Think this was his favourite piece of equipment though.
Back home he ate his breakfast, changed into his uniform and I dropped him off at school. Then it was home again to start my cleaning rota. Amy doesn't go into college until lunchtime so she's started to help me which is a big bonus timewise.
I wasn't expecting the material I'd ordered for the quilt until later in the week so was really happy when it arrived in the post Monday lunchtime.
I spent some time in the afternoon and evening cutting 72 half hexagons and sewing them to black strips.
I expected to be working on this for at least a couple of weeks but it's amazing how simple it is to do and how quickly it comes together and by Wednesday it was pretty much finished. On the MSQC tutorial a solid colour border was added so I just need to decide on a colour and it's done. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of making this quilt and can't quite believe I've actually done it.
This week I finally managed a trip to The Range. They have lots of lovely things on display but there was nothing I really needed. I'd gone specifically to see if I could find a tablecloth and napkins and although I didn't have any luck I did buy this table runner for £1.99 which I'll cut and make into 4 napkins.
I also picked up this cute little reindeer for Amy's tree decoration - an annual tradition that's been going since her first Christmas.
We've had another clear out, this time it was some of Mark's things. His photography hobby has been taken over by boating, so rather than let the equipment gather dust any longer, he's selling it. No doubt he'll fill the space created with something else.
I'm also trying to keep on top of my money. I start off with good intentions every month but lose my way pretty quickly so I'm making an extra effort this time and so far I seem to be doing OK. The Tesco voucher was a nice surprise. We only buy petrol and a few top up bits every now and then but I think a few points have come from things we've needed for the van.
Number 10, our regular haunt for coffee when we're in Bury.
There was plenty of material left over to make another quilt or two so I've started another one. Considering I'm supposed to have put the crochet and sewing away until after Christmas there's a surprising amount of it going on!
The weather has been wet, windy and cold this week and we even woke up to a smattering of snow Friday morning. Typically on the coldest day of the year Thomas was wearing PJ's to school for Children in Need. Life would be so much easier in the mornings if PJ's were the norm. No buttons, no ties and no zips to faff around with.
This weekend we've been away in the van. Mark set it all up on Thursday so we were able to pick Thomas up from school Friday and set off straight away. It was a bit nippy when we arrived but within an hour we were sat down and tucking into homemade pasties.
We went to another site this time, still over on the Fylde coast but at the windmill end.
The weather was cold but mostly dry and we ventured out Saturday for a walk. We wanted to go on the pier but they'd cordoned it off because it was slippy so we got no further than the cafe where it was hot drinks for me and Mark and a gingerbread man for Thomas.
No matter how cold it was, Thomas still preferred to go without a coat even though he had it with him.
I also managed a bit of shopping without the boys and chose Amy a couple of bath bombs for Christmas.
It might have been cold outside but we were toasty warm in the van and I spent a lovely Saturday afternoon adding to the crochet squares for the blanket.
Back home and reality sets in pretty quickly with bedding to be washed, ironing to be done and packed lunches to make. But I'm not complaining. Those couple of days we manage to get away can set me up for weeks so it's all good.
Hope you've all had a good week and are staying warm.
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