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
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.