Monday, February 22, 2010

First post since our return!

I really have no idea just where the time has gone since we returned from our wonderful trip back to the UK. We've actually been home a week today, yet it feels like we only just left!  It's true what they say about time passing more quickly the older you get!

We had such a great ten days and managed to pack it full with lots of hugs, kisses and cuddles for all the family, especially the grandchildren! We opened  late but lovely Christmas presents, ate some wonderful food, drank lots of tea, coffee and the odd glass of vino, and really really enjoyed ourselves.  The ten days just sped by and saying goodbye was as hard as ever.  At least this time, plans have been made and we will be quite busy here with lots of guests over the next few months.  It means the husband will just have to work even harder to get the house more accommodating and he has thrown himself into that - with my occasional labouring help.  I will post some update photos soon - I'm just waiting for him to finish the understairs bit which will be an l-shaped cupboard with, hopefully, lots and lots of storage!

We visited Weston-super-Mud while we were away.  It's the town where I was brought up and I still have family there.  Some of you lovely readers will remember that the Grand Pier at W-s-M burnt down a few years ago but they are already rebuilding it. It's a little more modern than its predecessor and will look great when it's finished, but you wouldn't believe the mess on the surrounding beach!  The contractors obviously have to put their things somewhere, and I know it will all be cleared up when the pier is finished, but I've never seen the beach look worse!

The photos were taken from the car while we were driving alongside - I think the pier is going to look great when it's finished.

Fortunately, they are keeping the entrance because it was unaffected by the fire and is such an iconic part of it.  The fire itself made headline news around the world at the time; I had no idea it was so famous!

I crocheted on the journey to the UK, both in the car and on the ferry, and added to the squares I've been making for an ongoing project on the Knit Your Square charity knitting forum on  The idea belongs to one of our most active contributors - you can find her great blog in the sidebar here - look for Chalky's World and you will see that she just loves sewing the squares together, and does a fantastic job with them!

These are the squares I have done so far.  Some of them still need the ends sewing in (such a lovely job, I don't think!), and blocking which I will be doing soon.  I'm sure they'll look a whole lot tidier then, so I will post another photo showing the individual squares when they are properly finished off.


Thanks for reading, and I hope you all have a great day!


  1. Kathy -- I can still hear the excitement in your "voice" So glad youi had such a wonderful trip and the squares look lovely. What fun I am going to have !
    Good Luck with all that work !!
    Kindest Regards Linda

  2. Hi Kathy,
    Thanks for showing the pictures of Weston. My Daughter went there in the Summer for a weekend, she was so....disappointed. The beach was a mess. But it has to be done, and I hope it will be nice when its finished. Then everyone can enjoy it again.
    When I was a kid I could not walk over the pier without getting frightened. I hated the fact that you could see down between the planks of wood. I had to hold on with my life.Petrified and I mean petrified!I still go funny now if there's anything like that, but of course not so bad.
    I'm pleased you enjoyed your trip, it must be very hard for you to say goodbye to everyone. Bought plenty of yarn I Hope?
    Have a good week,
    Hugs and Love Suex

  3. The squares look great. The second one is a very pretty pattern