Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Stuff, junk and treasure

Why do we hold on to so much stuff? Why do I form emotional attachments to weird little bits of junk that the children make? Why is it that I feel unable to throw things because they belonged to my Dad / Grandma / Nan / Great Auntie?
I would love to just walk out of a house and abandon everything I own but I have too much treasure to be leaving in just the clothes on my back. For a start, what would I wear and of course I would need coordinating accessories? And I couldn't possibly leave my bike behind, watercolours, crochet hooks, yarn, camera or iPad mini. Perhaps I could take my bike basket and possibly a vintage suitcase but which one? The green one that my mum took on her honeymoon or the little cream one with the collage of old photos in the lid?

This is just some of multifarious craft paraphernalia packed away and ready to move house tomorrow. At the bottom of the pile is the trunk that I left home with at age 18 when I headed off to teacher training college in the Lake District. It was scavenged from my Great Auntie Joyce's garage with the help of my Dad (who always had a keen eye for junk / treasure).
Well back to the packing.....

Sunday, 24 March 2013

52 weeks of happy - week 8

No. 1 Some little crochet chickens made by me and my lovely vintage chicken from the charity shop, I'm ready for Easter apart from having to move house the day before

No. 2 Chocolate egg cake which was an experiment that turned out delicious. It was just a basic sponge or close enough with chocolate eggs stirred in and some sprinkles baked on the top

No.3 A finished watercolour commissioned by a friend

No. 4 a rather lovely necklace from here


Monday, 18 March 2013

Cluck, cluck

Chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken,

Lay a little egg for me!

Chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken,
I want one for my tea,
I haven’t had an egg since Easter,
And now it’s half past three,
So, chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken,
Lay a little egg for me!
My little crochet chicks are ready for the WI shopping night on Wednesday and I like them so much that I am rather hoping that they don't sell and I get to keep them. That can only be a good thing and I must say that there is nothing quite as cheerful as yellow.

And if you want to make your own, I found the pattern here

Monday, 11 March 2013

Taking a short break


Things are crazy busy for me at the moment. I am trying to make up the hours at work following my trip to Australia, we are moving in a couple of weeks and I am doing a spot of Easter making for my table at the WI shopping evening. This week I'm working at college every day as well as looking after my crazy kids, kidding myself that I might get some packing done and challenging myself to finish some of the crafty stuff I started.

Something has to give, so seeing as I need more brain power than I currently have to write a blog post and really in the grand scheme of things, blogging is a bit more of a hobby than a necessity I have chosen to take a break. I need to earn money and packing my precious things carefully is a bit more important than collecting my thoughts and putting them out there.


I might try and post a picture now again though over the next month, especially if I can find ones as good as this drawing by Charlie of a cow being abducted by aliens from a farm. This was a Mother's Day present and came in a series of other drawings.

See you soon

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Spring is in the air

Not only has the sun been shining and the temperatures rising but I have also been doing a spot of Easter style crochet. I am looking forward to my day off tomorrow.


Monday, 4 March 2013

We are all stardust

The other day, Josie asked me how black holes are made. This is not an easy question answer especially not before 7am when I'm rushing to get ready for work. I know a few basic facts about black holes like if you are unfortunate enough to get yourself into one, then you aren't likely to be on time to work.

At the moment both my children are learning about space and I really do think it is one of the most exciting and complex subjects. It covers so many areas: science, history, mathematics, super tricky physics, chemistry, astronomy and philosophy. Charlie told me that if you wanted to go to the moon but you wanted to be the first person there, you couldn't because someone has already done it. However it doesn't matter, he said, because there are loads of other planets and no ones been to any of them. I adore his simplistic approach to what brilliant minds have spent endless hours speculating the possibilities and challenges of.

With all the questioning about quantum physics, time and space, it was clearly time for another visit to the Royal Observatory and Plantentarium at Greenwich. Following my previous visit with small children I have very little understanding of the complexity of accurate time measurement in relation to the stars or the progression onto atomic clocks, but I do know what the speaking clock sounded like over the past decades.

As Josie and I sat watching a film about the Big Bang, she turned to me and said, "My head feels funny". I knew exactly how she felt, the vast infinity of space makes my head feel funny but I like it. I like the fact that it really is so so big, in fact endless and totally unknown. I like to think about how small and insignificant we are. We are all stardust, everything is just stardust.