Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Monday

Today we went to Cromford Mill for lunch. They were having a Georgian Weekend which meant that as I was enjoying my jacket potato I had the disconcerting sight of a number of Redcoats (not from Butlins) marching past the coffee shop window with bayonets drawn!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Recent Knitting

Most of my knitting recently has been aimed at May 9th......the wedding day. At last all three bridesmaid's wraps are ready.

The last one is currently blocking after a dunk in Floral flavour Soak so Isabel's shawl is still looking like this;

a heap of nothingness awaiting it's turn on the spare bed.

I have also taken it upon myself to embroider a cover for the Guests book. I have stamped the same design as on the stationary and gone over it in silver thread. There remains some wording to add and then the stress of trying to cover the book neatly - what was I thinking?

I nearly knitted myself a Veronique from 'French Girl Knits'

Doesn't it look lovely? Mine didn't, it looked strange, so it is frogged and I have started a Pashmina shrug from Interweave Knits Spring 2003.

This is rather a simpler design being just 2 sleeves and a back so I hope it will be okay but I still hanker after the Veronique.

Days out

Last Wednesday was the first time for ages that Millie and I had a day out. Even Millie reminisced recently about when we used to go out. We spent a cheap(ish) day in Nottingham. Well the tram fares are pricey and I didn't think the conductor would believe that the giant child was under 5. We went first to the library for a Gruffalo Party. It is 10 years since Julia Donaldson wrote the first Gruffalo book and although I don't really like going to my place of work on a day off it is actually quite nice to see the place from the other side and Millie had a lovely time playing games and making masks, especially as Other Millie who we used to see at Attenborough was there!

After we prised them apart with promises to get together at half-term we went up to see the Lauren Child exhibition at the Castle. I think Millie actually enjoyed the Seaside room more but that's okay. Then came the ice cream

You would have been proud of me - I didn't have one!! Okay maybe I finished off Millie's leavings but you can't be too careful about littering these days.

Millie then persuaded me that I wanted to go on the Wheel of Nottingham. We are no longer able to call it The Nottingham Eye after London threatened to sue because obviously people don't know there capital from their provincial city.
I actually enjoyed this until we were stuck right at the top whilst people got off the bottom for what seemed like ages and I was just beginning to think I didn't really like it when we started moving again.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Green Drops and Moonsquirters

Although not really able to carry a tune in a bucket I regularly lead the Thursday morning Totstime at the library which is mainly rhymes and songs for pre-school children and babies. When I was asked to do a session during Lauren Child's exhibition at Nottingham Castle I agreed but was then full of trepidation. Well it happened yesterday. I went up with a colleague, a bubble machine and a flip chart with the words on and it went very well. We had a lovely enthusiastic group of mums and children and a great grandma who said we had brought back lots of memories with some of our old favourite like Chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken. The bubbles were very popular once we got past the health and safely tests and the Lycra with bouncing guinea pigs was really successful. I really recommend the exhibition, it is really well mounted and I can't wait to take Millie during the Easter holidays.