Tuesday, 9 February 2016

London, Sewing and Pancakes

Mark is in London today on some watch business so I had to miss my flute lesson so I could pick Thomas up from school. Just as well really as I've not played it much this week and I'm not sure my niece would have been very happy about that!

Another day to myself meant it was a good chance to get the sewing machine out and run up the first pile of pencil bags. They're exactly the same size as on the charity webpage but I don't think I'll find a notebook small enough to fit in as they're very narrow. I'll probably make the next ones a bit wider. I just need to buy some cord or ribbon for the drawstring when I'm in Bury tomorrow and the pens and pencils etc.
Shrove Tuesday means pancakes. We kept it simple with lemon, sugar and honey. Lovely.
Every time I turned around Thomas was behind me with an empty plate. I'd forgotten how much he loves pancakes. He ate 7 and proudly declared it was his world record.
Amy came home from school in a state of shock/excitement. She'd had her mock results and got a B in maths so I've put it on the blog for posterity. I'm so pleased for her. It's given her a massive confidence boost and now we've got the tutor we're hoping she'll definitely pass. Fingers crossed.  
And that's it really. I have to pick Mark up at 10pm so the rest of the evening is mine.

And for once I've no idea what to do with myself. 

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13 comments:

  1. Oh that's fantastic! A B! Well done! Making pancakes does my head in! For that reason that as soon as one is made, an empty plate appears. I don't think I could eat seven! Five is my limit, with lemon and sugar! I'm not making them tonight. As Mr 18 is taking himself off to karate. Walking there and back as the HG is off to a fishing committee meeting. So I'm too, all alone all evening! I'm going to do some hoovering and washing!! I'll fret until the boy gets in.

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    1. So pancake duty will happen tmrw!

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    2. Yep, know exactly what you mean, I stood in the kitchen for about 45 minutes making one after the other. And I didn't make enough mixture so halfway through had to rustle some more up. Very annoying.

      I've come to the conclusion you worry more the older the kids get. Amy loves walking the dogs at night but I can't rest until she's back in. It's a fine line at this age. They're old enough to be out and without putting the fear of God in them, so they become reclusive, you try to tell them to be careful because there are some right nutters out there.

      I was going to say enjoy your evening in but if you're hoovering and washing, I'm not so sure you will. xx

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  2. Well done, that girl! And that boy, too! I've also been busy with the frying pan. To quote someone here, I'm a first class tosser.

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    1. Ooh are you back from Denmark. I'm coming over to see you :)

      Haha, Mark's usually the tosser but he's not here so I had to take on the role, he's definitely a better tosser than I am though.

      Thank you, Amy and Thomas were both pleased with their results. xx

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  3. Bahahahaha! I'm hoovering and watching guilty pleasure 4 in a bed!!!

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    1. Don't think I know what 4 in a bed is. Should I wait until Thomas and Amy are tucked up and fast asleep before I try to find it? xx

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  4. wow, a B, that's amazing. Well done Amy!

    Asda do some teeny tiny little notepads that would fit your bags. I always laugh at Bill because he loves them, stupid little teeny ones that fit in the palm of his hand. They're their basics range too, so super cheap.

    Your pancakes look so much better than my efforts. It's a joke in this house that my pancakes could be used as tyres, they really are thick and rubbery. made some rather ok ones this morning, so when I made some for Violet this p.m, I hoped they'd be edible. But no. Back to my rubbish efforts. I don't know what's wrong with me. I am rubbish at pancakes, and just as rubbish at making dumplings for casseroles. Mine turn out like glue, doesn't matter what recipes I try, I just cannot make them!
    :O) xx

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    1. Thanks for the heads up Sadie, I'll have a look. The bag measures 22cm x 7cm finished, so it's really narrow, but that's how they want them.

      I visited your blog earlier but got sidetracked and didn't leave a comment. I'm on my way over again in a minute, but your pancakes looked lovely. I did a couple that just wrinkled up into a ball when I tried to flip them over. I think I was bored by that point and wanted it all to end so I was rushing them.

      Amy was thrilled with her B. Just need to get that all important pass in June. xx

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  5. Good job Amy! That should give her confidence for the finals! Thomas must have a hollow leg eating 7 pancakes and not an ounce of fat on him!! I actually forgot it was Shrove Tuesday today-well, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Truth be told Garry wanted potato pancakes, he loves them, but they take too much time and are too greasy-so I forgot!! Our regular pancakes are quite different over here. I remember my mom making ones like you made and having lemon and sugar on them. Here they are quite a bit smaller and much thicker and we eat them with butter and maple syrup. Very yummy!

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  6. Good result, Amy! I just love how Thomas never has a shirt on as soon as he comes into the house! (My second son lives in his PJs inside. He just does.)

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    1. Thanks Angel Jem, maths really isn't her thing so she was over the moon.

      Thomas comes in, takes his coat off then straight away his shirt and tie come off. He dumps them on the settee, goes upstairs and gets his PJ bottoms on. Then he comes down...... and gets sent back up to put his shirt in the wash tub! You really can't beat PJ's though can you? xx

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  7. I think Thomas is having a growth spurt, he's constantly hungry, which is difficult as he only eats a few things. Sausages are his favourite at the moment. He can't get enough of them.

    Amy was really pleased with her result, just hope she can carry it off in the real exams.

    I know the little pancakes you mean. They sell them over here. I think the potato pancakes Garry likes might be what we call potato cakes. I buy mine and we put them in the toaster, then slice them in half and slather them with butter. For such a plain snack they are really scrumptious. xx

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