I started the day sat with a cup of tea in the garden. I should really do this more often. It was a bit breezy but I felt better for an early morning blast of fresh air.
I've been steadily working my way through the house this week sorting through drawers and wardrobes and getting rid of what we don't need. There have been 2 trips to the tip, although the second was only necessary because Wendy peed on the duvet for some reason, plus a trip to the charity shop with books, clothes, bags and other bits and bobs Amy and Thomas no longer want or use.
I pulled everything out of Thomas' wardrobe and asked him what he wanted to keep, which was everything apart from a few broken guns. But even getting rid of those and sending the helmets into school has made a big difference and we're down to one toy box now. He'd quite happily throw Woody and Buzz away but they were Amy's and I have a soft spot for them so they always go back in the box.
What was obvious while I was going around the house is that a lot of the bits and bobs I put in their Christmas stockings have never been used or opened and were sat gathering dust, so I've decided this year they will take on a more boring but practical theme of underwear, toiletries, books, magazines and chocolate. Amy won't mind and Thomas won't care. As long as he has a new Xbox game he'll be happy.
Looking after Sienna this week was a lot easier. I decided not to bring the travel cot down and to only give her a quick dip in her baby bath. Small changes but they made a big difference.
We missed the library sing song because she had a long sleep after her lunch and if there's one thing Granny's do know it's to let sleeping babies lie. So while she had a nap I put my feet up with a brew and visited a couple of blogs. When she woke up I bounced her up and down on my knee for half an hour and sang to her so she didn't miss out!
Amy has been passing me books to read lately which I've enjoyed - the trials and tribulations of being a teenager is very interesting and it's always good to get an idea of what's going on in their heads although it can be quite draining. I'm not sure we had so many issues and were so full of self doubt back in the day, but maybe I've just erased it all from my memory. Anyway, after working my way through 3 of them I was ready to revert back to my lighter reads so bought my usual 3 for £5 from The Works.
Speaking of Amy, she's spent most of the week tucked up in bed with a sore throat, cold and a chesty cough. We live in a modern age so instead of shouting down for tea and paracetamol she's been texting me :) Thankfully, she seems to be on the mend now although it's been a slow recovery. This was her 'get better' stash.
And this was mine, because very kindly she decided to share her germs with me. I don't catch colds easily but when I do they can linger for weeks so I took immediate action on Friday when I started with a sore throat, sniffles and sneezes and dosed up on whisky, lemon, honey and hot water. Three good doses and an early night saw me up and feeling fine Saturday morning although I seem to have woken up with a tight chest and a cough this morning. The silver lining to this cloud is of course taking more grown up medicine!
Flowers from Lidl this week were these gorgeous roses. There's absolutely no fragrance to them though and after a google as to why, it would seem roses, along with a lot of other cut flowers, have had the scent bred out of them in favour of making them disease free and longer lasting. Such a shame. I wonder if this is the case with garden roses as well?
It's been a while since I've baked so I decided to make a cake yesterday. Chocolate cake is probably my least favourite because I find it rich and can only manage a small slice whereas I can quite happily wolf down a big slice of any other cake. This may look like a typical afternoon tea but the rest of the table holds samosas and bhajis for Mark, BBQ ribs for Amy and crisps and sausages for Thomas. I have much more decorum and this is my patch :) Every time I look at this photo the upside down hearts drive me mad!
I've done no knitting, crocheting or sewing this week and the break has been nice. That's not to say I haven't succumbed and bought more wool for some projects. This women's institute wool is lovely to knit with. I intend to get on with some more angels and try and get 2 cribs fully finished this week.
My Avon order arrived and this oatmeal and chamomile body wash is a favourite at the moment. I have really sensitive skin on my face and can only use a certain Nivea cream - even some of their stuff can cause me to come out in blotches - but from the neck down anything goes so I like to buy different shower gels and cremes.
I've also stocked up on tea. I'm not precious about teabags although if I'm buying Earl Grey I usually buy Twinings, but this box was pretty so I got these instead. I don't know if it's because I'm still a bit sniffly but they don't taste or smell of anything.
Another disappointment this week were these Walnut Whips. These are definitely in the category of cream eggs in that they used to be twice as big. The box and the packet haven't shrunk, just what's inside. To add insult to injury Amy stole one, (and I have no hesitation in using that word where my chocolate stash is concerned), so I didn't even get to scoff them all.
I really enjoyed The Durrells last week and Grantchester is an easy going favourite so that's my TV sorted for tonight. Tomorrow I will be watching Little Boy Blue. I cried through most of it last week probably along with everybody else who watched it. It's a long time since I've watched something that's really touched me. Some of the scenes were heartbreaking; even more so because they're true.
There are no plans as such for tomorrow but I think I'll go to the garden centre and if the weather is fine do a bit of planting. I want geraniums, sweet peas, some bedding plants and another clematis to replace the jasmine. I think that will do for the garden this year. We're away for 3 weeks again in Summer so I don't want to buy lots but it needs a few splashes of colour here and there.
And that's about it. Hope you're all enjoying the long weekend and have found time to do whatever you like doing. Have a lovely week.