Re-stock, socks, and flowers.

1) To go shopping and re-stock the fridge and the cupboards. And the supermarket have restocked A’s favourite smoothies, so he’s going to be a happy boy at lunch tomorrow 🙂 .

2) That moment when the thin patch on your socks suddenly wears through and a huge hole appears while you’re walking… I treated myself to some new socks today – the ones I have on are pretty: black with thin stripes of silver, grey and purple. More importantly, they are warm and comfortable, and only have the holes they are meant to have.

3) Deep red velvety roses, accompanied by fairy-like freesias.

Colour, out to play, and summery evening.

1) Everywhere I go there are bursts of colour, lining roadsides, framing gardens, hiding in hedgerows – I’m enjoying this lovely weather while it lasts!

2) The kids are just finishing their afternoon tea when a noise outside causes them to glance out of the window… It’s two of their friends. Minutes later, the bikes are out, the helmets are on, and they’re off out to enjoy the sunshine.

3) A crisp, buttery, poppyseed pastry shell, filled with roasted butternut squash, blue cheese, and pecans. An ideal summery meal to match the summery evening.

Picnic, colour, and camp.

1) It’s a lovely sunny day, so the kids and I share a picnic lunch out on the deck.

2) The garden is, if anything, more colourful than it was when I left on Tuesday 🙂 .

3) Waving my big boy off, as he goes to his first every Scripture Union camp. Two nights away – he’s never been away so long before!

I miss him already.

Blossom, it’s okay, and growing up.

1) A friend took me on one of her favourite walks this morning: “… and you should see this avenue when the trees are in blossom…”, she enthused, as she led me by a blossom-tree-lined avenue, just before the trees burst into flower. I’m very tempted to drive back over in a few days time, just to see the trees.

2)  Being able to reassure my dad that, contrary to what he’d heard (having been out of the UK for the last four days), the weather forecast was not for it to be 4degC tomorrow, but a sunny 12degC instead!

3) My wee boy is growing up, becoming a young man before my very eyes, but he still occasionally says or does things which amuse. Tonight one such conversation occurred and, while part of me would love to tell you about it, I’m not going to – occasionally he reads what I write here, and I would hate for him to feel embarrassed!

So instead, I’ll tell you about something he did. If you read my post yesterday, you will know that he carefully weeded one of the two raised vegetable beds. As soon as he got home from school this afternoon, with no further prompting from me, he went straight out (before he’d even had afternoon tea) and completely cleared the other one too!!  Well, I say completely, but really one tiny silver beet plant had struggled through from last year, and he left that, carefully surrounded by spikes (to stop the cats sitting on it).

Playing, Arts Showcase, and flowers.

1) A morning being entertained by a baby and a toddler 🙂 … It’s only been six years, but I’d forgotten just how exhausting this can be!

2) It’s the P4/P5 Arts Showcase at school this afternoon. A had told me that he didn’t have very much of a part in the drama his class performed. Imagine my surprise then to discover that he’s the stage manager, and seems to have the major role in the production! He was word-perfect, and completely audible throughout – definitely a proud mum moment 🙂 .

3) I’m loving seeing gardens filled with bright, beautiful blooms – tulips and primulas, primroses and pansies (& lots of others!).

Choosing, birdsong, and garden.

1) To potter around the garden centre, selecting plants and flowers to brighten up the garden.

2) I turn the engine off and sit in the driveway for a moment or two, enjoying the momentary silence, which is quickly broken by birdsong so loud I can hear it through the closed doors.

3) K and I walk around the garden, figuring out how to resolve the damage from the winter, what needs to be done next, and planning a few changes.

Promise, something different, and reprieve.

1) I bought some flowers today to brighten up the house – beautiful, fairylike freesia in daffodil yellow and snowdrop white. Most are still buds, full of the promise of things to come in the days ahead.

2) Having finished both my knitting projects, I started on a sewing project I’ve had sitting around for a while.  Based on this pattern, I’m making myself a bag. It was nice for a change!*

3) It snowed practically all day, but stopped just long enough for school pickup at 3pm 🙂 .

* I did have to cast-on for my next project this evening though!

Spring will win, brave girl, and homey.

1) The spring-like sunshine of the morning was a welcome change from days of sleet and snow. The vase of golden daffodils gracing my hearth is a welcome reminder that spring will win… one day!

2) M trips and falls on her way home from school – badly enough that she puts a hole in her trousers. She barely complains however and, on reaching home, she takes herself upstairs to return a short time later proudly displaying he sticking plaster she’d neatly put on all by herself.

3) To remember that today is Thursday which means that tomorrow is Friday, which means that we don’t have to make tomorrow’s packed lunches tonight – Friday is “homey” day in this house 🙂 .

Daffodils, friends, and outside.

1) K brought me some daffodils the other day, tightly folded into their buds. After a day or two in the warmth of the house, the buds are opening, and the beautiful golden heads are starting to emerge.

2) Friends came round in the evening, and we each made progress on our various crafts. It was good to spend kid-free time together, to work together, to share together, and to talk.

3) Sunshine, and snow. The hills surrounding us are beautiful, sprinkled in white, reflecting the sunshine. The day closed with a lovely sunset, and then the stars came out.

Holiday weekend…

It’s been a holiday weekend for us, and we’ve been making the most of having a few days off together.

1) On Saturday we went to one of our favourite swimming pool’s in Perth – it comes complete with flumes, rapids, outdoor pool, and whirlpool…  I was so impressed to see how M’s swimming is progressing, and how much her confidence has grown since the last time we were there.

2) On Sunday afternoon, we added another location to our 45 Minute Project.  M wanted to see some snowdrops, and we discovered that a Scottish Snowdrop Festival runs from the beginning of February until mid-March. So we ventured forth to Gargunnock House Gardens, and wow, were we in for a treat! A veritable carpet of snowdrops 🙂 .  K writes it up in detail (and with plenty of photos!) here, so do head on over for a peek!

3) Today was such a lovely sunny day that we did three things to make life better!

a) We bought (and fitted) new windscreen wipers for the car – what it is to have clean windows again!

b) Our replacement light for over the sink in the kitchen arrived. K fitted it this evening, and what a difference it makes 🙂 .

c) We discovered a new park, Almondell and Calderwood Country Park, (another of our 45 minute project locations), and had a picnic lunch before enjoying a lovely walk along the banks of the River Almond. This is definitely a place we will go back to 🙂 .

All in all, it’s been a pretty near perfect holiday-at-home weekend 🙂 .