End of an Era

Well, today’s the day.  Seems a little strange, but after today, I will be the mother of 2 school aged children (not 1 and a little one) and that I am sure, will speed up time, as they are both growing up so fast.

DD2 is ready to start school and has been parading around in her new uniform already.  Not sure I am ready, will have to wait and see – I am looking forward to big blocks of peace and quiet so I can get on with the housework (shush – I mean sewing!), but will be odd being surplus to requirements for a large part of the day.

Most of my friends at DD2′s pre-school are doing the ‘starting big school’ thing for the first time and are all upset and weepy.  I am assuming I am not, because I have already been through this process with DD1.

I also managed to hold it all together for the little graduation, which really surprised me.

So, I am busy making a gift of bunting with the pre-school’s name appliqued on, left till the last minute of course, as she needs picking up and gift presenting at 12 noon today!

So, I hope all of you moving on to new adventures today have fun and make good memories.


UPDATE – Tears were shed (by me, not DD2!) and they LOVED their personalised bunting with bells on gift.  :-D

Its that time again – Teacher Gifts Time!

This time of year always seems to start a playground debate on the subject of teacher gifts.  Should there be a collection for one big gift and if so, what should it be?  Or everyone trying to suss out what each are buying so as not to double up, which is easier said than done!

I have joined in this game, every year, but it recently occurred to me that it may be easier, as I can sew, to make a homemade gift.

So this week, I put together a lined zippered pouch in some nice linen and added some pretty twiddly bits, all in a butterfly theme for my daughter’s teacher.

I have been asked by many mum’s now, if I could make one up for their child’s teacher, so I am going to put teacher gifts on my list of products to make.  Obviously not in time for this year, but please bear me in mind for next time!

Introducing our kittens

We recently decided that it was time to add to our family as the goldfish, although looked after and now huge, were not really very engaging for the girls.  I am not a ‘dog person’ and as I would be the one doing most (all!) of the looking after, it was decided that a kitten would be the best solution.

Having contacted the Croydon Animal Samaritans, the lovely Lois asked us to visit some kittens and we ended up falling in love with and adopting two.  They are brother and sister and came from an overcrowded house with their mum and 2 other kittens.  They are always looking for kind forever homes for the animals they rescue and I can safely say that they provided us with all the help we needed in order to make taking on the kittens and enjoyable experience for all.  If you are looking for a new pet, I would recommend you take a look at their website.

So it is with great pleasure that I introduce our little bundles of joy – Bertie and Betty Boo!

Sowing Time

We have been very busy now that the weather has improved and started the preparations for our little vegetable garden.  We do not have a great big allotment type plot (did, but that is a whole other story!), more of a collection of pots and containers on the patio, but hopefully we will still be able to harvest some crops eventually.

We have started the ball rolling with 4 types of tomatoes, 2 types of peppers, 5 types of chillies, runner beans and sweet peas.  We already have strawberries, as they managed to resurrect themselves despite the horrible winter that they weathered.  In a week or two we will sow some courgettes (although only 2 plants this year as we had a courgette mountain last year from 4 plants), aubergines, spinach and lots of different salad leaves.

The kids really enjoyed getting mucky and helping to sow all of the seeds.  We even had enough toilet roll tubes for the runner beans despite the binoculars incident (see previous post)!

Just have to keep fingers and toes crossed now that some veggies grow or the kids gardening enthusiasm will not last very long!

What are you growing this year?  Are there any vegetables that you would recommend we try?

Everything is a potential junk model

It is time to start sowing the seeds for our vegetable garden.  I have purchased the seeds, trays and compost, but was waiting till I had collected enough toilet roll tubes to sow my runner beans.

As I have two small children, it is clear to me now that any attempts to start a creative hobby, such as gardening, knitting, crochet or sewing (in my case), descend into some form of children’s activity!  Sewing seeds to start the vegetables off seems to be no exception.

Having spent a few weeks carefully collecting said toilet roll tubes, I put them with the seeds by the back door yesterday morning, ready to start sowing once the kids had gone to school.

I came back 30 minutes later and was greeted by two small children proudly displaying a variety of highly decorative binoculars and telescopes - small selection as shown in my photo!!!

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