girls came to the lottie today to check on Bill & Ben

There’s not much happening on the allotment at this time of the year, but we check in from time to time and drop off compost for the bins and make sure the poly-tunnel  hasn’t blown away.

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Today we just went to see how Bill & Ben are keeping warm in their buckets (they prefer them to plant pots – they’re shinier apparently 🙂 )


They were fine, of course. They love it out here in any weather. They have all kinds of animal and bird friends to play  with. And lots of little weeds 🙂

We noticed our plot neighbour Trudy has got the Christmas spirit so we might have to come back with something just as festive to brighten up our plot tomorrow.


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Merry Christmas Everyone xx


Goodbye to Autumn

One last dressing up in Autumn colours before we start to get dressed in our Christmas/Winter best – and introducing the stunning Selma, (on the right) a beautiful re-root by Pam Winter Turner. Click here for their jigsaw …

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….and while we’re introducing new family members we can’t leave out little ebay miracle who arrived looking like this..


and scrubbed up beautifully….


and had to put up with a hat for a while to tame her fringe..


and then went through a major operation ..


to eventually look like this ❤


She’s wearing an outfit that properly  belongs to A Girl for All Time, but it fits her beautifully and I was so happy to find a lovely velvet coat by Frances Trickett at C&S that makes her outfit complete. She says  hello ! and that she’s looking forward to Christmas with her new family and to meeting lots of new friends in May 2018 in Nottingham.

We are delighted to have her here with us !

She also has her very own jigsaw here …

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Now Mum needs to get back to the knitting.  I think she needs more shelves for all her knitting books, but in the meanwhile, this is a nice warm place to sit 🙂

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Click here for a very tough jigsaw ..


Latest knits and lots of chutney :)

These two are the latest knits and we’re still carrying on with the purple and green theme it seems.

20170902_111225 Both knitted in 100% alpaca and modelled by the sisters with a secret 😉

In the polytunnel the tomatoes are ripening as fast as I can roast them and make chutney with them.

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You can never have too many empty, clean jam jars.

Meanwhile, we’re picking other bits here and there.

20170902_131141 The corn is helping by ripening one cob at a time so I can keep pace with them. I’m freezing a bag of podded haricot beans every day and thankfully the courgettes have eased off, finally. The thornless blackberry bush I planted a couple of years ago has been wonderfully productive this year. It’s still small but has produced a large punnet every day for the last two weeks.  We’re all a bit ‘crumbled’ out now since we have lots of apples too. I’m having to invest in another freezer this week. I’ve run out of space now and I would make and store so much more if I had one..

Last week, following Monty’s advice, we sowed turnip seeds and this afternoon Joe and I planted 5o baby onions and a few more leeks.

20170902_131617and now we’re podding beans and pretending they’re magic  🙂

Hope you’re enjoying the same sunny weather where you are 🙂 x