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!
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 moneysavingexpert.com http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=1979513. 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!