Monday, 3 September 2012

September sunshine

Quite an epic week as my lovely Dan turned 21 on Wednesday 29th.  Where does the time go?  Birthdays are a memory jogger for us mums.  The lovely cottage hospital (Helme Chase) where he was born, the tea in a china cup and slice of toast brought after, and of course, too many memories to write here of Dan himself growing up.  I am very, very proud of Dan - he definitely is the sunshine of my life!

We had a pretty low key celebration; hidden presents with clues to find them; Gemma decorated the house while we were at work; then a nice meal with just us three at the Brewery in Kendal. 

And of course some rather sticky fudge birthday cake ....

Mary Berry's recipe.  It looks a bit messy, but tasted pretty good, especially warm with ice crea.

I have desperately trying to finish my ripple blanket this weekend.  I started in December, having been inspired by Lucy at Attic 24 and followed her pattern.  This was my first attempt at crochet and a blanket was probably a bit much to start with.  It's very interesting to compare my tension on the first stripe with the last; much less loose now!  Hopefully this won't show too much but you can see it in this photo.

Anyway despite my efforts which have resulted in aching hands I didn't manage to finish and so will reveal the final blanket next weekend.  

As you can see from the title we actually had sunshine on Sunday and had a lovely walk near Arnside by the sea.  Just look at the scenery 

This is a rather confusing shot as it is still the sea-shore, but we have lots of encroachment round the estuary.

After watching children's films last weekend we went to the other extreme on Saturday and gave the new Total Recall a watch and have to admit we all liked it.  If you like the Dystopia genre definitely worth a go. 

Finally welcome to my new readers and thanks for the lovely comments.  I will promise more crafty mentions next weekend.  Hope the sun shines on you this week.


  1. Happy Birthday to your cute son!! We are not old enough to have children in their 20's :) xoxo Debbie

  2. 21, wow! Happy Birthday to Dan. You all look so happy in your photos. I think the tension looks pretty good in your blanket, you can hardly see the difference! I am still plucking up the courage to start a ripple day. Glad you are having some sunshine. x

  3. Happy 21st Birthday to Dan! Lovely happy pictures, Mags. The peek of your ripple crochet blanket looks wonderful. I look forward to the whole reveal soon :)
    Have a great week.
    Helen x

  4. Happy 21st Birthday to your son!
    Your ripple is looking beautiful.