Sunday, 30 March 2014

Spring Miscellany

Lately I have been...

Squishing new balls of yarn, plump and full of promise.


Wondering whether this will be a scarf or a cowl and unsure, but very much liking the chunky rows of stitches.


Crafting crowns with glitter and glue for Dress Up As A Shakespearean Character day at school. (Bella wore her only "dress up" outfit, a Rapunzel dress. Don't judge me, I saw a boy in Angus's class in a Spiderman outfit.)



Marvelling at Angus's creations and his new found love of paint and paper, pens and glue. It's a dinosaur, obviously! Can't you tell?


Sitting in the chair, gazing out of the window and messing about watching One Direction videos on Mummy's phone. 




More sitting, and dog cuddling. Angus is dog obsessed lately and has been "walking" this dog all week.


Pottering, arranging and rearranging.


Shivering in a grey skied park and enjoying the lengthening afternoons through gritted teeth.



But rather liking the pink blossom against the grey sky, grudgingly.


Attempting a photo of the moon, following Kate's excellent tutorial, and wishing my camera had a better zoom lens.



 Delighting in my Mother's Day pink tulips. A bunch of bright, perky white-tipped goodness.


Loving, just loving, my Mother's Day cards. I keep all the cards the kids make me in boxes under the bed. I call these my "sentimental boxes" and there are three or four now. Boxes, not cards. 


Savouring a low effort family lunch today. John went to the supermarket and bought a rotisserie chicken and some vegetables. We cooked an easy-going meal with Eton mess for pudding, then I spent the afternoon pottering in the garden.


Counting blanket squares. There are 108 in this photo but I recently had a spurt of productivity on this project and am currently on 122. I feel a crochet-update post coming on!


And last of all, we are LOVING, seriously, absolutely and completely obsessed with the US Netflix version of House of Cards. We've almost finished the first series - it's been two episodes a night for the last five days - and oh it is good. Very, very good. John and I regularly look at each other in awe, wonder, amusement and shock as each episode unravels into the next. I don't even sew, knit or crochet while watching it. It's that good. It's up there with The Wire, The Sopranos, The Killing and The Bridge for tv watching joy. It's compelling and well acted and I find myself thinking about it throughout the day. Just brilliant.

So, there we have it, some of the things I've been doing, seeing and enjoying, and trying to capture with my camera over the last week or two. I always feel these miscellaneous posts lack a theme or any direction, they feel a bit meandering. But I love looking back through my photos and sharing these things with you. Sometimes they are my favourite posts to put together, big on images and small on words. Unless I'm talking about House of Cards, then I have quite to lot to say it would appear! 

47 comments:

Jennifer said...

Lovely post. I enjoy writing posts like these too. I think I'll end up with another one by the end of this week. I like House of Cards too! We're not very far in yet, only a few episodes, but it's very good so far. I'm glad you had a nice Mother's Day, the flowers are beautiful. If it helps, my son now behaves as if the chickens are dogs. He was "being chased" by one in the backyard just a few minutes ago. We watched through the window, highly amused.

Dagmar said...

I love your post today, looks so fresh and lov,ey, happy Mother's Day..ours here in Canada in mi may!

::Hello Crafty:: said...

Do much goodness here! Love the color of your yarn! I have a cowl and a scarf in the works and am tempted to cast on more yarn for another project! Your crochet is simply lovely. Looking forward to an update :)

Sophie xo

Helen Ridley said...

Really lovely post! All the photos are beautiful! I also keep all the sentimental cards...lovely to keep those memories! x

Jooles said...

So much joy ..... I adore your mothers day cards and gosh the dinosaur! Adorable.
Your blossom photos are amazing! (as are all your photos ..... always)
Happy new week x
love Jooles x x x

Ali said...

Such great photos - just lovely xxx

Amy at love made my home said...

What a lovely spring miscellany!! It sounds as though you have been busy having lots of fun times and that is always a good thing! xx

Kate Eastwood said...

Hello Gillian
Meandering is good ! Such a lovely 'full to bursting' post, with a feast of gorgeous photo's.
Have a lovely week,
Kate x

Jacqui Galloway said...

A lovely post, especially loved the photo of the moon. Your children are very creative. Loved their cards for Mothers Day.
Jacqui x

Sharron said...

I love this type of post. An insight into your world, with loads of gorgeous pics! Your blanket is going to be SO SO SO yummy. Those squares are just wonderful, and that chunky yarn featured in those top two photos look uber soft. Beautiful colour too!! Every picture tells a story, and I very much like what I've seen here today. Thank you Gillian x

Joy said...

This is the type of post that I love too Gillian, thank you for sharing - gorgeous new yarn and crochet; love the dinosaur, of course it's obvious; Bella and Angus are lovely children doing what youngsters do, and their cards are fantastic; that blanket is going to be so colourful and cuddly, and, I bet that Eton Mess was eaten before you could take a pic to show us - I would have been so tempted by it, but of course probably couldn't have it anyway, even if it were possible to reach in and grab it!!! Yes, I love this post! Joy xo

Jo said...

I love this post, so normal and ordinary in a good way. The blanket it coming along a treat and your photography was particularly spot on today - the blossom and grey sky - just perfect. Jo x

SaraJ said...

The "dinosaur" picture made me smile. I used to have loads of creations like that dotted around the house. The trick (which I always found difficult) was finding out what it was, when it was so obvious to the creator!
Matt has moved on to wood now - and has brought home his DT project - a woodstore - 1.7m x 1.2m!
Hope you have a great week. x

yarn and pencil said...

Such a delightful post :-) Thank you.
Tracey xxx

Susan Smith said...

Love your posts anytime Gillian and your photos are always great. I also need a better zoom lens, especially for long distance scenery. Keep them coming and take care.

Jane said...

A lovely meander through your world Gillian, that blossom is so pretty and how sweet your mother's day cards are. Looking forward to seeing the finished blanket. Have a lovely week.
Jane x

Christina said...

What a lovely post Gillian. The dinosaur is absolutely definitely recognisable as a dinosaur! I received some lovely Mother's Day cards, too and will store them in my memory box. I see myself in 50 years, looking through all those small but cherished memories. The blanket is going to be so gorgeous! Have a lovely week. Cx

CJ said...

I love these posts Gillian, a happy slice of life. I keep the Mother's Day cards too, they are precious things! Our reward for all of those hours at freezing parks, zoos, football pitches etc. Do you find there are a few too many random dressing up days at school? "The children will need to come dressed as wealthy Tudors/evacuees/aliens/a book character/sheep/wearing pink". Said with such casual abandon. My littlest boy likes to go as Superman as often as he can get away with it. Hope you have a good week Gillian. CJ xx

Leanne Paxton said...

Hey Gillian,
I love House Of Cards too. I noticed that Homeland has popped up on my Netflix, so am looking forward to that one. Still obsessed with The Good Wife though....
Gorgeous snaps of your children. I have boxes and boxes of sentimentals. I started new one for Olly's bits and bobs last year. All the junk modelling I photograph and archive. I just can't keep it all. I got the idea from a blog post last year. I can't remember who, although I want to say Scraps Of Us.
Leanne xx

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

Lovely happy images here, loving your spring vibe! Never even heard of The House of Cards, must watch more TV! :) x

Anonymous said...

Meandering through your photographs is a treat for the eyes! You have such lovely color in your home. Love the dinosaur - way better than a plastic one any day! I think somebody needs a small dog from the local rescue shelter! :)

Rachel Jaques said...

Wow, that blanket is looking good! And some lovely cards too, I keep all mine, children are precious x

Sarah said...

Lovely post, lovely photos... I really enjoy reading the 'miscellaneous' posts and need to do one soon too! They're always fun to write.

Your granny squares are so pretty. It's those with the white edges that make me desperate to learn crochet. The yellow scarf/cowl is pretty too - perfect colour for spring!

And I'm glad I'm not the only one pretending to enjoy standing around and shivering in the park ;)

Sarah x

The Creative Academic said...

I also love these posts Gillian, such beautiful photos. I love the dinosaur...We have many 'creations' brought home from nursery or made from sellotaped and coloured paper. Our recycling box is often raided!! I've (already) got several boxes of keepskaes from the girls...some may need to be moved into the loft to make room!! BigR also cannot get enough of One Direction...I had no idea she knew all their names!!
I'm loving the crochet...such beautiful colours in your blanket and for your scarf! I'm trying to complete some of my knitting projects before I turn my hand to something new...I've been eyeing up workshops! :)xx

Coal Valley View said...

Happy Mother's Day Gillian!!! Love everything in this Post. Your blanket is looking so beautiful - your methodology has paid off in spades, looks amazing. I've not seen House of Cards but I've just finished the entire Series of Breaking Bad (in less than 2 weeks) and will need some time to get over that before moving onto another Series :-) Game of Thrones will be starting up again soon........have a great week! Mel x

Jacqueline said...

A lovely post to read and your photos are great, so colourful. The dinosaur tickled me, really brilliant. Sometimes the simplest things in life are just the best!

love those cupcakes said...

Lots of happies in this post. Love the colour you chose for your scarf/cowl (make a cowl, I love cowls!). Thanks for the HofC recommendation. Will need something to watch after True Detective.

French Knots said...

What could be nicer than a post full of happy on a Monday morning! Homemade cards are just the best, I have a blanket box full of cards and pictures from all three of my children - so special.

Penny said...

I love that yellow mustardy yarn Gilian it's really beautiful and of course seeing your little ones enjoying the new chair space ;o) I loved Breaking Bad on Netflix as well as The Killing which I missed on telly. the Bridge was amazing and so I can't wait to start House of cards now that you have recommended it, sounds like we ha every similar tastes x I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day full of live and cuddles from your little ones xxx

Julie said...

I really enjoy your miscellaneous posts with those little snapshots of your life. I love Angus' dinosaur - brings back memories. Your crochet blanket is so so gorgeous - beautiful colours - you have a real eye for it. x

forgetmenots blue said...

Wow I love that mustard yellow yarn I love the squishiness of new yarn it is a pleasure. That blanket is going to be amazing. x

Lulu walkingonsunshine said...

Hello Gillian
I m Lulu a Portuguese blogger who discovered your blog recently and i am rendered.
Love this posts ,they remind us of what is really important in life. "Enjoy the monent "
I love your photos and your work and i look forward always for a new post.
You have indeed awakened within me a taste for crochet .
Soon i hope to start doing something .
Thank you for the inspiration ,The Happy House is one of my favourite blogs :)
(sorry for my english )
xoxo
Lulu

Katie Bedlow said...

That looks like a super lunch table, glad you had a special mothers day! So many fresh cheery colours in this post, pure springtime! :)

Julia said...

So many lovely things about this post! The glitter crown is so cool! And I love Bella's floral top. She is looking so grown up these days. The pink blossoms are really gorgeous! I love this time of year when everything is starting to bloom again. Your Mother's Day cards and flowers are very sweet. And the family lunch looks really yummy... I love your tablecloth!

Charmaine Beaumont-Rixen said...

that yarn is such a gorgeous colour… you are a crocheting machine!! love the crown too x

❤Coco Rose❤ said...

Such a lovely post. I bought some of that yarn last October with some birthday money, but I haven't yet got round to making anything with it....i'm still deciding what it will be! The blossom is lovely too, I have such a soft spot for it and am desperate to have some in my garden. Your crochet motifs are looking lovely, such a beautiful selection of colours. It will be a gorgeous piece to treasure.

Have a super week

Vanessa x

A Little Blue Dragonfly said...

Those pink blooms...just wonderfully blissful! :)

Chrissie said...

An excellent, uplifting, beautiful post Gillian! AND you finished with House of Cards chatter - even better! Oh, just you wait for the second series - plan to stay up late to watch back-to-back episodes...then we can chatter about it more! I love all your photos, a lot of happiness in your house! Chrissie x

A little happy place said...

Lovely post Gillian...brilliant moon picture! Yes please a crochet post, your blanket is look amazing, great colours. Sarah xo

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

You said to me not long ago that you weren't so sure you'd pick Tales from a Happy House as a blog title if you were starting over. But even though I know it's not roses all the way posts like this make me think your blog has just the right name x

FunkySteph said...

I love this post and all the pictures along... It reflect a quite atmosphere that is very pleasant.

mags said...

Loved this post. I really enjoy the snippets of your family life. I love that mustard wool, what make us it. The crochet is fab. You have got so good at it. I would think about framing the blossom pics the grey gives them something special. Have a happy week. Xx

Kate-Em said...

Lovely images, they reflect lots of everyday happiness. The crochet squares have such pretty colours. The blossom photos make the shivering in the park worthwhile!

Lisa said...

All sorts of life in this wonderful post.
Lots of beautiful flowers, isn't that blossom just so pretty.
Loving the green chunky crochet.
Lisa x

Ladybird Diaries said...

I love posts like this...lots of little pieces of this and that. The yarn you are working with looks gorgeous, so soft. Loving your crochet blanket too, it is going to be a real beauty. I always keep the cards my Miss M gives me, I have them stashed away in a box and I love to look back over everything usually at the end of the year. Homemade cards from children are just the best...so much effort and love goes into them.
Marianne x

the linen cloud said...

Lovely pictures and words Gillian ... your moon photo is beautiful ... you should be very pleased with it ... so much gorgeousness here ... the crochet, the crown and those lovely blooms ... Bee xx

Rosie said...

Love the colour of that yarn, you've reminded me I need to get back into my knitting and finish off my Harry Potter scarf.