So, it’s the end of another summer and it’s been a great one!
Lots of lovely hot sunny days spent with people I love, lots of fun days out and some pretty big changes too!
We moved house in the middle of August, we’ve got a lovely old house with a huge kitchen and a lovely cellar that Kia has turned into a cosy bedroom for herself.
Evie has a huge double bedroom to fill with her Xbox and various other bits of geekery and as always Scott and myself have drawn the short straw and have the little bedroom, which is currently filled with boxes and boxes of craft supplies including 10 very large boxes of wool!
We had so much help from our lovely friends and family moving house and Scott’s brilliant parents came all the way from Inverness to clean and decorate the new house before we moved in.
So we’ve been here a month and still not finished unpacking or putting up furniture…but otherwise its perfect, we’ve already had guests to stay.
Kias friend Penny came for 5 nights before heading home to Denmark and then Mica and her boyfriend Danny were here last week when they came home from Cheltenham for a few days.
Hopefully we’ll be unpacked and organised sooner rather than later as I’m planning a house warming party in a few weeks!
Other things we’ve enjoyed this summer is a new found love of geocaching , if you not know what geocaching is…it’s a worldwide treasure hunt, looking for containers holding one times nothing more than a teeny roll of paper on which to sign your name. You get the GPS Coordinates from the official geocaching website, and use your phone with GPS enabled or another handheld GPS device to track down the geocache, be warned if you give it a go…it’s pretty bloody addictive!
http://www.geocaching.com/ is where to look if you’re at all intrigued by it!
And finally to end our brilliant summer…we had lots of music recently in the form of a very very muddy weekend at LeedsFestival, I went with Kia, Evie and my little sister Hermione. Even though Evie and Hermione have been to festivals before, this was the first time they were really into the whole thing, the music, the silliness, the general festival spirit and of course the never ending MUD!
We saw some amazing bands including Nine Inch Nails, Fall Out Boy, Villagers, The Lumineers, System of a Down, Green Day, Foals, Is Tropical, The 1975, Chase and Status and the absolute high point of the weekend Eminem!!
And following closely on the heels of Leeds Festival was a musical evening at the bisque painting studio Les Cadeaux in our village with our very talented friend Kayla Kavanagh playing there, in the break between segments of her set Evie payed ‘Yellow Submarine’ with Neil the owner of Les Cadeaux and Evie’s guitar tutor, it was a wonderful night, Kayla is talented and funny and a lovely person too and seeing my little girl sat playing her guitar in front of a roomful of people was the icing on a big fat cake!
So, we are well and truly into September now, the weather is much, much cooler already and the nights seem to have drawn in super fast.
We are back on track with our lessons and Evie has the LEA assessor coming to visit us next week.
Our current topics are The Romans for history, Australia for geography and The Solar System for science, so lots of fun coming up with those!
That’s all for now
Evie’s project this week is Saltaire and Sir Titus Salt, the wool manufacturer and philanthropist from Yorkshire.
Sir Titus Salt built the model village Saltaire on land he had acquired near to Shipley, he decided to relocate his mill and workers out of the it’s of Bradford after a cholera outbreak killed over 300 people in Bradord.
Salt built houses for his workers, a church, school, hospital, an educational institute and almshouses for retired workers as well as his magnificent mills.
Saltaire had everything a good village in the mid 19th century should have except a pub! Sir Titus Salt was a strict teetotaller and insisted that his workers remain sober as well.
The streets of Saltaire were mostly named after members of the Salt family and two architects who contributed to the design and building of Saltaire, a few notable exceptions include a trio of streets named after flowers popular at the time and some streets named after royalty.
These days the mill hosts an exhibition by local artist David Hockney and some excellent historical information.
A brilliant restaurant and some rather lovely shops!
And the houses once occupied by mill workers are now highly desirable properties and the shops are mostly either speciality shops or sadly empty, although we did see one, ‘Salts Village Bakery’ where my Grandma worked a long time ago, and where they make and sell the most deeee-licious spinach and feta pasties!
We also found the street where my Dad lived when him and Mum first met and where my Grandma still lived when I was first born and we spotted houses where various relatives have lived over the years.
We had a yummy picnic in Roberts Park and a good walk around it, culminating in a run around (for the kids) in the playground…although I had a quick bounce on a trampoline and our friend Helen slid down the slide a few times, looking out over the river Aire from the playground we could see a weir in the river where as a child I begged and begged to be allowed to play with all the lucky kids who were allowed to play in the water…I was never ever allowed though!!
The weather was on our side yesterday too which helped make it yet another lovely day out!
Until next time
I know I’ve only been writing this blog for a week but I want to review the whole month of June because its been a great month all round.
We’ve had some great days out, The Magna Science centre in Rotherham, Experience Barnsley, the open studio and walk around Skipton and the end of year exhibition at Batley Art School.
We’ve crafted loads.
We’ve started our homeschool adventure and completed a very successful first week.
We’ve had five amazing days in Portugal, we lost a day and a half because of the French air traffic controllers strike.
We’ve eaten some lovely food and I’ve drank endless good coffees!
We helped out at a local litter pick to make our village a nicer place for everyone and we met Dan Jarvis our MP when he unveiled a plaque commemorating the Queens coronation.
And most importantly we’ve spent lots of time with our amazing family and friends, we celebrated a 71st birthday, we had a goodbye party for my sisters mother-in-law and my good friend as she’s just moved to Exmouth, and we had a visit from our middle daughter Mica.
All in all Junes been a brill month!
When I found out one of my favourite crafty bloggers was holding her first ‘open studio’ in a town not too far from where I live I just couldn’t resist going along…
Anyone who reads crafty/crochet blogs will no doubt have come across the rather lovely Attic 24 , Lucy who writes it shares a studio with Tracy from Patchwork Chickens another lovely blog, anyway these two very talented ladies held an open studio today in the wonderful town of Skipton.
Their studio is above Coopers Cafe Bar which sells nice strong black coffee and a whole range of very tasty treats! So we stopped for a refuel before heading upstairs to investigate the studio.
Once we got upstairs all I can say is Wow! The whole place is a riot of colour and creativity…it was also a bit strange seeing all the wonderful projects I’ve followed Lucy’s progress on in ‘real life’ if you know what I mean!
Sadly we didn’t get to chat with Tracy, but Lucy was incredibly welcoming and friendly, she chatted about her projects and her yarn and her gorgeous baby cashmerino ripple blanket…which I have to admit I wanted to grab, wrap around me and run away with!
After we left the studio we decided to investigate Skipton, the weather was nice and we were in a town we didn’t know so there was no other option but to explore!
We bought ice cream from a boat on the canal!
We wandered through the market looking at stalls and in shop windows.
We had a delicious lunch at a brilliant little vegetarian restaurant called ‘Wild Oats Cafe’.
Then we wandered slowly back through the town, promising each other we’d be back soon to explore further.
Two trains later and we were back in Barnsley.
Today a super new museum opened in Barnsley, ‘Experience Barnsley’ is about Barnsley, for Barnsley.
The opening ceremony was performed by the people of Barnsley, everyone cut their own bit of a huge ribbon to declare it open!
We helped with the ribbon cutting and then went inside for our first look around, it was brilliant and we’ll be back very soon.