Thomas only has another 3 weeks at school and then he'll be finishing for the summer holidays. Apart from a couple of blips at the beginning of the year which I completely expected, on the whole his first year has been OK. He won an afternoon on inflatables last week, he's off to Peveril Castle on Monday for a geography trip and he's chosen bowling for his end of year trip. There were 3 choices, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Chester Zoo and Bowling. There's also the choice to stay in school and do art/sport/films etc. He chose bowling because it's the shortest trip on offer! He doesn't have to be in school until 9.45am and is home by 2.45pm. The other trips are full days from 8am-5.30pm.
I wasn't going to crochet or sew anything this month apart from the hearts until I found another bag of wool at the back of the wardrobe. I've never known wool last as long as mine does. I make loads of things but I can't for the life of me get rid of the damn stuff. Anyway, I hooked up a blanket in some pastel colours and I've started a 'man blanket' in a bid to use up the darker colours I have. I won't bother with anything else now until September when I have the house to myself again.
Aunty Edith came for a visit and is looking as well as ever. She's had her second cataract done and apart from struggling to hear she's in tip top condition and running on 100% original body parts. At just 10 weeks shy of her 95th birthday I think that's quite an achievement. There's 76 years between these two yet they always find something to talk about.
When Mark was visiting Joan last week one of the carers asked him if he thought she'd like to have a go at pedalling a bike. Turns out she didn't mean a proper bike, just a small wheel thing they put on the floor to get the resident's legs moving. Which all sounds well and good, but Joan has been there for over 3 years and they know she can't move her legs because they have to lift her when they need to move her. Mark stopped pointing the obvious out to staff months ago, so he just said "if you want to give it a go that's fine". Of course it was a non starter.
It was Sienna's 2nd birthday yesterday. There was no party this year as she wasn't too impressed with a houseful of people on her 1st birthday. Instead Matthew and Sophie took her to the zoo. She's had a doll's pram from us and some clothes. They're off to Majorca in a few weeks so Sophie asked for some dresses for her. June is a busy month for birthdays in our family. There's Mum, Mark, Matthew, my brother and Sienna. Before Tom passed away he was also on the June list.
I'm loving being in the kitchen at the moment but I'm having to limit the sweet bakes to once a week. One of the nicest things Amy said to me this month was, "the trouble is Mum you're such a good cook". I enjoy faffing around so anything that involves piping gets a big thumbs up from me which is why I made Viennese Whirls and chocolate eclairs. I've never made choux pastry before. I don't know why, it's so simple to do. The only thing was the bottoms stuck to the baking tray so I couldn't fill them with cream, I had to sandwich 2 together instead.
I also made a summer berry cake which Amy declared the best cake ever. She's already put an order in for her birthday. I really had forgotten how much I enjoy baking.
We celebrated 23 years of marriage this month. As you know we're very hit and miss with anniversaries and this year was a definite miss. No cards, no flowers, no gifts, no meal out. I won't be so blase about it in a couple of years though when it's our Silver. Back in the day I thought people who celebrated silver anniversaries were 'old' so it's hard to believe I'm nearly there myself.
There have been a few more treats this month, a much needed pencil case for my 'special' pens, a new book which I'd made a note to buy several months ago but promptly forgot about and some Epsom salts which I've never used before but apparently they are good for drawing toxins from the body. Not sure whether I'm now toxin free but my skin definitely feels as though I've had some sort of spa treatment.
I've re-subscribed to PRIMA, and Mark bought me a Traveller's Notebook. Mum bought Amy one for her 18th and the feel of the soft leather is lovely. I'd never have spent money on one myself so was thrilled when Mark treated me. All I had to do was choose the colour and the inserts. It's one of those things that you either get or don't. There's nothing pretty or frilly about them but they're just so nice from a tactile point of view.
The garden is very odd this year. My bedding plants are fine but so far the clematis has only had one flower on it and although the rose bush has grown there's not a bud to be seen. I picked my first small posy this week. I don't have an abundance of flowers so can only afford to do this 2 or 3 times a year which makes each posy extra special. United Utilities have asked that in order to avoid a hosepipe ban, people don't use their hosepipes. My brain can't quite compute that but I do like to do my bit for the environment so I'm now using the water we usually just run down the sink until it's cold/hot enough for the tubs.
We've been to the van as usual and on one of the weekends we visited Stanley Park and hired a pedalo. I'm all for equality but still like to be treated like a lady so was happy to sit in the back while the men did the hard work.
And that's June. It's been a slow chilled month and apart from birthdays and anniversaries nothing out of the ordinary has happened. I'm making a small change regarding blogging for the next few months. I'm having a break from here but will be posting on Snapshots of Number 38 if anybody wants to take a look. I post quite often but there are no comments on although I'll still see any that are left on here. https://snapshotsofnumber38.blogspot.com/
Hope your June has been a good one and that July brings more good weather for us all but only after a big downpour to put the fires out on the moors :) xx