Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Day to Day


Here are some of little things that we have been seeing and doing daily over these last few weeks...little holiday rituals and observations that make us happy.

  • Watching the tiny harvest of raspberries ripen in the garden. These just pop up every summer. I do nothing to them and each year we get a handful, enough for Bella and I to eat straight from the plant.
  • Playing with the cars - one of Angus's extra special car parks on show here, it kept him quiet for about an hour.
  • Dipping strawberries in chocolate.
  • Baking a cake for Free Cakes for Kids. A wonderful charity where volunteers provide birthday cakes for families who, for whatever reason, can't provide one themselves.
  • Brewing endless cups of tea in my 50p car boot mug. How much tea is too much tea?
  • Admiring, picking and photographing these sweet peas. They are the only thing that I seem to be able to grow, and they are especially pretty in the late afternoon sunshine.
  • Building train tracks in the early morning. Yesterday I challenged myself to use every piece of track we had. John said maybe it's time I went back to work.
  • Making a friendship bracelet for my sister, Katy. I love the fresh, summery colours she chose.
  • Watching the sky. Sun hats? Sun cream? Raincoats? Wellies and waterproofs? Honestly, you never know with the British summer. It is true that we are a nation obsessed with the weather.
The days are starting to blur together now, but in a nice, unhurried way. I am never sure which day of the week it is. I just want to say hurrah for the little things. It's always the little things that make me most happy. And wine.

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One last thing - we have finished a bit of Christmas craftiness. I don't know whether people find the mention of Christmas a bit offensive at this time of year. I don't. I LOVE Christmas and, as John works in retail (and I used to work in retail), we are used to thinking about it and planning for it and deciding where we spend it months before normal people. So, would you like to see the project, or shall I save it till a more appropriate time? Thoughts please. :-)

42 comments:

Vanessa1988 said...

Great post, lovely photo's!
I love the friendship bracelet, v,pretty :)
And your cake looks scrummy too.
I would love to see your christmas project, i love it too i usually start my shopping in september! lol.
Vanessa
x

galant said...

Lovely photos, as ever ... but please, please, PLEASE, DON'T MENTION THE C WORD UNTIL AT LEAST LATE NOVEMBER! When you've had as many Christmases as I have (closer to 70 than 60) you do get the feeling that the whole thing is overblown and over commercialised. Well, it was even when I was a child in the 1950s - my parents had a shop and the Christmas stock would arrive before I'd started the new Autumn term at school, nothing's changed, but I really don't want to think of Christmas in August. OK, I'm just an old miseryguts!
Oh, seeing the little cars too me right back to when our sons played with them. They also did book tumbling, like domino tumbling, lining up their huge collection of Ladybird books on end, and then setting them tumbling!

Anna said...

Love Angus' carpark. It's so carefully arranged and almost forms a perfect sprial! Mum has requested that any toy cars that we've borrowed from her house be returned ASAP for the arrival of Angus.
Sweet peas and cake are stunning.
I too challenge myself sometimes to use all the pieces of the train track and it is so frustrating when they don't join together properly. Sometimes the angles are all wrong. I hear myself saying to the girls, "Look, just move out of the way until I've finished, please, no you can't put the trains on yet." What a bore...
Don't really mind about about the Christmas post. Might give me some ideas for some festive crafting.

Squiggling About said...

I am thinking of Christmas too as I need to make some stockings for my little shop. So I would like to see your secret project.

Cheryl said...

As the summer holidays start to come to an end, Christmas thoughts do start to creep in - I love Christmas too! That chocolate cake with strawberries looked so delicious. x

Ellie Foster said...

Dear Gillian
I have sweet pea envy! Mine are rather pathetic and riddled with aphids, although they are gallantly attempting to keep flowering. What a lovely mix of photos and thoughts.
If you want to talk about Christmas, go ahead - this is your blog, after all!
Best wishes
Ellie

little sleep said...

Ahhhh, lovely pics. That cake looks amazing. As do your sweetpeas! Jude x

itsjustperi said...

I love the colours your sister chose too, always wanted to make a friendship bracelet but have never gotten around to it. I've already got loads of Christmas presents in so don't mind about seeing you craftiness at all :-)

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

Lovely photos of lovely times! Ada :)

Kaylovesvintage said...

looks like a nice summer

Anna @ green tea n toast said...

Oh those piles of cars and trains look all too familiar! And that cake - amazing! x

Gillian said...

Thanks Vanessa. I am always thinking about Christmas early but know that not everyone is the same! Maybe I'll hold off until September at least!

Gillian said...

Ok, sorry Margaret, I will try not to mention the C word much. It will be hard. I do love Chr....the festive season. Yes it is overblown and over commercialised but having small children does make one rediscover some of the magic - the little rituals and family traditions like opening the advent calendar and putting out mince pies and carrots for Father Christmas and Rudolph...just seeing the joy and wonder on little faces - it is contagious!

I will try book dominoes, that sounds like a lot of fun! x

Sopa Azul said...

Wow, the cake looks deliiiiicious!!!!... and I love the variety of photos from your post. Hugs from Spain.

Gillian said...

Yes it is a spiral...hmm, maybe he will grow up to be a maths genius...

I am also a train track bore. I have to tell myself not to take over! Angus is very, very excited about the visit to Nana's and keeps saying "my come too?" - does he think we would leave him behind?? xxx

Gillian said...

Oh good, I'm glad it's not just me! It's not really that secret, more a bit of silly fun.

Gillian said...

I didn't get to taste it, so I hope it was ok!

Gillian said...

My sweet peas are the only thing flowering sadly. I had high hope for my dahlias but they look very feeble. I may hold off on Festive thoughts for a few more weeks, I don't want to annoy the lovely people who take the time to read and comment!

Gillian said...

Thanks Jude. Cake and flowers - always good. x

Gillian said...

The bracelets are very easy and fun to do, I have enjoyed making a few this summer. Well I haven't started any Christmas shopping yet, but I do need to make a start on any homemade gifts to save last minute panics!

Gillian said...

Thanks Ada. Back to routine and normality soon!

Gillian said...

Hi Kay, thanks for stopping by, good to meet you.

So far so good. We've even had some sun! Got to make the most of the last couple of weeks.

Gillian said...

Hi Anna, thanks for stopping by.

What is it about little boys and those piles of cars? Or lines - he does love to line them up veeeery slowly and carefully. Woe betide anyone who touches them!

Gillian said...

Hi Sopa, thanks, I didn't get to try the cake so I hope it was tasty! x

Morten and Me said...

Loved reading that! Thank you for sharing that info about cakes for kids. What a fantastic idea! I am definitely going to see if I can help somehow. I had a look at the site. How often do you need to make a cake?
Also you can share Christmas anytime because I LOVE it and the preparation is the best bit! I get excited about autumn starting to arrive at the end of July ;)
Nick xx

trishie said...

I love that list! Reading it made me happy. :)
Your star mug is lovely, btw and the cake looks totally delish

Gillian said...

This was our first cake! My friend set up the Leeds group a couple of months ago but it takes a while for word to get round to charities/support workers/care workers so they can recommend FCFK. We are hoping to have lots more queries now that we've done our first cake.
You could set up your own group if there isn't one locally -that's what we did. You need one person to act as coordinator and then some volunteer bakers.

Glad it's not just me who loves the Autumn/Christmas build up! xx

Gillian said...

Thanks Trishie. Love that mug. It's by Emma Bridgewater and I covet them all and am slowly collecting different ones. x

Charmaine said...

that cake looks yummy! I'm working on Christmas items for the shop at the moment, I love Christmas :-) I'm not quite ready for the end of summer yet though! x

Col | Hello Olive said...

First of all, you can NEVER have too much tea, and secondly (is that even a word?), I would love to see your Xmas project please. Oh, and The Toddler loves his car too and would go mad for that train set! It's the one thing he doesn't have (although he does have a birthday coming up soon)... x

Greer said...

Lovely photos, LOVE the raspberries, but yes, I'm a bit offended about the Christmas mention. Very, in fact. Enough! ;)

love those cupcakes said...

Love that cake! The bracelet colours remind me of the blocks of Neapolitan ice cream my dad sold in our shop years ago. As for thinking about Christmas, it can never be too soon!

Donna said...

Wow! That's some cake -it looks delicious. I love Christmas too- I also worked in retail and loved it when the Christmas stock and merchandising came in - I'd love to see what you've been working on. I'm working on mini knitted stockings now as I usually leave it too late to make all the festive things on my list :)

Thrifty Household said...

Ooooh, can I come round to your house & play- I'm good at drinking tea, eating cake & raspberries, making things, arranging cars & building train tracks...?!

Gillian said...

No, I don't want summer to end yet. Just a little bit longer. I feel like I've only just broken in my sandals! x

Gillian said...

The train set is great, we started off with a basic Brio one and add to it every birthday. Glad you share my Christmas love Col and yes, I believe secondly is a word, but I'm sure you've noticed how bad my grammar is so I'm probably not an authority! xx

Gillian said...

Sorry Greer - I will delay all mentions of the C word until...oh, September at least. xx

Gillian said...

My husband said the same! A Neapolitan bracelet - that must be why it reminds me of summer so much.

Gillian said...

I would blame retail for my early Christmas planning but I think it has something to do with my control freak tendencies too! Mini knitted stockings sound very cute, I would like to see those. My Grandmas knitted lots as tree decorations, and we get them out every year. x

Gillian said...

Oh good, I do believe that you have all the required skills and experience to come and play. I also support "free play" ie sitting on the sofa with tea and cake while ignoring the shrieks coming from the train set area... x

Julia said...

Oh that cake looks too yummy to eat! And I haven't even begun to think about Christmas. I better start soon since we have our little one to buy for!

Gillian said...

I am starting to think I am a bit weird to think about Christmas so early. But I want to make some gifts so I need to get cracking! x