Sunday, 23 August 2015


We're back, after a most relaxing, enjoyable holiday. It was perfect. I've absolutely fell in love with North Yorkshire, wish I'd gone years ago. I've taken hundreds of that's Brighton, and Yorkshire to sort now!
I'm back to a garden that's full of produce, but also starting to 'go over'. Autumn feels very close. Chutneys are on the agenda this week. It's our last full week together, before we start to get back into school mode. I'm going to make the most of this next ten days with my girls.
We've put the sofa into the garden studio, so I can create a bit, and snooze a bit too. I've tried to do a bit of sewing on my small blue Formica table but it just feels too restricting, so it's a trip to IKEA I think, for a larger trestle table. And from my vantage point, sat on that comfy sofa, I'll be needing a bird table. I image many an hour will be spent birdwatching!
Fingers crossed I will get my act together, I've so much to show you. Thank you all for your comments, I had no access to my blog whilst I was away, so I've only just read through them. Yes, four had fun in Yorkshire!
Amanda :) xxx
Minnie's glad we're back, she's surveyed her patch, had a good sniff at who's been trespassing, and then slept all afternoon! :) xxx


Friday, 14 August 2015

Going Off Line...(for a bit anyway!)

It's a quick Hello, and then Goodbye...we are off to Yorkshire for a week. There's no wifi where we are going, so I'm going to be completely switched off! I've not yet broken this very small fact to my girls. If you hear screams in this distant, you'll know I've told them!
Every part of my body, and soul is demanding peace and quiet. We've booked a lovely converted chapel, the views look amazing...we may not even venture further than the village.
Sorry, I never got around to the Brighton pictures, think I may have switched off a little too much!
See you in a week or so...hope life is treating you well.
Amanda :) xxx


Sunday, 9 August 2015


It's midway through the holidays, it's going so fast...I really want to press the pause button, I'm enjoying our slow pace. We've settled back after our hectic the time in Brighton. I'm sorry, I'm that laid back, I've still not uploaded any photos! In fact...these are all my Instagram images, I know, I know...very lax!
We've had sleepovers, started on the school uniforms, met up with friends, said goodbye to one very special one. Picked naturism pods to pickle, I've even started Minnie her very own blanket. Mainly though, I've been faffing at home and in the garden, moving stuff around, then moving it around some more.
It's strange, but my thoughts are already turning to Autumn, yes, you read right, Autumn! I can't quite believe it, I'm usually the last to let go of summer. Maybe it's because the weather has been so poor this year. I'm already feeling like I want to light candles, and snuggle under blankets in the evening.
Today has been a lovely day, picnicking and strolling in the beautiful Derbyshire Dales...I took loads of photos, I wonder how long it will take for me to upload them. (Please, don't hold your breath!)
I've got a packed week ahead, well packed for me anyway, but I will try my best to share Brighton with you ;)
Well, I hope if you're in holiday mode you're having a relaxed, fun time...I'd love to hear all about it...
Amanda :) xxx
Even Minnie is chilled...


Monday, 3 August 2015


We're back.
Love my home.
Love my garden.
Love my studio.
I've washed.
I've ironed.
I've picked sweet peas.
I've picked delicious kale.
I've given my tomatoes some smelly comfrey tea.
I've marvelled at my, first ever, hollyhocks.
I've washed some more.
I've ironed some more.
I've wrapped my cold feet in a yet to be finished blanket.
I've sat in my sunny garden and read.
Have I told you how much I love my home?
(Got a zillion photos of our holiday to edit, hopefully by the end of the week I shall have them ready to post them).
Now I need to hoover!
Back later,
Amanda :) xxx
Oh and I've done this...


Thursday, 23 July 2015

Off To The Sea...

Hello Folks...the summer holidays are here at last!
I'm taking a blog break, we are off to Brighton tomorrow for a little holiday! I'm packing my wellies as it sounds like it might be a bit on the wet side, but I can't wait to see the sea again! If I can, I will post a little over on is over on the sidebar.
My new crochet blanket is coming with me. I was asked weeks ago to make a baby blanket (she will have left home, if I don't get a wriggle on!). I'm using Deramores Studio DK, the colours are fab and it's so easy to crochet with.
Back soon, with tales to tell...and hopefully at least a few sunny pictures!
Amanda :) xxx


Monday, 20 July 2015

Weekend Summed Up...

An afternoon chat, heart poured out. Difficult times, for a very close friend.
Sunflowers from another, to say thank you.
Prom dresses to match wardrobes.
Leavers Prom. She looked beautiful, sweet. Eleven years not a day older, refreshing. An excited daughter, an emotional Mum!
Traumatised cat, locked all night in garden studio. Poo. Wee. Tattered rug.
Gin from a friend to say...enjoy your studio..I will, cheers!
Gardening, there's meditation in watering plants.
Friendly cats.
Good food.
Unfinished projects...!!!
Two falls, bruised and battered. Retreated under my Happy Blanket. It took a while to work.
How's your weekend been?
Amanda :) xxx