Monday, 27 February 2017

Half Term


Hello! How are you all? It's been a while. Half term has come and gone in a blur of decorating, birthdays, cake, travelling and washing, but it's was all very nice indeed. 

I celebrated my thirty ninth birthday last week. It was not the most relaxing day I've ever had, as I spent most of it with a paint brush in my hand, but it was lovely. John made me Nigella's chocolate and liquorice cake, the same one as last year, and it was divine. 



I love that he asks me what cake I'd like each year; I get to choose the cake that I want to eat, not the one that I think everyone else will like, and I don't have to bake it! Long may that happy tradition continue, I say. Family and friends spoilt me with cards and gifts. some useful and pretty; 


some that I know I'll enjoy (I've seen both these books well reviewed on other blogs);


and some that made me laugh out loud when I unwrapped them.


We spent last Tuesday to Saturday in Durham, visiting my in-laws. I know that I said it felt like spring last week, but it didn't feel very spring like in the north east of England. Thanks to Storm Doris the weather was pretty awful but we still had such a relaxing time; we slept in, went out for walks when the weather permitted, sat in front of the fire, and I got absolutely loads of crochet done. After the pace of life over the last few weeks it was bliss to have a few empty days in front of us with nothing in particular to do and nowhere we needed to be. You'd never know we had three days of wind and rain from looking at these photos, would you?



Molly coped brilliantly with the six hour journey there and back. We put her bed in the boot so she was very comfortable (not much room for bags though!) and while I don't think she exactly enjoyed the travelling, she wasn't distressed by it either. 

When we got home all the tete-a-tetes had come up in the garden. I'd planned to spend the last day of the holiday catching up with washing, jobs, emails and blogging but unfortunately I spent it in the out of hours doctors instead. One set of antibiotics and sick day later and I'm feeling a little better, although still very washed out.


Angus's bedroom is slowly coming together. There are still pictures to hang and a few crafty things I want to make, but the hard work is done. I'm looking forward to showing it to you soon. 


17 comments:

Jennifer Hays said...

I'm glad you had a nice birthday. Is that your braided hair? It looks really pretty. I'm sorry you got sick and I hope you're all better very soon. Take care.

Sol said...

I love the Katniss hair braid! Looks fab. Now you need to crochet the poncho she wears

http://www.ecouterre.com/knit-crochet-katniss-everdeens-poncho-wrap-from-catching-fire/

Happy Birthday!!!! Cake looks lush! yum

Susan Smith said...

Belated Happy Birthday!!!! The photos all look great from top to bottom. Love the hair braid, too. Sounds like the little holiday was just what you all needed & pity you caught some bug once you got home again. Look forward to pics of Angus's room & some catchup on your crochet. Look after yourself, take care & big huggles.

CJ said...

Glad you had a good birthday and a lovely break. Sorry you've been ill though, I hope you're all better soon. I have to make my own birthday cake, so I'm very envious of yours, and it looks absolutely delicious. Love the personalised Marmite. Who knew you could get such a thing. Nice juicy spiky plant as well, I do like houseplants about the place. Used to have dozens and dozens Before Children. Miss them sometimes, it was like living in the jungle. My partner's dad said it took him back to his days in Burma. CJ xx

VeggieMummy said...

Nice hair! I'm so glad that you had a relaxing half term and just look at those blue skies; gorgeous. Happy birthday and I hope you feel better very soon. xx

Mac n' Janet said...

I'm in love with that cake, must check out Nigella and find the recipe. Hope you're feeling better soon.

Librarian said...

Belated happy birthday wishes to you! The cake looks great - the chocolate part, at least (I'm no fan of liquorice) :-)
Good to know you had a lovely break, but what a shame to end it sick and in need of antibiotics.
Glad Molly was fine for the trip.

Jo said...

Looking forward to seeing the new room. I can't do french plaits, my girls hair is so static! Jo x

Leanne Paxton said...

Hey Gillian,
I quite fancy those cool books too! What a treat to get a cake cooked for you! I barely get a happy birthday these days. Get well soon lovely girl.
Leanne xx

Jen Walshaw said...

Happy belated birthday. Yep, I am not sure Spring has reached us yet Oop North!

Anonymous said...

I love that saucepan, and the look of the cake(s). (Slightly envious of your husband baking your b'day cake – I'm sure you know how lucky you are!) I have Trine Hahnemann's 'Scandinavian Baking' which is a gorgeous book; I'll have to seek out this one. It sounds as though you had a thoroughly lovely and productive half term. Sorry you ended up getting ill and I hope you're back to full strength asap. Take care of yourself. Sam x

Mereknits said...

Happy Birthday a little late. So glad you enjoyed your break.

Alexandra MacVean said...

I cannot tell you just HOW much I love visiting your lovely blog home here. Your pictures evoke such peace and TRULY finding JOY in the little things each and every day. x

AnnieOBTextiles said...

Happy belated birthday and I hope you are feeling much better now. Your cake looks absolutely delicious. The photos of your holiday look to be filled with adventure in bright skies, perfect.

Amy at love made my home said...

Glad you had a good one!

mrsrobinson said...

Happy birthday... and do hope you are so much better now. Looks like a lovely, gentle and yum half term. Looking forward to seeing photos of Angus' room!

Lisa said...

Belated happy birthday wishes. I know you are going to love devouring those new books.
Lisa x