Crikey, it's been ages since my last post, I just don't know where the time goes! I've been wanting to blog for the past couple of weeks, but every time I've tried it seems like something else has got in the way. I try to prioritise my list of 'things to do' - I'm sure you do the same - and as much as I love blogging, it can't come top of the list unfortunately. There's always something else which is more important or urgent. I've still found time to read other blogs though, and I've seen a couple lately which have been a kind of 'day in the life'. One was a 'stay at home mum', if that's the right expression, describing the (unpaid) work that she does (ie. everything involved with looking after family and home), and the other was a mum who went out to work, but still tried to fit in all the family/home jobs aswell. They're both happy with their lives, and very fortunate in their own ways, and I'm in awe of them both! I don't have a family to look after and don't have half of the things to do that they have, and yet I still can't seem to find time to do all the things that I want to do! If a time and motion person came to observe me I'm sure they'd have plenty to say about how I use my time. They'd probably come to the conclusion that I spend too much time daydreaming, and that I'm just a 'slow' person, not one of these people who's always rushing about doing several things at once. I like slow though, and I definitely like daydreaming, so I guess I'll just plod on the same way and get things done at my own pace, and not worry that I don't have time to bake cakes or crochet every day!
Anyhoo, I'm a bit late with my First of the Month photos, but better late than never. They were actually taken a few days into April, making the most of the gorgeous weather that we've had recently.
There's a bit more happening in the garden, but I think CJ has still to decide what's going where, and whether some of it is going to the allotment.
The trees are getting their buds and leaves, and the one on the right has some lovely blossom on it.
And we have a visitor in the pond. I love frogs, I've had a bit of an obsession with them ever since I was little. I collect 'froggy' things - ornaments, pictures, soft toys etc - I have well over 100 but most of them are in storage as we just don't have room for them all.
I think I've mentioned before that our 'pond' is actually just a half barrel. It's ok, but I'm not overly keen on it, and I've mentioned to CJ a few times just lately about the possibility of creating a proper pond, in the same place as the barrel so that it's not taking any extra space. He hasn't said no... but it wasn't really a yes either! I'll have to keep working on him! Since I'm not into gardening though (as I'm sure you can tell) I don't really have much say what happens, and as he's the one doing all the work, it's only fair that he gets his own way with it. He likes his veg and fruit trees, he's not really into flowers, so I've resigned myself to the fact that we'll never have anything like this:
These are a couple of flower beds in Leeds, which looked so stunning as I walked to work one morning (about 6.50am) that I got my phone out of my bag to take a pic. It doesn't do them justice, they really are a huge burst of colour.
On Saturday just gone we had another of those 'more-like-summer-than-spring' days, so my mum and I went for a walk. We drove to Lemonroyd Marina, and then walked along the bank of the River Aire as far as Shan House Bridge (if I've got that name correct), where we stopped and fed some ducks and a swan.
Over the bridge, we walked back up the other side, with St Aidan's Nature Reserve on our right.
According to Wikipedia, in March 1988 the bank near Lemonroyd Lock collapsed into nearby St Aiden's opencast mine, which then flooded. The water was eventually pumped out and mining resumed, but the coal reserves are now exhausted and it is once again filled with water, reedbeds and grassland and forms the nature reserve. The stretch of River Aire in the first two photos was newly constructed following the breach.
We crossed the weir and arrived back on the towpath of the Aire and Calder Navigation.
|This was the other side of the weir - what a contrast!|
|Lemonroyd Marina through the arch|
We couldn't have asked for better weather, just right for a nice steady stroll. I've done this walk before with CJ but my mum had never been here before, and I think she really enjoyed herself. She's still getting over the after-effects of a bad cold, so a bit of fresh air and exercise was just what she needed. I need to get my thinking cap on and find some more places that we could go for a walk - any suggestions? Nothing too strenuous, and preferably flat, or as few hills and steps as possible.
Saturday was quite a busy day, because later in the evening CJ and I went to the Grand Opera House in York to see the very funny Dave Spikey.
|Photo from bbc.co.uk|
If you're a fan of Phoenix Nights, you'll recognise him as Jerry St.Clair. We've seen him once before, on his last tour, at the Grand Theatre in Leeds. He's appearing in Wakefield later this year, but I couldn't get two seats together, so I tried Leeds City Varieties and Doncaster, and possibly Halifax aswell, which were all booked up, before I finally got two tickets for the GOHY. It was a really good laugh - my only criticism is that he did repeat some of his material from the last tour, which was a bit of a shame. Still funny though! His humour can be a bit rude, and have the odd swearword, but he's one of those comedians who kind of 'apologises' for it and he does it in such a way that it's not really offensive at all. Like I say, I think he's on tour throughout the year so if you get a chance to go and see him, I fully recommend it. (Just a word of warning though - when I googled him just now his website appears first in the results, but there was a warning that the site may have been compromised. I think it's been hacked before, so if you visit it be very careful as it may contain malicious software).
On the crochet front, I've been making granny squares recently, but I've only done about a dozen. I've decided to send them to the Crochet A Rainbow appeal for the Australian flood victims, and also to Hawthorn at 11am for the victims of the Japanese earthquake/tsunami. It's a while since I offered to do this, so I hope the appeals are still running. I definitely am making the squares... just a bit slowly, like everything else in my life!! In fact, I'll probably post what I've got so far in the next few days, rather than waiting till I've done more, then at least they can hopefully be making use of them. I'll try and take a photo of them before I send them, although they're nothing special really as I'm just using up some of my stash yarn.
I've very nearly finished the fourth and final book in the Twilight saga, which I'm still reading on my Kindle. I'm surprised how much I've got into it actually. I'm not going to give anything away obviously, but I can't wait for the film (which it seems has been split into two parts, like the last Harry Potter).
Anyway, I probably had loads more I wanted to talk about, but it's been so long I've forgotten it! So I'm going to call it a night - my bed is calling to me!
Bye for now!!
P.S. You may have noticed, I've just figured out how to put captions under my photos! Expect more of that in future!