Spring Picnic

The kids took advantage of Mum’s trip to the allotment today to have a quick, Spring picnic while Mum pulled some leeks.

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First they chose the spot, then worked together to spread out the blanket.

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The bears just couldn’t wait to see what was in the picnic basket and jumped up and down for Hannah and Greg to PLEASE open it up !!!

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They’d brought drinks, snacks, fruit and cake and biscuits and shared everything with the bears…because this was also a Teddy Bears’ Picnic 🙂

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……then sunbathed in the gentle March sunshine. Nice work if you can get it  🙂

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Picnic Jigsaw

Click on the link below to solve the puzzle

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Winter skating outfit finished !

The header photo is wishful thinking. It’s not spring or summer here. There are no flowers or even many leaves about. What it’s really like is more like this. Not quite as much snow though. We’re having ‘wintery showers’ which is a nice way of saying constant frozen drizzle. So I’ve had time to knit and luckily I’ve finished this one while the weather is still chilly 🙂

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It’s knitted in Shetland 3/4 ply, in the round, up until the neck placket. The sleeves and toque hat are knitted in the round too so there are no seams.

It’s finished with braid and clasps to make a nice, generous neck opening and the toque has a little tassle.

Surprising who you meet in the forest isn’t it – and tame too 🙂

Click on the link for a wintery Sunday jigsaw

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Valentine Weekend Jigsaw

20170210_103339Yes, she is another new girl but she really is the last for a while. I need to save up now for Nottingham 🙂 She is a lovely 1968 girl who has been completely re-rooted by Alison Parnell and given  luscious locks and a sweet, slightly curled fringe/bangs. She’s trying on a hand-me-down Vintage Sasha dress and navy shoes by Marti and making sure she’s ready to meet the rest of the girls. Her ‘new arrival’ toy is a sweetheart nose bear, perfectly timed for Valentine’s Weekend.

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❤  We’d both like to wish you all a very good weekend !  ❤

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Click on the link below for the jigsaw

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Another little Gotz joined us

…….Baby Simon  ❤ ….all the way from the Netherlands and he arrived in record time..two days, door to door !!

20170205_164720_richtonehdr-001Big sister Stella, who came to us last week, has taken him under her wing and has asked me to please make him some socks or find him some shoes because his little feet look cold. She’s right, he is dressed for warmer weather. He’ll have to borrow some for now though because that’s what happens to all the new kids for a little while.

Another, bigger kid came this week too. This little lad had been given to an Oxfam shop and they listed him on eBay which is where we found him, looking very neglected, cold and very dirty, with only a pair of crimplene pants, held up by a rubber band.

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He had to come and live with us, we couldn’t leave him there, shivering on a cold desk

He arrived quickly too, we can’t complain about the post this week  🙂 and had a spa and a hairwash…(that wasn’t all good because quite a few hairs fell out but his hair was very dirty) and then dressed himself warmly in the ‘just arrived’ Greg jumper and corduroy trousers that everyone wears when they first arrive until Mum finds time to knit something just for them. Mum’s not sure what to make of him yet. His hair and eyes say 1969 but his stringing is white and brown so that makes him 1972-3. Hmm. In any case he’s a bit floppy so he’ll have new stringing soon.

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Every new arrival gets their very own toy and this lad chose a wind-up robot that Mum was chuffed to find on the £1 table at last year’s SCW. He’s much, much happier and cosier today and is even sharing the babysitting with Stella tonight so he’s going to fit right in 🙂

Stella has her own outfit now (she only had to wait a week) and her original Gotz dress and clogs are stored away. She loves her new dress by Karen Warneka (via Aunty Shelly) and I knitted her a very quick hat to keep her hair tidy and her ears warm. Her boots are a good match for her dress in burgundy leather, by Gayle Rotheim.

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This week’s jigsaw is dedicated to the new and almost new arrivals. Click on the link below to solve this one…

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Please excuse the cat sleeping on her own furry blanket in the background. I didn’t spot her until it was too late .