Sleep, aeroplane, and snacktime.

1) A much appreciated lie-in, courtesy of Grandma and Grandpa – thanks very much indeed!! 🙂

2) The sun is descending, but high above an aeroplane flies in full sunlight, its vapour trail drifting across the sky behind it.

3) She comes bearing fruit, crisps, biscuits, two mugs of tea and a big smile.  A welcome snack, given that dinner will not be for another two hours!

Tea, success, and organisation.

1) Mount Crease, which was definitely of Munro proportions this week, finally dealt with, I sit down and enjoy a cup of hot tea.

2) In an attempt to find a different snack which the kids will eat, I make Welsh Cakes without the dried fruit.  They were a huge success (and will stand us in good stead for the journey tomorrow).

3) I spend today packing and getting organised for our weekend away.  It feels good to be this organised.

Poem, well done, and hunt.

1) I pass through the woods where the bluebells grow, and on to where the path runs parallel to the railway line. As I walk I am reminded of one of my favourite poems from childhood…  

From a Railway Carriage 
by Robert Louis Stevenson 

Faster than fairies, faster than witches,
Bridges and houses, hedges and ditches;
And charging along like troops in a battle,
All through the meadows the horses and cattle:
All of the sights of the hill and the plain
Fly as thick as driving rain;
And ever again, in the wink of an eye,
Painted stations whistle by.
Here is a child who clambers and scrambles,
All by himself and gathering brambles;

Here is a tramp who stands and gazes;
And there is the green for stringing the daisies!
Here is a cart run away in the road
Lumping along with man and load;
And here is a mill, and there is a river:
Each a glimpse and gone for ever!
2) As I near the end of my walk, on a lonely section of road, I bump into a friend walking in the opposite direction at the beginning of hers. “You deserve a cup of tea!”, she says.
3) The burn (a stream which meanders along behind our house) proves the perfect place for K to take M on a mini-beast hunt (a homework exercise).

On the way, home and dry, and true colours.

1) A arrives home from a visit to Grandpa’s with a couple of print-outs, and a very smiley face… The piece of homework isn’t yet done, but is well on the way :-).

2) I enjoy a long walk on a lovely sunny morning. As I’m relaxing with a cuppa on my arrival home, I glance up to notice the sky has suddenly darkened, and moments later it’s pouring with rain.

3) The closed tulips, which were orange yesterday, have now begun to open revealing red petals fringed with golden yellow.

Too long, trophy, and new toy.

1)  On the way home from school, it begins to rain.  So my friend invites me in for a cuppa.  It’s good to catch up – it’s been far too long.

2) M wins the Enjoy-a-ball trophy, and comes home bouncy and delighted.

3) Our new toy has arrived, and I take it along to the meeting.  Everyone is very impressed, and excited by the possibilities…

Crafter’s Ceilidh

From Saturday:

1) I had the privilege of meeting up with twenty or so other lovely ladies at a “Crafter’s Ceilidh” (no dancing, just plenty of chat and lots of shopping!) in Edinburgh today. The day was such a lot of fun, and I’ve come home completely inspired, and looking forward to future meets 🙂 .

2) The weather stayed clear and dry from station to cafe to shop to shop to shop (plus a few more) to cafe to restaurant to station to home 🙂 .

3) I arrived home to hot shower, hot tea, and a lovely (and very welcome) foot rub from my lovely husband!

All done, new skill, and new taste.

From Friday:

1) To finally complete the mammoth knitting project I started a few months ago.

2) I taught my friend to knit this afternoon. I say “taught”, but I really mean reminded her. It was fun.

3) My friend’s daughter asked to stay for tea – I had no objections as long as she was happy to eat what I was making for my two. She tasted it and then told me that she really liked it 🙂 .

Looked after, hot tea, and cheery

1) I succumbed to a virus last night, and couldn’t get out of bed this morning. Thankfully the cavalry, in the form of my husband and my Mum, picked up the slack, looked after me and brought the kids to and from school. Thank you both!

2) By the end of the day, I was feeling well enough to be able to enjoy a cup of hot tea once again.

3) From my sofa, I listen to the wind howl and bluster, and gusts of sleety rain hit the window. But inside I am warm and dry, and through the blind, I can see the flicker of bright, cheery Christmas lights.