I think we have experienced all the weather over the last week, except perhaps snow. With two big storms here, we've had rain, hail, sun, cloud and exceptionally high winds, and it's often felt very cold. It seems like February and March got their weather mixed up - remember those few days at the end of February when it was positively balmy? I'm looking forward to the weather settling down a bit so I can peg out the washing without fearing that it will all blow away.
The garden feels like it wakes up a little more every day and over the last week suddenly more daffodils and tete-a-tetes have popped up, hyacinths and muscari too, and the tulips are a few weeks from opening. The euphorbia flowers are suddenly bright greeny-yellow, gorgeous against their dark blue-green leaves, and I even noticed the shy beginning of some rhubarb.
Thank you for your kind comments on my recent sewing and crochet projects. I know that I need to get my sewing machine out more often, I actually surprise myself by how much I enjoy it when I do. I've really been enjoying this year's Great British Sewing Bee, anyone else? Especially the last episode on reusing and repurposing old fabric and clothes. Things are pretty quiet on the crochet front here apart from a few face cloths, but I've just downloaded three patterns and ordered a lot of yarn, so I'll show you those soon.
We've been cooking a lot. Angus really enjoys baking at the moment and helped me make peanut butter and chocolate cookies last weekend. We made thirty, and I had to freeze half as there were so many. Bella is becoming increasingly independent in the kitchen and her latest thing is to make the Saturday morning pancakes for us, which of course I absolutely encourage. I'd like her to start cooking a meal one night a week, something straightforward. I want to teach her that cooking is more than just making the fun stuff, like pancakes and cupcakes, but actually getting the dinner on the table too. She is a pretty mature and independent twelve and a quarter year old, and I think she'd be more than capable, but wasn't sure what recipes to start with. I wondered if any of you lovely readers have teens or pre-teens who cook, and if you could recommend any recipes or recipe books? Thank you.