Monday, 25 May 2015

Winter Forest lap blanket project completed

Morning everyone!

Here in the UK it is a bank holiday it is so nice Not to have to rush out for work on a Monday morning :-)

Before our trip to Jordan I finished a stash busting project: a  lap blanket using scraps left from my 2014 blanket.

I have called it my winter forest lap blanket, would you like to see?




Here is the whole thing...

It is basically a huge granny square with extra rows at two sides to make it into a rectangle.  Just trial and error  but I am pleased with how it turned out.  Just right on chilly spring evenings when a big blanket is a tad too much.

Mind you it is chilly and dull this morning,I have lit  a candle on the mantlepiece just to cozy things up a little...


I am now working on another big blanket project,14 out of 30 biiiig squares completed far.  Hopefully back soon to show my progress!

Helenxx



Sunday, 17 May 2015

Catching up

Hello everyone, long time no see!!

It has been a very busy time, I just can't believe how quickly the last few weeks have flown by.  So many things happening, all of which have resulted in a definite neglect of all things blog-related.

One of the reasons I have been out of the loop so to speak is that we were lucky enough to go to again to visit the beautiful Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for 12 days.  It is such a fantastic place to visit, a real treat of culture, great food and friendly people.

So, to start off with my catching up I thought I would share some photos from our holiday- hope you find them interesting!

Downtown Amman is a very interesting place to visit, with a Roman Theatre dating back to Biblical times....


Zoomed in you can see pictures of key members of the Jordanian Royal family...


We went to visit the Citadel, one of the highest of Amman's seven hills, it is home to some wonderful Roman ruins, such as this...

 



 

The view of the city from this hill is incredible, so many things to look at and wonder about...






Loved this flight of steps painted in all the colours of the rainbow...


This is the tallest free-standing flagpole in the world, the Jordanians are very proud of their country...

 
A lovely old palace, sits amongst the Roman ruins...
 
 
We were also able to visit some interesting caves and tombs in another part of the city...
 





 
Spring is such a lovely time to visit the Desert Kingdom as it offers a few short weeks of spring weather...
 



 
All of this exploring certainly works up an appetite...




Lemons from a neighbours tree, lovely with a cup of black tea..


Knafeh, best dessert in the Middle East - fact!!

 
These are totally yummy too...
 
 
And this slice of Napolean Cake was a very welcome refreshment...
 
 
All too soon it was time to get back on the plane to come home, but this cheered me up in the airport...yes, a Formula One Ferrari...


Flying to Jordan we experienced very severe weather, quite a rollercoaster ride, with the plane pitching and dropping, mega-turbulence, not very nice at all, even the pilot sounded fed up when he gave his pre-flight announcement, but on the way back things were much calmer thankfully...


Mountains in Anatolya...



And even had time for a bit of plane spotting at Vienna Airport.  We flew from Heathrow via Vienna on Austrian Airlines, who, I have to say, gave fantastic customer service.


All in all a wonderful but very tiring trip!  Then it was straight back to work, which has been, to say the least, very intense.  Oh well, it is half term soon!!

Have a lovely Sunday, Helenxx

Saturday, 25 April 2015

All good!

Hello everyone how are you? All good here but so much going on I have had to have a blog break.

Have missed reading your blogs too!

Back soon to catch up hopefully.
Helenxx

Monday, 16 March 2015

Mother's Day Blessings

Good morning, I hope you had a good weekend and, if you were celebrating, enjoyed Mothers Day.

I was very blessed, and had some lovely gifts from my "crew" -

I hadn't seen this book before, it is absolutely gorgeous, will be making some things from it soon I hope...


A super new oven glove, mine had become unbearably tatty and threadbare after many years of hard grafting...


And look what sneaks in at the bottom of the photo...

 
 
Darling Daughter had been baking up a storm, a lemon Swiss roll...
 


Her cakes are always wonderful, but this one has to be up there with the best she has ever made...




DH bought me a lovely bunch of flowers, still tightly in bud at the moment...

but some of the cherry blossom buds are emerging...


I spent the latter part of the morning visiting my Darling Mum, who is feeling much better again after another recent bout of illness.  Her strength and optimism is an inspiration.  She and my brother then came round for dinner, cooked as always in stylish fashion by DH.  We all enjoyed it immensely, home cooked meals shared with family really is a wonderful thing I think.

All in all a day full of blessings and happy times, thanks to my crew! I feel very thankful.

Hope you have a lovely start to the week, Helenxx