I'm sad January is over and done with already. I love that it always seems a long month and after the hullabaloo of Christmas we're all content to just quietly go about our business doing our own thing. I find from February onwards the weeks fly by far too quickly and I fear Christmas will be here again before I know it!
Sienna stayed with us 2 nights this week while Matthew and Sophie went to Harrogate. The story goes that somebody bought them the break for Christmas, but I'm not convinced they didn't book it themselves. Surely the gift giver should have been looking after her, not us?
She's fairly easy to have at the moment, in bed no later than 7.30pm, dream feed at 10.30pm and sleeps through til the morning. She's growing up fast and is mastering the art of drinking from a cup at the moment. As long as the adult in charge controls the water flow she gulps away quite happily. Not sure how it will go when she wants to do it herself.
We took her to see Joan who didn't have a clue who she was. The name Matthew meant nothing to her so she couldn't connect Sienna at all. She didn't know us either, she thought we were Aunty Edith and Ken. What can you do. She's obviously in pre-1966 mode which means Mark hasn't made an appearance yet. There are 6 lovely cardigans hanging in her wardrobe, yet she's still wearing one that isn't hers. Nothing to get upset about though. She's well looked after and that's the main thing.
As well as knitting for the baby charity I've decided to choose another charity each month and will make a couple of things for them, because I do like a bit of variety. February's choice is Project Linus although I'm cheating here because I already have 3 quilt tops made and I just need to back them. So far I've done two and I just need to finish the lilac one. I bought the fleece from Asda and I'll get two decent sized quilts out of each, which for a total of £7 is brilliant.
There wasn't much we needed from Bury this week but I can always find something to buy from the haberdashery stall. I've sewn the beaded rings onto the angels as halos which finished them off nicely and the zips are for some fiddle mats I plan to make at some point.
I was supposed to go out Thursday with my friends but one of them wasn't well so we've re-arranged for this week. It worked out fine because Amy had a parent's evening at college which she dropped on us at the last minute. There were excellent reports all round and she did really well in her mocks. Thomas came with us and the English Lit tutor asked him if he was as bright as his big sister. He replied "no" then after a slight pause added "I'm brighter". Classic!
Amy tells me they're knocking the college down in 2020 and building flats which I think is a shame. Yes, it's old and nothing like the modern colleges of today but the building has a wonderful history. It was built in 1897 and was the Central High School for Manchester and in the First World War it was turned into the biggest military hospital in Manchester. A lot of buildings have been converted into flats in the city but I suppose in some cases it's just easier to demolish and re-build.
The surprise I mentioned last week was my sister and 3 nieces came up to visit. I told Mum I was treating her to coffee at a local hotel and when we walked in there they were, waiting for her. We had a lovely afternoon and then Friday evening they came round to us for something to eat.
On Saturday we all went to see Gas Light. I love the Coliseum theatre in Oldham. It dates back to 1885 and many a soap star has started their career here - especially the cast of Coronation Street. The play itself was dire though. It was billed as a psychological thriller which may have been the case when it was written in 1938 but there was nothing thrilling about it at all as far as I was concerned.
There has been illness at Number 38 over the weekend. I've been shivery, Thomas has been sick, resulting in 2 changes of bedding in the early hours of the morning and Mark spent all of Saturday lay down not feeling well.
With the exception of Amy we're still not feeling 100% so we've spent the day sofa surfing and watching TV. Yesterday me and Amy watched Bridget Jones's Baby. I laughed so much at her getting to hospital while in labour that my ribs were hurting. It was the sort of guffawing that turned into "ooh it hurts, don't make me laugh any more". Me and Amy keep looking at each other and saying "we'll walk 10, then rest 10". Brilliant.
And just a few photos from the week
A treat from Matthew and Sophie for looking after Sienna. Truffles from the famous Betty's Tea Rooms. I let Amy have the first one for getting such a good report at college.
No shortage of lettuces, salad or vegetables at Lidl this week. These vine tomatoes were delicious roasted in olive oil and salt.
Roses for the vase. I'm pretending I won't buy lilies again after last weeks mishap but really I'm just leading Mark into a false sense of security.
I love a good mooch around the haberdashery stall and I spied some angel buttons which I've sewn onto the cribs.
A couple of weeks ago Amy brought some Bobo Juice home for us to try. It's a Japanese drink and this one was fruit flavoured. The novelty of it is you add flavoured bubbles to it. When you drink it through the straw the bubbles get sucked up and you can pop them in your mouth. A very strange sensation indeed. It was delicious and so it should be at nearly £4 per cup.
My monthly magazine and the 2017 NT handbook. Didn't really go anywhere much last year so need to try and rectify that. Hoping we can have a couple of days out when we're in the van in summer.
More shower gel to add to the ever growing stock in the airing cupboard.
And that's about it for this week. There's nothing much planned for the week ahead apart from the re-scheduled night out with friends on Thursday.
Hope you've all enjoyed your week and the one ahead is a good one. Back next Sunday.