How did Friday roll around so quickly. Time is definitely getting away from me this year and I need to get it back in hand and get a firm grip on it otherwise the whole year will be gone. I mean, May the Forth day has already been and gone...
This week has been an odd one. Monday was a Bank Holiday (public holiday) but we didn't do anything special.
Then on Tuesday I went out to my car to go out and nothing. Nada. Wouldn't turn on. Absolutely nothing. So I called the AA (breakdown service) and they came out and started the car for me. Turns out that a door had been left slightly ajar and so the battery had run down. The door wasn't left ajar by me. Just sayin'.
It didn't end up too badly though as the friend I had been due to meet for tea came to our house instead and I will tell you more about that in a moment.
Otherwise it has been almost exclusively work and more work. I need to finish getting some things done and today (Thursday) I really must get my accounts done so that they can go to the accountant for her to file my taxes. What a thrill hey. You can see why I have been putting that job off.
It is a bit irritating actually as I am sat in my office writing this and the sun is shining, clear blue skies with just the odd wisp of cloud and one of the neighbours - yet another! - is having trees cut down so all I can hear is the sound of chopping and grinding machinery. That is not going to help my maths for my accounts is it!!!
One lovely thing was that Hubby bought me a new "relaxer" as he calls them lawn chair and we have been sitting out in the garden after work with our cup of tea and enjoying the sunshine. The weather has had a total 180 degree turn around this week after the winter weather last week it seems as though we have moved to high summer this week. Very odd, but I am not complaining about sunshine and warm after snow and rain!
Well, that is enough wittering I am sure, so, on with the post!
With the wonderful warm weather the garden has been spurred into growth and flowering.
The clematis is stunning, all of the flowers seem to have come out at once and look so beautiful. The leaves are coming out on the oak trees too and look so lovely and green. I am very happy to see them after months of bare branches.
Crochet has, of course abounded. The first picture is a sample that I started, but I am going to make this up into a complete item.
Next is another shawl. It is finished and I wore it to work on Wednesday and got lots of compliments, which was most kind of those who said nice things. I can't show it to you yet because I haven't written up the pattern yet and I have another one to finish first, but it will be coming.
The final crochet item is my long awaited wheel pattern which is now all done and you can find the pattern here.
This might look like more crochet, but it isn't. Well, some of it is, but that isn't what this is about. I am on a mission this year to go through the whole house and sort every single little thing out and decide if it is staying or going and if it is going then it has to leave.
The yarn is just some of what still needs to be sorted.
The good news though is that we did the rest of the office and when my friend came round on Tuesday we went through the pile of "to go" items and she took three bags and some other items away with her to be passed on to new homes. Yay!! More stuff leaving!
I just had to share this beautiful picture of Basildon Park with you. When I arrived in the morning it was so quiet and peaceful. Before the visitors got to the house. The air was that lovely cool morning feel, but not cold and it was all quiet and just wonderful.
Sometimes I feel that I might bore you with this place, but I love it so much and I love it even more when I can pretend that I have it to myself. That feels a little selfish though so that is why I like to share it with you!
This explains why we didn't do much on Monday. I recorded the latest episode of the podcast on Monday and then spent the whole day (yes, really!) trying to upload it. Eventually I got there, but oh boy was it a struggle. I still haven't upgraded the broadband and it is my own fault, but this shows that I really must do it.
One fun thing though was making a sign/picture to share on Instagram - which I am loving by the way, those who said I would were right! I used some little travel scrabble letters and then had fun playing with some of the IG filters to make this. In my wild dreams I have thoughts of some sort of stop frame animation bringing the letters in and then forming words, but that is definitely not going to happen!! This is more than enough for me!!
Thank you so much to those of you who have subscribed to the podcast on youtube and those who have left encouraging comments and said lovely things. You really are so very kind. I am loving making these films and I am so glad you are enjoying them. It makes me very happy and I am so thankful for your kindness and feedback.
In case you don't know a podcast is kind of like a home movie television show - well, mine is! - talking in my case about crochet and yarn things and then a bit about life in general. I am not doing tutorials or teaching on my podcast, it is just chatting. I wanted to explain as I know that this is a new thing to some of you and some people have asked what it is about, so I hope this explanation helps a bit.
So, that is it. Five things from this week to share with you!
Thank you all as always for joining in Five On Friday. I really am so grateful to you all for taking part and for visiting the other participants even if you are not doing a post yourself. Thank you too for the kind things you say about Five On Friday, you really are all so lovely and I do appreciate you a great deal!!
I hope that you have a great weekend and have fun taking part today. Here's to a great week ahead for us all!!